Posted by: Anne | February 22, 2020

A loss, or a lesson?

“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”
~ Proverbs 9:9 New International Version

… In that process, I’ve come to believe that God will never waste our pain, but I can.

* When I’m not honest about the reality of how hard life is, I waste God’s offer of peace.

* When I try to do things in my own strength, I waste God’s offer of power.

* When I keep the pain to myself, and pretend everything is perfect, I waste opportunities to minister to others walking a similar path.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2012/06/26/god-never-wastes-our-pain

See also:
https://www.east91st.org/blog/god-never-wastes-a-hurt/

Posted by: Anne | February 15, 2020

Why, God?

“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.”
~ Proverbs 4:1 New International Version

“Why God? That’s the question I asked when the doctors told me that my dad may not live another day. I remember in that season feeling like such a bad Christian, like I wasn’t allowed to ask that question. Then I became a dad and a little boy started asking those ‘Why Daddy?’ questions, and he didn’t always understand the answer…”
~ Austin French, about his song “Why, God?”

Read Austin’s inspiration for the song at the source:
https://www.thechristianbeat.org/index.php/official-videos/6310-austin-french-why-god-music-video

Hear the song, “Why, God?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv_Pf7bDZj4

More Bible verses about asking:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/ask_and_you_shall_receive

Posted by: Anne | February 8, 2020

questioning God’s love

“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
~ 2 Thessalonians 3:5 New Living Translation

How Do We Know God Loves Us?
https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com/how-do-we-know-god-loves-us/

What does it mean that God is love?
https://bible.org/seriespage/17-love-god

Is God’s Love More than a Feeling?
https://www.ihopkc.org/resources/blog/is-gods-love-more-than-a-feeling/

What does the Bible say about God’s love for me?
https://www.openbible.info/topics/god_loves_me

Posted by: Anne | January 25, 2020

roots down, build up

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
~ Colossians 2:7 New Living Translation

Paul bids them seek not only the first basis of their faith, but their continual growth, in Christ alone, by continual “strengthening in the faith” which rests in Him.

The cup of faith, filled to the full, runs over in that thanksgiving which is the expression both of faith and love.

Read the full article at the source:
https://biblehub.com/commentaries/ellicott/colossians/2.htm

See also: how do I build my faith?
https://billygraham.org/story/9-ways-to-grow-in-your-faith/

Posted by: Anne | January 18, 2020

build wisely

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
~ Matthew 7:24 New International Version (NIV)

We are each building a life. The proper foundation for a life is Jesus’ words—not just the hearing of them, but the doing of them, too.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.gotquestions.org/wise-man-built-house-rock.html

see also: a time to build, a time to tear down, a time to rebuild
https://rainshine.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/a-time-to-build-a-time-to-tear-down-a-time-to-rebuild/

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

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