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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 11/15/20

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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Focus on Christ

As Christians, we may debate the meaning of certain passages. And I’m pretty sure none of us have it down 100% because Paul said, “Now we see through a glass darkly.” (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV)

But there is one thing I think we can all agree on. We must love – love our brothers and sisters in Christ, love our enemies, love our neighbor, and love God.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? .” Matthew 5:43-46 NIV

“Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31 NIV

Whatever is going on in my spiritual journey, the Lord always brings me back to this truth: God wants me to walk in love. There is nothing more important.

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2

We need to keep our focus on Jesus. He will perfect our faith. That means we will grow spiritually and develop a stronger faith if our focus is on Him. We should always be growing spiritually. The evidence of this will be a life that loves.

“If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love. If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever.

Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.” 1 Corinthians 13: 1-7 TLB

With Love,

Cindy

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Quote of the Week, 11/11/20

God delights to meet the faith of one who looks up to Him and says, “Lord, You know that I cannot do this – but I believe that You can!”

Amy Carmichael, Irish Missionary to India, 1867-1951

With Love,

Cindy

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When Things Aren’t Working Out Like You Planned

If you are a believer in Christ, you are surrounded by God’s mighty Word. The belt of Truth is wrapped around you, holding your armor and weapons in place. During times of testing, we need to hold fast to the Word of Truth. Are you struggling with circumstances in your life right now? If you are, tighten your belt. You’re in the right place!

God knows every detail concerning your life. He knows exactly what is happening today. He even knows the number of hairs on your head!

He has promised to guide you along your way in this world. But His plan for you is probably very different than you thought it would be. Why? Because deep down, we think we are in control. Deep down, we think we are directing our own path and that the decisions we make will determine our future. But God is in control and His plan for you is superior to your own plans.

Consider Abraham, Joseph, Gideon, David, Esther, Paul, (and the list goes on). None of these people knew what God had planned for them. But they trusted God along the way, even when things looked bad.

Let’s talk about Joseph for a minute.

Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.  He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had:  We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” Genesis 37: 5-7

That must have been pretty exciting for Joseph, but you probably know what happened to him. He ended up being thrown into a pit and left for dead, then he was sold into slavery. After that, he was sent to prison for something he didn’t do! He could have been really discouraged, but he kept on trusting God through all these circumstances and God gave him favor until eventually Joseph was put in charge of all of Egypt! (Read about it in Genesis 37-50)

In hindsight Joseph could see how God’s plan brought him to the place of honor and power he enjoyed as an Egyptian leader. It ‘s only in hindsight that we will understand why things happened like they did in our own lives. That’s why we must live by faith.

“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

Regardless of how things look, these promises are still true:

“… the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
    the purposes of his heart through all generations..” Psalm 33:11

“For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
    His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27

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

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8

Sometimes you may feel like God has abandoned you, but that is not true. Listen to the words spoken to God’s people while they were exiled in Babylon:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

The Israelites did return to Jerusalem and rebuilt the wall!

We must never trust our own ideas above what God is doing that we cannot see. God says,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

Even though things don’t seem to be working out right, God’s promises are still true. His Word is still true. God is working His plan for you this very minute. Will you trust Him?

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

A Prayer

Father, The whole universe is by your design. You created it all! No matter what happens, I will always follow you. Please direct my steps, for I trust in you. Give me the strength and courage I need. Strengthen my faith, I pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

With Love,

Cindy

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All Scripture references are NIV.

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10 Ways to Encourage Others Through Your Blog

The Bible says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV) But how do we do that?

I know many bloggers whose primary goal is to encourage others by sharing Jesus. This is a wonderful thing! And we want to get better and better at doing just that. So let’s look at some ways we can accomplish that goal through blogging.

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#1. Share a personal experience. Everyone loves a personal story. Nothing is more inspiring than reading about how someone else achieved their goal despite hardship and problems along the way.

#2. Share someone else’s story. You may read about someone’s experiences in a book or article and then share that account in your own blog. Be careful to give credit where credit is due.

#3. Share encouraging Bible verses. (Google can be very helpful.)

#4. Share your journey. What has God taught you that you might share to build others up?

#5. Look for Bible characters who were encouragers and tell their story. Some examples are, Mordecai in the book of Esther, Barnabas in the New Testament, Aaron and Hur encouraged Moses during Israel’s battles in Exodus, and Elizabeth was an encouragement to Jesus’ mother, Mary.

#6. As you study your Bible, look for more examples of godly encouragement.

#7. Relate the results of godly encouragement from the Bible. What were the results of Barnabas’ encouragement? What were the results of Mordecai’s encouragement? Was it important that God put those encouragers in place? What might have happened without their support?

#8. Relate a time when you were desperate for God to help you and He provided strength, encouragement, or comfort.

#9. Encourage your fellow bloggers by liking and commenting on their posts. I have developed blogger friends over the last three years that I sincerely care about and pray for. Nothing is more encouraging to a blogger than reading in their comments these words: “I needed that!” or “Excellent post!”

#10. Last, but not least, PRAY FOR YOUR READERS!

Verses of Encouragement

Philippians 1:6 “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 37:23-24 “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 John 4:4 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

An Example from the Movies: The King’s Speech

The 2010 movie The King’s Speech tells the story of England’s King George VI, who unexpectedly became monarch when his brother abandoned the throne. With the country on the brink of World War II, government officials wanted a well-spoken leader because of the increasingly influential role of radio. King George VI, however, struggled with a stuttering problem.

Throughout his struggle to overcome his speech difficulty, his wife, Elizabeth was his constant source of encouragement. Her steadfast devotion provided the support he needed to overcome his challenge and rule well during the war.*

You can be an encourager like Barnabas! Your encouragement can make the difference in someone’s life! Who encouraged you? How did they make a difference in your life?

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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*Our Daily Bread https://odb.org/2018/09/22/blessing-of-encouragers/

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A Verse for Meditation, Thursday, 10/29/20

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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Quote of the Week, 10/28/20

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

With Love,

Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 10/26/20

“Lead me by your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God who saves me.
    All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:5 NLT

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 10/25/20

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:7-8 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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