A Confidence Like No Other

Yesterday, my daughter was sitting at the kitchen table doing homework for cheer as I was getting dinner ready. Her squad had been talking about respect and confidence all week, and she was filling out a questionnaire to turn in.

She read the first question out loud…

“Name one of the most confident people you know.â€

I thought for sure she’d write Miley Cyrus, or one of the Jonas Brothers, or maybe one of her own friends.

But instead she wrote…


When I saw her answer, I was surprised.

Because, as a people pleaser and a perfectionist, I wouldn’t say I’ve always been the most confident person. Though most people who knew me in high school and college probably thought I was very outgoing and sure of myself, a lot of the time on the inside, that’s not how I felt.

To see my daughter’s answer made me grateful.

And that’s where God comes in.

Because the confidence I have now doesn’t come from me. It comes from Him.

It was back in college that my confidence wavered the most. My feelings of insecurity and trying to be perfect culminated in a struggle with food and my self-image. It was also in college, after years of struggling, that I turned to God and began to learn more about His awesome love and the gift of His Son.

And that changed my perspective about myself.

Knowing how much He loves every single person, and knowing that His love is unconditional, helped me to love and appreciate myself more. From the day I became a mom, I’ve prayed that I can model that love and acceptance to hopefully help my kids feel the same way about themselves.

Which is why my daughter’s answer to the second part of that question on her homework made me smile again. When asked, “What do you think gives that person confidence?†she wrote…

“Liking herself because she knows God created her exactly how she is.â€

If you’re feeling less than confident today–if you doubt your abilities and qualities–take a minute to remember God made you who you are for a purpose. And take a minute to soak in this verse…

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.†Philippians 4:13

Does that mean you’ll never feel insecure?

Of course not. I still go through periods of doubting myself and questioning my abilities, depending on what I’m facing. I think we all do.

But the verse does mean that when that happens, you can turn to the unshakeable foundation of God’s love for strength and confidence.

And that’s a confidence that can really make a difference.

That’s a confidence like no other.

18 Responses to A Confidence Like No Other
  1. Carol
    August 8, 2008 | 8:56 am

    That was just for me, just as the right time. Thank you!

  2. Tiffanie
    August 8, 2008 | 9:12 am

    I really like stopping by here in the mornings! Thanks for this great post. We all need a little reminder that we are who God says we are from time to time. (borrowed that from Beth Moore.)

  3. linda
    August 8, 2008 | 11:45 am

    God made you who you are for a purpose…i needed to be reminded that today more than you’ll ever know. thanks.

  4. Angie
    August 8, 2008 | 12:07 pm

    Excellent devotional. It sounds like you and I have a lot in common. The world endorses self-confidence. If I trust in myself, I will fail every time. I much prefer God-confidence. Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord! 2 Cor 10:17

  5. Becoming Me
    August 8, 2008 | 1:02 pm

    Wonderful post and encouragement I sure needed

  6. Mozi Esme's Mommy
    August 8, 2008 | 1:07 pm

    What a great testimony to your daughter . . . I pray that I can grab on to some of that confidence too – especially for my daughter’s sake!

  7. Candy
    August 8, 2008 | 1:16 pm

    I really needed to hear this today. Thank you. My confidence is lacking due to others around me speeking it into me. Not fun.

  8. LauraLee Shaw
    August 8, 2008 | 1:52 pm

    Oh, that our children could all see God-confidence speaking, acting, loving through us. What a compliment!

  9. Bobbie Jo
    August 8, 2008 | 3:17 pm

    That is my favorite verse-I even have it on a purse I sometimes carry! I so needed to read this today!

  10. Mama C
    August 8, 2008 | 4:14 pm

    What an awesome thing. Thank you for sharing it, I needed to hear it. I’ve been very down on myself lately. I know that I’m a child of God, but I really need to grab hold of that confidence, too! (that comes from Him!)

  11. Amanda
    August 8, 2008 | 6:50 pm

    Really beautiful Genny. And I LOVE it when a child can look up to a REAL hero… a mom or a dad that puts their God first!

    Many blessings-

  12. Willnette
    August 8, 2008 | 8:21 pm

    God made me who I am for a purpose. Thank you so very much for sharing, I know any confidence I have comes from God and when I fail to call upon Him my confidence usually does not take me where I want go. /thi slifts my spirits.

  13. Gina
    August 8, 2008 | 9:27 pm

    Great post. There are certain areas in my life I feel so confident in and other areas I feel in adequate. I really needed to hear this, especially as this time in my life!

  14. Elle
    August 9, 2008 | 1:10 am

    Yes – Great great verse
    my mother’s favorite

  15. RefreshMom
    August 9, 2008 | 4:45 am

    How rewarding to know that your daughter has picked up on such an important (but difficult to impart) lesson!

  16. rrmama
    August 9, 2008 | 3:12 pm

    You are beautiful inside and out! Thanks for the encouragement. Your daughter is one smart cookie.

  17. ozjane
    August 10, 2008 | 2:25 am

    What a beautiful life lesson your daughter has learnt. To Him be the glory. And to you the joy

  18. An Ordinary Mom
    August 15, 2008 | 12:18 am

    It’s nice to know I will eventually figure out how to be a successful mom to three 🙂 !!