Sunday

Research Supports Benefits of Giving Thanks -- A Video Presentation




If you could cultivate a habit that increased your happiness levels by 25%, would you do it?

I asked this question to the team members at the SC Department of Revenue recently. Spotlighting current research and providing practical tips and techniques, I shared the simple habit that can change a person's life, the habit of gratitude.

When I share this presentation at a women's ministry event, church group, or ladies retreat, I include the most powerful truth of all, that believers aren't just grateful, we're grateful to God, from whom all blessings flow. But even without this reminder, the habit of practicing gratitude can be life changing.

Quoting Pastor Chuck Swindoll, I reminded them, "We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude."

During Thanksgiving week, I hope you'll take this message to heart. There's a reason God called us to "give thanks in everything.

Because a grateful heart is a happy heart.

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. I'd love to share this message and others with your women's ministry group, Bible study, or weekend retreat in 2021. CLICK HERE to visit my Speaker's Page. 


 

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, it's time to think about Christmas. Wouldn't you love to knock out a chunk of your Christmas shopping and impact your loved ones for eternity?

Would you like to give an extra-special gift? 

One that will:

*refresh a person's faith?

*encourage someone to explore the Bible? 

*inspire busy women to get to know God better?

*unlock uncommon verses and awaken interest in God's Word?

*jumpstart your quiet time?

*make a great companion to your 2021 devotional reading?

Refresh Your Faith, Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible is the book you're looking for.  Spotlighting uncommon verses and pairing them with inspiring stories, Refresh Your Faith is the cure for spiritual boredom and apathy.

I'd be honored if you'd order a copy for yourself or gift it to your friends this holiday season. If you live in the Columbia, SC area, I'd love to inscribe copies for you. Reply to this email, and I'll be in touch. 

If you're out of the area, Refresh Your Faith is on sale right now at Our Daily Bread. It's also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book.com.





Monday

A Christmas Gift that Can Impact Someone for Eternity

 





With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, it's time to think about Christmas. Wouldn't you love to knock out a chunk of your Christmas shopping and impact your loved ones for eternity?

Would you like to give an extra-special gift? 

One that will:

*refresh a person's faith?

*encourage someone to explore the Bible? 

*inspire busy women to get to know God better?

*unlock uncommon verses and awaken interest in God's Word?

*jumpstart your quiet time?

*make a great companion to your 2021 devotional reading?

Refresh Your Faith, Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible is the book you're looking for.  Spotlighting uncommon verses and pairing them with inspiring stories, Refresh Your Faith is the cure for spiritual boredom and apathy.

I'd be honored if you'd order a copy for yourself or gift it to your friends this holiday season. If you live in the Columbia, SC area, I'd love to inscribe copies for you. Reply to this email, and I'll be in touch. 

If you're out of the area, Refresh Your Faith is on sale right now at Our Daily Bread. It's also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book.com.




Sunday

Why Love Makes the Difference


When it comes to children and spiritual truth, I’m never sure who is the teacher and who is the student.
 

Such was the case during a conversation I had with my oldest granddaughter, Lauren. 

“Gigi!” she said as she bounced into my house one Friday morning. (If you’ve spent any time lately around preschool girls, you know that every statement ends in an exclamation point, and that they run, skip, bounce, or hop everywhere. Walking is never an option.) 

“I drew you a picture so you’d remember me while I’m in New-Ork.” She waved the masterpiece in her hand. “See, it’s you and me on a mountain. And I wrote my name on the bottom so you’d merember who drawed it.” 

“You know something?" I said, scooping her up and twirling her around in a happy circle. "I think about you every day. Every. Single. Day. You know why?” 

She thought a moment, then said matter-of-factly, “Because you love me?” 

“Yup. Because I love you. And you know what? There’s someone else who thinks about you every single day. Can you guess who?” 

She thought a little longer, following the trajectory of my thoughts. 

“God?” 

“Yup.” Her blue eyes lit up with the success of nailing the correct answer. 

“He thinks about you every single day . . . Do you know why?” 

The pause was longer this time, but then, “. . . because he loves me?” 

“Yes!” I said, “He loves you so much he never stops thinking about you.” 

When Jesus said we must become as little children to see the kingdom of God, I think he had in mind simple conversations like this one. If we, like little Lauren, accepted without conditions the fact that God loves us and never stops thinking about us, it would eliminate much of the angst we feel every day. 

This circumstance I’m experiencing . . . if God loves me, then I can trust him to use it for good in my life. 

This hard path I’m walking on . . . if God loves me, then he won’t abandon me to face it alone. 

This heartache . . . if God loves me, then he can heal my heart and restore my joy. 

What are you going through right now? Would it look different if you viewed it through the certainty of God’s love? Try it and see. Then trust, pray, and rest. 

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1). 

 One of my favorite songs about God’s love is David Crowder’s “How He Loves Us.” I hope you carry its message with you all day long. If you’re reading by email, CLICK HERE to listen to David Crowder’s “How He Loves Us.”








Does Your Faith Need Refreshing?

That's in the Bible? I've never noticed that before!

It's probably been too long since you've newly discovered a story that speaks to your soul or a verse that pops with truth. But that's about to change!



Refresh Your Faith contains 66 culturally relevant, story-driven devotions, one from each book of the Bible. Each real-life story spotlights an unusual verse or Bible passage that you may have overlooked in your usual Bible reading. Lori Hatcher challenges you with additional features like an uncommon thought to ponder; an unusual faith action step; and an unfamiliar passage suggestion for additional Bible reading.

When the fabulous has become familiar and your quiet times are more like nap times, it's time to step out of spiritual boredom and ignite the spark that will keep you growing. No matter where you are on your faith journey, Lori's conversational and engaging style will challenge you to think about things you've never thought about before.

“Real-life inspiration and candid wit. These 5-minute devotions will change your life.” —Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman, commenting on Lori Hatcher's devotional style




Are you hungry for God, but starving for time? 
I’d love to send you a 5-minute e-mail devotion twice a week to start your day off with the Lord. 

Sign up for a free subscription to Hungry for God by CLICKING HERE.

Then, be sure to VALIDATE the confirmation email you receive. 

Note: I promise never to spam you or share your email address.

Because busy women need to connect with God in the craziness of everyday life.






9 Simple Words for a Complicated World



In a complicated world, simplicity stands out. Micah 6:8 is one of those verses that brings clarity to our world. 

“He has showed you, O man, 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.” 

We often wonder what the Lord requires of us. We debate complicated theology and complex life plans, but God spells it out in nine words 

To act justly. To love mercy. To walk humbly. 

To act justly 

To act justly means to treat people fairly, equally, impartially, and honestly. It means pulling our weight in the work place. Going beyond what is expected of us. Looking for ways to bless and serve our coworkers and employers. It means paying our bills on time, before we spend our money on non-essential purchases. 

It means never pilfering – not a stamp, an envelope, or our employer’s time. If we’re on the clock, we should be working. The Golden Rule sums up what it looks like to act justly. 

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,” (Mat. 7:12). 

To love mercy 

Mercy has its basis in Christ’s work on the cross. Although we deserve to spend eternity separated from God in a place called hell, God extends mercy to us. He sacrificed his Son, Jesus, on a cruel Roman cross to make a way for us to live with him forever in Heaven. 

What undeserved favor. What grace. What mercy. 

Because God extended the greatest act of mercy toward us – giving us what we didn’t deserve and could never earn – we, too, can freely extend mercy to others. We respond kindly to obnoxious and rude people. We leave a generous tip despite poor service. (Don’t worry about reinforcing a bad work ethic. There will be plenty of other customers who will point it out. Be different and extend mercy.) We look for ways to demonstrate kindness and respect to the most difficult among us. Mercy is compassionate, and tenderhearted. 

To walk humbly 

James 4:6 tells us God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Can you think of a more frightening thing than having the God of the universe oppose us? 

And who doesn’t need more grace? 

God promises his unmerited favor – grace – when we walk humbly before him. Walking humbly with God doesn’t mean thinking poorly of ourselves. It means not thinking of ourselves at all. A humble life is other-focused. It serves, gives, and builds others up. 

Instead of responding defensively to a rebuke, correction, or criticism, humble people listen. They look for truth and make necessary changes, regardless of how the correction was delivered. The humble never forget where they came from. They remember their spiritual beginnings and respond with patience and grace to others’ youth, immaturity, or blind spots. 

Instead of pridefully holding on to bitterness and anger when others wrong them, they forgive. They know God has forgiven a great sin-debt on their behalf. To fully embrace their freedom in Christ, they forgive as he forgave.

To act justly. To love mercy. To walk humbly with your God. Three simple instructions for a complicated world. Consider for a moment how different our lives would be if we kept these three in mind. 

Now it’s your turn. Can you think of an example of someone who has acted justly, loved mercy, or walked humbly? I’d love to hear your story. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts. If you’re reading by email, click HERE to visit Hungry for God online and leave a comment at the bottom.







Does Your Faith Need Refreshing?

That's in the Bible? I've never noticed that before!

It's probably been too long since you've newly discovered a story that speaks to your soul or a verse that pops with truth. But that's about to change!



Refresh Your Faith contains 66 culturally relevant, story-driven devotions, one from each book of the Bible. Each real-life story spotlights an unusual verse or Bible passage that you may have overlooked in your usual Bible reading. Lori Hatcher challenges you with additional features like an uncommon thought to ponder; an unusual faith action step; and an unfamiliar passage suggestion for additional Bible reading.

When the fabulous has become familiar and your quiet times are more like nap times, it's time to step out of spiritual boredom and ignite the spark that will keep you growing. No matter where you are on your faith journey, Lori's conversational and engaging style will challenge you to think about things you've never thought about before.

“Real-life inspiration and candid wit. These 5-minute devotions will change your life.” —Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman, commenting on Lori Hatcher's devotional style




Are you hungry for God, but starving for time? 
I’d love to send you a 5-minute e-mail devotion twice a week to start your day off with the Lord. 

Sign up for a free subscription to Hungry for God by CLICKING HERE.

Then, be sure to VALIDATE the confirmation email you receive. 

Note: I promise never to spam you or share your email address.


Because busy women need to connect with God in the craziness of everyday life.


Tuesday

10 Reasons You Can Trust God with the Election Results

French poet Victor Hugo once said, “And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."

If I were to choose a word to describe the recent election season, I’d choose the word laborious.

Angry tirades and scathing accusations have volleyed from one campaign to another like mortar fire during an armed conflict, and we the people have been wounded in the crossfire.

Christians, convinced their candidate is the only godly choice, share their opinions passionately in person and on social media, dividing friendships, families, and even churches. “There’s only one candidate for men and women of faith,” the voices cry, yet they cry from both sides of the aisle. Even “neutral” fact checkers can’t agree which facts are fact and which are fallacy. Crystal clear issues grow as muddy as a river during flood season. We the church are weary, battle-scarred, and conflicted.

Hugo was right, we have accomplished our laborious task, and on election night we’ll go to sleep, possibly uncertain about who our next president, or governor, or representative is. Or perhaps the vote will clearly and decisively declare one candidate a winner—but not the one we hoped for.

 Regardless, we can go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

 He is not only awake, He is seated on His throne, reigning over the affairs of this earth with wisdom and justice.

 You can trust Him if the election doesn’t turn out as you hoped for these ten reasons and a thousand more:

I'm honored to guest post on the Revive Our Hearts Leaders Blog today. to read the rest of this post, CLICK HERE.





Does Your Faith Need Refreshing?

That's in the Bible? I've never noticed that before!

It's probably been too long since you've newly discovered a story that speaks to your soul or a verse that pops with truth. But that's about to change!



Refresh Your Faith contains 66 culturally relevant, story-driven devotions, one from each book of the Bible. Each real-life story spotlights an unusual verse or Bible passage that you may have overlooked in your usual Bible reading. Lori Hatcher challenges you with additional features like an uncommon thought to ponder; an unusual faith action step; and an unfamiliar passage suggestion for additional Bible reading.

When the fabulous has become familiar and your quiet times are more like nap times, it's time to step out of spiritual boredom and ignite the spark that will keep you growing. No matter where you are on your faith journey, Lori's conversational and engaging style will challenge you to think about things you've never thought about before.

“Real-life inspiration and candid wit. These 5-minute devotions will change your life.” —Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman, commenting on Lori Hatcher's devotional style




Are you hungry for God, but starving for time? 
I’d love to send you a 5-minute e-mail devotion twice a week to start your day off with the Lord. 

Sign up for a free subscription to Hungry for God by CLICKING HERE.

Then, be sure to VALIDATE the confirmation email you receive. 

Note: I promise never to spam you or share your email address.


Because busy women need to connect with God in the craziness of everyday life.