Proverbs 31 Ministries

The Work and the Wonder of Love

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 (ESV) We walked behind the house and into the backyard. My mother wanted to show me something. There was a small tree. Not quite a sapling, but still young. It […]

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Be Still

“He says, ‘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 (NIV) One after another, choices needing decisions just keep coming. Home decisions hang in the balance. When can I get this fixed? Who will follow through with the repairs? […]

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Recapturing Us in the Midst of Our Rush

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:9-10 (NLT) Do you ever wonder exactly what God wants you to do, especially when you have so many demands to manage? […]

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What Were You Put on Earth to Do?

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) When you set out to plan your day — or even your week — what is it you want to do most? Even deeper than that […]

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What to Do When You’re Just Overwhelmed

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) If one more person asks me about centerpieces, I think I may stab […]

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Dear God, Where Are You?

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (NIV) “Mom, I didn’t make it. Please pray for me. I just feel confused about God.” My heart sank. I felt my daughter’s deep hurt. I felt it as clearly as if it were my own. I know what it feels like […]

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Environment is Stronger Than Willpower

“For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16 (NIV) For my mom’s birthday one year, a creative friend made her a poster board plastered with chocolate bars. Each chocolate […]

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Time Well Spent

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; […]

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Letting God Fill in the Blanks

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6 (NIV) There’s this little painting that hangs in my home. Most people wouldn’t consider it a masterpiece. I only paid $5 for it at an estate sale, but I like it because […]

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Maybe it Really is That Simple

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV) Life has a way of being complicated. I wish the right decision were always obvious. But whether that decision has to […]

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