Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Footprints

Set Apart Girl Devotionals

If you're looking for a devotional that is going to encourage, refresh, and cheer you on as you walk with Jesus, check out the Set Apart Girl devotional here.  They're beautifully written by several of the Set Apart Girl Magazine staff and Leslie Ludy as well.

Deeper Christian

Are you longing to dig deeper into God's Word and yearning to know God deeper?  Then check out the Deeper Christian website!  Filled with articles that will point you to Christ and help you draw closer to Him, the site is also loaded with Scripture memorizing tips, Bible study ideas, amazing quotes and more.

God be with you, sisters!
Joanna, Krista, Megan, Emily & Victoria

Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: Choosing Gratitude

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Title: Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy

Author:  Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Genre:  Christian

Rating (1=lowest, 5=highest):

Synopsis:  God places pretty high importance on gratitude.  Skim through the Bible and you'll come up with dozens of commands to be grateful and to give thanks.  The thing is - gratitude doesn't always come naturally.  We must choose gratitude! 

Like: I love DeMoss' easy-to-read style and how much research she obviously put into this book.  She points the reader again and again to Jesus and to Scriptures and I love that.  She's theologically sound and really gets to the heart of the matter.  Her book really, really encouraged me during a difficult time in my life when I needed to lean on Jesus even more and I really appreciate her honesty, humility, and the grace with which she writes.  One thing that really stuck out to me was one part when she said (paraphrase) that in every circumstance, I always have two choices - I can choose to whine or I can choose to worship.  That's become my mantra these days!

Don't like:  I couldn't find anything I didn't like.

Conclusion: Choosing Gratitude is a worthy read.  It's Biblical, easy-to-read, and really encouraging.  Read it!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Through Her Eyes

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Five-year-old Daniela's face twists in horror as I translate how the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross.

This is the first time she has ever heard this before.

She turns her innocent eyes to mine and says she can't believe it.  Nails right through His wrists?  She shakes her head adamantly and says, "No, no, no!".  Pain fills her eyes.  She is so young, but she is imagining His anguish.

I gently nod my head and speak to her in Spanish, taking the time to point on my own wrists where the nails would've been driven in.  She just shakes her head and wants to know what happened next.  It's all so new to her and she still is in awe of it.  In awe of what He did.  I continue translating with Daniela interrupting me many times to verify what I'm saying.  She's amazed, pure and simple.

That moment still stays with me.

To many of us, the Gospel is "old news", something we could recite backwards in our sleep.  We know it.  We have seen it in pictures and videos.  We sing about it on Easter Sunday and celebrate it, too.  We talk about it at church, listen to sermons on it, read books about it.  And we know it is important.

Yes, but perhaps we have forgotten how important and life-changing it really is.

But seeing it again through little Daniela's eyes was different.  She cried out, "No, no, no!" and I know what she means - that it would be painful and horrifying to be nailed to a cross...and why would they do that to someone innocent?

Yet my heart also calls out, "Yes, yes, yes!"

Because Jesus did get nailed to the cross.  He took my punishment - what I deserved because of my filthy sins.  He did that and rose again so that I can now be forgiven and right with God.  That's the Gospel...  That's why believers around the world are tortured and killed.  That is why we live.

And as I see what Jesus has done for me and what He continues to do, I marvel anew at it.

So this week, I encourage you to take some time to see the Gospel again in a new light.  Let it sink in deep.  Let the Scriptures sink in and take root.  Jesus did it for you.  Let the Gospel change your heart, your thoughts, your actions, your life.  See it through little Daniela's eyes with her "No, no, no!" echoing.  But then see how you needed Him, how I needed Him.  How we still do!  See how "Yes, yes, yes!" is part of it, too.  Because without Jesus, we would have no hope, no purpose, no meaning.

But with Jesus?  We have all those things - and more!

-- re-posted from May 2013

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Footprints

Beyond the Mask 

If you haven't gotten your ticket yet to this incredible Christian action-adventure movie, make sure to get it today!  The premiere is April 6th but depending on where you live, you'll find showings at other dates as well.  Please note that NO tickets will be sold at the theater - tickets can ONLY be purchased online.  Make sure to go see this amazing movie and support wholesome, godly entertainment that is high quality!

120 Disciples Turned the World Upside-Down

Leah Good, author of Counted Worthy, shares an encouraging article on her Teens Interceding for Orphans site.  She writes, "Now add God into the mix. Image 120 people working, not to advance a business, but to advance a kingdom, a purpose, a cause. And not working alone, but working with and for an all powerful, all knowing God. Ordinary people with an extraordinary hope and purpose. That’s the group that inhabited the upper room, and they shook the world."  Click here to read the rest!

Rejoicing because He lives!
Joanna, Krista, Megan, Emily & Victoria