Proverbs 31 Ministries http://proverbs31.org Bringing God’s peace, perspective, and purpose to today’s busy woman. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:01:15 +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 Unrush Me http://proverbs31.org/blog/unrush-me/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/unrush-me/#respond 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/ 0 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/ 8 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
I Am Your Mommy, Not Your Buddy! http://proverbs31.org/blog/mommy-buddy-or-mommy-slave/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/mommy-buddy-or-mommy-slave/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:01:00 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2478 Have you ever made the mistake of being your child’s buddy?

Children long for love and acceptance, but parenting expert John Rosemond says too many kids think their mothers are obligated to give them whatever they want! Becoming a buddy to our children teaches them that love is what others give or do for them and that any misbehavior is OK.

Kids actually feel more secure when they’re given solid rules and can learn the difference between right and wrong. Fuzzy rules that are inconsistently enforced because of a child’s emotional response, are like shifting sands that provide no stability.

Some parents avoid setting rules for their kids because it’s hard to enforce them or because they want their children to view them as fun. Setting boundaries has many positive benefits, emotional security for them and restored emotional sanity for Mom and Dad!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/mommy-buddy-or-mommy-slave/feed/ 1 Have you ever made the mistake of being your child’s buddy? - Children long for love and acceptance, but parenting expert John Rosemond says too many kids think their mothers are obligated to give them whatever they want! Have you ever made the mistake of being your child’s buddy? Children long for love and acceptance, but parenting expert John Rosemond says too many kids think their mothers are obligated to give them whatever they want! Becoming a buddy to our children teaches them that love is what others give or do for them and that any misbehavior is OK. Kids actually feel more secure when they’re given solid rules and can learn the difference between right and wrong. Fuzzy rules that are inconsistently enforced because of a child’s emotional response, are like shifting sands that provide no stability. Some parents avoid setting rules for their kids because it’s hard to enforce them or because they want their children to view them as fun. Setting boundaries has many positive benefits, emotional security for them and restored emotional sanity for Mom and Dad! Related Resources: Connect with Lysa on her blog, on Facebook and Twitter Check out all of Lysa’s Books & Resources Am I Messing Up My Kids by Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst clean 1:00
A Parent’s Love http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-parents-love/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-parents-love/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:01:47 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2476 Sometimes I wonder if anyone notices all the hard work I do. And then I remind myself that God always does!

A friend of mine was with her husband and daughter, spending time with two other families. The kids decided to put on a show for the adults. As you can imagine, it was more chaos than show. One boy played a set of drums, another played a tambourine, and another just ran around making his own kinds of noise. In the middle of it all, my friend’s daughter sang very softly into a toy microphone. Although everyone else was distracted, my friend focused intently on her daughter and heard every single word.

It reminded her that no matter how chaotic her world may be, God is her Father and He focuses intently on even her smallest attempt to make a difference.

You know, sometimes being a parent helps us understand God’s love in a whole new way!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/a-parents-love/feed/ 4 Sometimes I wonder if anyone notices all the hard work I do. And then I remind myself that God always does! - A friend of mine was with her husband and daughter, spending time with two other families. The kids decided to put on a show for the adults. Sometimes I wonder if anyone notices all the hard work I do. And then I remind myself that God always does! A friend of mine was with her husband and daughter, spending time with two other families. The kids decided to put on a show for the adults. As you can imagine, it was more chaos than show. One boy played a set of drums, another played a tambourine, and another just ran around making his own kinds of noise. In the middle of it all, my friend’s daughter sang very softly into a toy microphone. Although everyone else was distracted, my friend focused intently on her daughter and heard every single word. It reminded her that no matter how chaotic her world may be, God is her Father and He focuses intently on even her smallest attempt to make a difference. You know, sometimes being a parent helps us understand God’s love in a whole new way! 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
You Want Me to Promise You What? http://proverbs31.org/blog/you-want-me-to-promise-you-what/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/you-want-me-to-promise-you-what/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:01:32 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2474 What kinds of expectations did you walk down the aisle with?

Unmet expectations can create issues for couples. Maybe we should have just written out our vows specifying word-for-word our expectations for marriage. Mine would have gone something like this: Promise that you will provide me with a house that has a white picket fence and window flower boxes. I want you to get involved with me emotionally in those chick flicks. Promise that you will tolerate any and all rapid mood swings and demands for chocolate …you get the picture.

It may sound ridiculous, but many women expect things like this while their spouse has absolutely no clue. Then, miscommunication leads to frustration and a rift develops between them. Commit to discussing your desires regularly so that communication and trust remain strong. Don’t forget to give lots of grace.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/you-want-me-to-promise-you-what/feed/ 1 What kinds of expectations did you walk down the aisle with? - Unmet expectations can create issues for couples. Maybe we should have just written out our vows specifying word-for-word our expectations for marriage. What kinds of expectations did you walk down the aisle with? Unmet expectations can create issues for couples. Maybe we should have just written out our vows specifying word-for-word our expectations for marriage. Mine would have gone something like this: Promise that you will provide me with a house that has a white picket fence and window flower boxes. I want you to get involved with me emotionally in those chick flicks. Promise that you will tolerate any and all rapid mood swings and demands for chocolate …you get the picture. It may sound ridiculous, but many women expect things like this while their spouse has absolutely no clue. Then, miscommunication leads to frustration and a rift develops between them. Commit to discussing your desires regularly so that communication and trust remain strong. Don’t forget to give lots of grace. 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
Living by Grace http://proverbs31.org/blog/living-by-grace/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/living-by-grace/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:01:00 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2472 I wonder if God ever gets as disappointed with me as I can get with myself!

I used to think God had a timeline for how long it should take me to mature as a Christian. I thought I should have a certain number of Bible verses memorized, a few bad habits kicked, and so many hours spent at church each year. When I didn’t measure up, I was convinced God was so disappointed.

Then I learned about grace, which is God’s undeserved favor. The Bible says we’re saved by grace, but it doesn’t stop there. As God’s children, we live by grace.

Yes, God wants us to grow because He loves us. But He doesn’t get frustrated when it takes more time than we think it should. The maturity of our relationship with Him isn’t measured by our performance or minimized by a lack of accomplishments. It’s reflected in the way we learn, a little more every day, to depend on God’s grace.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/living-by-grace/feed/ 4 I wonder if God ever gets as disappointed with me as I can get with myself! - I used to think God had a timeline for how long it should take me to mature as a Christian. I thought I should have a certain number of Bible verses memorized, I wonder if God ever gets as disappointed with me as I can get with myself! I used to think God had a timeline for how long it should take me to mature as a Christian. I thought I should have a certain number of Bible verses memorized, a few bad habits kicked, and so many hours spent at church each year. When I didn’t measure up, I was convinced God was so disappointed. Then I learned about grace, which is God’s undeserved favor. The Bible says we’re saved by grace, but it doesn’t stop there. As God’s children, we live by grace. Yes, God wants us to grow because He loves us. But He doesn’t get frustrated when it takes more time than we think it should. The maturity of our relationship with Him isn’t measured by our performance or minimized by a lack of accomplishments. It’s reflected in the way we learn, a little more every day, to depend on God’s grace. 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
Getting Out the Door in the Morning http://proverbs31.org/blog/getting-out-the-door-in-the-morning/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/getting-out-the-door-in-the-morning/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:07 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2470 Do you ever feel like you might tear your hair out in the morning trying to get everyone out the door? I know I do!

The other day I was SO frustrated as I told one of my teenagers, for the tenth time,

we had to go. The other kids were in the car waiting, and with each second that passed I felt my blood pressure rising. I finally marched into the house and announced I was leaving in one minute with or without her. The minute came and went and still no daughter. So, I simply drove away, and you know what? I felt empowered. I let the consequences scream so I didn’t have to.

Now, I realize that won’t work with a toddler. You can’t just drive off and leave little ones behind. There’s something to be said for establishing clear consequences for irresponsibility and then sticking with them!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/getting-out-the-door-in-the-morning/feed/ 4 Do you ever feel like you might tear your hair out in the morning trying to get everyone out the door? I know I do! - The other day I was SO frustrated as I told one of my teenagers, for the tenth time, - we had to go. Do you ever feel like you might tear your hair out in the morning trying to get everyone out the door? I know I do! The other day I was SO frustrated as I told one of my teenagers, for the tenth time, we had to go. The other kids were in the car waiting, and with each second that passed I felt my blood pressure rising. I finally marched into the house and announced I was leaving in one minute with or without her. The minute came and went and still no daughter. So, I simply drove away, and you know what? I felt empowered. I let the consequences scream so I didn’t have to. Now, I realize that won’t work with a toddler. You can’t just drive off and leave little ones behind. There’s something to be said for establishing clear consequences for irresponsibility and then sticking with them! 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
Where To Start http://proverbs31.org/blog/where-to-start/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/where-to-start/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:01:42 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2376 Our garage was a mess, but the thought of organizing it was overwhelming!

I knew I needed a plan but didn’t have time to create one! When I get too busy and projects don’t get started, I feel like I’m drowning and don’t know what to do next.

In her book, I Used to Be So Organized, Glynnis Whitwer says “most of the time, it’s not a lack of ability to organize that hinders us. It’s our emotional state”.

She says when we feel burdened by responsibilities, overwhelmed by circumstances, and frustrated by interruptions, our emotions can keep us from bringing order and peace to our lives.  Our best response when overwhelming emotions threaten us is to create an action plan.

Well, I took her advice and tackled my garage, and I feel so much better!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/where-to-start/feed/ 2 Our garage was a mess, but the thought of organizing it was overwhelming! - I knew I needed a plan but didn’t have time to create one! When I get too busy and projects don’t get started, I feel like I’m drowning and don’t know what to do next. - Our garage was a mess, but the thought of organizing it was overwhelming! I knew I needed a plan but didn’t have time to create one! When I get too busy and projects don’t get started, I feel like I’m drowning and don’t know what to do next. In her book, I Used to Be So Organized, Glynnis Whitwer says “most of the time, it’s not a lack of ability to organize that hinders us. It’s our emotional state”. She says when we feel burdened by responsibilities, overwhelmed by circumstances, and frustrated by interruptions, our emotions can keep us from bringing order and peace to our lives.  Our best response when overwhelming emotions threaten us is to create an action plan. Well, I took her advice and tackled my garage, and I feel so much better! 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
People Pleasing http://proverbs31.org/blog/people-pleasing/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/people-pleasing/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:01:30 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2373 My name is Lysa and I want people to like me.

No matter how I want to spin it, I have to call it what it is – PEOPLE PLEASING. It’s part of my DNA to want to please other people and not disappoint them.

I have to realize God calls me to love people, not please them.  Real love is honest. Real love cares enough about other people to say no when saying yes would build up a barrier in the relationship. Real love pursues authenticity rather than chasing acceptance.

My tendency is to just stuff and smile, and that is not honest.

There are some people I won’t please no matter how many times I say yes, and some people won’t stop liking me no matter how many no’s I give.

That second group those are my true friends, and I love them for that!

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/people-pleasing/feed/ 3 My name is Lysa and I want people to like me. - No matter how I want to spin it, I have to call it what it is – PEOPLE PLEASING. It’s part of my DNA to want to please other people and not disappoint them. - My name is Lysa and I want people to like me. No matter how I want to spin it, I have to call it what it is – PEOPLE PLEASING. It’s part of my DNA to want to please other people and not disappoint them. I have to realize God calls me to love people, not please them.  Real love is honest. Real love cares enough about other people to say no when saying yes would build up a barrier in the relationship. Real love pursues authenticity rather than chasing acceptance. My tendency is to just stuff and smile, and that is not honest. There are some people I won’t please no matter how many times I say yes, and some people won’t stop liking me no matter how many no’s I give. That second group those are my true friends, and I love them for that! 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
Why Can She Do More? http://proverbs31.org/blog/why-can-she-do-more/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/why-can-she-do-more/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:08 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2370 Some women can accomplish more in a day than I can in a week.

I wonder if they have more hours in their day or if they’ve figured out how to multi-task while asleep? The other day I was reading, I Used to Be So Organized, by Glynnis Whitwer. She says “We all have the same number of hours in our days, but some women do have more energy and natural ability to order their lives, and some have help. Everyone has the same opportunity to manage their time effectively.”

She said, “Regardless of our available time, energy level and resources, we have EVERYTHING we need to accomplish the responsibilities God has given us. Not what we wish we could do. Not what our neighbor, sister, or friend can do; but what God has given US to do.”

So today I’m going to focus only on what God is asking ME to do.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/why-can-she-do-more/feed/ 4 Some women can accomplish more in a day than I can in a week. - I wonder if they have more hours in their day or if they’ve figured out how to multi-task while asleep? The other day I was reading, I Used to Be So Organized, by Glynnis Whitwer. Some women can accomplish more in a day than I can in a week. I wonder if they have more hours in their day or if they’ve figured out how to multi-task while asleep? The other day I was reading, I Used to Be So Organized, by Glynnis Whitwer. She says “We all have the same number of hours in our days, but some women do have more energy and natural ability to order their lives, and some have help. Everyone has the same opportunity to manage their time effectively.” She said, “Regardless of our available time, energy level and resources, we have EVERYTHING we need to accomplish the responsibilities God has given us. Not what we wish we could do. Not what our neighbor, sister, or friend can do; but what God has given US to do.” So today I’m going to focus only on what God is asking ME to do. 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
Please Don’t Give Me a Christian Answer http://proverbs31.org/blog/please-dont-give-me-a-christian-answer/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/please-dont-give-me-a-christian-answer/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:11 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2367 God does not need people like me to make sense of things that don’t make sense.

You’ve heard them, those packaged Christian answers. The ones that tie everything up in a nice neat bow, and make life a little too tidy.

Sometimes there just isn’t anything tidy about some things that happen in our broken world. For instance things like shootings in schools and movie theaters are awful and sad and so incredibly evil.

God help me if I think I’m going to make things better by thinking up a clever Christian saying to add to all the dialogue. God certainly doesn’t need people like me with limited perspectives, understanding, and depth to give limited answers.

Yes, there is a place for a solid Christian answer. Absolutely, but there’s also a place to just weep with no answers at all.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/please-dont-give-me-a-christian-answer/feed/ 4 God does not need people like me to make sense of things that don’t make sense. - You’ve heard them, those packaged Christian answers. The ones that tie everything up in a nice neat bow, and make life a little too tidy. - God does not need people like me to make sense of things that don’t make sense. You’ve heard them, those packaged Christian answers. The ones that tie everything up in a nice neat bow, and make life a little too tidy. Sometimes there just isn’t anything tidy about some things that happen in our broken world. For instance things like shootings in schools and movie theaters are awful and sad and so incredibly evil. God help me if I think I’m going to make things better by thinking up a clever Christian saying to add to all the dialogue. God certainly doesn’t need people like me with limited perspectives, understanding, and depth to give limited answers. Yes, there is a place for a solid Christian answer. Absolutely, but there’s also a place to just weep with no answers at all. 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
Making the Choice http://proverbs31.org/blog/making-the-choice/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/making-the-choice/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:27 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2365 There are days when everything goes wrong, and I feel like I have the right to be in a bad mood all day.

I was recently challenged by my friend Shannon’s decision not to have a bad day. She’d been drowning in laundry, tackling a to-do list a mile long, and her 3-year old was getting into everything. Shannon was so frustrated.

By lunchtime, she was sick of being in a bad mood. So she decided to cheer up and be thankful for where she is in life. That afternoon she took her older son to get a milkshake, and when they got to the drive-thru window the cashier recognized Shannon from her church.

Then the girl said, “I was thinking you must be a Christian because you’re so joyful.”  Shannon couldn’t believe someone called her joyful when she’d been in such a bad mood earlier.

She had made a choice and she was so glad she did.  Now if I can just follow her great example.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/making-the-choice/feed/ 2 There are days when everything goes wrong, and I feel like I have the right to be in a bad mood all day. - I was recently challenged by my friend Shannon’s decision not to have a bad day. She’d been drowning in laundry, There are days when everything goes wrong, and I feel like I have the right to be in a bad mood all day. I was recently challenged by my friend Shannon’s decision not to have a bad day. She’d been drowning in laundry, tackling a to-do list a mile long, and her 3-year old was getting into everything. Shannon was so frustrated. By lunchtime, she was sick of being in a bad mood. So she decided to cheer up and be thankful for where she is in life. That afternoon she took her older son to get a milkshake, and when they got to the drive-thru window the cashier recognized Shannon from her church. Then the girl said, "I was thinking you must be a Christian because you’re so joyful."  Shannon couldn’t believe someone called her joyful when she’d been in such a bad mood earlier. She had made a choice and she was so glad she did.  Now if I can just follow her great example. 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
Secrets of Success Found in Small Places http://proverbs31.org/blog/secrets-of-success-found-in-small-places/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/secrets-of-success-found-in-small-places/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:12 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2362 When it comes to our dreams and wishes, hard times serve a great purpose.

I remember being there. I know what it feels like to walk around with a tote bag full of dreams, and a heart full of nervous hope just praying someone would like my ministry idea or respond to my book proposal only to get rejected,

Though it’s true that I always learned much more from my failures than my successes that never lessened the blow. So, I learned to look for the small open doors right in front of me.

I knew that If God was calling me to do something; He would open a door for me to walk through. It might be a small door, but it was always there.

Actually, I learned to dance through it with great joy because I now know God honors those who are willing to be faithful in the small.

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/secrets-of-success-found-in-small-places/feed/ 2 When it comes to our dreams and wishes, hard times serve a great purpose. - I remember being there. I know what it feels like to walk around with a tote bag full of dreams, and a heart full of nervous hope just praying someone would like my ministry i... When it comes to our dreams and wishes, hard times serve a great purpose. I remember being there. I know what it feels like to walk around with a tote bag full of dreams, and a heart full of nervous hope just praying someone would like my ministry idea or respond to my book proposal only to get rejected, Though it’s true that I always learned much more from my failures than my successes that never lessened the blow. So, I learned to look for the small open doors right in front of me. I knew that If God was calling me to do something; He would open a door for me to walk through. It might be a small door, but it was always there. Actually, I learned to dance through it with great joy because I now know God honors those who are willing to be faithful in the small. 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
Passing It On http://proverbs31.org/blog/passing-it-on/ http://proverbs31.org/blog/passing-it-on/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:43 +0000 http://proverbs31.org/?p=2359 Some days I feel guilty about all the things I have, when there are so many people in need.

A few years ago, my friend Carrie decided to consider all the good things she had and find a way to “Pass It On.” Any time she was given something, she’d look for ways to give it away.

  • If a friend gave Carrie a book, she’d read it and then  “pass it on” to someone else to enjoy.
  • If someone said something nice to her, she’d pass it on by looking for opportunities to share a few words of encouragement and make someone else’s day.
  • If someone bought her lunch she’d pass that on too by buying someone else’s lunch that week.

I love the idea of “passing it on”, so I have decided to look for ways to give away more of what I’ve been given.

Why not pass on our daily radio show by sharing today’s encouragement with a friend?

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http://proverbs31.org/blog/passing-it-on/feed/ 1 Some days I feel guilty about all the things I have, when there are so many people in need. - A few years ago, my friend Carrie decided to consider all the good things she had and find a way to "Pass It On." Any time she was given something, Some days I feel guilty about all the things I have, when there are so many people in need. A few years ago, my friend Carrie decided to consider all the good things she had and find a way to "Pass It On." Any time she was given something, she’d look for ways to give it away. If a friend gave Carrie a book, she’d read it and then  “pass it on” to someone else to enjoy. If someone said something nice to her, she’d pass it on by looking for opportunities to share a few words of encouragement and make someone else’s day. If someone bought her lunch she’d pass that on too by buying someone else’s lunch that week. I love the idea of "passing it on”, so I have decided to look for ways to give away more of what I’ve been given. Why not pass on our daily radio show by sharing today’s encouragement with a friend? 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