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The Highways to Zion – Beloved Women – November 25, 2020

The Highways to Zion Beloved Women November 25, 2020READ: Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. (Psalm 84:5 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Each time we travel to Kansas, there seems to be a section of highway under construction. Whether its a new lane or entrance ramp, something is... Read more

Kindled Gifts – Beloved Women – November 24, 2020

Kindled Gifts Beloved Women November 24, 2020READ: For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Timothy 1:6 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Our favorite pastime as a young family was camping in beautiful mountain places of the Pacific Northwest.  Packing... Read more

Getting Alone – Beloved Women – November 23, 2020

Getting Alone Beloved Women November 23, 2020READ: In these days, he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. (Luke 6:12 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Recently, I purchased a butterfly garden for my children. During week one, the "butterflies" were not butterflies at all. They were caterpillars slimy and with very... Read more

Why Do People Choose to Hurt Themselves?

Throughout my life, Ive encountered this question a number of timesin a soft tone, as if to not be overheard:Why do people choose to hurt themselves?The question is asked with genuine curiosity, yet there is an underlying discomfort and confusion. Topics such as self-harm and suicide are taboo in todays cultureso taboo that those who... Read more

The Tower of Strength – Beloved Women – November 20, 2020

The Tower of Strength Beloved Women November 20, 2020READ: The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: We took the family to visit Niagara Falls. The sheer magnificence of the view across the falls left me speechless. I felt the earth... Read more

Praise God in Advance – Beloved Women – November 19, 2020

Praise God in Advance Beloved Women November 19, 2020 READ: I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1 NRSV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: In todays verse, David made a conscious decision to praise God in advance. Despite intense persecution, David decided to continually praise God. Psalm 34:1 is Davids... Read more

Rest at the Beach – Beloved Women – November 18, 2020

Rest at the Beach Beloved Women November 18, 2020READ: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy,... Read more

How to Pray When Your Thoughts Are Out of Control

Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer Studies have shown that we can think up to 80,000 thoughts in a given day, and out of those thoughts, 80% of them are negative. Ouch! Whats on your mind at this very moment?I wish I could say we could control every thought that comes into our heads. But many... Read more

The Magnetic Power of Humility – Beloved Women – November 17, 2020

The Magnetic Power of Humility Beloved Women November 17, 2020READ: The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: With the colossal power of electromagnets, the worlds fastest Maglev (magnetic levitation) trains can travel at 375 miles per hour! In the same way that those trains... Read more

10 Psalms to Guide You in Prayer and Meditation

If I were to sit down and make a list of all the things that have gone wrong this year, it would be long. All the ways I felt let down, overwhelmed, anxious, and confused could go on and on.The best remedy for the 2020 blues is to adjust our attitude.While we can look at... Read more

Bishop T.D. Jakes Highlights the Importance of Prayer through Women of the Bible

Bishop T.D. Jakes Highlights the Importance of Prayer through Women of the Bible When you say the name Bishop TD Jakes, many people may first think of his popular 2006 book, Woman Thou Art Loosed. Jakes, who is influential in American Evangelical culture, has been called to minister to people and speak into their lives... Read more

God Is Our Strength! – Beloved Women – November 16, 2020

God Is Our Strength! Beloved Women November 16, 2020READ: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: I believe with all my heart that God is with... Read more

God Never Fails to Think of You – Beloved Women – November 13, 2020

God Never Fails to Think of You Beloved Women November 13, 2020READ: Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:16 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: I dont have any tattoos, but Ive heard that getting a tattoo can be a painful experience. Furthermore, the pain intensifies when tattooing parts... Read more

10 Things a Wife Needs to Thrive When Life Is Full

As a wife of twelve years who juggles multiple demands daily, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Marriage is a gift from God, and God desires for us to be wives who are whole and renewed, leaning on God for strength and encouragement during difficult seasons. Between... Read more

Forgiveness Includes Taking Out the Stinger – Beloved Women – November 12, 2020

Forgiveness Includes Taking Out the Stinger Beloved Women November 12, 2020READ: If one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:13 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: I was enjoying my walk on a nice cool morning. Suddenly, my left shoulder felt like it was on fire with... Read more

Top 25 Bible Verses to Relieve Your Stress

Our hearts were made for worship and wonder, but with what most of us face in our every day, whether youre a mother or father with a house to manage, a student with deadlines and term papers, or a professional trying to perform your best in a time of uncertainty, were faced with countless causes... Read more

No Conditions Attached – Beloved Women – November 11, 2020

No Conditions Attached Beloved Women November 11, 2020READ: '"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," then he adds, I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more."' (Hebrews 10:16-17 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: An eye... Read more

You Have Answered Me – Beloved Women – November 10, 2020

You Have Answered Me Beloved Women November 10, 2020READ: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. (Psalm 22:1-2 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: My God, my God,... Read more

3 Reasons We Believe the Lies That Hurt Us

Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer Most of us start believing lies about ourselves in childhood, when that friend, parent, or sibling treats us a certain way that leaves us believing we are not accepted, loved, or worthy enough. Perhaps someone you trusted spoke words of discouragement over you, and those words became the truth you... Read more

Faith Walking – Beloved Women – November 9, 2020

Faith Walking Beloved Women November 9, 2020READ: For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: During the missionary journey of Jesus to share the Gospel, He met many people. There was however, one thing that would stop Him in His tracks and impressed Him. That one thing was faith.When a sinful... Read more

Cultivate Peace – Beloved Women – November 6, 2020

Cultivate Peace Beloved Women November 6, 2020READ: If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:18 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: With so many platforms available for online communication, it is easy for people to insult and mock others while hiding behind a screen.  For as much as social media can bring us... Read more

A Surprising Secret about Joy and Sorrow

It felt like the enemy was swinging wildly. One crisis after another. My daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was a young mom, like I was when I first had cancer. I showed up at her surgeries. I prayed over her while she slept. I held her babies. When we finally received the news that... Read more

Number of Pro-Life Women in House Doubles: It’s a ‘Stunning Blow to Nancy Pelosi’

Number of Pro-Life Women in House Doubles: It's a 'Stunning Blow to Nancy Pelosi' The conventional wisdom about abortion and gender took a major blow on Election Day when 13 new pro-life women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives doubling the number of women in the chamber who oppose legalized abortion.The pro-life organization... Read more

Are You in a Church Bubble? – Beloved Women – November 5, 2020

Are You in a Church Bubble? Beloved Women November 5, 2020READ: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: As a Christian, it is easy for us to stay within our own respective church bubbles. We have our different communities that we fellowship with according to... Read more

10 Ways You Need to Detoxify Your Soul Right Now

Whitney Hopler Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Editor's note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Craig Groeschel's book, Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World (Zondervan, 2012). You wouldn’t intentionally eat or drink poison that could harm or destroy your body. Yet you may be consuming poison that’s hazardous to your soul without even realizing... Read more

Good Eyesight/Bad Eyesight – Beloved Women – November 4, 2020

Good Eyesight/Bad Eyesight Beloved Women November 4, 2020READ: Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34 ESV)TODAY'S ENCOURAGEMENT: Within each of us are two dueling natures, and primarily what we feed thrives.... Read more

Continue Steadfastly – Beloved Women – November 3, 2020

Continue Steadfastly Beloved Women November 3, 2020READ: Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Our devotion to prayer should be the heartbeat of our lives. Prayer is how we communicate with God, and seek His will and instruction to help navigate our lives on earth. Paul writes how... Read more

Courageous Faith – Beloved Women – November 2, 2020

Courageous Faith Beloved Women November 2, 2020READ: Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (Psalms 27:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: There are a lot of things in this world we have to wait for. Time passes and we wait. Sometimes we feel like the time we are waiting is wasted time.... Read more

5 Ways God Alone Can Make Peace in Your Soul

Peace. Its something not many of us have had the pleasure of feeling a lot of during this year. If we are being really honest with ourselves, peace isnt something a lot of us had a firm grasp on even before the hardships of 2020 came calling. When you hear the word peace, you may... Read more

Studying and Praying in all Seasons – Beloved Women – October 30, 2020

Studying and Praying in all Seasons Beloved Women October 30, 2020READ: I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (Psalm 119:15-16 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: In this life, we never know when the unexpected will come. In an instance, sometimes our lives... Read more