Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Celebrating 35 years!

Remembering God’s Faithfulness
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember 
your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11

"This month (August 2019) I am remembering the thirty-five years God has allowed me the privilege of serving him through this ministry. The way he has sustained and enlarged our outreach is indeed a “wonder of old,” and it is by his grace alone that we have come this far and plan to keep going for more years ahead."       Mary Lowman, Founder

Building on the foundation of these thirty-five years, we want to use new methods and improved electronic communications techniques to strengthen the impact we can have. Jesus told us to make disciples, and that is our bedrock purpose. We can enlarge our outreach by having a greater presence on social media, conducting more Bible studies online, providing more challenges and practical encouragements to equip more believers for living out their faith in effective ways on their jobs and elsewhere. 

If you believe in what we are doing and in our plans for the future, please support us in prayer. If you would like to give a gift. You can do so here

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Rejoice Always ~ Day 7

Rejoice Always ~ Day 7

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
 Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100

 As we conclude our seven-day challenge to rejoice in the Lord always, it is Sunday and hopefully you will be in your church today, praising God with brothers and sisters in Christ. This Psalm is very familiar, but today, maybe for the first time, I’m hoping you will practice it, not just read it. How? 
  • Don’t be afraid to “shout” for joy. Let your voice of joy be heard ~ in your private or corporate worship.
  • Sing joyful songs, hopefully with others joining in.
  • As you enter your church, give thanks and praise for your church, your pastor, and the fellowship you have there.
  • Worship in gladness today. Don’t allow anyone to dampen your joyful spirit.

At the end of the day you will have completed this challenge. Take time to make a record of what this week has meant to you. Remember what you’ve learned, how you’ve been blessed, and the difference it makes when you focus on rejoicing in the Lord always. And I would be so blessed if you would share your record with me.

 This Challenge to Rejoice Always has been a blessing in my life because:
  • ______________________________
  • ______________________________
  • ______________________________

If you click here and include your name, mailing address, and how this challenge has been a blessing in your life, we will send you a set of verse cards as a reminder to Rejoice Always!

Mary Lowman

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Rejoice Always ~ Day 6

Rejoice Always ~ Day 6

I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
Psalm 34:1

How can the praise of the Lord always be on your lips? Was David serious? On the next-to-the-last day of our challenge to “rejoice always,” praise is the antidote for complaining , griping, and criticizing. You cannot praise the Lord and complain at the same time. So how can the praise of the Lord always be on your lips today?

It doesn’t mean that everything you say must begin with “Praise the Lord.” It does mean that in your thought life and, when appropriate, in the words you say today, you are consciously aware of God’s blessings to you. Make an effort to thank God and praise him for everything good you see or hear today. For example:

  • For beautiful weather
  • For lovely flowers
  • For a child’s laughter
  • For a good friend/mate/co-worker
  • For feeling good
  • For air conditioning
  • For a safe home
  • For a working car

You get the idea. Just notice everything today ~ things you normally take for granted ~ and offer up praise and thanks to God, verbally and non-verbally, for his gifts. You’ll be surprised how the praise of God “will always be on your lips”! This leaves no room for negative, complaining thoughts or words.
Have a praise-filled day!

Mary Lowman

Friday, June 28, 2019

Rejoice Always ~ Day 5

Rejoice Always ~ Day 5 

A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:13

We’re on the home stretch ~ and I’m praying that by now you are more convinced than ever that God’s word is practical, relevant, and life-changing. Think of what God has done for you this week as you have intentionally determined to rejoice always in him. 

Today I want to encourage you to keep a cheerful face all day long. At every encounter with others, consciously remember to begin with a smile. For some, this comes easily and naturally; for others ~ like me ~ it is a habit to learn. Studies have proven that smiling makes a difference in you ~ emotionally and chemically ~ and it makes a difference in the way others respond to you.

So remember to put a cheerful look on your face and keep it there all day. Then notice how your smile impacts your feelings, your relationships, and your energy level today. Pay special attention to how contagious your smile is. People will smile back at you that you’ve never seen smile before!

Mary Lowman