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Why Christian Women Should Read the Psalms Regularly

Why Christian Women Should Read the Psalms Regularly

In the hustle and bustle of life, amidst the joys and challenges we face, there is a timeless source of comfort and wisdom waiting to be discovered—the Psalms. As Christian women navigating the complexities of daily living, incorporating the Psalms into our regular spiritual diet can be a transformative practice. Here are four compelling reasons why:

The Psalms Offer Emotional Expression

Have you ever experienced a moment when words fail to capture the depth of your emotions? The Psalms resonate with us because they give voice to our deepest concerns, hopes, and desires. From lament to praise, from sorrow to joy, the Psalms encompass the full spectrum of human emotions. As we immerse ourselves in these verses, we find solace in knowing that the writers understood our struggles and spoke words that resonate with our souls.

The Psalm Lift our Gaze

In the midst of life’s chaos, it’s easy to become consumed with our own worries and fears. The Psalms serve as a gentle reminder to lift our eyes upward, redirecting our focus to what is true and eternal. Through the Psalms, we are encouraged to fix our gaze on God, the One who is sovereign over all things. As we meditate on His splendor and majesty, our hearts are drawn heavenward, finding peace and perspective in His presence.

The Psalms Offer Prayerful Guidance

There are moments in life when we find ourselves at a loss for words, unsure of how to articulate our prayers before God. The Psalms offer a treasure trove of prayers and petitions, providing us with words when our own fail us. Whether we’re rejoicing in God’s goodness or crying out in desperation, the Psalms offer a framework for heartfelt communication with our Heavenly Father.

The Psalms Serve to Strengthen Our Faith

At its core, the Psalms teach us to trust in the character and promises of God. Through poetic language and vivid imagery, they reinforce the truth that God is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do. Meditating on His faithfulness and goodness, strengthens our faith, and anchors our hearts in His unfailing love.

Psalm 103:22 encapsulates the essence of praise and adoration:

Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD, my God, you are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty.

May these words serve as a reminder of God’s greatness and inspire us to live lives that reflect His glory.

As we embark on this journey through the Psalms, let us commit to reading and meditating on God’s Word daily. Let us allow the Psalms to shape our thoughts, inform our prayers, and deepen our relationship with the One who holds all things together.

Are you ready to experience the transformative power of the Psalms in your life? Start by reading Psalm 103 today and allow its timeless truths to resonate in your heart.

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How to Cultivate a Deeper Relationship with God

How to Cultivate a Deeper Relationship with God

Do you ever find yourself yearning for something more in your relationship with God? Do you long for a deeper connection, a stronger sense of His presence in your life? If so, know that you’re not alone. Many of us crave a deeper, more intimate walk with our Creator, a hunger that cannot be satisfied by anything this world has to offer.

Today, I want to share with you five transformative steps that can help you cultivate a deeper relationship with God. These steps aren’t just theoretical concepts; they’re practical, actionable ways to experience the fullness of God’s love and presence in your life.

Prayer: A Lifeline to the Divine

Prayer is more than just a religious ritual; it’s a lifeline that connects us directly to the heart of God. When we come to Him in prayer, pouring out our hearts and desires, we invite Him to move in our lives in ways we never thought possible. As the psalmist David declared, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). The writer of Hebrews echos the same:

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Let’s make prayer a priority in our lives, seeking God’s presence with fervent hearts and expectant faith.

 

Drawing Near: Creating Space for Encounter

Drawing near to God requires intentional effort on our part. It means carving out time in our busy schedules to spend with Him, away from the distractions of this world. Whether it’s through quiet time in prayer, meditation on Scripture, or worshipful reflection, creating sacred space in our lives where we can encounter the living God is nothing short of essential. But it’s not without benefit. As James reminds us,

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:8

 

Thirsting for the Living Water

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38

In a world filled with empty promises and fleeting pleasures, Jesus invites us to come in close to Him and drink from what He calls “the wellspring of living water” (John 7:37-38). The crux of the meaning in this analogy is that Jesus, alone can satisfy the deepest longings of our souls, filling us with Himself, meeting all of our needs. This word encourages us to turn away from the empty cisterns of this world and drink deeply from the fountain of life that is found in Christ alone.

 

Treasuring God Above All Else

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

This illustration emphasizes the essential nature of our connection with Jesus. He knows we can’t live without it, so our relationship with God should be our highest priority, above all earthly pursuits and ambitions. Like the man who discovered treasure hidden in a field and joyfully sold all he had to obtain it (Matthew 13:44), you and I are called to treasure God above all else. Today is a good day to pursue Him with passion and persistence. He is the greatest treasure we could ever hope to find.

 

Journeying Toward the Mountain

And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God. 1 Kings 19:8

Just as Elijah journeyed to Mount Horeb in his desperation to encounter God, we are called to pursue Him with unwavering faith and determination (1 Kings 19:8). Like Elijah, sometimes, this journey may require more of us. Elijah was reading to throw in the towel and die. And God met him in his mental exhaustion and discouragement. Instead of saying, “You’re right. You fought well, but let’s call it quits,” He sends an angel to strengthen him to keep moving forward. Elijah walks forty days and forty nights out of his desperation to encounter God, without food or water. What you and I learn from his experience is that sometimes God calls us to a deeper walk. For Elijah, that looked like a forty day journey to the mountain of God without food or water. For you this might look like fervent prayer, or doing some fasting of your own. God met Elijah in his seeking. When we position ourselves before Him, we will experience His presence in a profound and life-changing way.

Friend, I encourage you to take these steps to heart and put them into practice in your own life. As you do, may you experience a deeper, more intimate relationship with God than you ever thought possible. He is waiting for you with open arms, ready to lavish you with His love and grace.

If you are ready, take a moment to reflect on these five steps and consider how you can incorporate them into your daily life. Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

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Discovering Deeper Love

Discovering Deeper Love

Are you ready to embark on a journey of profound spiritual growth, delving into the depths of Deeper Love? Join us as we dive deep into the essence of loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength with our latest 8-week Bible study, “Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment.”

Introducing “Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment” Bible Study

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In this transformative study, we unpack the profound words of Jesus as He breaks down the greatest commandment into four distinct ways of loving God. What if there’s more to this commandment than meets the eye? Suppose understanding and living out these principles could revolutionize your spiritual walk and lead you into a deeper love relationship with God?

What Can I Expect from the Bible Study?

Allow me to invite you to explore the significance of each facet of loving God wholeheartedly. Chapter One, “When Life is Hindered,” confronts the barriers that hinder our love for God and seeks to unravel the question: Why do we struggle to love God with our entire being?

Subsequent chapters delve deeper into each aspect of loving God, examining examples from Scripture that illuminate both the pitfalls and the pathways to Deeper Love. From the wavering heart to the overwhelmed mind, from the strength that moves mountains to the soul satisfied in love, we explore what it truly means to live out the greatest commandment in every facet of our lives.

Each chapter is meticulously crafted into five days of study, providing ample opportunity for reflection, introspection, and application as you journey towards Deeper Love. Whether you’re studying individually or in a group setting, you’ll find practical insights and transformative truths to apply to your daily life.

Part of a Larger Plan

This study is part of the Following God Discipleship series from AMG Publishers, designed to equip believers with practical tools for spiritual growth. Alongside the study book, we offer a comprehensive Leader’s Guide and six original teaching sessions to enrich your group experience as you delve deeper into Deeper Love together.

Get Ready!

Ready to embrace Deeper Love and deepen your relationship with God? “Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment” is available at leading online retailers, like Amazon, and our shop. It’s also available right here at The Stirring Faith Company. Special pricing is available for group purchases of more than 15 books. (Contact me for pricing.) So gather your friends and embark on this transformative journey of faith into Deeper Love.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to deepen your relationship with God. Discover the abundant life found in loving Him wholeheartedly. Join us as we journey together into Deeper Love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guarding Your Focus

Guarding Your Focus

In a world filled with endless distractions and opportunities, it’s easy for you and me to lose sight of the life God has called us to live. However, Scripture reminds us of the importance of staying focused and moving in the right direction, while guarding against outside influences that can lead us astray. And this is for our good. As Leviticus 26:13 so boldly declares, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, so that you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to live in freedom.” Sometimes, that freedom feels more like bondage, and I forget how good God has been to me. Today, I thought I would offer three practical steps that will help us guard against what comes against us, leading us to forget the glorious freedom we have been given.

Fix Your Gaze Straight Ahead

Proverbs 4:25-27 encourages us to keep our eyes focused on the path set before us:

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

Although this may not feel like a practical suggestion, when we fix our gaze on God’s plan for our lives, we are less likely to be swayed by the allure of side hustles or distractions. It’s the same as keeping out the desserts when we are trying to lose a few pounds. If I know Oreos are a distraction for me on my diet, I don’t leave them out on the counter. Staying steadfast in pursuing God’s purpose for you works the same way. We can help reduce our succumbing to the temptation to veer off course if we fix our eyes on the path.

Guard Your Heart and Mind

Proverbs 4:23 instructs us to guard our hearts diligently.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Guarding involves avoiding exposing yourself to influences that lead you away from God’s truth. Psalm 119:36 petitions, “Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in your ways.” Make a conscious effort to turn away from anything that distracts you from God’s ways and focus on pursuing life-giving activities that honor Him.

Embrace the Power of Prayer

Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us of the peace and power that come through prayer:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Remember, He broke sin’s power to hold us captive through the redemptive work of Jesus. That’s how He has enabled us to walk in freedom. Freedom in Christ means that instead of allowing worries and distractions to consume our thoughts, we can commit them to God through prayer. Make prayer a daily habit, setting aside intentional time to communicate with God. Pour out your heart to Him, and seek His guidance and wisdom. Better yet, make it a moment-by-moment habit while you navigate through those tempting turns and twists that inevitably come.

Through prayer, we invite God’s peace to guard our hearts and minds. At the same tie, we can ask for His help to enable us to stay focused on His will and purpose for our lives.

A Final Word on Guarding Your Focus

By implementing these three principles into our daily lives, we can guard against the allure of side hustles. We can give up the pursuit of what is worthless. These practices will help enable us to live in that promised freedom.

May we fix our gaze on God’s plan, pray for His help, and diligently guard our hearts and minds. In doing so, we will find true freedom and fulfillment in living out the purpose God has called us to.

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Growing a Christ-Centered Home

As a mother navigating the complexities of family life, I understand the challenges of fostering a Christ-centered home amid the chaos of daily responsibilities. Out of the eight, we are living with the youngest three who will move into their next stage of life within the next couple of years. With years of experience raising children from diverse backgrounds, my husband and I have learned valuable lessons about what it takes to cultivate a home where Jesus is at the center. Today, I’m excited to share some insights and practical tips to help you grow a Christ-centered home of your own.

Love Well

We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

At the heart of a Christ-centered home is love – a love that reflects the sacrificial love of God. This love is not merely expressed in words but demonstrated through selfless actions and unwavering commitment. It involves learning for ourselves, the depths and the riches of the love of God toward us, and out of that understanding, learning to love other. Loving well in a Christ-centered home beckons us to often set aside our own desires and preferences to prioritize the needs of others.

Love, at its core, in a Christ-centered home encompasses discipline, order, and clear boundaries, all rooted in the love of God. It’s about cultivating an atmosphere of love and acceptance where every family member feels valued and cherished.

Live with Intentionality

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Growing a Christ-centered home requires intentionality in every aspect of life. It’s about forming habits that reflect our commitment to following Christ. This includes personal devotion to God, regular family devotions, and intentional choices about how we spend our time, money, and resources. From the words we speak to the media we consume, every decision should align with our desire to honor God and point others to Him. By intentionally weaving the principles of Scripture into our daily lives, we create a culture where faith is not just a Sunday activity but a way of life.

Lace Conversations with the Bible

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

One of the most effective ways to nurture a Christ-centered home is through regular Bible-based conversation. This doesn’t mean you need to be a Biblical scholar, or hold regular family Bible drills. It does require that you and I spend enough time with God, personally, that we begin to think about the world (i.e., our goals, decisions, ideas, and opinions) through a Biblical lens. Growing a Christ-centered home requires talking with our kids about real world issues from a biblical perspective. As the parent, we are to help them answer how a Christian should think about an issue, according to Scripture, or determine the right response for a believer. And this naturally happens in a thousand different conversations.

Limit Exposure to Worldly Influences

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

In a world filled with competing voices and ideologies, it’s essential to be the gatekeeper of our houses. It’s up to you and me to determine what media is allowed inside. We can decide what technology is available and what can be consumed by said technologies. This role will likely feel a little like a killjoy. You might risk your chance at becoming “the cool mom” on the street. But that’s okay. We are not given a biblical mandate to walk in step with the culture.

Instead, growing a Christ-centered home calls us to surround ourselves and our families with Christian influence. This includes everything from the media we consume to the friends we choose to spend time with. It’s not a dull or silent environment. Instead, it is one overflowing with Christian music, podcasts, books, and other resources that reinforce biblical truth and values. Let me encourage you to be intentional about fostering relationships with other believers. These connections will provide support, encouragement, and accountability for what to limit and what to embrace in your homes.

Lead Well

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:4

Finally, embrace your God-given role to lead. The Psalmist paints a picture of a skilled warrior with arrows in his quiver and likens it to parenting. Skilled warriors aim arrows. You, my friend, are that skilled warrior in your home. Your children are the arrows, who need you to teach them and lead them. They learn from you by your habits, your words, and your temperament. You lead them in your treatment of God, others, and a host of other things every day. It is good and right for you and me to aim them toward loving Jesus with their whole lives. There will be plenty of influences to aim them otherwise. Use your God-given influence in the lives of those entrusted to you. Lead them so that they will know nothing else but to love Jesus all of their days.

A Christ-centered home is a journey that requires commitment, intentionality, and reliance on God’s grace. By prioritizing love, living with intentionality, lacing conversations with the truths of the Bible, limiting exposure to worldly influences, and leading well, we create homes that honor Jesus, and where faith flourishes. Remember, you are not alone on this journey. God is with you every step of the way, equipping and empowering you to build a home that glorifies Him and blesses others.

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