<i>Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16).</i> I truly believe many people are living stress-filled lives because they have never sought and discovered God's plan.
<i>After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord (John 20:20).</i> In order to convince the disciples that He was indeed the risen Christ, Jesus made a simple gesture.
<i>Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12).</i> To be patient is to have the ability to endure, but it doesn’t stop there. Patience must also have the capacity to be wronged and not retaliate.
<i>He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand (Ps. 40:2).</i> I had almost forgotten what it felt like to wake up at the bottom of that deep, ugly pit called clinical depression.
<i>I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30).</i> What if we viewed prayer as our first course of action rather than a last resort?
<i>I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me (Romans 15:30).</i> When we lock arms in prayer with others, we are locking our shields together and forming a powerfully strong wall of defense.
<i>But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19).</i> Have you ever wanted to travel back in time to be an eyewitness of the celestial celebration that took place in Bethlehem the night that Jesus was born?
<i>For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11).</i> Maybe today is the perfect time to revisit the manger to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by giving Him the gift of obedience.
<i>I will give thanks to Your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness, because Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name (Psalm 138:2).</i> Are there times when you don’t feel like praising God?
<i>And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).</i> Just when it looks life has spun out of control, God stops the spin, picks up the broken pieces, and creates a beautiful mosaic—a work of art which He had planned all along.
<i>Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ (Eph. 4:32).</i> If we have not forgiven someone, if we know that someone has not forgiven us, we should drop everything, put life on hold, and make things right.
<i>Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Cast up a highway for Him who rides through the deserts; whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him (Ps. 68:4).</i> We can literally change our lives by changing the way we think.
<i>Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me (John 15:4).</i> I am certain that a woman can do just about anything she sets her mind to do. I’m just not sure she can or should do it all at the same time.
<i>The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds (Phil. 4:7).</i> There is no single secret to handling stress, but God’s Word is filled with many truths that can enable and empower us to deal with stress in a healthy, productive and God-honoring way.
<i>The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark (James 3:5).</i> Dear Lord, set a guard over my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips. May nothing escape my mouth today that is not pleasing to You.
<i>I am a woman who is deeply troubled… I was pouring out my soul to the LORD (1 Sam. 1:15).</i> There are many lessons we can learn from Hannah, but today I'd like us to look at her response to the problems that burdened her heart.
<i>We have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it (Heb. 12:9).</i> When will I understand that God’s plan for my life is higher and better than any plan I can possibly imagine?
<i>So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left (Deut. 5:32).</i> I’m not a horse, but at times my heart sure does wander and get distracted from what really matters. It makes me think that I could really benefit from some "soul-blinders."
<i>Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil (Ps. 23:4).</i> If you are like me, you sometimes think you don’t have enough faith. The amount of faith is not nearly as important as the right kind of faith—faith in God alone.
<i>...by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain (Heb. 19:20).</i> This was the greatest exchange of all time. He died so we could live. Through the curtain, which is the body of Christ, we now have access to the presence of God.
<i>Let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband (Eph. 5:33).</i> I believe that Paul admonishes wives to respect husbands because he knew that respect may not come naturally for a wife.
<i>Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30).</i> We live in a competitive world. The pressures to be thin, beautiful, fit, smart, sexy, funny, rich, and popular trap us in a relentless vise grip.
<i>For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son (John 3:16).</i> I wonder what the innkeeper thought as he turned away the young man and his very pregnant wife that holy night so long ago. He had no room – it was that simple. Do we?
<i>For the word of God is living and active… (Hebrews 4:12).</i> Here's why I read the Bible in different translations: I can grow so accustomed to the words on the page that I miss the meaning in my heart.
<i>Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (1 Cor. 3:16).</i> I wasted many precious years held captive by the enemy’s lies before I held up my chained hands to God and said, "I'm ready for you to set me free."
<i>Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly (Ps. 5:3).</i> We all struggle with balance and the inevitable battle with stress that struggle creates.
<b>Worthy or Worthless</b> <i>I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful (Psalm 139:14).</i> Just think of it! God Himself supervised our formation.
<b>God's Gift</b> <i>This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger (Luke 2:12).</i> Wondering how you can possibly get it all done before December 25? Stop! Take some time to refocus.
<b>For the Sake of the Call</b> <i>So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to Him (Romans 12:1).</i> Excellence always requires sacrifice, discipline and a willingness to pay an enormous price.
<b>The Power of Surrender</b> <i>"Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind'" (Matthew 22:37).</i> It's a paradoxical secret: true success can <i>only</i> be found in complete surrender.
<b>Travel Theology</b> <i>I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8).</i> I used to think that the Bible was the road map for life. Now I feel that it is more like a traveling companion for the journey.
<b>Jesus Loves Me</b> <i>Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (Romans 8:35).</i> Today we remember all the men and women who died on September 11, 2001...