11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! Psalm 84:11, 12 Have you ever asked God for something over and over again so much so that you have already fashioned your life in pursuit of it? You are so sure that God is going to give it to you because 1) you’ve been faithful to Him and you think you deserve it, and 2) his
5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5 As a Public Relations professional, it is part of my job to find out what’s trending in my field. A very popular buzzword today is “branding.” Companies, people, and entertainers – almost everyone in every field is trying to figure out how they can successfully mon
1Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 4Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 5Not that we are compe
29 for our “God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:29 There are so many things today vying for our attention. Women, especially, wear many hats: mother, daughter, sister, aunt, wife, caregiver, worker, business owner, the list is endless. The tasks associated with each title can easily overwhelm us. I was listening to a sermon on Sunday in which the preacher made an awesome analogy about women and men. He stated that men were like waffles and women were like spaghetti. Men are
27Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on and talk of Your wondrous works.
Psalm 119:27 If we are going to get the all of the things out of our lives that hinder us from being all that God has for us –then we’ve got to renew our minds and watch our tongues. This is definitely an area that is discussed in churches often and I’m just convinced that we’ll never stop discussing it. These are two areas that most Christians battle with on an ongoing bas
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 In many churches across America this Psalm has been recited. We learn it as children as a way to end a service/program, specifically Sunday School classes. However, have we ever taken the time to really think about what the Psalm means? One of the hardest things for most of us in this Christian journey is to watch what we say. There are many refe
7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:7-10 If ever you need to know what your purpose is in this life, t
Read I SAMUEL 1:1-19 As women and men after God’s own heart we want to be committed to prayer. There are so many things going on in our society today and we are faced with many challenges, many of which are difficult and seem almost impossible to handle. There is violence very prevalent in our communities. We never know when such things will hit our household or the people we love. There is destruction all across our nation. There is upheaval and chaos, all the way up to the
I John 1:1-2:5- Brief verse by verse exposition: I John : Purpose: to reassure Christians in their faith and counter false teachings Written by Apostle John before his exile to the Isle of Patmos. By the time John writes this epistle Christianity had been around for about a generation. The main problem confronting the church was heresy and the declining commitment of Christians who were conforming to the world’s standards and failing to stand up for Christ. John writes this l
Psalm 44:9-16 (New International Version) 9 But now you have rejected and humbled us;
you no longer go out with our armies. 10 You made us retreat before the enemy,
and our adversaries have plundered us. 11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
and have scattered us among the nations. 12 You sold your people for a pittance,
gaining nothing from their sale. 13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us. 14 You have made us a
I will praise and give thanks to You with uprightness of heart when I learn [by sanctified experiences] Your righteous judgments [Your decisions against and punishments for particular lines of thought and conduct]. Psalm 119:7 (AMP) We must praise Him – Praise is appropriate, praise is attractive, praise is comely to the saints – It is the proper response for everything. No matter what we are going through in our lives – no matter what the trials, issues, circumstances – prai
Psalm 119:145-152 145 I cry out with my whole heart; Hear me, O LORD! I will keep Your statutes.
146 I cry out to You; Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
147 I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.
148 My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.
149 Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O LORD, revive me according to Your justice.
150 They draw near who follow after wicked
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. Hebrews 12:1-2a NLT It is so easy for us to lose focus. There are so many things that are vying for our attention that we oft
5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure. Psalm 16:5 (NIV) Sometimes I just want to complain about my circumstances. We use a pretty little word to do this without judgment: we like to call it venting. All of us experience these moments where we are just not satisfied with what’s going on in our lives. It’s almost as if we believe that we deserve a certain type of life or that we shouldn’t have to go through this or that. This Psalm rea
4 Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:4-5 Sometimes it is quite exciting to see morning. When we are anticipating a day – maybe vacation, a few days off – we are anxious to see morning come. Then there are days, let’s be honest, that when the sun shines through our window we exclaim
6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him. 9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm. 10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. 11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of hi
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident. Psalm 27:1-3 If there is ever a scripture to quote when you feel afraid it is Psalm 27. Remember when you
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:”If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not b
1 Vindicate me, O LORD,
for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the LORD
without wavering. 2 Test me, O LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind; 3 for your love is ever before me,
and I walk continually in your truth. 4 I do not sit with deceitful men,
nor do I consort with hypocrites; 5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers
and refuse to sit with the wicked. 6 I wash my hands in innocence,
and go about your altar, O LORD, 7 proclaiming aloud your praise