Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #7

Today I've got nothing --- zero ---zip --- zilch. Which makes it very hard to write a blog of thirteen. Just had an idea. Read on. :)

1.... For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm your, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 This verse has helped me through many difficult situations. Whenever Robert was without a job, when we were living 169 miles apart this is the verse that seemed to say --- "Hey, I'm still in control and I know how it will work out."

2.... Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders, and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. I Thessalonian 4:11-12 Little more I could add to that. I try to remember it when it seems that others always have a more exciting life or just more. Also when I'm tempted to gossip ---- not God's plan.

3.... Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petitions with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7 This is something I've experienced many times. God will give you peace of you pray and then leave it with God. A hard thing to do sometimes.

4.... For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering... Deuteronomy 30:16 If he will do this for the children of Israel then how much more will he do for us? I wrote this verse out and have it on a 3X5 card to remind me that God really does want to bless my life, but I have to keep up my end of the bargain by *walking in his ways*.

5.... This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us -- whatever we ask -- we know that we have what we ask of him. I John 5:14-15 The key here is to ask according to his will.

6.... "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. . . ." John 4:34 I got this verse while studying the Bible to help with weight loss in a program call Weigh Down Workshop. Strive to live in God's will in every aspect of life from how fast you drive to how much you eat.

7.... But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 I love the fact that the Lord is our hope. He will carry us to great heights if we let him.

8.... In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3 My pastor used this verse the other day to prove God is a morning person. If your read on you will also find he is with us at night. I just like knowing that if I rise in the morning praising him and talking with him I have a better day.

9.... Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. I Peter 3:1 Ouch, not the submissive part, but that he might be won over by the my behavior, my purity and reverence. Tough one to live out.

10.... For the kingdom of God is not a matter eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 Again Weigh Down Workshop. We must put our earthly pleasures aside, even the simple ones like food and drink, if we want to have room for the Holy Spirit in our lives.

11.... His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. II Peter 1:3

12.... This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. I John 5:3 I love that verse. I can do all thing because I have God on my side.

13.... Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. II Corinthians 5:17 Put your trust in God, accept Christ as your personal savior, and lean on the Holy Spirit to guide you. That makes life good!

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

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yasmin said...

Happy TT and #1 is one of my favorite verses!
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Arlene said...

What a great list, have a happy TT