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Thursday’s Verse, 8/27/20

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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To Be a Woman After God’s Own Heart

“I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22

The key to being a man or woman “after God’s own heart” is to be surrendered to His will and to put your trust in Him alone.

Stand outside tonight and ponder the stars. Those stars were scattered across the sky by God’s mighty hand. They are so far away that even though many of them are larger than the sun, they look like tiny points of light.

Did you know that our galaxy, the Milky Way, has approximately 100 billion stars? But the Milky Way is not the only galaxy in the universe… There are about 10 billion galaxies in the observable universe!¹

Just imagine the enormity of what we can’t even see! Our God is a mighty God. This is the God that we know and trust!

How can we know what God wants us to do? How can His plan be carried out if we don’t know what it is?

We must trust the Lord, study the Word ,and spend time in prayer. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

God reminds me that “we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalm 100:3) Sheep aren’t that smart.  They need endless attention and oversight. They are unable to take care of themselves. They need a shepherd. It’s not by accident that Scripture compares us to sheep.

David was a shepherd boy. He learned about God as he cared for his flocks. He knew everything about the relationship between the shepherd and his sheep. He writes, “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

The sheep know the shepherd’s voice. Jesus said, The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” John 10:2-5

As we spend time in the Word and in prayer, He leads us.

Jesus declared, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

If we are surrendered to the Lord, if our heart seeks after Him, we are doing our part. God will carry out His plan. He will do it. He will make that happen. He is the Good Shepherd. He has promised to lead us and we can trust Him.

With Love,

Cindy

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Friday’s Verse, 5/29/20

“The laws of the Lord are true;
    each one is fair.
 They are more desirable than gold,
    even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
    even honey dripping from the comb.
 They are a warning to your servant,
    a great reward for those who obey them.” Psalm 19:
9-11 NLT

With Love,

Cindy

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Thursday’s Verse, 5/28/20

“God’s laws are perfect. They protect us, make us wise, and give us joy and light.” Psalm 19:7-8 TLB

With Love,

Cindy

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Tuesday’s Verse, 5/26/20

“Great peace have those who love your law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119: 165 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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Did You Gather Your Manna Today?

“Manna from Heaven” has become an idiom of the English language. It means “An unexpected benefit or assistance, especially when it comes at the time when it is needed most.” For example, “Unable to pay my bills, the stimulus check was like manna from Heaven.”

God’s Word is our “Manna from Heaven”.

Manna sounds like the Hebrew for “What is it?” The Israelites saw the manna but didn’t know what it was. Apparently they had never seen anything like it before. The Scripture describes it like this:

“Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.  The people would go about and gather it and grind it between two millstones or beat it in the mortar, and boil it in the pot and make cakes with it; and its taste was as the taste of cakes baked with oil. When the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall with it.” Numbers 11:7-9 NASB

“The house of Israel named it manna, and … its taste was like wafers with honey.” Exodus 16:31 NASB

The manna may have looked something like this.

As I read these passages, I thought about how God provided what they needed to eat, but they had to do something with it first. They had to prepare it. I always thought of manna as being loaves of bread on the ground floating down from Heaven. But in reality, they had to take the manna and grind it, and then cook it in a pot or bake cakes with it.

How does this apply to our lives today?

God has given us His Word and that Word is the bread of life because Jesus and the Word are one. This means that although God has given me His Word (the Bible), I have a responsibility to take it and do something with it.

I must read and study it daily. It is my “daily bread”. The Holy Spirit will speak to us daily through the Word. How many times have the verses we read in our daily devotion infused us with strength and encouragement?

If we leave our Bible on the shelf, we leave our daily bread on the shelf. What a tragedy to leave the manna on the wilderness floor when it’s what we need to sustain us!

“Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.” John 6:35 NASB

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 NASB 

From John 1:1, we know that Jesus is the Word. Jesus also declared that He was the bread of life.

There are many lessons that can be derived from the provision of manna. To me, the most important one is that God’s Word is our daily bread. Jesus taught us to pray,

“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)

How can we receive our daily bread (sustenance) if we are not in the Word? Do we grumble and complain, as the Israelites did, tired of the manna and wanting something else? Had we rather listen to a sermon or Bible teaching in place of reading the Bible for ourselves? God’s Word is our guide. It will sustain us in every situation.

The Psalmist wrote,

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalm 119:18 KJV

“I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.” Psalm 119:15-16 NIV

Did you gather your manna today?

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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A Verse for Today, 3/8/20

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:15-17 NIV

With Love, 

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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A Verse For Today, 2/4/20

“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God.  But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely. They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3 TLB

With Love, 

Cindy

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Is The Bible Relevant in the 21st Century?

I recently heard a pastor say something that sent shock waves through me. In an attempt to draw unchurched people to Christ, this popular pastor is teaching his flock that the Bible, especially the Old Testament, is not essential to following Jesus. (I find that really hard to accept since Jesus Himself taught from the Old Testament!)

Even more shocking, is how easily people accept it! That’s why I feel I have to talk about it on my blog. The Old Testament is vitally important because everything in it points to Jesus. The better we understand it, the better we will understand our walk with God.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT

Once the enemy convinces the church that we shouldn’t base our beliefs on the Bible, he can bring forth all kinds of deception and lies that will be gobbled up by itching ears. Without the Bible, the church is destined to embark on a path that gradually looks more and more like the world and less and less like Christ.

The importance of Bible reading can not be overemphasized. And if we read more books about the Bible than the actual Bible, well, we are treading on dangerous ground. But isn’t that what people like to do? It’s the lazy way out. Don’t let someone tell you what the Bible says, unless you have read it for yourself first.

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 NIV

Yes, maybe our churches will grow bigger and faster if we present a message that mirrors the world view and culture, but is that really a good idea?

Jesus said,

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13 NIV

My purpose in writing this post is not to criticize, but to highlight the vital importance of reading, studying, and knowing God’s Word for yourself; and to warn against any teaching that does not honor God’s Holy Word. A cursory knowledge of the Bible is not good enough. For the Bible is our guide to discerning truth from error.

I challenge you to read the entire Bible within one year. It’s easier than you think! I did it last year and I’m doing it again this year. In fact, I plan on doing it every year from now on. Why? It’s so easy to do! And once you do it, you’ll want to do it again. I promise!

I personally like the One Year Reading Plan here. Using this chronological reading plan, you will study the Bible in the order that events happened. I found it very helpful to better understand the Biblical timeline. And it requires only a few minutes each day.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 NIV

The Bible guides us through life and teaches us what is true. It is indispensable!

As always, comments are welcomed and appreciated.

With Love, 

Cindy

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