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Tuesday’s Verse, 7/7/20

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.  Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 NLT

With Love,

Cindy

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Sunday’s Verse, 7/5/20

“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.” Psalm 91:14-15 NLT

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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When Life Is Upside Down, Trust in God

“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.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

God has promised that if we trust in Him with our whole heart, He will make our paths straight.

This reminds me of the Israelites who wandered around the desert for 40 years because they were not submitted to God’s will. If only their path had been straight! They would have arrived in the Promised Land in record time. When our path is straight, we are on the right path!

“Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10 NIV

“You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.” (NIV) Isaiah 26:3 NIV

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Lord, Help us to trust in you in every circumstance, in every trial, in all things that come our way. You are able to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” You love us and we put our trust in you. You are the strong tower we run to. You are our strength.

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Friday’s Verse, 7/3/20

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Thursday’s Verse, 7/2/20

“Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.” Psalm 73: 25-26 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Quote of the Week, 7/1/20

God is bigger than any disability. Love Him, appreciate His blessings, and trust Him for the rest of the journey. He puts the rainbow at the end of the hardest trail.

Dale Evans Rogers, 1912-2001, American Actor, m. Roy Rogers

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Tuesday’s Verse, 6/30/20

“For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With his love, he will calm all your fears.
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Sunday’s Verse, 6/28/20

“If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:9-12 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Fan Into Flames the Gift God Gave You

Paul was languishing in a cold dungeon, chained like a common criminal, and he knew his death was near. “This ancient prison could have been called the “House of Darkness.” Few prisons were as dim, dank, and dirty as the lower chamber Paul occupied. Its “neglect, darkness, and stench” gave it “a hideous and terrifying appearance.”¹

This is where Paul wrote these words, Fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” 2 Timothy 1:6 NLT

I can’t keep reading. I have to stop and read his last letter with the realization that the Apostle Paul used his waning strength to pen these words. I want to understand it fully.

Have you ever been on a camp out and couldn’t get a fire going? Maybe you get a little spark, but it goes out. If you blow on it just right it starts to catch. You carefully add more kindling and fan it some more. If you keep fanning it, eventually you will have a bon fire!

This is the metaphor Paul used to encourage Timothy to develop his ministry.

Do you know what gift God has given you? Is it to proclaim His glory through the written word? Has He put a desire in you to write about what He has done?

I don’t mean: Are you a gifted writer? I mean: Has God put a deep desire in your heart to write and share what He has done for you? Has He asked you to “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God?” 2 Corinthians 1:4 NIV

If you aren’t a professional writer, your efforts may start like that little spark, but eventually you will see the bonfire you desire. How? Practice, learn, do, never give up. You’ll keep getting better!

I still have a lot to learn. I spend a lot of time studying the craft of writing. I certainly haven’t “arrived”, but these are the things that have helped me most:

  • “The aim of writing is to move the reader to tears or to laughter, and to a new point of understanding.”
  • “People want inspiration and application.”
  • Study the writing of an author you admire.
  • After I write the first draft, I rewrite, rewrite, and edit ruthlessly.
  • Stay focused on the message. Don’t ramble.
  • Look at each sentence. Can I say it in fewer words?
  • When you think it’s perfect, wait and read it again the next day. If you’re happy with it, then hit publish.

Now go fan into flames the gift God has given you!

INSPIRE! ENCOURAGE! TEACH!

SHARE THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THE WORLD!

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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¹Historical Background of Paul’s Final Imprisonment, by Derrick G. Jeter, Insight for Living Ministries, August 14, 2017

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Friday’s Verse, 6/26/20

“Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 TLB

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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