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God's Words For US

    by Cecelia Lester

May 24, 2024

As children of God, we have times where we have to commit a person’s circumstances to God’s care. Aren’t we always in His care?

When we pray for a friend who needs special guidance from God, we may ask Him to wrap His arms of love around them. Our next request asks the Father to draw our friend close to Him. Then we beseech our Creator to whisper words our friend needs to hear. Sometimes we speak in specific terms, other times, we ask God to convey the words our friend needs.

At my dad’s funeral, our pastor ended his final prayer with…  ( Click for more )

May 17, 2024

I participate in a small group that is presently reading a collection of stories entitled A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers. The book, a collection of stories about the women in the lineage of Jesus Christ, has study questions at the end of each section.

After each story there is a part devoted to studying the scripture on which that story is based. This week, after I finished the third story, that of Ruth, I spent time doing the study. In the section on Reputations, I ran across the sub-section called Finding God’s Way For You. The first question, ”What does…  ( Click for more )

May 10, 2024

“Be in pray at 5:00” The co-lay leader of our church spoke those words to me as I waited to shake hands with our pastor on a Sunday after worship service.

I knew why she asked for prayer. On two separate occasions that past week, I heard her ask for prayer for an unspoken request. I responded to her comment. “ I know about that need and I will continue to pray.”

The need was great. I felt the weight of the circumstance when it came to my attention on Friday. The basic information came to me through my reading our local newspaper, making the…  ( Click for more )

He who heeds the word wisely will find good; and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. Proverbs 16:20 (NKJV) Words of Solomon I found a form of this verse in a gift book that I ran across in my living room. The book is entitled “Growing Through Prayer”. I am certain that each of……  ( Click for more )
April 26, 2024

“. . . I will fear no evil, for you are with me;” Psalm 23:4 (NIV) “‘And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE.’” Eze.48:35 (NIV) Her mother brought her into the building that housed the daycare center. Her parents were missionaries heading for home assignment in Michigan. They had attended the conference for a few days. On this, their last afternoon with us, she looked up at me as her mother signed her in. Her big brown eyes studied me. “Why are you always here?” “Why am I always here, is that what…  ( Click for more )

April 19, 2024
Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in within me. Cast me not from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:10 (ESV) Prayer of David The prophet Nathan had confronted David about his sin with Bathsheba. David recognized that what he had done was sinful in……  ( Click for more )

Praying for the Lord’s Will

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways, my ways,’ declares the Lord.”

Isaiah 55:8

She came into our Sunday school class to update us about her husband’s condition after emergency major surgery.

This wife painted a truthful, yet grim, picture of her husband’s physical state. He has been through several extended hospitalizations in the past few years.

I asked her, “How do you want us to pray?”

She explained that they had traveled this road several…  ( Click for more )

April 5, 2024

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

I found this verse as I prepared a Sunday school lesson for a group of middle grade children in the mid 1980’s. I paused and reread it. The words resonated in my mind. I had come through a time of deep depression. I had, at the request of my husband, taken a 30 day leave of absence from my job. At the end of the leave, I decided to resign. A few years earlier, during another time of confusion,…  ( Click for more )

March 29, 2024
For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if one died for all, then all died, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NKJV) Words of Paul ……  ( Click for more )
March 22, 2024

His Grace Keeps Us

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions

and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great

God and Savior, Jesus Christ . . . .” Titus 2:11-12 (NIV)

God’s grace for us gives us the strength to say, “No”, to the ways of the world. We try to not do things just because everyone else is doing it. His grace…  ( Click for more )

March 15, 2024

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,

the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

I heard this story several years ago. Our pastor at the time called on a woman who had attended our church; she and her husband were residents of a nursing home.

She shared with the pastor her desire to give the church an offering. She promised to have a dollar when he came the next time. The pastor thanked her; they visited awhile longer.

On his next visit, she presented him with two dollars for the church. When I heard this,…  ( Click for more )

“persecuted but not abandoned;” (2 Corinthians 4:9a)

We who live in the United States live in a relatively free place where we can practice our faith with no fear of punishment for our actions. This is not true in other parts of the world.

People who practice Christianity in these certain other nations risk their very lives. When they accept Christ as their Lord and choose to follow Him they lose their homes, their families, and, if they are men, their source of income, or even their very lives. At the very least, they become dead to their families…  ( Click for more )

“Hard pressed on every side but not crushed;” (2 Corinthians 4:8a)

Have you ever felt as if you were pressed by a difficulty or an issue that caused pain on your life?

Have you ever been in a crowd that moved you forward even when your purpose was to go in another direction?

When my husband and I have had a member of our extended family in the hospital I have felt pressed be there for the patient and for his or her nuclear family. Most times I have completely altered my schedule to be available to do what I can to alleviate the stress…  ( Click for more )

February 23, 2024

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,

because we know that suffering produces perseverance;

perseverance, character; and character, hope.

And hope does not disappoint us, because

God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,

whom he has given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)

“. . . we also rejoice in our sufferings. . .” What is Paul saying here? We don’t like to have things go wrong. When we have illness-personal or family- we go through times where our schedules change. Our strength lessens…  ( Click for more )

February 16, 2024
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins”. 1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV) Words of Peter When we worship God in a corporate setting, we unite with our fellow worshipers to praise Him, to seek His guidance, to encourage others. ……  ( Click for more )
February 9, 2024
I will both lie down in peace and sleep; For You alone, O LORD make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NKJV) Words penned by David Having had too many nights with either minimal or no sleep, I picked up my Bible ane read this verse. A dear friend shared it……  ( Click for more )

“Whatever is admirable. . .”

When children are young they can say things that endear them to us. Some of those cute thoughts become family lore and parents remember those words and bring them up as ways to look back fondly onto past events.

When we teach our children new things, we have to praise them for their attempts to learn. Some people have never received praise for anything they tried to do.

When I was growing up I was clumsy; I am still not coordinated. It took me a long time to learn how to roller skate. Also, I had a hard time mastering a bicycle.…  ( Click for more )

January 26, 2024

“Whatever is lovely. . .”

When we see someone looking very nice, we sometimes say, “You look lovely.” When we had a delightful time at an event, we say, “We had a lovely time.” Do we realize that we also can apply that adjective to our thoughts and our manner of speaking?

When we pray for another person, we ask God for His best for him or her. When we harbor bad feelings toward another, we should give them and our feelings over to God and let Him deal with that person and with us.

In the New Testament, Jesus tells us what comes…  ( Click for more )

January 19, 2024

When people talk, how do they converse? Do they share needed information with others? Do they tell innocent jokes? Do others look forward to hearing from them? Or do they carry tales (gossip) about people? Do the tell jokes that cross the line into the area of being coarse? Do other people cringe when they open their mouths?

What is the purpose of conversation? Believers use it to proclaim Christ to the world. If we believers become offensive in their speech habits, we dishonor God and ruin our witness. We become just like the world we want to see redeemed. We should use…  ( Click for more )

January 12, 2024
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 (NKJV) Words of Paul Rejoice always I received a phone call last evening. This was not a call one wants to receive. A friend let me know……  ( Click for more )
January 5, 2024
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath, Do not fret—it only causes harm. Psalm 37:7-8……  ( Click for more )
January 5, 2024
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath, Do not fret—it only causes harm. Psalm 37:7-8……  ( Click for more )
December 29, 2023
Last year, I chose, as my Word Of The Year, the word forgive (and its allied words). This choice was very interesting for me. I discovered a Facebook group that kept me ‘on target’ with my word. In the past, I wrote about my word in the fall of the year. By joining this group, I had to blog……  ( Click for more )
December 22, 2023
And she shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” ...”Behold the virgin shall be with child and bear a Son and they shall call His name Immanuel” which is translated “God with us.” Matthew 1:21, 23……  ( Click for more )
December 15, 2023
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you; not as the world gives you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 (NJKV) Words of Jesus to His disciples during the Last Supper. Jesus tells them and us some very memorable thoughts here. What constitutes Jesus’……  ( Click for more )
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