Christian growth · Prayer

God’s Hand At the Window

This morning I rose and pulled back the curtain to see the new day – to see what was happening outside my window.  I wanted to see the brightness of the sun, the beauty of the morning and of the freshness of the new day.  It was easy – I just took my hand and pushed back the curtain.  Do you know that there are many times when God does the same thing for us so that we will be encouraged in prayer; so that we will see that He is indeed working on our behalf? I watched that happen this  past Sunday morning…

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Christian growth · Christian Life · salvation

How To Have Life and Peace

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It was a busy evening of decorating the church for our recent Vacation Bible School when one of the leaders picked up a “Conversation Beach Ball” and decided it was time for a break.  She threw the ball to a worker and yelled, “Right hand!”  They caught the ball and then read the question that was under the grasp of their right thumb and answered it.  The ball was passed to me and the question I read was something like,

What  Bible story do you love the most?

Not wanting to take too much time to answer, I thought of one I’d recently been reading in my morning devotions.  I said, “The story of Joseph forgiving his brothers.”  The group was satisfied with my answer because it allowed the game to continue.

The next day I got to thinking back on our game, and my question in particular, and I was shocked when I thought about how I had responded!

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Christian growth

A Fresh Love Letter

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I walked down to the mailbox, opened the lid and pulled out the two envelopes the postman had left. The return address in the corner of each envelope told me it was “same ol’, same ol'”.  Junk mail.  Ugh.

I walked back up to the porch, threw the non-impressive mail onto the step and picked up my waiting broom.  I swept the porch while the white envelopes lay discarded, Continue reading “A Fresh Love Letter”

Bible study · Christian growth · Christian Life

Early Shopping

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Laryngitis is keeping me from posting a video today, so I’m writing my post instead.  Hopefully I’ll be back with a voice and a video next week!

 

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Christmas season is closing in on us.  I’ve seen Black Friday ads long before November even arrived!  I can remember the days of shopping on Black Friday.  One year my whole family was in Kentucky for Thanksgiving and we decided we were going to join the crazy shoppers and head out and get some bargains, too!  We mapped out: Continue reading “Early Shopping”

Biblical Womanhood · Christian growth

Three Ways To Make the Most of a Retreat

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The theme for my fall is “Retreat!” I will have participated in five of them by the time Thanksgiving arrives, and I love it!!  I’ll be on the giving end of each of these retreats, but I’ve had the blessing of being on the receiving end MANY times!  I know that to attend a retreat: Continue reading “Three Ways To Make the Most of a Retreat”

Christian growth · Refreshment

Overflowing With Refreshment

I’ve recently shared on my blog that my church hosts a Ladies’ “retreat” of sorts every other year.  I called it a “Refresher” because that’s what I was praying it would be in our lives. Just last weekend we enjoyed that great refreshment in so many ways!  I thought you might enjoy getting a peek into our time together!

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Christian growth · trials

Bumpy Roads Lead to Beautiful Destinations

“Just because the path you’re on is bumpy
doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong road.”

I read that quote yesterday and thought of a hike my family once took. We headed up a mountain road that started out kind of gravely. As we continued upward the road bumped more and more. We were looking for the fire tower and were unsure of its exact location. At times the road bumped so much I thought our van’s shocks would never be the same. We climbed and climbed and bumped and jostled our way up the mountain.

The question of whether or not we were on the right road was asked more than once. We finally came to a blocked road where we parked the car and got out and walked a mile or more up a rather steep incline. There ahead of us was the fire tower! We climbed up the forsaken steps and when we got to the second and third landings the view was spectacular! It was worth all the bouncing and jolting just to see the sight before us! We indeed had been on the right road. If the bumps had discouraged us and we would’ve turned around, we would have missed this sight!

Life gets bumpy, doesn’t it? We begin to question ourselves. We also question God.

“Is the Christian life supposed to be this way? Shouldn’t things be much smoother than this? Is my marriage supposed to have this jostling? Why are my children creating such havoc after all my godly instruction?”

The temptation is to turn around and go the other way – our own way – a way we feel would be smoother. But the absence of bumps doesn’t mean it’s right.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. I Peter 5:10 

The road will smooth out eventually and you’ll find the view is wonderful – it’s called Christ-likeness. Because He is the God of all grace, you and I have the grace we need to endure the bumps. Don’t doubt you’ve chosen the right road (“why did I trust Christ, anyway? He’s a mean God that’s out to get me.”) Keep traveling on. He’s there with you. He’s not forsaken you. He knows the bumps are there and He’s waiting at the end of the road. Keep on driving. It will be worth the view!

Denise