Verses that will Help When You Need to Know God’s Will

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25 of the Best Ways to Love Yourself the Way God Wants

The Best Ways to Teach Your Child Humble Confidence

12 Things You Need to Know About God that Will Make You Humble

How to Trust God’s NO When You are Suffering

5 Verses that will Help When You Need to Be Still and Listen

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Verses that will Help When You Need to Know God’s Will

When you don't know what to do and you want to know God's will - these verses and prayer will help you move forward in faith.

Do you ever just want to know God’s will?

Do you lie awake at night thinking, if I just knew what God wants me to do?

You have a decision to make, a problem to solve, or a path to pursue … you’ve prayed, oh how you’ve prayed but you don’t feel like God is giving you the clear direction you need.

So, you stare at the ceiling, weigh your options, plan to do more research in the morning, and pray some more…

Father, I love you and I want to glorify you with my life. This choice is hard. There are so many possibilities and I have no idea what Your will for me is in this. Please help me. Guide me by Your Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen. 

And you roll over and try yet again, to get some rest.

I’ve been there. I’m guessing you’ve been there, too.

Although, it may not be easy to know God’s will in some specific situations … there are verses that will help you and me know God’s “always” will. Verses we can turn to when choices are hard and life is confusing.

When you don't know what to do and you want to know God's will - these verses and prayer will help you move forward in faith.

5 Verses to Pray when You Need to Know God’s Will

Proverbs 3:5–6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
    and He will show you which path to take.

Father, forgive me. I’m quick to ask my friends for advice and quicker to worry; yet, I can be slow to come to You in prayer or turn to Your Word for wisdom and understanding. Maybe trusting with all my heart is the problem. I’m sorry. I want to surrender myself completely and trust that Your will for me always comes from Your love. Thank you for using this time to remind me just how very much I need You. And I do need You, Lord. Help me, by the power of Your Spirit. Amen.

1 Timothy 2:3–4

This is good and pleases God our Savior,
who wants everyone to be saved and
to understand the truth.

Father, Your will for me is that I would know and love Your Son, Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Giver of Life eternal . . . Your gift so awesome and wonderful. I’m humbled that Your greatest desire is that I will cherish Your gift of an eternity with You through Jesus. In light of forever, my current circumstances seem less monumental. Please by Your grace, help me keep an eternal perspective as I trust You with the details of my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

Romans 12:1–2

And so, dear brothers and sisters,
I plead with you to give your bodies to God
because of all He has done for you.
Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—
the kind He will find acceptable.
This is truly the way to worship Him.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new
person 
by changing the way you think.
Then you will 
learn to know God’s will for you,
which is good and pleasing and perfect.

This is hard, Father. The world is always in my face and it’s tempting to just want to fit in. You tell me not to follow the behavior and customs of this world. It’s tough. I see friendships end and people hurt because they choose to stand on the truth of Your Word. Father, I need Your transforming power to change the way I think and act. Your Word says You will show me Your good, pleasing, and perfect will that You can change my heart and mind and make me a new person. I love that! Please continue to work in me and draw me close. I love You, Lord and want to honor You with my life. Amen.

Verses that will Help When You Need to Know God's Will by Deb Wolf @ Counting My Blessings

Hebrews 10:10

For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the
sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.

Father, You make me holy through Jesus, setting me apart and showing me Your truth. Thank you! I am overwhelmed by Your grace, mercy, and love. Humbled that You care so much about Your children that You willingly sacrificed Yourself for us. Forgive me, Father, for ever foolishly believing I’m doing a good job … doing enough to be declared righteous on my own. I can’t. I need You. I need Jesus. I need Your Spirit. Help me surrender to You and live under the glorious grace You so generously pour into my life. Thank you, Father. Amen.

Romans 8:27

And the Father who knows all hearts
knows what the Spirit is saying,

for the Spirit pleads for us believers
in harmony with God’s own will.

And Father, when I get it wrong . . . which I do way too often, I’m so thankful for Your Spirit who pleads for me. Who knows Your will and knows exactly what I need. Thank you! You never leave me alone to wander in the dark. By Your grace poured out through Your Spirit, You fill me, provide for me, care for me, comfort me, and guide me. Thank you, Lord. Your loving presence meets my every need and with Your help, I surrender to Your will for me. In Jesus name. Amen.

May you and I prayerfully approach each day humbly surrendering to God’s will. May we, even when life is hard and confusing, trust and know God’s will is best for not only for today but for always!

What’s your favorite verse to pray when you need to know God’s will?

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How to Get Back in the Boat of Your Shipwrecked Dreams

Welcome to Week #7 of The Summer Sizzle Blog Hop Series.

If you’ve missed any of the earlier posts here, check out:

6 of the Best Ways to Fight Distraction and Listen to God
by Dawn Klinge

Amazing Worship Songs that will Make Your Day Better
by Carmen Brown

How to be Blessed with the Powerful Wisdom of God
by Valerie Murray

5 Verses that will Help When You Worry About Your Kids
by Ruthie Gray

How to Thrive When You Need a Spiritual Pep Talk
by Nicki Schroeder

7 Verses that will Give You Perspective When You Need It
by Melanie Redd

AND…

To find more posts from my awesome friends, visit The Summer Sizzle Blog Hop Series Board on Pinterest! 

Now, for today’s post…

Please welcome another precious friend, Marva Smith from Sun Sparkle Shine, one of those people who really does scatter sparkles over those blessed to know her.

Visiting Marva at Sun Sparkle Shine is like sitting on the seashore watching the sunshine as it dances along the waves.

Read the first line of her about me page:

SunSparkleShine is your space to simply…slow…down. As you do, I hope you will breathe easy and give yourself permission to enjoy life to the full. It’s okay, go ahead, escape the busyness of life and truly sparkle in the light of God’s goodness.

So, sit back, relax, and breathe in the beauty of goodness and hope that only God can give … and of course, don’t forget to stop and say hello to make Marva feel at home!

How to Get Back in the Boat of Your Shipwrecked Dreams

It's so very hard when life's storm cause shipwrecked dreams. With God's help, you and I can get back in the boat with hope and sail with hope.

Talk to me about shipwrecked dreams and I’ll quickly tell you I can relate.

I’m not going to pretend that I’d win a competition if there was one, but I can assure you that I have some stories of my own. I can think of a time or two (too many) when life has knocked my dreams about.

Not too long ago my dreams were left by the wayside, put on hold in the face of survival.

We don’t like to talk about our dashed dreams, do we? It’s messy, uncomfortable and yes, downright painful.

We start to associate our broken dreams with pain, loss and suffering. And the truth is they often are.

But, friend, what if we looked at our lost and shipwrecked dreams in a different way?

Think about how Paul suggested we should approach our sufferings:

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. Romans 5:1-5 

Are you rejoicing over your lost dreams?

It almost seems insulting to suggest it.

I have to tell you, rejoicing isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think about my broken, my shipwrecked dreams. Far from it.

But what about this one in Isaiah 61:1-3?

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
    for the Lord has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
    and to proclaim that captives will be released and
prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
    that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
    and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
    He will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for His own glory.

 Many of those words resonated with me.

Brokenhearted. Mourning. Faint spirit. Ruins.

It's so very hard when life's storm cause shipwrecked dreams. With God's help, you and I can get back in the boat with hope and sail with hope.

But friend, this is what God wants to offer us instead:

Good news.

Liberty.

Favor.

Beauty

A garment of praise.

Those are the words I’m holding on to.

A few months ago, I lost the life I knew. With it went a few goals and dreams. My home, my country, my family, my job, my life, have all been turned upside down.

But you know one thing I haven’t lost?

My purpose.

Having my faith anchored in Christ makes all the difference. Even with my goals and dreams shipwrecked, my purpose remains.

Now more than ever, God has stirred up a fire within me to live life on purpose. A life of meaning, a life of value and a life of hope. A life that makes a difference.

I am on a mission to spread this hope to you too. If you’ve lost sight of your goals and dreams, don’t lose sight of your purpose.

Your purpose is still there, settled deep within your soul.

It might need to be stirred, but it’s still there.

God has something better in store for you. In place of your old goals and dreams, God wants to give you something better.

Rather than mourn the dreams I lost, I’m dreaming again and embracing new possibilities.

How to Get Back in the Boat of Your Shipwrecked Dreams by Marva Smith for Counting My Blessings - Deb Wolf

If you’re passionate about rekindling your purpose too, let’s make a commitment to do just that. Let’s stay close to our Father, the giver of dreams and the creator of purpose. Let’s seek His plan for our lives. Let’s turn to Him and humbly submit our future to Him. 

God wants you to dream even bigger than before. And I can’t wait to see the amazing things He’ll do in you and through you.

I know that my old dreams will be nothing compared to my new ones.

Remember what the Scripture said?

Beauty for ashes.

All so that God can be glorified. How exciting is that?

Let’s decide to dream big and walk in purpose, together!

Wishing you blessings!

Marva

Marva Smith | SunSparkleShine.com

Marva is an island-living, sun-loving Christian wife and mother. As a business owner, management consultant, trainer and coach, she’s no stranger to busy but chooses the full life Christ offers instead (John 10:10). She finds joy in encouraging women to slow down and shine in the light of God’s goodness. You can find her writing about her life and faith on her website SunSparkleShine.com as well as FacebookPinterestTwitter and Instagram. Get a free copy of her e-book You Were Made to Sparkle here.

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5 Verses that will Help When You Need to Be Still and Listen

In case you’ve missed the first five from the Countdown to #1 Series – you can check them out here:

How to Trust God’s NO When You are Suffering

12 Things You Need to Know About God that Will Make You Humble

The Best Ways to Teach Your Child Humble Confidence

25 of the Best Ways to Love Yourself the Way God Wants

7 of the Best Verses to Inspire Your Worship of God

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5 Verses that will Help When You Need to Be Still and Listen

Verses to pray when you need to be still and listen for God's small whisper to guide and encourage you.

I’ve had a few times in my life when I’ve felt God’s voice loud and clear.

Like the time He challenged my grumbling or the time He gave me a word of love for a specific person as I was driving to a speaking engagement.

There was also the time that completely changed my view of things — all I could think about was the pain and loss when His tender Spirit whispered, “You have no idea what I’ve spared you from!”

But oh, how I would love to listen better. Kira’s post, from the other day, made me think about my need to do a better job of listening. Especially when life gets crazy and busyness takes over. When you and I can get caught up in all the doing and forget to focus on the reasons for the doing.

So today, I’d like you to join me to stop for just a moment and listen. To pray with me and wait quietly for His voice to fill us with all we need to live each day.

5 Verses to Pray that will Help You Be Still and Listen

Psalm 62:5–6

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
    for my hope is in Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will not be shaken. 

Father, it’s so hard to wait and even harder to wait quietly. I want to complain. I want what I want and I want it now! Forgive me. I’m behind with all the things I need to do but right now at this moment what I need more than anything is time with You. I need Your promises of hope. I need to remember who You are and all You’ve done. You are my Savior, my place of safety, my unshakable foundation. Thank you! Please guide me this day and where You lead with Your Spirit’s help, I will follow. Amen.

Verses to pray when you need to be still and listen for God's small whisper to guide and encourage you.

John 10:27

My sheep listen to my voice;
I know them, and they follow me. 

Lord, forgive me for the ways I let other voices distract me. The truth is … my own voice distracts me. My thoughts run in circles making deepening ruts as they tread the same ground again and again. Here I am, Lord. I need Your voice to help me quiet the craziness. I need Your truth and wisdom. Thank you for the many ways You assure me that I am Yours. You know me … nothing can change that. My heart’s desire is to obediently follow wherever You lead. Speak to me, Lord. I will be still and listen that I may follow where you lead. Amen.

Psalm 37:7a, 23–24

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
    and wait patiently for Him to act.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
    He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
    for the Lord holds them by the hand. 

Father, here I am — quiet and still in Your presence. Watching and waiting for Your direction. I love this promise … You “delight in every detail of my life.” You know everything about me. You know my weaknesses and You are aware of every stumble. Yet, by Your grace, You will not let me fall. Your hand is always there to help me and hold me. You faithfully forgive my foolish and distracted busyness and consistently call me back into Your holy presence where Your love surrounds me. Oh, how I thank and praise You! Amen.

John 14:26

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 

Oh, Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Spirit, thank you! Father, I am awed by the love You showed us in Your plan to redeem us. Jesus, I am overwhelmed that You would willingly sacrifice everything for me. Spirit, I am so thankful for the ways You draw these truths to my mind each day. My God how I love you and thank you for Your blessings. Amen.

5 Verses to Pray that will Help You When You Need to be Still and Listen by Deb Wolf @ Counting My Blessings

Psalm 25:4–5

Show me the right path, O Lord;
    point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by Your truth and teach me,
    for You are the God who saves me.
    All day long I put my hope in You. 

Father, I may not finish my to-do list today but by Your grace, may I accomplish Your list. May I follow Your path and fulfill each task You assign. By the power of Your Spirit, teach me. Lead me. Help me to be still and listen as You lovingly call me back into Your sweet presence … where we can sit and talk or maybe for a few moments, just rest in each other’s presence. I love You, my hope, my Redeemer, my all. In Jesus name, Amen.

Praying you find peace in the busyness as you stop for a moment to just be still and listen.

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7 Verses that will Give You Perspective When You Need It

Welcome to Week #6 of The Summer Sizzle Blog Hop Series.

If you’ve missed any of the earlier posts here, check out:

6 of the Best Ways to Fight Distraction and Listen to God
by Dawn Klinge

Amazing Worship Songs that will Make Your Day Better
by Carmen Brown

How to be Blessed with the Powerful Wisdom of God
by Valerie Murray

5 Verses that will Help When You Worry About Your Kids
by Ruthie Gray

How to Thrive When You Need a Spiritual Pep Talk
by Nicki Schroeder

AND…

To find more posts from my awesome friends, visit The Summer Sizzle Blog Hop Series Board on Pinterest! 

Now, for today’s post…

I am so excited to share a post from one of my favorite bloggers and my dear friend, Melanie Redd.

Melanie’s tagline on her site is…

Inspiring Your Success in Ministry & in Life

And she will! She does!

One of my favorite things about Melanie is that she will not only give you tips and advice that will make success possible … she will bless you with her encouragement and prayers.

I know you will be blessed by the wisdom she shares. So, as always, please make Melanie feel welcome here by stopping to say “hello” in the comments. And please head over to visit her at MelanieRedd.com to enjoy even more of her practical application of Scripture shared with “a little wit and a whole lotta common sense.”

7 Verses that will Give You Perspective When You Need It

Your perspective influences everything - it's the way you look at and live your life. These 7 Bible verses will help you have the right perspective for life.

Perspective.

It’s the way we look at things… our frame of reference.

Perspective is the broad grid through which we look at life.

Perspective is much like a camera with a panoramic viewer.

As you look through the lens, you see a wide landscape – from the far left angle to the far right angle.

Our perspectives influence everything – our attitudes, our mindset, our viewpoint, our outlook, and our beliefs.

Today’s scriptures encourage us to look at life from heaven’s perspective – from God’s point of view.

“Wisdom is looking at life from God’s point of view.”
Adrian Rogers.

So, as you read each verse and consider the message… why not invite the Lord to give you His perspective on life?

Here are 7 Bible Verses That Will Give You Perspective:

our perspective influences everything - it's the way you look at and live your life. These 7 Bible verses will help you have the right perspective for life.

Verse One – Psalm 9:7-8

The Lord reigns forever;
He has established His throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.

No matter who is in leadership in our governments, in our cities, in our schools, or in our churches; God ALWAYS reigns from heaven. He rules in righteousness and judges with equity.

When David wrote this Psalm, he was dealing with the Philistines. David’s battles took place thousands of years ago.  He knew that God reigned supremely and had everything under control.

Perspective: God reigns supreme over our world today. He knows exactly what is going on!

7 Verses that will Give You Perspective When You Need It by Melanie Redd for the Summer Sizzle Blog Hop Series at Counting My Blessings by Deb Wolf

Verse Two – Psalm 73:26

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
He is mine forever.

Psalm 73 is one of my favorites!

And, these verses are a wonderful reminder that God is always our strength. No matter what we lose, how we feel, or what is going on in our lives, God is with us. He is the strength of our hearts. 

He is mine, and He is yours!

Perspective: Our God is very personally interested in us and able to support us through every season of our lives.

Verse Three – Psalm 100:5

For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and His faithfulness continues to each generation.

Like me, you likely memorized at least part of Psalm 100 at some point along the way.

It is one of the most beloved and quoted Psalms.

Perspective: The Lord is good, His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation. What sweet promises!

Verse Four – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

I love the perspective in these verses!

Our troubles won’t last very long. Yet, they produce for us incredible, long-lasting glory.

Perspective: We don’t have to fix our eyes on our current troubles. Instead, we can focus on all that is coming – all that God has ahead for us.

Verse Five – 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

Then we will be with the Lord forever.

When Christ returns, it’s going to be an amazing day.

And, we will be with the Lord forever!

Perspective: Nothing will be able to separate us from Him. We will always be in His presence. Forever, He is and will be ours!

Verse Six – Hebrews 9:12

With His own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—He entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

The Lord Jesus entered the Holy place and secured our redemption forever.

This means that nothing can take our redemption from us. We cannot lose our salvation once we have placed our trust in Jesus.

Perspective: We are secure in Him because of what Jesus has done for us, and we are forever redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!

7 Verses that will Give You Perspective When You Need It by Melanie Redd for the Summer Sizzle Blog Hop Series at Counting My Blessings by Deb Wolf

Verse Seven – Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

We can take this promise to heart!

Jesus NEVER changes.

Perspective: No matter how crazy things get around us, we can rest in the fact that Jesus Christ is completely faithful and dependable.

So, what do you think?

What verses give you perspective on life and on your life?

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How to Trust God’s NO When You are Suffering

It’s week #5 of the Countdown to #1 Blog Post Series.

In case you’ve missed the first four – you can check them out here:

12 Things You Need to Know About God that Will Make You Humble

The Best Ways to Teach Your Child Humble Confidence

25 of the Best Ways to Love Yourself the Way God Wants

7 of the Best Verses to Inspire Your Worship of God

Here’s the 4th most popular post here at CMB…

How to Trust God’s NO When You are Suffering

God allowed your broken heart. You've prayed and you're still suffering. Here are 5 ways to trust God's NO and allow Him to heal your broken heart.

What are you supposed to do when you feel like God is the One who allowed your broken heart?

It’s your heart’s desire.

And the Bible says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:4

But for reasons beyond your ability to understand . . . God said ‘no!’

You’ve been good. You’ve tried to obey His commands. Maybe you’ve even dedicated your life to serving Him in ministry. But He still says ‘no.’

And one thought keeps repeating . . . it’s not fair!

So you pray pleading prays over and over again.

You may even find yourself whining and complaining like a child trying to get a parent to soften and give in.

But nothing changes…

You’re still waiting. You’re still sick. Still single. Still longing for a child, a job, a home, a _________.

And then like salt in a wound, everywhere you look, people who don’t even seem appreciative, have that something your heart aches for and you find yourself giving in to jealousy, tantrums, and self-pity.

This may sound familiar.

I’m ashamed to say, it’s my story.

I wanted what I wanted when I wanted it and God’s ‘no’ was simply unacceptable. I refused to trust that God had a better plan for me. And without giving you all the ugly details, I’ll tell you I learned a big lesson the hard way.

And by God’s grace, I’ve since learned a better way to trust God’s “no” even when you don’t want to.

God allowed your broken heart. You've prayed and you're still suffering. Here are 5 ways to trust God's NO and allow Him to heal your broken heart.

5 Ways to Trust God’s NO 

1. You can trust God’s NO because EVERYthing God allows is filtered through His love.

Love is God’s character and He cannot do anything that is outside of who He is. He always knows and does what is best for your eternal future even though it may not feel like it at the time.

“Real satisfaction comes not in understanding God’s motives, but in understanding His character, in trusting in His promises, and in leaning on Him and resting in Him as the Sovereign who knows what He is doing and does all things well.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

2. You can trust God’s NO because His goodness covers EVERYthing He allows.

God is good! Everything He does is good! You and I live in a sinful broken world and often have to live the consequences of that basic fact. But God is always at work for our good in ways that will give Him glory.

All He does is just and good, and all His commandments are trustworthy. Psalm 111:17

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. Romans 8:28

3. You can trust God’s NO because He sees the beginning from the end and He may be saying “no” to protect you. 

You and I make God too small. He is everlasting. He knows your past and your future. He knows the lives you will touch and knows how best to bless you keeping your eternal future in mind.

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 2 Peter 3:8

4. You can trust God’s NO while you do what you can and leave the rest to Him.

Get up and focus on what you can to do today. Occupy your mind with what you have not what’s lacking. Live today embracing God’s plans and purposes which always include love . . . very big love.

“Harness the power of today. Seize the blessings of today! Make something happen, enhance your life, make someone laugh, help a friend, love, love, love!”  ~Steve Maraboli

5. You can trust God’s NO as you lean deep into His love through prayer and study of His Word.

Turn to Him! Rest in His love for you. Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Read His Word and hold His promises close. Lean in and trust, trust, trust.

The Lord also keeps safe those who suffer. He is a safe place in times of trouble. Those who know Your name will put their trust in You. For You, O Lord, have never left alone those who look for You. Psalm 9:9–10 (NLV)

“I won’t tell you it will be easy. It won’t.”

Walking through a valley of grief and heartache is an arduous journey but it is not one we have to take alone.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Psalm 23:4

How to Trust God's NO When You are Suffering by Deb Wolf at Counting My Blessings

Satan will consistently use your pain, your broken heart to tempt you to doubt God’s love, give up, and take care of things on your own.

Martin Luther said that his tactics have never changed … the lie is still the same as it was in the Garden…

“The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands” ~Martin Luther

I have learned the hard way – that God’s ways are best. I’ve lived out the consequences of falling for the enemy’s lies, and I’ve come to believe with all my heart that God’s grace saturates everything He allows and His protecting hand of mercy surrounds anything He denies.

This isn’t fatalism.

It’s faith!

Whatever you are facing today, remember…

God will walk with you through this valley. You can trust His goodness and love … He has proven just how much through His Son, Jesus. You are not alone!

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When don’t see His plan
When you can’t trace His hand
Trust His Heart
~Babbie Mason, Trust His Heart

This Week’s Friday Favorites

Highlights from the Week!


Maintaining Joy and Patience in Affliction by Chizobam IdahosaMaintaining Joy and Patience in Affliction

by Chizobam Idahosa
@ Beautiful in Jesus

 

Father's Day Hope for Daddyless Daughters by Pam BlosserFather’s Day Hope for Daddyless Daughters

by Pam Blosser
@ Journey to Him

 

When We Need to Believe in a Greater Purpose by Crystal TwaddellWhen We Need to Believe in a Greater Purpose

by Crystal Twaddell
@ Cultivating a Life of Intention and a Legacy of Hope


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