July 28, 2016
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
June 30, 2016
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
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.
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
March 8, 2016
We 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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?
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.
I love that God can speak to us anywhere, anytime He wants. Don’t you? Here are three reminders He gave me: Read more
June 30, 2015
So many respond to our culture and all that is happening to Christian values in our world today that I rarely add my thoughts. But there are times when silence prayerfully begs for a voice. In those moments, often the best way I can write is through a poem. Whether you’re a parent, a husband, a wife, or simply a concerned follower of Jesus, I hope these words will encourage you.
When the World You’ve Known Keeps Changing
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
When the world you’ve known keeps changing
how do you respond?
How do you protect the values—
the ones that have made you strong? Read more