So today is the 31st and final day of the #31DaystoWrite challenge for October. This is also the last day of the October 2015 NaBloPoMo Challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I have really enjoyed my Scriptures of Faith Series I have shared with you. I pray you have received a blessing from it.
So here is today’s Scripture – 2 Timothy 4:7 – which states, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
I feel this is a very good Scripture for the final day of this challenge. I want to finish with faith and knowing that I have kept the faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know I must keep to the course He has laid out for me. Even when I stumble or stray from the path, I know I can rely on God to bring me back to where I should be. I have faith when Jesus talks about the Shepherd who goes after the one lost Sheep that his analogy applies to me as well and any person that strays. When my life is finished, I want to be able to say the same thing, that I fought the good fight. I pray I demonstrated my faith through my actions and my words. I want to receive showers of blessings from God and shower blessings on others through their faith.
May you also finish well. May you share your blessings with those you come in contact with throughout your life. May God be with you and bring blessings to your world.
Today is day 30 of the #31DaystoWrite challenge. I can not believe this is the next to last day of this challenge. I have been blessed by writing this series. I hope you have enjoyed the series as well. Today’s verse is Galatians 6:10, but I want to bring in verse 9 as well. These verses say,
Galatians 6:9-10King James Version (KJV)
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Here is a Scripture graphic for verse 10:
In my Life Application Study Bible, it points out how it is discouraging to repeatedly do good and receive no recognition for it or see any discernible results. However, Paul challenges both the Galatians and us to continue doing what is right and to trust God for the outcomes. In due time, we will derive a wealth of blessings. We need to avoid becoming complacent in our faith. We can not let it stagnate. We need to recognize our role requires activity on our part to strive to work towards growing our faith and belief.
So as we come near the end of this challenge, I plan to continue trying to do others series like this one on different topics found in the Scriptures. I pray this series encourages you to dig deeper into God’s Word. Let me know how this series has affected you.
Today is Day 29 of the #31DaystoWrite challenge. Today’s verse I chose is 1 Timothy 1:14, which states, “And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” I own many different Bibles in several different translations. One of the Bible I have is the Life Application Study Bible in the King James Version. A comment in the version for this verse is, “When we become Christians, we often feel that our faith in God and our love for him and for others is inadequate. But we can be confident that Christ will help our faith and love grow as our relationships with him deepens.” We need to work towards an active relationship with Christ. We can not just sit back idly and expect to grow in our faith. We must take active steps to ensure our relationship with Jesus Christ grows and deepens. This may happen by spending time in God’s Word, spending time in prayer, spending time with fellow believers in church, and spending time with fellow believers in groups of two or three. For God’s Word tells us in:
Matthew 18:20King James Version (KJV)
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
So we need to seek out opportunities to be with fellow believers who will help us develop our relationships with Jesus Christ. We need to focus on relationships rather than ritual.
So what is going on in your world? I would love to hear from you.
Today is day 27 of the #31daystowrite challenge. Today I am continuing my Scriptures of Faith series. Today’s verse is James 2:14 and here is a Scripture graphic to go with the passage.
Faith in our Lord and Savior’s Jesus Christ and that He died on the Cross for us. So nothing but the belief in Jesus Christ is the only thing that can save us. So there is nothing anyone can “do” to gain Salvation. It is a a gift that is freely given through grace and love. Works can not gain us Salvation. So does that mean we should not do works. On the contrary, we do works as an outward demonstration of our inward faith. So we do good works not to gain our way into Heaven, but rather to demonstrate the inward change that faith in Jesus Christ has brought into our lives. So I know that we do good works to show that we have the love of Jesus Christ in our hearts and have eternal life granted us by Christ.
Today I also want to talk about faith can give us peace in times of change or uncertainty. Yesterday I had both overtake me. We found out we are going to be moving and much sooner than we had expected. But I have faith God is in control of the situation. I know that He is directing our paths and will provide for our every need. At the same time we are facing uncertainties about my health; but I know God has me in His hands and has a plan for days.
So what is going on in your world. Let me know if there is anything that I can pray about for you.
So today is day 26 of the #31DaystoWrite, NaBloPoMo and Ultimate Blog challenges. I am in the final week of blogging for these challegnes. Today I want to continue my Scriptures of Faith Series. Here is today’s Scripture graphic.
Today’s verse says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” We have to walk by faith because we are unable to actually “see” the path that God has planned for us. But we can believe that His plan is good and right. For He tells us in His Word, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”, which is found in Jeremiah 29:11. God wants all the best for us. He wants to give us salvation.
So what is going on in your world today?
So today is day 25 of the #31DaystoWrite , NaBloPoMo , and Ultimate Blog Challenges and I am still here. Here is my Scripture verse graphic for today.
But instead of talking about the verse today, I want to talk about Sundays. I remember in the early days of our marriage, Sundays were a special day. We would go to church in the morning. Then we typically returned to my in-laws home to have Sunday dinner and just to visit one another. Then almost 7 years ago, our lives changed. My husband, children, my mother and me moved from Eastern NC to western Pennsylvania. We left everything that was familiar to us. My children who were used to the warm weather of the south looked forward to experiencing their first “real” snow and winter. We bought a house directly beside a small white church. Although the congregation was small they welcomed us with open arms and hearts.
Being new to the area, we did not have the luxury of having a large family surrounding us. We found families in the church and in the Boy Scout and Cub Scout groups we became a part of with our sons. So many Sundays we had nothing to do. On those days, we would spend time as a family – just enjoying each other. I appreciated those quiet (well with four children quiet is probably the wrong word for me to use) time spent with just one another. We were able to reconnect and rest our souls and spirits.
It reminds us that even God, who created the Universe, took a day to rest. Often we read in our Bibles about Jesus taking time to get away from the crowds and reconnect with His God. If God and Jesus needed time to rest, then how can we say we do not need rest?
So how do you rest your soul and reconnect with God? I would love to hear from you. If you have anything you would like me to pray for, leave me a comment. I love connecting with people. May God bless you today.
Today is day 24 of the #31DaystoWrite, NaBloPoMo and Ultimate Blog challenges and I am still here writing. Today I want to continue my #ScripturesofFatih series with 1 Corinthians 15:17, which states, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain’ ye are yet in your sins,” Here is a Scripture graphic I created for this verse.
What this verse says to me is that if we don’t believe in Christ dying on the Cross and being Resurrected for our sins, then we really don’t have faith. Instead anything we might think we believe would be futile. For if we do not believe in the Resurrection, than we are still in our sinful nature. It means we do not believe in Christ with all our mind, strength, soul and body. We are not given the luxury to decide what parts of the Bible to believe and what parts we can leave behind. It is an all or nothing equation. Either we believe word is true, OR we do not believe. God does not give freedom or flexibility when it comes to His Word. For all Scripture is God-Breathed – or God-inspired. While mortal men might have “written” it, it came by God’s inspiration and direction.
You see as much as we might want to hear God speak to us in a loud and clear voice, that just does not happen. Instead, He may speak to us through quiet whispers to our souls or through others who are close to us or even by what we read in the Bible. I can remember watching and listening to one of the dearest preachers I have ever known (and no I am not talking about my husband). This gentleman was the one who first asked Dennis to speak. He was the man who married us. He also played a role in dedicating all four of our children. He was like a father to me and a grandfather to our children, which thanks to my dad stepping out of my life when our youngest two were little. This man would often get up to preach and would state he really did not have anything to say. Then he would take his Bible and just let it fall open to a passage on the pulpit. Because he studied his Bible with his whole heart, soul and mind, this worked for him. God directed his steps and those were some of the best sermons I ever heard – simply because they came from his heart and the heart of God.
If there is anything you would like me to pray for, leave me a comment. If this spoke to you in some way, leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. May God bless you today.
Today is Day 23 of the #31DaystoWrite challenge. It also day 23 of the NaBloPoMo and Ultimate Blog challenges for October 2015 and I am still posting. I am really enjoying these challenges. Even though our lives might be rather hectic right now, I am still enjoying posting. Today’s Scripture is Hebrews 11:6 and here is a graphic for it.
But today is a very special day. Seventeen years ago today, we gave birth to our second son. As with our other children, we were induced – so that meant getting to the hospital around 6 am to check in. Having an IV started. It also meant having pitocin and all the fun of laying on my one side to help manage my blood pressure. This time we unfortunately received a hurse who was a nightmare. To begin with she stated there was no pre-certification pediatrician card in our file. But mysteriously it reappeared when Lisa, Dennis’ sister-in-law offered to run across the street to the pediatrician’s office to get one (incredibly easy for her to do since she worked there). Then, she just seemed to be lacking in the compassion and competence departments.
We really were not expecting to have a baby until sometime that afternoon. So my husband left the hospital to go do a couple of vending locations (he and his father owned a vending business). I was okay with this since he had a cell phone and we were just expecting things to go rather slowly. Lisa, my coach and husband’s sister-in-law, settled in for the day with all her perfect plans in place on how the day would go – right down to what she was going to have for lunch.
But God must have been looking down on us in favor, because another nurse happened to be walking by about the time our nurse was discussing pain medication with us, which happened somewhere around 9:30. After the nightmare with our first son, I knew I did not want an epidural. But the nurse was having difficulty believing me. So the second nurse suggested they check me to see how I was progressing. Then the second nurse brilliantly suggested having my doctor check me, as he was right down the hall. So while he and the nurses were getting ready to check me, I looked at Lisa and said I felt like I was about to be sick. She believed me and brought the basin to me. Then I looked at her and said I felt like pushing instead.
Needless to say, things happened fast – the doctor and nurses moved quickly to get gowns and other protective items on, while setting up for the delivery. I asked Lisa to call my husband back to the hospital (it was not even 10:30 yet). But she could not remember his number even though I had wrote down all the important numbers for her. So I had her hand me the phone and I called him myself. At the same time, everyone was emphatically insisted I not push. While that is easier said than done. With just two quick pushes our second son entered the world before my husband could even make it back to the hospital.
Lisa ran out to get lunch for us all. I want to say it was one of the best meals I ever tasted. Part of it could have been from the thrill of having our second son with us.
As the years have gone by, he has been a tremendous blessing to our family. He never asks for anything and will randomly come give me hugs just because. So happy 17th birthday to my darling son Joseph.
Today is day 22 of the #31DaystoWrite challenge along with day 21 of NaBloPoMo and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I have really been enjoying writing my series – #ScripturesofFaith. Today I am choosing to write about Romans 5:1. This verse is another one that I have heard my husband speak about at times. Being justified by our faith, we have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Having faith brings peace through the knowledge and certainty of our salvation. Sometimes faith comes easy and other times faith takes a tremendous amount of work. There are times keeping the faith becomes more difficult. So often people tell others, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” But those words can be hard to hear and often fall flat rather than providing comfort. When things are going well, it is much easier to believe in a loving God. But in times of hurt or times of difficulty it can be more challenging.
Faith takes effort. Believing that Jesus loves us and died for our sins can be a little easier. But when difficulty, challenges or frightening times arise, knowing and believing become two different things. In those times, we must draw closer to God and draw strength from His Word and from fellow believers. But these believers need to truly demonstrate the love of and faith in Christ rather than just throwing around empty platitudes or saying words with no genuine actions.
When Dennis wound up in the hospital with his gall bladder attack, peace escaped me at times. Finding comfort when sitting alone in a hospital room with a spouse who is hurting and unable to be truly helped makes peace fleeting. At other times, when a fellow believer simply walks into the room because he or she heard you were there provides tremendous comfort and peace. A hug and a prayer or other demonstration of love bathes the room in peace. Hearing a doctor inform a patient and his spouse to “google” a condition does not provide peace. Reading on “Google” can completely destroy an individual’s peace. Driving home from the hospital alone without your spouse and not being sure of when he or she is coming home makes for a stressful time. Bringing your spouse home does wonders to bring peace and tranquility to a person’s soul. Knowing fellow believers are praying about your situation overwhelms a person with peace and faith.
A quiet word, even a word read on a computer screen, from a family member, friend or fellow believer provides so much comfort, peace and faith. It ensures someone believes in the God that created the universe.
So I will be praying for faith today. How can I pray for you? And, what is going on in your part of the word? I would love to hear from you.