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I appreciate this verse. God put it right in my face, in His most loving way, when I needed the reminder that my focus must stay on Him and not my circumstances. This verse stays on a chalkboard in our home as a daily (sometimes hourly) reminder, not because He is not already GREATER, but because I need to keep the truth that HE IS in the forefront of my mind & heart. 

The following quote is from Ally Vermeer’s guest post on Kris Camealy’s blog. 

“John the Baptist was a true man of preparation- he had the right attitude, the right perspective. He knew his mission. And he served to the fullest, even while he was waiting.

This is the guy who said, “The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:29-30”

Enjoy the entire post at http://kriscamealy.com/preparing-the-way/

This guest from Christina Hubbard was exactly what my soul needed this morning. 

“Choose God like Mary did, in faith and praise, no matter the wait or unseen outcome. My life looks different than I imagined. So did Mary’s. While she probably longed for an ordinary Jewish life: a husband, seven kids, and nice Sabbath picnics, she didn’t quite get the life she planned. She got the Son of God. He happens to be all the world we’ll ever need.”

Enjoy the rest of Christina’s post on Kris Camealy’s blog. 

http://kriscamealy.com/god-chooses-you-ready-or-not/


When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way. Lamentations 3:28-33

Yesterday Kris shared another guest post on her blog, and honestly I was not able to really sit and read it until this morning. And yet again, God’s timing is perfect. It. Always. Is. 

To be perfectly honest, today is a sad day for me. Never, in all the years of voting, have I left a poll barely able to restrain sobs. I could not hide the tears that rolled down my face as I made my way quickly to the car. I didn’t have to explain to the kind gentleman offering the “I voted” sticker why I refused it, I think he understood my tears. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to voting or stickers. Although, as a rule, I don’t like stickers on my clothes and I’m quite sure there’s a much better use of money than buying stickers. I’m sure I’m a disappointment to many with these words, but I just don’t buy into the idea that what I did today makes much of a difference. Maybe in the past it did, I hope so but I honestly don’t know. I’m sharing my heart here, so take it for what you will. It won’t be long before the losing side claims that the voting was corrupt or fixed or whatever. By no means is this all over at the end of the day. I am grateful to live here and ever so thankful for the freedoms we have, but quite aware we cannot take those for granted. Those freedoms are not guaranteed. I generally don’t let these things get me down, I know God is in charge and aware. I’m actually very excited to see what He has planned. I trust Him. I do not trust our system or the people in it. We know it’s not perfect, but it’s what we have. So, as a “good American”, I did my duty. And I’m just sad, so I let the sobs come thanking Him for such a way to release and heal. 

I came home and read what I had set aside for today and this passage from Lamentations hugs my heart. I also love how it is said in the NIV ’84:

Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the dust-there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace. For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.  Lamentations 3:28-33

My tears and frustration and doubt are welcome in the arms of God. He bends low and holds me close reminding me that He knows what He is doing and that my true freedom is in Christ which cannot be taken by anybody. He is so very present & working in the waiting of everything in this world. He cannot be removed and He is not defined by outcomes in this earthly realm. And I can add yet another entry in my eucharisteo journal – voting with tears in the 2016 Presidential Election. 


Yesterday, Mandy Lawrence-Hill shared her insights on what God does in the waiting. It’s a beautiful testament of our God. 

http://kriscamealy.com/the-gift-of-waiting/



The goal is not to get somewhere or someone or something, the goal is to acknowledge & celebrate the presence of Jesus on the journey. EVERYTHING you could ever need or want is already walking beside you, gone before you, and brings up the rear. This is relationship with Jesus, God Almighty, Holy Spirit; doing life with the AUTHOR. Sharing each thrill & heartache and always having THE ONE who loves you best. 

Thank YOU from the depths of my heart & soul. 

Hosea 14:8  I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.
Lamentations 3:24  I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!”.


Psalm 139:5  You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.

   
    
    
 
Always…each day, throughout each day He restores my soul. He doesn’t always do it in the same way. Different seasons and in different places, He chooses different things or experiences. I don’t know how He will do it each day, but I know that I can count on Him to always restore me. And I count the eucharisteo (those things for which I’m thankful) in my journal or through photos to keep a record of all He does and is. 

Thank You, Abba!

  

No matter how crazy or out of control this world appears, it is still His and He remains in control always. Many nights I fall asleep with these words scrolling through my mind. Thank You, LORD JEHOVAH for Your truth! 

I am crazy about this truth! Having been a fearful girl most of my life, I find these words most comforting. Do we really grasp the truth of this?  Jesus goes before us in our day, and then, because He can, He’s behind us following us. So when I picture this, I see Him continually surrounding us. I am hemmed in by THE GOD OF ANGEL ARMIES!! He is always by my side.

This verse I love. It is a promise that I rely on, cling to regularly…like always! He has never ever not answered me when I have called out to Him. Now, I will say He has not always answered me when or how I have wanted Him to answer, but He has always answered. And He has shown me amazing things that I did not know just like He said He would. And because He has not failed to be there in my past, I know that in my present & in my future, He will be there just like He has promised. I can rest and wait for His answers knowing full well WHO HE IS!

I hate it when I see something or hear of something that is unjust. I want to to fix it and make it just. I want justice for all! I have learned that often things appear to be unjust, and there is truly nothing I can do to change it. However, I have a God who loves justice even more than I do. In fact, it is because of Him and His love for justice that I get so upset when I witness or experience an act of injustice. And He has taught me that because He loves justice that He Himself will handle all the injustices, all of them!  I may not get to be a part of the solution or ever see it fixed, but I know  that He is the answer and will handle all things according to His perfect and very just ways. I am so thankful that we can trust Him and believe Him in all things. And I’m even more thankful that because of Jesus, I can count myself among the virtuous and that I will see His face.  His grace is ever so sweet!

As a mom to three amazing kids ages 15, 12, & 11, I can speak to the truth of this verse.  It truly makes my heart smile when my kids are actively liking each other. I also have singers in my midst. Our oldest girl is constantly filling our home with her favorite songs & every so often I can hear her almost 13 year old sister harmonizing with her. And it is so wonderful & plasant to hear that sweet sound of their two voices filling the room.

I cannot even imagine how it must make God’s heart smile when He witnesses His children living in harmony…or how it must grieve His perfect heart when we do not.

Abba, please help us truly love one another. We can’t do it without You. Help me start each day sitting with You and filling up on YOU so Your love can overflow to my brothers & sisters. Thank You Jesus for making this possible. In Your Mighty Name, Amen.

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