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Choosing to Accept Grace in Everything – Encouragement for Today – August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020Choosing to Accept Grace in EverythingLAURA BAILEYLee en espaolBut he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)Crash!My stomach... Read more

6 Amazing Roles That Grandparents Fill in Our Families Today

Despite factors such as spread out families, rising divorce rates, and family disharmony that make maintaining a connected extended family more challenging, research still shows there are real benefits to grandparents being involved in their children and grandchildren.Grandparents fill many vital roles in their family structure and can offer great help to the generations coming... Read more

Personalizing Parenthood – Encouragement for Today – August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020Personalizing ParenthoodJESSICA SMARTT Lee en espaolLet us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)I have yet to manage a successful garden. Honestly, it seems overwhelming to keep 36 little plants alive, when it takes so... Read more

Lauren Daigle Will Perform on the ‘Today Show’ This Week | RELEVANT Magazine

On Wednesday, Lauren Daigle will appear on theToday Showfor what’s being called a “special performance.” Im so excited to be on the @TODAYshow THIS WEDNESDAY August 12th! Tune in for a special performance pic.twitter.com/JeAa8wFlfv — Lauren Daigle (@Lauren_Daigle) August 10, 2020 She must be pretty popular around those parts, as Daigle most recently appeared... Read more

Three Ways to Stay Faithful in a Sifting Season – Encouragement for Today – August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020Three Ways to Stay Faithful in a Sifting SeasonMEREDITH HOUSTON CARRLee en espaolSimon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:31-32 (ESV)Have you ever... Read more

Hanging on When It Feels Like God is Holding Out – Encouragement for Today – August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020Hanging on When It Feels Like God is Holding OutALICIA BRUXVOORTLee en espaolBut if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25 (ESV)I heard the clanking crash and mournful wail before I reached the kitchen. I didnt need to see my daughters forlorn face or... Read more

Loving Beyond Labels – Encouragement for Today – August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020Loving Beyond LabelsLYNN COWELLLee en espaolA new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34 (ESV)Growing up, I switched schools several times, so starting over was a normal part of life for me. The thing I... Read more

Trusting God in Trying Times – Encouragement for Today – August 6, 2020

August 6, 2020Trusting God in Trying TimesSHARON JAYNES Lee en espaolDont be afraid, the prophet answered. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. 2 Kings 6:16 (NIV)One phone call, and my life crumbled into a pile of dust easily blown away by shock and unbelief. In a moment, my... Read more

Are Gods Plans Meant for Good? – Encouragement for Today – August 5, 2020

August 5, 2020Are Gods Plans Meant for Good?MEGAN FATE MARSHMAN Lee en espaolAnd we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)God knows the plans He has for your life, and theyre meant for good.I dont know... Read more

The God Who Sees Me – Encouragement for Today – August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020The God Who Sees MeMELISSA SPOELSTRA Lee en espaolYou are the God who sees me. She also said, Have I truly seen the One who sees me? Genesis 16:13b (NLT)I received the long text and read it slowly. Then I read it again. She accused me of saying things I never said. She... Read more

Diamonds and Dumpster Fires – Encouragement for Today – August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020Diamonds and Dumpster FiresJADA MCLINTICK, COMPEL Training MemberLee en espaol to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the... Read more

7 myths about human trafficking today and why it’s vital that we stop believing them

(Photo: International Justice Mission)Human trafficking today is a multibillion-dollar global criminal industry that's bigger than ever. On top of this, the Covid-19 pandemic has made some groups even more vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. As Christians, we need to take urgent action to prevent rises in trafficking and modern slavery, yet many people do not... Read more

The Gift of Our Weakness – Encouragement for Today – July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020The Gift of Our WeaknessALEXANDRA HOOVERLee en espaolBut he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness. Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may reside in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (CSB)There have been times in... Read more

Familiar Faithfulness – Encouragement for Today – July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020Familiar Faithfulness NICKI KOZIARZ Lee en espaolLet us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)If youve felt like this year has been uncomfortable and unfamiliar, you are not alone.If youve wondered what God is doing in this season, you are not alone.And if... Read more

You Are More than the Mean Thoughts You Think About Yourself – Encouragement for Today – July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020You Are More than the Mean Thoughts You Think About YourselfASHLEY JACKSON Lee en espaolWe destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV) I knew I shouldnt hate myself, but I couldn't stop judging myself on behalf of... Read more

Are You Ready For Anything? – Encouragement for Today – July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020Are You Ready For Anything?KATHI LIPP Lee en espaolThe prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Proverbs 27:12 (NIV)Nothing in Northern California will cause your heart to beat faster than the word Fire! being yelled into your home.So when I heard pounding on my front... Read more

When We Grow Weary in the Waiting – Encouragement for Today – July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020When We Grow Weary in the WaitingLAURA BAILEYLee en espaolOn one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you... Read more

You Are Loved and Not Forgotten – Encouragement for Today – July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020You Are Loved and Not ForgottenARLENE PELLICANELee en espaolThe steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 (NKJV)Years ago, my mom was traveling next to a woman who was wrestling with a pie. The lady was trying to take out her work things... Read more

Daughters of the Day – Encouragement for Today – July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020Daughters of the DayBRENDA BRADFORD OTTINGER Lee en espaolFor you are all children of the light and of the day; we dont belong to darkness and night. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 (NLT)Once upon a Saturday morning, the household chores held a conference and elected me as their leader.While rushing through chores, I noticed a... Read more

When Faith Feels Like a Circus Act – Encouragement for Today – July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020When Faith Feels Like a Circus Act KAITLIN GARRISON, COMPEL Devotion Challenge Winner Lee en espaolLet me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Galatians... Read more

A Christian’s Response to Racism and Injustice – Encouragement for Today – July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020A Christians Response to Racism and InjusticeJOEL MUDDAMALLE Lee en espaolAnd he said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your... Read more

What Good Thing Are You Known For? – Encouragement for Today – July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020What Good Thing Are You Known For?AMY CARROLL We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all Gods people the faith and love that spring from the hope stored... Read more

Learning to Live With a Yes Heart – Encouragement for Today – July 16, 2020

July 16, 2020Learning to Live With a Yes HeartLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolTrust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) It all started the day God told me to give away my... Read more

God Sees Us When We Ugly Cry – Encouragement for Today – July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020God Sees Us When We Ugly CryTERESA SWANSTROM ANDERSON Lee en espaolBut those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) As I collapsed onto the cold kitchen floor,... Read more

Three Reasons to Live Fearless – Encouragement for Today – July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020Three Reasons to Live FearlessMARISSA HENLEY Lee en espaolWhen I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have... Read more

Have You Ever Been Crushed by a Kleenex? – Encouragement for Today – July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020Have You Ever Been Crushed by a Kleenex?SANDELL SNYDER, COMPEL Devotion Challenge Winner Lee en espaolA new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34 (NIV) A rustling coat shifted my gaze away from the woman pouring out her heart to the... Read more

Releasing My Expectations – Encouragement for Today – July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020Releasing My ExpectationsSHALA W. GRAHAMLee en espaolMany are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has not been what I expected. I had my word for the year picked out.... Read more

God Doesn’t Play Red Light Green Light – Encouragement for Today – July 9, 2020

July 9, 2020God Doesnt Play Red Light, Green Light BOB GOFF Lee en espaolCount it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any... Read more

I Dont Know That But I Do Know This – Encouragement for Today – July 8, 2020

July 8, 2020I Dont Know That But I Do Know This ALICIA BRUXVOORTLee en espaolI remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 (NIV)Years ago, I volunteered as a reading assistant in my sons kindergarten classroom.Armed with a pile of books and a load... Read more