New This Month: Links, Quotes, Books & More

whatsnewFirst of all, I have decided to take a break from blogging. It may be a week, or it may be a month. I’m going to take it day by day.  I am falling in the trap again “to perform” instead of just “to be.” It’s my passion to encourage others, but often I forget to be nurturing to myself. I need some soul rest to center my mind again on who God is and who I am in Him. I need to rest in being “enough” just as I am. I need to believe His love and grace does not rest on whether or not I write a blog post every week.

I feel guilty to take a break, and I’m afraid I’ll miss some blog posts from those who I’m so grateful to for encouragement, but my heart tells me it’s important to take time to prioritize my life and my heart. Time to really listen to what God has to say to me. Time for rest, rejuvenation, and restoration.

My friends, my absence does not mean you will be absent from my heart. You will be in my heart and prayers. I hope and pray you will have a soul-reviving Easter!

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“Then He gives the command and it all melts;
He breathes on winter—suddenly it’s spring!”
Psalm 147:18 The Message

Spring is here! Hope and new life spring forth after a long and cold winter. I love how The Message says, “He breathes on winter – suddenly it’s spring!” Nothing breathes, moves, or lives without His breath. When we see His control in nature, it helps us to hang onto the hope that He indeed is in control of our lives, too, no matter what comes our way.

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A Herald of Hope
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A Song of Hope for You!

“More Than You Think I Am”
Danny Gokey

“I catch all your tears
Burn your name on My heart
Be still and trust My plan
I’m more than you think I am.”

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Books

Deeper: Living in the Reality of God’s Love by Debbie Alsdorf

Deeper book“We often believe things about ourselves that do not line up with God’s truth. We think our worth is based on performance or possessions, that we have to be perfect to be loved, or that we’re too ordinary to be used by God. Deeper tears down these lies and teaches women to replace them with four truths from Psalm 139. God knows me, he protects me, he made me, he values me. Using compelling narrative and Scripture, Deeper helps women transform their lives by trusting in the reality of God’s love. Instead of striving for perfection and worth, readers can rest in the truth that they are his.” (Amazon Review)

✎ You’re Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect by Holley Gerth

Loved Holley Gerth“As women we tend to think if we could only get our act together, our life would be perfect. But you’re not supposed to be perfect. You’re supposed to be human. And humans are messy, flawed, glorious, and deeply loved.

It’s time to lay down those unrealistic expectations that exhaust you.
It’s time to embrace who you are – even the messy parts.
It’s time to start living fully instead of just trying not to fail.

Let’s do this. Together.” (Back Cover)

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Hope Harbor

 Mercy Ministries – A free-of-charge program whose mission is “to provide opportunities for young women to experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power.”

Scriptures About Different Kinds of Hope – Vicki Chandler put together some verses of the many kinds of hope the Bible speaks of. 

How To Recover the Lost Art of Dying Well: What Kara Tippetts Taught Us – Ann Voskamp writes a beautiful tribute to Kara and shares such great insights into suffering and dying. “Suffering is never a meaningless waste of your life, but a meaningful way through your life.”

 Courage to Break Free – “Brave” by Joy Lenton. A heart-searching poem that promotes hope, healing, and freedom.

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Nature Retreat

 ➺ A Window Into the Woods – Awesome photography of wildlife and nature

 ➺ Nature Photographers Network – Spectacular photos focusing on the art and technique of nature, wildlife, and landscape photography, lots of galleries to peruse and enjoy

 ➺ Art in Nature Photography – Amazing photos here – “Floris van Breugel is a west coast based landscape and wildlife photographer, with an eye for abstract and creative interpretations of the beautiful world we live in.”

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Quotes

❤︎ “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” ~ Mark Twain

❤︎ “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

❤︎ “Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat……Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established………Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. But should they finally confess and repent, you will discover a miracle in your own heart that allows you to reach out and begin to build between you a bridge of reconciliation………Forgiveness does not excuse anything………You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness……” ~ Wm. Paul Young, The Shack

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Linking up with: 

Holley – Coffee For Your Heart 

Jennifer – Tell His Story 

Kelly – Cheerleaders of Faith

Bonnie – Faith Barista’s Beloved Brews

New This Month: Links, Quotes, Books & More

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“For your royal husband delights in your beauty;
honor Him, for He is your Lord.”
Psalm 45:11

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 Jennifer Dukes Lee lists some verses that remind us of
God’s true love and who He says we are.

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Books

Loop: What Women Need to Know by Jennifer Camp

loop“We women are busy. Busy trying hard. Busy working to do things right. What would it be like if we heard words, just for us, reminding us what is most true about our identities, about our life, about God? Would life be different then? Would we be different? Can you imagine?

Loop is a one year, twice-a-week, Christian devotional for busy women. It is a collection of whispers to women, encouraging them to lead lives that are less “filled” with things to do and check lists to complete and more “full” of love from God.

Loop is for women who are busy. Women who are weary. Women who are lost. Women who are finally ready to lay down their burdens. Women who are eager to abandon the lies they’ve been believing-about God, about themselves, about how they are made and what they are designed to do.

Loop is written for you.” (Amazon Review)

✎ When a Woman Finds Her Voice: Overcoming Life’s Hurts & Using Your Story to Make a Difference by Jo Ann Fore

voice“What happens when brokenness stains our spirits, when the hurts of life linger?
Secret or unresolved hurts leak into our everyday lives, filtering into everything we think we know about who we are. We tend to question our value and meaning. We feel unimportant, incapable, ”less-than” or ”not good enough.”

So we put on our false faces, the ”life-is-just-fine” masks, while we bury ourselves in family, career, and service to others. And we fall silent. But that’s not God’s plan.

In When A Woman Finds Her Voice, author Jo Ann Fore engages your heart and mind as one who knows your fears and frustrations. As a certified life coach, she unpacks a message of hope and freedom with a gentle boldness that can only come from one who has walked the journey.

With straight talk, insightful biblical truths, and heart-aching stories of hope, Jo Ann leads you on the unparalleled adventure of finding your voice and using it to make a difference. Jo Ann helps you find healing, then leads you to help others do the same. You will learn how to overcome life’s hurts. You will be moved to share the stories you’ve been hesitant to share–those healing stories that have the power to change both your life and the lives of others.” (Amazon Review)

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Hope Harbor

Loop Email Devotionals for Women – Devotionals like in the book Loop by Jennifer Camp, but delivered twice a week to your email for free. “We need to hear words, just for us, encouraging us on, reminding us what is most true—about our identities, about our lives, about God.”

Love Notes from God: 10 Ways He Loves You – Debbie shares some beautiful truths here – “Here is how He loves you and me. We are His beloved…His cherished ones regardless of our circumstances. His Word is one long love note to us… “

 Beating Your Past Pain – Kelly Balarie shares some important truths here – “Unveiling your past pains before the Great Healer, allows your past pain to become healed pain.” Includes a list of Scripture verses of what God says to us.

Nature Retreat

 ➺ All About Birds by Cornell Lab of Ornithology – An online guide to birds and bird watching. Includes live bird cams.

 ➺ Insects and Bugs on the Web – “This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.” Includes stunning macrophotography.

 ➺ 100 Fantastic Photos of Reptiles and Amphibians – “Whether these creatures are swimming in ponds or slithering underfoot, numerous talented photographers have found them to be the perfect subjects for many beautiful compositions.”

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Quotes

❤︎ “Who I am does not change who God is; yet my knowing who I am, in God, changes me. It changes me from a false identity to a true one, from a life of slavery to one of freedom.” Jennifer Camp at Gather Ministries

❤︎ “Your Heavenly Daddy loves to be with you. Not because you are doing anything for Him, but simply because you are His.” Renee Swope

❤︎ “It takes more faith to fall apart with Jesus than to stay strong enough to stop it from happening.” Bonnie Gray in Finding Spiritual Whitespace

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New This Month: Links, Quotes, Books & More

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our affliction
so that we will be able to comfort those
who are in any affliction with the comfort
with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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Recently one of you kindred spirits shared with me this song and the story behind it. I feel I need to share it with all of you with the prayer that it will give you hope as it did me.

“Wash” by Ilonka

“Something Beautiful” by Ilonka

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Books

  Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young

JesusCalling“Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year. After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.” (Amazon Review)

✎ Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence by Sarah Young

JesusToday“Jesus Today was written during a very difficult time in Sarah Young’s life. Yet the words of Scripture and Jesus’ own Presence were ever near, bringing her hope and comfort for each new day.

Whether you need a lifeline in your discouragement and hurts or are longing for a close intimate relationship with the Lord, you will delight in this new devotional book – a sequel to #1 bestselling Jesus Calling®. It is written as if Jesus Himself is assuring you that He is in control, that He is good, and that a glorious future awaits all who anchor their hope in Him.

Reaching out with peace-filled reminders of Jesus’ Presence from the Word of God, these devotions will intimately, quietly connect you with Jesus, the One who meets you right where you are.” (Amazon Review)

Lord, Heal My Hurts: A Devotional Study on God’s Care and Deliverance

by Kay Arthur

KayArthur“No Matter How Deep the Wounds, God Can Heal Your Hurts.

Everyone hurts. The pain runs deep, the scars never seem to fade, the memories torment us. As a result, our growth is stunted, our walk crippled, our relationships infected. Will relief never come?

Yes — when you put yourself in the hands of Jehovah-rapha, the God who heals! No matter what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, He wants to be your refuge. He loves you. And He offers healing for your deepest wounds.

Discover how God can turn your sorrow into joy in Lord, Heal My Hurts. Let Kay Arthur guide you through the Scriptures so you can be set free from past hurts by the power of God. This powerful, insightful study will minister to you in deeply restorative ways. And these are truths you will want to share with others.” (Amazon Review)

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Hope Harbor

❀ 15 Amazing Promises from God to You 

A gathering of promises by Jennifer Dukes Lee – “Scripture proclaims God’s promises for you, His good plans for you, and His perfect love for you.”

Precious in His Sight: Seeing Me Through Jesus’ Eyes 

“This video series, taught by Theresa Ingram, wife of Chip, helps women understand that they are fully forgiven, deeply loved, and have great worth because of their relationship with Christ. We all spend many hours and days trying to be someone significant, only to realize we often don’t like the person we see in the mirror. Little do we know how precious we are in God’s sight.”

❀ Survivorship: For Survivors of Ritual Abuse, Mind Control, and Torture 

“Survivorship is one of the oldest and most respected organizations supporting survivors of extreme child abuse, including sadistic sexual abuse, ritualistic abuse, mind control, and torture.

Survivorship provides resources, healing, and community for survivors; training and education for professionals who may serve survivors; and support for survivors’ partners and other allies. The organization functions as a lifeline for survivors who may be isolated emotionally or geographically. Through community outreach and training, Survivorship also raises awareness about these difficult issues.”

Nature Retreat

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour,
if we will only tune in.”

~ George Washington Carver

 ➺ 100 Most Beautiful and Breathtaking Places in the World – From Your Amazing Places – “From majestic waterfalls, and lost cities, to mysterious landmarks and natural wonders, here is a collection of pictures which is worth to be looked on.”

 ➺ More Amazing Photography Shots Of Our Beautiful World – 45 Photos – “Our planet is far more impressive than we could imagine. It has the power to build landscapes that amaze us even after seeing them a few times. In this article I have gathered pictures of places in our beautiful world that are simply amazing and must be seen. There are a few man-made places that were too good to be left out.”

 ➺ Crystal Frost Patterns – It always amazes me what unique designs God creates with frost. Here are some shared photos on Pinterest.
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Quotes

❤︎ “If Jesus heals you instantly, praise Him. If you are still waiting for healing, trust Him. Your suffering is your sermon.” ~ Max Lucado

❤︎ “He will heal you my friend. I pray he heals you instantly. He may choose to heal you gradually. But this much is sure: Jesus will heal us all ultimately. Wheelchairs, ointments, treatments, and bandages are confiscated at the gateway to heaven. God’s children will once again be whole.” ~ Max Lucado in Before Amen

❤︎ “Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” ~ Brennan Manning

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