His Encouragement for Your Thursday: Like a tree planted by the water

His Encouragement: Like a tree planted by water

Friend, whatever you are going through today, take hold of this promise. If you trust in the Lord, you will be like a tree planted by water who has no fear when heat or drought comes. If you trust in the Lord, you will not fear the storms and trials of life, for you will be rooted firmly in the One who created life!

4 ways to always be ready for unexpected guests

4 ways to be ready for unexpected guests

Unexpected guests — as nice as it might be to see that particular person — can be quite anxiety-inducing. How would you like to shed that anxiety? Do you long for a sense of calm when the doorbell rings? Here are 4 ways to always be ready for unexpected, “drop-in”, surprise guests.

His Encouragement for Your Thursday: Remain steadfast under trials

His Encouragement: Remain steadfast under trial

We should never fear to take our petitions and needs to God because He loves us and is filled with grace and mercy towards us. When we need help — no matter how big or small it may seem in our eyes — we have the privilege to be able to take it to the Lord in prayer. So when you are facing a great challenge or stuck in the middle of a trial, go boldly to the throne of the Almighty for help.

Hospitality: Healing, changing, and setting boundaries

Hospitality: Healing, changing, and setting boundaries

Today we are jumping right into the practice of hospitality in our everyday real lives. In my experience, the reason many are nervous or anxious about the idea of hospitality usually originates from one of the following: the memory of a negative past experience, perfectionist ideas and unrealistic expectations, and not knowing when or how to set boundaries.

Our surprise blessing... Van Sant Baby #3

Our surprise blessing… baby announcement

Our 2018 was a year of extremes filled with ecstatic highs and devastating lows. So many dramatic life changes! So many conflicting emotions! And all over such a short span of time. Two days before my mom’s memorial service, I had a positive pregnancy test. I was in shock. I have no idea why, immediately after losing Mom, the Lord chose to bless us with a surprise baby but I trust that He has a plan. This little one may have been an unexpected surprise, but I know in my heart that he is also a blessing, a precious gift.

Woman gazing at a sign that reads 'Jesus Saves'.

His Encouragement: With man it is impossible, but not with God

Today we’re taking a close look at Mark 10. Don’t be like the wealthy young man. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. If you are struggling with a bad habit or a secret sin, take it to the Lord in prayer. Lay whatever your burden is down at His feet. Let go of the need to control and trust the Lord to handle it. Have faith!

5 ways to build your savings after an emergency.

5 ways to re-build your emergency fund

An emergency fund. Everyone should have one. Financial experts recommend that an emergency fund should cover at least three months of your normal expenses. In today’s economy when the majority of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck and strapped with debt, building an emergency fund takes time and self-discipline. It isn’t easy and sometimes takes sacrifice. Once you do have an emergency fund in place — no matter how big or small — there is a sense of accomplishment and rightly so!

But what happens if you need to use the emergency fund? Let’s say you have emergency expenses: major home or vehicle repair, a medical emergency, a speeding ticket, an unexpected bill, whatever it may be. Emergency funds exist for this exact reason! Once you use your fund, you will need to rebuild it. Don’t be discouraged, though. Here are 5 ways to rebuild your savings after an emergency.

His Encouragement: Commit to the Lord whatever you do

So if you are currently struggling, as I am, with sudden and unexpected changes to your carefully laid plans, perhaps we need to ask ourselves: “Did I seek the Lord’s counsel? Have I earnestly prayed about it? Am I willing to set aside my own plans and allow the Lord to lead, even when I cannot see where He is leading me?”

Hospitality: Adjusting our attitude

Today we are going to delve a little deeper into the concept of hospitality and, specifically, adjusting our attitude. Even if you are not an outgoing person, the mere idea of hosting makes you nervous, or you are fairly certain that hospitality is not one of your spiritual gifts, you can still nurture the spirit of hospitality in your heart and home.