Today I’m welcoming my good friend Lynn Cowell to guest post on my blog to share about her new book, Make Your Move: Finding Unshakable Confidence Despite your Fears and Failures. She’s offered to give away a free copy of Make Your Move as well as the 6-DVD bible study series. Read to the bottom of this post to see how you can enter!
Now here’s Lynn:
Ever meet a woman who seemed to light up the room when she walked in?
Her laugh said, “I don’t take life too seriously.” Her carefree walk let you know she was comfortable with who she was. Her hair and outfit seemed to be perfect.
Then again, maybe it wasn’t.
Actually her hair was held up in a casual bun and she had on workout clothes. So what made it seem like she had it all together?
I used to think confidence was something you were born with. If you were the perfect package – body, hair, family – you had confidence.
But I met a woman in the Bible who has changed my mind.
This woman demonstrated a very unlikely confidence. I call it unlikely because the Bible describes her as “a sinful woman.” Most likely, she was a prostitute. We meet her in Luke chapter 7, and her story begins in verse 36:
“When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them” (Luke 7:36-38).
Do you see the confidence? Confidence to walk into a house full of judgmental men looking down on those unlike them.
What would have given this unwanted woman the confidence to approach the perfect Son of God? To push past all that rejection?
Jesus called it out. “Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven – for she loved much …” (Luke 7:47a, ESV). Her love for Jesus gave her this unlikely confidence.
What caused her to love Jesus so much? We’re not given details about her except she was a woman “who lived a sinful life” in that town.
What had she seen? And experienced? Luke 7:11-15 offers a clue:
“Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out – the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, ‘Don’t cry.’ Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up!’ The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.” (Luke 7:11-15, NIV)
Maybe the woman was in this crowd and saw Jesus’ compassion, love, kindness, caring.
I’m not sure exactly what happened, but one thing is certain: She encountered unconditional love and it gave her the confidence to push past rejection. She knew she was wanted and it compelled her to show love in return.
Based on her past, I’m sure she knew no man could fill the gap in her heart. Yet this Man, this perfect One, loved her and it gave her unshakeable confidence.
Love empowered her.
This woman shows us: Confidence doesn’t come from doing everything right or having it all together. Confidence comes from knowing we are loved. Jesus gave it; she received it.
We, too, can find confidence, no matter how unlikely it may seem to us. Confidence to push past our barriers in order to receive and return Perfect Love.
Confidence isn’t something you’re born with. Nor do you get it from the perfect childhood or the model marriage. Rather, it comes from knowing you are loved by the One who gave His life for you.
God’s confidence comes when we fill our hearts and minds with God’s truth. In Make Your Move, Lynn Cowell explores how confidence-in-question keeps us from boldly experiencing what God intends for our lives. Learn more about her new women’s Bible study, encouraging you to dig into God’s Word to find confidence and boldness to do great things here: http://lynncowell.com/make-your-move/.
Now for the Giveaway!
Lynn is giving away a Make Your Move Bible study book and DVD bundle to one of you! Comment on this post (no email replies) by Monday, December 4 for a chance to win the bundle. U.S. Addresses only please.
Lynn Cowell is a national conference speaker who is passionate about helping women of all ages understand the importance of Christ confidence. She is the author of several books including her newest study for women, Make Your Move: Finding Unshakable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures, and Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You , just for girls ages 8 – 12. Lynn and her husband, Greg, have been married for over 30 years and are the parents of three young adults. They enjoy spending time together, especially when it combines the mountains, well-worn sweatshirts, and anything with chocolate and peanut butter. Connect with Lynn today at www.LynnCowell.com.
*The winner of last week’s giveaway of a copy of Unsinkable Faith & a gratitude journal was Linda who has been notified via email. Thanks to everyone who posted the reasons they were thankful! Your comments were a blessing to read!*