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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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What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorations are going up, Christmas music is being played on radio stations, the traffic around the malls has doubled, and many of us are hunkering down for winter weather this weekend. I love celebrating the birthday of my Savior, Jesus Christ. This past week, I shared a few thoughts with the women at our annual Women’s Christmas Dinner and gave them two questions to ponder over

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Give Thanks For Everything?

Give Thanks For Everything?

This week is Thanksgiving—a time we reflect on giving thanks. It’s easy to give thanks for those good things in life—a good home, a job, family, material blessings, and friends. But it’s not as easy to give thanks for those unwanted intruders into our lives—like pain, suffering, loss, disappointment. Are we to give thanks for those difficult things also? Yes. We are to give thanks in everything. God’s Word tells us to. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Lessons Learned From a Rock Badger

Where do you run for strength, protection, and security when life gets hard and you find yourself in the midst of one spiritual battle after another? Isaiah 26:3–4 points us to where we should run, if we’re wise. “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” The key word in this passage is

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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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