Easter Is About Removing Stones

March 27, 2016

Who Will Roll Away Your Stone?

Empty Tomb, Image Courtesy of www.HolyLandPhotos.org

 

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

Palm Sunday

March 19, 2016

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

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

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.

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

A New Beginning: Promise for Today

February 23, 2016

God is always doing a new thing.

“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

Encouragement for Parents and Grandparents: Preparing Your Kids for Life

January 26, 2016

 

If you are a parent or grandparent, here are four things to remember that might encourage you as you prepare your kids for life:

Every parent or grandparent is concerned about making wise decisions. Are we giving our kids the right training? Fear may try to consume us. Are they being bullied? Are they safe enough? We all want our kids to “turn out right.”

At one time or another, we parents or grandparents may think we’re not doing “enough” to prepare our kids for life. Deep down we may feel inadequate. We may not feel skilled or talented or creative. Sometimes we even start comparing ourselves to other parents or grandparents, which totally makes us feel worse.

If you are a parent or grandparent, here are four things to remember that might encourage you as you prepare your kids for life: Read more

Four Ways to Find Joy in Your Journey

November 3, 2015

 

Are you wanting to get more out of life? Here are four ways to find joy in your journey.

Are you wanting to get more out of life? Here are four ways to find joy in your journey:

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Book Giveaway – Mornings with Jesus 2016

October 27, 2015

Mornings with Jesus 2016 Guideposts devotional book drawing giveawayIt’s time for another book giveaway. Once again, I’m featuring a Guideposts devotional book, the new Mornings with Jesus 2016. For my fourth year now, I’ve been privileged to join a team of other gifted writers to compose the Mornings with Jesus devotionals, including this one.

Studying the life of Jesus and reading and learning more about Him each year as I write these devotions, always fills me with a new love and passion for Christ. And every year as I experience more of His love and grace, Jesus grows even more precious to me.

Here’s an excerpt from one of the devotions I contributed to this book: Read more

Helps for Spiritual Warfare

September 30, 2015

Spiritual warfare can evoke a variety of responses in the lives of Christ followers. Unawareness of our enemy’s schemes, irrational fear of the term, “warfare,” or attributing too much power to our arch enemy, satan, can leave believers stranded, deceived, and defenseless.

Spiritual warefare is real, and it’s been around since the beginning of creation–far longer than when author Frank Peretti pushed it to the surface in the 80’s in his book, “Piercing the Darkness.”

How can we find confidence to battle our enemy? Where can we find the tools to fight, assured of protection and victory? Rather than expound on the weapons Jesus gives us, like our spiritual armor, our identity in Christ, the power of His name, and his Word through Scripture–and so much more–I’ve chosen today to offer you some helps and resources for handling spiritual warfare in your own life that will also include those weapons. Here are just a few of them:

A Prayer for Spiritual Warfare

At a loss for what to pray for spiritual warfare? I wrote a sample prayer for spiritual warfare on Crosswalk that might help you.

Spiritual warfare can evoke both positive and negative responses in the lives of Christ followers. A Prayer for Spiritual Warfare, along with other excellent resources can help us find confidence to battle our enemy.

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Four Deadly Habits That Can Paralyze Your Time and Energy

September 23, 2015

Foud Deadly Habits That Can Paralyze Your Time and Energy - What's the Solution?

Years ago when I was going through a difficult time, a counselor warned me about four deadly habits that can paralyze your time and energy.

She called them time wasters. But these four deadly habits are not only time wasters; they can also steal your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. They can render us useless, ineffective, and depressed. I can testify. Been there, done that.

What’s the solution?

Is there hope to overcome them?  Read more

Finding God in the Outdoors – His Creativity

September 1, 2015

Finding God in the Outdoors - His Creativity

You can’t avoid it. Everywhere you look, you’ll see evidences of God’s creativity. Today, in my last blog on Finding God in the Outdoors, here are only a few highlights of what I’ve found and seen of God’s amazing genius at work in creation. Read more

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

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