Category: encouraging verses

happy 14th nick!

this is my absolute favorite picture of nick.   such a cutie pie.   my baby is 14 today.  he is developing into quite the young man.  happy birthday, nick!  we love you!!  God has blessed our family with you & we are thankful for your life.

  • Dear God,  “Let Nick dwell in the shelter of the Most High and rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  Be his refuge, his fortress, his covering, his shield. Do not let him fear the terror of the night, nor any type of plague or sickness.  Do not let any harm or disaster come near Nick.  Command your angels to guard him in all his ways and keep him from hurting himself.  When he calls on you, answer him.  Be with hiim in trouble; deliver him and honor him.  Satisfy Nick with long life and show him your salvation.”  Amen    (Psalm 91)

joy of the lord

How joyful are those who fear the LORD—
    all who follow his ways!
You will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
    How joyful and prosperous you will be!
Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine,
    flourishing within your home.
Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees
    as they sit around your table.
That is the LORD’s blessing
    for those who fear him.

 

Psalm 128:1–4

 

whisper a prayer

Dear Lord,

I am Your creation, and You created me for a reason.  Give me the wisdom to follow Your direction for my life’s journey.  Let me do Your work here on earth by seeking Your will and living it, knowing that when I trust in You, Father, I am eternally blessed.

Amen

Romans 12:2

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

1Peter 5:6

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”

(taken from “Prayers of a Godly Woman: Second Edition”)

what’s on your pod?

what’s on your pod?   what music lifts you up and encourages you?

what music is “a must” when you want to be loud?

here’s a few of my all-time favs:

if you are searching for music with a message and don’t know where to begin, try www.cmspin.com.

cmspin is a great site to find info on your favorite Christian bands, recent Christian Music News, CD reviews and more!  (not to mention, it’s my hubby’s site!!!!)

Philippians 4:8:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

 

from a sweet friend

had lunch with my sweet friend, lisa, tuesday.   God has richly blessed my life by having her as a friend.     

she surprised me and bought me this beautiful tiled starbucks mug and delicious starbucks caramels.

 

she made this beautiful card for me, in my favorite coffee-theme.     
after lunch, we did some shopping and i found this little easel.    seems like i sometimes have a birthday card or anniversary card to display and nowhere to put it. 

looks like i found a great way to display cards…whatta great find!!  not to mention it was clearanced for only $2!  

i think i will use it to display her card where i can see it and it will remind me of the blessing of friendship. 

 

after lunch, we did some shopping and i found this little easel.    seems like i sometimes have a birthday card or anniversary card to display and nowhere to put it. 

looks like i found a great way to display cards…whatta great find!!  not to mention it was clearanced for only $2!  

i think i will use it to display her card where i can see it and it will remind me of the blessing of friendship. 

 

  • Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls for he has no one to help him up.
    Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 New King James Version

“A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.”

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love chocolate? try this

bought this book a year or two ago and thought i would go through it again. 

“Rich Encouragement to Sweeten Your Day: Faith-Dipped Chocolate”  by Louise Bergmann DuMont  

each chapter is a quick devotional.  nothing too deep, but just quick reminders of what’s important.  

here’s a verse that i needed reminded of:

  • “Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do…But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders.”   I Thessalonians 4:9-12

 

  • the book also includes Fun Facts, such as:  “The white film that appears on chocolate after exposure to different temperatures won’t affect the taste or the quality of the chocolate.”  here’s another Fun Fact:  Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous forty-five-second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s black-and-white thriller Psycho.  The scene actually took seven days to shoot.”

  • also includes Cocoa Quotes: “There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.”  –Linda Grayson

 

  • some chapters even include Recipes to Relish.  recipes such as; Viennese Coffee,  Mocha Blast Shake,  Cheater’s Chocolate Sundae  and more!

whisper a prayer

Dear Lord,

Make me mindful of my words.  This world can be a difficult place, and many of Your children are discouraged and afraid.  Make me a powerful source of encouragement to those in need, and let my words and deeds be worthy of Your Son, the One who gives me courage and strength, this day and for all eternity.

Amen

Hebrews 3:13

  • “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today”, so that none of you will be hardened by the deceifulness of sin.”

Ephesians 4:29

  • “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

(taken from: “Prayers of a Godly Woman: Second Edition“)

whisper a prayer

Dear Lord,

You have given me so many reasons to celebrate.  Today, let me choose an attitude of cheerfulness.  Let me be a joyful Christian, Lord, quick to smile and slow to anger.  And, let me share Your goodness with all whom I meet so that Your love might shine in me and through me.

Amen

“The cheerful heart has a continual feast.”  Proverbs 15:15

( taken from Prayers of a Godly Woman: Second Edition)

recent reminder

i was reminded recently of how God has been working in the lives of our family.  sometimes, we get so caught up in the day-to-day battles and current needs & requests, that we forget where we have come from.  we forget the answered prayers.  we forget that God has been more than faithful in our lives.

our recent reminder came in the form of journals.

our son, Nick, (now almost 14), has asthma & allergies, (including a severe peanut allergy). 

Nick was diagnosed around 1 year of age, after a scary trip to the ER.  in the days, weeks, months, years that followed, we kept journals of his medicine doses.  (this may sound crazy, but when medicines/times/doses start to blend in to one another, it is a great way to keep track of what’s going on).

journal after journal, we kept track.  some days only contain one or two entries.  other days, the medicines seemed to never end.

some of the days, (and especially nights), seemed to go on forever.  the sound of your child restless, coughing, wheezing, struggling to take catch his breath.  those nights, we found ourselves crying out to God.  pleading with Him to heal our son, to give this struggle to us, his parents, not him. 

yet, that’s not what God chose to do.  God heard our cry.  He chose to answer our prayers simply by carrying us through them.

no.  he didn’t completely heal our son.  he still has asthma & allergies.  yes, he had to endure months of allergy shots, allergy tests, daily medicine, but our God traveled these roads with us…and He continues to walk with us today.  things are much better today.  nick’s body is strong.  there are many worse things that people deal with and through this God has never left us.

no one can fully understand why God chooses to do certain things in our lives, but we trust that God knows what is best.

these are some verses that i claimed during this time.  favorite verses that still bring me comfort.

  • James 1:2-5  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
  • I Peter 5:10  “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you & make you strong, firm & steadfast.”
  • Isaiah 43:1-2 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”