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Be strong and courageous

Monday, July 28, 2014

The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus was speaking directly to you.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be discouraged, for I will be with you wherever you go. You can choose to be strong and courageous even when you are feeling very weak. However, the weaker you feel, the more effort it takes to choose to be strong. It all depends on where you look. If you gaze at yourself and your problems, your courage will melt away. The choice to be bold rests on your confidence that I am with you and for you. Through eyes of faith, see Me on the path before you, beckoning you on, one step at a time. Looking to Me consistently will increase your strength and valor.

When everything seems to be going wrong, refuse to get discouraged. Remember that I am a God of surprises: I am not limited by the way things are or by the paltry possibilities you can see. I am infinitely creative and powerful. With Me all things are possible! The longer you wait for your prayers to be answered, the closer you are to a breakthrough. Meanwhile, waiting for Me – aware of My loving Presence – is a blessed way to live. I am good to those who wait for Me.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Matthew 19:26 (NKJV) “Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ “

Lamentations 3:25-26 (NKJV) “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

  
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TXGRANDMA 7/28/2014 5:28PM

    Such an encouraging blog, Nancy! Thanks so much for sharing. Our pastor's message Sunday was much the same, so I know that God is trying to tell me something. I sometimes get so discouraged and afraid with the way things are going in this country, governmental-wise and socially as well, as more and more people turn further and further from the Lord and get wrapped up in worldly problems.

Sometimes I wish we could go back to the 50's when everything was free and peaceful, and there was an American Flag on every doorpost, and all people went to church on Sunday morning. Where has all that gone? emoticon

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Come Away With Me

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV.

“Come away with Me for a while. The world, with its nonstop demands, can be put on hold. Most people put Me on hold, rationalizing that someday they will find time to focus on Me. But the longer people push Me into the background of their lives, the harder it is for them to find Me.

You live among people who glorify busyness; they have made time a tyrant that controls their lives. Even those who know Me as Savior tend to march to the tempo of the world. They have bought into the illusion that more is always better: more meetings, more programs more activity.

I have called you to follow Me on a solitary path, making time alone with Me your highest priority and deepest Joy. It is a pathway largely unappreciated and often despised. However, you have chosen the better thing, which will never be taken away from you. Moreover, as you walk close to Me, I can bless others through you.”

Song of Songs 2:13 “The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”

Luke 10:42 “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

  
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PURPLEPEONY 7/20/2014 2:27PM

    How did I miss this blog?! emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 7/15/2014 9:01PM

    So good! Just got a devotional from Billy Graham's wife that said basically the same thing. We are living IN the world, but as God's people we are not OF the world! Praise the Lord for that! emoticon


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FROSTY99 7/15/2014 2:51PM

    The Devil is a busy body always trying to turn us away from spending time with HIM! We have to shove back and not give in to the temptation.

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LOSER_ZIMM 7/15/2014 9:16AM

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Walking In The Midst Of Trouble

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This devotional is taken from “Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young. It is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. Scripture from NIV except where noted.

“Though you walk in the midst of trouble, I will revive you. So don’t let problems intimidate you. Remember that I, the Mighty One, am in your midst, and I am greater than all the trouble in the world. My right hand will save you! Hold tightly to My hand and you can walk confidently through your toughest times.

I enable you not only to endure your hardships, but also to grow stronger through them. However, because you are on an arduous journey, there will be times when you feel weary and faint. Do not interpret this as a sign of My displeasure with you It is simply a part of living in a fallen, sin-stained world. Remember that you are not alone. I am with you, and your brothers throughout the world are experiencing the same kind of sufferings as you. Stay in communications with Me as you persevere along this challenging path. My living Presence will revive you –- strengthening you and blessing you with Peace.”

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.” Psalm 138:7 NKJV

“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NKHJV

“Resist [your enemy the devil], standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:9

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

  
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PURPLEPEONY 7/20/2014 2:30PM

    I love all those scriptures! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/14/2014 9:53PM

    Thanks for another affirming devotional!

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FROSTY99 7/12/2014 3:02PM

    We are tested every day, this is a wonderful reminder to stay strong.

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TXGRANDMA 7/12/2014 1:51PM

    So true, and comforting! emoticon Nancy! emoticon

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TRINITY7454 7/12/2014 12:35PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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More baseball tournaments

Monday, June 30, 2014

We spent another weekend watching a baseball tournament. This time Josh (14 yr old) played even less than before. It had something to do with the fact that the coach’s son plays (nearly every inning) and that there are 14 players on this team. I understand that with that many players, no one player (should) play all innings, but come-on! Their first game was last Friday, and Josh warmed up one of the outfielders each inning, then warmed the bench until after two outs in the last inning when he finally got an at-bat. Josh did get a little more play on Sat and Sun.

Trying to move on, they only played one game per day – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and because they lost all three games, it was over for them, so we came home a day early.

The weekend of the 21st and 22nd they played at Rehoboth Beach – my first time to go there. We walked the boardwalk some each day, and that was fun. My grandsons got ocean-wet and it was fun to watch. emoticon

This past weekend they played in New Jersey, and we were able to spend much of Sunday morning on the boardwalk at Ocean City, NJ. Because of walking the boardwalk and because we parked (for free) about 6-8 blocks from the beach, I got in over 12,000 steps yesterday. emoticon

DD, her DH and sons went onto the beach, and DH and I walked the boardwalk, sat in a pavilion facing the ocean, enjoying the brisk breeze, and generally had a nice morning.

There are three more tournaments, but DH and I are not planning to go to ALL of them. That will take us through July, then Josh will get a break, although I think he’s going to play Fall Ball.

Josh loves baseball, and has ever since he played T-ball as a 5 or 6 yr old. He primarily catches, but also does a great job on 3rd base, and even in outfield. A year ago, some college coaches let Josh know that they had their eye on him……he’s GOOD (not perfect, but that’s ok). His academics are great, too – Distinguished Honor Roll all through Middle School. Josh is quite mature – makes good decisions in other areas of his life.

Can you tell that Grandma is busting her buttons with pride? LOL

  
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TXGRANDMA 6/30/2014 3:17PM

    Glad you got to go and watch Josh play but made a vacation of it too, with the Boardwalk and all. I guess they got it rebuilt after Sandy hit? I can tell you are proud of Josh and rightfully so! He sounds like a well-rounded young man, smart and talented, too! emoticon for sharing with us!

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FROSTY99 6/30/2014 1:01PM

    I am glad you had a great time and the weather was nice. Sorry Josh isn't getting a lot of playing time but maybe in the next league things will be better. I have never been along the coast up in that area-something to put on my bucket list!

Pat

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What is your world-view?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV.

“The world is too much with you, My child. Your mind leaps from problem to problem to problem, tangling your thoughts in anxious knots. When you think like that, you leave Me out of your world-view and your mind becomes darkened. Though I yearn to help, I will not violate your freedom. I stand silently in the background of your mind, waiting for you to remember that I am with you..

When you turn from your problems to My Presence, your load is immediately lighter. Circumstances may not have changed, but we carry your burdens together. Your compulsion to ‘fix’ everything gives way to deep, satisfying connection with Me. Together we can handle whatever this day brings.”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Psalm 34:19 “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all…”

  
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POETLKNG2LOSE 6/7/2014 10:24PM

    Thanks Nancy for the post. It reminds me of when i learned of world views in one of my classes. But none of them can hold a candle to trusting in God to see you through. I am still struggling to believe though.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/2/2014 9:39PM

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful devotionals! emoticon

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SUNSHINE192DAY 5/29/2014 11:54AM

    I know I saw this every time you post one of these blogs but I REALLY needed to hear this. I've been very anxious lately and I just really needed to be reminded of His ability to help me with my "little" problems! Thank you so much!

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FROSTY99 5/28/2014 5:43PM

    Amen, with HIM all things are possible and HE will lighten the load if only we let HIM.

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TXGRANDMA 5/28/2014 9:39AM

    This is so true, Nancy! I often find myself mulling over my everyday problems, until I remember to lay them all at the feet of my Lord, Jesus Christ! Relief and calm come immediately! emoticon for sharing!

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