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When Life is Hard to Understand | by Helen Lescheid

Do you sometimes wonder why bad things happen to good people? Are you confused by whats happening in your life? Do you wonder where is God in all this? We have been conditioned to think of God as a doting parent whose function is to shield us from unpleasant circumstances. No wonder we are disappointed.... Read more

Growing Through Our Adversity | by Charles Stanley

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 What would happen if you approached a fork in the road and found two signsone reading... Read more

Sacrificial Love: John 3:16 – God’s Love at Work – Week of November 29

Sacrificial Love: John 3:16By Margaret D. MitchellWeek of November 29, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwq7VkPT2PQ[/embed]God has been highlighting John 3:16 to me as a foundational scripture for such a time as this. As God continues to restore our foundations both individually and as a nation, I believe He is working this precept more deeply into our souls as a stabilizer. I... Read more

Transformation Garden – November 29, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:Up to this time you have not asked a single thing in My Name (as presenting all that I AM); but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.John 16: 24Amplified BibleYou cannot think of prayer so... Read more

Pearls of Grace – November 29

November29 A Passing Grade "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." 2 Timothy 3:7 Praises learned in the night draw back the curtain of light for the anxious soul that has lost its way in darkness. Circumstances can cut a path straight through our emotions leading us to places... Read more

God is a Redeemer | Poem by Roy Lessin

Your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. Isaiah 54: 5 (NKJV) God is a Redeemer;He bought us with a great price,He rescues and breaks the chains of bondage,He finds us and brings us home. God is a Restorer;He returns what was destroyed andreplaces what was... Read more

By Definition | Thoughts about God’s Love by Melissa Talbot

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3.1 For decades, I defined love as sex. I bought into the lie that through sexual manipulation, true love and acceptance would be achieved. Even years after becoming... Read more

Transformation Garden – November 28, 2020

Todays 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 ease and refresh your souls.Matthew 11: 28Amplified BibleWhen I am sore beset, I seek some quiet place,Some lonely room or barren windswept hill,And there in silence wait apart untilI... Read more

Pearls of Grace – November 28

November 28 Believing Despite Outward Circumstances "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of the things which are visible." Hebrews 11:3 Faith is seeing the promises of God at a distant, through the eyes of the present, and living... Read more

What Comes Easily to You? | Devotional by Rich Vega

Peter declared, Even if all fall away I will not. Truly I tell you, Jesus answered, today yes tonight, before the rooster crows twice, you yourself will disown me three times. But Peter insisted emphatically, Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you. And all the others said the same... Read more

Gods Got You | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

You can trust the Lord to protect you. He will not let you fall into harm.” Proverbs 3:26 (ERV) Trusting God has become a new buzz word. It is thrown around so loosely that we forget its connotation. Anytime we are going through challenging times the first words off the lips of others is normally... Read more

What if the Person Im Struggling To Forgive Is Me? – Encouragement for Today – November 27, 2020

November 27, 2020What if the Person Im Struggling To Forgive Is Me?LYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolThen I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD. And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5 (NIV)Do you ever feel like the... Read more

The Grace of Giving – Girlfriends in God – November 27, 2020

November 27, 2020The Grace of Giving Lisa MorroneTodays TruthBut since you excel in everythingin faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in yousee that you also excel in this grace of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7, NIV).Friend to FriendI grew up in a family whose finances were, lets say,... Read more

When Courage Calls – Beloved Women – November 27, 2020

When Courage Calls Beloved Women November 27, 2020READ: Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT:  Psalm 27:14 assures us there are some things we must wait for. Some solutions will take time.  Some blessings are best enjoyed after they have been hidden for... Read more

Transformation Garden – November 27, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing (through the experience of your faith) that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.Romans 15: 13 Amplified BibleFilled with this sweet peace forever,On we go... Read more

Their Place in This World – Encouragement Café – November 27

Their Place in This WorldBy Linda Gray Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:23-24 ESVDont whine, but shine is a phrase coined by motivational speaker, David Ring.  Audiences from... Read more

Why Are You Hiding? – Daughters of Promise – November 28

WHY ARE YOU HIDING?By: Christine WyrtzenBut the Lord God called to the man and said to him, Where are you?  And he said, I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.  Genesis 3:9-10Im not sure I ever noticed that Adam didnt give... Read more

Pearls of Grace – November 27

November 27 Power Addictions "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;" Philippians 2:3 Abraham Lincoln said,"If you want to test a mans character, give him power."Napoleon Bonaparte became the ruler of France the same year that George Washington died. What a contrast... Read more

Im Thankful For | Devotional and prayer by Katherine Kehler

Oh LORD God Almighty!Where is there anyone as mighty as you, Lord? Psalm 89:8 I am extremely grateful for our Gods magnificent creation. I never cease to be amazed at the thousands of varieties of birds, flowers, trees, leaves, rocks and plants. I love gazing at different mountain ranges such as the Rocky Mountains in... Read more

Remember What God Has Done For You – Girlfriends in God – November 26, 2020

November 26, 2020Remember What God Has Done For YouMary SoutherlandTodays TruthWhatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father (James 1:17, NLT).Friend to FriendOur grandchildren are a source of great joy in my life and some of my most capable teachers. One of the most powerful lessons came... Read more

What a Gumball Taught Me About Gratitude – Encouragement for Today – November 26, 2020

November 26, 2020What a Gumball Taught Me About GratitudeMEREDITH HOUSTON CARRLee en espaolWhen Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, Lord, what about this man? Jesus said to him, If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me! John 21:21-22 (ESV)I cant wait to get... Read more

God Does Not Have Favorites – Beloved Women – November 26, 2020

God Does Not Have Favorites Beloved Women November 26, 2020READ: Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? (James 2: 5 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Fame, wealth, beauty, and prestige are just a few... Read more

Transformation Garden – November 26, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy; yes, with the lyre will I praise You, O God, my God!Psalm 43: 4 Amplified BibleThere is a joy all other joys exceeding,A quiet joy, which time can never destroy:A joy through tears, through pain, throughsore heart-bleeding;This... Read more

Thank You – Encouragement Café – November 26

Thank You By Maria DraytonI will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1Often times in our lives can cause us to be impatient, fearful, doubtful and weary.  These times are the times when we need to draw closer to the Father. I didnt say it... Read more

And God Came Searching – Daughters of Promise – November 26

AND GOD CAME SEARCHINGBy: Christine WyrtzenAnd they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said... Read more

Pearls of Grace – November 26

November 26 A Wing Or A Weight "Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble." Isaiah 35:3 One of the greatest needs we have as Christian Women today, is the need to be encouraged daily. Life is overloaded with stress, pressures, performance expectations, and challenges with relationships, finances, careers and family obligations. We are depended on... Read more

Earthbound Attitudes – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of November 26

Earthbound AttitudesVerse: 2 Kings 2:1-11Additional Scripture Readings:Isaiah 65:17-252 Corinthians 5:1Seventy-one percent of Americans believe in an afterlife. And yet, when asked, most reply that they know very little about what that life will be like. What do you know about heaven?Very little. Thats what most of us know about heaven. Maybe we dont long for... Read more

Competing Voices | by Suzanne Benner

Does not wisdom call out?Does not understanding raise her voice? Proverbs 8:1 Two voices compete for our attention. One entices with dubious promises: The woman Folly is loud;she is seductive and knows nothing. Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!And to him who lacks sense she says, Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten... Read more

Whats On Your Mind? | by Allan Mitchell

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableif anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things. Philippians 4.8 Have you ever been ambushed by spontaneous impure thoughtsthoughts that covertly undermine the essence of your faith? Personally, distracting thoughts sometimes infiltrate my mind,... Read more

Days of Noah – Encouragement Café – November 25

Days of Noah By Joan Walker HahnBut as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the... Read more