Be Still & Know – Praise Picture
Be still and know
God has a plan for you.
God is in control.
God loves you.
Be still and know
God has a plan for you.
God is in control.
God loves you.
It never changes. God never changes.
Read these verses to help you remember the light of truth in the darkness of night.
You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.
~ 2 Samuel 22:29 NIV
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
~ Matthew 24:35 NASB
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
~ Psalm 119:105 NASB kamagra online kaufen
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
~ John 8:32 NIV
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:21 NASB
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
~ Ephesians 3:20 NIV
That’s how I feel as I face the New Year.
Ah! (Insert Smiley Face)
As the sun sets on 2016 and rises on 2017, let’s look to this exciting truth for our hope and joy this year:
Ah Lord God!
You have made
the heavens and the earth
by Your great Power
by Your outstretched arm!
is too Difficult
Bring on 2017!
God is love, but that doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy all the time.
Actually, now that I think about it, a rainbow comes after a rain, a butterfly is born out of a struggle, and cotton candy is sugar that’s been melted down and spun wildly.
So maybe God’s love is rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy — worth every storm, struggle, or meltdown we experience.
Let’s take the simple route and replace the word Love with God (and it with He) in the Bible verses on love in I Corinthians 13:4-13:
God is patient and kind;
God does not envy or boast;
He is not arrogant or rude.
He does not insist on His own way;
He’s not irritable or resentful;
He does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
God never ends . . .
So now faith, hope, and God abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is God.
~ I Corinthians 13:4-13
God’s love is perfect and complete, lacking nothing. He can’t love us any more or any less.
And He won’t suddenly stop loving us since His love is based on His nature, not our behavior. God is love, so He loves. And everything He does is rooted in love.
All His actions are loving — even the ones that don’t look loving.
Mom and Dad swore they loved me.
Sure you do, Mom and Dad. That’s why you’re holding me down on a hospital table while the doctor performs a painful test on me.
Yes, actually, that is why.
I was six years old, and I. Did. Not. Feel. Loved. At. All. But the medical test confirmed the doctor’s suspicions. I needed surgery.
Without that wretched test, the doctor wouldn’t have had the information he needed to determine what was best for me.
But how do you get a terrified, crying six-year-old who’s in horrible pain to understand? Not happening.
I didn’t feel loved in that moment. But that didn’t change the fact. I was dearly loved.
God loves us even more, because, well, He is love. (I John 4:16)
When we settle in our hearts once and for all that God is love and He love us specifically, it changes our view of everything that touches our lives.
When bad things happen, we won’t assume that God must hate us.
I heard the tragic news recently of a couple whose grown son was murdered. As awful as it is, what’s even worse is that the mother believes she must have done something wrong and that’s why “God took her son away from her.”
She blames herself for her son’s death.
Fortunately, he had trusted in Christ so he’s with God now experiencing pure joy. But she’s down here locked in a prison of shame, pain, and guilt — and she doesn’t belong there.
This heartbroken, despairing mom believes in God, but not in His perfect love.
We must know and believe that God loves us and that all He does is loving.
God proved it over 2,000 years ago.
Stand at the foot of the cross and look at the nails through Christ’s hands and feet.
See the blood drip from the thick thorns which stabbed His head.
See the deep wound in His side where they pierced Him.
And finally, look at the darkness of every sin, from the first to the last, heaped upon Christ as He gave up His Spirit and died to pay for each one.
No one forced God to sacrifice His Son. His love compelled Him.
No one forced Christ to go to the cross. His love compelled Him, too.
At any point, Christ could have called down a legion of angels to wipe out the guards. He chose to submit to the deepest, darkest evil of man to make salvation available, even to the very ones who tortured and crucified Him.
God chose the cross because He chose you.
Even if you don’t choose Him and His gift of salvation.
He chose you because He loves you.
Even if you don’t love Him.
Never forget it.
Never doubt it.
Settle it once and for all in your heart. God loves you.
Doubt something else if you must, but never doubt God’s love.
Accept this Truth.
And as hard as it may seem, accept everything that touches your life as coming directly into your life as coming from God’s hands of love.
Some of you may be angry with God now. You don’t want to have anything to do with this “God of Love” who would allow the horrible tragedies that occur in the world and in your life.
I could’ve made such a declaration towards my parents when they held me down on the hospital table.
What if I could have chosen to walk away from them in that moment forever, declaring I didn’t want their brand of love?
I would’ve never had the surgery I needed. And I would’ve missed out on a lifetime of an incredible, loving relationship with my parents.
I’m glad they were willing to love me, even though it hurt so much that I remember it too well.
We won’t always be able to see or understand how everything God does is loving. But that doesn’t change the facts. God’s love is rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy.
Believe and do not doubt. God is Love.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7 ESV).
“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (I John 4:8 ESV).
“This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (I John 4:10 NLT).
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (I John 4:16 ESV).
“We love, because He first loved us” (I John 4:19 NASB).
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NASB).
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NASB).
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Life unravels. And when it does, so do we.
Sometimes we get hit in the heart by the loss of a loved one or a broken relationship.
Other times fear smacks us straight between the eyes, like when the doctor uses the “C” word.
Still, other times life blind-sides us from behind. Or maybe a car does. A literal car. That was my story, and I tell it in the short video below.
I hope my story will encourage you — or at least make you laugh. And laughter is good medicine when life unravels.
Good evening, ladies. Y’all look so sharp. I’m used to looking out and seeing hair bows and dirty faces. I’m a preschool teacher, so if I wipe your cheek, I’m sorry. I hope you’ll forgive me.
Now in my class, I have one main rule. Before I tell them a Bible story, they have to find The Red Thread.
So why am I hiding a red thread?
I got the idea years ago when I was studying the Old Testament. I started to notice that from the beginning of time, God had orchestrated the smallest details to the biggest blunders and even outright atrocities of man and nations to fit His divine purposes.
And through every single bit of it, He wove — like a thread — stunning reflections of His Son Jesus Christ.
If we see everything as wrapped in a red thread — our loved ones, our going a little crazy world, ourselves — wrapped in a red thread of Christ’s presence, and power, and sovereignty, that’s a game changer.
I wanted my preschool kids to learn that early. So I taught them.
One day, after they found the red thread, I made a mistake.
I said, “Would one of you please go get that thread and bring it to me?”
Now, if you’ve been in a group of preschoolers, you know what I just unleashed.
Hands are waving everywhere. “Mrs. Jean! Look at me! Me! Pick me!”
Little Suzy and Mary Beth? They’re laid out all over the floor wailing. “I wanted to get it! I wanted to get it!”
Y’all, my class had just unraveled over a six-inch piece of thread.
But seriously. Aren’t we just a little bit like that when our life unravels? Usually — hopefully — not over a six-inch piece of thread, although sometimes I must confess to that at times.
But usually, it’s the big things.
God, do you see me? Do you see my mom?
And then when my dad was diagnosed with dementia the year my mom died, I was laid out on the floor, wailing.
I don’t want this! I didn’t want this for my dad!
I’d been white-knuckle driving down I-20 in blinding rain for 2 hours, and I needed a break.
So I’m pulling off Exit 113, when I remember the restaurants are on Exit 114. So I whip it back onto the highway just to face a sea of red brake lights.
Seriously, God? Cause I was just getting off, and You let me get back on?
And then BLAM!
A white cargo van plowed into the back of me and shattered my windshield.
And, Ladies, I pole vaulted past unraveled and went straight into crazy.
And then God broke through my crazy into my heart, and He said, “Yes, Jean, I could have stopped you, but I didn’t. Do you trust me?”
“Ugh. I’m trying.”
“Look for The Red Thread.”
So I thought about Daniel. Man, his life unraveled. God let him be thrown into a lion’s den. But He trusted God, and Jesus was with him.
I thought about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their lives unraveled. God let them be thrown into a fiery furnace. But they trusted Him, and Jesus was with them.
I’m just in a busted-up van on I-20. I can trust Him.
I was wrapped up in it.
I was wrapped up in the presence, and the power, and the peace of Christ, and I knew I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
Ladies, Colossians 1:17 tells us, Jesus is before all things, and in Him — in Him — all things hold together.
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
~ Colossians 1:17
What are you facing today?
Wrap it in the Red Thread of Christ and know that Jesus is with you. He’s holding you.
Do this instead: Look to Isaiah 43.
May this letter to God, written as a response to His Words through Isaiah, give you the strength and confidence you need today.
Life is coming hard and fast.
Where are You?
“Do not to be afraid,” I hear You say. “I’ve ransomed you and set you free.”
You paid the unimaginable price demanded. For me.
You call me by name and say, “You are mine.”
You say I’m precious to You, and You love me.
You tell me You chose me and created me for Your glory.
Forgive me for doubting You. I’d lost sight.
But now I see.
WHEN I go through rivers of difficulty carried away by the fast, furious current, I will not drown because You, O Lord, are with me.
WHEN I walk through the fires of oppression from sin or heartbreak and pain in my soul, the flames will not consume me.
For You are the Lord, my God, the Holy One over me, my Savior.
I will not be afraid for You are with me.
No matter how far I may go from Your presence, You are always right there, gathering me back from the distant corners.
No one but You can predict a single day into the future, but You know every one of my days even before there was one.
You are the only God, and from eternity to eternity there is no other besides You.
No one can oppose You or stop Your mighty hand or reverse Your actions.
Your purposes for me will be accomplished because You have determined it by the strength of Your great, exceeding love for me, which can never be extinguished.
The things You’ve done for Your people — for me — reveal unquestionably the power of Your love, strength and wisdom.
But all that’s nothing compared to what You’re about to do.
You’re doing something brand new.
Praise God, You’ve already begun.
You’ll make a pathway through my wilderness and rivers in my desert.
You will refresh me.
You’ve been exceedingly patient with me, God, not burdening me or wearying me with requests for me to honor You or obey You, even though those things are due Your Holy name.
Instead, I’ve burdened You and wearied You with my sins and faults.
You’ve chosen to forget them forever, just as if I’d never sinned.
You’ve granted this inconceivable kindness, not because of anything I’ve done or deserve, but solely because of Your great love for me.
It makes no sense to me, but how do I dare doubt You again? Your Word is true.
God, I praise You and fall at Your feet with gratitude.
Your faithfulness astounds me.
When the rivers of difficulty sweep over me (and they will), and the fires of oppression burn my very soul (and they will), I will choose to remember I belong to You.
I am Your child.
You won’t let me drown or be consumed.
O Lord, Let me rise every morning to serve and worship You.
Thank you, my Father, my God and my Savior.
I love you.