November 24, 2016
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
October 20, 2016
God isn’t finished with you yet.
There’s still hope for you. Read more
August 18, 2016
Prayer is such a vital part of a Christian’s life. Many have asked me, “What should I pray? How can I get God to answer?” My response to them is to pray from your heart, because it’s the heart and life of the pray-er that counts, not formulaic words. But in the next few weeks I’ll share with you some thoughts and prayers in various situations that might be helpful to you as you pray on your own. Last week I shared some back-to-school prayers you could pray for your kids and grandkids. But here’s a prayer when you need fresh hope and a new perspective:
What do your eyes see today? Are you unable to see anything but problems, troubles, chaos, messiness? Are you finding it difficult to pray for comfort, perspective, hope and order? We all encounter seemingly hopeless situations at times, but that is why Christ came and why he gave us the Holy Spirit – because we need hope in the deepest parts of us! If you’re having trouble getting your words to rise above the clutter, pray along with these words now!
Jesus, some days my world seems to be spinning out of control. Everywhere I look, I see chaos—even in my own life. There are days where I long to just throw in the towel and say, “Enough.” Where can I turn? Who can I talk to?
Jesus, You’re Our Only Hope
You’re the only one I know who will truly listen, Lord. And I know you have the answers. But I can’t seem to find them. I long to see a little clearing in this tunnel. I need a little hope, Jesus. Your Word tells me I can come to you for that hope and that you won’t disappoint, that your load is easy and your burden light.
I Need a New Perspective
Give me a new perspective, Lord, and blow away the cobwebs that keep cluttering my mind and my vision. Every time I’m tempted to become discouraged or depressed because of negative events or situations, help me turn my eyes on you. Help me to remember all the times you’ve been there for me, and all the ways you have brought me through difficult times. I forget to thank you sometimes, but I am so grateful for your faithfulness. Read more
July 7, 2016
What kind of words can you speak that will bring life to those around you? Here are three kinds of words–words of life–you can offer: Read more
June 30, 2016
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
June 2, 2016
My name is Rebecca Barlow Jordan, and I am a _________aholic. I could complete that sentence several ways.
How would you fill in that blank personally?
At different times and different seasons, here’s how I might characterize myself. I am a: Read more
March 27, 2016
Who Will Roll Away Your Stone?
Do you have stones stuck in deep ruts at the entrance of your heart—stones of fear, rebellion, despair, or discouragement? Do they loom so large, you surrender at the thought of even trying to remove them?
Easter is about removing stones.
Just in case you’ve missed this blog in past years, I’d like to share this post again f0r Easter. The message, like Jesus, is ageless.
When Mary and the other women approached the tomb after Jesus’ death, they saw an amazing sight. They expected to see the stone still hiding the tomb, and they needed a way to enter the resting place of their beloved Master. The stone represented a barrier to their goal: to anoint the body of their beloved Master with spices. I’m sure their hearts were still downcast as grief flooded their spirits. “Who will roll away the stone?” they asked one another. Read more
March 19, 2016
This story–Jesus’ story–never grows old. He is still what Easter is all about. I’ve begun a tradition each year of posting this short Easter meditation about Palm Sunday that I wrote several years ago and wanted to share it with you again. I pray it blesses and encourages you as you begin this Easter season of celebration.
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
They did not see Him coming. Not Him. They saw a hope re-kindled, an end to their injustice, an easier path to follow.
They waved their palm offerings, laid down their finest clothes, but they saw only a temporary king, not a Suffering Servant. Read more
March 8, 2016
We live in a world where irrational fear keeps intruding our thoughts and our lives. Whether it’s fear of the future, fear for our country, fear for our health, or fear for our children, we fight it daily: mind-crippling, spine-tingling, heart-stomping fear.
Fears of several varieties took hold of my heart early on as a young adult, but through the years God has brought amazing freedom.
I’m not talking about the good kind of fear that alerts your spirit to an approaching enemy, that moves you into action to protect the ones you love, or that promotes a healthy respect for God. Those fears are healthy. And not all fears are irrational. Some move in and out quickly without disrupting our lives.
But what about the other kind? Where does irrational fear originate? And how do you keep those fears from taking permanent residence in your life? Here are five ways to solve irrational fear: Read more
February 23, 2016
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
New Year? Or New Beginning?
The start of a new year is not the only time for a new beginning. So is Springtime. About this time each year, my fingers itch to bury themselves in the fertile soil outside, planting new flowers. Only a few more weeks, and Winter will be past. I love Spring!
But God’s promise is for anytime–and anyone! He loves for people to experience a new beginning with Him. Even in the winters of our hearts–especially in the winters of our hearts–He wants to usher us into “springtime.” How many of us are longing for a new beginning? Read more