Time for Balance – New Series

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Something I have learned after having two children and feeling the scales of balance shifting over and over again is this: if life feels like it is out of balance – it probably is! As mothers we are often heard … Continue reading

The Lonely Road of Infertility {Part 1}

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Written by: Laura Rouse-DeVore Valentine’s Day is always a very special day in our home. There are the obvious expressions of love between each member of our family – husband and wife, son and mom, son and dad, brother and … Continue reading

Daily Devotional: I Am Forever – By: Sarah Young

Jesus Calling for Kids by Sarah YoungFrom Jesus Calling for Kids by Sarah Young

I Am Forever

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? —Romans 8:31

I am with you and for you. You never have to face anything alone—ever! When you are worried, you are thinking about the things of this world—the things you can see—and you are forgetting about Me. It is easy to be distracted by what you can see, but those things are only temporary. And even though you cannot see Me, I am forever.

Getting rid of your worries is simple: Keep your thoughts on Me. Whisper My Name to remind you that I’m with you. Sing a song of praise. Tell Me that you trust Me. I will get you safely through this day and every day.

This day is a precious gift. Don’t waste it worrying about the future. Instead, unwrap the gift of today and enjoy its many blessings with Me by your side. As you open this today-gift fully, you’ll find Me!

Read on Your Own:

2 Corinthians 4:18; Genesis 16:13–14

 

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Daily Devotional: Rest in Jesus by David Jeremiah

Sanctuary by David JeremiahFrom Sanctuary by David Jeremiah

Rest in Jesus

In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

When we don’t know how this is all going to work out, we have to hold tightly to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and rest in Him. That’s the message we often find in the New Testament.

In John 16:33, Jesus said to His disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jesus had been talking about His future death, but then He said, “Don’t get caught up in that. Make sure in the midst of these tumultuous times your trust is in Me.”

When we go through a tough time, if we’ve spent any time at all in the Word of God, that tough time is like a magnet that draws us to the Lord Jesus. Nothing will happen in the future that will catch Jesus Christ by surprise. And there’s nothing that will happen that He can’t help His children work through.

So rather than spending our time trying to figure out the nuances of what will happen, we should spend at least as much time getting to know Him better.

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All About LOVE – What’s Coming In February

All About Love for Feb NAM My heart is overflowing with excitement and anticipation as we move into February – it’s “All About LOVE” – our love for our children, God’s love for us, and our love for one another!

  • Posts centered around LOVE
  • Launching the NAM Marriage category which will be kicked off by a powerful series written by my amazing husband about what it means to be Godly H.U.S.B.A.N.D.
  • An Infertility series written by NAM Contributor Laura Rouse-DeVore
  • Info on a new NAM Outreach ministry
  • TestimoniesJesus Calling PINK edition by Sarah Young
  • Awesome book giveaway – Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling Pink LOVE edition
  • and more…

After all, we love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Beloved, let us LOVE one another, for LOVE is from God,
and whoever LOVES has been born of God and knows God.
Anyone who does not LOVE does not know God, because God is LOVE.
~1 John 4:7-8
As we prepare our hearts to receive God’s love for us I want to leave you with the lyrics for this powerful song by Natalie Grant – ALIVE. The first line says it all… “Who but You could breath and leave a trail of galaxies and dream of me” Wow… He is the almighty creator of the universe yet He knows each one of us by name… he knew us before we were even formed in our mother’s womb… THAT IS LOVE!

Alive by Natalie Grant

Who but You, could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies, and dream of me? What kind of Love is writing my story till the end with Mercy’s pen? Only You. What kind of king would choose to wear a crown that bleeds and scars to win my heart? What kind of Love tells me I’m the reason He can’t stay inside the grave? You. Is it You? Standing here before my eyes, every part of my heart cries…

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome; Death has lost and Love has won. Alive! Alive!
Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before – I am His because He is alive.

Who could speak, and send the demons back from where they came with just one Name?
What other heart would let itself be broken every time till He healed mine?
You. Only You could turn my darkness into dawn; running right into Your arms…

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome; death has lost and Love has won. Alive! Alive!
Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before I am His because He is…

Emmanuel; the promised King. The baby who made angels sing, Son of Man who walked with us, healing, breathing in our dust.
The author of all history, the answer to all mysteries, The Lamb of God who rolled away the stone in front of every grave…

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome;
Death has lost and Love has won Alive! I am His because He is alive. Alive!!

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Daily Devotional: Take Time to Grieve – By: Toni Birdsong

From More Than a Bucket List, by Toni Birdsong

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Life is hard. No one gets through unscathed. No matter how “good” a life we live, how much money we have, or how many temptations we manage to avoid—suffering is always just a few blocks away. We lose our pets. We lose our friends, and we lose love. We lose jobs, and we lose loved ones. It’s okay to take a dive into your suffering. God wired us to cry and grieve. Learn to feel the pain intensely and to really grieve. It’s all part of life. God assures us that even our deepest pain will eventually ease (even if that seems unimaginable). Yes, you will hope and laugh again. In John 16:33, Jesus said that in this world, the trouble is gonna come flying at us, “but take heart.” We can find peace in His presence and security in the fact that He has overcome the world—and that includes all the suffering.

Pay attention to your grief. Don’t stuff it down deep or sugarcoat it with lines like “God works all things for our good.” Job shouted at God. He told God exactly what he was feeling.

  • Openly admit your grief to those who are close to you, and ask for their support.
  • Try to limit time with people who get in the way of healthy grieving.
  • Grieve without distraction.
  • Give yourself time, hold on to hope, and connect with grief support resources.

 

REAL-LIFE CHALLENGE: Study Isaiah 61, knowing that your pain won’t last forever: “to bestow . . . a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (v. 3).

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