Posted by: Anne | June 17, 2017

lessons learned from dad

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” – Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

Posted by: Anne | June 10, 2017

start where you are

We may view God as some patriarchal boss, which is just not the character of God. He’s endlessly dimensional and wants you, where you’re at, right now. My pastor used to say, “We cannot meet God where we wish we were. We either cry out to Him from the place we find ourselves or we will not cry out at all.”

Like any relationship… the darkest and most honest times often lead to deeper levels of love and trust.

Read the full article at the source:
www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/what-if-god-says-no

Posted by: Anne | June 3, 2017

a place to start

“If you have a tough childhood, you can live the rest of your life in reaction to it.

It’s understandable. Childhood may be a relatively short time, years ago, but it is a ‘formative’ time, after all.

But you know what? If you’re humble, it’s not the ONLY formative time. Humble people get a second chance at childhood. (And a third. And a fourth…)

If you’re humble, God will always be forming you.

And as tough as your childhood may have been, it’s not the last word, just one of the first ones.”

~ Brant Hansen, BrantHansen.com

Posted by: Anne | May 27, 2017

wise anger?

“Anybody can become angry – that is easy. However, to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that requires wisdom.” ~ Aristotle

Posted by: Anne | May 20, 2017

lesson learned: we still have much to learn!

Did you know… sometimes there IS a method to the madness?

During a conversation about my days as a waitress, my office co-worker asked if we had been allowed to take home food that hadn’t been sold at the end of the day. I replied that we weren’t, and this – somewhat surprisingly – irritated OfficeMate, who began to rant that he couldn’t see any harm in it, when that food was just going to be thrown away.

I could have joined him in his indignation, but I’d been told the reasoning behind this decision. I shared it with him: previously, the restaurant had allowed people to take the leftovers home, but the policy was changed after some cooks began deliberately making too much.

At that, my co-worker could (finally) see the other side.

Lesson Learned: Other people probably have their reasons — even if I can’t fathom what they are.

Posted by: Anne | May 13, 2017

lessons learned from mom

“This is what we do, my mother’s life said. We find ourselves in the sacrifices we make.”
– Cammie McGovern, Neighborhood Watch

Posted by: Anne | May 6, 2017

Ways to Grow in Your Faith

Ways to Grow in Your Faith

* LOVE: Our culture uses the word “love” so casually (“I love your dress!” “I love cheeseburgers!”), it can be hard to identify the kind of love Jesus spoke about in the Bible. What does it look like to love God with all we have? Like any relationship, love means setting aside time. Take time to talk with God and get to know Him through [reading] the Bible.

* JOY: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). It’s easy to rejoice when things are going our way. It’s a different story when life is hard. But followers of Jesus are called to have joy all the time—not just when life is good.

Billy Graham said, “Only the forward-looking Christian remains sincerely optimistic and joyful, knowing that Christ will win in the end.”

* PEACE: Like the word “love,” “peace” is a word that has become casual and hard to define. But true peace comes from God, and there’s nothing like it.

It seems more people than ever suffer from anxiety. But you can have peace when you train yourself to focus on God instead of yourself or the world around you. Start with reading and memorizing Philippians 4:6-9, which explains how to replace anxiety with the peace of God.

Read the full article at the source:
https://billygraham.org/story/9-ways-to-grow-in-your-faith/

Posted by: Anne | April 29, 2017

with joy

“God is never going to put us into a situation or permit us to be in one, without giving us the ability to be in it with joy. I believe God makes His grace available to us each and every day. If God asks us to stay in a situation, then He is going to give us a special grace, for a special season, to experience His peace and joy despite the circumstances.” – Joyce Meyer

Read the full article at the source:
www.joycemeyer.org/EverydayAnswers/Teachings/Encouragement.aspx

Posted by: Anne | April 22, 2017

the importance of Easter

5 Reasons Why Easter Is Important to Christians

1. Jesus Restores Our Brokenness: Because of all Christ accomplished on the cross and confirmed by rising from the dead, we are not under sin’s condemnation. This means that even regrets need not be a part of your life in Christ anymore. The Savior declares those things forgiven. Jesus Christ pronounces them done, handled, gone, buried, behind us, over, finished!

2. Jesus Provides Faith to Settle Our Doubts: A lot of people struggle with doubts—and you can bring yours to Jesus. If you’re sincerely wrestling with Can I trust God? or Can I trust His Word? Is all of this real? you don’t have to be afraid. From the flaming questions of Job to the stubborn “Show me!” of Thomas, God has demonstrated an incredible capacity to deal with the doubter. In Jesus’ presence, doubts vanish.

3. Jesus Gives Peace to Replace Our Fears: Perhaps you have been dealing with a specific need. You are waiting and praying for a significant change. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ is alive! And I believe He wants to touch every need in our lives.

4. Jesus Conquers Our Struggles: Maybe there’s a particular sin that rings your phone, and every time you answer, you wonder, Will I ever get victory here? Will I ever be able to leave this addictive pattern behind? Know this: those are the exact areas Jesus wants to step into and conquer with His resurrection power!

5. Jesus Encourages when We’re Overwhelmed: Maybe you’ve been heavyhearted or overwhelmed from carrying some other weight. Jesus Christ wants not only to address but also to make you new again. With His resurrection newness, Jesus can touch any area in our lives where we have struggled. He did when He left the grave, and He’s still doing it today.

Whatever you are facing today, I’ve got breaking news: the resurrected Jesus is alive! And He is ready to make Himself known powerfully in your life—to make you forever new.

Read the full article at the source:
www.lifeway.com/Article/why-is-the-easter-story-important-to-christians

Posted by: Anne | April 15, 2017

Forever

Forever
by Kari Jobe

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him

One final breath He gave
As Heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

We Sing Hallelujah
We Sing Hallelujah
We Sing Hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

Hear the song and see the lyrics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6duzVn5M6E

Lyrics were found here:
www.klove.com/music/artists/kari-jobe/songs/forever-lyrics.aspx

Kari Jobe’s official website:
https://karijobe.com/

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