Encouragement for Women

Everyday Beauty

 

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It’s true. Beauty on the inside counts with God! However, there are a few additional steps we can take to represent Jesus Christ well so that what others see in us honors Him (Titus 2:5).

Dress up—Queen Esther, chose to wear her royal robes into the presence of her husband, the king (Esther 5:1). The Proverbs 31 woman wore silk and purple (Proverbs 31:22). These women dressed with a touch of class, wearing what was right for the occasion and proper in her day and time.

Fix up—You can make an effort to create a pleasing appearance. Think about the people who fill your day. What will they see? Fresh face, hair, and makeup? Clean, wrinkle-free, spot-free, odor-free clothes? A bright smile and a little color here and there?

Clean up—You’ve heard that cleanliness is next to godliness. Plus Proverbs teaches that “ointment and perfume delight the heart” (27:9). Both are pleasant and heartwarming and indicate that someone has gone to the trouble to spruce up.

Look up—Throughout your day look up to the Lord. Pray to Him, think on Him, serve Him, worship Him, do all unto Him, obey Him, and love Him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27). As you are consciously aware of His presence, His beauty will shine through your efforts. And then He is glorified (Matthew 5:16)!

In Beautiful in God’s EyesElizabeth George guides women through the popular Bible verses in Proverbs 31 to show how God defines beauty and reveals His plan for a woman’s success.

Loving Your Husband


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L ove is something every human needs and desires, including your husband. So lavish love on him in every way—

  • Physically (the meals you make)
  • Practically (the care of his clothes and the home)
  • Mentally (the encouragement and praise you give)
  • Sexually (“the marriage bed”)
  • And spiritually (the prayers you say on his behalf).

O bey God, and you will have all the love in the world to give your dear husband! Love is given to you in full measure and is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit. So, dear wife, you don’t have to find it, learn it, or muster it up. You only need to seek to walk by the Spirit … and He will do the loving. Remember: Loving your husband has nothing to do with him, and everything to do with you and your walk with God!

V alue your husband above all other people. He should always receive the firstfruits of your love.

E njoy every minute God gives the two of you.

Your prayers for your husband are a priceless gift, a special show of support that lets him know you care about him, desire God’s best for him, and love him deeply. 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.

The Joy of Praying Together


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From Jim’s Heart— 

While I was an associate pastor, a couple came to my office for marriage counseling. After we pinpointed several areas of concern in their marriage that needed their attention, I asked the husband to commit the couple’s desires to the Lord. As the man finished praying, I looked up to discover that his wife was crying. She explained through her tears that this was the first time in ten years of marriage that they had prayed together as a couple!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to strengthen your marriage. Make it a point—and a practice—to come before the Lord in prayer together as a couple. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, or formal, or take more than a few minutes. Make it as simple and easy and natural as you can for both of you.

I guarantee you will both be blessed, and it will also do wonders for your marriage. After all, what is the old saying? “The couple who prays together stays together.” Prayer together is a shared spiritual experience. It is a strong tie that binds two hearts and souls together. And imagine the mutual joy you’ll experience as you witness God’s answers to your prayers … together!

In A Couple After God’s Own Heart, discover how you can enrich your marriage by looking at the lives of key couples in the Bible.

  • Learn the essentials necessary for enjoying an exciting life together.
  • Develop better ways to communicate and make solid decisions together.
  • Realize the need to draw upon God for unity and strength in hard times.

 

 

When Everyone Is Looking for You

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Do you ever feel by the end of most days that everyone is looking for you? Maybe you even feel like this when your day is just beginning! Your husband, children, boss, parents, women’s committee, and prayer chain at church are all clamoring for a piece of 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. Here’s how Jesus’ day went after teaching in the synagogue and dealing with demons. Notice that however physically tired or drained He already was, His heart was with the people looking for Him. He was available to keep right on reaching out to them, one after another.

  • 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 as word spread that He was available to help them (verses 33-34).
  • He reached out to all Galilee after being directed through prayer to be available to those in other towns in the area (verses 35-39).

How do you decide who gets—and truly needs—your attention and care when everyone is looking for you? It’s right and it’s Christlike to be available, but you can’t go every place or minister to every need. Make sure you get clear direction for each new day. Start by praying. Like Jesus, check in with the Father for His lead. Then begin at home by being available to your family first.

Find encouragement in Elizabeth’s new devotional, One Minute with the Women of the Bible!

How You Can be Confident in Christ

Are you confident in Christ? Are you placing your full trust in Jesus or have you lost sight of your identity with Christ? Are you confidently serving your family, raising your children, ministering your spiritual gifts, and being a bold witness with the authority of Christ? There is absolutely no reason for self-doubt or timidity.

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Direct your focus on Jesus. You can be confident in His absolute and unlimited authority. He is all you need for a bold, confident life. Why? Because, as He explained to the disciples after His resurrection, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). Go with confidence!

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You protect, sustain, and empower me for my many roles and responsibilities. Thank You that I can live and serve with confidence, knowing You are with me. Great are You, Lord, and greatly to be praised! Amen.

One-Minute Inspirations for Women is full of uplifting devotions with practical everyday wisdom to give busy women …

  • The courage to face every circumstance.
  • Biblical guidelines for setting goals and making important decisions.
  • Experience the reward of a close walk with God.

Seeing Your Value in Christ

 

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Maybe you won’t have an inheritance from an earthly father—but take heart! Your heavenly Father has given you a heavenly inheritance that you can count on. As you walk through your life with a sense of security, think of your Father’s gift to you and what it means.

  • Your life in Christ. When you trust in God’s Word and believe in His inheritance, you will feel compelled to respond with gratitude. Your words, actions, and heart are transformed as you live in Christ.
  • Your attachment to the world. What a relief to know that your real wealth and value is in your identity in Christ and your salvation. You don’t need the world’s version of riches. Your blessings as a child of God are your greatest treasures.
  • Your mission to others. You heard the good news and responded. Now it’s your turn to reach out to others. Do something today that shares the gospel of Christ with others.

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. (Ephesians 1:11) Today, give from your heavenly inheritance. Share with others what it means to receive the gifts of God’s love and grace.

Windows into The Word of God offers more wisdom and practical guidance as Elizabeth teaches how to view Scripture in a fresh way to help you see God’s promises unfold in your daily life & rest in His Word for strength.

3 Reasons Why We Have Joy!

Your genuine joy—which is rooted in Christ—is a sure sign of the presence of God in your life. As a child of God, you have some great reasons to be joyful.

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Reason #1—Your joy is permanent. Because your joy is rooted in your all-loving and unchanging God, it is permanent. In John 16:22, Jesus said that “no one will take your joy away from you.”

Reason #2—Your joy is always available. Since it is rooted in your faithful and ever-present God, your joy is always available. Whatever your circumstances, you can “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4)!

Reason #3—Your joy is supernatural (1 Peter 1:8). You cannot explain why we can experience joy when nothing in our life suggests we should be joyful. You might not understand the “why,” but you can understand that God is the source of your joy.

How do these powerful reasons to be joyful change your outlook and encourage your heart today?

What God Wants to Do for You by Jim George offers many reasons we can have joy in the Lord. Click here to find out more.

A Positive Focus at Work

From Jim’s Heart—

You have a choice between two attitudes when you are on the job. You can go with an attitude of taking from your work whatever is needed for your well-being. This attitude perceives the organization and its people as existing to serve you.

Or you can go to work with the attitude that says, “What can I put into this organization or job?” This attitude seeks to make the organization better—cultivating a more ideal work environment in which others are helped to live more satisfying lives. If that is your goal, then you will bring glory to God by fulfilling the role of a Christian servant…the role to which the Lord has called you. As the apostle Paul stated simply—and directly,

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.
It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:23-24).

God, occasionally I seem to think it’s all about me. Thank You for redirecting my focus. You will take care of all my needs, so today I’ll focus on what I can do for others. Amen.

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How To Leave a Godly Legacy

Being a mom is in no way an inferior or a secondary calling! No one else is called to love our children but us. And no one else can love our children like us. God calls you and me to love our God-given children. How they came to be ours doesn’t matter. The fact that they are ours means that they are to be loved. God’s high calling is five-fold. If you have children, you are to:

  1. Love them and make loving them your highest pursuit.
  2. Look to the Word of God for His guidelines for being a loving Christian mother.
  3. Look at the modeling of older Christian women as they express Christlike love to their children.
  4. Look to older Christian women to teach you the how-to’s of such love.
  5. Look for—and learn from—such women.

By God’s grace, you can leave your mark on the world by leaving behind a child who grows up to love and serve the Lord… who then also raises godly children to continue your godly legacy for generations to come. This truly would be one of our greatest blessings as a mom after God’s own heart!

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God’s Will For Your Life

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers,
not given to much wine, teachers of good things—
that they admonish the young women to love their husbands,
to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers,
good, obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
(Titus 2:3-5)

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To walk through life as a woman of wisdom, knowing what God sets down in His Word as His priorities will direct your days and your choices. Titus 2:3-5 is all about the way God wants His women to live their life, the relationships He wants us to establish and improve, and the character qualities He wants us to pursue.

And what are our priorities? We are to put our energies to work in such areas as godly behavior and reverence, godly speech (which includes no gossip!), personal discipline (moderation in all things), encouraging and instructing other women, family love toward husband and children, wisdom and sensibility, homemaking, purity, goodness, and obedience to husbands.

Summed up, these 10 essentials set three lifetime and lifelong goals for you:

Goal #1: Cultivate godly conduct and behavior.
Goal #2: Cultivate family relationships that honor the Lord.
Goal #3: Cultivate godly character qualities.

These goals encompass what God has in mind for you. They are the 10 essentials for His women. They reveal His will for your life. Aren’t you glad God only gave us 10 priorities—not a hundred?

 

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