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. So much insight into how God relates to us packed into this post! And practical wise parenting. What an awesome God we have! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Awesome read this morning it brings back a beautiful example of how our awesome God forgives and loves us
    In His faithfulness . Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you in His love.

    • You’re welcome. I love how Jesus shows us the opposite of what we believe is true about the heart of God. He doesn’t push us away; instead, He pulls us close.

  3. Renee this blessed me so much friend. Even though my kids are grown I see ways I could have done better and I rejoice at how His spirit continues to reveal truth to our hearts when we seek Him.

    • I love knowing Jesus pulled you close, sweet friend, with the extravagance of His grace revealed to this mom so many years ago. His goodness is beyond compare, isn’t it?

  4. Renee, our Bible study word this week is “grace”, so you had perfect timing with your lesson! Thank you.

  5. What a beautiful story. Such “parenting wisdom” doesn’t come until we’re grandparents….BUT when God is in the center of our lives AND we listen and communicate in the language of the heart amazing things happen \0/

  6. “His tender mercy and unreasonable grace.” Yes. What an unfathomable gift and deep relief. Thankful for your words here today, Renee.

  7. Renee,

    God doesn’t condemn but forgives our sins. So why can’t we do the same for our children? The prodigal son is so much like Jesus waiting for us to come back & ask forgiveness. Realizing what we did & that we are sorry. God wants restoration, not separation and to build relationship, not regret. AMEN@

    Blessings 🙂

  8. Like Peter, repent, restored, glory God even at his old age.. Hallelujah.

    Thanks for sharing.


  9. I love the discernment between making bad choices and being a bad person. Powerful. Also, how you were able to connect how discipline when you were a child and how that affected how you perceived God as distant versus the prodigal sons experience is helpful.