Category Archive: God’s Grace

Mar 15

“Senseless” by Thea Williams

What’s a girl to do? Here I am, trying to serve the Lord with my writing talents, and I’m running into stop signs. But we don’t sit at stop signs endlessly, do we? We pause, evaluate our surroundings, and use our best judgment to move ahead when an appropriate amount of time has passed. That’s just what God’s been guiding me to do. He’s assuring me He’s in control, despite appearances to the contrary. He’s instructing me to move forward in any direction that’s not blocked, making headway wherever possible. This article is the first step in that direction.
I’m figuring out how to work around my deficiencies, and not let them render me senseless. “If there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12

Mar 01

“Patches of Fog” by Judith Vander Wege

“Patches of fog won’t hold up under sun.” I clipped this intriguing phrase out of a newspaper, pondering its meaning.
“Patches of fog” reminded me of the confusion and depression I’d experienced.
“Lord, give me clear sailing,” is what I often cry when I feel the fog’s so thick I’d really rather die.
Then, just for a moment, He’ll cause the fog to lift.
But He says, “My grace, sufficient, is the greater gift.
“When at last, you’ve stood the test,”
He gently lets me know, “you’ll receive the crown of life. The trials help you grow.

Feb 24

“February” by Thea Williams

In every season of grief, almighty arms held my family and me high above an abyss of uncertainty and pain. Those arms aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27

Feb 09

“So Many Voices” by Nina Newton

Are you listening to so many voices all around you that you can’t hear God’s voice? “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given …

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Feb 03

“Intentional Love” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

February may as well be called the Love month. Valentine’s Day demands that we declare our love to our intended.

Then there’s President’s Day—which is, apparently, the best time to buy a mattress—and who doesn’t love a sale? If you live in a colder climate, the opportunity for snow days abounds. Kids love those. Moms, maybe not so much. I love so many things. Should I celebrate them all this month? I love my husband, but I also love ice cream. I love my children, but I have a few favorite television shows that I also love. Are they two different kinds of love?

Nov 23

“Give Thanks through the Day” by Connie Arnold

At the start of another new day as the darkness slips away, this is a wonderful time to pray and give thanks for blessings coming your way.

Oct 12

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers Book Review by Carol Peterson

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is the story of a young prostitute during the gold rush days in California. The plot is loosely based on the account of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible. But be forewarned: this is not a light story. It is definitely not a book you can read while sipping your afternoon tea.

Oct 05

“Waiting for Grace” by Nina Newton

Some days I amaze myself. And then other days, not so much. I’m guessing we all have days like that. But there is just something about “grace” that seems to make me nervous. It’s almost as if I just can’t believe it’s true. Oh, I know in my head what God’s Word tells me about …

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Sep 28

“Why Write?” by Jewell Utt

A peaceful Sunday morning at church turned into a moment of high-alert for many people. A man dressed in a long coat, carrying backpacks and duffle bags, came to rest at our main entrance. Instead of coming directly in, he pulled a large piece of chalk out of his luggage and began writing on the sidewalk of both entryways: “Sinners are damned to Hell.”

Sep 07

“There’s a Rock in My Sock!” by Lynn Mosher

Ever get a pebble in your shoe or your sock and think, Now, where did that come from? I’m a sock person. I wear socks a lot and, every once in a while, I find the tiniest bit of something irritating my foot. I turn my sock inside out, only to find a barely visible piece of grit. I shake out my sock and get rid of it. Irritations, like pebbles, come in all sizes. We all have them at one time or another, whether in our socks or in our spirits.

Sep 06

“Step Back to be Drawn In” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

We need to step back and see ourselves as God sees us. He knows those flaws because He is the Creator, but He sees the whole picture. He sees a work of beauty—a masterpiece.

Aug 30

“Facing Down the Bumblebee” by Nells Wasilewski

Thought for the day:  Job 12:7-10 (NKJV) “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know …

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Aug 27

“Encouragement for When Your Hope has been Fiercely Shaken” by Ifeoma Samuel

After a long week of torturous waiting for test results to swing in my favour, it didn’t! I was tired of fighting. I was done filling the holes with hope. This war is waged against my peace and this time I was overwhelmed. Those tormenting “maybes” and “if-onlys” competed for my heart space. -Maybe I …

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Aug 23

“Within My Heart: The Search for My Children” by Shar Olson

  After searching for my children for years I finally found the right people to help me find my children that have been adopted. I was suppose to have an open adoption but I moved to Michigan; I was not well and lost all my contact information for my children. It is disappointing that I …

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Aug 22

“Salad in the Mailbox” by Norma C. Mezoe

                      At the age of 45, I was forced to find employment after my husband left me. I had never worked outside of my home, but God opened doors only He could have opened. Within three weeks, I was employed at a nonprofit organization. I …

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Aug 12

“ENVY” by Cyndie Randall

I am so envious.  I’m envious of people with really good teeth. Especially when they’ve never seen an orthodontist and they drink liters of black coffee between donut-chewing and not flossing. They do all this while smiling, by the way. I’m envious of women who OWN that two-piece swimsuit even after their bodies have sagged and settled. …

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Aug 11

“Tough Marshmallows” by Beth Brubaker

This has been a rough month. My mom passed away on July 18th- just five days after her 78th birthday. My husband’s mom passed away yesterday morning- exactly two weeks after my mom, give or take four hours. With the drama of dealing with my mom’s funeral and subsequent cleaning out of her apartment on …

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Aug 05

“Am I Beautiful?” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

I recently saw an article on my town’s website advertising a new program for tween and teen girls. It’s designed to promote self-confidence in a young woman through public speaking and addressing self-esteem Issues such as peer pressure, body image, and carrying oneself with grace and dignity. Mentors help each young woman reach her potential …

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Aug 01

“The View from My Prison Cell” by Nina Newton, Sr. Editor

I look out the window of my prison cell and the world seems to go on as if nothing has happened.  The lace curtains flutter in the warm summer breeze that drifts through the window of my prison cell. But the invisible bars on that window imprison me in this dark place of sadness, pain, …

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Jul 15

“The Power of Loving Well” by Carol Doyel

God has been moving powerfully in me lately, stirring my heart, tenderly revealing deep things to me – sadly some of the things that He has revealed in me are not so good. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about condemnation – but in His loving-kindness, he has drawn me to repentance for …

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Jul 11

“Help! I’ve Got No Room to Breathe” by Christie Browning

Recently, I wrote the following in my journal: “I am far beyond being stressed. I feel lost…without focus or a plan. I don’t like that feeling. I feel like I’m suffocating and about to run out of air, but there’s no room to breathe. I feel attacked on all fronts. I feel like someone has …

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Jul 01

“Filled with Glory” by Lynn Mosher

No room for Moses. God gave Moses an enormous job: to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. Following very explicit directions for structuring the tabernacle, Moses fulfilled all God’s commands. When Moses finished it, “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle…And Moses was not …

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Jun 29

“Managing Your Fears with the Help of God” by Stan Popovich

Dealing with fear and anxiety can be very difficult. As a result, using the help of God can be very effective in managing your fears. With this in mind, here are some suggestions on how a person can use the help of God in his or her own struggles. The first step a person should …

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Jun 22

“Be-YOU-tifully YOU-nique” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

Only you can do that. There is no competition to be the best you because no one else qualifies. The only competition is the one you set for yourself. Or against yourself.

Jun 07

“Reconciliation” by Sharon L. Patterson

God’s heart in reconciliation is the reestablishment of fellowship with Him and with others. It is produced by Godly sorrow that leads to repentance and accountability. It is greater than the expulsion of our “guilt” against God or another person. Sometimes, the expression of “I’m sorry” is said simply to relieve the conscience. Without action, the one with whom reconciliation needs to be made may see such an apology as insincere. Godly sorrows’ profound affect comes from knowing the pain we have caused God or others and wanting to make the necessary steps to repair the relationship.

Apr 22

“Moving On” by Heather C. King

He’s finding mercy in the mess, receiving restoration, learning from his mistakes, teaching others, and worshiping God for this salvation-gift.

Mar 29

“Choosing Words that Heal” by Heather C. King

In fits of rage and bursts of anger, right in the most intense point of conflict, we have to choose: Use our knowledge as a weapon and wound them where they are most sensitive….or lay it aside, choosing to protect the most tender parts of their soul.

Mar 28

“When Life Feels Like a Competition” by Ifeoma Samuel

There is a big difference between setting reasonable goals then making attempts to fulfill them and making unattainable goals and whining why things don’t swing our way.

Mar 24

“On That Day” by Nells Wasilewski

On that day,
an agonized cry
came from the cross–
A veil as dark as sin
covered the sun
and cast three crosses
in shadow.

Mar 08

“Busy and Burned Out?” by Grace Esedeke

I was BUSY… and BURNED OUT… I needed to take a break. I knew I had to, but I felt a lot of things will fall out of place if I did. But I eventually did.

Feb 15

“While I’m Waiting” by Heather King

And it’s in the moments of waiting that God says exactly what I need to hear the most: Don’t believe the lies. Don’t fret over the future. Don’t question the calling. Don’t doubt God’s ability or willingness to care for you. Don’t think you’re alone. Be strong, and let your heart take courage.

Feb 05

“Intentional Living” by Grace Esedeke

We are faced with dozens of choices each day– some not so big, some really big. From choosing what or what not to eat, to whether or not to wear a certain dress for a meeting, to whether or not to go to church, to where our kids ought to school, our world is full of options- for both the Christian and the non-christian.

Feb 03

“Happily Never After” by Jonathan Lawrence

This article is the first in a series written by a husband and father, who has had the courage to share his true story of marital struggles. Our prayer is that his words and his story will be a blessing to our readers, and be a reminder that God can take all of our broken pieces and bring hope, restoration, and redemption if we trust Him with our hearts.

Feb 02

“Blinded by the Light” by Alisha Ritchie

As I speak the words, we round a curve as the sun gleams in full force. I adjust the visor to hopefully hide the sun but to no avail, I am completely blinded by the illuminating force in the sky. I put on my brakes, panicking, because I cannot see anything in front of me. The horizon ahead is just a blur of glowing, bright light. My palms grow sweaty as I grip the steering wheel tighter.

Jan 28

“I am Elizabeth” by Carol Peterson

As we look at Elizabeth’s life, we’ll ask her to tell us her story. We will also ask God to show us how He sees us as He might have seen Elizabeth. When we understand how we are like Elizabeth and what lessons we can learn from her life, we will recognize how God might see His other women of faith.

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