It Takes So Little to Be Above Average

August 5, 2014

It Takes So Little to Be Above Average

God prompted me to re-visit this blog I wrote in the past. The devotional message never grows old. Enjoy.

I read Florence Littauer’s challenge years ago in her book, It Takes So Little to Be Above Average. But God reminded me of that principle in a truly simple way this week.

I had just semi-closed the misaligned door of the old armoire  in our bedroom. But as I rounded the corner to the hall that book title popped into my head–as it sometimes does when I’ve given a half-hearted effort to do something. 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

The What Ifs of Life: Positive or Negative?

July 1, 2014

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In fiction, asking “What if?” can create dozens of plot possibilities. But in real life, can asking “What if?” steal your joy or bring you peace?  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

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

June 3, 2014

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God laid on my heart this week to share a two-part blog series with you again. “Someone needs this,” I heard Him whisper. Maybe it’s you.

Feeling cranky, tired, discouraged or edgy? Sure, it could be hunger or hormones, but the problem could go deeper. Recently, I was suffering from “technology overload”–and a prolonged schedule packed with new “learning curves.” We’ve been married so long, my husband recognized the symptoms immediately. It was time to talk.

“What makes your heart sing?” he asked gently but firmly. “I think that’s the real problem.”   I knew immediately what he meant. Maybe you do, too. 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

Palm Sunday

April 7, 2014

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

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

I wrote this short Easter meditation about Palm Sunday 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 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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God’s Pruning Is So Ruining

March 24, 2014

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Character of God

God’s character is so…out of character. At least from our point of view. Take pruning, for example. Read more

What Is the Quality of Greatness?

March 17, 2014

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We associate various meanings with the quality of greatness. Probably none of those equal the way Jesus explained–and lived–greatness. Read more

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