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Answered Prayer

There are times I just sit back and laugh at myself. Why is it that I am so amazed when God answers my prayer – just the way I asked? :-) I just have to laugh at my self. I think of Jesus looking at me, saying, “O, ye of little faith.”

Thank you, Lord, for hearing my cry, and answering my prayer. I love you, Lord! You are so amazing!

2013 Goals ~ The Simple Version

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that it is 2013. I don’t know if there is anyone else who struggles like I do, but it is easy for me to make goals for the new year but never follow through. This is mostly because I make my goals so complicated. This year I am determined that things are going to be different.

I have decided to make goals for this year, but I am keeping the actual goal very simple. I have these goals printed and posted a number of different places in my home – above my kitchen sink, in my planner, and in my Bible. There are six areas I want to focus on. Though the daily application of these goals is a bit more involved, these goals are the driving force and the foundation of the choices I make this year.

Be faithful in spending time with the Lord.

Be purposeful in growing in my relationship with my husband.

Be intentional about teaching and spending quality time with my Littles.

Be consistent in teaching and training the children in the fear of the Lord.

Be disciplined in carrying out daily tasks.

Be loving reaching out to those who are hurting.

Birth Control Quote

“And would you know my biggest concern with the flippant acceptance of birth control among Christians? That when we so easily and nonchalantly become the “authors of life”, able to prevent, plan and avoid altogether the gift that God would give us, we lose that sense of awe and reverence for God as the Creator and Author of life. And it is ONLY in this climate, where abortion thrives. The sanctity of life has been diminished because we have not properly acknowledged its Author. Sadly, we have played a part in this connection.”

Kelly Crawford

If

If

I am afraid to speak the truth, lest I lose affection,

or lest the one concerned should say, “You do not understand,”

or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness;

if I put my own good name before the other’s hightest good,

then I know nothing of Calvary love.

By Amy Carmichael

When I am Weak . . . Then am I Strong

We all want to be super wife, super wife, and super mom. We want our children to always sit perfectly, act perfectly, and talk perfectly. We think our homes must be spotless and in perfect order at all times. The list goes on. Are you getting the “perfect” picture?

I know there are many times when I fall on my knees, tears streaming down my cheeks and I cry out to the Lord,
“Lord! I can’t do this. There are so many of them, and just one of me. Every time I turn around another little one needs me. Sometimes I don’t even remember what I was doing.
Lord, I just don’t know how to do all of this!!!”

BINGO!!!! This is exactly where the Lord wants me. Weak and needing Him.

II Corinthians 12:10 says, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

When I “feel” as if I can do it all, I don’t look to the Lord for help. I act as if I am sufficient in and of myself. but when I weak, and I can’t handle everything, the only place I can turn is to the Lord! I must run to His everlasting arms, seek His face, and let go of trying to control everything myself.

So the next time your children are crying during church or in the store and you just want to hide, remember to cry out to the Lord, lean on Him and He will strengthen you!