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Transformation Garden – August 1, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.Job 23: 10King James VersionTodays Study Text:And after six days Jesus taketh with Him Peter, and James, and John and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. And His raiment became... Read more

When the Unknown Lurks – Girlfriends in God – July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020When the Unknown Lurks Rachel WojoTodays TruthThe LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)Friend to FriendThe letter had arrived. I had been waiting for weeks and finally, there it was! With my breath... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 31, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:I, even I, am He that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid.Isaiah 51: 12King James VersionTodays Study Text:And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face... Read more

When Highs and Lows Are Exhausting – Girlfriends in God – July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020When Highs and Lows Are Exhausting Gwen SmithTodays TruthHe stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psalm 107:29)Friend to FriendSome called it a teeter-totter, but I always called it a seesaw and it was one of my favorite playground amenities in elementary school. There were always risks involved... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 30, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Todays Text of Encouragement:Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be... Read more

Lets Sidetrack Perfectionism – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of July 30

Lets Sidetrack PerfectionismVerse:  Colossians 1:21-23Additional Scripture Readings:2 Samuel 22:33Romans 5:10When Caesar Ritz opened his Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1898, this fastidious man sat at every table in the dining room, measured its height to the exact centimeter and adjusted the legs if needed. He slept in each bed in the hotel, one per night,... Read more

In the beginning… – Girlfriends in God – July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020In the beginning...Wendy SpeakeTodays TruthIn the beginning God... (Genesis 1:1a, NIV). Friend to FriendTodays scripture is a partial scripture, but a complete comfort during uncertain times. The first four words in the Bible form an incomplete sentence but offer a profound promise. In the beginning God Those four words are the lens through which... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 29, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:There is none like unto Godwho rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in His excellence on the sky. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before Thee.Deuteronomy 33: 26, 27King James VersionTodays Study Text:1. And... Read more

God Tests obedience, the Enemy Tests Faith – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of July 28

God Tests Obedience, the Enemy Tests FaithSo when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and Gods fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would... Read more

Hows Your Heart Part 2 – Girlfriends in God – July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020Hows Your Heart  Part 2Mary SoutherlandTodays TruthBe careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour (1 Peter 5:8, NLT).Friend to FriendI was physically exhausted and had let my guard down. The minute I let my guard down,... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 28, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:I will be glad and rejoice in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou most High.Psalm 9: 2K.J.V.Let us seek the grace of a cheerful heart, an even temper, sweetness, gentleness, and brightness of mind, as walking in His light, and by His grace. Let us pray... Read more

Heart-Check Part 1 – Girlfriends in God – July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020Heart-Check  Part 1Mary SoutherlandTodays TruthSee, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19, NIV).Friend to FriendIt had been a very long day. My husband and I were both tired and looking forward... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 27, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:The eternal God is your refuge, and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.Deuteronomy 33: 27Amplified BibleThou wilt in time experience that thou dost belong not only to this life, but also art capable of enjoying and beholding God and eternal things, to thy perfect contentment and rest. Thou... Read more

Solid Foundation – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of July 26

Solid Foundation Part 2Week of July 26, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FISWQSgMc74[/embed]Ten days ago, The Lord highlighted the restoration of ruined cities to me (Is 61:4).Three times. He then led me to Psalm 118:14-15 AMPC, which says, "The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 26, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. I will refresh your souls. Take My yoke upon you; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find relief and blessed quiet for your souls.Matthew 11: 28,... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 25, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Fear not, for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with my victorious right hand of rightness and... Read more

Settling Disagreements – Girlfriends in God – July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020Settling DisagreementsMelissa Spoelstra Todays TruthNow I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 24, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Hope thou in God for I shall yet praise Him.Psalm 42: 5In hope against hope, I wait, Lord.Faced by some fast-barred hate, Lord.Hope never says, Too late, Lord,Therefore in Thee I hope.Hope though the night be long, Lord,Hope of a glowing dawn, Lord,Morning must break in song, Lord,For we are... Read more

You Are Worth More – Girlfriends in God – July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020You Are Worth MoreSharon JaynesTodays TruthJesus said, Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? he asked His disciples. Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Fathers care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So dont be afraid; you are worth more than... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 23, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness and right standing with You. You have freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.Psalm 4: 1Amplified BibleThe devil may wall you roundBut he cannot... Read more

Good and Angry – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of July 23

Good and AngryVerse:  Ephesians 4:25-27Additional Scripture Readings: Psalms 37:8Mark 3:5Is it possible to be good, and angry? As far as we can tell, the answer is no. The good moms we watch either dont get angry or they dont let us know theyre angry. Watching such folks can leave us frustrated and guilt-ridden regarding our own... Read more

Embrace Your Pain – Girlfriends in God – July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020Embrace Your PainMary SoutherlandTodays TruthHe gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak (Isaiah 40:29, NCV).Friend to FriendI love a great movie! To me, a movie is great when good wins over evil, the right guy gets the right girl, nobody gets hurt and everyone lives... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 22, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His waysHappy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.Psalm 128: 1, 2The one misery of our life is self-will, the one secret of blessedness is the conquest over our own wills. To yield our will to... Read more

The Further out on the Water the More There Is to Lose or Gain – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of July 21

The Further out on the Water the More There Is to Lose or GainDuring the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. Its a ghost, they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said... Read more

Finding Blessing in Gods Delays – Girlfriends in God – July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020Finding Blessing in Gods DelaysBarb RooseTodays TruthIn her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servants misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 21, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Where is God, my Maker? Who gives songs of rejoicing in the night.Job 35: 10Amplified BibleSongs In The NightUnder every grief and pineRuns a joy with silken twine.Author UnknownMy songs have been the songs of the daylight,Of the sunshine of His face,Of the hours of blest communion,And the wonders of... Read more

When Comfort is Stripped Away – Girlfriends in God – July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020When Comfort is Stripped AwayGwen SmithTodays TruthBut we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 20, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:I know the plans which I am planning for you, plans of welfare and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29: 11RotherhamThe love of God a perfect planIs planning now for thee,It holds a future and a hopeWhich yet thou canst not see.Though for a... Read more

Solid Foundation – Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of July 19

Solid Foundation  Part 1By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0OLOcfezmg[/embed]The title of a sermon, I heard nearly two decades ago, has always stuck with me: It was Keep Your Tent Pegs Light.While I dont remember the sermon, I realize God has highlighted this title to me recently to remind me of an important message for this hour: That we... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 19, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Fathers notice. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.Matthew 10: 29-31Amplified BibleO God,... Read more