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66 Comforting Zig Ziglar Quotes

Zig Ziglar was a popular motivational speaker and bestselling author. He inspired many business leaders to success. Most people don’t realize Ziglar lost his daughter and wrote a detailed confession about his life as a grieving Christian. Zig Ziglar comforts many through his story of grief and faith.His encouragement will help you in a season of grieving someone you love.

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“Grief is pervasive. You never get over it, but you do learn to recognize and live with it.”

“My not-so-well-hidden agenda in everything I do is to introduce people to Christ.”

“God uses grief to heal us, strengthen us in our faith, and cause us to grow in our relationship with Him.”

“While I do not believe that God causes the circumstances that result in our grief, I do believe that God uses grief as a process to show His compassion toward us, to teach us, and to bring us into greater wholeness.”

“Out of my grief has come a sense of urgency to be more effective in my witness for Christ and to pray more diligently for guidance that I might be doing all that the Lord has for me to do in this life.”

“No one is immune from the fact of grief. Grief is woven throughout the tapestry of life.”

“Virtually everyone is experiencing some type of grief to some degree.”

“Grief is perhaps the most profound way of expressing love.”

“The intensity of grief is directly related to the intensity of love. The more we love a person we have lost, the greater our grief.”

“Grief puts us into a position to trust God alone for our healing and restoration.”


“God will never walk out on you. His love is based not on our holding tightly to Him but on His holding tightly to us through all circumstances and situations.”

“God does not see time the way we see time. God measures one’s success not in terms of longevity but rather as fulfillment of one’s God-given purpose in life.”

“All that the loved one experienced in this life was experienced in only a fleeting moment against the unending panorama of heaven.”

“If our departed ones could come back to us and tell us about their experiences with the Lord in heaven, I feel certain they would tell us three things. First, they would tell us to concentrate on the way they were when they were at their best in this life. Second, they would tell us to enjoy our lives to the fullest and choose to fill them with the best memories and experiences possible. Third, they would tell us to spend more time getting to know Christ better.”

“God has purposes for our lives that we may not know this side of eternity.”

“God sees a future we cannot see. He is both omnipresent and omniscient, which means that He alone fully sees the ending from the beginning and knows precisely when to act for our full benefit.”

“We must recognize that God calls us always to trust Him and to put our faith in Him. He does not call us to be all-knowing; rather, He calls us to rely upon the fact that He is all-knowing and all-loving.”

“There are things we know about the personality, faith, and character of the person we have lost. Those things have not changed—they have only come to the point of perfection.”

“Our daughter is not missing; she is merely absent. To be absent means not to be present in a particular moment or setting. To be missing means that nobody knows where you are. We know where she is! She is not missing, only absent from us temporarily.”

“An encouraging aspect of my Christian faith and my trust in Jesus Christ is the fact that during His ministry here on earth, Christ never attended a funeral at which He did not raise the dead. Jesus is the Resurrection.”


“Coincidence is a man-made word. Miracles are God-made realities.”

“Words of prayer are the most effective words of all.”

“There truly is no substitute for the power of God’s Word to bring healing and joy into our lives.”

“To those who grieve, what a comfort it is to be assured that God fully understands our feelings and knows our needs.”

“Our healing from grief to a very great extent lies in our daily communication with the Lord.”

“Don’t expect grief to be logical.”

“I encourage you to acknowledge that you are grieving. Do not attempt to deny, avoid, or put off feelings of sadness. I have admitted I am a grieving Christian.”

“To deny or attempt to shorten the grieving process is to find yourself in even greater pain for longer periods of time. It also permits the entrance of bitterness and despair.”

“Grieving is a process that takes time; there are no shortcuts. It also takes the love and encouragement of family members and friends.”

“Sometimes giving a quick hug and just being present speak volumes to the grieving person. Answers are not the key; your presence is what counts.”

“If you trust God and ask Him to direct you in the way you comfort the grieving, you can relax in the knowledge that His will is being done.”


“A message that is always welcome to the grieving person is actually very simple: “I’m sorry. I’m praying for you. I really care.”

“There are those who say and believe that Satan killed or snatched away the loved one. Scripturally that is inaccurate. Psalm 139:16 asserts that God, not Satan, has our days numbered. Christ met Satan in battle and defeated him.”

“Heaven is too sweet, and hell is too hot, to gamble with salvation, especially when God has given us a clear and certain way of securing our eternal future. The instructions on how to receive God’s offer of free salvation are sprinkled throughout His Book. I encourage you to read prayerfully every instance related to one’s salvation and eternal life.”

“The Lord who allows each of us to grieve differently also knows and provides precisely what will bring comfort to our hearts.”

“Grief does not rest entirely on the amount of LOVE we had for the deceased. In some cases, grief seems intensified based upon the NEED a person had for the loved one.”

“My fellowship with my daughter has not ended because she is in heaven. She is still very much present in my mind and heart.”

“It is natural to talk about someone you love. That is true whether the person is alive on this earth or present with the Lord… I believe that conversation is a priceless healer.”

“To continue to do the work that God has put before us to do is a form of spiritual warfare; it is a statement in the spiritual realm that we will not be defeated in our God-given purpose in life despite what the enemy of our souls might have intended as a stumbling stone or brick wall.”

“I have talked to a number of people whose ministries have become even more effective after the death of a loved one. These people continued their work, and they did so with greater faith and reliance upon God. And God honored and blessed their expression of trust in Him with incredible results.”

“It is the Lord in me and through me who is accomplishing His purposes. I am grateful to be a vessel He can use.”

“If we have a clear vision of heaven and of God’s grace and love that enable eternal life to be possible in the future, as well as a present reality, we will want every person we encounter to accept Jesus as Savior.”


“Out of the expression of our faith, God can and does work His miracles.”

“Choose to draw upon the strength of others. Choose to see the strength in the one you love who has died. Choose to move forward on the foundation of strength your loved one has contributed to your life.”

“Every moment of every day takes on a little different perspective after the loss of a loved one, and priorities are readjusted.”

“How we choose to show our love is just as important, I believe, as the fact that we love.”

“God will impart to each of us His strength and grace to do what He has called us to do. It is up to us to choose to continue to walk with boldness and faith the path He unfolds before us.”

“When we lose someone to death. We become immediately aware of how much we loved that person, and we are also more aware of the many ways in which he needed us and we needed him—in other words, of the bonds of the relationship we enjoyed.”

“Every child is unique and irreplaceable and deserves to be loved unconditionally with all of a parent’s heart. That love does not end in death, but neither should love for the “lost child” be expressed to the point of neglecting to express and show love for the remaining children.”

“The grieving parent is wise to rejoice in the fact that he has loved, that he does love, and that he will continue to love.”

“Love does not die with death.”

“Love is a vital ingredient of life.”

“Love is intended to be given. It cannot be stored up. If you truly want to have a lot of love, you must continually give a lot of love.”

“Nothing satisfies the human heart as much as love does.”

“The truth is, if we do not express deep love for a person, we are likely to experience substantial guilt at his passing.”


“My message to you is simple: do everything in your power to build and maintain good relationships with those whose paths you cross. If a relationship is broken, particularly if you have had a part in the breaking of it, go to the person and ask for forgiveness. Seek to mend the relationship, and do it now. A major burden will lift from your heart, and you will avoid an even greater buildup of guilt or bitterness.”

“Resentment toward another person becomes acid in the human soul and takes a toll on your life.”

“Guilt is a by-product of unforgiveness.”

“Spend time with those you love; that is an unspoken way of saying, “I love you.” Your presence is a gift of love to a person who loves you in return.”

“We long to be with the Lord, but we don’t want to leave loved ones. We are eager to reach the destination of life’s journey, and yet we are not eager to leave behind those who walk life’s road. My grief has known this same two-sided reality. On the one hand, I have sorrow; on the other, abundant joy.”

“Many things related to grief are choices. Will we choose to place our focus on missing the person or giving thanks for the gift of God that the person was to us?”

“What a wonderful thing it is to leave a legacy of joy. What an enviable thing it is to have others see the joy of loving and serving Christ in all that you do.”

“The freedom of choice is one of our most precious gifts, and I encourage you to choose to have joyful memories today of the loved ones you may have lost. Choose joy as their legacy to you. It is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give to yourself in their memory.”

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.”

“Move from survival to stability, from stability to success, from success to significance.”

“Make today worth remembering.”

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29 Dazzling Liz Curtis Higgs Quotes

Liz Curtis Higgs is Bestselling Author and Speaker and an Award-Winning Columnist for Today’s Christian Woman Magazine. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly dazzling. Higgs shares God’s message of amazing and unchanging grace. These quotes from Liz Curtis Higgs will offer you the right amount of inspiration for pursuing your own relationship with God and transforming your heart like His.

When you share a quote please attribute to Liz Curtis Higgs as the source. Quotes are gathered from Twitter posts, Facebook posts, videos, internet searches and published works.This page is updated with new content, so suggest a quote in the comments area and contribute to this research.

“All through Advent we anticipate His birth. All through Lent we anticipate His death.“

“Though Martha was head of the house, Mary seems to have been its heart.”

“Martha had chosen duty and Mary had chosen Jesus.”

“Death is not the end for those who love the Lord. It’s the beginning of a new and forever life.”

“Though we may believe with our heads, Jesus wants us to believe with our whole hearts.”

“Believe in His power to change us. Believe He can bring us back to life.”

“No one but Jesus can conquer the grave.”

“The body’s death to this world is the soul’s birth into another world.”

“Jesus didn’t lay down His life to save our bodies. He died and rose again to save our souls.”

“Our love for people doesn’t end when they pass away.”

“Beautiful has little to do with appearance and everything to do with a woman’s character: her integrity, her charity, her sincerity.”

“Jesus was born to upset the status quo.”

“Worship isn’t a task. Worship is a response.”

“Jesus died willingly at the hands of men, and He rose triumphantly at the hands of God.”

“A lie is the truth turned upside down.”

“Jesus knew that those who hurled abuse at Him two thousand years ago were living in darkness, and He knows the same is true about critics who cast Him aside today.”

“When God’s blessings are piled on our heads, it’s easy to be faithful. The real test comes when disappointment calls and sorrow pulls up a chair.”

“Every conception has a touch of the miraculous.”

“What we call miraculous, God calls business as usual.”


“While we go about our daily tasks, God’s divine plan is unfolding. At any given moment our lives could change dramatically. No surprise to God, yet a big surprise to us.”

“Mary carried Jesus in her body. By the same Holy Spirit, we carry the risen Lord in our hearts. Nothing is impossible with God residing in us and working through us.”

“God met the needs of his people—practically, spiritually, financially, emotionally.”

“When I hear women rail that the Bible is misogynistic, I wonder if we’re reading the same book. God loves women, redeems women, empowers women—then and now.“

“The Lord chose to be born into poverty, to identify with the unseen of society—the unkempt, the unpopular, the undernourished. His earthly parents had nothing the world counts as valuable.”

“God clearly loves to do the unexpected, reinforcing his authority and demonstrating his power.”

“Just as God always knew how the life of his Son would unfold on earth, God knows how our lives will unfold as well. Nothing is a surprise to him. When we stumble, however badly, he stretches out his hands, pulls us to our feet, and draws us into his embrace.”

“The Holy Spirit opens eyes and ears. Where there is darkness, he sheds light. He reveals truth. And he speaks about the future with authority.”

“Only when we’re filled with the Holy Spirit can we see what matters to God.”

“Jesus would bear much influence, but he would not always be liked.”

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31 Powerful Priscilla Shirer Quotes

Priscilla Shirer is a bestselling Bible Study Author and Conference Speaker. She is well-known for her role in the War Room Movie, as her character Elizabeth transforms from lukewarm faith into a woman with a revived faith. Here is a look at some of the most powerful Priscilla Shirer quotes to remember.

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“A very real enemy has been strategizing and scheming against you, assaulting you, coming after your emotions, your mind, your man, your child, your future.”

“Despite what we may or may not understand about prayer, God has deliberately chosen this particular vehicle as the one that drives His activity in people’s lives. It’s what He allows us to use to cooperate and partner with Him in the fulfilling of His will.”

“Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. It is kryptonite to the enemy and to all his ploys against you.”

“At the end of the day, the enemy is going to be sorry he ever messed with you. You’re about to become his worst nightmare a million times over. He thought he could wear you down, sure that after a while you’d give up without much of a fight. Well, just wait till he encounters the fight of God’s Spirit in you.”

“You write out your prayers so you “won’t forget” . . .won’t forget who the real enemy is, won’t forget the One in whom your hope lies, won’t forget your real need and dependencies are and later, won’t forget the record of how God responds.”

“We pray because our own solutions don’t work and because prayer deploys, activates, and fortifies us against the attacks of the enemy. We pray because we’re serious about taking back the ground he has sought to take from us.”

“Satan is nothing but a copycat, trying desperately to convince you he’s more powerful than he actually is.“

“Satan warps your perspective on the current events in your life until reality appears much worse and more desperate than it truly is.”


“The Bible may be an old Book, but God’s Spirit makes it fresh, new, and alive for us.”

“We are at spiritual war. So we need spiritual weapons.”

“Satan wants you miserable and exhausted and joyless and undone.”

“The past was in the past. It doesn’t have permission to touch you anymore.”

“Prayers that have power come from a person in pursuit of righteous living.”

“God calls you to purity because He wants your heart protected and at rest, inhospitable to the devil and his intentions.”

“Satan’s ploy is to make you believe your core value as a person is tied to how much work you do, how much activity you can accomplish, how much stuff you can accumulate, how much business you can generate.”

“Sabbath is meant to communicate this: You don’t need to keep pushing, rushing, gathering, hustling. You’ve already received approval from the only One whose approval really matters. He has stamped His value on you, and that is enough.”


“Pressure is often a mask for idolatry.”

“When our lives are packed to the brim with things that squeeze God to the periphery, it’s a sure sign we’ve replaced our devotion to God with a love for something else. The pressure to perform often means you’ve made an idol of your reputation.”

“The primary purpose of Sabbath margins—of saying no, when appropriate—is to diminish our devotion to all other suitors and crystallize our allegiance to God.”

“Unmanageable, incessant pressure is not just another nagging problem in your average day. It’s an attack against your full devotion to God as your one and only Lord.”

“Be ready to see your eyes opened as you close them in prayer. One day soon a whole new kind of woman is going to be emerging from that prayer closet. A free one. A rested one. A contented one.”

“Unforgiveness is a strategic “design,” craftily implemented by your enemy to “outwit” you, to cripple your effectiveness in prayer and your power to stand against him victoriously.

“Genuine freedom and renewed fervency are waiting for you on the other side of forgiveness.”

“Don’t expect to experience freedom, peace, or rest from your anger until you forgive.”

“The enemy works overtime to dismantle anything resembling peace.”

“You can’t play games with God and expect to win.”

“Sometimes your greatest message is the mess of your life.”

“Make sure your life writes a story worth reading. Your story starts with God.”

“It is an esteemed opportunity to participate in kingdom purposes.”

““I want my life to radiate what happens when God has a person’s heart at His full control, when every event or circumstance is simply another avenue to know Him better and show forth His glory.”

““Every decision you need to make, every task you need to accomplish, every relationship you need to navigate, every element of daily life you need to traverse, God has already perfectly matched up with an equivalent-to-overflowing supply of His grace. ”

 

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43 Breathtaking Beth Moore Quotes

Beth Moore is a beloved Bible Study Author, Conference Speaker and Television Host at TBN. With a passion for leading the hearts of women back to Christ, Moore most notably serves from a heart of humility and love. These quotes from Beth Moore will offer you insight into a woman with a heart for God and encourage your own desire to study the Scriptures.

When you share a quote please attribute to Beth Moore as the source. Quotes are gathered from Twitter posts, Facebook posts, videos, internet searches and published works.This page is updated with new content, so suggest a quote in the comments area and contribute to this research.

“We have an enemy who wants to return us to places God called us to leave.”

“God is faithful to keep His word even when it’s a warning.”

“Nothing is more dangerous than friendly captivity.”

“Let’s not get used to decaying morals and standards.”

“Satan recognizes the treasures God has given us more than we do.”

“Our present pursuit is developing integrity in an enticing world.”

“Godliness is never accidental.”

“Integrity depends on consistency.”

“Satan never wastes a fiery dart by aiming at a spot covered in armor.”

“You may be chosen by God to hear on behalf of others.”


“Babylonian thinkers need others to bow down to them in order to feel tall.”

“We can build a poor self-image with our preoccupation until it becomes 90 feet tall.”

“The world says ‘seek position.’ The Word says “seek God.”

“Loyal is not something we suddenly are at the flash-moment of testing. It’s something we already were that surfaces to the test.”

“Satan most often tempts us in our areas of least resistance.”

“No one is exempt from the dangerous temptation of pride.”

“Pride is not a circumstance. It’s a state of mind.”

“Different things inflate pride in different people. Satan sets the bait according to the bite.”

“Some egos are swollen over what they do. Other egos are swollen by what they don’t.”

Understanding of scriptural truth: “God the Father must ordain it, the Son must open it, and the Holy Spirit must infuse it.”

“Some things don’t need to be cut back. They need to be cut off.”

“Don’t be dissuaded by the scoffs of self-proclaimed scholars, and never forget that arrogance is not a sign of true intelligence.”

“If you have received Christ Jesus as your Savior, you are a holy vessel.”


“When we have a low regard for what God has called holy, we open the door for captivity.”

“Much of my sin resulted from my unbelief that I was valuable and precious to God, coupled with my unwillingness to treat my own vessel as holy.”

“God isn’t looking for perfection. He’s looking for purity of heart: our authentic desire to do His will and give Him glory.”

“God will call the Devil to account for every time he treated you, God’s holy child, as unholy.”

“All Scripture is FOR us, but refreshingly not all Scripture is ABOUT us.”

“Cultures are rarely a reflection of a single leader.”

“We can have godly heads of state yet find ourselves nearly engulfed by the waves of a godless culture. Let’s face it. One lifeguard can’t stop a tsunami.”

“Satan will manipulate anything possible to provide false fulfillment for our souls.”

“Light bearers in this dark culture bear fruit for the glory of God’s name.”

“God’s presence accompanies His children no matter where life takes them.”

“Satan doesn’t know when Christ’s kingdom will come. He is left to read the signs of the times and concluding Bible prophecies just as we are.”

“One of Satan’s most effective schemes is simply to wear God’s people out. Satan uses exhaustion and profound discouragement to persuade us to give up opposing him.”


“God uses circumstances to help us develop compassion.”

“All things in Heaven and Earth are under Christ’s feet.”

“God often brings fame to His great name by using a pitifully small army to defeat a vast one.”

“Prayer is a deliberate, open communication with God.”

“Since the day he appeared on the pages of Scripture, Satan’s specialty has been shame.”

“God wants us to have integrity so we can be trusted with responsibility.”

“Let’s draw enough living water to splash on everyone around us.”

“Keep your Bible open and compare what you read with Scripture.”

 

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35 Inspirational Christine Abraham Quotes

Christine Abraham is a revival leader who founded the first online Bible study ministry for women. With a history of leading thousands of women through transforming faith, Christine most notably serves as Executive Director of Bible Cafe™ Ministries. These quotes from Christine Abraham will give you encouragement for pursuing your own Bible study groups and cultivating spiritual development.

When you share a quote please attribute to Christine Abraham as the source. Quotes are gathered from Twitter posts, Facebook posts, videos, internet searches and published works.This page is updated with new content, so suggest a quote in the comments area and contribute to this research.

“My job is helping Christians have a relationship with Christ.”

“A Bible study should be transforming. But it should be God transforming us, not the study book author.”

“A crisis is only a crisis when God is not present.”

“The Bible is a love letter for me, so I like keeping it nearby.”

“We don’t learn to conquer pride when we sit on pedestals of perfection.”

“When your eyes are on yourself, your problems or other people you take your eyes off the throne of God.”

“We don’t learn to conquer pride when we never take a risk and hide in places of comfort.”

“He cheated on me’ is not a testimony. ‘God healed me of a deep hurt’ is a testimony.”

“The only source of significance that can’t be taken from you is Jesus. He is forever eternal.”

“We don’t learn to conquer pride when we compare ourselves to other women (mirroring) instead of comparing our heart to Jesus.”

“Satan is STILL a created being and not a person of the Trinity. So created beings (even angels and demons) CAN be leashed through… PRAYER.”

“Humble yourself to God’s will, not yours.”

“Anything can cause us to dream, so not all dreams are spiritual or prophetic. And just because we have dreams doesn’t make us prophets.”

“Prince Charming doesn’t rescue me. Yes, I am still a Princess… but need to keep my mind, heart, and soul anchored to Jesus. Not a fake prince.”

“While mourning reminds us of our loss, we can also rejoice in the new life our family and friends are LIVING.”

“We give our best…for God. Not for approval of others, for awards, or temporary things.”

“God may be calling you to shine the Light in a dark place (like social media). He may call you to be a voice of love in a place of division.”


“Live everyday for eternity. If we knew God’s appointed time then we clean up our act in the final days, like someone who flosses her teeth just before a dentist appointment.”

“The spirit of offense and spirit of rejection are twins, they work in pairs. Then we add the spirit of offense… and BAM… Satan has created a 3-cord attack.”

“What matters most is not salary, income, or job stability. What matters is standing at the throne of Heaven and knowing you were like Daniel in your integrity.”

“Sometimes we allow the devil to get a song into our head.”

“Seeking occult, mediums, fortune telling, astrology and psychics is trusting outside the parameters of the Scriptures and ignoring the Holy Spirit inside you.”


“I get very uncomfortable if a testimony is about me rather than about Christ in me.”

“Let’s stop building images around celebrities, politicians, political parties and societies. We are made in the image of God.”

“Pride will tempt us to change all at once. Christ wants deep change, complete purity…so it’s not an IN & OUT experience.”

“We are never defeated by following God’s heart.”

“Through calamities, God tests my loyalty and I prove to myself that I am strong. He already knows the answer, but needs to remind me on occasion.”

“If people are present in a situation we may tend to ‘fact check’ by their opinions rather than by the Holy Spirit.”

“You might say I now have ‘tunnel vision’ as I’m not looking too far around me and only with eyes on Jesus.”

“Being comfortable, sitting in my safe place, loving my introvert lifestyle…that cheats me of reflecting Christ in me.”

“We need to repent in order to SOAR and rise above the troubles of this world! We do not repent in shame. We repent and confess in LOVE.”

“We can’t soar in spiritual gifts when we are weighed down with the sins of the flesh. Simply impossible to fly with filthy wings!!”

“When I look at the words “under pressure” I also see the words “Under God.” We can choose to look horizontal at the face of pressure, or vertical at Heavens view.”

“Anger and pride are often rooted in ‘me first’ rather than'”God first.”

“If we hide our faith, hide our love for Jesus, hide our transformation through Christ…then how can we reveal God?”

 

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21 Books in 21 Days: Spring Reading Challenge

Spring Break is in the air. As the season changes new habits begin to grow. For the next 21 days I’m unplugging from the busyness of electronics and devouring 21 books. Upon completion of the books I’ll share reviews on these books.

Immediately after asking for encouragement from my friends they posted their concerns about my comprehension, the number of pages in the books, and speed reading. None of these are concerns for me. Here’s why.

Since third grade I’ve had a great ability to comprehend what I read. I’m not a speed reader and I did have a GREAT early education for reading comprehension. Each day after school I went to the public library, read two or three books, and repeated it the next day.

When I graduated high school I received an English scholarship for UC Berkeley.

Later as an adult I worked at two different libraries.

Reading is a lifelong habit for me

We don’t have cable television in my home, and I’m not a big fan of watching the news. This allows me opportunities to read before work and after dinner. In fact, from 7 PM until 11 PM when my eyes are tired.. I relax with four hours of reading time!


To keep myself from getting bored, I rotate book authors and themes. Changing reading rooms also beats the sense of boredom. Sometimes I’ll read on the sofa with a blanket, or in my favorite chair with a dog on my lap. I’ll jump into the recliner chair when its unoccupied.


I’m teaching myself to be focused, learning new ideas, and expanding my vocabulary. Encourage me!!

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Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose

Carey Scott, in her book Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose takes the word ‘uncommon’ and unpacks it into a positive experience through the lens of Scripture. You’ll want to read it twice: once alone as you cry, and again with a group of friends on the same journey of uncommon womanhood. Get out your highlighters and get started on this book today! -Christine Abraham

This book lives up to the title, because its uncommon to surrender when the world tells you to conform. Through life experiences and personal stories, Carey takers her reader on a journey of boldness in faith. Her readers self-discover their own passion and a revived trust in God’s Word.

When Carey Scott asked me if I wanted to read a copy of her newest book “Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose” I did not hesitate to say yes. I met this amazing woman online though social media and was immediately captivated by her passion and purpose. Then she writes this incredible book and now I want to drink coffee with her and stay up all night chatting about Jesus.

She’s authentic and every word in her book is soul-catching for me. Because of her book and story, I feel like we’re sisters -though we’ve never met in person. It’s THAT powerful. I’ve enjoyed this book so much it’s one of my 10 Favorite Books of the Year.

Favorite Quotes

  • I was at the crossroads of questioning God and trusting God, and I had a choice to make. Carey Scott
  • It’s easy to trust God when the stakes are low, but this wasn’t one of those times. Carey Scott
  • You cannot live extraordinary when you live in the bondage of ordinary. Carey Scott
  • Perfection is a lie, and it’s nowhere close to God’s heart for us. Carey Scott
  • We can’t live uncommon lives if we’re so consumed by what others might think of us. Carey Scott
  • This isn’t dress rehearsal, friend. No, we are living on the stage of life. Carey Scott

About the Author: Carey Scott is an author, speaker, and life coach, honest about her walk with the Lord… stumbles, fumbles and all. Her passion is reminding women of their immeasurable worth, something the world is quick to discount. She speaks to women’s groups and writes about the issues that matter most to the heart of a woman.

Published: Shiloh Run Press (July 1, 2017)

Disclosures: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

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56 Invaluable Bible Verses For Hard Times

The Holy Bible is filled with invaluable words to carry us through tough times. When it feels like you’re drowning in a sea of troubled waters, here are some invaluable Bible verses to know.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NIV

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10 NIV

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11 NIV

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 NIV

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:14-15 NIV

 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 NIV

 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 NIV

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18 NIV


For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 1 John 5:19 NIV

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:8 NIV

Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.  2 Corinthians 2:10-11 NIV

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.  1 John 5:19 NIV

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”  Revelation 12:10 NIV

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8 NIV

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 1 John 2:18 NIV

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV


Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  James 4:7 NIV

The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”  Job 1:12 NIV

Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. John 12:31 NIV

He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.  Isaiah 59:17 NIV

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18 NIV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 NIV

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NIV

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16 NIV

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  Psalm 84:11 NIV

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32 NIV

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 NIV


They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. Deut 32:47 NIV

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 NIV

Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5 NIV

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14 NIV

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19 NIV

For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,  he has rejected you as king.” 1 Sam 15:23 NIV

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Deut 18:10-11 NIV

In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  and do not give the devil a foothold. Eph 4:26-27 NIV

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Col 2:15 NIV

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 NIV

The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Sam 16:7 NIV

All his laws are before me;  I have not turned away from his decrees. Psalm 18:22

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 NIV

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;  a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.  Psalm 51:16-17 NIV

If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matt 18:19 NIV

Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.  1 John 5:4-5 NIV

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb  and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.  Revelation 12:11 NIV

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  1 Cor 10:13 NIV

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19 NIV

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13 NIV

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4 NIV

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10 NIV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil 4:6-7 NIV

There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place. Deut 1:31 NIV

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NIV

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Worship Music Changes the Atmosphere…God Makes You Brave

New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional

When you begin the day with a new attitude based on the Bible, you know it’s going to be  transformational in how you look at people and events. Beginning the day with New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp is a trip (pun intended) through power-thoughts! Let me tell you why…

This is a devotional book that does not collect dust on your bookshelf. It’s a “pick-up-and-read” daily book with a power-packed message each day, for 365 days. I am amazed how spot-on these messages are. They’re not long to read but the words linger throughout the day.

It’s similar to Oswald Chambers “My Utmost For His Highest” with convincing words- for both a new Christian and a mature Christian. It’s different in the absence of the actual Scripture verse, perhaps intentionally, so the reader is not struggling with Bible translations. Instead of writing out the verse, the reader will use a Bible alongside the devotional and look up references. I found it helpful to use an electronic Bible for this purpose.

I’ve enjoyed this devotional so much it’s one of my 10 Favorite Books of the Year. Now I have a Kindle version so I can carry the devotional when I travel, a PDF version from my book review, and a hardcover to give as a gift. Yes- I do enjoy this book!

365 Gospel-Centered Devotions for the Whole Year

Mornings can be tough. Sometimes, a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee just aren’t enough. Offering more than a rush of caffeine, best-selling author Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with the most potent encouragement imaginable: the gospel.

Forget “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.

Favorite Quotes

  • I must always remember the grace I am given and extend that grace to the people in my life.
  • In every situation, location, and relationship in our lives there is a war for control of our hearts.
  • The grand delusion of every act of sin is that we can be disloyal to God and everything will work out in the end.

About the Author: Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?Dangerous CallingParenting, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit paultrippministries.org

Published: Crossway; 1 edition (October 31, 2014)

Disclosures: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

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37 Unforgettable Billy Graham Quotes

Billy Graham was an American evangelist and author. As the voice of the evangelical crusades, Graham made a name for himself church history. Here is a look at some of the most notable Billy Graham quotes to remember.

When you share a quote please attribute to Billy Graham as the source. Quotes are gathered from Twitter posts, Facebook posts, videos, internet searches and published works.This page is updated with new content, so suggest a quote in the comments area and contribute to this research.

“Conversion is the work of an instant; spiritual maturity is the work of a lifetime.”

“Every human being is under construction from conception to death. Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. At the end of construction—death—we have completed the process.”

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

“I never thought I would live to be this old. All my life I was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die. I wish they had because I am an old man now, and believe me, it’s not easy.”

“Old age is Satan’s last chance to blow us off course.”

“Anxiety and fear are like baby tigers; the more you feed them the stronger they grow.”

“A baseball may be driven into the farthest corner of the largest stadium, but the Word of God travels to the farthest corners of the earth, proclaiming the Good News of salvation.”

“The days when the aged were admired, looked up to, and respected are gone.”

“I can’t truthfully say that I have liked growing older.”


“The Bible doesn’t hide the negative side of getting older—nor should we.”

“Scripture is filled with examples of men and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact.”

“Today there are more people who know the words to a television commercial than the words in the Bible.”

“The mirror doesn’t lie, but I can smile into it because my dim eyesight camouflages my wrinkles.”

“The older generation may have a hard time keeping up with the younger, but let’s remember that as long as we are still breathing, we are leading the way. The generations that follow are learning about growing old from us.”

“There is much the young can learn from those who have traveled the distance.”

“Life is full of changes, but one of the greatest comes with retirement. Many look forward to it; others dread it. Sooner or later almost everyone who lives long enough will experience it.”

“Much as I feared holding on too long, I feared just as much stepping aside too soon.”

“God forbid that we should ever retire from prayer, the sweetest work of the soul.”

“No matter who we are, retirement presents us with two choices. Either we can use it to indulge ourselves, or we can use it to make an impact on the lives of others. In other words, the choice we face is between empty self-indulgence and meaningful activity.”


“In the Bible God speaks to us; in prayer we speak to God. Both are essential.”

“Whatever you do, keep your mind and your body occupied; don’t give laziness or boredom a chance to take root in your soul. The devil delights in someone who is idle or bored; he knows this leads to temptation or discouragement.”

“We shouldn’t spend time thinking about ourselves and how weak we are. Instead we should think about God and how strong He is.”

“I have never heard the voice of the Lord audibly, but the Lord has spoken to me many times throughout my life.”

“We are never alone if we know Christ; He lives within us by His Spirit.”

“Death is always an intruder even when it is expected.”

“God wants us to finish well—and one of the ways we do this is by passing on our values and our faith to those who will follow us.”

“Our greatest impact on others often comes not from what we say but from what we do.”

“We cannot pretend to be something we are not; a Christlike character cannot be faked.”

“For those of us nearing home, our steps may indeed be slow, but they need not be without purpose. Younger generations follow us on our last mile of the way.”

“The Bible is not an option; it is a necessity if we are going to be rooted in Him.”

“In His guidebook God gives us a different set of values and goals—ones that put Christ at the center of our lives instead of self.”

“We were not meant for this world alone. We were meant for Heaven, our final home.”

“Heaven will be a place of joyous reunion with all those who have gone to Heaven before us. I am often asked if we will recognize each other in Heaven—and my answer is always a resounding yes.”

“Heaven is our hope, Heaven is our future, and Heaven is our home.”

“Christianity is not an insurance policy against life’s ills and troubles.”

“Death is not a trip, but a destination.”

“Death reduces all men to the same rank.”

Here is Billy Graham speaking in South Bend, May 1977