God has redeemed you…and that’s great news! I want to spend some time remembering that this morning, by praying through Psalm 107. As you read it, thank the Lord for what He has done and for His kindness. Thank Him for … Continue reading
God is faithful! Read that statement one more time and really let it sink in….God IS faithful! Do you believe that? By definition, that means He is true to His Word and will keep all of His promises; He is … Continue reading
I always talk to God when I’m on my morning jog. It’s when I’m completely focused on HIM and the beauty He’s created is all around me. It’s during this time that I feel His presence and encouragement. I’m so … Continue reading
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 When I started … Continue reading
Wake up, O lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.
Psalm 57:8, NLT
Everyday, sunrise announces the promise of all that is new, fresh, and forward. It’s amazing how early in the morning the reception between here and heaven is wide open and remarkably clear. When you study the scriptures you sense God’s fondness for this time of day.
Just think about it. He deliberately ordered sunrise before sunset, filled its existence with light, wrapped it full of promises, and even chose to reveal His resurrected Son in it.
So before you rush into the busyness of another day, make certain your morning meeting with Him is the one meeting you don’t miss.
1. Loved. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14
2. Heard. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
3. Encouraged. It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night. Psalm 92:1-2
4. Helped. But I cry to you for help, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you. Psalm 88:13 Continue reading
The first time I ever felt like God “gave” me a life verse, I was on my first international missions trip to the Central American country of Belize. After praying about it for almost three years, I knew without a doubt God had tapped me on the shoulder and said this was the time I was to go. Being married to a state trooper, my husband was not very excited about my going to a “foreign” country and was concerned about my safety. My dad actually told my supervisor that he would be held personally responsible for my safe return!
The need arose for women who knew how to sew and teach other women that skill. I knew I could teach them, and so I headed south! The first morning, while I was having a quiet time overlooking the Caribbean, I felt my inadequacy. What could I do to reach these people? I couldn’t speak Spanish, and I didn’t know how to effectively witness. What if I said the wrong thing?
That morning I was reading in the book of Ephesians. When I came to Ephesians 2:10, it was as though God picked that verse up and stuck it right inside my heart. “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
I am not sure what that verse says to you, but it says to me that I was created to serve Him. That is something I was aware of, but what I had totally not gotten till then was that HE HAD ALREADY PLANNED HOW I WAS TO DO IT! He knew the places I would go, the words I should say, the people I would meet, and what the results would be. So what is my part? To be in such a close relationships with Christ that I knew where He was leading me and I obeyed each step of the way.
What an incredible relief I felt that morning. It didn’t take away all fear, not did it eliminate the bugs, humidity, language barriers, and snakes from the country, but it certainly assured me that if He asked me to do something, I could do it through His power and trust Him with the results.
Over and over since that time, that verse has continued to give me strength to obey Him when He asked me to do things I couldn’t do: speak in public, take on a denominational role, and face family crises. What a joy to watch Him do THROUGH me what I can’t do on my own!
What is one of your “life” verses and how did God reveal it to you? Share it in the comments section.
Senior Lead Women’s Ministry Specialist
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