Do You Need This Prayer?

August 20, 2015

Strength Healing New Day Back-to-school Prayer Need Encouragement

Needs bombard us like a hailstorm sometimes. In emergencies, sometimes I simply cry out, “Jesus, Help!” In fact, I uttered one of those prayers last week.

But other times I have more time to give thought and reflection, remembering God’s Word and promises as I pray. I’ve taken a break in my “Finding God Outdoors” series to give you a sampling of some of those prayers. Below you’ll find three of those prayers I wrote for crosswalk.com, which you can read by following the links under each picture, and a fourth prayer I’ve posted in a previous blog. If you’ve ever found yourself in one of these situations, I hope each prayer will help to encourage you and draw you closer to the One who loves you and is waiting to hear your prayer. Read more

Finding God in the Outdoors – Private Sanctuaries

August 13, 2015

In this second part of Finding God in the Outdoors, here’s another facet of God’s personality I see often–only in a different way than what you might think.

God’s Holiness

As much as I love colorful, growing plants, I discovered I also enjoyed garden art. You’ve seen some of those in past blogs. But several pieces I’ve found or purchased have created not shrines, but private sanctuaries in my yard: creative reminders of special encounters in the garden–with a Holy God. They teach me even more about His character.

Reflection of His Glory

Finding God Outdoors Garden Sanctuary Holiness Garden Art

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Finding God in the Outdoors

August 4, 2015

Finding God, Outdoors, GardenGod’s fingerprints are all over the outdoors in nature. It’s surprising the lessons we can learn about His character if we will watch and listen. Today is the first in a blog series on Finding God in the Outdoors. All through the year, but especially in springtime and summer, I seem to hear God’s whispers and lessons when I’m outside. Is it any wonder that God loves to speak to us in places like the garden–where He first walked with man and woman?

Whether you like the outdoors or not, I believe these simple truths and lessons will draw you just a little closer toward our Creator. Read more

Promise for Today: A Light in the Darkness

July 28, 2015

Jesus still lights the darkness.

“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the darkness” John 12:46 NLT.

Ever been through a dark time in your life? I have. It’s not particularly fun, is it? You don’t have to live through a power outage to know what it’s like to live in the darkness. Most of us have experienced that at one time or another. Read more

7 Secrets of a Long, Grace-filled Marriage

July 20, 2015

7 Secrets of a Long, Grace-filled MarriageMy husband and I are celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary. Yes, we married young. :-) No, these are not necessarily our secrets, though we’ve tried to incorporate them into our marriage through the years.

Actually, we could sum up the secret of our long and satisfying marriage in three words: God‘s amazing grace.
But as marriage enrichment leaders through the years we’ve had the privilege of working with many couples. And in his ministry position, my husband has had the opportunity to work with and counsel numerous couples.
What makes a marriage flourish? This list is not exhaustive, but here are seven secrets of a long, grace-filled marriage that we’ve observed through the years: (If you’ve been married over 25 years, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what makes a marriage last. You can do so at the end of this blog).

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A Lesson from the Garden

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.

A yard art reminder from the garden to keep growing

I love that God can speak to us anywhere, anytime He wants. Don’t you? Here are three reminders He gave me:  Read more

How to Handle Struggles in Life

July 7, 2015

How do you handle struggles in life? Should you deny them? What does God want you to do? How does He feel about them?

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Bible Promises for Your Struggles in Life

No matter what your struggles are in life or what they may be, here are some promises from God’s word to encourage you. Read more

When the World You’ve Known Keeps Changing

June 30, 2015

Christian Values World Changing

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

By

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

What Is a Father? A Father’s Day Tribute

June 19, 2015

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/a-fathers-day-tribute

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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

Non-fiction Book Giveaway & Author Interview

June 16, 2015

Today I’m pleased to offer a non-fiction book giveaway of Fran Caffey Sandin’s book, Touching the Clouds: True Stories to Strengthen Your Faith, along with an author interview with Fran. Fran’s book will encourage your heart, and I recommend it as a true “faithlifter.”

non-fiction book giveaway & author interview, Fran Sandin and her book, Touching the Clouds

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