Finding God in the Outdoors

August 4, 2015

Finding God, Outdoors, GardenGod’s fingerprints are all over the outdoors in nature. It’s surprising the lessons we can learn about His character if we will watch and listen. Today is the first in a blog series on Finding God in the Outdoors. All through the year, but especially in springtime and summer, I seem to hear God’s whispers and lessons when I’m outside. Is it any wonder that God loves to speak to us in places like the garden–where He first walked with man and woman?

Whether you like the outdoors or not, I believe these simple truths and lessons will draw you just a little closer toward our Creator. Read more

Promise for Today: A Light in the Darkness

July 28, 2015

Jesus still lights the darkness.

“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the darkness” John 12:46 NLT.

Ever been through a dark time in your life? I have. It’s not particularly fun, is it? You don’t have to live through a power outage to know what it’s like to live in the darkness. Most of us have experienced that at one time or another. Read more

7 Secrets of a Long, Grace-filled Marriage

July 20, 2015

7 Secrets of a Long, Grace-filled MarriageMy husband and I are celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary. Yes, we married young. :-) No, these are not necessarily our secrets, though we’ve tried to incorporate them into our marriage through the years.

Actually, we could sum up the secret of our long and satisfying marriage in three words: God‘s amazing grace.
But as marriage enrichment leaders through the years we’ve had the privilege of working with many couples. And in his ministry position, my husband has had the opportunity to work with and counsel numerous couples.
What makes a marriage flourish? This list is not exhaustive, but here are seven secrets of a long, grace-filled marriage that we’ve observed through the years: (If you’ve been married over 25 years, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what makes a marriage last. You can do so at the end of this blog).

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A Lesson from the Garden

July 14, 2015

My neighbor recently gave me a thoughtful gift for my garden. She knew how much I loved “yard art.” And it was even lime green and pink–colors I’ve splashed throughout my back yard. But when I planted it in the ground beside my real flowers, God nudged my spirit. This would be more than just a metal decoration. That painted flower decor would remind me of another spiritual lesson–like so much of my garden does.

A yard art reminder from the garden to keep growing

I love that God can speak to us anywhere, anytime He wants. Don’t you? Here are three reminders He gave me:  Read more

5 Things Your Grandchildren (and Children) Need from You

April 28, 2015

Five Things Your Grandchildren and Children Need from You

What your grandchildren and children need from you may surprise you. Here are five lasting things they need that you can’t wrap up with a bow or leave in a will: Read more

5 Reasons God May Be Silent

April 21, 2015

When God doesn't answer, is it because of us or Him?You’ve called. You’ve prayed. You’ve asked. You’ve waited. But heaven gives no answer. When we can’t hear God’s voice, is it because of us or Him? Why is God silent? Read more

Is Starting Over Possible?

April 14, 2015

Ever wish for a do-over? Is starting over really possible?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many times have you wished for a do-over? Has a relationship gone sour? Have you abandoned a difficult project? Ever spoken a word in haste and wished you could take it back? Or maybe you’re just trying to find a new start in your relationship with God. Read more

Is Jesus Real? An Easter Prayer for You

April 4, 2015

 

Is Jesus Real? An Easter Prayer for YouSome of us may feel like Thomas, who questioned the Lord after His resurrection appearance. At times, we too, need to know that Jesus is truly real. Circumstances leave us discouraged, and we soon forget God’s work in our lives. Read more

Palm Sunday

March 24, 2015

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve begun a tradition each year of posting this short Easter meditation about Palm Sunday that I wrote several years ago and wanted to share it with you again. The story–Jesus’ story–never grows old. He is still what Easter is all about. I pray it blesses and encourages you as you begin this Easter season of celebration.

Palm Sunday

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Rebecca Barlow Jordan

They did not see Him coming. Not Him. They saw a hope re-kindled, an end to their injustice, an easier path to follow.

They waved their palm offerings, laid down their finest clothes, but they saw only a temporary king, not a Suffering Servant. Read more

Encouraging Words for Discouraging Times

March 17, 2015

Encouraging Words for Encouraging Times

Encouraging Words

When you find yourself in a wilderness of unpleasant circumstances, what encouraging words do you need to hear? How do you get through it? Read more

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