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Pearls of Grace – June 2

June 2 The LORD isnearto all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18 LORD, I draw near with a heart assured of Your love and faithfulness to hear.I empty all my cares down at Your feet because they are too heavy for me to carry.You are my burden... Read more

Making the Honor Roll of Faith – Encouragement Café – June 2

Making the Honor Roll of Faith By Noelle DeyIt was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Josephs sons and bowed  in worship as he leaned on his staff. Hebrews 11:21 NLTMy daughter came home with something I had never seen before.An honor roll certificate.Maybe she didnt realize she was... Read more

When I Jump to Conclusions – Daughters of Promise – June 2

WHEN I JUMP TO CONCLUSIONSWe wanted to come to you I, Paul, more than once and yet Satan thwarted us. I Thess. 2:18What I think are Gods plans for me and Gods actual plan are often far apart. If I automatically assume that all my goals are His goals, just because they appear to be... Read more

Standing On Level Ground – Beloved Women – June 2, 2020

Standing On Level Ground Beloved Women June 2, 2020READ: My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord. (Psalms 26:12 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Have you heard the saying the ground is level at the foot of the cross? Those words might bring clarity or confusion to us. Jesus was crucified at Golgotha;... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Value of a Coin – Encouragement Café – May 26

The Value of a Coin By Joan Walker HahnAnd said, What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you? And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15 (NKJV)My husband and I recently visited a small park in which there is a pond.  There is a walking trail around... Read more

I Am Who God Says that I Am – Beloved Women – May 26, 2020

I Am Who God Says that I Am  Beloved Women May 26, 2020READ: I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Today we live in a society where we can choose our identity, regardless of how real it may or... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 26

May 26 Patience The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 Oftentimes, once God has saved us, like children, we want everything instantly. We want our needs met without waiting... Read more

Walking with God – Daughters of Promise – May 26

WALKING WITH GODNoah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation.  Noah walked with God.  Genesis 6:9 Noah did it. Enoch did it. Am I doing it?God is going in a certain direction. I cant walk with Him unless Im going where Hes going. He walks with His back toward sin and His face towards righteousness. If Im... Read more

Fluffy Rice – Encouragement Café – May 25

Fluffy Rice By Maria DraytonNot only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4I admit I cant cook.  If it doesnt come in a box with instructions on the back, then I am dead in the water on onset.  Even recipes prove challenging for me... Read more

Spiritual Heart Disease – Beloved Women – May 25, 2020

Spiritual Heart Disease  Beloved Women May 25, 2020READ: And he called the people to him again and said to them, Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.  (Mark 7:14-15 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Heart... Read more

Praying for a Friend – Daughters of Promise – May 25

PRAYER FOR A FRIENDMay the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13Abound ~ Exceeding, multitude, numerous, overflowing.*************************Lord, You can see Your child. She needs You to break through the barriers to her faith. Shes tired,... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 25

May 25 Do the Next Thing do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Matthew 6:34 Whenever I do not know what to do Im reminded of Gods Words to me, Do the next thing. Elizabeth Elliot spoke these words to a gathering of women some years ago of which I... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 24

May 24 The Fragrance of A Saint For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:15 Once in a rare while, a soul so beautiful graces the dust of the earth that it remains forever changed with the imprint their... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 23

May 23 Times of Darkness when I am weak, then I am strong II Corinthians 12:10 Charles Cowman, missionary to the orient, shared this story with a missionary who was tempted to leave his flock. An American traveler was in Italy when one day he stood watching a lumberman, who, as the logs floated down... Read more

Endure The Race Before You – Beloved Women – May 22, 2020

Endure The Race Before You  Beloved Women May 22, 2020READ: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of... Read more

The Back of the Book – Encouragement Café – May 22

The Back of the Book By Olivia BarnesThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 KJVThe name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10 KJVDo you read novels? Im a terrible reader, I love reading but I can never just... Read more

A God Who Gets Mileage Out of Giving – Daughters of Promise – May 22

A GOD WHO GETS MILEAGE OUT OF GIVINGAnd he brought him outside and said, Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them. Then he said to him, So shall your offspring be. Genesis 15:6God loves to give. He is not stingy, but extravagant! Even though I did nothing to deserve... Read more

Pearls of Grace – May 22

May 22 Live for the Homecoming But just as it is written, THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOTSEENAND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVEHIM. I Corinthians 2:9 It was her homecoming day, the invitation had been sent long before she... Read more