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Weekend A La Carte (October 17) – Tim Challies

My gratitude goes to Reformation Heritage Books for sponsoring the blog this week. Be sure to learned about the new book Puritan Reformed Theology (which is currently discounted). Also, here’s your regular reminder of my SquareQuotes site which is updated weekly and contains all kinds of great quote graphics. Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 17, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement: And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 17

October 17 He is for You "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" Romans 8:31-32 It was a... Read more

Finding Hope in Times of Crisis – Girlfriends in God – October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020Finding Hope in Times of CrisisMary SoutherlandTodays TruthNow faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see(Hebrews 11:1, NIV)Friend to FriendAll of us are familiar with crisis. If 2020 has taught us anything, it has given us a chance to grow through difficult times. Our country... Read more

Looking Up to See Gods Surprises – Girlfriends in God – October 16, 2020

November 16, 2020Looking Up to See Gods SurprisesWendy SpeakeTodays TruthThe heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork,(Psalm 19:1 ESV).Friend to FriendI was inside at the dining room table, writing out a grocery list, as my sons played in the backyard. The sound of their laughter wafted in through open... Read more

What Happens When I Forget Christ Lives in Me – Encouragement for Today – October 16, 2020

Octobr 16, 2020What Happens When I Forget Christ Lives in MeLYNN COWELLLee en espaolI have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave... Read more

Garden Dwelling – Daughters of Promise – October 16

GARDEN DWELLINGBy: Christine WyrtzenThe tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:9There, in their midst, was the ultimate temptation and test of obedience. They could walk with God, the source of all knowledge, and hear things first hand, or eat of the... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 16, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:And it came to pass after these things, that his masters wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.Genesis 39: 7King James VersionEXPLORATIONProsperity and Passion How to Get AheadWealth means power: the power to subdue, to crush, to exploit, the power to enslave, to outrage, to degrade.Emma... Read more

Esther – Encouragement Café – October 16

Esther By Carolyn Dale Newell And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish! Esther 4:16b NKJVGod is very present in the book of Esther, even though His name is never mentioned.  God gave Esther tremendous courage and patience when she needed it most. There was a... Read more

Gods Love Language – Its Powerful! – Beloved Women – October 16, 2020

Gods Love Language Beloved Women October 16, 2020READ: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: If someone asked you, Whats the best way I can show you love today? What would you say? For me, the answer is easy. Empty the dishwasher. Fold those clothes. All those things speak love to... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 16

October 16 The Pathway to Godlessness "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes." Judges 21:25 The nation of Israel had finally entered into the Land God had promised to Abraham. They encountered giants in the land and won their land battle by battle against... Read more

Gods Little Post-It Notes – Girlfriends in God – October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020Gods Little Post-It NotesSharon JaynesTodays truthSince the creation of the world, Gods invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse (Romans 1:20 TNIV).Friend to FriendI believe one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century was the Post-It Note.... Read more

The Evidence of a Life of Forgiveness – Encouragement for Today – October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020The Evidence of a Life of ForgivenessLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolIf possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 (ESV) Theres some interesting context around todays key verse thats worth considering and unpacking.Paul didnt write what became the book of Romans while on a peaceful vacation with peaceful... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 15, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.Genesis 37: 3King James VersionEXPLORATIONFavoritism in Overdrive The Price of a Brother No family can hang out the sign, Nothing the matter here.Chinese ProverbIs there... Read more

A Plague of Play-Doh – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of October 15

A Plague of Play-DohExodus 8Additional Scripture Readings:Psalms 136Jeremiah 31:3-4It holds the place mats in crooked positions on the kitchen table. Walking from the table to the sink, it crunches underfoot on the linoleum. As we make our way across the family room, crumbs of red, green and blue smush into the carpet. Play-Doh.How many times... Read more

The Breathe of God – Daughters of Promise – October 15

THE BREATH OF GODBy: Christine WyrtzenThen the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:11God breathes. When He does, life erupts. Adam was just a physical man, made of the dust of the ground. He was not... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 15

October 15 Fearless "In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge." Proverbs 14:26 As a little girl, I was terribly afraid of the dark. I would look under my bed several times before getting into bed and anywhere else that I thought someone could hide. I was... Read more

Till the Storm Passes By – Encouragement Café – October 15

Till the Storm Passes By By Dawn NeelyWhen He (Jesus) got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.   Then He came to the other side.  Matthew 8:23, 28 NASBetween verses 23 and 28 in the 8th chapter of Matthew, we have a great storm!  Not just a spring shower or a gentle rain, but an... Read more

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is No Joke – Its Powerful! – Beloved Women – October 15, 2020

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is No Joke - Its Powerful! Beloved Women October 15, 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: I find it comical how easily I can get derailed from the truth of this Psalm.... Read more

Delighting in God – Girlfriends in God – October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020Delighting in GodGwen SmithTodays Truth I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight (Psalm 119:174, NIV).Friend to FriendIn C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia series, a young Edmund Pevensie is a fictional character who, at one point, almost traded his soul for a Turkish delight. He navely gave into cravings... Read more

God Hears Your Prayers for Your Marriage – Encouragement for Today – October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020God Hears Your Prayers for Your MarriageFRANCINE RIVERS Lee en espaolAsk and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 (NIV)My husband, Rick, and I celebrated our golden wedding anniversary on December 21, 2019. We often look at each... Read more

Transformation Garden – October 14, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:And he (Judah) turned unto her (Tamar) by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter-in-law.)Genesis 38: 16King James VersionEXPLORATIONLooks Can Be DeceivingSelfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking... Read more

The Ultimate Spiritual Rest – Daughters of Promise – October 14

THE ULTIMATE SPIRITUAL RESTBy: Christine WyrtzenSo God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:3I plugged in the meanings from the Hebrew words and couldnt believe what I discovered. Here it is: So God praised and gave strength to... Read more

The Disease to Please – Encouragement Café – October 14

The Disease to Please By Jill BeranThe fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. Proverbs 29:25 ESVWhat will she think?  He wont like this decision.  They wont approve.  This will make her upset.  If I do this, she wont be happy; but if I do that, he wont like... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 14

October 14 Memorial Songs "Remember the days of old, consider the years of all generations..." Deuteronomy 32:7 Moses, Gods servant, was about to die when he penned a song for Gods people. It was a song that God said they were to take to heart for by it they would prolong their days in the... Read more

From Dying Faith to Supernatural Strength – Beloved Women – October 14, 2020

From Dying Faith to Supernatural Strength Beloved Women October 14, 2020READ: And the angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you. (1 Kings 19:7 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: When the journey is excessive, even warriors grow tired. The prophet, Elijah, boldly confronted... Read more

A La Carte (October 13) – Tim Challies

It’s Amazon’s Prime Day today and, while that makes it a good day to buy a discounted Kindle device, I was hoping that it would bring us some special Kindle book deals. However, I was able to dig up only a few. (Yesterday on the blog: A Thanksgiving Family Update) The Evaporation of Empathy Chris... Read more

A Slow Fade – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of October 13

A Slow FadeSometimes, actually many times, especially at lunch, my children get their plates and sit at the coffee-table. Jacob is 11, and his body is smaller so he has a little more room. Faith, on the other hand, will be 15-years-old this month, and her legs are longer than both mine and my husbands.... Read more

Letting Go Of Worrying – Girlfriends in God – October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020Letting Go Of WorryingBarb RooseTodays TruthGive all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)Friend to FriendWhy did I let my mind go there AGAIN? There I stood, in my kitchen, swiping at the tears rolling down my face. Was I crying about something that had just... Read more

When Things Get Worse Just Before They Get Better – Encouragement for Today – October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020When Things Get Worse Just Before They Get BetterLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolTherefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house;... Read more