July 2018

I Will Give You Rest

i will give you rest

If your life is uncertain and filled with difficulties, be encouraged! God is not asking you to handle your entire life all at once. More often than not, your what-if imaginings about the future turn out altogether differently. Instead of being anxious, choose to concentrate on today. With God’s strength and grace, you will make it.

You can also choose to pray and draw near to the God who loves you unconditionally and promises to take care of you. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” God loves you and wants you to rest in Him.

Let today be the boundary for your fears and worries: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things” (Matt. 6:34). And if the going gets tough, concentrate on making it through one hour at a time without anxiety. Faithfully follow Jesus one step at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time.

RESPOND

Father, today I give You praise and thanks. Every circumstance brings me to my knees before You because You are the Author of my life. You are Creator, King, and Savior. I am blessed and privileged to be Your daughter. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

A Woman After God’s Own Heart Bible – With 365 daily devotions, 150 biographies, a reading plan, and more … this Bible will encourage and inspire you! Pick up your copy here.

The Lord is My Shepherd – Special: $3.00! Combining careful Scripture study with personal experience and gentle encouragement, Elizabeth leads women to 12 promises that will help them in the seasons of life they’ve experienced — as well as in the seasons to come.

REFLECT

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

What is your first emotional response when you are tired? The next time you find yourself exhausted, turn to God and ask for His rest.

REMEMBER

God loves you unconditionally and promises to take care of you.

How to Slow Down – Teen Tuesday

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Moms and Grandmothers, today’s devo is designed for you to share with your daughter to have a conversation about how to slow down to spend time with God.

Have you ever felt nervous…fidgety…on edge… cranky? And even though you didn’t want to act the way you were, you kept on stomping through your day, lashing out at everybody who crossed your path? Well, take heart! You’re not alone!

This happened to Martha, a woman in the Bible. She got too involved in the activities of her life. In all her busyness, Martha didn’t take time to enjoy Jesus and worship Him when He came to visit.

Are you thinking, I would never ignore Jesus if He came to my house! But imagine how easy it is to go about your day without lifting up a prayer, without doing devotions, without serving Jesus, without thanking Him. You’re missing out!

Put aside the busyness and chaos of school, pressures, and worries. Totally enjoy time with the Lord.

RESPOND

Lord, I love You. I want to hang out with You. Life gets crazy sometimes. I want the peace of Your love. I want the joy of being in Your presence. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

A Girl After God’s Own Heart Coloring Book – NEW RELEASE! This beautiful and fun coloring book will help your daughter meditate on powerful Scripture verses included on each page.

REFLECT

“‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things,  but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:41-42)

What can you say no to today so you can say yes to time with God?

REMEMBER

All our time is better spent when some of our time is spent in God’s Word.

The Proverbs 31 Woman – A Model to Imitate

Proverbs 31 woman

Today’s devotion is one of the 150 biographies included in A Woman After God’s Own Heart Bible by Elizabeth George!

The Proverbs 31 Woman

Notable Accomplishment: Model for all women
Meaning of Name: Unknown
Main Text: Proverbs 31:10– 31

A Little History

The last chapter of Proverbs begins with a young prince learning from his mother what should characterize his reign as a godly king. Then this godly and wise mother gave a description of the kind of wife the young prince should look for. She asked, “Who can find a virtuous wife?” This mother points out that such a woman is rare but explains how finding such a woman is worth both the time and effort it takes.

Her Story

Her marriage — Proverbs 31:10-12

This amazing woman demonstrated impeccable loyalty to her husband and earned his trust and confidence. Because of her thrift and industry, she added to her husband’s wealth and reputation and her family’s comfort.

Her behavior — Proverbs 31:13-24

This enterprising lady was compared to a merchant ship that travels to distant lands to seek clothing, food, and items to be bought and sold for profit. She was a “realtor” who bought, improved, and sold land. Her physical strength and endurance seemed inexhaustible as she rose before dawn and worked far into the night caring for her family and household, which were her foremost priorities.

Her character — Proverbs 31:25-27

This magnificent woman was said to be clothed in “strength” and “honor,” which described her character. Her inward character gave her the outward confidence to face the future with its unexpected challenges. She took what she had learned and passed it on to others with wisdom, all the while displaying a heart of kindness.

Her family life — Proverbs 31:28-29

Because of her unfailing love and ceaseless energy, the Proverbs 31 woman was highly respected, not only by her community but most importantly by her family. There is no greater joy for a mother than for her children to grow up to praise her as a source of the wisdom that made them godly. But her highest praise came from her husband who said, “You excel them all” (v. 29).

Her spiritual life — Proverbs 31:30-31

The book of Proverbs begins with a reference to the fear of the Lord as the beginning of wisdom. As the book concludes, this same quality is again seen in the life and heart of this exceptional woman. She may have been hardworking and an exceptional businesswoman, but her true source of power was her devotion to God.

RESPOND

Lord, right now I commit my life and my day to You. Create in me a fiery love for You and Your Word. Lead me to make choices that move me toward living as a woman after Your own heart. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

A Woman After God’s Own Heart Bible – With 365 daily devotions, 150 biographies, a reading plan, and more … this Bible will encourage and inspire you! Pick up your copy here.

A Girl After God’s Own Heart Coloring Book  –  Help your daughter become a girl after God’s own heart with this interactive gift that will teach your daughter Scripture.

REFLECT

Models are to follow. God did not include this woman in the Bible to be rejected as an impossible standard, but to be accepted as a model for every woman’s growth and fulfillment. No mountain was ever scaled until the first step was taken. God is asking you to take a first step as described in the life of this remarkable woman. What first step can you take toward becoming a woman of excellence?

 REMEMBER

Our inward character gives us the outward confidence to face the future with its unexpected challenges.

God Will Lead You – Tween Tuesday

lead

Moms and Grandmothers, today’s devotional is as a tool for you to share with your tween girl to have a conversation about God & His Word.

Did you know that God has a treasure for those who choose to follow Him? Matthew 6:21 says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

When it comes to treasure, you have a choice to make. You can choose to look for the things you want and think are important, or you can let God direct you to the treasure He has for you—a life of fabulous blessings especially for you. What’s really neat is that God’s treasure isn’t hidden. And it’s not hard to find.

As you go through each day and follow God’s path, He will lead you step by step to discover the many treasures He has just for you along the way!

RESPOND

God, please help me to make Your treasure my treasure, to focus the wants, dreams, and desires of my heart on You. I want You to be the most valuable prize in my life. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES
A Girl After God’s Own Heart Coloring Book
NEW RELEASE! This beautiful and fun coloring book will help your daughter meditate on powerful Scripture verses included on each page.

You Always Have a Friend in Jesus (50% off when you order the Coloring Book!) – Your daughter will grow in confidence, faithfulness, and joy as she discovers her friendship with Jesus.

REFLECT

Memorize Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

REMEMBER

God’s treasure isn’t hidden. And it’s not hard to find.

Raising Children Who Love God

Raising

Do you desire that your children love God with all their heart? Here are three ways you can go about raising them to help plant those seeds:

Pray

Mom, praying for your children will make a difference in their life. It took me awhile to discover the power of prayer—and I’m so glad I did! As a young mom, I’d made the decision to stay at home. And there were many times when I felt useless and ineffective. But when I was introduced to the idea of prayer as a ministry, that changed my perspective. I began praying for my children, around my children, and with my children. And what a privilege it was to teach my two girls to pray

Talk

Then be diligent to live a life that reveals your love for God. Ephesians 6:4 says to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” There’s a very simple way for this to become second nature: talk of the Lord.

Talk about Him when you’re at home and in the car, before the kids go to sleep, and as soon as they wake up. A woman — a mother — who loves God is a light in darkness. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men [before your children], that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Read

Last, spend some time each day reading the Bible. Share its life-giving truth with your children. It requires the sacrifice of time and energy, but the years you have with your children fly by so quickly. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart.”

Your time in prayer, talking about the Lord, and in God’s Word is time He’ll use to make you a mom after His own heart who raises children after God’s own heart. It’s time well invested!

RESPOND

Dear Father, let my lips sing praises, speak requests, and make frequent mention of Your mercy. Give my children ears to hear of Your goodness so that they turn to You, their heavenly Father, with ease and delight. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

A Girl After God’s Own Heart Coloring Book – Pre-order this beautiful and fun coloring book to help your daughter meditate on powerful Scripture verses included on each page.

You Always Have a Friend in Jesus (50% off when you order the Coloring Book!) – Your daughter will grow in confidence, faithfulness, and joy as she discovers her friendship with Jesus.

REFLECT

Do I connect everyday life to God’s Word and pause to pray with my children?

REMEMBER

Prayer for your children is ministry.

(Today’s devotion is taken from A Mom After God’s Own Heart Devotional by Elizabeth George)

Pray for Your Husband

Pray

Hopefully you’ve already had your husband as a key focal point of your prayers up to now. If so, your husband is a blessed man to have you as his wife! To make him your special “prayer project” for life, here is a suggestion to keep in mind.

Pray

Pray without expecting instant results. God is always at work … but God doesn’t work according to your timetable.

I’m sure you know this from firsthand experience. For instance, God has been patient with you so far, hasn’t He? And yet He has been at work in your life. You’re not where you need to be or where you’re going to be, but you also aren’t where you used to be!

Now you must apply this knowledge of God to your husband. And so you pray faithfully and forever for your husband. That’s your commitment of love. And, as you pray for your husband, don’t expect or look for any overnight miracles.

Past Encouragement

Learn a lesson from Monica, the mother of Augustine, one of the early church fathers. This devout believer and devoted mother prayed for decades before God opened her son’s heart and he embraced Christ at age 31. First Corinthians 13 tells us that “love suffers long…[and] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (verses 4 and 7). That, my praying sister-in-Christ, is to be our approach to praying for our husbands.

We pray no matter what. We pray—and suffer long, patient while we bear and endure all things, always believing and never losing hope. Don’t get discouraged in the course of your prayer journey. It’s exactly that—a journey! That means it involves time and takes time, even a lifetime. Be persistent yet patient as you pray.

RESPOND

Father God, I do not cease to pray for my husband and to ask that he may be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES
15 Verses to Pray for Your Husband
 – You, dear wife, may be the only person praying for your husband. This wonderful book by Elizabeth George shows you how!

Prayers for a Woman’s Heart – Filled with prayers and devotions, this new resource will help you grow in wisdom, patience, and peace!

REFLECT

Turn Colossians 1:9-11 into a prayer for your husband.

REMEMBER
Being a wife who prays for her husband is a unique privilege. And it’s a necessity because you, dear wife, might be the only person on this entire planet who is praying for your husband!

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