Encouragement Devotionals

Thought Life Renovation: We All Need One!

Thought Life Renovation

A thought life renovation is a lot like a house renovation. Have you ever watched a home renovation or even lived through one? I lived in an old house while I renovated it. One room at a time, I removed and resurfaced old fixtures and features and brought in new materials and elements. I transformed the entire house room by room. The renovation took time and commitment to see its completion but it proved worth it. Right now I am in the midst of renovating a townhouse for my youngest daughter …

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When Life is Unfair

unfair

Life is unfair. We all know it. We all feel it, even from a very early age. My 2 year old granddaughter shows me that every time her parents tell her no or take something away from her that she wants at that moment. Looking back across my own life I see situations I deem, or at least at the moment as unfair. I know I am not alone

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When Our Stressful Situation threatens to Overtake Us

Stressful Situation

No doubt David was experiencing a stressful situation when he wrote Psalm 69:1-3. Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God. Psalm 69:1-3

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

If we see a person with an attitude of gratitude, their basic approach to life would be thankful. The book of Psalms show us that David had attitude of gratitude, especially towards God. David authored at least 74 of the 150 psalms. 12 of those 74 psalms are identified as songs of praise or thanksgiving. David understood that everything good he had, God had given him.  

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The Day God Called Me to Women’s Ministry

I will never forget the day God called me to women’s ministry. I understood that God was calling me. However, I had no idea what that meant for a thirty-seven year old woman with three daughters, a husband, a job, and a very busy life. The only thing I knew to do was pray that God would reveal His will. The cry of my heart was, “Send me; I will go.”     Three months went by and I heard nothing else from God. I decided not to tell anyone except my …

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Why We Don’t Want to Live Without Self-Control

Woman without Self-control

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. Proverbs 25:28 (NLT) Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28 (NIV) Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls. Proverbs 25:28 (NKJV) Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has not control over his spirit. Proverbs 25:28 (NASB) He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and …

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Understanding Grace Overruled My Dogmatic Stance to Never Teach

Understanding Grace

Understanding grace was something I did not grasp in my early days with Jesus.  So I definitely could not apply grace, if I was not understanding grace.   My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. James 3:1   When I was very young in my faith, my Sunday school class was going through a study of the book of James. I remember getting to James 3:1 and the words, “teacher” and “stricter judgment” stopped me in my tracks. This was long before …

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Do You Struggle With Believing God Will Help You?

God will help

Have you ever wondered if God will help you? Maybe you were confident that God helps other people, but when it comes to believing that God will help you, it’s another story. I have taught people to believe God and to believe that He will help them in various situations, and at the same time, struggled to believe that very thing for myself.

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