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How a Prayer Journal will Change your Life

How a Prayer Journal will Change your Life

A few years ago I started keeping a prayer journal. A lot has happened in my life since then. Truthfully, it’s been quite a rollercoaster ride. Along the way, I’ve offered up many prayers to God and received many answers back. So much happens that it’s easy to lose track of all of the things He has to say. That’s why I’m glad I started a prayer journal. When I get discouraged and think I’ll never hear from God again, I can look over my journal entries and see the goodness of God as He answered my prayers and kept me going when I wanted to give up.

I tend to keep journaling pretty simple and I don’t write in it every day.  But when God has something important to say to me or I have a deep down need to write to Him, I get it out and make an entry. Whether I feel good or bad, I pour my heart out to God on paper. Sometimes I’ll write out a prayer directly to God just as I would say it to Him.  And sometimes it’s just my feelings about the day or situation I’m in. (Hey, sometimes its silly doodles of flowers, cuz I’m girly like that!)

No matter what I write or have to say about my crazy life, the best part of my prayer journal is keeping track of what God says back to me. His answers always give me comfort in the moment. But I also know that I will look back over them sometime in the future and find strength in His words again.

It’s interesting to see the many different ways God has of answering prayer.

God uses His own word to speak to us. So it’s no wonder that the pages of my prayer journal are filled with scripture after scripture. Each one of them holds a special meaning to me, so I make sure to write out not only the verse but also why God gave me that particular scripture in response to my prayer.

Recently I read through some of my old entries and found a verse from Romans 15:5 “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus.” What really sticks out to me in this verse are the words perseverance and encouragement. I’m positive that God spoke these words into my heart that day because I had asked Him for those two exact things the day before. But if I had not recorded that response from God in my journal along with my thoughts and prayer I wouldn’t be able to look back on it now and remember just how good God is in answering my prayers.

Sometimes God will speak to us through a thought or just one word. When He speaks to us in this way, there is no doubt that the one word or thought is directly from Him. I have pages and pages of notes God has given to me in a sudden burst of inspiration. A single thought or word that He has shared to inspire and encourage my heart. Heck, once it was a number. That one was interesting!

God speaks to us through other people. How many times have I been minding my own business and God has said something to me through another person? More times than I can count. It could come from hearing the pastor preach a sermon that gets right to the heart of the matter. Or having a conversation with a dear friend who openly shares her own circumstances with me. Or even sitting in traffic and listening to a song on the radio. However, God speaks to me I try to write about it in my journal. I don’t want to forget what He said and I don’t want His words to fall away unnoticed just because I get busy in this crazy mess we call life.

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Just like me, I’m sure you’re on your own rollercoaster ride of nonstop action. And I promised you in the title of this post that a prayer journal would change your life. So I’d like to share with you three things that have really changed in my life since I began keeping a prayer journal in the hope that it will change yours too. Each of them builds on the next. And before you know it your life, in particular, your prayer life will be changed!

#1 I realized God really does listen when we pray.

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

                                                              Jeremiah 29:12

Seeing is believing. So, when we see God’s answers to our prayers written down in black and white, we start to understand that God really listens when we pray. As I said before, it is incredible to look back at my previous journal entries and see the way God has faithfully answered my prayers. In those times when I was desperate for an answer and couldn’t wait to hear from God, He listened and He answered.

#2 Thankfulness filled my heart.

but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

                                                                 Philippians 4:6

How is it possible to go through difficulties and at the same time pray with thanksgiving? The answer is simple, as the pages of our journals begin to fill up, thankfulness is a natural reaction to so many answered prayers. That thankfulness builds up inside and covers all of the dark places we try so hard to hide. It grows and takes root until our hearts are filled to the brim with thankfulness for everything God has done.

#3 My relationship with God grew closer and closer the more I prayed.

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

                                                                Psalm 145:18

Isn’t it amazing to know that God wants to talk to us? And He wants to have a real and meaningful relationship with us? Closeness with God is what I crave the most and it’s what I’ve found through my prayer life. The more time I spend with Him, the better my relationship with Him becomes. If like me, you’re longing for closeness with God, it’s just a prayer away. The more you call upon Him the nearer He is to you. All you have to do is start the conversation, He’ll do the rest.

I hope that this Bible Study has given you a few ideas of where to start with your prayer journal. There is no right or wrong way to do it.  A lot of people fill their journals with pictures and artwork or maybe stickers that have meaning to them. (Who doesn’t love a cute sticker?) Others just want to write down their feelings, thoughts or answered prayers. Whatever you choose to put in your journal, the real power within its pages is knowing that God is listening when you pray and that He is answering you too. It may sound simple, but that’s how a prayer journal will change your life! Praying for you to see answered prayers filling up your pages soon!

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Race to the Finish – 1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Race to the Finish 1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into submission, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
                                                                                          

                                                            1 Corinthians 9:24-27

During Biblical times, there was an athletic competition similar to our Olympics. The Isthmian Games where held in the city of Corinth every two years. Athletes would train hard and devote themselves completely to the Games. Then, and only then, they would be allowed to compete in an event. Along with the bragging rights of a true companion, the winner would receive a pine wreath crown. The Apostle Paul likened the life of a Christian to that of a competitor in the Isthmian Games. But instead of bragging rights and a crown of pine, after we have run the race, we receive eternal life with Jesus.

There are certain qualities that an athlete must have in order to perform at the Olympic level. And I thought it would be fun to look at some of these qualities and compare them to what we as Christians can do to perform at a top level in our walk with Christ.

First, we need a Goal.

Every athlete has a goal in mind when they practice and when they compete. Without a goal, there wouldn’t be a desire to win or a reason to show up at the competition. That goal is their main focus in life and their eye is always on it. They are always in pursuit of their goal and nothing will stop them from achieving it.

Every Christian has a call from God on their life, and each of us should set our goal on that call. We should be pressing forward or deliberately pursuing that goal. Just as an athlete sets their eyes on the gold medal or a Super Bowl ring, we must set our eyes on Jesus and make sure that He is the main focus of our lives. He is what we are pressing toward. His call on our life is the goal, and nothing will keep us from getting to that goal.

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Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                              Philippians 3:13-14

Second, we must work hard and show Discipline.

It takes hard work to get from the goal to the prize. We tend to think that people are born with a natural ability to be a top-tier athlete. Either you have it, or you don’t. But an athlete needs discipline to reach the top of the podium. It is everyday practice and discipline that makes them able to train their bodies to perform at such a high level. Discipline makes them get out of bed every day and practice, even when their body is tired or injured. Discipline propels them forward when nothing else will. Discipline is what creates winners.

Just as an athlete needs discipline to go from a goal to the prize, we also need discipline in our daily lives. We should be training ourselves by praying, reading and mediating on God’s Word. These are some of the ways that we can work to put our faith into practice every day. When we do, God promises that we will be rewarded for our efforts and our goal will become closer and closer.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
                                                                                          1 Corinthians 15:58
                           
Third, we should have endurance and Perseverance.

A track runner is trained to only see the hurdle in front of them, not to look past it for the next one. They jump over the first hurdle, then move on to the next. Eventually, they get to the last hurdle, and then the finish line is in sight. They show perseverance through each hurdle until the race is over.

That’s how we need to be, focused on what God has put right in front of us. There will always hurdles to overcome in life and many things will distract us from our goal. At times the finish line will seem to be just out of sight. But when we have perseverance and look to Jesus, “the finisher of the faith” we will be able to run with endurance and see the finish line clearly up ahead.  

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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 12:1-2

It’s easy to feel weighed down and discouraged. When you don’t see any forward movement the finish line seems so far away. But Jesus has already won the victory for us! And when we set our goal on Him and run the race before us, we will receive everything we need to make it to that goal. We can race to the finish with confidence in our Savior Jesus Christ.

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Monday Motivation- All Thy Breakers Psalm 42:7

Do you feel overwhelmed by life? Does it seem like you go from one crisis to the next? The psalmist understood this perfectly when he wrote, All Your breakers and Your waves have passed over me. If it feels like you’re drowning, this Bible Verse for Hard Times has the answer… Turn to Jesus and allow Him to rescue you from the deep!

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Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day

Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special time when we celebrate both the fallen and active members of our military. Through their dedicated service and selfless sacrifice, they have blessed us with the gift of a free society.

As we honor them this holiday, let’s also remember the most precious gift ever given, salvation. Through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we have received a different kind of freedom. Sin and shame no longer have a hold on us. We have been set free from them for all eternity!

These Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day celebrate the freedom we have in knowing Jesus, remind us of His great sacrifice and give us the courage to face each new challenge.

May you be blessed with courage, and live free in Jesus today!

 Bible Verses about Sacrifice

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

                                                             John 15:13

 

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 

                                                           Romans 12:10

 

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

                                                           1 John 3:16

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Bible Verses about Courage

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

                                                         Deuteronomy 31:6

 

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

 

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law;  but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                                        1 Corinthians 15:56-57

 

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

                                                       1 John 5:4-5

 

Bible Verses about Freedom

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

                                                      Galatians 5:1

 

Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

                                                     Psalm 146:7

 

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

                                                  Romans 6:22

 

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

                                                    John 8:36

 

With the truth of these Memorial Day Bible Verses, we can live courageously for Jesus and share His love with everyone we meet each day!

I pray you’ll be blessed with liberty and justice knowing Jesus has made you free!

Happy Memorial Day!

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Golden Bible Verses for St. Patrick’s Day

Golden Bible Verses for St. Patrick's Day

For most of us, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for family and friends to gather in celebration of all things Irish (and in case you don’t already know… everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day).

During this joyful holiday, lucky four-leaf clovers dance in our heads as we dream of tiny green leprechauns leading us to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

And who doesn’t want a pot of gold to call their own? It’s fun to think of wealth beyond our wildest imagination, isn’t it? But the legend of the leprechaun is meant to be a warning against the greed that lurks within our hearts.

Yes, silly green leprechauns are only a myth, but our love of money is very real. And it’s usually the thing that gets us twisted up inside and pushes us away from having a close relationship with God.

The Bible tells us God examines our hearts. He tests it to see what is inside. Because it’s what’s in our heart that truly matters to God. He doesn’t care if we have that imaginary pot of gold or a huge bank account. He only cares that we know His Son Jesus Christ and the radiant love He offers.

So, today we’re gonna look at some “Golden” Bible Verses for St. Patrick’s Day.

We’ll start with the “Golden Rule”, the thing we think of most when we “hear” the word golden. Then we’ll read some scriptures that will help us examine our heart and what is inside of it. And end with some wonderful verses to remind us of the goodness of God and His provision.

Let’s get started…

The Golden Rule

 

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

                                                      Luke 6:31

 

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…

 

 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

                                                   Matthew 6:19-21

 

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the Lord tests the hearts.

                                                   Proverbs 17:3

 

He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;
He will purify the sons of Levi,
And purge them as gold and silver,
That they may offer to the Lord
An offering in righteousness.

                                                  Malachi 3:3

 

Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;

                                                 Proverbs 8:10

I will bring the one-third through the fire,
Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’

                                                 Zechariah 13:9

 

Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.

                                                    James 5:3

 

Do not trust in oppression,
Nor vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase,
Do not set your heart on them.

                                                  Psalm 62:10

 

Let the peace of Christ, to which you were indeed called in one body, rule in your hearts; and be thankful.

                                                 Colossians 3:15

 

Remember the Lord your God

 

Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.

                                                 Isaiah 60:5

 

And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

                                                  Deuteronomy 8:18

 

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

                                                   Isaiah 61:10

 

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

                                                  Malachi 3:10

 

I truly hope these “Golden” Bible Verses for St. Patrick’s Day have blessed you! And I’ll leave you with this thought from St. Patrick himself. May it serve to remind us all to put Christ first in our hearts and in our lives!

“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”

                                       St. Patrick

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Touching Bible Verses for Valentine’s Day

Touching Bible Verses for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day will be here soon. And the promise of love it brings with it is undeniable.

Pictures of red roses, heart-shaped boxes of candy, and candlelit dinners dance in our heads as we dream of spending this special day with our special someone.

But instead of our heads, it’s really our hearts that long to feel love this time of year. We want it to reach down deep inside, touch our hearts and make us feel special.

This kind of love is a wonderful thing to have. And one we should celebrate when we find it.

But for Christians, Valentine’s Day is even bigger than a once a year romance. Because we know the true meaning of love. A love that is everlasting when nothing else is. A love that will never leave us even if we have a bad hair day. And a love that sacrificed everything just to spend eternity with us.

This kind of love is the reason God the Father, sent Jesus the Son to die on a cross in our place. And it’s the reason Jesus willingly gave up His throne and died a sinner’s death. Without their love, we wouldn’t have the hope of salvation. But because of it, we can have confidence in our faith and know our future in heaven is secure.

This is the love that lasts through the ages. The one we’ve been searching our whole lives for. When everything else fades away, it will still endure.

So, how do we find this love?

It’s in the touching love letter God penned just for us!… the Bible!

And today we’re gonna read these Touching Bible Verses for Valentine’s Day in honor of our One True Love!

There’s a little something for everyone here, so I hope you find the love you’re searching for. Let’s start with this simple question…

 

What is Love?…

 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

                                                         1 Corinthians 13:4-8                                                           

 

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

                                                         1 Corinthians 13:13

 

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

 

 

God’s Love for us…

 

We love because he first loved us.

                                                         1 John 4:19

 

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

                                                        Jeremiah 31:3

 

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

 

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

                                                       Romans 5:5

 

 

The Love of Jesus

 

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

                                                       John 15:13

 

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children  and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

                                                      Ephesians 5:1-2

 

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

 

 

Love for a Husband or Wife

 

My beloved is mine, and I am his.

                                                   Song of Solomon 2:16

 

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

                                                   Ephesians 5:25

 

Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

                                                 Proverbs 31:10-12

 

and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.

                                                 Mark  10:8-9

 

 How to Love…

 

 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

                                                    1 John 4:7

 

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’a]”> This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

                                                     Matthew 22:37-39

 

But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

                                                    Colossians 3:14

 

A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

                                                   Proverbs 17:17

 

 Let all that you do be done with love.

                                                  1 Corinthians 16:14

 

 

Has God’s love letter touch your heart? Please leave a comment and let me know which of these Touching Bible Verses for Valentine’s Day blessed you today.

Happy Valentine’s Day! And may you feel the loving touch of the Master’s hand on you!

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A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times

A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times

Last year God gave me a challenge.

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

                                                       2 Peter 3:18 

In January, I thought this challenge to grow in grace meant spending more time reading my Bible and more time praying and connecting with God. It seemed straight forward enough.

But by mid-March, our world was turned upside down. And along with it, this seemly simple challenge from God was too.

Truthfully, I totally forgot about it while we were reeling from the impact of coronavirus on our lives. But as we moved through the beginning stages of the pandemic, I realized exactly what God had challenged me to do.

It was bigger than simply reading my Bible and praying more. It was about seeing God for who He truly is. And how no matter what terrible thing comes my way, He is still in control!

This challenge forced me to stretch farther than ever before. And it changed me in ways I never could have dreamed of.

After everything we’ve endured this past year, you’re probably feeling the same way. 2020 gave us a new perspective on life and more importantly on our relationship with the One True God.

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Now it’s a new year and a new opportunity to grow closer to God!

This year, God is doing something new. Instead of a challenge, He’s given us a promise.

A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times!

Here’s the Bible Verse God has placed on my heart for this year…

 

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

 

You might have noticed, the word “hope” doesn’t appear in this verse. But it’s there. Loud and clear.

Within it, there’s a promise of hope in uncertain times. Because that’s exactly what we’re living through.

We have no idea what tomorrow will look like or how long our lives will be this way. So right now, the future seems like a hazy faraway dream. It’s a stark contrast to how we saw the future this time last year. Back then we thought we knew exactly how our lives would play out. We could see it so clearly and plan accordingly.

But even though our lives are in limbo right now, this promise laid out in Romans 8:28 gives us hope that everything we’re going through will turn around. Because that’s what hope is… an expectation that our current circumstances will change for the better.

So even with a hazy future looming over us, one thing is certain… God is offering us hope during the difficult parts of our life and for a brighter future to come.

So, let’s break down this verse and look at each part of this amazing promise of hope in uncertain times…

 

we know…

This verse starts us off on the right foot with a statement, a fact, that we know with absolute certainty who holds our future in His hand.

If we possess this knowledge, then we can have complete confidence that the One who saved us will see us through this hardship.

He reached down and rescued us from the miry pit. (Psalm 40:2) So why do we wonder if He’ll do it again?

all things…

When we read this verse, we usually think of all the good things that happen in our lives. It’s pretty natural to want to focus on the positive and put all of the bad stuff out on our minds. And it’s true, God will use all of the good stuff to bring about His plan for us.

But this phrase “all things” actually refers to suffering. It means the “suffering of the present time”. And if there’s anything we can relate to during a global pandemic, it’s suffering in our present time.

With that said, God doesn’t cause us to suffer needlessly or without reason. There’s always a reason and it’s found in the next part of the scripture.

work together for good…

God’s hand is always working behind the scenes of our lives, putting the pieces of the bigger picture together, and doing it all for our good.

Sometimes we can see what He’s up to and have an idea of what the picture will look like once it’s put together. But most of the time, we can’t.

Instead, we rely on faith, knowing that hope and faith go together like PB&J. We have hope, confidence, that God is on our side. And we have faith, believing without seeing, that God is doing what He said He would, working it all out for our good.

And we don’t need to look any farther than the Bible stories of both Joseph and Job to see this in action. They both suffered greatly. And they both had faith that God would see them through it. (Joseph’s story is found in Genesis 37-45 and Job’s in found in, well… the book of Job)

As we read their stories, it’s good to remember that they only represent a brief moment in their lives. The hardship they suffered didn’t last forever. At some point, God’s hand came into view as He put the pieces together for them.

And believe me, He is going to do the same in our lives! This moment of suffering won’t last. We will get to the other side of this hardship and God’s hand will come shining through in the end!

to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose…

This promise of hope isn’t for everyone. It’s only for Christians. Those who God has called and those who have accepted His offer of grace.

Unfortunately, not everyone will accept this offer. Jesus said… narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14

But if God has called you into a relationship with Him, and you have accepted His invitation, then this promise for hope in uncertain times belongs to you!

And you have been given more than just hope, you have been called to a purpose. A purpose that is bigger and greater than yourself. God’s purpose, His perfect plan.

All of those plans we made at the beginning of 2020, they were our plans, not God’s. They failed because we were focused on the here and now. And because we couldn’t see the bigger picture the way God does. Now, I’m not saying our plans were bad. I know all of mine weren’t, and I’m sure yours weren’t either. But God has a bigger purpose for us than simply getting by.

He wants us to join Him in His kingdom plan. You know the one, right?…

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.

                                                                                                           Matthew 28:19-20

This our purpose and our God-given mission. To take the name of Jesus to those who haven’t accepted the call yet. To show them the love He’s offering. And to see the hand of God putting those pieces together for them, and for us, as He works all things for our good.

If you’re struggling in this present time to see His hand at work in your life, take heart. One thing is this crazy upside-down world is certain… A promise of hope in uncertain times is yours! All you need to do is accept it. Then sit back and watch God’s hand orchestrate it all!

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 New Year, New You -2 Corinthians 5:17

New Year, New You 2 Corinthians 5:17

It’s time to turn the page and embrace a New Year and a New You. For most of us, that means making new resolutions to accomplish all of the things we’ve planned and dreamed about all year long.

Now that the Thanksgiving pie and Christmas cookies are gone, many of us will resolve to lose weight. We’ll spend lots of money on gym memberships or workout equipment in the hope of shedding those extra pounds.

Some of us got caught up in the grind at work and now we want to improve our relationships with the people in our lives. So we’ll resolve to carve out more time for those we love.

And maybe some of us will take up a new hobby or plan next summer’s vacation.

But no matter what your resolutions are, they all have something in common. We want to do something new. We want to feel the excitement of the road less traveled and have a renewed hope for a better future to come. These resolutions represent a transformation we want to take place in our lives.

But if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, then an amazing transformation has already taken place.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
                                                                                                  2 Corinthians 5:17

Because we are in Christ, He has made us new. He has cleansed us of our past transgressions, changed us from within, and transformed us into the very likeness of Himself.

He’s given us the ability to let go of the past and move forward into that better future we hoped for. Because of this amazing transformation, we no longer have to think about all of the wrongs we’ve done, the things we wish we had done, or compare ourselves to the people around us. We are a new creation, a spiritual creation. Now we can see the world through spiritual eyes.

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Where will the new year take us? I pray we’ll see through our spiritual eyes the future God has in store for us, and grow closer to Him than ever before!

As you’re making your resolutions this year and striving to maintain them, I encourage you to think about the things you can do to improve your spiritual life as well as those that will improve your personal life.

So, I’ll leave you with this verse we all know so well and the one I will be thinking about this New Year…

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
                                                                                                     Jeremiah 29:11

Happy New Year and God bless!

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The Beauty of Autumn Leaves – Galatians 6:9

The Beauty of Autumn Leaves Galatians 6:9

Autumn is a time of change. The carefree days of Summer have passed and we look forward to a new season. Here in the Ozark Mountains, the temperature is falling and soon the Master’s paintbrush will turn the leaves from green to brilliant red, orange and yellow. The colors are so vibrant and there’s a sense of excitement for the change ahead. Since moving to Arkansas, Fall has become my favorite time of year. I revel in this brief moment of beauty that God gives to us.

But Autumn is also a time for new obligations. The beginning of school for the kids, Sunday school and Bible study classes, football practice, the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and so much more. We keep the wheels turning by taking care of our families, volunteering at church and witnessing to those around us who are not saved. And as much as we love doing all of it, these new commitments can leave us feeling stressed out and just plain tired. Sometimes, it can feel a little bit overwhelming.

So, during this busy time of year, let’s seek a little inspiration from the words of Paul to the Galatians.

And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
                                                                            Galatians 6:9

As women of faith, we endeavor to do what is right in God’s eyes. We want to do it all and be everything to everyone. But the challenge for us is, to do good and to not grow weary. When life becomes hectic and we start to feel like we’re being pulled in a lot of different directions, the truth of this verse is a source of encouragement for us. It has so much to say about how to get through these busy moments we all experience.

Let us not grow weary…

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed, discouraged, tired, and downright unappreciated. In these moments, it’s easy to think that no one sees the good work that we do. But God does see the effort we put in and He doesn’t want us to give up and throw in the towel.

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In due season we shall reap…

Sometimes it feels like that “due season” is just out of reach or will never come. But the seeds we sow today will determine what we reap in the future. God has a plan and He promises to reward us for all that we do in His name. His timing is different than our own and if we keep looking forward our season to reap that reward will come.

Do not lose heart…

We may feel like we’re drowning in a sea of endless things to do. And we may feel down and out, but all is not lost. God is on our side and ready to offer our heart the encouraging boost we need. But we have to be willing to take hold of that encouragement and use it in a way that will cause us to not lose heart.

Just as God creates the beauty of the autumn leaves, He also wants to create beauty in our lives. He knows that we’re only human and that we get tired and discouraged. When we’re down, He wants to encourage us to forge ahead and to not grow weary. And He promises us that when we do, we will reap the reward of a life well lived. So, during this time of great change in nature, I pray that we will revel in all the beauty God has put in our lives and in the beauty of Autumn leaves!

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sue

9/29/2017 09:21:07 am

Weariness is part of the curse, but I’m hiding in Christ with God (Col. 3:3) and learning to let Him to His thing through me.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/29/2017 02:58:39 pm

Hi Sue! Thanks for sharing this with me. I’m saying a prayer for you today. May God bless you!

Lyli @lylidunbar.com

9/29/2017 01:47:28 pm

Hi, Connie,

Welcome to Faith on Fire! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and creative artistry with us this week. I look forward to reading more from you in the weeks ahead.

Blessings,
Lyli

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/29/2017 02:49:12 pm

Hi Lyli! Thanks so much for welcoming me into your community at Faith on Fire! I’m looking forward to being a part of it and contributing in the weeks ahead.

Lani

9/30/2017 08:51:57 am

Beautiful writing

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/30/2017 10:15:25 am

Hi Lani! Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I appreciate it. God bless!

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How to Resist the Devil – 1 Peter 5:8

How to Resist the Devil 1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.

                                                             1 Peter 5:8

Are you on fire for God? If the answer is yes, chances are you’re in the crosshairs of the devil’s devious tactics. Satan’s goal is to devour and destroy Christians just like a roaring lion seeks out its prey. He is constantly setting traps for us to fall into. He knows our weaknesses and how to exploit them. And he will use every weapon in his arsenal to bring us down.

We are under attack, not just from an unbelieving world, but from our greatest foe the devil himself. Satan knows that he cannot have us because we already belong to Jesus. There is nothing he can do that will ever take us away from our Savior. (John 10:29) But Satan can turn us into ineffective Christians so that we won’t share our faith with other people who may also believe.

So, how can we resist the devil and live the life of steadfast faith God has for us? Like any military operation, if we want to successfully combat our enemy we need to understand and recognize the tactics that will be used against us. Here are just a few of the devil’s tricks…

Deception

Lying is what Satan does best. He is the father of lies, so deception is the first tactic he tries. His lies are cruel, and he knows exactly which lie will stop us in our tracks. He will tell us that we’re not good enough, that we don’t deserve it, that we can’t do it, and so many other hurtful things.

Satan wants us to fail and he will tell us whatever it takes to stop us from being effective Christians. But we don’t have to listen to Satan’s lies and we certainly don’t have to believe them.

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

                                                                1 John 4:4

While Satan delights in deception, Jesus delights in salvation!  We can resist Satan’s lies and fight back by knowing the truth. Jesus has already defeated the forces of evil! Our Savior is greater than any enemy we face! And we are already victorious because of Him!

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Temptation

Temptation is everywhere. Some temptation is just from being human, like eating that extra piece of cake. But some temptation is more sinister and comes from our enemy, the devil.

Thankfully, we have this promise from our faithful and loving God…

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.

                                                               1 Corinthians 10:13

Temptation will always be around us. But God promises us a way out and the strength to bear up under it.

Discouragement

Satan wants us to be discouraged and he does that by reminding us of our past sins. He will make us feel defeated and like we are already a failure before we’ve even begun. Whether we are sharing our faith, getting ready to go on a mission trip or just going about our day, Satan will try to discourage us from doing what God has asked of us.

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.

                                                                  Hebrews 8:12

Satan may remind us of our sin, but God doesn’t. God not only forgives our sins, He forgets them. He doesn’t bring them up again and He doesn’t use them against us. So, when discouragement from Satan threatens to take hold of us, we can turn to God and find His love, mercy, and forgiveness.

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Distraction

“If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” Adrian Rogers

Distraction is one of Satan’s most effective tactics because it doesn’t look like an attack on the surface. Instead of telling us to do bad things, he’ll create a long list of distractions for us to deal with. These distractions come in many forms. But they are all meant to steal away our time from furthering God’s kingdom, even if it is only for a little while.

Satan is very good at keeping us running around in circles simply for the sake of busyness. He knows that if we’re too busy cleaning up the mess he made, we won’t have time for what God has for us. Sometimes, he will even use good things to distract us from God’s plan. If we say yes to a project that a coworker or friend wants us to do, then we might find ourselves too busy to spend time connecting with God and making His plan a priority in our lives. These distractions are harder to deal with because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. Satan knows that too and uses our kindness against us.

No matter what distraction the devil throws at us, we have a weapon to defeat it, the stillness of knowing God.

Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

Busyness and stillness are opposites just like Satan and God. If Satan can cause us to be busy, then we can’t experience the peaceful stillness that comes from time with God.

But if we see that our time is being stolen by the enemy, we can stop him by saying no to his distractions. We can choose still instead of frantic.

Therefore submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
                                                                James 4:7

These are some of the many tactics that Satan uses against us. We can successfully learn how to resist the devil by recognizing his devious tricks. And by knowing God’s truth and submitting ourselves to Him. Then Satan will have no choice but to flee from us.

Stay steadfast in the faith, my friend!

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How the Trinity Helps Us – Romans 8:26-27

How the Trinity Helps Us Romans 8:26-27

Life is going great, until it isn’t anymore. An unforeseen catastrophe hits you out of the blue and leaves you feeling blindsided. You don’t know what to do or where to turn.

But there is help on the horizon if we know where to look. As Christians, the help we are looking for comes from the Trinity. God knew that we would face hard times and He has not left us alone to face the crisis by ourselves. When we understand how each part of the Trinity helps us in our trouble, we can overcome any curve ball life throws at us.

Holy Spirit

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Holy Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
                                                                                   Romans 8:26-27

We know we should pray. But there are times when the hurt is too deep and the crisis so overwhelming, that words just don’t come. We’ve all been there and that feeling of helplessness can leave us paralyzed. But this is when the Holy Spirit takes over and prays for us. On our behalf, the Holy Spirit approaches, God the Father, and seeks His will for our lives. This is the gift that Jesus gave to us, the Holy Spirit, as our Helper and Counselor. When we no longer have the strength to pray and the words don’t come, the Spirit does it for us.

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Jesus, the Son

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

When Jesus died on the cross, our forgiveness of sin was secured. But now, as our risen Savior, He is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf. Every day it seems that there is a new crisis in my life to conquer. And sometimes it leaves me feeling just plain worn out! So, when hard times hit and I feel weak, there is nothing more encouraging than to know that my Savior is interceding for me right now!

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God the Father

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
                                                                                  2 Corinthians 1:3-4

God the Father is the source of our comfort. He is not blind to our plight. He knows our hearts and He sees our pain. God wants to comfort us and show us His mercy when we are hurt or troubled by the circumstances of life. When we go through hardship we learn a lot about God’s compassion for us. Then, when we see other people who are facing similar circumstances, we are able to comfort them.

When we are hurt, weak, or feel like we can’t go on anymore, the Trinity is there to comfort us, intercede on our behalf, and pray for us when we are not able to. They are the place for us to turn to for strength when our strength is not enough. The love that the Trinity has for us is undeniable! No matter what you are facing today, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are on your side. They will help you.

This is my prayer for you today…

The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.

2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG)

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How to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a Hearing Person

How to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week As a Hearing Person

Did you know… September is International Deaf Awareness Month? And the last week of September is International Week of the Deaf, also known as Deaf Awareness Week?

Most of us, myself included, are hearing. So, we may not give a lot of thought to this special time of year and the important cause it celebrates. But there are a few things we can do to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person and bring awareness to the amazing people it represents.

First, can we agree as Christians, it’s important for us to show the love of Jesus to everyone we meet? I thought you’d be on board for that one! 😊

And second, let’s agree that each and every person on the planet is created in God’s image and extremely important to Him. I know you’ll agree to that one too!

But here’s where it gets a little dicey, ya’ll.

Most hearing people ignore the deaf.

I’ve never understood why.

Maybe it’s a fear of looking foolish, or an overwhelming feeling of awkwardness, or worrying we won’t be able to overcome the language barrier and understand the other person, or a million other excuses we come up with on the fly.

Whatever the true reason is, it’s not okay to treat people like they’re invisible.

That’s not how Jesus treated us when we needed a Savior. And it’s not how He wants us to treat anyone else, whether they’re hearing or deaf.

When I was growing up, I had the chance to witness how the deaf are treated in society first-hand.

My best friend’s parents were both deaf. They were great people, loving, kind, and would do anything for their kids and their kid’s friends. I loved spending time with their family. Her mom had a gentleness about her I can’t put into words and a real knack for making me feel welcome and special. That was a big part of why I loved being with them, cuz who doesn’t want to feel special, right? Plus, I loved watching my friend sign for her mom. It was awesome! And it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with sign language in the first place. Those childhood memories still hold a special place in my heart. They always will.

But there was a dark side to those times too. I remember very well how the other moms treated my friend’s mom. They chose not to see the loving, sweet person she was. To them, she was an outsider, someone to shun, and toss aside at football games and PTA meetings. All because she was deaf.

Thankfully, my mom taught me better. Not by her words, but by her actions. She loved my friend’s mom with the love of Jesus. So, she made a point of sitting with her at those football games, buddying up with her at PTA meetings, writing notes back and forth with her for hours. Basically, just being the kind of friend we all want to have. Not because she had to, but because she wanted to.

That doesn’t seem like such a big deal, does it? But to someone who is ignored on a regular basis, being treated like a friend instead of an outcast can mean all the difference in the world.

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This story plays out in my mind whenever I’m with someone who is deaf. Because no matter what I may feel on the inside (fear, anxiety, not measuring up when it comes to my sign language skills), I never want to treat someone the way my friend’s sweet mother was treated.

And I’m sure as a loving follower of Christ, you feel the same way too!

So, with that in mind, let’s look at how to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person.

 #1 Show the love of Jesus

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 we’ve learned anything from following Jesus, it’s to open our hearts to different kinds of people and to show His love to all of them. That includes the deaf. And this week’s celebration of deaf culture is the perfect time to give it a go.

Don’t worry, it’s not hard to follow this command from Jesus. And it’s even okay if you don’t know sign language. You can still talk to someone who is deaf in other ways. Most can read lips, but if they can’t, all you need to do is pull out your phone and use the text function. Super simple. 😊

Remember, it’s about showing the love of Jesus to someone who needs Him in their life. So, when all else fails, a big smile and a little kindness go a long way!

                           

#2 Donate to Deaf Charities

 

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

                                                              2 Corinthians 9:7

Whether it’s our money, time, or talent, we all have something to give.

Maybe you’ll never cross paths with someone who is deaf. But you can still make a difference in the life of someone who needs Jesus. Wycliffe Bible estimates that only 2% of deaf people worldwide have “heard” of Jesus. That’s a sad number, and one we as Christians shouldn’t forget about.

God has blessed us with so much, Amen?! In return, He asks us to give of ourselves for His glory. So, please consider donating to a charity that is making an impact on the deaf community for Christ.

Here are a few worthy candidates to think about…

Your local church with a deaf ministry. Google them, because they are always in dire need of funds and volunteers.

Deaf Bible Society

This amazing organization is working to translate the Bible into every sign language. Yes, there’s more than one! And the people who know sign language as their first language need these translations ASAP.

DOOR International

Both church planting and Bible translation are at the heart of DOOR’s ministry. They believe in a “Deaf reaching Deaf for Christ” philosophy that is evident in their outreach to the deaf community worldwide.

 

#3 Pray

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

                                                                 1 John 5:14-15

Prayer is our most precious resource in a world that doesn’t understand the love of Jesus. And we can have complete confidence that when we pray God not only listens, He responds. It’s the single greatest thing we can do for those who are not saved, including the deaf.

So, set aside some time during this special week to pray for the 98% of deaf people who don’t know Jesus as their Savior. Ask God to give them an understanding of who He is and how much He loves them. And pray for God to meet their needs far above all we could ask or comprehend.

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I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

                          Isaiah 41:10

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Together, let’s face the fear and awkwardness of sharing the gospel with the deaf community. Let’s jump straight into the fire knowing these wonderful people need Jesus too. Cuz, that’s how we celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person the right way!

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Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall

Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall

Fall is my favorite season! I look forward to this brief moment of splendor God blesses us with each year. The cool, crisp weather. The brilliant red, yellow and orange colors of the leaves. Comfy sweaters and festive scarfs. Spicy pumpkin pie and gooey apple cobbler. Everything about fall warms my heart and brings happy memories to mind.

Fall also marks the end of the carefree days of summer. And as we reestablish our routines, it’s a great time to connect with God on a deeper level.

Each of these Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall stands on their own. But they are also a great jumping off point for a new Bible Study, a wonderful start to creating a seasonal bulletin board at church or a way to teach the children in your life a new memory verse. Whatever your reason for searching for Fall Bible Verses, I pray you will find inspiration for the season ahead.

So, wrap your hands around the warmth of a mug of pumpkin spiced coffee, or the hot drink of your choice, and savor these Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall. Enjoy!

In the Psalms

The Psalms are always the perfect place to find inspiration. Their cries of praise and thanksgiving for a loving God start off our fall Bible verses.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

                                      Psalm 100:4

 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

                                     Psalm 107:1

 

He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.

                               Psalm 104:19

 

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In the words of Jesus

There is nothing more powerful than the words of Jesus! And His assessment of the fall season gives us a great lesson in what it means to be a witness all year round.

Jesus said to them, My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.

                                   John 4:34

 

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

                                 Matthew 9:37

 

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.

                                  John 4:35

 

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

                               John 12:24

 

For the Season

These scriptures are favorites for a reason. They speak to the honest truth of the season and help us focus our minds on what is truly important this time of year.

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

                               1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

                                 James 3:18

 

They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;

                                 Jude 12

 

‘They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the Lord our God,
Who gives rain in its season,
Both the autumn rain and the spring rain,
Who keeps for us
The appointed weeks of the harvest.”

                               Jeremiah 5:24

 

I hope these Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall have blessed you and inspired you for the season ahead. Happy Fall!

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Living the Life of Job -Job 19:25

Living the Life of Job Job 19:25

For I know that my Redeemer lives.
                                Job 19:25

A few years ago, God told me that I would live the life of Job. Now, that’s a pretty big pill to swallow! And if I’m completely honest, I wasn’t thrilled with the news. No one wants the life of Job, because everything he had was taken from him.

True to His word, God has followed through on His “life of Job” promise to me. I have faced many trials in my life. Loved ones have been taken from me either through death or through broken relationships, my livelihood has diminished, my health has suffered and my faith has been tested.

I can see the parallels between Job’s life and mine. And I find myself referring back to the book of Job for inspiration often. With everything that Job went through, it would’ve been easy for him to curse God as his wife told him to and no one would have blamed him for it. (Job 2:9) But Job trusted God and refused to curse Him no matter what circumstance God placed him in. When everything seemed lost, Job said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (v. 1:21) This kind of resolute belief Job had, inspires me to get up, keep moving forward and remain faithful to God no matter what circumstance I’m in.

God has allowed my faith to be tested, just as He allowed Job’s to be tested. But He didn’t do it to hurt me. He did it to bless me and teach me the lessons I need to know as I move forward in my life. And with each trial and lesson God has shown me His plan and will for my life in a way I couldn’t see before.

Proverbs 17:3 says “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.” God allows us to go through trials and He tests our hearts. But He doesn’t do it as some kind of punishment. He knows what is ahead and He is preparing us for it. He is refining us like silver or gold, melting us down to our core, taking the impurities out of our lives and leaving us with all of the good that He has in store for us.

Yes, Job faced many hardships and he was tested. But the lesson that I take away from reading the book of Job is not one of defeat. It’s a story of great faith and triumph over adversity. Through it all, God was there right next to him. He never left Job. He was Job’s mediator and ultimately his redeemer.

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By sending Jesus to die for our sins, God has given us a redeemer and mediator. Right now, this very moment, He is seated at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. (Romans 8:34) When we face trials and our faith is tested, we can have complete confidence that Jesus is still there, in the fight with us.

It’s been a few years now that I’ve been living the life of Job. It’s been a hard path, full of unexpected twists and turns. But, when it seems that the world is against me, I can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is always for me. No matter what comes my way, I can face the future with confidence because… I know my Redeemer lives!

If you are facing a trial in your life today, I pray that you will turn to Jesus and trust in Him. He loves you and wants to refine you like the silver and gold that you are. To find out more about Accepting Jesus as your Savior, click on this link or go to the Accepting Jesus tab above. Cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) God bless!

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Living Water – John 4:10

Living Water John 4:10

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.

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#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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How to Overcome Doubt – Matthew 14:31

How to Overcome Doubt Matthew 14:31

O you of little faith, why did you doubt?
                                     Matthew 14:31

Doubt is a dirty word in Christian circles. It’s something we don’t talk about just in case the pastor is listening. And we pretend that we don’t feel it because we think our friends will look down on us if we admit it. But the truth is, we all have doubt. Every single one of us. I have doubt, and I bet you do too. Having doubt doesn’t mean we are bad or that we don’t love Jesus. It just means that we’re human. Because it’s human nature to doubt what we can’t see. We think if we can’t touch it or hold it in our hand, then maybe it’s not real. Sometimes doubt is just a fleeting thought. It comes to us in an instant and leaves just as quickly. But other times doubt lingers. It plays tricks with our mind, tears us apart on the inside, and robs us of our joy.

Before we go into how to overcome doubt, let’s look at where it comes from. If we can understand the source of our doubt, we can easily quiet it when it comes calling.

#1 Satan

All Christians have an enemy in Satan. He seeks to destroy us and doubt is one of the many tactics he uses against us. He will search for a way into our lives to achieve his goal of utterly demolishing us. Once he has found a way in, He is relentless in his attack. He will slink in, like the snake he is, and put doubt in our minds leaving us feeling hopeless. Then slink off again to look for some other poor soul to terrorize. But we don’t need to fear Satan or listen to his lies. Jesus has already defeated him. However, we need to be mindful of his plan to place doubt in our hearts and minds and learn to recognize his devious actions.

#2 Outside Sources

We are called to live in the world but not of it. But sometimes living in the world leaves us vulnerable to doubt. These outside sources are the things of this world that distract us. They could be the people we surround ourselves with, the things we read or watch on TV, social media, etc. Anything we put into our minds can cause doubt to form if we allow it to influence our thoughts.

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#3 Ourselves

Sometimes our doubt is much closer to home than we would like it to be. At times, we can be our own worst enemy. Our view of ourselves can leave us feeling like we’re not good enough or that we’re a failure. These negative thoughts can cause doubt to creep into our minds if we allow them to take hold.

God, in His infinite wisdom, knows the innermost workings of our minds. He knows we have doubt and He knows that we wonder where He is when everything goes wrong in our lives. He understands our hearts and He has not left us alone to face doubt on our own. We can recognize what causes doubt and quickly overcome it with one simple God-given tool…our Faith!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
                                                                                     Hebrews 11:1

In Matthew 14:31, Jesus said to the disciples, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  The disciples had been with Jesus and they saw Him perform miracle after miracle. They had the unique opportunity of being an eye witness to the ministry of the Savior and they still had doubt!

At some point, each of us made the decision to give our lives to Christ because the Holy Spirit showed us the truth of who Jesus is. Unlike the disciples, we have not physically witnessed the miracles of Jesus. But we know for a fact that God is real and that Jesus is the Son of God because of our faith. We may not be able to reach out and touch God or witness the miracles of Jesus with our own eyes, but we can see what He has done in our lives, around us and for us. We have seen the hand of God at work. This is the evidence of our faith. When doubt enters our minds, we can remember those times when we were so close to God it did feel like we could touch Him. If we look around we will see His goodness surrounding us.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
                                                                                        Romans 10:17

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We have the most powerful weapon on earth at our disposal, God’s Word. Faith comes by hearing the word of God and understanding the truth within it. We can grow our faith by reading the Bible and storing it in our heart. When we become firmly grounded in God’s truth, doubt will no longer have a hold on us. Instead of allowing doubt to destroy us, we can simply turn to the Scriptures and lean on the promises of God to get us through. Because God’s word is real!

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!”
                                                                                        Mark 9:24

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This is a prayer of a man who had doubt in his heart but still wanted to believe. It’s an honest and heartbreaking cry to the only One who could help him in his suffering. We all know how he felt because we’ve been there, on our knees begging God to help us in our pain and unbelief. When doubt creeps in, we have a direct line to God. We can shoot up a prayer to Him in a second and ask Him for strength and guidance.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
                                                                                         James 5:16

Our prayers are not effective because we have great faith or because we are faithful to God. They are effective only because we are righteous through our belief in Jesus. This is our promise from God… He is always faithful to us and He will hear our prayers when we call out to Him.

Yes, we all have doubt, but doubt doesn’t have to keep us from experiencing the loving touch of God’s hand in our lives. It’s okay to have questions. And it’s okay to ask God to help us when we doubt. But we cannot afford to let doubt penetrate our minds and our souls. We must recognize it for what it is and stop it in its tracks. Our faith is the tool that helps us to overcome our doubt and seek God’s face in times of need. So today, I pray that each one of us will turn away from doubt, seek the Father, and grow our faith in Jesus. God bless!

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4 Easy Steps to Peace of Mind – Isaiah 26:3

4 Easy Steps to Peace of Mind Isaiah 26:3

We all want peace of mind. And we all want to feel like we have stability and a safety net just in case we need it. But peace of mind is a mystery that few of us have figured out. It seems like we are always in the pursuit of it and somehow, peace of mind eludes us. Instead of peace and tranquility, our lives are filled with turmoil and stress. Maybe that’s because we are looking for peace in the wrong places. The world tells us that peace of mind comes from money and success. If we work harder and run ourselves ragged, maybe we will find peace of mind and some security to fall back on. If we can’t find it in our work, then we could try some crazy eastern religion, chanting, standing on one leg and putting burning, hot rocks all over our body. Maybe then we’ll see peace of mind manifest itself. And we might, just might, find a little bit of peace in these worldly things. But the peace the world offers won’t last long. As soon as another stressful event happens, we’ll be right back where we started in the first place.

But instead of turning ourselves into workaholics or new age gurus, we have another option available to us. One that will actually give us the peace of mind we’re looking for. The Bible is very clear about where peace comes from and how we can get it for ourselves. So, today instead of looking for peace in the world, let’s examine the Scriptures and find true and lasting peace of mind. Here are four easy steps to finding peace of mind in your life today.

#1 Know where peace comes from…

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in you.
                                       Isaiah 26:3

Perfect peace only comes from Jesus. It’s as simple as that. If we know Jesus, then we know peace. Because He is peace itself. When we put our trust in the Prince of Peace and focus on Him continually, we will find a perfect peace that only comes from knowing Him.

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#2 Understand that peace from Jesus is different…

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
                                                                John 14:27

The world says that if we want peace we will find it in ourselves, either by achieving our goals and aspirations or through other religions. This type of peace that the world gives, only takes us farther and farther away from the truth of who Jesus is and leaves us feeling empty. Things the world offers, like money and meditation only serve to distract and confuse us. But the perfect peace of Jesus is different from anything we can find on our own. It takes us directly to the heart of who He is and gives us abundant joy. The peace of Jesus takes away fear, confusion, worry and strife and gives us the safety net we are looking for. It sets our minds at ease and gives us a safe place to rest. Now, that’s a special kind of peace!  (I will both lie down in peace, and sleep: For you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Ps 4:8)

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#3 Give your worries to Jesus…

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
                                                               1 Peter 5:7

Worry is bound to catch up with us at some point. But when it does, we can take all of those anxieties to Jesus. He cares about everything in our lives. The really big, earth shattering things that cause doubt and fear to rise up inside and threaten to overtake us. And the little day to day worries that we all experience too. Whatever roadblocks are preventing us from having the peace of mind we desire, Jesus wants to hear about it and lift that burden from us. So, take your worries to Him because He cares for you.

#4 Let peace rule your heart…

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…
                                                                Colossians 3:15

Sometimes we stand in the way of our own peace of mind. We can allow stress to rule our lives without even realizing it. But once we make the choice to let the peace of Christ rule our hearts and minds, He takes over and shows us a peace that we never knew existed before. The stress of day to day life and the overwhelming turmoil we face no longer affects us. Not because these things don’t happen anymore, they do. But those stresses don’t threaten to derail us anymore because we have the peace of Christ within us. If we let it, the peace of Jesus will fill our hearts to the brim!

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Peace of mind may seem elusive. But if we know where to look, we can easily find it. Instead of running around from place to place in an endless search, we can choose to focus on the One who can bring peace into our lives for good. We can simply be in the presence of Jesus and experience His perfect and lasting peace. Because real peace comes from knowing Him. If you are looking for peace of mind today, I pray that you will turn to the Prince of Peace and allow Him to fill your heart with peace, love and joy. May God bless you!

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sue

8/23/2017 01:48:19 pm

It’s so true that it’s often ME that gets in the way of peace – God’s way is peace and I need to get in His way. Beautiful work and words and ministry!

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

8/23/2017 02:49:42 pm

Hi Sue! Thanks for your words of encouragement. I agree, it’s usually me who gets in the way of my peace too. I’m saying a prayer for you today, that you will be filled with the peace of Christ. God bless!

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Because of Grace – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Because of Grace 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

This past week my faith was put to the test.  And I’m sad to say that I stumbled and fell. In fact, I face-planted. It was an epic fail!

My family has been planning a big renovation on our front porch for a while now. I knew that this project was going to be bigger than some others we have done in the past. And I knew that it would require a lot of time and physical labor. Because we usually do all of the work ourselves, I wanted to have everything else done and be able to concentrate all of my efforts on the porch reno. As the time to start the project grew closer, I began making preparations for it. I managed to get the laundry caught up, the meals planned and groceries bought, my blog post written and anything else I could think of.

But there was one thing I couldn’t foresee coming my way. Right in the middle of the porch reno, I started to get bug bites all over my body. They were small and itchy and more and more of them showed up every day. We had a flea infestation on our hands! I couldn’t understand why this was happening. We don’t have any pets right now and we treated the yard for bugs like we do every summer. But here I was, covered in flea bites from head to toe. It was awful and we’ve never had anything like this happen before. I was at a loss as to what to do.

I really didn’t want to take the time to deal with it. But it reached critical mass about three days into the reno and I realized I had no choice but to stop and deal with this distraction. Since I was waking up with new bites every morning, we thought that the majority of the fleas were coming from my bed. So, after reading online about how to get rid of my unwanted house guests, we bought some flea powder and sprinkled it all over the bed. The instructions on the powder said to let it sit for a while so went back to work on the porch. We spent the next few hours out in the heat, tearing up the front porch and peering up the joist boards.

Honestly, by the time we came in to vacuum up the flea powder, I was hot, sweaty, itchy and tired. I was really spent. But I couldn’t lay down and rest with all of that flea powder on the bed, so I started sweeping it up. My mind began to wonder, and all I could think about was how miserable I felt. It started as a simple thought, “thanks a lot God, I really needed this right now!” Immediately I regretted that thought. And immediately I wanted to take it back. But there it was, for God to hear. That thought took hold of me and filled me with shame and regret.

This one moment of weakness had made me question my faith. Not because of God, but because of me. If I was so weak that I couldn’t get through this little bump in the road, then how could I ever be an effective witness for Christ?

But God reminded me, I’m not saved because of anything that I have ever done or will ever do. I don’t have that kind of power. I am saved because of grace. Period.

God is good, isn’t He? I turned to Him and asked for forgiveness. He took the shame and regret that consumed my mind and replaced it with this verse from 2 Corinthians. I’ve been thinking about this verse last few days.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
                                                                     

                                                                                                                          2 Corinthians 12:7-10

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The apostle Paul was arguably the greatest Christian to ever live. Yet, he needed God’s grace in his life too. He stumbled and felt weak. But when times were tough, he didn’t give up the faith. He persevered and turned to God for strength. As I prayed, these words Paul wrote so many years ago, became the beacon of hope that helped me get back up and continue on in the faith.

“lest I be exalted above measure”
Maybe I needed to be knocked down so that God could lift me back up. I definitely needed some perspective on the situation. It’s not as bad as I had made it out to be. God has seen me through worse than a few fleas, much worse.

“a messenger of Satan to buffet me”
I knew that Satan was the one tripping me up. He was waiting for a time when he could sneak in and kick me while I was down. I had been on the lookout for him, but he chose his time perfectly. Because in my weakness, I let my guard down. In that moment I felt like he had won. But he did not win. And he will never win. Because I belong to Jesus and no one can ever change that!

“My strength is made perfect in weakness”
My weakness was on display in my heart that day. I let it get the best of me. But as Paul said, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” There is so much I can’t do on my own and I need Jesus to give me His strength. In those times, I’m so glad that His strength is made perfect in my weakness.

“My grace is sufficient for you”
My salvation comes from God’s power and the saving grace of Jesus, and nothing else. He has saved me because I can’t save myself. It’s God’s grace that gives me the ability to move past this moment of weakness and find strength to persevere. Because His grace is more than enough to see me through.

I never would have thought that something as small as a flea could test my faith in such a big way. While the renovation and the fight against the fleas is not over, my faith is still intact. And after taking time to reflect, I realize… I may have had an epic fail, but God’s grace is more powerful than any moment of weakness. He is always faithful to forgive and restore me to His love and grace just as He promises. And He will do the same for you.

If your faith is being testing or, like me, you’ve had an epic fail, I pray that you will be comforted by the words of 2 Corinthians. And that you will know God’s grace is sufficient for you. He will see you through it, because of grace.

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The Path Of Life – Psalm 16:11

The Path of Life Psalm 16:11

Do you ever ask yourself “how did my life turn out this way”?

When we graduate from high school or college we’re just fresh-faced kids ready to conquer the world. We decide on the path we want our lives to take and start down it thinking only good things will come our way. Then, somewhere along that path, life takes an unexpected turn. The next thing we know, we’ve ended up in no man’s land and we’re left wondering what the heck happened. All of those plans we made for ourselves seem so far away and that fresh-faced kid is just a distant memory. We’ve veered off the path.

David had one of these “how did my life turn out this way?” moments too.

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

When this psalm was written, David found himself in a precarious situation. His life had taken an unexpected turn for the worst. The young kid who started out as a meek shepherd and then became a celebrated hero when he defeated Goliath was on the run. David was hiding out in the wilderness because King Saul and his army were looking to kill him. They had caught up with David and had encircled around him. Death seemed imminent.

Many of David’s psalms talk about the feeling of enemies surrounding him and he must have been scared knowing that they were out there. But instead of sitting around being scared and wondering what happened, David trusted God to show him the path of life. He had experienced both the highs and lows of living a life for God. And he believed that God would take care of him at this critical time. Even at his lowest David could still praise God and experience the joy of being in His presence because he understood that joy, real joy comes from knowing God.

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But David’s psalm is more than just a lament about his own circumstances, he was pointing the way for us to the coming Messiah, the true path of life.

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
                                                           Matthew 7:13-14

It doesn’t matter what our previous plans were, or the disappointment we felt when they didn’t work out. That path we chose for ourselves when we were young was about this life and what we would become in it. But God is more concerned with what will become of us in the next life. So He gave us a path of life. Jesus is that path, a path to eternal life. And this verse is our roadmap to Him.

You may have noticed that Jesus only gave us two choices on the path. We’ve reached that critical point in the journey where the road forks off and only goes in two directions. We must turn one way or the other to continue on and it’s an important decision worthy of serious consideration. We can either, turn left and enter through the wide and easy path. This is the worldly path that offers pleasure in this life but ultimately leads to hell and eternal destruction. Or, we can turn right and enter through the narrow and difficult path that leads to eternal life in heaven with Jesus.

Jesus said that most people will choose the wide and easy path. These people are just going through life and don’t give this decision much thought. Or they think that the choice can be put off for another time. But tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us and death may come when you least expect it. By then the choice has already been made and it’s too late.

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That’s why Jesus urges us to choose the narrow gate. He loves every one of us and He died to save us. And He wants each one of us to be the few who find the narrow gate. Yes, the narrow gate is a harder, more difficult path to take and Jesus said that we will be persecuted for our faith. But our reward is in knowing our Savior and spending eternity with Him.

Most people don’t want to hear this hard truth. Because when they do, they are forced to choose which path they will take. And just to be clear, not choosing is a choice in itself, and not a pleasant one.

The decision to follow Jesus is life-changing. And sometimes change is hard. So, if this life-changing decision is hard to make, Jesus put it another way…

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
                                                           John 14:6

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This is a bold and clear statement. Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only eternal life. If we want to see the Father and end up in heaven when we die, then Jesus is the one and only way to get there. And we don’t do ourselves or anyone else any favors by saying otherwise. This is our God-given promise, if we believe in Jesus, that He is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, then we will have eternal life with Him.

For most of us, we made the choice a long time ago to follow Jesus and enter through the narrow gate. But sometimes it’s good to look back on where we’ve been and how we got here. The path behind us reminds us of everything Jesus has done for us and how far we’ve come. And the path stretched out in front of us leading the way to the Savior gives us something to look forward to.

Like David, we can experience the joy of being in God’s presence. And we can see the joy waiting for us up ahead when we’ve reached the end. This is the joy we can only find in knowing Jesus. It is a joy that fills us completely and gives us confidence in our faith. The path of life may be long and winding but with Jesus, we will get there.

Is there an event in your life that has brought you to where you are right now? Are you asking yourself “How did my life turn out this way”? If you’ve veered off the path a little bit, it’s okay. The roadmap hasn’t changed and you can still get back on the path. Jesus is waiting for you with open arms. Today, I pray that you will remember all of the reasons you gave your life to Christ and be strengthened by that decision. And I pray that you will stay firmly on the path of life and see the joy waiting for you up ahead.

If you have not made the decision to take the narrow path, then I pray that you will understand the love Jesus has for you and choose to follow Him. To find out more about making this crucial decision please read “Accepting Jesus” by clicking here or on the tab at the top of the page.

God bless!

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3 Promises for Tough Times – Jeremiah 31:3-4

3 Promises for Tough Times Jeremiah 31:3-4

Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt.
                                          Jeremiah 31:3-4

Tough times will come, they always do. If you’re not in a crisis right now, you can bet your bottom dollar you will be soon. That’s just life.

This is where we find Jeremiah, in the middle of a crisis. In fact, Jeremiah was in a pretty big pickle. God had given him the unenviable task of telling the people that they had failed God and He was about to unleash His wrath upon them. Ouch!

Judah was in a covenant relationship with God. They were His chosen people, yet they chose to worship the pagan god Baal. The king of Judah had been defeated in battle and now the people were the subject of Egypt. Soon, God would allow brutal Babylon to rule over them for seventy years. Yes, tough times were on the horizon for the people of Judah. But instead of turning to God for help, they chose to continue worshiping their false gods and idols.

So, God sent Jeremiah to call Judah out on their wicked ways and tell them to turn back to Him before it was too late. But they ignored Jeremiah’s warning of God’s coming judgment.

Faced with the people’s indifference to his message, Jeremiah had his own choice to make. He could go with the flow and follow the people’s lead, or he could remain faithful to God and His will. In the face of adversity and a growing defiance from the people, Jeremiah chose faith over popularity.

God remained faithful to Judah, in spite of their disobedience. He remembered His promise to restore His blessing. And because of His everlasting love, God showed His mercy on a faithless people and gave them a new covenant.

This story from Jeremiah isn’t just a piece of history from long ago. It is meant for us right here, right now! Just like Judah, sometimes we find ourselves facing tough times. And just like Jeremiah we might be in a pickle.

When tragedy strikes us close to home, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The pain is too close and the struggle is too difficult. It’s almost impossible to see how anything in our lives can ever be right again. We’re at the crossroads and we have a choice to make. We can decide to turn our backs on God like the people of Judah. Or we can turn to God for help and rely on His promises during the tough times to come.

The Bible is filled with so many blessings and promises from God! Each one of them meant to give us hope for a better tomorrow. Within Jeremiah 31:3-4, there are three promises from God to help us in our time of need. Once we understand them, we can face any hardship with a new perspective and resolve.

#1 An everlasting love…

God loved us before time began and He still loves us now in the midst of the storm we are facing. God’s love for us is an everlasting love. It has no beginning and it has no end.

But God who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…
                                                                Ephesians 2:4-5

God showed His mercy and demonstrated His great love for us by sending His Son to save us and give us everlasting life. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we have the ability to experience this everlasting and unending love of God.

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#2 I have drawn you…

Because of God’s lovingkindness, He stretches out His hand to us and draws us to Himself. Even when trouble surrounds us and all seems lost, God has not forgotten us. He draws close to us in our need.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
                                                         James 4:8

#3 Again I will build you…

Whatever hardship we have endured, whatever sin we have committed, God has promised to rebuild our relationship with Him.

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Christ Jesus. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no
means be put to shame.
                                          1 Peter 2:5-6

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As Christians, we are the building project of God. He is the contractor, building a spiritual house for us to dwell in. Jesus is the chief cornerstone of the building, keeping our spiritual house from crumbling and falling to pieces. God has formed us into “living stones” to be set upon the cornerstone of Christ. Each stone is carefully and deliberately placed, making us the walls of the house firmly set on the foundation of our faith. But our sin tears down the house God is building for us. So, He forgives our sins and builds the house back up again. We are imperfect so, the building goes on and on. It is a continually building and rebuilding of our lives. And it will only be completed once we are in heaven with Him.

Jeremiah’s story is a testament of a faithful servant who endured many hardships yet followed God anyway. Today, his story stands as a reminder to us that tough times will come, but we have a loving Heavenly Father who is always faithful to the end. We may make bad choices or get knocked down, but when we make Jesus the cornerstone and main focus of our lives, we will never fail. God will honor His promises to us. He will show us everlasting love, draw us with lovingkindness and pick us up and build us again.

If you are facing tough times, I pray that you will turn to God and be encouraged by these promises. God loves you, He will draw you to Himself and He will build you again.

God bless!

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Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free

Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free

We are so blessed to call the United States of America home. The freedom we enjoy as Americans is unlike any other country.

But this freedom came at a cost. Liberty was a hard-fought victory. And the battle to keep it continues on even now.

Many of us have loved ones on the front lines and we salute them this Fourth of July. Their courage and commitment to the USA fills our hearts with pride. And we know it’s because of their bravery, we live freely.

Independence Day is also a wonderful time to reflect on a different kind of freedom we enjoy. As Christians, we have liberty in knowing Jesus as our Savior. Because of His sacrifice, we are free from the wages of sin! And we have victory over death!

So, as we celebrate the birth of our great nation, let’s read these Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free. Each one is a gift God has given us as His children. And a reminder of what Christ has done to set us free!

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

                                                   Psalm 33:12

 

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

                                                  Galatians 5:1

 

 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

                                                   1 Peter 2:15-17

 

 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, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

                                                   2 Chronicles 7:14

 

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

                                                   Philippians 3:20

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

                                                   1 Corinthians 15:57

 

 

Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.

                                                  Psalm 117:1-2

 

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

                                                 2 Corinthians 3:17

 

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,a]”>[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin—  because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

                                                  Romans 6:6-7

 

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

                                                  Galatians 5:13

 

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

                                                  John 8:32

 

 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

                                                   John 8:36

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Strong Bible Verses for Father’s Day

Strong Bible Verses for Father's Day

Father’s Day is the time we set aside to honor the man we call Dad. His strength and encouragement are paramount in our lives. And no matter how old we get, he’s the one we turn to for wisdom and guidance.

In my life, my dad has always been faithful to point me to Jesus and guide me to His truth. This source of unwavering strength has given me the resolve to push past the hard times and move forward in faith even when it seemed impossible. What a blessing it is to have a strong father who loves the Lord!

Plus, my dad and I have so many things in common. We love antiques and shopping for them together. We love old black and white movies, especially if they have Cary Grant in them. And we may not love it, but we work pretty well as a team on home repair projects.

So, as Father’s Day approaches, I wanted to share some Strong Bible Verses for Father’s Day. I hope they’ll encourage you as you think back on all the wonderful things your father has done over the years. And give you some inspiration in your relationship with him going forward.

Let’s jump right into these scriptures about Father’s Day…

 

Bible Verses about a Father’s Blessings

The father of a righteous child has great joy;
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

                                                 Proverbs 23:24

The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.

                                                 Proverbs 20:7

 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

                                                  Psalm 127:3-5

 

Bible Verses about Honoring Your Parents

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

                                                  Ephesians 6:1-3

 

 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

                                                 Exodus 20:12

 

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

                                                Deuteronomy 5:16

 

For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

                                                Matthew 15:4-6

 

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Bible Verses about Listening to Your Father

 

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.

                                              Proverbs 1:8-9

 

My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.

                                              Proverbs 6:20-22

 

Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

                                            Proverbs 22:6

 

Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
 Buy the truth and do not sell it—
wisdom, instruction and insight as well.

                                           Proverbs 23:22-23

 

 

Bible Verses about Discipline

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

                                            Proverbs 3:11-12

 

 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

                                            Hebrews 12:7

 

He who spares his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

                                            Proverbs 13:24

 

Bible Verses about God the Father

yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

                                             1 Corinthians 8:6

 

Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

                                             Matthew 23:9

 

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

                                             Galatians 4:6

 

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

                                             John 14:2

 

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

                                             Luke 11:13

 

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

                                             Psalm 103:13

 

P.S. In case you didn’t know, my father is also my hand model in each work of art you see here on Master’s Hand Collection. I chose him to represent the hand of God because of the close relationship we have and his strong faith in Jesus. And he thinks it’s kinda funny being a hand model. I guess that wasn’t on his bucket list.

I truly pray these Strong Bible Verses for Father’s Day have shined a light on your relationship with your earthly father, and more importantly with your Heavenly Father!

Let me know which scripture for Father’s Day spoke to your heart in the comments below. I promise to answer back and pray for you.

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Calming Bible Verses about Peace

Calming Bible Verses about Peace

Do you struggle with worry, fear, or doubt? Do you feel like your life is one catastrophe after another? Do you think peace is something that’s only talked about in church or those feel-good movies on TV?

Yeah… I feel ya!

In our society, peace is a fleeting feeling, here one minute and gone the next. The world tells us we just need a mini-vacay, a shopping spree, or a pedicure and then we’ll have the peace we’re after. Believe me, I love a girl’s day out as much as anyone, but these things will only distract us for a short time. Eventually, life catches up with us and we’re right back where we started, stressed out, and knee-deep in chaos.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. A solution to all of the negativity is out there, and it can be yours if you want it.

God gives us peace, real peace. It’s different from the peace the world offers, and it doesn’t cost a dime!

Fear and worry threaten to tear us apart from the inside out. But they don’t stand a chance against God’s peace! It calms the chaos life throws our way. And it slays the beast of worry, fear, and doubt.

If we want to find God’s peace all we need to do is turn to the scriptures. So, I decided to put together some Calming Bible Verses about Peace. Once you read them, you’ll understand how God’s peace is the opposite of the world’s. You’ll begin to see His peace take shape in your life. And soon, the struggle of worry, fear, and doubt will fade away as you discover real and lasting peace is only a prayer away.

Let’s dive in, shall we?…

The Peace of Jesus

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace for a reason. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, and Peace itself! When life is anything but peaceful and chaos is the reigning force in our lives… He says “Peace, be still”, and calms the raging storm. This is the peace that only comes from knowing Jesus and you can find it in these verses.

 

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

                                     Isaiah 9:6

 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

                                   John 14:27

 

 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

                                John 16:33  

 

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

                                 Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

                                   Colossians 3:15

 

 

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

                                   Mark 4:39

 

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Peace is a Blessing from God

Living a Christian life is full of blessings…Salvation, forgiveness, love, and yes…peace! These next scriptures speak to the peace we find when we put our trust in the Lord.

 

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.

                                   Isaiah 26:3

 

 

The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

                                   Psalm 29:11

 

 

Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.

                                  Psalm 119:165

 

 

Live in Peace

God blesses us peace, and He asks us to live in peace with others. I know it can seem like we have no control over a peaceful existence with our neighbors, but there are times when we have a choice between stirring up conflict or working towards harmony. In those moments God says to offer an olive branch instead of a curt reply and choose peace over adversity.

 

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

                                  Romans 12:18

 

 

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

                                 Hebrews 12:14

 

 

Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.

                                 1 Peter 3:11

 

 

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.

                                  Proverbs 12:20

 

 

Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

                                 Romans 14:19

 

 

Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

                                 James 3:18

 

 

Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

                                Psalm 34:14

Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

Matthew 5:9

 

God’s peace comes from knowing Him and seeing His hand move in your life. I truly hope these Calming Bible Verses about Peace have touched your heart and renewed your spirit. Before we go, I’d like to share one last verse. This is my prayer for you today…

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

                                2 Thessalonians 3:16

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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 our hearts and minds. He will refresh our souls. And He will give us strength for the journey ahead.

We can choose joy over sorrow!

With that in mind, let’s play “The Glad Game” by looking at some scriptures about the joy that is 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 Peter 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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