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To The Soldier Who’s Been Fighting A Long Time

To-The-Soldier-Whos-Been-Fighting-A-Long-TimeI feel like I have a word today for some soldiers who have been fighting a long time. I’m specifically talking to people who are fighting the good fight in God’s Kingdom, but this could also pertain to actual soldiers in the military on the battlefield.

Either way, if that’s you, I feel like the Lord would like to say these three things to you today:

1. “Trust Me.”

I know things look bleak. I know it’s hard. I know you feel tired. But GOD’S GOT THIS. He’s been on the throne since eternity past and will remain on the throne for eternity future. He’s big. He’s huge. He’s everywhere at once.

And He’s got this.

I know it looks like people are in control … but they’re not.

I know circumstances may seem dark … but they’re not.

I know it feels like nobody cares except you, but Somebody DOES care. And that Somebody is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, age to age still the same. Jehovah, Yahweh, the great God of the universe. He is God, and He is your Father, and He cares. He loves you, and He knows, and He gets it, and He knows and He knows and He knows. [Read more…]

Need A New Start? He Is God Who Makes You New

An encouraging word for someone who needs a new start today! God makes all things new! By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com

Do you feel like you need a new start? A new beginning–a reboot–a do-over?

If so, today is your day, because God is a Renewer. New starts are what He DOES.

How do I know God will give you a new start?

Because God is a Renewer.

Let’s stop right there and look at the word “renew.” When you add “re-” onto the beginning of a word, it means you are doing something again. Think of the words “redo,” “replenish,” “restore.” To “re-” something is to bring it back to its original intent.

When God made Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were perfect. They had not sinned, and they walked with the Lord in perfect companionship.

But then they made the choice to rebel against God. They sinned and fell away from relationship with their Father God, and humans have been sinning ever since.

But God! He is so amazing. His heart is to restore. His heart is to redeem. His heart is to fix what we have broken.

God is a “Re-God”… the one Who makes all things new. He loves to bring you back into His original intent for you.

Second Corinthians 5:17 says:

Start-quoteTherefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

What does this mean to you if you need a new start?

1. It means God will give you the new start you need, in any area of life.

Right now, today.

Have you made mistakes in certain situations? Ask Him to make those situations new, and He will. Do you need a total reboot, a total do-over? Get alone with God and pour out your heart to Him. He will give you the do-over you need. You will feel completely new after you’ve poured it all out to God in prayer.

It’s true that you may need to make some things right… with God and with people. But God will lead you through those situations. He’ll give you the wisdom and the words to say. He’ll give you the broken and contrite heart you need.

And if you’ll seek Him, He’ll keep on giving you the right words, the wisdom, and the right heart on an ongoing basis. [Read more…]

The Best Inspirational Novel I’ve Read In Years

Book review of Mine Is The Night by Liz Curtis Higgs | FromHisPresence.comYou all know I have a thing for historical, inspirational fiction, right? Well, I went on vacation recently and took along a book or two. And one of them turned out to be the best inspirational novel I’ve read in years. It’s SO good that I’m completely devoting today’s blog post to it, which I don’t usually do, but I’m telling you: if you like fiction, you MUST READ this book! (!!!!!!!!!)

I began to suspect something might be good when the first chapter opened with a widowed mother, who had lost two sons–ahem–returning to her homeland with ONE of her two daughters-in-law.

Sound familiar?

Enter said daughter-in-law, who serves her mother-in-law and seeks God.

Sound more familiar?

Then enter a rich, good-looking, generous, godly man who has never been married but wants a wife.

Ok, this should sound really familiar now. It’s Ruth! Oh wait, it’s not… it’s:

Mine Is The Night by Liz Curtis Higgs. But yes, it is the book of Ruth. Set in 18th-century Scotland.

Lord and ladies. High treason. Dancing and romancing. Poverty and wealth. Horses and May Day festivals.

I positively adore historical fiction set in England or Scotland. So not only is this book written with the ideal setting for me, but it’s the most masterful retelling of the story of Ruth that I’ve ever seen.

The level of creativity God gave this author blew me away. It’s that good.

And if you like to read, you. MUST. GET. THIS. BOOK.

It will inspire you. It will overwhelm you with God’s love. You will enjoy it thoroughly. It will help you get rest for your soul. (Because remember, as we talked about last week, sometimes you just need to chill out, because you are important too. So take some time for yourself in your bed with a good book on a rainy weekend. And make it this book.) :)

I truly can’t say enough about this book. If you enjoy historical, inspirational fiction, run don’t walk to get it.

Are you ready? Click here to get Mine Is the Night: A Novel by Liz Curtis Higgs on Amazon! (Affiliate link).

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Dear Card-Carrying Republican Christian, Have You Been A Hypocrite Lately?

Dear-Card-Carrying-Republican-Christian-Have-You-Been-A-Hypocrite-LatelyI might make some trouble today. Are you ok with that?

I figure you are, because you’re reading. If you’re not, go ahead and stop reading now. I won’t mind.

So a few preliminaries first:

  • I’m going to interfere with people’s ideologies, politics, AND religion in today’s post. It’s definitely one to discuss over the dinner table. :)
  • You’ll notice from the title that this post is particularly aimed at people in one particular American political party: Republicans…
  • … and one particular section of Republicans: Republican Christians.

Lest all the Republicans get mad at me right away, let me say that as far as card-carrying Republicans go, I are one.

There. Now you know. So in case you are a card-carrying Republican too, please take notice that we’re on the same team here. I hope you won’t get mad if I address a very, very controversial issue.

But if you do get mad, just so you know, I, um, don’t really care that much. Or at all. Just so you know. #SorryNotSorry

Now that that stuff is out of the way… [Read more…]