Posted by: Anne | June 15, 2019

pour

“Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.”
~ Psalm 62:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

A brief examination of this verse reveals a connection between “trust in God” and “pouring out our hearts” to Him in prayer. As with many aspects of faith, it’s a process: as I choose to trust God, I pour out my heart to Him. And as I pour out my heart to Him — take refuge in Him — my trust in Him grows.

Posted by: Anne | June 8, 2019

all

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
~ Psalm 34:4 King James Version

Four stages, “fears,” “sought,” “heard,” “delivered.”

Read more in the commentary below:
https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-34-4.html

Posted by: Anne | June 1, 2019

P.U.S.H.

P.U.S.H. = Praying Until Something Happens

Don’t stop praying through a tough situation. God will answer.


Read more at the article below:
https://www.guideposts.org/faith-and-prayer/prayer-stories/persistent-prayer/praying-until-something-happens

Posted by: Anne | May 25, 2019

Maybe It’s OK

Maybe It’s Ok
by We Are Messengers

If I didn’t know what it hurt like to be broken
Then how would I know what it feels like to be whole
If I didn’t know what it cuts like to be rejected
Then I wouldn’t know the joy of coming home

Maybe it’s ok if I’m not ok
‘Cause the One who holds the world is holding on to me
Maybe it’s all right if I’m not all right
‘Cause the One who holds the stars is holding my whole life


Hear the whole song and read the lyrics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZ9p00gOUU

Posted by: Anne | May 18, 2019

may He give you all you need

“…may He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.”
~ Hebrews 13 20-21 New Living Translation

Posted by: Anne | May 11, 2019

may you have life abundant

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
~ John 10:10 New International Version (NIV)

What did Jesus mean when He promised an abundant life?
Unlike a thief, the Lord Jesus does not come for selfish reasons. He comes to give, not to get. He comes that people may have life in Him that is meaningful, purposeful, joyful, and eternal.

Read more at the source:
https://www.gotquestions.org/abundant-life.html

Posted by: Anne | May 4, 2019

may you overflow with hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
~ Romans 15:13

Romans 15:13 is a wonderful prayer that Paul wants every believer to experience: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

When you read a verse like that, you must ask yourself, “Does that verse even come close to describing me? Can I honestly say that my life is filled with all joy and peace in believing? Do I abound in hope?” And, since we all tend to give ourselves the benefit of a doubt in these matters, I need to ask, “Would my family or good friends describe me as being filled with all joy and peace in believing and abounding in hope?”

To varying degrees we all fall short of experiencing that verse and so we all can benefit by thinking about what it means and how we can grow in these qualities. I can’t imagine anyone saying, “I’m not interested in having joy and peace. I don’t want to abound in hope.” We all want and need these qualities, and yet even among believers, very few can legitimately claim to be filled with all joy and peace and to be abounding in hope.

Read the full article at the source:
https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-101-abounding-hope-romans-1513

Read additional commentary:
https://biblehub.com/commentaries/romans/15-13.htm

Posted by: Anne | April 20, 2019

best news ever!

Best News Ever
by MercyMe

What if I were the one to tell you
That the fight’s already been won?
Well, I think your day’s about to get better
What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done?
It’s not good news —
It’s the best news ever!


Lyric clip above was found at Google.

Hear the full song and see the lyrics at YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acbcKrnnJAk

Find out more about this Good News at:
https://FindingMyHope.org/

Posted by: Anne | April 13, 2019

growing into a deeper faith

Holy Week is a great time for a check-up: so, how’s *your* faith?

If you struggle with weak faith, or even doubts, take heart.

The disciples did not yet understand that Jesus must rise from the dead (John 20:9), in spite of Jesus’ repeatedly telling them this before His death. They just didn’t get it at first… this is actually an evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, because they had to be convinced against their fears and doubts. But the Lord graciously worked with them to build their faith.

John is the only Gospel to mention Thomas’ doubts before he saw the risen Lord. John uses that incident as the climax of his Gospel. When Jesus invited Thomas to touch the scars on Jesus’ hands and side, Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28), “My Lord and my God!” Rather than rebuking Thomas for calling Him “Lord and God,” Jesus affirmed his testimony by replying (John 20:29), “Because you have seen Me, have you believed. Blessed are they who did not see and yet believed.” Then John gives us his purpose for writing: he wants each of us to join Thomas in believing in Jesus as “my Lord and my God.”

The point is, Jesus wants you to move from no faith or weak faith to strong faith. But, note how He did this with Thomas: He appeared to the disciples when He knew that Thomas was absent. For a week, Thomas had to struggle with missing that crucial appearance. Think of how you would have felt! “Everyone else saw the risen Lord, but I missed it!” He probably thought that it was grossly unfair that Jesus appeared to them when he wasn’t there. But when Jesus did meet with the disciples again with Thomas present and showed His omniscience by repeating back to Thomas the doubts that he had expressed earlier, Thomas gave a much deeper confession than he would have a week earlier. The lesson is that the risen Lord doesn’t reject us or cast us off when we’re lacking or weak in faith. Rather, He takes each of us through different trials and difficulties tailored to our doubts to help us grow in faith.

Read more at the source:
https://bible.org/seriespage/easter-2014-good-news-everyone-john-20-and-21

See also:
https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-exactly-is-the-good-news-of-easter-sunday.html

Posted by: Anne | April 6, 2019

believe also…

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me.”
~ John 14:1 New International Version (NIV)

“I am very glad that the apostles were not perfect men; they would then have understood all that Jesus said at once, and we should have lost our Lord’s instructive explanations; they would also have lived above all trouble of mind, and then the Master would not have said to them these golden words, “Let not your heart be troubled.” It is, however, most evident from our text that it is not according to our Lord’s mind that any of his servants should be troubled in heart. He takes no delight in the doubt and disquietude of his people. When he saw that because of what he had said to them sorrow had filled the hearts of his apostles, he pleaded with them in great love, and besought them to be comforted.”
~ Charles Spurgeon

Read more at the source:
https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/let-not-your-hearts-be-troubled#flipbook/

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