April 30, 2017

How to Pray for Missionaries Who Return Home

It's my honor to introduce you to Deb Crawford, a fellow blogger with a heart for missions. She and her husband spent several years sharing the Gospel in South Africa. I asked her to share some thoughts about better supporting missionaries. She offers a unique perspective here, as she knows firsthand the challenges of returning from the field.  Returning missionaries are too often simply overlooked. We cross them off our prayer lists and forget how hard it must be to recalibrate so unexpectedly. But I hope you'll take her suggestions to heart -- and offer her your support too! Be sure to leave a comment, and take a moment to check out her blog. I know you'll be blessed by [...Read More]


Helen Roseveare (Heroes of the Faith)

Heroes of the faith are all around us -- if we know where to look. Many are simply unknown to the world-at-large as they quietly struggle through a lifetime of isolation and hardship. But many others have written of their journeys and shared the ways God has divinely shaped their paths to fit His perfect plan. One of those missionary-authors is Helen Roseveare, favorite "missionary mentor" of Debbie Crawford. I'm pleased to have Debbie -- a fellow blogger and missionary -- sharing a glimpse of Helen's life. I hope it encourages you to learn more about her! Helen Roseveare: A Missionary of Perseverance Beaten and raped by rebels during the 1960s Simba rebellion of what is now the [...Read More]


Bezalel (Heroes of the Faith)

Today I'm thrilled to have Kimberly Pina sharing about one of her favorite heroes of the faith, a lesser-known Bible character named Bezalel. To be honest, when she first mentioned his name, it sounded familiar -- but I had no idea who he was or what he had done. So I asked if she would share, and I'm so glad she did. I hope this article encourages and ministers to you, as it did to me. Thanks so much, Kim, for sharing! Bezalel: Building in the Shadow of God The wilderness. This barren and uninhabited land is mentioned about 280 times in the Bible. It’s where we read about how the Lord interacted with well-known Biblical heroes in a lonely place – Moses and the Israelites, David, [...Read More]


Thoughts on Choosing Gratitude (from Sandy)

It's my joy to share a post from Sandy Cox, a woman who has greatly encouraged me with her reflections throughout the Choosing Gratitude study. Sandy lives in New Mexico with her husband of 20 years, two dogs, and two cats. She has been a Christian for seven years and knows that she has just begun her life with Christ and has much to learn from Him. In reading through the first five chapters of “Choosing Gratitude” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, I have learned about what gratefulness is and what it is not. I have been convicted about what it is not, as that spirit of ungratefulness is what I have been experiencing in my heart lately. One quote of Nancy’s that really hit home for me was, [...Read More]


Runaways

It's a blessing to have friends to help out when your own load is a little too heavy. And it's an extra-special blessing when those friends are firmly planted in God's Word and able to share His timeless wisdom and life-giving encouragement. Barefoot Hippie Girl is one of those friends, and I'm honored to share her words with you once again. ******************************************** Last week, on Facebook, I kind of bragged that I had most of my own posts written already for the upcoming week. And Elizabeth asked me if I wanted to write a post for her. It took me all of about 2 seconds to say yes. Then I wondered just what I was going to write about.  But, I prayed about it, and God [...Read More]


Is God Asking You To Wait?

I'm so grateful to be sharing my space with Barefoot Hippie Girl today! She graciously offered to contribute during this crazy-busy time for me. And I love what she offers here: wise advice from God's Word about waiting on God. It also happens to corresponds with the post on her own blog today {here}. So read away -- and please be sure to leave some comment-love for her! Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7) But those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. (Psalm 37:9) Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14) Who likes to wait? Not I, said the fly. I think our [...Read More]


Daily Gratitude {Guest Post}

Today I'm happy to introduce another blogging friend to you: Carrie Koens of Carrie's Busy Nothings. One of the first things I noticed about Carrie was her emphasis on being thankful. Not only does she share a thankfulness list every Friday on her blog, she also shares something {almost} every morning on Facebook. And what an encouragement those posts are to be thankful for even the little things {like the color orange!} and even when life is difficult. And so, when I thought about having some posts on thankfulness during this season, it was only natural to ask Carrie to contribute something... I hope her post encourages you towards gratitude like it did me!   In the book of 1 [...Read More]


One Great Tip: Timing is Everything

I couldn't have planned it better if I'd tried. When I worked up the schedule for this guest post series, Anne's post ended up as the last one {for this round, anyway}. She didn't know that when she wrote this - but I think it makes for a great conclusion, don't you? Make sure you stop by her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, where she talks about timeless women's issues. And don't forget to check out her new ebook, Work Shift {read my review of it here}.     My revolutionary breakthroughs often come with a price. Because although the benefits of a great tip may be pretty great, I often feel pretty silly, too—because I’m sure that the smart ladies out there figured these things out years [...Read More]


One Great Tip: Choosing Joy (2)

Today's guest is another in-real-life friend! In fact, Sarah and I grew up in the same little church in Massachusetts, where both of our parents still attend... and her Dad is a famous Ocean Spray cranberry harvester. Anyway, Sarah blogs over at Joy-Filled Days about choosing joy everyday. {Sound familiar?} I love her tip for today, and it's so relevant for each of us, especially during the quickly-approaching holiday season.   Tis the season to think about the holidays. And although I love the thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I love the actual time spent with family and the excitement of a holiday, all the extra work involved can leave me a little rattled. In fact, it [...Read More]


One Great Tip: Reading Christianly

Today's tip comes from a friend I actually know in real life! A. Carroll Crowe blogs over at firstfire, where she offers great perspective on Christianity and literature. And I do mean literature, as in, the classic stuff. I love how different -- and yet how equally viable -- this reading tip is from last week's. While Sheila's tip was very practical (read what you like) this tip considers the philosophy behind deciding what you like. So read on! And check out her blog for more great thought-provoking posts!    Amidst the welter of pagan religions that thrived in the decaying Roman Empire, Christianity—small and doctrinaire, without priests or temples—stood out, often painfully. [...Read More]