A little inspiration goes a long way

July 18, 2012

Today my fiancé sent me a link to a page with 25 inspirational pictures. I looked at about 6 or 7 of them when it hit me, instead of pictures, why not do a post with verses from the word. Originally I going to post 25 verses, but once I started searching, I found 37. So here are 37 verses that I find to be inspirational. They are all from the King James Version.

Proverbs 3:1-10

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Matthew 6:30-34

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Philippians 3:6-13

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Romans 8:35-39

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Do you have a verse or set of verses that inspire you? Share them in the comments below!

Have a very blessed day!

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Oops!

May 24, 2012

We all mess up sometimes. Just the other day I was cleaning at my grandma’s house when I accidentally knocked a porcelain toothbrush holder onto the floor, and it broke. Oops! I felt terrible. But I cleaned up the mess and apologized for what happened. And you know what is so great about my grandma? She said, that’s okay, no big deal. She forgave me right on the spot. She didn’t hold it over me or make me pay her back for it. She just forgave me and moved on. And then, I was able to move on and continue cleaning. Because my grandma really has this principle down, I know if I ever mess something up, I don’t have to fear letting her know about it.

Grandma Susie and me at my high school graduation.

This principle is the principle of forgiveness, as written in the Bible.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God will always forgive us, if we confess our sins. The Greek translation of the word “sin” means to miss the mark. Like when you’re aiming for the bulls-eye, but you miss the dart board. I meant to clean my grandma’s house, not to make a bigger mess, and certainly not to break her things. It was a mistake. I didn’t accomplish what I had aimed to do, at first. But, I did get the shards of porcelain cleaned up and then continued to clean the rest of the bathroom.

I could have let the incident derail my progress, but I didn’t. Wouldn’t that have been much worse? The worst part of sinning is that is gets you out of fellowship with God. He wants you in fellowship, that’s why he makes it so easy to get back in it when you make an oops.

This principle is conditional because of that first little word in the verse, “if.” When the conditions are met, when we confess our sins, God forgives us and cleanses us from all righteousness.

Relationships with other humans should be the same way. If someone hurts us, should we dwell on it until bitterness grows in out hearts? NO! (For a post about bitterness and it’s best cure, kindness, check out Terri’s post at Supporting Godly Women.)

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

These are the things we are supposed to think about, not all the bad things. Once someone admits their mistake or apologizes, we should forgive them like God forgives us. What are God’s conditions? There is only one, and that is that we confess our sins. Are there any more strings attached? Nope. It’s that simple with God and it should be that simple between people. There are of course situations when people will go above that. Say if they broke something of yours. They may apologize immediately and go to the store and replace it for you later on. To be in line with the word we should forgive them when they apologize, not when they replace it.

And this can apply to ourselves too. We can’t fix our mistakes until we acknowledge them. There are times when we do things that are not good for ourselves. Whether that is splurging on something we don’t need and we end up with buyer’s remorse, or we indulge in a bad diet and raise our cholesterol a few points. The first step in fixing or stopping these problems is acknowledging them, and then forgiving ourselves. Then we can go to God and ask him how we can handle those situations better in the future.

If God forgives us, we need to forgive ourselves too. Make God’s reality your reality!


May 23, 2012

Here is a great post on what the love of God is. Follow the Supporting Godly Women blog to continue learning about the characteristics of God’s love.


Lucky or blessed?

August 21, 2011

“No, I’m not lucky, I’m blessed, yes,” this is a line from a song I hear on the radio quite a bit. I’m not really a fan of the song, just of this line. These lyrics are what got me thinking about the subject of this blog.

There is a difference between being lucky and being blessed. And there is also a difference in the mindset of being one or the other. Being lucky is the idea that by chance, something in the universe made a situation go in your favor. Being blessed is attributing a given situation to the goodness of God or another person. I strive to keep myself in the mindset of being blessed, rather than the mindset that things happen by chance.

For example, it wasn’t luck that got me a raise at work, it was my boss who gave me a raise, and totally blessed me by it.
It wasn’t luck that I looked both ways before entering an intersection, even though I had a green light, but rather I was blessed by God to tune into my surroundings and see that the pickup truck was going to run the red light.
I don’t always know that its God working in a situation, but it definitely can’t hurt to thank him either way. I’d rather thank God for something that may or may not be his doing, than attribute it to luck/chance when it was his doing.

Being blessed has a lot to do with acknowledging that God or another person has done something for you, and being thankful for it. An attitude of gratitude can reap even more blessing.

Here are a couple of verses I like that help drum up this attitude of gratitude:

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:19-20

And lastly, Psalm 92 is pretty great too.

So, the next time something good happens to you, are you going to give the gratitude to luck, or God?


Sharing Life

June 27, 2011

I realized last night why I really love my fiancé. I love him because we share every area of our lives. I’ve heard that life can be broken down into five main areas which include: finance, relationships, spiritual, emotional/mental, and physical. We take care of each other in all of these areas.

I’ll give an example of each.
Finance, we pool our resources to pay bills together.
Relationships, obviously we are in a relationship together, but we also help each other with other relationships if problems/difficulties arise.
Spiritual, we constantly talk about God and we pray together everyday.
Emotional/mental, we help each other unwind when it’s been a stressful day.
Physical, we take care of each other when we are sick.

These are just a few examples of how intertwined are lives are. They are so intertwined in fact that it no longer feels like my life and his life, but more like our life. And that’s how I knew we were ready to get married. I’ve heard that marriage is two lives becoming one, but it always seemed so cliché until now. Now I get it. I understand that marriage is about sharing your whole life with another person. What better gift could you give to someone?

I know this is a personal note, and doesn’t pertain to the bible much,  but the idea came about after praying and the manifestations last night. It was too good of a revelation not to share. 🙂


What is the cherry on your sundae?

April 25, 2011

While surfing Facebook this morning, I came across a couple of verses, that I thought were just cherries on my sundae.

“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: (14) But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14 (KJV)

How great is that? We can drink and drink and drink from the well of this world, but we will always get thirty again. But just one sip of the water Jesus gives us, and we shall never thirst again. Once we are born again (taking that sip of water from Jesus,) we get holy spirit (“a well of water”) and salvation (“springing up into everlasting life.”) And that is just the first sip!

Romans 10:9-10 is that first sip. And even though we aren’t thirsty anymore, we may like to indulge more by taking more sips, and drinks, and gulps. If we have  the well inside us, there is nothing holding us back .

It’s like dessert after a filling dinner. You’re not hungry anymore, but dang does that sundae sound good. So go ahead, dig into God’s word; find the cherries and chocolate syrup and so many other good things. I promise they are there. I even found one today. 🙂

Let me know if you find any, and please share them in the comments!

♥ Jessica


Supporting Godly Women

April 6, 2011

Hey everyone,

I’m doing my first teaching tomorrow night at Supporting Godly Women. I’d love to have a full crowd of “supporters.” 🙂
Sorry guys, women only (all ages).
It’s at 2940 Grand Ave. at 6pm.
My teaching is titled “He’ll put you first.”

I hope to see you tomorrow!

Jessica


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