Author Archives: gracie

Believing through Hard Times

It’s not always easy to believe that God wants to bestow His goodness on you, especially during prolonged, difficult, demanding, challengi [...]

Faith Pleases God

What pleases God? We might answer: being a good person, going to church, helping people, and so forth. Although a “good work” in and of [...]

The Foxes that Spoil the Vineyard

Song of Solomon 2:14-15 “For you are my dove, hidden in the split-open rock. It was I who took you and hid you up high in the secret stair [...]

Being Listened to

We are all born with the desire to be loved, accepted, understood, and listened to. Some of us have been blessed to be born into a loving fa [...]

Are Hard Times Blinding Your Faith?

As our relationship develops and deepens with Jesus Christ, we understand that his faithful love and the Word of God are the powers that gro [...]

Finding Peace within Imperfect Circumstances

Most people believe the path to peace and joy is created by experiencing “ideal” circumstances, and we all have different ideas and thou [...]

God Loves the World

The spirit of antichrist is prevalent and common in our world today.   The goal of this spirit is to tear down and ridicule, to present Go [...]

The Power to Heal

On the cross, Jesus Christ paid the price for fallen mankind’s sin, creating a bridge to re-unite us with our Holy God. Jesus overcame [...]

Overcoming in Spite of Fear

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psalm56:3). Most of us thrive when our circumstances feel familiar and it seems as if thi [...]

Overcoming the World

Many people believe that if we love God and love others as we love ourselves things will go easy for us in this world. However, Jesus told h [...]

Enduring Love

Sometimes the experience of loving and being loved generates warm feelings that bring happiness, satisfaction, pleasure, and encouragement. [...]

Feeling Like You Can’t Go On

Even people who consider themselves courageous and strong have times when they feel overburdened, afraid, and weak. When life feels dreadful [...]

Shelter Me, Oh Lord!

When Jesus left the upper room with his disciples, he went to the Mount of Olives, his place of secret prayer. There he told the apostles, [...]

Positive Complaining

The human race seems to be plagued with complaining. Have you ever noticed that it seems easier to focus on or point out what is wrong, inst [...]

The Spirit of Fear

In our world, the spirit of fear torments the human race. In many areas, our spirit, soul, and body are easily sucked into fear’s vortex o [...]

The Path to Larger Faith

“And he said to him, ‘Well done, excellent bond servant! Because you have been faithful and trustworthy in a very little [thing] you sha [...]

Merry Christmas!

“For unto us a child is born…for unto us a Son is given… and the Glory of the Lord shall be revealed”. It has always humbled and ama [...]

The Blessed Mother of Jesus

“Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. And the angel left “Luke [...]

Are You Angry with God?

Job, whom God called a righteous man, was sick and tired of it all! In various ways, he and his family had been persistently attacked by the [...]

Don’t Give Up on Life!

    Sometimes life is hard! First we struggle to fix what’s broken, whether the trouble we are experiencing is an on-going chall [...]

When Relationships Disappoint You

We all long to be accepted and unconditionally loved by our family and friends. But we are often disappointed when we realize that our relat [...]

Run to God to Attain Rest

   When life is hard and we feel overwhelmed by a current situation or we are worried about our unknown future, or maybe we are greatl [...]

The Need for Balance In Our Lives

In the physical realm, if our diet consists of too many fats, carbohydrates, sweets, etc., and not enough vegetables, water or protein, etc. [...]

Dove’s Eyes

“Behold, you are beautiful, my love! Behold, you are beautiful! You have doves’ eyes” (Song of Solomon 1:15). Most of us a [...]

God Uses Our Words

As followers of Christ, we are told that God desires to use what we say to help others heal, and grow spiritually. He would like to use our [...]

The True Meaning of Blessed

When we hear the word blessed, many think of material increase or a carefree life without major problems. Yet, just because people have plen [...]

Anxiety and the Heart

Anxiety in our heart can manifest itself in our lives in different ways. We may have feelings of worry, nervousness or agitation about somet [...]

Fret Not!

  “Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself-it tends only to evildoing.” (Psalm 37:8).   The dictionary proclaims [...]

Everybody Needs Encouragement!

Whether walking through a difficult time or just feeling no passion or purpose in our walk of faith, we all need encouragement. Yet often, w [...]

The God Who Sees in Secret

“And your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:4b). God recognizes every act of kindness, service, and love we d [...]

Give Thanks

As Christians, we are learning how to keep stepping forward, and let go of the negative emotions in our hearts, while giving the Lord space [...]

The Highest Calling: To Love Him

    The covenant God made with His people in the Old Testament required all to keep the law. Then when God’s people fell short a [...]

When Life Knocks You Down

Many times in our lives we overcome difficulties and process through our feelings by praying, leaning, relying, and trusting in God. But at [...]


When we think of the word repent, our minds’ eye may be filled with a vision of angry preachers yelling at fearful congregations! Yet Jesu [...]

The Power of Negative and Positive Words

With our words we create. As we speak positive words of faith, light, goodness, kindness, love, patience, gentleness, and hope-or negative w [...]

Jesus’ Yoke

Jesus told those who followed him to, “take my yoke upon you and learn of me”. In Bible times, a yoke was a wooden frame by which two ox [...]

In the Middle of a Storm?

Just as an occurrence of bad weather can stop us in our tracks and disrupt our plans, so can the storms of life. In these storms, we experie [...]

One Day at a Time

  “So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ [...]

Value in Sadness

“Sorrow is better than laughter, for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better and gains gladness” (Ecclesiastes 7:3). [...]

Stability in a Changing World

    The Bible teaches us that there is a time and season for every purpose under heaven. In other words, we will experience contin [...]

Our Comforting God

“Whenever my doubts and fears were out of control, the soothing comfort of your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight” [...]

Receiving God’s Help

When we are struggling with unresolved issues and trouble in our lives, we may experience painful emotions that sometimes motivate us to cry [...]

Turning Back To God

In the midst of tumult, stress and the pressures of life, it is very easy for us to allow our negative side to take over and propel us into [...]

The Prodigal

Most of us are familiar with the parable that Jesus told about the loving father (a prototype of God) and his reckless, hedonistic son (a pr [...]
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