Book Giveaway & Author Interview with Deborah Raney

November 18, 2014

Home stirs up a variety of images and memories. In recent blogs, I talked about heaven, our real home. But today, I’m offering a new book giveaway from author Deborah Raney called Home to Chicory Lane. A great start to a new Christian fiction series, Deborah’s new book introduces us to the home of the Whitman family. I love the inviting back cover blurb from Deborah’s new book:

WELCOME TO CHICORY INN…

WHERE FAMILY IS (ALMOST)

ALWAYS WELCOME!

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A Picture of Heaven – Home at Last

November 11, 2014

What happens when we get to heaven? How will we greet Jesus? How will He greet us? Here’s one way I viewed it, a symbolic picture of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. From time to time, I like to include a poem in my blogs. I hope this one encourages you. Read more

The Day My Life Changed

August 18, 2014

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/day-life-changedI was only eight. Old enough to realize I didn’t know everything–nothing, really. But I knew enough to say yes to someone who would change my life forever. Read more

Encouragement for Discouragement

July 22, 2014

Ever been discouraged? During a time of discouragement recently, God reminded me of some important truths. These are the whispers of encouragement He impressed me to write and remember. In times of discouragement, I hope they encourage you, too: Read more

What Makes God’s Heart Sing?

June 18, 2014

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Live a good life? Do things that please God? Keep all the rules, right? Strangely enough, even Christians can get caught up in that mindset—without realizing it. In my last blog, we talked about what makes your heart sing. In today’s second part series, read about five ways you can make God’s heart sing. Read more

When Different Is Good

May 20, 2014

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I’m done. Finished. Last One. That’s what I said the last time. But this time I mean it.

Ever uttered those words? If it hadn’t involved our entire neighborhood, I probably wouldn’t have Read more

A Picture of God’s Mercy

March 31, 2014

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We’ve all heard definitions of God’s mercy. None of them can describe that attribute of God adequately. Here’s a truth that might give us a small picture of God’s mercy.

God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins (Psalm 103:8-12 MSG)

Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah (Ephesians 2:4-6 MSG).

What About You?

How would you define mercy? What’s your favorite Bible verse that describes God’s mercy?

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25 Christmas Prayers – Day 16

December 16, 2013

Today is the 16th in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is Jehovah-Raah, The Lord Our Shepherd. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason of Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/christmas-prayers-day-16Day 16 – Jehovah-Raah, the Lord My Shepherd

Lord, sometimes we try to sneak under the fence in search of our own greener pastures. But as Jehovah-Raah, the Lord My Shepherd, You know each of us by name! Read more

25 Christmas Prayers – Day 12

December 12, 2013

Today is the 12th in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Prayers for Christmas celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured name today is Adonai, the LORD. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/25-christmas-prayers-day-12Day 12 – Adonai, the Lord

It’s so easy to call you “Lord,” yet sometimes difficult to follow You in complete obedience. Jesus, some see You only as a man; others call you Savior. But You are also our “Adonai, Lord,” the blessed controller of our lives every day. Read more

25 Christmas Prayers– Day 5

December 5, 2013

Today is the fifth in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. I hope they will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas.

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/25-christmas-prayers-day-5Day 5 – Immanuel – God with Us

Lord, how is it that a righteous God could be “with us?” We are sinful. You are holy. You are in heaven. We live on earth.

Yet the very essence of Christmas is rooted in an eternal, loving plan that brought You here to live in us, with us, and through us.

Because of Christmas, You are now “with us.” Long ago men housed Your “presence” in a tabernacle made by human hands with supernatural instructions. But Christmas ushered in Your presence here on earth, walking among us, living with us.

You no longer live in columns of clouds or pillars of fire. Read more

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