Scripture Sunday: Psalm 119:114

Scripture Sunday: Psalm 119:114

I have been thinking a lot about springtime being a time of renewal lately. There are many areas of my life in which I am trying to work and change, but my faith remains one of the biggest areas of need.

I have dealt with some painful moments in the past year and it’s been difficult to find peace. I have noticed one constant in the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty. God promised never to forsake us, and when I look back on the past few months of my life, I can see how He has been with me through everything.

In the midst of all the bad things, I began to realize my one comfort came from praying and reading God’s word. This verse perfectly outlines how I’ve felt, as it talks about how we can find refuge in God. He will renew us in His time but we can find shelter in Him while we wait.

Whatever you may be waiting for or hoping for, seek shelter in Him and trust in His timing. He won’t forsake you- ever.

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Scripture Sunday: Celebrating Easter in God’s Word

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As we draw closer and closer to Easter, I am reminded more and more of why I started this Scripture Sunday blog series in the first place. I was once told if something blesses you, you shouldn’t keep that blessing to yourself, but you should share it so others may be blessed as well.

I have been a fan of Kari Jobe since I first heard the song “I Am Not Alone,” and in fact, hearing that song led me to seek out more of her music. I discovered the song ” Forever,” which I believe to be the perfect Easter song. The songwriter captured so perfectly what Scripture describe as happening during the resurrection.

“The ground began to shake/the stone was rolled away./ His perfect blood could not be overcome./ Now death, where is your sting?/ Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated.”

It’s so powerful to me to think about the anguish and pain Jesus suffered all so we could be free of a life of sin and shame. So we could have eternity in His home. That’s how much we are worth to Him. I’m even more amazed when I think about how Jesus overcame death, so he can surely overcome anything else.

I’ve long been struggling with depression and anxiety, but in recent months, things have really gotten difficult. I’ve prayed so many times that I cannot handle this on my own. The truth is I was never supposed to handle it by myself. A Savior who defeated death to save me can bring me through any valley I face in this life.

If you’re struggling with something right now, know that you are not alone and you don’t have to overcome this on your own. You were never meant to walk alone. Pray about it and ask God to help you get through it.

Have a wonderful week.

 

 

Sunday Musings: Matthew 28:6

My goal in the remaining weeks til Easter is to really pray and prepare my heart for not only Easter but our upcoming revival. I plan to share some different Printables for Easter related verses as well.

If you don’t celebrate Easter, you may not know why Christians celebrate the holiday. It doesn’t have anything to do with rabbits, hiding and finding Easter eggs, or buying new church clothes. All of those things are incidental- the holiday is all about celebrating our risen Savior.

Jesus, who was born of a virgin and lived 33 years on this earth as the sinless, perfect son of God, was crucified for a crime He didn’t commit. He died on that cross and three days later, he arose and walked the Earth once more.

The verse I’d like to share today is Matthew 28:6. Can you imagine the shock and surprise of Jesus’ loved ones when they went to visit his grave and found His body missing? And can you imagine the joy and awe they felt when they realized He truly had risen?

I’m grateful to serve a risen Savior.

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Sunday Musings: Finding Time in Your Schedule for Your Daily Devotion

Sunday Musings: Finding Time in Your Schedule for Your Daily Devotion

I realize the title of this post is a bit misleading…and wrong. Truthfully we should put God and our time with Him first. If we are honest, we will admit that we don’t always do that. Here are a few ways to make sure you get your quiet time with God.

1. Wake up before anyone else, even if it means getting up earlier.

I am often the first one awake in my home. I like to take those first few minutes to pray and read His word when I will not be interrupted.

2. During your lunch break

I am a teacher, and while I don’t get to leave school for lunch, I do get to eat by myself. There have been times when I’ve gone into my classroom and for a few quiet moments, I’ve prayed and read His word. If you are able to leave your job for lunch, you could always pray and read in your car.

3. In your car

You can use an audio devotion while on your morning commute. I have done this before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now that my commute is much shorter, I don’t do this as often.

4. Just before bed

Take those last few minutes before bed to read God’s word and meditate on it. I like to wait until everyone else is asleep so I won’t be interrupted. Going to sleep with God’s words in your mind is such a sweet feeling.

5. Your devotional reading doesn’t have to be a long reading.

I love “Jesus Calling” by Sara Young and “Journey” magazine (published by Lifeway). These are short, but I have learned so much from both of those publications.

How do you fit in your daily devotion?

Sunday Musings: John 3:16

Sunday Musings: John 3:16

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This month, people will talk about the greatest love stories ever known. But there’s one love story that, to me, stands out above all others.

John 3:16 is a verse most of us know, and for most of us, it was the first verse you memorized. But have you ever thought about what the verse really means?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life.”

If I were to put this verse in our daily vernacular, it might look like this: Because God loves us so much, he gave his only son to die for our sins. Those who believe in Him shall have eternal life in Heaven.

God gave us his only son so we could be with Him forever in Heaven. All we have to do is trust and believe.

What greater love story exists than this one?

Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

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As you know, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. While the world has many ideas and thoughts about love, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Bible verses about love.

Perhaps my most favorite verse is John 3:16, but this verse is a common one as well. 1 John 4:19 has been used for engagement photos, weddings, and more.

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Where is a greater picture of love than Christ’s love for us? Basically, what this verse means is we can love others because God loves us. He is the one who gives us that ability. The following verses talk about how we are not to hate anyone, and how a person cannot say he loves God but hate his brother.

I feel this verse is never more relevant than today, when violence and tensions are running at an all time high. Even though evil is rampant and hate is spewed forth on a daily basis, we must not be part of t. God called us to love and to be set apart.

I am challenging myself to recite this verse daily, so it will remind me to show others that love. We love because he first loved us. Shouldn’t we strive to radiate that love to others?

Have a wonderful week.

 

 

Scripture Sundays: Finding Him in 2018

Scripture Sundays: Finding Him in 2018

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This week has been one of the most rotten weeks we’ve experienced. First of all, my husband began getting sick last week, and then we found out he had the flu. I ended up sick myself.

Then, my blog server crashed. I lost everything- three years of work, blog posts and ideas down the drain. While I was upset and I’m still a little frustrated, I’m just going to try to find the positives. I’m going to start over and keep blogging, but I’m going to use this as an opportunity to make the blog better than ever.

All of these complaints and hardships have a purpose- I promise I’m going somewhere with this.

Last week, this verse showed up in my daily devotions four times.

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My church friends and I had a conversation about this verse last Sunday as we were eating dinner. Side note: my church is amazing. We are a group of people who truly love being together. I’ve never experienced a church before with such loving and caring people. If you live in Central NC and you need a church, please come to ours.

We are certainly not immune to hard times just because we’re Christians. The loss of my blog and a few days of illness are truly not hardships when you look at the bigger picture. They are minor annoyances and while they are irritating and frustrating, they are certainly not catastrophic. We’ve been through some true hardships as a family recently, and to some extent, we’re still healing from them.

As hard as it is to miss my dad and my grandpa, I can take comfort in the fact that my dad and grandpa were both Godly men who are now in Heaven. And I can most certainly take comfort in the fact that Jesus overcame the world. We can give our troubles to Him because with his help, we can overcome them.

Do you know the Mandisa song “Overcomer?” In the song, she sings these words:

“You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer.”

I wish being Christian meant we were immune to trouble, but if that were true, we’d never learn anything, or grow. But being a Christian does mean we can overcome our troubles through Him…because He’s already overcome the world.