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Pearls of Grace – October 29

October 29 What Are You Jealous Over? "for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." Exodus 34:14 What are you passionate about? What holds your thoughts captive? How do you spend your free time, when you are finished with the responsibilities of the day?... Read more

The Gift Of You – Encouragement Café – October 29

The Gift Of You By Beth Mabe GianopulosThen Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, Go back, each of you, to your mothers home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me.  May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of... Read more

Total Victory – Beloved Women – October 29, 2020

Total Victory Beloved Women October 29, 2020READ: Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: The other morning, I was working on my back yard and I was doing fine until I came across a roadblock. I knew it was a rock because they are all in my yard. I was not expecting to... Read more

He Did it Twice! – Daughters of Promise – October 29

HE DID IT TWICE!By: Christine WyrtzenAnd the women said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. But the... Read more

Once Upon A Time – Encouragement Café – October 28

Once Upon A Time By Beth Mabe GianopulosIn the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land.  So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.   The mans name was Elimelek, his wifes name was Naomi, and... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 28

October 28 Evidence Not Seen "Then the woman said to Elijah, Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth." I Kings 17:24 People are not impressed with how much we know about God, how many Bible verses we can quote or... Read more

A Reason to Rejoice – Beloved Women – October 28, 2020

A Reason to Rejoice Beloved Women October 28, 2020READ: Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in... Read more

Actually?! – Daughters of Promise – October 28

ACTUALLY?!By: Christine WyrtzenHe (Satan) said to the woman, Did God actually say, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden? Genesis 3:1Youre kids, you dont like a certain rule, you both want to break it, so youre looking for an excuse. The only way is to review what your parent originally said, to... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 27

October 27 The Spilling Out of Life "A soothing tongue is a tree of life," Proverbs 15:4 Words can bring healing to the wounded places or they can open up the wound bringing a fresh wave of grief all over again. Its the slander of others that keep wounds from healing. I know the pain... Read more

Literal or Allegorical – Daughters of Promise – October 27

LITERAL OR ALLEGORICAL?By: Christine WyrtzenNow the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. Genesis 3:1aThe Bible is full of stories that challenge my faith. If I approach the scriptures scientifically, needing proof to believe, then I will reduce God to someone who only does and... Read more

The Girl Who Wanted to Die – Encouragement Café – October 27

The Girl Who Wanted to DieBy Jill BeranThose who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 (NIV)I was young and though my battle with depression was not diagnosed it was intense.  After a difficult day teaching school and a more challenging night coaching volleyball, many thoughts consumed... Read more

God Will Encourage You – Beloved Women – October 27, 2020

God Will Encourage You Beloved Women October 27, 2020READ: The following night the Lord stood by him and said, Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome. (Acts 23: 11 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Have you ever found yourself in a difficult situation because you followed God?... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 26

October 26 From Giants to Grasshoppers "we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight" Numbers 13:33 Is a grasshopper any match for a giant? If a grasshopper and a giant were going to fight against one another, my bet would be on the giant, wouldnt yours? How can... Read more

When Following God Brings Family Tension – Daughters of Promise – October 26

WHEN FOLLOWING GOD BRINGS FAMILY TENSIONBy: Christine WyrtzenTherefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Gen. 2:24Its easy for parents... Read more

Fearless – Encouragement Café – October 26

Fearless By Katie HarmonIn the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26 KJVIts October my favorite month.  I love the crunch of the leaves, the crisp chill of the air in my lungs, the hats and scarves, and especially Halloween.  I am a lifelong fan of... Read more

How Beautiful Is Your Worship? – Beloved Women – October 26, 2020

How Beautiful Is Your Worship? Beloved Women October 26, 2020READ: And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 25

October 25 The Way of the Humble "He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way." Psalm 25:9 Theres nothing more important to a bride than her wedding gown. One of my most treasured moments was the day I saw my daughters in their wedding gowns. Like so many mothers its... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 24

October 24 For This I Have Jesus "Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame." Isaiah 50:7(NLT) Is there any force that could assail my soul taking... Read more

Brides and Grooms Who Never Left Home – Daughters of Promise – October 23

BRIDES AND GROOMS WHO NEVER LEFT HOMEBy: Christine WyrtzenTherefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Gen. 2:24To pledge myself... Read more

Leave Your Waterpot – Encouragement Café – October 23

Leave Your WaterpotBy Linda GrayThe woman then left her waterpot John 4:28 NKJVI have read the account of the Woman at the Well in John 4:4-30 countless times.  And each time, I find a new nugget that I have never seen before.  This happened as I was reading my daily devotional. Although, what I saw... Read more

A God That Dwells – Beloved Women – October 23, 2020

A God That Dwells Beloved Women October 23, 2020READ: And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell in their midst. (Exodus 25:8 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Have you ever felt the depth and pain of loneliness?  Studies show that people that suffer from loneliness are more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease and depression.... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 23

October 23 The Gift of Praise "They are to stand every morning to thank and to praise the LORD, and likewise at evening." I Chronicles 23:30 The greatest gift we could ever offer to God is the gift of praise. Every morning as we rise, the hope of Heaven is that we will stand to... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 22

October 22 A Lodging for Grace "But God Who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:4-5 Those who have taken refuge in the Lodging of Gods grace,... Read more

How Do I Say Goodbye? – Encouragement Café – October 22

How Do I Say Goodbye? By Sherry KepleyThe Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18 I heard the doctor say, Lets call it 7:10.  It was 7:10 AM, and we had been with our Tanner all night long in the pediatric ICU.  The doctor said those words as... Read more

The Lords Path – Beloved Women – October 22, 2020

The Lords Path Beloved Women October 22, 2020READ: But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Years ago, I took my children to Bible study. Each week, we... Read more

Holy Imagination – Daughters of Promise – October 22

HOLY IMAGINATIONBy: Christine WyrtzenNow out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Genesis 2:19Most Christians starve their God-given imaginative gifts and believe that sacred dreaming is reckless and might border on... Read more

The Disease to Please – Encouragement Café – October 21

The Presence By Joan Walker HahnLet your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.   So we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJVSo many... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 21

October 21 There is One Who Never Abandons "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18 A woman, who had taken care of her daughter for many years, was overcome by grief when her daughter passed away. The loneliness and depression was more than she could bear day in... Read more

Rejoicing During a Pandemic – Beloved Women – October 21, 2020

Rejoicing During a Pandemic Beloved Women October 21, 2020READ: This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 ESV).TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: How will history remember the year 2020? Will the year just be known as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic or will there be more to... Read more

Behind the Word ‘Helper’ – Daughters of Promise – October 21

BEHIND THE WORD HELPERBy: Christine WyrtzenThen the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him. Genesis 2:18Lest any woman should feel insignificant because of how the word helper has been unwrapped in our past, let the Word speak for itself today. The... Read more