Inspirational Bible Verses
At a Bible study we were diving deep into the words of a passage. Jesus had just healed someone and he told them not to tell anyone. I thought this was very odd. But after more digging, we discussed how, once the word got out, crowds were coming to Jesus to be healed. Jesus did not want to be known as a healer.
Transformation is Much Deeper than Healing
That didn’t mean Jesus did not continue to heal people. But… Continue reading
Society conditions us to seek and achieve significant and spectacular goals. Winning a major award, taking a dream vacation, fulfilling a grand bucket list, all translate to significance.
But there are far more insignificant things that happen in our everyday lives. When we are attentive, the insignificant things can take on much greater meaning.
View from a Window
My desk faces our back yard. There is a stone sitting wall under a tree. On a regular basis we have cardinals,… Continue reading
Is there an ongoing problem or issue that you are struggling with?
Perhaps it’s something lying deep in your subconscious, a little nagging unrest let’s say. Or maybe you are in a situation that is really difficult, causing fear and worry.
When you’re faced with these times, the answer is to totally let go and trust God to see you through.
Trust is key in living a victorious life. So, why is trust so hard?
Letting go is scary.… Continue reading
If you are yearning for a simple, joy-filled life, as opposed to a complicated, over-committed, stress-filled life, these six simple steps will help you. The steps are in the form of an acronym: S.I.M.P.L.E
S – Stop, Step One
If your life is out of control, if you are over committed, just stop. Catch your breath and do an inventory of your commitments.
Do you really have to serve on those four committees?
Do your children need to be on… Continue reading
I believe that Jesus loved the little children because children are open and naturally look for joy every day. Children are simple in their thinking. They have not been weighed down with the burdens of the world like adults. Children are accepting of others and don’t form judgments.
My husband was reading a book about a professor who taught art at the university. His very young daughter was quite the little artist, always drawing. One day she asked her… Continue reading
To refresh is to renew and restore. When your body is feeling depleted, many times the solution is drinking a refreshing glass of water. Without water you couldn’t survive.
Water is referenced 482 times in the Bible. When your soul is depleted, you need to reach for living water. Without this living water, your soul can’t thrive.
Inspirational Bible Verses to Refresh your Soul
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25 – NIV
Here are ten Bible verses to encourage you, strengthen you, and give you peace.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Tired of waiting?
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
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The following are inspirational Bible verses for you to meditate on during the month of May.
As spring moves into summer, we enjoy more light each day. It’s hard to see anything in the dark. It’s hard to know where to walk in the dark. God’s light lights our path.
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” – James 1:17
There are many references in the Bible regarding light. 1 John 1:5 states,
“God is light; in him is no darkness as all.”
This verse assures us of two things – we can see clearly that every perfect gift comes from God because He is light, and – God never changes.
A spiritual mentor of mine asked me what Bible verse summed up the year for me. He also asked me what verse I would hold onto for the New Year. I thought that was an interesting question and wanted you to think about what Bible verse comes to mind for you. Immediately, a verse, rather, two connected verses summed up the year for me.
Luke Chapter 12, verses 27 and 28 – “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet, I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow, is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!”
God has provided for me and my family in so many ways this past year. Yet, in the moment, I constantly worried. How would we pay our bills? Where would the next job come from? How would we make ends meet? God provided month in and month out. My worry caused me only unneeded, self-induced suffering.
So, what is my verse for the New Year? Continue reading
You can’t talk about love and Bible verses on love without quoting the apostle Paul from I Corinthians Chapter 13. This famous chapter is quoted at virtually every wedding ceremony. While I’m not going to quote the entire chapter here, I will quote some of the key verses. If you’re looking for the definition of love, this is as comprehensive as it gets.
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
And now these these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
As Valentine’s Day approaches, a day where we celebrate love, ask yourself if you exude these qualities when it comes to love.
If anger or jealousy, impatience, keeping track of some harm or incident where you felt another person was wrong come to mind when you think about love, stop and think on the definition given by Paul.
It is easy to allow ourselves to crowd out true love. Perhaps we have been hurt so badly by others that we build up a fortress to protect our hearts from being hurt again. While this protection can serve us in the short-term, in the long-term we miss out on the freedom that comes with a heart that is filled with love. Our hearts can become so hardened that we may not even be aware of this self-protection. Continue reading