I use this app all the time and I can highly recommend it. For those who don’t like the idea of using an electronic Bible, I can tell you from experience that this is the best one and easiest one to use. I can highlight, make illustrations, make notes and even join groups of others studying the same thing. There are so many different plans that I am sure that if you try it out, you will find one to suit you. @youversion #bibleapp10
Paul said these words to the other 275 passengers just as they were in the middle of a hurricane and about to be shipwrecked. God had told him that all would reach the shore safely if they would only believe what he told them and stay with the ship. Now, I am not on a ship. Nor am I in the middle of a hurricane, but sometimes the events of my life do toss me around some and I have to rely on my belief in God and recite Scripture and sing songs to remind me whose I am. I am a Child of the King. So I need to be like Paul and believe that no matter what is thrown at me, I will arrive safely to shore. I was feeling really bad physically last night, so I went to bed very early (about 6 p.m.) without dinner. I just needed to rest. I put aside the things that I had planned to accomplish and went to bed, praying that today I would be stronger and feel better. Well, I do feel better today and I’m believing that God will strengthen me throughout the day, no matter what challenges I face. No, no hurricane in sight, but storms arise daily and I have to face the eye of the storm and declare my belief in the Creator of the Universe and that He will bring me safely through the storm or He will calm the storm. God keeps me going, facing the daily problems that everyone who is older faces. God continues to “steady my heart” and to encourage me to keep going until He calls me home to be with Him. Do you believe in the only One who can take you through the storms of life? God loves you and knows what you are going though. Only He can steady your heart and bring you safely to the shore. Ask Jesus into your heart today and feel the wonderful freedom and safety that you will feel just because you now have the Savior of the world on your side. He overcame, and so can You if you believe in Him!
Kari Jobe is one of my favorites and this is a favorite song, especially when I need to be reminded of how close God is to me and all He does for me. I hope it blesses you today!
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Trust in the LORD Jesus-Yeshua with all thine HEART and SOUL!!
( Isaiah 33:6 KJV ) “And Wisdom and Knowledge shall be the Stability of thy times, and Strength of Salvation: the fear of the LORD is HIS Treasure.”!!
( Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV ) “Trust in the LORD ( ADONAI ) with All thine Heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In All thy ways Acknowledge HIM, and HE shall direct thy Paths.”!! TRUST in the LORD Jesus-Yeshua Christ with All Thine HEART and SOUL!!
( Philippians 2:10-11 KJV ) “That at the Name of Jesus Christ-MESSIAH – Yeshua HaMashiach-MESSIAH every Knee should Bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth; And that every Tongue should Confess that Jesus-Yeshua Christ is LORD, to the Glory of GOD the FATHER.”!!
( Psalms Chapter 117 KJV ) “O Praise…
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In the Old Testament, God begins the lesson about being kind to others. This is a practice that we can do daily, regardless of where we live or what our so-called station in life is. We can be kind to everyone we meet, just by offering a friendly smile and a kind word, of appreciation or encouragement. Sometimes, I think that we just get too busy with our own life to notice others around us at all. Do you see the person who is checking you out at the grocery story, or are you so busy rummaging in your bag for your payment card that you just take them for granted? Think about it. This person is working hard to earn a living and everyone probably treats him or her the same way, with total disregard. But they are important to God and He tells us over and over again to be kind. It doesn’t take much time or effort, just the ability to notice that there others besides yourself in your world.
Did you ever think about how when you are kind, you are helping others to feel stronger? Total strangers may not be someone you just want to give a hug to, but how about a kind word? A thank you, a “you’re doing a great job” or other words of affirmation can mean everything to someone struggling just to make it through to the end of the day.
So, how do we learn to be kind? As it turns out, we don’t have to learn it at all. If we are a branch of the True Vine (Jesus), then we automatically bear His fruit. And lo, and behold, kindness is one of the fruits of the Spirit! How amazing is our God! He tells us to be kind and then provides the way for us to be kind with little or no effort on our part. We just have to surrender to Him so that we will know what He wants us to say and when He wants us to say it. Just be kind…to everyone you meet, everywhere you go, no matter who they are. Maybe you will be surprised and get a smile in return!
I was literally blown away by this book! It was so enthralling that it kept me reading late into the night and early again the next morning. It is the story of a friendship between two women, one of whom has the hidden identity of being a convicted murderer who got a light sentence. Which woman is the killer? And what kind of woman is she really? Both Frances and Kate seem very normal on the surface.. Frances is suffering from being overweight and not being accepted while Kate is everrything Frances wants tos be. Frances has one son, Marcus who is also overweight and not accepted at his posh private school. Kate has two children, Daisy and Charles. Daisy is a teen with a lot of secrets who has no relationship with her family at all, so she seeks relationships outside of the home. Charles is in Marcus’s class at school and they befriend each other, leading to the friendship between Frances and Kate. I love how the author tells the story from the point of view of Frances and Daisy as well as some unknown entity known as DJ. His identity is not explained until close to the end of the book. The whole book was a thrill ride, as I constantly waited to find out who was the killer in hiding and what would happen to their friendships. But I must admit that the story that fascinated me the most was that of Daisy. Readers of psychological thrillers will definitely enjoy this twisted and mysterious novel from Robyn Harding which teaches all of us about appearances and friendships.
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In my devotional time this morning, I read this Scripture from Shelia Walsh’s Bible study, “In the Middle of the Mess.”
Then, I began to meditate on what this Scripture means to me personally. God is working on my behalf. He has already started and He will make a way where there does not seem to even be a path. What He is doing and will do in my life is beyond my ability to comprehend, because He is God. I have tried to limit God and tell Him what I need Him to do and all along He has been trying to get my attention and tell me that what He is doing in me and for me is a totally new thing. So, now I am preparing my heart to receive this unexpected gift from the Lord. The God of all creation loves me enough to do something new in my life, something that I could never expect. I’m waiting for the Lord! How about you?
I’ve been thinking about power a lot lately, particularly since our electricity has been going off 3-5 times a week, for 2-6 hours at a time, and this is during a heat wave. Repeated calls to our electric provider have been less than helpful; they are trying to locate the problem and fix it. You know what? Jesus knew the problem when we aren’t “working” as we should. We need to know two things: the Scriptures and the power of God. To know the Scriptures, you have to spend time in God’s Word, reading, absorbing it, letting it speak to you personally. To know God’s power, you have to spend time with Him, allowing Him to speak to you and to empower you to do His will on the earth. So, although my house electricity may fail, I don’t ever want the power of God that lives in me to fail. I charge it daily, with time with Him and in His Word. If I’m not connected to Him, then I am not connected to the Source of Life, the Source of all power and whatever I try to do for Him will be in vain. Get connected today! Stay connected. Don’t flicker on and off like you have a power shortage or an electrical problem. I can assure you that if that is the way you are living your life, it is not God who has cut off the supply. You didn’t plug in. Blessings and prayers until next time.
This is my prayer for the United States of America, that we as a people will turn again to God, and He, in turn will make His face shine upon us. Then we will be saved and be blessed by the God who created us. Dr. James Dobson has a wonderful tribute to Independence Day. Here is the link:
I also want to share a song to celebrate our nation:
Today, I just want to say thank you to the Lord for all of His blessings to me. I have been blessed this week with a visit from two of my grandchildren, and I am feeling especially blessed because a friend from church, Maribel Velez, came to stay with my while my husband is out of town. How blessed I am to have a good Christian friend in the house! I am blessed to be alive. I am blessed to be a sinner saved by grace. I am blessed to be an American. I am blessed to be a wife and a mother. I am blessed to be able to exercise every day. I am blessed! And I am so thankful to the God who made the Universe and decided that the world needed one of me! Thank you, Lord!
Lest there be any confusion about my testimony, I want to unequivocally state that I am a sinner saved by grace. When I was living in a little apartment in southeast Virginia, on my own for the first time, God saw my heart and my need and sent a neighbor to tell me the Good News about Jesus. After reading the book of John through that night, I was convicted and saved of my sins. No one led me through a sinner’s prayer; I just prayed for forgiveness and felt clean for the first time in my life. Up until that time, I didn’t feel like I was a bad person. I had never robbed, killed or done any of the awful things that you hear on the news all the time. Nevertheless, I was and I am a sinner in need of God’s grace. As I look around at all that is happening in the world, especially in the United States, I know that there are many who need to have knowledge of the Lord in order to be saved.
This is the prayer for my nation, and perhaps it is the prayer for many for their nations. God is the God our salvation and He can forgive our sins if we repent and call on His Name. Therein lies the problem—the people need to repent but they don’t know that they need Jesus. Just as I was going about my daily life doing my regular things and feeling pretty good about my own accomplishments, I, too, was unaware of a need for Jesus. Then, one day, a neighbor told me that Jesus would forgive my sins and offer me eternal life, and more than that, a relationship with the Father in Heaven. From the moment of my eyes being opened to the salvation of the Lord, I was saved and I have not turned back from that road. But there are many on the wrong path and that discourages me. When I watch the news and see so many ungodly people doing ungodly things, I think to myself, “Lord, how did a Christian nation become so un-Christlike?” In my prayer this morning, God seemed to answer me with another scripture.
God reminded me that there are more on “our side” than what is on the side of evil. He spoke to my heart that we are surrounded by chariots of fire, by God’s Holy Army of Angels, just waiting for His command to act. Prayer changes things; it changes hearts. And the change starts with me. My attitude needs to be one of victory, of knowing that the Lord has this. I need to continue living my life in a way that people will want to have the same thing I have. I realized this morning during prayer that I have been living like we are already defeated and there is nothing that I could do. But we are an army of the Lord, facing new battles and challenges daily. We are called to continue following the Lord and fighting the good fight until He calls us home or He returns, whichever happens first. God hasn’t given up on our sinful nation and neither should we. Are you praying? God is even now sending an answer. Wait for it!