Friday, September 28, 2012

This Morning's Soul Food

Today's schedule afforded me time to do my morning devotions with my husband via cell phone. What a blessing it was to worship with the love of my life who is across the country, fighting fires in Washington state!

We read the last four chapters of Hosea and the first couple chapters of Joel. Then we followed the scripture with chapter 25 of Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White. There was a paragraph out of the latter that really spoke to me. So much so that I would like to share it with y'all!

"The watchful Christian is a working Christian, seeking zealously to do all in his power for the advancement of the gospel. As love for his Redeemer increases, so also does love for his fellow men. He has severe trials, as had his Master; but he does not allow affliction to sour his temper or destroy his peace of mind. He knows that trial, if well borne, will refine and purify him, and bring him into closer fellowship with Christ. Those who are partakers of Christ's suffering will also be partakers of His consolation and at last sharers of His glory." pg. 261

This goes right along with a quote that I heard on the radio recently, "Trials are the soil in which faith grows." 

I can't recall a single person who isn't enduring a trial of some sort. Can you? 

God, in His incomprehensible love, has given each of us the freedom of choice. We get to choose whether trails are the soil in which we grow... or the soil in which we are buried beneath. 

God is love,

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Memory Verse a Week for the Weak: 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

This week's memory verse:

 “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him.  With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah." - 2 Chronicles 32:7-8 NKJV

God is love (give Him your battle),
Vanessa (who is releasing battles to God. join me?)

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Memory Verse a Week for the Weak: Deuteronomy 31:6

This week's memory verse:

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you." - Deuteronomy 31:6

I'm going to be quizzed on this verse tomorrow.... have I mentioned how much I appreciate the education I'm receiving?

God is love and by your side,
Vanessa the appreciative student

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Memory Verse a Week for the Weak: Psalm 37:5-6

This week's memory verse in one that I am required to memorize for my Christian Spirituality class (insert big smile here).

"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun." Psalm 37:5-6 TNIV

God is love,
Vanessa the very thankful student 

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Memory Verse a Week for the Weak: Matthew 28:18-20

Today is Monday and it is also happens to be Labor Day in the United States and Canada.

This week's memory verse is about the work that Jesus has called his followers to:

"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20

There is a holiday for this type of work too, but this day only comes once... and that's the day Jesus' returns. The more the merrier; so lets work hard to invite as many people as we can!!! :)


God is love,

PS. (If this is  your first time reading "A Memory Verse a Week for the Weak" then you might want to read this post to learn how it all came about... )