God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).


Friday, July 22, 2022

5 Ways to Respond to Offensive Opinions

 


by Barbara Latta 

The world we live in surrounds us with negativity. More and more offensive opinions are blasted through the airwaves with something someone didn’t like, and we are all expected to accommodate the latest rant to prevent hurt feelings.

Arguments grow as more fuel is poured onto fiery conversations, and if we listen we can be burned. Even when we think we are not affected a mood change can be a key we are letting coals of anger or depression grow in our emotions.

 We have the power to flip the switches on electronic devices, but we can’t turn off opinions spouted in our presence whether in the workplace, marketplace, or school. Refusing to become offended is a choice we can make, but the power to make that choice requires discipline in the Word of God.

Here are five ways to respond to offensive opinions of others:

Friday, July 15, 2022

7 Cures for Insomnia

 


by Barbara Latta

The lights are out. The house is quiet.

Yet sleep evades us.

The mind wanders and finds things we hadn’t even thought about for years or invents possibilities that haven’t happened yet.

There are some physical things we can do that will relax our bodies such as limit screen time, avoid foods that disagree with our stomachs, and stay away from violent movies and TV shows that raise emotional responses.

But the minute the room is dark and the TV is off, even if all these physical requirements are followed, thoughts of disaster still race through the space of our brains like a rocket on a mission to the moon.  

Friday, July 8, 2022

How to Determine if Our Worldview is Biblical

 


by Barbara Latta

I grew up in the generation of baby boomers. My worldview was determined by the Christian principles of my family and the community I lived in. In a small Arkansas town, most citizens went to church and even a lot of those who didn’t still had a healthy regard for God.

During this time period, the nation came together to pray when we entered war or during some other crisis.

But over the years certain doctrines have infiltrated society and with the advent of the internet those philosophies spread like a flood drowning the earth with waves of unholy conclusions.

Friday, July 1, 2022

America's Battles are Not Legislative, They are Spiritual

 


by Barbara Latta

America’s Battles are Not Legislative, They are Spiritual

An astounding landmark decision by the Supreme Court this week has overturned Roe v. Wade.

Of course, this doesn’t mean abortions will stop, but that these decisions will be reverted to individual state’s authority. Before this decision was even handed down, some states fought frantically to instill legislation to murder babies at any time even after they are born. And other states can pass laws to prevent abortion availability within their borders.

But this is not merely a legislative battle; it is a spiritual battle.

Friday, June 24, 2022

How Do Our Words Affect Our Minds and Bodies?

 


by Barbara Latta

We hear a lot about the power of our words. Because some uses of this principle have been misused, we may turn a deaf ear to listening to lessons regarding the importance of what we say.

But words do affect our minds and bodies. The Bible is filled with admonitions for us to watch what we say.

I have a small book that is a collection of scriptural confessions, titled God’s Creative Power, written by Charles Capps.

This little printed treasure chest has helped draw me out of doubt, discouragement, and bad attitudes on numerous occasions as I refer to these pages.

And as God sometimes does, we can read passages we have seen multiple times and then BOOM—we get a new revelation out of His Word.

Friday, June 17, 2022

A Loving Father's Discipline

 


by Barbara Latta

My dad was a quiet man and I only remember one time that he spanked me. I stuck my tongue out at my mother, and I was across his knee before I knew I had left the floor. I kept my tongue in my mouth for the rest of my growing years. Although it didn’t feel like it at the time, I experienced a loving father’s discipline.