Archive for April, 2012

Editor’s Note:  Through this month of April, Real Women have been sharing reasons that lead them to find time to praise the Lord during their daily activities.  This week, we continue this series as two women share how God has used their times of praise to draw them closer to His heart and fill them with His love. 

For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you

against your enemies to give you victory.” Deut 20:4

“Jesus is our victor, Satan has lost the battle.  So when I am angry or sinful I start to worship and praise God and not allow Satan to win.  Singing songs, writing a letter, or praying…”


“As for me, it is important to have praise music on in our home throughout the day.  Then, I find myself still singing the songs to myself even after the music is off.  This keeps my mind from drifting or thinking negatively and inevitably, when one of my little ones does something, rather than getting frustrated I find myself thanking God for them and for the opportunity to be their mother and that I have children in my home.”


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As we close this week looking at our privileges as daughters of God we mustn’t skip prayer.  I can hardly fathom that the God of all creation wants to hear from me!  But just as we want to enjoy conversation and intimacy with those we love, so does our Heavenly Father want that with you and I.  I talked a little about this on day one regarding relationship with God but want to delve a little further.

One of the things my spiritual mentor taught me was to sometimes pray the Word, speaking Bible verses in prayer to God that are the Word of God.  Now there are books written about this very subject.   Why pray the Word?  Because God needs to be reminded?  No, because I do!  When I pray the Scripture I am agreeing with what God says about any given situation, circumstance or subject.  There is power in praying the Word of God because we are praying according to His will.  I have also found this is a great way to pray for others.  Sometimes I pray Scripture for them in my quiet time and other times I have the opportunity to pray with them and praying the Scripture guarantees I am praying according to God’s will and also bolsters the strength and faith of the one I have the privilege to pray with.

Father, thank you that You so loved the world that You gave Your only Son to purchase my salvation (John 3:16).  I praise you that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that you know my days (Psalm 139).  I know I can come to You rather than be anxious.  You tell me to think on the things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable.  I will think on things that are excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:6 & 8).  I thank You that Your grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9a) and that you have perfect plans for me, Jeremiah 29:11.  Thank you that when I wait on You my strength is renewed, (Isaiah 40:31).  In Jesus precious name, Amen.




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What do you think of when you think of peace?  Absence of conflict?  Everything running smoothly?  Nothing rocking your boat?

I believe peace is a privilege I have as a daughter of God no matter what my circumstances.  Jesus said His peace He would leave with us. (John 14:27)  We are kept in perfect peace. (Isaiah 16:3)  And one of the fruit of the Spirit is peace.  (Galatians 5:22)  Knowing that Jesus gives us peace and it is fruit that is supposed to be a part of our lives as daughters, do you have peace?

I have found that peace in my life comes from believing in the sovereignty of God.  Knowing that He controls everything and that nothing comes into my life until it has been sifted through His hand provides me with the ability to go through the tough times without fear.  In case you are thinking, yeah but you have never lived through what I have, you are right!  But that does not mean I have not had some things rock my boat.

My marriage was in serious trouble 20 years ago.  As I watched my mother dying, I learned that she had lied to me my whole life about some pretty major things.  We had a daughter who rebelled and did not come around until she was in her mid-twenties.  Just recently we found out our youngest daughter who is now in her mid-twenties is questioning her faith and whether she believes the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.

Out of these experiences and in the midst of your own, I encourage you to join me in grasping onto the hand of God to walk forward in faith and peace.  Steve Green has a song with this line in it, “When you can’t see His hand, trust His heart.”  And I remember this truth:  sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He calms His children.

Our Great God thank you that you have blessed us with the gift and fruit of peace.  May we look unto the hills where our help comes from and trust that You have it all under control.  I believe Your Word, “all things work together for good to those who are called according to Your purpose.”  I don’t have to know when, where or how but only need to trust that it does.  May those we come in contact with be in wonder and amazement at the peace we have in our lives and may You use that to open door for us to be a witness for You. In the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus.


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As women, many of us have a need to be secure.  A big mistake we make is in where we search for that security:  husband, family, job, money, status, home, etc…   While we want to feel secure we need to come to the place in our walk with the Lord that we believe what He says…We Are Secure In Him.  As a daughter of the King, I am secure.  He holds me tight, none can snatch me from His hand, ( John 10:28 & 29) Can you picture the futility of someone trying to remove you from Jesus’ hand or from the Father’s hand.   Let me tell you that should bring a smile to your face and a sense of security to your heart.

Psalm 139 tells us He knew our days before there was one; that is a comfort.  Things may blindside us but they never blindside the God of the universe.  When the storms of life rage we will not find security in people or things but only in our relationship with the One who loved us and died for us.  Security is not circumstance based but relationship based.

I praise and thank You, Father, for the blessing of security.  While the world would try to tell me differently, I know there is not real security apart from You.  I chose this day to trust You and rest securely in Your plans for me.  I choose to trust Your heart even when I don’t see Your hand.  In the Name of Jesus, my Security.


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Love.  This word stirs emotions like few others can.  As women we seem to be driven by love or at least the thought of and pursuit of love.

Think of the fairy tales, knights in shining armor riding white horses coming to whisk us away to live happily ever after.  Well, how did that work out for you?  I have a wonderful husband and I tell him he is my knight in shining armor but there have been a few spats over the years and I have seen a chink or two in the armor.  Oh, yes, and not to mention that I am not usually the fair damsel that the fictional romance puts forth.

Can we know true love?  Yes!  That love is found in relationship with the perfect Father who sent His Son, Jesus to ransom us.  As a daughter of the King I am blessed to be loved with an everlasting love,  a perfect love that casts out fear. (Jeremiah 31:3 and 1 John 4:18).  This is a love so great that He died for me. (John 3:16) This is a love driven by the very character of God.  Being loved and cherished is one of the privileges we have as daughters of God.

Precious God, thank you for Your love.  I ask that as Your daughters we will learn to rest, grow and hope in that love.  Praise You for the truth of Your Word and that when I don’t feel loved or lovely that does not change the reality that You put forth in the Scripture, I am loved.  Teach me to love You more, may my soul pant for You as the deer pants for the water.  In the name of Jesus who loved me first.


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One of the greatest privileges we can have as Daughters of God is enjoying relationship with God.

Romans 5:8 shows me how He loved me first and in that love reached down to save me from my sin.  John 3:16 reminds me that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.  These verses are all about relationship; God reaching out to me, and me reaching out to Him.

Growing up in a dysfunctional home, relationship was seriously lacking, so as an adult I have had to learn what it is like to be in a healthy relationship with God and with others.  When we become a daughter of God He blesses us with rights and privileges that only belong to His own.  While everyone gets air to breathe just because God provides this basic need for everyone on this earth, as a daughter I get to know God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in personal relationship that goes beyond basic need.

Like any relationship we have to devote ourselves to spending time with the one we want to know better.  God has provided His Holy Word, the Bible, which tells us about His character and His desire for our lives. (2 Timothy 3:16)  He has also opened the door of communication called prayer. (Philippians 4:6)  It is also important for me to remember communication is two way.  As we talk with God we must also listen for Him to answer.  I need to remember I am looking to communicate with my Heavenly Father, not lecture Him or treat Him as if I am in line at the fast-food drive through.  I am in relationship with God!

Father, I praise you that You have called me to be Your daughter.  I would ask that You place in my spirit the desire to know You more and to spend time with You so that my relationship with You is growing strong and healthy.  Teach me to sit quietly in Your presence so that our communication is two way; may I find more joy in listening than in speaking.  In the Name of my Savior, Jesus.

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Privileged:   to have special favor, to enjoy advantage, to be fortunate and to be honored.  During this month focused on praise, this week’s devotions will zero in on some of the great privileges God has lavished on us as His children, women who are daughters of God.

But, whatever our situation in life, it is fairly safe to assume that there are areas in which we don’t feel favored or honored.  Sometimes we feel deprived!  We are real women with real human emotions.

Regardless of the state of the personal relationships we enjoy (or endure)…

Regardless of our love life (or lack thereof)…

Regardless of feeling deep personal security (or feeling an absence of security)…

Regardless of peaceful circumstances enfolding us (or chaos swirling around us)…

Regardless of confidence in our conversation with God (or struggles about what to say to God)…

If we have trusted in Jesus Christ we have been adopted as Daughter’s of God.  As such, we can enjoy privileges as a Daughter.  Wow!  What an amazing thing to praise God for!  We hope you join us all this week here on the blog as one of our authors shares her heart about the honor of being a Daughter of God.

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!

I John 3:1



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