Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wrapping up December

My one word for 2014: do 

1 Corinthians 14:32 People who speak what God has revealed must control themselves. 


I began the month visiting my daughter during Thanksgiving and returned to spend Christmas with her. I'm so glad we spent this time together. The years slip by so fast and relationships are what matter. I was reminded to be present in the important moments. 

Even though December is a nostalgic month for me, I had one of the strongest seasons ever. I made conscious decisions to not stress, over eat or spend lots of money. 

I also elected to be joyful in the power of Christ, and I made good memories with the people in my life.

God in my life
I shared several blog posts on the things I learned about God. I am always reminded of the importance of writing down all things from God (Hab 2:2).
Time as we know it exists because we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The entire western world comes to a halt every Dec. 25 to celebrate the Light of our dim world. 

I asked my pastor to pray with me as I seek to step up my relationship with the Lord. Relationships take work and they evolve. We change so it's necessary to reevaluate our spiritual lives. In 2015 I will be working on the most important relationship of my life.

Final post with my 2014 word, do. 
The actions required to DO made it one of my most accomplished years! 
I achieved two of my three personal goals, which resulted in a stronger life for me. 

I'm motivated to make 2015 more fruitful with what delights God! 






Wednesday, December 10, 2014

That He would love me. Wow.


Matthew 6:13b ‘...For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ 

Reflecting on this year. I'm not who I was in January and I thank God for His grace and mercy. 

Humbled by His holiness. 

Very aware of my propensity to sin yet He chooses to give me life.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Beauty is important

Exodus 28:2-3 You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. You shall speak to all the skillful persons whom I have endowed with the spirit of wisdom, that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister as priest to Me. 

God thinks of every little detail for His people. He had Aaron's ministry garments specially made and they were beautiful. God cared about the beauty of the clothes! 

I love these details about our Father in Heaven!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A November to never forget


My word for 2014: Do



I write this post while visiting my child for the Thanksgiving holiday. Last year we spent the holiday apart and decided not to do that again. As with all important relationships, ours evolves over time. It's exciting to see her craft a journey that's uniquely hers.

What matters 
This I know: what she thinks matters to me! I want her to lead strong life that makes a difference for Christ.

Current events
The Ferguson verdict cast a pall over
November for many.  I found myself among protestors. They also protested right out side our door, which concerned me. It's my hope that the institutionalized racism that exists in our country can be reconciled without further loss of lives.

Decluttering
My month was full of doing - my 2014 action word! I like the decluttering work I've done so far. It will carryover to 2015 as I seek peace in all areas of my life.

Personal projects 
I'm working on a photo project to get rid of the hundreds of pictures leftover from the days an entire roll of film had to be processed!

Early in the month, I made Christmas gifts for family and closest friends. It was fun! I'd like to do some more creative work next year, but it can't clutter my home.

Loving God better
A personal goal for me is to love God better. I fall short. I trip. My tongue and temper fly. But I dust myself off and try again.

Bible study & blogging
This month I continued study in the Book of Revelation. Heavy stuff. I also wrote a Divine Note on pride. It's said that our sermons are lessons we are learning. Wow.

Books
I've continued doing what I love most: reading. I'm trying to make room for it as often as possible. I don't always have to be busy. In fact, I'm thankful I don't live in the busy cycle anymore. I want to fill my life with Christ so I don't need activities to occupy my time.

Reflecting 
I've enjoyed posting a monthly update, I may continue this public diary of accountability so I do what matters for my life. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Divine Devotions: If you seek God, you will find him.

December 19, 2010

1 Chronicles 28:9 Accept the God of your father. Serve him completely and willingly, because the LORD knows what is in everyone's mind. He understands everything you think. If you go to him for help, you will get an answer. But if you turn away from him, he will leave you forever.


Yes, God knows what’s on your mind.
Yes, God understands why things are the way they are in your life.
Yes, God wants you to go to him for help
Yes, God will give you an answer
Yes, God will leave you forever if you decide to turn from him


God is waiting to answer all your questions. The real issue is: Are you willing to come to God and have a relationship with him? Are you willing to serve God with all of your heart, soul and mind? Many go to God during the hard times. It doesn’t have to be that way. God understands your daily struggles and your daily triumphs – and he wants to be part of it all.


If you seek God, you will find him.


Friday, October 31, 2014

October moved on

My Word for 2014 – DO!

I’m happy that I've kept up with the commitment I made to myself to post these monthly blog updates related to my “do” goals.

What a month of much "doing" for me! 
It was a strong month both in my personal and in my professional life. To be sure, I had unexpected sorrow, but life goes on.

Decluttering
The decluttering project started with baby steps: each week I tackled a closet, a drawer or an area of my home. The results have been amazing and I stepped up to the next level. I had the kitchen cabinets painted, but I handled the trim details that made my kitchen a lovely place to be and possibly even cook. J

Books that I love
Reading brings me joy. I switched back to paper books to stop being distracted by the internet and social media. I want to be mindful in moments that matter. This month I've read most of the book my book club is reading - Barbara Brown Taylor’s Altar to the World. I’m also deeply immersed in R. C. Sproul’s Everyone’s a Theologian.  I’m also reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. These are just a few books, there are too many to name, but I’m on Goodreads if you’re interested in my book lists.

My life with God
This month the Book of Revelation took me new places. The Holy Spirit has opened my eyes like never before to this intriguing book.  I’m using Dr. David Jeremiah’s book, Agents of the Apocalypse and it has given me new insights on key players in the end time.

The books I'm writing
One goal I've fallen behind on is my efforts to pull together materials for my first book. I have two months to move on this…More later. I also need to decide on my word for 2015...I have an idea.

Because moments matter
I'm reviewing my social space activities as noted above. Even though I spent time with key friends, my cats and family, I spend too much time on virtual activities on my smartphone and tablet. The social space comes natural to me since I’m a communicator, but I want to be sure my evangelistic efforts are pleasing to God. I also want to be in the moment with those who matter. I can also be more intentional with those around me.

How God changes me
And, I can be kinder. God has shown me many opportunities for improvement...I've also been surprised by changes God has worked in the way I react to things I'm passionate about. I spent time crusading against my city's Mayor who asked local pastors to submit their sermons for review. The subpoena was dropped, but it was an eye-opener for me. Freedom is fragile when you're a Christian. The activist in me is alive and well. 

October I'm just a little sad that you are almost over. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Feed your faith, stop the fear

Feed your faith, stop the fear

2 Timothy 1:7 God didn’t give us a spirit that makes us weak and fearful. He gave us a spirit that gives us power and love. It helps us control ourselves. 

Fear sneaks into the mind like a thief before you can say 1, 2, 3. When that happens, drop what you are doing or thinking and get into the word! This is a great reason to know Scriptures that ease your heart and mind.  

Think about it: God gave us a powerful and loving mind! Why would you feed it with fear? 

Instead, challenge yourself to confront what's making you crazy. Is it relationships? Try loving instead of trying to be right all the time. We can love those who are the hardest to love in all areas of our lives. It takes discipline, humility and the desire to obey God, but we can do it.

Whatever your fear, confront it so it loses the ability to take over your mind. Understand your impulses and natural sin points. 

Be careful what you think, be vigilant and selective with what you watch and read. 

Be careful with the people of your inner circle. 

Take your fears to God, don't feed them yourself!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The September of my life

My word for 2014: DO


Do. Yes I "did" this month. I got important things done this month. I also know that I trust God with my life. I'm not out of the woods, but I'm leaving every part of my life in God's hands.

Hebrews 4:13 He knows about everyone, everywhere. Everything about us is bare and wide open to the all-seeing eyes of our living God; nothing can be hidden from him to whom we must explain all that we have done. 

I also know that life for me is deeper and more profound when I trust God. I know that I'm not alone when I trust The Higher Power who created me for His purpose. 

This month I also learned how important it is that we not allow our vocations to become our main identity. I saw peoples' lives shaken and it shook me. I was reminded of how important it is to have a balanced life. This is why I try to keep this verse in my heart:

Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 

This month I turned key life events over to God. Powerful. 

I took time to enjoy and spend time with close friends. I've also read during the month. I decided to do lots more focused reading.

My home is also more organized than ever, but it's a work in progress. I had more home improvements completed, too. Organizing one area/room/project each week has been so productive. 

I've also taken time to review my top 3 goals for 2014. I've enjoyed tracking my progress through these monthly blog posts. 

There's still time to finish strong if I do the things that matter to me. You can do the same. 

Do is a wonderful word.  I look forward to fall and all its beauty. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

It takes sound doctrine and the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit to change hearts.

2 Timothy 4:3 – “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.”

It’s so easy to take the high road and criticize churches that teach “uncomfortable” theology - the kind of theology that makes people realize that they are sinners in need of Christ. But I don’t want to go to a church to hear self-help/feel-good messages with shades of New Age Thought and philosophy.  

But is it the “church” or is it the people who are at fault? The bottom line is that hurt people, hurt people and no one is immune. 

I've been on both sides of the aisle criticizing the building and its people. I've come to realize that maybe - just maybe - it was ME. I know first-hand because my grandmother and her conservative church loved me to pieces! But they preached the gospel of Jesus Christ (John 3:16) with no strings and no desire to make you feel good about yourself. Instead they insisted that you were a sinner and you must repent because Jesus Christ died to atone for your sins once and for all!

When you are not right with God, this hurts! It’s a very uncomfortable message! So you leave the church and act like they ruined your life when all they wanted to do is show you the way and the life! Call it failed communication. 

But I couldn't repent because the Holy Spirit hadn't opened my eyes to receive the truth of Christ until many years later. Oh, I made many professions of faith and answered the call “to receive Jesus” as Evangelicals call it. But nothing happened! I don’t care how many feel-good, encouraging sermons I listened to (and even God's wrath sermons) or Bible studies I attended, nothing changed because God had a specific plan for me just as He has one for you.

So, of course, I criticized the church and its tacky people because I wasn't right with God!

Romans 11:33 (NLT) Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!

Even when I came to repentance, it has taken the Holy Spirit years to get me to see how much of a sinner I am. The sanctification process continues.

So we can love people all we want, encourage them and make them feel good about themselves, but it takes sound doctrine and the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit (that has nothing to do with religion) to change hearts.

But most American people would rather attend a feel good Sunday worship experience that promotes their own self-love and disregards obedience to God. Theologian Albert Mohler says it best, “How can any sinner be saved, without a clear presentation of sin, redemption, the cross, the empty tomb, and the call to faith and repentance?”

And, honestly, the work of the Holy Spirit is convicting because we have much to learn throughout our human existence. There’s no way to only preach encouragement, self-love and inner-peace because that’s not God’s message to a sinner in need of salvation.

Preaching the true Gospel of Christ isn't popular – pastors know this.

But it’s that Holy Spirit conviction that compels us to love and worship the Lord with holy abandon because we know he has done a beautiful work in our heart! He gives us true and lasting joy and not false personal happiness!

I don’t want to go to church to hear a self-help message. It’s better to have a small church committed to teaching the truth of Christ than a wild bunch of thousands feeling good about themselves.

I want to know and learn more about the God of the universe who saved me from myself! To God be the glory!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

The August of worldwide discontent


My Word for 2014 – DO! 
Psalm 50:6 (NLT) Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge. Interlude.

The long, hot days of August come to a close as I reflect on the grief and terror experienced around the world and in America by innocent people. Somehow, this month can’t be all about me and my personal world because God opened my eyes and heart to the hatred and evil of humankind.
Terrorism against any group, anywhere in the world, is evil whether it’s political or is conducted by organizations that are supposed to protect the citizens of America. We saw images of an innocent journalist, women and children harmed across the world. We saw how racism reared its ugly head in our own back yard with the killing of a young black man. I came of age in the era of desegregation and it feels like we've lost ground.
I’m particularly appalled at the ignorance of some Christians who are hypocrites when it comes to loving your brother as yourself. These hypocrites do not understand what minorities in America deal with. They incite hate in their congregations and circle of people who look like themselves. More than likely, they have no friends of other races, economic status, etc. You can bet their circles and churches only include people of the same race. Of course, they invite “token” minorities to join them for the sake of reputation.  In fact, they probably feel like they do their share when they go on cushy mission trips across the world to “help those less fortunate.” Or they send donations to “feed the children” so they feel better about themselves. They might also volunteer to feed the homeless or sponsor a “needy” family at Christmas. That’s called HYPOCRITE!
There. August has been a long, hot month and so many people are suffering. We can’t just be quiet and go on with our own cushy lives.  

Maybe this word “DO” has reawakened the activist in me.  
Matthew 5:7  Blessed are the merciful—they will be shown mercy.

Friday, August 1, 2014

July kicked me out of the comfort zone.

My Word for 2014 – DO!

After hosting Flat Friar, Little Man of the Cloth and Ambassador of Friendship, I realized that I needed to do my part to help homeless and hurting animals on the streets of my city. I’m now sharing adoption opportunities and awareness through social media and people I know.  My cat Instagram account also features animal care tips. I’ll have more to say about this ministry later. 
I also adopted Sam, a homeless 3-year-old gray tabby, in my community. I've known Sam for a while, but I didn't know his owner moved away and left him. Several of us fed Sam, but I took him in and had him vetted. He’s mine.
I've enjoyed gatherings with several key friends this month. I've also been available to those who need prayer and a listening ear.  One of my goals is to pull together a small group of women who will walk with me in ministry.  I've been asking God to give me insights to make this effective.  
I've spent time reading, relaxing and I ended the month with a long walk on the beach at night. Nature is God’s handiwork; He created an amazing Earth for us!
The home decluttering project continues. I can always do more, but as long as I do one small activity each day, I feel organized.
I’m getting used to just DOING. Do is so good. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Half of the year is finished!

My Word for 2014 – DO!

June was a month of rest and recuperation for me. After celebrating my birthday over several weeks with family and friends at the end of May, I took time to take it easy. My daughter returned to her home early in the month and I miss her. I’ll always miss her.

Family birthday celebrations continued in early and late June. I traveled outside of the city to attend a unique, spirit-filled wedding with a dear friend in the lovely foothills of a nearby town. Enjoyed meeting fascinating, eclectic people.

I started a scrapbook to gather all the cards I've received over the years. Those cards tell my history from the eyes of the givers.

The decluttering project brought peace into my life. My home looks better and I find myself carefully thinking before I make purchases.
Do I need it?
Will it gather dust? 

Putting my personal affairs in order last month made a difference. I don’t want to leave a burden on my only child.

June has been a tough month for people I love and I've lifted them in prayer. I know I’m grateful for each day.

I've enjoyed quality time with my three cats. The little one, Jake, enjoys being pampered and brushed. I like making him happy!

But June also ushered in uncertainty in a critical area of my life, God knows. I know that it will all work together for my good. Who knows? It could be an exciting time!

I'm also aware of changes I need to make to get to my goals. 

June has taught me that I need to take action each day. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The first time I prayed out loud


Today I was reminded that it was the 9th anniversary of the death of one of my best friends. My response was: “This goes down as one of the most sacred days of my life...”

The reason I write this note is to remember that God pushed me out of my comfort zone on the day Eva died. I had never prayed out loud and in the presence of many people. 

Eva had taken her last breath surrounded by her loved ones at home by the time I arrived that Saturday nine years ago. I gathered my emotions, and I obeyed the Holy Spirit as the family formed a circle holding hands surrounding Eva.

I cannot remember the exact words, but they rolled out of my tongue in a way that surprised me. 

They were words of thankfulness for her life, for God’s comfort and for strength for the family.

I deeply miss Eva’s physical presence. She left a giant hole in our friendship circle.

I often remember that day when I obeyed. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Getting the things done you’d rather not do


My Word for 2014 – DO!

Be prepared for the sunset of your life. 

For this month’s DO blog post, I’d like to share a very important DO that I accomplished:  I got my personal and business affairs in order!

Sometimes you have to do things you’d rather not do like prepare a will, and pull all the important financial and legal information together that your loved ones need for the day that your earthly dash date arrives and your time is up.

Most of us prefer not to consider the possibility, especially if we’re young, healthy and invincible.

But I’m proud to say that my “do” goal, 52-week decluttering project and information from a professional development seminar helped me put my affairs in order, so I’ll share resources I found helpful.

TED TalkPrepare for a good end of life
I watched this short
 speech by Judy MacDonald Johnston at a conference earlier this year and was inspired to get my life plans in order as part of my do goal.

GoodEndofLife.com
Judy’s website is by far the best and simplest resource I've seen on the topic of getting your stuff together so you can die in peace and leave peace in your family. She provides simple documents to help you answer questions about how you want the life you worked so hard for to end well. Life will end, go out well!

You must have a will
This month I realized that I needed to update the will that I had drawn up through LegalZoom.com years ago. It was outdated. Have a will drawn up; use your attorney friends, friends of friends or go online, get it done or update it and rest easy.

End of life directives
I set up medical directives for hospital and non-hospital settings, which includes medical power of attorney and life support directives, and had friends sign/witness the documents. I also discussed this at length with family and friends so there’s no question about what I want. 

It has been a life-changing month for me in many ways, and I’m happy to report that my wishes will be known by my loved ones on the day my dash arrives. Hope you get inspired to get prepared too!

Please share your favorite resources on this topic in the comments section. I’d like to know how you are prepared.




Saturday, May 17, 2014

Anger causes more problems

James 1:20 Human anger is a futile exercise that will never produce God’s kind of justice in this world.

Anger destroys joy

It has been my unfortunate experience that anger invites more sin.

Anger explodes lives. It kills relationships; it burns bridges and destroys people.

Anger destroys trust.

If only we would leave injustices done to us and those we love to God.

His justice is fierce.

Leave your anger in God’s hands. 

Keep your sanity.


Friday, May 9, 2014

How will your life look before God? James 2:12

James 2:12 So live your life in such a way that acknowledges that one day you will be judged. But the law that judges also gives freedom, 

Lately, I've been thinking about the day that I stand before a Holy God. It's a sobering thought. The Lord knows me, every single thing I've said, done or thought. 

Yes. I will be judged and it's a scary, but exciting thing to imagine. On one hand, God will know of my deep devotion and crazy love...But...

But what about the other side of me? 

My sins, my struggles...the real me that's hidden from sight and sometimes from my own sight? 

It's enough to paralyze me with fear. 

But then I remember.

 I'm free. 

Knowing God made me free.

I can change my actions.  

I can make better decisions because it's His laws that protect me from myself. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Where did April go?

My Word for 2014 – DO!

I usually write my monthly wrap up post a few days in advance. But this month slipped away. 

It's been a strong spiritual month. I went places with the Lord that were hard to swallow. I asked for more and I received more.  But those gifts brought more revelation. 

Frankly, it hurt...because I continue learning lessons I thought I knew.

I celebrated His deep commitment to humanity, which resulted in His crucifixion. I felt His deep love. I don't want my Easter love to end.

One thing for sure, each day I must hang on to Him for nourishment on all levels. I learned that I have much to learn. 

He is powerful. 

He is sovereign. 

It was a month of deep theological shift in my belief. That started earlier this year and it continues. 

It was a month of deep ministry to patients and others. It was a strong social media ministry month. It was a strong month caring for those I love. But I can always do much more. 

The do word keeps me strong. The decluttering project is in full swing. The Salvation Army benefitted from my closet. 

I continue reading and I also enjoyed a good movie this month, God's Not Dead, which I recommend. I rarely watch movies or TV, so I enjoyed this movie!

My struggles continue. We all fight battles and I'm no different. It was a tough month for battles! 

I thank The Lord for His unlimited patience with me. 

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a statement that can be trusted and deserves complete acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and I am the foremost sinner. 

May promises to be critical on several fronts. 

But I choose to trust God. I choose joy.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

This Holy Season is the foundation of our Christian faith - 1 Corinthians 15:19-23

Holy Saturday

WHAT CHRIST DID IS MAGNIFICENT - 1 Corinthians 15:19-23


1 Corinthians 15:19 If our hope in Christ is for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone else in the world.

20 But Christ has truly been raised from the dead—the first one and proof that those who sleep in death will also be raised. 

21 Death has come because of what one man did, but the rising from death also comes because of one man. 

22 In Adam all of us die. In the same way, in Christ all of us will be made alive again. 

23 But everyone will be raised to life in the right order. Christ was first to be raised. When Christ comes again, those who belong to him will be raised to life, ... 


Thank You for giving us hope and life. 

Wow, GOD. 

When this season is but a distant memory, I never want to forget Your great sacrifice.  

Thank You doesn't seem sufficient...


Thank You for Christ. 
Thank You for Easter.
Thank You for your word.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I failed again - Proverbs 16:2


Proverbs 16:2 The Voice
Even when you think you have good intentions,
    He knows your real motives.

I’m writing to remember that I still have a hard time humbling myself.

I fail to love as the Lord loves me.
I know what’s required of me. But I failed.
I have no excuses. I have fallen short…again.
So the next time I think I know. I don’t.
But knowing what I know this day, I will go in His power.
I will accept His grace, and
I will try to love as He loves…again.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

March ahead with confidence in God’s word. - Scriptures for my daughter


I believe in celebrating birthdays and feasting with family and friends. I also think the best thing any parent can do is pray for and encourage their children daily. During March I posted Scriptures each day honoring my daughter’s birthday.  My sole purpose in doing this is to remind her that our every need is answered by God and we see evidence of it in His word, the Bible.  Proverbs 22:6.

Thanks to the ministry of Bible Gateway for providing online Scripture.

 

Jude 1:2

The Voice (VOICE)
Kindness, peace, love—may they never stop blooming in you and from you.


Numbers 6:24-26

Living Bible (TLB)
24-26 ‘May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.’


Psalm 139:17-18

Living Bible (TLB)
17-18 How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me.[a] And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!


Exodus 14:14

Living Bible (TLB)
14 The Lord will fight for you, and you won’t need to lift a finger!”


Matthew 28:20

Living Bible (TLB)
20 and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this—that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”[a]

 

Zephaniah 3:17

New King James Version (NKJV)
17 The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

 

John 20:29b

The Voice (VOICE)
Jesus: 29  Blessed are all those who never see Me and yet they still believe.


Psalm 32:8

Living Bible (TLB)
I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress.


1 Corinthians 15:58

The Voice (VOICE)
58 My dear brothers and sisters, stay firmly planted—be unshakable—do many good works in the name of God, and know that all your labor is not for nothing when it is for God.


Romans 8:28

The Voice (VOICE)
28 We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His 


Deuteronomy 7:9

The Voice (VOICE)
I want you to know that the Eternal your God is the only true God. He’s the faithful God who keeps His covenants and shows loyal love for a thousand generations to those who in return love Him and keep His commands.


Psalm 23:5b

The Voice (VOICE)
You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil,
    filling my cup again and again with Your grace.

 

Isaiah 40:8

Living Bible (TLB)
The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.”


Psalm 56:11a

Living Bible (TLB)
10-11 I am trusting God—oh, praise his promises!


Hosea 14:8

New Century Version (NCV)
Israel, have nothing to do with idols.
    I, the Lord, am the one who answers your prayers and watches over you.
I am like a green pine tree;
    your blessings come from me.”

 

Psalm 16:11

The Voice (VOICE)
11 Instead, You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life.
    As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending,
    and I know true joy and contentment.

 

Deuteronomy 33:27

New Century Version (NCV)
27 The everlasting God is your place of safety,
    and his arms will hold you up forever.

 

Psalm 91:2

Living Bible (TLB)
This I declare, that he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him.


Matthew 5:48

The Voice (VOICE)
48 But you are called to something higher: “Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.”


Isaiah 30:15

The Voice (VOICE)
15 Listen! The Lord, the Eternal, the Holy One of Israel says,
Eternal One: In returning and rest, you will be saved.
        In quietness and trust you will find strength.
God invites His people to lean only on Him. If they will just stop their busyness and self-reliance, God will be able to take care of them.

 

Psalm 89:2

New International Version (NIV)
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

 

1 Corinthians 15:58

New Century Version (NCV)
58 So my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Do not let anything move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.


Joshua 1:9

Living Bible (TLB)
Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


Luke 1:37

The Voice (VOICE)
37 So the impossible is possible with God.


1 John 2:25

The Voice (VOICE)
25 This is what He promised us: eternal life.


Isaiah 46:4

Living Bible (TLB)
I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior.


Psalm 56:8a

The Voice (VOICE)
You have taken note of my journey through life,
    caught each of my tears in Your bottle.

Proverbs 3:5-6

New Living Translation (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

1 Peter 1:13

The Voice (VOICE)
13 So get yourselves ready, prepare your minds to act, control yourselves, and look forward in hope as you focus on the grace that comes when Jesus the Anointed returns and is completely revealed to you.


Psalm 37:4

New International Version (NIV)
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The Voice (VOICE)
16 Celebrate always, 17 pray constantly, and 18 give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. (This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed.)