When we started this study back in October, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Confidence wasn’t something I really thought about, although I probably should have as it was an area of my life that I really struggled with. I had just always chalked it up as something I was–not confident that is. I battled it on occasion, but, for the most part, it was just an aspect of myself that lurked in the background, whispering negativity to me. Someone else would do a better job. A good mom wouldn’t be late picking up her kids. She is a better wife than you are – she cooks breakfast for her husband every morning. The list is endless.
Then we began the study, and I began to realize that those negative thoughts weren’t a part of who I was; they were the enemy’s attempt to keep me from accepting God’s grace. And it worked. Oh, I believed He knew me, and even that He loved me, but I also had a mental image of God standing there shaking His head. You know the one – the “you’ve done it again” head shake. And then we began this study and I gained a better picture of the truth. I hope you did, too.
I found myself in a lot of these chapters and, honestly, it was comforting to know that I am not the only one experiencing them. We so often tend to put a label on others and forget that they have things going on we don’t see. The person that might “do a better job” is more often than not struggling with her own doubts and fears. The moms who never seem to be late (bless your hearts!) may feel like they are letting their kids down in another area. The wife who cooks breakfast for her husband every morning may not be giving him a home cooked meal every night (which is something I do). It’s easy to look at others and see them as a role model when we don’t understand all of their life. Satan is really good at showing us their shining moments and glossing over the flaws.
As we close this study, I want to remind you that it is only when we choose to listen to those doubts that they can harm us. Instead, cling to God’s promises: He loves you despite your transgressions (Romans 5:8)–He loves you as one of His own children (John 1:12)–He will never turn His back on you as long as you desire a relationship with Him (Hebrews 13:5 and John 10:29). Allow the things God has shown you through this study to sink in, to find fertile ground and grow. This may be the end of our time together studying this book, but it is not the end of your journey with God towards a confident heart. It is only the beginning–He will walk with you on this journey as far as you are willing to go. For me, I am pressing on, letting go of the past, and focusing on my goal: a deeper relationship with Christ, a truer relationship with Him. I am going to finish the race.
Father God, I can’t begin to thank You for all that You have done. You surround us in beauty. You provide for all our needs. You love us, comfort us, heal us, and You made a way for us to have a real, direct relationship with You. Father, don’t let our growth end with this study. Help us to stay focused on You and on Your truths. May we each become the women you have called us to be, and to overcome our feelings of doubt so that we can fully serve You in love. Amen.
I pray you have a very Merry Christmas, and I look forward to learning how to overcome our cravings in the next study, Made to Crave. Please share your own prayer requests and praises with us in the comment section and/or take a minute to pray for the others too.