March 2017

Embracing Thankless Tasks


Tired and thirsty from a long journey, Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, waited by the town well in Nahor. He stopped there and prayed. Eliezer asked God to bring the right woman for Isaac, Abraham’s son. Specifically, he asked that she would offer him a drink of water. Before he’d finished speaking, “Behold, Rebekah … came out with her pitcher on her shoulder” (Genesis 24:15) Eliezer saw right away that Rebekah was a working woman. Probably twice a day she took a heavy clay pitcher to the town’s water source to draw precious water. Then, she would complete her task by carrying it home to her family.

  • Notice Rebekah’s beautiful qualities of diligence and faithfulness.
  • Look carefully at her tireless industry and humble willingness to engage in menial work.
  • Observe her ability to do demanding work and thankless tasks.
  • Marvel at her servant heart that placed the needs of her family above what others might think.

Do you view menial work as degrading? In your mind, is physical work to be done by other people and not you? Do you dread working on “necessary, but thankless” tasks? In His Word, God praises the enchanting-but-industrious Rebekah. If you’re tempted to put off or disdain difficult work, look to this beautiful woman as an example.

Start or end your day with the powerful reminders of God’s work in the lives of women in the Bible in Elizabeth George’s new book, One Minute with the Women of the Bible.


Planning for Neglect


I remember reading an article in the Los Angeles Times about a concert pianist who was asked about the secret of his success. He answered, “Planned neglect.” He then related how he first began to study the piano. He was young, and many things were tempting and tugging on him for his attention and time. So each day he began to take care of those tugging demands. Then, after taking care of all those other things, he would return to his music, meaning his music was getting the leftovers of his time and energy. But one day he made a decision to deliberately neglect everything else until his practice time was completed. That program of “planned neglect” accounted for his success.

If you’ve tried to be all things to all people and ended up failing on most fronts, here’s a solution: Daily develop and fine-tune the strategy of the concert pianist. Plan to neglect nonpriority projects, issues, activities, and distractions in order to complete and manage well those roles and responsibilities that are truly the most important. Then see what you can do with the lesser items on your list.

What are the few areas in your life that are most important in God’s eyes? Are you a son or daughter? Spouse? Parent? Sibling? If so, these are roles where your planning is most vital. This is your God-given family—a stewardship and priority given to you by God. What one thing can you plan to do today to enrich the lives of those closest to you?


Are you stressed out by your responsibilities? 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. 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.

The REAL Truth About Work


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.

Teen Tuesday—How to Be a Happier You


I’ve been experimenting for years with what I call my “attitude helpers.” They help me get my work done with a happy heart—even the things I don’t like doing!!!

  1. Prayer always helps — Pray about your attitude toward your chores, the people you serve at home, and your schoolwork. Ask God for His help and His attitude. He can definitely turn your heart into a fountain of joy.
  2. Use Scripture for a pep talk — Make a list of verses right out of God’s Word that encourage you while you take care of your responsibilities. My favorite is Psalm 118:24—“This is the day the Lord has made; [I] will rejoice and be glad in it.”
  3. Do your work “as to the Lord” — When things seem unbearable or impossible, Colossians 3:23 comes to the rescue: “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” This reminder pours fresh joy into an empty heart.
  4. Tackle your tasks wholeheartedly — As you face tasks (even homework!), make a conscious decision to tackle it energetically and joyfully. A halfhearted attitude will produce halfhearted results—and you sure don’t need that!
  5. Tackle your tasks energetically — Whatever chore or school project you face, take on the challenge. Roll up your sleeves, “do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10), and finish fully. You, girl, are on a mission!
  6. Tackle your tasks creatively — To help make each task exciting, ask yourself, “How can I do this differently? What would make this more fun, more enjoyable?” And my favorite? “How can I beat the clock—do this faster, finish sooner, zip through it?” Do whatever you can to make a game out of your work.
  7. Tackle your tasks joyfully — The key to joy is to look at your responsibilities at home and school with anticipation rather than dread. See your tasks as challenges rather than drudgery. Look at each demanding job and decide to do it, to do it well, to do it as to the Lord, and to enjoy doing it. Oh, what a difference joy makes!

Beautiful in God’s Eyes for Young Women surrounds you with inspiring Bible verses and Elizabeth’s encouraging guidance. You’ll discover purpose and confidence you’ve only dreamed of having.

What If My Child Hasn’t Come to Faith Yet?


Like the farmer who is diligent to sow seed so that there might become crops, parents must wake up each and every day and sow God’s life-giving seed into our children’s hearts. That’s your part. And God’s part is to produce the harvest. It’s up to Him to move your child’s heart. He is the one who brings him or her to a full knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ.

So rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him in faith. Know that He will do His part perfectly and in His timing. God is completely sovereign. He knows all things and is in control of all things, including how and when He will transform your child’s heart. Remember, the timing of the harvest is in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15).

When you find yourself worrying, don’t!

Don’t get impatient if time is passing and your little—or big—one is growing up and has not yet experienced personal faith in Christ.

And don’t compare how God is choosing to work in your child’s life to His plan for other children’s lives. The timing is totally up to God. You cannot “make” salvation happen. You can only do your part in faith. And you can only sow the seed—and pray. Then your heart can rest in faith.

In Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George provides an engaging and inspirational resource for every mom who wants to lead her daughter to a godly life by example, encouragement, study, and prayer.

Wisdom for Your Food Encounters


I once read that the average person has at least 20 food encounters every day. How can we manage these encounters? First Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Imagine it! You can actually eat in a way that brings honor and glory to God! So give God glory and honor Him when you eat, by what you eat, and by how much you eat …

  • Refuse to be mastered by food or drink
  • Refuse to overeat
  • Eat with self-control
  • Consume just enough
  • Eat only what you need

As you make your way through your glorious new day, the day that the Lord has made and the day that He has given to you, pray. Use the content of Romans 12:1 as your personal heart cry to God:

Lord, today I present my body to you as a living sacrifice, as a spiritual service of my worship. May I live this day in a way that is acceptable to You. Lead me not into temptation. Amen.

Learn and study more of God’s wisdom in bestselling author and Bible teacher Elizabeth George’s newest book, Proverbs for a Woman’s Day. She takes you on a journey through Proverbs, which covers 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
~ and more!

What Happens When We Don’t Pray?


Due to some wrong choices I’ve made, I can sure relate to Abraham when a famine occurred … and he chose to go to Egypt during the famine in search of food. It appears that Abraham reacted to his circumstances without praying for God’s guidance. He relied on himself rather than God, and he failed on these three counts:

  • Abraham feared for his life (Genesis 12:12). He thought he would starve to death. Fear is a good indicator that we have strayed away from God’s will. When we have fear, we are not trusting God.
  • Abraham lied about his wife. He asked Sarah to join with him in lying about their relationship and to say she was his sister (verse 13). Rationalizing our actions to justify doing something wrong is another sign that we are acting out of the will of God.
  • Abraham chose a coward’s approach. He opted not to defend Sarah when she was taken into Pharaoh’s palace (verse 15). Failure to stand up for what is right is yet another mark of erring behavior due to a failure to pray.

No issue or decision is too minor for prayer. Take nothing for granted when it comes to your concerns. What seemed like “no-brainer situations” to Abraham (for example, during a famine—go where the food is, right? … and when you’re about to die, lie, right?!) were his opportunities to trust God. The next time something seems so clear-cut that there is no need for prayer, think again. Then quickly get down on your knees and cry out to God.

Experience a deeper intimacy with God and give new life to your prayers as you find clear direction on how to pray God’s way in all of life’s hardships and blessings with Jim George’s newest book, Knowing God Through Prayer: Learning to Pray with The People of the Bible.

Releasing Your Worries



As one of God’s sheep, you have His promise to feed you! As creatures who need physical and spiri­tual food, you and I enjoy both from the hand of the Shep­herd. We can release our worries to Him, because He cares for us throughout life. God brings us to places of pasture through circumstances and events.

This kind of care is the role of a good shep­herd—and a role completely fulfilled for us by the Good Shepherd. And when there are no pastures, the shepherd him­self gathers the food needed for his flock by using his crook to pull down leaves and berries from the trees. Then he feeds his sheep directly and intimately right out of his own hand!

Why should we ever worry about food and clothing? About finances and money? About security and the needs of life? We have the Lord as our caring shepherd. When fears regarding the cares of this world set in, remember God’s promise to care for you. And then do as David—a shepherd himself—did and declare, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3).

Find further encouragement in Loving God With All Your Mind by Elizabeth George. Drawing on biblical wisdom as well as personal experience, Elizabeth helps women handle their emotions and discover inner peace that comes from focusing on what is true. She shares six powerful Bible truths that will help readers draw closer to God and know His joy and love.


Staying Confident in God’s Plan


For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord,
thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
(Jeremiah 29:11)

Where does life find you today? What difficult times are you enduring? What situation seems to be unbearable?

Encouragement is on the way … God’s powerful promise in Jeremiah 29:11 leaves no phase or issue of life uncovered! It assures us that God’s plans, for us and for His people, are for good, not evil. God is our security for any and every situation we will encounter in life. This includes birth, death, marriage, singleness, widowhood, poverty, and persecution. Also, suffering the unknown of a move or the permanence of being in an unpleasant place.

One morning a pastor’s wife called to tell me that her husband was resigning from his church. Margo reported, “Elizabeth, I’ve been reciting Jeremiah 29:11 all day long! God brought us here. He has taught us many lessons and used us in many ways. I also know God has a plan for us and that it’s good. He knows where we are going!”

In the midst of all that she was feeling due to her life being turned upside down, Margo remained confident in the truths of Scripture. Margo was dealing with fear and disappointment as she anticipated saying goodbye. She was struggling with worry and anger as she faced being uprooted from her home. My friend battled confusion and hurt about moving in an unknown direction to an unknown place.

The foundations of our daily lives may suddenly collapse, and the security of our income may slip away, but we can be confident in God, His goodness, and His promises. Therefore we can enjoy victory as we focus on His plans for us—plans of peace and not evil, to give us a future and a hope.

A woman‘s day is full of challenges and opportunities. Let the wisdom of God show you how to thrive through it all as you read Proverbs for a Woman’s Day–a brand new book by Elizabeth.

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