August 2017

Do You Complain … or Pray?

Complain

Once Moses received his commission from God to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, he brought his burdens and problems to God. He continually took his issues with Pharaoh to the Lord. And in every case, God gave him answers. Then in the wilderness, on the many occasions when the people disobeyed God, Moses sought no other solace than that which God offered. He repeatedly came before the Lord and asked for strength to properly lead God’s people.

Unlike Moses, we are often tempted to tell our best friends—or anyone who will listen—about our woes. We talk about how badly others are treating us, how awful things are, about each and every problem we’re facing. We choose to take our problems to others instead of taking them to God.

Like Moses, choose to pray. Take your burdens directly to the Lord. Ask for His help and guidance. Seek His wisdom and solutions. As God instructed in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

We could all benefit from some guidance on how to pray with more fervor and faithfulness. And there are no better prayer mentors than the men and women of the Bible who talked with God and touched His heart. Join bestselling author Jim George as he shares the keys to meaningful communion with God in Knowing God Through Prayer

 

The Art of Walking by the Spirit

 

Spirit

What a beautiful life you will experience when you “walk in the Spirit.” You will produce “the fruit of the Spirit…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:16, 22-23). These elements of God’s grace are at the center of each day.

In simple terms, walking by the Spirit means living each moment in submission to God. It means seeking to please God with the thoughts you choose to think, the words you choose to say, and the actions you choose to take. Walking by the Spirit means obediently letting God guide you each step of the way.

Unfortunately, walking by the Spirit is not easy. Even though you have been born again by the renewing work of the Spirit, you still struggle with sin. But you can pray through each day that you would be filled by Him minute-by-minute. Respond to your minute-by-minute challenges by doing what God teaches in the Bible. And now for the big question: How do you walk with God?

One foot in front of the other
One thought at a time
One sentence at a time
One response at a time
One decision at a time
One minute at a time
One day at a time
And when you fail, stop it,
admit it, confess it, apologize for it, and go on.

In 15 Verses to Pray for Your Husband you’ll discover key Bible passages you can use as a springboard for lifting your husband up to God. Praying these is powerful because you’re praying what God desires for your spouse.

Faithfulness Like a Diamond

Faithfulness

Meet Abigail (1Samuel 25:1-42). There was little cause for happiness in the soil of Abigail’s life. Her marriage appears to have been loveless and childless. Her husband was a fool, “harsh and evil in his doings,” “a scoundrel,” and a drunk. Yet we cannot miss Abigail’s loyalty, trustworthiness, steadfastness, and reliability. All these were evidenced in her faithfulness to God’s Word and to the people in her life.

When her husband foolishly refused to be kind to the powerful warrior David, Abigail quickly acted. She acted with wisdom to appease the angry warrior and save the lives of her husband, her servants, and herself. The flashing diamond of Abigail’s faithfulness glistened. Even in her problem-ridden situation, she was faithful to her husband. She remained loyal to her household, to her work in the home, and to God.

Does your life seem to be buried beneath generous layers of dust and dirt? Let your faith in God—regardless of your circumstances—shine brightly as you remain “faithful in all things” (1 Timothy 3:11). Never underestimate the brilliance and beauty of faithfulness in the eyes of God. After all, He is more concerned about you being faithful to His standards than He is about you being successful in the eyes of the world.

Start or end your day with powerful reminders of God’s work in the lives of women in the Bible and find encouragement for your own faith journey in Elizabeth George’s book, One Minute With The Women Of The Bible.

Keeping Up the Home

Keeping

From Jim’s Heart—

Decades ago I made my first visit to the vast country of India. That visit marked my life forever. While trekking through India, I heard about a remarkable village. This village and its people were not unlike the thousands of other villages in the country. The people were poor and lived in deplorable conditions. But God had chosen this town and its people as a trophy for Himself. The villagers had come to Christ almost en masse. God had transformed their souls. As a result, the people began to transform their settlement and its homes into a thing of beauty.

And the result? In the midst of brutal poverty, this village became a beautiful and joyous testimony of the reality of Christ. It was as “a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Why? Because its people are “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

I wondered, and you can wonder along with me, Is my belief in Christ evidenced to my neighbors in the way my home presents itself? Do I take enough care and pride in my home and family so others see us as a shining witness and sparkling testimony of what we believe?

In A Husband After God’s Own Heart, Jim George addresses 12 areas of a husband’s life. He provides men with practical applications to pursue God’s heart and get to know His perfect design for their marriage. 

Recapture the Fun

Fun

From Jim’s Heart—

Ask your wife to share some of the qualities that attracted her to you. I’ll bet one of those qualities was your fun-loving nature. You were both happy, laughed a lot, and had a good time no matter what. This was true for me in those dating years with Elizabeth. My nickname was “Smilin’ Jim.” I was completely happy-go-lucky and made sure every date was a blast!

Well, it’s now time for you to remember what you did to cultivate fun in your budding relationship with your wife. It’s time to bring that now-dormant “merry heart” out of hibernation. Recapture having fun with your wife!

As you remember the merry times you and your wife had in your earlier years together, remember something.

Fun came with a price—the price of time. You are going to have to be willing to make time for it. In the past you thought having fun together was important to your relationship with your beloved, so why wouldn’t it be important today?

 

The closer a husband is to God, the closer he will grow to his wife. That’s why it’s so vital for husbands to pursue God’s heart and get to know His perfect design for the man’s role in the marriage relationship. In A Husband After God’s Own Heart, Jim George will help you build a richer and deeper marriage.

Teen Tuesday — Loving the People at Home

Loving

Who are the people who make up your family? Whoever they are, they will always be vitally important to you (including the pesky ones), people you are to be loving toward. So…

  • How about Mom? You know what her busy life is like, so pray for her—her commitments, her job, her relationship with the Lord. Pray to be a Proverbs 31 daughter. Could she use some help in the kitchen? Setting or clearing the table? Moving the laundry from the washer to the dryer—maybe even folding it? See yourself as Mom’s right-hand helper.
  • How about Dad? Your dad needs prayer as the leader of the family. And there’s not a dad on the planet who doesn’t love a hug and an “I love you, Dad!” at least once a day. You can also volunteer to work alongside him—planting the garden, caring for the lawn, getting the trash out, painting, building, or washing the car.
  • How about your brothers and sisters? There are three key roles you can play in their lives: Encourage them, help them, and pray for them. Everyone can use a “Way to go!” “Good job!” “Hang in there!” “You’re the best!” “I’m so glad I’m your sister (or brother).” When they are stewing over their homework, late getting out the door, trying to learn their Bible verses for their Bible club meeting, lend a helping hand and an understanding heart. And always let them know you are praying for them.

When it comes to your family, the effort you put into those relationships is meaningful work, important work.

Surround yourself with inspiring Bible verses and encouraging guidance to discover purpose and confidence you’ve only dreamed of having with Beautiful In God’s Eyes for Young Women. If you want to see something really beautiful ― take a look at the incredible young woman God made you to be.

Where the Golden Rule Begins

Rule

How would you describe the atmosphere in your home? For instance, what do you hear? Bickering, yelling, arguing, and angry words? Whining, complaining, tattling, or back talk?

The solution is Jesus’ Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (see Luke 6:31).

Living the golden rule at home starts with…

  1. Living the golden rule. Check your own heart and actions. What’s coming out of your mouth? How are you treating your family members?
  2. Setting some rules. Determine what behaviors are in and out. The goal is family love.
  3. Focusing on the importance of family. Train your children from Day #1 to be the best siblings they can be—sweet, helpful, kind, and encouraging. A family should be “one for all and all for one.”

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:31)

In Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George provides an engaging and inspirational resource for every mom who wants to lead her daughter to a godly life by example, encouragement, study, and prayer.

It Takes Two to Fight

 

Fight

 

Every married woman learns sooner or later that it takes two to fight as a couple. It’s sort of like a boxing match. There are two fighters in the ring. The husband wearing blue trunks over in his corner, and the wife in pink shorts in the opposite corner. When the bell rings, two fighters are expected to come out and fight until one is beaten or knocked out or gives up or loses.

But what happens if, when the bell rings, only one fighter comes out? It’s obvious: There is no fight. There can be no fight. Why? Because it takes two to have a fight.

When a discussion gets hostile or uncomfortable or out of control, there are several things you can do to create calm. You always have the right to ask for time to think about whatever the issue is. Take time to pray about it and to search the Scriptures about it. And seek counsel about it. Be calm. Pray. Soften your voice and be gracious: “A gracious woman retains honor” (Proverbs 11:16). God will give you all the grace you need to be gracious.

 

Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. Elizabeth George takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, in Proverbs for a Woman’s Day.

 

Are You a Home Builder?

Home

Anytime you are present at home is time you can love your family and care for your dwelling place. Here are a few practices that will help you stay focused on your house:

  • Your prayers—Coming before God in prayer lifts the work of homemaking out of the physical realm and transports it into the spiritual realm. Prayer helps you line up your desires with God’s plan for you.
  • Your purpose—Resolve to be a home builder. Purpose in your heart and in your prayers to live out this role and assignment from God. Then put items on your to-do list that will start and improve the process.
  • Your presence—Your presence at home is how a home is built, maintained, and enjoyed. You may have a job or responsibilities that take a chunk of your time each day, but when you are home, determine to be all there. Give it your all. Delight in loving your home—the place where those you love reside or visit.

Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. Elizabeth George takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, in Proverbs for a Woman’s Day.

A Generous Soul

Generous

Most people and families—and maybe you too—are simply trying to stay afloat financially. That makes it hard at times to think about giving some of your hard-earned money to your church and to others. But you must realize you are not giving to others or even to a church. You are giving to God as an act of worship.

When it comes to your giving, the issue is not how much you give, but your heart attitude when you give. This is a part of what brings about God’s blessings upon you. As Proverbs 11:25 states, “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”

As you fill your soul each day with God’s Word, your heart will overflow in a multitude of good works. Only it won’t be work! And it won’t be because you have to. And it won’t be to get something back in return. No, giving from your heart will be pure joy, motivated by pure love for God, who has given so much to you.

 

In Proverbs for a Woman’s Day, Elizabeth George takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, including how to…

  • trust in God when it’s hard
  • find fulfillment in your marriage
  • train and enjoy your children
  • conquer your bad habits
  • pursue lasting success

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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