Transformation Garden – August 9, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:And he (Abram) went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.  And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 8, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her.  And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.Genesis 16: 2King James VersionEXPLORATIONA Bad Idea Gets Even Worse(Our God... Read more

Getting Out of Gods Way – Girlfriends in God – August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020Getting Out of Gods WayBarb RooseTodays TruthIf any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5, NIV).Friend to FriendOne Sunday afternoon, my friend, whom Ill call Leah, called in tears over her adult children. Leah spent... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 7, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:The Lord is good to all....Psalm 145: 9King James VersionEXPLORATIONWhat Lives In Egypt Should Stay In EgyptOur God is GoodGoodness is something so simple: Always live for others, never to seek ones own advantage.Dag HammarskjldDo I strive to do good for the benefit of others in my life?INSPIRATIONIf we are... Read more

A Place of Rest – Girlfriends in God – August 6, 2020

August 6, 2020A Place of RestMary SoutherlandTodays TruthYes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. (Psalm 62:5, NIV).Friend to FriendAs we drove through the scenic mountains of North Carolina, I could feel my soul begin to settle and my spirit grow quiet. It was a welcome feeling ... one that was... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 6, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?Genesis 18: 12King James VersionEXPLORATIONSarai: Never Too Old For PleasureWe should lay in a store of food, but never of pleasures; these should be gathered day by day.Ninon de LenclosWhat are... Read more

Never Enough Time – Girlfriends in God – August 5, 2020

August 5, 2020Never Enough TimeSharon JaynesTodays TruthIn Him we live and move and have our being, (Acts 17:28 NIV).Friend to FriendI just never have enough time to spend with the Lord, Amanda cried. I work forty plus hours a week, commute ninety minutes both ways, oversee elderly parents affairs, and take care of my five-year-old... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 5, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:And they said unto him (Abraham), Where is Sarah thy wife?  And he said, Behold, in the tent.  And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.  And Sarah heard it in the tent door,... Read more

Growing Pains – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of August 6

Growing PainsVerse:  2 Thessalonians 1:3-6Additional Scripture Readings:  Psalms 92:12-13;  1 Thessalonians 3:12-13As moms, our days can be so hectic we cant tell whether were coming or going, much less growing. We can stand our five-year-old against the wall and see tangible evidence of growth by marking a spot two inches above last years measurement. But... Read more

The Winds Against Us – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of August 4

The winds against usDuring the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. Its a ghost, they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them, Take courage! It is I. Dont be afraid.Lord,... Read more

Power in the Name – Girlfriends in God – August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020Power in the NameMelissa SpoelstraTodays TruthBut I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them (Isaiah 52:6, NLT).Friend to Friend One of the first things we learn about a person upon meeting... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 4, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:And the Lord appeared unto (Abram) in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from... Read more

Freedom and Favor – Girlfriends in God – August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020Freedom and FavorGwen SmithTodays TruthThe eyes of every-one in the synagogue were fastened on him. (Luke 4:18, NIV)Friend to FriendLong, long ago, royalty would send letters and packages with trusted servants, often having sealed their personal communications with wax and a signet ring. Before our current American postal system was in place, the Pony... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 3, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.Proverbs 12: 19 King James VersionEXPLORATIONSarai: Theres No Such Thing as a Little White LieTruth, like the burgeoning of a bulb under the soil, however deeply sown, will make its way to the light.Ellis PetersDo... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 2, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy fathers house, unto a land that I will shew thee.Genesis 12: 1King James VersionEXPLORATIONSarai: Life on the RoadLet the sweet hope that Thou art mine my path of life attend;Thy... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 1, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.Job 23: 10King James VersionTodays Study Text:And after six days Jesus taketh with Him Peter, and James, and John and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. And His raiment became... Read more

When the Unknown Lurks – Girlfriends in God – July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020When the Unknown Lurks Rachel WojoTodays TruthThe LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)Friend to FriendThe letter had arrived. I had been waiting for weeks and finally, there it was! With my breath... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 31, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:I, even I, am He that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid.Isaiah 51: 12King James VersionTodays Study Text:And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face... Read more

When Highs and Lows Are Exhausting – Girlfriends in God – July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020When Highs and Lows Are Exhausting Gwen SmithTodays TruthHe stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psalm 107:29)Friend to FriendSome called it a teeter-totter, but I always called it a seesaw and it was one of my favorite playground amenities in elementary school. There were always risks involved... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 30, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Todays Text of Encouragement:Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be... Read more

Lets Sidetrack Perfectionism – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of July 30

Lets Sidetrack PerfectionismVerse:  Colossians 1:21-23Additional Scripture Readings:2 Samuel 22:33Romans 5:10When Caesar Ritz opened his Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1898, this fastidious man sat at every table in the dining room, measured its height to the exact centimeter and adjusted the legs if needed. He slept in each bed in the hotel, one per night,... Read more

In the beginning… – Girlfriends in God – July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020In the beginning...Wendy SpeakeTodays TruthIn the beginning God... (Genesis 1:1a, NIV). Friend to FriendTodays scripture is a partial scripture, but a complete comfort during uncertain times. The first four words in the Bible form an incomplete sentence but offer a profound promise. In the beginning God Those four words are the lens through which... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 29, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:There is none like unto Godwho rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in His excellence on the sky. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before Thee.Deuteronomy 33: 26, 27King James VersionTodays Study Text:1. And... Read more

God Tests obedience, the Enemy Tests Faith – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of July 28

God Tests Obedience, the Enemy Tests FaithSo when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and Gods fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would... Read more

Hows Your Heart Part 2 – Girlfriends in God – July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020Hows Your Heart  Part 2Mary SoutherlandTodays TruthBe careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour (1 Peter 5:8, NLT).Friend to FriendI was physically exhausted and had let my guard down. The minute I let my guard down,... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 28, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:I will be glad and rejoice in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou most High.Psalm 9: 2K.J.V.Let us seek the grace of a cheerful heart, an even temper, sweetness, gentleness, and brightness of mind, as walking in His light, and by His grace. Let us pray... Read more

Heart-Check Part 1 – Girlfriends in God – July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020Heart-Check  Part 1Mary SoutherlandTodays TruthSee, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19, NIV).Friend to FriendIt had been a very long day. My husband and I were both tired and looking forward... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 27, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:The eternal God is your refuge, and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.Deuteronomy 33: 27Amplified BibleThou wilt in time experience that thou dost belong not only to this life, but also art capable of enjoying and beholding God and eternal things, to thy perfect contentment and rest. Thou... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 26, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. I will refresh your souls. Take My yoke upon you; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find relief and blessed quiet for your souls.Matthew 11: 28,... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 25, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Fear not, for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with my victorious right hand of rightness and... Read more