31 Days of Scriptures of Joy – Day 2

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Today is day 2 of my Scriptures of Joy Series for the Write31 Days series.  Today I want to look at Psalm 126:5.

 

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When I read this verse, the first thing that comes to mind is Laura Story’s song, “Blessings”.  Because sometimes our greatest disappointments and trials bring us the most joy although it may take some time to recognize.

May your day be blessed.  I would love to hear from you.

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#31DaystoWrite – Scriptures of Faith Day 25 – Hebrews 11:39 – Sanctified Sunday

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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.

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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.

#31DaystoWrite Day 24 – Scriptures of Faith – 1 Corinthians 15:17

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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.

1Corinthians1517What 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.

#31DaystoWrite – Scriptues of Faith Day 22 – Romans 5:1

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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.

Romans 51So 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.

#31DaystoWrite – Day 21 – Scriptures of Faith – Galatians 6:10

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Today is day 21 of the #31DaystoWrite challenge along with day 21 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the October NaBloPoMo challenge for October.  I am still here and participating.  I have really enjoyed writing this series.  Today I want to continue my series on Scriptures of Faith.  Today

Galatians610betterMany times as Christians we find ourselves focusing on reaching the lost and we forget the actual members of our churches and bodies of believers.  We need to focus on loving and living with those believers we worship with regularly.  We need to love and show charity to fellow believers.  We need to demonstrate the Light of Christ in everything we do and everywhere we are.  We never know who is watching us and needs to feel the love of Christ at any given moment.  We need to be the hands, feet, mouth, ears and hearts of Christ.  It is important to stretch ourselves and spend time in the Word and with God so we build our own relationships with Christ.

So what is up in your corner of the world?  I would love to hear from you!  May God bless you in everything you do today.