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

Rest Assured – Beloved Women – August 13, 2020

Rest Assured Beloved Women August 13, 2020READ: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: When you lay down at night to sleep, your eyes may be closed, but are you fully at rest? There have been many times that my mind has been plagued... Read more

Producing Fruit – Encouragement Café – August 13

Producing FruitBy Joan Walker HahnI am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:1-2I have several different types of fruits growing around my house.... Read more

When Promises Take a Long Time – Daughters of Promise – August 13

WHEN PROMISES TAKE A LONG TIMEThe Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 13

August 13 Gentle Spirits "Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near." Philippians 4:5 When Jesus rode into Jerusalem He was described as thus,"gentle and mounted on a donkey".In His sermon on the mount Jesus teaches His disciples saying,"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth". (Matthew 5:5)Gods... Read more

5 Ways God Wants to Disrupt Your Life

1. Consider the Cost Jesus calls us to new life.  That new life requires us to leave our old ways of selfishness and sin and follow the teachings of Jesus. His truth is not for the uncommitted, but for those who desire radical transformation. Take a moment to think how your life is drastically different... 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

Be Strong – Beloved Women – August 12, 2020

Be Strong  Beloved Women August 12, 2020READ: Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:4 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Its amazing how the right persons presence can bring a sense of peace. A parent in the... Read more

All the Details – Encouragement Café – August 12

All The Details By Paris RenaeHe who was seated on the throne said, I am making everything new! Then He said, Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. Revelation 21:5In our humanness everything is marked by time days, years Remembering the year of the bad storms, the day a loved one died. Remembering good... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 12

August 12 The Fire of Gratitude "Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe for our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:28-29 Its been said,"Its good to have things settled by faith, before they... Read more

It’s All So Fragile – Daughters of Promise – August 12

ITS ALL SO FRAGILEI hold my life in my hands continually, but I do not forget your law. Psalm 119:109What makes you faint today? Physical danger, serious illness, a bitter confrontation, treachery? David understands. For many years of his life, he faced things that make grown men fall to their knees. Hunted down by friends,... Read more

10 Things Black Brothers and Sisters Most Need to Hear from the Church

As a Christian, I have always felt that regardless of the color of my skin, the church would be a safe place. I imagined there would be no discrimination, no hierarchy based on race, no infiltration of laws that diminished Black people. Perhaps this was all in my imagination, because though I know this is... 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

Why We Should Speak About Who God Is To Us – Beloved Women – August 11, 2020

Why We Should Speak About Who God Is To Us Beloved Women August 11, 2020READ: For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to... Read more

Follow HIM, He KNOWS The Way – Encouragement Café – August 11

Follow HIM, He KNOWS The Way  By Roxanne BellamyAnd, I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.  2 Corinthians 6:18Have you ever been in a situation where you were asked to drive to a place youve never gone to before, with not one detail about... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 11

August 11 Remember the Good In Others"Pray without ceasing" 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Praying Hyde had a wonderful experience to which he contributes his power with God, and therefore with man.He used to speak of it as one of the most direct and solemn lessons God ever taught him. He was up in the hills resting... Read more

When Two Parts of My Life Collide – Daughters of Promise – August 11

WHEN TWO PARTS OF MY LIFE COLLIDEAnd the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing.Genesis 21:8-9 ESVSarah laughed for joy when Isaac was born. But Ishmael laughed in... 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

11 Verses on Racism and Prejudice to Teach Us True Love

The evils of racism have been woven into our world throughout history, and tragically, still affect many lives today. Its real. Divisive. Oppressive. Hate-filled. And it grieves the heart of God who made us and loves us all. To stand strong against racism and to pray for unity and love among us is not only... Read more

Abandon & Trust – Encouragement Café – August 10

Abandon & Trust By Luann PraterMay the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13The word trust means that you are given something that belongs to someone else but they entrust you to... 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

The Best Kind of Plans – Beloved Women – August 10, 2020

The Best Kind of Plans Beloved Women August 10, 2020READ: Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: While meeting a friend for coffee, she said, Ive got big plans this year!  She was right. Her list of travel destinations has mega aspirations. I shared my goals too.... Read more

Breath – Daughters of Promise – August 10

BREATHEBlessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12All over the world, Christians are suffering for their faith. I hear from some via email because they receive this daily devotional. I... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 10

August 10 Shameless Living "To Thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul, O my God, in Thee I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me." Psalm 25:1&2 Have you ever scooped up the frailty of a soul and with all the strength of faith you had... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 9

August 9 The Aroma of Joy ..."a joyful heart is good medicine."Proverbs17:22 "What's the funny for the day?" This is a question that is asked every day by my most precious co-worker who sets her mind every day to find laughter in at least one thing. So, at the end of each workday, she'll ask... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 8

August 8 Asking, Knocking and Opening "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 I want to share a "KNOCKING" with you today. May you use it to storm the favor of Heaven and in the rain that falls there... Read more

What Would the Apostle Paul Say about Wearing Face Masks?

4. Paul Encourages Right Love over Right Knowledge Paul concludes his discussion by picking up on a statement made in 1 Cor. 8:1: ...knowledge puffs up while loves builds up. Right knowledge can only get you so far. It puffs up the individual because it is only concerned with the individual.Puffed-up knowledge creates the dynamic... Read more

The Beauty behind the Command to “Give Thanks to the Lord”

How Do We Know That God Is Deserving of Thanks? Sometimes when life gets difficult, it is difficult to see Gods goodness. The Bible is full of reminders of everything He does, for which believers should thank Him. He created each person, imbuing that individual with a soul, reason, and a will, as explained in... 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

Commissioned – Beloved Women – August 7, 2020

Commissioned Beloved Women August 7, 2020READ: For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place but you and your fathers house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Its easy... Read more