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"Whether your affliction is small or very great, life-changing or merely a bump in the road, will you meet it with a quiet, steadfast heart that clings to belief in the God who promises to never forsake you?⠀

As the hidden places of my heart were exposed after my crushing disappointment, I had to cry out to God to help my unbelief. I had prayed through the whole journey that I would hold my dream with an open hand, ready to let it go if it wasn't God’s plan for me. But when that moment came, I realized I had been clinging too tightly to the dream after all.⠀

Since then, I’ve been fighting the discontent and unbelief in my own heart, fighting to line my will up under the will of God where it belongs and to trust Him to do best for me, even if that means not getting what what I truly believed He was calling me to do and wanted so badly.⠀

And He is being faithful and kind to prove again to me that He is better. He is better than any earthly treasure I could desire. He is better, even if He never gives me this dream or even if He takes away every other earthly comfort I possess. Because I know how wicked my heart can be, I’m sure that there are still ugly areas of unbelief hiding in the secret places, but I also know that God promises to complete the work He has begun in me. I’m confident He will continue to sanctify me and expose what is hidden. Suffering will be one of the tools He will use to do that." ⠀

— Monica Hall ⠀

Read the post, "When Suffering Exposes Our Unbelief," on the #TrueWomanBlog —> Link in bio.

Revive Our Hearts is made possible by Ministry Partners and donors who give and who believe in the mission of this ministry—helping women find freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ. We're overwhelmed by God's goodness shown through you, generous givers! ⠀

Since today is #GivingTuesday, we'd like to say "Thank You!" to our community with a special giveaway! It includes . . . ⠀

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PS: If you're interested in learning how Revive Our Hearts is funded and what we accomplished this year, take a look at our 2018 Ministry Report. Link in bio! ⠀

"Psalm 50:14 says, 'Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving.' The footnote in the ESV has the alternate meaning: 'Make thanksgiving your sacrifice to God.' Do you see that? Sometimes, it’s a sacrifice to be thankful.⠀


There are situations in my life for which I don’t feel thankful. They’re hard, they’re stressful, and frankly, I can’t wait until they’re over. Sometimes God brings heartbreak in our lives, times when it hurts to breathe, and we wish we could just stop feeling. How do we obey in these times, giving thanks for what we fervently wish had never happened?⠀

We have to believe in these times that God will keep His promises. We need to have faith . . . and beg for the faith we lack to believe He is who He says and will do what He says.⠀

And He says He will work all things together for good for those who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). ⠀

He says that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness, which when it has its full effect, will make us perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:3–4). ⠀

He says there is a crown of life waiting for us when we have stood the test of trials (James 1:12). ⠀

He says He will not break a bruised reed or quench even a faintly burning wick (Isa. 42:3). ⠀

He says He is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:18).⠀

We give thanks for His promise that these hard things in our lives are not being wasted. We give thanks that He is using them to make us more like Jesus. We give thanks that He is still working on us, He isn’t finished, and His love never gives up.⠀

We don’t have to understand what He’s doing or why He’s doing it. Trying to figure Him out will only drive us crazy, because His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts (Isa. 55:9). And really, isn’t that in itself a comfort? For who would want to worship a God we could figure out?" ⠀

— Monica Hall ⠀

Read Monica's post on the #TrueWomanBlog —> Tap the link in our bio. ⠀

"Our joy in sacrificing for others directly correlates to our dependence on God as our sustenance. It is no coincidence that Paul informs us that God loves a cheerful giver in 2 Corinthians 9:7 and then reminds us that God is able to abundantly supply our needs in verse 8." @kelseyapark

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. | 2 Corinthians 9:7-8⠀

Read "Moldy Jam and Our Call to Hospitality" on the #TrueWomanBlog 🍁 Link in bio!

"This I know: Without God, I am nothing but a heap of tears and regrets, but because of the cross I am forgiven. Completely, forever forgiven!⠀

As I follow God daily and seek out His Truth, I can fend off the lies of enemy and keep on walking in freedom. I’m not perfect and I never will be, but because of Jesus my sins (the old ones and the new ones) are removed as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).⠀

I seek to live my life every day as He would have me live it—not because I could ever be good enough, but because He is the One who knows all the answers, makes no mistakes, and perfectly loves the sinner that I am. He did it all. His blood is enough. He is my everything. And He provides freedom over my sin, guilt, and regret.⠀

Those truths that are true for me are true for you, too!⠀

You have not out-sinned God’s ability to forgive you, and shame is never a place our Father wants you to live."⠀

@kim_jaggers

Read the rest of Kim's post on the #TrueWomanBlog! Link in bio.

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Продолжим дальше #знакомтеськсю ☺️ Да да, я обычный человек... И я не идеальный ... Если тут 👉 есть идеалы, напишите "+" в комментариях 📝... Интересно посмотреть... Я хочу быть честной с вами... Конечно снимать видео на унитазе я не буду 🤣 Это слишком... Так как мы на даче, скажу... Я обожаю пиво 🍺 И мне пофиг, что это не женский напиток 🤣

Пьют немного все... Это факт ☝🏻 Только некоторые хотят быть идеальными и не показывают этого... А другие наоборот только и показывают 😅

У меня средний вариант... Я показываю и говорю только тогда, когда этого хочу 😊

Раньше я могла выпить красного вина... Потом меня начало воротить от него 🤢... Люблю шампанское, но ненавижу головную боль 🤪 от него на утро. Холодный брют или белый сухарь отлично идут летом под фрукты... Виски, ром, бренди вообще не понимаю. Пиво-да 😍 Особенно под таранечку 😋 Из надевано полюбившихся- коктейль водка и швепс 🤨Текилу, самбуку и разные настоечки тоже могу. Но это все в компании, как и водка со швепсом... Я считаю, что нельзя себе отказывать в чем-то... Хочешь мясо есть- пожалуйста... Хочешь кофе с сахаром -давай... Жизнь одна у нас! Не нужно себя ограничивать ... Главное, что бы все было в меру... ‼️Могу конечно спросить у вас как вы относитесь к спиртному, и к тому чтоб не ограничивать себя?! Но знаю, что здесь появится много монашек и злостных ЗОЖников 😂

#beautyksu #блогер #truewomanblog #честнымбытьвыгодно #люблюпиво #выходные

Hi there! 👋🏽 Perhaps you're a new follower, and you're wondering what Revive Our Hearts is all about. ⠀
So let's get acquainted! There’s a few simple ways to do that . . . ⠀

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We like to think of these blogs like 3 sisters. ⠀
There's the older, wiser sister: the Leader Connection blog, where you'll get practical equipping and encouragement to serve as a leader. ⠀
The #TrueWomanBlog is the middle sister, and there you'll find truth across a wide variety of topics for women. ⠀
Last but not least is the little sis, the #LiesYoungWomenBelieveBlog! @liesyoungwomenbelieve is all about identifying lies and replacing them with truth for young women. 🍏 ⠀

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It's so nice to meet you! 🎉You’re important here. We're passionate about serving you and pointing you to freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ!⠀

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That means . . .

When I am sleep deprived from being up with the baby all night and my husband is snoring away . . . I don’t let myself gripe at him (even just in my head). When my children complain about dinner . . . I choose to say a blessing to them.

When old hurts bubble up to the surface . . . I refuse to nurture them and instead ask Jesus to empower me to forgive again and again.

When my friends are thoughtless or disengaged . . . I reach out, instead of mentally placing the ball in their court.

Refuse to justify any amount of bitterness in your own heart. You will be amazed at what the Holy Spirit exposes and then lovingly helps you rid yourself of. @eringraffiti
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"To say it plainly, bitterness is bad for you.⠀

Bitterness robs us of joy. It makes us critical and irritated. It inevitably drives a wedge between us and the object of our frustration. We water and feed our bitter roots, hoping that somehow we can hurt the person who has hurt us, but inevitably, we end up poisoning ourselves instead.⠀

Several years ago, I studied bitterness with the women of my church. Together, we discovered that avoiding bitterness is both a command and a warning. Everything God asks of us is ultimately for our good, and when He tells us to get rid of all bitterness (Eph. 4:31), He is looking out for our best interests.⠀

The more I study bitterness in the Bible, the less I can tolerate it in my own heart. I want no part of it. In fact, I’ve adopted a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bitterness.⠀

That means . . .⠀

When I am sleep deprived from being up with the baby all night and my husband is snoring away . . . I don’t let myself gripe at him (even just in my head).⠀

When my children complain about dinner . . . I choose to say a blessing to them.⠀

When old hurts bubble up to the surface . . . I refuse to nurture them and instead ask Jesus to empower me to forgive again and again.⠀

When my friends are thoughtless or disengaged . . . I reach out, instead of mentally placing the ball in their court.⠀

Refuse to justify any amount of bitterness in your own heart. You will be amazed at what the Holy Spirit exposes and then lovingly helps you rid yourself of." @eringraffiti

Read this #TrueWomanBlog post at truewoman.com —> Tap the link in our bio! #ReviveOurHearts

"Every good gardener knows that you can't chop weeds. Try to go after those buggers with a weed eater, and you'll get nowhere in a hurry. You've got to rip weeds up by the roots. Otherwise, they will just keep coming back, and when they do, they're bound to bring more and more of their weedy friends.⠀

It's no accident that God uses the image of a weed to describe a particular sin that has a way of creeping into all of our hearts . . . bitterness.⠀

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no 'root of bitterness' springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled (Heb. 12:15).⠀

Bitterness isn't one of those big, flashy sins that you can see growing above the surface of our hearts. It may not show off like anger or produce big ol’ hunks of rotten fruit like disobedience. Bitterness is a sleeper sin. It grows beneath the surface, down deep in the soil of our hearts.⠀

But the author's warning in Hebrews is clear—that bitter root will one day sprout, and when it does, 'many will become defiled.' In other words, if that bitter root keeps growing, there will be a harvest of pain for you and the people in your world. And because bitterness is a weedy sin that burrows in our hearts first, we can't just cut off the behaviors that bitterness causes. We need the Lord's help to yank that baby up by the root." @eringraffiti

Read today's #TrueWomanBlog post for 4 ways to spot a bitter root. Link in bio!

"Forgiveness means we don’t ignore. We don’t excuse. But we do release the right of vengeance to God without pretending vengeance isn’t right. It means saying, 'This person has sinned against me, and deserves to pay, but I will not take God’s place as judge and executioner in this matter.' You choose to let Him deal with the person and walk in freedom, knowing He will serve justice in His time. (Even if it means the person truly repents and in grace, God serves justice through His wrath poured out on Jesus. The gospel is good news for the repentant wrongdoer—that’s why it’s good news!)⠀

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I feel the anger of the wrong done, and yet I forgive him. I’m willing to see reconciliation happen if God wills it. Every time something triggers the pain and trauma of that event, I turn to the Lord. I pour out my pain to Him in lament, and I ask Him for His heart on it.⠀

But I don’t stay there. I move into the world around me out of my experience. I write about the pain (as I am here) or speak to someone wise that I trust. I serve others in my community and church that are walking through trauma with the healing God is giving me. And all of this is by grace.⠀

I rest in the gospel—I have been forgiven much. And because of His merciful yet wrathful heart, God was patient to wait for reconciliation. He held out His hands in love until I repented. Friend, in your pain today, don’t ignore what happened, don’t stuff down the pain. Take it to God, and ask Him to give you His angry yet forgiving heart." @mullinshayley

Read the post at truewoman.com —> Link in bio. #TrueWomanBlog #ReviveOurHearts

Could your children learn from your stories—from God's faithfulness, despite your mistakes and your sin? Heidi Jo Fulk is on the #TrueWomanBlog, explaining why she and her husband are choosing candor over comfort. (Because sometimes honesty means getting uncomfortable. But if it makes the gospel more real in your kids' eyes, it's always worth it.) ⠀

"If your desire, like mine, is for your children to abide in the Lord, then acknowledge His Truth displayed in your life with all sincerity and honesty with your kids. If you want your kids to keep God’s Word whatever the cost, then that cost might include some of your pride or privacy.⠀

Trust the Lord to use your words to describe His faithfulness and Truth displayed in your life so that your children may see Him more clearly and pursue Him. Tell your stories, and trust God to show Himself through them." | Heidi Jo Fulk⠀

Read the post —> Link in bio. #ReviveOurHearts

"Self-care will never fill the void in your heart meant for God alone. It is the diet soda of motherhood: Instead of offering satisfaction, it leaves you endlessly thirsting for more. Self-care buys into the world’s wisdom of putting your needs front and center, but the Bible tells us that true satisfaction and joy only come through Jesus. When motherhood feels overwhelming, instead of adding self-care to your already too long to-do list, meet with your Provider-God for soul-care sustenance.⠀

Soul-care and self-care may look the same from the outside. They both may involve getting physical rest, reading good literature, eating well, creating art, and exercising. But self-care comes from the attitude of self, of building your kingdom, of idolizing your own needs. Soul-care seeks to know God better through both His Word and His world and humbly accept your human limitations.⠀

Self-care can’t give the kind of life that your weary body truly needs. Jesus calls you to come to Him to learn and rest: 'Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls' (Matthew 11:28-29). ⠀

Dear Mom, if you’re exhausted, your soul will find rest in God alone. If you feel weak, God will be your strength. If your soul is desert-dry, God is the stream of living water. When you feel attacked, God is your refuge. When you lack wisdom, God provides it. When motherhood is more than you can manage, don’t run to self-care for the break the world says you deserve. Instead, care for your soul by giving it more oxygen from the pure, life-giving breath of God." @unsupermommy

Read more on the #TrueWomanBlog at truewoman.com

"God carried me along that dark and lonely path. Sometimes my vision was so cloudy I began to fear that He had indeed forsaken me, but He never broke that promise. Sometimes He made His presence felt in ways I can’t describe with words, but I just knew He was there and holding me fast when I lacked the strength to cling tight to Him.⠀

If you have suffered a miscarriage, maybe you feel lonely as I did. Maybe you are walking some other fiery path that leaves you feeling desperately alone. Beloved, you are not alone, no matter how dark it gets. Isaiah 43:2 says, 'When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.'⠀

God proved true to me on my darkest days, and He will do the same for you. The path He lays for us is at times confusing, agonizing, and overwhelming, and if we had to walk it alone we would indeed be crushed. But He never removes His presence from us. He is there every step of the way. Take courage. Take heart. You are not walking alone." @monicanicolehall

Read more on the #TrueWomanBlog —> Link in bio.

"There are a lot of misconceptions about having a gentle and quiet spirit. I get it, ladies—I don't consider myself either gentle or quiet by nature. I'm outspoken and the volume of my voice is generally loud or deafening. I’m not naturally the poster-child for biblical womanhood, but I've learned that by God's grace, I can be adorned with a gentle and quiet spirit in how I relate to my husband, even if it looks a little loud in my actions. Fellow loud and bold wives, our personalities need not be threatened by keeping our heart within gentle and quiet. In the same way, if you are a woman whose personality is outwardly gentle and quiet, your actions may not be consistent with the war going on inside of your own heart—especially during a fight with your husband.⠀

A gentle and quiet heart is not something that comes naturally to any of us, but Peter admonishes wives in particular to adorn ourselves with it in 1 Peter 3:4: 'But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.'⠀

The term adorn tells us that being gentle and quiet in marriage isn’t our natural tendency; it’s something that we must put on. Gentleness is a fruit of the spirit, which means that it doesn’t come from our own abilities but by the power of the Holy Spirit at work within our hearts.⠀

Peter tells us that it makes our hearts beautiful and precious to God. This means that even fighting with our husbands (which in our natural ability will only be ugly) can be transformed into something beautiful and God-glorifying if we enter into conflict with our hearts filled with a spirit of gentleness and quietness." @unsupermommy

Read more on the #TrueWomanBlog —> Link in bio!

The enemy never fights fair.⠀
In his attempts to hurt and cause division among us, the enemy often hits us where we’ve been hurt before.⠀
But we don't have to allow the enemy to use past wounds for future gain in our lives. God's truth heals those wounds and breaks through the deception. ⠀

Read more on the #TrueWomanBlog —> Link in bio!

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. | Romans 5:3-4⠀

Know that suffering—the hard stuff—will come. And when it does, we can bemoan the pain and shrivel under its weight. Or we can pray that God would use it in our lives to produce endurance. And then character. And then hope. ⠀

Read more on the #TrueWomanBlog —> Link in bio. #ReviveOurHearts

"Can we obey God knowing we might suffer for it? Do we want His glory revealed even when it will cost us something dear? Is there a secret to obeying even when it hurts? These are hard questions that appear to have obvious answers to those who haven’t been tested. But for those of us who have, you know the 'church answer,' while easily professed, can be painful to apply.⠀

Often, what He desires for me doesn’t make sense. In those times, I cling to His Word. ⠀
'Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). ⠀
We have no problem saying we trust God. But all our words are just words until they’ve been tested. The beauty of testing is that you learn to believe the words that you easily say. And when we truly believe that He is trustworthy, we will gladly lay down our wills for His and obey, even when it hurts.⠀

Obeying the Lord may mean saying 'no' to your desires and 'yes' to pain and suffering. It did for Jesus. It did for me. Maybe it does for you, too. I believe, even while I hurt, that our obedience is worth all our suffering. The absence of pain is not the goal. Obedience is." @christybritton6

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