A to Z Scripture Adventure: P is Psalm 106:1

Psalm 106 1dIf you liked the “O” verse, you are really going to love “P!” As you can see, it is exactly the same as “O” except for “Praise the Lord!” I chose these two verses because I knew how vital it would be for the students and for me to have implanted in our spirits the importance of living a life of praise. I feel I have gotten away from praising to the degree I had once embraced it. Stirring these verses up in me is serving to ignite a passion for praise once again. I hope it will do the same for you.

The context of Psalm 106:1 is completely different than Psalm 136. Psalm 106:1 rests at the beginning of a list of Israel’s sins, iniquities, and wickedness ranging from complaining to worshiping the image of a calf. His mercy endureth forever.

In the spirit of “doing” the verse, I take a moment to confess some things I have done for which I am most thankful for His mercy. I am abundantly grateful that He took my punishment for these sins on the cross when He made the ultimate sacrifice.

  • P15Worrying
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Complaining
  • Focusing on my own desires over the desires or needs of others
  • Demanding my own way
  • Being quick to judge others
  • Gossiping
  • Pride, and even at times, what could be called hatefulness

The good news is His mercy endureth forever. Every one of these sins has been repented of up to this point, as far as I know, and are under His blood. Through His grace and mercy, I have been redeemed, and most of the time these days, I act like it. Praise be to the Lord forevermore.

Today, after you visit the Prayer Wall and pray for others, you may want to thank God for His mercy provided for you for specific sins, faults, or shortcomings you are willing to confess. This is a time of soul-searching which causes our praise and thankfulness to reach depth and heights we could not  reach otherwise.

Blessings to you. Can you say this verse ten times ten times today? I hear His praises ringing around the world. His mercy endureth forever.

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A to Z Scripture Adventure: O is Psalm 136:1

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Speaking of repetition, skim through the context of this great verse from Psalm 136!

1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.


O15And here is my story:

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.

To Him Who caused me to be born in a Christian home: for His mercy endureth forever.

To Him Who gave me wonderful parents and a sister who loved me: for His mercy endureth forever.

To Him Who gave me a Christian heritage.

To Him Who drew me to accept Him as my Savior at 5 years of age: for His mercy endureth forever.

And allowed me to walk with Him throughout my life and taught me to call upon Him in prayer whenever I needed Him: for His mercy endureth forever.

To Him Who led our family from Kentucky to North Carolina when I was in 4th grade so we could have a better life: for His mercy endureth forever.

To Him Who gave me wonderful friends to grow up with who would make it easy for me to follow Him: for His mercy endureth forever.

And Who allowed me to go to a Christian high school and college: for His mercy endureth forever.

And let me be a youth leader and then a camp counselor: for His mercy endureth forever.

And gave me a wonderful husband who wouldn’t settle for the status quo, but wanted all God had for us: for His mercy endureth forever.

To Him Who blessed us with three wonderful children and has answered my prayer that they would love and serve God all of their lives: for His mercy endureth forever.

To Him Who made a way for me to stay home after teaching in a public school for 8 years, to raise the three children and even home school them: for His mercy endureth forever.

To Him Who then gave me the privilege of being a teacher and principal at our church school, and to Him who intertwined my life with amazing students, parents, and teachers: for His mercy endureth forever.

To Him Who gave us His Word that we might meditate it day and night so that His life could flow through us in power and truth: for His mercy endureth forever.

And that, my friend, is part of my story. I had to stop at a pivotal point because of the length of the post, but this was to me a compelling way to give thanks to God for how He has laid out the course of my life because truly His mercy endureth forever.

Enjoy meditating on this verse today, and write your own story of how His mercy has endured for you. Please share something of yourself with us today.

If you are joining us for the first time, I encourage you to join the adventure. It is three-fold:

  1. Meditate the verse each day by saying or thinking it ten times ten times. That’s 100 times a day. You can have a trigger such as brushing your teeth, or drying your hair, or opening the car door or stopping at a red light. Each time you have a trigger, say the verse ten times. If by the end of the day, you don’t feel you have said it ten times, then as you fall asleep meditate the verse as many times as you can. You will not regret this effort. If it seems boring, that’s because it can be. It is like exercising your body. It is the continuous repetition that strengthens your muscles. Repetition will do the same thing for your spirit.
  2. Secondly, try to do what the verse says. Along with saying and thinking the verse numerous times, do what it says. Today’s verse compels us to thank God for the things He has done and is doing for us. This is a day of thankfulness. Each day, exercise your spirit by doing what the Word tells you to do!
  3. Thirdly, click here to go to the Prayer Wall. Here you will find real life prayer requests from friends and readers. Choose one or more to pray for each day throughout the day. Please feel free to add any request you have in the comments. You can see we have no requests for U to Z, so please share what you have. We will lift you up!

Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

Have a thank-filled day!

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A to Z Scripture Adventure: N is Romans 8:35

NNothing, zero, not anything, nada can separate us from the love of God! Romans 8:35 is a question. The answer is “Nothing.” I paraphrased the verse and taught our students to put the answer in their heart through meditating this life-transforming verse:

Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

N15Here’s the verse from three versions of the Bible:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:35 KJV

Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Romans 8:35  AMP

Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: Romans 8:35 The Message

The answer is Nothing can separate us from the love of God! When the students and I said this verse, it had a jingle to it. I wish you could hear it. We said it like this, “Nothing ca-aan separate us from God’s love,” and then each student would call out something that “can’t separate us from God’s love.” They would randomly pick something and shout it out. Then we would do the verse again. They could choose anything that came to mind, and sometimes it was a unique thought. Here’s what it sounded like:

“Nothing can separate us from God’s love.”

“Not the devil!”

“Nothing can separate us from God’s love.”

“Not Drugs!”

“Nothing can separate us from God’s love.”

“Not Death!”

“Nothing can separate us from God’s love.”

“Not Sickness!”

“Nothing can separate us from God’s love.”

“Not Cotton Candy!” (?) I know, but that’s the kind of things that could come out of a child’s mouth. No wonder God loves the little children so much!

Meditating on God’s love and knowing that nothing can separate us from that love will change us! Here’s the list of “what can’t separate us” taken from the three translations above.

  1. tribulation
  2. distress
  3. persecution
  4. famine
  5. nakedness
  6. peril
  7. sword
  8. suffering
  9. affliction
  10. calamity
  11. hunger
  12. destitution
  13. trouble
  14. hard times
  15. hatred
  16. hunger
  17. homelessness
  18. bullying threats
  19. backstabbing,
  20. and not even the worst sins.

Isaiah 59:2 tells us that sin separates us from God, yet Romans 8:35 tells us nothing, not even sin separates us from His love. His love draws us to repentance. We do not want to hurt Someone Who loves us, so we quickly come back to Him where we can thrive once again in His Loving Presence.

Tip: When you’re saying your verse for the day ten times ten times, put a little rhythm or tune to it. It will take on a character of it’s own that way and seep into your heart more quickly.

Planting this verse in your heart is going to play a vital part in helping you to thrive and live the life God planned for you!

Pray for others by visiting the Prayer Wall!

Meditate His love today and thank Him for it!

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A to Z Scripture Adventure: M is Proverbs 17:22

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Sometimes you just have to laugh. . .

M15Three thoughts from Proverbs 17:22

Being happy makes things better.

Being happy is contagious.

We can choose to be happy.

And the question of the hour:

How can I have a merry heart when things are “awful?”

The answer:

Our thoughts determine how we feel. By choosing the thoughts we feed, we choose the feelings we have to a great degree. This is what Dare to Be Happy is all about. It is my heart-felt belief that God intends for us to take charge of our thoughts and thereby walk in faith. We are happy not because everything is great and everything is going our way, but because He is great, and He is showing us the way. It is not easy to maintain a merry heart, but by meditating this extraordinary truth in this  verse, God will reveal ways to find joy in our circumstances and truly live with a merry heart.

For extra help:

You might want to read: “There is Always Hope.” It’s a fun blog I wrote in February, 2013 about how our thinking affects how we feel.

The first book that helped me understand how our thoughts affect the way we feel was Richard Carlson’s You Can Be Happy No Matter What. He also wrote Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. I highly recommend these books; the prinicples are biblical and the truth is eternal.

Let God show you how to have a merry heart today. It’s like medicine!

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A to Z Scripture Adventure: L is Matthew 5:16

LLet your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
L15Let the love of Jesus shine through you in everything you do and say. If you joined this A to Z Scripture Adventure from the beginning, you have been putting powerful verses in your heart for twelve days. With all of this Word in you, you are actually glowing as if you were radioactive. At least, that is the picture I get in my imagination after meditating Matthew 5:16. The Word that is in you shines through with power and truth. The more that you put God’s Word in you, the brighter your light will shine. You will easily pray for others and believe that God will touch them.
When you pray for someone, with the power of God in you, you will not be surprised that they are healed, delivered, and set free. As your prayers are answered, people will glorify God because of His touch through you. Let it be done today.Your light will shine brighter and brighter as you repeat this exciting verse over and over today.
Tip: Even if it seems boring or seems to produce nothing, keep repeating it. Even if you are not really thinking about it, keep repeating it. Even if you feel you’re not hearing what you’re saying, it is going into your heart. This life-giving Word will come back to speak to you and will produce God’s power, Truth, and life within you. This Light will shine brightly, and others will see it and glorify God.
Again, it is a very good day to visit the Prayer Wall to pray for others.
Enjoy your day, letting your light shine!
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A to Z Scripture Adventure: K is Proverbs 4:23

Proverbs 4 23/>Yes, this is a repeated publication. For some reason, it appeared “unpublished” and not included in the series, so here it is again.

I may be more excited about the “K” verse than any other so far, though I love them all! Here’s the paraphrase of the King James Version that the students and I learned:

Keep your heart with all diligence, for that is where your life comes from. Proverbs 4:23

Proverbs 4 23bHere are more translations or paraphrases:

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Proverbs 4:23 The Message

Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life. Proverbs 4:23 TLB

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.Proverbs 4:23 AMP

 

Have you guessed why I am so excited about this verse? It is because by engaging in the A to Z K15Scripture Adventure, we are doing this! This is exactly what we are doing. Remember when we used to say, “I know it by heart.” That meant we had memorized something, and we could say it without thinking about it. It was in us. Through repetition, we are getting His Word in our hearts, and that is where our life comes from. I won’t spell it out for you, but let the Holy Spirit reveal to you what that means about your life! Get ready! It’s the old principle of GIGO at work. Garbage In, Garbage out. Good in, Good out! Expect good, fabulous, miraculous things to flow out of your life because you are “keeping” good things in your heart.

Remember the goal is ten times ten times, saying the verse 100 times in a day. (Thinking it counts, too!)

Of course, if you only do it ten times, that’s ten times better than one, so enjoy putting this stupendous verse in you today, and be excited about what will flow out of your life.

Visit the Prayer wall and choose someone to pray for! Blessings to you and yours today!

Also this would be a great day to visit Blogging A to Z Challenge 2015 where you will find over 2000 bloggers (I am #1092) who have accepted this challenge and are writing on a myriad of themes. Enjoy.

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A to Z Scripture Adventure: J is Luke 9:1

Here we are at Day 10! If you’ve been with us since the beginning, I know one thing for sure, your spirit man is stronger. You just can’t eat of the Word like this on a daily basis and not grow from it! If you aren’t feeling stronger, keep at it or get started right away meditating the Word. It is full of life!

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J15Jesus called the twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out demons and to heal diseases. Luke 9:1

You can do it! You have power and authority. Jesus says you can drive out demons and heal diseases. Think about that today. Really think about it.

When we said this verse at our school, we would often end it by enthusiastically shouting, “Power and Authority, Power and Authority, Power and Authority!” It has to sink into our thick human heads that God has given us power and authority! It seems too wonderful to comprehend. In Luke 9:1, Jesus sent the boys, I mean the men, out on their own, two by two and gave instructions. They were to drive out demons and heal diseases. They, no doubt, returned pretty excited about what they had been able to do in His Name.

If you doubt that God has given that same power and authority to us, read these verses from John 14:12-14: 

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

God’s plan is for us to do greater works than Jesus did. It will take some diligent meditation on Luke 9: 1 to get us to the point of driving out demons and healing diseases as Jesus did, but as we accept His Word, we become willing and obedient to follow His leading to pray for the oppressed and afflicted. The results are entirely in His hands.

I challenge you to let God speak to you about what He can do through you today. Who can you pray for? Who can you encourage? Whose life can you change? We know that Jesus is the One Who is doing it, but He’s given you power and authority to speak on His behalf. Don’t hold back! Do it! Do something in His name as you meditate this powerful verse today.

And don’t let this scare you away. We are all growing day by day. He takes us by the hand and leads us gently, never pushing us ahead so that we fall on our faces. The Holy Spirit is within you, and beside you to help and guide, teach and comfort. What an incredible life we have to live as a child of God!

Visit the Prayer Wall, please. It is filling up. Use the power and authority given you to pray for others!

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A to Z Scripture Adventure: I is Isaiah 1:19

I15 Here’s the context for the “I” verse:

Psalm 107:17-19Learn to do good; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.

 

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Food for Thought:

What does it mean to be willing?

What does it mean to be obedient?

Does it mean willing to eat the good of the land or willing to obey?

What does “eating the good of the land” look like?

Let’s be thankful for this thrilling promise and hold a picture of the “good of the land” in our imagination.

We are willing and obedient and we eat the good of the land!

I am adding two requests to the Prayer Wall. A reader asks us to pray for her cousin who is hurting because of the loss of her husband and for all she has been through. I am also adding “migraines” to the Prayer Wall. I have three co-workers and two relatives that I know of who experience this affliction on a regular basis. Please pray for their healing.

Be willing and obedient and eat the good of the land today as you meditate  Isaiah 1:19.

Have an extraordinary day!

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A to Z Scripture Adventure: H is Psalm 107:20

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TH15he “H” verse is so huge in its life-giving potential, I suggest you say it many times before you even stop to think about what it is saying to you. Then read it in the context of the 43 exhilarating verses of Psalm 107. When I read the whole Psalm today, I almost did a dance while I was at work. I read the whole thing twice and took it apart piece by piece to get a grasp of the truth it contained!

If we only had one chapter in the Bible to tell us of God’s marvelous love and to demonstrate it to us, this might be the one! Over and over again the people find themselves in distress through their transgressions and iniquities, yet every single time they cry out to Him, He delivers them. Read Psalm 107 for yourself and marvel at His goodness, then continue to devour His Word.

We don’t experience Truth because it is in the Bible, we experience Truth because it is in us! Meditate Psalm 107:20 ten times ten times today, and if you have any specific afflictions, please list them in the comments to be added to the prayer wall. Many of us who read the Prayer Wall will ask God to heal you. Believe and receive the truth of Psalm 107:20 and you will be healed and delivered from destruction.

And with this truth alive in us, let us pray for those needs listed on the Prayer Wall today.

Have a sensational day today!

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A to Z Scripture Adventure: G is for 2 Timothy 1:7

Today would be an excellent day to begin the A to Z Scripture Adventure. You do not have to go back and start with A. Jump in right where you are. It is as simple as meditating the verse of the day ten times ten times. That means every time you think about it, let the verse roll over in your mind ten times or say it out loud ten times. Try to do this ten times during the day. I promise you that if you will take the challenge and try to say or think this verse 100 times during the day, your life will be enhanced. The life of God will absolutely flow through you through the verse. It is, after all, His Word. Try it at least for a day, and then another day, reviewing verses as you go. These verses will become a part of you, and no one can take them from you. Here’s the powerful “G” verse:

God has not given us

 

Fifteen thoughts I had while meditating this verse:

  1. G15Fear is not of God.
  2. It is possible to live free of fear.
  3. God has given us power.
  4. He has given us love.
  5. He has given us a sound mind.
  6. Perfect love casts out fear.
  7. There is no fear in love.
  8. God’s will is for us to walk in power.
  9. God’s will is for us to walk in love.
  10. God’s will is for us to have a sound mind.
  11. Walking in power, I have faith to pray for whatever needs I encounter during my day. I can pray for marriages to be restored, children brought home safely, depression to leave those who are afflicted, and healing to come to those who are sick.
  12. Walking in power, I can change the atmosphere with the Presence of God.
  13. Love conquers all.
  14. I can walk in love even when someone strikes out at me. I do this best by staying calm, thinking the best of them and praying.
  15. A sound mind is a peaceful mind. Our thoughts are paramount in maintaining the sound mind God wants us to have. One way to control thoughts is to turn those distressing, persistent, harassing thoughts to prayer. Use the negative thought as a reminder to pray for the person involved or to pray for something specific.It can even be helpful to use the trigger to pray for something totally unrelated to the harassing thought. It is amazing how this brings peace.

Saying this verse ten times ten times will set you free from fear and open the door to living life as God intended: in power, love, and a sound mind. Please share the thoughts you have as you meditate this 2 Timothy 1:7 today.

Visit the prayer wall, please and have an extraordinary day of power, love, and a sound mind.

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