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59 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,

Your devotionally these past couple of days have really spoken into my life. I have began to look around at my situation with appreciation, and determination to enjoy it, learn from it, and be faithful to God in the small things. My issue has been to hear God and follow through without question and complaint in the small things. Again, thank you for the inspiration.

Warmly,
Seeking a closer walk

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Anonymous Pat said...

Hi Renee,

I wanted to let you know how much your devotion "Unwrapping His Christmas Presence" touched my very soul. I too, having been rushing these past months with guardianship of my three grandchildren, ages 1, 4, 13 and my 16 year old baby girl. I have had moments where I have felt overwhelmed and have asked for God's peace and to create in me a calm spirit of love and to continue to focus on His, the center of my joy! Thank you so much for sharing your heart and allowing me to become recharged with God's love during this blessed season as we remember who is the reason for the season. May God continue to bless and keep you and your family. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Thank you,
Pat McKenzie

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved reading your blog and reading about you. You seem to be a really neat person who is grounded in the Lord. I am going to look for some of what you have written. I sure hope I can find them in some of the christian book stores around here and if they don't have them I will see if I can order them.

Renee,

I just wanted to let you know I LOVED reading your blog and reading about you. May the LORD keep BLESSING you always!!

Blessings,
Yvonne Valentin.

Blogger cheri said...

Hi Renee~
I love your blog! It is beautiful! Your devotion was a blessing today. I have been thinking so much about the importance of listening to the Lord. Luke 8:18 says "Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him."

This verse follows after the parable of the sower. I never had related that parable to the importance of listening before. It really impacted me! Listening makes a difference to the type of soil we have in our hearts. I have been praying for ears to hear!!!

Blessings to you!
Cheri Bunch

Blogger MHB said...

Thank you for your devotional today. I have recently retired and I am now trying to decide who I want to be when I grow up! I don't want to miss what God has for me to do. Again, thank you.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks. I am understanding my need to know more about Jesus' love for us. I am excited to read your blog and have an encouraging note while at work. Thank you for posting and giving us more insight into the hope of Jesus. :)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Renee,
I was very blessed to be able to attend your woman's retreat this past weekend in Robinson, Il. I want to thank you again for your teachings on "Searching for God's Treasures in Everyday Life". Speaking of everyday life-yesterday while I was eating lunch at work a group of ladies were talking and I overhead one of them say "I wish I had a crystal ball to look into the future" and without even thinking twice I reached into my pocket and handed her my yellow slip of paper that I received from the treasure chest at the conference last Sat. and I handed it to this woman and said, "Here is your crystal ball". It was Jeremiah 29:11. She thanked me and left and later that same day she emailed me and thanked me again. I just wanted you to know that I am looking for God's treasures everyday. Thanks again so much. God Bless you Renee and keep sharing God's word and promises.
Your sister in Christ, Karen

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy Encouragement for Today especially the article you wrote "Connecting with Friends". I thought you were talking about me. I did not realize how much emailing was meaning to me and maybe too much. I am a caregiver, my husband has had a stroke, dementia, Parkinson and etc. Limited activity for me and the computer comes to be too much my source of contact. I need to have that balance. Miss the physical contact of friends. Thanks for the article...you were right on.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,

I was searching for a place to request prayer, but could not find one. I will leave my prayer request here.

My 21-year-old daughter has returned home with her 2 1/2-year-old son. She is in the middle of a divorce from an abusive husband. She met him when she ran away from home on her 18th birthday. She came back home seemingly repentant for what she had done, and said that she was different now. We agreed to help her through the divorce and help her with caring for our grandson. The only real difference that we have noticed in the past two months is that she now has a son. She is a good mother, when she is here. Therein lies the problem - she is supposed to be living here, but for the past week and a half, she has not slept one night at our house (her son has been with us). Apparently, her rebellious nature is in full swing. My husband had a talk with her last night and she left here really mad. They will be talking again later and rules laid down so that she has to spend the nights here. There is so much going on in this situation that I could easily fill a book telling you about it. I would like people to pray that my daughter's eyes will be opened to what she is doing, that she will have a submissive and gentle spirit, that she will listen to her father and me, and most importantly, that she will listen to what God is telling her.

Blogger Lisa said...

Hello Renee
My name is Lisa and I enjoy reading your devotionals. I have also been encouraged by your testimony. I have also suffered from depression and ver bad headaches. Please pray for me and pray that as Paul wrote in Eph 1:17, that the eyes of my heart will be enlightened and , that I would know the will of God for my life, that I will have wisdom and understanding. That I would truly understand the Grace of God and I am accepted and loved by Him.

Blogger mombobbyann said...

Hi Renee
I love your scriptures for prayer here are a few of mine:
Matt 21:22 And all things____ask in prayer, believing, ___will receive.
1John 5:14-15 This is the confidence which__have before Him,that, if ___know that He hears ___in whatever ___ask, ___know that ___have the requests which ____have asked Him for.
Isaiah 65:24 It will come to pass that before ____call, He will answer; and while ____am still speakaing, He will hear.]]

God bless you Have a great day

Anonymous Beth said...

wow...did I ever need to hear THAT. I'm a military spouse and mother of six. Four of our children were adopted at various ages between birth and 8 years.

My husband is a hard-core military man with a soldier's mentality. He wants our five sons to be tough like men, and yet, so often I feel that he misses so many opportunities to show them the softer side of manhood.

My husband is a GREAT provider, but he's hardly "hands-on". That means I'm the one who is always taking them under my wing to do what I do best....baking cookies, making crafts, etc. I surely dont go out in the yard and play football.

I'm often frustrated that my husband doesnt get more involved in their daily activities, especially since he's often gone for exteneded periods of time. I feel anger at my husband and resent that I'm the one left holding the bag.

TOday's message reminded me, however, to celebrate the many things my husband DOES get, and not to focus so much on what doesnt meet my expectations. If I focus on the negative, we all lose.

thanks, beth

Anonymous Leslie said...

Renee-
I just love your blog on Jan. 9th. Thank you for sharing, especially the you tube segment! Thanks for introducing me to it!
I would love to get your permission to send an email to my MOPS (Mothers of Preschooler) group referencing your blog site on your Jan. 9th entry. What a blessing to share with our group.
junglegym@hotmail.com

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a grandma, my grand son has had a very hard life and I've always tried to be there to give him at least some type of stableness and love, I only have him every other weekend, this is the first time I've read you and I'm going to try and use some of your ideas.
I did want to say I know we should be kind to others etc, and maybe its just me but I work and theres alot of workers and we all take breaks together and every one is always talking about some one, including me in both respects.
Its so hard when your around it daily not to get involved, and I do try not too but its so hard when every one around you does it and you find your self adding in. I just wonder why thats the nature of people and why we're so bad about it? Always pointing out a co workers faults or worrying more about what their not doing than worrying about what we need to be doing etc?

Renee,
I posted this on the Girls nite out page, but realize you may not see it...I just want you to know how much you have impacted me.
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Renee,
2-3 weeks later (soory it's late), I have a need to share with you what you did for me at Girls Night Out in Houston.

I was there and didn't really want to be because I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't mixed much with the ladies in my church. When our church started advertising tickets, I asked a friend to go who ended up going with other friends, which was neat for her because they got to spend time shopping (unsure if it was for shoes or not!). So, I invited someone else to go with me that I knew needed some help as a mom. I was really proud that she came with me.

I hadn't heard of P31 or any of the speakers. I typically don't listen to much radio or watch much television, because I enjoy the quiet in my car and at home. So much hustle and bustle during the day is enough on the noise level for me! So I hadn't heard of anyone before who would be at this event. I really felt like I might not fit in, since everyone else knew who you, Kate and Ayiesha were.

Of course Mrs. Lysa spoke first and brought so much joy to my heart. God has approached me in the past (with my first marriage) about fostering children, so now, with much prayer, and God's will and timing in place, my new husband and I will be discussing the subject (I need to remember to ask about milk :o).)

You came on stage after Lysa and shared your story about an ex-boyfriend/fiance. I thought you were talking about me. My heart broke, right there, in isle S seat 6. The cool thing was, even though you weren't talking about me, you were talking to me. I too searched and longed for what you did for years. And this lasted until early 2008 when I came back to Christ. I had just tucked away the feelings and sadness that I had experienced in my previous relationship. The hurt, the disappointment, all of it - on a shelf. Why should I deal with it when God was taking care of me now and had provided a Godly man to me who saw me right off and knew God had placed him in my life. I knew God had actually put him in my life. I didn't know why. I didn't deserve him, but didn't deny him either.

I cry and am holding back now. You clarified this for me. I didn't understand the change that took place that night. It was like the fog had lifted. It was no longer about "me" needing love from someone. It was about God loving me and through this man that he sent.

What a concept...God loves me so much that he would give me the best suitable candidate in His eyes. Not the candidates I always chose who continued to hurt me.

I have to cut myself off...

Thank you so much for allowing God to use you to reach me. You will never know how treasured you are by me and how inspired I am by you. It is a hope (confident expectation) of mine to meet you and give you the best thank you hug filled with tons of love and encouragement.

With Much Love and In His Precious and Holy name,
Melissa
mggb75@gmail.com

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first time I have visited your sight and I guess the Lord sent me here. I have had some major issues in my life. I had a need in my life and had been praying about it but, I felt like the Lord was not hearing my prayers. I strongly desire and desperately need to feel God's peace in my life. I plan on checking you site daily. It has already touched my life. Thank You

Anonymous rev. bebe biggs said...

I could tell you some stories about how prayer changes things--I've experienced it and I have it posted all around my home in notes and decorative items, yet I still forget. Thank you so much for the email reminders to pray praise give thanks and stop worrying. Your writing is very concise and helpful.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Renee,
I've just visited your site for the first time and I love what I have read so far. Surely you are walking close to the Lord and I know He has blessed you richly.I need some help and I've come here because there is no one else I can turn to. I am remarried to my first husband after being separated for over 30 years. He is good to me and my financial situation is such that I do not have to worry about money anymore. I am ashamed to say that I do not love him, nor have I ever loved any man, not even my other husband. I love my children and grandchildren, and I love the Lord with all my heart. What can I do to stop this negative feeling for my husband? Tell me how I can learn to be appreciative for what I have instead of bemoaning my fate. All my life I have preferred living alone (I value my "space"),just doing my own thing thing.
Please help me if you can. Thanks.

Anonymous Beverly Rodgers said...

Hi Renee,

Your devotional today was very uplifting to me. I am always kicking myself when I makes mistakes or fail in something that I am doing. I need to just leave it with God but sometimes being human we like to carry the thing ourselves. I am struggling with my
husband, Dick, who is in a nursing
facility with Alzheimer's Disease.
I know that he is in the best place
he can be and they are just the
greatest people I have ever met, but I would much rather him be home with me. After my first husband died I said I wasn't going to remarry. Then I met Dick and he loved the Lord, and he loved me of course, and he loved to sing gospel music. Well I play and sing as well and I thought this is great and then everything fell apart. he winds up in a nursing facility and I wind up by myself. I know their aren't answers to every question we have but being human sometimes we can't help but wonder why? I would appreciate your prayers that I can just once and for all leave him with God and know that he can't be in any better
hands than his.

Thanks and God Bless!

Beverly Rodgers

Anonymous Jess said...

Hi Renee,

I definitely found encouragement today reading your devotional. I have been having difficulty with anger. It's been for quite sometime now. I'm not sure the root of the anger, but it might be the underlying cause of me just letting people dictate my life for me and never really growing up and making my own decisions. I'm 26 years old, and I have three children: 4 1/2, 3, and 10 months. I tend to act on my anger which I know is wrong, but sometimes I just don't know how to control it. I don't hit my kids, nor will I ever!!! I just yell, A LOT! I'm sure my husband gets exhausted by it, so I was just wondering if you could pray for me, and maybe even send me some scriptures that might help me in my struggle with letting go of my anger and giving it to God. Jess_Gramza2004@yahoo.com: Thanks so much for listening, and have a blessed day!
Jess

Anonymous Gina said...

Hi Renee,

Today your devotional reached my heart when nothing else could.I am a woman who has been devastated by a husband's affair.I will be 48 next week and have ask God and myself how could I have been so blind.Another failed Marriage.To know that I can fail forward into My Fathers arms has comforted me greatly. Thank you so much for allowing God to speak through you.

your sister in Christ
Gina

Blogger Soaring Eagle said...

I finished "your survey". I truly enjoy your blog and devotions. My e-mail:
jernita52@yahoo.com

Thank you! Anita

Blogger Soaring Eagle said...

I finished taking your survey. Thank you very much for your devotions and I am now enJoying reading your blog! Anita

Anonymous gcc2020 said...

I'm new to the site...this is the first day I received P31; I saw where you asked for volunteers to take the survey and I did. I'm hopful your new book will not only help me overcome my doubts in different areas of my relationship with God but others also.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've taken your survey and have really enjoyed your devotionals. I always look forward to reading the Proverbs 31 email each morning before I begin my day at work. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to encourage each of us.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,

I just took your survey and really enjoy reading your devotionals. I look forward to your book coming out! Thank you so much for your inspiration!

Blogger Kathryn said...

Hello Renee,

I just took the short quiz and it made me really think about my doubts. I am heading to college and questions about God's plan for my life have been plaguing me for the past couple of months. Recently I have come to the realization that God is guiding me and that I need to trust him.

Sincerely,
Coming Back

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your devotionals. Hope the survey helps me and others.

Blogger choosing faith said...

I took your survey. Wow, what an eye opener and stomach clencher! Living in fear is such a daily part of who I am. Today I am choosing to believe that God is faithful, that He loves me and sees me as precious. I am also choosing to trust that no matter what this day holds, God isn't taken by surprise and He won't let me crash.

Blogger dorothy said...

Renee-took your survey and I think this book was written for me! Doubt and Fear says it all! DF

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,
I read your devotional today. Thank you.
I also took your survey.

Bless you for using the ability God gave you to write. And write. And write...

Anonymous Chrissy said...

Hi, Renee. I've been listening to KLOVE for a while now and just today chose to see what Proverbs 31 Ministries is all about. In that exceptional site, I found your blog and read about your recent activities and thoughts of God.

Despite not walking closely with God thus far in my life, I've been moved to renew my faith and trust in Him over the last year. He has brought me a wonderful man to love (coincidentally a pastor) whom I will marry this fall.

I thank you sincerely for your insights and wisdom into life and God's work in every moment; I know that P31 and these blogs will help me reach for God and gain so much in the days to come!! So, THANK YOU!!! Oh yeah, and I completed your survey :)

Blogger Angie said...

Hi Renee~

I have completed your survey, and it really made me stop and think. I'm embarking on a new ministry for single parents and ladies in crisis pregnancies... I've had alot of doubt that I can do this, but the Lord is opening up so many doors that it's become a reassurance it's the ministry I'm called to serve.
Thank you for blessing us and encouraging us! Write on my friend!

Angie
angiehamlet@gmail.com

Blogger seesawfaith said...

Hi Renee:

In response to your twitter question, what encouragment do women need now...I would think it would be to guard our time. At least for me. We tend to look at summer as a more relaxed time, not as many "have to" items in our date books so we tend to say "yes" to a lot more requests on our time.

Suddenly, it's only the end of June and we have so many pool parties, birthday parties, baseball games, cheerleading camps, church camps, cookouts, picnics and family day-cations that we can't find time to breathe, much less spend more than a quick 5 minutes with God.

This is even more true for our kids. They lose the discipline that a school schedule allows and all of a sudden there is more fighting, disobedience, frustration and unrest. As moms we need to be very careful to help them guard their time so that they do not get run down and help them prioritize so that they learn to say no, sometimes even when they really want to say yes.

Have a blessed week!
Shannon

Blogger Mémé said...

Hi! I have completed the survey and this is the first time I've been to your site. I look forward to reading more and hope I win a copy of that book! Blessings.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G The devotion about respecting our husbands came at exactly the right time in my life - go figure! Thank you, Renee, for helping God get through to my stubborn heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you....

Martha

Blogger s said...

Hi, Renee,

I just read that you're adopting a daughter from Ethiopia. How exciting! Congratulations.

Our family is sponsoring a little girl in Ethiopia through Compassion International. We keep her (A's) picture in a central location as a reminder to pray for her. Each time I look at A's photo I'll say a prayer for your little one, too.

Blessings,
Sherri

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really loved your devotion! I would say I am combination of Melancholy and Phlegmatic!. I love being around people but I also enjoy the Peace and alone time! This seems to be my quiet time with God when I can really focus and tune-in. I am 47 and proud of it! I live in Arkansas!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Renee,
I have received the Proverbs 31 daily devotional for quite some time now, courtesy of my lovely daughter.
Words cannot express how much the scripture and lessons taught here have positively affected my life. I am caring for my elderly parents, with my dad in the latter stages of Alzheimer's. Every time I have felt particularly blue or have been searching for inspiration, P31 has been there with a message. Many of my friends have been forwarded a devotion that related to their circumstances.
Please add my family to your prayer list. We are making some tough decisions right now, yet I feel the hand of God on me, holding me still. He knows what will happen and how to take care of it.
Thank you and all of your team as you provide this ministry.
God bless you and your work,
Hassie O.

Blogger Robin said...

Dear Renee,
I am asking you today to pray for my daughter. She is 32 and continues to live her life away from Christ. She is divorced for the second time and my husband and I are helping to raise her 4 children as she works 2 jobs to support them.
I love your devotionals and they give me such encouragement. I would just ask that you add my Melissa to your prayer list as my heart aches as she continues to follow the world.\
Thank you, Robin

Blogger carmela said...

I have not read this web site but I heard you on the radio I am so heart broken I'm so ready to give up on faith I do everything I know to be a good christian but I feel soo cursed and feel like cursing god and wish he would let me die .I have worked for the state of Md 21 yrs last year I transfered out of my current dept into a computer savy office(didnt know that when I accepted the position) I only did data entry in my old office they ignore my requests for help, Ignore me,gave me a below average eval,sent me to the state Dr7 times in three months I went to a supossedly christian counselor who put me on sick leave for 10 wks and has thougth me nothing about improving myself just trust God which I did until now I went back to work yesterday and am more lost and ignored than ever I am so fearful I cant think I keep repeating 2 Tim1:7 and praying and praying but nothing helps I dont sleep I have no rest I know I'm going to loose my job after 21 years and probably my house and my pension but its the way I'm treated and the way I'm so confused I feel I cant face life anymore my whole household suffers because of me I'm very frieghtened of the computer and just cant comprehend it.Yet they work out of word,excell,outlook and diwis I'm just supposed to know how to use the computer and I dont I'm actually frieghtened of it they sent me to computer classes but they were way over my head I just sit there lost. Please help!!

Anonymous Luanne said...

Renee, I remember when you came a few years ago to our church in Ormond Beach Florida, and you and I stood in the parking lot and you shared with me that you and your husband had thought about adoption. My husband and I hear this from families every day but few actually adopt. We are thrilled to see your new baby girl! Since we last saw you we also, in addition to our little girl from China, have adopted two older children from Ethiopia. I don't know about you but I think Ethiopian people are beautiful inside and out! Our two children are the most loving and gentle human beings I have ever known. God bless you and your new family!

Anonymous Ray said...

our daughter Renee passed away just before her 24th birthday, on Feb 26, 08
I miss her so much and the last 1.5 years have been horrible in so many ways.
My wife gets your emails. Keep up the good work
www.ReneeDueck.com
www.MarthaDueck.com

Anonymous Cynthia Owens said...

Hello Renee!
What a beautiful work the Lord has done in and through you and your family. It's so great to 'see' you more often on Facebook. I don't know how much time you will have this weekend, but I'd love to meet up and hug your neck!

You have been and continue to be a blessing to me!

Anonymous Tekesha Austin said...

Renee, my name is Tekesha Austin and my email ambershun_inc@yahoo.com. I first heard about Proverbs 31 about a month ago. I was sitting at my desk and got an email from my friend. I was going through it with my husband badly the night before and contemplating divorce, Lysa was speaking on marriage. I went and bought What Happens when Women say YES to GOD read it and said ok GOD I hear you. After reading that book, purchased Becoming more than a good Bible study girl, I always knew that GOD was working through me, but this book definently confirmed that. Okay I just purchased on yesterday What happens when Women walk in Faith, so excited about how GOD is transforming my life. I would love to attend the conference I have been called to minister to people. My grandma said that I should have been a counselor, I am a people oriented person and people value my opinion and they want to know what I'd do in a situation. I have a drawing spirit and I know that GOD is perfecting some things in my life for his Glory. I have been allowed to go through certain things to have experience to be able to help someone because if I never go through anything how can I be qualified to tell of the goodness of the LORD. GOD orchestrated me to become involved with Proverbs 31 ministries so that I can become qualified and experience him on another level, so this conference will be a benefit to spiritual growth and walk so that as I continue to work for him, I'll know how to through HIM. The GREAT I AM...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,
I just wanted to thank you for your latest blog. I have been going through some things myself. I am a full time insurance agent, a full time student and a mom. This spring semester was very trying for me. I was doing all that plus doing a play for mothers day. My body gave out and I couldn't even get out of bed. I was not sure what was going on, but now I understand that God just needs me to refocus on Him again. And that is what I have been doing. Thank you my sister.
Virginia Gonzal
Texas

Anonymous Lisa Johnson said...

Wow, I am struggling with hearing God's voice. I read and study His word, but cannot discern, if it me speaking or Him. I was looking for today's devotions, and I found your messages. I love the REd beans and rice fiasco... Help me to understand in more plain language. I asked the questions, but they seem so foreign to my understanding... simply said, give me a clearer understanding... like presenting it to a child. LOL
I love how God is using you and pray that He will give me a clear ear to hear His voice. I have been dealing with Trusting im, and obedience... Two of the hardest things.
Hearing His voice would make trusting and obeying easier.
Lisa

Blogger Broken said...

Somehow today I stumbled upon your blog. I read your prayer and my heart was opened. I want to take this time to share some things/my feeling about myself with you. I have walked around for 32 years with secrets, hurts, doubt, fear, & pain. Because of the way I felt after I read your prayer, I need to get rid of all this baggage. I was molested from the age of 3-14, by 5 cousins, 1 uncle, & 3 brothers. I remember walking through the days asking God WHY? How come? By the time I got to high school I felt like no one cared even though I hadn't taken the time to say out loud what had been going on. At the age of 14 I began to make myself invisible and I use to go and hide so no one could find me. I am from a large family of 10 children. I would always hear my dad say if anyone touched one of my kids I would kill them, I never wanted to be away from my dad b/c he was my dad. I felt safe with him. Eventually I graduated from high school top of my class. I move to Atlanta, Ga where I began to just give myself away to men that said they loved me. Those words meant a lot to me. When the relationship would end I didn't know how to deal. I tried to take my life over one relationship. I started going to church, I cut everyone out of my life except my parents and I really searched for him and I really devoted sooooo much of my time to him, but somehow for so many of years I still felt empty. In 2000 I met my husband we have 2 beautiful children. In the 7 years of our marriage I thought thing were great until I found out that he cheated with my sister. That was a blow that nearly killed me, but again it left me with the question for God of WHY ME? I left my husband and filed for a divorce in 2007 October, we were separated for 14 months and my dad asked me to try and keep my family together. During those 14 months my husband was seeing other women. I told my dad ok I would and I put my family back together. This year in 2010 my husband was doing the same thing over again. I once again left and filed for a divorce. Here I am again hurt, and I feel so abandoned, used, hurt, forgotten and I am asking the question of WHY all over again. Today I am reaching out for HELP. I need God to heal my hurt, my heart, this pain. I cry daily. I am still reading the bible. But this pain isn’t easy. I keep things together for our kids (age 7 & 9), but after doing homework, baths, cooking and tucking them in, answering their questions about mommy and daddy, reading the bible to them as they fall asleep, I take that lonely walk to my bedroom and I'm over whelmed by this feeling of defeat, shame, & pain. I don't understand why I can't just have a little bit of peace, joy and happiness. I'm not sure I can take much more of this. Where is God?
signed
brokenheartbeyond@gmail.com

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your word today God really used YOU. I am sole caregiver for a elder parent who suffered a stroke. Her body is fine her mind affected moderatly an has worsened. She is hostile,beligerant ect. However reconize the enemy is using her to assualt me. God is at work in my life as never before. He is showing me no matter what to believe him,his word and stand not to look to left or right . Set my eyes upon the Master of the Sea and "If God be with me WHO can be against me".thank you, Cindi Herring

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night was really enformentive and I was so inspired to do good today and then I fall off. How can I handle next day temptations.

Blogger Lolamc said...

Thank you so very much for sharing with us in Willamston NC. I was sick at the time but still went to the Re 3 comferenece. It was very up lifting. It was well worth driving 70 miles. May God bless you in your ministry. I am looking forward to your new book this spring. Your sister in Christ, Lola McLawhorn

Blogger Renee Swope said...

Lola, I am SO glad you made it to the conference. Thank you for your sweet note and blessings!

Renee

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Your submission to Encouragement for Today's Woman sincerely touched me and reminded that God is so close to me anwants the best for me. I am not worthy of His love but everyday He tells me that I am. I am striving to be better for Him, to be the woman that He wants me to be. Please pray for me, sending my prayers for you and your family.

Anonymous Lorena said...

Hello Renee,
I have been getting the "Proverbs 31 Daily Devotions" for several months. I read them on my phone but am so behind. Today I read it on my computer and the message was SOOO for me.

I have several friends...good Christian ones...that I am so wanting to get closer to. This week and next will be the time. One is across the country so a phone call will have to do and will be such a blessing to her as well...I know it will be to me.

Thank you so much for your encouraging words!

Blessings
Lorena

Anonymous Heather said...

Good Morning Renee

This morning I heard about your friend struggling with depression and your question as to whether she should be open about her struggle. To openly share this information with everyone is a mistake I have made (purely in the interest of full disclosure) and have regretted ever since.

That person used the information I had shared against me and the ramification of that disclosure still affects me today.

The truth is - some people aren't safe to share this struggle with, and God needs to show her whom in her life she can be honest with.

Blogger jennifer said...

Thank You for your words this morning. I am in that place right now with a teen daughter who is doing everything she can to get away from me. I am so scared and frustrated that I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel right now. I have moments of clarity but most of the time it is not. I have three teen daughters at home so life is not without drama on any day of the week but the middle one is more often than not trying me. This morning I will get on my knees again and tell God to carry me and I will probably reread your devotion. I am so grateful God is good. Thank you Renee for following Jesus and showing us who He is. God bless you.

Blogger jennifer said...

Renee, I am in that place right now. I have a three teen daughters and one of them is making me crazy. She is doing everything she can to get away from me right now and I am so scared and frustrated with the whole thing. Honestly I want to quit and it is only God's love that is holding me right now. I am so thankful for you and all of the devotions you write they remind me so often that I am not alone and other moms have survived this. God's grace is stronger than me. I will reread that devotion today and I will get on my knees and thank God for making the way through this. Thank you for being faithful to God and helping all of us. I am so grateful for you. God bless you.

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