Category Archives: Friday Verse Journal

Friday Verse Journal Colossians 2:6-7

 

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Through prayer, contemplation, and in my daily faith walk with Jesus, I am continually being revived and renewed by the Spirit. That is when I do take the time to just be with Jesus; to just be still and remember he is God. And then just let his cherished words seep inside of my heart and spirit. I have also been recently reminded through my personal Bible study to not let others judge me. Some judge and draw inaccurate conclusions without taking time to understand and I have see this a lot recently. It is very hurtful but there is no point to try to explain to some because I can tell they are just set on what they believe.

For my part, I am trying my best to do what I believe God is teaching me through my personal study, sermons, daily endurance, and the wisdom of other believers. Along with that I am being challenged to continue on a Thankfulness Journey which I have embarked on even when trouble brews and precious plans go awry.  On the other hand, God has shown me love and gentleness through the love, kindness, and generosity of others. Due to a recent blizzard for instance, a loving family took me into their home providing warm shelter and warm meals when I could not safely travel home. Therefore, God gives me plenty of reasons to remain thankful.

Again, this is two days late, but I am being determined not let another obstacle get in my way of posting a new verse for this week. As I have said, I am making a determined effort to continue with the attitude of thankfulness in my mind, soul and heart.

Colossians 2:6-7 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“Therefore, as your received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Friday Verse Journal: Psalms 119:9-11

 

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Hooray!! It is a new year; a time of new beginnings and making new resolutions. Through various trials and unforeseen difficulties, I often have to stop and remember that God is beside me all the way every day and he is continually blessing me. I just don’t always fully realize this but I know he is. He never gives up on his people and I in turn I am resolved to never give up on him. I don’t always understand his ways and his wisdom is much greater than mine. I need to just keep trusting and believing in him through Jesus, his one and only son. I also need to continually stay and abide in his true word and let him show me the way to go in what to do, and what to say. That doesn’t mean that I can be perfect, on my own I will never accomplish that and I know that my inner being is full of many faults as I do not always perceive nor understand what God is gently teaching me. But it is God’s good guidance and love through the Lord Jesus, that helps me journey in the right direction and that is towards heaven, God’s everlasting kingdom.

Psalms 119:9-11 (Holy Bible New International Version):

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Friday Verse Journal Matthew 6:6

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PRAYER: Spending Time with God

Personal conversation and

Reflection with God, my Heavenly Father

Admission of sin and plea for forgiveness and mercy

Yesterday’s generous blessings remembered

Everyday needs requested and met through God’s perfect grace

Remembering always God’s greatness and never ending love through Jesus

 

Matthew 6:6 (Holy Bible New International Version):

“But when you prayer, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Friday Verse Journal Psalms 100:3-4

 

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Remembering God and Remaining Thankful

Although I am one day late on posting in my Friday verse journal. I still wanted to do so.  I took some extra time today to read God’s word,  pray, and to really think about how wonderful God is. And considering it is thanksgiving, my mind is still focused on the many things I have to be thankful for. And the only reason why I have so much to be thankful for is because God loves me and blesses me in many wonderful ways; his gifts are beyond generous and he is forever loving and gracious. To start with, God through his son Jesus has given me new life and I have the hope of living in heaven. I also have the freedom to worship, pray, and read God’s word whenever I want. I also come from a loving family and have many caring friends in my life.  And just when I need it most,  a friend or a family member comes along  to encourage me.  God abundantly provides for all my needs and I have a meaningful job in which I work and care for others so that they may live their lives as independently as they can. And God is always with me so that I am never alone.

Psalms 100:3-4 (Holy Bible New International Version):

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.”

Friday Verse Journal November 14, 2014

Being a LIGHT for Jesus

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Living by leading the way

Into Jesus’ tender loving care

Graciously teaching God’s plan of forgiveness through his

Holy, living,  and truthful word

Tenderly showing the only path to everlasting life

Matthew 5:16 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Friday Verse Journal Isaiah 40:31

 

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Whew!! Another busy week of completing my work and depending on the Lord. Am thankful for a restful Saturday. I had eagerly checked my email hoping for a positive response of acceptance for a story I recently wrote but that didn’t happen. So back to the drawing board of writing and rewriting. Once again feeling some disappointment and wondering why?  Also this is just one of many hurts and disappointments to come along.  And I realize that I am not alone. Many of us start down a path in life hoping for success and a sense of purpose in what we do both in our professional and personal lives. And things just don’t go the way we think. Need to keep remembering that God does know what is best for each person. Through prayer, reading God’s Word,  and obedience, I need to just wait and keep trusting in the Lord for all things and let him strengthen and show me the way in his good time. However, as I struggle, I must admit this is easier said than done.

Isaiah 40:31 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not grow faint.”

Friday Verse Journal Matthew 11:28-30

 

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How often I think “today is too hard” or “today is too long.” For me, Thursdays are very long. Just yesterday, I was helping a gentleman with some grocery shopping. He was the last person on my schedule and it had already been a long day of helping people with meals, exercising, household tasks, checking medications, and completing special errands. We went shopping as planned. His list of needed items was not that long but he really likes to take his time spending five to ten minutes choosing each item. Today, he seemed to take longer than usual.  I am very tired from the long day  I already had endured and now was growing frustrated that it was about to become much longer than I originally thought.

I try to politely encourage him to make his selections a little faster but that didn’t work. Then I tried setting a time limit saying that we needed to be checking out of the store by a certain time. He moved along a little faster but not by much. He enjoys looking around the store and does not want to be rushed. The more I tried to hurry him along, the more he deliberately slowed down! So, although I am very tired and very anxious to be done for the day, I slow down too letting him take as much time as he wanted.  As we went along, I’d quietly pray asking God to give me his gentleness, calmness and patience I needed to finish this day. We finally made it home where i help him prepare supper and he completes a few more tasks for the day.  And I thought, “this day was too long!” But really, it wasn’t.

Because God was with me the entire time helping me as I helped others all day long. Sometimes I look at the day and think, “This is too much!” But when I just concentrate on a small part of the day and so break the day into small steps then it becomes more doable. And often that is what God wants me to do. Just look along my daily , windy, path one corner at a time and my journey will end in God’s planned time. And in God’s good time, I am able to rest before facing another day, another journey with Jesus leading the way.  In this manner, God makes my yoke lighter as I learn from him and let him lead me. As I contemplated on this, the words of Jesus in Matthew 11 came to me:

Matthew 11:28-30 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Friday Verse Journal I Samuel 16:7b

 

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At times, I feel a sense of rejection and also failure. I find this in relationships, sometimes at work, and in my endeavors to be a writer. Many times this is because I have made an error or fall to sin. Other times it is because others only see my outward appearance and my outward actions without understanding my heart or my thoughts. And often the world will only see what it wants to see, remain unkind, and not seek understanding. I know there others who may feel that way too. Only God can see us on the inside. Only God can understand the depths of our thoughts and our hearts and in God’s lovely eyes we are accepted into his infinite love. God can see what others cannot see; God can see the beauty hidden deep inside of you and me.

I Samuel 16:7b (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outside appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Friday Verse Journal John 14:1-3

 

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Lately life has been unpleasant and deep sadness has crept in. My heart is twinged in pain.  Like many others who try so hard in this life to love, care, and help others, I endure my share of heartaches and difficulties. I face disappointments and struggles that just don’t end. I often feel that my efforts in life don’t mean anything but all I can do is keep praying and just keep trying to do what is good and right in Jesus’ eyes. Also, i am trying to keep my focus on Jesus and the wonderful home waiting in heaven. I am trying to hang onto that sure and certain hope which only Jesus can give:

John 14:1-3 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so would I have told you that I go to a prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you with me so that where I am you will be also.”

Friday Verse Journal Philippians 4:11b-13

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Although it is no longer Friday, I still wanted to post something in my Friday Verse Journal. I am still working on the idea of being content no matter what my situation may be. This is for me an everyday challenge. Sudden or unexpected obstacles in life really do rattle me. Also when certain challenges in life just seem to take too long to cope with and resolve. It is very easy trust and believe in God through his Son, Jesus when things go well and when things are going well for my friends and loved ones. But when troubles mount and when bad news is revealed then, it is not so easy to just trust him and be content to wait on God’s time to work out all things for the good. However the idea of staying content and being at peace through knowing Jesus is my anchor. If I become too fearful or somehow very upset and my faith is being challenged then I must find my way back to God and keep depending and believing in him.

Philippians 4:11b-13 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“For I have learned in every situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low and how to be abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”