Overcoming Failure

“I feel like a failure.” Have you thought or said those words recently? I have. Perhaps you feel like a failure in the area of parenting or marriage or your job or ministry or some endeavor you took on. When I start to have those thoughts of being a failure, I get discouraged and want to quit. Sometimes, it’s true that we have failed. Other times, it’s just lies from Satan, who would love to

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When God Doesn’t Answer Prayer

We pray and pray for something, believing that God will do it. But, when God doesn’t answer in the way we had prayed, do we doubt that God answers prayer? God does answer prayer, but not always in the way we ask or in our timing. When He doesn’t answer in the way we ask, we need to consider the possibility that something is not right in our prayers. Am I praying with wrong motives, perhaps

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Eeyore or Piglet?

I love the Winnie the Pooh books, especially as an adult. Two of my favorite characters are Eeyore and Piglet because they show us two very different personalities that we can relate to. Eeyore always looked at life through a negative lens. Piglet was… well, just Piglet, positive and happy. Piglet would be refreshing to be around. Eeyore would have the opposite effect. This morning I was reading some Bible passages about believers refreshing other believers.

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Prayer: Obligation or Necessity?

Do you look at prayer as an obligation or as a necessity? For some, prayer has become nothing more than a routine ritual they go through out of a sense of obligation. Jesus saw prayer as a necessity, not an obligation. No matter how busy He was, He always took time to pray. He knew the importance of spending time alone with the Father in prayer. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon on

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Making Time to Rest

Guest Post by Cindy Sproles: I met Cindy at the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference this year, and she made a huge impact in my life. She loves the Lord, has a heart for people, and knows how to encourage others. When I asked her to be a guest blogger, she graciously said yes, and I’m thrilled to be able to share her words of wisdom with you. Her newest book, New Sheets – Thirty Days to Refine

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Rest: How?

How do we rest when our lives are maxed out with to-do lists and circumstances of life, and we’re pressed from all sides? In my last post, Rest: What is That?, I shared three reasons why people don’t rest. We need rest, but we struggle with incorporating it into our busy schedules. So what’s the solution? REST. R – Reorder your priorities. Ask God to show you His priorities for you. What is most important

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Rest: What is That?

Do you ever feel like a hamster running in a tread wheel? For many of us, life has become a fast-paced sprint that never stops. As I meet with women each week, I hear a recurring theme: “I need rest.” And I’m right there with them. I’m tired. I need rest, too. We have become a society that rushes through life and fills our calendars to overflowing. We’re exhausted and weary, but we don’t stop to

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When Things Don’t Go As Planned

When Things Don't Go As Planned

Do you ever have days that just don’t go the way you had planned? That was my day yesterday. I came into the office excited to see that the boxes containing our freshly-printed Bible study books had arrived just in time for our Women’s Ministry kick-off Sunday morning. But to my horror, when I opened one of the boxes to take a look, the Bible study wasn’t at all what I had expected. The books

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I Hit the Jackpot!!!

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about the 425 million dollar Powerball jackpot. As I was eating breakfast this morning, the newscasters were reminding us that we had till 8:00 tonight (Wed.) to buy our tickets. As I was listening to them, I started day-dreaming about what I would do if I had 425 million dollars. Perhaps I’d update my house and make all those costly repairs I’ve put off. Or I’d buy new clothes

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Growing Old Isn’t for Sissies

“Growing old isn’t for sissies.” I hear those words almost every day from a friend of mom’s at the nursing home where she lives. Even though those words make me laugh at times, I also realize how true they are. Growing old is NOT for sissies. The older we get, perhaps the wiser and more mature we get, but the challenges seem to get harder. We get aches and pains that we never had to

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