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Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11

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

I remember the exact moment when I finished reading though the Bible for the first time. I was in my second year at Bible College and I was snuggled in bed. Up to this point I had tried to finish reading my Bible through in a year, but without success. However, something shifted in me when I became resolute to know God more, I became addicted to reading the Bible every chance I had.

The moment I checked off the last box in my Bread Calendar, I felt as if I had just finished running an Olympic Marathon. I was elated beyond words! Do you know that feeling of butterflies you get when you fall in love? Well, that is exactly how I felt. I fell madly deeply in love with God and the love letters He wrote for me. I remember taking my Bible, hugging it and telling God, “Thank you for Your Words of life.”

Falling In Love

Ever since that moment, I have fallen more in love with God and His word. The Bible is unsearchable—it will always have something fresh for you to learn—it will always minister to you—and it will be a shining light in the darkest moments.

Whenever I teach Bible studies, I always say:

“The Bible is the only book you will read that the author will speak directly to you.”

God is always looking for an opportunity to speak to His people. Sometimes He will speak to you in prayer, other times though the guidance of a spiritual leader, but many times He will strengthen you through His Word of Life.

If you have been praying for an answer, seeking confirmation, needing reassurance, or desiring a closer walk from the Lord, then I encourage you to make time to read the Bible today. I promise that it can change your life.

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for Your word. I pray that I would fall more in love with the Bible everyday because I want to grow in my relationship with You. I desire to know the sound of Your voice; the voice of my shepherd. I believe that You know exactly what I need, so I pray that You will lead me to scriptures that will help me grow. In Jesus name, amen!

 

 

 

“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Psalm 73:25-26

When we are young, sometimes we do not really appreciate what it means to have God always with us, looking after us, and meeting our needs. But I have found the older I get, the more I rely upon the Lord for strength and guidance every day. When my body does not allow me to function the way I used to, and I get tired easily, I realize that I can still be strong in heart and spirit because the Lord is with me.

The NLT renders verse 26 like this: “My health may fail and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”

Though we may not be able to participate in a lot of things we used to do, there are still areas where the Lord can use us. We can pray and intercede on behalf of others. We can speak words of encouragement to those we know are going through testing. We can be an example to the young people in the church in our faithfulness in worship and praise. We can be kind to others, compassionate to those who are hurting, and show love to all with whom we come in contact.

God has been so faithful to us, let us remain faithful to Him until He calls us home.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness, that you are the strength of our hearts, and that you will never leave us nor forsake us. Help us to be faithful to you every day.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked”

Proverbs 24:16

My husband is accident prone. He has shot himself in the leg with an air-nailer, torn off toenails and has had countless other accidents in the 8 years we have been married. It’s never a surprise when he comes home from work and tells me that he cut himself… again. 

This scripture tells us that no matter how many times we stumble or fall, we will get back up again. My husband doesn’t stay down for the count every time he injures himself, but rather he heals and keeps on going.

We will make mistakes, we will fail in our relationship with God, and we will struggle  but we WILL get back up again. 

Have you ever seen those blow-up punching bags with the weights in the bottom? When you punch them, they bounce right back up again! That is how I see us women of God, when life throws a curveball and knocks us off our feet – we heal, and get back up again. 

He is a God who restores and He is a God of countless second chances. Find your strength in Him today and get back up again! 

Lord I am thankful that when I am weak, you make me strong. Help strengthen my resolve and give me the wisdom I need to keep moving forward in my relationship with You.