I’ve avoided this discussion for long enough. This is a tough one! For me, at least, it’s tough to come clean with all the damage I allowed through negative self-talk. This may not be a problem for you (and I hope it isn’t), but if you struggle with negative self-talk, today’s post is for you. For years, I’ve been sensitive to correction from others. Correction is supposed to help us, right? Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1) I now know the reason (nerves damaged in the brain by Multiple Sclerosis), but there are
God commands us to trust Him and not to fear. Verses are sprinkled through the entire breadth of our Bible – 365 verses on fear – one for each day of the year. When will we stop our sin of fearing and not trusting God? While our prodigal was on walkabout, I lived for months in agony and finally got to the point of hearing God clearly on this. This is what He said to my heart one day as I prayed. Your lack of trust in Me is nothing but pure S-I-N. Your lack of trust is what needs
It’s Labor Day as I write. By the time I click “publish”, I will be hoping you had a blessed Labor Day. As for me, I’ve been sitting here in my prayer chair, crying out to God since morning for a few particular children of a few particular friends. And, I feel a burden. As badly as our child’s sin pains us, imagine how our sin must pain our heavenly Father. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34a) The circumstances were completely different when Jesus prayed those words in His final hour
I’m so sick and tired of Satan’s attacks. Are you? He starts with your own family, and when the devil sees he isn’t causing you to let go of your faith, he starts in on your friends. Or, for you, it could happen in the opposite direction, or a mixture thereof. Either way, we are commanded: Do not fear! A little over three years ago, I was in the midst of a family crisis when a high-school friend posted on Facebook that she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her faith was strong and bold! I was thrilled to see her
If you participated in the Praise Challenge, were you helped by it? Did you run dry of reasons to praise God (although, I can hardly imagine it)? If so, I’ve got good news. Do you keep a running prayer list of those around you who need prayer? Take that list and let it be a part of your praise list. In the Praise Challenge download, you read about this concept there, and it’s so simple! It boils down to praising God in advance for answering your prayers. I referred to this in the post about Praying for the Prodigal –
Picture This: The Prodigal Son’s Dad on Social Media The Biblical account of the prodigal son doesn’t mention how the father occupied his time after his son left home. Let’s envision what might happen in our current times. Can you imagine it – the prodigal son’s dad on Facebook or Instagram (aka instantgram)? In today’s world, would the prodigal father of Luke’s account post selfies and display himself publicly in his devastation, misery, loneliness, betrayal, and fear? I think not. The grief of a prodigal is such a private matter that I can’t imagine putting it “out there” for all
Do you sometimes feel that God doesn’t hear you? Do your prayers seem to end at the ceiling? God, where are You? When you’re in a tough season and praying for a certain outcome in your circumstances, what’s a good way to pray fervently and know God is hearing your prayer? The answer is this: by praying in alignment with His word… by praying scripture. Regarding your recent earnest prayer, what is a barrier for you? Is it hard for you to draw near to God? Why do you think so? Why do we oftentimes resist spending time with God
If you are the parent of a prodigal, one of the best things you can do is to live your life. Meanwhile, God will bring you peace regarding your prodigal. A former prodigal shared that tidbit of information with us as we were waiting and watching for a sign that our prodigal was turning back to us. Our friend said, “If your child is at all paying attention to your life in their absence, they’ll notice.” Continuing on “as usual” sends the message to your prodigal that they are missing out. Life is marching on, and you are living it.
We have a real treat today! Shelley Jarl, our guest post author today, has written a wonderful book of inspiration called “The Humidity Makes My Hair Frizz and It’s Really Starting to Stink in Here”. Doesn’t that title grab you? I met Shelley about a year and a half ago when she took the helm at Faithful Bloggers. Shelley is a mom, Christian, entrepreneur, business owner, author, and lover of all things creative. She strives every day to embrace the abundant life God has given her. As a self-proclaimed warrior, she has put on the armor of God numerous times to
This praise challenge is the perfect way to renew your mind and bring peace and joy to your life! All week, I have been looking forward to sharing this with you – this thirty days of praise for ten minutes each day. I’m so excited for you! You will quickly feel renewed and energized – more in love with the Lord than ever. Loving life again – afresh. Whether you’re a little sad these days, somewhat depressed, greatly shaken, or singing happily, praising God will transform your life. What prompted me to write this challenge of praise? I hate to
I love how the brother of Jesus speaks plainly and clearly in his New Testament book of James. He gets down to the nitty-gritty in his five chapters, and he doesn’t mince words. If we get confused about God’s intentions for our actions, James is certain to straighten us out! The first part of James 4:2 is fairly sharp as he says we want what we don’t have, so we scheme and kill to get it. We are jealous of what others have, but we can’t get it, so we fight and wage war to take it away from them.
If you are the mom of a prodigal child, you may feel like a failure. You think you’ve somehow wasted these last umpteen years since your child was born. But, you are NOT the worthless mother that you think you must be to have landed with a prodigal child. Your years weren’t a waste. The hours of sweat, tears, and investment into your child’s life were definitely meaningful. And, you will see the results of your efforts some day. If you raised your prodigal in a Christian home, showing them the examples and Biblical teachings of living the Christian life,
I’ve heard the term “old bitty” my entire life. I might (or might not) have even called someone by that term on occasion quietly to myself. Any proper Southern woman would never say that directly to someone’s face. That just wouldn’t do! Do you have an occasional fear of becoming an old bitty? What would qualify us as such? First we must decide on a spelling. Urban Dictionary spells it “Bitty”. Dictionary.com spells it “Biddy”. Both sites define an old bitty as someone who is unpleasant. The term “bitter” comes to mind. Bitty is a derivative of bitter, so Bitty
I know personally how hard it is to embrace a prodigal season. When your child turns their back on the faith you exampled to them throughout their growing years, it is devastating. Their betrayal of you and to God is so painful. The idea of embracing this season seems sickening. Your heart is broken. I get it. How could God allow this to happen? You may ask, “Why, Lord?” When faced with any hard season, trusting God is essential. It’s especially hard when you fear for your child and all they will endure. You fear the damage that will be