Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Unashamed {Giveaway}

The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory {Romans 3:23}. We also know that all we need to do is repent of our sin and we will be forgiven. But sometimes our sin comes with shame. Sometimes we feel shame not only from our sin, but from our self image or how others make us feel. Shame is all around us. Shame can be crippling.

In her new book Un-Ashamed, Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom From Shame, Heather Davis Nelson shares that whether shame is related to relationships, body image, work, or secret sin, we all experience it at some point. While it manifests itself in different ways, such as fear, regret and anger, it ultimately points us to our most fundamental need as a human being, redemption. Heather invites us to not only be healed of shame, but to be a part of the healing for others.

Un-Ashamed helps us to see that Jesus gave of Himself so that we can have a shame-free identity.

Are you dealing with shame? Are you trapped and need an out? Check out Un-Ashamed, Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom From Shame. Heather shares authentically as she shares how to find freedom.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Praises

Today at Woman to Woman we are talking about your love story. To join the conversation, click here.

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2020. Swim time with the kids.

2021. The first Saturday we've had off in a few months.

2022. My son's baseball game being moved to later in the evening due to heat, and it made for a beautiful, much cooler night.

2023. Sunday lunch with my family.

2024. Sunday afternoon nap.

What are you praising God for? I love rejoicing with you. Please comment below.

Friday, June 24, 2016

I Will Be With You {Free Phone Wallpaper}

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned.
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isaiah 43:2

So many I know are facing these waters. A friend struggling with health issues and anxiety, a friend preparing to say goodbye to her father who is losing his health struggle, friends who today will say goodbye to a young mom, dad and 6 month old baby killed in a car accident on Father's Day, friends struggling in the marriage, a young family my dad believes to be homeless that he is now trying to locate. So much pain, so much heartache.

Yet the Bible tells us that even through these waters, no matter how ferocious they are, He is there. He won't walk away. He's there.

Today, whatever you are facing, take comfort in knowing that God is right beside you. He's holding you up. He will never leave you. Praise God for this truth.

To help you remember, I've created a free cell phone wallpaper. Just click the link and download the image, Then add it as a wallpaper to your phone. Each time you look at your phone, you will be reminded of this great truth that Jesus is with you. If you have any trouble or need a different size, feel free to email me or comment and I will work on that for you.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Live in Light

This is the message which we have heard from
Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no
darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, 
and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
1 John 1:5-6

We know that God is light. We know it, there is no question about that. But do we pay close attention to the verse above? It says that in Him there is no darkness at all. None. Light and dark cannot possibly mix.

So if we say we know God and live in the light, why do we do things that are of the darkness? Why do we watch tv shows and movies that we know are not of the light? Why do we listen to music that portrays darkness? Why do read things of darkness? Why do we lie, cheat or steal? Even those "little" (which are really not little to God) things like a little white lie or cheating on our taxes or stealing an office supply from work, those are still sins and put us into the darkness.

Light and darkness do not mix. It is just not possible. Choose to live in the light.

We can't have both. We can't ride the fence. We either live in light or live in darkness. There is no in between here. It's time we as Christians re-evaluate our lives. What darkness do we need to get rid of?

Today, take time and ask God to reveal to you any darkness you've been living in. Then intentionally turn your back on it. Then commit to memory the verse above. Any time the enemy tries to tempt you with that darkness again, recite the verse and stand firm in light.

Linked with:
Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What Are They Imitating {Giveaway}

Children mock what they see and hear. I babysit a precious wide-eyed, curly-headed 15 month old. Yesterday he kept saying the words shut up. I don't allow those words in my house and I know his mother and know she doesn't like those words either. So I was a little lost as to why he was saying it. While I was relaying this to his mom, my son piped up and said, oh I say that to the dogs when they start barking sometimes. Makes sense since the little one kept saying it to the dogs. My 13 year old son got a big lesson in watching his words, and I got a big lesson in paying closer attention to what my teens are saying since I haven't caught on that they were doing this.

Since our kids, even the little ones, mock what they see and hear, why not let them see and hear Jesus? #family #children #parenting #motherhood

Since our kids, even the little ones, mock what they see and hear, why not let them see and hear Jesus? Why not let them hear praise music floating throughout the house and hear mommy saying things like thank you God for providing and Jesus be with us today? Why not let them see mommy reading the Bible and praying? Why not read the Bible and pray with them?

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
Ephesians 5:1

This Sunday my month old nephew was dedicated to God at our church. My brother-in-law, while leading the dedication, said that if his son is going to imitate him, then he wants to imitate God. Such wise words.

So let me ask you today, what are your children imitating? Are they imitating God through you or are the imitating the world through you?

Review & Giveaway:
Jesus Calling My First Bible Storybook is a great devotional tool for your little one. With Bible stories and adorable drawings, this Bible storybook will help you introduce your child to the Word of God. Author Sarah Young has written numerous Jesus Calling devotionals that inspire, challenge and bless you each day. Each one from her own quiet time with the Lord.

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