Encouragement for Life

God’s Promise of Peace

Peace

Peace! A heart at rest. Serenity. This is what the whole world is looking for, isn’t it? The worldly kind of peace is defined as life without conflict. But the peace of God is vastly different. It is tranquility … in any, all, and every circumstance. And it’s something God extends to you.

As a child of God, you don’t have to go looking for peace. You already have God’s powerful promise of His provision. Jesus offers you serenity—His peace. He says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.” (John 14:27) Yes, Jesus is offering you His rest—the peace of God, but you must accept the offer and apply it or use it.

Where is your faith? Where is your trust? If you are anxious about anything—a job or the lack of one, your children or the lack of them, your future, your health, the many cares of this world, give those unsettling issues over to God. Trust in His ability to help. Then enjoy and experience God’s promise of calming peace.

Oh, what a difference that will make!

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things,
and the God of peace will be with you.”
(Philippians 4:8-9)

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.

Becoming a True Friend

Friend

What are the marks of a true friend? Do you have them? Let’s take a look at five steps you can take to becoming one.

A good friend is … 

  • Forgetful—God has forgiven our sin and will remember it no more, and we are to do the same with our friends.
  • Loyal—… and truehearted, and steady as a rock. During adversity a real friend is present, praying, caring, helping, calling, crying, providing whatever is needed.
  • Not shallow—Real friends pray together and for one another. They share spiritual truths and encourage each other’s spiritual growth.
  • Someone you can trust—… to protect confidences. Keep this Spanish proverb in mind: “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”
  • An adviser—… who braces, steadies, and sharpens her friends, pulling them up—up toward God, up in godliness, up in character, up in ministry and service to others.

And as Proverbs 17:17 sums it up, “A friend loves at all times.”

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

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.

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. 

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.

 

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

What Motivates You?

Motivates

From Jim’s Heart—

It has been my privilege to teach countless seminars and classes on setting lifetime goals—and achieving them. Everyone has certain people or things who are driving their life. So I ask you, What is motivating you these days? What is getting you up early every morning and keeping you up late at night? What is consuming the hours and days of your life? Is it …

A career?
The goal of financial independence?
A dream of future happiness or retirement?

These desires in and of themselves may not be wrong or evil. But what happens when you reach any of these physical or financial goals, these “earthly” prizes? Will you be satisfied? Maybe. But also maybe not.

Here’s the hard question: Are you willing to take a chance and expend your life and energies on these kinds of pursuits that, in the end, might not fulfill your deepest longings?

Friend, discipline is a good and profitable thing. You will never influence others on any level without discipline. But make sure your discipline has the right focus, the right direction. Make sure your goal is, first and foremost, seeking and following Jesus Christ: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Then, as Jesus concluded, all else will fall into place: “… and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

 

Experience true fulfillment as you take steps toward following the Apostle Paul’s example and making a difference. In Jim’s book, The Man Who Makes a Difference, you will learn how to: 

  • Let God’s power work in and through you.
  • Acquire discernment for making right decisions and choices.
  • Pursue holiness that allows God to work through you unhindered.
  • Stay faithful to God’s calling to the end.

Waiting Eagerly for the Word

Word

In the country of Taiwan, Jim and I were blessed to experience the Bible come alive. For years I had been reading Proverbs each day…which means for years I had been reading Proverbs 8:34: “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. Several days after arriving our sponsor arranged for us and our two preteen daughters to go to a local university to sit and converse with students who were learning English.

There was just one catch. These English lessons were open to anyone and everyone. Those who came did not have to be enrolled as students in the university.

At 5:30 a.m. we went into shock as we neared the gated walls of the university. Thousands of people were crammed around the school’s gates that would open at 6:00 a.m. for free English lessons. It was actually a little scary as we were escorted through the crowd and led to a special door by guards so we could set up for the lessons by six o’clock.

Truly, I was seeing a Bible verse come alive. This scene and experience was a living illustration for me. It showed what it means to value and crave wisdom. To watch daily at Wisdom’s gates and to wait at her doorposts and to listen attentively. These dear people desired to learn English so badly they put it as the first thing of the day. So they rose in the dark and journeyed to a location. They hoped to be among the limited number before the cutoff was reached. To be there before the gates closed.

This is how we should approach each day—rising early, making any and every sacrifice to read God’s Word. To listen to His wisdom, to watch and wait eagerly for every word that proceeds out of His mouth.

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.

Celebrating Your Freedom in Christ

Freedom

Did your Fourth of July include a family picnic? Was it filled with children laughing and playing, and fireworks lighting up the sky? The Fourth is a holiday that provides opportunities for families and communities to be together. But its greater significance is the celebration of independence, religious freedom, and freedom from tyranny and oppression.

As a woman, a wife, a mom, and a grandmother–I’m grateful we are free. I’m thankful to be able to pray openly with my family, to read the Bible without fear of any reprisals whatsoever, to take a stand for my faith or witness to others … and pray for those who lack these freedoms.

Jesus came so we could experience freedom. Not political freedom, or even the personal freedoms we enjoy, but freedom from sin. Whatever the situation and circumstances people of the world suffer–we are free in Christ. Rejoice! Celebrate and walk in this truth every single day!

 

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.

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