Thank you so much for your beautiful words of encouragement and love.
I was with several friends from my high school class of last night. I sat, listening intently to their stories and their memories of days gone by. I felt as if I was not actually there. My memories was so different. Was I really a part of this group? Or was I on the outside, looking in. I felt very much alone last night, even though I was surrounded by friends I have known since I was a teen. Reading your message this morning, reminded me that I am never alone.
That the Great Almighty is always there beside me. I am still in a strange place right now, but I know that He will walk through this pain with me. Have a blessed day, Holley. Dear Holley,Your devotionals are a true blessing to me. Yes, relationships are so important. I recently started a bible study and I pray God will allow us to be friends as well as sisters in Christ. Thanks for being here! I look for your posts not only to share with my friends but to hold in my heart.
I look at others going thru so much more than me and thank God that He has blessed me with so much and by that I mean a roof over my head, food to eat, a job to earn the money to pay for it with and wonder why He blessed me with so much but most of all, I am thankful for all my friends and family. They are the most precious gifts after salvation. Nothing new to me tho, been a heart patient for 63 years, but have lived a wonderful and active life, thank you Father.
Then the 22nd of this month I have my already broken but healed wrist re-broken, plated and pinned. Life is still wonderful and hopefully, one day we can sit over a cup of coffee and share His love. Blessings to you and thanks for your words. Holley,My sister is my encourager. She is always there for me to listen, to pray and to uplift. You too are so encouraging to me. Your sweet spirit and your love flow through your words and I savor each one of them.
I look forward every day to see what you have written. God Bless you Holley, you are such a blessing to me…. Your words just hit my heart. Thank you for in-courage and all the wonderful women who encourage me every day through their blogs. I do need to reach out.. God bless your ministry Holley.
I love my sister in Christ, I love you too Holley, as I know you too pray for us. Thank you for sharing. What a rich experience to have those you love share with you, love kathy. My friend Rita brought me to Jesus several years ago. I am quiet and somewhat reserved so this did not set with me immediately…yet I know that I have also been nudged by the Lord to do the same.
I am now beginning to help grow the Prayer Ministry at our church and am hoping to set up a Prayer Room for those who need encouragement. To God Be the Glory!
Thanks, Holley for reminding us just how our relationships make us stronger! Thank you, Holly for your words that so often are just exactly what I need to hear for where I am in my life. I truly related to your message that I found waiting for me today — relationships and people who have touched my life.
First I think of my wonderful son and his wife who choose to give me a computer as a gift, to set it up and to teach me how to email. What a blessing this has been. Then, thanks to email I was able to be in touch with two great ladies, my nieces who had moved from our Chicago area to California many years ago. One, a dean of a college, had just lost her job and gone through cancer surgery. The other, her sister,is grieving from a death that has touched her deeply. And then me, I am just plain getting older, wearing down, getting sad.
Together the three of us share our lives now in the words we write. We encourage each other, pick each other up when we get too far down. Share our happys and our laughs. Nice reminder that Relationships are to be treasured. God has blessed me throughout my life with women whohave been great spiritual encouragers to me.
Lil, is like no other, in knowing the verse or prayer, or smile or hug I need. And although she lives over three hundred miles away, our daily phone call makes us seem closer. And on our annual visits, we have an amazing time of sharing, and enjoying each other, and especially our shared faith. Lil, at 86 yrs young, has shown me for 43 yrs. May I be found doing the same. You are a real encouragement to me Holley. Each day I look forward to your encouraging words of wisdom.
I use parts of your words in my devotions. Each of us struggle with our emotions in different ways. Mine are so fragile right now as I miss my husband of many many years. God called him home a couple of months ago. I am trying to be obedient in all things. Building a relationship with God these past many years is not without its struggles, but at the end of the day HE is all that I crave.
I am also thankful for faithful women friends that lift me up without even knowing it. God bless you Holley in your day to day walk. Thank Holley,Thank you for reminding me what is really important in life. I so enjoy your writings. I was so encouraged by you writing this morning. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us, Holley. You encourage me every day — as does my sister, Elaine. My dear sisters in Aglow International also encourged me this week — and a direct Word from the Lord has also touched my heart.
So many people have encouraged me including YOU! Everyone needs friends like this! Thank yoU Holley for praying for us all. I thank God for Mary each day as the Lord upholds us all with His right Hand, Mary does assist him with the rest that is needed my Life. We can all do this whether we win the drawing or not, just a reminder to say God Bless you my Friend each day God gives us on this Earth,. For real, no sucking up: My son is almost 45 years old.
He had been on drugs since he was 12 years old. My husband and I prayed and believed for many years. A year ago this past Christmas we invited them to the church Christmas play. They not only came they also asked Jesus into their hearts. Since then they have faithfully attended church,pay their tithes, and take an active part. During the years they were in sin the enemy stole so much from them and it was because of the choices they made.
I thank God for this wonderful blessing! My mother-in-law talks about how isolated she was during her early years of marriage then motherhood, out in the country with few neighbors and no real community. Even phone calls were expensive, so she went weeks at a time with little social interaction or support of any kind. I am so very thankful for friendships! I thought God sent me into her life to uplift her, but she continually pours more blessing into my life than I could ever hope to repay.
I need to order more copies myself because I give them away faster than I can keep up with. My husband encouraged me this morning. I was frustrated about someone that I have been mentoring and his words were what I needed to hear to help me get off my high horse and remember who is in charge of this universe. The Holy Spirit is funny that way, using the ones closest to me to point me back to Him, The mighty One!
Hi Holly thank you for sharing this encourage message with us. GOD bless you in what you do in His name to encourage others. I have a friend that I have never met, but we have been responding on the internet. She has been a bless encourager, able me to Speak Life to so many who is need to hear my Life Testimony. Thank you for allowing us to be able to share our comments here. Who has supported me? I have the most amazing sister, Karen.
More importantly, she has lifted me in prayer to raise me from a point so low I never imagined such desperation. Prayer and the fact that I have two children for whom I could leave such a legacy of pain kept me from suicide. I used to have a very dynamic career based on a doctorate degree. For the past 5 years, my health deteriorated more than 10 major surgeries and countless hospitalizations that I am now penniless, on Medicaid and food stamps.
Depression became my constant companion — the point I even had ECT. I have come through this, praise the Lord. Of course, I thank God first. But my appreciation to my amazing sister is without bounds as well. I owe her my life. I really love this letter and I wish that I could have friends like yours to confide in, trust and be open with. He has been there for me throughout my life and it is really hard for me to be like that towards people. God bless you and your family!!! You have encouraged me this very morning or afternoon.
My husband had lost his job 10 months ago and has had part time work off and on since. The good news is that he did get a full time job and the bad news is that he has to live away from home during the week. I ask for your prayers for our strength during this time. God Bless you for the beautiful words and your ministry to others. My husband inspires me through my illness, the reinventing of my life.
He is indeed the perfect helpmate of nearly 22 years. He loves me despite my shortfalls, and always has a way to lift me up. As a pastor, all day long he encourages his flock, but he still has more in him to keep encouraging me. I love him so much! I pray so many more have marriages like ours. I think God Himself has encouraged me the most lately.
Unbelievable that a God as big as He is would encourage such an unlovable person such as I am!! I believe relationships are important. However, I am alone-no really close person. I can relate to Lynn and Nicole. Its also not good for your mental health. My niece had a breast removed yesterday because of cancer. While I was crying and being upset over the situation, she was showing her bravery and trust in the Lord by being rolled into the surgery room with bright red lipstick on.
This is just like her. She faces adversity with her head held high, with a husband who is her rock, and with God right by her side, every second of the way, never leaving her alone to face cancer by herself. Holley , you are my inspiration to move forward, to face my fears, to open my eyes to what my father has to offer me. You have helped me to accept His gifts of hope and love and promise. You led me to a place where I can smile. I have been so encouraged these past few months by just watching Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival on God. It was an awesome experience! Thank you God you are my life, You encourage me everyday and I am being blessed always because I believe in His Word and Love God from the core of my being.
Holley, you too are such a blessing to each of us here and have touched us by your incredible ministry and outpouring of your heart and soul to each of us. We can relate and we need each other. So thank you Holley from the bottom of my heart! Procrastination, fear, confusion, and exhaustion have all plagued me for 4 months as I made many false starts to get going on this project.
Thank you so much for sharing your insights. I have been encouraged this week by many people. I am encouraged by Bonnie over at Faith Barista every time I read one of her posts. I am encouraged by every post you make also Holley! I am encouraged by my friend, B, who helps me figure out how to feel my feelings and share them with others. I am encouraged by so many people.
Thank you for the reminder of the blessing that comes with it. I pray that I offer the same kind of encouragement that I have received. My seven year old daughter encouraged me this week. At only seven she is so amazing and strong, very in tune with the way others are feeling. I was having a very rough week and she came and lifted my spirits! Hi HollyI have a lot of people who have encourage me over the past 2 years.
I found out about 2 years ago my daughter was sexulaly abuse and it was a hard time for me but thanks god for friends they really help me get through this. Hope you are having a good day god bless.
Not too sure where I would be in a world without encouraging people. My friend Pam was left 27 yrs ago with brain damage from giving birth. She is a marvel of God and her most prescious gift……. I never feel guilty coming to her with my petty issues… compared to hers. She wants me to want her to pray for me. Wrapping our hearts around each other. Holley-Thanks for the post. My inspiration comes from my good friend Kathy.
Kathy has opened her home to me and we meet once a week to study, pray, and sometimes cry together. I thank God every day for her and I thank God that I have your posts in my e-mail to read and encourage me. Desr Lynne,I know how you are feeling! Our family has recently moved and I have been alone for 8 months. Where we live is a pretty remote part of the country. I am most thankful for e mail friends! I am praying for you and would ask for prayers for me too as I continue to try and make some new friends in my middle age.
My husband and I started attending a new church and I have begun to volunteer in the community. Perhap someone will invite me into their circle someday! Holley,I just started having your devotionals come to my e-mail. Shared your resent loss and my smpathies and prayers are yours. Several have responded that it hit the spot for them. Praise the Lord for your ministry! Relationships are so important.
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Loving God and others! Words of comfort, Words of assurance! God sent a Pastor and his wife to me and my husband yesterday, to speak Words to us , Words that comfort, Words that heal, Words of God! His Word prayed back to Him, and it will not return void, He says! I prayed His Words for you today too Holley and for the people who come to this blog site to hear Words that edify! I went to college in Fayetteville and loved the time there. The town was different than the concrete jungle of Dallas and I like it that way. Encouragment…you do in the ways you write this and send sweet, gentle and kind messages out to many.
One the way home from church today, the Holy Spirit was pressing His thumb on my heart to ask forgiveness to someone. Co-worker told me she admired my work ethic. The past year our financial situation has been very stressful. We continue to struggle with this everyday. I have two wonderful women in my life that continue to give me encouragement.
My sister, whom without her, I am lost. She is my rock. She is generous in her love and support. I thank God for her everyday. My best friend is by my side daily also. Her heart is filled with such love and kindness. Her friendship is such a blessing to me. God has blessed me with these two very special women that I believe we will eventually recover from our situation. I was encouraged this morning by one of the young men in the youth group I pastor. He had been reading the prayer requests sent out to church members.
I am facing a surgeon tomorrow because of a lump found in my breast. Often he has asked the elders and myself to anoint and pray for him. I would give him verses to use in the battle of the mind afterward. God was so glorified in it all. I am always encouraged by my sisters in Christ.
Especially a group of strong, faithful, beautiful women I have been in group therapy with for almost three years. As always encouraged by you Holley. Thanks for sharing Jesus love with us. Holley, your words give me encouragement. My faith sisters on my Christ Renews His Parish retreat team encourage me. They boost my spirits and make me feel special. They encourage my prayer life and faith exploration. They are such a gift from God.
What a wonderful sight to behold! Thank you Jesus —. We discussed this in Sunday School today and yes, what a blessing our friends are to us. Thanks for this beautifully written reminder. Blessings today and every day,KayeMatthew We gather about once a year, usually toward the middle of the country where we laugh, cry, shop, eat, hug, hold but rarely sleep. We pray, read, walk and talk. Each day we keep in touch online. We share prayer requests, praises, problems, hopes, dreams, fears, and growth.
We love, disagree, agree, make jokes, and write loving words of encouragment. One of us has had breast cancer this year; another, major brain surgery, and yet another long unemployment. Our daily emails are prayer, devotions, hope, tears. But always, we are there for each other. Some write several times a day, some every couple of weeks. But just seeing the words, hearing the hearts, and knowing that at any time we can open that email and be encouraged is priceless.
In real life, I have 9 sisters. But in God, I have a faithful 12 sisters. Daily, I am loved, held, listened to, prayed for, laughed with, and. Thanks for your words this morning Holley. You and Ann V and all the in courage writers and other beautiful bloggers encourage me every day. You all give me a vision and a strong hope of what my life can be if I keep close to Jesus. Holly,I must say a young co-worker and a great church friend has been my encouragement lately.
I have two brothers that both have health ailments that are serious. Since both our parents are passed on and they are single they call on me for almost everything. They have been a great blessing sent from God to me for just this time. Their hugs and smiles have brought me through many rough days and I see Jesus shining through them. God is so good. My husband is my biggest encourager. God has given me an outlet as a widow and knowing his work is being carried out.
Ahh, i had too much fun with you. Thanks for the fun-filled day, and invite to the conference. Spot on for me today! I talked to two ladies today at church who greatly encouraged me. One of them lives in another state and was only there today because of being with her Mom for a few days. She asked where my husband was and I gave a two-sentence synopsis of where things stand right now. Come to know, she went through the same thing with her husband! Wow, she encouraged me so much and gave godly encouragement.
She shared lots of encouraging words as well. And yes, my Mom and Dad, too have stepped in this week to help while we try to get our hot water tank fixed at home. Thanks, Holly, for your wonderful posts. Short, to the point and yet they always hit my heart in the exact way they need to.: May you be encouraged today as well! I have been going through a very difficult time the past few months. I have one special friend who has given me support and encouragement over and over again. I appreciate your devotionals and ask that you pray for me. I was also there, Holly, with 27 women from our little church in Ione, Arkansas.
I wish I could have met you! Dear Holley; Several month ago, I asked you if you could give someone who wrote to you,my e-mail address, telling them, I felt the Lord wanted me to be a blessing to them in a certain situation, but it was their decision to contact me or not.
Well, we are still in contact , and have become friends and blessings to one another. I just wanted to obey the Lord, and give her a little blessing, but God knew that He wanted to bless both of us in the process. We know that God brought us together in His mysterious ways, as friends. I am soo very thankful that you were able to give her a message from me, you were an instrument that the Lord used to bring us together as friends, when we both needed a blessing from the Lord. I am so very thankful. I have made many good Christian friends in my circle and they have been there for me in both the good and bad times of my life, listening to me, praying for me, at times crying with me and always giving me the encouragement I needed.
I am also there for them and pray that God will always open my heart to their needs as they do for me. I think this is neat. In your devotional today you talked about Lysa Terkeurst. I want to tell you about someone who encourged me lately. I work in a nursing home in activities. My Father had to move in after my Mother passed away. He had been a minister for 60 years. A mother of a young resident, told him that God still had work for him to do. He started praying with and visiting residents and giving them and their family members blessings.
She told me what she told my Dad, God still had work for me to do. My dear friend, M has encouraged me lately. Last week we met for the first time in months to have coffee and talk. We sat on the floor, in a back corner of Barnes and Noble, and discussed our brokenness, our heartaches, and our fears. We laughed at ourselves and encouraged one another simply because we were both struggling on our journey and it felt good to share the load with a fellow pilgrim. Our problems were not solved, but we left with lighter burdens, because we shared them together.
Two other friends encouraged me as well…both struggling with cancer. The courage with which they face the world is amazing to me. I feel lighter just being around them, because their faith makes anything seem possible…. And thanks, too, Holley for your encouraging words that always seem to arrive when I need them most. My sister, Bridget, has been my encourager lately.
I just signed up for your e-mails and I love them! You encourage me and make my day after I read them! I also am encouraged by my walking buddy Tammie-sheencourages me to walk everyday! We walk together every morning. I really need this reminder right now. Just recently I was diagnosed with MS and my husband has been my encouragement. He has seen me through many difficult times and now he is my reminder to take care of myself but he also reminds me not to worry because God is in control. These are reminders I am always needing.
Thanks so much for your ministry. It has really touched me today. How blessed I am!!! Thank you Holley for just the right word at the right moment. I often check when I need a bit of an uplift in my spirit and when I need it the most you are always there with heartfelt words of hope and encouragement.
I am grateful for you. My Mom has encouraged me. My Dad does not have a great connection on his computer and is slow in typing so he seldom sends a message our way. Mom decided to call me just in time as I was telling the Lord it was getting a bit discouraging not hearing from them.
I asked her to pray that I would find my glasses, missing for 2 weeks. They have been found. I am thankful for my parents support. Thank you Holley for all the encouragement you send our way. I enjoy all your postings. Have a great week in the Lord and I look forward to tomorrow mornings….
Thank you for the intro to Reese. I hope you know that you touch my heart every time I read you. Prayed for Patrice above and the love her mama and friend, Cathy give her. I need to ask for prayer for me as I write a 50th b-day card for a friend who recently told me he is homosexual. How sad to find out and we have only talked 3 times since he opened that part up.
I know he is is much pain, even though our culture okays this. Stuck to my heart too. It sounds so simple. As a sidenote, you mentioned hoping that no one noticed the spot on your jeans and later getting lost in spite of having a GPS. I am sorry you feel so alone, If you lived close to me I would be a real friend to you.
We all need friends,I do,have many that really care for me. I feel so blessed with friends who go out of their way to make things easy for me , I wish I could share the good feeling that I get , I am so grateful to my hevenly Father as he sems to send these angel friends to me like he just knows when I need them. Thank you Holley for these reminders I love you as one of those hand picked special frien from God.
I am super excited about it and most of all, am excited to share it with my Mom, my best friend! Have a blessed week, Holley! I have encouraged myself by reading my word, being around positive people, and making a vision board to show me where I am headed. I also have inspirational quotes that I read and have on my computer to remind me of all that is possible for me. I have a wonderful friend at work and several wonderful women in my Sunday school class who are always ready to offer encouragement and hope to me.
I thank God for all of them! I SO appreciate your encourage words each day. God bless you in this special ministry. She has such a beautiful heart and simplicity in going about life even though she has faced her own battles, has lived in Africa, her husband was just ending a 10 day trip to Africa, she hurts for her son…she remains looking to Him and as she is encouraged, it just oozes out to others…I love you Betsy!
Love you, so good to know you are gifted with great friends also!! I found this blog only this morning! I have had a poor relation hsip with my mom, for reasons best known to her but I have had over the years women who have given me a smile a hug a word of encouragement, and currently i have a friend with whom i meet at least twice, early in the morning.
Nothing else ever matters. Its exciting just to be HIS! I got encourage by God through a friend that he connected me with a year ago. There is a Passover Conf. On Saturday my friend call and said God put it on her heart to send me to the very conference I pray about. This is encouraging to me because my father is giving me a heart desire. To fellowship with other believers from all over the world. Thank you so much for your prayers, messages, reminders, and for keeping us in touch with others thru your meditations.
Yet His love is so overwhelming it provides that hope and daily strength. Keep up your Christ-centered program, and I am also praying for you. May God give you the strength and health to carry on this very important ministry. Your inspirational messages keeps me reminded of my spiritual growth. Thanks for sharing and for praying for me and others. I was encouraged by a good friend, Rachel, when she said she had time to listen to me recently.
I rattled off lots of things about not being noticed by leadership people no matter what I ever do. She said to bless, not impress. Those words stick with me and encourage me to do everything I do unto the Lord. Thank you for your encouragement, too, Holley!! I love reading your posts!! Knowing that there are not enough hours in the day to bring about the results that need to happen. Holley, your words have so often been an encouragement over the past seven months when encouragement was so hard to find.
In October my husband had a knee replacement. It was healing really well…. Suddenly in January, within a hour period that tiny spot errupted into a horrendous MRSA infection that required the removal of the prosthesis and six weeks of intensive IV antibiotic therapy. Next weekend, God willing, he will finally be able to return home for a few months while the knee-area heals. Then it will be back to surgery to have a new prothesis put in and a cautious, longer-than-usual healing time. Because of the life-threatening problems my husband was having I cancelled appointments with my ENT doctor to care for him.
A bleeding vocal chord is the cause! The doctor made a change in some medications and scheduled a follow-up visit in six week. Thanks so much for this devotional — so very true — I have the best MOM she loves the Lord and is a prayer warrior for her huge family. When the Holy Spirit speaks to her and she shares with us — we are all blessed. Could really feel that moment with her! I was encouraged by my hubby today.
He comforted me about our financial situation, encouraged me that we were doing good yet, when I felt bad for not somehow making it stretch farther than it does. God bless you and your always encouraging heart, Holley! Dear Holley, YOU encourage me! But God is so good and His peace passes all understanding. May the Lord bless you and continue to inspire you with encouraging words for all those hearts you touch like mine! Dionne Campbell — from my old home church, which after 8 ears has become my new church again: I am grateful for people who will pray — and who help me to look to God no matter what.
Thank you so much for all you do. I hope I am an encouragement to a friend going through a tough time. I have had dear friends who I say are my sisters who walked with me when my road was rocky. Praise God for encouragers! We have three wonderful pastors in our church — each one with specific gifts. One pastor goes out of his way to greet, hug and encourage as many as he can after each service.
He has been a tremendous encouragement to me through some very difficult times. I was encouraged by a friend I have known for years. Through a death of a friend of ours he told me that I had an impact on his life through the years. That surley blessed my heart and reminded me that people are always watching we christians and we should always walk the walk.
We may be the only Jesus someone else sees. Loved your message this morning. As usual, it said something I needed to hear. I have two friends going through horrible health situations right now. For one of them, it appears that her healing must be a heavenly one. How I struggle with letting go. Thank you for this ministry and the friendships we share. Well, I have so many Christian women that have encouraged me- including you of course. And their Mom adopted me too, and prayed for me and my family for years she is in heaven now.
These sisters and friends are so encouraging, and treat me like a real sister, I love having sisters!! God knew I needed them too, and a special love has grown between us from the Lord. I thank God for all sisters in the Lord that help, pray, and encourage one another. We as women need that from each other.
Thank you for all your encouragement Holley! God bless your ministry, Love in Christ- your sister, Connie. God has encouraged me by reading his word; and through my 5 month old son. On how he smiles no matter the circumstance. Even when he was sick with a cold. I thank God for his blessings and encouragement!
All I can say is Thank You Holley. Hi Holly,Thanks so much for you blog. I have a dear friend of mine, a co-parent in school who is just so gracious and patient with me to listen and answer my question whenever I need godly counsel. She is there for me inspite of me…her faith and her godly character traits are the ones that encourages me and to do what GOD has prepared for me to do in HIS Kingdom…she makes me feel so special and loved.
Holly has encouraged me late at night when I get off work and try to get home before 1 am. I am thankful you dare to write your thoughts down and share them! You, Holley, have been so encouraging to me lately. Despite the self doubt and fear, He can, He will still use me. My friend, Kiara, encourages me. I think she is one of the most extraordinary women on the planet! She encourages me to live life with a true joy and excitement for plans that the Lord has in store. Hi Holley,Encouragement was given to me today by my 3yr old Grandson.
I thank God for these precious moments. Holley, my friend Sharon shared one of your emails with me about a month ago. It was at a very trying time in my life and your words jumped off my computer screen and into my heart. I saved the email and read it over and over. It was the one about the cleft of the rock.
I was able to leave fear behind and lean on my Lord, knowing he was there with me and I was exactly where he wanted me to be. Thank you for sharing from your heart! My friend Leona B is in Hospital with bleeding and has almost died x 2 this past week. Went to see her Saturday and she still had a sweet assuring smile and hope in her words and attitude.
No matter what she goes through she still keeps on smiling and believing God for every thing. She is such an inspiration. PS please pray for her. But we have a God who can! Thank you for your prayers and encourging words. God Bless and keep you. Love and prayers for you and your ministry.
God is in control!!! He has always taken care of ALL that concerns me. He has always uplifted me and healed every hurt. He is my faithful Father. This morning,I was greatly encouraged by my brother who despite just having heard the news from his doctor that his cancer had recurred back, told me that if he had to go through this again, he would pray that the Lord uses it to bring our other siblings to seeing how great a God He is. The first time his cancer occured in , my mom of 80 years old came to accept the Lord. I was in pain to hear he had to go through another round of suffering, and all he could think of was the salvation of those around him.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Dear Holley,Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful devotions. I love reading them and sharing them with friends. I have a dear friend that offers me laughter, wisdom, and a sympathetic ear when I need it, and I value my friendship with her.
I try to the best friend for her that she is for me. I would love to share a copy of your book with her. Thank you for all the time, energy, and your creative thoughtful words you share with us! XX Having lost my husband of 42 years last year, that special relationship void has left a much bigger gap than I ever imagined. Yes, I do have friends and your blog has reminded me to get in touch, not to sit back and wait for the phone to ring or the in box message to be filled.
Get off my butt and out of this pity party!!! My good friend T has encouraged me! I am so glad she sent me this email! It has also reminded me that God is with me every step of the way! I have met some wonderful women online through Facebook…They pray for me and ask me to pray for them…we share Scriptures and music….
I am truly Blessed…there is one friend that just wrote me yesterday about how much i have helped her to know Jesus and that to me is the most important….. I have friends that have encouraged me. You see me and my husband work in the same place and we both have had a trying year in a half now. We serve God everyday. You see they too, have had trying times in their lives. While we were having trying time in ours, they still had time for us. We are greatful for people like that.
May God Bless them and all the people of the wrold. I have a very special friend whose name is Karen. I first met her in an online christian ladies group. Karen has a physical challenge, but she has encouraged me soooo many times. All my follow-ups following breast cancer surgery, her encouragement and prayers really carried me through.
I would love to be able to share one of the books with Karen. Right now I have the privilege of mentoring a brand new christian Chinese lady who just accepted just accepted Christ on November She is soooo hungry to learn more about Jesus Christ. We meet one morning each week for hours. I am soooo thankful God has given me this wonderful opportunity. My sister, Karen, is always an encouragement to me. She texted me last night and I shared a hurt with her.
She replied with her encouraging words and lifted my spirits. Years later he wrote a book on dealing with personal brokenness and failure. He stated that one of the keys to his being able to restore his heart to God was that he would never defend his sin.
Pride causes us to refuse to confess or admit what we have done. We are afraid we will lose face and others will pull away from us. The irony is that we deeply respect the person that is honest about his failures and sins. A hard test that you forgot to study for. Little brothers and sisters. Not getting your way. There is always something for us to complain about. It could be something really big or really small. Our family has started trying to think of things that we are thankful for before we go to bed at night.
Sometimes when hard things happen to us—like our truck breaking down or having to leave a special place—we talk about what we are thankful for instead of finding the reasons to complain. God wants us to be thankful. But since Jesus lives in me, I can actually thank God for things that I would tend to complain about. So, what does God want you to be thankful for today? Think of two or three things that you tend to complain about. Find some ways that you can be thankful instead of complaining. Pride and division are associated in the Bible Ps.
How does pride stir up conflict in our relationships? Through our words, often arguing over silly and unnecessary issues. Sometimes my wife Paula and I are with a couple that often disagrees over an issue, and the conversation gradually degenerates into an argument. We are always uncomfortable when this happens. What is it that makes us so desperate to be right, even to the point of engaging in a heated argument?
When I have a tendency to dispute with others, something is very wrong in my heart.
Arguing only breaks the fellowship between two people. For husbands and wives, it gives our children bad memories of our home and creates insecurity in their hearts. They might wonder about our commitment to one another. Though unsaid, they might wonder if we will divorce one day. One day I was thinking about how children perceive us as parents and if they ever wondered about the permanency of our marriage.
How would they have felt if they heard me say that and later heard Paula and me fighting and arguing? Our example would destroy anything else I had said to the contrary. Pride makes us defensive, and we argue to prove our point in order to protect our ego. The consequence is that we begin to grow apart from each other in our spirit. Pride will destroy our homes. Have you ever viewed your tendency to argue as a root of pride in your life? A family member once asked me this question: In the third grade I was preparing to paint on one side of an easel while a little girl was painting on the other side of the easel.
Suddenly, I was pushed out of the way, and I realized the one doing the pushing was the biggest bully in the class. He was bigger than me! In fact, everyone was bigger than me in the third grade! I was fuming, and in my anger I dipped my brush in my paint can and painted the back of his shirt as fast as I could. The teacher caught me, and I got a paddling, which I might add, was well deserved. Because something I had was taken away, I made a sinful decision and suffered the consequences for it.
As we learned in our Scripture reading, bitterness troubled me and defiled and affected others. What is the right reaction to the hurt and disappointment we all experience at some point in life? For the Christian, we certainly should be willing to forgive, since we ourselves have been forgiven Eph. Perhaps there is a need to confess our bitterness to the Lord and begin to pray for those who have hurt us. Becoming better, not bitter, will certainly please the Lord— while holding onto bitterness is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Spend some time discussing the response of Jesus Christ to the hurt and suffering He experienced on The Cross.
Are you facing something in your family or personal life that makes no sense? Joy speaks of cheerfulness or gladness. God commands this response to difficulties as a faith response that demonstrates trust in His person, His plan, and His purposes for us. One Saturday afternoon my grandson and I headed out for some fishing together. Our first cast was a success! As I reached to remove the rebel lure, the fish flopped, and I quickly realized I had a fishhook buried in my thumb. We hurried home and off I headed to the hospital.
On the way, I had a good talk with the Lord and then with myself. The emergency room was packed, and it looked as if I was in for a long night. So I decided to praise the Lord for the mission field before me. After passing out all my gospel tracts, talking to a few folks willing to listen, and then more prayer, I decided to call our family doctor. Fortunately, he was in his office doing paperwork and, thankfully, agreed to see me.
His office was located a few blocks from the hospital. In a short time I was on my way home with a fishhook-free finger, still praising the Lord, and looking forward to some sweet fellowship with my grandson! Talk with family members about the right response to trials and share Scripture that will help us think rightly during difficult times. Becoming a dad is one of the most wonderful events that can ever take place in your life and provides so many opportunities to model the fatherhood of God! Come on a month-long journey with Harold Vaughan and several other men as they share many insights and lessons from their experience of fatherhood, and as they encourage you to become the extraordinary father God calls you to be.
Enjoy these short, easy-to-read meditations on topics such as giving priority to your family, keeping a positive attitude, maintaining a peaceful home atmosphere, encouraging planning, fostering wisdom, directing self-motivation, and encouraging prayer, church involvement, and soul-winning. Each devotion concludes with a cluster of application points that will help you review what you have read, give you some things to think and pray about, and help you practically apply these principles in your own world. You probably thought it would be just like the movies. Prince Charming would come riding in on his white horse, sweep you off your feet, and together you would live happily ever after.
The Extraordinary Wife is a book for married, and soonto-married women alike. Are you or is someone you love facing some severe hardship or trial in life? Chronic illness, misfortune, pain, unrealized expectations, loss—adversity can take many forms and can forever change your life in an instant when it comes knocking. Job, Elijah, the Apostle Paul, and countless other saints throughout history stand as testaments to this reality. And the fact that you are reading this now may mean that you are likewise facing some challenge in your life.
Extraordinary Strength in Adversity is written to help the emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted soul to rise up in adversity and see the eternal, unchanging purposes of God. With 24 compellingly rich chapters full of illustrations, scriptures, and saintly wisdom, this book is a helpful and encouraging source of comfort, joy, and strength in adversity. Have you thought much about Proverbs 31 and what it means for us today? It has something to say to us everywhere and in every culture.
The Extraordinary Woman is a book for you, even if you are not married or not a mom! Enjoy these thirty readings from a wide range of women—who, maybe like you, are traveling the same journey and who have found priceless treasure in the counsel of Proverbs 31 and the extraordinary woman described there.
You will find many practical points to encourage you along in your journey. Easy to read in just a few minutes, each devotion concludes with a cluster of heartfelt reflections that will help crystallize the key points you have read, give you some things to think and pray about or discuss with others , and guide you with putting the principles into practice in your busy world.
Here you will discover wisdom to mentor you in the art of husband-ship. This book contains 31 concise chapters filled with practical insights and helps to coach you in your quest. Click on "Look Inside" to see the chapter titles and a sample chapter. Men seek all kinds of treasure, but your wife is the most valuable. Your wife is your greatest prize! She is more than a maid, a surrogate mother, or a concubine for your convenience. In Genesis we read, "It is not good that the man should be alone 2: She was taken from his side to be by his side. Eve was a "help meet," which means helpmate, helper, or counterpart.
She was Adam's partner—his completer. Having been given dominion over the earth, God intended marriage to propagate the human family. The Bible is a practical book. The LORD recognizes our "humanness" and gives us an outlet for our physical drives. Paul also said, "It is better to marry than to burn" 1 Cor.
I read somewhere that sexual desire is not something you conquer, but it is something you learn to manage. Becoming a Christian does not eliminate your human cravings and desires. God's purpose is to bring proper balance, and marriage is designed to assist in this.
Marriage is more than a social contract—it is a covenant. A covenant is a solemn agreement which binds two parties together. This covenant of companionship is clearly described in Malachi 2: And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed" Gen. Men and women possess not only souls and spirits, but bodies as well. The divinely inspired Song of Solomon is a manual on the physical aspect of marriage. Married life is a journey, and we are supposed to enjoy the ride.
The Creator intended marriage for our pleasure. The wisdom book named Proverbs states, "Let thy fountain be blessed: Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished intoxicated always with her love" 5: Becoming "one flesh" is a process. The marriage relationship should be a greenhouse for sanctification.
This intimate connection serves as a microscope in detecting selfishness and is the perfect classroom for empowering grace. Practicing the "one another" commands in the home is the means to building unity between a man and his wife. Martha said, "Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died Forgiving one another , bearing with one another , praying for one another , exhorting one another , and practicing the other reciprocal commands creates a climate where the Holy Spirit feels at home.
And where the Spirit of God is there is life. The Bible tells us to "Grow in grace and knowledge. Spiritual progression begins at home. This is a great mystery: Marriage is a living photograph of the union God has with His church. Adam said of Eve, "This is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh" Gen. The solidarity of the marriage union reflects the cohesion of Christ and His redeemed ones.
By understanding God's design and purpose for marriage, we can see the importance of appreciating and cherishing our most valuable treasure—our wives. Demonstrate your appreciation for your wife through practical means. Take her shopping, send her a text, intentionally listen to her, or do something she enjoys. The Hidden Life of Prayer is one of the classics on the subject of prayer. MacIntyre draws from the Scripture, other devotional writers, and experience to encourage and equip the believer in this important exercise. It is one of the best books on prayer I have ever read.
It contains many tremendous quotes that will inspire your soul. This small book contains a wealth of informaiton that has deeply impacted, and fed, conutless hungary hearts. One of the most demanding and rewarding positions a person may find themselves in is that of a parent. Ryle comes to our aid once again, with sound Biblical advice to aid in this daunting task. Originally published in the 19th century, this short book contains 17 nuggets of wisdom for training children. You could easily read the entire book in a single evening. Or for those who are pressed for time, keep it handy, and read a chapter anytime you have a spare minute.
The principles which are outlined in this book are not quick fixes. Parenting is hard work, but if you will apply these principles which are mentioned, your children will be prepared for a lifetime. In simple, direct, warm style Guy H. King uncovers these secrets, one by one, from the Scriptures.
The readers should not be deceived by the brevity of the chapters. Despite the depth of the subject matter, there is profound, challenging, encouraging and convicting truth in these short pages. Old wineskins are incapable of containing new wine—they will burst. If we want to get in on what God is doing in our generation, we must move beyond our limited frame of reference.
The purpose of this book is to lay before present-day Christians, not only the possibility, but the probability of revival in our day. The defeatism which has captured so many minds must be rejected and replaced with optimistic faith. Our misunderstandings and misconceptions must be laid aside. The victorious Life of the Lord Jesus is available and accessible.
Chapter 1 The Peculiarity of Revival Chapter 2 The Possibility of Revival Chapter 3 The Pallbearers of Revival Chapter 5 The Phobias of Revival Chapter 6 The Pain of Revival Chapter 7 The Principles of Revival Chapter 8 The Prayer for Revival Chapter 10 The People in Revival Chapter 11 The Products of Revival Chapter 12 The Pastor and Revival Chapter 15 The Price of Revival Chapter 16 The Power of Revival Chapter 17 The Purity of Revival Chapter 18 The Probability of Revival Chapter 20 The Plan for Revival Revival is a topic that has often been spoken about but seldom realized.
Misunderstandings about revival abound. It is one of those mysterious subjects that is extremely difficult to communicate. Like salvation, you must experience it before you can understand it. For too long revival has been relegated to the annals of history. Rather than seen as a present hope, it is viewed as a relic of the past, which is no longer possible today.
But does this mean that God has abandoned His Bride? Has He left us to our own devices? The Holy Spirit is still operating in and through His people. There is no shortage of analysts and naysayers. The Bible tells us that the last days will be difficult and trying, but nowhere does it imply that God has left us without the witness and power of His presence. Every generation has a rendezvous with destiny. This is especially true of us.
The mandate to anticipate Revival in Our Time is the premise of this book. My desire is to spark faith and ignite hope to believe God for a better day. Local churches are not predetermined to function like spiritual igloos—cold rigid structures filled with stiff saints. To the contrary, individuals and congregations can be ablaze with and for God! This is an expressive way of indicating the precious fellowship we have with our Father above.
And what is revival but Heaven kissing earth with its richest blessing? In prayer, we draw nigh to God. In revival, God draws near to the church and to the world. The topic of revival is of profound importance in our day. The lateness of the hour coupled with the impotence of contemporary Christianity press upon us the desperate need for a divine visitation. All kinds of things pop into the minds of Christians when they hear the word revival. Many think the word revival is merely another name for a series of special meetings. Others associate revival with a large number of people getting saved.
For others the word conjures mental images of people doing strange things such as barking like dogs, laughing like hyenas, or convulsing uncontrollably. Still others relegate revival to a bygone era when God actively worked in a widespread, powerful way. The days of heaven on earth profoundly touch believers at the living level of their lives, and ultimately, it spills over when the unsaved are converted. Reviving something that is dead is impossible, but existing life can be revitalized. The powerful overflow of revival that results in the conversion of a sizeable number of people is known as an awakening.
A study of historic revivals reveals that many people came to saving faith in Christ in the wake of revival. Experiencing evangelism without revival is possible, but revival always produces evangelistic zeal. Arthur Wallis sheds light on this subject. He appealed directly to the Lord not with a request for help but with a prayer that God would personally intervene.
The breath of life, which comes directly from God, is a force consisting of desires, drives, and appetites. Man did not evolve; the Creator, who is the only source of life, created him. Just as God is the starting place of life, He is the reanimating life Giver through revival. Sadly, scores of church congregations are as lifeless as these dry bones. Only God can bring life again to those who once enjoyed His presence and power. Only Jesus, who raised Lazarus from the dead, has the power to resurrect those who have flat-lined spiritually.
A fresh encounter with the living Christ energizes sluggish believers. The psalmist petitioned God for himself and his associates, asking God to grant new life again. From this verse we learn that prayer is the means of revival, God is the source of revival, and we are the object of revival. The scope may vary, but revival is nothing less than a fresh encounter with the living Christ.
At this stage praying in the Spirit becomes possible.
God delivers those revived from the bondage of self-centeredness and releases them to the fullness of a God-centered life. Yes, we are the objects of revival. After God revives us, He in turn is able to work through us. And yet, few works of biblical accuracy have been written on this important subject. Vaughan and Johnston's book is the best, purest and most practical treatment of the subject I know. Everyone who has been forgiven should read this book to know how and why to forgive.
Here are twelve brief and readable chapters on the "exchanged life" along with many helpful charts and study guides. Quite often Christians pray this prayer which makes up the title of this book, but instead of the thoughts ceasing, they only intensify. Here is a practical guide to achieving a healthy thought life while engaged in mental warfare.
Learn how to overcome Satan's battle for your mind! As he reviews the actual prayers of Jesus—as well as their results—we gain an understanding of the purpose of prayer, specific types of prayers, the eternal blessings of a life of prayer, and other essential aspects of prayer. I have most distinct recollection of the joys and the sorrows, the hopes and the fears, the temptations and the difficulties, the mistaken judgments and the misplaced affections, the errors and the aspirations, which surround and accompany a young man's life.
If I can only say something to keep some young man in the right way, and preserve him from faults and sins, which may mar his prospects both for time and eternity, I shall be very thankful. Will it be business as usual or the unusual business of Revival? This tremendous sermon is packed with power from a man who saw first-hand spiritual awakening in his ministry.
This helpful booklet outlines some of the essential principles for victory and walks through some guidelines of Scripture memory to aid you in replacing bad habits with good ones! Such movements of revival are not only glorious memories of the past, but are taking place right now in various parts of the world. The outward forms of such revivals do, of course, differ considerably, but the inward and permanent content of them all is always the same: This unique volume features over key selections and teachings carefully drawn from more than 40 of Tozer's writings.
This bible would make an excellent gift for a friend or loved one, or a great addition to your personal bible study library. Click on the " Look Inside " tab above to see links to the introduction and the first three chapters of John as well as pictures of the box the bible is packaged in. Buy Now Close Excerpt. New Spiral-bound Edition Most article-type devotionals replaced with Themed Quotes Call our office for quantity discounts.
For more information, see the description for the bound version below. Faithfulness Jack Palmer February Saving Trust Harold Vaughan March Souls for Christ Jeff Kahl May Long, II June Lessons from History Tom Palmer July Worship Jack Palmer August 1: Resting in God Stephen Vaughan September Valuable Treasure Harold Vaughan October Example Harold Vaughan November Happiness Harold Vaughan December January 2 Is There Hope for the Family?
Scripture Reading—Psalm 42 Give special attention to verses 5 and Read 1 John 1: What two events occur when we say we have no sin? Vaughan Christ Life Publications www. Introduction Acquiring this book is a clear signal that you have a strong desire to shepherd the hearts of your children. I want to thank the following for partnering with us by contributing to this book: Jim Binney Jim Binney is a fantastic preacher, author, and counselor.
Aaron Coffey Aaron Coffey has been traveling in itinerant ministry since , working in local churches and preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. Sammy Frye Sammy is an energetic speaker with a heart for God and a love for people. Billy and Christy Ingram The Ingrams travel in an evangelistic and revival ministry. Paul and Abigail Miller Paul Miller was saved in at the age of Rich Tozour Rich Tozour has traveled in full-time evangelistic ministry.
January 1 Family Worship Starts Today! Look Inside Extraordinary Strength in Adversity Harold Vaughan Are you or is someone you love facing some severe hardship or trial in life?