Thursday, April 19, 2018

a Mighty Word ~ ask

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8
He didn't say maybe, 
He didn't say how, 
He said it will be done.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

how can this be?

“'How will this be,' Mary asked the angel... 
'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.'" Luke 1:34-35

Impossible situation, impossible solution... we have all faced them at one time or another.  And sometimes we're smacked in the face by trials at what feels like the frequency of ocean waves... endless, with one right after-the-other. 
How will this be?
How can we survive?
What will happen next?
How can i continue?

Whatever the question, the answer remains the same:

When we are weak, He is strong.

God is with us, and He will see us through.


we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

a Mighty Word ~ hold

"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13

When stressed, worried, hurt or depressed, having someone hold your hand is one of the most comforting acts i know.
While i can only hold 2 hands at a time, and an octopus can hold up to 8 hands at a time... 

God is capable of holding every hand on earth at one time for as long as needed.
Thank You, Father.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Monday, April 16, 2018

Words to Live By... sing

"The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."  Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
As you reflect on and activate this week's Word to Live By:  SING, meditate on the power of God's active presence, power. and the calming reassurance of the verse above.

The Lord abides with us.  
Our Mighty Warrior saves us. 
He takes great delight in us.
He rejoices over us with singing.

No matter how weary, worn, or war-torn you may feel, sing along with the One who gives you voice and victory in every situation. He is with you, and He will save you.  SING!

Have a wonder-filled week and take note of all the ways God "sings" back to you,

Dalene Parker, guest blogger
#wordstoliveby   #sing

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Friday, April 13, 2018

a Mighty Word ~ healing

I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
Whatever ails you... heart, mind, body, soul, our God has the means and way and power for healing as He deems right. 

And, Father, may i remember, Your way is always perfect.

we are loved and chosen by God,

may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Thursday, April 12, 2018

have you been labeled?

If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in Me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea."  Mark 9:42
This week i was labeled a "bad outbound sender".  While the label stemmed from technical issues and resulted in undeliverable emails, it still made me frown. It paralyzed me from sending emails to anyone outside our school system. Who wants to be labeled a bad outbound sender? 

With my boundaries of influence and communication yanked in, i was forced to wait for clearance from the authorities.  I thought how God might like to restrict us, due to our human frailties, in what we do.  Careless or incorrect sharing of Him, could cause one to fall away from Him instead of being drawn to Him.  A danger zone for all involved.

I remember what a neighbor once shared with me concerning her view on believers: "From what I see and hear, many people who say they are Christians are not anything like I want to be."


OUCH!

Father, i want to be an encourager, not a discourager.  Before i contribute to someone stumbling from their faith, please seal my lips, restrict my actions and rework my heart.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

the promise of promises

Jesus said...
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20
When issues, decisions or results are shaking and tumbling about in my head, how very thankful i am to remember that through it all, Jesus is still with me.  And sometimes that alone can be and must be enough.

Thank You, Jesus.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal