Bible Verse Discussion #6

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~Thank you to everyone who has been involved in these discussions in any way. I hope to keep them going.~

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.” Psalm 138:7

 

My Letter to a Reader of My Blog-A Writing Prompt

After finding and using my first writing prompt, I decided to try it again so I did a search on Google. I found this writing prompt, along with several other amazing prompts at www.plinky.com

Who do you picture reading your blog? Write them a letter.

Hello. I am so glad to hear that you have been reading my blog. First of all, I want to thank you. I hope you have not found it disturbing or upsetting in any way. I know that you have had many similar experiences and for me, that can sometimes trigger memories and even flashbacks of unhappier times. I also know that for me, reading about or hearing from someone who has been where I have been in life and came out on the other side of it in a positive way encourages me. Every time I hear a recovery story from an addict or from an abuse survivor, I feel so much hope inside of me. It just reaffirms what I have found in my life and that is that there is a way out and that our lives can improve. That does not mean that everything is perfect but it means that we don’t have to stay feeling like we are living in the pits of hell either. I hope I can also be of some encouragement to you and anyone else that might read this blog. I also hope that I might encourage you to grow closer to God. Read your Bible, find someone you know that is also a Christian to talk to and ask them some questions. Talk to God like you would a friend. Ask for His help. Let your emotions out when you talk to Him. Something I have done many times after someone suggested it to me is picturing me sitting on Jesus’ lap with His arms wrapped around me. Sometimes I just talk, sometimes I cry and sometimes I laugh. I can literally feel His presence when I do this. These are just some suggestions of some things you might try if you want to. If you ever need or want someone to talk to, feel free to email me. I promise not to post or share any information that you may give me. I will continue to pray for you. Thank you again for taking time out of your life to read what I feel and write about. God Bless.

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Becoming More Thankful

I am sad and a little embarrassed to say that it is easy for me to become ungrateful and to forget how blessed I truly am. I get so wrapped up in the things that may not be going the way I think they should that I start feeling sorry for myself sometimes. I do have to say that I have made an improvement in this area but I still have a ways to go.

I had not slept for a few nights in a row and I was feeling pretty sick from lack of sleep and just feeling stressed out from different life circumstances. My son also had to go to his pediatrician yesterday to get his vaccinations and was not feeling very well. There has just been a lot going on. Thankfully, me and my son slept all night last night. He did not wake up until nine this morning which is a little unusual for him. I took some time to play with him on the floor, which I do often. This morning I felt overwhelmingly grateful, which probably helped me to realize how ungrateful I can be at times. Of course I have had difficult times and trials to go through, but who doesn’t? Why should I be any different?

Jesus suffered more than we could ever imagine and gave His life for a world that does not even deserve it. We now have the chance to have an eternity in Heaven because of His suffering. God gave us the gift of Grace through His Son. Could you do that? Could you give up your child or if you don’t have children, a parent or anyone that may be important to you, especially knowing the degree of their suffering and how it would result in death? I couldn’t. I have so much to be thankful for but even if I didn’t, I should be more than thankful for this gift God has given to me and to everyone who has faith in God.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13 NKJV

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1John 5:11-13 NIV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NIV

Being A Child Of God And What That Means

I have been reading several devotionals lately.There have been many subjects that I have studied in the past several weeks but one came to mind a few minutes ago…What it means to be a child of God. As at least some of you know at this point, I had my first child this past May. I had a little boy who is the light of my life. I believe that having a child of your own is the one and only way for anyone to know the love between a parent and a child. I think that is when I began to understand the love that God must have for us. He tells us that once we are saved, we become His children so that must mean he has the same love for us that any other parent has for their child or children. It is hard for me to imagine giving up my “one and only Son” for anyone, but that is exactly what God did. He gave Jesus’ life so that we can have the chance to make it into Heaven. Can you imagine?! How much love for us must He have in order to sacrifice His Son? I think that after I had my son and started to bond with him, after I felt the amazing connection and love I have for him is when I began to realize how much my Heavenly Father must love me. That makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world and I hope you feel the same way because He loves us all just the same.

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“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God…” John 1:12

Prayer

Lord, use me as Your instrument to minister life, hope, help and healing to others; especially to the non believers. I do not want to be so focused on my own life and overlook Your masterplan for me to minister to those around me. Empower the gift that You have planted in me, so that I can fully utilize them.

1 Peter 4:10
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

Challenge

In one of my college courses, I was watching one of our videos for the week. The instructor on the video gave a sort of challenge, I guess you would say. Although it was not a topic, it got me thinking. And, it made me very interested. I was definitely stumped for awhile and even contacted the preacher from our school’s ministry to ask for some help on how to do this.

Okay, here it is:

If you were talking to someone about God, and you wanted to share your testimony, but they didn’t understand “church words” (such as saved, repent, came into my heart, etc.) how would you give your testimony?

The reason I think that this is such a good exercise is that although this hasn’t happened to me yet, what’s to say it won’t? Even if I have children, I want to give them a clear view on who God is and why it’s important to be saved. Other examples are meeting someone who knows only a little English, or someone who has a different religious background.

So, if anyone would want to give this a try, and let me know what they came up with, I would love to hear it. I won’t post them, unless you tell me that it’s ok, so don’t worry.

Thank you all and God Bless!

 

 

 

His Children

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~When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:14-16

Comfort from our Heavenly Father

~God is our refuge and strength, an ever present¬†help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it’s waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah. Psalms 46:1-3
~The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my strong hold. Psalms 18:2
~Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. Psalms 138:7

Bible Verses (Scripture)

“Cast your cares upon the Lord, for He cares about you.” 1Peter5:7

“Be strong, Do not fear, your God will come.” Isaiah 35:4

“I am the Light of the World” John 8:12

“There is no fear in love; for perfect love casteth out fear.” 1 John 4:18