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There is nothing like talking to a friend and hearing her words echo something God is producing in your own life. It is so validating and confirms that God is at work–not that I should need confirmation, but sometimes, I really do. I spoke with a friend about some difficult circumstances in her life, specifically her child’s health. I told her the verse that is my, “Truth I’m Standing On.” She excitedly blurted out, “That’s the song I’ve been praying! I just don’t know what to pray anymore, so I’ve been praying that song.” How cool is that! Something that seemed so casual and unrelated spoke boldly into both our lives at that moment. I had no idea how much that song meant to her and what an encouragement it would be to her that God is listening. What a great reminder that God is in every detail. He orchestrates
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“Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.” Jim Carrey I got suckered into reading this on social media a few weeks ago, and it hasn’t left my mind since. I was looking for a laugh (I mean, it’s by Jim Carrey, after all), but instead got this little nugget to ponder.  What is my happiness anchored to? Most days, I haplessly try to anchor to my emotions which are fleeting.  But, if I’m truly following the Lord like I am called to, then my joy is anchored in Him, and I can claim His promises.  Promises like:  He will act. (Psalm 37:5) He will sustain you. (Psalm 55:22) He will strengthen you. (Isaiah 41:10) He gives perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3) He goes before you. (Deuteronomy 31:8) He is with you. (Deuteronomy 31:8) He gives rest. (Matthew 11:28) Resting in
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But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;  His mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning;  great is Your faithfulness.  “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,  “Therefore, I will hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:21-24 God’s mercies — His compassionate love and complete forgiveness — toward us — are NEW every morning.  He doesn’t continually replay yesterday’s faults. He doesn’t avoid conversation or ghost you. His love doesn’t vary.  He loves you as only He can. I don’t take that lightly…but I do take it for granted.  I don’t rest in the hope of His love like I should.  I don’t walk gratefully into tomorrow with renewed strength and peace of mind and heart as I could.  If He doesn’t think about yesterday…why should I?  If He loves unconditionally…why don’t I? If He can let
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I don’t know what to say. And, sometimes, that’s for the best… …because it’s in those moments that I’m prone to listen, and watch, and yield.   “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8)   Quiet our hearts and minds, Lord Jesus. Help us to rest in Your presence, Your timing, Your truth. In Jesus Name, Amen. ____________________________________________________ Susan E. Greenwood is a wife, a mother, and a mother-in-law :D. She has over 28 years of experience in youth and
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The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department can assist you with a variety of services including WIC, breastfeeding, family planning, children and adolescent health, many adult services, health education, and much, much more. Listen to our Community Matters interview with Beth Qualls:  Ashland-Boyd County Health Department 2924 Holt Street, Ashland, KY   41101 Clinic: 606-324-7181 Administration: 606-329-9444 Environmental: 606-324-7141 Website: https://abchdkentucky.com
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I think sometimes we get so set on living a life free of guilt, consequence, and pain, that we don’t allow ourselves the grace to mess up And maybe we even get it into our thoughts that God doesn’t allow for mess-ups either, so we live in fear of being zapped for stepping out of line. Well, guess what.  It’s ok to mess up.  It’s ok to make a wrong choice. There is a huge difference between making a mistake and acting in disobedience.  But, there is NO difference between acting in disobedience and NOT acting in what God is telling you to do (a missed-take) even if we think we have a good reason. Bad choices are not sinning…but bad choices provide an opportunity to sin. Don’t be so afraid of messing up that you miss out on the great opportunities God has for you.  Trust Him with it. 
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An Important Message from Derek WithrowClick Here to Read Message
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