We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (NIV)
Although I may be using this verse a little out of context, on this Memorial Day, let's take a moment to remember all of those who have given their lives for our country. Our gratitude, our appreciation, our respect – it pales in light of the sacrifices you have made. To everyone who serves in our military and to everyone who loves someone who serves in our military, thank you. Our hearts are full, thanking God for all of you today. Say, and share, this prayer today to honor those who serve and have served in the United States military.
Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday. Went to hear a guest speaker at my sister's church. He had some great insights:
"Pentecost was the end game of the Cross."
The Cross gave us salvation. Pentecost (outpouring of the Holy Spirit) gives us boldness & power.
He also pointed out how the apostles and His first followers had been instructed to "pray & wait" -- which they obediently did for 10 days before His Presence came upon them "And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place" Acts2:1
1/9/16 - Prov. 1:1-9 "1. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2. To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, 3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; 4. To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion -- 5. A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, 6. To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. 7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8. My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; 9. For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck."
Cari Jane Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.
A NEW YEAR'S PRAYER DaySpring, via the eCard Studio
A new year is upon us - a time when we naturally begin to think deeper about ourselves, our families, our friends, and the world around us. We long to feel better, look better, “do” better, to grow closer to God and our loved ones - to be better in every way.
As we begin this year anew, we offer this prayer with a hopeful and expectant heart for God’s blessings for you and for us all.
God, we praise you with all that we are (Psalm 103:2-3), knowing our strength comes from joy in you (Nehemiah 8:10) now and always.
We praise you for your mercy, for forgiving our sins (Ephesians 1:7). Remind us that mercy always triumphs over judgment (James 2:13), and that only you, the God of all grace, will restore us and make us strong (1 Peter 5:10).
Renew our hearts in this year, and let your gentle Spirit lead us down the right path (Psalm 143:10).
Please grant us peace in our hearts (Proverbs 14:30). May our burdens lead us to rest in you as we grow closer to you each day (Matthew 11:28).
Let us fill our minds with truth, righteousness, beauty and all things worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8).
Thank you, God, for your promise to watch over us always (Psalm 32:8) and to hold us upwith your victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
Thank you, God, for giving us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Let us take every action in the coming year, fixing our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2). Amen.
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul,And forget not all His benefits:Who forgives all your iniquities,Who heals all your diseases,Who redeems your life from destruction,Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,Who satisfies your mouth with good things,So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Ps 103:1-6 NKJ
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