Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Faith & Works

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There are some who would argue that this verse suggests that in order to prove one is faithful that they must DO "works". Which would then imply that we must do something (ie: acts of service) in order to earn our way into heaven.

But there is nothing we could ever do to earn our way into heaven. That's the beauty of Jesus' sacrifice. He gave his life for us freely, and there is nothing we could ever do or give that could repay that kind of gift. I interpret this verse as saying that our faith causes us to live lives of service, not because we have to but because we want to.

I can also interpret this verse to be saying that if someone says they have faith, but does not show it through their acts (the way they live), that their faith is non-existent or, at the very least, questionable.

This verse reminds me of another verse (John 13:35) which inspired the song "They'll Know We Are Christians".

Please understand that this is a very simplified version of what I believe/feel about this verse. Please feel free to share your own thoughts.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Peace

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My wish to all who see this post, on this day when many people focus on romantic love, is that each and everyone of you has peace. Peace in your heart, in your life, and in your world.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Monday, February 03, 2014

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Pray for Everyone

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I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds this difficult to do. On my good days I am able to remind myself that the Lord who loves me, loves EVERYONE. And then I pray for those who I find it difficult to pray for, because those who are difficult to pray for may need our prayers the most.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Partnership

Original image courtesy Teresa Garrett-Martin of Homespun Photography

I believe this applies both ways.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Slow to Anger

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James 1:19, "My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger", is a verse many of us have heard in one form or another. But it is verse 20 that completes the thought and explains why we should be slow to anger.

Our anger does not accomplish God's righteousness, and if it doesn't accomplish that, what, if anything, does it accomplish? Oh, how I wish I had the answer. Maybe it would help me be even slower to anger.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

My Rescuer

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I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by work the last week or so. This is a good reminder for me that He is there to "rescue" me when the skies seem darkest.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Reminder

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I try to remind myself of this often. Not to make myself feel bad, but to remind myself that my sins are no less wrong than the sins of anyone else. My sins (less than generous thoughts about certain people or situations, coveting the belongings of friends, etc) act as a hammer pounding the nails into the hands of Jesus just the same as the sins of anyone else.

It also reminds me that no matter the sins (in truth or just my perception) of someone, God still loves them. I know this because, despite my sins, I know He still loves me.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Be Strong & Courageous

Original image courtesy Teresa Garrett-Martin of Homespun Photography

It is the beginning of a new year and many of us have made resolutions to be "better" (at or about something) in the coming months. Many of these resolutions require us to do things that are challenging for us. For me it is to eat fewer carbs, because it may help decrease the amount of inflammation I experience with my arthritis/spondylitis. Doesn't sound like much of a challenge to some, but boy do I love those carbs, especially in the form of french fries and chocolate (but not together).

It is comforting to know that wherever we are, or whatever we are attempting to do that God is with us.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

A Work in Progress

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Sometimes it's hard to believe this, both about ourselves and about others. The process is often painful and messy, but if we believe that His plan is holy and perfect, then it will be worth the struggle.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Seeking Wisdom

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I find myself asking God for wisdom ALL the time. Sometimes it doesn't feel like I do receive that wisdom as this verse says, but if I truly reflect on the situation it's usually because I'm not "hearing" what I want to hear. I guess that in addition to wisdom, I should also be praying for an open heart and mind when it comes to accepting that wisdom.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

A Humbling Thought



What an amazing thing to remember. God chose us to be His holy children before He created anything else. People may have been the last of the things He created, but we weren't an after thought. He had us in mind before He created a single speck of dust.


Friday, January 03, 2014

A Friendly Reminder

1 John 1:3 is one of my favorite verses, and the "motto" for this blog. Not only is it a reminder to me that God created the whole heavens and earth, but that everything on them since the beginning of time is also His creation. I used an image of my own crafting space as the back drop for this verse, because while I love to create things, I also try to remember that He is the one creating the ideas for my crafts.


Thursday, January 02, 2014

Delighting in Instruction

Today's verse is Psalm 1:2. In the first Psalm, the writer contrasts the life of a faithful person with the life of a non-faithful person. While it is not my intent to do that when I post a bible verse, I do hope to take time to immerse myself in the instruction of my Lord and to meditate on the lessons His words have for me.


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

A new year, a new blog plan.

Happy and Blessed New Years to everyone!

At the start of this new year, I am going to attempt something different on the blog. I obviously haven't been posting much but I would love to change that. So I am going to be attempting to post a bible verse each day. Some days I might have something to say about the verse, and others I may just let the verse speak for itself.

Since today is the beginning of a new year and this new project, I thought it was appropriate to start with Genesis 1:1.

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