Sunday, February 19, 2012

Be strong and of Good Courage

Deuteronomy 31:6   Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” 

 Philippians 1:6      Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 

 I hope the week ahead brings you days full of love, peace and joy. I hope that you'll not have a moment of frustration, fear, loneliness, regret, or insecurity about the tasks ahead. Judging by the previous weeks I've faced, I'm sure to face many, if not all - plus a few more- of those. Life and the troubles at hand can seem overwhelming if we don't take the time to read and pray. Reading just a few scriptures can be just what I need sometimes to give me the confidence and assurance to get through my day, or through a difficult task. 

The two verses above are two that I am going to take with me all week.  I love that  Deuteronomy 31:6 begins with a command to BE STRONG and of GOOD COURAGE! We can be strong because the Lord is the One who is with us. There is no better help than He! He will NEVER leave us!  It's amazing how easy it is to lose sight of that - to lose that courage - to lose our strength - to lose our confidence. I know because I do it too.  This week let's claim these verses as reminders because God isn't finished with us - He has begun a good work in you too! Have a great week! CC

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

You Are So Loved!

John 3:16  For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who 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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

February 14th is a day to celebrate love.... maybe you feel very loved on this day - or maybe this day finds you feeling unloved on the whole earth...Consider for a moment God's love for you. God is someone who loves you so much that he gave His only son to die a terrible death for you - so that you would be able to come and live with him in heaven someday. God is someone that loves you so much that nothing  (there will never be anything strong enough, high enough, wide enough, in life or death) can ever separate you from His love. You will never do anything that will make Him not love you. He may not always like the things you do because He knows those aren't good things for you but He will always love you!  He will always hear you and help you - you are more than a conqueror through Him. He's never too busy for you either. Now, that's a love worth celebrating! I pray you will feel surrounded by God's love today because you are precious to Him. Have a great day. CC

Monday, February 13, 2012

God Will Make a Way

Isaiah 43:19 

19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

 Don Moen writer of the song, "God Will Make a Way" shares that Isaiah 43:19 is his life verse on You Tube. He tells how after losing his nephew in a car crash he searched for a way to comfort his family and wrote the song. 

Oh God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way...
He will make a way

Whatever you may going through - whatever you may face today - God will  even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert for you too! God will make a way! No problem is too small - Casting ALL your cares upon Him for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7. Have a great day! CC

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Help for Daily Life

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

This is one of my favorite verses and one that we can remind ourselves of often in our daily lives. If we are anxious about something and fearful about what may happen we can remind ourselves that doesn't come from God - He has given us a spirit of power.  If we feeling lonesome, neglected, or feeling outcast, that doesn't come from God - He has given us a spirit of love. If we are feeling confused, unclear, and unsettled, that doesn't come from God - He has given us a sound mind.  Grab onto this verse and claim it for your life - God will answer your prayer - He promises He will.  What's your favorite "go to" verse?
Have a great day! CC

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Winning Team

Psalms 118
6 The Lord is on my side: I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

 Do you remember PE class? Standing and waiting to be picked for a team? I was never very good at sports so I was usually left standing watching others more capable quickly get called. A person was quickly judged on ability and athletic appearances as captains tried to assemble a winning team. Thankfully, those days are over.  These verses in Psalms remind us that with God on our team we will always win!

  David in verse 6 must be thinking about his opposition and he knows that with God on his side his enemies don't stand a chance! He doesn't even have to worry because God will work out things for him and help him for his good (v. 7) even with his enemies. No one else can ever do that for us! We don't have to put our trust in man who can make mistakes but in God who is the most trustworthy and can truly help us! I hope you are God's winning team! If not, why not ask Him if you can join today?
Have a great day! CC