“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. (John 15: 18,19 NIV) Happy Thoughts Thoughts running rampant through my mind are happy thoughts. It’s Motivating Monday! I am happy today. This day is a new beginning each week. I love new beginnings. There is a sense of hope. You may wonder how these verses were selected when I am in the midst of […]
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…and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but in the one to come. (Ephesians 1: 19-21 NIV) The force Can you picture the tense excitement running through every Cardinal and RedSox fan after the last two games? The power to move individuals emotions […]
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. ( 2 Corinthians 1:3 NIV) God Who is God to you? I have a saying, “God is Savior to many, yet a friend to a few.” The Bible reads, if you follow God’s commands then you are His friend. The revelation of being a friend of Jesus came to me after our two boys were in a severe four-wheeler crash. (A short testimony video concerning this crash is on my website’s speaking page.) I sang…I am a friend […]
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. (Psalm 19: 7,8 NIV) Scripture profound I sit quiet processing the above scripture. My heart increases beats, as if I am standing on holy ground. This scripture is so profound. After a week of discussion on senseless attacks toward us, how much truer for the Navy Yard shooter and tragedy that unraveled. The shooter’s weak […]
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NIV) Difference? From Monday’s blog, I made a statement how satan sees an enter sign during our weakness. Let’s take this one step further. He can only enter if we let him. He may think the sign reads…Enter when it became..Do Not Enter. What determines the difference? Where we place our hope. Hope Victim to times of weakness is inevitable. Decide where your strength comes from. Those […]
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2: 10 NIV) Christ Image A super sweet verse to begin Motivating Monday. Workmanship is defined as the degree of skill a product is made. When the Bible explains we are made in Christ’s image, then God’s workmanship in us is perfection. This cancels every negative thought or feeling we may have about ourselves. We are a product of Christ designed to be who He created us to be. I love how the book, Invisible by […]
We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those believe and are saved. (Hebrews 10: 39 NIV) Blood pumping? Stand up and give a shout of praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ! If this verse does not get your blood pumping I would be left bewildered. We are not individuals who will shrink back and be destroyed. Someone needs to hear this today. When we have the blood of Jesus Christ running through our veins, we are more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us. When we are weak, He is strong. Where does my […]
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV) Fire I underlined this verse during my days in the big, hot, pot of fire, I now call refinement. Oh! How these days can be dreary. Your life feels like it hit a dead end. God would never have us experience situations against our own will. Would He? Trust me, I have been here. Even when God nudged me with encouragement, I could not believe a word He […]
Therefore, I do not fight like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it a slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9: 26,27 NIV) Running It’s Motivating Monday! These verses speak volumes to me. Of course, I did just finish off a piece of key lime pie. However, in my own life this is a serious issue. The issue of taking control of our bodies. For me it can be food, for […]
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12: 25 NIV) Shocked Are you shocked as I am with actual words spoken in the news this week? It is one thing to know something in our minds. It is another thing when it happens, we can hardly believe the blaze of fire. We can read and study the Word of God, yet to see events take place is surreal. It makes me want to shout to the entire world…REPENT! How […]
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