Thoughts by Women

Cast Your Cares on God – Christian Article

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Father, teach us to rest in Your love for us. Too often we get sidetracked by the cares and the concerns of this world. We allow what we see dictate…

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Unnecessary Fighting | Devotional by Debbie West – Christian Article

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 I like watching American football. There’s something about the fighting, the clawing, the tremendous effort it takes for players to take the ball those last few important inches. Whatever the sport, we get excited when an athlete pushes forward with every ounce of grit they possess to score, win, or make it first across the finish line. We honor the fight. However, in our relationship with…

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Pray Before You Leap | Thoughts about God by Kathy Cheek – Christian Article

As I recently prayed about an important decision I needed to make, I remembered there was a time when I didn’t. As a young Christian I didn’t even know that I should. When I was in my early twenties I moved without even praying about it. I loved God and it was not my intention to go the wrong way, I just had not learned yet that we are to seek God as we make choices and decisions. I just…

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Peace or Panic? | Thoughts about God by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“He who watches over you will not slumber…” Psalm 121:3 Peace and panic cannot occupy the same place. If we are filled with fear, we aren’t peaceful. I am not usually a fearful person. My husband has travelled a lot the past years and when I go to bed, I thank God that His angels are surrounding our property and protecting us. I thank Him that He is above us and that He is our foundation. I am covered with…

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There is Room | Devotional by Idelette McVicker – Christian Article

“I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2 In my daughter’s preschool, they learned this song early on: “Let’s make room for our friends”. The school’s philosophy is clear: they foster an environment where students learn inclusivity. They make space for each other. I’ve watched the children grow into this atmosphere. On the playground after school or on occasions when we have gone out in a group, they all romp together. They naturally gravitate towards certain friends, but…

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Grace Moments | Devotional by Mary Pinckney – Christian Article

“…and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” Exodus 33:19 (NASB) In the movie, “The Shack”, there is a judgment scene. The angel and the young father discuss how God could forgive people that commit horrible acts. The father was placed in a position to judge what would happen to these people and then given the opportunity to judge one of his children to be condemned to…

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Waiting on God | Devotional by Karen Woodard – Christian Article

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18 Do you ever feel like just running away? In the whimsical children’s book, Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz, Alexander wants to run away to Australia. My husband and I sometimes say to each other,…

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Being Transformed | Devotional by Kathy Cheek – Christian Article

My scripture calendar deeply convicted me the day I read this powerful verse from 2 Corinthians. 2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” I paused with the 365 daily scripture flip calendar still in my hand meditating on the words of this single verse and thought about the work…

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God is Timeless | Devotional by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“…for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8 Email, texting, instant messaging, Facebook, SKYPE, Snap Chat, etc.! Technology has enabled us to meet and talk to people all over the world…instantly. Just 25 years ago when one of our daughters was in Kenya for a one-year missions’ project, it took three weeks for our letters to arrive in her mailbox. How times have changed! Stop and think about it. You have to be amazed at…

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Why Worry? | Thoughts about God Daily Devotional by Helen Lescheid – Christian Article

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body what you will wear…Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “ Matthew 6:25-27 We worry over our children, our finances,  our…

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A Squawking World | Devotional by Marilyn Ehle – Christian Article

“Pay attention to what you hear… “ Mark 4:24 It was a beautiful quiet moment. I sat on a shaded park bench without interruption of cell phones, appointments or other demands for my attention. An occasional bird song provided a hymn of praise while just beyond me the sun shone through pine branches. I could imagine God as my touchable companion. And then came squawks and screams! Suddenly a brood of magpies flew from branch to branch, their chorus more…

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God’s Grace – A Devotional by Gail Davis – Christian Article

In 1 Corinthians 1:4-8, Paul began his encouragement and entreaty to the Corinthian Christians. He began his letter reminding them of the most important thing – God’s grace is all-sufficient. In these five verses, Paul taught very succinctly the four most important things about God’s grace. Most importantly, he said, God’s grace enriches believers’ lives. We today can and need to learn and hold on to this teaching. First, remember God’s grace is His loving-kindness and mercy given to a…

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The Walk of Obedience | Devotional by Mary Pinckney – Christian Article

Recently, I heard a man of God share with the news media that He was led by God to accept an invitation that was extended to him. His choice to accept the invitation was in direct obedience to God. Because the Pastor accepted the invitation, he was heavily criticized. It saddened my heart to hear the negative reports that came from both the media and the Body of Christ. As a Born-again believer, what should our stand be in situations…

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How to Turn Tangled Thoughts into Trust – Christian Article

I was planning to read Psalm 18 before falling asleep last night. A busy day, a weighty decision, concern for a loved one, and questions about the future. Sometimes we just need to come up for air. But as I read, I couldn’t get past verse 2. It took multiple readings to let its nine-fold truth about God sink in—a concept that left Him looming larger than my tangled thoughts. “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my…

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To Whom It May Concern – Christian Article

If you’re reading this letter, you’re concerned. About kidnapped girls. Missing planes. Wayward children. A diagnosis. You’re concerned about a loved one. A bend in the road. A misunderstanding. A hurting friend. There’s much in this world to bring concern. Concerns can rightfully be called “troubles.”But I’m not writing this letter to stir up our troubles, but to share what Jesus said.He said, “See that you are not troubled” (Matthew 24:6).  We’re concerned. And rightfully so. But Jesus said not…

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Hope for a Hopeless World – Christian Article

“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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29: 11-13 (NIV) The word hope today is used in so many different ways such as  ‘I…

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Starting From Scratch Devotional by Claire Colvin – Christian Article

“…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” Romans 4:17b Have you ever looked at your life and thought, “This is hopeless”? Maybe the doctor said there was nothing else they could do or the papers from the lawyer said that the divorce was final. Perhaps the bills were overwhelming and the job went to someone else, again. If you’ve ever had that moment of, “OK, now what?” today’s verse is for…

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How to Live Today | Devotional by Gail Rodgers – Christian Article

“… so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…” Colossians 1:10 I opened my email this morning to find a lovely prayer for my day, sent by one of our longtime friends. Our families have known each other for years. Our kids grew up together. We can go for months without connecting yet our hearts reach out to one…

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Thirst and Living Water | Devotional by Kathy Cheek – Christian Article

There is a paved walking trail a few blocks from our house that winds like a ribbon parallel to a creek and the woods along its banks. A large bridge gives passage across the creek and a view of the gurgling rippling water that flows beneath, with shadowy trees rising above the steep rock lined sides of this stream. During the drought of 2011 I kept checking on the creek. I dreaded the day I would reach the bridge, peer…

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God’s Promise | Devotional by Kristi Huseby – Christian Article

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” Psalm 59:16-17 I was cleaning my house getting ready for company when the phone rang. “Ma’am your son has been arrested for shoplifting.” My whole world came to a standstill. The pain…

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Thoughts about God Daily Devotional by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation” Revelation 3:14 Recently, during my quiet time with God, I began using a series of books entitled, The Indescribable Christ by Charles Rolls. My thoughts were directed to the amazing words of Christ. Think about it. His words do not become less powerful or less true with the passing of time. Through the centuries His words have never changed or fluctuated. They have…

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Pursue Peace | Devotional by Fab Batsakis – Christian Article

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”  Romans 8:6 (NLT) Do you live at peace or is your mind wild and full of worries? What if I tell you the answer depends more on you and your decisions than on anything that happens to you? We all face circumstances in our lives we’d rather not deal with. Worrying starts when we let the “flesh”…

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You Never Let Go . . – Christian Article

“Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.” Psalm 73:21 (NLT) Has your heart ever been bitter?   It is so easy to allow bitterness to hold a death grip on our life; when our life doesn’t turn out like we think it should, when we see other people receiving accolades that we feel are due to us and not them, when we God seems distant in our greatest time of need, when…

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Remind Me Who You Are to Me Lord… – Christian Article

You are my Rear Guard …. for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guardIsaiah 52:12 You are my STRONG TOWER …For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:3 You are my Shelter …For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5 You…

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Comfort in the Storm | Devotional by Laura Rath – Christian Article

A few nights ago, I had to comfort our cat, Raven, during a thunderstorm. She’s not usually affected by the weather, but something had her scared. So I held her and talked to her. I made a blanket tent for her to sleep under and sat with her until she felt brave enough to burrow under the blankets. Once she was calmer and safely tucked under her tent, I went to bed. But before I fell asleep, I thought about…

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