God Restores What We Abandon

April 21, 2017

restore, revive, recycle, makeover, Master Creator, useful, beautifulDrooping. Lifeless. Abandoned. Destined for the trash. Appropriate word choices for the plant sitting on the bargain rack of our local home improvement garden section.

But you wouldn’t describe these flowering petunias with those same words, would you?

Yet that pathetic description fit this hanging plant perfectly when I bought it a couple of weeks ago. Could it bloom again? Would it form soft, lilac petals again on its tired, worn stems? Read more

Finding God in the Garden

March 30, 2017

spiritual growth, gardening, finding God, weeds

When springtime rolls around, it’s hard for me not to write about my favorite season. Visions of pink and blue hydrangeas, white gardenias, yellow daylilies, coral heuchera, and purple petunias dance in my head. Every year I save up for colorful replacements or new varieties.

There are some things about this time of year, however, that can destroy its beauty–if I let it.

You guessed it: weeds. You can tell by this picture in my backyard garden that some flowers are blooming. But most of those green shoots covering the ground and invading the good plants? Weeds! Unfortunately, just like most of the plants in my gardens, those weeds are perennial.

The sun may eventually kill the shallow ones, though my garden is mostly shady. And mulch will cover up some of the green invaders. But only for a while. Others will soon take their place. If I let them grow wild and don’t pull them out as soon as they pop up, they will soon choke out the beauty and the fragrance of my garden.

Finding God in the Garden

That’s true of my spiritual garden as well. Think about these areas of life and the power of weeds left untended: Read more

When You Need God’s Strength

February 2, 2017

Who doesn’t need God’s strength? If you’re feeling weak and in need of a divine touch, here’s something for you to remember:

When God gives you a task, He will always see you through. God's strength is all you need.

When You Need God’s Strength

By

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Tired of carrying burdens God never intended?

Weary from the effort to keep your heart mended? Read more

The God Who Will Never Let Go

January 26, 2017

He's the God who will never let go.

The God Who Will Never Let Go

by

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Someone cut the power, unplugged your hope,

short-circuited your expectations, and left you wandering in the dark.

And questions rise like ghosts in the night:

Is anyone there? Does anyone care? 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

Five of the Best Gifts to Give Your Children (or Grandchildren) Part 2

December 8, 2016

There are so many good gifts we can give our children (or grandchildren)--at Christmas , and all year long. Last week we talked about three of the five best gifts to give them. Today, I'll share the last two:
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Five of the Best Gifts to Give Your Children

December 1, 2016

At Christmastime or anytime, what parent doesn't want to give good gifts to their kids? But what kind of gifts should they choose? Here are five of the best gifts you can give your children:

At Christmastime or anytime, what parent (or grandparent) doesn’t want to give good gifts to their kids? But what kind of gifts should they choose? Here are five of the best gifts you can give your children of grandchildren: Read 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

One Thing You Can Do to Heal Your Country

June 30, 2016

Pray as if your life and your country's healing depend on it. Because it does.

Everyone has an opinion today on what their country needs and what it will take to help heal it–especially when division occurs or election time rolls around. There are many things you can do to help, but none are more important than the one I’ll tell you about today. If you really love your country, here is the most important thing you can do to help heal it: Read more

What God’s Love Does for Us

June 23, 2016

The power of God’s love is unchangeable, unstoppable, and indescribable. Some may use another attribute for God, but the truth lies in His Word–and in His character.

The power of God's love is unchangeable, unstoppable, and indescribable. Some may use another attribute for God, but the truth lies in His Word--and in His character.

What God’s Love Does for Us

 

The best way I can describe what God’s love does for us is to share what He says in His Word. Here are only a few of those: Read more

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