Book Giveaway: Mornings with Jesus Daily Bible

September 22, 2016

Book Giveaway: Mornings with Jesus Daily BibleTime for another book giveaway–one that combines a Bible and devotional in the same package! New to Guideposts, the Mornings with Jesus Daily Bible offers a 365-day plan for reading through the Bible in one year. It’s an easy way to share each day with the One Who knows you best.

I love giving books away, and Guideposts sent me an extra copy of this wonderful Bible. So I wanted to pass one along to one of my readers.

This Bible offers daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Proverbs, and Psalms, along with daily encouragements, prayers, and faith steps that draw you closer to Jesus and fill you with His love and light. Many of my devotions are included in this Bible, along with other writers from the past Mornings with Jesus devotionals.

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Eight Ways God Speaks to Us Today

July 28, 2016

Because God treats each of us as unique children, He doesn't communicate the same way to all of us. However, here are eight ways God often speaks to us today.

He conversed with Adam in the first garden. He told Noah to build an ark. He spoke to Moses in a burning bush. He promised Abraham a son. Paul heard His voice on the way to Damascus. But does God still speak to us today? If so, how? When? Where?

Often when people ask this question, they are talking about an audible voice. And God can do that. He can do anything He wants. He’s God. Why then, can’t I hear God speak to me audibly, someone might ask?

I can’t answer questions that the Bible does not make clear. And the way God works is one of those questions. I do think “hearing God speak” may mean different things to different people. To some, it may suggest, “I need answers for my life, or this particular crisis.” Another may say, “I’ve asked God for _________, but He never answers me.

Because God treats each of us as unique children, He doesn’t communicate the same way to all of us. However, here are eight ways God often speaks to us today. Read more

One Thing You Can Do to Heal Your Country

June 30, 2016

Pray as if your life and your country's healing depend on it. Because it does.

Everyone has an opinion today on what their country needs and what it will take to help heal it–especially when division occurs or election time rolls around. There are many things you can do to help, but none are more important than the one I’ll tell you about today. If you really love your country, here is the most important thing you can do to help heal it: Read more

What God’s Love Does for Us

June 23, 2016

The power of God’s love is unchangeable, unstoppable, and indescribable. Some may use another attribute for God, but the truth lies in His Word–and in His character.

The power of God's love is unchangeable, unstoppable, and indescribable. Some may use another attribute for God, but the truth lies in His Word--and in His character.

What God’s Love Does for Us

 

The best way I can describe what God’s love does for us is to share what He says in His Word. Here are only a few of those: Read more

Five Ways to Solve Irrational Fear

March 8, 2016

Five Ways to Solve Irrational FearWe live in a world where irrational fear keeps intruding our thoughts and our lives. Whether it’s fear of the future, fear for our country, fear for our health, or fear for our children, we fight it daily: mind-crippling, spine-tingling, heart-stomping fear.

Fears of several varieties took hold of my heart early on as a young adult, but through the years God has brought amazing freedom.

I’m not talking about the good kind of fear that alerts your spirit to an approaching enemy, that moves you into action to protect the ones you love, or that promotes a healthy respect for God. Those fears are healthy. And not all fears are irrational. Some move in and out quickly without disrupting our lives.

But what about the other kind? Where does irrational fear originate? And how do you keep those fears from taking permanent residence in your life? Here are five ways to solve irrational fear: Read more

What Is God Like?

December 8, 2015

If you were to ask others what God is like, you would obviously receive an assortment of ideas and images. While no one can accurately describe God, one thing you can be certain of: love is at the center of all of God’s activity.

How would you describe God?

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This One Habit Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Life

October 6, 2015

Habits can be good or bad. But if you can change this one habit, it may affect not only you, but literally thousands in your lifetime.

This One Habit Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Life

WHY PROCRASTINATION IS HARMFUL

Today, I’m talking about procrastination in the sense of trusting your memory to accomplish today what you should have preserved yesterday, or this morning, or an hour ago. Or as my husband loves to remind me when I plead forgetfulness: “Write it down!”

He’s so right. Writers are not the only ones who understand this deadly habit of procrastination. Not recording the thoughts, impressions, and ideas immediately God gives us,  can leave us frustrated and empty. Waiting until later, depending on your age, may mean those ideas never return. 🙂 Read more

Helps for Spiritual Warfare

September 30, 2015

Spiritual warfare can evoke a variety of responses in the lives of Christ followers. Unawareness of our enemy’s schemes, irrational fear of the term, “warfare,” or attributing too much power to our arch enemy, satan, can leave believers stranded, deceived, and defenseless.

Spiritual warefare is real, and it’s been around since the beginning of creation–far longer than when author Frank Peretti pushed it to the surface in the 80’s in his book, “Piercing the Darkness.”

How can we find confidence to battle our enemy? Where can we find the tools to fight, assured of protection and victory? Rather than expound on the weapons Jesus gives us, like our spiritual armor, our identity in Christ, the power of His name, and his Word through Scripture–and so much more–I’ve chosen today to offer you some helps and resources for handling spiritual warfare in your own life that will also include those weapons. Here are just a few of them:

A Prayer for Spiritual Warfare

At a loss for what to pray for spiritual warfare? I wrote a sample prayer for spiritual warfare on Crosswalk that might help you.

Spiritual warfare can evoke both positive and negative responses in the lives of Christ followers. A Prayer for Spiritual Warfare, along with other excellent resources can help us find confidence to battle our enemy.

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Bible Promise for Today – Direction for Tomorrow

September 15, 2015

 

Every day we face decisions. And depending on the seasons of our lives, some are fairly big ones. Where can we find wisdom and direction for tomorrow for all those big and little choices we must make?

Every day we face decisions. And depending on the seasons of our lives, some are fairly big ones. Where can we find wisdom and direction for tomorrow for all those big and little choices we must make?

What’s Next?

What’s next? Are you facing decisions about tomorrow? What job to pursue? Whether to keep working in retirement? Who to marry? Which school to attend? What book to write? How to go on when you’ve lost someone close? Which house to buy? Whether to rent? How to raise your children? Where to serve God best? Whether to have surgery? What church to attend? How to make the most difference with your life?

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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

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