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We're talking a lot about modesty this week at Believe.com. What does it mean, really, and how does it affect the Christian? Modesty, by definition, means "freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, simplicity." As Christians, we are are called to this in our dress, actions and morals. Why? Is it to keep us chained up and boring? Far from it. Being modest means that we are not attracting attention to our bodies and actions so that God can get the credit. It doesn't mean we need to dress in a sack cloth and live in a barn. Be stylish and outgoing if you want! But by acting with class and dignity, we will show the world there is something special about us. Our modesty might just be the only Bible any non-Christian ever reads.Here are five verses about modesty. Does anyone need prayer in this area? more»

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  • Do you ever feel like your life would have more meaning if you could just DO what you know you COULD DO but lack courage? Do you ever feel like the devil (who is described as a roaring lion out to pounce on you) has turned you from a roaring lion into a cowardly one?  more »

  • Anyone out there experience jealously? You're not alone. We all go through it. but did you know the one person who is jealous for you in a good way? Yup, it's Jesus. more »

  • It's easy to get stuck in fear. "Will I ever find someone?" "Will the person I found be enough?" "Will I ever be enough?" The truth is that we can't control other people. Nor can we pin our emotions on temporary things like work, friendship, family and health. The only thing we can do is trust in the Lord who is our rock. Here are a few verses to turn to if you're feeling fearful. Isn't it time you go liberated and freed yourself to live with the purpose God created you to live? At Believe.com, we know that God has your back. So do we! How can we pray for you? What are you afraid of? more »

  • Patience is a virtue, or so they say. For many of us, this virtue is not something we attain easily. The reason behind this is that we often put too much "we" into it instead of asking for God's help. When was the last time you prayed before dealing with that annoying PTA president? What about for your drive to work when jerks inevitably cut you off on the freeway? When was the last time you stopped referring to everybody as jerks but instead had compassion for them? more »

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  • Getting married, or even starting a serious relationship, is tough. The bigger question, before you ask if someone is right for you, is to ask yourself if YOU are right for God. Here are three things to consider. more »

  • Of COURSE God knows how much you want to get married. He created you in your mother's womb. Don't you think he has the entire thing figured out down to the rice being thrown? (Or the elopement in Vegas with a preacher man that looks like Elvis?) The real question is: Do you trust God to provide the right person at the right time? Can you get over your own human impatience while you wait? If you can't, do not feel bad. You are not a saint. It's not easy, or you would not need God. But let us tell you that it's ten times worse to marry out of your flesh just because the person is there, rather than wait for the Christian spouse who honors Jesus as much as you do. From your finances, to your personal views on raising kids, you want to do this with someone who shares your values. Is a home built in a day? No, it takes plans, and failures, and lots of sweat. It takes a great architect. You've got the builder in God, but are you willing to fail at a few relationships with the wrong one until the right one comes along? Here's some Scripture for you - especially those in the waiting room. How can we pray for you? more »

  • "Til death do us part" is how the saying goes at a wedding. But what if your marriage feels like death? What if, after trying everything, it just isn't working? more »

  • This week's women's newsletter is focusing on women who are addicted to love. Yes, there is such thing as too much love, especially when the "love" is more like "obsession." Who should our first love be? God, of course. It sounds trite to say it, but when you actually start doing it - placing Jesus front and center - you'll be shocked at how much lighter your load gets. For those with more serious addiction, counseling, fellowship and support is always advised. For those who just want help lifting some of their more obsessive natures, consider prayer as your first go-to for help! Here are just a few verses to encourage you.  more »

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  • This month, we're taking some harder looks at faith and the arrows of doubt. It's easy to think that God isn't around when things are bad, but the truth is, He is there. God's ways are not our ways. What we might not understand immediately we'll understand in God's timing. Can't be patient? How about praying for patience? Angry? That's okay. God can take it. We weren't always happy with our earthly dad's decision on earth, but assuming your father was a good man, he loved you regardless, didn't he? Same with our heavenly father. Bottom line: Our emotions don't determine God's presence. Here are some verses to encouarge you. How can we pray for you?  more »

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  • For some people, being married is amazing. For others, it's super difficult. Regardless of the situation you are in, the truth of the matter is that no one is more important than Jesus in your relationship. If you don't put Him first, you are making an idol of your spouse, and that's not good. Why? Because no person deserves power over your emotions. What do you and your spouse deserve? You both deserve to take the pressure off each other and cast your woes onto Jesus. This will not only balance out your emotions, but allow you to transform to the person GOD wants you to be, not who YOU want you to be. When you have that truth, then nothing of this earth can make or break your day. Instead, you will have the peace that only comes from the spiritual realm. And when you have that, transformation happens. Is anyone in need of prayer in this area? more »

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  • It might seem silly to pray when you are in doubt, but the truth is, it works. The first step to faith is obedience to God. If we had all the answers about who Jesus was, we wouldn't need faith in the first place, now would we? Why not go right to the source with these five Bible verses. On days that the dark cloud of doubt creeps in, use these scriptures for hope. Let us know how we can pray for you - and don't doubt it - if you comment, we will pray! more »

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  • Mothers Day will be here Sunday, May 11. One only needs to think about Jesus' mother, Mary, to get inspiration on what it means to be dedicate your life to a child. Here are a few prayers to remember how important mothers are in the lives of children. Are you a mother or do you have a special mom in your life who needs prayer? Leave us a comment! more »

  • Sometimes the hardest thing to do is have peace in your relationships. Do you want to be right or do you want to have a connection to someone? Joel Osteen talks about this very thing in his podcast here. Using scripture and encouraging stories, he reminds us that God isn't going to change someone else. It's up to US to let our pride go in order to have peace. In doing so, God will bless us, allowing other people then to change by our example. This is not easy, and it does not mean we are to not have boundaries, but it does mean we are to constantly ask the Lord to intercede on our behalf - to give us the help to know when to make a line in the sand and when to let things go. The upgrade? Peace from the Lord. Pray the following scriptures with us, and leave a comment if you need support! more »

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  • Raising children under any circumstances is difficult, but raising a special needs one can feel even more tiring. Sure, there are lots of platitudes about how "God doesn't give us what we can't handle" but... there are days when it feels like more than we can handle! Which, if you think about, is exactly the point of Jesus. IT IS MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE. But Jesus can handle it. Take your needs to him. Cry out. Ask for peace that transcends understanding. Ask for his plan in your child's life and for his plan in your life. How can you find people to help you? Ask Jesus to calm down your spirit so you can, with a gentle and obedient heart, listen to the Spirit's guidance in your life and your child's. Your child was no accident! God has a plan! Consider these scriptures and leave a comment if you need prayer. more »