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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Grace and Truth ~ When Life Presses In, Press Into Grace…

One of my favorite Bible stories…the woman with the flow of blood touching the hem of Jesus’ robe…it speaks so much to the broken woman.  Telling her she hasn’t been forgotten.  That she matters.  So, it is no surprise that I chose a retelling of this beautiful story as my Grace and Truth feature this week.

If you are needing an extra dose of grace today, extra encouragement, head on over to Dawn’s post, When Life Presses In, Press Into Grace.

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Grace and Truth ~ 4 Ways To Find Freedom In The Fact God Is In Control

Does the idea of God being in control of everything freak you out?  Maybe you are totally fine with the idea until something tragic and horrible happens.  Then you start to doubt.   You doubt His goodness.  His love.  And those doubts and fears can put us in spiritual bondage.  They make us lose hope.  Since I am all for FREEDOM in all areas of life, it should be no surprise that my feature for this week is about freedom!

Charlie wrote a fantastic post that gives 4 Ways To Find Freedom In The Fact God Is In Control.  If you need some encouragement in this area, head on over and read her post.  You will find the hope of the Lord and His sovereignty in her writing.  

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Grace and Truth ~ Weird But Not a Weirdo {A Pondering Post}

Three words forced me to stop reading as my eyes started to well up with tears.  “I stopped dancing…”  Yeah, I know about that.  Maybe not literally, but there was a long period of time when I stopped ‘dancing’.  I was living a life in spiritual bondage.  Fear.  Lies. SHAME.  Pain.  Not good enough.  Too emotional.  Too sensitive.  And so much more.  I love Joy’s post, Weird But Not a Weirdo {A Pondering Post}.  I love her story.  Her struggle.  Mostly because I can relate.  If you are feeling ‘different’, weird or like you have stopped dancing, please, head on over to Joy’s site and read her post for some wonderful encouragement.  

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Grace and Truth ~ Want to Go Deeper in Prayer This Year? (7 Ways to Pray More)

Well…if you have been on my blog for any length of time, you would know that one of my deepest passions is prayer (hence my huge subscriber freebie of the Ultimate Prayer Guide).  So, would it be any surprise that my feature this week is a post about prayer written by 2 lovely young ladies???  Peyton and Joy have devoted their entire blog to prayer and prayer tips, ideas and encouragement.  What a special gift they are to the Christian community!  Head on over to their site and read their fantastic post: Want to Go Deeper in Prayer This Year? (7 Ways to Pray More).  PS – their first prayer tip is one that is dear to my heart…for these obvious reasons.
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3 Precious Promises To Remember On Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air!  Can you feel it?  Maybe you are in the greatest relationship of your life and Valentine’s Day is one of your favorite days to celebrate.  Or maybe you are in a difficult marriage and you are feeling unloved.  You are dreading Valentine’s Day.  Maybe you don’t have a significant other and Valentine’s Day is just another blaring reminder that you are alone.  Perhaps divorce has shred your heart to pieces and you would rather hide under the blankets on your bed than look at one more advertisement for the day of love.  Whatever your relationship status, I want to remind you of some truths about God’s love that you can hold fast to for Valentine’s Day.  3 Precious Promises To Remember On Valentine’s Day. 

3 Promises For Valentine's Day

He Is Yours, You Are His

I love how God claims us as His in the book of Jeremiah.  We belong to Him, He holds us close to His heart.  He longs to know us, He desires a relationship with us so deeply that He gives us the heart to know Him.  

He does not want to miss out on spending time with us.  

I have turned this verse into a prayer for myself: “Father God, give me the heart to know You, that You are Lord.  I am Yours and You are mine.  I will return to You with my whole heart.” Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ Why Marriage is so Hard: Restore Joy to Your Marriage

Marriage.  Hard.  Work.  And the most joyous thing in my life, along with my children.  I believe that when we speak negative things over our marriage, we are cursing it. However, when we speak good things over it, we are blessing it.  Once, I heard a pastor say that our spouse will hurt us the most.  And I believed him.  I now know that this is not true and it is a curse spoken over marriages.  I’ve had several people hurt me a whole lot more than my husband ever has.  My husband has been the one to help pick up the pieces of my broken heart.  He’s the one who has held me while I cried.  He is the one who has never given up on me, faults and all.  So, that is why I chose Kira’s post to feature this week, Why Marriage is so Hard: Restore Joy to Your Marriage Part 1.  I love this from her post, “With some hard work, and a strategy of our own, we can shed our worst selves and enjoy marriage the way God intended it to be.”

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3 Things To Avoid While Waiting for the One

My dear readers, I have a special treat for you today!  I have a beautiful young woman guest posting here today.  There is a special spot in my heart for the unmarried woman of God.  I long to encourage them to live fully for God.  They have a unique opportunity to do amazing things for God that we married woman can’t – our obligations are to our families.  The next time you chat with a lovely unmarried woman, ask her what God is calling her to, what He is doing in her life…instead of the dreaded question of whether or not she has a ‘man in her life’.  Put the focus on her relationship with God.  

Because of that tender spot, I am so pleased and excited to share Ava James of Inspired By His Words with you today.  She wrote a wonderful post on 3 Things To Avoid While Waiting for the One.  Read, leave her an encouraging comment, share the post and then hop on over to her site to read some good stuff there!!  

You thought for sure you'd be married by now. Maybe even have children. But it hasn't happened yet. It can be hard waiting...waiting for God. But the wait will be worth it. Here are 3 Things To Avoid While Waiting for the One.I am not a patient person, but in my decision to surrender my heart totally to Christ, I asked Him to make me into the person after His own heart – a pretty tall order! Read More

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Don’t Wish For A Marriage Like Mine

She sat across the table from me, stirring her cup of tea, a wistful look in her eye.  Finally, she blurted, “I wish I had a marriage like yours.”  My darling friend, if you only knew the truth.  This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this.  It isn’t the first time my marriage has been caught in the trap of comparison.  People see the results of over 18 years of hard work, pain, joy, and learning.  Yeah, Marcus and I have a rock solid marriage.  And it certainly isn’t because we’ve had good role models for marriage.  Except for one.  Once we learned – and applied – this fundamental truth for a holy and happy marriage, we were well on our way to a rock solid marriage.  So, if you long for a healthy marriage, Don’t Wish For A Marriage Like Mine.  Instead, discover the essential truth that totally transformed our marriage.  

The comparison trap is so appealing. We see the couple who has tall. Great marriage. Awesome kids. And we begin wishing for what they have. But here's the thing. We shouldn't be looking to other people for our example. There is something better. Don't Wish For A Marriage Like Mine

The first few years of marriage were rocky.  When Marcus thinks about those years, he laughingly quips, “I knew nothing back then!”  And he is right…I didn’t either!  We were both incredibly broken people – one unbeliever and one trying to be a believer the best she could.  If we had only known then what we know now, we would have saved ourselves a lot of heartache.  So, what should you be aiming for in your marriage?  What example should you be following?  The answer is pretty simple…but often ignored or overlooked. Read More

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