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When God? – Girlfriends in God – October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020When God?Kelly BalarieTodays TruthFor this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them (Matthew 13:15, NIV).Friend to FriendYou dont listen, my son informed me.I had... Read more

How Loneliness Can Hone Our Hearing – Encouragement for Today – October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020How Loneliness Can Hone Our HearingALICIA BRUXVOORTLee en espaolThe word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (VOICE)The mac and cheese had grown cold by... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 23, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.   And Pharaoh called Josephs name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.Genesis 41: 44, 45King... Read more

Savoring in the Time of Suffering – Girlfriends in God – October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020Savoring in the Time of SufferingLisa MorroneTodays TruthTaste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him, (Psalm 34:8 NIV).Friend to FriendI dont know a single adult who will look back on the year 2020 and not shudder! Living through this past spring and summer has felt like Im... Read more

The One We Really Need Today – Encouragement for Today – October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020The One We Really Need TodayLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolThen Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 (NIV)At times, Ive looked at prayer requests like Amazon Prime deliveries.I want to know Ill get... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 22, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:Then Judah came near unto (Joseph), and said, Oh my Lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lords ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh.Genesis 44: 18King James VersionEXPLORATIONThe Rotten Redeemed He (or she) is lifeless that... Read more

We Need Each Other – Girlfriends in God – October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020We Need Each Other Sharon JaynesTodays TruthTwo are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him upA cord of three strands is... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 21, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Genesis 50: 20King James VersionEXPLORATIONGod Meant It For Good Just as the body wears clothes and the flesh skin, and the bones flesh,... Read more

When Everything Overwhelms, How Do We Overcome? – Encouragement for Today – October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020When Everything Overwhelms, How Do We Overcome?GRACE P. CHO Lee en espaolI have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NIV)Hey, thats where great-grandpa and grandma live! My kids excitedly point... Read more

Lord, Make Me Usable – Girlfriends in God – October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020Lord, Make Me UsableMary SoutherlandTodays TruthTherefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Godthis is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1, NIV).Friend to FriendWho says dreams dont come true? Our son grew up with one dream in mind... Read more

What to Do With Tough Relationships – Encouragement for Today – October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020What to Do With Tough RelationshipsLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolHumble yourselves, therefore, under Gods mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV) Do you ever feel like relationships are sometimes impossibly difficult to navigate? Me too, friend. Especially in the midst of all of the complicated, messy... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 20, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:For Thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for Thy names sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3King James VersionEXPLORATIONThe What and How of Gods Leading Lord, whatever this day may bring, Thy name be praised.Dietrich BonhoefferIn reviewing my life, what challenges have I faced and how did I see... Read more

Stop Doubting Your Worth – Girlfriends in God – October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020Stop Doubting Your WorthGwen SmithTodays Truth "Dont be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Luke 12:7).Friend to FriendIts common for us to doubt our value and significance. Yet, in Psalm 144 David is struck by the mind-blowing reality that the God of all creation, the One who bids billions of stars to shine... Read more

The Reason I Pray, Even When Its a Struggle – Encouragement for Today – October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020The Reason I Pray, Even When Its a StruggleANNE GRAHAM LOTZ Lee en espaolFor this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 19, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as, this is, a man in whom the spirit of... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 18, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:And Josephs master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the kings prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.Genesis 39: 20King James VersionEXPLORATIONWhen Youre in the Dumps or Dungeon Joseph Does Time in the SlammerGod did not say, Thou shalt not be tempted, thou... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 17, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement: And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in... Read more

Finding Hope in Times of Crisis – Girlfriends in God – October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020Finding Hope in Times of CrisisMary SoutherlandTodays TruthNow faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see(Hebrews 11:1, NIV)Friend to FriendAll of us are familiar with crisis. If 2020 has taught us anything, it has given us a chance to grow through difficult times. Our country... Read more

Looking Up to See Gods Surprises – Girlfriends in God – October 16, 2020

November 16, 2020Looking Up to See Gods SurprisesWendy SpeakeTodays TruthThe heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork,(Psalm 19:1 ESV).Friend to FriendI was inside at the dining room table, writing out a grocery list, as my sons played in the backyard. The sound of their laughter wafted in through open... Read more

What Happens When I Forget Christ Lives in Me – Encouragement for Today – October 16, 2020

Octobr 16, 2020What Happens When I Forget Christ Lives in MeLYNN COWELLLee en espaolI have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 16, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:And it came to pass after these things, that his masters wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.Genesis 39: 7King James VersionEXPLORATIONProsperity and Passion How to Get AheadWealth means power: the power to subdue, to crush, to exploit, the power to enslave, to outrage, to degrade.Emma... Read more

Gods Little Post-It Notes – Girlfriends in God – October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020Gods Little Post-It NotesSharon JaynesTodays truthSince the creation of the world, Gods invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse (Romans 1:20 TNIV).Friend to FriendI believe one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century was the Post-It Note.... Read more

The Evidence of a Life of Forgiveness – Encouragement for Today – October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020The Evidence of a Life of ForgivenessLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolIf possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 (ESV) Theres some interesting context around todays key verse thats worth considering and unpacking.Paul didnt write what became the book of Romans while on a peaceful vacation with peaceful... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 15, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.Genesis 37: 3King James VersionEXPLORATIONFavoritism in Overdrive The Price of a Brother No family can hang out the sign, Nothing the matter here.Chinese ProverbIs there... Read more

Delighting in God – Girlfriends in God – October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020Delighting in GodGwen SmithTodays Truth I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight (Psalm 119:174, NIV).Friend to FriendIn C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia series, a young Edmund Pevensie is a fictional character who, at one point, almost traded his soul for a Turkish delight. He navely gave into cravings... Read more

God Hears Your Prayers for Your Marriage – Encouragement for Today – October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020God Hears Your Prayers for Your MarriageFRANCINE RIVERS Lee en espaolAsk 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)My husband, Rick, and I celebrated our golden wedding anniversary on December 21, 2019. We often look at each... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 14, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:And he (Judah) turned unto her (Tamar) by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter-in-law.)Genesis 38: 16King James VersionEXPLORATIONLooks Can Be DeceivingSelfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking... Read more

Letting Go Of Worrying – Girlfriends in God – October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020Letting Go Of WorryingBarb RooseTodays TruthGive all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)Friend to FriendWhy did I let my mind go there AGAIN? There I stood, in my kitchen, swiping at the tears rolling down my face. Was I crying about something that had just... Read more

When Things Get Worse Just Before They Get Better – Encouragement for Today – October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020When Things Get Worse Just Before They Get BetterLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolTherefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house;... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 13, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:And she (Tamar) put her widows garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she (Tamar) saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.  When... Read more