Feb
11

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

When you think about being God’s princess, what jumps into your mind? Being good? Purity? Perfection? All of that is true. As His royal princess, you should reflect His purity... His light... His glory.Most of us, at times, feel as if we are far from the perfect princess we envision ourselves to be...
Feb
5

"Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live." 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 MSG

If you're looking for a verse to use as your motto for living, this is it. Be cheerful... pray... and be thankful—always! Not just some of the time, but all of the time. Wouldn’t our lives be more joyful, more exhilarating, if we put into practice the three parts of this verse?"Be...
Nov
9

"A kindhearted woman gains respect." Proverbs 11:16

All of us are eager to know God’s dream for our lives, but have you ever thought that you might be part of the fulfillment of God’s dream for someone else? God uses His people to fulfill His plans. You can brighten someone’s life with an act of kindness. A Japanese proverb says, "One kind word can...
Oct
19

"Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose." Proverbs 18:21 MSG

How often have you opened your mouth, said something, then realized your mistake and had to apologize profusely?All of us make mistakes. We open our mouths and speak before we even think about what we say. Ouch! That can get us into big trouble and lead to all kinds of misunderstandings and hurt...
Oct
5

"So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust Him. He knows what He’s doing, and He’ll keep on doing it." 1 Peter 4:19

When life gets difficult, and it always does from time to time, you may begin to wonder, "Whatever happened to the dream God had in mind for me? Everything I see has turned into a nightmare." That's an ordinary reaction, but nothing has happened to the dream. God is still with you and still has a...
Sep
29

"Those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness." Proverbs 14:22

Planning is a good thing. It gives direction and meaning to your day—your life. God has a plan for everything and everyone. He has been working out His dream plan for the world since the beginning of creation. He has also set a great example for you to follow.While some folks think planning is a...
Sep
25

"I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 NLT

"Just give me some peace and quiet!" Ever scream that at the world? I have.Our world never seems to be at peace. Major war is raging and we hear the latest statistics every day on the news. It seems that almost weekly we hear about a shooting at a school, a mall or in a neighborhood. ...
Sep
14

"Let your gentleness be evident to all." Philippians 4:5

In our fast-paced world where we always seem to be in a hurry, gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit that we often overlook.In Galatians 5:23, gentleness is listed as a Fruit of the Spirit, coupled with self-control. That’s a pretty obvious grouping. They seem to go together. You certainly...
Aug
31

"If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom." Deuteronomy 28:13

Living God’s dream means living at the top. That's what God has in mind for you. It's a promise He made long ago to His chosen people. But there's an "if" attached. There's a requirement here that is for your well-being. You must be obedient to God. If you are obedient to Him and His Word, you will...
Aug
25

"The LORD has done great things for us and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

Many of us think that God’s dream for us will be fulfilled with exaggerated arm-waving gestures or magical transformations, but stop and think for just a minute. Perhaps God’s dream for you is revealed in little bits at a time, unfolding quietly throughout each minute of every day.A baby’s cry. The...
Aug
7

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and Godly lives in the present age." Titus 2:11-12 ESV

Living out God's dream for your life can seem like a daunting task. You may, at times, feel weak and alone seeing it as totally impossible… almost ready to give up before you begin. If that’s the case, consider that you may be trusting in your own strength and ability.You can live God’s dream and...
Jul
31

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

Our lives fill up quickly with the activities of family, friends, kids, husbands and households. In our fast-paced world, we often forget that we need time to clear our minds. We need quiet moments to consider concepts larger than, "Do I have carpool today? What time does the game start tonight?...
Jul
24

"With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." Mark 10:27

New Year’s resolutions… some take this quite seriously, while others do it casually. Most have stopped bothering. The best-kept resolutions usually involve what we can control. Things like:     • I’ll lose 10 pounds.     • I’ll walk every day.  ...
Jul
3

"So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders." Acts 14:3

Enabling has been given a bad rap. It implies a weakness or inability to handle things on our own. However, to be enabled by God is completely different. No matter how strong and capable we think we are, we need God’s enabling.As a daughter of the King, you do not stand alone. You do not have to be...
Jun
17

"I the Lord do not change." Malachi 3:6

Change is a powerful and strange thing. We lose sleep over it. We fight it. We stand firmly against it. We worry about it. And sometimes, we crave it. Yet so much of it is out of our control!Change comes wrapped in many different packages. Your daughter announces her engagement. Your spouse...
Jun
10

"My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest." Isaiah 32:18

Have you ever thanked God for the gift of place? God has graciously placed you where you are—in this country, this city, this place, at this time. What a gift He has given you, to live and worship in freedom, to be able to use your talent, to safely walk out in the streets to shop, attend church,...
May
29

"My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves." 1 John 3:18-20 MSG

How well do you know yourself? Many of us are still searching to know what it is we want in life, what we want to do, what makes us happy, what makes us unique from every other individual on earth. It's a little scary to think God knows more about us than we do. Yikes! You may be thinking, "I wish...
May
22

"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

When I was a little girl, my bedroom was on the other side of the house from my parents.  The cellar door and garage door opened close to my room.  I was scared to death to go to sleep at night.  Fear is a powerful emotion. It can immobilize us. Make us physically ill.  Sap...
May
1

"From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another." John 1:16

Most of the time we refer to the gift of salvation as a gift of grace. But God’s grace also comes in tiny little packages marked "FREE GIFT" inside. Each day God presents gifts of His grace. Most of the time we take them for granted. Take some time to appreciate some of these gifts: freedom to...
Apr
24

"God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness to those who please him." Ecclesiastes 2:26 (TEV)

A fresh start.  A new beginning.  Every day.  That's what we have with God.  To live your life as a pleasing testimony to Him. To be a light to the world. To live in a way that shows you serve a living Savior who continues to renew you each morning.  Who forgives your sins...