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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

Should Christians Be Concerned about Individual Liberty in Crises?

Give me liberty or give me death, was the infamous cry of Patrick Henry just prior to the Revolutionary War.Something deep inside the human heart seeks freedom. Freedom from tyrannical oppression. Freedom from control. Freedom from conscience. Freedom from consequence. Freedom from pain, guilt, and sin. Freedomfrom God.As with most human desires, the quest for... 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

10 Ways to Let Go of a Toxic Relationship

Even as painful as toxic relationships can be, they can be even more painful to let go of. Here are 10 ways to invite God's healing into your life. Angrily, I set out alone at midnight to retrieve my car on foot. A major thunderstorm was brewing, but I was so mad I didnt care.... Read more

10 Differences between a Nice Guy and a Good Man

It always amazes methe toxic pull a bad boy image has on the hearts of women, especially on the young and naive. But as we mature, we should recognize the danger of being drawn to this type of personality. We see what once looked like the promise of a passionate love affair quickly degrades into... 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

A Heartfelt Prayer for Justice

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:5 NIV)Prejudice, discrimination, human trafficking, corruption, and more run rampant in the world. Media and modern-day conversations overflow with just causes, but heartfelt justice requires a deep look into our sin-soaked souls. To fight with courage and boldness, without judgement,... 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

5 Expectations of the Post-Pandemic Church

There will be no going back to a pre-pandemic church. This is because those who were reached during the pandemic and those we hope to reach when its over will demand something different. In fact, the nature of the divide between a pre-pandemic church and a post-pandemic church will be about what people will expect... 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

6 Reasons Socializing Is Critical for Mental Health

The speck in another persons eye is glaringly obvious when we never see ourselves through the eyes of others. We speak harshly about people who are different from us, forgetting how we appeared to God before Christ saved us.Now we stand before the throne of God, washed clean by the blood of the lamb, and... 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

The Gift of Freedom: The Believers Declaration of Independence

We are never truly free until the grace, goodness, and mercy of God become a reality in our personal experience. Are you a free person? Most likely, you would say that you are. Perhaps you would base your answer on the fact that you can go most anywhere you choose and do what you like... 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

10 Prayers from Psalms to Set Your Mind on Jesus in the Morning

There is a gray chair that sits in the corner of our living room. On the floor next to it is a stack of books Im currently reading through as well as a Chronological Bible Im determined to finish this year. It has become a well known unwritten rule in our house that it is... Read more

16 Powerful Affirmations to Declare Boldly during Crisis

Anne Peterson Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Going through a global pandemic has been one of the biggest trials for many people. We can be consumed by what we read and hear all around us. Or we can focus on the truths in Gods Word.Affirmations are declarations we can make to give us encouragement. And what better... Read more

7 Signs God Is the One Leading Your Decision

When we navigate lifes decisions, seeking out the best courses of action to take, we want something more than just our best guess to guide us. As believers, we want to know that our choices are influenced by a greater power than the happenstance flip of a coin or the drawing of straws can offer.... Read more

30 Bible Verses for a Joyful Marriage

What does the Bible say about marriage? Scripture provides sage advice on what to look for in a lifelong partner and how to interact with them in marriage. The Bible famously warns us not to be in a relationship with someone with whom we are "unequally yoked," saying that our fundamental beliefs and values play... Read more

7 Differences Your Life Can Make That Will Outlive You

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)The same Paul who earlier persecuted the church had a life-changing encounter with Jesus... Read more

Should Christians Believe That Everything Happens for a Reason?

Should Christians believe that everything happens for a reason? I wanted to answer this question was a resounding, yes! And then I thought about it practically. Is there a reason my son was born three months early? Is there a reason why he passed away when he was 22 months old? Is there a reason... Read more

Do Your May Days Need a Mayday from Pandemic Pressure?

One day, when the chaos of coronavirus has passed, we will see how it all turned out for our good. Because that is what God promises to do in our hardships. (Romans 8:28). If you need a mayday for your May Days, ask God to show you the silver lining. Article/Post Source

10 Reasons Why God Allows You to Feel Helpless

Nylse Esahc iBelieve Contributing Writer Lately, on so many fronts, feelings of helplessness pervades our lives. We feel like there's nowhere to turn; like we're stuck between a rock and a hard place; like there's nothing else for us to do and we are all out of solutions. There's a weariness that accompanies this helplessness.... Read more

A Prayer of Faith When Theres No More Fight Left in You

10 Verses to Help You Find Faith Over Fear: He hears our prayers and is at work - And Jesus answered them, Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he... Read more

20 Birthday Bible Verses to Bless and Celebrate Loved Ones

It is important to honor the birthdays of loved ones, friends, and neighbors; it reminds them they are special, loved, and remembered. There are many ways to show our love: gifts and balloons are always fun.  One of the best ways to remember a birthday is with Bible verses filled with loving words and encouragement.... Read more

10 Beautiful Truths God Has for the Lonely Woman

The great irony of loneliness is that so many of us feel alone! And although some of us require solitude to recharge, it’s important that we not linger in isolation. I wonder, how many lonely women among us have unintentionally isolated themselves from the community God has put around them? As you read that, did... Read more

Remembering Ravi Zacharias: 31 of His Most Powerful Quotes

Ravi Zacharias has left this world for his heavenly home. Yet his powerful influence will remain with us, and he will long be remembered by believers around the world who have followed his teaching and ministry over many years. Most well-known as a wise and godly Christian apologist, Zacharias was also the author of more... Read more

6 Questions to Ask your Aging Parent Who Doesnt Know God

My father passed away recently. Unfortunately, we were estranged most of my adult life, which made our last days together even sadder. With God's grace, our relationship mended before he passed, but his departure was bittersweet. We were talking but we both knew the time was short. There was so much to say, and there... Read more

8 Things to Expect from Married Life as a Christian

1. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 ESV2. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love. Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV3. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25 ESV 4. Wives, submit to your own... 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

17 Bible Verses about Confrontation

When God met with Adam and Eve after they sinned, that was God confronting man (Genesis 3:8-11).When Peter and Paul were in a heated debate over whether Jews should eat with Gentiles (Galatians 2), Paul used this confrontation to reassert a very important pointthere is neither Jew nor Greek in Christ; we are all one.... Read more

Am I Responsible for my Husbands Happiness?

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer As a newlywed, I was a bit obsessed with keeping my husband happy. To the point that I often denied my own feelings.Husband: Are you okay? Me: Im fine.Husband: Anything wrong? Me: Nope, all is good.Meanwhile, inside, I would be struggling with anger or hurt. My motto which I adopted... Read more

Marriage in Heaven – Will I Still Be Married to My Spouse?

Will my spouse and I still be married in heaven? What if I've been remarried--how will that work in heaven? Although Scripture can be a bit enigmatic about the nature of heaven, Jesus does make one thing clear in the Gospel of Luke: even if we marry on this earth to an earthly spouse, we... 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