A Tribute for Memorial Day – and Freedom

May 25, 2015

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Once again, I want to share this special Memorial Day Tribute with you. Special prayers and blessings go to those of you whose friends, family members, or loved ones have given their lives for freedom.

Remember those who gave their lives for our country, for freedom, and all we hold dear. Take time today to pause and thank God for those who died. The following Memorial Day Tribute is for them and for freedom.  Read more

Good Book Reads – Multiple Book Giveaways

May 19, 2015

Good Book Reads and Multiple Book GiveawaysI’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

Can You Still Hear God’s Music?

May 12, 2015

Can you still heart God's music?

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

A Mom’s Legacy – to Leave My Children

May 5, 2015

What would you like to leave your children?

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

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5 Reasons God May Be Silent

April 21, 2015

When God doesn't answer, is it because of us or Him?You’ve called. You’ve prayed. You’ve asked. You’ve waited. But heaven gives no answer. When we can’t hear God’s voice, is it because of us or Him? Why is God silent? Read more

Is Jesus Real? An Easter Prayer for You

April 4, 2015

 

Is Jesus Real? An Easter Prayer for YouSome of us may feel like Thomas, who questioned the Lord after His resurrection appearance. At times, we too, need to know that Jesus is truly real. Circumstances leave us discouraged, and we soon forget God’s work in our lives. Read more

Good or Bad Friday?

March 31, 2015

“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining” (Luke 23:44, NIV)

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The name “Good Friday” seems to be a misnomer. Can anything good come from death by crucifixion? Does pain have a purpose? Early in  Jesus’ ministry, scoffers hurled their own ignorant disbeliefs: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Read more

Palm Sunday

March 24, 2015

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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. The story–Jesus’ story–never grows old. He is still what Easter is all about. I pray it blesses and encourages you as you begin this Easter season of celebration.

Palm Sunday

by

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

What Matters to God?

March 10, 2015

What Matters to God

Others will forget you,

and what you do. Read more

Promise for Today: Sweet Sleep, Rest

February 24, 2015

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“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.

Sleep-Deprived Bodies

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!

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What about you? Are you wrestling or nestling? Share your comments below.

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