3 Keys to a Happier New Year

January 12, 2017

Need some motivation making this new year count? Here are 3 keys to a happier New Year.

As the new year unfolds, all of us want our year to be “happier” than the previous one. Based on Scriptural advice, here are three keys  to help you experience a happier new year: Read more

A New Year’s Prayer for You

January 5, 2017

 

A New Year's Prayer for You

 

My New Year’s Prayer for You

As you look back over the past year, do you see patterns that need amending, habits that need rending, and do you find yourself defending your actions and attitudes? Are you longing for something different this year? If you want to move ahead, start over, and experience a year of victory, not defeat, then maybe this prayer will help to inspire you.

Lord Jesus, I come to you in this brand new year with a desire to move forward, not backward. Last year is gone, and with it all the foolish mistakes I made. I’m eager to put the past behind and to press on toward the mark of knowing you, loving you, serving you, and making Your name known in this coming year. Read more

A Christmas Prayer for You

December 22, 2016

As Christmas draws near, may our hearts also draw closer to the One we celebrate–it’s all about Jesus. And despite the fears, the tears, and the challenges that invade our world daily, we can experience the joy and peace He came to bring. That’s my wish for you this year, that not only will Jesus be the center of your Christmas celebration, but that you will know His joy and His peace, this Christmas, and always!

A Christmas Prayer for You

My Christmas Prayer for You

I wrote a Christmas prayer especially for you this year. I hope you’ll read it and accept it as my prayer-wish for each of you this Christmas. Take time this year to make prayer a part of your Christmas traditions, wherever you are.

Over two thousand years ago a band of shepherds heard some startling news from angelic visitors: “Be not afraid;” “good news of great joy;” “peace on earth and good will.” Seriously? But that was then, and now is now. Is that joy and peace still available? If you’re craving those things for your life this year, no matter where you are, here’s a prayer for peace and joy to be a reality in your life this year at Christmas:

You can read the prayer as it first appeared on CrosswalkRead more

Should We Apologize for Our Blessings?

November 24, 2016

Do you ever feel guilty about speaking of God's personal blessings? Should you apologize? Or turn your blessings into boomerangs?

Good News Is Hard to Keep Quiet

A while back I had shared a “Day-votional Truth for the Day”: “Good news is hard to keep quiet.” I quoted the response of Peter and John after they had been asked by some Jewish religious leaders not to speak of Jesus again: “”Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about the wonderful things we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20, NLT).

One of the Facebook comments about my post brought up an interesting perspective, and maybe even a different issue altogether–about feeling guilty when sharing with others what God has done for us.  But maybe we can tie the two thoughts together.

Should We Apologize for Our Blessings?

Do you ever feel guilty about speaking of God’s personal blessings, especially around an unbeliever or someone less fortunate? Do you ever feel like Jacob’s favored son, Joseph, sporting his coat of many colors and almost bragging about his God-given dreams about his brothers (Genesis 37)? Should you apologize for your blessings? Should you keep quiet about them? Read more

When the Only Place We Can Look Is Up

November 17, 2016

When the only place we can look is up, God is faithful to meet us and greet us at our point of need.

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, (1 Corinthians 1:9, NIV).

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:19, NIV)

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Book Giveaway – Mornings with Jesus 2017 Devotional

October 27, 2016

Time again for another book giveaway--the new Mornings with Jesus 2017 devotional. Read the excerpt and enter the drawing. Start every morning with Jesus!

It’s time again for another book giveaway. Once again, I’m featuring a Guideposts devotional book, the new Mornings with Jesus 2017 devotional. For my fifth 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 has deepened my love and passion for Christ even more. And every year as I experience more of His love and grace, Jesus grows even more precious to me. He is so faithful!

I am pleased to share this opportunity with you. Be sure and read the excerpt; then comment below to enter the devotional book giveaway drawing. Read more

What Are God’s Plans for You?

October 20, 2016

There are no "has beens" in God's kingdom--only "can becomes." God's plans are always to restore, refresh, and renew.

God isn’t finished with you yet.

There’s still hope for you. Read more

How God Feels About You

October 13, 2016

How does God feel about you? Just in case you’re wondering, here are some things He says about you:

How does God feel about you? Just in case you're wondering, here are some things He says about you.

And that’s only the beginning.  Read more

One Place You Will Always Belong

October 6, 2016

There's one place you will always belong. You're always at home in the Father's heart.

“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!

* I’ll announce the winner of our Guideposts Mornings with Jesus Daily Bible next week. Stay tuned for more book/drawing giveaways in the future. Thanks to all of you who entered and left comments!

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Prayers with Kids at Bedtime

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. If you need help and a place to start, here are two examples:

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:

Prayer One

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.

Prayer Two

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

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