Purposeful Faith

When You Wish You Were Everybody Else (Part 3)

It’s much easier to stop comparing yourself to others once you discover how God has gifted you for service. Everyone is unique and we each have a special combination of gifts that the Spirit works in us in order to encourage and build up the people in your life! Let’s look at verse 5 of […] Read more…

When You Wish You Were Everybody Else (Part 2)

Yesterday I shared how constantly playing the comparison game causes me to feel dissatisfied and insignificant. I love what Anna said in the comments: “comparison robs us of joy and the ability to fully follow the path God laid out for us.” How do we combat these feelings of discouragement and just enjoy being ourselves? […] Read more…

Destroying the Barrier – Ephesians 2:14-18

photo credit   I’ve really been enjoying my Good Morning Girls Ephesians study! This past week as we studied the remainder of chapter 2, verses 14-18 caught my attention. For He himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside […] Read more…

7 Truths About the Grace of God

These seven truths about God’s grace are comforting and meaningful for the Christian who is struggling under the weight of sorrow and sin. Take a look at the Biblical meaning of God’s grace. From the time I was a young college student and God really started to work on my life, I’ve been truly blessed […] Read more…

Ephesians Bible Study – Week 2 Wrap-Up

photo credit The first fourteen verses of Ephesians chapter one tells us who we are in Christ; verses 15-23 show us more of what God has done for us and gives to us through Christ.  God showed his mighty strength when He seated Christ above all things, giving Him absolute power and authority for all […] Read more…

Ephesians Bible Study – Week 1 Wrap-Up

I’m doing another Good Morning Girls study, this time in the book of Ephesians with a wonderful group of bloggers. It’s been very encouraging to read the thoughts of others on the first 14 verses of this New Testament epistle written by the Apostle Paul.    There are some beautiful words found in this portion […] Read more…

1 John Week 12

Our Good Morning Girls study on 1 John is coming to a close. This study has been such a blessing to me, giving me the accountability to do my devotions each morning (although sometimes it became early afternoon!). This week we’re reflecting on the entire book of 1 John and as I flipped through my […] Read more…

1 John Week 10, Chapter 5

The 1 John Study will soon be drawing to a close! I’ve been growing so much in my faith as I’ve studied this book and exchanged observations and ideas with my Good Morning Girls group. I want to share just one truth today about the verses in 1 John 5 that I’ve been meditating on […] Read more…

Ideas for Celebrating Advent with Your Kids

As we come into the season of Advent, my family seeks out resources we can use to share the message of the coming Messiah with our kids. Here are some ideas for celebrating Advent that we love! Advent Devotional – This “Christmas Stories for Bedtime” book is one we enjoyed using last year during December. […] Read more…

Is My Patience Really a Virtue?

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “patience is a virtue.” A virtue is defined as “a particular moral excellence” and “a good or admirable quality.”  Which makes me think: Is my patience really a virtue?  Many times my grasps at patience are anything but excellent or admirable. Whether it’s waiting for the water to boil […] Read more…

The Strength of Gentleness

Thriving Family is a magazine for Christian families put out by Focus on the Family that we receive on a monthly basis. It contains lots of spiritual and practical living advice as well as suggestions on how to teach your children Biblical principles. Last month the magazine had a series called “The Strength of Gentleness“. […] Read more…

Five Tips for Reading the Bible

Are you someone who struggles in reading the Bible? If so, you certainly aren’t alone! Many people who want to grow in their faith have difficulty getting into the Word for various reasons. Some feel as though they cannot understand the Bible. Others think that they are not “intelligent” enough to read it and that it is best […] Read more…

Peace in All Circumstances

Do you have peace? Or are you finding it hard to rest in the Lord and let God’s peace comfort and sustain you? Lately I have been feeling much unrest about different situations in my life. Since I don’t know the future, the only choice I have is to pray for the peace of God, […] Read more…

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