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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

 

Bible Verse Discussion #5

D33_5024The Bible Verse I am hoping to get some feedback about today is Isaiah 53:5-6. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

~I am hoping to get more comments this time so that we may be able to finally get a discussion going. What really sticks out to me are the words “pierced and crushed and punishment”. Jesus went through horrendous torture and eventual death to pay the price for our sins, MY sins! It is still hard for me to imagine sometimes and to know how to express my gratitude towards God because I feel like I could never do enough to show Him how thankful I am that I have a chance to spend eternity at His side because He sent His Son to suffer and  die on the cross.

~Something else that I thought about while studying Verse 5: “…the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” That shows just how amazing God’s Grace really is. Also, in Verse 6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”   ~Can you imagine? Someone else commits a crime and you pay the price? That is what happened with Jesus. This verse is saying that EVERY ONE OF US SIN. We all do and Jesus is the one who paid the price of every single one of our sins.

~This verse reminds me of a few things. First of all, I need to remember that sin is sin. There is not a big sin or little sin (in my view), sin is sin. The other reminder for me is to always be thankful. No matter how hard of a day I may be having, I always need to continue to show my gratitude towards the Lord for everything He has done, everything He is doing, and all that He will do in the future. It is because of Him and the sacrifices of His Son that I (we) have the chance at spending an eternity with Him in Heaven. Thank You, Lord!

Quote For Today

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This is a quote I found this morning while reading a few pages out of a book by Joyce Meyer called Celebration of Simplicity. It is a great book!

“Pray for what God puts on your heart, not for what everyone else wants to put there.” ~Joyce Meyer

Heavenly Father, thank You for leading me to this book and this quote this morning. I know this was Your doing because it is exactly what I needed to hear (well, read) today. You and only You, Father know what it is in my heart. Thank You for guiding me and letting me know what I ought to pray for when I don’t even know what that is at times.

Faithful Blogging Prompt #67:

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Who has been the greatest influence in your spiritual life?

I have had several people who have been great influences in my spiritual life and I am lucky enough to continue to have more, even to this day which is a very good thing for me because I always need that. The first person that became a great influence in my spiritual life, other than my mom, was a friend of our family’s (who I will call Ralph). He was a preacher, or associate-preacher at our church. Him, his wife, and children were always very nice and I looked up to them. They always seemed happy. I did not know them well at the time, being so young, and we left that church for a while. I started visiting the church again as a teenager with one of my best friends and became very active in the youth group. Ralph was now the main pastor. The youth group went on outings, trips and  church camp. I began to see how extremely dedicated he was to the Lord and to his family and the church. This was encouraging to me since I did not have a dad in my life that showed those characteristics. I had been hurt by most of the men in my life and Ralph seemed to be one of the first men that did not want to hurt me. I did not continue to attend his church, yet I still knew that if I ever needed anything, he would be there for me. When that time came and I started to have serious questions about why my dad abused me and how my dad was still able to preach in a church and claim to believe in God, then say he didn’t believe in Him at all, I wrote Ralph a letter asking him these things. I was searching for these answers from anyone and everyone I thought might be able to help me. He wrote me back and tried to explain his beliefs about the situations and mainly what the Bible had to say about them. When my dad committed suicide, his funeral was on my fourteenth birthday. My mom was told that she was not welcome at my father’s funeral. Ralph volunteered to take me and my brother to the funeral and be there to support us. That meant the world to me. Ralph eventually quit pastoring the church to start a ministry. He visited with my grandma when she was dying from cancer and she decided to turn her life over to God because of these visits and discussions they had. I volunteered with his ministry and was able to spend quite a bit of time with him. I learned more about who he was and that he, like everyone else, had his own trials and struggles that he had dealt with in life, yet it seemed that his faith in God never wavered and that was amazing to me at the time. I had been so angry at God and so confused and Ralph helped me to understand, in a loving way, that even though I was a sinner and angry at God, God would still love me. He was able to show me through his own life, how God works. I still made many mistakes after my time volunteering and had a lot of anger, but I know that was the beginning of my spiritual journey and the reason I am where I am able to be today. I know that God sends people into our lives for all kinds of reasons. Ralph became a father figure to me and showed me that not all father’s hurt their daughters. He showed me that it was okay to trust and have faith in God because God would never, ever hurt me.

Where Is God?

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Where is God when my pain is strong
and I feel like I can’t go on
Does He stay by my side through all the hard times
or does He just leave and stay gone

Where is God when I am scared to death
and I don’t know where to turn
Does He walk next to me and keep me safe
or does He leave me alone to burn

Where is God when I am mourning a loss
and my heart has been broken in two
Does He carry me through these times
or does He expect me to know what to do

Where is God when my anger is rising
and I don’t know what to do
Does He help me to stay calm through these times
or does He sit back and watch the view

Where is God when I am happy for once
and my worries go away
Does He rejoice with me
or does He just leave for the day

Where is God when I am just living my life
Taking it day by day
I know where He is, He is right by my side
He always will be, in every way

~Written by Tabitha~

Bible Verse Discussion #4

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“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16

~I love this verse because it reminds me to keep God’s Word close to me at all times and to continue to be thankful and praise God always.

So Many Emotions

Fear still consumes me
even after all these years
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wiping away so many tears

Confusion is what fills my soul
I don’t know how I should feel
Sometimes I’m mad and sometimes I”m sad
But I’m hoping one day I’ll be healed

I don’t know who I should trust
or how to stop the stress
I wish I could love and be loved in return
I can’t accept anything less

God, please take the pain away
I’m ready to let it go
I need to have a normal life
I have to stop feeling so low

The memories I have will stay with me
This is something I’ll never forget
But I have to forgive and release it all
Hey, happiness, it’s about time we met

~Written by Tabitha~

When Life Hurts

32c6ed75-6816-4c94-809d-9856ffd3ab0dWhen life hurts or doesn’t make sense
Remember you are not alone
Always know God is there with you
You will never be alone

There are days in our lives when it’s hard to find hope
and we just don’t know how to go on
But, with God by our side, there’s nothing to fear
because we have that special bond

We are His children, so dear
no matter what happens in life
Never have doubt of our Father’s love
His promises will never die

God knows that we live in a hell on earth
and He mourns right by our side
That’s why He has prepared a special place
He calls it a paradise

~Written by Tabitha~

Writing

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Writing has been my escape
from a world that has hurt me so
It heals me in a special way
when I feel so very low
It’s difficult to express my thoughts
Some days I shut down inside
But pen and paper can’t hurt my heart
and has never criticized
For several years I have written a lot
when I have felt so very alone
My writing has become my friend
when my thoughts begin to roam
As time has passed and days have gone by
I have shared the talents God gave to me
I used to hide it from the world
But now, I hope it may help others to heal
~Written by Tabitha~