4 Uplifting Things To Remember In Your Heart When Pursuing Hope

My heart grieves from all of the tragedy in this world.  My heart is broken.  I sense despair rearing its ugly head…again.  Maybe you know exactly what I am talking about.  Maybe your heart is broken from a tragedy that is close to home.  Perhaps the last few months or weeks have been marred with pain and grief.  Did something happen that made your whole world come crumbling down?  Or maybe you are trying to help a friend cope with her loss.  Maybe, like me, your heart is simply heavy from all of the sin in the world – you are bearing burdens that you just aren’t sure what to do with.   Here are 4 Uplifting Things To Remember In Your Heart When Pursuing Hope.

Are you despairing with the tragedies of the world? Or has your own world come crashing down? Here are 4 Uplifting Things To Remember In Your Heart When Pursuing Hope. Christian Living

I’ve had to make some intentional choices in my life because I am a burden bearer.  I’ve had to work super hard to make sure I take every thought captive under the authority of Christ.  I’ve had to be purposeful in pursuing   Read More

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What To Expect When Expecting From God

In the very early years of my marriage I came across a quote that I have reflected upon often over the years.  Not many quotes have that kind of impact on a person’s life, hey?  What better book for a new wife to read than “The Power of a Praying Wife”?  Especially when my husband was not a believer!  I jotted this quote down in my prayer journal, personalizing it.  I am so glad I kept this journal over the years!  It has sustained me in where to hold my expectations…giving me a better understanding of what to expect when expecting from God.

What is your prayer life like? Do you stick to the mundane, everyday stuff? Or is your motto "Go big or go home"? I want to encourage you that praying BIG will be good for your heart and faith. Jesus is listening...and waiting.

This is what it said:

“My expectation of what I think Marcus should be or do doesn’t coincide with the reality of who he is.  Accept Marcus for who he is and pray for him to grow.  My greatest expectations must be from God, not Marcus.”  (Emphasis mine).

I think I could really plug anyone’s name into that quote instead of ‘Marcus’.  A friend, a parent, boyfriend…even myself.  It can be anyone from whom I’ve had huge expectations of.  Am I looking to someone else to fulfill me?  Give me my needs?  To fix me and my problems?  And when they don’t do these things for me, I am left disappointed and disenchanted.  I can blame them for not doing their part; when in fact, my eyes have been set on the wrong person.  My eyes should have been fixed on my Saviour.  My GREATEST expectations MUST be from Jesus.

That last line is so powerful, isn’t it?   Read More

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What Are You Thinking About?

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In keeping with my Trading Resolutions for Grace theme, I think that reflecting on the last year is a good idea.  This time of reflection will help us to see where we need to make necessary changes that will bring us closer to God.  In particular, how were your thinking habits?  What kinds of things did you dwell on last year?  Good things?  Or negative things?  What are you thinking about most of the time? 

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Power Of Positive Thinking??

No, I am NOT in agreement with any kind of the power of positive-thinking philosophies.  I don’t believe that if I just think positive thoughts about getting a parking space near the mall entrance, I’ll get one right in front of the main doors of my favourite store.  I certainly don’t believe that positive thoughts will cure a serious illness.  This idea is even being taught by popular ‘Christian’ teachers and speakers.  They say that positive thinking will cure your cancer if you ‘think it away’.  One dear friend of mine has been deeply caught up in this philosophy and other false teachings.  So much so that she has alienated anyone who does not agree with this doctrine, including me.

I am not going to tell you to start believing in magical thinking.    Read More

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

There is no doubt that 2015 has been a great year for my blog.  I have shared so much of my heart hear and I am so thankful to all of you who take the time out of your busy lives to read my posts.  I wanted to share my top 10 blog posts of 2015 with you.  

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

10.  The tenth most popular post is a 2-way tie!  Notes of Love For My Husband was about my idea of leaving love notes around for my hubby.  I created a set of 30 pre-printed love notes and 4 blank ones for newsletter subscribers to print off.  The other post was He is Moved By Our Grief.  This post took a look at the story of the death of Lazarus and how Jesus responded to Mary and Martha’s grief over the loss of their dearly loved brother.  When we grieve, it matters to God.

9.  The topic of grief is a popular one.  Our world is so full of hurting people.  Our children are no exception.  We can ignore our children’s broken hearts – trust me, that does not work – I know.  Or, we can lead them through their grief and lift them up to Jesus.  Helping My Child Through Grief is one of those moments for our family.   Read More

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3 Truths That Will Motivate Change In Your Life

The New Year celebrations turn into resolutions for the New Year.  How successful have you been with resolutions over the years?  Do you start with good intentions only to fail miserably by the time March hits?  Or maybe sooner?  I’ve never been one for hollow pledges of self-improvement.  Oh, yes, I am a believer in positive change – but I don’t believe it is something we can do on our own on January 1.  We need the help of the Holy Spirit!  So, how about trading resolutions for grace?  I like that idea…and not grace just for the month of January, but for the entire year!  I have a few exciting goodies for you at the end of this post, but let’s chat about a few things first, OK?  Here is how I am Trading Resolutions For Grace with 3 Truths That Will Motivate Change In Your Life.

How are you at keeping those New Year's resolutions? Are you like me and don't even bother trying? I have some encouraging thoughts on the whole idea of those elusive resolutions. Let's trade resolutions for GRACE with 3 Truths That Will Motivate Change In Your Life!

One thing my husband and I like to do at the start of a new year is to reflect on the year that has passed and consider ways in which we may begin our new year fresh and clean.  What are some areas that we look at and reflect upon? 

Forgiveness

We take a look at our hearts and see if there is any unforgiveness rooted there.  I have spent a few weeks discussing this topic and I understand that many times forgiveness is a long process.  But it can be easy to forget…or ignore…our need to forgive someone during the busyness of life.  Addressing the issue of forgiveness is a great way to start the year.

Is there someone who you need to forgive?  Someone who has wronged you and yet you continue to swim in the sea of unforgiveness.  Read More

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