Encouragement for Women

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?

 

6 Ways to Love and Value Your Husband

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Do you want to “value what God values”? Heeding His calling to love your husband requires discipline, dedication, and self-denial. But, oh, the end product! Imagine a long life filled with honoring the Lord by pouring out His love to another, to a partner-for-life.

Through the consistent choice to shower another with God’s sacrificial love, we change! We grow! We take on the character and heart of God. We are transformed into the image of Christ who demonstrated and showed His love for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). We grow in godliness, in God-likeness,

So, what will it take for us “to love [our] husbands” (Titus 2:4)? It will require…

Looking up to His Word…Titus 2:4 calls us to such love.
Looking up to His ways…Christ demonstrated His love for us.
Looking up to His wisdom…Obedience to God’s Word makes even the simple wise.
Looking up to His grace…God’s grace is always available—and always sufficient.
Looking up to His older women…Learn from those who love their husband.
Looking up to His calling…Shouldn’t we desire to do and be what God desires us to do and be?

 

How To Nurture Your Marriage

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God created marriage. In His perfect wisdom, He designed man and woman to complement each other and to enjoy a permanent and complete union with each other. In Genesis 2:18 He said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” After the Lord created Eve, He then said, “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

When you take time to nurture this oneness with your spouse, you bring honor to God and acknowledge His ideal design. As you love your marriage partner, you are showing love and obedience to God as well. And as an incredible result, you’ll experience the fullness and blessings that God designed for a married couple to enjoy! Take time now. Set aside five minutes and pray, “Lord, how can I express my love today?” Then write down every way you can think of to tell your honey, “I love you.”

“Nurturing oneness” in your marriage should be something you think and pray about every day. Make it a priority to find new ways to show your love.

Love Lived Out In You

The only way we walk in love – God’s love – is to look to Him to fill us with His love, the kind of love …

… that is an act of the will,

… that takes action rather than being content with mere words,

… that extends itself to the unlovely,

… that gives for the sake of loving, and

… that involves the sacrifice of self.

How to walk in love today:

  1. Begin loving the people God puts in your path by first loving those people at home. As the saying goes, “What you are at home is what you are!” So walk in God’s love… at home.
  2. Go to God throughout the day for a fresh supply of His love to share. At the first hint of waning love, look to the Lord of love.
  3. Remember that your assignment is to serve (Galatians 5:13).
  4. Remember Jesus, who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

As you live out God’s love, be sure to spend time praying to the God of love. And while you are praying about living out God’s love, open yourself up to receive from Him His endless supply of life-giving, life-changing love.

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