Monthly Archives: November 2014

What is Missing From Your Holiday Prep

For many, the holidays are filled with bickering, feuds, and family tension. Wouldn’t you like to spend the season focused on God, enjoying peace and harmony, and sharing God’s gift of love with others? Well, there’s something we can do to help make it happen, but we blow past it. I don’t know about you but I get sucked into my usual holiday prep: Cleaning and preparing my home for guests. Preparing food for family gatherings. Scrambling for gifts. Stringing lights and hanging decorations. And I neglect the most important prep of all: heart preparation.     Here are three things we can do to prepare our hearts for a God focused, peace-filled holiday: Consecrate our heart to God. (Joshua 24:15) First, offer your heart to God for His purposes during the holidays. Focus on Him and all He’s provided for you. It sure beats stewing in a pot of … Continue reading

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God Is Using Details to Direct You

The pastor smiled as he leaned back in his chair, “God doesn’t care where you live, Bethany.” My fiancé’ and I had been earnestly seeking God’s guidance about where to live after we got married. Should we stay local and keep our family happy or act on an opportunity to spread our wings and move out of state? Several choices lay before us, but they were socked in by the fog of family tension and we were unsure which way to go. I sat stock still in my chair as the pastor went on, “Where you live, where you work, doesn’t really matter to God. He is much more interested in your relationship with Him and that you live a solid Christian life–wherever you and Mike choose to go.” The ground seemed … Continue reading

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Get Empowered for God’s Call

What work has God called you to do that feels beyond your reach?  Last year God used a single verse to empower me to complete a monumental task. A dream, really. He challenged me to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month where you write an entire book in 30 days). While the idea inspired me, the thought of doing it? Overwhelming. Nevertheless, I took up God’s call and He empowered me to complete a book in 30 days. Throughout the venture, God used this verse to guide me around obstacles, over discouragement, through fatigue, and across the finish line to victory. “Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” Psalm 37:3 Sounds basic. Simple. But what a difference it made in the everyday struggle as I battled through that challenge! Here is … Continue reading

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