So often when things are not going according to our plans, we turn to God and ask why. Why have you allowed this O God? Why are you not answering my prayer, God?
These are good questions sometimes, but maybe they're not the right ones at all.
How can I change my focus to ask these questions instead...
Why, when I know you as my Protector, do I fear?
Why, when you are my Provider do I try to provide for myself?
Updated 07-24-2010 at 10:48 PM by Nicole
I realized this morning while walking on the treadmill (no connection to the thought) that the most encouraging thing to ever proceed from my mouth is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Gospel, of course, means “good news”. [a translation of Greek euangelion “gospel,” literally, “good tidings, good news”; gōdspel from gōd “good” and spell “talk, tale”]. Good news it is indeed! I heard the Gospel for years and years before it made a real impact on my life. What was missing from my translation
Pleasant, kind and gracious words (a message of significant meaning) are like honey to the soul, they are sweet, delicious and delightful, bringing the power to embrace, soothe and heal. Intentional words of grace, hope and substantial purpose are food for the soul and bring healing, wholeness and restoration…giving life sustaining energy and health to our body.
Intentional means to purpose and plan concentrated and deliberate attention. With this thought in mind we should extend
The kids in my KIDDS' Chruch ministry have been studying Nehemiah this month and the part of the story where it was necessary for one person to build while another defends him from the enemies, has really gotten me thinking about our friendships with our sisters in the church. So often we say to our closest friends, "you know I've got your back", but do we really?
I think at times we can be so focused on our friends, and our conversations with them, that we no longer even
Updated 07-24-2010 at 10:49 PM by Nicole
I recently found an old journal entry that recounted a very real spiritual battle that I was waging against depression. I had been going through a time of deep discouragement and despair over my inability to be the person I believed Christ wanted me to be. Jim and I had been fighting, and although I suspected that a lot of the problem stemmed from my own self-hatred, I was combative and defensive. Jim was trying his best to reason with me and encourage me, but as was often the case, I just
Updated 05-14-2010 at 01:51 AM by Jeri Turner