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Overcoming the Overwhelming

A 40-Day Journey toward Rediscovering Faith in God

(Study Guide Below)





CHildebrand-Overcoming_FullCov2.inddThere are many challenges we face in life that have simple solutions. Others might take a greater effort, but eventually, we are successful. However, sometimes we experience difficulties that seem beyond our own abilities to overcome. After perhaps years of trying to improve without making any permanent progress, it is easy to feel discouraged and overwhelmed.


It is perplexing to us when we observe that in other areas of our lives we are living victoriously. We might be doing very well in business and relationships and appear to everyone that we “have it all together”. Yet, in other facets of our lives, we are still experiencing frustration and defeat.


As the title of the book implies, in order to overcome the overwhelming, we must have faith in God, but how do we find new faith—a faith that will finally help us move “this” mountain?


Jesus said that knowing the truth will set us free. So, first of all, we need to discover what the truth is, especially as it pertains to our overwhelming circumstance. Next, we need to face head-on any thought that is negating the truth or causing us to doubt God’s goodness and His loving grace toward us. Then, we simply allow ourselves to believe that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do, not allowing anything to prevent us from receiving what He has provided.


Set before you in this book is a 40-Day feast of truth that is shared with the objective of setting you free to believe fully in God’s kind intentions toward us and receive the victory Jesus won for us. I hope you will be inspired to take this journey toward rediscovering faith in God so that you will finally overcome the overwhelming.


Sincerely in Christ,
Cathy Hildebrand


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Study-Discussion Guide


This study guide is provided for individuals who would like to journal through the book or for group study and discussion. Feel free to print them out for individual or group use, but please do not publish.  The “lessons” are meant to be suggestions as to how much a group might study in one session. Of course, feel free to go at your own pace.


BE ADVISED: This study tends to bring up the discussion of personal information. I suggest that if you do this in a group, that the participants be well-established friends or that the group be limited by number of participants or by gender. It needs to be acceptable (perhaps even encouraged) for participants to NOT share details they prefer to keep private and that all information shared in the group remain private. Personally, I would do this alone or with one or two close and trusted friends. Additionally, since the book introduces concepts that might be new to the reader, participants should agree to read the material and do the study/discussion pages prior to discussing it together.


CONTINUOUS DOCUMENT (all lessons…in progress)


OTO-Continuous Study Guide



INDIVIDUAL LESSONS (also in progress)


Part One:By Grace through Faith NOT Law


Lesson 1: Prologue, Introduction, Day 1 From Frustration to Faith

OTO L-1 Prologue, Introduction, Day 1


Lesson 2: Day 2 Overcoming Overwhelming Sin

OTO L-2 Day 2


Day 3 “Not by Law” and Day 4 “Sin Consciousness”

OTO L-3 Days 3 and 4


Day 5 “Living by Grace through Faith” and Day 6 “Allowing Grace to Permeate Your Life”

OTO L-4 Days 5 and 6


Day 7 “Needing New Faith” and Day 8 “Finding Faith”

OTO L-5 Days 7 and 8


Day 9 “Good News”

OTO L-6 Day 9


Day 10 “Discovering Specific Good News”

OTO L-7 Day 10


Day 11 “Faith Pitfalls” and Day 12 “Good Girl, Bad Girl”

OTO L-8 Days 11 and 12


Part Two: Walking by Faith Not by Sight


Day 13 “Supernatural Solution”, Day 14 “Supernatural Faith”, and
Day 15 “The Gift and Fruit of Faith”

OTO L-9 Days 13-15


Day 16 “Joyful Anticipation” and Day 17 “Pleasing God”

OTO L-10 Days 16 and 17



Day 18 “Diligently Seeking Him”

OTO L-11 Day 18



Day 19 “Confidence and Peace and Day 20 “Living above the Fray”

OTO L-12 Days 19 and 20



Day 21 “While We Wait” and Day 22 “Sudden and Great Storms”

OTO L-13 Days 21 and 22



Day 23 “Walking on Water” and Day 24 “Speaking to Mountains”

OTO L-14 Days 23 and 24 



Part Three: Enemies of Faith


Day 25 “The Trying of Our Faith” and Day 26 “A Defeated Foe”

OTO L-55-Days 25 and 26


Day 27 “Resist Him” and Day 28 “The Weapons of Our Warfare”



Day 29 “Underestimating God’s Power”

OTO L-17 Day 29


Day 30 “Ignorance”

OTO L-18 Day 30

Day 31 “Obedience”

OTO L-19 Day 31


Day 32 “False Teaching”
OTO L-20 Day 32

The rest is coming soon! Check back often.


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