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Put Your Hope In God

In this week's word of encouragement, Put Your Hope In God, Julie offers inspiration from Psalm 42:1-6.

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When All Seems Lost

What do you do when all seems lost? Need a little encouragement? Enjoy this quick word of encouragement from FYI and His Love Extended Ministries Founder Julie Gorman as she shares from the Shunamite Woman's story.

Believe Again

Ever feel weary? Wonder if God's near? Feel fatigued or question if God's promise will ever come through? If so, check out today's Word of Encouragement (by FYI founder, Julie Gorman) and Believe Again!

Who Do You Say God Is?

Final Who Do you say I am from Julie Gorman on Vimeo.

Who do you say God is? Perhaps the greatest question we can ask ourselves is the same that Jesus asked his disciples: Who Do You Say I Am? Our response to that question determines how we live...in fear? in doubt? or in complete resolve and unshakable confidence of WHO HE IS and resting in WHAT HE HAS PROMISED!

Do The Next Right Thing

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Do the Next Right Thing from Julie Gorman on Vimeo.

NO MORE SHAME!

About a year ago, as I visited each of my children's bedrooms, routinely praying for them and tucking them in, I discovered my daughter Sommer sitting on her bed crying. "What's wrong, baby doll?" I asked. "I can't say!" Sommer whimpered, curling tighter and tighter into the fetal position. Stroking her hair slightly, I whispered, "Why can't you say? Are you sick? What's the matter?" "No. No. No. I can't tell you. You'll be disappointed in me!" She cried. [Read more...]

3 Truths to Starting Over

Yesterday, I shared how I wanted to hit the "re-start button". But how do you really do that? How do you let go of what was and start fresh? Today, I thought I'd elaborate on a few essentials to starting over. I would love your feedback at the end. Your comments always help fill in on the parts I miss and your stories serve to encourage others...so...don't be shy, please leave your thoughts in the comment section below and let your story inspire others! 🙂 A few thoughts on starting over:
  • Recognize that part of starting over means something else has ended. Loss of a loved one. Marriage. Divorce. Sickness. Healing. Birth of a child. Waywardness of your teenage child. Growing older. Loss of a position. Promotion. All of these circumstances, constitute change. And change, even when it's good can cause stress.
  • [Read more...]

Unwanted Visitors

Ever encounter an unwanted visitor? Not one of those beautiful God-sent interruptions but rather the all and all assault of the enemy who seeks to disturb, disrupt, and discourage your faith? My spiritual journey consistently encounters unwanted visitors: Fear, insecurity, doubt, and other prowling intruders, constantly seek to interrupt my peace. They lurk around the door of my heart, hoping to assault my faith and attack areas of weakness! Lately, I am learning a lot! I find it hilariously absurd that I would still need to struggle so violently against my fleshly tendencies; I wrestle with self-reliance that is steeped in pride. [Read more...]

Intimidation…Really?

OK. I'm embarrassed to share what I'm about to share...but can't escape God's prompting to share the spiritual application I experienced to a very practical situation. Are you ready??? Hear goes... Last week, I went with my daughter to Orlando for her middle school chorus field trip. I prepared for many things: band aids for cuts, Advil for headaches, little extras like energy drinks for the exhausting hours ahead...but...the LAST thing I expected or prepared against was intimidation. NOT intimidation of the monstrous rip riding roller coasters or even the responsibility of helping several other mothers chaperon 150 middle schoolers...NO...my INTIMIDATION was the result of a few 12-14 year old middle school girls. [Read more...]

Fighting Off the Enemy’s Accusations

I long for the day when I no longer have to fight "the accusers" accusations. You know, the small voice that whispers "You'll never be good enough." or "If God really wanted to use you, then ... wouldn't have happend!" I look forward to not having to deal with all his subtleties of confusion, discouragement, and disappointment. Scripture says that Satan "masquerades as an angel of light." He doesn't show up with his entourage of demons spewing fire and venom; he cloaks himself in small subtleties, hoping to go unnoticed...undetected. He hopes to infiltrate our hopes with discouragement, our mission with busy activity, and our mind with confusion. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” So...stand guard dear friends. Pay attention to the subtle accusations whispered in your ear. Reject the enemy's lies. BE ALERT! Don't be naive...there is a battle being made for you. Satan hurls accusations in an attempt to defeat, discourage, and distract each one of us from God's call. BUT the good news is, we can and will overcome Him. [Read more...]

Desperate Prayers To A Merciful God

"And when you pray , do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men." (Matthew 6:5, NIV)
We're friends right? Ok then, I'm going to share a story with you...I warn you that this is an extremely transparent story...so if you are quick to judge you may not want to read any further. This is an actual occurrence that took place in my life, I'm not proud of it...but it serves to illustrate a point of God's mercy and grace. It's the story of the time I cussed in the midst of prayer. Yep...you read it right...I CUSSED while praying...(Now that's one to be proud of.) Ok...can I just say that I can't believe I am actually sharing this story with all of you...but here it goes. [Read more...]

Quit Worrying!!!

Today, I read a sobering story of a young mother who passed away, leaving behind a husband, 2 children, and a baby boy. My heart broke, as I thought of her young girls, who would not have the opportunity of having their mother be present for their marriage, and the baby boy that would grow, missing out on ever really knowing his mother. I felt an overwhelming sense of loss for her husband who would battle, trying to figure out how to balance working and caring for three children...and the moments of loneliness he would experience in the months and years that lay ahead. While all of these sobering thoughts dashed through my head, I also recalled dear friends who suffered physically this year, friends who experienced strokes, battled with cancer, and lost loved ones. Friends, life is fragile. We honestly don't know what our future holds. With all these heavy, sobering thoughts, I felt compelled to encourage you to LIVE life to the fullest!!! [Read more...]

You Will NOT Be Put To Shame

Wow, what a great week, I love hearing all your testimonies of what the Lord is speaking to you during this 21 day adventure (as we invite Him to speak and listen for His direction). Today, I want to encourage you to abandon yourself completely to Him and put your hope completely in Him. Isaiah 49:23  promises us that "Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame." MMMMMMMM....let that soak in and settle in the core of your spirit...As we hopefully wait for GOD, WE WILL NOT be put to shame! I recently came through one of the most gruelling battles of my life; the season was darker than the years I suffered abuse and lonelier than the season following my divorce. I had never felt more alone, more forsaken, more abandoned, or helpless. Satan threw every weapon he had to test my faith, tried to confuse me through my circumstances, and weight me with one battle after another...I wanted to pull myself up and press on but some days were so dark I simply just didn't have it in me. A heavy fog hovered all around me, undetected by others, but on some days, I literally felt as if I wouldn't be able to see my hand, even if I put it directly in front of my face. [Read more...]

Experiencing God’s Presence

This morning as I spent my own quiet time in prayer the Lord caused me to think of a time from my early twenties; it was a difficult season. No matter what decision I made, disaster seemed imminent.  I crawled into bed, turned to my side, and curled into a fetal position. "Lord, I just cant 'go on!" "I can't live like this any longer!" Tears slowly trickled from the corners of my eyes as I laid helpless, powerless, and feeling completely trapped by circumstances. [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen

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  From The Christmas Kitchen a gathering place for making memories by Tammy Maltby with Anne Christian Buchanan Kids in the Kitchen The messy joy of creating with pint-sized cooks [Read more...]

Three Truths to Starting Over

Yesterday, I shared how I wanted to hit the "re-start button". But how do you really do that? How do you let go of what was and start fresh? Today, I thought I'd elaborate on a few essentials to starting over. I would love your feedback at the end. Your comments always help fill in on the parts I miss and your stories serve to encourage others...so...don't be shy, please leave your thoughts in the comment section below and let your story inspire others! 🙂 A few thoughts on starting over:
  • Recognize that part of starting over means something else has ended. Loss of a loved one. Marriage. Divorce. Sickness. Healing. Birth of a child. Waywardness of your teenage child. Growing older. Loss of a position. Promotion. All of these circumstances, constitute change. And change, even when it's good can cause stress.
  • [Read more...]

Spinning Wildly Out of Control

"Stop it Steve; that's enough!" I covered my ears; his incessant honking was no longer funny. But, Steve continued, determined to press harder and longer on the horn, laughing, at his ability to be in control. "Stop it Steve!" My sister lunged her hand, hitting Steve's elbow-locked arm...and just that quick...the world Steve felt so in control of...turned upside down...and so did ours . Our van veered back and forth across the road, tilted on two wheels, hit a guard rail, and then flipped over and over again. I closed my eyes, watching my life flash before me. I recalled my grandmother's recent accident and the comment the doctors made to my grand-father about her survival: "It's a good thing she was sleeping. She probably survived this crash because her body was so relaxed." [Read more...]

Fighting Off the Enemy’s Accusations

I long for the day when I no longer have to fight "the accusers" accusations. You know, the small voice that whispers "You'll never be good enough." Or "If God really wanted to use you, then ... wouldn't have happend!" I look forward to not having to deal with all his subtleties of confusion, discouragement, and disappointment. Scripture says that Satan "masquerades as an angel of light." He doesn't show up with his entourage of demons spewing fire and venom; he cloaks himself in small subtleties, hoping to go unnoticed...undetected. He hopes to infiltrate our hopes with discouragement, our mission with busy activity, and our mind with confusion. [Read more...]

Experiencing God’s Presence

This morning as I spent my own quiet time in prayer the Lord caused me to think of a time from my early twenties; it was a difficult season. No matter what decision I made, disaster seemed imminent.  I crawled into bed, turned to my side, and curled into a fetal position. "Lord, I just cant 'go on!" "I can't live like this any longer!" Tears slowly trickled from the corners of my eyes as I laid helpless, powerless, and feeling completely trapped by circumstances. Then, in a single moment, God's peace covered me from head to toe. I felt a soft caress across my cheek and the curve of a presence surround me. The Lord spoke directly to my spirit, "It's OK. I'm here. And, I love you." [Read more...]
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