January 12, 2017
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
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!
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:
November 17, 2016
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)
November 10, 2016
Are You Listening to God?
My recurrent theme in many of my blogs, as you know, is “God is Faithful.” It runs through my heart, and that theme is embedded in the heart and soul of the Bible.
So, to me, when people ask in any situation, “Will God show up?” that’s not even a question to consider. Read more
October 27, 2016
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
October 20, 2016
God isn’t finished with you yet.
There’s still hope for you. Read more
October 13, 2016
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
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!
* 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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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
September 1, 2016
Peace within is something we all need. And while we all crave different kinds of peace, perhaps one that we all struggle with most from time to time is inner peace. If so, today’s blog is for you. While I always encourage you to pray your own prayer, perhaps these thoughts will be helpful to you. It’s yet another one in a series of helpful prayers I’ve been sharing with you for a few weeks.
Is your heart troubled? Are you feeling like the psalmist, who asked his own soul, “Why are you in despair? And why have you become disturbed within me?” One of the hardest parts of knowing peace is understanding how it has nothing to do with control. If you’re having trouble with trust or finding the words to pray above the howling of the scary storms, feel free to offer up these words to the Lord now!
When Confusion Reigns
Oh Lord, sometimes my insides feel like a battle zone, where missiles are falling too close to home. Other times I’m caught in an endless storm, with thoughts flying out of control. Confusion reigns, and defeat creeps in to steal my joy. I need your peace—the deep-down-in-your-heart kind that stays with me day and night and speaks confidently into the wind. Calm my anxious spirit, Lord; all the attacking “if-onlys” and “what-ifs” fill me with needless worry.
I know that trust is a big part of experiencing peace and that fear has no place in my life. Most of the things I worry about or dread don’t even happen. So I’m declaring my trust in you. I’m releasing the reins of my life again and asking you to take control. I may need to pray this same prayer daily, but I’m tired of the frenzy of life that leaves my schedule and my thoughts without any margin. I need more of you, Lord, and less of me.
Finding Peace Within
I surrender and admit: I can’t control people, plans, or even all my circumstances, but I can yield those things to you, and focus on your goodness. Thank you today for every good gift you’ve given, every blessing you’ve sent, all the forgiveness I did not deserve, and, yes, for every trial you’ve allowed into my life. You bring good out of every circumstance if I’ll only let go and believe you. I know that when I pray and give thanks instead of worrying, you have promised that I can experience the kind of peace that passes all understanding. That’s your kind of peace, Lord. And it’s the kind I crave. Read more