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/

 

Posted by: Anne | October 26, 2019

peace not fear

“‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
~ Isaiah 54:10 English Standard Version

Do you ever feel consumed with fear?

For me, one of my greatest fears has been that something will happen to one of my children. Whatever your greatest fears are, I have learned to make a choice to get intentional when I feel fear creeping into my heart. I pray. I read God’s truths. I verbalize my trust in Him. And I make the choice to walk in assurance.

Read the full article at the source:
https://lysaterkeurst.com/2010/05/overcoming-fear/

Posted by: Anne | October 19, 2019

words of peace

“Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you. Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.”
~ Job 22:21-22

Bible verses about peace
https://www.womansday.com/relationships/g28249915/bible-verses-about-peace/

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Reading the Bible is the best way to understand God’s love for you. So, as of this writing, WayFM is offering an introductory study called The Bible Kick Start:
https://biblekickstart.com/

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If you prefer a book format, below are two devotionals I recommend:

* Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence
By Sarah Young
“Each day is written as if Jesus Himself were speaking to you. Because He is. Do you hear Him calling?”

* 31 Days Of Praise: Enjoying God Anew
By Ruth Myers
One month of daily Scripture-based devotions: learn how to appreciate and adore the Lord in all things – even in the midst of pain, disappointment, and heartache.

(Blogger’s note: with Thanksgiving on the way, 31 Days Of Praise would be an excellent lead-in, because the praise includes much gratitude!)

Posted by: Anne | October 12, 2019

pray for peace

“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life.”
~ Ephesians 6:13-15 MSG

Prayer Declaration: Thank you, Jesus that You’ve given me everything I need to persevere in life. Thank you for the strength that You’ve given me today to battle anything that comes against me. I will put on the shoes of peace fueled by the Good News, so that I am ready for whatever comes my way. No person or situation will be allowed to steal that peace from me. I will walk in forgiveness and grace today, allowing peace to flow in me and through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Find more prayers for peace:
https://flourishingtoday.com/scriptures-for-peace/

Posted by: Anne | October 5, 2019

let the peace of Christ rule

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
~ Colossians 3:15 New International Version (NIV)

There is one thing everyone wants, and that is a sense of inner peace. Many people think it comes only when all the circumstances of life are pleasant, but for Christians, God’s peace is available even when nothing around us is calm and ordered.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions/the-rule-of-christs-peace

Posted by: Anne | September 28, 2019

find strength in joy

“… And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
~ Nehemiah 8:10b

“Sing praise my soul,
Find strength in joy.
Let His Words lead you on.”
~ Take Courage
by Kristene DiMarco
https://www.newreleasetoday.com/article.php?article_id=2079

The original Hebrew for “joy” in Nehemiah 8:10 is “chedvah,” meaning joy or gladness. The root word for joy in this context means to rejoice or to make glad. “Strength” in the same verse is a Hebrew word meaning “a place or means of safety, protection refuge, or stronghold.” The root word of strength means “to be strong, prevail; to make firm, strengthen.” The joy of the Lord is a constant gladness and cause to rejoice. It stems from an inner strengthening from our relationship with Him. When Jesus died for us, He restored us to a peace with God that cannot be undone.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/what-does-the-joy-of-the-lord-is-my-strength-mean.html

More about strength in joy:
https://www.first15.org/08/06/strength-in-joy/

Posted by: Anne | September 21, 2019

strength for the battle

“For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.”
~ Psalm 18:39 ESV

We all face battles, especially within our mind. Here, emotional reactions, quick insults and worst-case scenarios tend to speak louder than God’s truth. They leave us feeling defeated, demotivated and discouraged.

Where do your thoughts stand?

To run a race well, we must continually mind our mind. Why? Because renewed minds lead to transformed lives. Lives mentally prepared to run.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2018/07/05/how-to-be-battle-ready

Read more verses about battle:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/battle

Posted by: Anne | September 14, 2019

strength to the powerless

“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.”
~ Isaiah 40:29 New Living Translation

In a moment we can go from faith to fear and end up under a broom tree waiting to die. But such failure is never final for the people of God. It might look and feel that way, but it can lead to a whole new dimension of ministry and experience in prayer.

God is never surprised by our visits to the broom tree. Knowing all things, He waits to strengthen us by the appropriate means, just as He waited for Elijah and had a meal prepared for him.

Keep talking to the Lord, even if you are mad at Him or doubting His very existence.

The journey can be too great for all of us, for all sorts of reasons… Yet, when that happens, God has only just begun!


Read the full article at the source:
https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/september-2010/do-you-feel-like-you-cant-pray-anymore/

Posted by: Anne | September 7, 2019

strong in the Lord

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
~ Ephesians 6:10 New International Version (NIV)

Read the additional verses about strength in the armor of God:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A10-17&version=NIV

Read more about this topic: What does it mean to be strong in the Lord?
https://www.gotquestions.org/be-strong-in-the-Lord.html

https://unlockingthebible.org/2015/09/what-it-means-to-be-strong-in-the-lord/

“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.”
~ Author Unknown

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