Thoughts by Women

The Anxiety That Consumes | Devotional by Caran Jantzen – Christian Article

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 In September 2014, I got the formal diagnosis I had been expecting: General Anxiety Disorder. Until then, I thought something was simply wrong with me. I felt ashamed of these feelings; I tried to keep them hidden inside.…

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I Don’t Deserve It | Devotional by Gail Rodgers – Christian Article

A tear glistened in the corner of her eye. She had never been told God’s love was for her personally. Oh how she wanted to believe God loved her. But she felt she had no right to ask Him anything. She had never acknowledged Him before. And life had been hard. Choices of others and her own choices had left deep pain and scars on her heart. Oh, very few knew and she held it all together in an amazing…

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Letting Go, Even When it Hurts – Christian Article

It was our yearly retreat and I had paid for an apartment where my family would lodge. I felt very disappointed when the lady in charge allocated a poor apartment to me, plus she was rude and reluctant to change it. In front of a few persons seated, I had made a big deal out of the entire issue, maybe because I had expected fairer treatment. We settled it eventually. However, there were checks here and there in my spirit.…

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Try Tithing | Thoughts by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“Bring all the tithes…so there will be food enough…if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you!” Malachi 3:10 An email with an interesting challenge came to me today. The email read, “I need your help. I am behind on a lot of bills. I am a waitress and each day I…

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Faith Over Fear | Thoughts about God Daily Devotional – Christian Article

“For the thing I feared has overtaken me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.” Job 3:25 (HCSB) Fighting to maintain a peaceful mindset has been a daily battle for me having dealt with the seeds of fear being planted at an early age; all I knew was fear. I didn’t know that peace belonged to me. I didn’t know that I could be at rest trusting God will take care of everything that concerns me. Fear was so…

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Joyful Generosity | Devotional on Tithing by Caran Jantzen – Christian Article

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”2 Corinthians 9:7-8 Christmas is over; those shoe boxes full of toys and school supplies for needy children got sent out months ago. The receipts for your tithing…

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Peace of Mind | Thoughts about God by Helen Lescheid – Christian Article

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 Jesus offers us peace—the peace with God which he made possible through his death on the cross; the peace of God which fills our hearts with quiet confidence even when life is tough. But why do so many of us not experience this peace of heart…

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Fear or Love | Devotional on Fear by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear”1 John 4:18 If we cocoon ourselves and build up walls to try to keep others from hurting us because we are afraid of being hurt, we haven’t really understood God’s love. Read A.W. Tozer’s  powerful affirmations about love and fear “Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any. ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear.’ Fear is…

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Peeking into God’s Mind | Devotional by Marily Ehle – Christian Article

“How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast is the sum of them.”  Psalm 139:17 Many of us bask in the knowledge of God’s presence with us. We find comfort in words like, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” We imagine Jesus’ still-tentative disciples finding hope in the words, “Surely I am with you always.”  Our hearts ponder and cling to his always-abiding presence. But the Hebrew psalmist gives us a fresh glimpse into God’s…

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New Isn’t Always Comfortable | Devotional by Marilyn Ehle – Christian Article

“(What I have done in the past) is nothing compared to what I’m going to do! I’m going to do a brand new thing.”Isaiah 43:18-19 (Life Application Bible) As we contemplate the freshness of a new year, we’re tempted to quickly rejoice over God’s words to Israel. Who would not want to be part of God’s “brand new thing”? We get excited as we pray for and anticipate a new work of God in our lives and in the world.…

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What Matters Most for the New Year – Christian Article

Moving into a new year isn’t as simple as merely turning the page on a calendar. Sometimes, instead of an organized list of plans and goals the new year looks like a list of question marks. The things of life don’t always fall neatly into place with everything sorted and resolved according to our best laid plans. When we turn a calendar page and a brand new year stares back, it reminds us how little we know about what tomorrow…

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What’s Your Focus? | Devotional by Julie Cosgrove

There are many posts, blogs, articles and thoughts about the New Year. Make a resolution or not. Turn over a new leaf. Find a meaningful word. What is our focus? If it is on us, then perhaps it is why we seem to fall short each year. After all, Paul reminds us that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) I once heard that both SIN and PRIDE have “I” in the middle.…

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Thoughts about God by Gail Rodgers

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”  Hebrews 13:8 As we cross the threshold into a new year and begin putting one foot in front of the other, we can feel the tenuous shakiness of change all around us. Yet as we look forward, with that familiar mix of anticipation and uncertainty, we can find a quiet place to rest our hope and steady our step. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever!” What an…

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The Road Less Traveled | Devotional by Kristi Huseby

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. . . Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?” Matthew 16.24-26 (MSG) Long ago, when I…

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