Okay, I admit it. I’ve never thought about trying to figure out how to develop God-confidence. My focus, like that of so many other people, has always been on self-confidence. But after reading God-Confident Kids by Cyndie Claypool de Neve, I realize there’s a better way.
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What Is God-Confidence?
If you’ve never heard the phrase God-confidence before, you may wonder what it means. God-confidence is reliance on God. We can believe in God’s ability to deliver, save or be whatever we need in every situation.
We can put our trust in God and know that we will not be disappointed. It doesn’t mean we will always get what we want, but we recognize that God will always give us what we need.
God-Confidence vs. Self-Confidence
When we talk about self-confidence we are usually speaking about our confidence in our abilities, strengths and what we’re able to accomplish on our own.
While we need to believe in ourselves and have confidence in our abilities, self-confidence has a potential risk: it may teach us that we can do things on our own outside of God’s strength.
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How to Develop God Confidence
Embrace who God created you to be. All of us were given unique abilities and gifts so we can fulfill the purpose for which we were created. When we learn to appreciate the gifts we were given and seek to find new ways to hone them and use them to serve God, our God-confidence increases.
Focus on God, not our problems. If we are to learn how to be God confident, then we have to learn that focusing on our problems lead to worry and anxiety. When we are anxious and fearful, we lose our confidence in God.
Choose faith over fear. Fear can be crippling. It prevents us from doing the things we need to do and from becoming the person God wants us to be. To develop our God-confidence, we have to learn to choose faith over fear. We have to remember that every challenge we face is an opportunity to give God the glory as He works in our lives to fulfill His purpose for us.
Review of God-Confident Kids
As parents, we have a responsibility to help our children find and develop their true purpose and passion. We help them become the person God created them to be.
Know God—If we are to help our children become the best versions of themselves, we have to teach them about God so they can have a personal relationship with Him.
God-Confident Kids includes practical steps that parents can use to encourage children to know God for themselves. There is an emphasis on prayer and Bible study and learning how to be quiet in God’s presence.
Know yourself—A key element of this book is that each person has their purpose. While our children may have traits similar to ours, they are not us and they will need to find their way and live out their purpose.
Run your race—Everyone was created on purpose for a good purpose. As parents, we need to encourage our children to run the race God has set before them. God-confidence will give us and our children the ability to be confident as we use our gifts for God.
Before we can be parents who encourage our children to live out God’s purpose in their lives, we have to be people who have acknowledged that God has a purpose for our lives. We have to embrace our God-confidence before we can show our children how to embrace theirs.
This book had a lot of valuable information for parenting our children in such a way they become the best version of themselves. I had hoped there would have been advice on parenting the strong-willed child as there was a section on parenting children who were people-pleasers.
Even without that information, this book is a good resource for teaching children how to have confidence in God. I received a review copy of God-Confident Kids as part of the Baker Books blogger review program; a positive review was not required.
About God-Confident Kids by Cyndie Claypool de Neve
In this hopeful book, associate marriage and family therapist Cyndie Claypool de Neve explains how you can help your kids discover the purpose for which God created them. God-Confident Kids is filled with stories, Scripture, psychological insights, and practical tips to help you move from fear-based parenting to faith-filled parenting as you claim Ephesians 2:10 for your kids: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (NIV).
About Cyndie Claypool de Neve
Cyndie Claypool de Neve is the co-author of Unshaken and the previous director of communications at Moms in Prayer International. With a passion for prayer and teaching, the former journalist holds an M.A. in counseling psychology and currently works at a large church in California. She and her husband, Marcel, have two children.
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