WBC Devotional: Dandelions and Daisies

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Dandelions and Daisies

Written by Stasia Nielsen

When did life become so complicated?  How did I get from making a wish while blowing on dandelions to panting for breath while rushing through the grocery store?  When did I go from beauty to brokenness and where will I find the time to finish the never ending tasks that daily consume my thoughts?  Hectic stole happiness and the daily cares of life left me with weary arms and a heavy heart.  It seems so very unfair.

Shaken to the very core of our beings, we wonder if life can ever be what it once was.

Jesus longs to be more than the calm after the storm in our lives.  He promised to be the calm throughout the storm.  When we live a life devoted to following Christ, He can turn our brokenness in beauty once more.  Even twice more.  As a matter of fact, His mercies and grace are new every morning.

So, will you be dancing in the daisies or dragging through the dirt today? Here are some scriptures you can cling to in the midst of the distractions of the day.

 Devotional Scriptures

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22 (NLT)

Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23 (NLT)

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:1-4 (NLT)

 

© 2014, Stasia Nielsen. All rights reserved. May not be duplicated without express and written permission from author. Originally published at www.WomensBibleCafe.com 

WBC Devotions: True Reflection

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True Reflection

Written by Sheree Poole

As I was getting ready for work this morning, I looked in the mirror and surveyed my reflection with a critical eye.  I gently applied makeup around my eyes to hide the soft lines and dark circles that had deepened over the years.  After all, I cannot let people see my imperfections and flaws.  It was at that point that Jesus spoke to my heart.  “My daughter, how are you going to hide the flaws in your heart?”  A fresh wave of realization washed over me as scenes of yesterday replayed in my mind.  No amount of makeup can cover up resentment, unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger that had taken root in my heart.  Tears welled up in my eyes and spilled down my cheeks.  Father, forgive me for harvesting these sins in my heart.  I ask you to remove these obstacles and cleanse my heart so that I may I be a true reflection of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Devotional Scriptures:

As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.  Proverbs 27:19 NIV

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at, man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.   1 Samuel 16:7 NIV

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalm 139:33-34 NIV

 

© 2014, Sheree Poole. All rights reserved. May not be duplicated without express and written permission from author. Originally published at www.WomensBibleCafe.com 

WBC Devotions: Give Thanks In all Things

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Give Thanks In all Things

Written by Tricia Mcwilliams

We hear Christians say “God wants you to give thanks in all things.” We think they have got to be kidding! God wants me to be thankful for losing my job, for my friends illness, for a son who doesn’t speak to me? For a world that seems to racked with pain and suffering?

No, my friend God doesn’t want you to be thankful FOR these circumstances. He wants you to still be thankful IN them. Look around you, are you alive? Do you have food, clothing, shelter? Do you have dear friends and loved one who mean the world to you? Are you able to read God’s word and worship when and where you like?

He wants us to look for and count our blessings IN the midst of our circumstances. Knowing he’ll always be right beside us.

Father, please speak to the hearts and minds of the one reading this today. Help them to know you’re always with them. Help them to remember all they have to be thankful for. Fill their heart with your love. In Jesus name Amen

Devotional Scriptures

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 (NIV)

 

© 2014, Tricia Mcwilliams. All rights reserved. May not be duplicated without express and written permission from author. Originally published at www.WomensBibleCafe.com 

WBC Devotions: Freedom from the Past

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Freedom from the Past

 Written by Shari Lewis

Does your past sometimes creep upon you like an enormous, haunting shadow from which there seems to be no escape? Do you have regrets, failures, hurts, disappointments, or shattered dreams that have left you disillusioned or frustrated with life? Perhaps something was taken from you, your innocence, your dignity, your safety, your trust, and you are left with nothing but the remnants of a fragile, empty shell ready to crack under pressure. On the surface, you may have done a marvelous job of creating a strong and put-together façade for the world to see, but the deepest cry of your heart is not hidden from your heavenly Father.

Understand that you have an enemy who has tried his very best to rob from you, and to thwart God’s good plan for your life, but our compassionate and merciful God can reverse the damage and give you an abundant and fulfilling life instead. He loves you more than you can imagine, and He longs to heal your heart and restore all that has been taken from you. He can remove the bondage of your past and set you free to truly live.

 Devotional Scriptures

 Paul said, “…But one thing I do, Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 NIV

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT

 

Read more devotions from Shari Lewis at: http://www.pearlsforliving.net/

© 2014, Shari Lewis. All rights reserved. May not be duplicated without express and written permission from author. Originally published at www.WomensBibleCafe.com 

Power of God’s Names Reading Schedule

power of Gods names tony evansIt’s time for another online Bible study! Are you excited to join women around the world as we learn the Power of God’s Names? If you have not yet registered for the study please click here. All you need is a copy of the member book to participate. Each Monday beginning August 25, 2014 we will have an update on our website, along with discussion questions for online small groups. In order to prepare for these discussions, you’ll need to read the weekly lessons and complete the member book assignments.

Reading Schedule for The Power of God’s Names Bible Study

Required book: The Power of God’s Names Member Book by Tony Evans to order click here

Video sessions are optional due to the cost. answers to the video sessions can be downloaded from the Lifeway website

Week of Member Book Reading Assignment Small Group Discuss Optional
25-Aug Week 1: The Majesty of God’s Names Introductions Video 1
1-Sep Week 2: Jehovah and Adonai Week 1 Video 2
8-Sep Week 3: Jehovah Nissi and Jehovah Tsaba Week 2 Video 3
15-Sep Week 4: Jehovah Rohi and Jehovah Jireh Week 3 Video 4
22-Sep Week 5: El Elyon and El Shaddai Week 4 Video 5
29-Sep Week 6: Immanuel Week 5 Video 6
6-Oct Finish reading if you are behind Week 6
13-Oct Break: finish reading if you are behind
20-Oct Break: finish reading if you are behind
27-Oct Begin new online Bible study

 

To see the small group schedule please click here