A Generation Too Busy to Pray for Revival

A Generation Too Bush to Pray For Revival {Missional Call}People used to pray.

I mean seriously and fervently pray for revival when special meetings were upcoming at church.

Just now, I was reading an amazing chapter in “To China and Back” by Anthony Bollback, called “God Moves In.” In this chapter a new church had recently been established in 1943 by Anthony, in Coudersport, Pennsylvania and revival meetings were being held.

I was amazed at the prayer and revival that God worked in the people of this church. The meetings lasted two weeks and after the first week, nothing special had happened.

Today, we might be too busy to attend revival meetings let alone pray! We neglect to pray for special meetings because we are a generation too busy to pray for revival.

Be challenged and grow in your Christian walk by learning how to pray more. I am over at Missional Call today and so would you please follow me over and READ MORE!

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The Opposite Responses of Vashti & Esther

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The book of Esther is an amazing story about Queen Vashti who did not obey the commands of her husband; and Queen Esther who was married to the same man and how she handled an extremely difficult situation.

Ahasuerus was not an easy man. He was king over a vast domain and was used to having his own way even when it was unreasonable. It wasn’t so much that Vashti had ‘done wrong’ that she was divorced from her powerful kingly-husband.

The problem was that she disobeyed her husband and did not trust God in difficult circumstances to deliver her and work things out.

God understands and cares for us when we face a difficult situations in our marriage. It is not that God wants our husband to be unreasonably dominant over us. God wants most of all for us to have a good relationship with our spouse.

There are times when marriage is difficult and for some that is all the time.

What God wants us to learn from the book of Esther, is how He can work through the situation when we totally surrender our lives and marriage to Him.

He wants the permission to work in our lives right where we are in all the middle of our mess.

Instead of arguing and refusing to do as we are asked in our marriage. We can learn from the book of Esther during the next 11 days.

Vashti and Esther have totally opposite responses to the same hard-to-live-with man.

Vashti refused to obey and suffered the consequences.

Esther found ways to show her husband-king honor in order to approach him for an impossible request. We will see the miraculous way God was able to work in the life of Esther and save her life as well of the lives of her people.

Each of you will be encouraged as you read one chapter of Esther each day and find how God can apply this story to YOUR life and marriage. Yes, life can be brought back into your marriage as you apply the wisdom that we will learn from Esther over the next few days.

Remember. Just one chapter each day. Not three. We are going to absorb the Word of God as we take this terrific journey through the Bible, starting with the book of Esther.

Tell Me!! Are you going to be “Reading Through The Bible” starting with Esther? I’d love to know!!

 

 

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Getting Up

Getting Up {WholeHearted Home}I have always been an early riser, but that doesn’t mean it has been easy or that I don’t have seasons where I have lagged in bed a while longer, languishing in those comfy covers!! It makes such a difference in my day when I make GETTING UP earlier happen!

Different ladies have differing energy or health levels, or maybe you are in a different season of your life. Maybe you have a nursing baby or maybe your children have fledged the nest.

You have to decide whether getting up to greet your day before the rest of your family is for you or not. But, stay with me!!

When my children were little, I had five young children between the ages of 1 and 6!! My baby woke me each morning with a gleeful smile jumping in his crib like it was a trampoline. In my bedroom!!

Getting up at 7am is early to some, but I have found that the best time for me has been between five and six. My Quiet Time was cut short and exercising just wasn’t a possibility when I got up later.

If only through those early parenting years I had understood the importance of exercising to decrease the symptoms of PMS and regulate severe ‘cycling.’ That’s another post!!

I had a friend who encouraged me to get up at 5am!!!! At the time, my baby was a newborn. She wanted to call me at 5am each morning (yawn) for accountability. I never agreed to the phone call. Phone calls (talking THAT early?) can be inhibiting to life with a young family, but I did take the challenge and started to get up at 5am or shortly afterwards. Like around six.

Just simply getting out of bed starts a new habit. Whether you do anything or not, once you are up isn’t the point. No matter how low your goals are, you are successful by just changing ONE thing.

Get out of bed!!

You may choose to get up at 7 or even 8, and that is just fine. We each have different schedules and physical needs. Just make sure you are not lingering in bed when you should be up.

I have been struggling with getting up early ever since the time changed a while back. That is why I thought it important to write this post. I too struggle with getting up at 5am but so do I struggle with 6am once my body adjusts to the later schedule.

I am sure I would find it just as difficult to get up at 7!! Or 8!!

It is important for me to keep to a schedule or there will be no purpose in my day!! God has given me purpose in my day, but I can forget when I’m not getting up!!

God has as purpose for YOU TOO!!

September is around the corner. Are you ready?? Schedules in place?? Do YOU have a daily routine??

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How To Write Faster

How To Write Faster

It is important when you have a small blogging community to share your content in as many places as time permits. Have you noticed how you can get pulled into its vortex and emerge 2 hours later and not even have touched your writing project? There are some tabs you can close when “revving up to write” but now I am going to take you up a notch and share “how to write faster.”

It is an unrealistic dream for me to write at 6am like many bloggers in my nitch who have small children. I blogged and cared for my sweet identical grandbaby girls for most of their first 16 months and that just didn’t happen! Even without babies, there are things I must accomplish first each day before getting to work at blogging.

In Order to Have a WholeHearted Home, Before Writing, I FIRST Must:

  • Spend time with Jesus Christ, reading my bible and in prayer for the day ahead.

  • Exercise – because I am going to sit long hours and starting my day with movement gives me an edge on those pesky calories.

  • Homemaking – How can I write for WholeHearted Home if my home is a disaster area?!

  • Do any other tasks that I tend to forget once online.

It takes less time to keep up on housecleaning when you keep your home relatively clean. Needless-to-say, some days (like Mondays) takes a bit more time getting the house under control after the weekend.

Children are great helpers and can free up some time for you.

Now, I’m Ready to Write, How About You?

Each of us has to find what works best in our unique situation. I’m changing up my schedule so that I write faster. When I do things this way my productivity skyrockets along with my creativity.

I am going to be interacting with my community in the evenings to free up a larger block of time for writing and blog administration. I am going to get the biggest projects done first and the brainless ones last.

You might work, homeschool, do daycare, have littles, or any number of activities during the day. Your writing schedule may start in the evening. Whenever, do the biggest job first. Write!

When you: check your email, messages, interact on blog linkups, read blogs, and check out Facebook and Pinterest before you write, you clutter your thoughts and confuse your writing with the thoughts of others which thwarts creativity and individuality.

Content is king and original content goes viral (at least it is more likely to.)

Save connecting on social media and with other writers for after you have done your day’s work. By all means, do connect because that is the life promoting your writing.

Just Write!

Perfectionism often goes with being a writer and we tend to edit as we write. The way I think is that I will finish my writing project and only have to read it through once. I’ve never actually had that happen!

That slows the thought process and interrupts the flow. It is better to keep typing your thoughts down as that will encourage a more rapid flow and then go back to edit, add subtitles and bullets or numbering.

When writing is first thing on my schedule, I find it easier to think clearly and produce a better composition. It is important to pray over each writing project and allow the Lord to use what you write for His glory whether it is a devotional or a teaching piece like this.

If you are a writer, what has helped you to write faster? I’d really love hearing about it as I grow from what others have learned.

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The Haven of Rest + WholeHearted Wednesday #106

{I shared this hymn on August 30, 2011, when I blogged for the first time. Just saying!}

The Haven of Rest {WholeHearted Home}

(The Hudson River near West Point)

When the storms of life are raging and the waves are crashing into each other, you can’t stop them. Frantically trying to bring a calming peace to my life, I would try to stop the waves from crashing. Have you ever tried to do that? It doesn’t work, does it?!

If you have ever been out on the ocean in a boat during a storm, you will know that it isn’t exactly the most peaceful experience. You fight back nausea as the boat rolls and pitches from side to side, the waves crashing as the boat lurches over the crest of each wave. Scary, especially if you are a child.

If you have a special needs child or a child who is a challenged learner, a resistant teenager, a very sick child, stress in your marriage, or financial difficulties, you might feel like you are in a raging storm. Allow this hymn to bring you encouragement as it has for me.

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil. Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” ~Hebrews 6:19-20~

My soul, in sad exile, was out on life’s sea,
So burdened with sin and distressed,
Till I heard a sweet voice saying,
“Make me your choice,”
And I entered the haven of rest.

I’ve anchored my soul in the haven of rest,
I’ll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep o’er the wild, stormy deep -
In Jesus I‘m safe evermore.

I yielded myself to His tender embrace,
And, faith taking hold of the Word,
My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul -
The haven of rest is my Lord.

The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole,
Has been the old story so blest
Of Jesus, who‘ll save whosoever will have
A home in the haven of rest.

This hymn brings me comfort when I am going through the storms of life.

What hymn brings you comfort when you are distressed by the storms of life?

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WholeHearted Wednesday Featured Post

I have been getting to know a very special blogger over at Faithful Feat where Kaylene shares about some wonderful posts like, “She Exudes Goodness.” I was so blessed and encouraged in reading this post and I know that you will be too. Stop over and leave Kaylene an uplifting comment.

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Blogging Through the Bible here at WholeHearted Home

Are you going to be “Reading Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls?” I am!! If you are “IN” and would like to be in my accountability group, go to:

JoyFilled Hearts Facebook group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/joyfilledhearts/ (the same as above)

I’d love to have you!!

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Here are the things you need to do to prepare for “Reading Through The Bible” study:

  1. Join my Facebook group: JoyFilled Hearts (You will have to hurry because I will close the group in a day or two depending on how fast ladies join)
  2. Read: Welcome Home Good Morning Girls over at Women Living Well
  3. Read and print: Blogging Through The Bible Reading Plans & e-Workbooks
  4. And read my post about “Blogging Through The Bible {GMG}
  5. You should be all set!!

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If you have realized that I haven’t been around the blogosphere as much the last couple weeks, it is because my hubby was home from work last week, and my parents are visiting this week. The picture below are my parents, Anthony & Evelyn Bollback, and my Uncle Wayne & Aunt Betty Frair, and Uncle Harry & Aunt Millie Bollback. Each one of them have served God for all of their lives. The candles on the cack total all their ages.

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Winner of the Giveaway of Silver Threads: Weaving Godly Wisdom in the Lives of Younger Women is: Cathy Metchulat!!!!! WOW!! What a blessing!!

Oh yes!! And the Linkup Party!! You Really Were Looking for WholeHearted Wednesday, Weren’t You?!

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Revving Up to Write

Revving Up to Write {WholeHearted Home}

I sit down at my laptop with the intention of writing but first warming up by:

Meanwhile, an hour has passed, my email tab is till open (just in case), and so is Facebook and any blog posts I want to read later. Interaction with other bloggers is an important part of promoting my blog but procrastination has been the name of the game when I am revving up to write.

It is easy to get sucked into the vortex of social media when you sit down to write.

How to Turn off the Blogosphere

When you are revving up to write, just turn off the blogosphere. Just do it!

Close all your email tabs and don’t leave ANY of them open while you are writing.

Close your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, Snapchat, and whatever else you might have open where you can connect with who’s out there in the blogosphere.

I write offline but will be changing my habit of leaving my social media tabs open on Chrome.

Set a Timer

Now that you have your tabs closed, you won’t see when your online friends have emailed or messaged you. Seeing the latest Facebook post about your long lost friend’s dog in the middle of writing a serious post will prolong the writing session if not distort the message you are trying to convey.

You will want to establish the habit of focus, or like me reestablish it. Once in awhile, it is good to reevaluate your habits because these days it is too easy to be pulled into the action on the internet.

Set your timer for 15, 25, or as much as 90 minutes. Whatever turns your writing lights on!

Stick to your writing with stick-to-it-tiveness and don’t ‘connect’ and stay on track until the timer goes off.

Reading emails and messaging first has been slowing my creativity and productivity down considerably. If you are having this same problem, setting your timer will rev up your writing in no time!

Plan Your Writing While Washing Dishes

I like washing dishes by hand. Getting my hands in warm soapy water is relaxing and keeps the therapy costs down. I can’t tell you how many times I think of post ideas and write the post in my head while washing dishes, taking a shower, vacuuming, or folding laundry. I am seriously going to start writing down that topic and stopping to jot down those ideas because later, I can never remember those stellar ideas.

I have been using Evernote for the past two years but have been using it for more and more tasks for both blogging and homemaking. I have a small notebook in my purse and my blog binder but I am going to be pecking out those ideas right into Evernote.

Revving up to write with a distraction-free setting makes me much more productive. My thoughts are not crowded and influenced by other things I have read while I prepared to write. If you want to rev up your writing, I suggest that you just start writing in a distraction-free environment.

Did this encourage you and give you some ideas to rev up your writing? What things do you to do prepare to write?

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Walking to Boost the Calorie Burn

Walking to Boost the Calorie Burn

I have some secrets for living healthy and feeling better that I have been sharing lately. Changing up your exercise routine by alternating workouts, bike riding, and walking to boost the burn of calories will up your metabolism while improving your energy levels and you may even slim off 10 pounds or more.

I had been waking up feeling more exhausted than the night before. Doing household chores only made me weak and tired. I had been eating too much chocolate and carbs. I was sure I was heading toward diabetes!

To make it worse, I gained back 5 of the 20 pounds I lost 4 years ago!!

Walking to Boost the Calorie Burn

I have found a secret to waking up refreshed in the morning without that feeling of exhaustion hanging over me. Even if you don’t have the best health, walking is worth a try. 

Just remember that I am not a doctor and am just a mom sharing some tips that I found worked for me. Consult your health care practitioner before adding exercise to your daily regimen.

A short brisk walk for about 15 minutes boosts the burn of calories as you shed around 200 of those pesky guys.

Be An Example for Your Kids

It never worked for me to tell my children to clean the bathroom, practice an instrument, or exercise unless I was willing to do it also. Being an example for my kids always was a way of glorifying the Lord in all that I did.

Think Healthy Instead of the Number on the Scale

I get on the scale daily so I have learned what ’causes that’ extra pound to appear in my gut. Cookies, chips, pasta, and other yummies all end up in one place on me!! You would say I am thin; but I know my body and what starts to make me sluggish.

I am beginning to realize that it is not the number on the scale but being healthy that ought to matter most.

So, I am committed to living healthy instead of just trying to stay slim. I might not be able to stay as slim as the Lord adds days to my years. My new goal is to be healthy.

How about you??

Walk Your Way to Slim

I am enjoying the warmer weather as summer has finally arrived!! I took back my bike and started to ride it again. I am going to add walking to that by changing up what I might choose to do each day.

Are you juggling life with your kids? Take them for a walk! The fresh air will do you all some good.

When my kids were young, we used to walk to the end of our road and walk into the woods and then down along the river. It was a good workout and my children always enjoyed playing along the river. What better way to combine exercise with building relationships.

Think About the Life Improving Benefits of Walking

There are life improving benefits of walking that you might never have thought about. Knowing some of them can serve as motivation to include walking in your routine.

  • You will get more out of your day

  • Chance to be outdoors and explore God’s world around you

  • You can pray and meditate on God’s Word

  • Able to take deep breaths and enjoy the moment

  • Stepping away from the keyboard and work through ideas

  • Boost your calorie burn

  • Relaxes and de-stresses you

These are all life improving benefits of walking that will boost your burn of those unwanted calories. I am going to walk 2 to 3 times each week and experience the life-giving benefits of renewed health.

Do you take walks? If not, why not? I challenge you to get outside with your kids or grandkids or with just you and the Lord and take a walk this week.

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Blogging Through The Bible {GMG}

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I am so excited to tell you about the new Bible study I will be doing. I will be ‘Blogging Through The Bible” {Good Morning Girls} along with Coutney over at Women Living Well.

Doesn’t the thought of doing a study through the whole Bible just send excitement chills right up your spine?!

First, I will share with you how I came to this decision. Secondly, I will share with you how you can join me in this study or branch out with your own group or go solo.

1. How I Made the Decision to ‘Blog Through The Bible’

I have been participating with the Good Morning Girls bible studies for around two years. During the past two studies, I felt pulled by the Lord to return to reading through the Bible again. I still was working my way through the Bible, but it was often difficult to do both. I wanted more depth than just reading two or three verses. I wasn’t used to that. I was thrilled to discover that Courtney over at Women Living Well would be working through the bible. I’m in!!

2. How You Can Join Me

I’m not original, at all. You could call me a copy cat. Coutney Joseph came up with the whole idea of reading through the Bible together. The whole purpose is for accountability and encouragement to get in God’s Word each day.

What I am doing here is “Blogging” about my journey through the Bible each Friday. You don’t have to have a blog to do this study. Just go solo and just check in with Courtney or you can check in with me each Friday here or on my Facebook Page.

Welcome Back Good Morning Girls

Good Morning Girls started over at Women Living Well and now has returned just in time to start the “Blogging Through The Bible” series. The plan is to read through the entire Bible - one chapter a day - 7 chapters a week - 31 chapters a month – 365 chapters a year until we have completed all 1189 chapters in the Bible.

This will take a few years. This isn’t about doing a sprint, but about doing a marathon. We are on a journey of life, building Christ into our beings. I am committed to doing this and it is so encouraging to see many other women joining in.

If you just join for a month, that is OK. If you are reading with your own plan, then we will just encourage each other to be faithful in our Quiet Times. That is what this is really all about, not so much that we all have to read in a certain place.

I have been reading through the Bible for about ten years now. Some years I read through a couple times and others just once, and lately it has taken me a couple years. My problem is that I love to copy out verses and absorb them. That slows me down.

I am ecstatic about Coutney’s idea of not reading straight through the Bible. She has changed it up a bit and come up with a plan! Instead, she will read in the Old Testament and then in the New Testament (and so forth.) Fantastic??

When you are in a busy season and cannot join, no worries.

Read More About It over at Women Living Well

If you are still with me on the super looooooooooooong post :-) I am inviting you to stop over to visit Courtney at Women Living Well where she explains about it  more fully.

You Will Find Me “Blogging Through The Bible” here at WholeHearted Home

I will be S.O.A.P.ing each chapter, each day, each month, as I read through the Bible. “SOAP” is a method that I have been using to study the Bible for the past two years. Basically what it is, is:

  • S = Scripture – writing some of the key verses out.
  • O = Observation – record your observations of what you read.
  • A = Application – record  your application of what you read.
  • P = Prayer – write out your prayer over what you studied.

I will link to Women Living Well where Courtney explains it more fully soon. I don’t believe in re-in-venting the wheel.

I will be using the King James Version, just because I love it. If you use another version, I won’t mind. Grace was given me 12 years ago and I will pass that on to you. I just wanted you to know that the KJV was my preference.

I am no theologian. I am just a wife and mom. I am not perfect and am starting this endeavor with fear and trepidation. So join me and we will grow closer to the Lord together.

I look forward to “Blogging Through The Bible” with Courtney and YOU!!

Let me know if you’re “IN” by commenting!!

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Silver Threads (Book Review) + Giveaway + WHW Linkup #105

3 Years of Blogging GIVEAWAY!!

I started blogging 3 years ago over at Haven of Rest, then continued on over at WholeHearted Home on Blogspot, and then migrated WholeHearted Home to Word Press.

I have built some sweet friendships through these 3 short years with: Gail Purath over at 1-Minute Bible Love Notes, Rosilind Jukic over at A Little R & R, and Naomi Costales over at What Joy Is Mine. Recently I was cleaning out emails and found evidence of these bloggie friends dating way back to the beginning of my blogging journey.

How long have YOU been with me? Let me know in the comments.

To thank you for being my sweet readers, Kate Megill (another sweet friend) over at Teaching What Is Good, is allowing me the privilege of giving her latest book away!! I think her book so perfectly expresses what my blog is all about.

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Silver Threads: Weaving Godly Wisdom into the Lives of Younger Women
by Kate Megill (book review)

Silver Threads: Weaving Godly Wisdom into the Lives of Younger Women is a newly released book by Kate Megill that you won’t be able to put down. You will want to return and read Silver Threads over and over until each Truth is weaved into your heart and life.

Kate Megill, is a precious sister who blogs over at Teaching What is Good. She has also been a faithful contributor here at WholeHearted Home for our weekly feature, Blessed At Home each Thursday.

After I had been married for ten years, I remember desperately looking around for an older woman who could come along side me, influencing and disciple me to become the godly woman that I desired to be. The trouble was that there was no one. Sure, there were older women but they were all busy with their own lives or working.

At 33, I decided I would have to become a Titus two woman since ‘she’ was missing. I began reading various books, but none of them addressed so directly how to become that older woman like Silver Threads did for me.

Whether you are in your 20s or beyond, you are older than someone and you can start allowing God’s Holy Spirit to mold and bend you so you will someday be that godly older woman. It is a refining process and comes with time. That means that Silver Threads will greatly bless and benefit both the younger woman and the older woman.

Kate had me crying as I read her testimony of how older women had discipled her when she was a young wife and mother. One of those women, would come to her home and disciple her as she dealt with her children or responded to her husband. It was the most amazing thing!

Kate teaches you through Silver Threads how to disciple younger women. She motivated me and gave me the confidence that I can become that woman. She can do the same for you.

I hope that each one of you will allow Kate into your home to disciple you through her newly released book, Silver Threads. You will be blessed more than you can even imagine.

You can purchase Silver Threads

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 1907744_10152383523478371_6980333650864953739_nKate Megill is a homeschooling mom of 8, with a passion for older women teaching younger women, who blogs at Teaching What Is Good.  She is the author of the e-book, Cut It Out!  How I Feed My Family of 10 for $500 a Month Without Coupons, and contributing author to the e-book, Apartment Gardening: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables in Small Places.  Find her on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

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O Jesus I Have Promised

O Jesus I Have Promised {WholeHearted Home} - A beautiful hymn of encouragement.

O Jesus I Have Promised {WholeHearted Home} – A beautiful hymn of encouragement.

(A remake of an archived post)

Hymns are wonderful because they have so many biblical truths woven within the words that most repetitive choruses sung in churches just don’t have. This hymn, “O Jesus I Have Promised” is no exception!

Just take a moment to soak in the sweet words of this hymn.

O Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end;

Be Thou for ever near me,

My Master and my Friend:

I shall not fear the battle

If Thou art by my side,

Nor wander from the pathway

If Thou wilt be my guide.

O let me feel Thee near me,

The world is ever near;

I see the sights that dazzle,

The tempting sounds I hear;

My foes are ever near me,

Around me and with-in;

But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,

And shield my soul from sin.

O Jesus, Thou has promised

To all who follow Thee,

That where Thou art in glory,

There shall Thy servant be;

And Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end;

O give me grace to follow,

My master and my Friend.

(This You Tube video is just to give you an idea of how the tune goes. Not that I loved the rendition so much.)

Are you burdened with a situation with your children, husband, grandchildren, or a friend, or your health? Just continue to serve the Lord in what He has called you to do until the end.

Serve your family today with the grace Jesus has given you. He is your Master and your Friend.

Did the hymn, “O Jesus, I Have Promised” encourage your heart in whatever is on your plate?

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