From Our Hearts to Yours

Expressing Your Commitment to God

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From the start of Abraham’s journey with God and throughout his life, Abraham built altars as he moved through the land God promised to him. He offered sacrifices on those altars and prayed to God (Genesis 12:8 and 13:4). Those altars of worship, set up in the midst of a pagan world, served as a public witness to Abraham’s commitment to the one true God.

Today prayer testifies to our faith in God. Building an altar and praying were to Abraham what “giving a blessing” over our food in a busy restaurant represents for us today. Everyone sees you pray! By this one act you make a statement: “I owe my food—and my life—to the providence and provision of God. I am one of His people. And I am acknowledging my dependence on Him, even down to the very food I eat.”

Have you publicly shown your devotion to God today?

Drawn from Knowing God Through Prayer by Jim George, in which he shares the keys to meaningful communion with God. 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. They talked with God and touched His heart. Get to know them through this great resource!

Serve the Lord with All Diligence

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Today—and each day—is a gift of grace from God to you! In God’s Word I learned His plan and His path for my life as a woman, wife, mom, and a servant in the church. Then, as I continued to read daily in Proverbs, I soon discovered that diligence—along with a lack of diligence—is a major theme in not only Proverbs, but throughout the Bible.

Being diligent should not be seen as a duty, but as a delight. Diligence comes from within and reveals our true character. And you can count on it—sometimes you will get a little down or tired. When this happens, lift up your soul and pray. Keep your heart tuned in to God’s Word. Rehearse His promises to you. Remember what a mess your life was when you had no direction, no purpose, no love to give to others. Recall the day of your salvation, and rejoice in what God is accomplishing in you as He transforms you into the image of His dear Son. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and count on His power and grace to assist you to diligently do His will today.

“A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest,”

then your poverty will come as a robber

and your want like an armed man.

Proverbs 24:33-34

Drawn from Proverbs for a Woman’s Day, in which Elizabeth George takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart. 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 through this book!

Rest for the Weary

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How can we find help for dealing with the hectic pace of life? This powerful promise provides the answer: Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

What was it that moved Jesus to reach out and make this reassuring statement? A quick answer is that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day placed so many rules on the people. Their “religion” had caused them to be “weary and heavy-laden.” The people were weary from all of the rules and regulations that were impossible to fulfill. In short, they were worn out. Pleasing God seemed hopeless.

Enter Jesus! His summons was to come participate in the promise of rest…which only He can give. In contrast to the religious leaders, Jesus offered mankind God’s original design for rest to “all who are weary and heavy-laden.” His rest included perfect fellowship and harmony with God. But there was one condition—God’s offer of rest could become a reality only if and when the people heeded Jesus’ invitation to “Come to Me.”

Jesus’ offer of the gift of rest and refreshment is extended to you as well. And God promises spiritual rest. His rest provides freedom from guilt over sin, deliverance from fear and despair, continued guidance and help from the Holy Spirit, and ultimate eternal rest. So there is no reason for you to continue to be “weary and heavy-laden” when you heed Christ’s call to “Come to Me.” In Christ you will find relief and refreshment, and God’s gift of rest.

Drawn from What God Wants to Do for You by Jim George. This wonderful resource shares 24 sure promises from the Bible tailored perfectly to our needs that show just how much God loves us.

Hope in the Story of Eve

 

Eve

The story of Eve meaning “life” or “life-giving” (Eve was the mother of all living)–  is packed with many wonderful truths for you as a woman.

Do you realize that…

  • you are created in the image of God? When God created woman, He created her in His image. Let it sink into your heart and mind that you are creative, intelligent, and rational. In these ways you are created in God’s image.
  • you are created to have fellowship and communion with God? No other creature has been granted the privilege of communing with God except man—the creature made most like Him.
  • you are a reflection of God’s glory? That’s what being created in His image means. You reflect Him to other people. Every time you reach out in love, perform a deed of kindness, soften your heart in forgiveness, show a little extra patience, and follow through in faithfulness, other people experience the character of God through you.

From death sprang life; from darkness, light;
from an end, a beginning; from the curse, a blessing;
from her sentence to death, a hope for the future;
from the stinging despair of defeat, the strength of a budding faith.
John Drescher

Drawn from The Remarkable Women of the Bible by Elizabeth George.  This inspiring book provides spiritual nourishment from a woman’s point of view. Connect with the same source of fulfillment that sustained your sisters in ancient times – a growing relationship with God.

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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