Encouragement for Women

Loving Your Family — and In-Laws

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How would you rate your relationships with your family? It’s sad to have to say that most family relationships are not what God desires them to be. Many times, we do things that hurt our parents or family members. And, at other times, one of them does something to hurt us. That’s often the way it is in a family. And that’s also the way alienation begins.

I recently heard of a mother and daughter who hadn’t spoken to each other in over 30 years. What a loss for those two family members! And compounding this tragic sin were the many grandchildren who had never seen their grandparents, not to mention grandparents who had never seen their flesh and blood grandchildren. Oh, what a loss!

Dear friend, don’t let this happen in your marriage. You can’t change another family member’s heart toward you, but you can surely change yours. Ask God to heat up your heart toward your family members. Take to heart Paul’s advice from Romans 12:18 and make the effort to “live peaceably with all men,” including your family and in-laws. Then go the next step and make things right between you.

In your family relationships, be the …
Mature one who chooses to have a heart of forgiveness.
Kind one who prays for your loved ones.
Friendly one who reaches out and makes an effort to have God’s kind of relationship.

And don’t forget to draw upon the resources of prayer, the Word of God, and the power and fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). By God’s grace, you can extend love to your family!

Are you wondering what to do about a complicated relationship? Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Proverbs for a Woman’s Day by Elizabeth George gives you a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom found in the book of Proverbs.

The REAL Truth About Work

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Rumor has it that work is a consequence of the fall of man. If Adam and Eve had not eaten that apple, we wouldn’t have to work today. But in reality, work existed before the Fall. Long before that first bite of fruit, we witness God at work in the creation of the universe.

In Genesis 1:1, we meet God punching the time clock, so to speak, as a worker: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Finally, when the work was completed, on the seventh day God “rested from all His work which [He] had created and made” (Genesis 2:3).

Also after Adam and Eve were created, God told them to “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). That sounds like work to me!

My fellow working friend, it’s obvious God created us, both men and women, to be workers. He knows that our physical and mental makeup thrives on work and creativity.

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 the Scriptures is especially powerful because you are actually praying what God desires for your spouse.

Forgetting the Past

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Forgetting the past is not easy to do, but the following three steps will help you let go of the past so you are free to press on and serve God in the present.

Step 1: Discover the gold.
Whatever has happened to you in the past and whatever is happening in your life now, be sure you look for the “gold.” Trust God that somewhere in your trials there is gold for you—a hidden blessing, a lesson learned, or a character trait being forged! Find the “gold”—the good—and let go of the rest. Take it with you and move on!

Step 2: Find forgiveness.
If you were at fault or contributed to your trial, you need to find forgiveness. And that forgiveness comes from God: “If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…” (1 John 1:9). In this truth you find forgiveness—a truth cost Christ His life. You are gloriously free to let go of the past and move on. As this wise saying goes, “Why should you remember what God has forgotten?”

Step 3: Forgive others.
Freedom is yours when you forgive those who have hurt you. Jesus modeled such forgiveness for us as, hanging on the cross, He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). When we fail to forgive others, we sentence ourselves to a life of bitterness. We also stop growing in faith. And we compromise our service and witness for Jesus. When we—by God’s grace—extend forgiveness to those who have hurt us, God can mightily use us.

Are you at a crossroads in your life? Wondering what to do about a complicated relationship? 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 found in the book of Proverbs with Elizabeth’s NEW book, Proverbs for a Woman’s Day.

 

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.

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