Archive for the ‘Emily’s Posts’ Category

04.13.2015

8 spiritual benefits of hiring house cleaners

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

Recently I was talking to a friend at church when she made a startling confession. In the middle of our conversation about motherhood, work and keeping God at the center of it all, she glanced over her shoulder, lowered her voice to a whisper and said, “Ok, so the truth is that we use a… Read More »

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04.06.2015

The best Easter ever

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

Last night, the Ryan family had a bedtime revival. It was Easter, and the end of a wonderful but exhausting Holy Week. Every night last week our church had a Resurrection Awakening service (read: Revival) with some of the most fabulous preachers and musicians we’ve ever hosted. The kids and I attended when we could,… Read More »

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03.30.2015

Praying for the desires of your heart

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

The house was quiet, the room was still, and I was sitting in my hand-me-down recliner in the corner of my bedroom arguing with God. “I don’t want to pray that!” I kept repeating. “Not again. And NOT about that.” My spirit crumbled as I approached my Father like a scared little girl with my… Read More »

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03.09.2015

God’s two answers to prayer

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

Let me make one thing clear. Garth Brooks was wrong. There are no “unanswered prayers” and they certainly are not some of God’s greatest gifts. I have believed this ever since Garth’s hit song, “Unanswered Prayers” debuted in 1990 and quickly climbed the charts to No. 1. The concept makes for a great, catchy country… Read More »

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02.23.2015

3 stories that affair-proofed my marriage

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

I’ve never met anyone who’s entered into marriage planning to have an affair. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Almost everyone enters marriage with a vow of fidelity. I know I did. Jason and I married in 2003 and the Lord has blessed us with the ability to live out the love and faithfulness… Read More »

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02.16.2015

The #1 verse you’re misusing in your marriage

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

Several years ago, my husband and I attended the funeral of the wonderful woman who lived next door to him when he was growing up. Evelyn was a sweet, godly woman who loved children and became the adopted grandmother to just about every child she encountered. I’ll never forget what one of her family members… Read More »

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02.09.2015

Marriage Hacks: 25 Practical Ways to Make Love Last (Free ebook)

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

“Marriage is beautiful, but unnatural… worth it, but challenging. And I, like many, could use a little help in navigating.” ~ Tyler Ward, author of Marriage Hacks Every marriage has opportunity for growth, so you’re never too married that you can’t benefit from biblical wisdom and instruction. That’s why I wanted to share this free… Read More »

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02.02.2015

Fifty shades of curious

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

Years ago, when I was young-but-old-enough-to-know-better, I found myself sitting around a camp fire. The flames danced before me and warmed me from the outside in. At one point, a single ember leaped from the chorus to perform a solo dance for its captive audience. I was so mesmerized by the beauty of that ember… Read More »

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01.19.2015

Top 10 verses of last year

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

After compiling all of the bookmarks, highlights and shares from the online YouVersion community, the ten verses below stood out as the most popular verses for last year.  Which one do you think was the most popular? Read on below, and I encourage you to check out their entire report when you get a chance.… Read More »

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01.12.2015

5 ways to use ANY Bible reading plan

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

I talked to my best friend the other day who started using my Guilt-Free Bible Reading Plan (GFBRP) a few months ago. I asked how it was going and she said, “It’s going really well, but I have a confession. I haven’t followed it exactly as it’s laid out.” So now, she’s my ex-best-friend. Just… Read More »

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12.30.2014

10 things I got RIGHT in 2014

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

The new year is just days away, so if you’re like me, you’re wondering how you can make 2015 better than 2014. But when I set goals for myself, I’m always very careful to let the Lord guide me. After all, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose… Read More »

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11.24.2014

How to turn envy into thanksgiving

Author: Emily E. Ryan
Categories: Emily's Posts

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30 NIV The Bible is clear that jealousy is a serious no-no. In fact, it’s so serious that it’s in the same list as other headline-making sins like witchcraft and immorality (Gal. 5:19-21)! Yikes! So what do we do with… Read More »

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