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Yielding when you don’t understand God’s plan

2017-02-16T00:43:33+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Advent & Christmas, God's Plans for us, Walking in Faith|

This time of year reminds us of a familiar story. An innocent soul. She has never been with a man. About to be married to a good man. God interrupts her plans. The angel tells her she will conceive of the Holy Spirit and have a son who will become the saviour of the world. [...]

How to find YOUR purpose

2017-02-16T00:45:00+00:00 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 [...]

Echoes of joy from our lament!

2017-08-21T09:21:05+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Categories: Health, Perseverance, Praise, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The moment my life changed! Jay's car! A big burly police officer was standing at my front door. I smiled at him, thinking he was there to collect money for the police force after the tragic events of 9/11. “Are you Mrs. Alexander?’ he asked respectfully. “Yes!” I responded quizzically. Then the words [...]

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 [...]

Just take the next step

2016-06-14T17:31:48+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Christian Service, Devotionals, Faith, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, In the Media, Ministry, Serving, Testimony, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever wondered if you’re in God’s will?  How does God lead? The answer is simple—one step at a time. Psalm 37:23 says that “the steps of a good man (woman) are ordered by the Lord.” If we know and love the Lord and truly put Him first in all we do, then He [...]

When your dreams have died

2016-08-13T22:28:44+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Faith, God's Plans for us, Perseverance, Trusting God, Waiting on God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Read the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah, John the Baptist's parents (Luke 1) Elizabeth was a relative of Mary's, but was many years older than her. She had never had a child, the greatest desire of her heart, in an age when there was a social stigma attached to infertility. We know that she and [...]

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 [...]

Grabbing onto change

2017-01-08T12:59:48+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Categories: God's Love, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Some thrive on change, others don't There are those who thrive on change. There are those who, with difficulty, make their way through change. Then there are people like me who find change daunting. Especially change over which I’ve little control. Now I’m not talking about silly changes, like the plastic container being packed on [...]

5 Ways to Be Brave When You’re Really Scared

2016-08-07T23:03:30+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Categories: Faith, Heart Issues, Obedience, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , |

I am writing this in a hospital coffee shop as I wait for my husband to have minor surgery. My heart says it’ll be okay, but there is always that other voice, fear. The framed art on the wall says, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the [...]

Beggars Drive Ferraris

2017-01-08T13:47:37+00:00 August 7th, 2015|Categories: Devotionals, Faith, Heart Issues, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , |

If wishes were Ferrari's then beggars would drive Ever heard the saying, ‘If wishes were horses then beggars would ride’? A modern version would be, ‘If wishes were Ferrari's then beggars would drive’. My wishes are often just a strong feeling or desire for something that can't, or most likely won’t, take place. Even as [...]

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