Grace & Truth ~ What I Learned About Gratitude This Year

How often do we get caught up in grumbling and complaining?  We forget to express gratitude for the simplest things we have that so many others don’t have.  It is when we begin fostering a heart of thankfulness and gratitude that we start to experience the joy of the Lord…I know…I have struggled with depression.  No, it’s not always as easy as that, but it is a place to start.  

That’s why I really enjoyed Jenna’s post on gratitude, What I Learned About Gratitude This Year.  I loved reading what she wrote…such a tender heart for the Lord…and maybe it’s because my eldest daughter is on the cusp of transitioning out of the home and onto bigger adventures…and Jenna has given this momma heart hope that her own daughter will continue to walk with the Lord…and that I ought to have such a huge heart of gratitude for the years I have had with my girl.  Or perhaps it is just the reminder that it really is Because He Lives that I can face tomorrow…what a wonderful blessing.


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Is Your Contentious Attitude Affecting Your Sex Life?

Years ago, I struggled with anger.  I was an angry mom, and angry wife…just a plain old angry woman.  And this had a huge negative impact on my bedroom activities.  I had to deal with the root of my anger before I would see any improvement in any other area of my life, including intimacy.  The condition of our hearts, our attitudes, and how we treat others has a direct effect on what our bedroom activity, or the lack thereof, looks like.  The effect is for good…or for worse.  So, ladies, is your contentious attitude affecting your sex life?   

What does your attitude have to do with intimacy? Lots! If you have a bad attitude, it will creep into every area of your life and marriage, including your sex life! But you do have a choice on what to do with it. Is Your Contentious Attitude Affecting Your Sex Life?

This Angry Woman

There was this one time when this angry mom exploded at her kids.  I just went “off the grid” – saying things I knew I’d deeply regret later on.  But I just kept carrying that angry spirit around and I made sure everyone felt it.  I was completely unreasonable and my behavior was appalling.  I am even embarrassed to be sharing this with you.  Really, it was shameful.  Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ When the Blessing for Obedience is Pain

I am very familiar with God asking me to do something hard that turns into something painful.  Not exactly what I was hoping for.  No blessing.  No Joy.  No good fruit.  Just pain.  So, when I read Marva’s post, I could totally relate to it.  I appreciate her honesty.  And, really, she is such a treasure.  A real gem.  She truly does Sparkle and Shine!  

If you need some encouragement to do the ‘hard thing’ that might lead to disappointment and hurt, head on over to Marva’s blog and read her post, When the Blessing for Obedience is Pain.  It will be so good for your heart.

PS…I’m really hoping to be able to pay her a visit one of these days…she lives in the British Virgin Islands!!!  WOOHOO!

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Is It Really My Duty As His Wife?

Quite a few years ago, a younger friend was preparing the final details of her wedding plans.  With a playful grin, I mentioned to her that two of my favorite verses in the Bible was 1 Corinthians 7: 3 & 4.  She agreed with me and we had a good chuckle about it.  However, over the years, I have come to see how this little passage has been taken out of context and the original meaning that Paul intended.  This “advice” on marital intimacy is seriously lacking.  Sure, maybe it sounds good at first, but when I really thought about it, the advice just didn’t sit well.  Perhaps you’ve fallen into the trap of this ‘advice’ as well.  Are you believing the lie of being intimate with your husband in the name of duty?  Are you wondering “Is It Really My Duty As His Wife?”

Have you been met with the response "It's your duty as his wife" when you have expressed a struggle with intimacy in marriage? Me, too. More times than necessary, that's for sure. In this post, I address that question...Is It Really My Duty As His Wife?

You’ve probably heard this ‘advice’ – or maybe you’ve even given it to a friend.   
Scripture says my body belongs to my husband, therefore I should not deprive him.  It doesn’t matter if I don’t ‘feel like it’, I should give it to him anyway because it is my duty as his wife.

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Grace & Truth ~ You are Being Made into a Diamond

As I think about my life, I see a lot of wonderful and happy times.  I also see a whole lot of heartbreak, grief, and sadness…brokenness.  While those good times have made an impact on my life, it really has been the hard times that have truly deepened my faith.  Those are the times that I have learned to most about God, His faithfulness, His goodness and His sovereignty.  While I wish I could be where I am in my faith without those experiences, there is no way I would give up what I have in order to have all good memories.  

So, when I read Kelly’s post about God making us into diamonds, it really resonated with my heart.  I knew exactly what she was talking about.  And I was reminded of a song my kids enjoy listening to – Diamonds by Hawk Nelson

Head on over to Blessed Transgressions to read Kelly’s post, You are Being Made into a Diamond – and know full well that whatever you are going through, God will use it – and He will use you – to sparkle and shine for Him.  I know this so well.  Because He has done that for me.  

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The Unashamed Wife’s Secret to Healthy Intimacy

Intimacy in marriage isn’t something I often talk about on my blog.  But, today, I’d like to chat about it a bit.  Hopefully, that’s ok with you.  I love having the intimate relationship with my husband.  BUT…it hasn’t always been easy.  We’ve had our rough patches.  And I want to share a secret with you…The Unashamed Wife’s Secret to Healthy Intimacy.

Are you wishing for healthier intimacy with your husband? Are you feeling defeated in this area? Like "Is this all there is? Why is it so much easier for others? Why can't I be the wife my husband needs?" I hope you find encouragement in The Unashamed Wife's Secret to Healthy Intimacy.WWomen who know me a bit more know that I enjoy my husband. So, when I confessed a while ago that I was struggling a bit in that area, it was met with surprise…maybe shock. And I felt a bit disappointed about that.  Because that was an indication that what I have been through has been misunderstood.  Or there was a misconception that the level of intimacy I’ve enjoyed with my husband came easily to us…to me.      Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ When We Focus On The Pain Instead of the Joy

This week’s feature brought comfort to my heavy heart.  Reminded me again to rest in Jesus’ peace.  To focus on Him and to abide in Him.  This world is so broken by sin and death.  But even through it all, we have LIFE in Jesus.  Do you need a reminder of His faithfulness today?  A reminder that He has everything under His control and we can fully trust Him?  Even when life doesn’t make sense?  And, let’s be honest, there are times when it just doesn’t make any sense to us.  If this is you – then head on over to Rachel’s post, When We Focus On The Pain Instead of the Joy to rekindle His joy in your heart. 

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10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart

I remember sitting in that group of women staring at the few objects on the coffee table.  Each woman taking her turn sharing which object was most like her heart at that point.  I don’t remember all of the objects that sat on that table. Only one object has remained in my memory.  The one thing that reminded me of my heart then.  A cracked glass lantern.  Shattered pieces put together carefully, but still incredibly fragile.  Any slight mishandling would crumble the frail lantern.  I think about that lantern today because that is the condition of my heart yet again.  Broken.  Shattered.  In a state of grief.  Maybe that’s where you are, too.  If so, here are 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart to help heal your precious heart.

The healing balm for the broken heart is the promises of God found in His word. Here are 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart.

Last week, the Christian blogging community was hit with devastating news.  Heart-breaking news of the death of one of the most inspiring and encouraging bloggers out there; Mandy Kelly of Worshipful Living.  She, along with her husband and two youngest children perished in a horrific house fire.  Mandy and Scott’s two teenaged children survived along with Scott’s mother.      

Broken

Because Mandy brought the hope of Jesus to so many all over the world, the news of her death has left many hearts shattered.  We know where she is.  And we rejoice with her, knowing she is exactly where her heart longs to be…at the feet of Jesus.  But our hearts are still broken.  We are still broken.  Because we loved her dearly.  And I know that if she could, she would point all of us to Jesus through our grief.  She would remind us of the promises in God’s word.  So, that’s what I’m going to do today.

God’s heart breaks, too.  He understands.

The Lord is near…even in times of brokenness.     

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

My Healer

He heals our broken hearts.  He tenderly wraps our wounds in bandages.  

Psalm 147:3   He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

My Strength

My heart will break.  It will break because I have loved.  Sometimes I want to avoid loving others, opening myself to hurt again because it leads to a broken heart at some point in some way.  But, I cannot allow my heart to dictate my love (no, don’t ‘follow your heart’).  I can’t rely on my heart.  My heart will fail.  My Father is the strength of my heart.    

Psalm 73:26  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart forever.

My Peace

My heart is troubled.  Troubled with grief.  Afraid.  “What if…” comes knocking.  I must hand my anxious heart over to Jesus and receive His peace.  Even if it means doing this over and over again several times a day.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

My Helper

In my brokenness, He promises to remain.  Always.  He is my helper.  

Hebrews 13:5-6  For He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.”

My Savior

One day…no more tears…no more death.  My broken heart will be completely whole.  I can’t wait for that day.  This is what our friend Mandy sees now.  She is singing and dancing in worship to her Savior.  One day I will join her.

Revelation 21:4  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

My Rest

I am weak.  So very weak.  But it is in my weakness that Christ shines brightly. I rely on His strength instead of my own.  I’m so thankful that I don’t have to do this alone.  I don’t have to muster up the strength to put my broken heart back together.  In fact, I have learned that the times I have tried to do just that is when I make a big mess of everything and I end up building a wall around the broken shards of my heart.  His power and grace rests upon me…and brings my broken heart to rest.     

2 Corinthians 12:9  And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

My Steadfastness

Not only is God beside me, never leaving me or forsaking me.  But, He is also ahead of me, making a way for me.  He directs my path, my steps.  Even in the darkest moments, He is with me.  In the tears.  In the sadness.  And in the grief.  All the time.

Deuteronomy 31:8  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. 

My Comforter

Oh, to know that I can come to my Savior for rest.  My heart is heavy.  So, so heavy.  And that’s ok.  My Healer is gentle and His heart is broken right along with mine.  Our hearts are broken together.  He shares in the grief.  He is moved by my grief.  

Matthew 11:28-30  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  

My Truth

The last verse that will help bring comfort and healing to the broken heart is the one where Paul instructs us on what we ought to think about.  Thinking about such good things…things that are wonderful and lovely…will soothe and calm our shattered, hurting hearts.  

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Beautiful Fractures

I think about that cracked glass lantern again.  I realize just how beautiful it looked when the tealight candle inside of it was lit.  The soft, gentle glow radiated through the cracks in the most amazing way.  The soothing gleam reminds me of the truth of how Jesus shines brilliantly and beautifully through our cracks and fractures.  What others would normally throw into the trash, He restores for His purpose.  And the broken heart is precious to Him.  Because that’s what He uses to bring even more broken hearts to Himself.  

A Reminder

Do you need these beautiful reminders today, too?  If so, I made this printable for you.  Simply download, print and post wherever you will see it every day.

10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart

Printable for my blog post 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart.

To read more posts written in honor of Mandy, see the link-up below.


The healing balm for the broken heart is the promises of God found in His word. Here are 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart.

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Grace and Truth ~ 8 Ways To Counter Discouragement

This week has been difficult.  Devastating, in fact.  To receive the tragic news that a sweet blogging friend has lost her life along with her husband and 2 youngest children in a terrible house fire…well…it is heartbreaking.  It rocks your world.  Mandy Kelly of Worshipful Living was the epitome of a woman living fully for God.  And the loss will be felt deeply for a very long time.  And through such a tragedy, one could begin to feel discouraged and immense sadness, which is completely normal.  And so, I really appreciate Gretchen’s post, 8 Ways To Counter Discouragement.  She directs our hearts towards God’s word that brings ultimate comfort and peace.  May you find comfort in her post today.

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Grace & Truth ~ 3 Verses For Your Brokenness

If you’ve hung around my site long enough, you know my heart for the broken.  You might be familiar with my journey from brokenness to wholeness…from shattered shards of shame to a heart that passionately burns for her Savior.  If you don’t know any of my story, then start here.  Because I long for broken women to find LIFE and FREEDOM in Christ as I have, I picked Cassidy’s post as my feature this week.  Her post, 3 Verses For Your Brokenness, really resonated with my heart.  

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