Finding Love in a Broken World

By DeVine Interventions | October 7, 2020

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Love makes the world go around.” But if that’s true, why is it so hard to find love? You may long to be loved, but you probably also struggle with knowing whether or not you are worth loving. You desire deep friendships but also struggle to love others who are different from you. Why is it so hard to love? Why is it so hard to be loved? Is the love we’re yearning for real, or is it merely a romantic notion that can only be found in movies or novels?

Remaining Calm in the Chaos of Life

By DeVine Interventions | September 30, 2020

Popular speaker and author Nicole Johnson highlights some of the challenges she’s faced – including being stressed out as a crazy-busy mom and losing her relationship with a long-time, dear friend – and describes how these experiences taught her to find inner calm and healing with God’s help.

Growth Comes Through Adversity

By DeVine Interventions | September 23, 2020

What I’ve come to understand is that for you to rejoice over some of the challenges you face in life, you need to maintain a banked fire of joy. That fire is up to the task of warming your heart at all times and perfectly capable of exploding in fireworks at others. In order to keep the fire going, you need to offer up all the experiences of your life for joy to consume — the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the understood and the inexplicable. Just as Pollyanna’s father taught her to play the “glad game,” God calls us to play the “joy game,” which is really no game at all. Rather, it is a way of intentionally responding to circumstances, regardless of the circumstances.

Divisions, Deceptions and Disease

By DeVine Interventions | September 16, 2020

John Baillie, in his book A Diary of Private Prayer, wrote this: “Grant that my part in this world’s life today might not be to obscure the splendor of your presence but rather to make it more plainly visible in the eyes of men.” I fear that we as the body of Christ today are doing much to obscure the splendor of the presence of God in our midst. I have been reading Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and been struck by their relevance to the present day church.

What Not to Say to Those Who are Suffering

By DeVine Interventions | September 9, 2020

“It could be worse. Imagine if you broke both legs.” We have some odd ways of cheering each other up. Most of our bone-headed comments to suffering people are offered with passable intentions, and most of those comments are judged by their recipients as misguided rather than malicious, but it sure would be nice to improve our record of encouragement in the midst of pain. We could all generate a Top Ten List of words we spoke or received that make us shudder when we think about them. Here is one that, I suspect, makes a lot of lists. “What is God teaching you through this?”

Praying with Honest Abandon

By DeVine Interventions | September 2, 2020

Elisa Morgan describes how we can model Jesus’ Garden of Gethsemane prayer in our own lives by finding the proper balance between praying for our desires and submitting to God’s will.
Elisa Morgan is a popular speaker and author who’s written more than two dozen books. She is co-host of the nationally-syndicated radio program Discover the Word and President Emerita of MOPS International, a ministry dedicated to meeting the needs of moms.

Remember, Forgiveness Begins with Pain

By DeVine Interventions | August 26, 2020

Where do effective conversations begin? Often, we forget that good dialogue begins where someone is rather than where they should be. When we rush the journey because we are excited about the destination, we do not serve our friend well. Forgiveness may be one of the subjects where Christians are most prone to rush one another. When a friend talks about needing to forgive someone, what do we know about them? We know they’re hurting. Whatever journey God has for them will start with understanding their pain. Take a moment and read what God said to Moses when he was going to lead Israel out of Egypt.

How to Trust God in the Midst of Transition

By DeVine Interventions | August 19, 2020

Have you ever experienced a major life transition? Transition can be awkward, exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking. The question is not if you will experience transition in your life, but where you will run when you do.
Do you feel like your life is constantly changing?  It probably is!  Life’s transitions are unending and can spark anxiety and fear. How do we trust God in the midst of transition?  I recently had the chance to speak on this topic, and I’m excited to share these talks with you.

Suffering and the Heart of God

By DeVine Interventions | August 12, 2020

Trauma occurs when suffering overwhelms normal human coping. Those who are victims of such things as rape, domestic violence, child abuse, trafficking, the violence of our inner cities, and war are often traumatized humans. They live with recurring memories of atrocities both witnessed and endured.

Small Decisions Matter: Discernment for Everyday Life

By DeVine Interventions | August 5, 2020

Life is in the details. Listen to C. S. Lewis describe how our small, day-to-day decisions matter.
Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.

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