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It’s almost here! The day we’ve been waiting for.

 

Girls, I’m so excited it’s finally here. We will start our 7 day Doubt Diet Devotion series tomorrow,  Thursday September 8th.

We aren’t talking about diet as in food, we are talking about replacing our lack of self-confidence with lasting God-confidence as we learn how to live in the power of His promises every day. Click here to get your free copy of the 7 day Doubt Diet Devotion.  Don’t forget to set your timer on your coffee maker.  The first days devotion will be waiting for you in the morning.

Giveaway Reminder:

Don’t forget about the early giveaway for a free copy of Renee’s book, A Confident Heart.
Have you entered yet?  No worries, the giveaway is open until Wednesday Sept 7th at 11:59pm
Click here to enter.


Insecure or Confident? Kicking Doubts and Fears to the Curb!

You think I’m Insecure……….

 

………Maybe you know exactly what I’m talking about. Perhaps you have prayed since you were a little girl to be a mother, and here you are with kids, doubting you have what it takes to be a good mom. Or maybe you’ve sensed God calling you to serve Him in a way that requires steps of faith, but insecurity has convinced you that you’re not smart enough or gifted enough. Perhaps you have wanted to change jobs for a while and now you have the opportunity to do just that, but you don’t want to go. The unknown is too scary. Although you’ve been miserable, at least the misery is familiar where you are now.?
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I desperately wanted to move out of the shadows of my doubts, but all I could do was go through the motions and pray that God would zap me with confidence. I kept hoping it would happen right there in my bathroom, but it didn’t. Doubt and questions continued to criticize me.  (excerpt Chapter 1 A Confident Heart by Renee Swope download FREE here.)


Sound familiar? Unfortunatly all too familiar……

I understand what it feels like to live in doubt and insecurity. If only I could see myself how God sees me.  I completely relate to the struggles Renee described above.  I doubt my ability to home school  my kids.  When I compare myself to others who have a degree in education, I don’t feel equipped.  I find myself insecure in God’s call on my life.  Surely the next workshop I teach I will freeze and forget everything I have taught for the past two years.  I fear I’m not doing enough for my family, again doubt creeping into my thoughts

I don’t have to live “in the shadows of my doubts,” as Renee describes. It will take work on my part, but learning to walk in the confidence that God has for me wil be worth the journey.

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Won’t you join me? Starting on Thursday, September 8th we’ll go through a devotion each day from the 7-day Doubt Diet, the FREE companion devotional to Renee Swope’s new book, A Confident Heart.  The devotions are short, but really encouraging.  In committing to the journey together we can hold each other accountable and lift each other up.  Go ahead and sign up for the 7-day Doubt Diet here (It has nothing to do with weight) so you’ll be ready next week.  Invite your friends.

For details about a LIVE facebook chat with the author on September 14th and the giveaway, click HERE for my original post.

New! Join us for a week of encouraging devotions!

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Girls, I am so excited!!  We have a new 7 day devotional series that begins next Tuesday September, 6th.  I just finished reading A Confident Heart by Renee Swope and I can’t keep it to myself,  I couldn’t wait to share with ya’ll!
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I felt like Renee and I sat down together, I spilled my guts about my insecurities, fears, negative emotions and more while she intently listened to my heart.  Afterwards, I felt like she opened her book and placed it in my lap as she sat down beside me.  Then, like a  girlfriend she began to gently address those issues that were plaguing my heart.  She knew how I felt  from her own experience.  Chapter after chapter, I felt this book was written just for me.
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Now – she wasn’t there literally.  She’s very REAL about her own struggles and insecurities and where God has brought her to a place living confidently living in his promises.
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Along with A Confident Heart, Renee wrote a devotional, The 7-Day Doubt Diet, that follows the same message in her book.  So, starting next Thursday September 9th we’ll go through each days devotion together for 7 days.  Best of all it’s FREE, here.
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The 7-day Doubt Diet

Are you ready to lose the weight of discouragement and self-doubt?
Be sure to sign up for “The 7-Day Doubt Diet” on Renee’s blog in the sidebar here.
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Filled with daily insights, powerful promises, and daily scripture-based prayers, Renee has written a week’s worth of FREE Confident Heart devotions from her new book!


How much does doubt weigh you down? Click the link below to find out.
Doubt Analysis Index

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This is not a huge commitment,  only 7 days, you’ll be so glad you joined us.  I need accountability myself, each morning I’ll post my thoughts, struggels, triumphs etc that pertains to that days devotion.  If you’d like you can share in the comments.  By the way, what did your Doubt Analysis Index say?  Were you surprised?  I’ll post my score this week.
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Won’t you join me?  Here’s how to get started.
  • Go here to sign up to receive the 7 Day Doubt Diet.
  • Hold your emails as they start to come in – we’re doing this together.
Renee is going to join us for a LIVE facebook chatt!
  • We’ll have facebook chats a couple of different times.
  • Renee Swope is  joining us for a live facebook chatt on Wednesday, September 14th!! (time tba – it will be in the evening)
  • After we’ve completed the 7 Day Doubt Diet - GIVEAWAY!  4 copies of A Confident Heart.
  • Twitter Party – time and date TBA
Go ahead and read the first chapter here - it’s free to download.  If you have time to finish it before next Tuesday thats fine – if you don’t that’s fine too.  Remember no pressure here – just girlfriends hanging out chatting together.   Just a kick start of encouragement for each of us to start our day.
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A Confident Heart: Replace a lack of self-confidence with lasting God-fidence!
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The book is only $8.60 on Amazon HERE. or Kindle edition is $8.17 Here.
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Do you ever feel like you’re not good enough, smart enough, or valuable enough? Do words you say to yourself, or hear from others, make you question your worth and purpose? Renee Swope understands. Even with a great family, a successful career, and a thriving ministry, she still struggled with paralyzing self-doubt. Offering the voice of a friend, Renee candidly, and sometimes humorously, shares her story of overcoming self-doubt with powerful Biblical Truths that transformed her life — and thousands of others!
Download Chapter 1 Free – Click HERE
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Chapter by chapter, A Confident Heart will help you:
  • Learn to fail forward even when life or sin sets you back
  • Live confidently in your God-given purpose, passion, and personality
  • Break free from people-pleasing and performance-based living
  • Exchange “against me” thoughts with scripture-based God is “for me” thoughts
  • Trust the certainty of God’s promises in the uncertainty of your circumstances and emotions
Join A Confident Heart Facebook Page.
So……are ya’ll excited?  Invite your friends, they will thank you.
Leave a comment and let us know if you are joining.

Happy Mother’s Day – When Only God Sees UPDATED w/Video

Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy your day from everyone at Time 2 $ave!

I(Kasey) shared this last year after hearing it at a mom’s group at church. So many times we give so much of ourselves and don’t know if we have made a difference or not. Even on a day like Mother’s Day when we “should” feel most appreciated, many of us may struggle with insecurities in our mind. Today – to every woman out there we want to remind you how important you are, how loved you are by the God of the universe, and how eternally important it is to be a mom.

The Invisible Woman
 
 Excerpt By Nicole Johnson

It started to happen gradually…
    One day I was walking my son Jake to school. I was holding his hand and we were about to cross the street when the crossing guard said to him, “Who is that with you, young fella?”
    “Nobody,” he shrugged.
    Nobody? The crossing guard and I laughed. My son is only five, but as we crossed the street I thought, oh my goodness, nobody?
    I would walk into a room and no one would notice. I would say something to my family, like “Turn the TV down, please.” And nothing would happen. Nobody would get up, or even make a move for the remote. I would stand there for a minute, and then I would say again, a little louder, “Would someone turn the TV down?” Nothing.
    Just the other night my husband and I were out to a party. We’d been there for about three hours and I was ready to leave. I noticed he was talking to a friend from work. So I walked over, and when there was a break in the conversation, I whispered, “I’m ready to go when you are.” He just kept right on talking.
    That’s when I started putting all the pieces together. I don’t think he can see me. I don’t think anyone can see me.
    I’m invisible.
    It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’m thinking, “Can’t you see I’m on the phone?” Obviously not. No one can see if I’m on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.
    I’m invisible.
    Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more.
    Can you fix this?
    Can you tie this?
    Can you open this?
    Some days I’m not a pair of hands; I’m not even a human being.
    I’m a clock to ask, “What time is it?”
    I’m a satellite guide to answer, “What number is the Disney Channel?”
    I’m a car to order, “Right around 5:30, please.”
    I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude – but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again.
    She’s going…she’s going…she’s gone!
    One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself as I looked down at my out of style dress; it was the only thing I could find that was clean. My unwashed hair was pulled up in a banana clip and I was afraid I could actually smell peanut butter in it. I was feeling pretty pathetic when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped
package and said, “I brought you this.”
    It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription. “To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.”
    In the days ahead I would read, no, devour, the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I would pattern my work:

•    No one can say who built the great Cathedrals—we have no record of their names.
•    These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
•    They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
•    The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

    A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, “Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.”
    And the workman replied, “Because God sees.”
    I closed the book, feeling the missing piece just push into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, “I see you Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one else does. No act of kindness you’ve done, no sequin you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become.”
    At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn, pride.
    I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who will show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.
    When I really think about it, I don’t want my son to tell the friend he’s bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, “My mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.” That would mean I’d built a shrine or monument to myself. I just want him to come home. And then if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, “You’re gonna love it here.”
    As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

The Invisible Woman Video – if the video above doesn’t play click here.  Thanks Sylvia Carroll for the heads up about the video above on You Tube! 

*The book that Nicole used in The Invisible Woman is Churches (2001) by Judith Dupre. For more information, visit www.judithdupre.com.*

© Nicole Johnson, Fresh Brewed Life, Inc. 2006

Happy Mothers Day: Quotes for Grandmothers

 

Happy Mother’s Day to our precious Grandmother’s! 

A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.
– Author Unknown

A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.
– Erma Bombeck

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
– Marcy DeMaree

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.
– Author Unknown

Grandmas don’t just say “that’s nice” — they reel back and roll their eyes and throw up their hands and smile. You get your money’s worth out of grandmas.
– Author:unknown

Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.
– Author Unknown

Grandmothers are the people who take delight in hearing babies breathing into the telephone.
– Author:Unknown

If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one. There is no fun for old people like it!
– Hannah Whithall Smith

If your baby is “beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time,” you’re the grandma.
– Teresa Bloomingdale

My name is NO NO but Grandma calls me precious!
– Author Unknown

Are you traveling during the Holidays with a new baby?

We are excited that our friend and new mommy, Dixie, will be sharing her baby’s first Christmas with us. Thanks so much Dixie for sharing your heart. There are so many “firsts” with a new baby, and they aren’t always easy. We hope that this series will encourage you during the Holiday Season and speak peace to your heart.

 Is your family anxiously awaiting your arrival? 

Extended family can be a worry for new moms. Traveling long distances is often required. Then there are cousins, aunts, uncles, second cousins, step family, and host of others that are waiting in line to pass around your child.  I, for one, worked hard to set my daughter’s internal clock so she knew day was day and night was night. I also keep a flexible schedule for feeding. This helps me know confidently when my daughter needs what. Obviously my situation is not compatible with a large family get together. Instead of not going (or going and panicing) I decided to take a different approach.  Relax, take a deep breath, and remember that one week or weekend is not going to undo everything I’ve done for my baby. Instead of worrying about a schedule,I’m trying to think of this time as a break! My baby is within sight and my hands are free. Even if I’m still nursing, I can express milk before the event and let another family member feed the new addition…or I can use nursing as an excuse to retreat for time alone with my precious one.  My goal is to not fret over germs from other people’s children.  Babies wash well and let’s face the facts – they will get sick at some point!  I’ve decided I’d rather it be because of a family loving on my sweetie than because of a dirty shopping cart or overcrowded church nursery.

Remember families are made for love and sharing, the good and the bad.  Try to spend some time in prayer over your little one before traveling and being passed as the family football.  Then let God do the rest.

God Bless,

 Dixie