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What Abundance Holds

It is still, now, in my home. The washing machine—tucked into a closet in my kitchen—has stopped its thunderous whirring. The oldest college kid, home for his five-week break, college roommate in tow, pounded his feet out the door a half hour ago. I sit in the front room, looking out onto a quiet street, watching the thin branches of abutilons under the window sway in the morning air. The only sound is the heating vent warming the room, a gentle hum I can scarcely hear. Even the dog has given up his whine for a treat and is sleeping on the rug in front of me. It is calm, but I am not, and I focus on breathing. One deep breath. Then another. God is teaching me peace—what it means, in all circumstances, to trust Him more than me. Lord, there is nothing wrong, and yet I confess that, even in ...

More Like Mary or Martha?

(Photo Credit: Canva)  www.courtnayerichard.com The biblical story of Mary and Martha has been read and heard by many for countless years. And we’re still talking about these two sisters today. This familiar passage of Scripture gives us the illustration of two siblings who both loved the Lord Jesus, but when He came for a visit, they had two different reactions. One was busy and one was still. The question of the hour is are you More Like Mary or Martha in this season of your life? Let’s read the account of this story found in Luke 10:38-42 before we go any further: “As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, lis...

Love for the Hurt Person

I’ve been tempted to believe I am one of those people who will be betrayed. People I thought were my friends really weren’t, and those I thought I could trust proved me wrong. I shouldn’t be surprised. We live in a fallen world with a fallen nature. But after you’ve given so much to something or someone, often at no cost, and those you have come alongside burn you, it’s hard to not feel hurt. I’m sure I am not alone. Many have felt the pain of turning in trust and then being stabbed in the back. It’s easy for me to take on the identity of a hurt person, but I find that only leads to more turmoil. When hurting, my shoulders slump as I physically try to protect myself from these emotional wounds. I withdraw, shying away from social events and finding myself unable to trust even those I ratio...

5 Financial Resolutions To Consider in the New Year

A new Year brings new resolutions, and finances are always at the tops of the list. Here are some ways to help stick to those financial resolutions. Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

Telling the Inside Out

The words are air. I didn’t know I needed them like I do. Gulping breaths. Into mind and heart. Space too full. Noise. Noise. Noise. The noise of a mind unsettled. The noise of hopping around—thinking that completing one task and then another will do the settling. But all that happens is discontentedness. I am not present for….what? So many things. Be attentive to what is happening in you, not just around you. But yes, be attentive to what is happening around you and how that affects what is in you. Honor your mind. Honor your heart. Honor the holiness of this day by being attentive. Eyes and ears. Breath. These fingers, these hands. I read an article. An entire article. But I do it while standing in the kitchen, leaning over the counter like I do. I seldom sit—so often I am caught between...

Daughter

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5 NLT I am a sister of King Jesus,Daughter of our great loving God.I wasn’t born into this perfect family.In fact, I was born lost and flawed. I wandered through life forsaken,Or so it seemed oft’ to me.Darkness surrounded my heartUntil the day I gazed on the tree Where Jesus, the Son, hung dyingTo ransom the lost of this world.He rose to life everlastingWith my adoption papers unfurled. Not born His daughter, He chose meAlong with all who believe.You, too, can be son or daughterAnd to His great love ever cleave. Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir catego...

January Scripture Writing Guide (2022)

Scripture writing plans are incredibly simple, yet incredibly effective for helping us read, interpret and absorb the Word of God. Rather than simply letting our eyes pass over a verse and perhaps miss its full meaning, writing Scripture down helps us absorb each word and really think through what the passage before us is saying. Each day in December you’ll have the opportunity to write down a verse. We suggest using a journal where you can add any additional mediations or prayers that the verse brings to mind. Click here to download the January Scripture Writing Guide! Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

Knit Together: A Story of Adoption

Days ago my eyes rested on my 8 and 11-year-old sons wedged into a chair built for one, a book in each set of hands, and a fleece blanket over their collective lap. I smiled and thought to myself, “I cannot imagine those two without each other.” They share a room, are best friends, and know precisely how to provoke each other to the greatest heights of aggravation and hilarity. What most made me pause on that rainy Wednesday was the sudden realization that only God in His sovereignty could have put these two together. How else could a child, born in China and raised for two years in an orphanage, be snuggled into that chair in my family room with his American-born big brother?  My throat tightens up just thinking about it. But so often I don’t think about it at all. The more time that...

The Best is Yet to Come in 2022

Photo Credit: Canva www.courtnayerichard.com As we go about life, along the way, we have dreams, hopes, visions, and things that we believe God is calling us to do. We sit back and think, ponder, and envision what life could be like if we began walking in what we’ve dreamed, hoped for, seen, or believed. It’s fun and tough to imagine at the same time, especially if they haven’t happened yet. Today, I am praying and believing God that whoever sets their eyes upon this post that The Best is Yet to Come. Yep! I am praying and believing that for you and for me. I don’t believe it’s by chance that you either clicked onto this post, opened it up from an email, or seen it on social media. I believe God has you on His heart and mind, and He wants you to know that He knows exactly wh...

Hope for the Hopeless

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness”  (Romans 8:24-26, ESV). My husband, Paul, and I recently celebrated twelve years of marriage. Although I enjoy reflecting and focusing on all the wonderful and joyous memories together over these last twelve years, it can be said that our faith has been tested under waves of chaos and storms and under the weight and pressures of life. It would be amazing to have a life full of happy times only, but it’s in the fire, the trials, and the storms of life that we are truly strengthened. We can choose to rise above the chaos or allow hopelessness and de...

Growing Personally and Spiritually in 2022

(Photo Credit: 123RF) www.courtnayerichard.com Whenever you’re reading this post, I believe it will be timely. I’m praying on it! As a Christian woman, are you looking to grow in your personal life? How about growing spiritually? Do you have personal goals? How about spiritual goals? Let’s talk about how to grow in both areas in 2022. If you were to do a self-examination, where would you like to grow personally? Is it in your finances? How about your health? Would you like to be slimmer and trimmer? I know I would and that is actually one of my personal goals. Let’s go a little bit deeper. Would you like to be a better woman, mother, wife, daughter, employee, ministry or business leader? Do you feel like you need to cultivate your gifts and talents this year? If so, which one(s)? What weak...

My Favorite Name

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) Immanuel is Your holy name.I marvel at the way You came.God with us in helpless infant form,Only a mother’s love to keep You warm. Expectations of Your coming were high:A King to conquer, not a babe to cry.The words of prophecy long misreadForetold Your kingdom in our hearts instead. You took on flesh not to defeat mere menWith armies of hundreds marching again.It was the power of death You would slayUpon the cross on that prophesied day. But first You were born to bear our cross,To face temptation, sorrow, and loss.Yet never to sin—as we often do—And become our Shepherd faithful and true. Your birth we joyfully celebrateA...