Loving God

How prepared are we to give our absolute loyalty and obedience in all we think, do, and say to God? That’s what loving Him means.

To love God with our whole mind we have to know Him. To know Him we have to know His Word. Yes, we certainly should read it but there is more to it than that. We need to study it, pray it, memorize it, ponder it, and live it.

 

 

To love Him with our whole being we have to make a conscious choice to make every action we take, every choice we make, every word we speak, acceptable to God. David, in Psalm 19 wrote these words, and they often come to my mind when difficult choices happen: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

 

 

 

And then, we must love Him with all our strength which means using our time, talents, and resources for Him. You might be thinking that doesn’t make sense but it takes physical and mental power to ensure that everything we are given by Him is being used for Him.

I hope you’ll find some time today, every day, to love on Him!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

This post is in response to week 8 of Deb Wolf’s 52 Week Devotional Journal For Women.

 

 

Perservere

Each year I choose “One Word” to help focus and define the days ahead.  This time I was quite challenged.  I had prayed and thought and talked and listened and waited.  Finally, the word was made plain to me.  It would be a year to perservere.

I was quite surprised at the many different words that mean the same thing as I looked for the One Verse that would underscore 2020 for me.  I chose James 1:4 and found that persevere can be translated as patience, endurance, steadfastness, strength, and wait(ing).

Although the NIV is my preferred translation for memorization (as seen above) the VOICE Bible with its preceding verses was quite interesting.

The MESSAGE, another favorite of mine adds to the meaning, also.

The New Living Translation says it like this,

It looks like I’m going to have an interesting and busy year. Hopefully, the joys and the challenges will be tempered with a new sense of perseverance.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

One Word

Each year I choose one word as my focus.  I’m kind of leaning toward ‘believe’ but I’m also carefully and prayerfully considering other options.  I also include a Bible verse for the year with my choice.  Here are a few I’m considering, perhaps they’ll help with your choice, too.

  • BELIEVE    Blessed is she who has believed that the LORD would fulfill His promises to her.  Luke 1:45 (NIV)
  • LISTEN    Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, for the life of your soul is at stake.  Isaiah 55:3(TLB)
  • CELEBRATE     Celebrate God all day every day.  I mean revel in Him.  Philippians 4:4
  • TRUTH    Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  John 8:3 (NIV)
  • STRENGTH   The LORD is my strength and my shield: my heart trusts in Him and He helps me.  Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

I hope these are helpful.  If you choose one or have one you’d like to share.  Leave it in the comments below.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

5-Sentence Friday 1 Corinthians 16:13

I decided to take the Strong, Brave, Loved 21-day Challenge with Holly Garth.  Today’s verse and devotional were both powerful and convicting for me.  Through many of my life experiences, it has been necessary to have strength and bravery as part of my arsenal.  Things like surviving a tornado that landed on the patio of our first home, surviving a t-bone crash, standing up for those who have been wronged, and many more of the uncertainties in this life, have required my dependence on the strength and courage that is given by God.

  1. Choose your battles carefully.  You don’t have to fight every one.
  2. Know that the evil one is always trying to get through your guard.
  3. Know God’s Word and use it to determine what He expects of you.
  4. Stand and persevere when you know it’s right.
  5. True strength is knowing where your power really lies.

I’ve discovered that sometimes we lose the battle, or it appears that way.  If we know it’s the right thing to do we should be doing it.  God is always the final judge.  Wouldn’t you rather hear why did you than why didn’t you?

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Strength

bells-flower-658751_640This week’s Tuesday’s at Ten prompt word is strength or strong.  I came across this story and thought how fitting.

On October 15,1997, David Huxley broke his own record at Mascot Airport in Sydney, Australia.  He strapped around his upper torso a harness that was attached to a steel cable 15 yards long.  The other end of the steel cable was attached to the front-wheel strut of a boeing-537006_640747 jetliner that weighed 187 tons.  With his tennis shoes firmly planted on the runway, he leaned forward, pulled with all his might, and was able to get the jetliner rolling down the runway.  He pulled the 747 one hundred yards in one minute and twenty-one seconds. (from 750 Engaging Illustrations compiled by Craig Brian Larson, pg. 62.)

Beyond physical strength as in the story above we have another kind of strength. This strength comes to us from the Lord. The Word tells us that quite clearly in Isaiah 40:31 – – When we trust in Him He will renew our strength like eagles.  I can certainly testify to that verse.  Several times in my life I have had to trust only in Him for the strength I needed.  Through cancer, being hit by a truck while driving a Chevette, a tornado destroying our home, my sister’s massive stroke at age 39, Ray’s (my husband) Traumatic Brain Injury, and …   He has carried me in His strong arms thoughout my life.  His strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Grace upon grace to you and yours!

Marie

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