Our surprise blessing... Van Sant Baby #3

Our surprise blessing… baby announcement

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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!

His Encouragement: Commit to the Lord whatever you do

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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?”

His Encouragement: Children of God

Reading Time: 3 minutes So, beloved friend, not only is it important for us to know how much the Lord loves us as individuals, but we need to share this amazing love with everyone we meet. I challenge you with a love challenge! Today is the perfect day to do this two-part challenge…

His Encouragement: Cleansed their hearts

Reading Time: 4 minutes We are human and part of being human is making mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are huge… so big that they seem to overwhelm everything in our lives — including hope in forgiveness. Perhaps you have said or thought to yourself: “Lord, I want to give my heart to You and become Your child, but I am so dirty, so unclean, so messed up, so broken, so sinful, so [insert reason here]. You would never want me!”

But you know something absolutely amazing? There is no one so broken or messed up that God would not accept and forgive them.

His Encouragement: The Lord is near

Reading Time: 3 minutes I want to let you know that the pain and anguish that you feel in your heart during these times is valid. It is ok to be confused and deeply saddened. It is even ok to question the circumstances and ask God “Why?” The Lord understands our pain even better than we do and He loves and cares very deeply for each one of us. That is why today’s encouragement is from Psalm 34:18.

His Encouragement: The Lord holds their hand

Reading Time: 3 minutes Today I am sharing Psalm 37:23-24. I chose the New Century Version in particular because of the beautiful translation of the last part: “If they stumble, they will not fall, because the Lord holds their hand.” It is comforting to know that no matter what you are going through, the Lord will always be there for us… like a loving Parent holding on to their child’s hand.

His Encouragement: His workmanship

Reading Time: 4 minutes I was so excited about launching a new short series on Hospitality earlier this week that I was woefully unprepared for the arrival of Thursday. It seemed to sneak up on me when I wasn’t looking. Then, like a playful friend, it placed its hands on my eyes and asked: “Guess who? It’s Thursday! Time for His Encouragement for Your Thursday!”

His Encouragement: Do not lean on your own understanding

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Scriptures remind us repeated that God knows our hearts. He knows our needs, our thoughts, our tendencies, our habits, our strengths, our weaknesses. He knows our circumstances even better than we do. We can only see the here and now, but God sees the beginning and the end and everything in-between.

His Encouragement: Compassionate hearts

Reading Time: 3 minutes With only a few days left in the month of December, one year is ending and another is beginning. For many, this is the time for reflection and resolution. Whether your 2018 was amazing or terrible, filled with joy or sorrow, or a mixture of all of these, let us remember to always seek out the Lord’s blessings in our lives. That is why, as we close out 2018 and look forward to 2019, I pray that we all resolve to take Colossians 3:12-13 to heart. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…”