A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet.
went to the pet store
and told the owner
that he wanted to buy an unusual pet.
After some discussion,
he finally bought a talking centipede, which
came in a little white box
to use as his house.
He took the box back home,
found a good spot for the box,
and decided he would start off
by taking his new pet
to church with him.
asked the centipede in the box, “Would
you like to go
to church with me today?
We will have a good time.”
But there was no answer
from his new pet.
bothered him a bit,
but he waited a few minutes
and then asked again,
church with me
and receive blessings?”
there was no answer
his new friend and pet.
So he waited
a few minutes more,
thinking about the situation..
The guy decided to
invite the centipede
one last time.
This time he
put his face up against
the centipede’s house and shouted, “Hey, in there!
Would you like to go
to church with me
and learn about God?”
This time, a little voice
came out of the box,
“I heard you the first time!!!
I’m putting my shoes on!”
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (NKJV)
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (NIV)
20Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]– (Amplified)
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (NLT)
20-21God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (The Message)
20 To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: (Good News)
weakness. So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so
that the power of Christ may dwell in me…for whenever I am weak,
then I am strong. 2 Cor 12: 9-10
And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to His
riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19
Personalizing Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, worship the Lord with
gladness; come before Him with joyful song.
I CHOOSE to worship my Lord with gladness and joyfulness. It is a
choice that does not depend on my circumstances or emotions. He is
worthy of my thankful heart because of WHO HE IS. He can a put a song
in my heart even when I don’t feel like singing, when I just feel like
crying. He can help me to sing in worship to Him.
Know that the LORD is God, it is He who made us, and we are HIS; we
are his people, the sheep of His pasture.
He is our Creator. He owns us. He is God and I am not. He can use
His sheep’s lives however He chooses. It is His right. I am not my
own. My husband and my children are His, they belong to Him.
Everybody and everything is His. My Shepherd is loving and kind and
good. Always. He knows what’s best for His sheep even when that
means heartache for a season that we might grow more dependent on Him.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give
thanks to Him and praise His name.
I do thank You and praise You, my Savior.
For the LORD is good and His love endures forever.
What comfort to know that this is His character, this is His heart.
His love and care are beyond measure and they last forever.
His faithfulness continues through all generations.
This is the truth. My God is utterly, absolutely faithful. His ways
and plans, and timing are different than mine and they are perfect.
It is my choice to rest in Him and trust Him and to be fully
surrendered to Him. He understands this weak old heart that sometimes
trembles in fear and in doubt. Sometimes I have to confess that I am
worried and much afraid and heavy hearted over and over and He
forgives my sin of worry, He understands my anxious nature, and takes
me unto His lap to snuggle there for loving and rest. He hears my cry
for help and comfort. He answers even though my human heart does not
always hear or understand what He is saying. His answer is not always
“yes” to my prayers. Sometimes He seems even silent. Sometimes it is
a loving “no” or “wait on the Lord, be of good courage, My child”.
What a wonderful, marvelous God we serve! I can trust Him completely.
to do with as You see fit. I cry out to You like my children cry out
to me when they are hurting or afraid, or in some need and want me to
pick them up and hold them close. I hand you my fears and doubts and
every single one of my failures and sins. I agree with you about my
sin, all the many places/ways I am wrong. I confess it and acknowledge
all those things including the ones I know about and those I am
oblivious to that are not pleasing to You. I am sorry, I turn from my
sin and turn to You. I choose to allow You to do all You want to do
in my heart.
as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to Him as I rejoice
in the Lord. Psalm 104:33,34
remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to You for help, as I lift up my hands
toward Your most holy place. Psalm 28 1,2
514.Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
515. Show me Your ways O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth
and teach me for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day
long. Psalm 25:4,5
516. I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He
lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my
feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song
in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and
put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3
517. But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and
more. My mouth will tell of Your righteousness, of Your salvation all
day long, though I know not it’s measure. I will come and proclaim
Your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim Your
righteousness, Yours alone Psalm 71: 14-16
faith that escapes suffering and the faith that endures suffering is
this: both of them involve believing that God Himself is better than
what life can give to you now, and better than what death can take
from you later.” All to say, no matter what comes our way in this
life, God wants to be our TREASURE.
“Faith is utterly in love with all that God will be for us beyond the
grave. Faith loves God more than life. Faith loves God more than
family. Faith loves God more than job or retirement plans or ministry
or writing books or building the dream house or making the first
million. Faith says, “Whether God handles me tenderly or gives me
over to torture, I love him. He is my reward (Heb 11:6), the builder
of the city I long for (11:10), the treasure beyond the riches of Egypt
(11:26), and the possession that surpasses all others and abides for
ever (10:34).” –Piper
520. Matthew 11:28-30 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
521. 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10 (New Living Translation)
7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[a] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”[b] 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus,[c] will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[d] being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
522. 2 Corinthians 5
1 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.[e] 4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. 6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
523. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it (my thorn in the flesh) away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.