Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z End

For the past two years I have been frustrated, guilt ridden, and overwhelmed by a project I began six years earlier. At one point another person volunteered to take it on, but found it more than they could do. So, it returned to me partially done but in a format I wasn't familiar (nor had the software). Basically, I had to start over.

Little by little I plugged away at it.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Joyous Pain

Pain can come in all types of packages. Physical, emotional, and even spiritual pain affect all of us at some time or another. Sometimes all at once.

However, the Bible tells us in several different places and ways that pain is a certainty. It will come. It will be hard to endure. For me, pain always seems worst when uncertainties come into play.

How we handle them is the proof of our faith.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Immovable, Steadfast in the Waiting

Therefore, my beloved brethren,
 be firm (steadfast), immovable, 
always abounding in the work of the Lord...”
1 Corinthians 15:58 amp

 On my journey to stay steadfast in the Lord, staying put and waiting are not as easy as moving and doing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hold Fast to Wisdom

“Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away 
from the words of my mouth”
Proverbs 4:5 nasb

“Hold on to wisdom,
and it will take care of you.
Love it, and it will keep you safe.”
Proverbs 4:6 ncv

Monday, April 14, 2014

God’s Guidance through Grief

Ready to write again

Over the past week, I slipped into some depression and couldn’t bring myself to write. However, because of it, as God restored my strength to remain steadfast to the A-Z blogging challenge, He also redirected my original “G” post idea. So, here goes…

“When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.”
Psalm 73:21-22 niv

Despite having a 2-session bad experience with a counselor recently, she did give me one wise thing to ponder. 

GRIEF: Consider your losses, and grieve

Monday, April 7, 2014

Firmly Rooted, Established in Faith

“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it…It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen.” Hebrews 11:1, 3 (ncv)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Encourage Another

“The scriptures—Old & New Testament—are for our instruction and encouragement, that by our steadfastness and encouragement, we might hold fast to and cherish Hope. God gives us perseverance and encouragement for unity on this journey of following Christ, empowering us with patient enduring steadfastness—So that with one voice we glorify and praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ [Messiah]” Romans 15:4-6 (my paraphrase)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Determined – Decided - Dogged

“…Wherever you go, I will go;
 wherever you live, I will live
Your people will be my people,
and your God will be my God.
Wherever you die, I will die,
and there I will be buried.
May the Lord punish me severely
if I allow anything but death to separate us!”

When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more. 
Ruth 1:16-18 (nlt)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Called to Live Out Loud 4 Jesus

We have freedom now,
because Christ made us free.
So stand strong.
Do not change and go back 
into the slavery of the law.”
Galatians 5:1

Because Christ made me free through His death and resurrection, I am Called to live a life as a freed person. Free of the shackles of sin. Free from the slavery of the law handed down to Moses. Free to Live Out Loud 4 Jesus. Free to walk with Him. Free to enter His courts with praise.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Build Steadfast Endurance

To build our physical bodies we workout with isometrics, Pilates, aerobics, calisthenics, walk, and/or run. We discipline ourselves with healthy foods and lifestyles.

Sometimes we enlist the help of a partner or trainer. We join clubs or buy home-gym equipment. We set goals with timeline charts. We sign up for marathons and the like. All for the purpose of a healthier, mean-lean body.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Accept Adversity

“Walk in the Light of the His presence; stay on His path with steadfast steps Ps. 89:15-16

 This year, God gave me the word Steadfastness to study and apply to my life. It’s been a tough year, but the study encouraged me to keep my eyes upon Him. So I decided to use my notes for this year’s A-Z Blog Challenge. I hope it helps you to keep your feet on the path and your eyes upon Him.

Steadfastness: disciplined, persistent, determined, stable, firm-standing; even paced, not running, not crawling

“Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you?” Mrs. Job scorned her husband has he scrapped the ulcerous sores covering his body. “Curse God and be done with it…die!”