Scripture Sunday: My Five Favorite Verses For Strength

I’ve been working on a flip-book project, an idea I got from someone at prayer group. (Thanks, Mama!)

She gifted us with note card-sized flipping notebooks and section separators so that we could use it to hold all of our favorite verses. I love this!

As soon as I get it put together, I look forward to keeping it in my purse and using it daily.  I plan to have several sections in there and one of my favorites, and one I think is most important for me, is verses for strength.

These are my absolute favorite, in fact, this first one I will share with you is currently on my home screen for my phone!Screenshot_20180606-155847

The Lord will fight for you. Just stay strong. Exodus 14:14

My presence will go with you. And I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Search for the Lord and for His strength. Continually seek him. 1 Chtonicles 16:11

The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace. Psalm 29:11

I’m really loving this first verse right now.

The Lord will fight for you. Just stay strong. Exodus 14:14

It isn’t to say that you can just lay down, stop trying, quit praying, and everything will work out. No, He is saying, I’m right here next to you, with you, fighting for you. But we have to fight, too.

We have the fight the good fight. We have to keep our minds on Him, and live in peace and love each other. We have to be good to people and take care of each other. And we have to do our best in this life and remember to find our worth in Him and not in earthly things.

I just want to take the time to pray for you if you’re reading this:

Dear God, We want to thank You for being our strength. We are so blessed to be Your children and to be a part of Your beautiful plan. Please remind us to come to You with our weaknesses, so that we can become stronger in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

 

Scripture Sunday: What Our Troubles Can Do For Us

I love the devotional I’m going to be sharing today. It reminds us to work towards more patience with God and in life. Because His plan is already set, and we have to learn to get there. We may not understand why things are happening when they do, but we can have patience in them.

Besides, we shouldn’t rely on our own understanding anyhow. We can give Him our doubts and our worries.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

And what’s why I love this devotional. It’s saying the same thing.

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To “get” where we need to “go,” we have to be strengthened, smarter, and wiser. He knows this and helps us along the way. Our troubles feel hard but they are not impossible. We have to use our troubles as a way to grow.

The second part says that we should take our troubles to God in prayer. We should ask Him what He wanted us to learn from them. I love this.

I just want to take the time to pray for you if you’re reading this:

Dear God, We want to thank you for taking on all our troubles. We are so blessed that we can rely on You and trust Your plan for us. Guide us to have more patience and always seek You in troubled times.  Lord we give You our hearts so that You may give us peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Scripture Sunday: Micah 6:8

 

Do this.

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That’t it. That’s all you have to do. Be humble. Love people. Love God and go to him with everything. Read the word. Share the word.

I opened right to this today and it just made me think, like, that’s it. It’s not hard, it’s not “unwritten.” It’s plain and simple. All we have to do is have some faith and live in his promises.

Do you feel the same about this verse? Which verse really speaks to you?

Happy Sunday All!

 

Scripture Sunday: Just Cry By Mandisa

If you love Christian music like I do, chances are you have heard and like Mandisa’s music. I love this song. It really spoke to me and I just had to share it with you!

The thing is, God is always there for us. He is there when we are sad, happy, torn apart, and even as we sleep. Not only will he take on everything we ask of him (and more) but he wants us to cast our cares on him:

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”  Peter 5:7cast

This means that instead of holding onto fear, sadness, anxiety or worry, we can hand it all over to God. Instead of having these bad feelings and thoughts, we can enjoy the day, choose peace, live in joy and be thankful for and live with His promises.

But the thing is, life can be tough. It can get you down. People will hurt you. Situations will upset you. And it’s hard not to let these things get to you, or not to beat yourself up about them. And this is why I love this song.

Just Cry by Mandisa is such a great reminder that it is OK to cry. It’s OK not to always fake it until you make it. You don’t always have to be strong and brave and act as if you’re OK.

Sometimes, you NEED to have a good cry. Crying is OK! It’s a release and it can be therapeutic. God won’t judge you, shame you, or think less of you if you let go and cry.

‘Why you gotta act so strong
Go ahead and take off your brave face
Why you tellin’ me that nothing’s wrong
It’s obvious you’re not in a good place
Who’s tellin’ you to keep it all inside
And never let those feelings
Get past the corner of your eye’

This song is a reminder that you don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to hold onto your emotions. We can trust in Him and feel better when we hand our stuff over to Him, but sometimes we just need to cry. And He understands that, He is there with us, and He is glad to let us express our emotions.

The most important thing is DON’T STAY in that sadness. Yes, let it out. Cry it out.

But then, let go and let GOD!

Do you love this song, too? What are your favorite Mandisa songs? What about other Christian songs?

Happy Sunday friends XOXO

 

Scripture Sunday: Bible Study Week 4

The lecture was great and the talk with the girls, too. But I feel like every week I get something different out of bible study, even if it’s “not related.” And this week was no different.

This is what I got out of bible study this week:pexels-photo-55787

How to pray over my day. 

And I’m so glad. These are the things I’ve been praying about each day and I like it. It’s not that I don’t pray beyond these things, of course, I do. I just like to have a “base” to pray for my day, and it’s been good. Do you have daily prayers?

I pray for Him to help me to accomplish what He wants me to do for the day.

Someone said this and I listened. She said that often when she prayed this over her day, she would feel well accomplished and like she got everything done that she “needed” to.

I pray to hold onto my faith and patience.pexels-photo-208315

More faith, and more patience.

I pray for help to NOT react.

Our first instinct is always to react in the natural, at least it is for me. When people drive badly around me, I feel annoyed. When I’m too hot, I’m over it. And when I get a “just thinking of you” text from my hubby, it makes me smile.

Well I will always take a text from my hubby, the other two reactions can take a hike.  I pray to choose calm over annoyance and stay in the path of the air conditioning when I’m too hot, LOL.

I pray to live spiritually,pexels-photo-257037 not naturally.

This means not to let others set your mood, whether it’s other events of the day, people or things happening around you.

To have a peace with the day and enjoy all of it.

I have liked using these as a direction for my prayers. Happy Sunday friends and have a blessed week=)

 

 

 

 

Scripture Sunday: Bible Study Week 3

So, I have to be honest. This weeks bible study didn’t effect me as much as the last two. This isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it or learn from it, it just didn’t touch me the way the other lectures did. And I liked this.

What? Why would I like it? Well, with less to “resonate” with, I felt as if it made me think more. And this is what I thought.

The focus of the week was about miracles, the idea of Exodus 16:22:

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The main point is that we have to trust God for the things that we need. You must try and give effort but at the point where it’s time to stop, rest and reflect, you must do that.

When God gave us sabboth, it was to teach us to stop and learn to “resist the urge to continue.” In the flesh, we must never stop. It’s go, go, go, work more, attend more events, social media more, read more. It never ends. In the spirit, no. We should rest, relax, be quiet, be content, and let go.

So, we need to trust Him. If we take Sunday to praise Him, to sit and listen for Him, and to rest as He has told us to, that means we have to resist the urge to produce. We have to trust that what He has allowed us to “do, gather, produce, create, and take care of what we “needed to,” throughout the majority of the week, and we need not think on or do on sabboth.

This does apply to me, in part, because I have to stop myself from working, especially on pexels-photo-267559Sundays. There are lots of sports on during the day on Sundays and my husband and I will often watch. Well, he watches and sits on the laptop, and since I don’t really care about most sports, I work.

But I have begun to be thoughtful about it. And if I am working, it’s to do these blog posts.  I’m praying more, getting into the word more, and in this case, writing more. I think my writing and reflection would be acceptable for sabboth. I mean after all, what does God want more than us to share His word and spread His love?

Do you think I’m just disillusioning myself and giving myself an “out” for sabboth so that I can still work? Maybe so, but I think if I asked Him, he would tell me He’s glad I’m moving into the word, sharing it and spending more time with Him=)

Happy Sunday friends and have a blessed week=)

Scripture Sunday: Bible Study Week 2

Good morning friends, and Happy Sunday=)

This week was the second week of bible study and it was just as good as the first. (Click here to read the first weeks post.) This week’s big idea was about saying “no.” You need to stop, pause, and cease and sometimes, say “no.”

The talk was good but it was the after talk that really got me this week. My bible babe, Cindee, said something that really struck a cord with me. And it changed my whole week for the better.

She asked us all to think about how we know when it’s time to stop something. Now, I’m one to join in, talk, and discuss my feelings or ideas, but I wasn’t sure what she was getting at when she said this.

So as she went on, I was curious to know what she was referring to and how she knew to stop. And let me tell you something. These words were right from God, through Cindee’s mouth, and into my ears. I’m talking a game changer. And this is what she said.

She said, “You know you’ve overdone it when you feel these three things.”

  1. frustration
  2. anger
  3. depression

She said that when you snap at someone else, you know you’ve overdone it. When you snap at yourself and when you’re quick to feel agitated, annoyed or upset, you’ve done too much. These feelings signify that you’ve overdone it, and that you’re not resting enough. Who else can relate?

I know when she said these words I felt like, yup, I can see that. I spent the rest of the day really thinking on her words, what they meant to me and how they related to me. It was a good time of reflection and it didn’t take long for my actions to kick in because Wednesday was really good to me.

But before I get into that, there was something else, too. This was the second part of what I needed to really feel things (thoughts and actions) turn around. She said that we have got to live in the spiritual, and not the natural. This means taking control of our emotions and thoughts, speaking and acting with love and calm, and remembering what God wants us to do each day. That being, to be happy and spread love.

She said that when you are upset, snapping, annoyed or anything negative, that that’s not God in you, but the devil, trying to work his way in and ruin your day. And you know what? I’ve heard this so many times, but last Tuesday morning, when she said that, it stuck. I got it as if I’d heard it for the first time. And it was a great message for me to hear.

The next day, on Wednesday, I remembered waking up, and just feeling good. I felt better than I had in a long time. My marriage had a good day and night. I felt extra positive and ready for the day. And I carried that feeling with me all week.

I reminded myself that God wants us to be happy. I pushed any thought that wasn’t positive, inspiring or happy out of my head. I reminded myself to live in the spiritual and not the natural. Talk about freeing.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m cured of sadness. I’m not saying that negative things haven’t happened this week. But regardless of those things, this new way of thinking and being feels good. And I look forward to holding onto that and reminding myself of it so I can live my happiest and best life.

I hope this touched you in as amazing a way as it touched me. It felt really great and I’m so thankful for Cindee, and all the other amazing women from bible study. I can’t wait to see what else I get out of this study and share it with you.

I wish you all a very Happy Sunday, and until then, stay blessed=)

 

 

Scripture Sunday: Bible Study Week 1

I started a new bible study this past week, and I have to tell you, I’m already in love with it. I mean, it helps that all the gals are awesome too, but this book started to resonate with me before I even opened the front cover.

The book is called Breathe, Making Room for the Sabbath. And it’s awesome. Truly awesome.

The main point of it is just that, breathe! And, don’t we all need a little bit more breathing room? Our fast-paced lives are full of never ending plans, more work that we can fit into each week and a sense that if we aren’t running full speed ahead, like “everyone else,” we aren’t doing enough.

But, this simply isn’t true. What? What do you mean? I don’t have to rush around throughout my days, say “yes” to everything, and be everything to everyone? Nope. You don’t. And here’s why.

This busy, high-pressured, non-stop stress filled life is NOT what God wants for us. God created the sabbath as the day of rest, right? But who really rests on that day? Anyone? And the last time you did throw your feet up, how did it feel? Did it feel great? Or did you feel instantly guilty and start thinking about all the things you should be doing instead?

I know I can barely sit and enjoy a TV show much less lay out at the pool without feeling the need to be doing something, really anything, that’s more than nothing. But why?

Because, that’s what we’re taught. Especially in this American culture. We are taught to never stop. We work too much and pack out schedules so full. All the while, we put things in our life first, instead of the people. And this is a problem, too.

For this first week, we talked about indulgences. Things that have been provided to us to enjoy. But, being the overindulgent culture that we are, of course, we have taken it too far. And we are literally enslaved to these things. What things am I talking about?

  • cell phones
  • ministry
  • computers/tablets/gaming systems/Ipods
  • coffee
  • desserts
  • people
  • spending money on things
  • relaxing
  • hobbies
  • exercise

While reading through the list, did any of these things jump out at you? Are these things you like to do, that bring you joy,  things that you are doing ALL the time? Are you choosing these things or ideals over your family? Over your spouse?

Through this bible study, we’ve been challenged to think this week about what is enslaving us in this life. These are things we do truly enjoy and appreciate, but that we take too far, use too much, only ever want more and cannot get away from.

We need to take a step back and realize these things are ultimately controlling us. We need to set boundaries. We need to take time to really rest and reconnect with God. We need to slow down. And we need to remember that all of this “slowing down/relaxing/reconnecting” is ok. Not only ok, but essential.

I’m going to do a 5-week bible series (just the length of my bible study) to reflect on and share with you the talks and themes of the book, Breathe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I know I will and really do some thinking on it, too.

I wish you a very Happy Sunday and until next week, stay blessed=)

Scripture Sunday: Trust

Trust in the lord with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6

I have to admit, this one is hard for me. I want to be the director of my destiny. I want to map out the steps. I want to make the right moves. I want to choose the right timing.

But my map is smeared, my moves are sideways and my timing isn’t even on the clock. Why? Because it isn’t mine to make.

Even before I was a believer, I always, always knew that everything happened for a Cross-Imagereason, I just never knew what that reason was. Now I know it was God’s plan. And to tell you the truth, I like that better.

To know I was made for a purpose, with certainty, for a reason and in His image is truly freeing. Remembering that is the part that I tend to forget.

I love this verse because it reminds us that all we have to do is trust Him. We don’t have to know, we don’t have to worry about knowing and we don’t have to be in control of the plan. In fact, we don’t have to be in control at all.

We just have to pray, trust, and have faith. We have to live in the moment and laugh more. We have to stop worrying and take more risks. We have to live more and love more.

What does this verse say to you? Happy Sunday All! XOXO

Scripture Sunday

“But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.  “2 Chronicles 15:7

Be strong and do not lose courage, that’s good stuff. You know what I love? That God’s Cross-Imagealways got your back.
Feeling weak? He’s your strength. Nervous? He’s your courage. Overworked? You will be rewarded for that.
Well, amen! Sometimes it’s hard to be strong and courageous. But, like everything else, you must fake it ’til you make it.
Having a hard time? Turn to the bible, or the computer. You can google scriptures for determination, staying tough, or, anything you want!
Technology is such a pain sometimes. It doesn’t work right or it breaks. But you know, it’s pretty great sometimes, too. Especially if you want to grow closer with God, learn more about the bible, or share you thoughts on it (me.)
Every time I sit down to pray, write about things of faith, or learn more, inspiration strikes. Sometimes I feel stronger or clearer, sometimes more confused than ever. But it’s all good.
The more you learn, the more you know. And the more you open up, the more you will learn. The circle of life of it all is inspiring in itself.
I’ve taken steps that have led me completely out of my comfort zone and it’s a little scary. But I pray about it and that helps. I read my prayer book, and that helps. And I am faking it (hopefully about to be making it!)
Which verses speak to you? Share your favorites with me, I cannot wait to see! Happy Sunday and happy first weekend of the last month of the year!

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