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Make Your Move: Finding Unshakable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures (InScribed Collection) Paperback – November 21, 2017
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About the Author
Lynn Cowell is a part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaking team, speaking to pre-teens, teens, multi-generational and women’s conferences and retreats on a regular basis. Girls often come up to her saying, "How did you know that's what I was going through?" Hearing direction and guidance on critical issues they face, Lynn encourages them to reach their fullest potential by finding the relationship in Christ they were created them for. For the past 18 years, her ministry has helped thousands of girls and their moms:
- Replace loneliness, rejection, and pain with acceptance, affirmation, and approval.
- Make decisions that lead women to reaching their fullest potential, rather than being a victim to emotionally-based decisions.
- Shift faith in Jesus from a parental influence to a personal, growing relationship.
- Develop and stick to boundaries that protect the heart, mind, and body.
- Communicate with guys and other girlfriends in a healthy and positive way.
In addition to speaking on the national level, Lynn reaches many through her writing as an author of three books, blogger, and devotion writer. As a regular contributor for the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ daily devotions, Encouragement for Today, her devotions reach an audience of over 800,000 subscribers. She has been a regular contributor for The Whatever Girls and The Mom Initiative. Lynn and her husband, Greg, of 30 years, are the parents of three young adults: Zak, Mariah, and Madi. The Cowells reside in North Carolina where they enjoy hiking in the mountains, wearing well-worn sweatshirts and eating anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter.
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Living out confidence is broken down each day into an action to try out along with prayers. Deciding to see confidence as a Godly thing, powered by Him is freeing and inspiring. I think my favourite principle is do it scared, waiting for it to feel easy is not going to work! I love the concept of loving each other and building one another up rather than comparison. Each time I read a bible study, I now think about the show of confidence each person exhibits. Lynn has a great sense of humor and adds fun to each chapter!
Lynn’s honesty and openness really allowed me to relate and the bible characters remind me of what I can do through God. Raheb, Deborah, the Daughters of Z, I carry each as a beacon of hope for those darker days. Make A Move highlights the elements in confidence I hadn’t previously noticed and I really enjoyed learning how to build it, one step at a time. While painting the bigger picture, Lynn highlighted the next thing I could do that day. She made increasing my confidence feel achievable. Regularly encouraging me to dig into the bible and think on verses drew me closer to God and improved my understanding of God’s word.
Favourite quotes include:
“Just because we feel afraid that doesn’t mean it’s not God. We may fear failure or looking like a fool. Often, the discomfort of doing something we have never done tries to lock us down before we even get started.”
“Lynn’s honesty and openness really allowed me to relate and the bible characters remind me of what I can do through God. Raheb, Deborah, the Daughters of Z, I carry each as a beacon of hope for those darker days. Intellectually, Make A Move highlighted the elements in confidence I hadn’t previously noticed and I really enjoyed learning how to build it, one step at a time. While painting the bigger picture, Lynn highlighted the next thing I could do that day. She made increasing my confidence feel achievable. Regularly encouraging me to dig into the bible and think on verses drew me closer to God and improved my understanding of God’s word.
“One of the Hebrew words for courage is ruah, which can mean, “breath of God” and can be used to describe God’s creative activity. Just as He did in Genesis 1, God is creating something out of nothing in you and me. In ourselves, we don’t possess confidence, courage or bravery. He is forming this fortitude where there has been a void; where it has never existed before. He is very good at making something out of nothing. Psalm 33:6-9 tells us “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” (NIV) According to Genesis 1 and Psalm 33:6-9, what does God use to create something out of nothing? From these verses, what can we learn about the power of words?”
“Maybe like me, you are blessed to have witnessed the courage of another, and it’s empowered you to be brave. We have to be careful not to grow comfortable or complacent when we’re in the middle of the chain but instead be empowered by the Holy Spirit to keep stretching; keep courage going. Where will you invest in another to keep that chain of courage going? Let’s display daring boldness and in turn, teach others to be courageous We can start by:
Praying for courage:
Surrounding ourselves with others who are courageous.
Reading stories of others who’ve been courageous in the Bible or in books.
Take one small step to help bring change to the life of another”
“Maybe you would be willing to join me in an exercise I did when I read Jesus’ defense of Mary. I shut my eyes and pictured Jesus doing the same thing for me that He did for Mary. Coming to my rescue, He commanded “Leave her alone.” I’ve never done that before, but after I did, I had a very real sense: I don’t have to go back to that place in my past again. Painful encounters, whether they come from strangers, friends, or family, damage our confidence. Jesus wants to restore our ability to trust and believe in His protection.”
“Friend, this journey you and I are on together is a journey of endurance. It is a journey toward finishing well. Ending well requires us to every day, day after day, make the shift: dependence on me to dependence on You, Lord.”
It’s a five out of five for me on this one, I highly recommend purchasing the book!
Lynn Cowell introduces us to some not so well known women in the Bible, who show amazing confidence and faith in God. These women faced their fears, had the courage to do it afraid, and were more fearful of God than people.
No matter what you may be going through, God can use any situation to build your confidence and give you the unshakable courage to make your move!
The DVD series is also available with this book. You will be encouraged by Lynn as she shares personal stories and Biblical wisdom throughout the study.
I highly recommend this study to all! Of course it can be done alone. But I recommend getting some friends together and doing it as a group. Because as Lynn says, "We are more confident and courageous together. Surrounding ourselves with others who are also moving forward in their faith encourages us each day to keep moving in God's direction."
I was provided a copy of this study by the author in exchange for my honest review. This is my honest review.
I was provided a preview of this study and DVD by the publisher in return for my honest review.