Happy 2014!

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 4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

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Give Thanks in All Circumstances

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Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.       —1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Ever Follow Good

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See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

(1 Thessalonians 5:15-18, KJV)

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

(1 Thessalonians 5:15-18, NIV)

AnnaSmile

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God, Are You Enough? [repost from Melissa Taylor, Proverbs 31 Ministries]

I love Proverbs 31 Ministries. My daughter and I have been reading their daily devotions and sharing how each impacts us. Today’s devotion by Melissa Taylor really caused both of us to remember that God truly is enough. And since my 2013 theme for this blog is enough, I knew I had to share this with you.

Please visit Proverbs 31 Ministries when you get a chance, as well as Melissa’s blog: Real Hope for Real Life. You’ll be so blessed when you do!

Devotions | Proverbs 31 Ministries.

God, Are You Enough?

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV 1984)

God, are You enough? It’s a question my circumstances bring me to quite often.

Over a lifetime I’ve concluded not only is God enough, but He has to be enough.

It takes effort on my part to make sure my heart is staying in this truth.

As a young child, I didn’t realize my need for God, but I did realize I had a need that was not fulfilled. I was sexually abused when I was seven years old. My dad moved out of our home when I was eleven. Both circumstances left me devastated, and I didn’t understand then how God could ever heal my broken heart. So I spent many years trying to heal myself and make myself feel better.

Nothing was enough to meet my needs. Nothing worked.

As I grew older, I moved from being a Christian who simply believed, to becoming a Christian actively seeking and following Jesus. That was when my life began to change.

Because I was having direct conversations with God through prayer and consistently reading His Word, my faith grew. I learned that when the hard knocks came, and they would, I needed to ask one question: “God, are You enough?”

When a friend betrays me, “God, are You enough?”

When I need to forgive what seems unforgivable, “God, are You enough?”

When my child has issues out of my control, “God, are You enough?”

When my marriage is on the brink of destruction, “God, are You enough?”

When my mom is dying of cancer, “God, are You enough?”

When others don’t recognize my value, “God, are You enough?”

When I struggle professionally, “God, are You enough?”

When someone I love uses words to hurt me, “God, are You enough?”

When I am in debt and don’t know how I’ll pay my bills, “God, are You enough?”

When my past haunts me, “God, are You enough?”

When my health declines, “God, are You enough?”

When I am let down and disappointed in my life, “God, are You enough?”

Every time I asked “God, are You enough?” I opened my Bible and began reading, verse by verse. Though my doubts were strong in the beginning, God’s Word started to silence the thoughts paralyzing me.

Through promises fulfilled and promises given in Scripture, I discovered the answer was always the same when I asked: “God, are You enough?”

Yes, He is.

Nothing here on earth is guaranteed, except for one thing: Jesus is with us always. And when we understand who He is, our doubts begin to disappear.

The Bible tells us Jesus is sufficient; He’s enough. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (NIV 1984). I discovered this to be true. Every need, every doubt, every inadequacy, every fear was met, answered and removed by Jesus.

If I lost everything, I’d be okay because no one can take away my Jesus. Whether I live in a mansion on a hill or in a tent on the side of a swamp, I have my Jesus. Whether the world is for me or against me, I have my Jesus. When I am knocked down, I get on my knees and find my Jesus.

When life becomes more than you think you can handle, don’t quit. And certainly don’t believe the lie God is not enough. Instead, ask yourself, “God, are You enough for me?” Then plant His Word deep in your heart so you’ll always have the ready answer, that yes He is. He is enough for me, for you. Ours is the God who “… will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

Dear Lord, help me to realize and remember the secret to being content in all circumstances is You. Help me to be aware of Your presence in my life at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Do You Know Jesus?

Scripture reassures us over and over that God is enough. Read over His truths in the new NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women, filled with 366 devotions from Proverbs 31 Ministries’ writers.

Visit Melissa Taylor’s blog for real hope for real life.

Reflect and Respond:
Honestly assess if God is enough in your life. Do you find yourself needing or wanting more? Remind yourself that God knows you inside and out. He loves you no matter what and He always will.

Is there a situation in your life you need to turn over to the Lord?

Power Verses:
Psalm 33:4, ” For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.” (ESV)

Isaiah 46:3b-4, “You whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (NIV)

Alive in Christ

THANKFUL THURSDAY

Can I get a big AMEN on this?

Care to share one thing you’re thankful for?

Here’s one of mine: I’m alive in Christ!

“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” —Romans 6:8-11