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Keys to controlling your thought life

2017-08-21T09:19:47+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 [...]

Can I really do all things through Christ?

2017-08-21T09:21:27+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Categories: Contentment, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , , , , |

Paul was in prison when he wrote Philippians I love the book of Philippians! It is full of encouragement and exhortation for our daily lives. What makes it such an exceptional epistle, in my view, is that when Paul wrote this letter it was from his prison cell where conditions were dismal and he was deprived [...]

6 strategies for overcoming jealousy

2017-08-21T09:22:19+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Categories: Heart Issues, Overcoming, The Sinful Nature|Tags: , , |

I don't know about you, but it is difficult for me to admit that I have had feelings of jealousy about someone. I never enjoy sharing those raw and barbaric parts of my nature. And yet, it is true to say that I have often envied people in my lifetime. The older I get the [...]

3 ways to prepare for the unexpected life

2017-08-21T09:23:11+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Overcoming, Spiritual Growth, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , |

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.—Hebrews 11:8 I don’t like surprises. I like plans. Schedules. A body that works and children who listen. Few things are as comforting to me as a calendar that outlines [...]

Practising the fruit of self-control

2017-08-21T09:23:18+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Categories: Fruit of the Spirit, Heart Issues, Overcoming, Spiritual Warfare|Tags: , , |

Many years ago I knew a lady who continually made excuses for herself and her husband. They were both professional people, but they had a number of personal issues. She would often say, "People need to learn to accept us as we are." The problem was that they had no intention of working on their [...]

Preach the gospel to yourself

2017-08-21T09:23:55+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 [...]

How is it possible to overcome depression?

2016-08-12T17:09:55+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Overcoming, Relationships, Trials|Tags: , , , , |

Depression falls into one of two categories: you either struggle with depression or you live with someone who is depressed and struggles with depression We have that in our household. According to the World Health Organisation, 350 million people, of all ages, suffer from depression. One in five women are diagnosed with depression and are [...]

Wild Hope (2 books and 3 e-books to be won)

2016-07-15T14:15:54+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Categories: Books & Reading, Overcoming, Perseverance, Seasons of Life, Testimony, Video, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , |

Carol makes you feel as though you are on the journey with her I'd been keen to meet Carol Alexander for a while. She'd been writing some of the most popular posts on the Beauty for Ashes blog, in spite of the fact that she's a very busy woman. She's a preacher, she's a college [...]

Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey

2016-08-07T18:41:30+00:00 May 15th, 2015|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Books & Reading, Overcoming, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , |

I can't remember how I came upon Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey in early 2014. It was not available in South Africa at the time, and I downloaded a sample onto my Kindle out of idle curiosity. I love to read and I love memoirs, so why not give it a try? The blurb for [...]

Moving beyond woundedness

2016-07-29T01:16:29+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Categories: Forgiveness, Heart Issues, Identity in Christ, Overcoming, Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Three weeks in and out of bed with different viruses has given me an appreciation for my general, overall, good health.  I don't like being bed bound, but sometimes your body wants nothing more than to rest and recover from the virulent virus that has attacked it.  So it is great to be up and [...]

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