Proverbs 31 Ministries

If Only, If Only, If Only …

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV) I chose her register not because her line […]

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Facing Life’s Worries With Truth

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the […]

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When God’s NO Today is Protecting His YES Tomorrow

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (TLB) Years ago, I threw a surprise birthday party for my 12-year-old daughter, Lizzy. I baked her favorite cake and picked out decorations in […]

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It Takes More Than Time to Heal a Broken Heart

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 (NLT) I thought they were dead for sure. Twenty years ago, I planted four gardenia bushes against the back wall of my house, because I’d always loved the dainty, white petals and their sweet, clean fragrance. But I never imagined those tiny bushes would one […]

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Everyone Wants to Be Loved

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” 1 John 4:11 (NLT) Everyone wants to be loved, to be liked, to be celebrated, to have someone who accepts us no matter what. We want to have people to turn to when a crisis hits. We want to have […]

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He Sees the Gift in You

He Sees the Gift in You

“‘How do you know me?’ Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, ‘I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.’” John 1:48 (NIV)

When my brothers were small, they’d often tiptoe into my room and climb in bed with me at night. H..

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Can You Keep a Secret?

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” Proverbs 11:13 (NIV) You’re hanging out with friends. Sharing a meal, sharing your lives. Someone’s name comes up. Someone who isn’t there. A comment is made. “Have you seen ______?” Then another. “Well, I heard ______.” Once people realize you know the person […]

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The Treasure of Thrown-Away Food

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (NIV) A few years ago, my son Jackson wrote a paper about the corruption and greed that caused the civil war in his native land. But Jackson wasn’t just explaining a historical event — […]

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Daring to Hope

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV) I was tired. In five short years, I’d become a mother to 13, grown a ministry of 60 staff members which provided schooling […]

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When God Isn’t Answering Our Prayers

“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 (NIV) When God doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers it can be hard. Sometimes, downright awful. One minute I’m determined to trust God. In the […]

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