About the Author

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, heart-encourager, and grace-needer. She's also a wife and mom of three Joshua (27), Andrew (24), and Aster (13) and the best-selling author of "A Confident Heart" and her newest book, "A Confident Mom," released in February! Renee loves making memories with her family, creating beautiful...

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  1. I always hoped self-doubt would be something I would out totally grow, but it seems to want to follow me and attack me even at my age, which is 60 now, but I have also learned it teaches me – as you have written about, to keep my eyes on the Lord, not myself – and He will turn that self-doubt to reliance on Him and what He can do through me!

    • Hi Kathy! Looks like my reply to you on Saturday didn’t ever post. Not sure if you’ll see this but wanted to share it anyway. 🙂

      I thought I’d outgrow self-doubt too. Just seemed like the longer I walked with God and grew in my identity in Christ, the more I wouldn’t struggle. But in some ways, the more I have followed God’s calling on my life and stepped into the role He has for me as an encourager of women, writer and teacher of His Truth, the more the enemy uses whispers of doubt to distract me, discourage me, and try to derail me. BUT like we have both experienced, we can take what the enemy wants to use for evil and turn it into a prompt that we need more of Jesus, more time with Him letting Him love on us and remind us we don’t have to be anything more than we are to be used by Him. It’s up to HIM and all about Him. And that is good news!!!

  2. I can’t say enough about this book and how it helped set my life in a totally new direction. My vicious cycle of self doubt led me down a path of anxiety and depression, but it didn’t stop there. God redeemed my story as he did Renee’s and pulled me out of the pit and I was able to share my story in book form, four years ago. When I finally met Renee at She Speaks in 2015, it was a full circle moment. “A Confident Heart” is definitely a book to keep and re read and have as a weapon in your arsenal to defeat the enemy!

    • I loved reading your words Michelle and seeing God’s faithfulness. How He takes our brokenness when we surrender it to Him, and turns all those losses into gains in Christ, all the weakness that are exchanged for the power of His strength. So grateful He used and is using A Confident Heart to walk beside you each step of the way.

  3. Renee,

    Satan is very crafty. He will use any means to get us down depressed & doubting God’s love. We must move from the shadows into the light of His love & embrace it fully. Sure we may have a few doubts about what God is asking us to do. Just like David & Goliath-he couldn’t do it alone, but with God ALL things are possible. He will empower us to do it. Joshua & Caleb also knew that with God the Israelites could defeat the Amalekites & take the land. When self doubt enters our minds we must be ready with armor-scripture-to fight those flaming arrows. Tell Satan that with God ALL things are possible. I am enough, life will get better & this too shall pass. Putting His word in our hearts can help us put confidence in there also!

    Blessings 🙂

  4. I have a t-shirt that reads “You go Girl! And sometimes I won’t wear it because I don’t feel confident enough! So I understand self doubt! Thanks for pointing me back to the Light and God! I appreciate you and your message!

    • Oh Lauren, thank you for your honesty. And for sharing about the shirt. It’s reminding me of Gideon’s story where He questioned the angel of the Lord about his ability to defeat the Midianites. I have been there so many times!! But the angel of the Lord told Him, “Go in the strength you have! Am I not sending you?” I hope next time you hesitate to wear the shirt, you might see it differently, maybe as God’s message to you – to go in the strength you have Lauren (HIS strength) because He is WITH you!!!

      • Thankyou for this message! I will give it a try! I appreciate your messages and insight! And thankyou for your wisdom! Praise be to God for all he can do in and thru us! Love in Him! Lauren

  5. Oh, how I needed this today! This past week, I’ve spent quite a few late, late nights on my bathroom floor crying bitter tears over the fears and doubts that the enemy has been whispering to my soul. I’m struggling with a health issue that keeps getting worse. I see it every time I pass my bathroom mirror, and I am so discouraged. I have had every one of these thoughts:

    I can’t do this.
    Things will never change.
    My life isn’t going to get better.
    I’ll never have the confidence I need.

    Over and over like a broken record. How I love THIS . . . “Our doubts start to feel bigger than we are, and the longer we stay in their shadows, the more self-doubt overpowers our minds and emotions with confusion, discouragement, and defeat.” That is exactly where I have been. How I needed the reminder that “He declares with confidence that things can change!” I’m adding Isaiah 43:19 and Mark 9:23 to the Scripture list I keep by my bed. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And thanks again for your encouraging words on “Learning about Grace from No Ordinary Joe.” Blessings!

  6. Oh how I know about self doubting myself time and time again. I think I could not possibly be worth it. I have had so many failures and continues to fail daily. I am not sure Heaven would even want people like me coming in them doors. I am going thru somewhat a dark time right now and not sure if I will be able to pull myself out of it, out of this negative self doubts that the enemy wants me to believe. I know I must and I know God will get me through this, I just have to keep believing even when my faith is so tiny and keep my mind focus on the light. Thank you for sharing.