Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

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Psalm 61:2, “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Insight & Encouragement

Overwhelmed, discouraged, defeated, worried, a failure, to just name a few of the storms life will bring our way. No matter where you are in life, you have storms and trials. How do you get through the storms? Do you allow your heart to grow faint or do you rise up above them and fight? I’d like to say that through every storm I rise up and defeat it, but to be honest there are times I have let the storms defeat me and bring me down. Is this what the Lord wants in for our lives? Simply, No. God wants us to find shelter and rest in Him. He wants us to allow Him to guide and lead us through the storms. The Lord never promised that our lives would be free from the storms, but He always promises to “lead me to the rock that is higher than I”. To help us overcome and conquer the storm with His help. Stand firm, seek Him first, and you will overcome the storms life throws at you.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for your guidance and direction through life and the storms that I am faced with. Thank you for never leaving me or letting me go through them alone. With you by my side, I know that everything will be okay, and I find comfort in this. I pray for those who are facing storms and feeling defeated, that they may know that they are not alone and you will walk by them through it all. In your name I pray, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

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1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Insight & Encouragement

In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul is encouraging the church of the Thessalonians to not give up, even when things get difficult. Paul encourages them to be patient, work hard, do good, live in peace, in v. 16 to rejoice always, v. 17 to pray continually, and in v. 18 to give thanks in all circumstances. Paul never teaches that the road will be easy, and when we look through his mission, Paul endured many difficult times. Rather than giving up though, we see Paul grow and be an encouragement for the Lord through the difficult times. In our lives, the Lord wants us to give thanks in every circumstance; whether joyous or difficult. To work hard and pray through the difficult times, to rejoice even when times are scary, for the Lord always has a plan for our lives. He doesn’t want us to suffer or be sad, but we can learn through those times to trust in the Lord. Our faith can grow when we walk through troubled waters. When you begin to feel yourself being ungrateful or discouraged in a circumstance that is not ideal in our earthly human mind, remember to stop and pray with a grateful heart. To thank the Lord for this hard time or the trials you are facing, because you know when they have passed, it will have brought you closer to Him.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for Paul and his dedication to your work. Thank you for his life being a reflection of victory over the trials. In my own life, I thank you for the trials, even though in them it may feel that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, I know that because of you there is big things in store. I pray that when I get worried or go through difficult times that instead of being afraid, I give thanks and pray during them. In your name I pray, Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

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Psalm 118:1, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Insight & Encouragement

The book of Psalm is filled with thanksgivings to our God. The scriptures reflect reasons we should be thankful to Him. In this verse we read that we are to give thanks to the Lord, because He is good and His love endures forever. The word endure means “remain in existence; last”. The love that God has for His people is a love that will last forever. It is a love that is unchanging, strong, forgiving, comforting, and patient. From a young age we learn about the love of the Lord. One of the first songs a child learns is Jesus Loves Me, a song about the love of Jesus. When accepting the Lord as our Savior, we learn that through everything the Lord’s love for us is unchanging. No matter how bad we mess up, He still loves us and forgives us. Reminds me of the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32. His father welcomed him home with no less love than he had for him before, he was just happy to have him home. This is how the Lord feels for His children. He welcomes us home with arms wide open and has not lost an ounce of love for us. The security and peace we find in God’s love is unlike any earthly love, it is 100% true at all times and we know that He will always be there.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, as we approach Thanksgiving day, I want to thank you for your love that you have always shown to me. I thank you for the security that I find in you, and the peace that comes with your love for me. Thank you for the family you have given to me, and their love for me. I pray that each one of them feel your love and the love that I have for them. I pray for those who do not know your love, that they will find you and know they are so loved. In your name I pray, Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

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1 John 5:15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

Insight & Encouragement

I have been absent a few days, had a little trouble with the blog site, but we are back up and running. The confidence we are able to have in the security of approaching our Lord, is something we should all be thankful for. There are few people here on earth that we can have complete confidence in approaching us, and that no matter what know they hear and care for us. The love that Christ has for His children is unlike any love here on earth, it is beyond our understanding. When we sit and think, why does God love us so much? How can He love each of us, and care for each of us like He does? These are questions that one day we will find out when we are with Him in our heavenly home, but until then we can study them and get an idea of His love when we read and study His word. The scripture remind us over and over of the Lord’s steadfast love, His gentle love, how He loved us even when we were sinners, and how He loves us so much He sacrificed His own Son for us. This Thanksgiving season take time to reflect on His word, and how He has taken care and loved you.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for your unfailing love. I am so thankful to you for the confidence I can rest assured in knowing you have my life in your hands. Thank you for your plans in my life, and I pray today for guidance and direction down each path. I know without you I am nothing, but with you I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined. In your name I pray, Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

Colossians 3:24, “since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Insight & Encouragement

As I continue to reflect on all that I am so thankful for in my life, and I’m sure others are as well during this time, one of them is for the work the Lord is allowing me to do in my life. Many times we wonder what God is doing putting us in different places, or why a certain job at a certain time, but we must remember He always has a plan. No matter what the job field you are in, or whether you are making minimum wage or a large salary, in the end we receive the reward of eternity with Christ. In the work you do, do it for the Lord and His glory, because the Lord is who we are serving. Thank Him for providing you with work, and look at it as a blessing to be able to work. He has a plan for you in that moment, and we must do our best work. When you wake each day, think about all of the people you can be a witness to, and thank the Lord for putting those people in your life.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for my job. Thank you for giving me a job, for bringing people into my life to witness to while at my job, and for one day inheriting your kingdom. I pray that my attitude be positive, and I never grumble or complain about going to work, but am always thankful. In your name I pray, Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

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Proverbs 19:20, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”

Insight & Encouragement

I am so thankful for the advice and discipline I have received over the years from those much wiser than myself. Those who taught me at a young age who Jesus was, and then as I grew older how to live a life serving Him. Learning to accept discipline can be very difficult, but is so important to living a life accepting responsibility. Discipline does not have to be viewed as a bad thing, but a way to teach one to grow and develop into a wonderful person and Christian. When we humble ourselves, even as children and young adults, and accept advice and discipline, we are allowing Jesus to be taught and shown to us through others. Over the years I have been taught by so many wonderful Christians, all in whom I still look up to. Thank those who teach you, who mentor you, who advise you, and who love you through teaching you how to accept discipline.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your people to teach and train. Thank you for the people you have put in my life who have taught, advised, and trained me to become a follower of you. I pray that I always seek the advice and mentorship from fellow Christians, and allow myself to always learn from them. In your name I pray, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

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Proverbs 31:17, “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”

Insight & Encouragement

Throughout this month, I am going to focus the verses around being thankful. Yesterday was thankful to our Lord and all He has done within our lives. Today, I am going to focus on women and mothers. What better chapter than Proverbs 31 right! When reading Proverbs 31, this verse stuck out to me, and made me think of how thankful I am for my own mother. This verse describes her on point, and so many other women. When we think of women, wives, and mothers, my first thought that comes to mind is superwoman. They can do it all, and make it look so easy. My mother is no exception. Everything she does is to the best of her ability, always has been. Just to brag on her a bit (because I can :)), she gets up between 4-4:30 always has, gets so much done before anyone else in the house wakes, fixes my dads breakfast and lunch, has laundry done before I even think about getting up, watches 6+ children in her home for the past 31 years, has been involved in so many areas within the church, always has dinner on the table by 5, and with everything does to the best. These are just the surface of examples. I always refer to her as superwoman. As you enter into the Thanksgiving season, remember to thank your mother, wife, friends, and coworkers for all of the hard work they do. I promise these woman are wearing about 10 other hats.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for making woman so strong, but yet so tender-hearted. Thank you for making wives, mothers, and friends. In my own life, I pray that when I feel like I am out of control, that I find rest in you. I pray that you make my arms strong for the task you have given to me, and that you guide me as I do the best of my ability in each of them. I thank you so much for my own mother, and all of the other wonderful woman you have placed in my life. In your name I pray, Amen.

 

 

Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

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1 Chronicles 16:34, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Insight & Encouragement

With Thanksgiving a couple of weeks away, I believe we are all feeling the effects of this day in our lives. There is so much to be thankful for every day, and we should always wake up remembering this. The Lord has blessed each of us with family, friends, our church, our jobs, food, clothing, a home to live in, and above all He has blessed us with His goodness in our lives. Our God is such a good God and takes such good care of each one of us. The love that He has for us is never-ending and never-failing. It is unlike any love we could imagine and greater than any love we will ever know here on earth. During this thanksgiving period, and even after take time to thank the Lord for His presence in your life, for all the wonderful ways He has taken care of you, and for His unfailing love for you.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. Thank you for always taking care of me and knowing what is best for me. Daily I want to give thanks to you, through prayer and through my actions. When times get tough, I never want to take my focus off of your amazing love for me and that you are always there for me. In your name I pray, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

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Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Insight & Encouragement

If you were in the Caravan program as a child, you know this verse as it is was the main Bible verse for the program. It always has been one of my favorite Bible verses, probably because it was one of the first that I memorized, but the older I have gotten the more this verse means to me and my life. The verse starts off reminding us to trust the Lord. When we trust in the Lord, we are letting go of the worry, the doubt, and the uncertainty of this world, and believe that the Lord holds us in His hands. Believe in His word and that He has only the best planned out for our lives. When we “lean on our own understanding” we are facing this world alone, but when we trust in the Lord we are facing this world with the Lord.

In verse 6, we are told that we must submit our ways to the Lord. We make a choice daily to submit our lives to the Lord. When we submit our lives to the Lord, we give Him authority over our lives. Our ways no longer come from what we want, but what He has for our lives. Submit yourself humbly and respectfully to Him.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for directing my path and always having what is best for me in life. As I think about how you have blessed me and lead me down the path that you have for my life, I think about how thankful I am for you. Through all my mistakes and all of the times I have messed up, you have never left me. There are many that have not put their lives in your hands, I pray that one day they will come to know you and trust you. In your name I pray, Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Daily Bible Verse

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Colossians 1:9, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.”

Insight & Encouragement

Pray for others. We are a Christian family, and it is our responsibility to pray for one another. Many times we get caught up in our own world, in a world that we get stressed out and worried, and only find the time to pray for our situations. We cannot allow for this to happen. Our brothers and sisters in Christ need our prayers. Let them know you are praying for them, and mean it. Most of us at times have felt alone and distant from people, and it is so nice to know that there are people praying for us. Become one of those people, and dedicate time in your prayer life to pray for them.

In the second part of this verse, we see where they were praying for direction to follow the Lord’s will for their life, and for wisdom and understanding of the Spirit. In this verse we can see that when we pray for others, it is not just when a situation in their life arises and they need our prayer, but rather we should pray for them daily that they follow what God has planned for their life. As Christians we need one another. We need to pray for others as they face the trials of this world, and that they turn to the Lord for strength when dealing with those trials. Pray for the new Christian that they will continue to let the fire burn with in them and not ever give up, for our heavenly home will far surpass this world.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for prayer and the communication you have with each Christian through prayer. Thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ, and their prayers. Daily I feel them and am so thankful for having such wonderful people praying for me. In my prayer life, I want to become more dedicated to praying for others. In your name I pray, Amen.