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Handling Difficult Circumstances | Devotional by Charles Stanley

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my... Read more

God is Able | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Her faith felt weak as she faced this new challenge. Her husband just lost his job. Inwardly shaky yet outwardly strong she said all the right and reassuring things. She only wished she could believe them. Faith is easy when the way is well lit. Yet when you walk in the dim light of struggles,... Read more

The Deliciousness of Gods GOODNESS – Encouragement Café – June 1

The Deliciousness of Gods GOODNESS By Noelle OkolowiczO taste and see that the Lord [Our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8 AMPDecember 10, 2013 was the coldest day of the year, and the snowiest too, in my lake-side town of Webster,... Read more

Do All Roads Lead to Jesus? – Beloved Women – June 1, 2020

Do All Roads Lead to Jesus? Beloved Women June 1, 2020READ: Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV) TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: I noticed bumper stickers announcing that all religions of the world should coexist. The words encourage all religions... Read more

Finding a Way Forward – Girlfriends in God – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020Finding a Way ForwardGwen SmithTodays TruthSo then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  (Colossians 2:6-7)Friend to FriendSir Isaac Newton wrote a book that was published in... Read more

When Failure Wants to Define Me – Encouragement for Today – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020When Failure Wants to Define MeWENDY POPELee en espaolThe LORD of Heavens Armies has spoken who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him? Isaiah 14:27 (NLT)Failure is a word almost no one wants to be associated with.Lets be honest many of us still cringe at the letter... Read more

Transformation Garden – June 1, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:So Barak went down from Mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.  And the Lord discomforted Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host.Judges 4: 14, 15King James VersionEXPLORATIONHeavenly Commotion(She) who does not believe that God is above all is either a fool... Read more

When Guilt Seems too Much to Bear – Daughters of Promise – June 1

WHEN GUILT SEEMS TOO MUCH TO BEARAnd he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. And Sarai said to Abram, May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw... Read more

Pearls of Grace – June 1

June 1 The Beautiful Woman A Virtuous Woman, who can find For her worth is far above jewels. Proverbs 31:10 Twenty-four years ago today, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Stephanie Michelle.Your first born is always a special event because its a learning process.I was a baby myself and I was scared... Read more

Emulating Jesus | Devotional by Allan Mitchell

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lords favor. Luke 4:18 & 19 Has... Read more

Obstacles or Opportunities – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of May 31

Obstacles or Opportunities Part 2By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr5Rz66SCDY[/embed]I love what Pastor Jack Hayford says: Unbelief looks at obstacles; faith looks at God (The Hayford Bible Handbook). Whatever we focus on grows (Pr 23:7). One of the definitions of obstacle is catch-22.We can either get caught up in a snare or caught up in the powerful Presence of... Read more

Transformation Garden – May 31, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:A record of memorable thoughts of David when he fled from Saul in the cave.My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is steadfast and confident! I will sing and make melodyI will praise and give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 31

May 31 Learning to Drink Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst John 4:14 There was a ships crew that was half famished for water.For many days they had gone without water.Again and again, they signaled to a ship nearby, Give us water, oh, please give us water!Each time... Read more

5 Verses for When You Need Strength

Disappointment, discouragement, fear, daily strugglessome days take everything we have. When we rely only on our own strength and what we have to give, we quickly become worn out and discouraged. But when we turn to God for His strength and replenishment, we are able to keep moving forward. We are able to keep giving... Read more

Absolute Dependence | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Yes, I am the vine, you are the branches For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 The Christian Life is a life of Absolute dependence. At Hampton Court there was a vine that sometimes bore a couple thousand cluster of grapes. People were amazed at its productivity. Later the secret was discovered.... Read more

Transformation Garden – May 30, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Spread for me a banquet of praise,Serve High God a feast of kept promises.And call for help when youre in trouble Ill help you, and youll honor me.Psalm 50: 14, 15The Message BibleOnce in an Eastern palace wideA little child sat weaving;So patiently her task she plied,The men and women... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 30

May 30 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 Father God, I bless Your name this morning and my heart sings for joy at the mention of Your name.I set... Read more

He is Out to Destroy You | Devotional by Katherine Kehler

The thiefs purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness John 10:10 In the fly leaf of my purse Bible, I often jot down quotes and thought-provoking ideas I hear in church. This morning I noticed one I had written a few years ago: Satan is... Read more

Our Conflict is with Satan | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Make no mistake the devil is a real devil! Every conflict is a contest with Satan and his forces. For that reason, the Bible says, though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down... Read more

Transformation Garden – May 29, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry to You. When my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I, yes, a rock that is too high for me. For You have been... Read more

Suffering Is Sacred – Encouragement Café – May 29

Suffering is SacredBy Andrea PierceSo let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:4 NLTI still don't know why God gave me my circumstances in life. Truthfully, I probably won't fully understand until I'm in Heaven one day. And I'm okay with that. It's... Read more

Words that Breathe Life into Weary Friend – Girlfriends in God – May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020Words that Breathe Life into Weary FriendSharon JaynesTodays TruthGracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones (Proverbs16:24 NIV).Friend to FriendHave you ever had times when you felt like you just couldnt breathe? Stress weighs you down and the to-do list becomes the too-much to do list. Sometimes... Read more

The Real Work-Life Balance – Encouragement for Today – May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020The Real Work-Life BalanceARLENE PELLICANELee en espaolFools fold their hands and ruin themselves. Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:5-6 (NIV)I knew what I had to do. I needed to sit down at my computer and get to work. But I didnt feel... Read more

Embrace Your Own Story – Beloved Women – May 29, 2020

Embrace Your Own Story Beloved Women May 29, 2020READ:  Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you wont need to compare yourself to anyone else. (Galatians 6:4 NLT)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: For years, paying attention to my own work was quite the task. I would see... Read more

Why Does God Wait to Strike? – Daughters of Promise – May 29

WHY DOES GOD WAIT TO STRIKE?And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete. Genesis 15:16If I had to pick one thing that has caused me to stumble over God, it would involve the question of why he waits so long to judge evil. Those... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 29

May 29 Narrow Living extracting the priceless from the worthless Jeremiah 15:19 Narrow living is but a stranger to most today.The do all, see all, and have all. Mentality has burned away many a life only leaving them empty and wanting more.There are many things that contend for our time, that vie for our affections,... Read more

Praying in a Crisis | Devotional by Charles Stanley

The New King James Version of James 5:16 says the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Effectivethat is exactly what we want our prayers to be, especially in crisis. Lets look more closely at two things God looks for when we communicate with Him: Fervency. Ardent prayers are motivated by a burdened... Read more

Transformation Garden – May 28, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:A Psalm of DavidI waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up out of a horrible pit of tumult, out of the miry slime, and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.... Read more

The Table – Encouragement Café – May 28

The Table By Samantha JackelWhen the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. Luke 22:4                                                                                ... Read more

Withstanding High Winds of Resistance – Girlfriends in God – May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020Withstanding High Winds of ResistanceGwen SmithTodays TruthThe righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon. (Psalm 92:12)Friend to FriendTheres an abundance of palm trees in Israel. Im not sure why that surprised me as we traveled throughout the Holy Land, but it did. Not only was I... Read more

How Can I Grow Closer to God? – Encouragement for Today – May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020How Can I Grow Closer to God?LYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolThen he said to them all: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 (NIV) Have you ever found yourself longing for a deeper connection with God, but you just werent sure... Read more

He Sings Over You – Beloved Women – May 28, 2020

He Sings Over You Beloved Women May 28, 2020READ: The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: How joyous, exuberant and victorious do... Read more

Abram, God, Me & the Covenant – Daughters of Promise – May 28

ABRAM, GOD, ME & THE COVENANTAnd he said to him, I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess. But he said, O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it? He said to him, Bring me a heifer three... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 28

May 28 The Cradle Of Sovereignty He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love" Genesis 22:2 In Gods circle of power, the way of obedience is the way of blessing.This was a principle Abraham knew all too well.He had already stepped outside of that boundary in the past and suffered tremendous... Read more

How Many Loaves? – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of May 28

How Many Loaves?Verse: John 6:1-15Additional Scripture Readings:2 Kings 4:42-44Mark 6:32-44The only miracle reported in each of the four Gospelsbesides the resurrectionis the feeding of the five thousand. If a truth is worth telling four times, it must be worth hearing.It probably seemed ridiculous to Philip to even consider feeding 5,000 men (and about 10,000 women... Read more

God is our Protection | Devotional by Helen Lescheid

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”Psalm 91:1,4 I read about a clever little bird in the tropics who, before she... Read more

You Cannot Go Unnoticed – Encouragement Café – May 27

You Cannot Go Unnoticed By Dawn NeelyFor she said within herself, 'If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole'. Matthew 9:24 (KJV)The woman who had an issue of blood was considered unclean. The religious Jewish culture of the day meant she was separated from her family. She had no human touch. She was... Read more

Fight for Your Son Through Prayer – Encouragement for Today – May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020Fight for Your Son Through PrayerLISA JACOBSON Lee en espaolBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) I heard the front door slam, and my heart dropped.Feeling beyond helpless, I could see our oldest son walking out into... Read more

The Wrong Number with the Right Answer – Girlfriends in God – May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020The Wrong Number with the Right AnswerSharon JaynesTodays TruthLet your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone (Colossians 4:6 NLT).Friend to FriendSometimes God will bring people who need encouragement across our paths in the most mysterious ways. Thats why we need to slow down and... Read more

Transformation Garden – May 27, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth like calves released from the stall and leap for joy.Malachi 4: 2Amplified Bible A Morning PrayerLike this clear sunshine, let Thy loveShine... Read more

Love Leads With Forgiveness – Beloved Women – May 27, 2020

Love Leads With Forgiveness Beloved Women May 27, 2020READ: 'And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments.' (Luke 23:34 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: From what I could see, the situation didnt seem fair. The longer I stewed over the details, the more animosity and frustration grew. Deep... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 27

May 27 Walking In Self Sufficiency in Him you have been made complete... Colossians 2:10 After the Lord saved me, I determined to be the perfect Christian woman. I attended every service at church, I was involved in everything I could possibly sign up for. I prayed daily, I read my Bible from cover to... Read more

Aún torcida puedes florecer – Con Diseño Divino – La Semana del 27 de Mayo

An torcida puedes florecerDe la Palabra de Dios: As que no miramos las dificultades que ahora vemos; en cambio, fijamos nuestra vista en cosas que no pueden verse. Pues las cosas que ahora podemos ver pronto se habrn ido, pero las cosas que no podemos ver permanecern para siempre. (2 Corintios 4:18, NTV)Vivir en la Florida... Read more

The Second Man – Daughters of Promise – May 27

THE SECOND MANJaime Wyrtzen LauzeNow Naomi had a kinsman of her husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. Ruth 2:1Throughout the Bible, we are confronted with two choices, two examples, two paths... And as we compare the two, which will we choose?In Ruth chapter one, verse one,... Read more

I Messed Up | Devotional by Max Lucado

Weve all messed up. Said the wrong words, loved the wrong person, reacted the wrong waywalked when we should have waited, indulged when we should have resisted. Youll mess up more if you let yesterdays mistakes sabotage todays attitude! The Bible says, Gods mercies are new every morning. Receive them. Learn a lesson from them.... Read more

Be Still and Know that I am God | Devotional by Idelette McVicker

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 Whenever I get to a place where life seems more than I can handle, theres that still, small voice that nudges me: Remember, Idelette, be still and know that I am God. Often its easier to run and accomplish tasks rather than putting on the... Read more

How Much is Enough, Lord? – Girlfriends in God – May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020How Much is Enough, Lord?Mary SoutherlandTodays TruthHe will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver (Malachi 3:3, NIV).Friend to FriendThe story is told of a group of women who met each week to study the Bible, hoping to learn more about the nature and character of God and how He works in... Read more