Why God’s Promises Don’t Change When You Grow Old

July 20, 2017

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Old is a controversial concept. You may be depositing social security checks or contemplating a second career. You could be a parent, grandparent, or a middlescent saving for retirement.

No matter what age you are now, you may be wondering, will God’s promises still apply when I grow old?

Will I have enough?

Will I still be useful?

 

What does God promise when you grow old?

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Finding Hope When Good Intentions Go Bad

June 1, 2017

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Good Intentions

This year would be different. After all, gardens take work–and energy. I planned to minimize and maintain, nothing excessive this year. No need to buy new flowers. That’s why I planted perennials.

It all started with five bags of mulch–one bag per rose. That should make a soft cushy bed for my new rose garden and an easy way to discourage weeds. Veggies from previous years, too deprived of necessary sun, lost their place to this heartier variety of Knock-Out® rose.

But then I looked over at the azalea bed a few feet away, and the newly planted potato vines for this year. Hmm. Old mulch from past years had disintegrated or washed away. And everywhere I looked, our bushy creatures had been at play–or work. New little oak trees were springing up everywhere from the squirrels’ buried acorns.
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God Restores What We Abandon

April 21, 2017

restore, revive, recycle, makeover, Master Creator, useful, beautifulDrooping. Lifeless. Abandoned. Destined for the trash. Appropriate word choices for the plant sitting on the bargain rack of our local home improvement garden section.

But you wouldn’t describe these flowering petunias with those same words, would you?

Yet that pathetic description fit this hanging plant perfectly when I bought it a couple of weeks ago. Could it bloom again? Would it form soft, lilac petals again on its tired, worn stems? Read more

Finding God in the Garden

March 30, 2017

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When springtime rolls around, it’s hard for me not to write about my favorite season. Visions of pink and blue hydrangeas, white gardenias, yellow daylilies, coral heuchera, and purple petunias dance in my head. Every year I save up for colorful replacements or new varieties.

There are some things about this time of year, however, that can destroy its beauty–if I let it.

You guessed it: weeds. You can tell by this picture in my backyard garden that some flowers are blooming. But most of those green shoots covering the ground and invading the good plants? Weeds! Unfortunately, just like most of the plants in my gardens, those weeds are perennial.

The sun may eventually kill the shallow ones, though my garden is mostly shady. And mulch will cover up some of the green invaders. But only for a while. Others will soon take their place. If I let them grow wild and don’t pull them out as soon as they pop up, they will soon choke out the beauty and the fragrance of my garden.

Finding God in the Garden

That’s true of my spiritual garden as well. Think about these areas of life and the power of weeds left untended: Read more

When You Need to Know Where God Wants You

June 2, 2016

 

When you need to know where God wants you, where do you go for answers?

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

Five Doors You Need to Open in Life

May 19, 2016

There are doors we enter and doors we exit. Which doors in life do we need to open that will contribute most to our success as a Christian?

When our recent home remodeling eliminated the door in this photo, I grabbed it for re-purposing, thinking it would make wonderful yard art for my back yard. But that door soon took on a deeper meaning.

There are doors we enter and doors we exit. We’ll find open doors and closed doors. But which doors should we open that will contribute most to our success as a Christian? I thought of at least five kinds of doors (and there are so many more) we all need and want in our lives.

And when you get to the end of this blog, I need you to help me complete this yard art project in my back yard. Here are five doors you need to open or walk through in life: Read more

Encouragement For Moms: A Bird’s Eye View of Motherhood

April 26, 2016

In honor of Mother’s Day approaching, I want to applaud mothers and the sweet tireless work they do. Here’s a simple parallel from  nature that demonstrates so well the efforts of motherhood.

The Pictures Tell the Story

While this is only a bird‘s eye view of motherhood, I hope this encouragement for mothers will remind every mom, whether a stay-at home or otherwise, how valuable her “work” truly is. If you are a mom, we applaud you and celebrate you today–and everyday! God does, too!

A Bird’s Eye View of Motherhood

Every year a robin, cardinal, or blue-jay builds its nest somewhere in our back yard. But this is the first time I’ve ever watched its “family” grow. This is the first time a bird has ever nested on top of one of our gutters, protected under the eaves of the house. And this is the first time I ever witnessed a baby robin–or any “baby” bird take its first flight, and see the nest empty before my eyes. 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

Some Roses Bloom in December

December 15, 2015

Some Roses Bloom in December

From the winters of our lives God often brings surprises. God’s miracles are often found when we least expect them, because some roses bloom in December. 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

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