God’s Grace: How Deep Is It?

October 12, 2017

God's grace, love, forgiveness, How deep is God's grace

Can grace cover the worst thing you’ve ever done? The most terrible act committed against you? The one thing you have the most trouble forgetting? The worst deed ever committed in history? In your lifetime?

Can God’s grace cover that? Read more

There Is Only One Safe Hiding Place

October 5, 2017

safe in Jesus safe place God refuge hiding placeIs any place really safe in the world we live? Through the years people have looked for places to hide, but there is only one safe hiding place. Here are some of the reasons why some may look for a hiding place. Maybe these reasons apply to you–now or in the past: Read more

Is God Really Trustworthy? Do You Really Trust God?

September 21, 2017

trust God, God is trustworthy, God is faithful, worry, fear, faith, trust in GodOkay, the first question is not the real issue, is it? The real question is, Do you really trust God? Do the two go together? Absolutely.

Most of us want to trust God for the “fix”–the answer that we’ve asked Him for. Claim the promise. Right? So we confess it, we act on it, and we nail it down! God said it, that’s that! Yes, I really trust God. And we wait to see the fix.

What Happens When…

Lost your job? You child is rebelling? Received a bad report from the doctor? It’s only a matter of time…until God will come through. Right? Right! Do you really trust God? Maybe…. Read more

What to Pray in Times of Natural Disaster

September 9, 2017


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In times of disaster, natural or otherwise, maybe you struggle with why’s or how to help. Some arrive in the center of the storm, ready to pluck victims from death’s reach. Others use hands, feet, boats, cars, or planes for rescue. So many send food, water, clothing—anything and everything that is needed in the aftermath of a disaster. But any of us—all of us—can give something. And we can all pray. Whether you are a victim or concerned Christian, pray in your own way. And if you’re at a loss for words while staring at so much destruction, here is a prayer you can voice to God:

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Encouraging Words for Discouraging Times

August 31, 2017

Encouraging Words for Encouraging Times

Encouraging Words

In the ongoing aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, I wanted to share these encouraging words from an updated post. I hope these thoughts will encourage you today, wherever you are.

When you find yourself in a storm of impossible circumstances, how do you get through it? What encouraging words do you need to hear?  Read more

One Light You Can Never Eclipse

August 24, 2017

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Millions of viewers watched the recent solar eclipse through special glasses. Curious seekers drove for miles to see this rare phenomena that brought total darkness for less than three minutes. Only those living in a certain area were able to see the full eclipse of the sun, but it was a sight they won’t soon forget.

But there is one Light that can never be eclipsed. He came into the world to bring light, but those living in darkness couldn’t see it. He is the true Light of the world. And His Light is available for all to see with special spiritual eyes. His light leads to life–full, purposeful, and eternal.

Jesus, the True Light of the World

Jesus is the True Light of the world. And nothing, absolutely nothing, can ever eclipse or extinguish His light. He invites all to see Him, to know Him, and to enjoy His Light, no matter where they live.

“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12. TLB).

 

It’s Your Turn to Share

What about you? How did you come to know the True Light of the World? What does Jesus mean to you? Please share your comments below. Your words might encourage someone today.

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Do You Believe What You Pray? How Bold Are You?

August 3, 2017

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Many of us would agree that we should be bold when we pray. But are we bold enough to believe what we pray? Is there a difference?

What are you praying for?

What are you believing God for?

I’d love to hear your answers. Would you share them below?

When I’m under a book deadline–like now–my blogs may be a little shorter and a little less frequent for a few weeks. 🙂

But my challenge to you today is to make a list of bold requests–things you want to ask God for with more urgency and boldness.

Secondly, put a check mark beside the ones you can/will actually believe God for.  Make sure you are asking in Jesus’s name, according to His will, and believing His promises concerning your request.

Ask Boldly

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, NIV)

Pray Boldly

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV)

Believe Boldly

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6, NIV).

 

My Prayer for You

Lord Jesus,

Help us to pray boldly, coming before Your throne with assurance and anticipation of how You will answer. Light a fire in our spirits that we might ask according to Your will, and then believe boldly with the faith that You will answer. We may not know how or when Your answer will come, but teach us to walk by faith, believing You will answer. We can demand nothing; but we can believe that anything–and everything–is possible with You, Lord.

It’s in Your name we pray, Amen.

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

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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?

But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow tall as the cedars of LebanonFor they are transplanted into the Lord’s own garden, and are under his personal care. Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green (Psalm 92:12-14, NLT).

Who are the godly?

That promise refers to the “godly.” The Bible calls “godly” those who belong to Him: Christ-ones, those whom He labels “righteous” because they have accepted the free gift of forgiveness and salvation offered them through the blood and death of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:26, John 3:16). So if your heart belongs to Jesus, that’s a promise you can expect God to fulfill:

Notice the things He promises for you in these verses:

  1. You will flourish like palm trees.
  2. You will grow tall like Lebanon cedars.
  3. You have been transplanted into the Lord’s own garden.
  4. You are under His personal care and protection.
  5. You will still produce fruit.
  6. You will be vital and green.

When did God’s promise to you begin? When He transplanted you into His garden–when you became His child.

Do God’s promises ever fail? Not according to Scripture:

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does (Psalm 145:13, NIV)

For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn; he will never go back on his promises (Romans 11:29, TLB).

 

Will your life still be useful in old age?

Will your life still be useful to God? I think the key word above is still. God has always had a plan for you, from the time you were young–and even before you were born (Psalm 139).

And, He says, you will still produce fruit. After all, you are in God’s garden now. What He started producing in you earlier, He will continue to do so even in old age (Philippians 1:6).

What kind of fruit? Does God mean the fruit of the spirit? Love, joy, peace, patience… (Galatians 5:22-23). Or does He mean productivity and activity?

Whatever it means, God assures us of one thing. Our lives still matter to Him whether we are young or old. Even if our bodies grow old, our muscles sag, and our minds lag, God can still use us for His glory. We may not feel vital and green, but that doesn’t matter.

Why? Because God and His promises never change (Hebrews 13:8, MSG).

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my leaves to wilt and turn brown. I want to be a vital part of God’s garden until my final dying breath.

The Key to Our Usefulness

The key may be up to us. How much do we want Him to use us when we grow old? Old age is not something to dread. According to God’s promise, it’s something to anticipate–a continuation of His good plan. Prepare as best you can, but cast your worries and cares on Jesus.

Leave it up to God, and cooperate with Him as to how He wants to use you. Our part is primarily to trust and believe His promise.

My Prayer for You

Lord Jesus,

Open our hearts to a greater definition of old age and to Your promise of usefulness and vitality as we grow older. Thank You for transplanting us into Your own garden, where you’ve promised to watch over and care for us. With You as the Master Gardener, Creator, and Sustainer of Life, why should we worry about getting older? Thank You for Your plans for our lives that You designed before we took our first breath–and for Your promise to keep using us until we draw our last. And thank You for drawing close to us as we draw close to You. Thank You that we can still serve You and love You in ways that You will reveal each year. Keep us vital and green, always growing in You, Jesus!

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

It’s Your Turn to Share

What about you? No matter what age you are now, how do you feel about growing old? Does this promise encourage you? Would you share your comments below? Your words might encourage someone today.

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LET TRUE FREEDOM RING: A GIFT OF PEACE

July 4, 2017

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Most of us celebrate our country’s birthday and freedom watching fireworks. But there’s something more we can do that will truly make a lasting difference in the lives of others. As you read this short inspirational piece, I hope it will encourage you to celebrate–and share–the Gift of true freedom and peace. Read more

Bible Promise for Today: God’s Grace

June 29, 2017

God's grace God's power in weakness

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

Bible Promise: God’s Grace

Do you ever feel like you’ve hit an immovable wall? Like change will never come? Read more

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