Posted on Leave a comment

Blessings in Disguise

Do you need a blessing not in disguise?

The problem with blessings in disguise is we often don’t see the blessing…only the problem. Two ministry workers were discussing their problems over lunch one day. One of them said to the other one: “What I need is a blessing that isn’t in disguise.”

The lyrics to the chorus in Laura Story’s song entitled Blessings are:

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise*

God is at work and often are blessings come in disguises

So many of the ways that God is at work in our lives every day goes unseen, unnoticed, taken for granted. But sometimes the difficult things in life – the dream that ended, the medical diagnosis, the loss of a loved one, the house deal fell through, the car broke down, the promotion or new job not received, the missed your exit because another driver didn’t let you over – are actually God at work. Sometimes what we think is detrimental, is God protecting us or drawing us closer to Him, or teaching us to be dependent on Him, or He is protecting us from something that we couldn’t yet see.

Jacob’s Blessing in Disguise

After feeling his brother’s anger Jacob flees home under the guise of going to find a bride in Hebron. But in the fleeing, Jacob experiences a blessing as he encounters God in a dream where he sees angels ascending and descending on a ladder that extends from Heaven to earth. At the top of the ladder is the Lord and He transfers the blessing given to Abraham to Jacob. As part of the promise the Lord gives to Jacob, He tells Jacob He will be with him wherever he goes and that He will direct him back to this place. I’m sure Jacob didn’t want to flee his home, but there are several blessings Jacob receives that had he not left, he might not have experienced.

Naturally, encounter God was a blessing. But had another blessing in disguise waiting for Jacob. God had a specific girl chosen to be Jacob’s wife and to get her, Jacob would need to go to Hebron. But wait…that’s not all. Jacob will receive a second blessing in disguise that will prepare him for what God has planned for him.

God doesn’t need our help to accomplish His plan

God had already declared to Isaac that it would be Jacob’s lineage that would fulfill the promises God made to Abraham. The deception to steal Esau’s birthright and blessing were not needed for God to work out His plan for Jacob’s life and it caused a rift between the two brothers which had one fleeing the other. Alone on the cold, hard ground with a stone for a pillow, Jacob laid down to sleep. Can you imagine what went through his mind in that moment? I’m sure he must have wondered if he would ever see his home again and would Esau ever forgive him enough that he would not want to kill him. Whenever we try to help God carry out His plans, we usually just make a big mess of things.

Jacob’s second blessing in disguise

When Jacob arrives in Heron, God has one future father-in-law ready to teach Jacob some much needed lessons so that Jacob can mature and be prepared for what God will do in and through his life. Jacob, the deceiver at home would be deceived by his father-in-law multiple times. And then when Jacob had learned what God had to teach him there, God would direct Jacob’s steps back to the land of promise that Jacob knew as home.

Trust God to direct your path and look for the blessings in disguise along the way

Just as the Lord directed the paths of Jacob and brought him back to the land of promise, so He does in our lives every day. So whether its a God-sized dream, and uncertain future, and unexpected job loss, prodigal children, overwhelming responsibilities, underappreciated marriage relationship or job, aging parents, death of a loved one, a negative medical diagnosis, financial troubles or anything else you face in life, you can know that God is with you through every moment of life and He will direct your paths, even if the blessings are in disguise. Take some time to thank Him and praise Him for always being with you and look for the unexpected blessings and the blessings in disguise.

*Songwriters: Laura Story
Blessings lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Revive Renew Redeem logo on self-care post


Revive Us Again, Lord

Our nation and our world need to experience a revival. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.” Revival begins with the people of God. We invite you to join us in praying for revival for America and our world.

Revive Us Again, Lord
Revive us again, Lord

Here are some of our favorite designs


Need some music to get you through the day? Check out one of our Playlists on YouTube

Click here for the Contemporary Christian Playlist
Click here for the Southern Gospel Playlist
Or Click here for the Hymns Playlist

You can also watch our animated devotionals on the YouTube Channel


God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

WestBow Press logo

Bible Studies, Bibles, Books & More

Christianbook Distributors logo
Everything Christian for less!

Looking for a Bible Study, Bible, book or Christian gift? We are an affiliate with Christianbook Distributors and receive an 8% commission on any item purchased through one of our links. However, the commission never increases your cost of any item. View some of our favorite items by clicking on the logo and thank you for supporting our ministry.

Christianbook Distributors Search:
Christianbook.com

Wellspring Christian Ministries receives an 8% commission on any purchased made from Christian Book Distributors through any affiliate link on this site. Your price for any item is the same as purchasing from CBD directly.


Here’s some of our recent posts.

904.239.8937
A non-profit ministry located in Jacksonville, FL 

Follow us on:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is FB-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is linked-in-logo-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is twitter-bird.jpg
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is instgram-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is pintrest-logo.png

Posted on Leave a comment

Christianbook Distributors:

Christianbook Distributors logo

Check out the products below or click any of the links to go to CBD, and browse all the products.

Christianbook Distributors logo

At Christianbook Distributors you will find Bible studies, books, gifts, and more to help you grow your faith and often at discounted prices from other places.


Our organization receives an 8% commission on any item you purchase through these links. However, the product price is the same for you. There is no increase in your cost for us to receive the commission. All commissions received support the work and ministry of Wellspring Christian Ministries. Enter the site through any of the links below and browse the online store. Any item you purchase through one of our links will qualify for us to receive the commission.

Search:
Christianbook.com

Looking for a bargain?

Bargains

Find great gifts here:

Gifts

Celebrate Today!

School starts soon! Are you planning on home schooling? Here are some home school resources:


Homeschool Resources

Sale

Looking for a new Bible Study? Christianbook Distributors has many topics and choices.

Bible Study

Need a new Bible?

Bibles

Today is the last day of CBD’s Mid-Summer Bible Sale. Save now!

Looking for books about living the Christian life? Here are books for your journey.

Christian Living

New Christian Living for Your Journey

Books on Christian marriage can be found here:

Christian Marriage

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage  -     By: Julia M. Bruce
Available at Christianbook Distributors
God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage
By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press

It doesn’t matter if you have a great marriage, an “ok” marriage, one that is limping along trying to survive, or one that is headed for divorce. Through the guided activities, couple’s can develop stronger marriages as they apply God’s principles to their marriage, take an honest look at what they do and do not contribute to the marriage, and learn to never stop dating. This is a great book for any couple. For pastors, counselors, and lay leaders working with or mentoring couples, this is a great book to recommend. 

There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
  • Romance Builders
  • Relationship Builders
  • Personal reflections
  • Date ideas
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Christian tees and more available

Here’s what’s new in the shop this week:

Here are some of our favorite designs:

904.239.8937
A non-profit ministry located in Jacksonville, FL 
Follow us on:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is FB-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is linked-in-logo-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is twitter-bird.jpg
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is instgram-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is youtube-logo-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is pintrest-logo.png

Posted on Leave a comment

Christianbook Distributors:

Christianbook Distributors logo

Check out the products below or click any of the links to go to CBD, and browse all the products.

Christianbook Distributors logo

At Christianbook Distributors you will find Bible studies, books, gifts, and more to help you grow your faith and often at discounted prices from other places.


Our organization receives an 8% commission on any item you purchase through these links. However, the product price is the same for you. There is no increase in your cost for us to receive the commission. All commissions received support the work and ministry of Wellspring Christian Ministries. Enter the site through any of the links below and browse the online store. Any item you purchase through one of our links will qualify for us to receive the commission.

Search:
Christianbook.com

Looking for a bargain?

Bargains

Find great gifts here:

Gifts

Celebrate Today!

School starts soon! Are you planning on home schooling? Here are some home school resources:


Homeschool Resources

Sale

Looking for a new Bible Study? Christianbook Distributors has many topics and choices.

Bible Study

Need a new Bible?

Bibles

Today is the last day of CBD’s Mid-Summer Bible Sale. Save now!

Looking for books about living the Christian life? Here are books for your journey.

Christian Living

New Christian Living for Your Journey

Books on Christian marriage can be found here:

Christian Marriage

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage  -     By: Julia M. Bruce
Available at Christianbook Distributors
God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage
By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press

It doesn’t matter if you have a great marriage, an “ok” marriage, one that is limping along trying to survive, or one that is headed for divorce. Through the guided activities, couple’s can develop stronger marriages as they apply God’s principles to their marriage, take an honest look at what they do and do not contribute to the marriage, and learn to never stop dating. This is a great book for any couple. For pastors, counselors, and lay leaders working with or mentoring couples, this is a great book to recommend. 

There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
  • Romance Builders
  • Relationship Builders
  • Personal reflections
  • Date ideas
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Christian tees and more available

Here’s what’s new in the shop this week:

Here are some of our favorite designs:

904.239.8937
A non-profit ministry located in Jacksonville, FL 
Follow us on:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is FB-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is linked-in-logo-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is twitter-bird.jpg
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is instgram-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is youtube-logo-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is pintrest-logo.png

Posted on Leave a comment

Christianbook Distributors:

Christianbook Distributors logo

Check out the products below or click any of the links to go to CBD, and browse all the products.

Christianbook Distributors logo

At Christianbook Distributors you will find Bible studies, books, gifts, and more to help you grow your faith and often at discounted prices from other places.


Our organization receives an 8% commission on any item you purchase through these links. However, the product price is the same for you. There is no increase in your cost for us to receive the commission. All commissions received support the work and ministry of Wellspring Christian Ministries. Enter the site through any of the links below and browse the online store. Any item you purchase through one of our links will qualify for us to receive the commission.

Search:
Christianbook.com

Looking for a bargain?

Bargains

Find great gifts here:

Gifts

Celebrate Today!

School starts soon! Are you planning on home schooling? Here are some home school resources:


Homeschool Resources

Sale

Looking for a new Bible Study? Christianbook Distributors has many topics and choices.

Bible Study

Need a new Bible?

Bibles

Today is the last day of CBD’s Mid-Summer Bible Sale. Save now!

Looking for books about living the Christian life? Here are books for your journey.

Christian Living

New Christian Living for Your Journey

Books on Christian marriage can be found here:

Christian Marriage

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage  -     By: Julia M. Bruce
Available at Christianbook Distributors
God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage
By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press

It doesn’t matter if you have a great marriage, an “ok” marriage, one that is limping along trying to survive, or one that is headed for divorce. Through the guided activities, couple’s can develop stronger marriages as they apply God’s principles to their marriage, take an honest look at what they do and do not contribute to the marriage, and learn to never stop dating. This is a great book for any couple. For pastors, counselors, and lay leaders working with or mentoring couples, this is a great book to recommend. 

There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
  • Romance Builders
  • Relationship Builders
  • Personal reflections
  • Date ideas
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Christian tees and more available

Here’s what’s new in the shop this week:

Here are some of our favorite designs:

904.239.8937
A non-profit ministry located in Jacksonville, FL 
Follow us on:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is FB-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is linked-in-logo-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is twitter-bird.jpg
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is instgram-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is youtube-logo-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is pintrest-logo.png

Posted on Leave a comment

Christianbook Distributors:

Christianbook Distributors logo

Check out the products below or click any of the links to go to CBD, and browse all the products.

Christianbook Distributors logo

At Christianbook Distributors you will find Bible studies, books, gifts, and more to help you grow your faith and often at discounted prices from other places.


Our organization receives an 8% commission on any item you purchase through these links. However, the product price is the same for you. There is no increase in your cost for us to receive the commission. All commissions received support the work and ministry of Wellspring Christian Ministries. Enter the site through any of the links below and browse the online store. Any item you purchase through one of our links will qualify for us to receive the commission.

Search:
Christianbook.com

Looking for a bargain?

Bargains

Find great gifts here:

Gifts

Celebrate Today!

School starts soon! Are you planning on home schooling? Here are some home school resources:


Homeschool Resources

Sale

Looking for a new Bible Study? Christianbook Distributors has many topics and choices.

Bible Study

Need a new Bible?

Bibles

Today is the last day of CBD’s Mid-Summer Bible Sale. Save now!

Looking for books about living the Christian life? Here are books for your journey.

Christian Living

New Christian Living for Your Journey

Books on Christian marriage can be found here:

Christian Marriage

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage  -     By: Julia M. Bruce
Available at Christianbook Distributors
God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage
By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press

It doesn’t matter if you have a great marriage, an “ok” marriage, one that is limping along trying to survive, or one that is headed for divorce. Through the guided activities, couple’s can develop stronger marriages as they apply God’s principles to their marriage, take an honest look at what they do and do not contribute to the marriage, and learn to never stop dating. This is a great book for any couple. For pastors, counselors, and lay leaders working with or mentoring couples, this is a great book to recommend. 

There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
  • Romance Builders
  • Relationship Builders
  • Personal reflections
  • Date ideas
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Christian tees and more available

Here’s what’s new in the shop this week:

Here are some of our favorite designs:

904.239.8937
A non-profit ministry located in Jacksonville, FL 
Follow us on:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is FB-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is linked-in-logo-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is twitter-bird.jpg
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is instgram-logo.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is youtube-logo-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is pintrest-logo.png