Proverbs 31 Ministries http://proverbs31.org Bringing God’s peace, perspective, and purpose to today’s busy woman. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:01:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Like sharing a cup of coffee with a friend, Lysa TerKeurst and Renee Swope invite you to join them for one minute of everyday life encouragement and inspiration through: casual yet challenging and deep spiritual truths you can apply; down-to-earth, relevant biblical principals in bite-size pieces and real solutions for real struggles in the midst of your busy day! EVERYDAY LIFE with Lysa & Renee is a production of Proverbs 31 Ministries Lysa TerKeurst & Renee Swope clean Lysa TerKeurst & Renee Swope radio@proverbs31.org radio@proverbs31.org (Lysa TerKeurst & Renee Swope) Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee - Proverbs 31 Ministries Christian, women, encouragement, marriage, parenting, friendship, faith, balance, emotions, Proverbs, ministries, God Proverbs 31 Ministries http://proverbs31.org/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Itunes_Graphic_Radio-01.jpeg http://proverbs31.org TV-G Honest Feelings http://proverbs31.org/blog/honest-feelings/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/honest-feelings/#respond Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:01:53 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2651 Sometimes the “why” questions come so fast and hard that my heart hurts and the tears fall.

One minute I am determined to trust God, and the next minute I feel myself questioning God. Why, God, Why?

When God doesn’t seem to be answering my prayers it can be hard and sometimes downright awful.

I never want to oversimplify what to do in these times, but I have found that God is big enough to handle my honest feelings.

When all that’s left of my heart seems to be broken pieces, I know I can bring them all to God.

He can handle our honesty, and He will respond.

I just have to remember to go where the Truth is. The Bible.

His answers are right in the pages of His Word, just waiting to be discovered.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/honest-feelings/feed/ 0 Sometimes the “why” questions come so fast and hard that my heart hurts and the tears fall. - One minute I am determined to trust God, and the next minute I feel myself questioning God. Why, God, Why? - When God doesn’t seem to be answering my prayer... Sometimes the “why” questions come so fast and hard that my heart hurts and the tears fall. One minute I am determined to trust God, and the next minute I feel myself questioning God. Why, God, Why? When God doesn’t seem to be answering my prayers it can be hard and sometimes downright awful. I never want to oversimplify what to do in these times, but I have found that God is big enough to handle my honest feelings. When all that’s left of my heart seems to be broken pieces, I know I can bring them all to God. He can handle our honesty, and He will respond. I just have to remember to go where the Truth is. The Bible. His answers are right in the pages of His Word, just waiting to be discovered. For more daily encouragement and great applicable Bible verses visit Lysa’s blog. Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Food For Thought http://proverbs31.org/blog/food-for-thought/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/food-for-thought/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:01:37 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2643 Losing weight physically requires good planning; the same is true when it comes to losing the weight of doubt and defeat.

When we’re trying to eat right, it’s important to plan healthy snacks between meals. In the same way, we need to plan for healthy spiritual snacks from the Bible. Here are a few that I call my “Food for Thought:

When I Say: My life is too hard.
God Says I want to help you

When I Say: I can’t do this!
God Says: Rely on My strength and you can do all I’ve asked you to do.

When I Say I’m too afraid.
God Says: I have not given you a spirit of fear.

Having these on hand gives me easy access to truth so I can keep losing the weight of self-doubt!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/food-for-thought/feed/ 0 Losing weight physically requires good planning; the same is true when it comes to losing the weight of doubt and defeat. - When we’re trying to eat right, it’s important to plan healthy snacks between meals. In the same way, Losing weight physically requires good planning; the same is true when it comes to losing the weight of doubt and defeat. When we’re trying to eat right, it’s important to plan healthy snacks between meals. In the same way, we need to plan for healthy spiritual snacks from the Bible. Here are a few that I call my “Food for Thought: When I Say: My life is too hard. God Says I want to help you When I Say: I can’t do this! God Says: Rely on My strength and you can do all I’ve asked you to do. When I Say I’m too afraid. God Says: I have not given you a spirit of fear. Having these on hand gives me easy access to truth so I can keep losing the weight of self-doubt! For a free list of promises from the Bible to replace our defeating doubts with God’s empowering perspective, contact me on Renee’s blog at Proverbs31.org. Related Resources: A Confident Heart DVD and Book Bundle by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
Managing Expectations http://proverbs31.org/blog/managing-expectations/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/managing-expectations/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:01:50 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2640 It’s crucial to consider expectations before saying yes to something.

Everything we commit to comes with a list of expectations, and honestly I struggle with this.

So, I am challenging myself to ask two questions:

- How will this yes feel two weeks, two months, or six months from now?
- Could any part of this yes be tied to people pleasing, and allowing that desire to skew my judgment of what’s realistic?

Realistic expectations should be planned for. That means I have to make myself write down the demands for this yes answer on my calendar.

If it’s a project, then I make a project timeline. If it’s a financial commitment, I make out a budget.

When I can plan for what’s realistic, I won’t overextend myself. Evaluation eliminates frustration!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/managing-expectations/feed/ 0 It’s crucial to consider expectations before saying yes to something. - Everything we commit to comes with a list of expectations, and honestly I struggle with this. - So, I am challenging myself to ask two questions: - It’s crucial to consider expectations before saying yes to something. Everything we commit to comes with a list of expectations, and honestly I struggle with this. So, I am challenging myself to ask two questions: - How will this yes feel two weeks, two months, or six months from now? - Could any part of this yes be tied to people pleasing, and allowing that desire to skew my judgment of what’s realistic? Realistic expectations should be planned for. That means I have to make myself write down the demands for this yes answer on my calendar. If it’s a project, then I make a project timeline. If it’s a financial commitment, I make out a budget. When I can plan for what’s realistic, I won’t overextend myself. Evaluation eliminates frustration! Related Resources: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
In the Valley http://proverbs31.org/blog/in-the-valley/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/in-the-valley/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:38 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2637 He took two deep breaths and was gone.

When my father’s life ended, my family began to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We’d had been through some hard stuff over the months leading up to then. During my father’s last days, my newborn nephew had emergency surgery. Our 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a severe speech disorder, and soon after my mom had a pulmonary embolism that led to three days in ICU.

You know what I found out? God keeps His promises. His goodness and mercy followed us, His words in the Bible guided us, and His presence comforted us.

Whatever you’re going through, your Heavenly Father wants to meet you in your valley! He wants to rush to your side and comfort your hurts, giving you courage to let go and perseverance to hold onto Him and to others in your life.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/in-the-valley/feed/ 4 He took two deep breaths and was gone. - When my father’s life ended, my family began to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We’d had been through some hard stuff over the months leading up to then. During my father’s last days, He took two deep breaths and was gone. When my father’s life ended, my family began to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We’d had been through some hard stuff over the months leading up to then. During my father’s last days, my newborn nephew had emergency surgery. Our 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a severe speech disorder, and soon after my mom had a pulmonary embolism that led to three days in ICU. You know what I found out? God keeps His promises. His goodness and mercy followed us, His words in the Bible guided us, and His presence comforted us. Whatever you’re going through, your Heavenly Father wants to meet you in your valley! He wants to rush to your side and comfort your hurts, giving you courage to let go and perseverance to hold onto Him and to others in your life. Related Resources: A Confident Heart Devotional by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
Evaluating My Resources http://proverbs31.org/blog/evaluating-my-resources/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/evaluating-my-resources/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:57 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2634 I wasn’t sure I could handle the stress of making another decision.

A family friend in her early twenties was looking to move out of her apartment and into a less expensive living situation. We adore this young lady. She’s lovely and no trouble at all.

But when she asked to move in with us, I felt conflicted. I knew I was going to need to take myself through a process of evaluating this decision, and my evaluation would have to be a consideration of my resources.

If I spend resources I don’t have, I’ll eventually bankrupt myself.

So I asked, “Do I have the resources to handle this request physically, financially, spiritually, and emotionally?”

Though my heart said yes… the reality of my resources made this a no. God provided something even better for my friend as he always does.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/evaluating-my-resources/feed/ 0 I wasn’t sure I could handle the stress of making another decision. - A family friend in her early twenties was looking to move out of her apartment and into a less expensive living situation. We adore this young lady. I wasn’t sure I could handle the stress of making another decision. A family friend in her early twenties was looking to move out of her apartment and into a less expensive living situation. We adore this young lady. She’s lovely and no trouble at all. But when she asked to move in with us, I felt conflicted. I knew I was going to need to take myself through a process of evaluating this decision, and my evaluation would have to be a consideration of my resources. If I spend resources I don’t have, I’ll eventually bankrupt myself. So I asked, “Do I have the resources to handle this request physically, financially, spiritually, and emotionally?” Though my heart said yes… the reality of my resources made this a no. God provided something even better for my friend as he always does. Related Resources: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst The Best Yes Bible Study DVD by Lysa Terkeurst The Best Yes Participant Guide by Lysa Terkeurst Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Why Am I Waiting? http://proverbs31.org/blog/why-am-i-waiting/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/why-am-i-waiting/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:01:58 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2631 I was grieving the death of a close friend, and it was REALLY hard.

My friend, Kim, was a wonderful mom with three little kids who would feel the pain of their loss for the rest of their lives. Her death made me ask some tough questions about my own life, because although I know I’ll die someday, I tend to live like I have forever. But I don’t.

It made me ask what are some things I’d want to do if I were diagnosed with a terminal illness? Would I write letters to my husband and kids telling them how I feel about them or make videos for their graduation and wedding days? Would I just want to spend every moment with them that I possibly could?

It’s not easy to think about things like this when I don’t have a life-threatening illness. But, why wait? There’s so much I want to say and do, and, the reality is, I’m not guaranteed tomorrow.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/why-am-i-waiting/feed/ 0 I was grieving the death of a close friend, and it was REALLY hard. - My friend, Kim, was a wonderful mom with three little kids who would feel the pain of their loss for the rest of their lives. Her death made me ask some tough questions about my own... I was grieving the death of a close friend, and it was REALLY hard. My friend, Kim, was a wonderful mom with three little kids who would feel the pain of their loss for the rest of their lives. Her death made me ask some tough questions about my own life, because although I know I’ll die someday, I tend to live like I have forever. But I don’t. It made me ask what are some things I’d want to do if I were diagnosed with a terminal illness? Would I write letters to my husband and kids telling them how I feel about them or make videos for their graduation and wedding days? Would I just want to spend every moment with them that I possibly could? It’s not easy to think about things like this when I don’t have a life-threatening illness. But, why wait? There’s so much I want to say and do, and, the reality is, I’m not guaranteed tomorrow. Related Resources: A Confident Heart by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
How Much Will This Choice Really Cost Me? http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-much-will-this-choice-really-cost-me/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-much-will-this-choice-really-cost-me/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:01:21 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2627 Don’t you wish we could see the cost of our choices as clearly as a price tag on items in a store?

If I know how much something will cost me, I make wiser choices. We have an enemy who schemes against us to keep the cost of dumb decisions concealed.

Satan’s schemes are specifically targeted to do three things:

1. Increase our desire for something outside the will of God.
2. Make us think giving into a weakness is no big deal.
3. Minimize our ability to think through the consequences of a temptation.

Satan is a master of keeping that cost hidden until it’s too late.

Think how different life might be if we paused and asked this crucial question: How much will this choice really cost me?

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-much-will-this-choice-really-cost-me/feed/ 1 Don’t you wish we could see the cost of our choices as clearly as a price tag on items in a store? - If I know how much something will cost me, I make wiser choices. We have an enemy who schemes against us to keep the cost of dumb decisions concealed. Don’t you wish we could see the cost of our choices as clearly as a price tag on items in a store? If I know how much something will cost me, I make wiser choices. We have an enemy who schemes against us to keep the cost of dumb decisions concealed. Satan’s schemes are specifically targeted to do three things: 1. Increase our desire for something outside the will of God. 2. Make us think giving into a weakness is no big deal. 3. Minimize our ability to think through the consequences of a temptation. Satan is a master of keeping that cost hidden until it’s too late. Think how different life might be if we paused and asked this crucial question: How much will this choice really cost me? Learn more about making wise decisions by clicking on Lysa’s blog. Related Resources: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
We Are {For} Them http://proverbs31.org/blog/we-are-for-them/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/we-are-for-them/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:01:11 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2624 Radio.r9.10

I didn’t know what to expect when my friend Jill said, “I might sound controversial, but…”

Actually, what my friend said wasn’t that controversial. In fact, controversy was exactly what Jill was upset about. She was starting to feel like everywhere she turned there was another group of Christians standing AGAINST something, and it was starting to bother her.

She told me she realizes we need to make our voice heard and stand up for our values. Jill said she’d rather be known by what she is FOR than what she’s AGAINST. I guess, even more than her opinion on health care, traditional marriage, or even the latest reality TV news, Jill wants people to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is for THEM because Jesus is for them…and she loves THEM because He loves them.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/we-are-for-them/feed/ 1 I didn’t know what to expect when my friend Jill said, “I might sound controversial, but...” - Actually, what my friend said wasn’t that controversial. In fact, controversy was exactly what Jill was upset about. I didn’t know what to expect when my friend Jill said, “I might sound controversial, but...” Actually, what my friend said wasn’t that controversial. In fact, controversy was exactly what Jill was upset about. She was starting to feel like everywhere she turned there was another group of Christians standing AGAINST something, and it was starting to bother her. She told me she realizes we need to make our voice heard and stand up for our values. Jill said she’d rather be known by what she is FOR than what she’s AGAINST. I guess, even more than her opinion on health care, traditional marriage, or even the latest reality TV news, Jill wants people to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is for THEM because Jesus is for them…and she loves THEM because He loves them. For a daily does of encouragement and hope, sign up for our FREE Encouragement for Today email devotions. Other Related Resources: Encouragement for Today devotional book featuring 100 devotions from Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst and the other Proverbs 31 Ministries authors. Check out more of Renee's Books & Resources Sign up for our next Online Bible Study featuring Lysa TerKeurst' new best-selling book, "The Best Yes." Renee Swope clean 1:00
Overwhelmed Schedule = Underwhelmed Soul http://proverbs31.org/blog/overwhelmed-schedule-underwhelmed-soul/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/overwhelmed-schedule-underwhelmed-soul/#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:01:44 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2621 I know what it’s like to live with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.

Someone makes an unrealistic request of me; my brain and my schedule say no, but my heart says yes! Then my mouth betrays my intention of saying no, as it smiles and says, “Yes, of course.”

So I get all twisted up in deciding to say yes or no, not realizing there is a third option: my Best Yes.

A Best Yes is you playing your part in God’s plan. If you know it and believe it, you’ll live it. You’ll live your life making decisions with the Best Yes as your best filter.

Then, you’ll be able to underwhelm your schedule so God can overwhelm your soul!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/overwhelmed-schedule-underwhelmed-soul/feed/ 0 I know what it’s like to live with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul. - Someone makes an unrealistic request of me; my brain and my schedule say no, but my heart says yes! I know what it’s like to live with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul. Someone makes an unrealistic request of me; my brain and my schedule say no, but my heart says yes! Then my mouth betrays my intention of saying no, as it smiles and says, “Yes, of course.” So I get all twisted up in deciding to say yes or no, not realizing there is a third option: my Best Yes. A Best Yes is you playing your part in God’s plan. If you know it and believe it, you’ll live it. You’ll live your life making decisions with the Best Yes as your best filter. Then, you’ll be able to underwhelm your schedule so God can overwhelm your soul! Related Resources: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst The Best Yes Bible Study DVD by Lysa Terkeurst The Best Yes Participant Guide by Lysa Terkeurst Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
But That’s Not in My Plans http://proverbs31.org/blog/but-thats-not-in-my-plans/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/but-thats-not-in-my-plans/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:01:30 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2608 Andrew wasn’t acting like himself, and I couldn’t figure out why!

I was hanging out at my son’s 5th grade year-end party when I noticed he was all by himself, while all the other kids were with friends. I knew something wasn’t right because Andrew is usually a really outgoing kid. I asked his teacher about it, and she said he’d been withdrawn for a while, and even suggested a smaller environment might be a better fit for middle school.

Private school was not in our plans, nor our budget! We sensed God calling us to make a big change and take a big step of faith! Andrew, the fun-loving kid we knew at home became that same kid at school too, once he was in a smaller setting.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/but-thats-not-in-my-plans/feed/ 4 Andrew wasn’t acting like himself, and I couldn’t figure out why! - I was hanging out at my son’s 5th grade year-end party when I noticed he was all by himself, while all the other kids were with friends. I knew something wasn’t right because Andrew i... Andrew wasn’t acting like himself, and I couldn’t figure out why! I was hanging out at my son’s 5th grade year-end party when I noticed he was all by himself, while all the other kids were with friends. I knew something wasn’t right because Andrew is usually a really outgoing kid. I asked his teacher about it, and she said he’d been withdrawn for a while, and even suggested a smaller environment might be a better fit for middle school. Private school was not in our plans, nor our budget! We sensed God calling us to make a big change and take a big step of faith! Andrew, the fun-loving kid we knew at home became that same kid at school too, once he was in a smaller setting. Is God calling you to make a change that’s not in your plans? We’d love to encourage you through it. Join us for an Online Bible Study. Related Resources: A Confident Heart DVD and Book Bundle by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
The Analysis Paralysis http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-analysis-paralysis/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-analysis-paralysis/#respond Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:01:08 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2599 When I was little, I wanted to play on the monkey bars more than anything else.

But I was afraid. I couldn’t get myself to release one hand from the first bar and to grab the next one. No matter how hard I tried, the fear of falling paralyzed me.

I still feel like this sometimes when making a decision. I ponder and pray. I analyze the how and what ifs. I desperately want to know what is the right decision to make!

Suddenly I find myself hanging on that first bar, paralyzed from moving forward.

God is eliminating this analysis paralysis by showing me there is no perfect decision. If I desire to please Him with the decision I make and afterward it proves to be a mistake, it’s an error not an end.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-analysis-paralysis/feed/ 0 When I was little, I wanted to play on the monkey bars more than anything else. - But I was afraid. I couldn’t get myself to release one hand from the first bar and to grab the next one. No matter how hard I tried, the fear of falling paralyzed me. - When I was little, I wanted to play on the monkey bars more than anything else. But I was afraid. I couldn’t get myself to release one hand from the first bar and to grab the next one. No matter how hard I tried, the fear of falling paralyzed me. I still feel like this sometimes when making a decision. I ponder and pray. I analyze the how and what ifs. I desperately want to know what is the right decision to make! Suddenly I find myself hanging on that first bar, paralyzed from moving forward. God is eliminating this analysis paralysis by showing me there is no perfect decision. If I desire to please Him with the decision I make and afterward it proves to be a mistake, it’s an error not an end. Related Resources: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Her Perspective Changed Mine http://proverbs31.org/blog/her-perspective-changed-mine/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/her-perspective-changed-mine/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:01:12 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2597 I don’t know about you but my circumstance, lack of sleep, or even my perspective can affect my mood.

One afternoon I remembered it being really cold and rainy and I was feeling dreary, and wishing the sun would come out and cheer me up! Then I noticed my baby girl, who was 11-months-old baby at the time, looking out the window at the raindrops.

We had just adopted Aster from Ethiopia and everything was new to her. When I saw her kneeling beside our back door with her face pressed up against the glass, watching the rain trickle down the window, it changed how I saw things. Looking at the rain through her perspective changed mine.

Is there something that has you feeling down today? I wonder if God wants to help you look at it through a new perspective…maybe His perspective?

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/her-perspective-changed-mine/feed/ 2 I don’t know about you but my circumstance, lack of sleep, or even my perspective can affect my mood. - One afternoon I remembered it being really cold and rainy and I was feeling dreary, and wishing the sun would come out and cheer me up! I don’t know about you but my circumstance, lack of sleep, or even my perspective can affect my mood. One afternoon I remembered it being really cold and rainy and I was feeling dreary, and wishing the sun would come out and cheer me up! Then I noticed my baby girl, who was 11-months-old baby at the time, looking out the window at the raindrops. We had just adopted Aster from Ethiopia and everything was new to her. When I saw her kneeling beside our back door with her face pressed up against the glass, watching the rain trickle down the window, it changed how I saw things. Looking at the rain through her perspective changed mine. Is there something that has you feeling down today? I wonder if God wants to help you look at it through a new perspective…maybe His perspective? Related Resources: NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
Unrush Me http://proverbs31.org/blog/unrush-me/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/unrush-me/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:01:15 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2593 It started with a desperate prayer, “Lord unrush me.”

I stood at the sink trying to process the stabbing feeling in my chest. I had so much pulling at me, and really no time to enjoy any of it.

I found myself rushing my husband in conversation. Rushing my kids out the door. Rushing to the next thing and then the next. Rushing to make dinner and then rushing my people through dinner.

Exhaustion gnawed, deep places in my heart begging me to slow down, but how? I’ve made my decisions and now my decisions have made me.

Have you ever felt like you’ve set your life to the rhythm of rush? That simple prayer “Lord, unrush me” is a great place to start getting back that joyful, less frantic version of you.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/unrush-me/feed/ 5 It started with a desperate prayer, “Lord unrush me.” - I stood at the sink trying to process the stabbing feeling in my chest. I had so much pulling at me, and really no time to enjoy any of it. - I found myself rushing my husband in conversation. It started with a desperate prayer, “Lord unrush me.” I stood at the sink trying to process the stabbing feeling in my chest. I had so much pulling at me, and really no time to enjoy any of it. I found myself rushing my husband in conversation. Rushing my kids out the door. Rushing to the next thing and then the next. Rushing to make dinner and then rushing my people through dinner. Exhaustion gnawed, deep places in my heart begging me to slow down, but how? I’ve made my decisions and now my decisions have made me. Have you ever felt like you’ve set your life to the rhythm of rush? That simple prayer “Lord, unrush me” is a great place to start getting back that joyful, less frantic version of you. Related Resources: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst The Best Yes Bible Study DVD by Lysa Terkeurst The Best Yes Participant Guide by Lysa Terkeurst Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Love Notes To Lighten Your Load http://proverbs31.org/blog/love-notes-to-lighten-your-load/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/love-notes-to-lighten-your-load/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:01:40 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2588 Yesterday I tried to pick up my son’s book bag and couldn’t lift it, because it was so heavy!

I found 4 textbooks, 2 big binders, and some old candy wrappers inside the backpack. I wondered, “How can Andrew carry this heavy load all day?” It dawned on me that high school had increased his physical burden but also other burdens as well. So I’ve decided to help lighten his load this year, I am going to put little notes in is book bag.   I can just picture him smiling about my crazy drawings, or some fun phrases that we just say between the two of us or even like a prayer or Bible promise.

Notes tell our kids we’re thinking about them, and that they’re not alone. A funny stick figure can bring laughter to their stressful day. Love notes can actually lighten their loads and lift their hearts!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/love-notes-to-lighten-your-load/feed/ 6 Yesterday I tried to pick up my son’s book bag and couldn’t lift it, because it was so heavy! - I found 4 textbooks, 2 big binders, and some old candy wrappers inside the backpack. I wondered, “How can Andrew carry this heavy load all day? Yesterday I tried to pick up my son’s book bag and couldn’t lift it, because it was so heavy! I found 4 textbooks, 2 big binders, and some old candy wrappers inside the backpack. I wondered, “How can Andrew carry this heavy load all day?” It dawned on me that high school had increased his physical burden but also other burdens as well. So I’ve decided to help lighten his load this year, I am going to put little notes in is book bag.   I can just picture him smiling about my crazy drawings, or some fun phrases that we just say between the two of us or even like a prayer or Bible promise. Notes tell our kids we’re thinking about them, and that they’re not alone. A funny stick figure can bring laughter to their stressful day. Love notes can actually lighten their loads and lift their hearts! Related Resources: A Confident Heart by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
The Two Most Powerful Words http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-two-most-powerful-words/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-two-most-powerful-words/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:01:53 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2584 The two most powerful words are yes and no.

How I use the words yes and no determine how I set my schedule. How I set my schedule determines how I live my life. How I live my life determines how I spend my soul.

When I think about my decisions in light of spending my soul, it gives gravity to choosing wisely. Each and every thing I say yes to sets the pace of my life.

I must remember when a woman lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule she’ll ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul; a soul full of life but no time to enjoy any of it.

If you have found yourself caught in a frantic pace recently, I understand. That’s why I wrote a free 5-day devotional called “Unrush me” just for you.  Sign up today.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-two-most-powerful-words/feed/ 6 The two most powerful words are yes and no. - How I use the words yes and no determine how I set my schedule. How I set my schedule determines how I live my life. How I live my life determines how I spend my soul. - The two most powerful words are yes and no. How I use the words yes and no determine how I set my schedule. How I set my schedule determines how I live my life. How I live my life determines how I spend my soul. When I think about my decisions in light of spending my soul, it gives gravity to choosing wisely. Each and every thing I say yes to sets the pace of my life. I must remember when a woman lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule she’ll ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul; a soul full of life but no time to enjoy any of it. If you have found yourself caught in a frantic pace recently, I understand. That’s why I wrote a free 5-day devotional called “Unrush me” just for you.  Sign up today. Related Resources: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Pursuing God’s Dream For Me http://proverbs31.org/blog/pursuing-gods-dream-for-me/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/pursuing-gods-dream-for-me/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:01:08 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2540 Have you ever taken time to think about what God’s dreams are for your life?

What would you do if you had no fears or insecurities? Maybe you’re thinking… I don’t know and I don’t have time to find out.

It’s easy to completely neglect our dreams and desires to meet the needs of everyone around us and call it self-sacrifice. It sounds godly, but in doing so we risk shutting down a place in our soul where God’s dreams and gifts are waiting to be revealed.

It’s not self-seeking but God-seeking to intentionally get to know and become the woman God created us to be.

A woman who is confident in Christ is comfortable saying “no” to some things so she can say “yes to living the life God designed her for! And she’s intentional about pursuing the spiritual purpose God has for her.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/pursuing-gods-dream-for-me/feed/ 10 Have you ever taken time to think about what God’s dreams are for your life? - What would you do if you had no fears or insecurities? Maybe you’re thinking… I don’t know and I don’t have time to find out. - Have you ever taken time to think about what God’s dreams are for your life? What would you do if you had no fears or insecurities? Maybe you’re thinking… I don’t know and I don’t have time to find out. It’s easy to completely neglect our dreams and desires to meet the needs of everyone around us and call it self-sacrifice. It sounds godly, but in doing so we risk shutting down a place in our soul where God’s dreams and gifts are waiting to be revealed. It’s not self-seeking but God-seeking to intentionally get to know and become the woman God created us to be. A woman who is confident in Christ is comfortable saying “no” to some things so she can say “yes” to living the life God designed her for! And she’s intentional about pursuing the spiritual purpose God has for her. Related Resources: Encouragement for Today by Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer and other P31 authors Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
Get Started http://proverbs31.org/blog/get-started/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/get-started/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:40 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2537 We’ve all been there. We know what needs to be done, but we just never seem to get around to it!

Cleaning out that closet, starting that diet, writing that thank you note; all of these are things I know I need to do, but wanting something to happen and actually making it happen are two very different things.

Seriously, why can’t I just accomplish all the things on my list? It is just so hard to get out of the rut of my already busy schedule and add something else.

Well guess what today is? National get started day!

Okay, so I totally made that up, but I think it’s a great day to tackle one of “those things”. Or, at least, get started. So put on your favorite music. Pick which thing you want to commit to today, and decide the moment to start is right now!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/get-started/feed/ 3 We’ve all been there. We know what needs to be done, but we just never seem to get around to it! - Cleaning out that closet, starting that diet, writing that thank you note; all of these are things I know I need to do, We’ve all been there. We know what needs to be done, but we just never seem to get around to it! Cleaning out that closet, starting that diet, writing that thank you note; all of these are things I know I need to do, but wanting something to happen and actually making it happen are two very different things. Seriously, why can’t I just accomplish all the things on my list? It is just so hard to get out of the rut of my already busy schedule and add something else. Well guess what today is? National get started day! Okay, so I totally made that up, but I think it’s a great day to tackle one of “those things”. Or, at least, get started. So put on your favorite music. Pick which thing you want to commit to today, and decide the moment to start is right now! Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Unglued: Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Fitting In http://proverbs31.org/blog/fitting-in/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/fitting-in/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:32 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2534 “Mom you just don’t understand!”

Those words made me feel a hundred years old! I remember saying them to my mom, but never thought I’d hear them from my own sons.

As teenage boys, the pressure to fit in is sometimes more than they can handle. And I get it. I want my sons to feel accepted by their peers, but I also know their need for approval can never be completely filled by their friends.

When one of them wanted a new video game that was rated M for mature, I reminded them that having healthy boundaries on what they see is not negotiable. I also told them I understand the need to fit in, but getting acceptance from people is a never-ending search.

I’ve discovered the hard way the only approval we can count on is God’s approval. It’s not based on who we are or what we can do, but on who He is and what He already did for us through Christ.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/fitting-in/feed/ 2 “Mom you just don’t understand!” - Those words made me feel a hundred years old! I remember saying them to my mom, but never thought I’d hear them from my own sons. - As teenage boys, the pressure to fit in is sometimes more than they can handle. “Mom you just don’t understand!” Those words made me feel a hundred years old! I remember saying them to my mom, but never thought I’d hear them from my own sons. As teenage boys, the pressure to fit in is sometimes more than they can handle. And I get it. I want my sons to feel accepted by their peers, but I also know their need for approval can never be completely filled by their friends. When one of them wanted a new video game that was rated M for mature, I reminded them that having healthy boundaries on what they see is not negotiable. I also told them I understand the need to fit in, but getting acceptance from people is a never-ending search. I’ve discovered the hard way the only approval we can count on is God’s approval. It’s not based on who we are or what we can do, but on who He is and what He already did for us through Christ. Related Resources: A Confident Heart DVD and Book Bundle by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
I Keep Asking http://proverbs31.org/blog/i-keep-asking/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/i-keep-asking/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:01:03 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2526 Do you ever wonder if every word in the Bible is intentional? Sometimes I do…

For instance, there’s a place in the New Testament where the Apostle Paul is talking about prayer and he says: “I keep asking…” After digging a little I realized this phrase is completely intentional. Paul doesn’t pray just once, he keeps asking. His example challenges me to make it a habit to keep asking God for wisdom every day.

Paul changed from persecuting Christians to serving Christ. And it was immediate and amazing. How could he so quickly know enough about Jesus to go from killing others to preaching the gospel? If this kind of astonishing wisdom was available to Paul, I have to believe the same can be true for us. So, I’m going to keep asking. How about you?

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/i-keep-asking/feed/ 1 Do you ever wonder if every word in the Bible is intentional? Sometimes I do… - For instance, there’s a place in the New Testament where the Apostle Paul is talking about prayer and he says: “I keep asking... Do you ever wonder if every word in the Bible is intentional? Sometimes I do… For instance, there’s a place in the New Testament where the Apostle Paul is talking about prayer and he says: “I keep asking...” After digging a little I realized this phrase is completely intentional. Paul doesn’t pray just once, he keeps asking. His example challenges me to make it a habit to keep asking God for wisdom every day. Paul changed from persecuting Christians to serving Christ. And it was immediate and amazing. How could he so quickly know enough about Jesus to go from killing others to preaching the gospel? If this kind of astonishing wisdom was available to Paul, I have to believe the same can be true for us. So, I’m going to keep asking. How about you? Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources What Happens When Women Say Yes To God (Devotional) by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Choosing to Respect Him http://proverbs31.org/blog/choosing-to-respect-him/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/choosing-to-respect-him/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:01:18 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2529 Sometimes I have to choose to respect my husband even when I don’t feel it.

My husband and I are very different. He’s laid back and I’m task oriented. He’s a little unorganized and I like things put away.

When we first got married, I felt like I was always finding clothes on the floor. In my head, I labeled JJ “messy.” My respect dropped a notch. After a few weekends of him watching basketball all day, I labeled him “lazy.” And my respect for him dropped another notch.

One afternoon I was reading in the Bible where it says wives are to respect our husbands, unconditionally. And boy did feel convicted! I knew I was going to need God’s help.

So I started praying about my attitude and asked God to help me make a list of qualities I did respect about JJ. Then I decided to focus on those every day. It wasn’t easy to do, but it has transformed my marriage!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/choosing-to-respect-him/feed/ 2 Sometimes I have to choose to respect my husband even when I don’t feel it. - My husband and I are very different. He’s laid back and I’m task oriented. He’s a little unorganized and I like things put away. - When we first got married, Sometimes I have to choose to respect my husband even when I don’t feel it. My husband and I are very different. He’s laid back and I’m task oriented. He’s a little unorganized and I like things put away. When we first got married, I felt like I was always finding clothes on the floor. In my head, I labeled JJ “messy.” My respect dropped a notch. After a few weekends of him watching basketball all day, I labeled him “lazy." And my respect for him dropped another notch. One afternoon I was reading in the Bible where it says wives are to respect our husbands, unconditionally. And boy did feel convicted! I knew I was going to need God’s help. So I started praying about my attitude and asked God to help me make a list of qualities I did respect about JJ. Then I decided to focus on those every day. It wasn’t easy to do, but it has transformed my marriage! Related Resources: A Confident Heart by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
Looking at Love http://proverbs31.org/blog/looking-at-love/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/looking-at-love/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:01:15 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2522 Today I’m feeling challenged to look at love a little differently.

To be completely honest, I often look at love by focusing on what it will offer me. But if my only view of love is based on what I can get from other people, it’ll fail me every single time.

You see, I’ve finally learned that other people were never meant to be my God. No husband, children, or other relationship can ever right all my wrongs, and soothe those deep insecurities. Only God can do this.

So, I can choose to focus my attention and my heart on Jesus every day. And stop demanding that the people around me do things they were never meant to do.

Today I’m choosing to remember that love isn’t what I have the opportunity to get from this world. Love is what I have the opportunity to give.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/looking-at-love/feed/ 4 Today I’m feeling challenged to look at love a little differently. - To be completely honest, I often look at love by focusing on what it will offer me. But if my only view of love is based on what I can get from other people, Today I’m feeling challenged to look at love a little differently. To be completely honest, I often look at love by focusing on what it will offer me. But if my only view of love is based on what I can get from other people, it’ll fail me every single time. You see, I’ve finally learned that other people were never meant to be my God. No husband, children, or other relationship can ever right all my wrongs, and soothe those deep insecurities. Only God can do this. So, I can choose to focus my attention and my heart on Jesus every day. And stop demanding that the people around me do things they were never meant to do. Today I’m choosing to remember that love isn't what I have the opportunity to get from this world. Love is what I have the opportunity to give. Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
How Do I Follow Jesus? http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-do-i-follow-jesus/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-do-i-follow-jesus/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:01:28 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2519 When Jesus said, “Come and follow Me” did He mean that for us, today?

Jesus said “Come, follow Me” to men who could actually follow Him physically. Yet I want to be a woman who accepts His invitation and follows Him spiritually – every day!

Now, that hasn’t always been my attitude. My desire to follow God came after years of following my own plans, which eventually failed. I ended up in a pit of despair after a broken engagement, a job loss and a pile of debt I couldn’t get out of! That’s when I finally surrendered my plans and told God I wanted Him to start leading my life.

And you know what? He did. Each time I committed to follow Him, He’d lead me to verses in the Bible to comfort my hurts and wisdom to make good choices. And step-by-step I eventually learned to follow God.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-do-i-follow-jesus/feed/ 1 When Jesus said, “Come and follow Me” did He mean that for us, today? - Jesus said “Come, follow Me” to men who could actually follow Him physically. Yet I want to be a woman who accepts His invitation and follows Him spiritually - every day! - Now, When Jesus said, “Come and follow Me” did He mean that for us, today? Jesus said “Come, follow Me” to men who could actually follow Him physically. Yet I want to be a woman who accepts His invitation and follows Him spiritually - every day! Now, that hasn’t always been my attitude. My desire to follow God came after years of following my own plans, which eventually failed. I ended up in a pit of despair after a broken engagement, a job loss and a pile of debt I couldn’t get out of! That’s when I finally surrendered my plans and told God I wanted Him to start leading my life. And you know what? He did. Each time I committed to follow Him, He’d lead me to verses in the Bible to comfort my hurts and wisdom to make good choices. And step-by-step I eventually learned to follow God. Related Resources: NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
Praying With a Thankful Heart http://proverbs31.org/blog/praying-with-a-thankful-heart/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/praying-with-a-thankful-heart/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:01:19 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2516 If I were facing a pit of hungry lions, I wonder how thankful I would be.

Recently I was reading about Daniel in the Bible. Daniel loved God and lived to serve Him. However, one day a decree was passed by the King that said anyone caught praying to God would be thrown into a den of lions, but Daniel continued to pray. What did he pray? He gave thanks to God as he had done before.

Well, praying with a thankful heart proved powerfully effective. When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, God shut the animals’ mouths and Daniel’s life was spared! I wonder if my life were at stake, if the first thing I’d do would be to say a prayer of thanks. Wow, what a challenge to have an attitude of gratitude every day.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/praying-with-a-thankful-heart/feed/ 2 If I were facing a pit of hungry lions, I wonder how thankful I would be. - Recently I was reading about Daniel in the Bible. Daniel loved God and lived to serve Him. However, one day a decree was passed by the King that said anyone caught praying to ... If I were facing a pit of hungry lions, I wonder how thankful I would be. Recently I was reading about Daniel in the Bible. Daniel loved God and lived to serve Him. However, one day a decree was passed by the King that said anyone caught praying to God would be thrown into a den of lions, but Daniel continued to pray. What did he pray? He gave thanks to God as he had done before. Well, praying with a thankful heart proved powerfully effective. When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, God shut the animals’ mouths and Daniel’s life was spared! I wonder if my life were at stake, if the first thing I’d do would be to say a prayer of thanks. Wow, what a challenge to have an attitude of gratitude every day. Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Never Alone http://proverbs31.org/blog/never-alone/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/never-alone/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:01:22 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2513 Do you ever feel like God’s walked out on you?

My friend Wendy was violently attacked and went through a long period of darkness, fear, and loneliness.

Wendy was angry and felt abandoned by God but in the middle of her struggle, God gave her hope while she was reading in the Bible about the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt. God had promised to deliver them, but all they could hear were Pharaoh’s chariots chasing after them. And all they saw was the Red Sea blocking their only escape.

Yet, when Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, the Bible says that all night God parted the waters so they could cross on dry land. They couldn’t see what God was doing in the darkness but He was helping them just as He’d promised.

This reminded Wendy that God was working to carry her through her darkness even when she couldn’t see it.

No matter how dark life feels, God is near and He’s working to rescue us, too!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/never-alone/feed/ 1 Do you ever feel like God’s walked out on you? - My friend Wendy was violently attacked and went through a long period of darkness, fear, and loneliness. - Wendy was angry and felt abandoned by God but in the middle of her struggle, Do you ever feel like God’s walked out on you? My friend Wendy was violently attacked and went through a long period of darkness, fear, and loneliness. Wendy was angry and felt abandoned by God but in the middle of her struggle, God gave her hope while she was reading in the Bible about the Israelites' escape from slavery in Egypt. God had promised to deliver them, but all they could hear were Pharaoh’s chariots chasing after them. And all they saw was the Red Sea blocking their only escape. Yet, when Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, the Bible says that all night God parted the waters so they could cross on dry land. They couldn’t see what God was doing in the darkness but He was helping them just as He’d promised. This reminded Wendy that God was working to carry her through her darkness even when she couldn’t see it. No matter how dark life feels, God is near and He’s working to rescue us, too! Related Resources: Rest Assured{message on CD} by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
Telling My Story http://proverbs31.org/blog/telling-my-story/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/telling-my-story/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:34 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2510 How is it that mistakes from our past can still cause problems today?

A few years ago I found myself in a tough spot. Not only were the negative memories from my past bothering me; but they were making me feel stuck and unable to move on.

I made a lot of mistakes in my early 20’s.  Mistakes that I desperately wish I could go back and undo.  Not being able to fix my past made it hard to accept God’s forgiveness.  Do you know what finally helped me?  Coming to the realization that while it was impossible to change my past, I could let God use it for good.

Telling my story to young girls in hopes of helping them to avoid the same mistakes I’d made, helped me to finally accept God’s forgiveness and move on.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/telling-my-story/feed/ 1 How is it that mistakes from our past can still cause problems today? - A few years ago I found myself in a tough spot. Not only were the negative memories from my past bothering me; but they were making me feel stuck and unable to move on. - How is it that mistakes from our past can still cause problems today? A few years ago I found myself in a tough spot. Not only were the negative memories from my past bothering me; but they were making me feel stuck and unable to move on. I made a lot of mistakes in my early 20’s.  Mistakes that I desperately wish I could go back and undo.  Not being able to fix my past made it hard to accept God’s forgiveness.  Do you know what finally helped me?  Coming to the realization that while it was impossible to change my past, I could let God use it for good. Telling my story to young girls in hopes of helping them to avoid the same mistakes I’d made, helped me to finally accept God’s forgiveness and move on. Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources What Happens When Women Say Yes To God by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Unwanted http://proverbs31.org/blog/unwanted/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/unwanted/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:01:45 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2504 Isn’t it easy to feel “unwanted” when we’ve been rejected?

I’d been asked to be part of something I was really excited about. But then plans changed and I wasn’t needed anymore. Honestly, it was hard. And it made me feel rejected.

My heart felt that yucky unwanted emotion, and I had to remind myself that God says He will never reject me.

Jesus said we should only seek His approval because His acceptance can’t be lost. I love knowing there’s nothing I can do to make God reject me. I know it for certain because I’ve gone to Him for forgiveness and acceptance through His Son, Jesus.

Jesus took the pain and rejection of man when He died on the cross for our sins. Because He did that, we can know we are loved and accepted by God, no matter what!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/unwanted/feed/ 6 Isn’t it easy to feel “unwanted” when we’ve been rejected? - I’d been asked to be part of something I was really excited about. But then plans changed and I wasn’t needed anymore. Honestly, it was hard. And it made me feel rejected. - Isn’t it easy to feel “unwanted” when we’ve been rejected? I’d been asked to be part of something I was really excited about. But then plans changed and I wasn’t needed anymore. Honestly, it was hard. And it made me feel rejected. My heart felt that yucky unwanted emotion, and I had to remind myself that God says He will never reject me. Jesus said we should only seek His approval because His acceptance can’t be lost. I love knowing there’s nothing I can do to make God reject me. I know it for certain because I’ve gone to Him for forgiveness and acceptance through His Son, Jesus. Jesus took the pain and rejection of man when He died on the cross for our sins. Because He did that, we can know we are loved and accepted by God, no matter what! Related Resources: A Confident Heart Devotional by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
Sweet Sleep http://proverbs31.org/blog/sweet-sleep/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/sweet-sleep/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:01:41 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2501 Do you battle with sleeplessness? You’re not alone!

I’m amazed at the number of people who struggle with insomnia. I don’t deal with it on an ongoing basis, but I’ve had nights where I was too consumed by my anxious thoughts.

When my body’s still and all distractions are put aside, anxiety can invade the crevices of my thought life; particularly if I’ve had an extremely difficult or busy day.   Life’s troubles and worries replay themselves in my mind, robbing me of precious physical rest I need.

If you struggle with this, let me encourage you to try praying. You’re awake anyway right? The Bible says we can give our worries to God by talking to Him in prayer. Talk to Him about your mounting to do list, your relationship issues, or whatever is troubling you. He responds by offering to exchange them for His peace and, who knows, maybe you’ll get a little shut-eye as well!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/sweet-sleep/feed/ 5 Do you battle with sleeplessness? You’re not alone! - I’m amazed at the number of people who struggle with insomnia. I don’t deal with it on an ongoing basis, but I’ve had nights where I was too consumed by my anxious thoughts. - Do you battle with sleeplessness? You’re not alone! I’m amazed at the number of people who struggle with insomnia. I don’t deal with it on an ongoing basis, but I’ve had nights where I was too consumed by my anxious thoughts. When my body’s still and all distractions are put aside, anxiety can invade the crevices of my thought life; particularly if I’ve had an extremely difficult or busy day.   Life’s troubles and worries replay themselves in my mind, robbing me of precious physical rest I need. If you struggle with this, let me encourage you to try praying. You’re awake anyway right? The Bible says we can give our worries to God by talking to Him in prayer. Talk to Him about your mounting to do list, your relationship issues, or whatever is troubling you. He responds by offering to exchange them for His peace and, who knows, maybe you’ll get a little shut-eye as well! Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Building Back Trust http://proverbs31.org/blog/building-back-trust/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/building-back-trust/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:01:37 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2499 Has someone ever broken your trust? Hi I’m Renee Swope for Proverbs 31 Ministries.

When my friend Jane checked the history on her daughter’s computer she discovered her daughter had visited some websites she wasn’t very happy about, and it made her sick. Jane wasn’t only upset about things her daughter had seen, but also felt like she couldn’t trust her anymore.

Jane called and asked me how she could ever trust her daughter again? We talked about how it takes time to build back trust and steps she could take. First she needed to talk God about the hurt and acknowledge she’d broken His trust before, too. Doing that made her realize how much she needed His forgiveness, which helped her forgive her daughter.

Jane offered forgiveness, but she also set boundaries and was honest about her deep hurt. And she explained it would take time to trust her again.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/building-back-trust/feed/ 4 Has someone ever broken your trust? Hi I’m Renee Swope for Proverbs 31 Ministries. - When my friend Jane checked the history on her daughter’s computer she discovered her daughter had visited some websites she wasn’t very happy about, Has someone ever broken your trust? Hi I’m Renee Swope for Proverbs 31 Ministries. When my friend Jane checked the history on her daughter’s computer she discovered her daughter had visited some websites she wasn’t very happy about, and it made her sick. Jane wasn’t only upset about things her daughter had seen, but also felt like she couldn’t trust her anymore. Jane called and asked me how she could ever trust her daughter again? We talked about how it takes time to build back trust and steps she could take. First she needed to talk God about the hurt and acknowledge she’d broken His trust before, too. Doing that made her realize how much she needed His forgiveness, which helped her forgive her daughter. Jane offered forgiveness, but she also set boundaries and was honest about her deep hurt. And she explained it would take time to trust her again. Related Resources: Encouragement for Today by Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer and other P31 authors Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00
A Heart’s Tug Toward Eternity http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-hearts-tug-toward-eternity/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-hearts-tug-toward-eternity/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:01:01 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2496 Could a longing in your heart be a tug toward eternity?

I don’t believe God likes to play cruel jokes on us. I can’t see Him sitting in heaven chuckling while I’m crying. When I hurt He hurts. The Bible says God is good.

Disappointments don’t mean He doesn’t care. Instead, they’re a reminder that this world is not our home. When I’m disappointed, I have to allow my heart to be drawn toward a fulfillment that can only be found in Jesus.

If I argue with my husband, get discouraged by my kids, outgrow my favorite jeans, erase all the pictures in my digital camera by mistake, or simply find myself feeling down; I need to ask Jesus to fill the void in my heart.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-hearts-tug-toward-eternity/feed/ 1 Could a longing in your heart be a tug toward eternity? - I don’t believe God likes to play cruel jokes on us. I can’t see Him sitting in heaven chuckling while I’m crying. When I hurt He hurts. The Bible says God is good. - Could a longing in your heart be a tug toward eternity? I don’t believe God likes to play cruel jokes on us. I can’t see Him sitting in heaven chuckling while I’m crying. When I hurt He hurts. The Bible says God is good. Disappointments don’t mean He doesn’t care. Instead, they’re a reminder that this world is not our home. When I’m disappointed, I have to allow my heart to be drawn toward a fulfillment that can only be found in Jesus. If I argue with my husband, get discouraged by my kids, outgrow my favorite jeans, erase all the pictures in my digital camera by mistake, or simply find myself feeling down; I need to ask Jesus to fill the void in my heart. Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources What Happens When Women Say Yes To God by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Deny Myself? http://proverbs31.org/blog/deny-myself/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/deny-myself/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:01:14 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2480 Sometimes I wonder if church message signs ever make a difference!

The other day a friend of mine drove by a church sign that said, “Deny thyself, take up your cross, and follow me!” She wondered, “How many people KNOW what that means?”

She knew the story from the Bible. Jesus had told His friends about the suffering He would endure on our behalf. One of them told Jesus to stop scaring everyone and He said something like, “God’s plan will offer Eternal Life but it comes at an unbelievable cost to ME. And, it will cost you, too, if you follow Me!”

It made my friend wonder, who really denies themselves these days? And, why should we? Well, Jesus said if we’re selfish we’ll lose everything, but when we serve others we follow God. And as we follow, He offers HOPE and joy because we’re sacrificing like He sacrificed for us, which made my friend want to start looking for ways to put others first!

So, the church sign DID make a difference, at least for her!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/deny-myself/feed/ 1 Sometimes I wonder if church message signs ever make a difference! - The other day a friend of mine drove by a church sign that said, "Deny thyself, take up your cross, and follow me!” She wondered, “How many people KNOW what that means?” - Sometimes I wonder if church message signs ever make a difference! The other day a friend of mine drove by a church sign that said, "Deny thyself, take up your cross, and follow me!” She wondered, “How many people KNOW what that means?” She knew the story from the Bible. Jesus had told His friends about the suffering He would endure on our behalf. One of them told Jesus to stop scaring everyone and He said something like, “God's plan will offer Eternal Life but it comes at an unbelievable cost to ME. And, it will cost you, too, if you follow Me!" It made my friend wonder, who really denies themselves these days? And, why should we? Well, Jesus said if we’re selfish we'll lose everything, but when we serve others we follow God. And as we follow, He offers HOPE and joy because we’re sacrificing like He sacrificed for us, which made my friend want to start looking for ways to put others first! So, the church sign DID make a difference, at least for her! Related Resources: A Confident Heart DVD and Book Bundle by Renee Swope Connect with Renee on her blog, Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Renee's Books & Resources Renee Swope clean 1:00