Devotions

Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart

Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart

Suffering.

We all go through it at some time in our life.  For some of us, it happens more often than we'd prefer.

At a recent church event, I stood in front of a crowd of  women and shared my testimony.  My husband and I have been through an awful lot of trials over the past 13 or so years.  I knew it was a lot, but it wasn't until I stood there painting a picture of all of that emotion that it hit me just how much suffering we were, for whatever reason, chosen to endure.

In the midst of each trial, I know I struggled.  I know I spent a lot of time focusing on our problems and all of the what-ifs rushing through my fear-filled mind.

What I'm bothered by now as I'm looking back, is even though I knew in my heart God would protect us, provide for us, show us His miracles, and give us victory, I still spent far too much time meditating on my fears.

Instead, I should have been looking up at ...

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When Finding Inner Peace Seems Too Far Fetched

When was the last time you felt an unexplainable peace within?

It’s easy to become discouraged with life.

Everywhere we look, people are out of work, losing their homes, having financial difficulties, suffering depression, or are walking around with an endless grumpiness plastered across their face.  Maybe you're one of those people.

I struggle to watch the news anymore because the stories are so often horrifying.  Is this really what our world has become?

A world filled with judgement and hate?  Movie theater shootings?  Domestic violence?  Terrorist attacks?  Freedom of speech arguments over gay marriage?

How can anyone experience a sense of peace when our world is in such a state of dismay?

Friends, if you’re a believer, the Holy Spirit is inside of you and will grant you peace when you pray over it and spend time in the word of God.

When you ask in heartfelt prayer, the Holy Spirit will provide peace from a multitude of discouraging emotions and situations.

  • Peace from depression
  • Peace from fear
  • Peace from anxiety
  • Peace from resentment
  • Peace from doubt
  • Peace ...
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3 Reasons Not To Give Up

You're out of work.

Unemployed.

Laid off.

Again!

This is one of those days when you feel defeated, backed into a corner, and too weak to fight back.   The embarrassment of being without a job is more than you can deal with anymore.  You feel like you've let down your wife and your children.   And you feel like society looks down on you for not being a better provider.

The words "I give up" burn through your heart and sting your brain.

Don't give up! 

God Commands You To Be The Leader Of Your Home

In the book of Ephesians, Paul teaches about submission.  In a marriage, both husband and wife are called to submit to the other.  For the wife, this means willingly following her husband's leadership over the family.  For the husband, this means putting aside his own interests (and in this case, feelings) to care for the needs of his wife and his children.

You see, your wife is looking to you to lead the family.  The fact that our economy is in shambles ...

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God, why aren’t you listening?

God, why aren’t you listening?

When my husband was unemployed, one of the most difficult parts of our journey was the wait.  We both knew God had our situation under control, but it was waiting for His plan to unfold that drove us emotionally crazy.

"God, why aren't you listening?"

It was a frequent question in my mind.  There were days I thought my husband would never find a job.  Even though he was applying and interviewing, with each let down and negative response from a perspective employer, his self-esteem dropped lower and lower.

So not only was I dealing with my worries and fears over our financial situation, but I also had to figure out a way to pull the love of my life out of his unemployment depression.

It was such a heavy and lonely burden.

I remember going to my weekly Bible study meeting with other moms and everyone would go around the room talking about their praises and prayer needs.

Honestly, I felt like my problem was so much more difficult than any problems the other moms had to face.  (it ...

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No Problem Too Big For God

No Problem Too Big For God

 

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.  The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet!  Be still!"  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?" 

Mark 4:38-41

 

 

Imagine Jesus is standing in your home asking you the same questions.

"Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?"

How will you choose to answer Him?  The storm you're enduring is indeed rough and scary.  But what good will you do in sitting there allowing the worry to consume your every thought?  Don't let this trial you're facing destroy you.  Instead, put your faith in God.

Remember, there is no problem too big for God to handle.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reclaiming Your Spirit of Power When All Feels Lost

Reclaiming Your Spirit of Power When All Feels Lost

It's not very often we, as wives and moms, get the opportunity to receive sound advice or life encouragement from someone who really knows what they're talking about.  You know...from a professional.  Someone who knows, because they've been trained specifically on how to inspire and encourage us.

Well, today I'm very excited to introduce you to my good friend, Sharon Larson, of SharonTogether.com.  Sharon is a life coach whose mission is to help her clients discover how to be their best.   She knows just how to inspire you to be all God created you to be.

Beautiful.     Worthy.      Extraordinary.

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Statistics don’t ever make us feel better. Sure, it’s nice to know that you don’t stand alone in the unemployed list. 13.1 million U.S. citizens can join you. More than forty-two percent of those who are jobless have been so for over twenty-seven weeks. But it doesn’t really help to know this, does it?

To you, this is real life. It’s devastating. It’s heartbreaking, dream demising, budget altering, image compromising, fear inducing, and downright scary. Like ...

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Has God Refined You?

Has God Refined You?

If you follow my other blog, ChristianSuperMom, you may already know that after three years of enduring the life trial of unemployment, and only days after publishing my book UnEMPLOYED Faith, God has answered our prayers and provided a great job for my husband.

The Author of our life has indeed been glorified!

The heavy weight of this life crisis we've had to deal with day in and day out, has finally been lifted from our shoulders.  The funny thing is (if you can call our suffering funny) we actually didn't realize how much dealing with unemployment was weighing us down until it was no longer an issue.  Sure, we knew it was difficult and stressful, but we didn't fully comprehend just how much we were enduring.

A confirmed sign that God carried most of the burden for us.

The past few days I've noticed how much deeper I breathe and how unbelievably relaxed I feel.  Was I really that uptight before?  I've actually made it three whole days without yelling at my kids for ...

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While We Wait…

While We Wait…

One of the ways my husband and I have kept communication open between us, and Christ at the center of our marriage has been through regularly reading a couples devotion together.   This time we share with the Lord has helped strengthen our spiritual bond with one another.  It has also played a huge role in our ability to persevere in faith through our lengthy season of unemployment.

A while back I posted about this very topic on my other blog, ChristianSuperMom.   I wanted to share it here too, because I think you will find it encouraging and uplifting.

The couples devotion book we are reading is this one.

 

15 Minute Devotions For Couples, by Bob and Emilie Barnes

I'm going to share an excerpt from this devotion that speaks volumes to the transformation that takes place as we wait patiently for God's timing.  When my husband and I read this, we had a very big "Aha!" moment.  I hope you will as well.

Here it is:

Not Yet

One day in ...

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