Women will love this topically arranged devotional for women that includes Scripture and timely devotional thoughts. With contributions from Joni Eareckson Tada, Ruth Bell Graham, Emilie Barnes, Rosa Parks, Elisabeth Elliot, and other godly women (gleaned from the NIV Women's Devotional Bible), God's Words of Life gives practical wisdom straight from the Bible. This beautiful book is perfect for personal use or to share with a friend.
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God's Words of Life for Women
God's Words of Life
ZONDERVANCopyright © 1997 Zondervan
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Jesus said, "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me."
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
Jesus said, "Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
Jesus said, "To love [God] with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
Jesus said, "Anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward."
Jesus said, "Do to others as you would have them do to you."
Jesus said, "I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you."
Jesus said, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul ...?
Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right."
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
For [Christ] himself is our peace.
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.
Devotional Thought on Accepting Others
Some people have a way of making themselves at home. They don't ring the front doorbell. They slip in the back. They don't care if there's clutter on the floor. They'll either help you pick it up, or step over it to pour you each a cup of coffee.
How do these people do it? Perhaps the key to the back door of our hearts is simply acceptance—the kind of love that would just as soon hug you in a tattered bathrobe as in your Sunday best.
Such people leave behind their expectations of how others should be and what they should do. To them, every person is buried treasure to be discovered and enjoyed. Differences are a source of delight. Evaluations, judgments, and makeovers are not their job. Loving acceptance is.
When such a person takes me into her heart, it is certain that she cannot stay long out of mine.
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Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Jesus said, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Jesus said, "Do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"
Cast all your anxiety on [Jesus] because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes."
The Lord replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
Jesus said, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom."
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
The Lord says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you.
2 Chronicles 15:2
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.
God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Devotional Thought on Anxiety
The story of Exodus is played out in miniature in the life of every believer.
Like the Jews of old, we are held in bondage. But God saves us from our enemy and leads us into freedom and into the promised land of his presence.
While we live on earth, we are involved in this exodus journey. We seem to wander in a desert of our own weakness and sin. Our faith is tested by difficulty. We have fears and anxieties, many of which are real. It is not only "the things that go bump in the night" that terrify us.
We sense an evil presence intent on overtaking us.
But like the Jewish people fleeing the wrath of Pharaoh, we can be certain that God will surround us with his protection. Though evil may threaten us, it will never overwhelm us. Surrounded by Christ, we will pass safely through this world to the next.
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Table of Contents
ContentsAccepting Others, 1,
Eternal Life, 57,
God's Presence, 87,
Grief and Death, 101,
Loving Others, 155,
Talents and Abilities, 206,