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
May 19, 2015
I’ve listed some good book reads today, along with multiple book giveaways. I love to give away books, and I’m behind in doing that. So today, I’m giving away three (3) books. Three people have a chance to enter the giveaway.
I believe good books still change lives. They can encourage, challenge, inspire, entertain, teach, and so much more. I write books, but I also love to read them–for those same reasons. Jesus used story–parables–often to convey truth. Here are a few of the Christian fiction books I’ve read in the last few months and can recommend to you: Read more
May 12, 2015
Has the music of your life disappeared? Does silence echo through the halls of your heart? The notes once rang clearly. Can you still hear God’s heavenly music? Read more
May 5, 2015
Don’t Forget Your Mom
Don’t forget to honor your mom this Mother’s Day. Gifts of unselfish time and love are valued as much as any material gift.
What About You?
What kind of legacy would you like to leave your children? Share your comments below. You could encourage someone today!
Coming Soon: Another Book Giveaway
It’s Your Turn
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April 28, 2015
What your grandchildren and children need from you may surprise you. Here are five lasting things they need that you can’t wrap up with a bow or leave in a will: Read more
March 17, 2015
When you find yourself in a wilderness of unpleasant circumstances, what encouraging words do you need to hear? How do you get through it? Read more
March 10, 2015
Others will forget you,
and what you do. Read more
March 3, 2015
We can’t prevent the snow blanketing much of our country. Will winter never end? But a more serious condition can paralyze us. Can you recognize the five signs of a spiritual freeze-up? Read more
February 24, 2015
“It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?” Psalm 127:2 MSG
It’s not just moms who struggle with 60 + hour week loads. Writers, ministry leaders, business professionals, retail workers, yes, even some seniors juggle packed schedules. Most of us have been there at one time or another. “Hurry up!” flies out of our mouths more times than we care to admit.
Technical advances intended to decrease our work load and increase our efficiency only offer more gadgets to consume our time and energy. All our efforts to slow down seem hopeless at times.
How do you ease the pattern of too much pursuing and too much doing? How do you remedy the pattern of too little resting and too little nesting? Even at night our sleep-deprived bodies may fight the tendency to “work,” as we count undone tasks rather than sheep. Does God offer any help?
I believe God offers another way. He invites us to wrestle less and trust Him more. He, who designed time, gives us all the same number of hours. And He does promise sweet sleep and rest to those He loves who will receive it. When you go to bed tonight, try nestling in His love. Leave your work outside your room, and close the door.
Five Things to Help You Sleep Sweeter
If your inability to sleep or rest is physically/medically related, by all means check with your doctor. But for those who identify with over-stress, here are some simple suggestions that might help:
1. Take frequent breaks throughout the day. Give your body–and mind–a chance to relax. Whether you walk, stretch, or indulge in a 10-minute “power” nap, give yourself a break.
2. Ask God to give you wisdom on how to prioritize your day. And while you’re at it, make Him your number one priority. Matthew 6:33 says when we seek Him first, “all these things will be given to you as well” (clothes, food, work, etc.). I like to think that means we can trust God to provide all our needs. Has He ever failed to meet yours?
3. Shut down early. A warm bath, reading a good book, meditating on Scripture–add these to your evening ritual, and subtract computer or mind-robbing activities late at night.
4. Mentally give God your worries, cares, and yes, even your unfinished projects for the night. If necessary, try climbing an imaginary ladder and hand them off to God for the night. Or place them outside your closed door and ask God to stand guard over them (The sooner you can cast your cares permanently on the Lord, the sweeter that sleep might be).
5. Try praising God as you go to sleep. I love to go through the alphabet thinking of names or character traits of God. Or read a Psalm before you turn off the light. Allow God’s Word to calm your Spirit.
Remember not to take on more than God assigns. He cares more about your character rather than your completed checklists.
Ah, worry-free sleep. Sweet dreams!
It’s Your Turn
What about you? Are you wrestling or nestling? Share your comments below.
You won’t be hounded, prodded, or automatically added to my mailing list if you leave a comment. Feel free to email this Christian blog to someone or to re-post on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, using the buttons below, or to “like” it below or on my Facebook networked blog. If you want to re-post any of my blogs on your own blog or website, please contact me for permission first. And I’d love for you to sign up for my blog/newsletter and updates at the top of this website page/sidebar if you’ve not already done so. That way, I can drop heart to heart encouragement into your e-mail box weekly, as well as notify you of any new updates, specials, or contests.
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February 17, 2015
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O , will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8, NLT).
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3, NLT). Read more