From Our Hearts to Yours
Here’s something to think about: Are you making spiritual decisions…or physical decisions? For instance, someone asks you to do something and, if you feel good physically, the answer is yes! But if you don’t feel good or are tired, well, the answer is “No thank you” (while thinking No way!)
You can be thankful that God gives you example after example of Bible heroes who show you the right way to make decisions.
- King Solomon prayed for wisdom…and rose up from prayer to become the wisest man who ever lived (1 Kings 3:5-12).
- Nehemiah spent time praying “before the God of heaven” after hearing bad news…and rose up knowing what action to take (Nehemiah 1:4-11).
- Queen Esther fasted three days and nights to prepare to follow God’s will in a life-threatening situation (Esther 4:16)…and rose up to boldly make her request to the king.
- King David was a man who prayed…and became a man after God’s own heart who fulfilled God’s will (Acts 13:22).
- The Lord Jesus sought His Father’s direction through prayer…and rose up declaring, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come” (Mark 1:35-39).
How about making a new prayer commitment? “From now on, No decision made without prayer!” This prayer principle will guide your life and help you find God’s will and make right decisions.
Drawn from Beautiful in God’s Eyes for Young Women by Elizabeth George. Surround yourself with inspiring Bible verses and encouraging guidance to discover purpose and confidence you’ve only dreamed of having with this helpful resource!
Do you ever feel by the end of most days that everyone is looking for you? Well, in a small way, you are getting an idea of how Jesus may have felt on one particular day that is described in Mark 1:29-39. No matter how tired Jesus was,
- He reached out and healed Peter’s mother-in-law in the house (verse 31).
- He reached out and healed all who were waiting outside the house (verse 32).
- He reached out to the rest of the city to help them (verses 33-34).
- He reached out to all Galilee, to those in other towns in the area (verses 35-39).
How do you decide who gets—and truly needs—your attention and care? Here’s one way Jesus answers this question. The day after the super busy day just described, He prepared Himself for another people-packed day by getting up early before everyone else, disappearing to a quiet spot, and praying (verse 35).
The results? Prayer refreshed God’s Son for what would be expected of Him during the new day in front of Him. Prayer also gave Him direction for the day. And prayer can do the same for you. Like Jesus, check in with the Father for His lead. Then begin at home by being available to your family.
Drawn from Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials by Elizabeth George. In this helpful resource, Elizabeth discusses the hard times we all face and reveals how people can “count it all joy.”
It’s an understatement to say that the Christian life is not easy. In fact, you could say that it is impossible. Like so many believers before you, you will experience weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecution, and difficulties. That’s why it’s important we give ourselves grace.
God promises that the grace that saved you will also be the grace that keeps you—a grace that will give the strength and power you need to live the Christian life. No matter what your situation, you can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that you may receive mercy and find grace to help you in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
What part can you play in putting God’s G-R-A-C-E to work in your life?
G -ive thanks to God that you are under grace and not the law.
R -espond in love and obedience to the gift of God’s grace in your life.
A -sk God for wisdom to understand what His grace means in your life.
C -ommune with other believers in church where you receive instruction in God’s gracious ways.
E -xtend God’s grace to others by sharing the gospel, showing forgiveness, and helping them to shoulder their burdens.
Drawn from A Woman’s Walk with God. This wonderful book is an invitation to experience the joys of moment-by-moment living in the Lord’s power–and producing the fruit of the Spirit in every circumstance!
When Jim and I first married, we lived on a honeymooner’s budget, which means we did most of our furniture shopping at the local flea market. One day we discovered a wonderful antique brass bed. Orangey and almost black from the oxidation of the metal, its dismantled pieces leaned against the wall of a dingy booth behind other sparkling, more desirable items. But the price was right for us.
That old bed instantly became a treasure to us. But it had to be cleaned before we could use it. So we hauled our find home, set it up, and Jim went to work on it to see what he could do about the discoloration.
When I checked on his progress later, I was alarmed that Jim was laboring away with steel wool and caustic cleaner! And he rubbed and rubbed and rubbed. But the harder he rubbed, the brighter the brass shone. It came alive and was even more outstanding than we’d dreamed!
God’s tests of you through trials has a similar effect on your faith in Him. His trials are good for you. Tests bring out the best in you. They prove what you are made of and what you’ve learned—or not learned—as a Christian. Welcome the tests God sends your way. That way you will shine as a trophy of His grace!
“You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
Drawn from The 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible by Jim George. This helpful resource highlights key teachings every believer should know. With great clarity and simplicity, this book focuses on the most essential elements of the faith that’ll strengthen and encourage you!