Devotions for women

The Beauty God Gives to You

May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Dr. Jack Graham And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Peter 1:17-19 A very vain woman went to get some photos taken one day. She spent hours with the photographer, getting just the right angles with the perfect lighting. By the end of the day, the photographer was exhausted and the woman was irritated because she didn’t think the pictures were going to turn out well. When she received the proofs, her fears were confirmed. She hated every single one of them. So she called the photographer and let him have it. “These pictures,” she shouted, “none of them do me justice.” At his wit’s end, the photographer said, “Lady, you don’t need [...]

A Mother’s Work

May 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Os Hillman “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise—that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth”—(Eph 6:1-3). One of the great tragedies of society today is the minimizing of the work performed daily by stay-at-home moms. Women who decide to stay home to raise their kids are a rare breed indeed. They must overcome the stigma of comparison to others who pursue careers outside the home. They fail to get the feelings of accomplishment that can come from a career. They are the unseen missionaries of our day. There will be a special reward for these selfless servants. Without the commitment of our stay-at-home moms we would not have some of our greatest leaders. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,” said Abraham Lincoln. Though poor, Ida Stover was determined to go to college. She scraped together enough money to [...]

Whatever the Cost

April 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Nancy Leigh DeMoss Now is the time for a movement of reformation and revival in the hearts and homes of Christian women all around this world. Now is the time to go against the flow. I believe God has brought you into His kingdom for such a time as this. Teens: That means the willingness to follow Christ and His Word when it seems that all the other girls your age are consumed with beauty, guys, self, sex, and having a good time. It means setting your affections on Christ, guarding your heart, choosing the pathway of purity, and becoming a Truth-speaker in your generation when all your peers seem to be going the opposite direction. Single women – That means choosing the pathway of contentment. It means being willing to be married or single—whichever God has for you—for His glory and the sake of His kingdom. It means using your singleness to serve the Lord without distraction. It means being willing to be sexually pure and to be a servant of the family of God. Married [...]

One Sin I Thought Was Unforgivable

April 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Tracie Miles So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 (NLT) The event speaker spoke the one word I didn’t want to hear. She said the one word that elicited painful memories, shame and regret. One word that left me weeping silently in the pew, hoping no one would notice my brokenness. My eyes were closed, but I sensed God’s eyes were wide open and focused directly on me. Part of me felt afraid and confused, but a bigger part of me felt peace in light of the gift God was offering. Amid the flood of hot tears that burned in my swollen, tightly shut eyes, I pleaded with God for His forgiveness of the one sin — the one word — that I felt was unforgivable. I meekly, humbly and reluctantly dared to ask God, once again, the prayer I had uttered so many times, yet never believed could be answered. Could You … would You … possibly … forgive me for that, Lord? Really? If You could forgive others for their sins, could You maybe, just [...]

It’s Just Girlfriends Talking

April 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Wendy Pope Have you ever thought to yourself, “It’s not really gossip. It’s just girlfriends talking.”? Wendy Pope shares a helpful acronym that helps her determine if she should speak or keep silent. It’s Just Girlfriends Talking “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) My mouth has always gotten me in trouble. You might say I am “quick to speak, slow to think.” Apparently, the filter between my brain and my mouth doesn’t always work well. I don’t mean to hurt anyone. I mean, it’s not really “gossip.” That’s wrong, I know. But this is only harmless sharing… really. I’m concerned and share those concerns. It’s just girlfriends talking. Right? The danger of “just girlfriends talking” hit hard after recalling a [...]

When Being Quiet Just Isn’t Enough

April 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Sheila Walsh Are you serene on the outside but seething on the inside? How can you cultivate a quiet and gentle spirit? When Being Quiet Just Isn’t Enough “Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT) My mother, Elizabeth, has a gentle and quiet spirit. I have her smile but, I’m still working on her spirit! I discovered that it’s not enough just to be quiet. Some cats are very quiet right before they pounce! No, the kind of beauty that Christ wants to work in us comes from a peaceful place of surrender, not from a woman who has learned to bite her tongue! I grew up as a bit of an emotional “stuffer.” My dad’s brain injury and subsequent anger scared me badly as a child. After his death, I never wanted to [...]

What Is it

March 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Shaunti Feldhahn So my husband was sick this past week. Right as I had to leave to speak at a women’s retreat. I don’t like leaving Jeff and the kids at the best of times, but I felt terrible that I was getting on an airplane and wouldn’t be able to take care of him; especially since he rarely gets sick. We didn’t really know what was wrong. Painful body aches, but no fever. Malaise, but nothing really definable. Some nausea, but low level. But it all added up to him feeling bad. He just wanted to lie down and not move. What he didn’t want to do was go to the doctor. What is it with men and doctors? A woman at my event this weekend asked that question. A man may look like he’s on death’s door, but any suggestion of “let’s get you to the doctor” is met with irritation and what looks to us like stubbornness. A refusal to do what seems to clearly be the logical, efficient, thing: ask for help, get help, and get well. So they don’t feel so bad! The problem [...]

Disenchanted

March 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Lori Dixon “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her . . . However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:25 & 33 ESV) With the opportunities I have to speak at women’s retreats, I also have the privilege to privately share and pray with a lot of women. One thing that has come to my attention is that we have an epidemic of women who do not feel loved or cherished by their husbands. It’s heartbreaking to hear their stories and I myself have been. I know the pain. What is a woman to do? I’ve spoken to some who have spent time and money trying to work their bodies and faces into a piece of perfection in hopes that their husbands will wake up and turn their affections towards them. Still others who have tried to ‘change’ and to become the woman their husband thinks he wants, whether that be a golfer, a hunter or whatever his sport of choice is. Neither of [...]

Not to Pursue

March 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Paula Hendricks Here are reasons to wait for a guy to pursue you: 1. I am already loved completely, passionately, and unconditionally by the greatest Man who ever lived! What does this have to do with whether I pursue a guy? Everything! I no longer have to search for love or seek to find my worth in a man’s desire for me. In fact, God tells me to guard my heart above all else, because everything I do flows from it (Prov. 4:23). His love is enough for me. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jer. 31:3). How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand-when I awake, I am still with you (Ps.139:17–18). God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the [...]

A Noble Wife

March 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Karen Stubbs Proverbs 31:10-11 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. After our children are born, especially after children number 2 and 3 are born, it seems as if life starts going at an uncontrollable speed. A mom’s life is filled with so many duties and responsibilities, that we can sometimes forget the first person in our family— our husband.  Have you ever felt that way?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “he can take care of himself?”  He can take care of himself— that is true— but be wise and don’t forget about your husband. Your husband needs you. He needs you to take care of him, to nurture him, to love him and build him up.  It is hard, especially with all the demands your children put on you.  But keep in mind that your husband will hopefully be around a lot longer than your children.  Your children will grow up and leave the house, but your [...]