Announcing Prayers for New Brides!

Prayers for New Brides 3DsmAs the release of Prayers for New Brides has approached, I have found my excitement growing and growing.  Today, it is my pleasure, on behalf of Jennifer O. White and New Leaf Press to be hosting this launch party.  I hope you are having a blast. I have to thank Jennifer for her tireless efforts and presence.  As many of you are aware, over the last few weeks, Jennifer hosted a New Brides study group utilizing the first 15 chapters of the book.  I have had the pleasure to be a part of the group and see the stories of hope and change thanks to this God-inspired book.

I’d also like to take a moment to thank tonight’s sponsors who have generously donated for the event.

ValMarie Paper – His & Hers Marriage Field Journals
Willow Lane Prints – Special Dates Printable
Shabby Abbys Attic - Perfect Marriage and Be Still Inspirational, Distressed-Wood Signs
Erika Dawson – Kindle ebook, Pray Truth:Praying God’s Word for my Husband’s Heart
New Leaf Press – Prayers for New Brides, $20 Amazon Gift Cards, $20 iTunes Gift Cards, and a 3-day, 2-night stay at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri!


Please check out these free Printable Prayers for the Wedding from our amazing author! To keep up with Jennifer and all of the great work she’s doing, subscribe to her blog and get your free chapter of Prayers for New Brides today!

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Forget the Chicken and the Egg

chickenI once wrote “Forget the chicken and the egg–which came first, the air or the lungs, the heart or the blood…male or the female, water or thirst, food or the stomach? Stop the confusion. Read Genesis again for the first time?” Frankten Goethe (presumably a believer in Darwinian evolution) stepped up to the plate and answered each question, ending with “science has evidence for its answers.”

Frankten believed that air came first. But if the air came first, where did it come from, and how was it that it had just the right amount of oxygen to sustain human life? While human lungs were evolving how did we breathe? Why did they evolve if life was already sustained without them?

Next he believed that our incredibly complex blood formed before the heart. Why did it do that, and how did it get around the body if there was no heart to pump it?

Frankten believed that male and female (for some reason) evolved at the same time, over time. They had to because they needed each other to survive, as did each of the millions of species, each of which have male and female. Why and how did evolution cause these millions of different species to evolve as male and female, each with different (but corresponding) reproductive parts? How did they reproduce while these parts were supposedly evolving?

waterNext he believed that water evolved before thirst. We know that we can’t live without water, so how did we (and the millions of animals) survive if we had no thirst?

Frankten also believed that food evolved before the stomach. So eggs, wheat, beef, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, and a million and one other amazing foods evolved but we couldn’t eat anything because the stomach hadn’t evolved. Nor had our teeth, tongue, taste buds, epiglottis, esophagus, digestive juices, as well as small and large intestines.

I am amazed at how such an unthinking and unthinkable unproven and unprovable theory has survived for all these years, and that some have the gall to believe that it’s even slightly scientific.

Genesis simply and plainly tells us that all creation was brought into being at once by the hand of Almighty God. And that’s not a pleasant thought for sin-loving sinners.

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Because of Faith (Part 2)

faithitWhat is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope
for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.
So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith.
Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there
is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Hebrews 11:1, 6 tlb

Your faith in God today is your lifeline to His heartbeat. Faith is the hand that reaches up and takes hold of God’s promises and gathers in the spiritual treasures that are found in Christ. Faith sees the sunshine of God’s face, even when there are dark clouds all around.

It is quite an experience the first time someone flies in a plane. The sky may be covered with dark clouds, but soon after takeoff, the plane breaks through the clouds. The passenger quickly discovers
that the sky is still blue and the sun is still shining, even though things look quite differently below.

What things are possible for you today through faith? All things are possible, because your faith is in the God who knows no impossibilities.

  • When the things that you are experiencing don’t make sense, faith says, “God knows what He is doing.”
  • When your resources don’t match your need, faith says, “God is my
  • When you are fearful to take the next step, faith says, “God will not
    fail me.”
  • When you’re not sure what to do next, faith says, “God will guide me.”
  • When you are in a situation that seems impossible, faith says,
    “Nothing is too hard for the Lord.”

When I was a new Christian living in Southern California, I applied to a Bible school in the Midwest. The school accepted my application. Along with the application, the school sent me the date that they wanted me to arrive and start my classes. I bought a plane ticket and started getting things in order. The night before my flight, the local weather forecast reported that the area would be covered with thick fog in the morning. My flight was scheduled to leave early that morning. Instead of worrying about it, I got on my
knees and asked the Lord to lift the fog. By faith, I knew that God would answer that prayer. I told the person who was taking me to the airport that God would lift the fog, and that my flight would not be canceled. The next morning we headed out to the airport under clear skies.

Where will your faith journey with God lead you today? Whatever the step may be, wherever the path may lead, you can be certain that your obedience of faith will always bring you into His best.

Today is Your Best Day is packed with 60 life-changing devotions written by DaySpring senior writer and co-founder, Roy Lessin.

What Josiah Would Tell Us

What Josiah Would Tell Us

Josiah is Made King II KIngs 22:1He was the leader of a nation at eight years old. His administration was characterized by a fear of God that not only drove his personal life, but also transformed the nation under his rule. The lessons to be learned from his life are so important that God chose to record them twice in Scripture.

His name was Josiah, and you can read about him in II Kings 22 and II Chronicles 34. Josiah was one of the most godly kings Israel ever had the blessing of knowing. His story has some lessons that would serve us well today.

What Would He Say?

If godly Josiah could come back from the grave and speak to us today, what would he have to say to us? Of course we can only speculate, but some things about his example are so clear that I’ll risk drawing some conclusions.

First, I think Josiah would tell us that we can rise above the failures of previous generations. Josiah was the son of Amon and the grandson of Manasseh, two of the most rotten eggs ever to disgrace a throne. Manasseh repented of his abominations late in life, but Amon did not. He was so vile that God tolerated him as king of Israel for only two years before Amon’s own servants assassinated him. Yet Josiah turned to God with his whole heart at age 16 and never turned away.

That’s good news for the young people in our homes today. For a couple of generations, the love of the American church has waxed cold and we have become very much like the pagan society around us. Our cultural institutions have become contaminated with godless philosophies and the church has largely been silent. Continue Reading →

Sometimes Serving Jesus Stinks

I remember it like yesterday. One of the most profound, life-changing experiences of my life.

I was in my early 20’s and working two jobs. The flexible schedules were nice. My first job, managing a crisis pregnancy center, was my passion. The second job, working as an executive assistant, paid the bills.

On this memorable day I got a call from my second boss while I was at the Crisis Pregnancy Center. She asked if I could come to a last-minute event with a celebrity to mingle and represent the company. I gladly agreed, saying that I’d have to come straight from work with no change of clothes, so I might not look the most presentable.


That day was exhausting. It was busy. Clients in and out. Babies throwing up on me. Quick staff meeting where the conclusion was: Keep sharing the love of Jesus. One client, who lived on a park bench, broke down sobbing on my shoulder. She left her tears, and the smell of not having a shower, on me. As the day ended and I ran out the door to the celebrity event, I did my best to freshen up. But, there was no doubt about it. I was going to take the essence of the clinic with me. Continue Reading →