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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

3 Ways Satan Will Use Scripture against You

Satan Uses Scripture to Cause Confusion Did God really say, You cant eat from any tree in the garden? Those were the serpents famous words to Eve in Genesis 3:1.We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden, she replied, But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden,... Read more

8 Ways Shame Undermines a Marriage

Becky Beresford Author. Speaker. Dreamer. Its no secret marriage is a beautiful but hard adventure. When I first got married, I assumed there would be a magic switch that would transform us into people who loved, listened and learned well. But this wasnt the case. In fact, it was the complete opposite.I didnt take into... Read more

8 Ways Your Time with God May Need to Change

Perhaps the hardest work here is the most crucial. Romans 12:1-2 exhorts us not to be conformed to the world we live in, but to be transformed, changed, by renewing our minds in the Word. Inevitably we will learn things in the Bible that are at least unfamiliar, if not contradictory, to the ideas we... Read more

6 Best Ways to Model True Discernment for Your Kids

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him... Read more

3 ways to fight human trafficking during a pandemic – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Today marks the World Day Against Trafficking In Persons an annual event geared to raise trafficking awareness. Between 25 and 40 million people are trapped in forced sex or labor worldwide. COVID-19 lockdowns make this crisis even worse. Lockdowns lead to isolation, which leads to vulnerability and abuse. The exploitation of children... Read more

8 Psalms, 7 Ways

It shouldnt be surprising that Christian musicians return, again and again, to the Psalms for inspiration. The Bibles songbook is an incredibly rich, timeless repository of poetry, prayer, and worship. The Psalms are theologically and emotionally robust, vivid in their imagery and raw in their honest expression. We dont know what the Psalms sounded like... Read more

5 Ways to Deal with Tension between You and Your Children

My kids always dreaded it when we said, We need to have a family meeting ASAP. To them, it equated to lectures, rules, and reminders of how theyd messed up. It took my husband and I a long time to approach things differently. Once we started communicating with our kids, instead of communicating at them,... Read more

10 Ways to Rebuild Trust in a Marriage on the Rocks

Heather Riggleman Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Trust is the bedrock of marriage. But what do you do if trust has been damaged or completely obliterated? I found myself asking that same question 18 months ago in my counselors office. I knew I had forgiven my husband for breaking my trust but neither one of us knew... Read more

11 Practical Ways to Reduce Digital Consumption

The Key of Digital Detox I am convincedfrom scientific research, from personal experience, and from counseling teensthat any attempt to replace anxiety and depression with peace and joy must have a plan for getting our digital devices and social media under control. All the research indicates that our overuse and misuse of digital technology is... Read more

5 ways to conquer the cancel culture

FILE PHOTO - British writer JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books, poses during the launch of new online website Pottermore in London, England on June 23, 2011.REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File PhotoAs expected, the cancel culture is already out of control, now devouring itself. One day it's the statue of Teddy Roosevelt. The next... Read more

10 Great Ways Wives Can Serve Their Husbands (Yes, Serve!)

As women, we like to be noticed by our husbands. We appreciate being told how nice we look or what a good job weve done with a project. But our men need noticing too. They need us to see how hard they work, how valuable they are, and how they are making an impact on... Read more

5 Ways to Actually Create a Healing Space for Mental Health in the Church | RELEVANT Magazine

In 1990, The Clergy as a Resource for Those Encountering Psychological Distress found that a person under psychological distress will turn to their clergy before talking to a mental health professional.   And with 1 in 5 adults in the US experiencing mental illness each year, you better believe this exists... Read more

5 Amazing Ways to Throw Satan off His Game with Worship

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, Jesus said, in Matthew 26:41. Of course youre willing to worship...we all are. Otherwise, whats the point of being a Christian? Fire insurance? We praise and worship the Lord because we love Him and because He loved us first. But dont stop there. Be willing in... Read more

7 Ways to Know That God Is Right Next to You

3. Believe He is Near Too often we dont feel like God is near. Yet, God wants our faith that He is who His Word says He is and He will do what He promisesregardless of what our feelings and emotions tell us. Scripture says the "righteous shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17) and "without... Read more

10 Ways You Can Make A Difference in Your Grandchild’s Life

You have so much valuable wisdom and life experience. Be willing to share your skills, your knowledge, and your expertise with your grandchild. Teach them to bake bread, build a birdhouse, change a tire, crochet, or learn something from you. They will not only gain valuable skills, but will also build valuable memories in the... Read more

Want to end child marriage? Here are 3 ways to help – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Kids around the world are susceptible to child marriage, and their vulnerability stems from multiple factors. David Lovett of Operation Mobilization USA outlines a few in the report below. Its illegal; its not supposed to be happening, Lovett says. But still, it is a rampant issue across South Asia, the Middle East,... Read more

20 Ways to Cultivate the Lifelong Friendships You Long For

If your friend can never meet all your needs, if your expectations of them are too high, it will be difficult to be friends with you. It is easy to really get along well with someone and then hope theyll make you happy, that theyll fill a spot where something is missing in your life.... Read more

4 Ways Not to Be a Jerk Online

The internet can be exhausting. And thats on the good days. The pull of our screensand the interactions they mediateis often more spiritually taxing than we realize or care to admit. I have yet to hear someone return from a digital fast and say, Wow, that was terrible. Usually its more like, Wow, I feel... Read more

10 Refreshing Ways to Renew Your Quiet Time with God

Ive practiced a daily quiet time with God for more than two decades. During those times, Ive experienced soul-soaring moments that linger with me to this day. Other times Ive struggled through like I was studying for an Algebra test.Regardless of how I felt, God has rewarded my commitment to spend time in prayer and... Read more

3 Ways God Is Challenging Your Identity through This Pandemic

Theres no denying 2020 has been full of challenges. Some have been unwanted, some have been desired, and some have been more than needed. Even though God did not cause this pandemic, He has used it to usher in transformation and speak to the hearts of His children.With all thats happened since the beginning of... Read more

11 Ways to Make Summer Fun When Camps are Cancelled

We all had big plans for the summer, didnt we? Unfortunately, for most of us, it is just not working out quite as wed hoped. Though summer will look different across the country, there is one thing we all have in common. Our summers are modified, twisted around, and flipped over. Our family had all kinds of... Read more

Two ways to help prisoners fight pandemic fear, anxiety – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — A new UK study shows worsening mental health among prisoners and prison staff as a result of the pandemic. Underfunding and overcrowding increase the risk of COVID-19 infections for both of these populations. More coronavirus coverage here. The same problems exist in U.S. prisons, where World Missionary Press sends Scripture booklets and... Read more

5 Ways Most People Deny Their Anger Issues

When a healthy person enters a dysfunctional environment, the abuser often begins to feel threatened. Theyve likely spent a lifetime controlling others through manipulation and anger. They may not know another way to relate. They may, in fact, have grown up in a family much like the one theyve created. To their thinking, there are... Read more

10 Ways Your Grandchildren Need You during COVID-19

There are many cliches about grandparents: how they spoil their grandchildren, how they allow their grandchildren to eat treats and watch television, or how they hang every piece of their grandchilds artwork up on the refrigerator. These may be lighthearted stereotypes, but there is deeper truth to them, as anyone who is blessed to have... Read more

10 Ways Satan Wants You to Respond to the Coronavirus

Pray without ceasing. (1Thessalonians 5:17, NASB)I need to confess something to you. I was overwhelmed with obtaining the latest information on Coronavirus and started scrolling social media more than praying. I grabbed my phone when my alarm went off in the morning, and reading the news was the last thing I did before I went to... Read more

10 Ways Life Simply Wasnt Working before COVID-19

2020 has felt like some sort of cosmic joke. If it wasnt one thing, it was something else. One story after another, every day of turning on the news or social media has felt like spinning the wheel of chance with some new terrifying problem on every block.I joked with a few friends earlier this... Read more

10 Ways You Can Help Special Needs Caregivers Keep Going

Before the tidal wave known as COVID-19 hit us, I was sitting with a group of friends in a coffee shop. We all are writers, but we spent the first half of our time together sharing what was going on in our messy lives. Not very long into the conversation, a few of us special... Read more