Scripture Sunday: Colossians 1:13-14


I chose this verse as it’s something I’ve really been thinking about lately.  Last week, during our Easter service, the youth did a skit in which they depicted a young woman walking with Jesus, facing all sorts of temptations, getting pulled away from Jesus, and ultimately finding her way back to Him. It was a beautiful depiction of the life some of us have lived. So is the verse I have chosen for today.

I was raised in church and saved at a young age. I attended church as a kid, but when I became a college student, I found all sorts of temptations and I allowed those things to take me further from His kingdom.

I drank a lot of alcohol and did so frequently. I stopped going to church and quit praying. I listened to and watched horrible things. I said and did a lot of inappropriate things. I met, dated and became engaged to a young man who did not follow God and considered himself to be agnostic.

I was fully immersed in the kingdom of darkness. In fact, I remained in this kind of lifestyle until a few years after college, when I began to attend church once again.

A few months after my return to church, I vividly remember sitting in church and realizing I’d been just going through the motions. I might have started going to church again, praying and reading my bible again, but I wasn’t really living like God wanted me to do. 

Lately I’m finding myself just going through the motions again. I am praying and going to church, but not as much as I need to. I’m not reading His word enough and I’m not completely given to the things of God.

This Easter, I decided to make a concentrated effort to give my whole life back to the Lord and to stop going through the motions. If you’d be willing, I’d like to ask you to keep me in your prayers as I reaffirm my commitment to Christ. 

Thank you for allowing me to be transparent for a bit. Have a wonderful week.

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Scripture Sunday: 1 Corinthians 16:18

I did not make this printable, but I did find this on Pinterest. I unfortunately did not find the original source. How often do you do something that you know you should do, but you complain about it the entire time?

It is easy to do the things we enjoy out of love, but what about those necessary evils of life? Those things we don’t enjoy but still must do. That is when it gets hard to “do things in love.”

This week, I’m going to challenge myself to do everything in love, instead of complaining about them.

To download the printable, just right click and save it to your machine. Have a wonderful week!

 

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Scripture Sunday: Phil. 4:13

13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

This verse is a great reminder that even though many things are impossible for US, nothing’s impossible for God. I really needed this reminder this week that with God, WE can do anything.

Sometimes there are moments in your life that you think you cannot survive, but when you trust God, he will give you the strength to get through it.

There was a time in my life when I was highly depressed and upset. I had just lost a baby and a close family member was hospitalized with cancer. I was struggling and I didn’t know how I’d make it through the pain. Looking back on it, I realize now how the Lord brought me through this difficult time.

Even though you may feel hopeless, you are not. With God, you can do all things, because he gives you strength.

Have a wonderful week!

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Scripture Sunday: John 3:16

I’ve been writing lots of Sunday Scripture posts lately about God’s love. This is partly because Valentine’s Day is happening this week, but it’s also partly because I feel led to do so.

Today’s Sunday Scripture is one that is mighty familiar to most of us. I can honestly say this is the first Scripture I ever memorized, and the entire basis on which my faith is built.

There are many great love stories that are universally repeated and celebrated, but what about the ultimate love story? What better love story than God’s love for US?

John 3:16 says this:

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Here’s a breakdown: God loved the world SO MUCH. That “so much” is really important. He loved us so much that He gave US His only son: His perfect, sinless, blameless son. He sent his Son to Earth to die a brutal, violent death so that we could live with Him forever in Heaven.

If we’re honest, we will admit that we are sinners. I mess up on a daily basis, folks. I know I do. No matter how hard I try, I’ll never be perfect. I deserve to die and go to Hell, but because I trust in the Lord, I won’t get the fate that I certainly deserve.

The Good News is that you can do the same.

As a 22-year old female, I was just coming out of a horrible relationship. While dating and ultimately becoming engaged to this young man, I began to steer away from my Christian upbringing and all the values and truths I’d held dear.

I made poor choices, many of them self-destructive. I was headed down a road that held nothing good, and I didn’t want to listen to anyone who tried to reason with me.

I began to realize, slowly but surely, that the young man I was with wasn’t who I needed to be with. I tried visiting my childhood church with my parents, but it wasn’t the same. All of my friends had moved on, the church was so big it was hard to get to know anyone, and I felt incredibly lonely. My mom, who is a nurse, got to know a preacher’s wife through her work. This lady, whom we are still friends with, invited us to her church.

We decided to visit there, and a few months later, I ended my destructive path by completely trusting Christ. I’m still not perfect, but I’m better than I’ve ever been. I like to think of myself as a “constant work in progress.” Did you ever sing that song “He’s still working on me” as a kid? “He’s still working on me, to make me what I ought to be. Took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars; the sun and the Earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient he must be, because He’s still working on me.”

I am thankful the Lord doesn’t give up on us and that He’s still working on me. I hope this week as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ll think about our God who loved us SO MUCH that He sent his Son so that we might have an Eternal Life with Him.

Here’s a chalkboard printable you may download to remind you.

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Ephesians 4:2


Today hasn’t been the best of days. It’s been the kind of day that tries your patience. When we woke up for church, my oldest complained of a stomachache.  If her behavior today is any indication of how she feels,  then next time she misses church for “illness,” she’d better be feverish or vomiting.  You know what I mean?
I’ve been impatient today with my kids and my husband.  I’ve been irritated and I’ve been mean.

I’m sharing this verse as a reminder to myself and anyone else who may need it this week.This week I want to remember to be kind and have patience. I hope you have a wonderful week.

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A new creation 

Let me begin by telling you what I’ve dealt with recently.  In my personal life I am enduring something that is not likely to change or improve. I have faith that if it is God’s will, he will intervene and things will turn out like I hope. The hard part is knowing that it may not be His will. That’s why I’m struggling. Lots of people are currently /have been on this exact same struggle and that’s ok. 

What isn’t ok is that I have allowed this situation to cause me to be discouraged.  I’ve allowed this situation to influence my walk with God in a negative way and I’ve gotten away from Him. 

I’ve talked recently to my pastor about this and with some close friends and family members.  Early this morning I was reading a Christian magazine that our church gets and I fell upon 2 Corinthians 5:17. 

I’m not a Bible scholar by any means,  so often when I’m reading my Bible, there are things I don’t understand.  I recently read a commentary that explained the verse like this :

In Paul’s language, to be “in Christ” meant to be united with him in faith and in baptism. To be a new creation literally meant it is as though you were born again. Your old ways and your old life passed away and your new, renewed spirit is like a new creature. (See also Romans 6:3-4, Titus 3:5,  and Isaiah 43:18-19).

This morning,  I realized just how far away I’ve gotten and how I’m pulling other members of my household along with me.  I made the commitment to lay my burden at His feet and simply trust God and His will for my life. I challenge anyone who is in the valley with me to do the same. 

Thank you for reading and for allowing me to be transparent.  

Your Friend,

New Creation,  but still a constant work in progress. 

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Sunday Scripture: John 15:5

Yesterday I was sitting on the back porch and I looked down to see this sweet little flower growing around our spindle. 

I have torn down the vine several times and I’ve sprayed it and even tried digging it up.  

In fact,  I’ve never left the vine long enough to know that it had such pretty flowers. 

Despite my efforts to kill the vine it always comes back.  That vine is resilient.  The kind of resilience I’d like to think I had. 

This tiny little vine got me thinking about our True Vine,  our Lord Jesus.  The verse says “apart from me,  you can do nothing.” 

I can be the “resilient I’d like to be”  if I trust God to make me that way.  Our relationship with our True Vine is like that – apart from Him,  we can do nothing,  but with Him,  we can do anything if it be his will. 

Have a wonderful week. 

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Scripture Sunday: Psalm 19:14

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This verse is something I’ve been thinking about in recent weeks as we’re preparing to go back to school. 

I am a Christian, but unfortunately, there are plenty of times when my conversations, thoughts and actions don’t necessarily reflect that.

I’ve been thinking recently about all the areas in my life where I need to improve and this is certainly one of them. A few weeks ago I wrote about Philippians 4:8.

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I think the two verses go hand in hand. I’m thinking of writing them on cards and putting them where I’ll see them daily. What great reminders to us as Christians to think, act, and Speak in ways that reflect the Lord. 

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

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Scripture Sunday: Psalm 100:4

I know it isn’t November yet but thankfulness doesn’t require a holiday. Most of us probably wound agree that we have a lot to be thankful for.

I think most of us would also agree that it is easy to be thankful when things are going well for us, but difficult when wet are going through hard times.

I had an opportunity to demonstrate my faith and be thankful in a series of hardships. I think of this often and think about how I could have and should have done better. Instead, I failed.

Instead of dwelling on this, I have decided to learn from the experience and do better next time.

Have a blessed Sunday and enter His gates with Thanksgiving in your hearts.

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