How to Stay on Firm Footing When You Make Decision

I love walking on the beach. It’s beautiful and relaxing for me for about the first five minutes, then my body protests from the sinking sand under each step. My knees start to protest and eventually the waddle down the beach can get downright ugly! Well OK, maybe I love the idea of walking on the beach.

We walk best when we are on firm ground! And if we follow where God leads that is where we will stay. It’s that boundaries thing all over again. We really do, deep down, want boundaries. We may chafe at the idea of the limit, but we have freedom within the lines.

That’s what God does for us, he keeps us between the lines of safety. So to hear God and stay connected to his will we can benefit from these three tools: Continue reading “How to Stay on Firm Footing When You Make Decision”

Four Scriptures to Pray When Your Words Seem Inadequate

My phone rang as I was driving to the grocery. I could see it was a friend who rarely calls. I knew something was up so I answered. (Glad my car is equipped for hands free.) She poured out a tough new reality in her life. As I wheeled into a parking space I said, “would you like me to pray with you, right now?” She said ” yes.” On that day, I had words that the Spirit poured into my heart and out of my mouth to walk alongside my friend, but sometimes, that hurt is deep and the words don’t come and I need something powerful. That’s an occasion where having powerful scriptures stored up in my heart can be really handy!

Do you have those times when your heart wants to pray, but your words just seem inadequate? I sure do! The scriptures tell us when we can’t pray, the Spirit will pray for us with groaning that are deeper than words (Roman 8:26). But sometimes we need words! Saying something out loud makes it more real, more powerful. Maybe we need to encourage a friend and they are counting on us to pray for them as encouragement.

This year, I chose trust as a focus word. An area where I want to grow, and so, I have a couple of trust verses I’m storing in my heart for the times I need them. I’m guessing everyone could use a bit more trust at times so I hope you will benefit from these verses.

Week 1

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.  Psalm 143:8 (NLT)

Week 2

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. Psalm 143:10 (NLT)

And then, there are those times when I need to say I’m sorry! I’ve messed up. I’ve gotten off track and I know deep down I need correction from the Lord. But that’s a tough one, Correction is not something I relish asking God to provide. But here’s a verse that asks for correction. I still need to own my wrong, but I can use words Jeremiah penned to voice my request to God. What about you? Is this a verse you could use in your arsenal?

Week 3

I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die. Jeremiah 10:23-24 (NLT)

Maybe it’s not you who messed up, or perhaps you are caught up in a bigger problem. I often feel overwhelmed by the mess our world has gotten into and just want to tell God that I know it’s bad, but understand he’s bigger than the mess. Here’s a verse my heart tells me speaks to these situations. No matter how discouraged we may be feeling with the circumstances swirling around us, God is bigger. He has a history of cleaning up the messes mankind creates, and even though he’s likely even more hurt by it than we are, still, he is merciful!

Week 4

I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 (NLT)

Memorization Tips

As you commit the verses to memory, actually pray them. If you keep a prayer journal, write the verses into your journal to remind you to pray them regularly. Don’t just recite the words as you pray, but feel them! Be sincere as you ask God to work in the situations where these verse prayers are appropriate.

I’m electing not to include an image this week. If you miss the verse images please drop me a note or leave a comment to let me know!

Link to printable verses for May.

I’m praying these verses for all of us this month. I hope you will join me in praying them as well. God tells us that his word is powerful and effective. I believe that! I hope you do too.

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Are You Thirsty?

Are you thirsty? Does your spirit feel as dry as your throat after a long dusty walk? Are you dragging one foot in front of the other through a desert of one sort or another? It’s been a long stretch for me. I’m desperately in need of a deep, cold drink of spiritual water.

Life hits us all like that at times. Sometimes it’s a quick hot trip, other times we feel a bit like the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years. But God knew that life would be dry and difficult some days, that’s why he sent the water of life, His Spirit, to soothe our souls along with our throats as we wait to be rescued.

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What ever you are walking through this week, may you find an oasis of refreshing water. Even if your journey through this desert is not at an end, there can be times when you seek the shade and sip from his cool, soothing word to quench your thirst. Join me won’t you?

Praying that whatever you face this week will be washed away in moments in the word where God holds you close and you know for sure you are loved.

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How Do We Learn?

There are many ways to learn, one of the best ways we learn is by example. Another, is by investing our time.

I don’t think my mother liked to cook. I never asked her, but I don’t remember her happily spending time in the kitchen. I did not learn to enjoy cooking from her, nor did I learn to cook.  My grandmother, she enjoyed cooking! We reminisce with the cousins about the good things she cooked and the things she taught us. I recall pulling up a chair to stand or kneel on as I watched her work. The few things I learned to cook, I learned from my grandmother.

We show our children what we value by where we spend our time, Continue reading “How Do We Learn?”

Go Do It !

This news is just too good to keep to ourselves. Time for action!

Jesus is letting us know this news is good for everyone. There is no one who is not eligible to receive this news if they want to. No need to travel off to a foreign mission field. The nations are all around you. Just look around!

 

 

It’s All About the Good News!

We hold our breath waiting on good news. In my family, we’ve been waiting months on a piece of news to come. We yearn for the news, we lean into every sign, searching for the news we want to hear. Our news is physical, we long for my husband to regain his heath and return to the active and vibrant life he once lead. We live daily on the edge of anticipation. I know John has got to be tired of me asking, “any change yet?”

As Jesus marched into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the crowds celebrated, they were sure their good news, freedom from captivity, had come. But that good news turned ugly when they missed the point. Jesus did not come to free them from the Romans, he came instead to free them from the power of sin and death.

And today, we celebrate His triumph! The good news, well, that would be Jesus! I want to give you some verses this month that can serve as tools to use as you share the good news! My goal was to choose five verses, one for each week in April, that once learned would give you the gist of what Christ did for us. Verses you can have at the ready to share your faith, just as Jesus asked us to do. Continue reading “It’s All About the Good News!”

Who God Made Me

March 2018 Scripture Memory Challenge

My father loves me. He created me to be just the woman He wanted me to be. So, why do I have trouble believing this truth some days? I feel like I don’t measure up. That I’m not smart enough, funny enough, pretty enough or good enough.

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Every year, He sends me flowers for my birthday! I’m born in March you see and here in Tennessee the buttercups have been blooming for a week. My pear tree is white and frothy, the forsythia is stunning and my neighbor’s tulip tree is in full bloom. That’s a lot of flowers. I enjoy them in the yard, and I cut them to bring indoors. I let myself be delighted in my Father’s love. Even if you aren’t born in March, He loves you just as much you know. We are all His favorites! Continue reading “Who God Made Me”

Love – February 2018 Scripture Memory Challenge

I know! How cliche to choose love as our topic for February, right? But nothing is cliche about God’s love. It destroys all our perceptions of love, drawing us instead to a love that cuts deeper, rushes over us suddenly, wraps us in a protective cocoon and is never failing!

We often hear the phrase to fall in love or we hear that love grew between people, but that’s not the nature of God’s love. Loving is not something God does. Love is who God is. And God cannot help but to be who he is. So, he loves us, period!  We never have to worry about loosing God’s love.

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But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8

God loved us first. He knows exactly who we are, what we’ve done, what we are going to do, what we think and how often we think it. That doesn’t stop him. He loves us anyway. He didn’t wait for us to know him or repent of our sin, he took the first step, pouring out the love we needed, before we even knew we needed it. I can’t imagine asking someone I love to die for me or for someone else that I love, but God did not hesitate. He sent his son to die for us giving us salvation.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38

We may say we love unconditionally, but let’s face it, sometimes, at least in the moment, we have to remind ourselves we love and force our actions into line. We live in a world of changing priorities and shifting allegiance. Nothing stays the same for long. But God’s love stays the course. This verse points out three truths about God’s love:

Though we may disappoint him or even reject him, he won’t take his love away. Nor can we walk away from God’s love.

  1. We may have to experience the consequences  of our actions and we may feel that the discipline we receive through the consequences is a sign that God has withdrawn his love, but that’s just a lie the ruler of this dark world wants us to swallow. God loves those he disciplines (Take a look at Hebrews 12:7.)
  2. The third important truth about God’s love is that absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love.

I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6

What does God ask in return? Well, first and foremost, he wants us to love him in return. In the Old Testament God required sacrifices from his people so that they could be forgiven. Although God took care of that need for a sacrifice once and for all when he sent his Son to be that sacrifice, many of us still have it in our heads that God is asking us to sacrifice in order to earn his love. We think we must give offerings, or do things or make ourselves over in order to purchase his love. God says, that’s not true! What I want is for you to get to know me. And how do we get to know God? It’s just like we get to know each other. We spend time with them. As we spend time with God in prayer, studying his word and praising him, as we do, we get to know him. Those actions, the time spent together, is what God wants.

This is a familiar concept. I really wanted my husband to know me before we married and I wanted to get to know him. So, we spent time together, we talked, we listened and we talked about each other to others. The more time we have spent together, the more we know each other. We’ve been married 15 years, and still we learn things about one another all the time. God’s love is infinitely more complex than either my husband or me, so there are always new things to learn about him as we spend time together.

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13: 34-35

And then, God asks us to show that we are changed by his love and that we are full of his spirit, by pouring out our love on others. God says we are to love those who are fellow Christ followers so much that the rest of the world will be able to see that we are his followers without even being told, because they will see our love for each other.

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However, God wants us to be so changed by his love that we don’t just love Christ followers, but that we love even our enemies. Luke 6:27 tells us that he doesn’t just want us to love our enemies from a safe distance, he wants us to love those who hate us by doing good to them. You see, God desires that his love will be so life changing for us that we will become like him. Remember, he didn’t wait on us to love him, he loved us first!

If you have signed up for the challenge check your email to download your printable memory cards for the month of February. If you aren’t signed up for the scripture memory challenge you are missing out on the memory cards and a weekly email with the verse for the week. Why not sign up now?

All verses are quoted from the New Living Bible

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January Scripture Memory Challenge

 

Hope

Let’s face it, we all start the year with hopes and dreams. Some make resolutions, others spend time setting goals and planning to accomplish them. Others just dream and do nothing to move forward. It’s my prayer, that one of your goals will be to give your best to God all year, and memorizing his word is one way to do it.

So, whether your year begins on a high or a low, it’s a new year. And as we move through the year life will happen. Sometimes, what happens will be hard. But for the Christ-follower, no matter our circumstances, we have hope! We all need hope and our hope is built on the Lord Jesus Christ.

We will begin January with an easy verse, one many of you may already know, and memorize 5 verses that affirm the Lord is our Hope and Salvation! Continue reading “January Scripture Memory Challenge”

Three Benefits of Memorizing Scripture and 2018 Scripture Memory Challenge

The attacker moves toward me, I banish the attack with my sword! Because I have a scripture ready in my memory, I feel like a valiant knight prepared to whip out my sword and slay the forces of darkness with the Word of God!  I believe that committing scripture to memory is a worthwhile discipline for every Christ-follower. Introducing: The 2018 Scripture Memory Challenge!

Now, don’t be groaning! It doesn’t have to be hard, there are tools we can use to make things more memorable. If you will accept the challenge to memorize just one verse a week throughout 2018. I will provide tools and hints to help you.

I think there are three valuable reasons to memorize scripture: Continue reading “Three Benefits of Memorizing Scripture and 2018 Scripture Memory Challenge”