How To Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 3)

Are you discouraged or feeling defeated? Do you need healing and restoration? We’ve been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first two things we need to avoid are worry and running on empty. The third thing to avoid is despair. Psalm 23:3 – “He restores my soul.” This phrase literally reads, “He causes my vigor to return.” It means to restore vitality or

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How To Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 2)

In my last post, I began a five-part series on how to minimize stress in your life by avoiding five things, using Psalm 23 as a guide. Last time we looked at how worry affects us and how to avoid it. The second thing to avoid is running on empty.     Psalm 23:2 – “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.” David gives us a picture of nourishment

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life

Are you feeling stressed about something today? We live in a stress-filled world. And to be honest, the stresses of life aren’t going away any time soon, if at all. Your stress may be a result of something at home, a health issue, a relationship, work, or a ministry situation. Some days the stress seems unbearable. It’s in these times of stress that the name, Yahweh Rohi (God my Shepherd) is so special to us.

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How to Deepen Your Faith

Do you have an overwhelming situation in your life? A situation that seems a bit daunting, a little scary, and you don’t know how you’ll get through it? I’ve been there, and I know what it feels like. But I’ve learned that my faith is strongest when I am desperately in need and realize I have no hope apart from Him. George Mueller said: “God delights to increase the faith of His children. We ought, instead

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Why Me? An Interview With The Author

Jim Davis, a good friend of mine, has written a book on suffering titled Why Me? And Why That’s the Wrong Question. The book is about the questions we ask during hard times, including some that do us little good (“why me?”) and some that lead us closer to God (“what can God accomplish through this trial?”). I’ve already had a sneak peak at the book and I highly recommend it. I met Jim at the

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Why Me? And Why That’s the Wrong Question

Why me? Probably every one of us has asked this question at some time in our lives. Suffering and pain are part of life and if you haven’t experienced it yet, you will. Situations that might prompt that question would be things like: When you get that diagnosis you didn’t want to hear When your spouse has an affair When you’re facing hurt or rejection from someone When finances cave in When a loved one

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5 Questions to Ponder As We Begin A New Year

A new year! I always get excited about what a new year might hold. God knows what’s ahead for each of us this year, and He reveals it to us one step at a time. For some, there will be great joy and pleasant surprises, gifts from God. For others, there will be heartache and sadness, gifts from God. How will we respond to what He has in store for us this year? I like to

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The Best Christmas Gift

The Best Christmas Gift

I have received many Christmas gifts over the years, but none compare to the gift God gave us over 2000 years ago when He sent His Son to this earth. The King of all creation left His throne to give us the gift of salvation. God chose to share the first proclamations of His Son’s arrival not to kings, not to the religious leaders of the day, not to the best and the brightest of the community. He

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It’s All About Perspective

It’s All About Perspective

One of my favorite old movies is Pollyanna. Pollyanna had a positive perspective of life that eventually rubbed off on an entire town. I’ll never forget her “glad game.” She could always find something positive about a situation, no matter how bad it might have looked. For instance, she had asked for a doll for Christmas, but instead, got a set of crutches. When asked what was good about that, she replied, “I didn’t need

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How To Spend Time Alone With God

How To Spend Time Alone With God

I’m often asked what I do in my quiet times alone with God. I wrote a previous post on one method I sometimes use, Walking Through the Tabernacle. To be honest, I don’t have a set routine because I don’t want it to become mechanical, but I do have certain things that I incorporate into my quiet times each day. A Devotional Reading I like to begin by reading from a devotional book. Sometimes I use

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