Dianne Barker here, spreading encouragement.
I must ask—do you ever feel like giving up? Are you tired of the hassle…tired of spinning your wheels…tired of feeling stuck? Facing a bleak future and overcome by hopelessness, have you muttered to yourself, Why bother? Read More →
Kathy Collard Miller
Hello from Kathy Collard Miller, enjoying the beautiful winter in the desert near Palm Springs, California.
During challenging times, we can begin to believe that God won’t help us. At times, He’s silent or seems to delay. We become afraid and hesitant to trust. Will God really come through for us?
Hebrews 13:5-6 assures us God is our helper:
“be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
If we don’t believe and trust that truth, we believe the lie: “God isn’t my helper, therefore I must provide for myself.” Financial challenges, a lack of answered prayer, and any number of obstacles can contribute to this lie.
I remember when my husband, Larry, and I didn’t have any extra money and an unexpected expense hit us. We didn’t know where the money would come from. I prayed but didn’t really have much hope extra money could be found. Read More →
Author, Speaker, and Humorist
“Nutty with a Dash of Meat” Jeanette Levellie here with some tips to help you Shock the Clock and gain more writing time:
- Delight yourself in the Lord
Put God first and He will collaborate with you to help you meet your goals.
- Do away with fear
Progress in baby steps, and ask friends cover you in prayer with each new venture.
- De-clutter and de-junk
Managing clutter is a huge time-eater. Give yourself permission to throw or give away. Enlist a friend’s help to de-junque. Read More →
Kathy Collard Miller
Hello from Kathy Collard Miller, writing from the beautiful desert near Palm Springs, California.
It’s the New Year and I’m going to have to remember to write down 2017. And along with a new year often come the traditional resolutions. I’d like to encourage you to think a little differently about those. For instance, have you ever said things like:
- I’ll never get angry again.
- I’ll always show love toward that person who is unlovable.
- I’ll never be discontent again.
- I’ll always be joyful in every circumstance.
- I’ll have my devotions every day?
It’s easy to think that such determination will bring us success. We may think that God demands such commitments. But have you noticed that when we can’t follow through, we get discouraged and give up? Even thinking God has given up on us also?
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Quilting Encouragement with Mary Tatem
A recent visit to Yosemite National Park kept us craning our necks to look up at the magnificent granite mountains that surrounded us. Regardless of which direction we faced, immense pillars of stone reached to the sky, dwarfing even the tall Pines and occasional Sequoia. Beauty surrounding us. From the sounds of water crashing from tall mountain ledges to the caw of iridescent Ravens foraging for food, our ears were as absorbed with the of beauty as our eyes. We left for home, our hearts bursting with thankfulness for the world God made for us to enjoy.
Although there aren’t any mountains towering over my house, nor cascading waterfalls, to astound my senses, I hope I can remain just as thankful for the beauty where God has put me in my everyday life. Instead of a mountain, there is my neighbor’s house where love resides and covers me each time my path crosses with the lovely people who live there. Instead of waterfalls, there are colorful leaves which decorate my trees and cascade to my lawn in the fall. Instead of large Ravens, there are perky Robins who grace my bird feeder.
God help me always be aware and thankful for the beauty You provide to my daily life. I want to stay as appreciative of the smaller, ordinary world You gave me as I am with the larger, magnificent vistas You have made. May we all remain alert to the beauty You put around us.
Mary Tatem is an author of story based devotional books which boost your spirits. Each devotion uses the craft of quilting or scrapbooking to touch the reader’s heart and show the love of God. Her every day examples of God’s involvement in our lives provide encouragement to rely on God. She enjoys speaking to women and inspires them to trust God and His warm love. Currently, she is using her love of story to write historical novels.
As the mother of four and grandmother of fifteen, she finds life full of inspiring stories. Join her to read about God’s work in His people.