Posted by: Anne | January 11, 2020

how to face your giants

“David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.'”
~ 1 Samuel 17:32 (New International Version)

Facing a problem today that feels bigger than you? While we may not have literal giants in our lives, we can learn a thing or two from David’s fight against Goliath. Here are the stones that David grabbed to take on the giant:

* The Stone of Perspective. No matter how big the giant seems to you, God is bigger than that giant.

* The Stone of Faith. David had faith in God and what God could do, and he didn’t wait for an invitation. He believed God would show up, and not just to protect him, but to show His power and presence.

* The Stone of Victory. David trusted that God had the victory and that the battle was already won when David started walking toward the fight in faith. God goes before all of our battles just like He did for David. The difference is….do we believe it like David did?

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.wayfm.com/content/wally/uncategorized-wally/how-to-face-your-giants/

Posted by: Anne | January 4, 2020

every morning

“O LORD, be gracious to us! We wait for You. Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble.”
~ Isaiah 33:2

A New Leaf
by Helen Field Fischer

I went to the throne with a quivering soul—
The Old Year was done.
“Dear Father, hast Thou a new leaf for me?
I have spoiled this one.”
He took the old leaf, stained and blotted,
And gave me a new one all unspotted,
And into my sad heart smiled,
“Do better, now, my child.”

Read the poem:
https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/new-leaf

Posted by: Anne | December 28, 2019

small steps toward the light

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
~ John 1:5 (New International Version)

I asked God to shed some of His light on what I’m struggling through so I don’t get lost in the darkness of confusion. His voice wasn’t loud or definitive. Just a slight shift of my thoughts to be more in line with truth, and I knew light was defeating my darkness…

Read the full article at the source:
https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2019/12/05/dark-places

Posted by: Anne | December 21, 2019

the gift: light in the darkness

“For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”
~ 2 Corinthians 4:6 New Living Translation

The argument of the verse is that God, who created the material light (Genesis 1:3) and who is the Father of lights (James 1:1) and sent his Son to be the Light of the world (John 8:12), did not shine in our hearts for our sakes only, or that we might hide the light under a bushel for ourselves, but that we might transmit and reflect it. There is an implied comparison between the creation of light and the dawn of the gospel light, and each of these was meant for the good of all the world.

Read the full commentary:
https://biblehub.com/commentaries/pulpit/2_corinthians/4.htm

The Birth of Jesus – Bible Story
https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-stories/birth-of-jesus.html

Hear the song: Jesus, the Light of the World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UsxxAYReP4

Posted by: Anne | December 14, 2019

give good

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”
~ Proverbs 3:27 New International Version

See also, gift ideas:
https://rainshine.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/gift-ideas/

Bible verses about giving:
https://dailyverses.net/giving

Posted by: Anne | December 7, 2019

what God gives

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”
~ Psalm 91:14-16 The Message

 

Posted by: Anne | November 30, 2019

What God Wants For Christmas

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
~ Micah 6:8

What God Wants For Christmas

Is there anything the Lord would like from me this year? What could I give him that would bring a smile to his face?

Luckily, we don’t have to wonder about the answer to those questions. The Lord left his wish list for everyone to read.

The answer is found in the little book of Micah.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Read the full article at the source:
http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/what-god-wants-for-christmas/

Posted by: Anne | November 23, 2019

uplifting thanksgiving

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving”
~ Colossians 4:2

“Thankfulness is the feather that wings the arrow of prayer — the height from which our souls rise most easily to the sky.”
~ A. Maclaren, D. D.

Read more at the source:
https://biblehub.com/sermons/auth/maclaren/thanksgiving.htm

Posted by: Anne | November 16, 2019

pray and thank

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.”
~ 1 Timothy 2:1 (New Living Translation)

Posted by: Anne | November 9, 2019

costly gratitude

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
~ Psalm 28:7

Matthew Henry, the eighteenth-century Puritan preacher, was once accosted by robbers while living in London.

Perhaps you’ve experienced this yourself—whether by having your car broken into or coming home to discover that your house had been burglarized. It’s among the most unsettling things that can happen to a person. I’m sure it was, as well, for a quiet, thoughtful man of letters like Matthew Henry.

Let me be thankful, first, because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.

What a perspective! As someone has said, “If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape.”

Prayer is vital—but to really experience [God’s] peace, we must come to Him with gratitude. Hard gratitude. Costly gratitude. The kind that trusts that He is working for our good even in unpleasant circumstances.


Read the full article at the source:
https://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/faith/essentials-faith/growing-in-your-faith/gratitude-is-a-choice/

 

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