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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Welcome!  Thank you for stopping by today, as we spend some time talking about training ourselves in godliness.  I'm much more equipped to talk about that type of training than athletic training.

I'm thankful my sons got my husband's genes when it comes to athletics.  If they had mine, their athletic experience would have been limited to tetherball on the 4th grade playground.  I've been told I run worse than a girl.  The one time I got bullied talked into trying out for softball, I got hit on the head during tryouts. Yes, it's that bad.

Thankfully you haven't stopped by my blog today to learn about sports ... hopefully I can share a lesson from sports we can learn without breaking a sweat.  So, welcome if you are visiting after reading my devotion about off-season training.  If you haven't read it, hop over to Proverbs 31 Ministries for a peek. 

What I've learned from watching my athletic family, is what you do off-season, significantly affects in-season performance.  If you want to succeed, do your personal best or pin an opponent, your training prepares you for that one moment that makes the difference.

For a Christian, reading God's Word is one of the best ways to train off season.  Here are some of the benefits I've found by training in Scripture:

1)  I recognize the voice of God more readily.  When you read the Bible, you get to know God.  You stop saying things like, "God would never ..."  The only thing I'm convinced of is God would never sin.  Other than that, our God is in the heavens and He does whatever He pleases.  (Psalm 115:3) So when He speaks to me, I'm better equipped to know it's Him because I've heard His voice recorded for generations.

2) I've gotten answers to questions I haven't asked yet.  Here's an example. One thing I learned by reading the Bible is I can know God's will.  I didn't even think it was possible before I read Romans 12:2. It reads:  "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."  That truth gave me confidence to step out in faith.

3) I've made life-changing decisions based on truth in the Bible.  One huge choice I made was to honor my husband in my heart.  In my flesh, I wanted no part of that.  There was some sense of power I retained by harboring dishonoring thoughts.  But then I put two verses together:  Ephesians 5:33 which teaches a wife to respect her husband and Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5:21-22, which says if you are angry, you will be judged the same as if you had murdered.  I understood through those, and other scriptures, that God was looking at my heart just like He's looking at my actions.  It made me do a heart-check in my marriage, and I wasn't looking too good. 

Last night, my friend Wendy Blight felt compelled to write a prayer for marriages.  She had no idea I would share this on my blog today.  If want to pray for your marriage, and don't have the words, please visit Wendy's site for a prayer God led her to write.

Of course, I've only touched on the powerful impact of training has when a crisis hits.  Training is the difference between standing firm or falling apart. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject.  As I mentioned in the devotion, I'm giving away a copy of the Chronological Bible to someone at random.  All you have to do is identify one truth you’ve learned from the Bible that has helped you stay strong in the tough times.  If you don't have a truth to identify, the just make a comment.  Please leave your email address so I can get in touch with you.  Or check back on Friday when I'll post the winner. 

Thanks so much for joining me today.  May the Lord bless you!

In His Love,
Glynnis

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Nina said...

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3

Shelly said...

Trust God... know He will bring you through all.

Keisha said...

One truth that has kept me afloat as my marriage and family is going through hard times is that God will not give me more than I can handle. When I am being faced by a huge obstacle, I pray and tell myself taht God must have full faith in me that I will conquer this mountain.

Faith said...

Off Season training is necessary. I retreived a voicemail on a Friday afternoon after 4:00pm informing me that my mammogram did not come out negative. The Drs. office was closed. I went home, got on my knees and God said to me..Trust God. This is a scripture that I hang onto. Studying and reading are requirements to everything. Thank God everything turned out ok. His scripture put me at peace even when I saw what was in my breast on the XRay.

Lisa said...

I joined the Navy, but I cant swim. When it was time to do the swim testing, the first obstacle you have is to jump from the tower into the water. Standing on that tower (scared to death) I remember repeating to myself, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding" Proverbs 3:5

Sandy said...

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23

Momma Shoe said...

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. -Proverbs 19:21
I AM NOT IN CONTROL and I need to trust in Him.

Nolette said...

This is my FAVORITE promises of God that I live on....even throuth my sufferings:
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
This keeps me going and live in the life of perseverance, because of this truth.
noletteb@grandecom.net

The Stire family said...

Job 23:10 - "For He knows the way that I take and when He has tried me I shall come forth as gold."

Often the "way" before me is shrouded in the fog of uncertainty and fear can easily overcome me. It is a great comfort to me to know that as long I am walking in obedience to the Lord, God not only knows my "ways" but He has carved out that "way" just for me - to make me more valuable for His glory and productive for His kingdom work.

graffster said...

Well, you got me this morning about harboring anger in your heart and dishonoring your husband. Guess what I'll be reading tonight??

I cling to "all things work together for good, for those who love and are called, according to His purpose.". That comforts me in every situation!!!

Blessings!
Kathy
Gteammom@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

One of my life verses is Proverbs 3:5-6...trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding and He will direct my paths. When I am in a hard place, this verse comforts me to know that God is working in my life even if I don't understand.

Pat said...

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11
Whatever He plans for my future is for my ultimate best - whether it brings joy or tears.

Camille said...

Jer. 33:3, "call to me and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things you do not know"

Jennifer said...

The truth I know to be true and that gives me the most comfort when going through a trial is remembering that God's plans are greater than my plans and that His ways are higher than my ways. Even when the plans don't make sense to me, remembering that they made sense to Him and are exactly what He has planned I know that whatever it is that has happened is just the way it should be

Kendra said...

Isaiah 43:2, "When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walkthrough the fire, you will not be burned..." - God is/will be/has been with me THROUGH everything I've gone through: hurricanes, husband's cancer & death, and my breast cancer!!! Thank you, God!

Julianne said...

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
(jules4christ@gmail.com).

Tracy G. said...

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." is my favorite verse. I look to it all the time when I feel like bad things are happening around me. My husband passed away suddenly when my children were 3 & 5, he was only 35, had I not trusted God with my future I would not have made it through that dark time.

Anonymous said...

I don't know the book or verse but it is about thinking on the good things instead of the bad. It has helped me to turn my attitude and perspective around and keep focused on the good God intends for me to see in my marriage and my life.
Thanks,
Deborah
deborah.horne@vanderbilt.edu

Sheeba said...

Ps. 46:10: Be still and know that I am god.
That has resonated with me through loss of a parent, my early marriage struggles and rejuvenation,job rejections,struggles to accept that I was going to be a stay-at-home mom and put away my ambitions for awhile to wait on God's Word instead and most importantly my submission to God in all circumstances so that I was actually hearing,loving and knowing Him.

Shelley said...

I will never leave or forsake you

9am55 said...

I keep being brought back to "Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you" and "Be anxious for nothing....."

Anonymous said...

He is faithful, He loves me! and He will never leave me.

Seneca said...

This verse has helped so many times to put my trust in God more. KJV BIBLE Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;they shall mount up with wings as eagles;they shall run,and not be weary;and they shall walk,and not faint.

Christine said...

I loved reading everyone's encouragement verses! I have two:

"This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." (John 6:29)

"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me" (John 14:1)

God bless! :)

Melissa said...

Psalm 56:3
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.

As I have been facing some health issues with my son this truth reminds me to turn to Him, and not to fear.

Jennifer said...

Wow!!! Did I need this!! I just found myself in the bathroom this morning praying that God would fill my heart with love and desire for my husband... I felt sick this morning and my husband was trying to love on me and all I can think about is... He wants something( sex)!:( I felt sick, and that's all he can think of? But he didn't... He was just trying to be affectionate. I need Gods wisdom and word in my heart so I can rebuke these thoughts and grow and love with my husband by my side!! Thank you!!
Jennifer
jenniferdroe@yahoo.com

marycald said...

I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people." Ezekiel 3:9

tammy said...

"But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob,whom Ive chosen, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you.I said, You are my servant;I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:8-10

Christine said...

Isaiah 41:10 "Do not fear I am with you. Do not be dismayed I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND!"
This is the truth that keeps me strong!

Tammy said...

Remembering God's ways are higher than my ways, that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and prayer. All these things help keep me in the right perspective. Also knowing that all things in my life, pass through God's hands before they come to me, gives me comfort, whether they are bad or good, He is in control.

Bridget said...

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11.

This verse has played a huge part in why I came through some difficult circumstances.

Rebekah said...

"My thoughts are not your thoughts neither are my ways your ways,as high as the heavens are from the earth, so are my ways from your ways and my thoughts from your thoughts." I don't always understand WHY God does the things He does (and there are MANY things in life!), but I can cling to the fact that we don't think alike and knowing that God only has our best in mind, I can rest knowing His choice is always best!

Shaye Bell said...

One important truth that has kept me grounded during is that God has not given me a Spirit of fear...but of Power..Love..and a Sound mind--therefore anytime I begin to be afraid I remind myself that its a trick of the enemy

Anonymous said...

God's peace is uniquely described as a river in Isaiah 48:18 and Isaiah 66:12 and that is amazing to me! A river is active, flowing, cleansing, and confident of the diretion it's heading! It doesn't get caught up with the rocks in its path (circumstances of life)...rather it flows around them, all the while smoothing their jagged edges and allowing them to add to their beauty! Each circumstance is an opportunity for the Lord to smooth out our rough edges and grow us to be more like Him! When we are able to remember that goal, circumstances are viewed as these wonderful learning opportunities and a time to grow our relationship with Christ!

A Journey For Life said...

Since I started attending Bible Studies and doing daily time in God's Word, I am more open to hearing His word in my day to day life. Definitely taught me about strength, faithful trust, and having an open heart & mind during my everyday living.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.-Proverbs 3:5
With God all things are possible.-Matthew 19.26

Jill said...

When I am in season, my training has taught me that "God will never fail me or abandon me" even though I think my struggles are too big to handle. Thank you for your words of encouragement today!

Danette said...

Despite how we "feel" and what we "think" God is always there and loves us through the tough times.
"When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble." Psalm 91:15
LOVE THAT!!

laughingull said...

I rely on Romans 8:28 alot. I would handle crises alot differently if I had to do it on my own or if I didn't know that somehow I would find some good in it, even if it's a lesson learned the hard way.

Susan said...

Habakkuk 3:17-19
"Though the fig tree do not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like hinds feet, he makes me tread upon my high places."

This is what kept me going after the loss of my child. Our God is an awesome God, especially in times of despair. I have found it to be so.

easpecia said...

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding...in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

I needed to remember that this morning...thanks for helping dredge it up from my subconscious so I can lean heavily on it this week...

Great article...am really loving the Proverbs 31 devotional ministry.

Rosanne McLellan said...

He will never leave or forsake us. As I was pretty much brought to the breaking point in my life and marriage, God reminded me that he won't give us anything more than we can handle. Although I thought I had reached that breaking point, more seemed to happen, but I made it through with His strength. Praise God!

Shannon said...

Matthew 6:25-34 "25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life...26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?...27 "who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life...34 "So do not worry about tomorrow;for tomorrow will care for itself..." srichardson@stlawu.edu

karen said...

"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 This was the first verse I memorized. I read it in college and posted it on my bulletin board before ever making a decision to follow God with my whole heart. This verse has helped me walk with Him through lots of confusing times. His Word has really become an anchor when no one and nothing else has been there to hold on to.

Curious Mwananchi said...

Just like the way the Lord parted the Red Sea for the Israelites so shall He part the Red Sea in my life. No situation is too grand for our heavenly Father.. He makes a way where there is no way. evamurish@gmail.com

Linda Moore said...

God is faithful!

Connie said...

I have learned that it's not about how many times you fall or others fall down around you. It's about how many times you get up and keep on keeping on. It's about being a light. Jesus asked the Father not to take us out of the world but to empower us to be light.

Jamie said...

For many years I had been gripped by fear, every aspect of my life was consumed by it. The biggest was fear that something would happen to my children. Until I started to confess the truth. Once I started to confess the truth found in God's word, that I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. It was then that I began to experience freedom from fear. Praise God for setting me free!!!

Tomeia said...

Romans 8:28 gets it for me everytime. When I look back over my life and see how the things I "planned" didn't turn out the way I wanted it, but the result was far better than I ever imagined, I realize I'm not in control in my life. Even if it wasn't what I wanted or thought I needed at the time, I have grown from it.

Jessica said...

I really like this today's devotion because as a new christian, I have been having trouble trying to understand how to remember all the things a christian must do to concentrate on the Lord when times get hard. And a friend told me its like when you were younger and your parents would constantly tell you to get up, get dressed, brush your teeth, comb your hair. When you practice these things repetitively, eventually you get it, you know that's what you have to do when you are on your own. But same thing applies with the Word, when you train off-season, you will know what to do when things do become rocky but you know the truth and have memorized it and practiced it so that you know how to face it.

judy said...

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

~ Romans 8:28

This week I have been dealing with the ability to forgive. I say I am letting go and forgiving a family member who hurt me but in my heart I am really struggling. This morning my prayer has been that God will give me the heart of Jesus and that I can get past this hurt. Your P31 devotional this morning really touched me and although this struggle I am dealing with doesn't seem to be a major issue, it has caused me to really seek God and for that I am grateful.

Jen said...

Never had put it that way, but I know when I lost my little girl that I had to rely on what I already had in my heart, not what I was going to study in my bible at that time...I was too exhausted from grief and comforting my husband and other children to pour over the bible for hours...my "off-season training" is what pulled me through. Thanks for putting a term to it for me. Romans 8:28-39 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him....if God be for us, who can be against us?....neither death, nor life,...nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the LOVE of God that is in Christ Jesus OUR Lord."

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Rhonda said...

The verse that says He will never leave me nor forsake me... this is a truth that I hang to for dear life.

Ivy said...

That God doesn't respond to worry, He responds to faith. Such a life changes for me.

Shelly said...

Today's Devo was timed perfectly-to gently remind me that I NEED to spend QUALITY time with my God who created me, loves me & forgives me. Thank you :)

As to verses that have "gotten me through" 2 immediately came go mind when I read today's Devo.

Psalm 4:8-I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You, o Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Jeremiah 1:9 Then the Lord reached out His hand and touched my lips and said, "Now, I have put My words in your mouth."

Shellyk@hwcf.org

Julie B. said...

God is in control, I am not! When I fight him for control I become angry and frustrated because I was never meant to have it and I can't see what he sees, I don't know where I'm going! I've learned to take each day at a time and ask God to show me what he wants for that day!

Carla said...

1 Peter 5:10
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

We recently moved 1,000 miles from home, left a church, ministry areas, family and friends - each of which we loved dearly. We felt God calling us to move, but that doesn't mean it has been easy. BUT He is perfecting, confirming, strengthening and establishing me.

Amy said...

I am reminded of the verse i Peter 5:7, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

I wish I could say that I do this consistently, but thankfully God reminds me when I need to continue to trust Him in difficult times. Even in the not-so-difficult times, He reminds me...sometimes with that tugging in my brain to read and pray. I know that developing this habit will help me in the long run, but I also have learned many lessons along the way when I wasn't staying disciplined. God has brought me through some situations where it was clear that I needed to be looking up, and trust Him.

I am thankful for His love for me!

Sarah (LovePairs@hotmail.com) said...

God has not given me a spirit of fear but of love, peace, and a sound mind. This verse has become so embedded in my spirit that the application is now habit. I can readily recognize that fear is not from the Lord and I won't let it take any root in my mind or spirit. I refuse to let it be part of me.

Lauren said...

One thing that helps me is to remember that all of God's promises are Yes and Amen through Jesus. "Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God's Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete."-2 Corinthians 1:20... Jesus was the greatest promise, and look how that turned out. God will keep His promises to us!

Melanie Stepp Coughlin said...

The entire book of James is my off-season training, and I have learned many truths. From James 2:14-26 - that following Jesus is both faith AND action. From James 3:4-5 - that I must control my tongue, and is a lesson I need to focus on daily. Ironically, I started with the book of James because it looked short. And I have gleaned so much from this small part of the Bible

Johnna said...

Oh, there are so many! But a recent lesson I've learned is that God has the ABSOLUTE best plan for my family and I..I may think that what I want is best but God's plan for us is SO much more perfect even though I may not see that at the time.

Melanie Stepp Coughlin said...

And my email address is mstepp1102@yahoo.com.
@ Sarah: your verse from Timothy is posted on my office wall. I hold on to that one, too.

holdentina said...

The Serenity Prayer has helped me more than I imagined. I have been going through many life changes and challenges that have brought me closer to God. I am learning that I can not control everything and/or fix everything. The Serenity Prayer helps me to let go and turn to God for his wisdom.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Debbie said...

The one truth that I have learned is that God is in charge. That his time is different than our time. God can see our future, our struggles, our accomplishments! Where all we can see is today and maybe a glimpse of tomarrow. He knows what is best for us and even in our selfish human way guides us when we want something so bad that it is all we can see. If it is the BEST thing for us then we will get it.I do know that we learn through each and every experience and it is how we turn to God to get us through that makes us stronger. IF IT IS HIS WILL THEN IT WILL BE!! I was speaking to my brother one day on the phone and my brother is pretty far away from God....we were discussing my son and the lifestyle he was living that was pulling him farther and farther away from his dream of being a youth minister when my brother became very quiet and said: You have to have faith that he will end up where he is supposed to be. There was a long pause and then my brother said to me: I dont know why I just said that. I thought to myself.....I DO! I know now that even in my sons darkest times that God is there with him. That he has to go through all of this to get to the place he needs to be.

Maria said...

Glynnis thank you for blog post for today...I can relate in regards to your comment about having anger in my heart and respecting my husband. Please pray that the holy spirit intervenes in my life and shows me the path to forgiveness.

Debbie said...

My e-mail address is:
mikesmomto2@yahoo.com

Angela said...

He will never leave me nor forsake me. No matter how difficult or easy the task may seem...this one truth always keeps me steady.

Rachel said...

This was a perfect devotion for today.

5 1/2 years ago, my family and I were "in season," so to speak. Within 6 months, I lost my mother to breast cancer, my grandpa to kidney failure, my step-grandmother to heart failure, my own dad had a heart attack & was diagnosed with Parkinson's, my husband had kidney problems and my 5 year old daughter had unexpected heart surgery. Talk about spiritual bootcamp! There were times when I just layed on the floor, a heaping mess...all I could do was cry. When I thought I couldn't take any more, that is when God picked me up off the floor and set my feet on solid ground. That would not have happened like it did if I had not been in the word.

The Bible helps equip us for the unseen challenges the "opponent" will throw at us...and I promise you, he will throw EVERYTHING he can! But our God is bigger, our God is GREATER!!!

A power scripture that helped me along the way was Hebrews 13:5. "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Yes, the beginning talks about money, but isn't the end where the truth is??? I will NEVER leave you; I will NEVER forsake you! And He won't!!!

I used to wonder why my family went through so much, but gently, I felt God tell me "You don't need to ask why, just rely on me!" There have been so many people that I have been able to minister to through our losses...God helps take the bad and turn it into good! Okay, I will quit rambling now...I just wanted to share what was on my heart and tell you thank you for this devotional.

Lorraine said...

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.

Charlene Williams said...

How timely as we recover from devastating tornados that went through our community. As they passed on both sides of us, God protected us. He has been my protector and guide for all of my 65 years. He is always faithful.

Melissa said...

1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this devotion today. It is a great reminder. A reminder to me is that He will never leave me or forsake me and that I can always pray.

Erika

One Happy Campa said...

Glynnis,
This spoke very clearly today with some truth's the Lord is teaching me. He is teaching me to take charge of my strongholds and bind them up. This morning He reminded me that He does not give a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline. Your devotional confirmed what His word told me this morning...the importance of that self-discipline when things are good, so that it will be there when times are tough. Thank you so much!
Blessings,
ML
1happycampa@windstream.net

April said...

I keep searching my mind for a comment or a verse... and I can't think of anything in particular. I'm just coming back to Him, really. If anything, I'm grateful for prayers He's NOT answered... I'm clinging to the promise that he will bless my children and their children if I come back to Him. Thank you for your dedication to be a woman of God; to share with all of us your wisdom and walk along-side us.

Joanna said...

The big thing that has gotten me through really tough situations again and again, is that God is always with us, "He will never leave you, nor forsake you." Without that reassurance, I would have given up many times.

mom of 5 boys said...

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:8

For the Lord shall be thy confidence and keep thy foot from being taken. Proverbs 3:26

These are 2 of my favorite verses....I can't depend or trust on those around me or myself to always do whats best, but my God will!

mom of 5 boys said...

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:8

For the Lord shall be thy confidence and keep thy foot from being taken. Proverbs 3:26

These are 2 of my favorite verses....I can't depend or trust on those around me or myself to always do what is best, but my God will!

KC said...

I have learned throughout my struggles this past year that I do NOT have to do it on my own. I have the same power available to me that rose Jesus from the dead.

Heather said...

I really enjoyed your devotional today and this post as well. Thank you for sharing.

Sherri said...

Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd...

Darla said...

I really needed your post today. I was feeling really broken down and didnt know why. I know now i need and must turn to the bible and read more. I do not read enough. this has encouraged me to do so. Being a single mom at times is so stressful i dont know where to go but pray but i need to read too. thank you again.

Trudy said...

One truth I've learned is that God loves me and He will never leave me nor forsake me. He is so good!

Linda said...

Cast all your cares on him because he cares for you.

Cassidy said...

Philippians 4:12 "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
Paul LEARNED to be content. And I too must LEARN, work it out over and over until my contentment is not based upon anything but God's unmerited favor and Jesus' saving grace.

Bolete's Blog said...

Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. I am doing a new thing, it will spring forth, shall you know it? I will make roads in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43;18

Misty Cross said...

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

My walk with God has been continually definind by that perfect peace that only He can provide in troubling, tough times. As I learn to lean on Him more and me less, the peace comes much more quickly. And at times, the peace is there from the very beginning of a situation because I know He is in control. He is an AMAZING God. I will be forwarding your devotion to my husband, as we were just talking last night about how he can get more into the word and 'talk' to God in troubling times. Your sports analogy may just be the thing he needs in order for it to click a little in his brain. Thank You!

Brandi D. said...

A promise I have leaned on or rather anchored to over the years is that God will never leave us or forsake us. As a child of God, I can count on Him always, in all things! I'm not alone in the struggles of this world. Jesus walked this Earth as I do now and offers us hope through Him....He is our strength in all things. You are not alone no matter what your struggle!

Melinda said...

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11. This verse came to me 7 years ago when I was really having a hard time in life and was struggling with anxiety also. I have had hard times since but remembering this verse and that God has a plan for good in my life always gets me through the trials and tribulations.

Anonymous said...

Once when we were in hard times, my husband was out of work and I was working two night jobs with three sons 12 and under, I searched the scriptures looking for "God's Will." I was hoping that somewhere I would find the scripture that would tell my husband how to get a good job so I wouldn't have to work and be so tired all the time. This is what I found:
"Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1Thes5:18.

In thanksgiving is the heart of joy.

Lmpreiss said...

The truth I learned during my husband's deployment was "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength" Phil 4:13. The thought of a very long deployment weighed heavily on me. But with Godly friends and a wonderful Bible study to attend - and a weekly babysitter - I was able to make it through and come out stronger on the other side. Thanks to the strength that God provided for me.

Blessings,
Linda
l.preiss@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

God will never leave you, he will never forsake you. His promises are everlasting. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
Gwen

Jeanette B said...

One thing I have learned and always know even in the midst of difficult situations is that God is always there, even when it doesn't feel like it. He has promised that He will "never leave us", and I have found that to be true in my life. Thank You, Lord!

Tricia said...

Let us then approach the throne of Grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find Grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:15-16

Sandy said...

Behold, he cometh with clouds: and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.....Rev. 1:7

Sandy said...

Behold, he cometh with clouds: and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.....Rev. 1:7

Amy said...

I love James 1: 4-6. I used those verses to help me make a difficult decision about a pregnancy. I asked God and He answered through a friend. It was a wonderful confirmation that God cares! I have to admit that it does scare me to do what you asked us to do today, Glynnis. I feel like if I get ready for a storm (practicing in the off-season to be ready for the on), that it is GOING to come. It guess that just shows you how immature my spiritual life is. God help me!! Thank you for sharing this today.

kdnrodriguez@comcast.net said...

"The Lord will guide you continually..." Isaiah 58:11
I have started this year studying the OT and have been moved by how God's people were blessed when they would ask Him for guidance before proceeding with any plans. When they would neglect to do that, their plans would fail. It has taught me that that is the FIRST thing that I need to do. Ask God to show me what He wants me to do rather than proceeding with my own plans. God will bless us when we consult with Him first. He is the Ultimate Guide, if we would just remember to rely on Him!

Davene said...

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he shall direct your paths. Scripture helped me so much in time that I did not understand why.

Eastern Washington Moms said...

Great word! Your devotion for today has encouraged me. I too have a son who is an 11th grader and doesn't always make the decisions I think he should make. But I remember God word/promise ' raise them up on the right road and they will remain on it.' God is so good!!

Jos @ Organized Chaos said...

I have struggled my whole life with self esteem issues. It used to take root and pull me down with it for long periods of time. Now that I have much of God's word hidden in my heart, when I get discouraged or down on myself, I simply read Psalm 139. The truths there are hard to beat against darkness. There is no dark to Him. I am fearfully & wonderfully made. I can not hide from him. Wherever I go, He is there.

I really enjoyed both of your posts today. Thank you for letting God use you. Interestingly enough, my pastor has been sharing about Spiritual Disciplines at church, and this week was on living in the Word.

joslynranae{at}yahoo{dot}com

davesqueen said...

One truth I repeat over & over is from Hebrews 11: 35-36. It talks about not throwing away your trust in God but to remember the reward it brings. It also says to have patient endurance to continue to do Gods will to be able to receive what He has promised. My husband & I were not able to conceive children after many many exhausting years of medical procedures. We decided to look into adoption always knowing that was an option for us. Here we are 3 years later with 2 beautiful boys who have blessed our lives in ways we never thought possible! Our first adoption was very long & the birthmother even requested our son back after we had him for 5 months. This news could have broken me & sent me into such a deep depression. Instead I dove into prayer & that verse from Hebrews is what has helped me through. God did bring us through & because of our patient endurance our adoption was successful & now we have just recently completed our 2 adoption. God never goes back on His promises! We thank Him everyday for our family!

patsy butler said...

The verse that has helped me is "Thy word hath I hed in my heart that I may not sin against thee." Thank you for sharing the devotion this morning.

Lisa said...

The truth I know without a doubt is that He will never leave you and is carrying you through each moment:)

zoomama02@yahoo.com

Janice said...

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us...

Tresa said...

I've learned to remember God says that ALL things work to good for those who love the Lord. So, no matter what is happening in my life, I know that God is in control and even though I can't see the "good" that will come out of the situation, God does. After the fact, I usually understand why I went through the trial. Sometimes it is just to bring me closer to God and sometimes it is to be able to help another person down the road.

LifeChanger10 said...

Proverbs 3v5-6 I will trust in the LORD with all my HEART, lean not unto my own understanding but in ALL my ways acknowledge HIM and HE shall direct my path. ~ Over the last few months I have faced grief, heartache, betrayal and loss. But through it all I am learning to TRUST the one who holds the future in His hands not mine. It's not been easy by any means and shaken is a polite word for it... but I know God has a plan and I know trusting Him, He will work all things for my good. ~ Melissa (melsbells06@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

Each day I pray to God that I am "quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. This verse helps me with self discipline and not become overly emotional and not take on other corworkers/friends problems. When I do speak that my words are seasoned with salt.

I don't know the verse number, I remind myself of this not to get into course joking or foolish talk. I have a good sense of humor and I have come to realize is people end up making you the entertainment. I have changed in a lot ways sense I have been studying the bible, I am more aware of my actions.

Thank you for this opportunity to express myself

e_hurdle@yahoo.com

Mrs. Becky said...

"...to having kids make choices far from how they were raised, life has rocked me a few times. I've faced things I never thought I would face, and no one gave me a map to navigate the details of these circumstances."

I completely related to your view here. Over the last few months, especially, I have faced some circumstances that could have thrown me off track. However, because of the time I have spent in Bible stusy and prayer, although I was shaken, I did not break under the weight because of KNOWING that God was right there in the middle of it all with me.

Thanks for the encouragement and the courage to say that you have been there, too!

Desiree said...

I will never leave you or forsake you. Even in the toughest of times, when it feels like He's not there, if I search hard enough I ALWAYS find Him!

dez_jon@yahoo.com

Daphne said...

Years ago I heard the Lord speaking to my heart about honoring my husband, as well. I kept trying to change him, but the Lord showed me that I had to change first. When I did, we were both blessed beyond measure. My husband is my best friend and a gift from God. I don't always get it right, but when I mess up, I can go to God and to Chris, and ask for forgiveness.

Marie said...

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." Proverbs 3:5
I have been praying for my husband to renew his commitment to God. Approximately 15 years ago an incident threatened to break our marriage apart. From that day he turned from God and has been fighting the spiritual battle. Only through leaning on the Lord, have I survived. I don't understand why God doesn't just answer my prayer to bring him back to Him, but I do trust that it is in God's PERFECT will and His timing, not mine.

Jamie Herzog said...

The truth that I have learned that has kept me strong in tough times is from 2 Timothy 1:7...that I have not been given a spirit of fear...fear and confusion do not come from God. He gave me more, He gave me His power, His love and His might! I just need to remember and act on what he has always gifted me with. God says to not fear 365 different times and ways throughout scripture. He must have know I would be scared a lot:) One for each day of the year :) Praise Him for always being there to help me conquer my fears! Love your blog!

kbright said...

I will never leave or forsake you.

dorothy said...

james 1:2 "consider it all joy my brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance." God has taught me over the years to just walk with Him & trust Him & together we'll make it through it all!

kbright said...

I will never leave or forsake you

clhaydon said...

I have learned that God is faithful. I am continually learning more of God's truths as I daily and consistently, read His word. Recently, I was hit with a lot of "untruths" through false teachings by false teachers. God faithfully spoke, through the truths that I had studied and that were planted in my heart, leading me through those muddy, murky ideas into the light of His TRUTH. Praise His name!

Jaymie said...

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Our own difficult times can lead us to offer compassion, grace and encouragement to others.

Anonymous said...

That Jesus will answer my prayers in his time and not mine, as I have experienced aready. And I am so very thankful that he did. He always knows best. Even when we think we do .....

Dana said...

Someone has already mentioned this verse, and it is one of my favorites as well.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

I repeat His words over and over, to help me remember that HE is in control, HE knows His plan, and I have to trust in His truth and promises.

Pamela said...

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. When I am feeling like I just can't make it through....I repeat this to myself several times. It really sustains me and helps me to remember that I do not need to do it all by myself. I have a wonderful Father watching over me and helping me.

Anonymous said...

I have learned to "be still and let God be God".Over the years I have had to learn the hard way that God "will take care of things"! I have had to get "myself" out of the way and be still. lstott@jasperisd.net

Kelly said...

"Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up,for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time." Galatians 6:9
There are days when I physically and emotionally get so tired of "doing the right thing", yet I know I can't give up because God calls me to keep going. It's because of Him and my "training" I can stay strong and wait until that blessing comes, no matter how long it takes. If I hadn't taken the time to study and know the bible there are many trials I would not have made it through in a victorious Godly way. Praise Him for eternity and keep running the race!

ghostgirl90 said...

'Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant, and Jeserun, whom I have chosen." Isaiah 44:2 I was diagnosed with bipolar, and it really freaked me out - and each day is a struggle to not blame everything that goes wrong on that. But in this verse God tells me that He made me - he knows everything about me, and knew that this would happen before it ever did, so he's accounted for it. He tells me not to fear it, because it's in his hands.

Nancy said...

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

While going through some problems in my marriage they became my focus in life. "What am I doing wrong?", "Why doesn't my husband have any respect for me?", "Why doesn't he love me anymore?" the questions were endless. I was reading a self help book on "how to become the women of his dreams" when inside the book the author talked about putting God first in our lives so I got in my Bible and began to read and found Matthew 6:33. I began to put God first in everything. I prayed everyday for my husband and I and trusted that whatever God's will would be for us would be and I would still praise Him. Still happily married!

Maria said...

Thank you for helping us to remember that when we are reading the Word we are doing "something"; more than we can ever realize. I was encouraged to read the book of Proverbs in October and that journey led me to your ministry. The storms hit hard in November. I am so thankful that the Lord walked ahead of me and gave me what I needed to steer through the raging storms. I was that puddle on the floor, but God's promises helped me to rise and stand on firmer ground than I started on. Thank you, I love Proverbs 31 ministry because I find such encouragement and truths to live by. With sincere gratitude, Maria

Christina said...

"The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:11

Ida Rodriguez said...

Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." This verse is what comforts me. When I am overwhelmed I pray to God handing over my worries to him and asking him to help me trust in him.

thegozette said...

Romans 12:2 has been an important verse for me, but I have been very good at staying strong. Your devotional today on P31 was God-timed. I see how I have made myself vulnerable to attack from the enemy. I'm so tired from the stress of our financial troubles and marriage issues that I've been neglecting the One who can help us. I need to find a way to spend more time in the Word.

Anonymous said...

Two truths that I have found to be true are that he keeps his promises and that he never leaves us. I have trained my sons in the way they should go and He has been faithful, 3 of the 4 coming back to walk with him. The Lord has seen me thru sadness and despair, never leaving or forsaking me, working all things together for good and to his glory!

Anonymous said...

It is God who arms me with strength and make my ways perfect.Psalm 18:32

Whenever I am afraid I will trust in God.

dixoname@msn.com

Kristin from SC said...

There is no "off season" with our relationship with the Lord. We should be in "full swing" with Him year round! Continuing to read His word and seeing how He would handle certain situations helps me try to become more and more like Him on a daily basis...through the good, bad, challenging, trying, frustrating times. Who is a better example than He?

Thanks for all ya'll do through Proverbs 31...ya'll continue to touch more lives each and every day than you will ever know! I can't tell you how many friends I have been able to fwd your devotions to in the "perfect" timing of when they need to hear those "perfect" words and encouragement. Thanks for trusting the Lord to speak through you, and in turn sharing stories with us that we can relate to in one way or another.

Leslie said...

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do NOTHING" (emphasis added)

Plain and simple- I can't do anything, in good times or bad, without Him directing my steps.

Deb said...

all i can say is that I am horrible at reading the Word and I KNOW I need to and a Bible like you are giving away is exactly what I need to help me. I need to know scripture and hide it in my heart. God has been covicting me greatly...so even if I don't 'win' this bible and I need to buy one! no doubt about it!

Johanna said...

One truth I have learned is to trust God and that I can trust Him-regardless of how messy a circumstance may be. When I trust only what I see, I always find myself in a heap far more confusing.

chrissy said...

One truth that has really kept me going is that in ALL THINGS, God works for the GOOD of those who love him... (romans 8:28). When we are faced with something that seems unbearable....unreasonable....un-DO-able....I have to REMIND myself that God already knew this was going to happen. He knew it and He allowed it. He is LOVE. He isn't 'loving.' He IS LOVE. And if LOVE allowed this, there's a reason and it is for my benefit. Sometimes I wish we could see everything in hindsight, because that would really help us see what it was that God was up to. But, we don't always see that in the moment. Remembering the truth helps, though!
chrissyromine@gmail.com

Julie said...

Thank you. This is just what I needed to hear this morning.

ngoez79 said...

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

One truth that I sometimes forget in the off-season is that I need to keep doing the work. When we think to ask, God never fails us. Life is always "in-season". Let us remember that!

Stacy N said...

I've always loved Romans 8:28 "For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose." Even when I can't see how any good could come of the mess I'm in, I know God can work it out for me!

Marge said...

Isaiah 43:1-3. This passage has become my life line. To know that I am called BY NAME reminds me how personal our Lord is. I have since shared this passage with my son who is in the Army and to his wife who is often alone raising their two beautiful daughters.

Marge

Charlene said...

To God be all the glory...He is an ON TIME God! He knew I needed to read this today...thankful we crossed paths! Thank you, Glynnis & Wendy--for blessing me TODAY, by your God given words!

Audrey said...

God will never give me more than I can handle. Knowing this has given me the strenth to get through a lot in my life.

Tracey said...

This verse, these 10 words, helped me survive the loss of my precious daughter at age 17 from cancer.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

Jovan said...

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1. This has been one truth that has helped me in every aspect of my life. As I often remember the promises God made to me it helps me to know that no matter what the circumstances are I have to live by faith!

Bentley said...

Glynnis
I love your name!
Thank you for your message. We live in the Alabama area just ravaged by storms. My husband and I have been in the mission field for the last few weeks trying to serve as many as possible. Your message today was a blessing to me today as I realized that I need to let God handle the stress and struggles that tends to come between husband and wives in these times. You are such a blessing. Glad to find your blog and FB.

Vikki said...

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4: 13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Jeannie said...

I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Chantelle said...

My entire childhood I was told I was worthless and came to believe that to be true. I decided to study scripture and find TRUTH to replace the lies that had been put in my mind my whole life.

I found this:
1 Peter 2:9 (my paraphrase)
“I am a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, part of a holy nation, God’s own special person, that I may proclaim the praises of Him who called me out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

If that's not TRUTH declaring I am WORTHY and NOT worthless, I don't know what is!

I've struggled with clinical depression for years and at a time when I literally was asking God: "WHY am I so messed up? WHY am I like this?!"
That very day, God led me to
1 Corinthians 15:10 "By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain."

Suddenly, I got it. I am the way I am RIGHT now because it is the way God wants me to be. What peace and freedom I found!

Savannahhutchinson1208 said...

2 scriptures in particular come to mind, Romans 8:31 what shall we say about such wonderful things as these. IF GOD IS FOR US, WHO CAN EVER BE AGAINST US...ALL of romans 8 is great, psalm 91 assures me of his protection, and putting on God's armor ephesians 6:10-20 gives me strength :)(ephesians 6:11 says put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firmagainst ALL strategies of the devil! Thank you so much for your blog as I believe have been in my "off season training " and I feel God really calling me to put something he placed on my heart into action..but I struggle with fear like moses :/ so thank you for having me search within and remember that their is CONFIDENCE and COUARGE in the Lord!

Gina L Gwozdz CPA said...

Deuteronomy 31:6 (English Standard Version)

6(A) Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them,(B) for it is the LORD your God who goes with you.(C) He will not leave you or forsake you."

Savannahhutchinson1208 said...

sorry that was actually a whole lot more than 2 scriptures and thank you for posting Wendys prayer that is an encouraging prayer and remindeR that NOthing is impossible for our heavenly father!

Noelle said...

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. I recently shared this passage (my favorite by the way) with a young girl going through a tough situation and needing to forgive herself as well. She later thanked me and said it is now her favorite verse as well, as it helped her through her hard time.

Chantelle said...

Forgot to leave my e-mail: chantelle.wai@gmail.com

Wowen in Worship said...

Over the last year I have been asking God to teach me to be a person of "great faith". My studies have led me to hold tightly to Abraham as the Father of Faith. I didn't know then He was preparing me for today. My nephew, who is 22-months old, got out of the house and into the family pool. He is currently on life support and nothing short of a miracle will save him.

The verse that keeps surfacing from my studies is "Yet, he did not waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." (Romans 4:20-21). Abraham never doubted God. In Genesis 15:6, it doesn't say Abraham believed IN God, it says "Abraham BELIEVED God". God has taught me a great lesson in the absence of that little preposition. Abraham knew God had the power to do ANYTHING. His belief was active, tangible. It is one thing to say you believe "in" God but completely different to truly "believe" Him. I think we so often forget that God is STILL cabable of miracles. The only requirement is we believe. "Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid: just believe, and she will be healed." (Mark 8:50)

Thank you for this blog today. The other scripture references have helped me so much today!!

Vanessa said...

One of my favorite verses:
Phil.4: 6-9
Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and mind as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing, fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right and pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Carol said...

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

Sonja said...

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 29-31

Ivonne said...

I thought I was strong in Christ but I realize today with your devotion that I stop training completely and when the storm came I melted!
I disappeared like I didn't know Him.
So I would say: Train without ceasing because it is truth, the enemy is like a lion looking for a weak Christian to devour.
Our strength is in the Lord and the only way to get closer to Him is through His Word.

Ranita said...

When I go through the rough times and receive comfort from Him (often through godly friends or family), I am reminded that in the future I will be able to comfort others with the same comfort He has shown me! This has been true when it was breast cancer (a big deal) or not being included in a social situation (not so big deal). God has specially chosen me to be part of His team! It gives some meaning and purpose to the hard times for me.
2 Corinthians 1:4

myhometown column said...

I was widowed at 35....and as my world was falling apart around me...I did not fall apart...I had such a warm, enveloping warmth from my inner peace and from those around me....I CAN do all things through Christ...and even now...I look back, the pain is low on the list..its the wow, look what God did through me.

Ranita said...

When I go through the rough times and receive comfort from Him (often through godly friends or family), I am reminded that in the future I will be able to comfort others with the same comfort He has shown me! This has been true when it was breast cancer (a big deal) or not being included in a social situation (not so big deal). God has specially chosen me to be part of His team! It gives some meaning and purpose to the hard times for me.
2 Corinthians 1:4

myhometown column said...

I was widowed at 35 and as I went through the experience I felt such a peace...enveloped in love by God and by those around me. I still look back at that time and think, wow...I would have never thought it would have been such a blessed time...I CAN do all things through Christ...

23jellybean said...

Thank you SO Much for your Blog Post today. I came mainly because I am in season training, and wanted to post a truth I learned. But then I got to the bottom of your post and read about how your friend Wendy wrote a Prayer the Holy Spirit directed her to post, and that she didn't know you'd post a link in your blog.
I NEEDED that link. And I thank you and Wendy. And I Praise God and how he works in our lives!

Brenda said...

After my brain injury I could not understand words, had great difficulty reading. I remember sitting on the sofa at my home it was the first time I was at home. I noticed my book case full of nursing books, then my eyes feel on my Bible. All my training 20 some years of nursing was gone, I was having difficulty with eye hand coordination keeping up with conversations procedures and knew and was told I could never practice as a Registered Nurse again. Steadfast my eyes stayed glued on my Bible "Jesus loves me this I know, he holds me in the palm of His hand, I am under His wing, He will never put more on me than I can bear....in that time alone.....my "off season training from far away from unexpected place was calling me and now I have grown closer to God, I am His daughter. I praise Him for myinjury yes, out of that darkness became light....thank you Brenda Hallman

Linda said...

This blog has ministered to me today as I am in season and am feeling like a failure. I cannot tell you how relieved I am to know that I really did train as scriptures keep coming to mind over and over as we walk through this. I have been bothered by my grief and lack of enthusiasm for the things I used to do and even my inability to pray and study Gods word...but God has been so close to me through this...everyone who has posted has been used by our Lord to strengthen me today!

Mandy said...

Me and my husband have been seperated for almost 6 months now.
This has been the hardest thing other than losing my mom that I have ever had to go through.
I know that without God I am not sure where I would be.
I lean on him daily in prayer and talk to him all the time.
I do sit and listen- "Be still and know that I am God".
Strongest thing I have learned is that he will not put you in any situation if he can not bring you through it.
God is faithful on his terms not ours. Pray daily and thank him for your blessings..

Ashley said...

I am assured that all things are working together for good. Romans 8:28

Nancy Rogers said...

I know that God is Faithful, Faithful, Faithful.I also listen to a Christian tape on worship everyday at work, because I have an office by myself I can sing & praise God as I work. Tithing is
a protection from the enemy, God enables you to do more with the 90%than if you had kept the 100%. My church is in a series called Act Normal, & its about doing what Christ did on this earth. Heal, Help others, paying it forward. We have a web-site that says Have & Need, some post they have a washer, to give, others have I need a car, things of this nature, to make compassion apart of our daily lives. I find when you help others you forget about yourself & problems, & it ends up blessing you more than the help that your are providing for the person in need, (It makes your Soul feel Good). Thank you for your column, & all your daily writings, to help us grow as Christians. May God continue to bless you in your Minstry. Sincerely, Nancy Rogers
Nancy_Rogers@NeimanMarcus.com

Bobbi said...

After battling secondary infertility for over 2-1/2 years, my husband and I have been recently blessed with a healthy pregnancy. The Bible has taught me so much - tested my faith, encouraged my faith, stretched my faith - but while waiting for this child, I realized the power of prayer. The Bible verse that got me through this chapter in my life was, "I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him." (1 Samuel 1:27).

Jessa said...

Psalm 31:7 changed my life, and I have continued to find peace in it when I am weary. "I rejoice in your love because you see my affliction and know the anguish of my soul." * The anguish of my soul.* Those words are so deeply, honestly raw, and to know that God SEES that and KNOWS it is an amazing comfort.

Anita said...

One truth learned from the Bible that has helped me stay strong in the tough times is "He will never leave you nor forsake you." Joshua 1:5. There has been many times when I felt nothing was going right or I could not take another thing or I felt lonely and that scripture always come to mind.

Anonymous said...

I know that if it wasn't for God I would not be able to face each day with the peace I feel during all the changes happening in our families lives right now. Praise Him!

Nikki D said...

My favorite foundational truth is found in Romans 8:28. It tells me I WIN EVERYTIME!

Lisa B said...

Thank you for speaking Truth that I so desperately needed to hear into my life.

Rebecca said...

I know I would not be able to face each day with a peace that it will all be ok if it wasn't for God. Praise Him!

Jona said...

And we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God....(Romans 8:28) This is my life verse given to me at the age of 16 by my dad when he was dying with cancer. God has whispered this verse to me so many times since then. And just like God, it is ALWAYS true.

Veronica said...

One Truth that helps me in hard times is to know that God Loves me! Because he loves me He will not forsake me!

kmlangham said...

The one Truth that has kept me from melting down with dealing with issues is knowing that "all things happen so that God can be Glorified." Remembering this even when it hurts, destorys and seems impossible, that it's not about me but that it's about God being glorified weather it is right then or later

Lindsey said...

The truth I constantly remind myself of in hard times is this: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you." So many times when I thought things were so bad in my marriage, work, & life, I have reminded myself of this promise. He has good for me planned. Prosperity! Not harm, never harm. As long as I truly seek his will, he will never let me down. And I have seen that even when I make mistakes, he can turn those into accomplishments. Amazing God!

Veronica said...

One truth that has helped me is to know that God LOVES me (us) and because He loves me He will not forsake me!

KARI JANELLE said...

God's ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts... and He sees what I do not both now and in the future... and the best news out of this is that He wants to prosper me, to give me a life of abundance! :) Priase God!

Andrea said...

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in teh Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

maame yaa said...

wow, you are talking to me, God bless you.

Colleen said...

" 'For I know the plans I have for you' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.' " Jeremiah 29:11

I loved your devotional today. Its truth rang through my life. I found great comfort when I was going through radiation therapy and I finally turned to God for help. I learned to trust in Him and lean on Him. Several months later I was driving to a nearby city in the wee hours of the morning where my son was attending college. He needed an emergency appendectomy. As he was taken into surgery, I sat alone in an empty hallway (it was 4 a.m.) and felt a sweet peace wash over me as I trusted God that all would be well. THAT's spiritual training.
This Sunday I am participating in a 'disciple panel' to answer children's questions of what being a disciple means to me. I think this idea of spiritual training will be one I will try to share if given the opportunity.
I would love to win the chronological Bible. Another son & I talked about this bible recently and he wants to read it thru together.

Gloria said...

All things work together for good to those who love God. ALL things.

So no matter what happens, I know it's gonna be alright :)

Patricia said...

One truth I have learned from the Bible that has helped me stay strong in tough times is "fixing my eyes on Jesus...perfecter of my faith" Heb 12:2 and "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" 2 Cor 4:17-18. I have learned not to look at situations because when I do that I will get discouraged and not walk in faith. When I look at the situation I start hearing what the enemy says and I am tempted to open the door to fear, helplessness etc. So I have learned to not "entangle myself with the affairs of this life" 2 Tim 2:3-5 but to believe what is unseen and keep focused on Jesus.

arkrope2 said...

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in YOU; and in the shadow of YOUR wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.
Ps 57:1

arkrope2 said...

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in YOU; and in the shadow of YOUR wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.
Ps 57!

Anonymous said...

The truth I like to remember in tough times is that He chose to save me not by anything I have done but by all He has done and I am sealed in Him. tracicowick@yahoo.com

Jennifer said...

Today is today, we have no idea what the future has in store but God does (Jeremiah 29:11)

acgl98 said...

Proverbs 31:30 (KJV) reads, "Favor is deceitful, beauty is vain, but the womans who fears the Lord, she shall be praised". As a not so confident teenager, this verse helped me to focus on what is most important; my relationship with the Lord. I'm leaning on this same verse again today after having two little girls in two years and not feeling like my "old beautiful self". My relationship with the Lord makes me beautiful in his sight and in the sight of others, so that he can get the glory!

Anonymous said...

There have been times I wanted to fret, worry, be anxious but I am always drawn to the fact that in the scriptures, "do not be anxious for anything..." and Christ is always with me. Sometimes I have to go through those emotions for a time but God is truly working on me in these areas to fully trust and surrender my worries to Him. God is awesome!!!
Teresa L. C.

Lillie said...

The scripture that I reflect on is Psalms 27:7. Learning to praise him in all that I do is the key for me and it does work. without it could you really stand?

Martha T. said...

God is good!
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Sanya said...

Hi Glynnis I want to thank you so much for this devotional and especially for the posts. I have been contemplating suicide and I prayed for a miracle read the devotional and saw the link to this blog. You dont know how you guys have helped me. Thanks alot

Shannon said...

When I feel alone or that no one can understand me, I remember that God knows every single aspect of my being. "O Lord, you have searched me and you know me." (psalm 139)What a comforting thought. To know that the creator of the universe knows me through and through is incredible!

Deanna said...

I will not leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5 Going through some hard times right now with my son and I keep reminding myself of that. It has helped me today to read all these comments. THANK YOU

Linda said...

One truth that has kept me afloat following a layoff and return to restarting a full-time writing business is that my God will provide all my needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus. After a 14 year break, restarting a business in a depression/recession is incredibly stressful. Once my money resources gave out I have been scrambling to pay bills and survive. Yet I stand firm on God's Promises and He has continued to provide. When afraid, I draw closer to Him and when overwhelmed I move closer to Him. He is my Rock, my Fortress, my Savior. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Kim said...

"God did not give us a spirit of timidity/fear but a spirit of love, of power and of self discipline." That reminds me every time that He has given me what I need, I just need to go to Him and allow Him to work through me.

PaisleyLynn said...

He will never give us more than we can handle!
He will never leave us nor forsake us!
We never have to face it alone :)

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