January 2016

Help Yourself to God’s Power

I Can Do All Things

What is your Number 1 problem today? Is it a challenge you are facing? Something at work you must resolve? An issue with your spouse or a child or someone else? Then help yourself to God’s power as promised in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This one mighty truth can give you the confidence you need for finding the right solution to a problem and carrying it out.

And, as you deal with your problems, make sure you express your gratitude to God in praise. Praise is not an activity that is limited to life’s positive moments-you can also thank and praise God in the hard times. Giving thanks and praise to God, even when life is rough, will help you maintain a right perspective, no matter what happens.

God, please remind me of Your promise of Your power and strength often. When I doubt, help me to believe; when I am afraid, help me to trust in You. This is my confession today: You are my strength. Amen.

Those Dreaded Words…Diet and Exercise!

When I ask a woman who’s enjoying an energetic life and ministry how she does it, I cringe every time I hear those two dreaded words—diet and exercise.

We’re told in the Bible that how we manage our body affects our ministries and the quality of our lives. The apostle Paul put it this way: “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

Steward Your Body

If your goal is a quality of life filled with quality days of serving the Lord, His people, and your family, attention to your body is key!

Father, because I want to be a good steward of the body You have given me to take care of and to serve You with, I want to pay more attention to my health. I’m going to start exercising in some way and eating more nutritious foods. Please watch over me and guard my health. I want to present my body to You as a living sacrifice—for Your use, Your service, and Your purposes. Amen.

Worried…or Satisfied?

Think a minute about the things you worry about. What’s at the top of your worry list for today? Then look at one of God’s guidelines for contentment in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” And here’s another great guideline in verses 11 through 13, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances…I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Worry or Turn to God

Thank the Lord that contentment is yours when you pray! Then take another look at your list of wants and worries. How will you put the scriptures from Philippians 4 to work the next time you worry?

God does not want you to waste your precious time and energy on worry. Instead, turn to Him! “He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9).

Living in the Shadow of Eternity

The end of all things is at hand;
therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
And above all things have fervent love for one another,
for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

1 Peter 4:7-8

We’re on our way to eternity, but until then, you and I face all the challenges of being in the world today. So how do we best live in the shadow of eternity? How should the nearness of Jesus Christ’s return affect our daily lives?

Regarding yourself—Purpose to be more alert to eternal perspective. Battle the natural tendency to get wrapped up in this world. Don’t set your affection on the things of this earth, such as possessions, social status, and investment portfolios. Instead, focus your attention and desires on things above: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Meditate on These Things

Regarding others—With the heart of Christ, be aware of your responsibilities to God’s people. Love them with the love God has extended to you. He wants your life and love to be centered on Him and His people, not on the things of this world. God’s call is to love, to lodge, and to look out for your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer is our stabilizer, our constant reminder. Pray today for a godly and eternal perspective that will influence your daily life for holy living.

Father, I look to You for Your grace and Your strength. As I live in the shadow of eternity, help me embrace all that today offers that has its roots in You. I want to learn more about You, serve and love others more, and offer my praise to You each day. Amen.

Great Is His Faithfulness

How often do you take time to pause and revel in how faithful God has been to you?

Remembering God’s unceasing care for you reminds you that He will carry you through every situation in life, no matter how bad. It was God’s faithfulness in adversity that led King David to write, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay; and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth-praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:1-3).

Lord, you’ve pulled me out of more than a few “horrible pits” and established my steps. Help me to never forget what You have done, to always praise You, and to eagerly share Your faithfulness with others. Amen.

Great is God's Faithfulness

Identifying Your Purpose

Praise and Pray

Are you wondering about your life’s purpose? Then take some time by yourself as soon as possible! Close the door and spend 60 uninterrupted minutes with God. After praising Him, pray about His goals for your life. Write them down. Seeing them in black and white will motivate you. Then select from your list the three goals that are most significant to you and rank them in order of importance. I guarantee you won’t be the same after this hour with your Lord!

As you go through the next few days, think about your three goals. Jot down ways you can achieve them, including specific steps to take—and take a step…or two! You’ll discover new dimensions to your life and new energy for God’s calling.

Lord, as I commit these minutes to You, please give me Your goals and dreams for my future. What are the good works You’ve prepared for me? Show me, Lord. Please! I’m willing. Amen.

Planning What’s Next

If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.

James 4:15

There are two conditions we should be careful not to violate in our decision making and planning. The first is failing to consider our finiteness as humans. Let’s face it-our knowledge is limited. We have no way of knowing what the future holds for us.

The second is failing to consider the uncertainty of life, which James describes as a mere vapor (James 4:14).

As a woman after God’s own heart who desires to live and grow in wisdom, follow these basic principles:

  • Realize only God knows your future.
  • Realize God has a purpose for your life.
  • Realize God may send interruptions into your “perfect” day.
  • Remember to pray over your plans, asking God for guidance.
  • Remember to say, “If the Lord wills…”
  • Remember to stay flexible and open to what God has in mind.
Make the Most of Everyday

God, You are the only One who knows what tomorrow will bring. Help me plan my day and my week with wisdom. Help me make the most of each day. Guide me and help me remember to be open to any unexpected turns You might bring my way. Amen.

Dream Big

Dream Big

Hmm…1 year…12 months…365 days. That’s 8,760 hours! You’ve got time. So dream big. Dream of being a woman who serves and honors God. Will you do this?

Describe the woman you want to be-spiritually, that is-in one year. In one year you can attack a weak area in your Christian life and gain victory. You can read through the Bible. You can be mentored by an older woman…or be a mentor to a younger woman in the faith. You can complete training in evangelism or finish a one-year Bible study. You can memorize Scripture. Dawson Trotman was a great Christian statesman. He memorized one verse a day for the first three years of his Christian life-that’s a thousand verses! Dream on-and do it!

Lord, I hesitate to dream because I’m afraid of commitment and failure. What if I start out and then get tired or forget? But, Lord, I want to grow in You. I want to become the person You want me to be. Give me a dream…and the strength and passion to carry it out. Amen.

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Elizabeth & Jim George

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