Time to Show Gratitude for God’s Gift of Motherhood

Hey there, friends! Can you believe it’s already Mother’s Day? It’s the perfect time to show some love and appreciation to the incredible women who have shaped our lives in so many ways.

As believers, we know that mothers have a special place in God’s heart. The Bible is full of amazing stories of women who have played crucial roles in their children’s lives. From Moses’ brave mother to Hannah’s fervent prayers for a child, these women teach us that motherhood is a divine calling.

So, let’s take a moment to honor our moms and express our gratitude for all they’ve done for us. Whether it’s a thoughtful gift, a heartwarming message, or simply spending quality time together, let’s show them how much they mean to us.

Let’s also remember those moms who may be struggling or going through tough times. They need our love and support more than ever.

On this Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the gift of motherhood and thank God for the incredible women in our lives. Let’s pray for their continued strength, wisdom, and grace as they fulfill their divine calling.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there! You’re the best!

Make the Bible Come Alive

Are you ready to dive into the most exciting book of all time? Studying the Bible can be a thrilling adventure filled with exciting stories, inspiring wisdom, and life-changing truths. Here are some tips to make your Bible study experience even more fun:

  1. Choose a translation that speaks to you: The Bible is full of amazing stories, but if you’re struggling to understand the language, it can be hard to get into it. That’s why it’s important to find a translation that you can understand and connect with. Personally, I love the Amplified Version, but you might resonate more with the NIV, the Message, or the New Living Translation. Try it out!
  2. Plan your adventure: Before you start reading, make a plan to guide your adventure. You could aim to read a chapter a day, or pick a specific book or topic to explore. You can also find a lot of reading plans and devotionals online that can help keep you on track.
  3. Get creative: Studying the Bible doesn’t have to be boring. Try getting creative with your study methods. Think outside the box. You could make Bible verse art, create a Bible journal, or even make a song out of your favorite verses.
  4. Share your adventure: The Bible is meant to be shared, so why not invite some friends to join you on your journey? You could start a Bible study group, or simply discuss what you’re learning with your family and friends.
  5. Apply what you learn: The most fun part of studying the Bible is applying what you learn to your life. Whether it’s sharing kindness, forgiving others, or simply spending time with God, there are endless ways to apply the wisdom of the Bible to your everyday life.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s start this exciting adventure through the Bible together and discover all the incredible stories, wisdom, and truth waiting for us.

Letting Go and Leaning In: Discovering the Wisdom of Proverbs 3:5

Proverbs 3:5 is a powerful and inspiring verse that encourages us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. It reminds us that God’s ways are higher than our ways and that we can rely on Him to guide us through every situation in life.

The first part of the verse, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” is a call to faith and surrender. It reminds us that we can’t control everything in life and that we need to trust in God’s plan for our lives. Trusting in the Lord means acknowledging that He is in control and surrendering our own desires and plans to Him.

The second part of the verse, “Lean not on your own understanding,” is a warning against relying solely on our own wisdom and understanding. It reminds us that our perspective is limited and that we need to seek God’s wisdom and guidance to navigate through life’s challenges.

When we trust in the Lord and lean on His understanding, we can experience peace and security even in the midst of uncertainty. We can rest assured that God has a plan for our lives and that He will guide us every step of the way.

Proverbs 3:5 is a powerful reminder to trust in the Lord and seek His wisdom in all aspects of our lives. It encourages us to surrender our plans and desires to Him and to rely on His understanding rather than our own. When we do this, we can experience the peace and security that comes from knowing that we are in God’s hands.

Every Family Needs a Vision

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Do you have a vision that you live for each day?

Scripture has this to say:

Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

I believe in this scripture. A couple of years ago I was basically a leaf blown by the wind. I had no purpose for my life. I just went where ever the “wind blew me.” I got up, I went to class, I came home, I did nothing.

I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and I had no purpose. This caused me to go through a time where I was almost lifeless. Then I came across Proverbs 29:18. This scripture kept coming up. My family kept talking about it, I read it in several books, I heard someone preach on it… Then suddenly it just clicked.

I needed a reason to get up each morning. I need a purpose so I could spend my days productively. This is why I think having a vision is so important.

I labeled this post family vision but, your vision does not have to line up with your other family members. It can be your own personal vision and one that you might share with your own family someday.

This is my family’s vision that has become my own personal vision.

Our vision is:

Love3 iKAN Love3 -Love3 stands for Love God, Love yourself, and Love others. iKAN stands for Influencing Kingdoms And Nations. So our vision means to Love God, Love yourself, and Love others to Influence Kingdoms And Nations to Love God, Love themselves, and Love others.

What are some of your family/personal visions?

I pray that each of you seeks God until He gives you your own vision! I then pray that you live each day focused on your vision!

Thank you for your support!

Love, Kathleen 🙂

Why Believe?

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A friend of mine sent me a poem she wrote. It’s so beautiful and powerful that I wanted to post it to share with you.

Why Believe?
By Andrea Pflughoft

My needy heart was cracked open by pain-
Abuse, betrayal, abandonment, deception, sorrow.
Did time heal these wounds?
No. Decades passed.
What about alcohol, men, food, success, things?
No. I tried.

Repeatedly, I felt wooed to a safe place
My heart was drawn to possibility
Stirred with something good & pure
Unseen, but not unreal.
Unknown, but not unimaginable.

A mystery, yet I’m certain this was the way.
I surrendered.

Today, I keep surrendering.
Burdens drop from my back
Darkness bows to glorious light
Tears transform to bubbling joy
Despair morphs to boundless hope
Torment cowers to mental security

Good News indeed!
I forgive, I laugh, I trust, and I love again.
That is why I believe.

Rest in Jesus’ Finished Work

As Christians, we all know how important healing is to our faith. But have you ever felt like you’re constantly struggling to attain it? Like you need to keep striving and working for your healing, but it never seems to come?

Well, here’s some good news – healing is a finished work! That’s right, when Jesus died on the cross, he took on our sins and our sicknesses. By his wounds, we are healed. And that healing work is already complete – it’s finished!

So what does this mean for us? It means that we can stop striving and start resting in Jesus’ finished work. We can trust in his promises and rely on his love to bring us the healing that we need. We don’t need to earn it or work for it – it’s already been done!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we won’t face sickness or hardship. But even in the midst of our struggles, we can have faith that Jesus’ healing power is already at work within us. We can pray for healing, but we can also rest in the assurance that God’s grace is sufficient for us.

So if you’re feeling like you’re constantly struggling for your healing, take heart! Jesus has already finished the work, and his healing power is available to you today. All you need to do is trust in his promises and rest in his love.

Untroubled and Unafraid: Reflecting on John 14:27

Today, let’s take a moment to reflect on John 14:27, where Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Isn’t it comforting to know that Jesus offers us his peace? In a world that can be chaotic and stressful, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious. But Jesus reminds us that his peace is not like the peace that the world offers. It’s a peace that transcends all understanding, and it’s freely given to us.

So, if you’re feeling troubled or afraid, take a deep breath and remember that Jesus is with you. He wants to calm your fears and fill you with his peace. Spend some time in prayer, and ask him to help you feel his presence in your life.

Let’s strive to live with hearts that are untroubled and unafraid, knowing that we have a Savior who loves us and is always with us, offering us his perfect peace.

Where is my God?

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He is near the brokenhearted and with the widows and orphans.

He is with the hurting, the sick, the meek, and the pure in heart.

People cry out, and He answers.

People break, and He repairs.

He’s the Father of the fatherless, the Protector of the weak.

His children are many.

His love unending.

He is at the wall being built.

He is protecting the workers.

The young and old, He loves all regardless of past or sin.

He is with me, and I am with Him.

He is with the humble.

He is with the sick.

He is with me in the valley of the shadow of death.

He leads me beside still waters.

He is my Shepherd.

He is with His sheep.

He is everywhere, where people call.

He comes to the widowed, orphaned, sick, lonely, and weak.

He prepares to save us from Egypt.

He is with us in battle.

He is with us in famine.

My God is always near me and never far.

He is preparing a place for me in His house.

There are many mansions, and here, I’m in the palm of His hand.

I am loved and cherished.

Where is my God? is not the question.

Where isn’t my God? is.

God is with His people, near the broken, and sees the hurting.

He is the God of our people.

He is with our people, and God goes before us.

God is in heaven on His throne.

He is always near.

He is with me as a Shepherd, mentor, friend, father, keeper, healer, protector, lover, guide, teacher, but above all these, my Savior!

• Authored by Josh Pugh •

Transform Your Bible Learning Experience with These Free Online Resources

Hey there! Are you looking for some free and fun Christian resources on the internet to make Bible learning more enjoyable? Look no further! Here are some of our favorite resources that you can access anytime, anywhere:

Bible Gateway: The Ultimate Bible Resource

Bible Gateway is like a treasure trove for anyone who loves the Bible. You can read the Bible in multiple translations and languages, search for specific passages, and even access devotionals and commentaries to help you dive deeper into God’s Word.

YouVersion: The Ultimate Bible App

YouVersion is a must-have Bible app that offers hundreds of translations and features, like personalized Bible reading plans, reminders, and even community groups to help you stay connected with others on the same journey! And if you’re interested, here’s a list of devotionals we have written and submitted on the app!

The Bible Project: The Visual Bible Learning Experience

The Bible Project is a nonprofit organization that produces high-quality and engaging videos to help you understand the Bible in a whole new way. They cover each book of the Bible, as well as biblical themes and characters, so you can easily follow along and enjoy learning more about God’s story.

Bible Study Tools: The Ultimate Bible Study Resource

If you’re looking for free resources to help you study the Bible in-depth, Bible Study Tools has got you covered. They offer commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, and even study tools like cross-references and word searches. It’s a one-stop-shop for anyone who loves digging deeper into the Bible. The Bible Study Library is another great website that offers a library of free resources for Bible study. From commentaries to sermons, devotionals, and even Bible study software, you’ll have everything you need to grow in your faith and deepen your understanding of God’s Word.

Crosswalk: The Ultimate Christian Resource

Crosswalk is a friendly and comprehensive website that offers a variety of resources for Christians, including Bible study tools, devotionals, articles, and videos. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration, guidance, or just some fun content to enjoy, Crosswalk has it all.

Daily Audio Bible: The Bible on Audio

If you’re always on the go, Daily Audio Bible is a perfect solution to help you stay connected to God’s Word. You can listen to the Bible on your phone, tablet, or computer, and they even offer other resources like prayer requests and devotionals to help you stay focused and inspired.

Bible Quiz: The Bible Trivia Game

Who says learning about the Bible has to be boring? Bible Quiz is a fun and free game that tests your knowledge of the Bible with trivia questions. It’s available on both iOS and Android, so you can challenge your friends and family to see who knows more about God’s Word.

These free and fun Christian resources on the internet make Bible learning more accessible, enjoyable, and relatable than ever before. So why not give them a try and see how they can transform your faith journey? Whether you prefer reading, listening, watching, or playing, there’s a resource out there that’s perfect for you. After all, growing in your relationship with God and His Word is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences you can have in life, and these resources make it all the more fun and friendly.

God Loves YOU!

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Ever had thoughts like this: What am I doing? Did God really call me? I feel discouraged, insecure, ashamed and unworthy?
I have.
In fact…
Those were my thoughts.
I am just like you. I have baggage. I have pain. I feel rejection. I feel discouraged. I lose heart and expectation of God.
Even though we may feel this way, feelings are not true. The Truth is what God thinks about us! The most humble thing we can do is actually agree with God!
It is very hard to agree with what God thinks about you.
I mean, hello, you know your flaws better than anyone. You know your own thoughts – when no one else does.
Because of this, it’s hard to agree with God. But, not agreeing with God is actually pride.
I said it.
You are elevating YOUR opinion above God’s opinion.
I guess I needed a reminder of God’s opinion of me because –
Then, I heard THIS song – live. It overwhelmingly encouraged me!
I soft sobbed.
With real tears. [I don’t usually do that.]
It encouraged me so much,
I came home and began my frantic search for this song!
AH! I found it!
If you are not encouraged from this, you must be dead.
What is holding you back today? Oh how Father loves YOU!