Grace & Truth ~ 5 Tips To Freshen Up Your Quiet Times

I love studying God’s Word.  I also like to switch things up and try new study methods. And then there are times when God has His own plans for your study of His word.  You see, I wanted to study John but I couldn’t find ‘anything’ to guide me.  Yes, I know, I don’t need a guide – I just wanted one.  OK, and there were studies out there – just not any I was content with.  So, I got the idea to just dig in.  Then – I got this little idea…why not invite ladies in my Facebook discussion group (available to subscribers) to join me in reading and study.  We would just discuss what we read.  

THEN…I got another ‘idea’ when I started to study.  I was looking up this and that and started forming a few basic questions.  So, I thought “Why not pose them to my friends in the discussion group?”  So, I did.

THEN…I kept digging and researching…and the questions grew in number.  They were also more thought-provoking.  I got another idea – “Why not just add these questions and findings to the discussion group?”  The posts started to look messy and difficult to follow.  So, I created documents in the group for ease of use.

THEN…I know this was God and I am sure it was His plan from the beginning to ease me into this idea because if He told me to write a full-on study right off the bat, I’d say No Way!  I’m not qualified!  Anyway, this idea was “Why not create a more official upgrade for your study.  You are already doing the hard part – the research.  Just make it pretty and add some video and other content.

So, I did.  I am creating my very own Bible Study on John – and can I say – it is amazing!  BTW – today is the last day for the early bird price – so get it now!

When I read Barb’s post, 5 Tips To Freshen Up Your Quiet Times, I knew I just had to feature her!  it’s all about Bible study methods – and she links to one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Kaylene.  Bonus!

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Praying Boldly And The Truth About Rejection (Women Who Move Mountains)

When was the last time you dared to pray something “BIG“?  It is scary to pray those big prayers.  Recently, we had a ladies worship night at church.  This is something that has been on my heart for quite some time – ever since I was nominated to head up our Women’s Ministry team at church (which came as a complete surprise to me!).  I desperately wanted Jesus to show up that night and change hearts – to bring healing and break changes of sin and bondage.  I longed for Him to move.  And I prayed that He would – I expected Him to do something amazing.  It is a bold thing to pray for, don’t you think?  Because this is my heart for women, I naturally was intrigued by Sue Detweiler’s new book, Women Who Move Mountains.  

When was the last time you were challenged to pray big prayers? Maybe quite some time because it hurts too much to even consider that God would want to listen to you. That He would want to give you good gifts. What if He doesn’t answer? What if I start to trust and He doesn’t come through for me? These questions and more are addressed in Sue Detweiler’s book, Women Who Move Mountains

My heart, as a prayer warrior and as the leader of Women’s Ministries in our church, was deeply encouraged by Sue’s book.  She challenges the reader to pray with confidence and to pray bold requests.  And through prayer, we draw closer to the heart of God. Read More

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10 Worth-It Benefits Of Bible Study

I used to find it hard to sit down and spend time reading God’s word.  Well, OK, I still do at times.  I think my biggest hindrance is thinking of everything that needs to get done in a day.  The ‘to do’ list never seems to get much shorter.  There is always something pressing to do – and when there is that pressure, remaining focused on reading something from God’s word grows even more difficult.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who has this struggle!  I, mean, I absolutely LOVE God’s Word.  I adore it.  But life tends to get in the way.  I have to constantly remind myself of all the benefits of studying His Word.  How about you?  Do you need that, too?  If so, let me help you a bit with 10 Worth-It Benefits Of Bible Study.

Do you need some good, solid reasons to commit to studying your Bible?  Maybe you are looking for a study that helps you dig into His Word without spending countless hours reading.  Here are 10 Worth-It Benefits Of Bible Study that will assist you in studying and digging into the Word of God.

I Need Nourishment

When I am in His word, my soul is well-nourished.  And a well-nourished spirit is full of joy, grace, and love.  Good nourishment does not come from ‘fast food’.  It comes from a hearty diet of healthy ‘food’ – something substantial that satisfies.  That only comes from digging into God’s word.    Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ What Does The Bible Say About Fear?

I had PTSD.  I’d walk down the street and if I heard footsteps behind me, panic and anxiety would consume me.  If I woke up during the night because of a sound, I’d wrap myself up in the blankets, terrified at what – or who – it must be – listening intently for any more danger.  There were many many more instances where my PTSD reared it’s ugly head.  It make life unbearable.  I hated living in this bondage.  

But God…

Yeah.  He rescued me.  He healed me.  That’s why I love Julie’s post for this week, What Does The Bible Say About Fear?  PTSD did not have the final say…and as Julies says in her post, neither does anxiety.  Be blessed in reading her post today.

Julie, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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The Astounding Truth About Happy Wife, Happy Life

The question was asked and my ears were attentive.  I wanted to know the answer to this question, too!  I love hearing the wisdom that comes with years of marriage.  Everyone had a turn.  Responses ranged from having a good sense of humor and forgiving quickly to the typical ‘don’t go to bed angry’ (not always the best advice in every circumstance – but I’ll get to that in a later post) and don’t try and change him.  And then we got to the good old cliché I had been expecting…Happy Wife, Happy Life!  That can’t possibly be the whole truth, can it?  Or as easy as that?  There has to be more.  The life of my husband and my family cannot be so reliant on my ‘happiness’.  That just doesn’t sound right to me.  So, I contemplated this notion for a while and here is The Astounding Truth About Happy Wife, Happy Life.

We’ve all heard the cliché. And some of us have even fallen for it. Do we really want our marriages to revolve around our fickle emotions and our unstable seasons of life? I hope there is more to it than that! The Astounding Truth About Happy Wife, Happy Life.

I suppose the intention behind saying this cliché is what would determine if it is good advice or just a bad opinion.  If a husband is fighting for his wife, therefore bringing joy to her, then, yes, it is good counsel.  However, if it results in a marriage that revolves around the wife’s happiness and comfort, then we have some serious problems.  Below are some truths to bear in mind as we come across cliché pieces of advice such as Happy Wife, Happy Life. Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ What to Do When Your Past Revisits You

We all have a past.  Things we wish we hadn’t done.  Pain we wish hadn’t been inflicted upon us.  Relationships we’d hoped would’ve turned out differently.  Somehow, we ‘move on’ – because life goes on.  And then…when we least expect it – a piece of our past returns.  Our hearts get broken – again.  We feel the grief of ‘what should’ve been’ but never was.  

I know all of this all too well.  And it hurts.  That’s why I chose Tiffany’s post, What to Do When Your Past Revisits You, as my feature for Grace and Truth this week.  Hop on over to her site to read her encouraging post!

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Is Bible Journaling Wrong? Or Even Evil?

You know how you read a post and the author sounds angry…or judgemental (maybe both) – and you leave the site feeling condemned?  Oh, my, if people ever felt like that after reading any of my posts, I’d be quite concerned about what I was writing!  Convicted – yes (this comes from the Holy Spirit).  Condemned – never – because it would come from me.  But finding these kinds of posts is pretty easy – even when you search for a topic as harmless as Bible journaling.  Wow!  There are some strong opinions out there!  And, friends, that is exactly what they are – opinions.  So, I thought I’d address the question Is Bible Journaling Wrong? Or Even Evil? in my last post in the series.

Your desire is to live in obedience to God because of your love and devotion to Him. You are also a creative person and you’ve heard about Bible journaling. You love the idea and you see it as a way to draw you and the Lord even closer. But you’ve also heard bad things about it – bad enough to make you worry that you might be doing the devil’s work. You wonder Is Bible Journaling Wrong? Or Even Evil? I address these questions in this post.

There are a few arguments out there against Bible journaling – let’s go one-by-one. Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ 3 Ways I Practice Self-Care Everyday

“What about ‘me time’?”  

Isn’t that the lament of almost every mother?  We want demand ‘our time’.  It seems to be the mantra these days – the forever sought after ‘mommy time’.  However, in our search this elusive point in time, we often miss out on the TRUE mommy quite time.  We hunt for the experiences that only temporarily fill us while negating the moments that satisfy our souls.  

And, really, isn’t that what we desperately need?  Soul satisfaction? 

That’s why I appreciated Rosanna’ post from Extraordinary Everyday Mom.  Her post, 3 Ways I Practice Self-Care Everyday, are not only practical, but can probably be fulfilled almost every day.

Rosanna, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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Can I Divorce-Proof My Marriage?

This year has been so hard for many marriages.  Whether it be a ‘celebrity’ Christian or a friend.  This year has been HARD.  At the end of last year, Courtney Joseph announced the end of her marriage, causing her to take a break from writing this past spring.  My heart broke for her precious heart.  And then, more recently, Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 ministries, announced her divorce due to her husband’s infidelity, substance abuse, and his refusal to repent and turn away from his sin.  Both of these beautiful women wrote on Godly marriage.  How can this happen to them??  We want to know because it scares us.  If it can happen to them, it can happen to us.  We wonder, “Can I Divorce-Proof My Marriage?”

With the number of Christian celebrity marriages falling apart, doubt and discouragement can infiltrate our hearts.  We grow concerned about our own marriages.  Is there anything that can be done to ensure our marriages are immune to such disaster?  We wonder “Can I Divorce-Proof My Marriage?”

I don’t think there is a magical formula for divorce-proofing.  I’m sure if there was, these ladies would have used it!  We can do everything in our power to prevent affairs and divorce, but in the end, if there is unrepentance, the marriage will disintegrate. Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ 6 Of The Best Reasons Why We Need Our Dads

Father’s Day has come and gone.  How did you spend yours?  We had a quiet afternoon after church.  It was good.  I am thankful that we were able to celebrate my husband on Sunday.  We talked about what it meant to be a good father – and how he has pointed our kids to Jesus Christ.  

It really was a good day.

However, I know it wasn’t an easy day for many.  Maybe your father was absent growing up.  Or maybe he was around, but not really present or available.  Maybe your father was abusive.  Maybe you never knew him.  I get this.  Really, I do.  My father was an alcoholic and was killed in an accident when I was 3.  He was the driver.  He killed his friend, too.  

I know healing and restoration is possible, friend.  I know because I have experienced it.  And that is why I chose Julie’s post, 6 Of The Best Reasons Why We Need Our Dads, as my feature this week.  She addresses just how important dads are – and because they are so important, it breaks our hearts when our dad isn’t the dad God intended him to be.  I appreciate how she briefly discusses how to seek help and healing for those wounds.  The stats she shares are not surprising, but still hard to read.  It is a great post – and I hope that it blesse you as you read…and brings healing to your heart.

Julie, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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