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The Power of Your Story - Girlfriends in God - September 3, 2014

Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story (Ps. 107:2). Like the spine of a good book, scars—by their very nature—imply there’s a story to tell.

September 3, 2014 The Power of Your Story Sharon Jaynes Today’s Truth Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story,” (Psalm 107:2 NIV) Friend to Friend Like the spine of a good book, scars—by their very nature—imply there’s a story to tell. They represent a wrinkle in time in which a person’s life is changed forever, and serve as permanent reminders of an incident that, in one way or another, has made a lasting impression on one’s life. Calvin pulls up his pant leg to reveal where two bullets pierced his flesh during the Korean War. Melanie wears a gold chain just below where an incision was made across her delicate neck to save her life from thyroid cancer. Peeking just below the hem of Gayle’s capri pants lies a reminder of a knee surgery where a tumor was removed. Each scar represents a moment in time or a passage of time when something happened to us or through us, which we will never forget. I have plenty of scar stories. There’s one on my lip that I got when I was six years old. I disobeyed my mom and crossed a busy street to see my best friend...only to promptly fall on a nail, which poked through my lip. There’s one on my knee where I ran into a parked car while riding my bicycle and not paying attention. There’s another one on my forehead where I accidentally stuck a pencil in my noggin in the first ... read more

Woman on a Mission - Encouragement for Today - September 2, 2014

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?" (John 4:28-29). When you leap into the arms of Jesus, you never know where He'll ca

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 Woman on a Mission LIZ CURTIS HIGGS "Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 'Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?'" John 4:28-29 (NIV) When you leap into the arms of Jesus, you never know where He'll carry you. As a new Christian, I was certain God called me to a distant mission field. Really distant: Indonesia. True, I'd only been a believer six months, after a wild and wooly decade as a seriously Bad Girl. I also had no husband at the time, no college degree and little knowledge about Indonesia other than where it landed on a map. Still, I knew that Christians were called to "go into all the world" (Mark 16:15, NIV). Shouldn't I go too? When I threw myself at a mission board, certain they'd be thrilled to take me, the director was very kind. He listened, nodded, took notes. And then he said the last thing I expected to hear: "I'm sorry, Liz. But ... no." My heart sank. I thought if you offered to live in a hut and eat beetles, they'd say, "Great! Sign here." Then he explained why I wasn't the best candidate for foreign missions: "Liz, you're already well versed in a culture most Christians know little about." I knew where this was going. He meant my old life. My Bad Girl life. His voice softened. "Do you ... read more

Labor Day: 3 Things I've Learned about Work - Crosswalk the Devotional - September 1, 2014

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you (John 6:27). As I prepare to celebrate a day off work, I’ve been pondering three things that God has been teaching me about work in the

  3 Things I've Learned about Work by Debbie Holloway, Crosswalk.com Family Editor “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval” (John 6:27). Since I've been old enough to babysit, I've always been working at something, whether a project for school, a part-time restaurant gig, or my current office job. And over the years I’ve come to learn many lessons about work. For example, work can become a joy and a passion if it’s something you truly love and you’re surrounded by like-minded partners. Or, on the other hand, even a job you like can become a drudge if you can’t see eye-to-eye with your co-workers. As I prepare to celebrate a day off work this upcoming Labor Day, I've been pondering three things that God has been teaching me about work in the past year or so. 1. A Christian never clocks out It's easy and refreshing to hop in the elevator at 5 p.m. and not worry about work until the next day. But as a follower of Christ, I recognize that I’m called to carry his banner 24/7. When I’m grumpy? Yep. When I’ve been out all day and come home to a messy house? Absolutely. When I'm on Facebook and somehow everything in my feed is making me frustrated and irritable? Even then. Perhaps that's why we call ... read more