I moved from broken to beautiful, and you can too. I’ve endured many challenges and trials in my lifetime and have experienced fear, anger, discouragement, depression, and at times even despair. I struggled to forgive God and those who hurt me. I understand those emotions. Through those difficulties, God gave me a compassion for people and a desire to help others move from broken to beautiful.

No Christmas Family Reunion for Me

No Christmas Family Reunion for Me

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Ninguna Reunión de Familia para Mí

Ninguna Reunión de Familia para Mí

“No quiero ir a la reunión de familia, Srta. Ortega,” Julia me dijo en mi oficina de consejera. Las ...

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When Christmas Is Hard

When Christmas Is Hard

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How Quiet Is Your Life?

How Quiet Is Your Life?

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¿Qué Tranquila Es Tu Vida?

¿Qué Tranquila Es Tu Vida?

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Category Archives: God’s love

Interview of Becky Harling and Her Book, The 30 Day Praise Challenge

The 30 Day Praise Challenge1. Give us the background behind The 30 Day Praise Challenge. Why did you write it?

When I intentionally began praising God every day, I began to experience my own personal revival. Over the course of 13 years, as I continued, I fell in love with Jesus all over again. God began to give me a vision for what could happen around the world as believers became intentional about praising Him. I believe that as we intentionally praise God the Holy Spirit will bring revival!

2. How would you define praise? How is it different than regular praying?

Praise is not a glib response when life’s circumstances are going well. Praising God is an intentional act of faith that affirms our trust in God, even when life is not going well. As we praise Him, our souls are transformed.

3. Why is it that you believe that praising God is one of the single greatest components of our spiritual transformation?

God designed us with a need to worship, praise and adore. When we praise God, our focus shifts. Our eyes are lifted off ourselves, and our problems, and onto His majesty and glory. In the process, we are changed because we become like the thing or person we worship (Psalm 115:4-8).

4. What is the greatest change you’ve experienced personally?

The single greatest change I experienced was my ability to feel loved by God. Before I became intentional about praising God, I knew God loved me in my head but I could never quite feel it in my heart. As I began to intentionally praise Him for His love, I began to experience His love at a much deeper level.

5. Isn’t it hypocritical to praise God when your circumstances are dark and you are walking through trials?

No! It’s not hypocritical. It’s an authentic act of faith.

Thank you so much, Becky, for this interview. May God bring personal revival to each of us who praises him and may we experience his love at a deeper level than we ever imagined possible.

Becky Harling jpg Authentic. Passionate. Humorous. Insightful. Becky Harling is a gifted Bible teacher whose love for the Lord and compassionate spirit inspire women to draw closer to God and to one another.
Becky’s life experience as a pastor’s wife, mother of four, “Mimi” to four grandbabies, Women’s Ministry Director, and survivor of breast cancer and childhood sexual abuse, bring depth and realism to her message.

For more information, check out her website at www.beckyharling.com

Listen to Becky Harling’s interview by Yvonne Ortega on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm EASTERN or to the archives after the interview at www.blogtalkradio.com/hope-for-the-journey

Spiritual Gifts for Each One

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I Corinthians 12:7: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”  “I can’t serve in church. I don’t have any spiritual gifts.” Have you said that before? What does God say in his Word? According to this verse, “each one” has received a spiritual gift. It doesn’t say…Continue Reading

His Love Stands Firm

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What Do You Cling to?

Woman Holding Bible

Psalm 63:8: “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” “Has the hospital called you to make an appointment?” the receptionist from the local women’s clinic asked me over the phone. My heart beat faster. My hands became clammy. “No, why should they?” “Your mammogram wasn’t clear, and we want the hospital to…Continue Reading