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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Grace & Truth ~ My Three Favorite Verses to Share with New Wives

Welcome back to another Grace and Truth Link-Up!

When I read the first part of this post – the gift idea to a bride-to-be – I was excited!  It is such a fantastic idea!  Amazing, in fact.  One that I will be ‘stealing’ for future bridal showers!  Anyway – 3 important verses for brides – excellent points to consider and keep in mind throughout the years of marriage.  Head on over to Angela’s site and read My Three Favorite Verses to Share with New Wives.

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Cultivating the Heart of a Daughter

You know when you think God wants you to do something but you aren’t sure if it’s really Him?  Like maybe you’re a tad crazy (or a lot crazy?).  Yeah…that’s been me many times!  And this time is no exception!  An online course – a full and busy online course – is a CRAZY idea!  But, here we are.  Me and my daughter.  Recording videos.  Sharing our hearts.  Digging into scripture.  What a journey it has been so far!  This is Cultivating the Heart of a Daughter.

Are you wanting to help your daughter draw closer to God? Do you wish your relationship with her was deeper? This course will help in both of those areas! Cultivating the Heart of a Daughter. Affiliate opportunity!

Last year, I had the idea to write a book about the heart of a daughter.  I had an outline of what I wanted to include – a clean heart, a forgiving heart, a kind heart…and 17 more ideas.  I jotted down notes and ideas and then saved it onto my hard drive.  It got pushed to the side.  Almost forgotten about.  

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When Your Mom Prayers Are Desperate

How many times have I stormed the gates of heaven, petitioning my Abba Father on behalf of my children?  I can’t even count the number.  The things that have brought me to my knees for my kids are numerous…and some of them have compelled me for many years.  For so long, in fact, that sometimes I wonder if my prayers are even ‘working’.  Is God hearing them?  Is His heart of compassion, His heart for this desperate mother moved enough to act on her prayers?  And then I read this amazing encounter in Mark 7 and I knew the truth.  This post is for When Your Mom Prayers Are Desperate.

Have you ever thought that your desperate momma prayers were going unanswered, unheard or ignored? I know I have felt like that at times. Then I read about another momma’s encounter with Jesus and I knew…I just knew…that He does hear my prayers. He is working things out on my behalf…and my child’s behalf. I want to share with you what I learned When Your Mom Prayers Are Desperate

Have you ever wondered if you mom prayers even matter?  If He hears you?  Maybe you’ve prayed something for your precious child for so long you think that God is tired of hearing about it.  And now He is just ignoring your pleas.  Read More

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Grace and Truth ~ When Jesus Speaks: It Only Takes a Word to Change Your Life

Arise, my friend.

Stand, Weary One.

Get up and come forward.

Doesn’t that just resonate with your soul?  When Jesus speaks those words to your parched heart?  I love Ginger’s post, When Jesus Speaks: It Only Takes a Word to Change Your Life.  While I was reading it, it made me think fo a time when I read the encounter a blind man had with Jesus near Jericho and Jesus asked him an intriguing question. (Luke 18:35-41)  

“What do you want Me to do for you?” 

Jesus already knew what the man wanted.  What his desperate longing was.  But He still asked the question.  

It’s the same with us as it was with the blind man or the man with the withered hand.  In order for Jesus to heal us, we need to put our faith into action.

Be sure to head over to Ginger’s post and read her encouraging,h ope-filled thoughts. 

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How To Tell If Your Teen Is A Disciple Of Christ

As a mom, one of my biggest desires for my kids is that they follow the Lord.  In my heart, there is nothing I want more than for my kids to love God as Jesus commanded…with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.  I have taught them about God since they were little.  Never being one to shy away from Biblical truths just in case they didn’t understand, I always spoke truth to them as though they fully understood what I was talking about.  And if they didn’t understand, I didn’t worry about it.  Because I know God’s word never returns void.  A seed is planted.  Always.

Are you wondering about where your teen is at in their spiritual walk with the Lord? Do they trust Jesus? Do they truly have a relationship with Him? How To Tell If Your Teen Is A Disciple Of Christ.

However, as we raise our kids and journey through the teen years, we might begin to wonder if our child is truly following the Lord.  Is there a way to tell?  Are we able to determine the authenticity of their faith?  Yes, I believe we can.  And, honestly, I came across the answer kind of by divine accident.  I say divine accident because I didn’t purpose for the discovery, but God certainly did!  My, friend, if you are wondering How To Tell If Your Teen Is A Disciple Of Christ, this post might help.      Read More

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Are You Offering Life? Or are you sitting in a puddle?

She was so distraught, in such deep sorrow that she wasn’t even able to eat.  Her husband always served her the choicest cut of meat during the feast for the yearly sacrifice.  For he loved her greatly and favored her over his second wife even though she wasn’t able to give him what he always hoped for – a son.  This was a very dark time in her life.

I’ve been there, too.  But in a different way.  I’ve been in such deep sorrow that I wasn’t able to eat from the word of God.  I know I wasn’t offering life – how could I?  I wasn’t even living myself.  And now, I wonder about you?  Are You Offering Life?  Or Are You Sitting in a Puddle? 

Sometimes when we are so caught up in our own filth, we get stuck in the puddle of life. When that happens, then we can't be used by God to breathe life into others. Are You Offering Life?

Maybe you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Maybe you are there now.  In that dark place.  And you haven’t eaten in so long – your soul has not been satisfied with the choice meat of the word of God. Read More

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Grace and Truth ~ When You Need Your Heart Strengthened

I am so glad I am not the only one who has asked that question!  When life suddenly goes off its hinges, it can be easy to let your mind begin to entertain that question – “Jesus, are you real?”.  Often, that question arises when we haven’t been quieting our spirit before God.  Instead, we give Him our demands and carry on trying to accomplish these goals ourselves.  I love how Betsy offers clear scripture to help us when we begin asking that question in her post When You Need Your Heart Strengthened.  Hop on over to her site if you’ve been asking that question, too.

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Freedom For The Over-Responsible Woman

I was frustrated, fed up and just plain, old mad.  The family trip we had anticipated to be fun and exciting was turning out to be a nightmare.  One kid had a bladder infection, making frequent washroom stops a must. Another had athlete’s foot that was aggravated by walking around the outlet mall (and I really, REALLY wanted to take a look in that Donna Karan shop!).  The third had a medical condition that was not under control and it made going anywhere extremely challenging (BTW – sometimes Google does have better solutions than doctors!).

The combination of these 3 problems forced us to head back to the car before I was ready.  I sat in my seat grumbling and complaining, making it known just how frustrated and mad I was.

And then I heard a little voice behind me.  “Mommy, I am so sorry I made you mad.”

The conviction made my heart sink.  I was all too familiar with what was happening because the same thing happened to me for many, many years – actually, it never really ended.

Do you often feel responsible for the feelings, actions and behavior of other people? If so, you might be an over-responsible person. Here is Freedom For The Over-Responsible Woman.

The Curse Of Over-Responsibility

Being an over-responsible person enables spiritual bondage.  Taking on the responsibilities of other people is not spiritually healthy.  But it seems to occur more often than anyone would like to admit.  Because we are Christians, we are expected to be doormats for boundaryless people to wipe their muddy boots on.  Or we become so accustomed to outbursts of rage we are afraid to even believe that we are not responsible for that person’s anger. Read More

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