Mark Batterson says, “A big dream is simultaneously the best feeling and the worst feeling in the world.” When a dream that was planted in our hearts from God is realized, our purpose in life becomes clearer. But actually doing that dream? That takes risk and risk is one of the worst feelings in the world. Taking risks means we have to be brave. Isn’t is much safer to politely tell God, “I’m fine right where I am?”
Today, my mom and I went to lunch, just the two of us. We live in the same town and see each other often, but usually, our conversations are accompanied by the demands of my two-year-old and the laughs and screams of my older girls. So, for us to sit down and order a meal without being interrupted was such a treat. While eating our salads, she confessed how proud she was that I shared my struggles through this prayer study. Then, she being mom, asked: “Aren’t you going to write about anything happy?”
Clarity is a gift. We are all given this gift, but we can’t all find it. We search and ask and wonder and fret about clarity. What is my purpose in life? How am I going to do it? When will clarity happen? Why are things not going according to my plans?
Join us in today's devotional as we take steps to gain clarity over life's most important questions.
While I want to end this study with rainbows and unicorns and motivation, I also want to be real. We all experience both light and darkness. Some of us are living in a season where life is full of glitter and sparkles and all the smiley face stickers a girl could imagine. Life doesn’t seem to get any better and we let our friends know with every single status update. It’s good to celebrate this season of happiness but then there are others of us that aren’t in that state of mind, and every time we see another adorable picture of your family or latest craft project we are happy for you but hate you (just a little!).
Read more about how prayer helps our hearts go from heartache to hope in today's devotional.
I know it’s hard for many of us to believe a promise because we’ve had our hearts broken from promises unkept. We’ve been cheated on, lied to, undermined, and misinterpreted. We aren’t in a place to trust because we are so broken and insecure. But, we have to try. Because if we don’t, we will always have a heart that is divided.
Before we end our study together, I want to celebrate where God has taken us through this prayer challenge. With only a few days left, we need to remember where we started and celebrate the progress that we’ve made. Just as Jesus ate with His disciples during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, might we also break and eat the bread of life and drink in our forgiveness?
Earlier this month, I asked you what makes you cry, and urged you to find rhythm in a world full of rush. Our tears are both an indicator of what is wrong in our immediate bubble and what is wrong in the world at large. Today, I want to ask you again: what makes you cry? What makes your heart hurt so much that you feel like you might suffocate if you don’t give it to God?
For almost a month, we’ve been seeking God’s help and guidance for our year. I’m sure some of you have never felt closer to God while others feel like a failure because you haven’t been able to keep up. Failure discourages our hearts and we lose confidence in ourselves. Today, I want us to change our attitude about failing. Instead of seeing it as defeat, let’s view failure as the attitude of champions.
Read more about how we are free to fail in today's devotional.
Let’s face it: the words “undivided” and “women” don’t normally go together, do they? For the past month, we’ve unearthed some of the things that divide us the most: distractions, doubt, comparison, and fear to name a few. But as sisters in Christ, we are called to unity.
Read more about how to resolve friendships and deepen relationships in today's devotional.
Prayer is not a performance. Prayer is a form of praise. It’s a sacred experience that allows us to feel God’s presence and peace. Prayer moves hearts from performing and perfection and pride to hearts that are holy, transformed, and whole. When we know what power can come from prayer, why would we continue to perform?
Read more about how prayer tears down walls in today's devotional.
When David was older, he writes Psalm 37 and begins with these words: Do not fret. After years spent as king, stressing and planning and praying and running, David shares with us that the things that make us worry in life aren’t worth worrying about. I appreciate his wisdom...I just wish I knew how to apply it to my own heart.
Join me in today's post and learn how to dwell, delight, and desire in God.
Let’s face it: we all want a picture perfect home, marriage, career, and family. Women want to have it all, and we so quickly compare what we have to what others have. But you will always have something that someone else envies too. If we keep circling ourselves in this downward cycle of comparison, we are going to become so dizzy that we can’t think straight. We’ve got to stop scrolling each other’s curated Instagram feeds and wishing for what others have. Instead of comparing what we don’t have, let’s shift our hearts and be thankful for what we do have. Jesus is our peace; He destroys the barriers of comparison that our hearts so often revert back to.
In a world full of rush we must find time to rest in God. Psalm 62:1-2 says "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." In order for us to have an undivided heart this year, we must schedule in time to rest in God.
When we can't see where our prayers are going to lead us, praying is hard. Sometimes it seems like our prayers are not heard and will never be answered. We wonder what we are doing and who, really, are we talking to? We can't see what lies next on the path of our futures, but we want answers. Now. We grow impatient, frustrated, and doubt that God even hears us.
In the beginning, God created. Genesis tells us that one day at a time He created the heaven and the earth, the wind and the water, the people and the animals. God had the ability to create everything in one quick snap of His fingers, but He took His time instead. Might we too choose to focus on what God wants us to create just one day at a time?
The challenge with praying is that we are always being attacked. Satan is a terrorist and he will stop at nothing to defeat us. But, God is fighting for us and His love endures forever. Learn how to defend yourself against the enemy's attacks with the promises of God.
Even though we live in the twenty-first century, we are all still in the nineteenth century throes of slavery. There are over 30 million individuals in the world still being forced into labor and sex-trafficking. The rest of us find ourselves in bondage to the false idols that we think will bring us worth. We must break the chains of slavery by believing that we are free in Christ.
Read more in today's post about how to break from the chains that have been holding you hostage for way too long.
God brought together Moses and Aaron to lead his people, and He is bringing together the women of the Wiregrass also to bow and worship His name. We do this with undivided hearts and by obeying God's call on our lives in spite of any fear or hesitation we might have. Prayer gives us the courage to follow God.
Join us today in day 4 and learn how courage and community join hands to give God praise.
What is the one thing you want to focus on this year? Living focused is so important. If we don't have a focus, we will miss out on receiving the satisfaction of work well done. A divided heart is a distracted heart. But to have an undivided heart? You will rest in the goodness of knowing that you were fearfully and wonderfully made.
Read more about how to find your focus in today's devotional.
Are you ready for a clean start? To get a fresh start on this new year, we need to prepare ourselves to fight off temptation when it strikes. One of the best tools that God has given us to use with prayer is the commitment to fasting.
Join us today for Day 2 to learn about how fasting helps us not only with our sweet tooth, but our soul.