One Day at a Time – #HealingRain

08-27-15 One Day at a Time

Living One Day at a Time requires Faith

Are you weighed down by the cares of life?

I don’t know what heartbreaking situation you may be facing within your family. Your child may be diagnosed with autism. You may be dealing with a rebellious child. You may have someone you love fighting cancer. You may be in a difficult time in your marriage or going through a bitter divorce. You may be a single mom fighting to have enough time with your child.

No matter what you are going through, there is enough grace for today! So take it one day at a time. Listen to todays Healing Rain Broadcast. 

Living in Freedom One Day at a Time

Living life free from fear and worry means that we trust God for every breath we take.

Beginning our day remembering all that God has done in our lives will lift your spirit and your hopes. He is alive in us. Nothing can take His place. He is all we need. His love has set us free!

Take a moment, to worship, clap your hands and maybe even dance when you listen to “Alive” by Hillsong

Does that Song Make you Want to Dance?

There are times when we are going through tough times, that we need to just stomp our feet, clap our hands, and move to the beat. The enemy of our souls hates worship because it makes us look up and see how BIG OUR GOD IS and how small our problem is in comparison.

In the midst of the darkest night, HIS light shines through. If we begin to live so that His will can be done in and through us every single day, we will live a life filled with freedom and joy.

Encouragement for your Marriage

9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage I know how tough and how wonderful marriage can be. We need to take our relationships one day at a time. I would love to give you an opportunity to read the Introduction and First Chapter of my upcoming book 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage which comes out in book stores on October 2. Click the button for immediate download.Download Here

3 Ways to Make Patience Your Friend -Sue Detweiler – #HealingRain

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Is Patience Your Friend?

Have you ever noticed, that impatience doesn’t speed up the clock?

Patience provides an opportunity to slow down and enjoy your everyday life. Patience laughs at your imperfections and allows you to grow in the pace of grace.

Patience is enjoying your family and not letting the “work” of life get in your way of fun. Patience is valuing each child as precious in God’s sight and priceless to you. Patience trusts God with the result of the time spent and the seeds sown.

Listen to todays Healing Rain Broadcast:

Children often struggle with patience because they want to do everything NOW! They don’t like to wait to have fun.

Enjoy this Video from Sesame Street about Patience

Since we are God’s children, we also need to learn to wait. In fact, patience is one of the fruit of the Spirit. Developing

. God’s Word says,

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

James 1:2-4 NKJV

3 Ways to Make Patience Your Friend

So if you have had a “love-hate” relationship with patience, here are 3 ways to make patience your friend.

1. Cultivate Patience in the Check Out Line

Do you always pick the wrong check out line when you are in the store?  You know what a mean, the line that takes the longest. Rather than showing your irritation on your face and voice, what if you saw it as an opportunity to extend grace to the check out person who is learning a new system.

2. Let Patience Guide You in Traffic

Now that I drive in Dallas Texas, we are talking about some serious traffic anytime you drive down town. Learning to add more time to the travel schedule makes it easier for me to relax and enjoy the journey. Road-rage really isn’t a Christian trait after all – patience is!

3. Embrace Patience in Your Calling

Your calling is unique and powerful. Yet, one thing I know is that it will take much more time than you think to accomplish all that God has put in your heart to do.  Try extending yourself some grace today and be patient with the process of God fulfilling your dreams.

It was over 20 Years Ago…

Life-Giving Marriage O how time flies when you are having fun! It was over 20 years ago when God called me to write and now celebrate with me that my second book is coming out on October 2! In fact, I would love for you to have a free download of the introduction and the first chapter. You don’t even have to wait! You can have instant access just by clicking this button!Download Here

I would love to hear your comments…

Give Thanks – Sue Detweiler #HealingRain

Have you ever felt trapped?

Give Thanks

Feeling trapped often prompts us to blame someone else for our plight. You may blame your kids. You may blame your husband, who gets to go to work every day. Or if your husband stays home, you may still blame him because you have to work. You think back to when you had prayed for a child. You asked God for this. Ugh! If you had If you had only known about the constant frustrations. Listen to this encouragement from Healing Rain Radio:

Stop a moment, and give thanks. You are not trapped. You are free every day to serve God with a good attitude. Turn it around by giving thanks.

If that’s you today, take a moment and let worship fill your heart and mind. When you give thanks, you concentrate on God’s goodness. Take a moment to worship right now with this song by Matt Redman:

10,ooo Reasons to Give Thanks

Having a grateful heart and attitude opens up God’s possibilities and opportunities into your daily life. When you look up in praise and thanksgiving you no longer hang your head low in negativity. We are transformed in God’s presence and no longer trapped by human limitations.

Giving Thanks is a Healthy Habit of the Heart

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of those healthy habits that bring joy into our lives. If you would like immediate access of a list of healthy habits I like to live by, click the button.Get List of Healthy Habits

An Attitude of Gratitude Increases Your Latitude

The quickest way to a joy-filled day is to praise God. When we fill our minds and hearts with gratitude we are no longer blaming others for their short-comings. Other’s are drawn to our positive faith filled perspective. They want to be around us because they feel encouraged and strengthened to be who God has called them to be.

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Encouragement for Your Marriage

Life-Giving Marriage I would love to give you an opportunity to read the Introduction and First Chapter of my upcoming book 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage which comes out in book stores on October 2. Click the button for immediate download.Download Here

Anchored Peace – Sue Detweiler – #LifeGivingLinkup

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Anchored Peace in Times of Stress

My thoughts began to swirl around me as I paced the floor with a baby on my hip. I feel trapped…I have to get out of here…Where is he?…He is always late…

The accusations began to build momentum with the ticking of the clock. By the time my husband walked in the door, I jammed the baby in his arms and ran out. Oh, the joy of a walk! All by myself! No one pulling on me…crying…needing something.

He has no idea how this feels…I am going crazy…When do I have any time for me…

Listen to my short encouragement from Healing Rain Radio…

Have you ever felt trapped? …In your mind…

You may not have been in the situation where you had 4 children ages 6, 4, 2, and newborn, but you have probably felt trapped before.

When the disciples woke him up afraid for their lives, he awoke and changed the outer environment through the heaven-found peace that His life was tethered to.

“The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

“When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. 25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”

The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!””
Luke 8:24-25 NLT

Anchored Peace requires Faith

After Jesus calmed the storm, he asked his disciples “Where is your faith?” He wanted to disciples to walk like He walked, so filled with faith that they could sleep through the storms of life and change the environment by the peace they found within.

Anchored Peace makes you Fearless

Anchored Peace

Click on picture for instant access to: “Fearless: 5 Promises for Every Day”

As you walk in faith, you overcome fear and are anchored in God’s peace. Click on the picture and you can have instant access to my ebook Fearless: 5 Promises for Everyday. 

 


God’s Presence Creates an Oasis – Sue Detweiler #LifeGivingLinkup

Oasis

God’s Presence Creates an Oasis

In the middle of the dry seasons of your life, God’s presence creates an oasis. Watch this short video I did after speaking in New Mexico.

 

When you are connected to God’s presence, no matter what you are going through He can create an oasis within in you. God’s Word says,

“You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence isfullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Psalm 16:11 NKJV

You can be in a desert or a wilderness and suddenly you encounter God and you spring to life, just like the flowering plants that bloom in the presence of water.

Life-Giving Marriage This is a short encouragement today. I’m headed to Son Broadcasting for a TV interview on my upcoming book that launches in October. You can get a copy of the introduction and first chapter here.Download Here


Building Life-Giving Relationships #Linkup

Life-Giving Relationships

Last week my husband and I took a 5 day trip to the Houston area to celebrate 31 years of marriage. It fills up my love-tank when I spend time with my husband. I also found myself reflecting on the power of life-giving relationships.

Life-Giving Relationships

 

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Life-Giving Relationships take time.

Right before we left for Houston, I found myself irritable with my husband. When I thought about what was truly bothering me, I wanted more quality time with him. Then I realized, “Oh, he is making up hours at work so that he can take days off with me.” When I reframed the situation in my mind, I was able to realize that I was simply being petty.

Life-Giving Relationships need priority.

We only have so many hours in the day, if we don’t prioritize our relationships tasks and deadlines will win over relationships. As a type A personality I have let my tasks and responsibilities run my schedule. I am trying to change this, and make people my priority.

Last week, I was working on blog post that I regularly post on Monday’s when I received a text from my friend Susan Mead about having lunch. I had made a mistake and written our lunch date for the next Monday. When I looked at her text I knew I had a decision, I could either go out to lunch with Susan OR complete the blog post. Because we were going out of town, I couldn’t do both. In the past, I would have stolen the time from my anniversary trip.

The Holy Spirit will lead you on how to prioritize the time in your day so that you are able to fulfill your calling in your life. Part of your God-given calling is to make time for relationships.  I am so thankful for the way that God gave me time with my children when they were small.  I often felt pulled in every direction. It was only by listening to the still small voice of God leading me that I could prioritize time with each one.

Life-Giving Relationships may be Life-Long or Seasonal

Every year in grade school I would moan to my mom at the end of the school year. “Mom, I had the best year! Next, year could never be as good.” Then I would talk about each of my friends. Some of the friends continued to be strong each and every year, others because my classes would change would become more like acquaintances. I would mourn the fact that I couldn’t keep up with every relationship. In fact, if we tried to make every relationship life-long, we wouldn’t be able to fulfill all that God called us to do in our lives.

Recently, a hard decision that Wayne and I faced was the choice to answer God’s call on our lives and to move across country to relocate in Frisco Texas to plant Life Bridge Church. It was a bold move for us. We still value all the neighbors, friends, co-workers, church family that we used to see regularly in the flow of our lives. It was sad and we grieved saying goodbyes. We love it when we have the opportunity to connect on social media or in other ways.

Life is bittersweet and takes twists and turns that we don’t always anticipate. I have sat with so many broken couples who did not anticipate their marriage ending in divorce. Their relationship that was once the joy of their life had been broken by sin and neglect. God is a restorative God. He heals, mends, repairs, and restores the broken places of our lives and gives us the hope of new beginnings.

Life-Giving Relationships are our Inheritance

Jesus modeled Life-Giving Relationships. He gathered the 12 around him and lived every day life with them. The disciples didn’t think they would have only 3 years with him, they wanted the relationship to stay the same. But Jesus knew His purpose. He was called to die and rise again for those he loved. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we have eternity with him and with others who call on His name. Everything else will pass away, but life-giving relationships lasts forever. In eternity we will have an abundance of what we didn’t have on earth…TIME.

Life-Giving Marriage

I would love to give you an opportunity to read the Introduction and First Chapter of my upcoming book 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage which comes out in book stores on October 2. Click the button for immediate download.Download Here


Life is Fragile, People Matter

Life is Fragile, People Matter

Life is Fragile, People Matter

My friend Susan’s life was shattered. She had brought two beautiful sons into the world. Nothing could prepare her for loss of her son Kyle to a drug overdose. No mother or father expects to bury their child. The depth of loss drove Susan to her own healing journey to find God’s restoration. Watch Susan’s brief video testimony:

Healing Journey

God leads everyone of us on a healing journey at one point in our lives. Everyone’s journey is different, because we grieve differently.

In the broken, dark moments of our lives we have trouble even taking care of ourselves. We have to choose to respect the unique ways that people walk through their grief. No one knows how the other person feels. It is only Jesus who goes down to the darkest places of our lives.

From Grief to Grace

The wonderful promise of Jesus, is that He is able to take us from grief to grace. He shines the brightest lights in the darkest moments. You don’t realize how terrible loss can be. But we all experience it grief.

We don’t have to wallow in grief. We need the time to seek God’s light to walk into a graceful spot. God can take us out of any crises, no matter how difficult it is!

Dance With Jesus

Dancing with Jesus

We can dance with Jesus at any point in our lives. Often we think about dancing when we are happy. But we can dance our way out of sorrow into His joy. It doesn’t mean that everything in our lives will ever be perfect. Our joy finds it’s place dancing in the arms of Jesus, the only perfect ONE.

Life is fragile, people matter If you would like a FREE BOOK by Susan B Mead called “Dance with Jesus” write a comment below. Two people will be chosen to receive a copy of her book. The drawing will take place by Monday, August 3rd.