Elizabeth & Jim George

Bestselling authors dedicated to helping
people live a life after God’s own heart.
They've written over 70 books with more
than 8 million copies sold. For over 30 years,
they've helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s truth and apply it
    to daily situations.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of
    children and teens.

A Mom After God’s Own Heart
A Woman After God’s Own Heart
A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices
A Young Man’s Guide to Making Right Choices: Your Life God’s Way

 

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Hidden Strength

Are you ready to do some soul-searching? Here we go! Are you a woman of faithfulness? Can others — starting with those at home — count on you? Can others trust you with information? With work? With responsibility? Can others place their confidence in you no matter what? Proverbs 25:19 says, “Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble” (NIV). Do you want to be a woman who is as unsteady as a broken foot or do you want to be a woman your family can lean on in times of trouble?

You are to be a support to your husband, children, and to those God calls you to serve. And your strength for your responsibilities must come from the Lord. Faithfulness, commitment, obedience, perseverance, and willingness to follow God’s lead—do whatever you must do for these traits to become your hidden strength.

God, lead me to faithfulness and strength. As I stand in Your presence, I want to examine my heart and find the traits that make me a help and a refuge for my family and for others

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The Women at the Cross

When I need strength and courage, I remember the women at the cross and the tomb of Jesus. Whenever I read Mark, chapter 15 and 16, I’m always amazed that a small band of ladies stayed with our Lord to the very end, even when His closest disciples left! These women stood near the cross through Jesus’ horrendous torture and suffering. And their devotion didn’t end with His death. They followed those who carried the Lord’s body to the tomb where He was placed.

But their devotion didn’t end with His burial. They returned to their homes after the worst day of their lives and prepared for the Sabbath. And then, “When the Sabbath was past, [they] bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him” (Mark 16:1). Very early the next morning, after all the trauma of the crucifixion, they came to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid.

Our natural human tendency is to look for loopholes, to conjure up an excuse or reason that will get us out of having to show up or having to do something. These women left for the sepulcher not even knowing who would roll the huge stone away from the door of the tomb (verse 3). Next to this verse, I’ve written in my Bible, “They didn’t let a little thing like a massive stone keep them from going.”

I draw strength from these gallant women who endured a tumultuous day that ended with the horror of the crucifixion of their Lord and Savior. They wanted to do all they could for Him. So whenever I want to take a shortcut or pass on something important or risky, I remember the women at the cross. These women served faithfully in the midst of extreme difficulty—and to the end. May you and I be so faithful.

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