6 tips & Tricks to help you make time for Bible Study

Are you struggling to find time for Bible study in your busy life? I know this is something I struggle with and have always wanted to find time for Bible study. Continue to read as I give you 6 tips & tricks to help you make time for Bible study. I’ll explore creative ways to make Bible study a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. Join me as I share with you how to prioritize the Word of God amidst the demands of our fast-paced lives. 

We all know the importance of studying the Bible and how it can nourish our souls and bring us closer to God. However, it can be challenging to find the time to read and study the Bible regularly. 

I understand the struggle of balancing work, family, and other commitments, and how easy it is for our spiritual life to take a backseat. 

That’s why I’ve gathered some of the best tips and strategies for creating space in your busy schedule for regular scripture study. Whether you’re a busy parent, a student, or a working professional, this episode is for you!

Get ready to discover 6 tips and tricks to help you make time for Bible study.

6 tips & Tricks to help you make time for Bible Study

6 tips and tricks to help you make time for Bible study

1. Schedule it in

One of the best ways to make sure you have time for Bible study is to schedule it into your day. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, right before bed, or anytime in between- pick a time and try it out for a least a week.

After a week- evaluate how things went and adjust as needed until you find a time that works for you and stick to it. This will help make Bible study a habit and a priority in your life.

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2. Start small

If you’re struggling to find the time to study the Bible, start small. Instead of trying to read a whole chapter or book, start with a verse or two.

Continue to do that for a month or more, and then gradually increase the amount of time you spend studying until you have reached your desired amount of time.

3. Find a Christian Mentor

Having someone who is dedicated to helping you grow in your faith and understands having a relationship with The Lord can be a great way to stay motivated. This mentor can give you Bible study tips, encouragement, and accountability. 

This mentor can be a friend or family member who is also interested in studying the Bible and commit to study together regularly. Make sure to check out The Christian Growth Hub.

This is a growing online membership for Christian women to help them read their Bible regularly, and grow in their faith with all the resources, tools and support they need, all in one place.  

You also can take part in monthly group mentorship calls. These calls are perfect for you when you want guidance and support in your faith journey.

During the call, I offer biblical teachings and wisdom, share my personal experiences and insights, pray with you, and provide guidance and accountability.

During this call, we can also discuss your current struggles or questions about the Bible study from that week, or anything related to your faith.

Click here to learn more about The Christian Growth Hub and sign up today. 

6 tips & Tricks to help you make time for Bible Study

4. Use technology to your advantage

There are many apps, websites and other tools that can help you make time for Bible study.

From Bible reading plans to online study groups, technology can be a great tool to help you stay on track. 

5. Replace an old habit with a new one

All of us have routines or fallback behaviour we naturally go to when we are bored. For some of us that’s cooking, cleaning, watching TV, scrolling the internet, and anything else. These are not evil- but they can take time from our days.

You can do 1 of 2 things- replace one behaviour for another, or do 2 things at once. 

Replace one old habit with a new one: 

Think of something you do every day and choose to spend less time doing that- and instead use that time to read and pray. 

For Example:

  • Some people wake up earlier- instead of sleeping
  • Instead of watching one more show on Netflix- read your Bible
  • Instead of listening to music in the car- listen to worship music or an audio Bible. 

You can also do 2 things at once: 

Think of something you do every day- and add a scripture or prayer to that activity. 

For example:

  • I check my emails 10+ times a day- so I subscribed to get a verse in my inbox every day. That way- when I’m checking emails, it’s not more work to also open another email and spend time reading
  • I also drive 20 minutes to and from my work. So, instead of listening to music, I have turned my car into my prayer closet and spend that time praying for my husband, kids and anything else that comes up. 

There are many things we do in our day that we can do less of so we can have more time reading scripture, or- we have some things we do we can add scripture/prayer, or worship to. 

6. Make it a priority

Ultimately, the key to making time for Bible study is to make it a priority. We make time for the things that are important to us, and studying the Bible should be no different.

Remember, The Lord loves us regardless of how much time we spend reading and studying the Bible. But, we are more likely to gain wisdom, peace, and so much more when we spend time with God. 

There are many benefits to reading God’s word, but we won’t experience them if we are not spending time with god on a regular basis. 

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Give yourself Grace

Remember to give yourself grace. 

We all skip a few days or even months. Don’t let those things discourage you and keep from starting up again. 

God wants to spend time with you and He can help you figure out what works best for you. 

With a little bit of planning and commitment, you can make time for Bible study and deepen your relationship with God. 

6 tips & Tricks to help you make time for Bible Study

Growing Closer to God: The Power of Praying Together as a Family

As parents, we want to raise our children in a way that nurtures their spiritual growth and deepens their relationship with God. One powerful tool we have at our disposal is the act of coming together as a family to pray. In this blog post, I’ll explore the significance of family prayer. Continue to read as I share with you the power of praying together as a family.

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The Power of Praying Together as a Family

Creating a Habit of Family Prayer

The first step in embracing family prayer is to make it a regular part of our daily lives.

In our daily lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness and overlook the importance of prayer. However, setting aside dedicated time for prayer is important for deepening our relationship with God and nurturing our family’s faith.

Establishing a prayer routine that works for your family’s schedule may seem challenging at first, but with a little intentionality and creativity, it can become a meaningful and cherished practice.

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Teaching the Purpose of Prayer

Understanding the purpose of prayer is essential for children to engage with it wholeheartedly.

Prayer is a special way for us to connect with God and share our hearts with Him. It’s like having a conversation with our Heavenly Father, who loves and cares for us deeply. The purpose of prayer is to build a relationship with God, seek His guidance, express our gratitude, share our worries and joys, and find comfort in His presence.

When we pray, we open our hearts and minds to God. We talk to Him, just like we talk to a close friend or a loving parent. We can tell Him about our dreams, hopes, and fears.

We can ask Him for help when we feel confused or need strength. We can thank Him for all the good things in our lives, like family, friends, and the beautiful world around us.

Prayer also helps us grow closer to God. It’s a way to show Him that we trust Him and rely on Him. It’s a way to invite His wisdom and guidance into our lives.

When we pray, we listen to God too. Sometimes, He may speak to our hearts and give us comfort or direction. He loves us so much and wants us to know Him better through prayer.

Prayer is not about saying fancy words or having all the answers. It’s about being honest and sincere with God.

We can pray anytime and anywhere, whether it’s in the morning, before bed, or even during the day when we need His help or want to share something special with Him.

So, remember, the purpose of prayer is to connect with God, share our hearts, seek His guidance, express gratitude, and find comfort in His loving presence. It’s a beautiful way to grow closer to Him and experience His love and care in our lives.

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Encourage family Participation

Prayer should be inclusive and allow each family member to have a voice.

Including your children in prayer is a wonderful way to help them grow in their faith and develop a personal relationship with God.

By involving them in prayer, you teach them that their voices and thoughts matter to God.

Encourage your children to join in family prayers and express their own prayers.

Let them know that they can talk to God about anything on their hearts, whether it’s thanking Him for blessings, asking for guidance, or sharing their worries and joys.

By including your children in prayer, you create a loving and safe space where they feel valued and connected to God. It’s a beautiful opportunity for them to learn and grow in their spiritual journey while strengthening the bond within your family.

Praying for Others

Praying for others as a family is a powerful and meaningful way to show love and support to those around us. It teaches our children the importance of caring for others and demonstrates the power of prayer in making a positive impact.

When we pray for others, we lift them up to God, asking Him to provide comfort, healing, guidance, and blessings in their lives. It helps us develop empathy and compassion as we become more aware of the needs and struggles of others.

Praying for others as a family also strengthens the bond within our own family, as we come together in unity, seeking God’s intervention and expressing our love for those in need. I

It’s a beautiful way to teach our children the value of selflessness and cultivate a heart of service.

Why is praying together as a family so important? 

  • Teaching and Role Modeling: Praying together allows parents to teach and model important values and principles to their children. It helps instill a sense of reverence, gratitude, and humility. Children learn from their parent’s example and guidance, and family prayer provides a platform to demonstrate the importance of prayer, faith, and reliance on a higher power.
  • Unity and Bonding: Praying together creates a sense of unity and bonding within the family. It provides an opportunity for family members to connect on a deeper level, share their joys and struggles, and seek solace and guidance together. Praying as a family helps build trust, compassion, and empathy among family members, strengthening the overall family dynamic.
  • Building a Foundation for Life: Praying together as a family establishes a strong foundation for life. Regular family prayer fosters a lifelong habit of turning to prayer in times.

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Praying together as a family Teaches our children about God:

When prayers are answered, it becomes a powerful teaching moment for children to learn about God and His presence in their lives.

Here are some ways in which answered prayers can teach children about God.

A: Faith and Trust:

Answered prayers teach children the importance of faith and trust in God. When they see that their prayers are being heard and answered, it strengthens their belief that God is faithful and reliable.

It encourages them to continue seeking God’s guidance and relying on Him in all aspects of their lives.

B: God’s Timing and Wisdom:

Sometimes prayers are answered in unexpected ways or at a different time than expected. This teaches children that God’s wisdom surpasses their own understanding.

They learn that God knows what is best for them and that His timing is perfect. It helps them develop patience, resilience, and a willingness to surrender their desires to God’s greater plan.

C: Gratitude and Thankfulness:

When a prayer is answered, it instills a sense of gratitude and thankfulness in children. They learn to recognize and appreciate God’s blessings in their lives.

Expressing gratitude for answered prayers cultivates a humble and appreciative heart, teaching children to acknowledge God’s goodness and faithfulness.

D: Helps deepen their Relationship with God:

Answered prayers deepen a child’s relationship with God. They learn that prayer is not just a one-sided conversation but a genuine dialogue with their Heavenly Father.

It encourages children to continue seeking God’s guidance, sharing their joys, concerns and desires with Him. This personal connection with God forms the foundation for a lifelong relationship built on trust, love, and open communication.

Conclusion:

Praying together as a family is an important part of raising godly children. By cultivating a habit of family prayer, we create a spiritual bond that strengthens our family and nurtures our children’s faith.

In the comments below, share a story about a time you saw the power of praying together as a family.

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The Time is Now: Serve God Today and Not Tomorrow

In our Christian life, there’s a balance between doing things and thinking deeply, between staying busy helping others and finding peace in prayer. It’s like a seesaw that asks us to manage between the important things we have to do in the world and the deep connection we have with our beliefs. In this blog post, I’ll share why it’s important to serve God today, and not tomorrow.

Serve God today and not tomorrow

This blog post was written by Jen Schreiner. You can connect with her on her blog and learn more about her at the end of this blog post.

Choose today who you will serve

It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.

Acts 6:2 (NIV)

Acts 6:2 is not a scripture I would normally turn to for comfort. But it has now changed my perspective as I rest and reflect. You see, I fall into the category of serving people actively.

My joy bucket overflows each time I assist others with their needs. If I can be that person you can call on in the middle of the night for help – sign me up!

Within a three-month period, the Lord began a new work in my life. He called my family into a period of growth through serving passively.

We went from actively serving in ministry to reach others, to a hands-off approach. If you don’t know what this means, neither did I, until God revealed this mystery to our family.

While processing this transition, I had a lightbulb moment. Being a doer, I saw this opportunity as a time to research and prepare for His next calling.

When God says, “enough” or “go” I do it out of obedience and then I take it one step further by trying to figure things out on my own.

Isn’t it funny; that no matter how obedient we are to God, we think we can help Him out?

The Time is Now: Serve God Today and Not Tomorrow

A transition Problem

The apostles in the early church also had a transition problem. They needed disciples to help gather and distribute food to the widows.

Many were upset because this ministry was being overlooked as the growth of the church continued.

Instead of division, connections were made to meet the demands of serving in different capacities.

Seven disciples who were known to be full of the spirit and wisdom were chosen. Serving those widows and preaching about the goodness of God are both equally important.

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God will raise up His workers

It took time for me to realize that God will appoint and raise up those who need to be serving in action or for others to be serving through the use of spoken word ministry.

Our Christian walk requires us to be obedient to God.
He oftentimes shifts our responsibilities to:
  • Raise others up into positions we have served on.
  • Give us a time of rest and healing.
  • Deepen our relationship with Him.

No matter if you are a doer or in a resting phase of ministry, here is what I know for sure.

God created us for a purpose in Him.

When He changes our plans, it is often in preparation for our next steps.

God directs every effort for unity in Christ and through all things, whether “waiting on tables” or spreading His word, we can glorify Him.

While this may be a difficult transition, it’s important that we focus on how to serve God today- not in the past, or even tomorrow.

The Time is Now: Serve God Today and Not Tomorrow

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What are the next steps?

So, when we don’t understand what God’s next steps look like for our life, we can count on one thing – doing for God today and not tomorrow will serve Him best. 

If God wills it or allows it, we must embrace it. Let’s lean on Him and not on our own methods of research or understanding.

In the comments below, share a time when your ministry focus changed and how The Lord helped you through it and any tips on how to serve God today.

The Time is Now: Serve God Today and Not Tomorrow

Emmanuel: The Promise of God’s Presence

Emmanuel means God is with us! What a way to start this series 12 Powerful Names of God. As I’ve shared before, learning about the different names of God gives us profound insights into His nature and character. Each name reveals a specific characteristic of who He is, giving us a better understanding of who God is. Him. Continue to read and discover why Jesus is known as Emmanuel.

Emmanuel: The Promise of God’s Presence

The Prophetic Fulfillment: From Isaiah to Matthew

In Isaiah Chapter 7:14, we encounter a prophecy foretelling the coming of Jesus, referred to as Emmanuel. The verse, starting from verse 13, admonishes the House of David, declaring that a virgin will conceive and bear a son named Emmanuel.

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

This prophecy finds its fulfillment in Matthew 1:22-23, where it is reaffirmed that the virgin birth of Jesus aligns with the prophecy, signifying that He is indeed “God with us.”

 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[a] (which means “God with us”).

Matthew 1:22-23

Emmanuel: The Promise of God's Presence

Emmanuel: A Testament to God’s Presence

The difference between these Old and New Testament passages might lead one to assume that God’s presence was absent in the OT, only to be fully realized with Jesus in the NT.

However, this oversimplifies the whole gospel.

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God’s Presence in the Old Testament

In the Old Testament, while access to God’s physical presence was restricted, His presence and involvement with His people were evident.

The construction of the Tabernacle created a way for the people of Israel to have indirect access to God

They would bring a sacrifice to the priest, who would then offer that sacrifice to God.

Despite this indirect communion, God remained intimately involved in the lives of His people.

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Examples from Joshua’s Leadership

Examining Joshua’s leadership journey, we witness God’s unwavering promise of presence. Just as He was with Moses, God assures Joshua that He will never forsake him, urging him to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:5, 9).

This assurance echoes throughout Scripture, emphasizing that God’s presence transcends transitions in leadership or life circumstances.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

A Shift in Relationship Dynamics

With the advent of Jesus, a profound shift occurs in the dynamics of humanity’s relationship with God. The tearing of the temple veil symbolizes unrestricted access to God’s presence through Jesus Christ.

Also, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit post-Jesus’ ascension ensures continuous communion between God and His people.

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God’s Ever-Present Assurance

In Romans 8:38-39, we find an unequivocal declaration of God’s perpetual presence and unwavering love.

Nothing, not even death or earthly powers, can sever the bond between God and His children. This assurance provides comfort during life’s trials, reminding us that God remains steady regardless of external circumstances.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

The Great Commission and the Promise of Presence

In Matthew 28:16-20, as Jesus commissions His disciples, He assures them of His enduring presence. Though His physical form will depart, His Spirit will abide with them, empowering them to fulfill the Great Commission.

This promise shows the constancy of God’s presence amidst transitions and challenges.

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:16-20

Conclusion: Emmanuel—God with Us

The name Emmanuel demonstrates the truth of God’s abiding presence. Whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament- God has always been and will always be with His people.

As we navigate life’s transitions and uncertainties, let us take comfort in the assurance that Jesus is indeed Emmanuel—God with us, now and forevermore.

The Courageous Witness of Elisabeth Elliot

In Christian circles, few figures stand as boldly as Elisabeth Elliot—a woman whose life showed faith, resilience in the face of adversity, and a remarkable capacity for forgiveness. Through her extraordinary witness, Elisabeth left a permanent mark on the world of Christian missions, inspiring countless individuals to follow in her footsteps and embrace God’s call with courage and conviction.

The Life of Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot was born on December 21, 1926, in Brussels, Belgium, to missionary parents. From a young age, she felt a deep sense of calling to serve God and bring the message of His love to those who had never heard it.

This calling would shape the course of her life and lead her to the remote jungles of Ecuador, where she and her husband, Jim Elliot, embarked on a mission to reach the Waorani people with the gospel.

Tragically, their mission was cut short on January 8, 1956, when Jim and four other missionaries were killed by members of the very tribe they had come to serve.

In the wake of this devastating loss, Elisabeth faced grief and heartache that we could never imagine. Yet, even in her sorrow, she showed extraordinary grace and courage.

Instead of seeking revenge or keeping bitterness towards the Waorani people, Elisabeth chose to extend forgiveness and love.

She remained committed to continuing the work that Jim had begun, determined to honour his legacy and fulfill God’s call on her life.

In the years that followed, Elisabeth returned to the Waorani tribe, where she lived among them and ministered to their spiritual and physical needs.

The Courageous Witness of Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot returns to The Waorani people

Upon her return, Elisabeth immersed herself in the life of the tribe, living among them and seeking to understand their culture, customs, and way of life.

She showed genuine respect and appreciation for their traditions while also sharing her own faith and beliefs with them.

1. Gave compassionate care

One of the most significant ways Elisabeth ministered to the Waorani people was through her compassionate care for their physical and spiritual needs.

She provided medical assistance, taught basic hygiene practices, and offered practical help in various aspects of daily life. Her kindness and generosity endeared her to the tribe, earning their trust and respect.

2. Her testimony of faith

However, perhaps the most profound impact Elisabeth had on the Waorani people was through her testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.

Despite the language barrier and cultural differences, Elisabeth found ways to communicate the message of God’s love and redemption to the tribe.

She shared stories from the Bible, prayed with them, and lived out the teachings of Jesus in her own life.

Elisabeth’s life was characterized by an unwavering commitment to God’s call, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She faced adversity with resilience and courage, trusting in God’s faithfulness to see her through every trial and tribulation.

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Her Impact on Missions

Elisabeth Elliot had a huge impact on Christian missions. One that cannot be overstated.

Through her writings, speaking engagements, and personal testimony, Elisabeth inspired generations of believers to embrace the call of missions with courage, faith, and love.

Her life and ministry have left an indelible mark on the world of Christian missions, inspiring countless individuals to embrace God’s call with courage, dedication, and unwavering faith.

1. Inspiring Obedience to God’s Call:

Elisabeth Elliot’s willingness to heed God’s call, even in the face of uncertainty and adversity, has inspired generations of missionaries to step out in faith and follow wherever God leads.

Her story challenges believers to prioritize obedience to God above all else, trusting in His faithfulness to equip and sustain them in their mission.

2. Promotes a Christ-Centered Approach:

Elisabeth Elliot’s emphasis on the centrality of Christ in missions has shaped the way many approach cross-cultural ministry.

Through her writings and teachings, she emphasized the importance of proclaiming the gospel message in its entirety, without compromise or cultural accommodation.

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3. Modelled Sacrificial Love:

Elisabeth Elliot’s sacrificial love for the Waorani people, even after the death of her husband, Jim Elliot, serves as a powerful example of selflessness and devotion in missions.

Her willingness to lay down her life for the sake of the gospel has inspired countless missionaries to embrace a similar spirit of sacrificial love in their own ministry endeavours.

4. Advocating for Indigenous Leadership:

Elisabeth Elliot recognized the importance of empowering indigenous leaders in missions and worked to equip and support local believers in their efforts to share the gospel within their communities.

Her defence for indigenous leadership has helped to foster sustainable and relevant approaches to mission work around the world.

5. Championing the Role of Women:

Elisabeth Elliot’s life and ministry challenged traditional gender roles within the mission field, demonstrating the significant contributions that women can make in advancing the kingdom of God.

Through her boldness, intelligence, and spiritual insight, she paved the way for countless women to pursue missions with confidence and purpose.

6. Having a Heart for the Unreached:

Elisabeth Elliot’s passion for reaching those who have never heard the gospel has ignited a fire in the hearts of many believers to prioritize missions among unreached people groups.

Her unchanging commitment to sharing the love of Christ with those who have yet to hear His name continues to inspire mission organizations and individuals to focus their efforts on reaching the least reached.

Steps to be more like Elisabeth Elliot

1. Cultivate Forgiveness:

Like Elisabeth, we can practice forgiveness even in the face of deep pain and loss.

By extending grace and letting go of resentment, we can free ourselves and others from the burden of bitterness.

2. Commit to God’s Call:

Elisabeth’s life was marked by a continued commitment to God’s call, even when it led her into difficult and unfamiliar territory.

We can emulate her by listening attentively to God’s voice and faithfully following His leading, trusting that He will equip us for whatever tasks He sets before us.

3. Demonstrate Courage:

Elisabeth’s courage in the face of adversity serves as an inspiration to us all.

We can cultivate courage by stepping out of our comfort zones, facing our fears head-on, and trusting in God’s strength to sustain us through every trial.

4. Show Compassion:

Elisabeth’s ministry to the Waorani tribe exemplified a deep compassion for others, even those who had wronged her.

We can follow her example by extending love and empathy to those in need, regardless of their background or circumstances.

5. Embrace God’s Grace:

Elisabeth understood the transformative power of God’s grace in her life.

We can experience this same grace by surrendering our lives to God, acknowledging our need for His forgiveness, and living in the freedom that comes from knowing His love.

6. Share God’s Love:

Elisabeth’s ministry was fueled by a desire to share the love of Christ with others.

We can follow her example by actively seeking opportunities to share the hope and joy we have found in Jesus with those around us.

Conclusion

Elisabeth Elliot’s story continues to challenge and inspire us today, reminding us of the transformative power of forgiveness, the strength found in God’s grace, and the enduring legacy of those who boldly follow His call.

In a world marked by division, conflict, and strife, Elisabeth Elliot’s courageous witness stands as a beacon of hope and reconciliation—a testament to the power of forgiveness to heal wounds and bring about transformation.

May we, like Elisabeth, be willing to extend grace and love to those who have wronged us, trusting in God’s faithfulness to bring beauty from ashes and redemption from brokenness.

The Inspiring Journey of Gladys Aylward

March is Women’s History Month. It’s a great time to learn about women who made their mark on History. Such is the story of Gladys Aylward, a British missionary whose remarkable journey is a great example of the power of determination, selflessness, and unwavering faith in God’s guidance.

Born in London in 1902, Gladys Aylward was born to help others. Her early life was marked by a longing to serve others and a deep sense of compassion for those in need. Despite lacking formal education and facing numerous obstacles along the way, Gladys was determined to fulfill her calling as a missionary.

In 1932, Gladys Aylward started her journey to China, a land known for its ancient traditions and marked by political unrest.

Despite the challenges that lay ahead, Gladys set out on a mission to bring the message of God’s love to the people of China.

But Gladys’s mission would soon take on a new urgency with the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937.

As the Japanese invasion swept across China, leaving devastation in its wake, Gladys Aylward found herself at the forefront of a humanitarian crisis.

With courage and compassion, Gladys Aylward threw herself into the task of rescuing orphaned and abandoned children, often risking her own life to bring them to safety.

Through sheer determination and unwavering faith in God’s provision, she saved hundreds of children from the horrors of war, providing them with shelter, food, and the love of a mother.

The Inspiring Journey of Gladys Aylward

How Gladys Saved Children

Gladys Aylward travelled through war-torn regions, often going long distances on foot or by any means available.

She went into areas where others feared to go, motivated by her belief that every child deserved a chance at a better life.

Gladys demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness in her efforts to rescue children. She employed creative ways to prevent being found by enemy soldiers and travelled through difficult terrain.

In some instances, she disguised herself and the children she was rescuing to avoid detection and ensure their safety.

Once she had successfully rescued the children, Gladys worked to provide them with shelter, food, and care.

She transformed makeshift shelters into havens of refuge, where children could find solace and security amidst the chaos of war.

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Providing Hope and Stability

Despite limited resources, Gladys Aylward spared no effort in meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children under her care.

Beyond meeting their immediate needs, Gladys became a surrogate mother to these children, offering them love, guidance, and support.

She provided a sense of stability and belonging in a time of uncertainty, nurturing their spirits and instilling in them a sense of hope for the future.

Gladys’s dedication to rescuing orphaned and abandoned children was fueled by her unwavering faith in God’s guidance and provision.

She drew strength from her belief that she was following God’s call to care for the “least of these,” and she entrusted each child to His loving care.

Through her selfless actions, Gladys not only saved the lives of hundreds of children but also restored their dignity and gave them a chance at a brighter future.

Standing Firm in her faith

Gladys’s journey was not without its trials. She faced countless obstacles, from navigating treacherous mountain passes to outwitting enemy soldiers. Yet, through it all, she remained firm in her knowledge that God was guiding her every step of the way.

Gladys’s incredible story of courage and selflessness captured the world’s attention, inspiring countless individuals to join her in the fight for justice and compassion.

Her legacy lives on today through the lives of the hundreds of children she saved and the countless lives she touched with her message of hope and love.

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Steps to be more like Gladys Aylward

1. Show Courage:

Like Gladys, we can face challenges with bravery and determination.

Instead of giving up when things get tough, we can summon our inner strength and tackle obstacles head-on, knowing that with courage, we can overcome any difficulty.

2. Practice Compassion:

Gladys had a big heart for those in need, especially orphaned and abandoned children. We can follow her example by showing kindness and empathy towards others, especially those who are suffering or disadvantaged.

Whether it’s lending a listening ear, offering a helping hand, or simply showing someone that they are cared for, acts of compassion can make a big difference in someone’s life.

3. Take Action:

Gladys didn’t just talk about helping others—she took action. We can follow her lead by actively seeking out opportunities to make a positive impact in our communities and beyond.

Whether it’s volunteering at a local shelter, participating in a charity event, or advocating for social justice causes, every action, no matter how small, can contribute to positive change.

4. Be Resourceful:

Gladys demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness in her efforts to rescue children, using creative tactics to overcome obstacles and navigate challenging situations.

We can cultivate our own resourcefulness by thinking outside the box, finding innovative solutions to problems, and making the most of the resources available to us.

5. Trust in God:

Throughout her life, Gladys relied on her faith in God’s guidance and provision. We can deepen our own faith by spending time in prayer, studying scripture, and seeking God’s direction in our lives.

Trusting in God’s plan for us can give us the confidence and strength we need to face whatever challenges come our way.

6. Show Perseverance:

Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks, Gladys never gave up on her mission to help others.

We can cultivate our own perseverance by staying focused on our goals, maintaining a positive attitude, and persevering through adversity.

Remembering that every setback is an opportunity to learn and grow can help us stay motivated and resilient in the face of obstacles.

Conclusion

Gladys Aylward’s legacy of compassion and courage continues to inspire generations, serving as a powerful reminder of the difference that one person can make when they are willing to step out in faith and love.

As we reflect on the inspiring journey of Gladys Aylward, may we be reminded of the power of determination, selflessness, and unwavering faith to overcome even the greatest of challenges.

May her story inspire us to step out in faith, trusting in God’s guidance as we seek to make a difference in the world around us.

The Remarkable Story of Corrie ten Boom

In times of darkness and despair, stories of courage, compassion, and unwavering faith shine brightly, reminding us of the power of the human spirit to overcome even the most unimaginable challenges. One such story is that of Corrie Ten Boom, a woman of faith who risked everything to save lives during one of the darkest periods in human history.

Corrie’s Humble Roots

Born in the Netherlands in 1892, Corrie ten Boom grew up in a devout Christian family that instilled in her a deep love for God and a commitment to serving others. Alongside her father and siblings, Corrie dedicated her life to running a watchmaking business and caring for those in need in their community.

However, their lives took a dramatic turn with the outbreak of World War II and the subsequent Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

As the horrors of the Holocaust unfolded, Corrie and her family made the courageous decision to provide a safe haven for Jews running from persecution.

Risking their own lives, the Ten Boom family converted their home into a secret hiding place, where they sheltered countless Jews from the clutches of the Nazis.

Despite the constant threat of discovery and the ever-present danger of betrayal, Corrie and her family remained steady in their commitment to protecting the innocent.

The Remarkable Story of Corrie ten Boom

What she did to save Jews:

1. Converted their home into a Hiding Place:

Corrie, along with her father Casper ten Boom and sister Betsie, converted their home in Haarlem, Netherlands, into a secret hiding place for Jews fleeing Nazi persecution.

They constructed a concealed space behind a false wall in one of the bedrooms, where fugitives could stay hidden from the prying eyes of the Gestapo and Nazi collaborators.

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2. Acted as a Safe House:

Corrie and her family acted as a safe house for Jews on the run, providing them with food, shelter, and protection from the ever-looming threat of arrest and deportation to concentration camps.

Despite the constant risk of discovery, they remained committed to their mission of saving as many lives as possible, regardless of the personal danger involved.

3. Involved in the Dutch Underground:

The Ten Boom family was actively involved in the Dutch underground resistance movement, collaborating with other resistance members to smuggle Jews out of the country and provide them with forged identification papers to help them evade capture.

Corrie played a crucial role in coordinating these efforts and ensuring the safety of those under their care.

Their Betrayal

But their heroic efforts were not without consequences. In 1944, the ten Boom family was betrayed and arrested by the Gestapo. Corrie, along with her father and sister, was sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, where they endured unimaginable suffering and hardship.

Following their arrest, Corrie, along with her father Casper and sister Betsie, endured months of imprisonment, interrogation, and torture at the hands of the Gestapo.

Despite the harsh conditions and brutality of their captors, they remained resolute in their faith and commitment to their principles.

Yet, even in the darkest of times, Corrie’s faith remained unshaken. Amidst the brutality and despair of the concentration camp, she clung to the belief that God was with her, offering comfort, strength, and hope in unspeakable horrors.

After the war

Following her release from Ravensbrück due to a clerical error, Corrie dedicated the rest of her life to sharing her story of forgiveness, reconciliation, and the power of God’s love to transform even the most broken of hearts.

Through her bestselling book “The Hiding Place” and her worldwide ministry, Corrie touched the lives of millions, inspiring countless individuals to embrace forgiveness and reconciliation in the face of adversity.

Today, Corrie Ten Boom’s legacy lives on as a beacon of hope and inspiration to people around the world.

Her remarkable story serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of faith to overcome even the greatest of obstacles.

How to be more like Corrie Ten Boom:

1. Show Compassion:

Cultivate a heart of compassion for others, especially those who are marginalized or oppressed.

Look for opportunities to extend kindness and assistance to those in need, just as Corrie did when she risked her life to hide Jews during the Holocaust.

2. Stand Up Against Injustice:

Speak out against injustice and discrimination wherever we see it.

Use our voices and resources to advocate for equality, human rights, and dignity for all people, regardless of their race, religion, or background.

3. Practice Forgiveness:

Embrace the power of forgiveness in our lives, letting go of bitterness, resentment, and hatred towards those who have wronged us.

Forgiveness was a central theme in Corrie’s life, and her ability to forgive even her captors and tormentors serves as a powerful example for us all.

4. Trust in God’s Providence:

Develop a deep and unwavering faith in God’s providence and guidance, even amid life’s darkest moments.

Corrie’s faith sustained her through the horrors of the Holocaust and gave her the strength and courage to endure even the most difficult trials.

By embodying these principles in our own lives, we can honour the legacy of Corrie Ten Boom and continue her mission of spreading love, compassion, and hope to a world in need.

The Legacy of Amy Carmichael: An Example of Courage, Compassion, and Faith

Discover the remarkable story of Amy Carmichael, a missionary whose life was marked by courage, compassion, and unwavering faith. Follow her story from her humble beginnings in Northern Ireland to her transformative mission in India. Amy’s journey serves as a powerful example of what it means to live a life of purpose and dedication to serving others. Learn about her incredible life and explore the lasting impact of her legacy on the world.

All about Amy

Amy Carmichael was a remarkable missionary who left a lasting mark on the world through her dedication to serving others and her deep faith in God’s call.

Amy was born in Northern Ireland in 1867, Amy’s early life was marked by a deep sense of compassion and a passionate desire to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

It was during her teenage years that Amy first felt the call to missionary work. Inspired by the stories of missionaries serving in distant lands, she felt a stirring in her heart to dedicate her life to spreading the love of Christ to those who had never heard His name.

The Legacy of Amy Carmichael: An Example of Courage, Compassion, and Faith

Little did she know that this calling would lead her to the distant shores of India and into the heart of one of the most challenging and dangerous missions of her time.

Amy’s mission in India was not an easy one. Faced with the harsh realities of poverty, injustice, and the deeply entrenched system of temple prostitution, she knew that she had to take action.

With unwavering courage and determination, Amy embarked on a mission to rescue and rehabilitate young girls who had been sold into temple slavery.

Despite facing numerous obstacles and dangers, including threats to her own life, Amy remained steadfast in her mission.

She established the Dohnavur Fellowship, a sanctuary for rescued children, where she provided them with love, care, and education.

Through her tireless efforts, Amy saved countless lives and offered hope to those who had been cast aside by society.

What truly set Amy apart was her unshakeable faith in God’s provision and guidance. In the face of adversity, she leaned on her belief that God was with her every step of the way, providing her with the strength and courage she needed to carry on.

Her life was a testament to the power of faith in action, as she fearlessly pursued God’s call to love and serve others, no matter the cost.

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Her blue eyes

** As a child, Amy’s favourite colour was blue. She was discontent with the fact that she was born with brown eyes and used to pinch her youngest brother’s cheeks to see the prettiest colour of blue as his eyes filled with tears.

Her mother taught her from a young age that God would answer her prayers if she prayed. 

So, every night before Amy went to bed, she prayed for God to change her eyes to the colour blue. 

In the morning, she would wake up, jump out of bed, and run to the mirror–only to be disappointed to see two brown eyes staring back at her. 

Her mother then explained that sometimes God answers ‘no,’ and that she had to accept that God gave her brown eyes for a reason. 

Amy Carmichael would later come to realize as an adult that her brown eyes helped her gain access to the Indian temples.

In 1901, Amy Carmichael moved to Dohnavur, India. There, Amy founded Dohnavur Fellowship, which became a home for former child prostitutes. When Amy stepped into the struggle to end the wicked service, she found that even the missionary community condemned her work.

Although people trafficking was not new, they thought she exaggerated the situation of temple prostitution.

The truth of what went on behind the temple scenes was so hard to get people to understand, that Amy found she must pretend to be an Indian and visit the temples herself. She would dye and stain her light skin brown with coffee or tea bags, and her brown eyes helped her fit right in as a Hindu.

No one would guess that the dark-skinned woman wearing a light blue sari, which was associated with the lowest caste, the untouchables, was a missionary from Ireland. 

Amy devoted the next fifty-five years of her life in India rescuing children from the temples and raising them as her own. She eventually became known by the children and the community as “Amma,” which is Tamil for ‘mother.

To this day, Amy Carmichael is known for opening a safe house called Dohnavur Fellowship after rescuing children from being trafficked in the Hindu temples.

She served in India for fifty-five years without a furlough, and in the last twenty years of her life, she remained bedridden and wrote several books and poems about her deep love for Christ.

Her dedication to serving God has inspired many Christians to become missionaries and to remain steadfast in their faith. Her story continues to inspire Christians from around the world. 

** Reference: Peña, W. (2020, April 13). Amy Carmichael: Mother to India. Retrieved February 19, 2021, from https://bethanygu.edu/blog/stories/amy-carmichael/

Dedication to serve God

Amy dedicated her life to serving others, often putting their needs above her own. We can learn to cultivate a spirit of selflessness and sacrificial love, seeking opportunities to serve and uplift those around us.

Today, Amy Carmichael’s legacy lives on through the countless lives she touched and the lasting impact of her work.

Her story serves as a powerful reminder of the difference that one person can make when they are willing to step out in faith and answer God’s call to love and serve others.

May we all be inspired by her example and strive to follow in her footsteps.

Steps to Be More Like Amy

1. Cultivate Compassion:

Make a conscious effort to empathize with others and seek opportunities to help those in need, whether it’s through volunteering, donating to charity, or simply offering a listening ear to someone who is struggling.

2. Step Out in Faith:

Take bold steps in following God’s call, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone or facing challenges along the way. Trust in God’s guidance and provision as we pursue His will for our lives.

3. Serve Others Selflessly:

Look for ways to serve others selflessly, putting their needs above our own. This could involve volunteering in our community, serving in our church, or finding creative ways to support those who are marginalized or vulnerable.

4. Leave a Lasting Legacy of Love:

Live our lives in such a way that our actions and deeds leave a lasting impact on those around us. Leave a legacy of love, compassion, and service that will continue to inspire and bless others for generations to come, just as Amy Carmichael’s legacy continues to do.

8 Biblical strategies to overcome self doubt

I’ve been saved for most of my life, and my number one stumbling block is believing Satan’s lies. He likes to question my intentions and bring on self doubt. When I talk to different women about their faith, I can see that most of us struggle with self doubt. We believe we are not doing enough, good enough and so much more! So, to help me (and hopefully you) beat self doubt, I want to share 8 biblical strategies to overcome self doubt.

8 Biblical strategies to overcome self doubt

1. Claim Your Identity in Christ:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

Strategy: Remember that your identity is rooted in Christ, and you are uniquely designed with a purpose.

In the face of doubt, remember that you are God’s masterpiece. 

It’s an active and intentional choice to base who you are on Christ. When you do this, you’re accepting the fact that your identity isn’t determined by your mistakes, faults, or what others think about you.

Your identity in Christ is not based on worldly standards. It is based on Jesus and what He has done for you.

This strategy invites you to acknowledge God’s view of you and you should know that you are not meant to conform to society’s expectations or comparisons with others.

 Instead, you are a distinctive creation with a specific purpose in God’s grand design.

To implement this strategy

1. Create a habit of reflecting on Ephesians 2:10 regularly. 

When self-doubt whispers that you’re not good enough or that your purpose is unclear, fight against those thoughts with the truth of being God’s masterpiece. 

Let this scripture be a source of hope and comfort and a reminder that God has specific plans for your life. 

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2. Renew Your Mind with God’s Word:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Romans 12:2 –

Strategy: Combat self-doubt by filling your mind with the truths found in the Bible.

This verse reminds us of the influence of worldly perspectives on our thoughts and beliefs. 

The world often fills our thoughts with comparisons, unrealistic standards, and fleeting validations, fostering an environment conducive to self-doubt. 

However, Romans 12:2 introduces a counter-cultural strategy: the renewal of the mind.

The strategy is to fill your mind with the truths found in the Bible. 

Imagine God’s Word as a steady stream of refreshing water, washing away the doubt and negativity that builds up in your mind. 

This doesn’t happen naturally. You have to deliberately choose to turn away from the world’s standards and fill your mind with the unchanging truths found in The Bible.

To implement this strategy

1. think about incorporating regular Bible reading, meditation, and memorization into your routine. 

As you read God’s word, focus on verses that speak directly to your identity, worth, and purpose

For instance, the following verse declares,

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” reinforcing the idea that your uniqueness is divinely designed.

Psalm 139:14

2. meditate on passages that emphasize God’s promises and faithfulness.

One popular verse you can think about is this one:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

This verse gives you a strong base for getting rid of doubts about where your life is headed and its purpose.

Plan to fill your mind with God’s Word This is an ongoing process where you intentionally spend time with the Bible regularly.

Doing this helps you think the way God wants you to think. So, when difficult things come up, you can deal with them confidently, knowing that you’re valuable and loved by God.

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3. Trust in God’s Plan:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Strategy: Surrender your doubts to God, trusting that His plan is perfect.

Relying on God’s plan is a strong way to fight self-doubt. It means giving our uncertainties to the Lord.

The verse says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t rely only on what you understand. In all you do, follow Him, and He will guide you.”

In simple terms, this strategy is about letting go of our doubts and trusting in God’s all-knowing plan for our lives.

How to implement this strategy

1. Admit your understanding is limited

To use this strategy, start by admitting that you can’t know everything about the world, and your life has its limits. Instead of trying to figure everything out by yourself, give your doubts to God.

Trusting in God’s plan means deciding to stop trying to control everything and putting your future in the hands of the One who knows what’s best.

Submitting to God in “all your ways” means letting Him guide every part of your life—your choices, relationships, dreams, and goals. Trusting in God’s plan is about giving up control in every aspect, not just picking and choosing.

2. Add prayer into your daily practice

Consider adding prayer to your routine, sincerely asking God for help and wisdom. Share your doubts, fears, and uncertainties with Him, trusting that He listens to your prayers.

When you give up your doubts and believe in His plan, you’re inviting God to guide every part of your life.

Even when things are uncertain, this promise guarantees that God’s plan will lead to fulfillment and purpose for believers.

In simple terms, following this strategy means committing each day to trust God, especially when you’re unsure about things.

When you let Him guide your path, you open yourself up to a peace that’s hard to explain, knowing His plan is perfect and made with your best interests in mind.

Psalm 139: 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
your works are wonderful, 
I know that full well.

4. Seek Godly Counsel:

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.

Proverbs 15:22

Strategy: Surround yourself with wise and supportive individuals who can offer godly counsel and encouragement.

The verse above encourages us to surround ourselves to wise and supportive people who can provide godly counsel and encouragement.

How to implement this strategy

1. Recognize that there is value to other people’s insights

To use this strategy, it’s important to see the importance of seeking advice from people who have wisdom based on what the Bible teaches.

Godly counsel means asking for guidance from individuals who follow the teachings of the Bible. This makes sure that the advice is based on moral and spiritual integrity.

2. Build relationships with wise Christians

Consider building a circle of relationships with people who are wise and have strong faith. 

These people can be mentors, spiritual leaders, or friends whose perspectives are shaped by their commitment to biblical truths. 

Looking for godly counsel isn’t just about finding answers to problems but also about creating a supportive and encouraging environment. 

These mentors can
  • Remind you of your value and purpose
  • Be a reliable source of encouragement when self-doubt creeps in

3. Actively seek counsel

When faced with decisions or challenges, you should get advice from Godly people you know can steer you in the right way.

It takes being humble to admit that you don’t know everything and being open to getting advice from people who can share their wisdom based on their faith and experiences.

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5. Remember God’s Promises:

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

Strategy: Remind yourself of God’s promises and draw strength from them when doubt creeps in.

This strategy encourages people to root themselves in the promises of God and draw strength from them when doubts attempt to creep in.

How to implement this strategy

1. Develop a practice of Remembering what God has done for you

Practically, this strategy involves developing a practice of remembering God’s promises, particularly during moments of uncertainty or self-doubt.  

2. Know God’s word

This strategy also involves knowing The Word of God, reading it regularly and memorizing verses that highlight His promises.

Scriptures that reinforce concepts of strength, courage, and divine support become like armour against the arrows of doubt.

For instance, when doubt surfaces, reflecting on promises such as 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

These promises remind believers that they are not alone, and God’s strength is a constant source of support.

3. Praying God’s Promises

You can also integrate these promises into prayer. Rather than believing your doubts, you can turn to God in prayer remembering His promises.

4. Create physical reminders of God’s promises

To support you even more, you can make physical reminders of God’s promises. Think about putting Bible verses in places you see often, like your home, phone, or journal.

These visual reminders act as anchors, keeping you grounded in the certainty of God’s faithfulness.

Finding strength in God’s promises is like building a collection of truths from the Bible that you can easily remember when you feel unsure.

By regularly reminding yourself of these promises, you strengthen your mind and heart, developing a strong spirit that can withstand self-doubt.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV): "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

6. Pray for Confidence:

On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

Psalm 138:3

Strategy: Approach God in prayer, seeking His guidance and asking for confidence in your abilities.

The scripture declares, “On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” 

This strategy encourages people to talk to God in prayer, asking Him for guidance and specifically requesting more confidence in what they can do.

Praying for confidence means believers should open up to God, sharing their doubts, fears, and insecurities with Him.

We are encouraged to tell God about our uncertainties, recognizing that we can’t fully understand everything and trusting in God’s wisdom and guidance.

How to implement this strategy

1. Add special requests in your prayer time

A practical way to implement this strategy is to incorporate specific requests for confidence into daily prayers.

Make sure to be honest with God about the areas where you doubt yourself the most. Ask Him for comfort and a stronger sense of confidence to handle those challenges.

2. Remember God’s word

Think about Bible verses that talk about how God gives confidence.

For instance, Psalm 23:1-3 compares the Lord to a shepherd who guides and restores the soul, creating an environment where confidence can grow.

When you pray for confidence, it’s not a one-time thing; it’s an ongoing conversation with God. It means being humble and realizing you need God’s help when you’re feeling unsure about yourself.

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7. Focus on God’s Unconditional Love:

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.

1 John 4:18

Strategy: Meditate on God’s unconditional love for you, understanding that fear and doubt diminish in the presence of His love.

This approach suggests that you should spend time in deep thought, focusing on the idea that God’s constant love is strong. When you truly understand this, any fear or uncertainty tends to fade away because of His perfect and flawless love.

How to implement this strategy

1. Think about God’s love for you

Start by purposely thinking about how much God loves you, and remember that His love doesn’t depend on how well you do or if you’re deserving of it.

This knowledge can give you comfort and security, knowing that God’s love stays strong even when you’re not perfect.

The Bible says that understanding God’s perfect love helps get rid of fear.

So, when you spend time thinking about how big God’s love is, it changes the way you think and makes doubts less scary.

2. Think about Bible verses that show God’s love

A practical way to do this is by regularly thinking about Bible verses that talk about God’s love, like Romans 8:38-39.

These verses say that nothing can separate us from God’s love, which can be a source of strength when you’re feeling unsure.

By thinking about these verses, you let the idea of God’s unconditional love sink into your mind, making it harder for doubt to stick around.

3. Thank God for His Love when you pray

You can also include the idea of God’s love in your daily thoughts or prayers. Thank God for His love and ask to understand it better.

Doing this helps you actively recognize and accept God’s unconditional love, creating a kind of protection against doubts.

Remember, this is an ongoing process. If you keep focusing on God’s love, you’ll not only feel better about being accepted by Him, but your way of thinking will change.

As God’s love shines, fear and doubt will fade, giving you the confidence to face life’s challenges because you know you’re loved deeply and completely.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV): "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

8. Serve Others:

Serve one another humbly in love.

Galatians 5:13

Strategy: Engage in acts of service, as focusing on others can shift your focus away from self-doubt.

Helping others is a powerful way to overcome self-doubt, according to the Bible. The scripture says, “Serve one another humbly in love,” encouraging people to focus on others to shift their attention away from self-doubt.

Serving others means showing humble love. It’s about setting aside your own worries and actively looking for ways to make a positive impact on the people around you.

By doing this, you move beyond self-doubt and discover fulfillment in acts of love and kindness.

How to put this strategy into action

1. Help others in your community

To put this strategy into action, you can find ways to help others in your community, church, or daily life. Acts of service can be simple, like offering a helping hand, or more involved, like volunteering for a charity.

What matters is the genuine desire to contribute to others’ well-being.

Serving others is a powerful way to distract yourself from self-doubt.

When you focus on meeting others’ needs, you shift your attention away from your own insecurities. Serving becomes a way to affirm yourself, showing that you have unique gifts that can make a positive difference.

2. Follow the example of Jesus

Serving others follows the example of Jesus, who lived a humble and service-oriented life.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Mark 10:45

By imitating this selfless attitude, you not only fight self-doubt but also reflect the transformative power of Christ’s love.

In practical terms, you can look for volunteer opportunities, help a neighbour in need, or simply be kind in your daily interactions.

Each act of service is a tangible way to express love, leading to a positive change in your perspective and a decrease in self-doubt.

As you humbly engage in acts of service, you not only lift others up but also find a deep sense of purpose and fulfillment that counteracts the shadows of self-doubt.


If you use these strategies in your life, you can find strength and confidence in the wisdom of the Bible. It helps you overcome self-doubt with a faith-filled way of thinking.

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How to Overcome Self Doubt and Thrive Spiritually

Do you ever feel like you’re trying to figure out who you really are? Well, guess what? You’re not alone! Sometimes, we have this little voice inside our heads that says, “Are you sure about this?” or “Can you really do that?” – That voice is called self doubt, and it can mess with our spiritual growth.

Our job is to kick self doubt to the curb and help you be more confident in the person God has created you to be. If that is something you have a hard time doing, continue to read as I share strategies to overcome self doubt. 

“Finding out who you are is tough, but being happy with it is even tougher.” Ellen DeGeneres

That makes sense, especially when we’re talking about our spiritual journey. So, let’s chat about it! This blog post is a guidebook to help you beat self doubt in your spiritual walk.

How to Overcome Self Doubt and Thrive Spiritually

Understanding Self Doubt in the Spiritual Journey

Let’s explore how self-doubt relates to our spiritual gifts. 

Picture your spiritual gifts as special skills The Lord has given you. It’s like having a magical toolkit. 

However, self-doubt tends to play the spoilsport, introducing uncertainty about your abilities using these remarkable gifts. 

Imagine having a remarkable talent and questioning its true brilliance—this is the nature of self-doubt, a subtle voice attempting to cast shadows on how amazing you truly are, and how doubts how God can use you.

Factors that contribute to self doubt: 

Let’s dive into why women may encounter self-doubt. 

1. We engage in comparisons

When we witness someone else gain attention or display their abilities, we compare their abilities to ours.

This can lead to questioning whether our abilities are as good, or why people are noticing someone else- and not us.

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2. External Scepticism 

Another factor contributing to self-doubt is external skepticism. Imagine dancing joyfully to your favourite tune, only to encounter someone expressing a different opinion about the music and your enjoyment of it. Their opinion can suddenly make you question your taste in music, or question why you like it. 

Similarly, external skepticism can impact how you see your spiritual gifts. When you serve The Lord in a certain way and feel like you are following God- someone may question what you are doing and why. This may create doubt about your gifts and how you use them. 

Despite these challenges, our mission is to dismiss self-doubt completely. 

Your spiritual gifts are given to you to give glory to God. So, our goal is to display them with unbridled pride. 

So, in those moments when doubt seeks entry, remember that you were created in the image of God. He has given you specific gifts to use for Him and NOT for the approval or praise of other people. 

You can also remember the following: 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 

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Recognizing Your Unique Spiritual Gifts

The Bible highlights recognizing one’s unique spiritual gifts, emphasizing that these gifts are intentional endowments from a higher source. 

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

This passage highlights the diversity of spiritual gifts and who gives us our gifts.  

The Bible encourages believers to use their gifts for the greater good, contributing to the unity and well-being of the community. 

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

1 Peter 4:10

This underscores the responsibility to employ one’s unique gifts in service to others, fostering a harmonious and interconnected spiritual community. 

Therefore, recognizing and embracing these gifts is not only an acknowledgment of our identity in Christ,  but it’s also a commitment to fulfilling our purpose within the broader church and walk with God.

The Role of Comparison and External Expectations

As we scroll social media or spend time reflecting on ourselves, an incorrect image may emerge and we start asking: “Am I measuring up? Does God love me the way He does others? Do I have something special about me that I can do?” 

These types of questions are normal and many people experience this. But, these thoughts require us to pay attention and start some personal examination.

When playing the comparison game, we may find ourselves questioning our spiritual journey, and relationship with God compared to others. 

This tendency is an unseen intruder and has the potential to start self-doubt.

But, we don’t have to fall for this trap. We can use those initial thoughts of self doubt to remind us of the truth. 

When we see another christian doing something awesome for The Lord, instead of feeling down, we can look at what others are doing and think, “Hey, that’s pretty neat! Maybe I can try something similar.” 

This turns comparison into your personal coach, nudging you to explore, learn, and grow.

Remember, your spiritual journey is YOURS. There’s no race, no finish line. 

So, let’s kick that comparison to the curb, and turn it into inspiration.

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Dealing with skepticism and criticism

Dealing with skepticism and criticism is like mastering takes practice, but you can tackle it with grace and confidence.

When faced with skepticism, try to understand where it’s coming from. Sometimes people just need a little enlightenment about your journey. Stay calm and share your experiences with genuine authenticity. 

When faced with criticism, take a moment to breathe and resist the urge to react impulsively. Respond with grace by acknowledging the feedback, even if you disagree. 

For both of these, communication is key! Express yourself with clarity and kindness. Use “I” statements to share your feelings and experiences rather than pointing fingers. 

Remember, not everyone will understand your journey, and that’s perfectly okay. 

What Is Advent and why we should celebrate it

Are you curious about Advent and why it’s such a cherished part of the holiday season for many people? Advent is a time filled with hope, joy, and anticipation of Jesus’s birth. It’s a tradition that helps us slow down and remember the real reason for the season – the love and warmth that Jesus brings into our lives. In this blog post, we’ll explore what is Advent and why we should celebrate it.

What Is Advent and why we should celebrate it

What is Advent: 

Advent is a special time of year that comes just before Christmas. 

It’s like a countdown to the big day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. 

The word “Advent” means “coming,” and it reminds us of Jesus coming into the world. 

During Advent, people often use calendars or wreaths with candles to mark the days. It’s a time for getting ready and waiting, helping us focus on the real meaning of Christmas, which is all about love, hope, and the gift of Jesus.

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The Significance of Advent: 

Advent is important because it helps us slow down and remember the true reason for Christmas. 

It’s not just about presents and decorations; it’s about the birth of Jesus and the love He brings to the world. 

Advent teaches us to be patient and hopeful, just like people were before Jesus was born. 

Advent is a time to reflect on what really matters and to share that love with our family and friends. 

The Origins of the Advent Season: 

The Advent season began a long time ago as a time of getting ready and waiting for something special. 

In Latin, “Advent” means “coming.” 

So, during Advent, people prepared for the coming of Jesus.

The origins of Advent can be traced back to the early Christian church, and it was a time of fasting and praying.

People spent this time thinking about the birth of Jesus and also looking forward to when He would come again.

Historical Development of Advent: 

Over time, Advent became more structured and organized. 

Different churches and communities had their own ways of celebrating it. 

The idea of having a special time to prepare for Christmas began to take shape. 

In the 6th century, Advent was officially linked to the idea of four weeks before Christmas. 

People lit candles to count the weeks and help them get ready. As the years went by, more traditions were added, like the Advent wreath and calendar. 

How Advent Became a Christian Tradition: 

Advent became an important Christian tradition over many centuries. 

The early Christians wanted a special time to remember Jesus’s birth and look forward to His return. 

As the years passed, Advent developed its own customs and practices. Churches began to use it as a way to prepare for Christmas. 

It spread to different parts of the world and became a common tradition for many Christians. 

Advent is a special time in the Christian calendar when we can slow down and remember why Christmas is so important. It’s all about celebrating Jesus and His love for us.

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the Advent Calendar: 

An Advent calendar is like a countdown tool for Christmas. 

It’s usually a pretty card or a small box with tiny doors or pockets. 

For each day in December, you open one of these doors or pockets, and inside, you’ll find a surprise. 

It can be a picture, a piece of chocolate, or a small toy. 

The best part is that these surprises remind us of the exciting days leading up to Jesus’s birthday. 

The Purpose and Symbolism Behind The Calendar 

The Advent calendar is more than just a fun way to count down to Christmas. It’s a reminder of the hope and anticipation that people felt before Jesus was born. 

The little doors or pockets symbolize the days of waiting. 

The surprises inside can represent the love and joy that Jesus brings to our lives. 

These are all symbols to remind us that Jesus is coming, and to remember His life, and birth. 

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The Four Themes of Advent:

 

Advent is a special time leading up to Christmas, and it’s made even more special with four themes that help us get ready for the big celebration. 

These themes are four themes we think about during Advent. 

  1. Hope reminds us to have trust and look forward to good things. 
  2. Peace is all about calmness and getting along with others. 
  3. Joy is about feeling happy and spreading that happiness. 
  4. Love is the most important, as it’s all about the love Jesus brings to our hearts. 

These themes help us understand the meaning of Christmas and make it more meaningful.

How These Themes Prepare for the Celebration of Christ’s Birth: 

These four themes are like the building blocks for a wonderful Christmas celebration. Click each theme to direct you to a devotion about that theme.  

  • Hope tells us to be excited about what’s coming, just like people were excited for Jesus’s birth. 
  • Peace helps us feel calm and happy during a sometimes busy season. 
  • Joy is all about spreading happiness and enjoying time with family and friends. 
  • Love is the biggest one because it reminds us why Christmas is so special—it’s about the love of Jesus. 

When we think about these themes during Advent, it helps us get ready for the big day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the best gift of all.

Why You Should Celebrate Advent

Celebrating Advent is like hitting the pause button during the busy holiday season. 

It’s a special time when we can take a breather, slow down, and reflect on what Christmas is really about. 

With all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget the true meaning of the holiday. 

Advent gives us the chance to think about the love, hope, and joy that Jesus brings into our lives. 

By taking this time to pause and reflect, we can make our Christmas celebrations more meaningful and feel the warmth of the season.

How Advent Deepens Your Understanding of Christmas: 

Advent is like a journey that takes you deeper into the heart of Christmas. 

It’s not just about the tinsel and the presents; it’s about understanding the amazing story of Jesus’s birth. 

By lighting candles, reading Bible verses, and focusing on the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love, Advent helps us truly get what Christmas is all about. 

It’s a time for us to dive into the real magic of the season and discover why it’s such a special time for people all around the world.

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The Sense of Anticipation: 

One of the coolest things about Advent is the sense of excitement and getting ready. 

It’s like counting down the days until something fantastic is about to happen. 

Just like you look forward to your birthday or a big event, Advent helps us look forward to Christmas. 

Each day, as we light candles, read stories, or do special activities, we’re preparing our hearts and homes for Jesus’s birthday. 

The feeling of anticipation also reminds us that Jesus will come again, and we’re preparing for that day. 

Tips for Celebrating Advent 

Starting or making your Advent traditions even more special is a great way to enjoy the holiday season. 

You can begin by choosing simple activities like lighting an Advent candle each week or reading a short story about Christmas. 

To enhance your traditions, you can involve the whole family in creating an Advent calendar or wreath. 

The key is to make it enjoyable and meaningful for everyone. 

You don’t need to do everything at once; take small steps and add new traditions as you go along. 

The important thing is to create a special atmosphere of love, hope, and joy in your home during Advent.

Incorporating Advent into Your Daily Life: 

Advent isn’t just for Sundays; you can make it a part of your daily life too. 

Start your day with a short prayer or reflection on the Advent theme of the week. 

You can also share Advent stories or verses during family meals. Think about small acts of kindness you can do for others each day, like helping a neighbour or sending a thoughtful message to a friend. 

Try to keep the focus on love, hope, peace, and joy in your daily interactions. 

By incorporating Advent into your routine, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit all around you.

Resources for a Meaningful Advent Experience: 

There are plenty of resources and tools to make your Advent experience special. 

You can find Advent calendars and wreaths in stores or even make your own. 

There are many books and websites with Advent stories, prayers, and activities to choose from. 

The Road to Christmas Family Devotional Pack

The Road to Christmas Family devotional pack helps you draw closer to Jesus this Christmas season by following His steps from creation to His birth. 

Click here to grab this collection of Advent devotions, verse cards and more to help you and your family focus on Christ this Christmas season

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How to put your hope in The Lord

It’s easy to look at the world and hope for a better future or hope that some leader is going to come around and change it all. But the word of God tells us that we shouldn’t be putting our hope in the world, we should be putting our hope in the Lord. But how do we do that? Join me, Anne Marky, as I share how to put your hope in The Lord.

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How to put your hope in The Lord

I think we can all agree that the last couple of years have been crazy. I’m turning 40 and my next birthday and I’ve never experienced years like this. 

I know older generations have also experienced a lot of crazy things, but I just feel like every time I turn on the news, it’s just one thing after another, after another,  after another. 

And these events aren’t small. These are life-changing, historic moments that we experience on a regular basis. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a break. 

But unfortunately, it doesn’t really seem like that break is coming.

The bad news just keeps piling on, and on, and on. Sometimes I can get caught up in the news cycle and when I start focusing on all these bad stories, I start losing hope. 

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Teaching my children to hope in The Lord

My middle daughter is really struggling in school right now. She’s coming home every day in tears and she’s experiencing a lot of frustration. And even though we’re taking steps to help her, nothing has helped yet. So she’s had a lot of breakdowns and sadness about this.

One night when I was tucking her in, she looked at me with tears in her eyes and she said, Mom. Is this always going to be like this?

Her tone of voice and the face she was making just broke my mama’s heart.

I had to keep myself from crying because I could see that she had lost hope.

As a mom. I wanted to tell her that everything was going to be OK, that things were going to change and that she could look forward to that, but I couldn’t.

I don’t know what tomorrow’s going to bring. I don’t know if anything at school is going to change. I don’t know if the steps we’re taking are going to help her in the short run or in the long run.

So I couldn’t make any promises, but I knew she wanted an answer, so when she asked me, I needed to think for a minute.

Since I couldn’t make any promises, instead of focusing on what was happening right then and what wasn’t changing or even speculating about the future. I thought it’d be better if instead, I helped her focus on the Lord.

Our hope is in Him

Lamentations 3:24: The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in him.

It’s easy to look at the world and hope for a better future or hope that some leader is going to come around and change it all.

But Lamentations 3:24 tells us that we shouldn’t be putting our hope in the world, we should be putting our hope in the Lord. He’s the only one that can give us true, sustainable hope.

May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope. By the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

When we look to the world or something other than Christ to fill our hope, we will actually walk away more empty, feeling less hope.

So it’s really important that we know where our hope comes from and not only where it comes from, but that we go to that source on a regular basis so that it may fill us with hope.

When we do that, we are filled with so much hope from the source.

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A pure source of Hope

I’m not a fancy water person, but I’ve seen enough commercials to know that when they’re trying to sell you water, they focus on where that water comes from. And if that source is closest to a mountain and fresh water, the better.

Customers want you to know that you are getting clean water and that the source that this water has come from isn’t contaminated. And it sort of seems like the more natural the source, the more expensive the water becomes.

As Christians, we have access to living water.

And this is an eternal source that doesn’t run out, that never has any contamination, and it’s everlasting. There is no better source.

But just like we go to the supermarket and choose what type of water we want to purchase, we have to actively choose what type of water we’re going to drink.

As Christians, we also must choose to go and drink from the source and pick where what we’re consuming is coming from.

And so we have two choices.

We can fill ourselves with the things of the world which are contaminated and really won’t quench our thirst. Or we can turn to the everlasting source to receive our true hope that is really going to fill us with everything that we need.

We don’t need to earn our salvation, but we do need to be active in seeking out our relationship with the Lord.

Because the Lord is there. He is with us, He is in us, He is around us, and He’s waiting for us to come to Him and seek Him for hope.

Action Steps

So if you’re here today and you’re losing a little bit of hope, or you’d like to feel some more hope, I encourage you just to spend a few minutes with the Lord today.

Regardless of what’s happening in your life. With however bad the situation is. You can access true and living hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hope isn’t dependent on what’s going on around us, it’s dependent on the source of it, which is God himself. He never changes and He’s already proved that He loves us and that He wants a relationship with us.

I hope today, you are clear as to where you can turn to for hope. And that is in the Lord Jesus Christ.

As I said, these devotional times are going to be a little bit short, but I hope it’s been encouraging to you, and I’d love to know from you in the comments how the Lord has given you hope so that we can encourage one another.

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