Advent facts and resources for you

2017-02-16T00:43:59+00:00 November 25th, 2016|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Books & Reading, Devotionals, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The season of Advent is upon us.  The word Advent means 'arrival', and it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world. In 2016 the four Advent Sundays are November 27, December 4, December 11, and December 18. December can be such a crazy month for most of us that sometimes it's hard [...]

Encountering God

2017-02-16T00:44:09+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Hearing God, Time with God|Tags: , , , , , |

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  - Ephesians 1:17 In 1 Kings 19, we read that Elijah believed he was the only man left who was following God.  As a prophet [...]

Finding rest

2017-02-16T00:44:49+00:00 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

2017-02-16T00:44:53+00:00 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, [...]

Keys to controlling your thought life

2017-09-22T00:54:52+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Bible Study, Devotionals, Heart Issues, Overcoming, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , , |

We all battle with our thought life to some extent. Here is a very helpful Bible study compiled by Vicky Chilvers giving some keys to controlling your thought life. Imagine you are helping a psychologist, minister or emotions coach compile a book on Thought Life. What five chapters would you like to see in the [...]

Persistence

2017-09-22T00:55:05+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Devotionals, Perseverance|Tags: , , , , |

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. - 2 Thessalonians 3:5 I spent almost two decades in Asia where haggling for a good price was a sport. I loved the thrill of going back and forth with the shopkeeper until I wore them down and I was walking away with a [...]

The Holy of Holies

2017-09-22T00:55:42+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Heart Issues, Prayer, Time with God|Tags: , , , , |

Which room in your home is your favourite? Researchers once surveyed people about their favourite room in the house. The top answer was the kitchen. People love that one. Perhaps yours is the kitchen too, or maybe somewhere else? Most husbands said theirs was the bedroom. Moms of young children said their favourite room was [...]

Wonder(ful) woman

2017-09-22T00:57:39+00:00 May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, General, Marriage|Tags: , , |

As the most popular female comic superhero, there’s no doubt that Wonder Woman is an icon. But did you know that God’s Word has a Wonder Woman too? She’s known as The Proverbs 31 Woman, and she, too, is a symbol for women. The Proverbs 31 woman But the Proverbs 31 Woman does not fly [...]

Naked season

2017-09-22T00:58:43+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Heart Issues, Perseverance, Seasons of Life, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , , , , |

I live on the Prairies in a little town in Ellendale, North Dakota, USA.  Winter can be a brutal season with biting cold winds that slap you in the face at 50mph.  But, whenever I see flocks of snow geese heading northward towards the Canadian tundra, I know that spring is on the heels of [...]

Preach the gospel to yourself

2017-09-22T00:59:12+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Encouragement, Grace, Heart Issues, Overcoming, Spiritual Growth, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , |

It was Jerry Bridges, who passed away recently, whose book taught me: preach the gospel to yourself every day. You may be like I was as a young Christian I was continually questioning whether I measured up to God’s standards for holiness, and whether I would make it into heaven. I did not realize that my [...]

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