turn past struggles into building blocks of faith

If you are reading this, I’m going to assume you’ve travelled down some hard roads. The Bible tells us we will face trials of various kinds. If you want to grow in your faith, it’s important to learn from our struggles. Continue to read how to turn past struggles into building blocks of faith.

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John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I don’t know about you, but if it were up to me, I would never choose to walk through trials. 

I’ve gone through quite a few and would love not to revisit them, or wish those trials for anyone else. 

The bad news is that trials can’t be avoided. 

The good news is, that the trials we face can help us grow and become building blocks to our faith. 

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love.

1 Peter 1: 6-7

When our faith is tested, it can encourage others in their faith, bring glory to God, and strengthen our foundation to face the next trial. 

So, how does this all work? 

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How to turn past struggles into building blocks of faith

I love giving examples from the Bible, so that’s what I’m going to do now. 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-4 NKJV

These verses tell us again that we will face trials. But these verses also assure us that trials have a purpose and can help us grow. 

How do trials help us grow? 

As I think about our walk with The Lord, I can’t help but compare it to the physical growth we go through in our lives. 

The first time a baby tries to walk, they are wobbly, tumble and then fall. 

This “failure” doesn’t keep them from trying again. If anything, it gives them more confidence to try again. The more they fall, the more times they get back up, try again, and then “master” walking. 

The same can be said of us when we face trials. 

The first time we face trials, we are like that baby taking its first steps. We stumble and fall and our faith can be tested, and we may feel overwhelmed. 

But, when the trial is over, we see we made it through and it gives us confidence that we can do it again.

A Personal trial that helped me grow

My husband and I have been married for 15 years, and years 2-5 were rough. Not because our marriage was on the rocks, but because we faced one trial after another, after another. 

It was an extremely hard time. 

Over a couple of years, my husband lost his job 3 times. 

The first time, I was livid toward God. I could not believe that God would let my husband lose his job when I knew Greg was a hard-working person who was just never given the chance to succeed.

I spent a while being mad about the scenario and was an emotional basket case. 

But, after a few months, my husband found a job, and we rejoiced.

  • The next time my husband lost his job, my first reaction was to be angry. But this time, the process of me going from angry at God to depending on God was much shorter. 

Then, I’m not sure how long after that, my husband lost his job a third time. 

It’s been a while since that happened, so I don’t remember the details, but I remember someone saying: 

“You seem so calm about this! Why are you not worried? 

I just remembered thinking: Greg has lost his job before and each time, The Lord brought a job at the right time. We never went hungry, without food, clothing or shelter. Since The Lord has provided for us before, I know He will again. 

I never knew what the provision would look like, or how long we would be in this scenario, but I had first-hand proof and experience that God can provide for us now because He has done for us before. 

The previous 2 job losses increased my dependence on God and taught me to trust Him. 

They built my foundation of faith so that the next time a storm hit, my faith was anchored. It didn’t move. 

I don’t share this to promote me and my faith, because none of it was me. It was ALL The Lord. 

He is the one who gave me the faith to trust in Him, He is the one who heard me screaming and comforted me, He is the one who was with me in the trial, and He is the one who grew my faith. 

The experience of going through those trials, and “coming out of the other side” grew my faith. 

Do you see how one trial helped me grow and built my faith to face the next one? 

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So, how can we replicate this? 

When we face trials, we need to take a minute and remember what God has done for us

And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.

Deuteronomy 8:2

Remember all the work he had done

The Lord was calling the Israelites to remember all the works he had done. 

  • How The Lord led them out of Egypt and saved them from Pharaoh’s army 
  • How The Lord provided water and food in the desert when they were hungry and thirsty
  • How The Lord helped them conquer nations and armies to bring them to the promised land. 

Not only were The Israelites told to remember what God had done, they also placed stones to help trigger their memory and share God’s work with the next generation

Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. 27 And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord which He spoke to us. It shall therefore be a witness to you, lest you deny your God.” 28 So Joshua let the people depart, each to his own inheritance.

Joshua 24: 26-28

This was not the only occasion on which the people of Israel placed stones, you can read about more in the Old Testament. I added some references in your notes if you want to study this further. 

Joshua 4:1-7, Exodus 13:3–6; 24:4; Deuteronomy 27:1–8; Joshua 22:9–12; 24:24–28; 1 Samuel 7:12

Placing stones in my life

Placing these stones was done regularly to help Israel remember what God had done, and it was a way to share their history with the next generation. 

It reminds me of when we would drive around town with my dad. We lived in the same city he grew up in, so anytime we passed a place he had worked, he would say: have I ever told you I worked there? It became this passing joke. But it was his way of sharing his life with us. 

The Lord wants us to remember the works He has done in our lives, and we should have practices or symbols that help us remember them and share them. 

God has done so much for me and in my life and God wants me to remember that. 

For me, I don’t collect rocks to remember God’s work. I sit down and write everything that God has done for me, and it reminds me that God does exist. He loves me, He takes care of me, and He carries me through. I have specific instances I can point back to in my life as proof of His work in my life and know that God does see and hear me. 

Now, you may think: well…. Anne, that’s great for you, but I have never seen God help me through a trial before, so I don’t have this firsthand proof. 

That’s ok. Read on.

What to do if you don’t have a first-hand account

If you don’t have a firsthand account, go back to scripture. 

1 Chronicles 16:12 Remember His marvellous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth

You can go through the Bible and read/write how many times God made a promise and kept it, how much He loves you, and last but not least: His death on the cross, the salvation you have, and everything you receive when you become a child of God. 

When you don’t have firsthand experience, you can always trust that scripture has proof after proof of God’s power, love, and everything else. 

Start with those things, and then, over time, as you see how God provides for you, add it to your list and go back to it repeatedly. 

Homework

To make this session really practical, I have a bit of homework for you. 

I want you to take out some paper and a pen (or a computer doc of some sort) and make a list of 

  • ALL the ways God has guided you
  • ALL the ways God has provided for you
  • All the things God has done for you
  • All the ways God loves you

If you still can’t think of anything, go to scripture and note 
  • All the promises God gives us 
  • The promise of Salvation and the hope we have in heaven 

Once you have written this list, keep it handy. Fold the paper and put in your Bible, or save it as a note in your phone. The water you do, keep it somewhere you can easily find it. 

Then, the next time you are going through a trial, and you feel discouraged- take out your list and read through it. 

Let it remind you of all the ways God has loved you, provided for you, and guided you. 

I promise that this one simple exercise will help you turn past struggles into building blocks of faith and help you when you face anything that comes next. 

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Prayer: The Key to Living as a True Believer

I’ve been a Christian most of my life, and there are times when I just want to know ALL the answers! I don’t want to read more or learn through mistakes or trials, but just KNOW what God wants me to do. Thankfully, there are many things The Bible makes clear to us. One of which is the Key to living as a true believer, and that is to pray! I know that many people may feel this answer is too simple, but it’s the truth. Continue to read and learn how prayer can guide and encourage us in our Christian lives.

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Prayer: The Key to Living as a True Believer

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Apostle Paul – the GOAT evangelist – loved to write letters. He thrived in his letter-writing ministry in the first century, and much of the New Testament of the Bible is composed of various letters he wrote to encourage the early churches.

Paul’s encouragement to Persevere

In his first letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul addressed some pastoral issues that had risen in this young church. 

He encouraged them to persevere through persecution, pursue sexual purity, and live their lives as people who believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 of this letter opens with encouragement and a reminder that Jesus is returning.

However, we won’t be given the opportunity to post this on our calendar.

Paul wanted his readers (including you and me!) to know that we should not be sleepwalking through life while we wait.

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Paul’s teaching on prayer

Then, Paul lands the plane with his words about prayer after a long list of various exhortations.

  • Verse 12 encourages us to love and respect those who are our spiritual leaders.
  • Verse 13 reminds us to live in peace among the other followers of Christ.
  • Verse 14 tells us we are to be patient and attentive to the individual needs of others. Verse 15 reminds us to see the best in each other.

Paul wrapped up his letter with bite-sized commands, completely trusting that the Holy Spirit would equip his audience with the knowledge they need to live these commands. 

Verse 17 is where Paul makes a shift to discuss what our prayer life should look like.

The command on prayer looks different depending on which version of the Bible you prefer.

The NIV commands us to pray continually; pray without ceasing is used in the ESV version; never stop praying is found in the NLT version; and finally, pray constantly is used in the HCSB version.

Regardless of your preferred translation, the message is crystal clear. Paul wants us to know that forming a lifestyle of prayer is the goal that we should be striving for as followers of Christ.

Praying nonstop means we are having a continuous dialogue with God, coming boldly to the throne of grace to offer up praise, supplication, intercessions, petitions, and thanksgiving.

How can a follower of Jesus model the prayer life Paul described?

8 characteristics of a Biblical prayer life:

  • Someone who prays continually is someone who does not rely on their own strength (Philippians 4:13).
  • They desire to maintain a close and personal relationship with God by pouring their heart to God (Psalm 62:8).
  • They acknowledge the Holiness of God (Matthew 6:9).
  • They cast their anxiety on Him, acknowledging that God cares (1 Peter 5:7).
  • They know that God can sympathize with us in our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).
  • They know that God promises that if they ask anything according to His will, that He hears them (1 John 5:14). 
  • Living a life of continual prayer means a constant conversation with God is happening and that you acknowledge that He is a friend (Psalm 25:14).
  • It also means allowing yourself to praise God for who He is Lord (Daniel 2:20).

The Bible tells us to always be in prayer- if this is something you want to grow in, you can pray something like this:

Equip me to do this.  Bless me with a desire to have an ongoing dialogue with you, knowing that as I pray Your spirit will guide my words. Allow me to have a deep awareness of your character and your faithfulness. Guide my thoughts to be continuously aware of your presence in all circumstances. Align my will with Your will. Amen

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The Benefits of daily Bible reading for spiritual growth

In today’s fast-paced world filled with constant noise and distractions, finding a quiet time to connect with God can be challenging. 

However, setting aside dedicated time for quiet reflection and Bible reading holds immense importance in nurturing our spiritual well-being. 

In this blog post, I share the Benefits of daily Bible reading for spiritual growth and explore the many benefits it offers.

The Benefits of daily Bible reading for spiritual growth

1. Nourishes Your Soul

Just as our bodies require nourishment, our souls also need spiritual sustenance. 

One of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it provides the nourishment your inner self craves, offering insights, wisdom, and guidance.

  • Psalm 23:1-3 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
  • Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
  • Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

2. Deepens Your Faith

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it deepens your understanding of God and strengthens your faith. 

It allows you to connect with the teachings, stories, and principles that form the foundation of your beliefs.

  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
  • Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
  • James 1:3 Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

3. Finding Clarity: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it provides a sanctuary for your thoughts. 

It’s a space where you can gain clarity about life’s challenges, decisions, and uncertainties through prayer, meditation, and reflection.

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

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4. Gaining Perspective: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that The Bible contains a wealth of stories and wisdom that offer valuable perspectives on life’s trials and tribulations. 

Reading it regularly can help you see your circumstances in a broader, spiritual context.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
  • Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  • Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

5. Cultivating Inner Peace: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it allows you to calm your mind and nurture a sense of inner peace. It can be a refuge from the stresses of daily life.

  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • Psalm 46:10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

6. Reduces Stress: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that its teachings can provide solace and reduce stress. 

It reminds you of God’s presence and His promise to be with you in all situations.

  • Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
  • 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

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7. Personal Growth: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it fosters personal growth. 

They encourage you to examine your beliefs, values, and behaviours, leading to positive transformation.

  • 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
  • Colossians 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
  • James 1:4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

8. Character Development: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that The Bible’s teachings inspire character development, helping you cultivate virtues such as love, patience, kindness, and forgiveness.

  • Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
  • Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
  • Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

9. Strengthens Your relationship with God: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it’s an opportunity to connect with God on a personal level. 

It’s a time to pray, seek His guidance, and deepen your relationship with Him.

  • James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  • Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

10. Listen & learn: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is The Bible is a copy of God’s word where we can hear God speak to us. By reading it, you listen to His words and learn about His nature, His love, and His plan for your life.

  • Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
  • Matthew 7:24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
  • Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end, you will be counted among the wise.

11. Wisdom and Direction: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it offers timeless wisdom and practical guidance for navigating life’s challenges, making decisions, and finding purpose.

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Quiet time and Bible reading are not mere rituals but powerful tools for nurturing your spirit and strengthening your faith. 

By embracing these practices, you can experience spiritual growth, find inner peace, gain clarity, and deepen your relationship with God.

In a world filled with noise and distractions, prioritizing quiet time and Bible reading is a choice that can transform your life and lead you on a path of spiritual fulfillment and enlightenment.

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A meaningful 5 minute Christmas Devotion

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. One highlight for me is taking the time to remember Jesus- His birth, life, death, resurrection, and coming return. Since Christmas is such a special time of year, it’s important to focus on Christ in this season. To help you do that- I’ve written this 5 minute Christmas devotion. 

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For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. 

Isaiah 9:6-7

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, I’ve been thinking a lot about thrones, power, and responsibility. 

The Queen will be remembered as the longest-sitting Monark. One who served her country from a young age to just days before her death. 

Even though these are amazing accomplishments, her reign doesn’t even compare to Jesus’ reign. 

The Government will be on His shoulders

There are 56 countries on six continents that make up the Commonwealth. This means that these countries see the British Monark as their sovereign and have them as their head of state. 

This is an awesome responsibility and one that demands trust, wisdom, and much more. 

The Bible tells us that The government will be on Jesus’s shoulders. Meaning that He will be the head of ALL governments- not just 56 countries. 

He will reign and rule over the entire world. 

There will be no end to peace

2022-2022 have been some of the most tumultuous years in recent history. There have been many deaths, murders, and natural disasters reported in the news. 

Every day we read stories of mass shootings, mass murders, people dying from accidents and so much more. 

The amount of pain and suffering has been so great that I’ve had to stop watching the news. 

It just became too overwhelming and not good for my mental health. 

M comfort comes from knowing that Jesus is going to return, and when He does- His reign will be marked by peace. 

Peace like we have never experienced and it will last forever. 

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His reign establishes Justice Forever 

As we look around us, it’s easy to see injustice- the wealthy taking advantage of the poor, powerful people walking over others, and minority groups being treated like 2nd tear citizens. 

As I think about all the injustice- I get discouraged as I know these issues are not simple and need more than just 1 thing to be made right. 

These verses tell us that Jesus’s reign will establish Justice forever. That means that as soon as Jesus’ reign start- we will see all the injustice made right and this standard will last forever. 

As we think about the birth of The Lord Jesus Christ, let’s also look forward to His triumphant return will He will make all things right and take His rightful place forever. 

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What does The Bible say about suicide?

According to The CDC, in 2021- 48183 people died by suicide in The USA. That is 1 death every 11 minutes. That is a staggering amount! With so many people committing suicide, why is The Church not talking about this? People want to know what The Bible says about suicide and want to know how to face these very real and hard issues. I can’t promise that this post will solve the problem, but I will answer the Question: What does The Bible say about suicide?

Anytime I want to know What The Bible says about something, I do a simple word search in Bible Gateway or my Bible App. But this time, that search wasn’t helpful because The Bible does not explicitly address the topic of suicide, and it does not contain specific verses that directly discuss the act of taking one’s own life. 

Since we can’t look at the exact issue, does that mean The Lord doesn’t care about suicide or that Christians can’t have a Biblical view on this topic? 

The answer is NO to both of those questions. 

The Lord does care when His children are hurting and commit suicide or want to commit suicide. Not only that but as Christians, we can take Christian principles and apply them to the way we look at suicide. 

In today’s post, I will share 6 Biblical principles and teachings that are relevant when discussing suicide.

6 Biblical principles: What does the bible say about suicide?

1. Sanctity of Life:

The Bible emphasizes the sanctity of human life in 2 different ways. 

A) Life as a Divine Gift:

The Bible teaches that life is a precious gift from God. 

These verses tell us the direct involvement of God in the formation of each person in the womb. 

By telling us that life is a gift given to us from God. This gift indicates the value of each individual. 

B) Created in the Image of God

So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. 

Genesis 1:27

This verse clearly tells us that all human beings are created in the image of God. This statement emphasizes the inherent value of every human being. 

The idea that humanity bears the image of God means that each individual possesses qualities like love, creativity, reason, and moral responsibility.

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2. A Commandment NOT to kill: 

In the book of Exodus, God delivered the Ten Commandments to the Israelites through Moses as a foundational guide for their moral and ethical conduct. 

Among these commandments, the sixth one stands out prominently:

You shall not murder.

Exodus 20:13

This verse is interpreted by many to mean that taking an innocent life, including our own, is morally wrong and that it’s our responsibility to preserve and protect life.

May Christians believe that our own life is also innocent and that suicide is not a good thing to do. 

This commandment demonstrates a deep respect for people’s lives and clearly says not to purposely harm or kill someone who hasn’t done anything wrong. 

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3. Hope and Healing: 

The Bible offers messages of hope, healing, and comfort to those who may be struggling with despair, depression, or thoughts of self-harm. 

These messages of hope are particularly important in addressing the emotional and mental struggles that can lead to thoughts of suicide.

It encourages seeking help, relying on faith, and turning to God in times of trouble

A) Seeking Help:

The Bible acknowledges the importance of seeking help when facing overwhelming challenges.

It encourages individuals to reach out to others, whether it be friends, family, or professionals, for support. The act of seeking help is seen as a courageous step toward healing and restoration.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

This verse acknowledges the emotional pain and distress that people can experience, describing them as “brokenhearted” and “crushed in spirit.”

It suggests that when individuals are going through difficult times or struggling emotionally, they don’t have to face it alone.

They can reach out to God, who is portrayed as being near and attentive to their pain. Seeking help, in this case, involves turning to God for comfort and solace.

The verse encourages believers to rely on their faith in God’s compassion and presence. It’s an affirmation that, even in times of trouble, they can place their trust in God’s love and care. This reliance on faith means believing that God is a source of strength and comfort.

The verse also suggests that turning to God is a natural response when facing emotional or spiritual turmoil. It implies that God is a refuge and a source of salvation for those who seek Him in times of distress. In doing so, individuals acknowledge their dependence on God’s grace and intervention.

B) Relying on faith

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

In these verses, Jesus extends a direct invitation to those who are weary and burdened, inviting them to “come” to Him.

This invitation is a clear demonstration of the need to seek help. Jesus acknowledges that life can be filled with weariness and burdens, and He encourages people to turn to Him for relief and rest.

These verses emphasize the act of turning to Jesus as a response to life’s struggles. It implies that by turning to Him, individuals place their trust in God’s provision and care.

The promise of finding rest for one’s soul underscores the idea that God is the ultimate source of comfort and healing in times of trouble.

Psalm 34:18 and Matthew 11:28-30 illustrate the biblical perspective on seeking help, relying on faith, and turning to God in times of trouble. 

They emphasize that seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous and faith-filled step. 

It also underscores the idea that faith in God’s presence and compassion can provide solace and that turning to God is a natural response when facing life’s challenges.

The Bible offers a message of hope and healing that is relevant and comforting to those facing despair, depression, or thoughts of self-harm, including those struggling with the idea of suicide.

It encourages seeking help, relying on faith, and turning to God and the community in times of trouble. These biblical principles emphasize the value of life, the importance of support, and the promise of restoration for those who are hurting.

4. Redemption and Forgiveness: 

The Bible also offers a message of hope and redemption for those who may have done something wrong or who have faced despair. 

The Bible contains many stories of redemption and forgiveness that provide hope for individuals who may have faced despair or made mistakes, including those contemplating the idea of suicide. 

These stories emphasize the possibility of transformation through repentance and God’s boundless mercy.

A) King David’s Story:

One of the best examples in the Bible is the story of King David. David, described as a man after God’s own heart, made serious mistakes, including committing adultery with Bathsheba and orchestrating the death of her husband, Uriah.

His actions were morally wrong and caused him and the nation immense pain. However, when confronted by the prophet Nathan, David expressed deep remorse and sought God’s forgiveness with a repentant heart (2 Samuel 12:13).

God forgave him and continued to use him in significant ways. This story illustrates that even those who have committed serious sins and mistakes can find forgiveness and renewal through genuine repentance.

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B) The Prodigal Son:

In Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), a young man squanders his inheritance and finds himself in a state of destitution and despair.

When he returns to his father, he expects to be rejected. Instead, he is welcomed with open arms.

This parable teaches us That God is like that father, watching and waiting for our return.  It also shows us that God’s love and forgiveness are available to those who turn back to Him, no matter how far they may have strayed, or how many sins they have committed.

C) Paul’s Transformation:

The apostle Paul, formerly known as Saul persecuted early Christians before his conversion.

His transformation into one of Christianity’s greatest evangelists demonstrates the power of God’s grace and the potential for radical change.

Paul’s story illustrates that individuals who have engaged in harmful actions can experience a complete turnaround through faith in Christ.

These accounts demonstrate that while people may make mistakes and face despair, there is hope for redemption and forgiveness through genuine repentance and faith. 

They teach us the principle that God’s love and mercy are not limited by our past actions and that a sincere desire to change and seek God’s forgiveness can lead to transformation and a renewed sense of purpose.

For those struggling with thoughts of suicide, these stories offer hope. That even in the darkest moments, there is the possibility of healing and redemption. 

They encourage individuals to turn to God, seek help, and recognize that their past does not define their future. 

5. Love & Compassion: 

Christianity places a strong emphasis on love, compassion, and support for individuals who are experiencing emotional pain, suffering, or despair, including those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. 

These principles are rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the broader biblical message.

  • Matthew 22:39 – Love Your Neighbor: In response to a question about the greatest commandment, Jesus emphasizes the importance of loving one’s neighbour as oneself. This teaching extends to caring for the well-being of others, including those who may be suffering emotionally or spiritually.
  • Matthew 25:31-46 – The Parable of the Sheep and Goats: In this parable, Jesus illustrates the concept of neighbourly love by emphasizing acts of compassion and service to those in need. He identifies acts of kindness, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and imprisoned, as expressions of love toward Him. This teaching reinforces the idea that Christians are called to care for the vulnerable and extend compassion to those who are suffering.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus’ actions align with his teachings on compassion. He healed the sick, comforted the sorrowful, and showed kindness to those who were marginalized or outcasts.

His ministry exemplified the principle of reaching out to those in emotional pain and despair, offering hope and healing.

In the context of thoughts of suicide, these Christian principles emphasize the importance of a supportive and compassionate community. 

Christians are encouraged to extend a helping hand, listen non-judgmentally, and provide emotional support to individuals facing emotional struggles. The teachings of Jesus promote a culture of love and compassion, reinforcing the idea that each person is valuable and worthy of care and assistance.

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6. Support and Community: 

The Bible provides a profound perspective on the importance of support and community, which is highly relevant in the context of individuals facing emotional distress, including those contemplating suicide. 

This biblical principle emphasizes the role of faith communities and support networks in providing strength, solace, and healing.

A) Carry each other’s burdens

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.

This verse encourages us to bear one another’s burdens. This verse highlights the importance of empathy and support within the Christian community.

It suggests that Christians are called to walk alongside one another, offering a helping hand and a listening ear to those who are burdened by emotional pain or difficulties.

It suggests that when individuals are burdened by emotional pain, suffering, or despair, their fellow believers should come alongside them, offering assistance, empathy, and care.

This mutual support is an expression of the love and compassion that Christians are called to embody.

B) Confess your sins to each other

James 5:16  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

This verse instructs believers to “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

This verse highlights the importance of openness and vulnerability within the faith community.

It encourages individuals to share their struggles, including emotional distress, with trusted members of their community.

Through confession and prayer, believers can find emotional and spiritual healing, knowing that they are not alone in their challenges.

Biblical Examples of Supportive Community:

A) Job’s “Support “Friends”

In the Old Testament, we see examples of individuals finding solace and strength through their faith communities. Job, who endured great suffering, had friends who initially offered comfort (Job 2:11-13). However, the story also highlights the importance of compassionate and supportive companionship during times of distress.

B) Christian Community

In the New Testament, the early Christian community in Acts 2:42-47 exemplifies a model of mutual support, fellowship, and caring for one another’s needs. This sense of unity and shared concern fostered a supportive environment for those facing challenges.

In the context of thoughts of suicide, these biblical principles emphasize the value of reaching out to one’s faith community and support networks. 

Christians are encouraged not to bear their emotional burdens alone but to seek help, understanding, and prayer from their fellow believers. 

This community approach creates a sense of belonging and care, providing people with the strength and encouragement they need during difficult times. 

In a perfect Christian church, we would show compassion and be a supportive Christian community that strengthens the well-being of each member, particularly when they are facing emotional distress or despair.

Conclusion: 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please seek help from mental health professionals, counsellors, or support networks. 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.): You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). This free and confidential hotline is available 24/7 and connects you with trained crisis counsellors who can provide support and resources.
  • Crisis Text Line (U.S.): Text HELLO to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. Trained crisis counsellors are available via text message to provide support and assistance.
  • Local Crisis Hotlines: Many communities have local crisis hotlines or mental health crisis services. Look for local resources in your area, as they can provide immediate assistance and referrals to local mental health professionals.
  • Emergency Services: If you believe someone is in immediate danger or has harmed themselves, call 911 or your local emergency number. Emergency responders can provide immediate assistance.
  • Mental Health Professionals: Seek help from mental health professionals, such as therapists, counsellors, or psychiatrists. They can provide therapy and treatment for individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts.

While the Bible does not directly address suicide, its teachings promote a profound respect for human life and a call to care for the well-being of one another, particularly during moments of despair or crisis.

It is important for individuals and communities to address the complex issue of suicide with understanding and empathy while seeking appropriate professional assistance when necessary.

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What does The Bible say about prayer

The purpose of prayer is to communicate with God. It’s a way for believers to express their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and concerns to God. But, what does The Bible say about prayer?

The Bible contains numerous verses and passages that emphasize the importance of prayer, its purpose, and how believers should approach it. 

Continue to read as I share with you 5 things The Bible says about prayer. 

What does The Bible say about prayer?

1. The Lord gives us an example of prayer 

The Bible doesn’t just tell us to pray, but it also gives us examples of how we can pray. 

One of the most popular examples is The Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew. 

This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)

These verses are a great model for us to use when we pray. 

The Lord’s Prayer consists of six key elements:

  • Our Father in Heaven: This establishes a personal and reverent relationship with God, emphasizing His position and loving care.
  • Hallowed be your name: praises God’s holiness and reminds us to approach God with humility and wonder.
  • Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven: represents our surrender to God’s divine plan and desire to follow His purpose & plan for our lives.
  • Give us today our daily bread: We can pray to The Lord and request not only spiritual nourishment but physical nourishment as well. This shows our dependence on God.
  • And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors: This describes the importance of asking for forgiveness and giving it to others.
  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one: Acknowledges our tendency to veer off course and shows our need to seek God’s guidance, and protection, and the need for His support in our daily lives.

2. We should replace worry with prayer 

It is well known that just stopping a behaviour is not good enough. If we truly want to stop a certain behaviour, we MUST replace it with something different. 

We see this in scripture when it comes to worry and prayer. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

The Bible doesn’t promise believers an easy life. It states clearly that life can bring about circumstances that cause stress. But, The Lord doesn’t just let believers dwell on the stresses of life. 

The Bible offers a powerful alternative—prayer. 

By turning to God in prayer, believers can release their anxieties and concerns into His capable hands, seeking His guidance, help, and comfort.

The peace of God will guard your hearts

In the second portion of the verse, The Bible says: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This is a clear promise that says- when we present our requests to God with prayer and thanksgiving, we are not left in a state of fear or worry. Instead, we receive a profound, supernatural peace—a peace that goes beyond human comprehension.

Significance: This promise defines the amazing power of prayer. It assures believers that when they spend time communicating with God, they can experience a peace that defies logic and surpasses the circumstances. This peace acts as a guard, protecting our hearts and minds from the grip of anxiety and worry.

This passage reminds us that, through prayer, we can find not only relief from anxiety but also a profound and unexplainable peace that stems from our trust in a loving and caring God.

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3. Give Thanks in all things 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

These verses describe a clear set of instructions for believers, focusing on the importance of rejoicing, prayer, and gratitude in the Christian life. 

The set of instruction are as follows: 

  • Rejoice Always: This is a command that encourages a constant spirit of joy rooted in Christ, even amidst life’s challenges. It encourages Christians reminding them that our faith can be a source of joy and comfort in all circumstances.
  • Pray Continually: Believers are encouraged to maintain an ongoing, prayerful attitude. This means seeking God’s guidance and comfort throughout the day, emphasizing a close and consistent relationship with God.
  • Give Thanks in All Circumstances: Expressing gratitude, even in difficult times, acknowledges God’s presence and sovereignty. It deepens our faith and helps us keep a positive view.

4. Confess our sins 

Before we can have a relationship with God, we must confess our sins to Him and ask for forgiveness.  

We only need to ask for salvation once, but we should continually be asking for forgiveness as we fall into different sins. 

The Bible tells us that, not only should we confess our sins to Him, but we should confess our sins to each other and pray for one another.  

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

James 5:16 (NIV)

James encourages believers to confess their sins to each other and to pray for one another’s healing. 

This practice has several layers of significance:

  • Community and Accountability: Confessing sins to fellow believers creates a sense of community and accountability within the local and global church. This tells us that we are not meant to live the challenges of this life alone but as a supportive and caring group of people.
  • Emotional and Spiritual Healing: Confession can be emotionally liberating and spiritually rejuvenating. Sharing our struggles and sins can help alleviate guilt, shame, and emotional burdens. This act of vulnerability can lead to spiritual healing and growth.

These verses encourage all believers to practice vulnerability and accountability by confessing sins to one another and praying for healing. 

It also highlights the power and effectiveness of a righteous person’s prayer, rooted in faith and aligned with God’s will. 

This passage reminds us that prayer is a powerful tool for seeking healing, both physically and spiritually, and that it is an essential part of the Christian life.

5. Everyone can find The Lord

Some people believe that God doesn’t see them and that they can’t find God. 

This is the furthest thing from The Truth as The scripture promises us that if anyone seeks God, they will find Him! 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

These verses tell us that we have access to God and promise that those who seek Him will indeed find Him:

Asking, Seeking, and Knocking:

  • Ask: This verse encourages believers to ask God for what they need or desire. It reflects the idea that prayer is a means of making requests and expressing one’s needs and desires before God.
  • Seek: Seeking goes beyond asking; it implies a deeper, intentional pursuit of God’s presence, guidance, and truth. It suggests a sincere desire for a deeper understanding of God and His will.
  • Knock: Knocking on a door implies persistence and a desire for entry. In the context of prayer, knocking represents the act of approaching God persistently, seeking a deeper relationship or a specific answer to prayer.

The Promise of Receiving, Finding, and the Door Opening:

The verses make a powerful promise: “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” 

This promise emphasizes that God is approachable, responsive, and open to our desires.

  • Receiving: When we ask, God promises that we will receive, suggesting that our prayers are not in vain. However, it’s important to remember that the answer to our prayers may not always align with our expectations, but it will align with God’s will.
  • Finding: Those who seek God with sincerity will find Him. This implies that God is close and wants a close relationship with you. He is not hiding, and anyone who looks for Him will find Him
  • The Door Opening: Knocking signifies our desire to find God. When we do knock, God promises to open the door, indicating that He welcomes us into His presence and invites us to experience a closer relationship with Him.

These verses tell us that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, can find the Lord through prayer and seek His guidance and presence in their lives.

Conclusion:

There are many verses about prayer in The Bible, but I believe the examples above give you a good window into the amazing relationship we can have with God. 

Prayer is not like rubbing a lamp and asking for what we want. 

It’s a means of talking to God and having a close relationship with Him.

Overall, these verses highlight the significance of prayer as a means of seeking God, finding peace, seeking forgiveness, and connecting with Him on a personal level. 

They also emphasize the importance of faith, persistence, and the transformative power of prayer in the Christian life.

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How to Establish a Daily Bible Study Habit: The ultimate Step-by-Step guide

Have you ever wondered why The Bible continues to be the number 1 selling book in the world? Many people think it’s a book of rules, or that it’s not relevant to today. But that is NOT true! The Bible is full of wisdom and truth we can use to live a life closest to God. If that sounds like something you want to do, continue to read as I share How to Establish a Daily Bible Study Habit.

Have you ever wondered why The Bible continues to be the number 1 selling book in the world? Many people think it’s a book of rules, or that it’s not relevant to today. But that is NOT true! The Bible is full of wisdom and truth we can use to live a life closest to God. If that sounds like something you want to do, continue to read as I share How to Establish a Daily Bible Study Habit.

How to Establish a Daily Bible Study Habit: The ultimate Step-by-Step guide

Step 1: Understanding Your Why 

Each of us has a reason for every choice we make, and the things we choose to do.

Reading The Bible is no exception.

Daily Bible reading isn’t just a routine; it’s a way to nourish your faith, find guidance in life, gain wisdom, and deepen your relationship with God. 

But, unless we know why WE want to read The Bible, that spiritual discipline will always be hard for us to accomplish. 

So, if you are really serious about establishing a daily Bible study habit, then it’s important for you to understand why you want to do it. 

  • Is there a problem you face you need wisdom for? 
  • Do you need encouragement or guidance? 

Whatever your reason, we can find the answer in scripture. You may not get an exact answer, but- you will learn how to look at things the way God does and how you can depend on His Word to guide you. 

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Step 2: Set Clear Goals

In our journey to establish a daily Bible study habit, setting clear goals is like planning your road trip, but this one is for your spiritual voyage. 

Clear goals can provide direction, purpose, and a sense of accomplishment. 

Why are Clear Goals Important?

Imagine you’re planning a road trip. Would you just get in your car and drive aimlessly? 

Probably not! 

You’d likely have a destination in mind, maybe some places you want to visit along the way, and a map to guide you. 

Setting clear goals in your daily Bible study is like having a map for your spiritual journey. It helps you stay on track, measure your progress, and arrive at your desired destination.

Specific, Measurable, and Achievable Goals:

When setting goals for your daily Bible study, remember the three magic words: specific, measurable, and achievable.

  • Specific: Your goals should be crystal clear. Instead of saying, “I want to understand the Bible better,” try something like, “I want to understand the book of Psalms more deeply.”
  • Measurable: Goals should be quantifiable so you can track your progress. For instance, “I want to memorize one Bible verse each week” is measurable because you can count the verses you’ve memorized.
  • Achievable: Be realistic. Set goals that you can reasonably attain with dedication and effort. For example, saying, “I want to read the entire Bible in a week” might be too ambitious for most people.

Aligning with Your Spiritual Aspirations:

Now, take a moment to reflect on what you hope to achieve through daily Bible study. 

Are you seeking to deepen your relationship with God, gain wisdom for life’s challenges, or grow in your understanding of specific biblical topics?

Examples of Clear Goals:

  • I want to thoroughly study the Gospel of Matthew over the next three months.
  • I will memorize one verse per week and reflect on its meaning.
  • I will spend 20 minutes each day studying and researching the topic of forgiveness in the Bible.

Remember, setting clear goals is like giving your daily Bible study a purpose and a roadmap. It keeps you motivated and focused on your spiritual journey.

 So, take a moment to set your own specific, measurable, and achievable goals that align with your spiritual aspirations, and watch how it transforms your daily Bible study experience.

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Step 3: Find the Right Time and Place

In your journey to establish a meaningful daily Bible study habit, one of the key steps is choosing the right time and place. 

Why Is Consistency Important?

Imagine trying to build a house without a solid foundation. In the same way, finding a consistent time and place for your Bible study sets a sturdy foundation for your spiritual growth. 

It helps create a routine, making Bible study a natural part of your day, just like eating meals or brushing your teeth.

Choosing the Perfect Time:

Now, let’s dive into selecting the ideal time for your daily Bible study:

  • Morning Glory: Some people find that starting their day with Scripture sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. If you’re a morning person, consider waking up a bit earlier to spend quality time with the Bible.
  • Lunch Break Power-Up: For those with busy mornings or unpredictable schedules, using your lunch break can be an excellent choice. Grab your Bible and a quiet corner to recharge your spiritual batteries during lunchtime.
  • Evening Calm: If evenings are when you feel most relaxed, this might be your prime Bible study time. It can help you unwind, reflect on the day, and find solace in the Scriptures before bedtime.

Tips for Selection:

Here are some handy tips to guide you in choosing the right time:

  • Work with Your Schedule: Consider your daily routine and responsibilities. Your Bible study time should align with your existing commitments to ensure consistency.
  • Choose a Quiet Space: Find a peaceful, distraction-free location where you can focus. It could be a cozy corner of your home, a quiet park bench, or even a nearby library.
  • Test and Adjust: Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try out different times and places to see what suits you best. It might take a bit of trial and error to find your perfect fit.
  • Stay Flexible: While consistency is crucial, life can be unpredictable. It’s okay to adjust your study time occasionally to accommodate unexpected events.

Remember, the goal is to create a space in your day where you can connect with God through His word. 

Whether it’s in the morning, or at night, the right time and place will help make your daily Bible study a cherished part of your routine. 

So, go ahead and take a moment to find your ideal time and space.

Step 4: Choose the right Study Materials

Selecting the right study materials for your daily Bible study is like equipping yourself with the tools you need for a successful journey. In this step, we’ll explore various Bible study resources and how to pick the ones that align with your goals.

Different Bible Study Materials:

  1. Study Bibles: These special editions of the Bible come with additional features like explanatory notes, cross-references, maps, and topical articles. They are incredibly helpful for understanding the context and deeper meanings of passages. A popular choice is the NIV Study Bible*.
  2. Commentaries: Commentaries are written by scholars and experts who provide in-depth analysis and insights into the Bible. They can help you gain a deeper understanding of specific verses or books. Consider exploring Matthew Henry’s Commentary. *
  3. Concordances: Concordances are like indexes that help you find specific words or verses in the Bible. They’re great for word studies and research. You can find online concordances like Bible Gateway.
  4. Online Study Tools: There are numerous websites and apps that offer Bible study resources. Some popular ones include YouVersion, BibleStudyTools, and Blue Letter Bible. These platforms provide access to various translations, commentaries, and study plans.
  5. Devotionals: Devotional books offer daily readings and reflections that connect to specific themes or books of the Bible. Our Daily Bread is a well-known devotional resource.
  6. Bible Study Workbooks: Many workbooks are designed for group or personal study and come with guided questions and activities. They can be excellent for structured learning. Check out The Christian Growth Hub as an example.

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Choosing Materials Aligned with Your Goals:

The key to selecting the right study materials is to consider your goals. 

  • Do you want to do a deep dive into a specific book? 
  • Do you want to understand the historical context? 
  • Are you focused on personal devotion or scholarly research?

Once you know what your goals are (you should have done this is step 1) you can then choose materials that align with your goals. 

Experiment with different resources to discover what you like the best with your learning style and spiritual journey. 

So, go ahead and take a moment to choose the materials you will be using for the next couple of months or years. 

Step 5: Create a Study Plan

A Bible reading plan can offer flexibility and be adjusted to suit personal preferences and schedules. This is important for people who have busy schedules or specific reading preferences. 

You can pick from a variety of pre-made Bible reading plans, or you can make your own. 

Some Bible reading plans are designed to be completed in a certain amount of time, such as 30 days or one year.  

However, these plans can be adjusted to suit your personal reading pace. If you prefer to read at a slower pace, you can spread out the reading plan over a longer period of time. 

If you prefer to read at a faster pace, you can try to complete the plan in a shorter amount of time. 

If you want to make your own plan, first you need to outline what you’ll study each day or week. 

For example, if you’re studying a book of the Bible, plan to read and reflect on a certain number of verses or chapters each day. Having a schedule keeps you on track.

Start with Manageable Portions:

When you’re just beginning, it’s essential to start small. Starting with manageable portions allows you to experience a sense of accomplishment. 

Focusing on a smaller section also helps you to dive deeper into the meaning and context of each verse. 

Journaling and Note-Taking:

To go even deeper, consider keeping a journal or taking notes during your Bible study sessions. 

Writing down your thoughts and insights helps you process what you’ve read and meditate on its significance.

Keeping a journal also allows you to track your spiritual journey over time. You can see how your understanding and relationship with God has changed over time. 

Remember, your study plan should be flexible and adaptable to your needs and progress. 

The most important thing is to be consistent and sincere in your pursuit of God’s word. 

So, take some time to make your Bible reading plan. You can start small, or follow one that is already made and works for you and your goals. 

Step 6: Stay Accountable to a friend 

Since you’ve made it far, I can tell you are serious about reading The Bible more often. 

Even though this is step number 6, it’s probably the most important. 

Many people make goals and start off well, but stop over time. 

The way to keep going is to make sure you have accountability. 

Accountability is that extra push, that gentle nudge, and that friendly reminder that can make all the difference in sticking to your daily habits. 

Here’s why accountability matters:

When you commit to being accountable to someone, you’re more likely to stay consistent. Knowing that someone is aware of your goal motivates you to follow through.

Accountability partners can also provide encouragement and support when you face challenges or moments of doubt. They can offer words of wisdom or simply be there to listen.

Ways to Stay Accountable:

Many churches and communities host Bible study groups. Joining one can provide a structured environment for your studies and introduce you to like-minded individuals who share your passion for the Bible.

If physical accountability partners aren’t available, explore online communities or forums dedicated to Bible study. You can share your goals and progress with a supportive virtual community.

Remember, the goal of accountability is not to add pressure but to create a supportive network that helps you succeed. 

It’s about sharing your journey, celebrating your victories, and receiving encouragement when needed. 

By staying accountable to a friend or community, you’re more likely to make daily Bible study a lasting and enriching part of your life.

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Step 7: Overcoming Challenges

As Christians, we all want to read the Bible and pray more and we know what to do, right? 

We also know that reading our Bibles is how we get to know God more.

But knowing it and actually doing it are two different things.

And if you’re like me, then Bible reading every day isn’t easy for you. It’s something that maybe you struggle with.

And if it is, then it means that there’s some sort of barrier keeping you from doing what it is that you want to do. 

There are many barriers women face when reading The Bible. 

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Step 8: Celebrate Milestones

I grew up in a Christian environment where we didn’t talk about our personal Bible study times, or celebrate our personal victories in Christ.

But, I think one thing we can start doing is celebrating your progress and achievements along the way.

Why Celebrate Milestones?

Celebrating milestones in your Bible study journey is like giving yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. It’s a way to acknowledge your hard work, dedication, and the growth you’ve experienced. 

Celebrating milestones keeps you motivated. When you recognize your achievements, it inspires you to continue your journey with enthusiasm.

It’s a chance to reflect on how far you’ve come. Looking back at your milestones can remind you of the positive impact daily Bible study has had on your life.

How to Celebrate Milestones:

  • Set Specific Milestones: Identify specific points in your journey that you’d like to celebrate. These could be finishing a certain book of the Bible, reaching a memorization goal, or consistently studying The Bible for a month.
  • Reward Yourself: Treat yourself when you reach a milestone. It could be something simple like enjoying your favourite dessert, taking a nature walk, or spending quality time with loved ones.
  • Share Your Achievements: Don’t be shy about sharing your accomplishments with an accountability partner, friend, or family member. They can celebrate with you and offer their support and encouragement.
  • Journal Your Progress: Consider keeping a journal of your Bible study journey. Document your milestones, reflections, and any personal growth you’ve experienced. It’s a beautiful way to capture the moments and see your spiritual development over time.

As you celebrate your milestones, you’ll discover that daily Bible study isn’t just a task to check off; it’s a source of immense joy and enrichment. 

It’s about drawing closer to God, gaining insights, and finding purpose and peace in your life.

Conclusion:

A daily Bible study habit creates spiritual growth, wisdom, and a deeper connection with God. 

There are so many benefits, and I know that if you take each of these steps, you will see how much treasure can be found in God’s word. 

FREE Challenge

Now, it’s time to take a step further and actively invest in your spiritual growth. I invite you to join our FREE 5-day Bible reading challenge, where you’ll embark on a journey of deeper connection with God and His Word.

In this challenge, you’ll receive daily guidance, inspirational verses, and practical tips to enrich your quiet time.

That is why I am thrilled to invite you to our upcoming Transform Your Quiet Time ” Challenge! 

This is a FREE 5-day challenge that is designed especially for Christian women like you, seeking to cultivate a meaningful quiet time practice.

During this challenge, you will learn:

  • How to create a personalized quiet time plan
  • Insights to make your devotional time more impactful
  • How to understand the context of the passage
  • And so much more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to transform your quiet time and flourish in your faith! 

Click here to sign up today! 

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How to choose A Bible Reading Plan

I’ve been serving The Lord since I was a child and one thing I love doing is helping people start reading The Bible. One of the best ways to read The Bible consistently is by following a Bible Reading Plan. Continue to read as I share how to choose a Bible Reading Plan that works for you. 

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How to choose a Bible Reading Plan that works for you

1. Decide what type of Bible Reading Plan you want to follow

There are many types of Bible reading plans and it’s important you take some time and think about what you want to read in The Bible and the type of plan that will work for you. 

2. Get a copy of the plan

Some Bible reading plans on digital and others are physical. Whatever type of plan you choose, make sure you have a copy. 

So that means downloading an app, setting up an email service, printing off a Bible reading plan, or purchasing a book plan. 

Whatever path you choose, make sure you have a copy of the plan with you. 

3. Make The Bible Reading Plan accessible 

As a Christian, I desire to read The Word of God, but it’s still hard for me to follow through on reading The Bible every day. 

It seems like there are always distractions that keep me from reading The Bible. 

One way I can help minimize the distractions is by having my Bible reading plan accessible. 

That means the plan is either on our phone (email or app), or a copy of the plan is tucked in your Bible.

Having your plan accessible will save you time because you won’t have to look for it and be distracted by everything you see around you in your search. 

1 Year Bible reading plan

4. Track your process 

As a Christian, I’ve often felt guilty about how much I read The Bible or not. But, through the years, I’ve learned that the guilt I feel isn’t related to what God thinks about it. 

God loves us so much. His love doesn’t change regardless of how much we read The Bible. 

But, when we want to improve in an area- one thing that can help is tracking how often we do it. 

That means that when we make a goal to read The Bible more often- it’s important for us to see if we reach that goal or not. 

The Best way to track your Bible reading is to use a tracking sheet to give you a visual of the days you read The Bible, and the days you didn’t. 

This tracker is not to make you feel guilty about missing a day- it’s helping you see whether you meet your goals. 

5. Make adjustments 

Once you have followed your plan for a couple of weeks- it’s important that you take a minute to see whether it’s working. 

If you have a goal of reading The Bible every day- track your progress for at least a week. 

Then, sit down and see what days you missed and what days you didn’t. Once you have done that, take some time to think about the days you missed. 

Instead of feeling guilty about the days you missed, think about why you missed that day. 

Where are you busy, tired, or distracted? 

There are many reasons we miss reading our Bible each day. We can take that information and use it to decide what steps we need to take next. 

If we haven’t missed too many days, it’s a good sign that your quiet time routine is working. 

If you’ve missed over 4 days in a week- then it is time to analyze why you are missing those days and take the time to adjust your goal. 

Maybe you need to pick a new time of day or pick a different type of reading plan that gives us more or less scripture to read per day.

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This Bible reading plan Will Help You: Save Time, have some flexibility, and encourage you to keep going. If you have been struggling to read your bible every day, this reading plan was made for you!

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Explore the Deeper Purpose of Prayer in Life

Prayer is a universal practice found in various forms. It’s a deeply personal and spiritual act that serves a multitude of purposes. In Christianity, it’s important to understand the purpose of prayer. It is key to nurturing one’s faith and building a meaningful relationship with God. Continue to read as I share with you the deeper purpose of prayer. 

Explore the Deeper Purpose of Prayer

1. Communication with God: 

At its core, the purpose of prayer is to communicate with God. It’s a way for believers to express their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and concerns to God. 

Just as any relationship requires conversation, prayer allows individuals to converse with the Creator, seeking comfort, guidance, and companionship.

  • Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.
  • Psalm 66:19-20 But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
  • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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2. Seeking Guidance and Wisdom: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is for people who are seeking God’s guidance and wisdom. 

In moments of uncertainty or decision-making, believers turn to prayer to gain insight and clarity. 

Through prayer, individuals can tap into the wisdom and understanding that God offers, helping them navigate life’s challenges and choices.

  • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • 1 Kings 3:9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?

3. Finding Peace and Solace: 

Life can be filled with stress, anxiety, and turmoil. 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it provides a refuge for people who need peace and solace in the midst of life’s storms. 

Prayer offers a space where individuals can cast their burdens upon God, finding comfort and reassurance in His presence. 

The act of prayer itself can be a calming practice.

  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 46:10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
  • Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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4. Expressing Gratitude: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it’s a way to express gratitude and thanksgiving to God for the blessings in one’s life. 

It allows individuals to acknowledge the goodness and abundance they’ve received, fostering a spirit of appreciation and humility.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
  • Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

5. Confession and Repentance: 

Another purpose of Prayer is that it also serves as a means of confession and repentance. 

Prayer provides a way for individuals to acknowledge their shortcomings, seek forgiveness, and renew their commitment to living for The Glory of God. 

  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
  • James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

6. Building Trust and Faith: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it builds trust and faith in God. By regularly connecting with the divine, individuals develop a deeper sense of reliance on God’s providence and a strengthened faith that transcends life’s trials.

  • Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song, I praise him.
  • Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

7. Intercession and Petition: 

Prayer isn’t only focused on personal needs but extends to intercession and petition for others. 

Another main purpose of Prayer is to pray for the well-being of friends, family, and the broader community. 

This act of selflessness strengthens bonds of compassion and solidarity.

  • 1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
  • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  • 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

8. Relationship Building: 

Ultimately, prayer is about growing and deepening one’s relationship with God. 

It’s a two-way dialogue that fosters intimacy, trust, and love between the believer and the divine. 

Through prayer, individuals can experience the presence of God in their lives and grow in their understanding of His will.

  • James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.
  • Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
  • Psalm 63:1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

These Bible verses beautifully illustrate examples of prayer for various purposes. 

Whether it’s communicating with God, seeking guidance and wisdom, finding peace and solace, expressing gratitude, confessing and repenting, building trust and faith, interceding for others, or nurturing a deeper relationship with the Divine, the Bible offers guidance and inspiration for a rich and meaningful prayer life. 

The purpose of prayer in Christianity is so much more than just asking for help or salvation. It’s also a way to communicate with God. It gives us guidance, and solace, and builds our relationship with God. 

Through prayer, we can show our gratitude, make our confession, and praise The Lord for who He is and what He has done.

Prayer is a rich spiritual practice that shows our need for spiritual connection, growth, and divine intervention in our lives. 

Understanding these purposes can transform our prayer time from a ritual or habit into a profound and deep reliance on God in all aspects of our lives. 

FREE Challenge

Now, it’s time to take a step further and actively invest in your spiritual growth. I invite you to join our FREE 5-day Bible reading challenge, where you’ll embark on a journey of deeper connection with God and His Word.

In this challenge, you’ll receive daily guidance, inspirational verses, and practical tips to enrich your quiet time.

That is why I am thrilled to invite you to our upcoming Transform Your Quiet Time ” Challenge! 

This is a FREE 5-day challenge that is designed especially for Christian women like you, seeking to cultivate a meaningful quiet time practice.

During this challenge, you will learn:

  • How to create a personalized quiet time plan
  • Insights to make your devotional time more impactful
  • How to understand the context of the passage
  • And so much more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to transform your quiet time and flourish in your faith! 

Click here to sign up today! 

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How a Bible Reading Routine Can Strengthen Your Faith

Creating a Bible reading routine is like having a secret time to talk to God and learn all the amazing things the Bible teaches us. When we read the Bible regularly, it helps us find answers when we’re curious, feel better when life is hard, and celebrate when life is awesome. Plus, it brings us closer to God, helps us figure out why we’re here, and gives us strength when life throws tricky stuff our way. 

Now, let’s dive deeper into why having a Bible reading routine is so important in our faith journey, explore the amazing benefits, and learn how to overcome some common challenges along the way.

The importance of a Bible reading routine

Creating a Bible reading routine is important in the life of a believer.

It’s a special time to connect with God and learn from the Bible’s teachings. 

When we read the Bible regularly, we can find answers to our questions, feel better when things are tough, and celebrate when things are great. 

It helps us get closer to God, understand why we’re here, and deal with life’s ups and downs. 

So, having a routine to read the Bible isn’t just a good habit to have, it’s so much more.

The significance of a consistent Bible reading routine

Imagine your faith journey is like a big adventure. Reading the Bible regularly is like having a special map for this journey. It helps you stay on the right path and understand where you’re going. 

When we read the Bible often, we can grow closer to God and feel His love and direction in our lives. 

Scripture tells us that God’s word is a light on our path- a flashlight in the dark, showing us the way to live our lives and how to be strong in our faith.

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

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The spiritual benefits of regular Bible reading:

Reading The Bible regularly is like eating healthy food for your spirit. 

It makes you feel good inside and helps us be strong in our faith! 

When we read the Bible, we learn important lessons about being kind, patient, and understanding. 

It’s like having a friend who gives us advice and helps us become better people. 

Reading the Bible also brings us peace and happiness. As we read The bible, we feel closer to God and feel His presence as He loves us and reminds us that we are loved and never alone. 

So, reading the Bible isn’t just a task; it strengthens us and helps us become more like God.

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You might face some Challenges

There can be some common challenges that you may face when trying to start a routine of reading the Bible. 

These challenges may discourage us, but it’s important to remember that all Christians struggle at one point or another, and we can all grow stronger in our faith as we learn to overcome them. 

There are a few things that we can do to overcome these challenges. 

3 things you can do to overcome these challenges

1. Sett Clear Goals

The first thing you can do to read your Bible more regularly is to set specific and achievable goals. 

First, think about what you want to accomplish. Maybe you want to read a certain number of chapters each week or explore a particular book in the Bible. 

Make your goal clear, like saying, “I’ll read one chapter every day.” It’s important to choose a goal that fits your schedule and feels doable. 

Then, break your goal into smaller steps, like reading a little bit each day. This makes it easier to stay on track. 

Remember, setting goals is like putting stepping stones on your path to growing closer to God through the Bible. It’s exciting and achievable!

2. Use Reading Plans and Resources

Using reading plans and resources can make your Bible reading take less time and help you focus by allowing you to follow a pre-made path! 

There are different plans and tools to help you read the Bible in a structured way. 

For instance, you can find reading plans that focus on specific topics or books in the Bible. 

You can also use devotional books and study guides, which are like friendly companions that explain what you read and help you understand it better. 

These resources make it easier to connect with the Bible’s teachings. 

And if you like using technology, there are cool online tools and apps that offer reading plans and insights at your fingertips. 

So, don’t be afraid to try these resources—they’re like friends helping you on your amazing journey of faith!

3. Be Accountable to a friend

The last thing you can do to read your Bible more regularly is

To Stay accountable to a friend. 

It’s like having buddies cheering you on during a race. 

This is the secret to success because it helps you stay on track and not give up. 

When you tell your friends or family, or even join online groups about your Bible reading plan, it’s like making a promise to them. 

Your friends can encourage you and share their own experiences, making your journey more exciting. 

You can also have regular check-ins with them to talk about what you’ve learned and ask questions. 

It’s like having a team of supporters making sure you finish the race strong. 

So, don’t be shy; involve others in your Bible reading journey, and together, you’ll go far!

Conclusion:

Having a consistent Bible reading routine isn’t always easy. Some days, it may feel hard to open your Bible. 

I know how that feels, and I just want to encourage you to open your Bible as often as you can. 

Reading The Bible regularly serves as a light on a dark path. 

When we read God’s word, we create a closer relationship with God. 

Not only that, The Bible is full of wisdom, and a source of inner peace and strength, offering guidance, comfort, and so much more.

As we take this journey, let’s remember that consistency in reading the Bible is not about perfection but about the transformation it brings to our hearts and lives.

So, keep that routine going, even on days when it’s tough. Keep seeking the wisdom of the Bible, and you’ll continue to grow in faith and find the peace and joy that comes from connecting with God’s Word. 

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As school starts and you set new routines, you want to start the school year off right with more time for Jesus but are not sure where to start. 

As a mom of 3 kids, I know how busy life can get and how hard it can be to add new things to your busy schedule. 

That is why I am thrilled to invite you to our upcoming “Transform Your Quiet Time ” Challenge! 

This is a FREE 5-day challenge that is designed especially for Christian women like you, seeking to cultivate a meaningful quiet time practice.

During this challenge, you will learn:

  • How to create a personalized quiet time plan
  • Insights to make your devotional time more impactful
  • How to understand the context of the passage
  • And so much more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to transform your quiet time and flourish in your faith! 

Click here to sign up today! 

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11 perfect father’s day verses for cards

My father’s birthday falls right around Father’s day. Some years, they are on the day same. Ever since we were young, he always insisted on getting separate gifts and separate cards. Since I love my dad, I was more than happy to oblige. But, if you are anything like me, you like to add bible verses for cards but always come up blank. So, to help you out, I want to share with you 11 perfect Father’s day verses for cards.

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11 Father’s Day Verses for Cards

1. Joshua 1:9‍

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

Joshua 1:9

This is my favourite Father’s day verse for cards. It’s an encouragement to all parents to stand firm.

Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs I have ever had. There have been so many times I have felt scared and unsure. During those times, I have remembered that God is always with me. That truth brings me so much comfort. I know my husband feels the same.

2. Joshua 24:15

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15

The Bible tells us that men are the spiritual leaders of the home. One of the best moves a man can make is to choose to follow The Lord. This is a daily choice he makes to follow God and lead His family to worship and honor The Lord.

3. Proverbs 14:26‍

“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge

Proverbs 14:26

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:1 which tells us God is our refuge and strength. This verse tells us that those who fear God have that refuge. Not only that, but a parent’s fear of God will also be a refuge for their children.

As Christian parents, we make different choices for our children than other parents may make. In our family, it means saying no to certain movies, TV shows, and access to social media. They are some of the only kids in their school that don’t have their own tech devices. Our kids don’t love it, but they know we set those rules because we love them and we are protecting them from an ugly online world.

By having those boundaries in our home, we offer them a safe place to land after a long school day. They escape all the school stuff and get rest, love, and feel renewed for the next day.

***These boundaries work for us and we don’t judge other parents who make different choices. We make that clear to our kids. Not all families work the same and we encourage each family to make decisions that work for them in the season they are in. ***

4. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍ NKJV

The context of this verse is encouraging Christians to stand strong in their faith. As parents, this verse can also encourage us because it’s our job to watch out for evil things and protect our children from them. It’s our job to stand fast in our faith so we can be an example of Christian living and what that looks like on a day-to-day basis (even when life is hard). It’s also our job to parent with love so that our children don’t see rules and regulations but relationships and worship.

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5. Psalm 127:3-5‍

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”

Psalm 127:3-5

My mothering journey started out extremely hard. I haven’t always loved it and when I would read this verse, I would get upset. I didn’t understand how children could be a reward. Rewards are supposed to be good, and I felt everything but that.

It took me years to understand how children could be a blessing.

Through many hard circumstances, I understand that, for me, the blessing comes from what I have learned about God.

Becoming a parent has opened my eyes to who God is as our Father. There have been so many spiritual lessons I’ve learned as a parent that I never truly understood before.

The journey hasn’t always been easy, but I would never trade it for the world, because not only have I gotten to know God more, I now love my role as a mother and am so glad God carried me through to where I am now.

6. Psalm 128:3-4‍

“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.”

Psalm 128:3-4

These father’s day verses for cards are ones that took me a while to understand.

When most people read these verses, they think that the fruit the wife has is many children. That makes sense, but I don’t read it that way. When I read it, I think the fruit the woman produces is spiritual fruit.

There is this saying that if you ask God for patience, He won’t give you patience, He’ll give you an opportunity to practice patience.

Being a mother or father is a series of opportunities to practice patience, love, kindness, self-control, and all the other spiritual fruit.

7. Proverbs 23:24  

“The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”

Proverbs 23:24

There is no better feeling than when you watch your children make good decisions.

My youngest child is 6, and he is very busy trying to figure out the world around him. Unlike my 2 older girls, he is happy to share with me his thought process and why he did or didn’t do something. It’s an insight into his mind and it always brings a smile to my face.

For example. Today, I went to the grocery store, and I asked him if he wanted to come. He was more than happy to say yes and was a good helper the whole trip. On the walk back to the car from the store, he said: You didn’t say thank you for coming. Usually, you thank me for coming. I said yes because I didn’t want you to go alone.

It’s such a simple thing, but I took joy in it today. He loves me so much that he doesn’t want me to be lonely and thinks I should always have help.

There are so many of these tiny moments in parenting. It’s easy to miss them and not realize how they can bring joy. But for me, these are the moments I hang on to because I know there will be hard moments to come. These joyful moments will help me through and remind me why I love being a mom.

8. 3 John 1:4

“It is the greatest joy of my life to hear that my children are consistently living their lives in the ways of truth.”

3 John 1:4

If I could wish one thing, it would be that all 3 of my kids would ask Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and live lives that would honor Him.

It is my deepest desire.

My oldest daughter is 12 and sometimes, at church, all I can do is rejoice when I watch her sing and worship God. It gives me so much joy to see her choose to worship God and do it with all her heart. When I see that, my prayer is always the same: that she would continue to worship God all the days of her life.

The best thing we can do for our children is to pray for their salvation and bring them to The Lord daily.

9. Psalm 103:13

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

Psalm 103:13

God is so big and sometimes hard to understand. But, I see the love and compassion my husband has for our children and I marvel God feels that way about us.

I know how much we love our children and am reminded that God’s love for them is greater than that. It’s immeasurable. There really is no comparison, but our love for our children is the closest example we have. Because there is nothing I wouldn’t do for our children and God has given us everything- even the death of His son. Every time I think about that, it blows me away.

10. Proverbs 20:7

The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!

Provers 20:7

Kids are little parrots. They will copy and mimic those around them. If we want our children to follow The Lord, then we need to be living our lives in a way that shows that to them. When a father walks with integrity, his children will follow.

This is not a promise, because I know it doesn’t always happen, but it’s an encouragement. It’s a reminder of the important job we hold as mothers and fathers.

Our children will follow us- so where are we taking them?

11. Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6 ESV

The last father’s day verses for cards I want to share with you is Philippians 4:6.

Before having kids, I would not call myself an anxious person. But, as soon as I was pregnant for the first time, the worries came as well.

There are so many times in our children’s lives when we will feel anxious. This verse isn’t telling us to stop being anxious. It’s telling us what to do when we do feel anxious— bring it all to The Lord.

When we go to The Lord, it’s a shoulder to cry on, feet to lay our burdens down, comfort and safety when we need it most.

It’s not a promise that the anxiety will go away, or that the situation will go away- it’s a promise that God is with us and wants us to come to Him with ALL OF IT.

I am so thankful for my father, and my husband. Both are men who love The Lord and have lived these verses. In the comments below, share your favourite father’s day verses for cards.

30 Amazing bible verses about remembering

Every November 11 our country stops to remember all the soldiers that fought and died for our country. We remember their sacrifice and the freedom we have gained because of them. Just like we take time to remember the soldiers, the bible also calls us to remember. In this post, I want to share with you 30 bible verses about remembering.

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30 bible verses about remembering

In the bible, there are many bible verses about remembering. In this post, I have tried to break down what God wants us to remember into 7 sections.

Bible verses about remembering

1. Remember who God is:

The first set of bible verses about remembering focuses us on remembering who God is.

Psalm 103:2  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

This verse tells us to not forget all the benefits of God. 

In my study: Who am I? Discover who you are in Christ– I describe 7 of the things we get or become when we come to know Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. 

Accepting salvation is just the start of all the benefits we get from God and we are to remember all the benefits we have. 

Psalm 119:55  I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.

This verse tells us we are to remember God at night. Why the night? 

I don’t know about you, but I have so much trouble falling asleep. The night is when my mind takes off and sometimes gets caught up in all the things in my life. 

But, this verse encourages me to turn my mind to God. 

What this verse means to me is that I should train my brain to think about God at night and not all the other things my mind is fantastic about thinking about. 

The 2 previous verses tell us to remember God and to think about Him but aren’t too specific about who God is. 

Who is God?

There are many verses in the bible that describe God so we can start having a picture of who He is. 

Those verses are way too many to put in this post, but I wanted to just pick 3 to get us started on knowing who God is

  1. 1 John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
  2. Deuteronomy 32:4  “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity just and upright is he.
  3. Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

2. Remember our bondage to sin

The second set of bible verses about remembering focuses us on remembering our bondage to sin.

I have been a Christian for many years and so it’s easy for me to forget that I was once a slave to sin. 

But the bible is clear, before being in Christ, we were slaves. This truth is shown to us with the true story and events about the people of Israel. 

Deuteronomy 5:15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

This idea is repeated in Deuteronomy 6:21; 15:15; 16:12; 24:22. 

In this day and age, we are not slaves in Egypt but God reminds us we were once slaves to sin. 

Romans 6:17-19  Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. 19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.

The bible is very clear. We are either slaves to sin or we are bondservants of God. 

Living in North America today makes it hard for us to understand the idea of slavery. 

Even though slavery is still prevalent all over the world because we don’t see it every day, it’s hard for us to understand. 

But the idea of slavery is pretty simple. Slaves are not their own and are sold over to something or someone. Meaning that their owner has authority over them. 

Being slaves to sin means that we were once owned to sin. Meaning that sin ruled our lives, our action, our future, and so on and that we could not get ourselves out from under sin. The only way out is for someone to come and buy us out. 

The bible is very clear that the price due for sin is death and that Jesus paid that price for us

  • Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:20 For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
  • Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Why do we need to remember where we were?

When the Israelites were free to leave Egypt, they were so happy and thankful. But soon, those cries turned to complaints. They forgot what life was like as a slave and so they had no appreciation for their current citation. 

We are so similar. Since I have been a Christian for such a long time, I have a hard time understanding why people are so bound to sin. Then I remember my state before Christ and what I would be like before Him and I understand that without God’s grace I would be tied up in so much sin. 

Without God, my life would be so different. God has touched every area of my life and redeemed it to Himself. It is too easy to think that my freedom is because of something that I have done. 

But it’s not. 

We are only free from the bondage of Sin because God sent down His Son to take our punishment. 

So, we are called to remember what our life was like before God and what it would be like without Him.  

3. Remember what God has done for you

The third set of bible verses about remembering focuses us on remembering what God has done for us.

Along the same lines as remembering our bandage to sin, we are to remember what God has done for us. 

  • Deuteronomy 8:2 And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.
  • Psalm 77:11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:12
    Remember His marvellous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth

God has done so much for me and in my life and God wants me to remember that. 

Any time I feel discouraged or down, I can sit down and remember everything that God has done and be encouraged that God exists. I have specific instances I can point back to in my life as proof of His work in my life and know that God sees and hear me. 

4. Remember the Promises of God

The fourth set of bible verses about remembering focuses us on remembering the promises of God.

God’s word is filled with His promises. 

He wants us to remember his promises and remember that He keeps His promises. 

  • Joshua 21:45 NIV
    Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
  • Joshua 23:14 NIV
    “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.

When we look back on the promises that God gave to his people, we learn a few things. 

God Promised The Israelites that they would inherit a Land That Flowed With Milk And Honey.

But, when the Israelites were told to take the land, they faltered and decided to not trust in The Lord. 

Even though the people of Israel didn’t trust God, God still kept His promises.

By the time the Israelites got into the promised land, it was an entirely new generation. 

These truths teach us that God always keeps His promises. We might not see the fulfillment of His promises in our lifetime. God’s promises might be for us, but they may be for our children or 5 generations after.

We don’t see the big picture. Only God knows it and He wants us to remember that He keeps His promises and that He can be trusted.  

  • Colossians 3:24  “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

So, for us to remember God’s promises, it’s important for us to know what those promises are. 

Here are just a few verses about what God has promised 

  • Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
  • Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
  • 2 Peter 1:4  By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

5. Remember our Hope

The fifth set of bible verses about remembering focuses us on remembering what our hope is.

Any time that I am walking through a really hard time, I remember the Hope that I have in Jesus. 

As a Christian, I am promised that one day, I will be with God in heaven. 

  • Colossians 3:1-2  Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

“God’s inheritance, our eternal dwelling place with Him, will far exceed the trials and limitations of this life. Paul sought once again to focus readers on things above rather than the daily concerns of life.” (found Here

The bible tells us a lot about the promise of Heaven and what we can expect and why we should place our hope there. 

  • Romans 6:8-11 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.read more.
  • 2 Timothy 2:10-12 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;

My grandmother’s sister died recently, and it’s not a tragedy. It feels like a graduation. People who don’t know God may feel like that’s a callous thing to say, but let me explain. 

She lived a long life. She lived a life to Glorify God. She was ready to go home. When a Christian dies, it’s sad, but it’s also filled with hope because we know where they are going and that we will see them again one day. 

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

6. Remember His death 

The sixth set of bible verses about remembering focuses on remembering Jesus and His death and resurrection.

Part of remembering all the things that God has done for us is to remember Jesus in His death. 

In the Old Testament, they would do this by keeping the Sabbath. 

  • Exodus 20:8  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

In the New Testament, we remember The Lord in His death every time we take communion

  • 1 Corinthians 11:25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

I have been saved for a long time, but my memory is terrible. I will often go on in my day-to-day and totally forget that Jesus loves me so much that He died for me. 

God knows we need reminders to help us focus on remembering certain things. That is why He instituted communion. 

It’s important for us to remember that Jesus died for us and without His death, we would still be slaves to our sin. 

His death and resurrection are also good to remember so that we don’t start believing that we somehow earned salvation or any good favour with God. 

7. Remember His Return

The seventh set of bible verses about remembering focuses us on remembering that Jesus is coming again!!

I am sure there are over 7 things The Lord wants us to remember, but I have capped it at 7. 

But, just because this one is at number 7 doesn’t mean it’s not as important as the others. 

The last thing the Lord wants us to remember is His return. 

The Bible is very clear. THE LORD WILL RETURN!!

  • Revelation 1:7  Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
  • Matthew 24:27  For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
  • Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
  • Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.

We know God keeps His promises, so we can know without a shadow of a doubt that one day He will come back. 

Considering that, a response from us is needed. Are we going to live our lives like Jesus is coming or are we don’t? 

The bible tells us we need to be ready: 

  • Matthew 24:44  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

What are you doing to be prepared for The Lord’s return?

My favourite bible verses about remembering.

My favourite bible verses about remembering have to be the ones about remembering what God has done for me. I love to look back on my life and remember all the ways that God has provided for me, loved me and so much more.

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