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3 Things to Remember When You Feel Defeated
Do you ever feel so deflated, you’d rather disappear under the covers, wearing loungewear than practically anything? Maybe the relationship went south, or the promotion was granted to someone else. Things aren’t working out as planned. Such despondency is not the life for a Jesus follower. How do we move past our defeating thoughts? Cheri Strange gives us three things to remember when we find ourselves in this familiar territory.
Awakening Hope
What if you are a Christian and still feel somewhat joyless or lacking in hope? How does someone grow in hopefulness? There is no amount of high hand raising, focused believing, or even yoga with a goat that will bring what is needed to remedy this deep spiritual deficit. In this reading plan, Cheri Strange explores five essential components from the book of Hebrews that work together to awaken hope.
Becoming a Stronger You
Feel like life’s got you beat? Has your energy been spent on too much chaos and not enough care? Do you long to be a stronger person? Are you tired of giving up instead of believing God? How does one grow in strength? The writer of Hebrews has some ideas. Get on track today toward becoming a stronger you in this five-day plan with Cheri Strange.
Becoming Thirsty
Looking for a fresh beginning? Feeling dry and spent from the issues and pressures of life? Sometimes we need a little encouragement and biblical insight to inspire us toward a more passionate pursuit of Christ. In fact, there are times we’re not even thirsting for more of Him in our lives. But we don’t have to stay here. We can become thirsty again. This 6-day plan is here to help.
Boundless Gratitude
For most of us, the past season has been onerous. Discovering the silver lining in the clouds has been a challenge, even for those with sunny dispositions. If you are struggling with thankfulness from the heart, this seven-day plan will help move you in the right direction as we look at seven reasons the Psalmist gives us to be thankful.
Can God Restore Me?
Can God restore you? Maybe you’ve made too many mistakes or proven yourself untrustworthy. Life has offered so many twists and turns you feel defeated. You can’t find your way back. There’s been too much hurt and extensive loss that you wonder if you are worth the trouble. You need to know the God of the Bible brings a message of hope to you. He is a God of restoration.
Conquering Your Chaos
Ever feel like you can’t get it together? Does your To-Do list out-distance your day? Do you wonder how to know what to do and what to leave undone? What if it were possible to sort out all the confusion so that you complete the right things? In this five-day plan, you will encounter Scripture and practical strategies to help you conquer your chaos when there’s no time to waste.
Finding Merry
Has your joy for the holidays gone missing? Are there too many demands, much too much heartache, and not enough money to find your merry? What do you do when everyone seems to be having the best season ever while you fake happy holiday sentiments and eat Christmas cookies alone? Put the cookies down and get on track to find your merry in this 4-day plan with Cheri Strange.
The Fight for Radiance
7 Days
Is it wrong to want to be radiant? What if the desire isn’t simply a sinful quest of vanity, but a God-instilled hunger to reflect His definition of beauty: joy in God. Could people recognize your joy by gazing into your face? Or has your joy gone missing? In this seven day plan, discover how your joy can be restored, even in difficult situations, by learning to fight for radiance.
Finishing Well
Anyone can start something, but to carry it out to completion? For your whole life? That’s a whole different matter. But, what if you could? What if the Bible offered insights and encouragement for moving you on toward finishing well? Take a look with Cheri Strange in this 5-Day reading plan.
Flourish in Your Present
You’ve got crazy circumstances? Maybe a few difficult people hanging around? More bills than cash flowing in each month? Are you facing an unprecedented crisis? How does one move beyond waiting it out on the couch in their yoga pants until the difficulty passes? Take your cues from the prophet, Habakkuk, who demonstrates, not only how to survive the present mix of trouble, suffering, and responsibility, but how to flourish.
Help for the Discouraged
When life offers lemons and even the lemonade you made goes south, it can leave a person more than disappointed. Yes. There are seasons common among believers when despondency can battle for our joy and contentment. You and I don’t choose discouragement, but sometimes we have no idea how to get out of this blue funk! The Bible offers solutions. There is help for the discouraged.
Hey There, Girlfriend
Building friendships as adults can be challenging. Past hurts, rejections, and failures can cause us to feel insecure and alone. Still, the yearning for relationships remains. What’s a woman to do? In this plan, Cheri Strange, mom to six daughters, author, encourager to women, and Ph.D., shares five faith-building principles for cultivating the courage to experience the biblical model of friendship for which you long.
How to Adopt Without Ruining Your Family
12 Days
If you’re thinking about adoption, one of the greatest fears is not knowing how it will impact your family. For those already participating, learning to navigate the dynamics adoption adds without your family imploding remains on the mental front burner. Having two biological and six adopted children, I understand. You can navigate adoption without ruining your family. The endeavor can be priceless. Here are my top ten strategies for success.
Increase Your Bloom Ability
5 Days
We want lives that bear fruit. From influencing those closest to us, to reaching beyond the outer limits of our spheres of influence, for most of us, a longing--not for some fruit--but for abundant fruit persists. Is this just narcissism or God-given desire? Discover God's longing for you and how you can increase your bloom ability in this 5-day reading plan.
The Journey Toward Waiting Well
Let’s face it. You and I don’t like to wait. The question for the Believer in Christ is not IF we will wait, but HOW we will wait. Are we going to lose our patience and have a conniption or a crying fit when life doesn’t happen on our timetable? Or will we trust in a good and sovereign God who is never late and learn to wait well?
Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment
10 Days
You have heard the Greatest Commandment time and time again. But what does it look like to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength? In this ten-day plan, you will discover obedience to this commandment is simply an appropriate response to a God who loves you before you can love Him back. Each day includes scripture, an excerpt from Cheri's eight-week study, and a video devotional.
Momentum: How to Get Unstuck
Stuck. Know the feeling? Disappointments, problems that linger, and other confining obstacles leave us with life circling on a perpetual merry-go-round rather than treading a path toward a destination. Thankfully, stuck is not a place God desires His children to remain. So, how does a person get unstuck? Take five days to discover biblical strategies for gaining momentum and getting off that mental merry-go-round for good.
Resting Well
4 Days
When was the last time you felt well-rested? Can’t think of one? That’s because most of us suffer from fatigue and insufficient sleep! But this is not what God intends for your life. The Bible speaks even to our need for rest. Cheri Strange examines this biblical need, the cost of not resting, and provides strategies to implement into your daily life for learning to rest well in Christ.
She Prays: Prayer for Battling Fear
Have you ever been scared? Scratch that. WHAT ARE YOU FEARING TODAY? Is it an upcoming situation? Are you in some drama you cannot control? Is a bad guy lurking outside? What do we do about the terror that throws open the doors of our hearts and minds, stealing our sleep, productivity, and sanity? In this plan, we learn from David how to battle fear where it can be defeated.
Unleash Your Brave
Have you ever felt stuck, timid, or even a little wimpy when it comes to trusting God when life gets difficult? Well, that’s natural, my friend. But it’s not for you. Instead, God beckons us to live courageously for Him, filled with His joy. We need bravery to possess immovable faith for experiencing joy in badness. The how and what it looks like are what this plan is all about.
Waiting Well
3 Days
We don’t like to wait. From standing in line at the grocery store to anticipating God to move in our situation, each of us is familiar with the dreaded experience. The question then is not, “Are we going to wait,” but rather, “HOW are we going to wait?” Discover today how to avoid emotional fits of impatience and doubt, and develop a biblical strategy for waiting well.
What if You Were the Plan
How can we participate in becoming a solution in desperate situations in the world? What is our role? And what does prayer and fasting have to do with it? Not only is it possible but God wants His people involved in problems that seems unsolvable, insurmountable catastrophes, and issues too far gone to remedy. Discover how God can use you to offer genuine hope in utterly hopeless situations.
What Your Wife Really Wants
Why can’t your wife tell you? Honestly, she hopes you already know. She can’t say anything now. It’s like the neighbor you should know by name, but it’s been too long to ask, “What’s your name, again?” Simply stated, not getting these five Big Ones can wreck a marriage. Read it, digest it, and for the love of all things good, make this your marriage shortlist.