October 6, 2016
“My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23
Everyone wants–and needs–a place to belong. We all like to fit in.
Too many try too hard–and in all the wrong places.
But you already have a place in God the Father’s heart.
There, you will always find acceptance as His child.
There, you’ll have access to all the rooms.
There, you’ll find fellowship with Him daily.
If you’ve said yes to His invitation, to follow Jesus with all your heart, you are a part of the family of God!
Where else can you find a safe refuge and a place to be yourself?
Where else can you rest your cares and worries?
Where else can you enjoy a life of purpose and joy?
Jesus paid the price with His own death so you could have forgiveness, acceptance, and unconditional love.
There’s one place you’ll always belong.
You’re always at home in the Father’s heart.
-Rebecca Barlow Jordan
It’s Your Turn
What about you? Have you found that place you will always belong? Are you at home in the Father’s heart? If not, why not trust Him today? Share your comments below. Your words might encourage someone today!
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September 22, 2016
Time 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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September 15, 2016
Prayers with kids or grandkids at bedtime is more than a ritual. They need that spiritual nudge, that personal hug from God and you to give them a sense of security and love. You know that praying to end the day, thanking God for all that was experienced, asking for rest and a fresh start tomorrow, is an important habit to build in your kids. But have you ever found yourself putting your kids or grandkids to bed at the end of a long day, wanting to pray, but just too exhausted to find the words? If you need help and a place to start, here are two examples:
Dear God, we thank you tonight for the good day and for the special way you take care of us all the time. Thank you for the fun times outside and the quiet times inside, and for helping us learn new things every day.
Thank you for creating us special, exactly the way you wanted. Thank you for protecting us throughout the day. Forgive us for the wrong things we do. Thank you for loving us even when we disobey or try to do things our way. Help us to always choose your way, God, because it’s always best. We pray for all the people who don’t know you, and that they will come to understand your love for them, too.
Bless our family and thank you for good times together and apart. Bless our friends and those we love, including our grandparents, our aunts and uncles and cousins. Thank you for our home and a place to sleep and good food to eat. Help us rest well, give us peaceful dreams, and send your angels around our home to protect us throughout the night. Teach us to trust you and to love you more and more. You are good; you are great; and you are faithful, God. And we love you. Good night.
Bless us with rest tonight, Jesus, and a good night’s sleep. Forgive us for the things we did today that did not honor you. Thank you for loving us so much and that you know us through and through. We need your help every day, and we thank you for the strength you give and for helping us know that with you, even hard things are possible. Bless our family and our home, and keep us safe through the night. May your angels guard us and watch over us, just like you promised. Read more
June 16, 2016
What is a father? Whether our fathers were absent or present, we all share memories of what our father is/was like. This is my Father’s Day Tribute. Will you share yours? Happy Father’s Day! Read more
April 5, 2016
Is there such a thing as enduring love–the kind that lasts forever? In a world filled with break-ups and break downs, who can count on real love anymore? 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
November 24, 2015
Most of us remember to count our usual blessings from God, especially at times like Thanksgiving. But here are at least eight unexpected blessings we could overlook. You could probably list even more. Let me explain: Read more
November 10, 2015
It’s one of the words God loves to hear, but not only at this time of year. His God-ordained “holiday” includes every day of every year. No matter what’s going on in our world or in our lives, He loves to hear this word. What is it? Read more
November 3, 2015
Are you wanting to get more out of life? Here are four ways to find joy in your journey:
October 27, 2015
It’s time for another book giveaway. Once again, I’m featuring a Guideposts devotional book, the new Mornings with Jesus 2016. For my fourth year now, I’ve been privileged to join a team of other gifted writers to compose the Mornings with Jesus devotionals, including this one.
Studying the life of Jesus and reading and learning more about Him each year as I write these devotions, always fills me with a new love and passion for Christ. And every year as I experience more of His love and grace, Jesus grows even more precious to me.
Here’s an excerpt from one of the devotions I contributed to this book: Read more