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Monday Motivation – Jeremiah 29:13

Do you feel like the world is against you? Are you in need of a little Monday Motivation? This Bible verse about seeking God offers us a promise to get through these moments. If we earnestly search for God with our whole heart we will find Him. What better encouragement could there possibly be than this amazing truth! May you seek Him and find Him today!

Seek Me and find Me Jeremiah 29:13

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Inspiring Bible Verses about God’s Hands

There are so many Bible verses about God’s hands! Each one reminds me that God is present in our lives, even when we can’t feel His loving touch. That truth has inspired me to create Master’s Hand Collection, a series of Christian artwork that uses sign language to depict God’s hand guiding us through life. As you might already suspect, I spend a great deal of time thinking about hands. How to pose, photograph, and place them into my artwork. Hands are a constant in my life. But it’s more than just hands, they are God’s hands that fill my mind. Every scripture I read about God’s hands inspires me to create and to be creative. Each one encourages me to delve deeper and deeper still into my relationship with the One True God. As I look back over my life I can see God’s hands guiding me to this moment in time, a time such as this. Knowing without a doubt that His hand is present in my life humbles me, brings me to my knees in grateful praise and makes me want to share His loving touch with everyone else. So, today I would like to share with you some of the many inspiring Bible verses about God’s hands that have helped me along life’s path and have inspired me in my artwork. I pray that theses scriptures will inspire and encourage your heart the same way that they have mine.

There are so many Bible verses about God’s hands! Each one reminds me that God is present in our lives, even when we can’t feel His loving touch. That truth has inspired me to create Master’s Hand Collection, a series of Christian artwork that uses sign language to depict God’s hand guiding us through life.

As you might already suspect, I spend a great deal of time thinking about hands. How to pose, photograph, and place them in my artwork. Hands are a constant in my life.

But it’s more than just hands, they are God’s hands that fill my mind.

Every scripture I read about God’s hands inspires me to create and to be creative. Each one encourages me to delve deeper and deeper still into my relationship with the One True God.

As I look back over my life I can see God’s hands guiding me to this moment in time, a time such as this. Knowing without a doubt that His hand is present in my life humbles me, brings me to my knees in grateful praise and makes me want to share His loving touch with everyone else.

So, today I would like to share with you some of the many inspiring Bible verses about God’s hands that have helped me along life’s path and have inspired me in my artwork. I pray that these scriptures will inspire and encourage your heart the same way that they have mine.

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“Greater Is He”

We are in God’s hand!

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;

                             Isaiah 49:16

God’s hand is with us!

 

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

                          Isaiah 41:10

 

Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

                        Jeremiah 1:9

 

Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power;
Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed the enemy in pieces.

                        Exodus 15:6

Jesus is at the Right Hand of God!

 

I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                           Psalm 16:8-11

 

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

                         Romans 8:34

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                      Hebrews 12:2

 

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

                      Hebrews 1:3-4

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As you read these Inspiring Bible Verses about God’s hands, I pray that they spoke to your heart and reminded you of a time that His hands were “visible” in your life. And I truly hope that they have inspired you to seek a closer and more meaningful relationship with Him. May God’s loving touch be on you today and always!

Please leave a comment below and let me know which of theses verses spoke to you today.

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Monday Motivation – Psalm 16:11

This Bible verse about God’s hand is Messianic in nature. When David wrote it, he was speaking of his difficult situation, on the run and in hiding. But the promise of this verse was fulfilled through the death and resurrection of our Savior. It’s an amazing picture of the sacrifice Jesus made for every one of us. May you see God’s hand and the fulfillment of His promise in your life today!

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Monday Motivation – Psalm 18:35

In this fast paced world we live in, it can seem like we are fighting a battle every day. But this Bible verse about God’s hand gives us confidence in our Heavenly Father’s protection. When the world is against us, God holds us up with His right hand, Jesus.

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Heartfelt Bible Verses About Love

Heartfelt Bible Verses About Love

Love makes us who we are, it defines us as people. We all want to be loved and to give love. We love our family, our friends and even our pets. And they love us back. No matter what, we always return to the ones who love us and accept us for who we are. In that sense, love brings us together when everything else tries to tear us apart. This kind of love is a wonderful thing to have!

But the kind of love I’d like to share with you today is Biblical love. At the very core of Christianity is love. It is the foundation of our faith in Jesus. Love defines who we are in Christ and brings us together as believers. Without love there wouldn’t be a pathway to salvation or even a reason to believe. But praise Jesus! We are loved by God and fully accepted by Him! And most importantly, no matter what may happen, we can always return to Him because of love.

So, together let’s look at these heartfelt Bible Verses about love and discover how the different kinds of Biblical love impact our lives.

 

What is Biblical love?

Biblical love starts with God, Himself. He is the very definition of love! And His every characteristic is a picture of what true love is.

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

                                                        1 John 4:16

 

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

                                                       1 John 4:8

The Hallmarks of Christian Love

These verses are the hallmarks of Christian love. And it is true that God is each of these things listed below. But these scriptures also give us a way to recognize real love when we see it. They are the benchmarks that we should measure love by. So as we read them we can ask ourselves… Is this how I feel? Is this how I am treated or how I treat others? All good things to consider when we look at what Christian love is all about.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 Love never fails.

                                                        1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

                                                        1 Corinthians 13:13

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God’s love for us

God loves us! And He showed His love by sending His Son to save us. And by doing so, made a way for us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

                                                         1 John 4:9-10

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

                                                         John 3:16

 

The love of Jesus for us

Just as God the Father loves us, so does the Son. Jesus gave up His rightful place in heaven, willing came to earth and freely died in our place. And because Jesus has risen from the grave we can claim this sacrifice of His love as our own and have eternal salvation in Him.

 

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

                                                        John 15:13

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                                       Romans 8:35-39

 

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

                                                        John 15:9-10

 

A Command to love the Lord your God

God has commanded us to love Him. I know, none us likes to be commanded to do anything. But when we follow this commandment, God’s blessing is on us and we receive so much more than we could ever imagine!

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

                                                     Deuteronomy 6:5

 

But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

                                                    Joshua 22:5

 

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

                                                  Matthew 22:37-39

 

A New Commandment to love one another

We all need the love of Jesus. So, if we are truly His followers, then it makes perfect sense that we should show the love of Jesus to everyone around us. And as these next scriptures attest to, Jesus has given us a new commandment to do just that. And if we love Jesus, we will obey Him and show an unsaved world who He is through love.

 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

                                                     John 13:34-35

 

If you love Me, keep My commandments.

                                                    John 14:15

 

Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God.

                                                     1 John 4:7

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Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

                                                    1 John 4:11

 

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

                                                    1 Peter 4:8

 

We have barely scratched the surface of all that the Word of God has to say on the subject of love. But I pray that these heartfelt Bible verses about love have encouraged you to seek the love of Jesus in your life and to show His love to everyone you meet. His love is the greatest gift that any of us could ever receive. And the greatest gift that we could possibly give to so many around us. May your faith be strengthened by His love and grace always!

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Monday Motivation – Isaiah 49:16

Does it seem like God has left you all alone to face the troubles of life by yourself? This Bible verse about God’s hand is a promise from Him. He has not forgotten you or abandoned you. In fact God has inscribed you in the palm of His hand.  Be encouraged, you are safe and secure in His protective hand.

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Monday Motivation – Psalm 63:8

We all long to see God’s hand in our life. And to feel the safety that He provides. This Bible verse about God’s hand speaks to that need. When we are weak God’s hand holds us up. When we are scared He gives a safe place of refuge. No matter what we are going through, God’s hand provides. May you see His hand in your life today!

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Living Water – John 4:10

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Is the summer heat making you feel thirsty, tired or maybe even a little burnout? Are you yearning for a cool drink of Living Water?

It seems like summer has flown by fast, but August is just beginning. And that means soaring temperatures are still in the forecast, at least for a little while longer. So, as the mercury continues to rise, we look for ways to keep the heat at bay. We know the drill…stay inside with the AC on when possible, wear sunscreen when we go outside, and most importantly drink plenty of water. If we don’t, we just might find ourselves lacking the proper hydration and in need of some serious refreshment.

August is also the time when our thoughts turn to all of the obligations the coming fall season will bring. Our lives are about to heat up with the new school year, work, family and friends, church activities and so much more. Honestly, it’s a lot to handle. With each new thing we add to our list, we pour a little more water out of our figurative cup. Before we know it, we’re caught in the day to day feeling spiritually dehydrated with a cup that has run completely dry. We feel depleted and crave spiritual refreshment. Or as the psalmist so beautifully puts it…

 

My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.  Psalm 143:6

and

 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You,       O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  Psalm 42:1

These two verses speak so eloquently to the craving of a thirsty soul, searching for what will restore and renew. So, the question becomes, how can we fill ourselves with Living Water every day? The good news is, we don’t have to look far to find it. Here are three tips to stave off spiritual thirst when life gets too hot.

 

#1 Go directly to the Source.

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 

“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

                                                          John 4:10; 13-14

Close to where I live, there is a quaint little town called Eureka Springs. It’s a beautiful place located in the majestic Ozark Mountains. It began as place of refuge for the sick. People in Victorian times believed that the many natural springs in the area had healing properties and would go directly to the water source to be healed. Today, the springs are still flowing, they can’t be stopped. And people still flock to the town to bathe in their natural waters.

This is how I see Jesus, He is the source of living water in our lives. He has the power to heal whatever ails us. And He is like one of these natural springs. An unending flow of living water springing up and a force of nature that cannot be stopped. The deep spiritual thirst inside of us can only be quenched by knowing Him. So, He offers us the gift of living water which is eternal life. And it’s not just a little drip every now and then, through Him we have an unlimited amount of living water springing up directly from the source and flowing through us.

#2 Draw from the wells of salvation.

Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

                                                            Isaiah 12:3

 

Digging a well is no small feat. You’ve got to get in there and dig down, deeper and deeper until you find the water shelf where the fresh water lies. But once you hit pay dirt, the well is there for you to draw from every day.

When our lives become like a barren wasteland, we thirst for the joy of our salvation. And sometimes we have to dig deep to find it. But the wells of salvation have already been dug for us, all we have to do is draw the water from them.

#3 Drink the Water.

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

                                                          John 7:37-38

Our physical bodies need drinking water every day to survive. Without it we become thirsty and parched. Then, we get cranky and cotton mouthed. Eventually, we will die. That kind of thirst is a terrible thing. And in the middle of a crisis like that nothing could possibly taste better than a tall, ice cold glass of water.

As much as our bodies need water to survive, our spiritual selves need living water every day to flourish. Without it we will wither away. But we don’t have to thirst because our belief in the Son of the living God creates rivers of living water that flow out of our hearts. Faith is the key to keeping our cups full. In the midst of our thirst, Jesus calls out to us, “come to Me and drink.” There is no need to thirst or want. He is there ready to pour living water into our empty cup and fill it full to the brim, renewing our spirits and refreshing our minds.

I truly hope and pray that you will be blessed by these scriptures as you drink the Living Water of Jesus. Have a happy and safe rest of the summer!

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Bible Verses about Joy that will Fill Your Heart with Gladness

Bible Verses About Joy that will fill your heart with Gladness

Today I’m playing “The Glad Game” by channeling my inner Pollyanna and sharing these Bible verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness.

If, like me, you’re a fan of the book or movie, you know that the glad game is a central part of the story of Pollyanna. Her father made up this game to teach her how to deal with the disappointments in her life. And he showed her that by focusing on the things that bring joy instead of sadness she could rise above and overcome any hardship.

Likewise, our Heavenly Father has given us the one tool we need to play our own version of the glad game, the Bible. It is through His Word that God teaches us how to overcome the difficult circumstances we are faced with every day. This verse from Philippians 4:8 has a very close relationship to the glad game as it tells us to focus on what is positive instead of what is negative …whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Our version of the glad game is not about pretending that we don’t know or see that there are bad things going on around us. Of course we do. But God commands us to not let negativity weight us down or take hold within us. But instead to put our thoughts and energy into the goodness that surrounds us. When we do, God will renew are hearts and minds. He will refresh our souls. And He will give us strength for the journey ahead.

We can chose joy over sorrow!

With that in mind, let’s play “The Glad Game” by looking at some scriptures about joy that are sure to fill our hearts with gladness.

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

                                                      Nehemiah 8:10

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                                                      Psalm 16:11

 

You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.

                                                      Acts 2:28

 

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

                                                      Psalm 30:5

 

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

                                                    1 Petr 4:12-13

 

Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

                                                     Isaiah 12:3

 

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                                   Hebrews 12:2

 

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

                                                   Habakkuk 3:18

 

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

                                                   John 15:11

 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

                                                     James 1:2-4

 

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Amen.

                                                  Jude 1:24-25

 

 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

                                                    1 Peter 1:7-8

 

What I love most about Pollyanna is her infectious positivity. The joy she had quickly spread throughout her town and changed the hearts of everyone she met. All it only took to make a real impact was one little girl who had the gumption to share her worldview.

We can have that same gumption too. By allowing God’s Word to change us from the inside out, we can have a positive outlook and make a real impact for God’s kingdom. The fruit of the Spirit, love, joy and peace will follow us wherever we go. People will see the difference inside of us. And before we know it, the joy of the Lord will spread like wildfire to all those around us and have a lasting, positive effect in our communities.

I truly hope that these Bible Verses about joy will fill your heart with gladness and remind you of all that Jesus has done in your life. And I pray that everyone around you will feel the joy the Lord surrounding them today.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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Saved By Grace -Ephesians 2:8

Saved By Grace Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

                                      Ephesians 2:8-10

Grace is the free gift of God given to us because we believe in His Son. As Christians, we know that faith in Jesus is the only thing that saves.

But sometimes we get caught up in doing the work of the church. It seems that there are an unlimited number of opportunities to serve. Bible studies, potluck dinners, children’s church, choir, clothing giveaways, the list goes on and on. It’s enough to make your head spin! With all of that work, it’s easy to feel that we are earning our salvation. But no matter what we do, we can never earn our salvation and we most definitely cannot out work what Jesus did for us on the cross!

Even though good works don’t save us, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do them. This verse in Ephesians says that we are “created in Christ Jesus for good works” and James 2:17 states that “faith without works is dead”. So if we can’t work our way to salvation, what does that mean? Faith and works go together. You can’t have one and not the other. If we have the Holy Spirit within us, then good works should come naturally for us. Faith in Jesus Christ is what gives us salvation, but works are the fruit of our faith.

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Because of what Jesus has done for us, we should have a desire in our hearts to do good works. We have an opportunity every day to make a huge impact on someone’s life through our faith and our works. When they see us, they should see the Holy Spirit in us. Our good works should be a light so bright that they can’t help but see Jesus!

James goes on to speak of Abraham’s willingness to follow God’s instruction to sacrifice Isaac. “Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” (James 2:22) The footnote in my New King James Study Bible says “Faith produces works; and works makes faith perfect.” Just like Abraham, our faith will be made perfect by our willingness to follow God’s instructions in our lives and through our good works.

Honestly, knowing that I can’t work my way into heaven takes a lot of pressure off. I don’t have to push myself to exhaustion working until I drop or pretend that I’m perfect, knowing that I’m not. I can just be still and know that God is in control, listen for His instructions and follow His will. And I can rest assured that God has given me the free gift of grace and salvation because I have faith in His Son.

We will never be able to live up to the selfless example that Jesus set for us on the cross. But we can show God’s grace to an unsaved world through our faith in Jesus and our love of doing good works in His name. So when we get caught up in the busy day to day work of the church, let’s remember where our salvation truly comes from and give credit to the Savior of our souls! Let’s thank God that we have been saved by grace.

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Monday Motivation – Deep Calls to Deep Psalm 42:7

Would you like to fully grasp the meaning of deep calls to deep? It is a longing from deep inside of us to understand what is deep inside of God. To be close to Him and have a real fellowship with the One true God.

There will be times when it seems like the waves are taking us down and we’re sinking fast under the weight of life’s demands. But God’s promises are still true. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is still there, lifting us up and keeping our heads above water. So, if you feel like you are drowning, stand firm on the promises of God. As you ponder the meaning of this verse I encourage you to go deeper and let God’s love pour over you like a waterfall. He is calling you deeper.

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Powerful Bible Verses about Grace

Powerful Bible Verses about Grace

When I think of grace, I see in my mind a beautiful ballerina taking the stage. Her hair is pulled up in the perfect ballet bun, her organza and tulle tutu frames her body just right and her pirouette is on pointe, y’all. The way she turns and spins and jumps through the air, oh, what grace!

Grace, it’s a word that gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles. Theologians and other “smart people” spend countless hours debating the concept of grace. But grace is not just for theologians to debate. It’s something for each one of us, not only to understand but to possess.

So, what exactly is grace? Hint… it’s not the prayer we say before dinner. Although, it’s always a good idea to thank God for everything He has given us. Instead, grace is God’s favor bestowed on those who believe in His Son, Jesus. It is the power of God to freely forgive our sin even though we don’t deserve it. That seems simple enough, and really it is. So together, let’s dive deep into the scriptures with these powerful Bible verses about grace.

 

God’s grace gives us salvation.

There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. We just don’t have the power to save ourselves. But that’s okay because God has given us a way to be saved. His grace and mercy was poured out through His Son, our Savior on the cross. And these verses attest to the fact that faith in Jesus and the free gift of grace are the only thing that has the power to give us salvation. Grace is yours if you choose to accept Jesus as your Savior. He is the One and only way to grace and forgiveness of sin.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

                                               Ephesians 2:8-9

 

who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

                                              2 Timothy 1:9

 

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

                                              John 1:17

 

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

                                             Ephesians 1:7

 

not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

                                             Titus 3:3-7

 

God gives us more and more grace as we need it.

Thankfully, grace, God’s favor, is not a one and done proposition. We receive His grace continually, daily in fact. The more we need grace, the more God gives it to us.

 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

                                            James 4:6

 

  And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

                                            John 1:16

 

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

                                          2 Corinthians 9:8

 

Grace helps us in time of need.

Hard times will surely come our way and we may feel weak and powerless in the face of them. But the grace of God gives us strength and power to continue on. As the children’s hymn, Jesus Loves Me, says, “They are weak, but He is strong.”

 

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

                                            2 Corinthians 12:9

 

 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

                                          Hebrews 4:16

 

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

                                        1 Peter 5:10

 

We can grow in grace and watch it blossom in our lives.

God’s grace is given to us the minute we know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. And there’s nothing that can take grace away from us. But each day that we live with Jesus, we learn more about Him and His character. We go deeper into grace, grow in it, and learn more from it. Grace takes root in our hearts and we see it blossom in our lives. It simply becomes a part of who we are as Believers.

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

                                           2 Peter 3:18

 

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

                                           Titus 2:11-14

 

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord…

                                          2 Peter 1:2

I hope that these powerful Bible verses about grace have given you a place to start thinking about grace and it’s meaning in your life. God has so much He wants to give to you. I pray that you will accept it and grow in grace and knowledge. To Him be the glory! Blessings to you!

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Monday Motivation – Hebrews 12:2

Do you wonder… Why did Jesus die on the cross? The simple answer is, He died for you! You are the reason Jesus endured the agony of the cross. He died because He loves you and He wants to spend eternity with you. So, focus your eyes on Jesus and trust in Him. He has already done the hard part. All we have to do is believe. If you still have questions about what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior, click on the picture below and it will take you to a page that will get you started. Blessings to you!

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Summer is Near… – Matthew 24:32

Summer Is Near, parable of the fig tree, Matthew 24:32

I fully intended to write a lighthearted blog post this week about the carefree days of summer. All of the fun activities we look forward to all winter long while we’re stuck inside, swimming, hiking, boating, grilling. But Jesus just wouldn’t let me do it. The longer I tried to write that post, the more He pulled at my heart. When I started this blog a few years ago, I worried that I wouldn’t know what to say or that my words wouldn’t be good enough. I compared my writing to all of those other blogs out there whose writers have beautiful, flowery words that I don’t have. I spent a lot of time praying about how I should approach writing this blog and God’s answer was very clear to me. He said “You don’t need flowery words, you need honesty.” His words set me free and I began writing with a new found confidence. I will always write the truth about God’s word even when honesty is hard. His truth isn’t carefree, it’s straightforward and in your face. We all have times when we don’t want to hear the truth because it holds a mirror up to us that isn’t always pretty. But the truth is what we need to hear and it is what God has asked me to write. So with that I mind, I yield to His plan for this blog post.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

People often ask, ”Why did Jesus teach in parables”? And the answer is simply this, we can all relate to these parables. After two thousand years, the meaning is still the same. No matter where we come from or what stage in life we are in, the story is something we can all understand.

Jesus Christ is coming back! And the Parable of the Fig Tree is a call to all Christians to be ready when He does. Just like we would prepare ourselves for a summer vacation by booking a flight and packing our bags, there are things we can do to prepare for the second coming of Jesus:

#1 Recognize the Signs.

Now learn the parable of the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
                                                               Matthew 24:32-34

When we see the leaves budding on the trees and the flowers blooming, we know that summer is just around the corner. If we are familiar with Scripture and know what to look for, we will recognize the signs that Jesus is just around the corner too. We should be immersing ourselves in God’s word every day. And when we do that, the signs that the coming of Jesus is near should be as plain to us as the coming of summer.

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#2 Watch.

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
                                                               Matthew 24:42-43

We should always have an eager expectation that Jesus could come back at any moment. And that expectation should be reflected in our lives. If we knew that someone was getting ready to break into our house and take everything we have worked so hard for, we wouldn’t just go to bed and pretend that the thief wasn’t coming. We would be sitting up all night waiting, ready to catch him in the act. This is the kind of eager expectation we should feel for the second coming of Jesus. We should be sitting up waiting for Him to come through the door like a thief in the night. It’s easy to become complacent and forget that He is coming soon. We get caught up in other things that seem so important at the time. But we can take this time to refocus and start watching for Him to come back because it could happen at any moment. While we’re watching and waiting for Jesus, we should be telling other people about Him, so that they could be saved too.

#3 Be Ready.

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
                                                               Matthew 24:44  

We don’t know when Jesus is coming back. It could be today, or it could be years from now. It doesn’t matter when it happens, just that we are ready for Him when He comes. What will He see when He gets here? Will He be pleased by how we are living our lives? Are there things that we need to change to make our lives acceptable to Him? These are the questions that I am asking myself today.

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44 #Summer #BibleStudyClick To Tweet

This blog post is about my heart and mind as much as it’s about yours. Today God hit me with a hard truth. Am I ready to see Jesus coming? What do I need to change in my life? I know that I need to be better prepared… to understand the Bible fully, to be ready to answer any question about my faith and to be watchful of His return. I pray that you will take the time to become prepared for Jesus to come back and that God will bless you greatly for it. Be well friends, and God bless you!

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Monday Motivation – Hebrews 12:1

Have you ever gone on a walk with ankle weights on? Do you remember the relief of taking them off when the walk was over? The burden of sin weights us down just like those ankle weights. And sin separates us from God keeps us from doing all that He has for us. In this Bible verse from Hebrews 12:1, the Apostle Paul tells us that we can set down the weight of our sin. Then and only then will we be able to run the race of the Christian life. So, drop the weight of your sin at the Savior’s feet and run fast friends. Keep your eyes on Jesus!

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A Random Text – Habakkuk 3:17-19

A Random Text Habakkuk 3:17-19

The day wasn’t turning out the way I had planned. My to-do list was getting longer not shorter. I felt stressed and overwhelmed. Then, a dear friend sent me a random text in the middle of the day. She asked me to read Habakkuk 3. I immediately sent her a text back and said “OK”, with a smiley face emoji. But I had no intention of reading it, at least not right then. Maybe later when everything else was done. I was right in the middle of a project and I wanted to get it finished.

But God pulled on my heart strings and whispered, “You need to read it”.
I answered, “Okay, I’ll read it later tonight when things calm down”.
God whispered to my heart again, “You need to read it now”.

I sighed as I resigned myself to God’s plan for the day, grabbed my Bible and started to read…

Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines:
Though the labor of the olive may fail’
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls-
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.
                                           Habakkuk 3:17-19

Wow! I felt like I had been struck by lightning! All of these years later, Habakkuk can still cut straight to the point. It’s easy to praise God and find joy in our salvation when things are going great in our lives. It’s so much harder when life isn’t going our way. But no matter what situation we are in, God knows what we need even when we don’t.

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Habakkuk knew that his people would soon face hard times. They were going to be without the basic necessities they needed to survive. There would be no food and no water to sustain them. But Habakkuk had confidence that if they put their trust in God, He would see them through.

If Habakkuk could find joy in God under such dire circumstances, then surely I can too. There’s an old saying that we all know, “Into every life a little rain must fall”. Well, when it feels like it’s pouring outside, instead of feeling defeated I’m going to praise God. He is the one who gives me strength to get through the difficult times. So this is my promise to Him for all that He has done for me.

Even though the bills are piling up, and it seems that there will never be enough money to pay them all…

I will praise You!

Even though my house is filthy, company’s coming over and there’s not enough time to clean…

I will praise You!

Even though my health may be failing and I feel weak…

I will praise You!

Even though I’ve lost a loved one and my heart is broken…

I will praise You!

I’m so grateful that I have a friend who would point me to God during difficult times. Even though there’s no way she could’ve known what was going on in my life that day or that I needed these words spoken into my heart, she followed God’s lead and sent me the text. But God did knew everything that was happening. And He used a seemingly random text to take away all of the stress and overwhelm I felt that day. He replaced it with a song in my heart and praise on my lips. God is good! And He is worthy of our praise! So, that’s how a random text taught me to praise God! I pray that it will do the same for you!

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12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

Life is hard! Really hard. And some days are tough to get through. Maybe it’s the little things that add up and drive us crazy or maybe we’re facing much bigger problems in life. Either way we can take comfort in God’s promises. He is faithful! And His word provides comfort anytime we need it. No matter what you’re going through, I truly hope that these 12 uplifting Bible verses for faith in hard times will give you the strength to carry on.

The substance of our faith keeps us going in hard times.

We may not be able to see faith with our eyes, but just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t real. We believe in gravity, yet we can’t see it. But we know that gravity is real and exists because we feel it and experience for ourselves. Likewise, we know our faith in Jesus is real because we feel it in our heart and experience it our daily lives. This is the substance of our faith and the hope that is within us. It is the reality that we have Jesus and He has us. If we truly believe in Jesus, then we have the assurance of our faith because we “see” it in our lives. These two verses speak directly to this kind of “blind faith”.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 #BibleVerses #FaithClick To Tweet

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

                                                                Hebrews 11:1

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

                                                            2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Our faith is a firm place to stand when we are scared.

It’s so easy to be discouraged and feel defeated when things don’t go our way. We become scared of what tomorrow will bring and wonder if it will ever get better. But our faith in Jesus is our security and firm place to stand. When our faith is shaken, and life tries to tear us down, Jesus gives us strength and bravery. So stand fast in the faith and be strengthened by the One who died to set us free. Run to Him and find safety and unshakable ground.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

                                                            1 Corinthians 16:13

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

                                                            Proverbs 18:10

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.

                                                            Deuteronomy 31:8

 

Comfort in the Psalms

The book Psalms is full of wonderful descriptions of God’s protection and love for us. In fact there are too many to list here, so I encourage you to seek out these comforting scriptures for yourself. To get you started here are two of my favorites. They always give me comfort and inspiration when I’m feeling knocked down. I hope that they will lift you up and give you comfort as well.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

 

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

                                                 Psalm 46:1-5; 10

 

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

                                                Psalm 27:13-14

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There is no doubt that hard-ships will come in life, but with Jesus we have victory!

Hard times seem to sneak up and hit us out of nowhere. When we least expect them they show up like an uninvited party guest who just won’t leave. But the Bible tells us that we should expect hard-ships in this life and that we should find joy in it. I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking it too. How can we possibly find joy in suffering? Well, it all goes back to Jesus. He suffered for us and He promised that we would suffer for His namesake. But we shouldn’t let it get us down, because even though we are participants in the suffering of Christ, we are also participants in His victory too! Because of Jesus our current circumstances will fade away in the light of eternity. We are victorious over this world and the hard-ships we face! And it’s all because of Jesus and His glory!

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

                                                            James 1:2-4

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

                                                            1 Peter 4:12-13

 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed-

                                                             2 Corinthians 4:8-9

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

                                                             1 Peter 1:6-9

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                                             1 Corinthians 15:57

 

Each of these 12 uplifting Bible verses for faith in hard times reminds us of God’s faithfulness. Yes, we face tough times in life. But God’s promises are always true. He is with us. He is for us. And He will never leave us alone in our despair. With God all things are possible. Even faith in hard times. So take heart, the Lord is with you. Keep the faith and claim the victory in Jesus name!

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Monday Motivation – Acts 4:12

Need a pick me up of Monday Motivation? Here is a simple truth to ponder, we have salvation in no other name but Jesus! May He be glorified in our lives today!

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How to Weather Life’s Storms – Isaiah 4:6

How to Weather Life's Storms - Isaiah 4:6

And there will be shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and rain.

                                                                 Isaiah 4:6

Every spring I wait with great anticipation for my irises to bloom. I look forward to seeing them sprout up, as they emerge from their winter slumber. They belonged to my Granny, who I loved and admired so much. And they remind me of how her laughter could fill the room or how her homemade chicken and dumplings were the best around. My heart is full of these memories and so many more. And I always feel like celebrating when that first iris opens! But this year was a little different, the irises decided to appear on a cloudy, stormy day. The sky was gray and the wind was whipping around. Later, I found out that a nearby town was hit by a devastating tornado. The trees were uprooted and homes destroyed, it was a mess! It’s not surprising to have tornadoes here in Arkansas and Oklahoma because we have a lot of them, but this one was unexpected.

Life is like that too, you just never know when a storm will be brewing. In fact, if you’re not currently right smack in the middle of one of life’s storms, you can bet that one is just over the horizon and headed your way. So today I’d like to talk about how to weather life’s storms.

There is a purpose to life’s storms

There are three kinds of iris in my flower bed. Most of them are yellow with large blooms. Then there’s the tiny blossoms of the small purple irises. But my favorites are the huge white ones. I only have a few of them, but with their giant flowers, they’re showstoppers! What makes them so unique is that they have a special kind of beauty, one you have to really look hard to see. From afar they are completely white, but if you look closer you can see a faint hint of lavender peeking out from the center.

Finding the beauty in life’s storms can be just as difficult. You have to really look close to see it. But the beauty is not in the struggle, it’s in the fact that there is a purpose to life’s storms. God has something He wants to teach us and He has put us in the eye of the storm for a reason.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

                                                                Romans 8:28

Sometimes it’s hard to understand how God could cause all things, good and bad to work out in our favor. But because we have been called according to God’s purpose, He promises that He will. Even if we can’t see it now, we can have confidence in God’s ability to use this storm to bring about good in our lives. So I encourage you to look closely at the storm you are facing and discover what God’s purpose for it is.

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God is our shelter from the storm

Every year there is at least one tornado that destroys a neighboring city. In the aftermath of the storm, the only thing left standing in a house is the bathtub. That’s why we have storm shelters in this part of the country. If you don’t live in the Midwest, you may not be familiar with storm shelters. They’re big metal boxes with a door that slides shut and they’re buried underground to protect us from the tornadoes. In addition to the shelters, we also have tornado sirens. They’re loud, really loud! When the wind picks up and they go off, that’s our cue to run to the storm shelter and hunker down until the storm passes by.

In the midst of life’s storms God is our shelter. He’s the One we run to for protection when life becomes too much. David knew this very well when he was hiding from Saul and wrote these words.

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in Thee: And in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge, Until the destruction passes by.

                                                            Psalm 57:1

What a comfort it is to know that God, the Creator of the universe is our shelter in the storm! He is always there, ready to cover us with His grace. As the storm rages on around you, run to Him and take refuge under His wings until the destruction has passed you by.

Keep looking to Jesus in life’s storms

When one of life’s storms hits us, it may feel like we are being tossed around by the wind and rain with no end in sight. Peter must have felt this way too during the storm on the Sea of Galilee.

And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately, Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

                                                           Matthew 14: 29-30

I’m sure we all know this story pretty well, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded to keep looking to Jesus.

Peter started out with his eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and his heart was in the right place. But then he stepped out onto the water and became scared and distracted by the storm raging around him. When he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink. So he cried out to Jesus to save him. The Bible says that immediately Jesus reached out His hand to help Peter. There was waiting, no begging, just immediate assistance from the Savior.

It’s so easy to be distracted in the storm. Just like Peter we start out with our heart in the right place and our eyes on Jesus. Then something happens and we look away. We began to sink. And we cry out for Jesus to save us. So He does and we turn our gaze to Him again until the next time a storm hits and we start the process all over again. Jesus is always there with us in the middle of our storm. And He is always willing to reach out His hand and pull us out of the water. Thank you, Jesus!

Luckily for us, storms don’t last forever. They blow in suddenly and leave just as quickly. My irises may have been a little beaten down when the storm was over, but their beauty was still intact. And life’s storms may spin us around like a tornado, but when they’re over, we’ll be just like those irises, standing tall with our beauty intact.

Jesus promised us that in this world we would have tribulation. So, there is no doubt that storms are sure to come our way. But with God’s help we can learn how to weather life’s storms. Be well and keep looking to Jesus!

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Jesus is our Firm Foundation – Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus is our Firm Foundation - Matthew 7:24-27

My family lives in an old farmhouse. We love it’s character and charm. But as much as we love our house, the truth is older homes need more care and maintenance.

Recently we decided it was time to replace the window in our laundry room. We had overlooked it for a long time while we focused on other projects around the house. But that window suddenly became a priority when I began to smell a musty odor while doing the laundry.

It seemed like a pretty straight forward repair. Just take the old window out and put the new one in. We thought it would take a day or a weekend at most. But when we got the darn thing out we realized that our little project had suddenly become a major renovation. We had put off the repair for far too long and the damage was extensive. The entire exterior wall would need to come down so it could be reframed and rebuilt. It was a huge undertaking!

Once the wall was finally down, we could see exactly where the problem had started. The foundation of the wall, the 2×4 footer board, was completely rotted and had been reduced to sawdust. I could see straight through the board on either side! It was a pitiful sight and really it’s a wonder that that the wall didn’t fall down all by itself.

I felt like I was on one of those house flipping shows where nothing goes right. It was a hopeless feeling standing there staring at a huge gaping opening into our house. And to be perfectly honest the idea of sleeping in a house with one wall missing was a little bit scary. But until the foundation of the wall was rebuilt we couldn’t close up the rest of the wall and feel safe in our own home.

We had neglected our laundry room wall to the point that it was built on sand.  And as I stood there contemplating the deteriorated wall and the huge gaping hole that had become our house, I was reminded of these words of Jesus.

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

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Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock... Matt 7:24 #bibleverseClick To Tweet

Just like our laundry room wall, sometimes our lives need to be rebuilt too. It’s easy to become distracted by everything we have to do. And it’s easy to veer off the path God has for us. We keep going and going until one day we realize we’ve neglected our relationship with Jesus and somehow we’ve built our spiritual house on sand. We didn’t mean for it to happen, it just did.

But if you find that you have built your house on sinking sand, don’t be discouraged. We’ve all been there. And we’ve all had to rebuild our house from time to time, (myself included).

So how can we rebuild our home on the rock instead of sand? Jesus said that those who hear His words and do them will be like the wise man that built his house on the rock. That means if we put our faith in Jesus, pray, read the Bible and then actually follow through and do what He says, we will be founded on the rock.

It sounds simple and really it is, but I know that hopeless feeling of being in a place you never intended to be and thinking that there is no way out. I have been in the sinking sand of life, in a house of my own making. But I want to encourage you…Don’t be afraid to turn around and go back to the basics.

Jesus is our firm foundation! He is our rock! When we build our foundation on the truth of Jesus and who He is, then we are on unshakable ground. When the storms of life rage all around us we will not fall down. He will keep us from sinking. Because there is no storm too great and no circumstance too big for Jesus to overcome.

I read a bit of wisdom recently that I would like to share with you. It has so much simple truth within it, it took me by surprise.

Don’t be in crisis, be in Christ!

Wow! That really blew me away! It seems that we all live in a state of crisis. But we don’t have to. When the storms of life threaten to knock us down, we can put a stop to the crisis by building our house on the rock right now. We don’t even have to wait for the mortgage to go through, our house has already been bought and paid for by the blood of Christ.  We can simply be in Him!

With that I will leave you with one last thought…

From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

                                                Psalm 61:2

If your heart is overwhelmed, cry out to God and allow yourself to be lead to the Rock. No matter what you are going through right now, Jesus will be your firm foundation and your unshakable ground. May God bless you as you stand on the rock that is higher!

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