Weekend Wrap•Up

It's been a week. We pray you'll find some comfort here.   Spiritual Sprinkler System Alisa Hope Wagner   The Difference Between US and THEM Susan Lawrence   Stuck IN A RUT? Pray With Me. Kelly Stanley   Are YOU Able to Say NO? Michelle Discavage   From the Steeples to the Streets Anne...

Weekend Wrap•Up

Everything you may have missed this week in ONE place! Enjoy! When God Removes People From Your Life Patricia Holbrook   Get Over Yourself Melissa Mashburn   Less of the Bachelor, More of the Bible Kelly Russell   The Struggle is Real (Psalm 103) Mikal Dawn   The Tale of Two Women and the Rest of Us In-between Lori Macmath  ...

The Struggle is Real (Psalm 103)

  I was sitting in church when I felt my chest cave in…then expand as if no weight had ever sat there. Let me back up for a minute. I struggle with anxiety/worry/fear/you-name-it. I let things bother me that really have no place bothering me—things that haven’t even happened yet and may not happen. I let them bother me to the point where those things are all I can think about and I end up missing the good—and God—in each day. So when I sat in church and heard this sermon, it was conviction and relief all rolled into one. I’ve read Psalm 103 numerous times. Recently, in fact, as I spent a few months reading through the book of Psalms. But never had I read this particular Psalm with such depth (no doubt an indication that I need to do something different in my time with God to dig deeper than I have been). King David wrote this Psalm…to himself. “Bless the Lord, O my soul” (Psalm 103:1a, English Standard Version). See there? “O my soul.” He’s talking to himself. Reminding himself that he needs to bless the Lord—even if he doesn’t feel like it, even if he’s busy, or scared, or exhausted, or has a to-do list a mile long, or his kids won’t stop talking to him during summer vacation and all he wants is a quiet moment with a cup of coffee. This Psalm is his reminder of God’s benefits (verses 3-5), His character (verses 8, 10-13), and His eternal love (verses 17-19). Our pastor put it this way: we need to lead our souls....

Less of The Bachelor, More of The Bible

I sat down this morning to spend some much-needed time with God. I was tired from staying up late watching the season finale of a reality show. A three hour endeavor, I was surprised to learn at the beginning; but I was committed. I was in it for the long haul and now I was paying the price. As I sat down to pray with a steaming hot mug of coffee in hand; Beth Moore’s Bible study, Living Free, caught my eye on my bookshelf. It was from a women’s group I’d led a couple of months ago and never finished. As I cracked it open for the first time in awhile, I learned I was on week four of six. Hurried, scattered, disorganized, distracted, graspy is how I’d felt for the last couple of months. I flipped to the last page I had read, it was a section on finding our satisfaction in Christ. “This is where I left off?” I thought to myself, “What am I crazy?” “Christians can be miserably dissatisfied if they accept Christ’s salvation, yet reject the fullness of a daily relationship that satisfies.” I read. “Well, this is a little much for this early in the morning, now isn’t it?” I thought to myself. “This is a couple of months late,” God whispered gently. “The women you lead have already received these words.” It wasn’t a shaming or condescending voice, but an invitation; as if it was my turn to sit and receive. So I did. “Do you agree or disagree with that statement?” I heard Beth’s voice ask as I read the...

Weekend Wrap•Up

  Are You Tired? Stephanie McCandless   Staying Connected to the Right Source Maria Morgan   Things I’ve Learned from Refugees Maddie Macmath   What is Grace? Jami Amerine   God’s Grace – a stark and rewarding reality Aimee...

Weekend Wrap•Up

We invite you, encourage you and pray with you as you catch up on this week’s devos. What is Required of Me?  Susan Aken Trouble with the Joy | Joy with the Trouble Summer Pendley Are You Serious About Prayer Leah Adams   Running Away Never Solved Anything Nanette Elkins The Power of Agape Love in Marriage Jennifer...

Weekend Wrap•Up

Today is a GREAT day to catch up on anything you’ve missed this week! How to Win an Argument Every Time Kelly Balarie   Should YOU Quit Social Media? Susan Lawrence   Prayer for Those Stuck in a Rut Kelly Stanley   Are YOU In the Belly of a Fish? Michelle Discavage   Our Mission Field Kris...

Weekend Wrap•Up

Good stuff, hard stuff and FREEING stuff! We’d LOVE for you to catch up on what you missed! Staying Focused {As Your World Spins Around} Patricia Holbrook   NO More People Pleasing (It’s Okay to be YOU) Melissa Mashburn   A Fast from WHAT? Lori Macmath   New Crop Alisa Hope Wagner     Do You Hear the Whisper of Grace? Anne...

Weekend Wrap•Up

Enjoy these last, lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer with a devo from this week! You Have Permission Stephanie McCandless   Feeling Left Out? Maria Morgan   A Deeper Kind of Trust Maddie Macmath   Scare Me Up Jesus Jami Amerine   Keeping the Shutters of Our Hearts Open Aimee Serafin...

Weekend Wrap•Up

Join us this weekend as our hearts and prayers are with those in Louisiana recovering from the massive flooding. Our writers are family – and several of our past authors hail from the great state of Louisiana. We are praying especially hard for them and their families and friends in the midst of this life interruption. The Strong and Courageous Follow Sarah Jefferson   Worship Between the Tides Summer Pendley   20 Ways to Copy Christ Kelly Balarie   So You Think You’re a Failure Nanette Elkins     Moms, Do You Ever Feel Locked in Instant Reply Mode? Jennifer...