Proverbs 31 Ministries http://proverbs31.org Bringing God’s peace, perspective, and purpose to today’s busy woman. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:01:50 +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 How Do You Do It All? http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-do-you-do-it-all/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-do-you-do-it-all/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:01:50 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2802

How do you do it all? And I DON’T do it all!

The other day a friend asked me, Renee, with two teenage boys, a five year old with special needs, and a busy job, how do you do it all? I quickly told her, I don’t do it all at least not all at the same time.

I always have more projects on my list than I can ever finish, and I am terrible at estimating how much time it will take to get something done. But there are things I do that help me balance my life.

First, I depend on a list to remind me what needs to get done. Second, I try to delegate as much as I can to my kids and share the load with my husband.

Finally, I give myself a ton of grace! I have to be ok with NOT getting everything done every day. So, that’s how I do… or actually DON’T DO – it all!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-do-you-do-it-all/feed/ 1 How do you do it all? And I DON’T do it all! - The other day a friend asked me, Renee, with two teenage boys, a five year old with special needs, and a busy job, how do you do it all? I quickly told her, I don’t do it all at least not all at the same ... How do you do it all? And I DON’T do it all! The other day a friend asked me, Renee, with two teenage boys, a five year old with special needs, and a busy job, how do you do it all? I quickly told her, I don’t do it all at least not all at the same time. I always have more projects on my list than I can ever finish, and I am terrible at estimating how much time it will take to get something done. But there are things I do that help me balance my life. First, I depend on a list to remind me what needs to get done. Second, I try to delegate as much as I can to my kids and share the load with my husband. Finally, I give myself a ton of grace! I have to be ok with NOT getting everything done every day. So, that’s how I do… or actually DON'T DO - it all! For more everyday encouragement, sign up for our FREE daily devotion Encouragement for Today. 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
Three Things Wife http://proverbs31.org/blog/three-things-wife/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/three-things-wife/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:01:25 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2798

Early in my marriage, I was determined to be a “good” wife, but I wasn’t really sure what that meant!

Desperate to get it right, I tried to figure out exactly what it is good wives do. Do they cook meatloaf, vacuum every day, and watch football? This list in my head of what a good wife does grew until it completely overwhelmed me.

Finally, I told my husband, “I just can’t do everything good wives do. Tell me three things you’d like me to focus on and I’ll try to do those well.”

His 3 things were simple… Be emotionally and spiritually invested in our kids, take good care of your body and soul, and keep the house tidy. (Notice he said tidy – not perfectly clean.)

Of course I don’t limit myself to these three but understanding what matters most to my husband has certainly freed me to enjoy my marriage so much more.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/three-things-wife/feed/ 1 Early in my marriage, I was determined to be a “good” wife, but I wasn’t really sure what that meant! - Desperate to get it right, I tried to figure out exactly what it is good wives do. Do they cook meatloaf, vacuum every day, and watch football? Early in my marriage, I was determined to be a “good” wife, but I wasn’t really sure what that meant! Desperate to get it right, I tried to figure out exactly what it is good wives do. Do they cook meatloaf, vacuum every day, and watch football? This list in my head of what a good wife does grew until it completely overwhelmed me. Finally, I told my husband, “I just can’t do everything good wives do. Tell me three things you’d like me to focus on and I’ll try to do those well.” His 3 things were simple… Be emotionally and spiritually invested in our kids, take good care of your body and soul, and keep the house tidy. (Notice he said tidy - not perfectly clean.) Of course I don’t limit myself to these three but understanding what matters most to my husband has certainly freed me to enjoy my marriage so much more. For more everyday encouragement, sign up for our FREE daily devotion Encouragement for 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
What Have You Done For Yourself Today? http://proverbs31.org/blog/what-have-you-done-for-yourself-today/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/what-have-you-done-for-yourself-today/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:18 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2795

What have you done for yourself today? I want you to be honest.

Have you done anything today just for you?  I’m not talking about an hour-long, hot stone massage although that would be good! Instead, have you taken even a moment to do something you want to do?

You know, women are stretched in every way possible.  With all we do for others it’s easy to put ourselves on the back burner, but that’s also how we get burned out. I think we need to get intentional and do a little something for ourselves each day.  Maybe it’s a bubble bath, painting our toenails, reading a chapter of the novel that’s been on our nightstand for weeks, watching our favorite movie, or maybe it’s extra time reading our Bible and listening to music.

When we take 20, 30, or even just five minutes for ourselves, we’re more equipped and able to give all the other minutes away.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/what-have-you-done-for-yourself-today/feed/ 1 What have you done for yourself today? I want you to be honest. - Have you done anything today just for you?  I’m not talking about an hour-long, hot stone massage although that would be good! Instead, have you taken even a moment to do something you ... What have you done for yourself today? I want you to be honest. Have you done anything today just for you?  I’m not talking about an hour-long, hot stone massage although that would be good! Instead, have you taken even a moment to do something you want to do? You know, women are stretched in every way possible.  With all we do for others it’s easy to put ourselves on the back burner, but that’s also how we get burned out. I think we need to get intentional and do a little something for ourselves each day.  Maybe it’s a bubble bath, painting our toenails, reading a chapter of the novel that’s been on our nightstand for weeks, watching our favorite movie, or maybe it’s extra time reading our Bible and listening to music. When we take 20, 30, or even just five minutes for ourselves, we’re more equipped and able to give all the other minutes away. Do something for yourself today, sign up for our next Online Bible Study 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
The Power of Self-Control http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-power-of-self-control/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-power-of-self-control/#respond Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:01:49 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2791

Have you ever been in conflict with someone when your blood pressure skyrockets and the worst version of you screams to come out?

Oh this happens to me. One snarky comment from someone, and I am ready to come unglued.

This is bound to happen to all of us. Through much soul-searching and prayer, I have realized one thing about the subject of coming unglued. When I react by yelling or making a snappy comeback, I am basically communicating to this other person you have the power to make me react in an unglued way. I don’t want that.

I must remember my feelings are indicators not dictators. My feelings can indicate we have got to address these problems, but not dictate that I yell or make the snappy comeback.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-power-of-self-control/feed/ 0 Have you ever been in conflict with someone when your blood pressure skyrockets and the worst version of you screams to come out? - Oh this happens to me. One snarky comment from someone, and I am ready to come unglued. - Have you ever been in conflict with someone when your blood pressure skyrockets and the worst version of you screams to come out? Oh this happens to me. One snarky comment from someone, and I am ready to come unglued. This is bound to happen to all of us. Through much soul-searching and prayer, I have realized one thing about the subject of coming unglued. When I react by yelling or making a snappy comeback, I am basically communicating to this other person you have the power to make me react in an unglued way. I don’t want that. I must remember my feelings are indicators not dictators. My feelings can indicate we have got to address these problems, but not dictate that I yell or make the snappy comeback. For more everyday encouragement, sign up for our FREE daily devotion Encouragement for Today. Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Unglued book and bundle by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Seeking Significance http://proverbs31.org/blog/seeking-significance/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/seeking-significance/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:01:32 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2788

Sometimes we can get stuck feeling like we’re just a mom or just a wife? I used to get down on myself thinking that the things I did as a mom, wife or even as a friend didn’t really make a difference. I’d ask God to show me something significant He wanted to do with my life, but I couldn’t see it happening.

Well, one afternoon God started to change my perspective. My neighbor, Janet, came over to thank me for a thank-you note I’d sent her. To me it was JUST a thank you note, but to Janet it was more. Some things I’d written had really touched her heart and it meant a lot to her.

I began to realize, I wasn’t JUST a mom, JUST a wife, or JUST anything! I was a significant part of God’s plan to encourage my family and my neighbor. I didn’t need to look for something significant God wanted me to do. I just needed to see that where I was serving, was significant.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/seeking-significance/feed/ 1 Sometimes we can get stuck feeling like we’re just a mom or just a wife? I used to get down on myself thinking that the things I did as a mom, wife or even as a friend didn’t really make a difference. I’d ask God to show me something significant He wan... Sometimes we can get stuck feeling like we’re just a mom or just a wife? I used to get down on myself thinking that the things I did as a mom, wife or even as a friend didn’t really make a difference. I’d ask God to show me something significant He wanted to do with my life, but I couldn’t see it happening. Well, one afternoon God started to change my perspective. My neighbor, Janet, came over to thank me for a thank-you note I’d sent her. To me it was JUST a thank you note, but to Janet it was more. Some things I’d written had really touched her heart and it meant a lot to her. I began to realize, I wasn’t JUST a mom, JUST a wife, or JUST anything! I was a significant part of God’s plan to encourage my family and my neighbor. I didn’t need to look for something significant God wanted me to do. I just needed to see that where I was serving, was significant. If you are looking for significance in your every day life, sign up for our next 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
Imperfect Progress http://proverbs31.org/blog/imperfect-progress-2/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/imperfect-progress-2/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:01:53 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2785

I keep messing up with my reactions to things. I have a tendency to process my emotions in an unhealthy way. I am either exploding with angry words or stuffing it down while saying, “I’m fine”. After many failed attempts and many cries of frustration, I realized what was keeping me from change.

It was the feeling that I wouldn’t do it perfectly. Sometimes we think if we don’t make instant progress then real change isn’t coming. Well that is not true.

There is a beautiful thing called imperfect progress. It comes when we take slow steps of progress wrapped in grace. The day I realized this is the day I gave myself permission to believe I really could be different. I challenged myself to just start having one better reaction each day. Little steps forward, imperfect progress that’s what we need.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/imperfect-progress-2/feed/ 7 I keep messing up with my reactions to things. I have a tendency to process my emotions in an unhealthy way. I am either exploding with angry words or stuffing it down while saying, “I’m fine”. After many failed attempts and many cries of frustration, I keep messing up with my reactions to things. I have a tendency to process my emotions in an unhealthy way. I am either exploding with angry words or stuffing it down while saying, “I’m fine”. After many failed attempts and many cries of frustration, I realized what was keeping me from change. It was the feeling that I wouldn’t do it perfectly. Sometimes we think if we don’t make instant progress then real change isn’t coming. Well that is not true. There is a beautiful thing called imperfect progress. It comes when we take slow steps of progress wrapped in grace. The day I realized this is the day I gave myself permission to believe I really could be different. I challenged myself to just start having one better reaction each day. Little steps forward, imperfect progress that’s what we need. To learn how to have better reactions, sign up for our FREE daily devotion Encouragement for Today. Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Unglued book and bundle by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
Make The Days Count http://proverbs31.org/blog/make-the-days-count/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/make-the-days-count/#respond Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:01:27 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2780

Ever heard the saying, Don’t count your days, make your days count?

It’s so easy to go through the motions of work, carpool, cooking, cleaning, homework, and ballgames. But in the midst of it all I have to ask myself, am I making the moments count with meaningful conversations or making simple deposits of encouragement into the lives of those I love?

I decided to get intentional the other day and thought of three people in my life who could use some encouragement. Then I took a few minutes that week to encourage them. I wrote a note to my husband and sent it in an email, the next day I left a voicemail with a short prayer and let a friend hear me thanking God for something special about her, and later that week I posted on my son’s Facebook page telling him I missed him because I was out of town. They weren’t huge things, but I could tell they meant a lot to the people I love.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/make-the-days-count/feed/ 0 Ever heard the saying, Don’t count your days, make your days count? - It’s so easy to go through the motions of work, carpool, cooking, cleaning, homework, and ballgames. But in the midst of it all I have to ask myself, Ever heard the saying, Don’t count your days, make your days count? It’s so easy to go through the motions of work, carpool, cooking, cleaning, homework, and ballgames. But in the midst of it all I have to ask myself, am I making the moments count with meaningful conversations or making simple deposits of encouragement into the lives of those I love? I decided to get intentional the other day and thought of three people in my life who could use some encouragement. Then I took a few minutes that week to encourage them. I wrote a note to my husband and sent it in an email, the next day I left a voicemail with a short prayer and let a friend hear me thanking God for something special about her, and later that week I posted on my son’s Facebook page telling him I missed him because I was out of town. They weren’t huge things, but I could tell they meant a lot to the people I love. To learn more about making your days count, sign up for our next Online Bible Study. 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
Today Is A New Day http://proverbs31.org/blog/today-is-a-new-day/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/today-is-a-new-day/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:01:09 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2776

It’s so easy to be distracted by one wrong thing that we can often miss out on many right things!

Recently I walked out my front door and immediately noticed something was different. Our big, shade-providing tree was gone. I called my husband in a panic. He assured me that everything was fine, and that he had purposefully had the tree cut down.

His calm explanation didn’t make me feel any better. Every time I looked outside all I could see was the stump.

What I didn’t understand was that the tree was sick, and my husband knew that it could fall during a storm. Distracted by what I considered to be a “wrong thing” in our yard, I couldn’t see the many right things!

No, my husband did not talk to me about the tree, but he WAS being our family’s protector and that is a good thing.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/today-is-a-new-day/feed/ 3 It’s so easy to be distracted by one wrong thing that we can often miss out on many right things! - Recently I walked out my front door and immediately noticed something was different. Our big, shade-providing tree was gone. It’s so easy to be distracted by one wrong thing that we can often miss out on many right things! Recently I walked out my front door and immediately noticed something was different. Our big, shade-providing tree was gone. I called my husband in a panic. He assured me that everything was fine, and that he had purposefully had the tree cut down. His calm explanation didn’t make me feel any better. Every time I looked outside all I could see was the stump. What I didn’t understand was that the tree was sick, and my husband knew that it could fall during a storm. Distracted by what I considered to be a “wrong thing” in our yard, I couldn’t see the many right things! No, my husband did not talk to me about the tree, but he WAS being our family’s protector and that is a good thing. For more everyday encouragement sign up for our next Online Bible Study. Related Resources: Unglued: Devotional 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
A Sacrifice Is Never On Sale http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-sacrifice-is-never-on-sale/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-sacrifice-is-never-on-sale/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:01:02 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2763

My friend Karen loves to bargain shop and look for the best deals!

The other day Karen told me that sometimes she will buy something just because it’s on sale not because she loves it or even needs it!  She said her husband always tells her “sometimes you need to buy something you love because you love it. It is okay to treat yourself to something you really want.”

I loved his perspective, and she did too. It also made her think about the price Christ paid for her. How He didn’t look for a discount in His sacrifice. He paid the full price for her because He loves her with an unconditional love, a love she cannot comprehend. He paid a price we could never pay ourselves.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-sacrifice-is-never-on-sale/feed/ 1 My friend Karen loves to bargain shop and look for the best deals! - The other day Karen told me that sometimes she will buy something just because it’s on sale not because she loves it or even needs it!  She said her husband always tells her “sometim... My friend Karen loves to bargain shop and look for the best deals! The other day Karen told me that sometimes she will buy something just because it’s on sale not because she loves it or even needs it!  She said her husband always tells her “sometimes you need to buy something you love because you love it. It is okay to treat yourself to something you really want.” I loved his perspective, and she did too. It also made her think about the price Christ paid for her. How He didn’t look for a discount in His sacrifice. He paid the full price for her because He loves her with an unconditional love, a love she cannot comprehend. He paid a price we could never pay ourselves. To learn more about the sacrifice Christ paid for you, sign up for our FREE daily devotion Encouragement for Today. 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
The First Step http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-first-step/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-first-step/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:01:53 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2761

Have you ever wanted to do something but weren’t sure of the first step to take?

Sometimes I find myself afraid to do many of the things God has called me to do. Doing something new can sometimes bring out all kinds of insecurities, doubts, and questions. What if other people don’t believe in me? If this is something God is calling me to do, will He really help me? What if I fail?

I have found the key to countering these questions is to fill my mind with truth from the pages of God’s Word. The more we know the truth, the less likely we are to fall for Satan’s discouraging lies. Well if you want to know a great place to get started, try the book of Proverbs in the Bible.

Today I want to focus on one thing God is asking me to do. Will you join me? Whatever it is you feel God is asking you to do today, why not take the first step?

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/the-first-step/feed/ 1 Have you ever wanted to do something but weren’t sure of the first step to take? - Sometimes I find myself afraid to do many of the things God has called me to do. Doing something new can sometimes bring out all kinds of insecurities, doubts, Have you ever wanted to do something but weren’t sure of the first step to take? Sometimes I find myself afraid to do many of the things God has called me to do. Doing something new can sometimes bring out all kinds of insecurities, doubts, and questions. What if other people don’t believe in me? If this is something God is calling me to do, will He really help me? What if I fail? I have found the key to countering these questions is to fill my mind with truth from the pages of God’s Word. The more we know the truth, the less likely we are to fall for Satan’s discouraging lies. Well if you want to know a great place to get started, try the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Today I want to focus on one thing God is asking me to do. Will you join me? Whatever it is you feel God is asking you to do today, why not take the first step? If you want to learn more about taking that first step, sign up for our next Online Bible Study. Related Resources: What Happens When Women Say Yes To God (Devotional) 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
You Don’t Have To Go Along http://proverbs31.org/blog/you-dont-have-to-go-along/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/you-dont-have-to-go-along/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:01:48 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2758

The Bible opens up with the story of a woman who had everything, yet it wasn’t enough!

Eve had the perfect Father, a husband who only had eyes for her, no wardrobe problems, and no bad hair days (surely there wasn’t humidity in Eden). God established Eve’s worth as His child. He gave her every woman’s desire: intimacy, beauty, security, and significance. Yet, the enemy conjured up feelings of insecurity by making Eve think she was not all she could be or should be.

Gosh, I can relate. Sometimes I think if I was as capable, smart, or godly as people I admire then I’d be secure. The truth is, even people who seem to have it all together still struggle with feeling insecure.

You know, Eve didn’t have to go along with the enemy’s lies, and neither do we.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/you-dont-have-to-go-along/feed/ 4 The Bible opens up with the story of a woman who had everything, yet it wasn’t enough! - Eve had the perfect Father, a husband who only had eyes for her, no wardrobe problems, and no bad hair days (surely there wasn’t humidity in Eden). The Bible opens up with the story of a woman who had everything, yet it wasn’t enough! Eve had the perfect Father, a husband who only had eyes for her, no wardrobe problems, and no bad hair days (surely there wasn’t humidity in Eden). God established Eve’s worth as His child. He gave her every woman’s desire: intimacy, beauty, security, and significance. Yet, the enemy conjured up feelings of insecurity by making Eve think she was not all she could be or should be. Gosh, I can relate. Sometimes I think if I was as capable, smart, or godly as people I admire then I’d be secure. The truth is, even people who seem to have it all together still struggle with feeling insecure. You know, Eve didn’t have to go along with the enemy's lies, and neither do we. For more, sign up for our FREE devotion Encouragement for Today. 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
Staying On Track http://proverbs31.org/blog/staying-on-track/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/staying-on-track/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:01:19 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2755

When friends ask how I’ve managed to eat healthy for the past few years, I say it’s one good choice after another!

It’s not easy but I have to think about the realities of the food choices I make every day. If I were struggling with finances, I would need to think about the price before I decide to buy something. The same is true with my food choices. I can’t eat, eat, eat and just pretend the calories won’t add up. I need to remember that I have the power to make sure the next thing I put in my mouth is healthy.

We were meant to consume food, but food was never meant to consume us. We can ask God to help us make the right food choices, to know when enough is enough, and to listen to that still, small voice inside that says, “stop.”

With God’s help we can make one wise choice after another!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/staying-on-track/feed/ 1 When friends ask how I’ve managed to eat healthy for the past few years, I say it’s one good choice after another! - It’s not easy but I have to think about the realities of the food choices I make every day. If I were struggling with finances, When friends ask how I’ve managed to eat healthy for the past few years, I say it’s one good choice after another! It’s not easy but I have to think about the realities of the food choices I make every day. If I were struggling with finances, I would need to think about the price before I decide to buy something. The same is true with my food choices. I can’t eat, eat, eat and just pretend the calories won’t add up. I need to remember that I have the power to make sure the next thing I put in my mouth is healthy. We were meant to consume food, but food was never meant to consume us. We can ask God to help us make the right food choices, to know when enough is enough, and to listen to that still, small voice inside that says, “stop.” With God’s help we can make one wise choice after another! To learn more about making wiser choices,  sign up for our FREE devotion Encouragement for Today. Related Resources: Made to Crave 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
When Words Cut Deep http://proverbs31.org/blog/when-words-cut-deep/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/when-words-cut-deep/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:01:25 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2751

Are there negative words people have said to you or about you, that have made it feel impossible to believe God could do great things through you?

Sometimes words can cut deep into our hearts! Maybe like me, you’ve been wounded by negative comments from people in your past or in relationships you’re in now. Sometimes maybe it’s a parent who criticizes us or a friend rejects us. When we let their harsh words sink into our hearts and stay, it can cause us to believe we’re not worth anything!

That kind of insecurity can make us settle for unhealthy relationships, and keep us from following God’s plan for our lives. I know I struggle with this at times.

You know, maybe it’s time we let God’s word cut deep into our hearts as we choose to believe what He says about us instead of what others say about us.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/when-words-cut-deep/feed/ 1 Are there negative words people have said to you or about you, that have made it feel impossible to believe God could do great things through you? - Sometimes words can cut deep into our hearts! Maybe like me, Are there negative words people have said to you or about you, that have made it feel impossible to believe God could do great things through you? Sometimes words can cut deep into our hearts! Maybe like me, you’ve been wounded by negative comments from people in your past or in relationships you’re in now. Sometimes maybe it’s a parent who criticizes us or a friend rejects us. When we let their harsh words sink into our hearts and stay, it can cause us to believe we’re not worth anything! That kind of insecurity can make us settle for unhealthy relationships, and keep us from following God’s plan for our lives. I know I struggle with this at times. You know, maybe it’s time we let God’s word cut deep into our hearts as we choose to believe what He says about us instead of what others say about us. For more, sign up for our FREE daily devotion Encouragement for Today. 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
What Do You Really Want? http://proverbs31.org/blog/what-do-you-really-want/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/what-do-you-really-want/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:01:10 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2748

Conflict can be messy and uncomfortable, but what if it can actually be good?

Recently, I was hurt by something a friend had done. I realized I had a choice to make. I could get all caught up in the emotion and make this a much bigger deal than it needed to be or I could try a better perspective. As I read some passages from the Bible on staying calm, a question came to mind, “Lysa, what do you really want?”

That question helped me cut through the emotion and focus on a solution. I called my friend and we talked. I asked her if the solution I thought of might work. We processed it together and made some great progress.

I think there’s something to this. If we can identify what we’re after, we won’t get lost in a whirlpool of feelings along the way.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/what-do-you-really-want/feed/ 1 Conflict can be messy and uncomfortable, but what if it can actually be good? - Recently, I was hurt by something a friend had done. I realized I had a choice to make. I could get all caught up in the emotion and make this a much bigger deal than it n... Conflict can be messy and uncomfortable, but what if it can actually be good? Recently, I was hurt by something a friend had done. I realized I had a choice to make. I could get all caught up in the emotion and make this a much bigger deal than it needed to be or I could try a better perspective. As I read some passages from the Bible on staying calm, a question came to mind, “Lysa, what do you really want?” That question helped me cut through the emotion and focus on a solution. I called my friend and we talked. I asked her if the solution I thought of might work. We processed it together and made some great progress. I think there’s something to this. If we can identify what we’re after, we won’t get lost in a whirlpool of feelings along the way. For more, sign up for our FREE devotion Encouragement for Today. Related Resources: Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl 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
For Single Parents http://proverbs31.org/blog/for-single-parents/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/for-single-parents/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:01:45 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2742

I think being a single parent is one of the hardest jobs.

Growing up my dad wasn’t around much. In fact I don’t have any memories of my parents together, and I guess it because their divorce was final before I was 2 years old. I watched my mom struggle to provide for us kids. She was the breadwinner, homework–helper, chauffeur, cook, house-cleaner, and everything in-between.

If you’re a single parent, you know how hard it can be. Maybe you cry when your kids aren’t looking. Maybe you wish there was someone to help you.

Although my mom struggled with a lot, watching her go to God for help and seeing her depend on His provision eventually helped me learn to trust God with my life.

So if you’re a single parent, hang in there. You ARE making a difference and if you need some more encouragement join our next Online Bible Study.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/for-single-parents/feed/ 7 I think being a single parent is one of the hardest jobs. - Growing up my dad wasn't around much. In fact I don't have any memories of my parents together, and I guess it because their divorce was final before I was 2 years old. I think being a single parent is one of the hardest jobs. Growing up my dad wasn't around much. In fact I don't have any memories of my parents together, and I guess it because their divorce was final before I was 2 years old. I watched my mom struggle to provide for us kids. She was the breadwinner, homework–helper, chauffeur, cook, house-cleaner, and everything in-between. If you’re a single parent, you know how hard it can be. Maybe you cry when your kids aren’t looking. Maybe you wish there was someone to help you. Although my mom struggled with a lot, watching her go to God for help and seeing her depend on His provision eventually helped me learn to trust God with my life. So if you’re a single parent, hang in there. You ARE making a difference and if you need some more encouragement join our next Online Bible Study. 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
Embracing Who I Am http://proverbs31.org/blog/embracing-who-i-am/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/embracing-who-i-am/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:01:46 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2739

Ten years ago I sat in a seminar listening to a very organized mom talk about parenting. I decided I stunk as a mother and begged God to make me just like this woman who I thought was Super Mom!

I continued to feel this way until one day I read the story of Mary, the teenaged mother of Jesus, and something stuck out to me. Just as she was, God chose this girl to be Jesus’ mother. The only qualification she seemed to have was her willingness.

I was spending so much time comparing myself to others, when all I really needed to do was give God my willingness to be a mother.

If you have ever struggled with a desire to be the perfect mom, employee, or volunteer, you know what I’m talking about. Maybe it’s time that we stop unfairly comparing ourselves to others, realize our own great qualities, and just be fully ourselves.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/embracing-who-i-am/feed/ 8 Ten years ago I sat in a seminar listening to a very organized mom talk about parenting. I decided I stunk as a mother and begged God to make me just like this woman who I thought was Super Mom! - I continued to feel this way until one day I read the ... Ten years ago I sat in a seminar listening to a very organized mom talk about parenting. I decided I stunk as a mother and begged God to make me just like this woman who I thought was Super Mom! I continued to feel this way until one day I read the story of Mary, the teenaged mother of Jesus, and something stuck out to me. Just as she was, God chose this girl to be Jesus’ mother. The only qualification she seemed to have was her willingness. I was spending so much time comparing myself to others, when all I really needed to do was give God my willingness to be a mother. If you have ever struggled with a desire to be the perfect mom, employee, or volunteer, you know what I’m talking about. Maybe it’s time that we stop unfairly comparing ourselves to others, realize our own great qualities, and just be fully ourselves. For more everyday encouragement sign up for our next Online Bible Study. Related Resources: What Happens When Women Say Yes To God 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
Don’t Hold Back http://proverbs31.org/blog/dont-hold-back/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/dont-hold-back/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:01:31 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2735

When my five-year old gets mad at me, she refuses to give me any hugs or kisses.

Aster usually holds back her affection when I’ve disciplined her or said no to something she wanted. It’s really the only way she can retaliate without getting in trouble! As much as I want her sweet little kisses, I know she needs to learn that she can’t have everything she wants.

The other night when Aster wouldn’t let me hug her, it made me wonder if I ever keep my affection from God because I’m upset that things haven’t gone the way I wanted? Do I spend less time with Him or pray less? I think I might sometimes.

Just like I want Aster to trust my decisions, I want to trust that my Heavenly Father knows what’s best for me, too.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/dont-hold-back/feed/ 5 When my five-year old gets mad at me, she refuses to give me any hugs or kisses. - Aster usually holds back her affection when I’ve disciplined her or said no to something she wanted. It’s really the only way she can retaliate without getting in troub... When my five-year old gets mad at me, she refuses to give me any hugs or kisses. Aster usually holds back her affection when I’ve disciplined her or said no to something she wanted. It’s really the only way she can retaliate without getting in trouble! As much as I want her sweet little kisses, I know she needs to learn that she can’t have everything she wants. The other night when Aster wouldn’t let me hug her, it made me wonder if I ever keep my affection from God because I’m upset that things haven’t gone the way I wanted? Do I spend less time with Him or pray less? I think I might sometimes. Just like I want Aster to trust my decisions, I want to trust that my Heavenly Father knows what’s best for me, too. For more encouragement in your relationship with God, sign up for our next 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
Honest Questions http://proverbs31.org/blog/honest-questions/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/honest-questions/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:01 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2731

When I can feel an argument brewing, I have to remember my goal is to tackle the issue not the person.

When I approach a conflict by attacking the person, I throw out condemning, hurtful statements, but when I tackle an issue I ask questions. For instance, “Can you help me understand why you feel this way?” or “What can I do to make this situation better?” By seeking to understand their perspective, I shift from trying to prove I am right to trying to improve the relationship

When I set out to prove I’m right, it always leads to conflict escalation. When I set out to improve the relationship, it leads to conflict resolution.

It isn’t always easy, but it is so much better to throw out a gentle question rather than a bitter, condemning statement.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/honest-questions/feed/ 5 When I can feel an argument brewing, I have to remember my goal is to tackle the issue not the person. - When I approach a conflict by attacking the person, I throw out condemning, hurtful statements, but when I tackle an issue I ask questions. When I can feel an argument brewing, I have to remember my goal is to tackle the issue not the person. When I approach a conflict by attacking the person, I throw out condemning, hurtful statements, but when I tackle an issue I ask questions. For instance, “Can you help me understand why you feel this way?” or “What can I do to make this situation better?” By seeking to understand their perspective, I shift from trying to prove I am right to trying to improve the relationship When I set out to prove I’m right, it always leads to conflict escalation. When I set out to improve the relationship, it leads to conflict resolution. It isn’t always easy, but it is so much better to throw out a gentle question rather than a bitter, condemning statement. Related Resources: Unglued book and bundle 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
When Our Kids Are Right http://proverbs31.org/blog/when-our-kids-are-right/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/when-our-kids-are-right/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:01:38 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2675

It’s easy to point out when our kids are wrong, but what about when they’re right?

A few years ago our dog died, we sold our house and moved, our son broke his wrist, AND got poison ivy while we were moving, and it all happened within two months.

Once we got moved in, I had TONS of work to catch up on, and I had to spend a lot of time working at my computer. One night my one of sons said, “Mom, I feel like we haven’t been spending any time together lately.”

I wanted to be all defensive and remind him of all my hard work and why I had to spend so much time in my office! God stopped me, and reminded me Andrew was right! In the midst of all we had going on, we needed to have some family fun.

Andrew was shocked when I told him, “You’re absolutely right, let’s go have some ice cream!”

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/when-our-kids-are-right/feed/ 4 It’s easy to point out when our kids are wrong, but what about when they’re right? - A few years ago our dog died, we sold our house and moved, our son broke his wrist, AND got poison ivy while we were moving, and it all happened within two months. - It’s easy to point out when our kids are wrong, but what about when they’re right? A few years ago our dog died, we sold our house and moved, our son broke his wrist, AND got poison ivy while we were moving, and it all happened within two months. Once we got moved in, I had TONS of work to catch up on, and I had to spend a lot of time working at my computer. One night my one of sons said, “Mom, I feel like we haven’t been spending any time together lately.” I wanted to be all defensive and remind him of all my hard work and why I had to spend so much time in my office! God stopped me, and reminded me Andrew was right! In the midst of all we had going on, we needed to have some family fun. Andrew was shocked when I told him, “You’re absolutely right, let’s go have some ice cream!” 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
Is My Pain Talking? http://proverbs31.org/blog/is-my-pain-talking/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/is-my-pain-talking/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:01:52 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2671

Have you ever been in a situation where something little suddenly felt really big?

Maybe it was a look from someone that suddenly makes you feel like they don’t like you.

Or a phone call that wasn’t returned and you feel it’s them saying,” You’re not important.”

These feelings can often take control and make us forget our true identity.

Sometimes it’s really hard for me to keep my mind parked on God’s promises in Scripture rather than my feelings.

We have a choice. We can either sit in the dark and replay the awful things we think about ourselves or the things we think others are thinking, OR we can turn the light on and read God’s Word, His truth.

And the Bible tells us lies will leave in the presence of God’s truth.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/is-my-pain-talking/feed/ 8 Have you ever been in a situation where something little suddenly felt really big? - Maybe it was a look from someone that suddenly makes you feel like they don’t like you. - Or a phone call that wasn’t returned and you feel it’s them saying, Have you ever been in a situation where something little suddenly felt really big? Maybe it was a look from someone that suddenly makes you feel like they don’t like you. Or a phone call that wasn’t returned and you feel it’s them saying,” You’re not important.” These feelings can often take control and make us forget our true identity. Sometimes it’s really hard for me to keep my mind parked on God’s promises in Scripture rather than my feelings. We have a choice. We can either sit in the dark and replay the awful things we think about ourselves or the things we think others are thinking, OR we can turn the light on and read God’s Word, His truth. And the Bible tells us lies will leave in the presence of God’s truth. Related Resources: What Happens When Women Say Yes To God 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
Changing Our Perspective http://proverbs31.org/blog/changing-our-perspective/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/changing-our-perspective/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:01:06 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2667

My mom was walking behind me and asked if I realized how red my hair was. She said I should get my hairdresser to fix it because it didn’t look right.

A few minutes later my mom told me my nail polish was too orange. I laughed and told her that it was frosty bronze then I suggested she might need to get her eyes checked because I thought she was going color-blind. That’s when I noticed the very AUBURN tinted sunglasses she was wearing.

We laughed when we realized why everything seemed too orange-ish and red to her that day! Her sunglasses had altered her perspective completely.

My son Joshua was listening to the whole conversation and leaned over and said, “Well, that teaches us we need to be careful what we look through before we judge what we see.” He’s so right! We all learned a powerful lesson that day!

Do you need a little of God’s perspective in your busy day?

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/changing-our-perspective/feed/ 0 My mom was walking behind me and asked if I realized how red my hair was. She said I should get my hairdresser to fix it because it didn’t look right. - A few minutes later my mom told me my nail polish was too orange. My mom was walking behind me and asked if I realized how red my hair was. She said I should get my hairdresser to fix it because it didn’t look right. A few minutes later my mom told me my nail polish was too orange. I laughed and told her that it was frosty bronze then I suggested she might need to get her eyes checked because I thought she was going color-blind. That’s when I noticed the very AUBURN tinted sunglasses she was wearing. We laughed when we realized why everything seemed too orange-ish and red to her that day! Her sunglasses had altered her perspective completely. My son Joshua was listening to the whole conversation and leaned over and said, “Well, that teaches us we need to be careful what we look through before we judge what we see.” He’s so right! We all learned a powerful lesson that day! Do you need a little of God's perspective in your busy day? 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 One or Two Verse Day http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-one-or-two-verse-day/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-one-or-two-verse-day/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:01:54 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2663

Reading the Bible can seem so overwhelming.

There are so many chapters and verses. Where do we start? You know right now I am in a season where I don’t read several chapters at a time. Lately it’s just one or two verses. Verses that I savor word by word. Letting them sink deep interrupting me, rearranging me, and redirecting me.

Those truths are the protective covering I crave as I concentrate on these one or two verses. I am reminded of something powerful. I am reminded to pause. Pause and let God interrupt my natural responses. Pause so I don’t make conversation all about me. Pause and remember I am not always right.

Don’t let your self get overwhelmed with the enormity of the Bible. Try reading just a verse or two and let them set the tone for today.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-one-or-two-verse-day/feed/ 0 Reading the Bible can seem so overwhelming. - There are so many chapters and verses. Where do we start? You know right now I am in a season where I don’t read several chapters at a time. Lately it’s just one or two verses. Reading the Bible can seem so overwhelming. There are so many chapters and verses. Where do we start? You know right now I am in a season where I don’t read several chapters at a time. Lately it’s just one or two verses. Verses that I savor word by word. Letting them sink deep interrupting me, rearranging me, and redirecting me. Those truths are the protective covering I crave as I concentrate on these one or two verses. I am reminded of something powerful. I am reminded to pause. Pause and let God interrupt my natural responses. Pause so I don’t make conversation all about me. Pause and remember I am not always right. Don’t let your self get overwhelmed with the enormity of the Bible. Try reading just a verse or two and let them set the tone for today. For more visit Lysa’s blog. Related Resources: Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl 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
Sometimes It’s Hard to Believe http://proverbs31.org/blog/sometimes-its-hard-to-believe/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/sometimes-its-hard-to-believe/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:01:27 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2656

Some days it’s hard for me to believe God’s promises in the Bible are ALL true for me!

When I feel like I’ve failed as a mom, it’s hard for me to believe God never stops believing in me. When I’m feeling grouchy and no fun to be around, it’s hard to believe God doesn’t avoid me until I’m in a better mood. When I feel like I’ve blown it in the “respecting my husband department”, it’s hard to believe God doesn’t wish he had picked a better wife for JJ.

I realized the other day that when I’m having a hard time believing God’s promises, it’s because I’ve let my feelings about myself determine how I think God feels about me.

God’s promises aren’t based on my feelings – they’re based on one very important FACT – His love is patient, His love is kind, and His love never fails even when I do. Now that’s something really worth believing!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/sometimes-its-hard-to-believe/feed/ 0 Some days it’s hard for me to believe God’s promises in the Bible are ALL true for me! - When I feel like I’ve failed as a mom, it's hard for me to believe God never stops believing in me. When I’m feeling grouchy and no fun to be around, Some days it’s hard for me to believe God’s promises in the Bible are ALL true for me! When I feel like I’ve failed as a mom, it's hard for me to believe God never stops believing in me. When I’m feeling grouchy and no fun to be around, it’s hard to believe God doesn’t avoid me until I’m in a better mood. When I feel like I’ve blown it in the “respecting my husband department”, it’s hard to believe God doesn’t wish he had picked a better wife for JJ. I realized the other day that when I’m having a hard time believing God’s promises, it’s because I’ve let my feelings about myself determine how I think God feels about me. God’s promises aren’t based on my feelings – they’re based on one very important FACT – His love is patient, His love is kind, and His love never fails even when I do. Now that’s something really worth believing! 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
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!

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.

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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?

Learn more about making wise decisions by clicking on Lysa’s blog.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/how-much-will-this-choice-really-cost-me/feed/ 3 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