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The power of connectedness

2017-02-16T00:44:28+00:00 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 [...]

3 vital steps to ensure a healthy heart

2017-09-18T14:41:06+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Categories: Forgiveness, Heart Issues, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , |

I love being with happy people! There is something so contagious about their joyful and fun filled lives. On the other hand, I avoid the company of miserable and bitter people. They are not pleasant to be around. Why? Because generally they are full of complaints, their countenance is dark and they exude an atmosphere [...]

Keys to controlling your thought life

2017-09-18T14:41:13+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 [...]

Don’t give people permission to hurt you

2017-09-18T14:42:24+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Categories: God's Perspective, Heart Issues, Ministry, Overcoming Anger, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , , |

I was standing at my kitchen sink washing dishes My mood was dark as I pondered a couple of mean spirited people in our church. "How could they be so critical?" I said to myself. We were pastoring a large church in Australia, working hard, doing our best, and all this couple could do was [...]

3 ways to prepare for the unexpected life

2017-09-18T14:44:37+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 [...]

Preach the gospel to yourself

2017-09-18T14:45:21+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 [...]

9 reasons why I read my Bible every day

2017-09-18T14:45:29+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Categories: Bible Reading, Spiritual Growth, Time with God, Waiting on God|Tags: , , , |

I have been pondering God's word, and the older I grow the more I love His word and find myself becoming more and more dependent upon God and my Bible. Current research reveals that Christian young people do not read and study their Bible as older generations did. Our knowledge of God’s word is slipping [...]

Bible reading—a vital spiritual discipline

2017-09-18T14:45:44+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Categories: Bible Reading, Bible Study, Hearing God, Spiritual Growth, Time with God, Waiting on God|Tags: , , , , , , |

All occupations have certain disciplines that go with being good at what you do. For example, anyone involved in the medical profession develops the discipline of regularly washing their hands! (One should hope so!) There are personal disciplines too, which if not developed, can result in disastrous consequences; the discipline of brushing your teeth before [...]

After you have suffered

2016-02-05T18:41:55+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, In the Media, Ministry, Spiritual Growth, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , , |

Many people have asked, “How did you get into the kind of ministry you are in?” For those of you who don’t know what I do, perhaps I should explain that I am a conference speaker, an author, and a radio broadcaster. The truth is that this is the last thing on earth I ever [...]

5 exercises to help build your spiritual muscles

2016-08-10T18:22:42+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christian Service, Devotionals, Goals, Heart Issues, Mentoring, Ministry, Prayer, Serving, Sharing Your Faith, Spiritual Growth, Time with God, Waiting on God|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“I’m beginning to think it’s impossible to live a successful Christian life!” Jennifer exclaimed after a long, stressful day. “I get so discouraged. When I worship with other believers, I feel joyful and right with God. Then a new week begins with work, kids, problems, and ‘poof!’ – I’m back to the old Jennifer. Why [...]

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