where to find strength
Joshua – Be Strong and Courageous Todd Phillips
SESSION 1 FIGHTING ON THEIR KNEES

Where To Find Strength

When in Chaos

This world is so messed up. Many Christians say we are living in end times. But, you look through history that has been said many times by many important leaders in the Christian world. My only concern is to live for Jesus today and to be prepared for when He does come again. For me at least, studying the signs of the end times does not teach me how to live for Him today, to be used by Him to reach others. What I want to know about is how to find His power to be set apart from the world for Him.

Seeing as the last series I wrote from was all about suffering. Where we learned God is in control of the good and the bad I thought it would be good to move on to a series on strength. How do we find power that can only come from the Lord?

We start out with an act of submission. What do you imagine when you see someone on their knees? I can picture a man on their knees with others pointing guns at them. They are being forced into submission, give up their power to these men that have the power to kill them.

Where to find strength

Now, God does have the power to take our lives. But God is not about scaring us into submission like that. He wants us to submit of our own free will. To chose Him and submit to His will for us. I remember when my husband and I separated back in 2007, I was devastated and fell to my knees praying to God. I was angry, hurt and confused. I had no where to turn and finally said, “ok, God I give in! I submit to You, only You can get me through this.” I have to admit that my selfishness, fear, controlling nature took many more years for Him to break but when God did enough in and around me it did finally break.

Where to find strength

That deep submission to God and His ways is where I finally found His power to face anything that comes at me. Now I and my husband were allowed to buy a home that is a fixer upper. We have financial burdens that before my full submission would have me a ball of anxiety. I may not be physically falling to my knees, but I do know who to talk to when my anxiety wants to rear its ugly head. I stop everything I am doing and speak to God, even if it is just a few words sending my fears to Him. Letting Him know I cannot do this alone I need Him to show and do it for me. So, where to find to find might is by giving up our own power to replace it with His might.

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Oct 30, 2018  The Bible is filled with encouraging verses about finding strength through God’s power. You are strong in the storm when you rely on Jesus!

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Dec 1, 2017  I have learn to trust God I need you Jesus to give me the strength to keep following Jesus n just to keep guideing me to him I want to live for …

Bible Verses About Having Strength During Hard Times

Jun 19, 2019  These 40+ bible verses about strength during hard times will help to encourage and … will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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How Do You Serve The Lord With Gladness?

Serve The Lord With Gladness

Yesterday was Sunday and the discussion in my family centered on prayer, and asking the Jesus for things. We watched Kerry Shook message on the tv together. He was talking about the need to pray for things we want. How if we do not ask for we will not get. That started me thinking, what about when God says no? We ask but He says no. That led to a little study we did together on serve the Lord with gladness.

serve the Lord with gladness

You see in my family we are, and have been asking for many years, for a home for my husband our son and I. We have our ideas on how this could happen we ask the God for it every day. But, in the little study we did taught us something about how to ask. It brought out our motivation for what we ask for.

Are we asking for a home to make us comfortable, or are we asking for a home that will serve the Lord? One idea we have is to add on to my in laws home and my husband and I live with them. But is this to make things easier on each of us, or is it to serve the Lord? What is our motivation behind it, and how will we handle it if He says no?

serve the Lord with gladness

What if the Lord wants my husband and I to serve Him in an area a little less comfortable? This brings to mind the safety of our youngest son who is 12. But, in worrying about that, is that trusting the Lord? This brings to mind the article I read this morning by Danny Gold. He wrote about
“the movement converting El Salvador’s gang members into born-again Christians.” (Danny Gold)

Could you imagine God calling you serve Him in some of the most dangerous places in the world? To be associating with people who live with death every day? That is what Danny Gold’s article is about. How Pastors associate with gangs in El Salvador, even live among them. Would you be willing to risk your life for the Lord, the lives of your children? Could you find joy in that?

serve the lord with gladness

white flowers with the words Serve the Lord with Gladness: Come before His presence with singing. Psalms 100:2

White flowers with the words serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Psalms 100:2
serve the Lord with gladness

With my husbands and my background, our life experiences we may be asked by the Lord to associate dangerous people. I cannot deny that. God surrounded us with a loving supportive family but the fact is still there, our past actions. Those actions lead us to having a history that many dangerous characters share. But, God lead us out of that history, redeemed us and now could God lead us to an area to help others find a way out? Would I feel safe, would I find joy in living among, associating, friending people with such histories?

I think it all hinges on how much I trust the Lord. Do I trust that no matter the bad things that could, or would happen He would take care of us. Just how uncomfortable am I willing to be to serve Him? Can I trust Him to keep my child safe? Or, could the experience my child lives through while serving the Lord be needed? Be needed for my child to build His testimony in the Lord?

serve the Lord with gladness

How about you? How uncomfortable are you willing to be in order to serve the Lord? How far are you willing to go for the Lord? Have you ever thought about it? We are asked to build our treasures in heaven, not here on earth. Is what you are doing now today accomplishing that?

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What Does the Bible Say About Working For God?

Bible verses about Working For God. … For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should …
WORK FOR JESUS

Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit. 1. Volume 23. Tell someone today how much you love Jesus Christ. 1. WORK FOR JESUS. NO. 1338. A SERMON. DELIVERED …
Three Exemplary Jesus Practices about Money and Work

Sep 12, 2012  “Jesus regards our attitudes about money as very important in the formation of our character.” In this selected chapter excerpt from his latest …
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Apr 21, 2012  God equips his people with everything we need to serve him. And we will do even greater works than Jesus himself.
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Authoritative information about the hymn text There’s a Work for Jesus, with lyrics and MIDI files.
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Apr 12, 2013  If we all would learn this simple but profound principle, that our walk with Christ is the necessary basis for our work for Christ, we would avoid …
Jesus’ 10 Principles for Working – an Overview on Faith and Work …

In this video, New Testament scholar Sean McDonough gives an overview of how Christians should approach their work, based on 10 sayings of Jesus.
Jesus at Work « Biola Magazine

For Jesus‘ family to work in a trade indicates they were part of what we’d call the lower middle-income class of that day. Furthermore, tradition suggests that his …

Is Fear Holding You Back

Is Fear Holding You Back

What is God calling you to do?

God says in the Bible over and over do not fear, but sometimes that emotion is beyond our control. What do we do then? Do we just give in to our feelings? Allowing them to keep us from experiencing all that God has for us? Or, do we keep pushing forward beyond our fears? For me I lived by my feelings, they limited my life for so long. My anxiety held me back, and to sooth my fears I would eat. It became so disabling. I could not fully experience what God had for me.

is fear holding you back

Let me list a few of the Bible verses on what God says about fear:

Isaiah 35:4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, and do not fear,
for your God is coming to destroy your enemies.
    He is coming to save you.”

John 14:27 New Living Translation (NLT)

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Joshua 1:9 New Living Translation (NLT)

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Matthew 6:34 New Living Translation (NLT)

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Isaiah 43:1 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Savior of Israel

43 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
    O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.

Psalm 34:4 New Living Translation (NLT)

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
    He freed me from all my fears.

is fear holding you back

I could list many more verses but there are too many for this article. God mentions fear over 500 times according to a Google search I just did. So this subject is huge in His eyes. Why do you think that is? What I think is that fear is what holds us back from fully experiencing God. He wants to bless us, to give us a life of peace and joy but if we let our emotions control us we cannot experience those positive aspects that can only come from God. We are not able to acknowledge the free gift thuat Jesus’ pain has given us.

Is Fear Holding You Back
street sign saying doubt & fear just ahead

is fear holding you back

Right now in my situation I could stay where I am and not let God help me grow more. The Lord is being faithful to the promise He gave me and leading my husband and I to our own home. But the details are so scary. I have been living under government assistance for all my adult life. Now my daughter is an adult and she is on my housing voucher with me. When I move I need to take my name off the voucher so she can use it on her own. The fear is that when I do that will I have to move right away. If I do, the house is not ready to be lived in. In order to look for apartments for my daughter to live in my name has to be off the voucher so landlords can see she has a legitimate way to pay rent. If we wait too long to look for an apartment for her she may not have one when she and both need to move out of our current apartment, then where will she go?

There are so many small details that have to work out just right for both of us. Details that only God can make just perfect. What I need to remember is that GOD IS IN CONTROL! God says do not fear so many times in the Bible. We are His creation, His precious people who He loves and cares for. He brought us to this, He will bring us through it.

What do you fear today? Is it holding you back from doing the next best thing the Lord wants you to do? How do you handle the emotion fear? Lets discuss this in the comments below or in our Life Group on Facebook.

 
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Hundreds of articles and studies on the Trusting in Jesus website to help you find the peace, joy, and hope that only the Savior can provide.


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What does it mean to “trust” Jesus?

our A: First, trusting in Christ means that you’re not relying upon yourself, but on Christto get you into heaven. We cannot get to heaven by doing good deeds, …


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Authoritative information about the hymn text Trusting Jesus, with lyrics, PDF files, printable scores, MIDI files, audio recordings, piano resources, and products …


What does it mean to trust in Jesus?

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The adventure of buying and selling a house – and God’s faithfulness

buying and selling a house

This post is for the benefit of anyone who has ever experienced the long term process of buying and/or selling a house. This is our story of God’s faithfulness and leading through what turned out to be about a three-year process. In the end, it was worth it, but I am getting ahead of myself.

My wife was raised in Mississippi, where we live now. For more than 20 years we lived in Kentucky in two different locations. After five years of marriage, we were finally able to buy our own home in south-central Kentucky, a nice two-story house with great neighbors – but far away from family. I was fairly close to mine, but her family was 10 hours away. The cry of her heart was “I wish we could see my family more than twice a year.” And she was right.

That heart cry resonated in my head and my heart and in my prayers until God gave me an answer that shocked both of us – “Why don’t we sell our house and move to Mississippi?” That is what the Lord laid on my heart and that is what came out of my mouth, to sell our house and move. Oh, the journey that began!

I believe we went through four realtors before we sold our house – long periods of nothing, many changes, some repairs and lots of prayers. That was the selling end of the deal. On the other end of the spectrum was finding and buying a house in Mississippi. That was an adventure!
I don’t know how many houses we looked at, but it was a lot! Cracked foundations, holes in the roof, “level” houses going down-hill, “under contract”, “sorry, this house is not for sale”, “If you live here you have to pay an extra fee”, “this one’s out of our budget but we might as well look at it anyway”, and at least three “I think we’ve found our house.” The house the Lord led us to – very clearly led us to – is on a solid foundation with a new roof, fairly new appliances, and even a room for my piano and a bonus storage room – and a shed! The Lord provided the wisdom, the financing, the timing, and the peace that was needed in order for us to make this transition. It was a hard process and stretched our faith and endurance to the limits, but God was faithful all the way. He led us through it all.

If you are in a long process and you find it discouraging, just realize you are not alone. There are those that can relate down here, and there is a Heavenly Father who totally understands and who is totally in charge. God is good and will stay with you through the journey.

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Gratitude Essay

As I prayed and thought about the post for today I wondered just how many ways, how many times can we write about being thankful? I thought I would start out with gratitude this week. What it is, and what it is not.

In researching the internet, you know the ever faithful “Google”. I find that there is a trend going around called “Positive Psychology.” I thought I would include some of what I found in this gratitude essay.

What is gratitude?

One article I found from Positive Psychology Program listed some definitions of gratitude that I thought may help us understand this elusive feeling. I know we all want the feel good, happy, pleasant feelings all the time and sometimes it seems they are so far away. So, let’s just see just how science today defines gratitude:

“if we acquire a good through exchange, effort or achievement, or by right, then we don’t typically feel gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion we feel in response to receiving something good which is undeserved” (Lacewing, 2016).

I like this definition because it seems to match the Bible. God gives us what we do not deserve. All of us here on earth are sinful, we do not deserve the strength, the health, or even to be alive. We do not deserve the hope of heaven. We deserve hell if anything.

Another definition for this gratitude essay is:

“an emotion that is typically evoked when one receives costly, unexpected, and intentionally rendered benefits, and is thought to play a key role in regulating the initiation and maintenance of social relationships” (Forster et al., 2017).

What happens when someone gives you something or does something you never expected? Does that help you feel good for that person? I may be struggling with this a bit though. I tend to let history cloud my gratitude when someone who has hurt me does something nice.

gratitude essay
an open book

I tend to use my marriage as an example a bit much lately. But it is what is on my mind all the time. I am trying to let God teach me to be the wife my husband deserves, and let God do the work He needs to do in my husband. But, here is an example of the past clouding my gratitude.

My personal experience for this gratitude essay

Just recently my husband bought me a coffee from a local coffee shop. Automatically my thoughts of the many times that he would insist on buying the expensive coffees when we are broke came to mind. The hurt, the fear of how we are going to make it.

What did not come to mind is all the times I expressed to him I needed more than just physical love from him. I needed to be appreciated, loved for who I am. I did not express gratitude that he thought of me, only me in buying that coffee. I let my hurt and pain stay and cloud my judgment.

That attitude did not help our relationship. My husband was making a grand gesture that he could do with our circumstances. I stopped myself I looked at him and said, “What I should say to you is thank you very much, I really appreciate that you thought of me.”

Final thoughts for this gratitude essay

You see, it is so easy to lose sight of being thankful. Even when a person is trying their hardest to do something nice. Something to say I know you are hurting let me do this to try to make up for it. Yes, ok a bought coffee will not make up for everything. But it is a step. I need to make a step in learning to be grateful instead of letting the past hold us back.

What about you? Do you have trouble expressing gratitude when someone you are upset with does something nice? Please share your ideas with us! Would love to have you join our community and join the discussion in our Thankful Thursday group!

Outside sources

Essay on Gratitude#1 Essay on Gratitude Towards Parents. Gratitude is one of the most underestimated ways anyone can use to enrich their lives. It is the feeling and attitude of …
Billy Graham: How to Be Thankful in All ThingsNov 21, 2017  But even so, we all have much to be thankful for. Look with me at … A spirit of thanksgiving is always the mark of a joyous Christian. Why should …
10 Things You Can Be Thankful For Today | CruWe’re told in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to give thanks in everything. … I know that I have been made right with You because of my faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. 2.
How To Be Truly Thankful- 4 Tips to Develop Christian Gratitude …Nov 4, 2017  Do you feel it? There’s almost an unspoken pressure in the realm of Christian social media circles to be thankful for each day you have on earth …
4 Reasons We Can Be Thankful in Times of TroubleNov 23, 2017  As Christians we can be thankful that we are children of the sovereign Lord. Even when our life seems to be spinning out of control, we can trust …
30 Christian Quotes about ThankfulnessNov 14, 2016  1 Thing Christians Forget to be Thankful For – Why would I be thankfulfor these things? These horrible, depressing times of life? Because one …
5 things to be thankful for no matter what“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. What is so special about thankfulness is that thoughts like …
Why is giving thanks to God important?First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We are to be thankful not only for the things we like, but for …
The Power of a Thankful HeartNov 18, 2015  “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” – (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
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gratitude

Gratitude Essay

As I prayed and thought about the post for today I wondered just how many ways, how many times can we write about being thankful? I thought I would start out with gratitude this week. What it is, and what it is not.

In researching the internet, you know the ever faithful “Google”. I find that there is a trend going around called “Positive Psychology.” I thought I would include some of what I found in this gratitude essay.

What is gratitude?

One article I found from Positive Psychology Program listed some definitions of gratitude that I thought may help us understand this elusive feeling. I know we all want the feel good, happy, pleasant feelings all the time and sometimes it seems they are so far away. So, let’s just see just how science today defines gratitude:

“if we acquire a good through exchange, effort or achievement, or by right, then we don’t typically feel gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion we feel in response to receiving something good which is undeserved” (Lacewing, 2016).

I like this definition because it seems to match the Bible. God gives us what we do not deserve. All of us here on earth are sinful, we do not deserve the strength, the health, or even to be alive. We do not deserve the hope of heaven. We deserve hell if anything.

Another definition for this gratitude essay is:

“an emotion that is typically evoked when one receives costly, unexpected, and intentionally rendered benefits, and is thought to play a key role in regulating the initiation and maintenance of social relationships” (Forster et al., 2017).

What happens when someone gives you something or does something you never expected? Does that help you feel good for that person? I may be struggling with this a bit though. I tend to let history cloud my gratitude when someone who has hurt me does something nice.

gratitude essay
a book opened to where the subheading says of Gifting, first line under that says way of expressing gratitude
an open book

I tend to use my marriage as an example a bit much lately. But it is what is on my mind all the time. I am trying to let God teach me to be the wife my husband deserves, and let God do the work He needs to do in my husband. But, here is an example of the past clouding my gratitude.

My personal experience for this gratitude essay

Just recently my husband bought me a coffee from a local coffee shop. Automatically my thoughts of the many times that he would insist on buying the expensive coffees when we are broke came to mind. The hurt, the fear of how we are going to make it.

What did not come to mind is all the times I expressed to him I needed more than just physical love from him. I needed to be appreciated, loved for who I am. I did not express gratitude that he thought of me, only me in buying that coffee. I let my hurt and pain stay and cloud my judgment.

That attitude did not help our relationship. My husband was making a grand gesture that he could do with our circumstances. I stopped myself I looked at him and said, “What I should say to you is thank you very much, I really appreciate that you thought of me.”

Final thoughts for this gratitude essay

You see, it is so easy to lose sight of being thankful. Even when a person is trying their hardest to do something nice. Something to say I know you are hurting let me do this to try to make up for it. Yes, ok a bought coffee will not make up for everything. But it is a step. I need to make a step in learning to be grateful instead of letting the past hold us back.

What about you? Do you have trouble expressing gratitude when someone you are upset with does something nice? Please share your ideas with us! Would love to have you join our community and join the discussion in our Thankful Thursday group!

Outside sources

Essay on Gratitude

#1 Essay on Gratitude Towards Parents. Gratitude is one of the most underestimated ways anyone can use to enrich their lives. It is the feeling and attitude of …
Billy Graham: How to Be Thankful in All Things

Nov 21, 2017  But even so, we all have much to be thankful for. Look with me at … A spirit of thanksgiving is always the mark of a joyous Christian. Why should …
10 Things You Can Be Thankful For Today | Cru

We’re told in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to give thanks in everything. … I know that I have been made right with You because of my faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. 2.
How To Be Truly Thankful- 4 Tips to Develop Christian Gratitude …

Nov 4, 2017  Do you feel it? There’s almost an unspoken pressure in the realm of Christian social media circles to be thankful for each day you have on earth …
4 Reasons We Can Be Thankful in Times of Trouble

Nov 23, 2017  As Christians we can be thankful that we are children of the sovereign Lord. Even when our life seems to be spinning out of control, we can trust …
30 Christian Quotes about Thankfulness

Nov 14, 2016  1 Thing Christians Forget to be Thankful For – Why would I be thankfulfor these things? These horrible, depressing times of life? Because one …
5 things to be thankful for no matter what

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. What is so special about thankfulness is that thoughts like …
Why is giving thanks to God important?

First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We are to be thankful not only for the things we like, but for …
The Power of a Thankful Heart

Nov 18, 2015  “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” – (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Amazon.com: Enmeng Womens Blessed Thankful Printed T-Shirt …

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Day 34 of 100 prophecies – Someone will prepare for the coming of Jesus

prepare for the coming of jesus
Is. 40:3-5 – A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

  • Mat. 3:3 – This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”
  • Mark 1:3 – the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”
  • Luke 3:3-5 – the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”
  • John 1:23 – He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said.

promises of God

Promises of God

Today I am rejoicing in my dreams fulfilled. They are promises of God that He made me from the Bible and in my prayers. I would like to list some of the ones I am seeing today. God is not done with me yet, I do not believe He is done with anyone until they die. But, what I see today has me on fire for Him! Let’s see if I can help any of you catch the same fire.

Exodus 14:14 New Living Translation (NLT)


14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.

I cannot say I stayed calm most of my life. But, the Lord has fought for me. The change in my husband is beyond anything anyone could have done. The old husband is long gone. He focuses on me, and no longer is he looking at those ladies on the internet. He is taking responsibility for us as his family by looking for a home on his own. He is the one who calls me every day to study the Bible together. He has become a true man of God that I asked for years ago!

Promises of God

Isaiah 40:29 New Living Translation (NLT)


He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.

As I sit here I am weak. I can’t even barely walk, I am not known to people in my neighborhood. Even in Life Church I am pretty low on the totem pole. But, with His power, His words I have His strength to touch people through this site. I have His strength to raise 3 wonderful kids to adult hood and one on his way. I have His strength to help others on the internet, and to endure all the trials that are around me now.

Isaiah 41:10 New Living Translation (NLT)


Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

I am no longer afraid. He brought me through so much in my life I know He will again. No, things are not easy, I still struggle. But, I look at everything in my past. I see how God provided homes, food, and safety for my kids. Those memories help me to trust this promise. I am not afraid of not living with my husband again, or not getting healthy. God gave me a home in three days once. If He can do that, He can open doors to my health and to a new home!

Isaiah 43:2 New Living Translation (NLT)


When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.

Take a look at my stories under the category My Testimony. He truly was with me through deep waters, rivers of difficulty, and fires of oppression. No matter what I did, or anyone else did, we survived and thrived. I do not see how I could have done any of it without His help. 

promises of God
Bright sunny day on the beach. A wave is breaking as it comes to shore. The words say God never breaks His promises.

These are just a few of the promises I can list and see examples in my own life. Could you do the same? What God has put on my heart is to color my Bible and journal in color. I will be coloring His promises in the Bible and listing where I see that promise in my journal. I am doing this so that I can properly thank Him for each and every fulfilled promise. If you are struggling to see your dreams fulfilled, where the open doors are or how to live for God maybe this is for you. Talk to God, listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and see if He wants you to journal His promises in your life. I am alive today all because of God’s faithfulness to His promises.

Promises of God Outside Sources

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen …New International Version But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. New Living Translation But the Lord is faithful; he …
15 Bible Verses on God’s Faithfulness | Grace Love LifeFeb 26, 2017  Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love …
2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV – But the Lord is faithful, and he will – Bible …But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen …Read 2 Thessalonians 3 using all available Bible versions. But the Lord is faithful , and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
21 Bible Verses on God’s FaithfulnessMar 12, 2013  Psalms 86:15 “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” …
Faithfulness of GodDeuteronomy 7:9 says “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithfulGod, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those …
49 Bible verses about God, Faithfulness OfThe LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
What Does the Bible Say About Gods Faithfulness?Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, …
Is God Faithful?When we say God is faithful it means He is totally trustworthy – He is perfectly faithful. The prophet Isaiah wrote. O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and …
The Lord Is Faithful Rollerball PenColorful pens with the scripture The Lord is Faithful Psalm 145:13 on the cap. Long Lasting German Tips Smooth Writing.

I am alive today

I am alive today

As I sit here with my knees hurting ever so bad, I think of how grateful I am alive today. At least I am alive to feel this pain, to suffer through the circumstances. God’s purpose in my life has not been fully fulfilled yet. I still have things to learn so He can use me in his plan for my life. This morning I would like to share some of my past posts. Some of the reasons I am thankful I am where I am today. Some of my testimony of the direction God’s purpose has been taking. To show how my life is a testimony for Jesus.

I am alive today
A road going through the woods with the words I am grateful for being alive today. It is my joy and pleasure to live another wonderful day.

I am alive today

What about you? Are you able to look back through your life and see the direction God is taking you? What are your passions, what you love? What about what makes you angry, so fed up to see injustice in the world? What experiences and circumstances have you lived through? Have you ever wondered what is God’s purpose for your life? I know I am alive today so God can show that my testimony for Jesus. To share my story and how God has provided, shaped, and given me strength through it all. Do you think you have a life story that could help others see Jesus through it? There is always room here for other peoples stories. Just reach out to me here, lets talk about it:Prayer/Support 

Outside sources

A personal testimony: The love of God | ChristianToday AustralianI come from a single-parent family. My parents got divorced when I was five years old. I was not brought up as a Christian and didn’t know the Lord personally.
A Testimony of God’s Love | Light and Life MagazineApr 29, 2017  A Testimony of God’s Love. 2 years ago written by Ken Stenstrom. pexels-photo- 348520. “Sweet are the promises, kind is the word, Dearer far …
Christian Testimonials Of People Experiencing God’s Incredible Love!God Loves You For Who He IS – Not Because Of What You Do Or Don’t Do … If you are interested in having a testimony, sermon or teaching transcribed to print …
Testimony Of God’s LoveGod has delivered me and I shall glorify Him. It gives me unspeakable joy to testify of God’sgoodness in my life. In April of 1999 my life was falling apart in all
Christian Testimony, Stories Of God’s LoveA christian testimony is a powerful tool in pointing others to the savior.
Powerful Testimony: Sharing God’s Love in the Midst of Tragedy …Dec 25, 2004  Ken Ham interviews Frank and Sue Zitzman about the tragic death of their 17- year-old son and the way God is using them to minister to others …
To Experience God’s LoveApr 21, 2014  Colin Smith recounts testimonies of God’s love, gives steps to experience more of God’s love, and gives two responses to God’s love.
Our Lives Are a Testimony to Jesus and the Power of Love and …Nov 21, 2018  It is with thanksgiving that I celebrate ALL those who have inspired me in the doing of the work of Camp and Retreat Ministries. Your life and …
What does it mean that our lives should be a testimony for Jesus?And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37–38). A Christian who wants to live his life as a testimony for Jesus will love God above …
My Testimony“Do you know how much Jesus loves you?” Well, I thought maybe that was a little strange, but as she went on, I really began to listen. My tears started to dry and …

obey

Obey

This chapter we find Abraham getting ready to sacrifice his promised son, his heir. I think about this command from God as a parent myself and wonder just how could this be? The thought of giving up one of my children because God told me to, I am not sure I could do it. But maybe because God gave Abraham Isaac in his old age it was easier for him to obey God. The thought that if God could do that, it is possible He could do it again.

obey
Someone climbing a mountain and words in the sky say believe+love+obey=victory in Yeshua 1 John 5:1-5
Obey

I think about my own life, how many times have I done what God says just to obey? So much of my life I felt like I needed to be in control, to know what, and how something will happen. I thought it was the safe way to live as so much of my life things happened that were out of my control.

Before my teen years I was sexually abused by a family member, soon after a neighbor boy tried to take advantage of me. In my teen years a young man also sexually abused me along with my first husband. When I felt safe and could move on from all that I met my current husband and major sexual issues got in the way again.

I got to the point that so many things out of my control happened that I had to control everything in my life. Obeying God who did not reveal His plan was out of the question. I knew God was real, I had the God desire in my heart. But I was too hurt and afraid to blindly obey Him.

Obey

But, how did I get from my total mistrust to being able to trust and obey God today? I would say that it was seeing how God chose me and provided for me. There were so many times in raising my three adult children we should have been homeless. There was a time my children should have been placed in foster care. While it is true the circumstances warranted I needed to place only one, the other two stayed with me.

In seeing how God protected and orchestrated things around us I came to trust God. I learned that no matter what I did He would make His work out. Because of that I came to believe that doing things His way would make His plan much easier on me and those around us. That in doing things His way I gained peace, knowledge, hope beyond my understanding.

Obey

Are you able to obey God? Or are there thoughts and fears keeping you from trusting that God has this? Is there anything you would like prayer for, to talk about?

Former Genesis chapters

Lies, Are All Lies The Same? What Does God Say? The World?

Lies, are they all bad?

Outside sources

Step 6: The Christian and Obedience | Cru

Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for your life? Have you needed to make a difficult decision and wondered what God wanted you to do in that …

Grace-Fueled Obedience Is Absolutely Necessary for Christlikeness

Jan 9, 2017  Can you imagine a Christian couple actually praying about living together before marriage? Can you fathom a young woman who professes …

The 8 Steps of Christian Obedience | Desiring God

Jun 19, 2014  Audio Transcript. Pastor John, you kept us hanging last time. There’s a debate happening in the church recently. How much of the Christian life …

Obedience to God

Obedience to God – Is obeying God essential to a Christian’s daily walk and spiritual growth? Discover what the Bible says.

The Secret of Radical Obedience | Christian Bible Studies

Jan 4, 2006  Hearing God in the secret place is one of the greatest keys to living the Christian life. However, it must be linked with its corollary: radical …

22 Best Obedience Bible Verses – Encouraging Scripture

Feb 4, 2015  Bible Verses about obedience help Christians learn how you can love him. Study and memorize Scriptures about obeying God. Discover the …

What is obedience to the faith?

Romans 1:5: “Obedience to the faith among all nations for His name.” Souls are to be led to obedience, not just to believe in Christ’s obedience and rejoice over …

Why is obedience to God important?

We obey His commands, not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him. We are enabled to obey because, once we believe in Christ …

What does the Bible say about obedience?

Answer: The Bible has much to say about obedience. In fact, obedience is an essential part of the Christian faith. Jesus Himself was “obedient unto death, even  …

8 Reasons Why Obedience to God Is Important

Apr 18, 2019  In Jesus Christ we find the perfect model of obedience. As his disciples, we follow Christ’s example as well as his commands. Our motivation for …