Ten Simple Ways to Add Balance to Your Days

October 14, 2013

Ten Simple Ways

Seasons of life run their course, and no matter who we are or at what stage we’re at, we often see balance as an impossibility.

You can focus on a project you love and not even miss eating. You may procrastinate your unpleasant tasks or bow to the tyranny of the urgent. You can help others reach their dreams but never realize your own. You may even teach about intimacy with God but never spend time with Him yourself. Do any of those fit you?

We can usually find an excuse to fit every situation: It’s the kids, my boss, my husband or wife.  It’s my health, my editor, or my age in life. Believe me, I’ve offered my share of excuses along with you. But I long for this thing called balance, don’t you?

Keeping Life in Balance

Keeping life balanced is not easy for anyone, but here are 10 simple ways that help me daily. Maybe it will give you a good place to start:  Read more

How to Give More When You Have Less

November 26, 2012

How to Give More When You Have Less

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Has the economy left you financially challenged? Do you give less than you used to, not more? Here are three ways you can give more even when you have less: Read more

What If You Never Make the Top Ten–or Anyone’s List?

January 16, 2012

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The Top Ten

At the beginning of each year you’ll usually hear or read about a list of  people who have made the”Top Tens”:  Top Ten Fashion Designers, Top Ten Bloggers, Top Ten Musicians, Top Ten Authors, Top Ten Wage Earners.

We may never see our name on a “Top Ten” list–or on anyone’s positive kind of list. Things in our lives can easily slip from bad to worse. And it’s entirely possible that some circumstances will never change, no matter how hard we try to influence them. Life may never seem fair. How can we possibly handle that without giving in or giving up? Read more

God Had Dreams, Too

November 8, 2011

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Did you know that God had dreams, too? Who do you think designed every four-footed creature, every flower petal, and every winged insect? Read more

Simple Truth for Today: Situations Don’t Cause Emotions.

July 25, 2011

 

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I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Philippians 4:11, NAS).

Situations Don’t Cause Emotions.

Before you react to that statement, read Philippinas 4:11 again, and then respond, not react. When I first heard that simple truth years ago, I admit it was difficult to understand. I’m not asking you to accept it, just think about it.

I can hear your responses: “You stub your toe”… “You lose your job”… “You experience foreclosure”… “You have a car accident.” All of these cause emotions, right? Do they? Pain, yes. But do they cause your emotions? What are some emotions you might experience? Anger? Despair? Frustration? Panic? Read more

Four Ways to Wait on God

May 31, 2011

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Most of us don’t like to wait. Yet even with our latest technology advances, experts say we spend an average of two years of our lives waiting for something: red lights, traffic backups, doctor’s appointments, grocery lines, income tax refunds, and insurance checks.

We wait for babies to be born, boring sermons to end, houses to sell, and kids to grow up. We usually prefer fast-food, instant communication (facebook), immediate profits, and magical answers to difficult questions. Read more

Promise for Today: The Nearness of God

May 11, 2011

“A bruised reed he will not break, and a soldering wick he will not snuff out.” Isaiah 42:3 NIV

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 NIV

A bruised reed…

You’ve been there, haven’t you?

No longer bending in the breeze,

but broken… Read more

Promise for Today: God’s Thoughts About You

April 11, 2011

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How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! Psalm 139:27 NLT

How often do you think about God? Early in the morning? At mealtimes? Before bedtime? An hour a day? Once a week?

Do you know how often God thinks about you? Once a year? Once a month? After all, He has billions of names to remember. Maybe you’re just another pretty face to Him. Read more

Promise for Today: God’s Care for Us

March 17, 2011

“I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4 NLT)

Does God really care? Absolutely. You were in His heart and mind long before you first took a breath. Does He stop caring for you once you’re born?

I love this promise. As my dark brown hair strands (yes, they are brown again) begin to turn gray, I don’t mind the white that will eventually follow. It will be another reminder that God’s care is still with me.

There may be times when you wonder if this promise is really true. You look at your circumstances–or at others. And you think, did God take a vacation?

As long as we live in a fallen world, we–and others–will experience difficulty, trials, and unbelievable challenges. But those whose faith is planted firmly in God’s promises and in His Word, will not be shaken.  

Treasure it. Believe it. God cares for you–and He will never stop caring for you!

What are your thoughts? Below, please feel free to share what God’s promises mean to you.

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Don’t forget you still have the rest of the week to be a part of the book giveaway on Brenda Nixon’s online radio program. Just go to my interview on Encouragement for Moms and Grandmoms and listen to the podcast. Brenda will share how to win one of three books on that podcast.

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Promise for Today: God’s Forever Faithfulness

March 10, 2011

“You are faithful to your promises, O God.” Psalm 90:22 NLT

I could share so many verses and promises about God’s forever faithfulness. Instead, I challenge you to do your own study. Look up how many times the Bible refers to God’s faithfulness. Almost too many to count!

When you’re convinced of God’s faithfulness like the writer of Psalm 90, maybe you, too, will respond like he did. Notice the verses following:

  • “I will sing!” (Psalm 90:22).
  • “I will shout! (for joy”) (Psalm 90:23)
  • “I will share! (tell about your righteous deeds all day long.” (Psalm 90:24).

It’s hard to keep quiet about the faithfulness of our God!

What is your response to God’s faithfulness in your life? Please share with us in the comments below. You will not be hounded, prodded, or automatically added to my mailing list if you do so. And your e-mail address does not show to the public, only the name that you use. Feel free to send this blog to someone or to repost on social media, but please do so with the buttons below, which will automatically include the link to my website. If you want to repost any of my blogs on your own blog or website, please contact me for permission first.

P.S. On another note, I invite you to listen online to “The Parent’s Plate” next Tuesday, March 15 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (EST), 9:00 – 10:00 (CST). Host Brenda Nixon will be interviewing me on her radio program as I share encouragement for women, moms, and grandmoms. There will also be a book giveaway: 3 books. Brenda has other podcasts available there with great parenting helps.

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