Bible Verses for Spring that will Renew Your Spirit

Bible Verses for Spring that will Renew Your Spirit

Spring is in full bloom! It’s a beautiful time of renewal in nature. The trees are budding, and the flowers are peeking out. They’ve come to life after a long winter’s rest. Just like them, we’ve been tucked away during the cold winter months and we’re ready to spring to life too. And nothing accompanies the backdrop of spring better than the many scriptures about this glorious event. So, today we’re reading Bible Verses for Spring that will Renew Your Spirit. Together, let’s fill our minds with God’s Word, allow it to take root in our hearts, and renew our tired spirits. In no time at all, we’ll be ready to bloom.

To begin our Spring Bible Verses, I’ve chosen one of my favorites… This scripture isn’t so much about spring, but instead a new thing that God wants to do in our lives. And since spring is about renewal, I thought it was the perfect place to start. I hope it speaks to you the same way it does to me.

Do not remember the former things,

Nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I will do a new thing,

Now it shall spring forth:

Shall you not know it?

I will even make a road in the wilderness

And rivers in the desert.

                             Isaiah 43:18-19

 

 The same sentiment of “spring forth” is echoed again later in Isaiah…

 

For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

                             Isaiah 61:11

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Spring wouldn’t be spring without flowers. Their vibrant pops of color are a metaphor of the delicate balance between life and death and represent the new life we have in Jesus. So, here’s a short list of the many verses about flowers…

The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.

                              Song of Solomon 2:12

 

I am the rose of Sharon,
And the lily of the valleys.

Like a lily among thorns,
So is my love among the daughters.

                              Song of Solomon 2:1-2

 

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

                             Matthew 6:28-29

 

The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

                             Isaiah 40:8

 

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

 For the wind passes over it, and it is]gone,
And its place remembers it no more.

                             Psalm 103:15-16

 

He comes forth like a flower and fades away;
He flees like a shadow and does not continue.

                             Job 14:2

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Without the spring rain, we wouldn’t have the blessing of brightly colored flowers. Likewise, these scriptures give us a picture of God’s blessings falling on us like rain…

Ask rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain—

The Lord who makes the storm clouds;
And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.

                             Zechariah 10:1

 

In the light of a king’s face is life,
And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.

                             Proverbs 16:15

 

Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
As raindrops on the tender herb,
And as showers on the grass.

                           Deuteronomy 32:2

 

Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

                             Hosea 6:3

 

They waited for me as for the rain,
And they opened their mouth wide as for the spring rain.

                            Job 29:23

 

Springtime means fresh growth, not only for the plants for us too. May we rejoice in God’s truth during this season of renewal…

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

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

                            2 Peter 3:18

 

Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.

                            1 Chronicles 16:38

As we close out our time together reading Bible Verses that will Renew Your Spirit… This last one is my prayer for myself and for you this spring and always. 😊

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

                               Psalm 51:10

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Monday Motivation – Philippians 4:7

In this Bible verse, Paul uses a military term to remind us of this truth… The peace of God is like a garrison of soldiers, protecting and surrounding our hearts and minds at all times. This peace keeps us safe from any enemy or outside force that would come against us. So, today let’s meditate on the peace of God, which surpasses understanding and be strengthened by the knowledge that He is always our best defense.

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Trusting God Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense – Proverbs 3:5-6

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Imagine being fifteen and pregnant, not knowing what would happen to you… Could you turn to your parents for support or would you face your future motherhood alone? Would the kids at school still be your friends, or would they give you judgmental stares?

Mary, the mother of Jesus, faced a similar circumstance. As a betrothed young woman, showing up pregnant was a big no-no. She was under contract to marry Joseph, and a breach of that contract meant she would lose everything. Instead of judgmental stares from her classmates, she would have been shamed in the public eye. At best, her husband would leave her and she would be an outcast for the rest of her life. At worst, she would be stoned. When Mary turned up pregnant, she faced a very unsure future.

And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
                                                                        
“For with God nothing is impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” 

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Even though it didn’t make any sense how she, a virgin, could conceive and give birth to a child, she believed all that God’s messenger, Gabriel, said to her with an open heart. In the midst of her dilemma, her faith was unshakeable. She knew that she could count on God to see her through because He is always reliable. She chose to trust God and to accept His plan for her life.

At the same time that Mary was facing the news of her pregnancy, Joseph also had a choice to make. He could continue with his marriage to Mary, knowing that she was carrying a child that was not his, or he could cancel the marriage contract and leave her in disgrace, alone to face the crowd.

Being a godly man, Joseph chose to end the marriage quietly so Mary’s life wouldn’t be ruined. But God intervened on Mary’s behalf and sent an angel to speak to Joseph.

But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:20-21

It must have been confusing and frightening for Joseph to hear these words. Because let’s be honest, it’s pretty crazy to think a woman could suddenly be pregnant and still a virgin, right? But Joseph believed what the angel said and took Mary as his wife. He chose to trust God and to continue on the path God put him on.

Mary and Joseph both trusted God even when it didn’t make sense. They believed that God is faithful and His plan would be fulfilled in their lives. They didn’t understand it all, but they followed God anyway. Because of their faith, God chose them to play a big part in the promised Messiah coming into this world and we are all blessed by their decision to trust God.

How does this story affect our lives?

Because of our faith in His Son, God has chosen us too! Just like Mary and Joseph, we each have a part to play in God’s amazing plan!

When we think of Mary and Joseph we tend to put them on a pedestal. We picture two amazing people, chosen by God to bring about His plan. The “perfect” couple, unafraid, and trusting God in all things. This is how we see them in our mind’s eye, angelic and holding the baby Jesus in their arms. Halos surround their heads as they gaze into the eyes of the child who would one day die on a cross for our sins. It’s a beautiful picture of grace under fire.

And this is the way we want to see ourselves too. But we know deep down we’re not perfect, we don’t have halos around our heads, and we aren’t always the picture of grace we want to be. So how could God ever use us in His plan?

Let’s read this Bible verse from Proverbs. It gives us 4 steps to trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
                              Proverbs 3:5-6

#1 Trust in the Lord with all your heart…

God wants our whole heart! Not a tiny little piece of it. So, the first step is simply to trust Him with all your heart.

#2 Lean not on your own understanding…

Our understanding isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. We see the world as it is right now. But God sees things differently. He knows our past, our present, and our future. And He puts all of those together to work for our good. When we learn that we don’t know it all and our understanding fails us, that’s when God steps in.

#3 In all your ways acknowledge Him…

All of our blessings come from God. Period. And God is asking us to realize and acknowledge where everything we have, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual comes from.

#4 He shall direct your path…

This is the end result of trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense. God is with us and when we trust Him, He will get us where we need to be according to His perfect plan.

Maybe you don’t have it all together, I know I don’t. Maybe you don’t understand everything that God has in store for you. Or, maybe there’s something He’s asked you to do that seems impossible. You want to follow God but you can’t see the way to do it. It’s okay if you don’t understand the big picture plan God has for you. Step out in faith the way Mary and Joseph did. Chose to trust God to lead you on the path and take that first step. He will give the next step, then the next one, and then the next. Eventually, you’ll get to the place He wants you to be. All it takes is trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense.

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Monday Motivation – Habakkuk 3:19

Looking for some Monday Motivation? This Bible Verse about finding strength in God always speaks to my heart. Because usually when we’re in need, it’s His strength we’re after. The strength to keep going when all you want to do is give up. The strength to persevere in a difficult circumstance. And the strength to find joy when it seems worlds away.

That’s exactly what this verse is about! Finding strength in God…

The phrase “the Lord God” refers to the name of God, Adonai, which means “my strength”. When we put our trust in Adonai, we can be sure He will lift us out the place we’re in and make our feet sure-footed just like a deer on a steep mountain cliff.

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Easter Bible Verses that will inspire you everyday!

Easter Bible Verses that will inspire you everyday

If you have come here looking for inspiring Easter Bible verses, you are in the right place! I pray that these verses will give you encouragement and inspiration as we prepare for this momentous holiday season.

Easter is THE Christian holiday. It represents the most important and fundamental belief of our Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be pointless. But because of it, we have the hope of a future here on earth and in heaven with Him.

It is no small wonder that we are the only world religion that worships a living god. Jesus is alive! He has risen from the grave! Easter is the time we set aside to remember the sacrifice of our loving Savior. So let’s celebrate Him today!

Classic Easter Scriptures…

These verses are perfect for writing in Easter cards, Sunday School lessons, or reading aloud at your Easter dinner and egg hunt.

 

He is risen! He is not here.

                          Mark 16:6

 

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

                                                    1 Corinthians 15:12-14

 

He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.

                                                         Luke 24:6-7

 

And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say Place of the Skull, they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

                                                           Matthew 27:33-36

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to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

                                                             Acts1:3

 

Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

                                                            Luke 23:45-47

 

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

                                                           John 19:30

 

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them.

                                                            Acts 4:33

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 #Easter #BibleVersesClick To Tweet

In His Own Words: Jesus spoke about His impending death and resurrection…

There is nothing better than the words of Jesus! You just can’t improve on them. Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him, yet He still chose the cross. And to “hear” His words flow through our lives as we read them is an amazing experience.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

                                                           John 11:25

 

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For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

                                                          Matthew 12:40

 

The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.

                                                          Matthew 17:22

 

All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:

I will strike the Shepherd,

And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.

But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.

                                                          Matthew 26:31-32

 

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priest and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And on the third day He will rise again.

                                                           Mark 10:33-34

 

Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

                                                          John 2:19

 

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.

                                                           John 10:17-18

 

Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus death and resurrection…

These scriptures plainly show how much forethought went into the coming of the Messiah and His sacrifice on the cross. Before time began God was making a way for us to be with Him. He had a plan, a plan to redeem us through His Son.

For me, these verses kick start my faith when I need it the most. When I read them, fear and doubt disappear and all that is left is the peace which surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,

Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

                                                            Psalm 16:10

For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. Psalm 16:10 #Easter #BibleVersesClick To Tweet

 

For dogs have surrounded Me;

The congregation of the wicked has

enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;

I can count all My bones.

They look and stare at Me.

They divide My garments among them,

And for My clothing they cast lots.

                                                        Psalm 22:16-18

 

And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; and they will look on Me whom they have pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

                                                     Zechariah 12:10

 

For I know that My Redeemer lives,

And He shall stand at last on the earth;

                                                   Job 19:25

 

He will swallow up death forever,

And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;

The rebuke of His people

He will take away from all the earth;

For the Lord has spoken.

                                                 Isaiah 25:8

 

But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned, every one, to his own way;

And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

                                                Isaiah 53:5-6

                                       

God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully. Each intricate detail thought out and painstakingly put into place so that we could have complete confidence in our faith and salvation. Because of Jesus’s death, we have forgiveness of sin. Because of His resurrection, we have eternal life in Him. Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen and Living Savior!

Have a very happy Easter and may God bless you!

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All verses have been taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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Monday Motivation – Song of Solomon 2:12

There are so many Bible verses about flowers blooming! And spring is the perfect time to reflect on them and this brief moment of beauty God bestows on us each year. This scripture from Song of Solomon is one of my favorites. It describes the joy of winter finally ending. And the excitement of a new season, not just a new page on the calendar,  but a new beginning in our lives too. Be blessed my friend, a new season has arrived!

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Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? – John 10:11

Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? John 10:11

Recently, I was asked the question, “Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd?” Truthfully, I never gave it much thought. I simply accepted what I was taught as a child. But it’s an intriguing and important question, so I did a little research.

In John 10, Jesus calls Himself the good shepherd many times. Today I’d like to explore four of the different aspects of what Jesus was talking about.

#1 Jesus is the door.

Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  John 10:7

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  John 10:9

In ancient times, the shepherd kept the sheep safe at night by laying down to sleep in front of the door of the sheep’s pin. He did this to keep the sheep safely inside of the pin and to keep predators out.

Jesus is the door that we must enter through if we want to see God the Father. Jesus said in John 14:6 “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the door is opened to the Father. Then Jesus becomes not only “the Good Shepherd” but our shepherd. He keeps us safely in the fold and protects us from the predators of a Christian life.

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#2 Jesus is the Leader

…and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them: and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.  John 10:3-4

A shepherd doesn’t follow his sheep, he leads them. The shepherd would go out in the front of the fold and the sheep would follow behind their shepherd.

Jesus has lead the way for us. His life is the example for us to follow. Everything He did and everything He said was to teach us how to live. Our path is to follow the example set by our leader and shepherd, Jesus.

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#3 Jesus is the One We Know

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.  John 10:5

I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.  John 10:14

When the shepherd called to his sheep, they could easily recognize his voice and they would come to him. But sheep are timid and scared animals and they will run and hide from someone they don’t know. Sheep may be timid, but they are smart enough to tell the difference between a stranger’s voice and the voice of their shepherd. They would never follow a stranger even if the stranger called to them the same way that their shepherd would call.

We can recognize our shepherd too. Because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and because we have an intimate and personal relationship with Him, we can easily recognize His voice. There are many competing voices out there in the world and they all want our attention. But just like the sheep, we shouldn’t listen to or follow anyone other than our shepherd, Jesus.

#4 Jesus is the Savior

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.  John 10:11

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power take it again.  John 10:17-18

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A shepherd takes care of and protects his sheep no matter what the cost. If just one sheep goes missing, he will go out to find that missing sheep. And the shepherd will put his own life at risk to find his sheep and bring it back into the fold.

How fortunate we are, that we have a Savior and Shepherd who died for us! Jesus willingly gave up His life as a sacrifice for us. Then He took it back up three days later because He has the power to do so!

Jesus is the Good Shepherd because He is our door and way to the Father. He is our leader and example. He is the voice that we know. And above all else, He is our Savior.

Your Turn
Do you have a story to tell about how Jesus has been the Good Shepherd in your life? I’d love to read it, so please leave a comment below.

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Monday Motivation – Zechariah 10:1

Spring is finally here! And if April showers bring May flowers, then we’re in for a beautiful show of pastel-colored blooms this year! Because outside my window, there is a downpour of rain, spring rain. It will wash away the remains of a long dark winter and usher in a new season. Flowers will begin to blossom and trees will start to bud. The birds will return soon and bring their song with them.

Yes, the grandeur of Spring is about to arrive on the earth. But what about in our hearts? Spring is a time for new beginnings for us too. And a perfect time to leave behind the past and move forward. This Bible Verse about spring rain is an invitation to ask for and receive an abundant outpouring of God’s love and faithfulness. It’s a reminder of God’s promise to care for us even in the toughest of times. If we ask, He will take the barren parts of our lives and turn them into a blossoming garden. So, whatever hurt or disappointment lingers in your heart, give it to God and let Him usher in a new season in your life today! Be blessed this Spring and always! 🙂

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Spring Forth – Isaiah 43:18-19

Spring Forth Isaiah 43:18-19

It seems that I’ve spent the last few years waiting for God. It’s been hard. Patience doesn’t come easily for me. I just want to do something, ANYTHING, to get from where I am, to where I want to be. But God said, wait. So I waited. And waited. And waited some more. Until I thought God would never give me the green light to move forward with all that He has for me to do. And finally, I got it…the green light I’ve been waiting so long for!

Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness,
And rivers in the desert.

                               Isaiah 43:18-19

God gave me this verse recently to say, “Now is the time, go for it!” This new thing that God wants to do in my life means taking action and putting myself out there, something that I’ve been longing to do, but now it seems so scary. Will it work? Will I succeed? Or will I fall flat on my face? Whatever happens, I know I have to trust God and follow His plan.

But God doesn’t just want to do something new in my life. He wants to do something new in yours too! So let’s dive into this scripture and discover how we can spring forth!

Do not remember the former things…

Let’s face it, we all have a past. And it probably has a few things in it that we’d rather not think about or share with the rest of the world. But that’s okay because God is giving us permission to let go of those hurts and disappointments from the past. So, whatever hardships you’ve endured up until now, take them to God and leave them at His feet. It’s okay to forget them and move on.

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Behold, I will do a new thing…

God has something new in store for us! Something greater than we can even imagine! But we have to be willing to accept this new thing and take action to achieve it. God doesn’t expect us to be spectators in our own lives, He wants us to participate fully in this new thing and see it through to fruition. I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking about it too. Taking action is hard. It feels unnatural and like I’m setting myself up for a big letdown. But this is where it gets good because God continues on…

Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?…

Spring is finally here. And with it comes the beautiful blooming flowers and budding trees. All winter long these flowers and trees have been there resting, taking root and waiting for the right time to spring forth. We’re just like these flowers and trees. We’ve been waiting, praying and letting God’s Word take root in our hearts so that when springtime comes for us, we’ll be ready to bloom.

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I will even make a road in the wilderness…

Have you ever gone hiking? There are usually some pretty well-worn trails that other people, or maybe animals have made. Instead of stumbling through the tall grass, rocks and downed tree branches, we choose to walk these trails. When we start to take action and work toward this new thing in our life, we will face roadblocks. But God promises that He will go before us and blaze the trail. He will remove the roadblocks when they present themselves. He will remove all of the debris in front of us and make a road for us to walk on. And He will lead us into this something new. There will always be roadblocks in our path, but we can hold tight to God’s promise, that He will make a road in the wilderness for us.

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And rivers in the desert…

Back to that hike through the wilderness, only this time it’s a hundred degrees in the shade. When the temperature is soaring, you’re going to get a little bit thirsty. All you can think about is a cold, tall glass of water. (And maybe some ice cream!) Okay, just the water, but we definitely need a little refreshment when it gets so hot outside. Likewise, when the heat is on in our lives and we feel like we’re failing in this new thing, it’s easy for our spirit to become parched. We’re so focused on the task at hand that we forget to replenish our resources, like reading the Bible, praying or seeking God’s will. But in the midst of our thirst, God is our oasis in the desert of our lives. He offers us a cool river to relax and refresh ourselves in because He understands that we get tired and discouraged when things are hard and don’t go the way we thought they would. So, when hard times hit us square in the face, all we need to do is to turn to God. He will fill us up when we’re empty and pick us up when we’re down. Then, when the thirst subsides and we feel better, we can continue on.

Now is the time. God wants to do something new in your life! Will you let Him? Will you accept this new thing that He has planned for you? I know my answer. I will gladly accept this new thing. I will follow wherever He leads me. I will hold tight to His promises when things get tough. And, when the time is right, just like a blooming flower, I will spring forth.

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How to Store up Treasures in Heaven – Matthew 6:19-21

How to Store up Treasures in Heaven

Have you ever wondered how to store up treasures in heaven? What does that even mean anyway?

The world tells us that having wealth, or treasure, is the most important thing in life. And that having money is what gives us worth as people. The more treasure we accumulate the better off we’ll be.

In my life there never seems to be enough money to go around. I live on a tight budget and I try to make every dollar stretch. I save for a rainy day, but, honestly, when it comes to finances, it’s always pouring. 😊 Somehow, by the grace of God, my family makes it through, the bills get paid and the groceries are bought.

Maybe your life is like this too. I know so many of us are in this same situation.

Because we are, it seems we’re always on the lookout for that proverbial “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”. And if we can’t have a cute green leprechaun to call our own, we can wish on a star that we’ll win it big in the lottery or inherit from a long lost rich relative. If that doesn’t work out, maybe we can work eighty hours a week and finally get ahead. That sounds like a lot of fun, right?!

As much as I would love for one of these get rich quick plans to work in our favor, I seriously doubt they will.

But God has a plan for us. A perfect plan to give us lasting wealth. It’s not wealth in the traditional sense, but something much greater.

I’d like to share with you what Jesus said about true wealth and what He thinks gives us value.

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 

 

Jesus has a lot to say in these scriptures. So, let’s dig a little deeper and discover God’s version of a get rich quick plan and how we can have it for ourselves.

 

lay up for yourselves…

The phrase “lay up” in verse 19 and 20 means “give priority to”, so these words of Jesus are about the priorities we have in life. Our priority as Christians should always be to have a lasting relationship with our Savior and to reflect His light to the world.

I often ask myself, “What are my priorities and are they pleasing to God?” Sometimes my priorities are in line with God’s. And other times, it becomes obvious I need to do a real gut check and change my way of thinking. 

where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal…

Society tells us having “stuff” will make us happy and give us meaning in life. They say that the more “treasure” you have the better off you’ll be. But material objects can be broken, stolen or lost. And in the end, they won’t give us the happiness we’re looking for.

It’s true, we all need money to survive and it isn’t necessarily bad to have things. It’s the importance we place on them that makes them worldly instead of heavenly. And when “stuff” becomes more important to us than anything else, we are missing out on the blessings God wants to give us.

 

treasures in heaven…

Our reward is waiting for us in heaven. And guess what…Jesus is that reward! He is our treasure!

But at the same time, we don’t want to forget that what we do here on earth matters. Our job as Christians is bigger than just paying the bills. It’s to show others the way to heaven through our words and actions. Then they will repeat the cycle of sharing the gospel and begin to lay up their treasures in heaven also. It’s the circle of life! Yah! 😊

there your heart will be also…

The condition of our hearts is what is most important to God, and in verse 21, that’s what Jesus is talking about. When our focus is on making money and accumulating wealth then we aren’t making room in our heart for Jesus. But when we focus on the spiritual rewards of a Christian life our walk with Jesus will be greatly improved and our hearts will be opened to receiving His blessings.

So, how do we store up treasures in heaven? The answer sounds so simple, but sometimes as we go through life it gets lost in the jumble.

When we live for Jesus, that’s when we are laying up our treasures in heaven! Our priority should always be our personal relationship with Him, walking with Him every day, and sharing our faith with other people.

I pray you will join me in asking yourself these questions…What is my priority? Is it acquiring wealth? Or is it my relationship with Jesus and bringing other people to Him? If we search deep within our hearts and ask God to reveal the areas of our lives that keep us from having a meaningful relationship with Him, we can rest assured that He will give us the answer.

May you store up treasures in heaven today and always!

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Seeing God's Hand
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Seeing God’s Hand

Seeing God's Hand

Imagine seeing God’s hand in your life.

What would it look like? How would it feel?

If you move in Christian circles, you’ve probably heard someone say, ”I saw God’s hand in my life!”. It’s a phrase that comes up often in conversations with other Christians or in testimonies given at church.

But what exactly does seeing God’s hand in your life mean? Is this something you’re supposed to look for? Or is it already there?

These questions have been on my mind a lot lately. Because it seems we’re all searching for God’s hand. At our core, we understand He is the answer to our problems. And we know if we could just figure out how to see His hand, things would turn around and our lives would change forever.

Every day we face challenges. Sometimes our struggles are big… broken relationships, health concerns, mountains of unpaid bills. Other times it’s the little things that drive us completely crazy… dinner to cook, never-ending piles of laundry and dishes. As they say, “The struggle is real!” And it is ya’ll! Way too real. And when these challenges add up, they leave us with a sinking, overwhelmed, exhausted feeling. Instead of searching for God’s hand we find ourselves struggling just to keep up with the demands of daily life.

So, in our quest to find God’s hand, I decided to write a devotional, 7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life. In it we’ll explore and answer the burning question, how can I see God’s hand in my life today? It’s completely free to download and written to encourage and uplift you on the journey to seeing God’s hand.

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There’s an anonymous quote I love. It says… Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.” That’s a beautiful sentiment and one I can completely get behind. Because the truth is, the more we look for God in our lives, the more we see Him. He is always at work molding and shaping us into the people He wants us to become. And He is always protecting and loving us no matter what challenges we face.

Seeing God’s hand in everything is a hallmark of Christian life. His hand tells us the story of who He is and how He reaches out to us in our struggles. It’s an image of the divine interaction between God and His people. And it’s God’s characteristics, His very nature, that are on display when we feel His healing touch.

As we work our way through this short (and free 😊) Bible Study, we’ll look at six simple ways to see God’s hand in our lives…

#1 Walk Hand in Hand with God

A new beginning starts on day 1! To see God’s hand, take hold of it and learn to walk hand in hand with Him.

#2 Inscribed on His Hand

Day 2 is all about God’s deep and unwavering affection for us. This lesson will reveal the true nature of our relationship with Him.

 

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#3 Protected Under a Mighty Hand

As we discussed before, the struggles we face are real. And the burdens and worry of life are never far away. But on day 3 we’ll discover the answer to life’s troubles and the perfect place to be when they hit us hard.

 

#4 A Generous Hand

God’s generosity is immeasurable! And His hand goes above and beyond to provide all we need. This is the truth we’ll explore on day 4.

 

#5 The Strength of God’s Hand

We all have times when we feel weak. But at our lowest, we have the strength of God’s hand to rely on. Day 5 offers us hope for our weakest moments.

 

#6 Secure in His Hand

It’s human nature to seek safety. On day 6 we’ll talk about where real security comes. I’ll give you one guess… That’s right, it’s God’s hand!

 

#7 is a Life Changer!

You won’t want to miss this special lesson on day #7. It will change everything you thought you knew about your relationship with Jesus!

I hope you’ll resist the temptation to jump ahead because each of the six lessons leads up to this life-changing truth!

Yah! Jazz hands! High fives! And a big thumbs up! 😊

Luckily for us, God’s hand is easy to see if you know where to look.

So, if you’re ready, let’s get started on 7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life… 

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God’s Unconditional Love

God's Unconditional Love

LOVE. Most of us are searching for it in some aspect of our lives. And it seems to hold so much power over us. Without love, we feel empty, like there’s a gaping hole in our chest. With it, we feel happy, fulfilled, even giddy, like we’re dancing on air.

In our quest for love, what we’re really after is unconditional love. A love that doesn’t care if we’re having a bad hair day or our jeans are a little too tight. A love that stays with us through all the ups and downs. This is the love God meant for us to have all along, not just with each other but with Him.

Not long ago, I was sitting in the Sunday morning service. Our Worship Pastor and his lovely daughter were singing a duet. You’ve probably heard the song before, it goes… Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me. As I listened to them sing these beautiful words, God whispered in my ear, “You know My love is for you too.” Honestly, that broke my heart into tiny pieces.

I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can share the love of Jesus with the people in my life. Whether they’re family, close friends or someone I met five minutes ago, I want them to know how much Jesus loves them. It’s kind of an obsession of mine. 😊

But somewhere along the way, I forgot that God’s love is for me too. Well, of course, I knew God loved me, I just set it aside temporarily and forged ahead. But God didn’t forget or set me aside. Instead, He pursued me and reminded me of His great love. The love I was always destined to have.

God’s love is unconditional. It’s the love we’ve been looking for all our lives. His love meets us exactly where we are. It reaches down to scoop us up when we’re low. And when we’re soaring high, His love sails right along with us. Because that’s who God is, a loving, caring Father we can always depend on, in good times and in bad.

Maybe you’re looking for this kind of love in your life. Today, God wants to give you the love you were always meant to have and whisper in your ear, “My love is for you too! You are mine and I love you with unconditional love!”

So, in honor of the author of love, I’ve put together a list of Bible verses about God’s Unconditional Love. I hope they will encourage your heart the same way they have mine.

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God’s Love for us

 

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

 

I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In lovingkindness and mercy;
I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness,
And you shall know the Lord.

                                              Hosea 2:19-20

 

God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations.

                                           Deuteronomy 7:9 (MSG)

 

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.

You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

                                           Psalm 36:5-7

 

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34

He brought me to the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love.

                                          Song of Solomon 2:4

 

Christ’s Love for Us

 

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

 

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

                                          Galatians 2:20

 

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

                                         Ephesians 5:25

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                                       Romans 8:35;38-39

 

 

As these verses attest to, God’s love is faithful, steadfast, loyal and most of all unconditional.

And God wants you to know He loves you with unconditional and unwavering love! Nothing will ever separate you from His love! Just like the song says… His love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on you. Are you ready to accept the priceless gift of God’s unconditional love?

This is my sincere prayer for you… Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. (Jude 2) In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

Blessings and love to you!

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Monday Motivation- Proverbs 4:23

Cupid is on his way! And I was reminded of this Bible Verse for Valentine’s Day. I pray that as you are buying those wonderful heart-shaped boxes of candy, you will look inward and guard your heart wisely. Happy Valentine’s Day! May you feel the love of God surrounding you this week and always.

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More Inspiring Bible Verses about God’s Hands

More Inspiring Bible Verses about God's Hands

Last week we looked at some Inspiring Bible verses about God’s Hands. There are so many, honestly, it was hard for me to pick just a few. So, this week I’d like to share More Inspiring Bible Verses about God’s Hands.

As we talked about then, hands are a constant in my life. They play an important part in my artwork. Each piece begins with a word that reminds me of who God is. From there I place pictures of hands into the art to spell out that unique word in American sign language. Without these pictures, my art wouldn’t exist.

And these pictures wouldn’t exist without the person posing for them. They’re my father’s hands and that makes them extra special to me. Plus, he thinks it’s kinda funny being a hand model. 😊  He didn’t see that one coming.

My father’s hands have done so many things for me over the years. When I was young, his hand took mine as we walked down the sidewalk together, keeping me close and protected. Later, his hands held me up and kept my head above water while I learned to swim in my grandparent’s backyard pool. During the terrible teen years, his hand grabbed the steering wheel and kept me from veering into oncoming traffic as he taught me how to drive. (Whew, thanks for that one, Dad!) And now as an adult, his hands are still there guiding me. Hey, they’re even in my artwork! If you asked him about these things, he’d say he was just doing what dads do, loving and supporting their kids as they make their way through life.

Yes, A father’s hands do so many things. And our Heavenly Father’s hands are no different. In times of trouble, God’s hands take care of us and give us shelter. When we feel down, defeated or all alone, they comfort us. When we don’t know what comes next, they mold and shape us into our future selves. And when we feel weak, they offer us the strength to keep going. Why? Because that’s what our loving Heavenly Father does. His hands are there for us through all of life ups and downs. Nothing is too big for Him to handle. And nothing is too small for Him to notice.

As you read these verses, look closing at what God has to say to you. Can you see His hands in your life? I hope so. And I pray that you will find comfort and encouragement in God’s hands today.

God’s hands take care of us

And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword;
In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me a polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.”

                              Isaiah 49:2

 

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

                             1 Peter 5:6-7

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For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God.

                             Ecclesiastes 9:1

 

My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.

                             Psalm 31:5

God’s hand in creation

 

I have made the earth, And created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded.

                                Isaiah 45:12


I am He, I am the First,
I am also the Last.
Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth,
And My right hand has stretched out the heavens;
When I call to them,
They stand up together.

                                Isaiah 48:12-13

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We are in the Potter’s hand

 

O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!

                                Jeremiah 18:6

 

But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.

                                Isaiah 64:8

 

The precious sons of Zion, Valuable as fine gold, How they are regarded as clay pots, The work of the hands of the potter!

                               Lamentations 4:2

 

 The authority of Jesus at the right hand of God

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

                                1 Peter 3:22

 

The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

                                Psalm 110:1

 

But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

                                Acts 7:55

 

No One Can take us out of God’s hand!

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

                                 John 10:28-29

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When I created Master’s Hand Collection a few years ago the message God wanted me to convey was crystal clear. His hands are always at work in our lives. So, I pray that through sharing more inspiring Bible verses about God’s hands you will see Him at work in your life.

Did any of these scriptures stand out to you? Please leave me a comment below and let me know which one and why. I love hearing from you and sharing the journey of faith together.

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Inspiring Bible Verses about God’s Hands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We are in God’s hand!

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

                             Isaiah 49:16

God’s hand is with us!

 

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

                          Isaiah 41:10

 

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

                        Jeremiah 1:9

 

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

                        Exodus 15:6

Jesus is at the Right Hand of God!

 

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

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

                           Psalm 16:8-11

 

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

                         Romans 8:34

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

                      Hebrews 12:2

 

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

                      Hebrews 1:3-4

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

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

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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 post 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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The Excitement of the Season -Luke 2:14

The Excitement of the Season Luke 2:14

It’s Christmastime, and the excitement of the season is here! The lights are up, the cookies are baking and the smell of pine trees is in the air. As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of year!
Like everyone, I’m excited to see family and friends and take a little break from the ordinary day today.

But there is a greater reason to be excited this season…

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                    Luke 2:13-14

You can almost see and hear the excitement ringing out as the angels proclaimed these words! But what were they so excited about?

The birth of Jesus! God’s promise fulfilled to give us the Messiah and Chosen One. The angels knew that one day this tiny baby would die on a cross to save us from our sin. So they were praising and glorifying God for His amazing gift to mankind.

The day that each of us understands that Jesus died for us personally and accept Him as our Savior is cause for a huge celebration! And the Bible says that the angels are celebrating the victory of Jesus every time someone is saved.

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

                                                                                                                               Luke 15:10

Also, the angels knew that with the gift of Jesus we have peace on earth from the Prince of Peace Himself. Jesus alone is our source of peace here on earth and the One we can turn to when life seems anything but peaceful.

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.

                                                                                                                                 Isaiah 9:6-7

And lastly, the angels knew that God’s goodwill would be received by those of us who believe in His Son. They understood that Jesus is the gateway to the Father and because of His coming to earth the Way to eternal life is now opened. It is only because of Jesus that we are able to receive the goodwill of God and spend eternity with Him in heaven.

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

                                                                                                                                 John 14:6

So, while you’re wrapping those presents, I encourage you to reflect with me on the angel’s joy and excitement over our greatest gift, Jesus. May the excitement of the season fill your heart this Christmas and always!

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Festive Bible Verses for Christmas

Festive Bible Verses for Christmas

I’m so excited for the Christmas season! And this past weekend my family got our festive on!

The tree is up and decorated, there are even a couple of presents wrapped underneath it.

The nativity has been lovingly arranged in its place of honor, our buffet table.

The ceramic snowmen from my childhood have found their way to the side tabletops.

The candy canes and chocolate are waiting to be gobbled up.

And Christmas cards are calling my name.

Yes, we are ready and well prepared for the festivities.

But before it all begins, let’s reflect on the most essential part of Christmas, the Messiah, the Chosen One, the Savior of our souls, Jesus. These Festive Bible Verses for Christmas always fill my heart with the true meaning of the season and I pray that they will do the same for you.

 

Old Testament Promises of the Messiah

There’s something about these scriptures that hits me deeply. So many years before Christ would come, God gave us His promise of a Savior. To see that promise in black and white brings tears to my eyes and thankfulness to my heart every time I read them.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.

                                                   Micah 5:2

 

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.

                                                 Isaiah 9:6-7

 

Therefore God, Your God has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

                                              Psalm 45:7

 

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

                                             Zechariah 9:9

 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

                                             Isaiah 7:14

 

 

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The most wonderful Christmas gift we will ever receive came silently on a dark night, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. What an amazing gift to see the promise of the Messiah fulfilled in these scriptures! Not that He came as He said He would, but because He came to save us and give us new life. Praise for the greatest gift!

 

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

                                                   Luke 2:11

And she will bring forth a son, and you will call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

                                                  Matthew 1:21

 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                                 Luke 2:13-14

 

Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

                                                     Acts 5:31

 

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

                                                    2 Corinthians 9:15

 

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

                                                   Luke 15:10

 

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

                                               John 14:6

 

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

                                               Luke 19:10

 

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.

                                             Colossians 2:9

 

Which one of these Festive Bible Verses for Christmas is your favorite? Did you find a new verse that inspired you for the coming season? Please let me know in the comments below. I would love to read your thoughts and stories of what Christmas means to you. Until next time, Merry Christmas! And let the festivities begin!

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Monday Motivation – 2 Corinthians 9:15

The greatest Christ gift we have ever received is Jesus Himself! This Bible verse for Christmas tells of indescribable gift and sacrifice of our Savior. I truly hope it excites and inspires you for the celebration of the birth of Christ! Blessings, love, and peace to you during this glorious season!

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Monday Motivation – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Nothing shows the world the meaning of faith more than a believer praising God in the hard times. That is what the Apostle Paul was speaking of in this Bible verse about giving thanks. To give thanks in the good and bad times. To give thanks in spite of hardship. And to give thanks simply because God is God. This is God’s will in Christ Jesus for you! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday Motivation – Psalm 100:4

Thanksgiving is the time we set aside to remember all that God has done for us this past year. And this Bible verse for Thanksgiving is the perfect example of how to be thankful. So, today let’s enter into the presence of God and praise Him for the many blessings He has so freely given. Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Harvest Is Plentiful -Matthew 9:37

The Harvest is Plentiful Matthew 9:37

Everyone needs a Savior! But how will they know about Jesus if we don’t tell them?

How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
                                     Romans 10:14

For most people the idea of “witnessing” is scary. It can be a daunting task. We wonder, will they think I’m crazy? Will they make fun of me? What if they ask questions? Will I be able to answer them? Our minds are filled with doubt about our ability to be an effective witness. But as Christians, we are commanded by Jesus to take the gospel to the people who need to hear it.

Go therefore and make disciples of all 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: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
                                                                                                        Matthew 28:18-20

Some of us may feel that there isn’t anyone that we can witness to. We mistakenly think that everyone around us is already saved. But when we take a closer look, we can see that there are so many people in our lives who need Jesus. They may be co-workers, friends, or even members of our family. God in His wisdom, has placed us where we are in life for a reason and He puts these people in our path so that we can tell them the good news of salvation. This is our mission field. My pastor likes to call it “a divine appointment”. Jesus called it “a harvest”.

The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
                                                                                                         Matthew 9:37-38

So we need to ask ourselves, are we willing to step out of our comfort zone and follow the command of Jesus? It’s hard sometimes, especially when we feel like the person we are witnessing to will not believe. When that happens Jesus says…

And whoever will not receive you or hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.
                                                                                                         Matthew 10:14

There have been times in my life when the person I was witnessing to would not accept Jesus. I thought they were hard-headed and couldn’t see the plain truth in front of them. I felt discouraged and like I was not being a very good witness to them. But Jesus is telling us that some will believe in Him and others won’t. We just need to keep telling everyone we meet about Him and then the next person, and then the next. It’s not up to us whether they become a Christian or not. We don’t have the power to make anyone believe. That is ultimately their decision. But it is our job to tell them the gospel, to pray for them and to disciple them if they decide to accept Jesus as their Savior. Leave everything else to the Holy Spirit. He will do the rest.

My prayer for you today is this, that you will be encouraged to spread the gospel of Jesus to the people in your life. All you need to be an effective witness is a willing heart. God will give you the right words to speak and He will bring to remembrance the right verses. Your mission field is right in front of you and the harvest is ripe for the picking! May God bless you in your pursuit of His kingdom today and always!

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11/15/2017 02:43:27 pm

Amen! Our job is to witness and pray for them, not to make them believe.

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11/15/2017 04:49:33 pm

Hi Ruth! Thanks for the encouraging words. May God bless you as you witness and pray.

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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

 

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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Monday Motivation – Psalm 91:14

This Bible verse about God’s love for us shows His true character, fully loving and good. He is our protector who holds us close when the storms of life hit us hard. He is our loving Father who hugs us tightly and wraps us in His love when we need comfort. Through all of life’s ups and downs, we can count on our faithful God!

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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!

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.

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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