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The power of connectedness

October 7th, 2016|Categories: Friendship, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , |

We need to connect with God and also with others. If we are women who are serious about 'Deepening our relationships', we need to connect with God and also with others. God uses people to shape people. And the Holy Spirit longs to be powerfully at work in every encounter we have as human beings [...]

Forgiving yourself

October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Forgiveness, Heart Issues, The Sinful Nature|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you still feel as though you deserve to be punished even after you have been forgiven by another? Do you put yourself down, saying, “I’ve made too many mistakes for God to use me!” Do you assume that others will be blessed by God, but believe that you have forfeited His blessings because of [...]

When things go wrong

September 30th, 2016|Categories: Faith, Perseverance, Suffering, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sometimes God seems far away Have you noticed that even when we’ve made the decision to put our trust fully in God, there are still times when things go wrong and God seems far away? Remember the last time the storm rolled in and hit you head on. Maybe it was a frightening doctor’s report, a lost [...]

3 ways to find God in everyday life

September 26th, 2016|Categories: Gratitude, Hearing God, Heart Issues, Serving|Tags: , , , |

Sometimes it is hard to see God’s fingerprints in the push and pull of everyday life. It can be hard to see how God is present in the moments between opening your eyes and that first cup of coffee.  You’ve barely gulped down your coffee, when a child who can’t find a textbook, or a [...]

GRATITUDE—how to do it

September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Gratitude|Tags: , |

Gratitude is a buzzword in all sorts of circles. It is spoken of in corporate circles, and on talk shows. You are encouraged to journal about gratitude and the things you are thankful for. Gratitude has become a watchword for positive organizational behaviour or positive thinking or as a significant support for depression. A few years [...]

Finding rest

September 16th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Perseverance, Rest, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

I was out in the village yesterday, sitting on a mat on the floor of the church structure, when the young man who was teaching started reading from the book of Matthew. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn [...]

Heaven on wheels

September 11th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Devotionals, Obedience, Prayer|Tags: , , , , |

The knock at my door was soft, apologetic. I soon discovered a bouquet of anxious faces clustered in the hallway of the hotel where I was speaking for a women’s weekend retreat. “A situation has come up,” Jill, the retreat committee chairman, explained, keeping her voice low. Uh-oh. Ten minutes later—hair combed, lipstick in place, [...]

Use your story to encourage someone else

September 9th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Encouragement, Sharing Your Faith, Testimony|Tags: , , |

It's your story, your life, your pain, but it could also be someone else’s strength, someone’s gift. Blue, pink, red and yellow. I wonder what colour I will get next year? These are paper bags I have collected over the years of going to the Beauty for Ashes women’s conference. My husband has had many ideas: The [...]

How to find YOUR purpose

September 5th, 2016|Categories: God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, Patience, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , |

Monday morning . . . again. Every week the feeling of not measuring up was getting heavier until it came to weigh on my chest like a lump of potter’s clay.  I tried to convince myself that it would get better—that I just needed to get up and out to take Justin to school. But [...]

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