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Scripture Memory 6/1/2020

Hello and welcome to BB Scripture Memory.

Psalm 96:1 & 2 say “Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.”

When we come out of this pandemic and time of quarantine, how awesome will it be that God’s people sing praises to Him like never before! Let’s not wait until then. Let’s start now. Let’s start today! We’re going to do something a little different than ever before. Today, we’re simply going to sing to the Lord. We’re going to pour out our hearts to Him. Did you know that when we sing to God, He hears a sweet sound, no matter what it sounds like here on earth? All the notes are perfect. All the words are correct. Let’s not worry about what others are thinking of us. Just give Him the adoration He deserves. He loves you so much He died for you! He died for me! Give up the control of worrying what others are thinking of you. Give up whatever is keeping you from enjoying a sweet moment with Him today. Surrender whatever it is to Him. Lay it at the foot of the cross and sing praises with me.

I love you Lord and I lift up my voice to worship You, oh my soul rejoice. Take joy my King in what You hear. May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear!
In His love,
Tini

Scripture memory 5/1/2020

You’ve heard me say before that I truly believe we are in the middle of a huge revival.  

I am seeing people attend church who haven’t been in a long time.  Maybe they are enjoying the Drive In Service style.  Maybe they are feeling the Lord calling them to Him.  That’s my prayer each night at 8:00.

I’m seeing the Lord call people to our videos and podcasts that have never heard of us before.  Thank you for sharing!  

I’m seeing some of you share your faith with family and friends and I know this is the hardest thing to do.  Sharing what you believe with those you truly care about is so hard.  

In some ways you think it would be easier because you know them and they know you. I’ve found it to be the most difficult because I’m more afraid of rejection.  

I had to learn they weren’t rejecting me.  They are rejecting the message.  We are not called to convince them.  We are called to tell them.  So please don’t give up talking to people about your faith and hope in Jesus Christ!  Please don’t grow weary!  It’s so worth it!  

Galatians 6:9 says – And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Build bridge and allow God to change your life. You’ll never regret it.

In His love,

Tini

Scripture Memory 4/1/2020

Earlier this year I said that I would live my life out loud so you would see God’s goodness in my life and begin to have a relationship or a deeper relationship with Him. Several weeks ago, I was in a car accident that shook my world. It’s one thing to be in a car wreck where your car is hit from behind. It’s a whole ‘nother ballgame to be hit from the side where you are sitting. The first few days, I was pretty sore, and felt I was in a fog. In a fog, trying to talk to police, my insurance agent, the adjusters assigned to me and others who might have seen the incident occur, was quite challenging. I was aware that God had given me the opportunity to witness to others through my actions. A friend of mine pointed out that I was living out the testing that is mentioned in James 1. I’m glad I never doubted God’s love for me. I always felt Him with me. In fact, each morning I would say (and still say) something I learned in a Priscilla Shirer study, “The Armor of God”. The more I say it, the more I understand it. Before I get out of bed, I tell God that I will put on my belt of truth – the truth that I know He’s with me. I know He’s for me. I know He loves me. I know He’s fighting my battles for me. I know He is on His throne of mercy and grace. I know He is the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. These truths give me the core strength to hold up my breastplate of righteousness, as I try to live my life according to His expectations. This will protect my heart. I shod my feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. As I am in His Word, I will know His will and that brings me peace. It gives me the sure footing to step out in faith, to stand for Him. As I stand for Him, I will lift my shield of faith that will deflect anything and everything the enemy throws at me. While I’m in battle, standing for God, I will put on my helmet of salvation. This protects my mind. I’m talking about the salvation God gave me. I did nothing to deserve it. I didn’t earn it so I can’t lose it. Just like His love for me. Christ loved me so much that He died for me. I can’t do anything to make Him love me any more than that. Christ also died for me when I was dead in my sins. I was as low as I could get and He still loved me. I can’t do anything to make Him love me any less. That’s all I could muster up for days. Going to the doctor several times a week was helping me to feel better, but at the same time, it was painful. Right after the accident, this virus hit our world. I have not been to church in three weeks and I miss my church family something fierce. This past Sunday was a sweet day of praising God in my pj’s. You may have done the same thing! Earl and I got to sing along with some friends, who are leading worship in Virginia now. We got to listen to our son’s Pastor preach, whom we have known since he was a young youth Pastor and we sang along with the young people that led the worship in their home. Earl and I finished up with listening to our Pastor’s message online and watching someone be baptized. Super sweet. I cannot wait to see what sort of a revival God is working on, because this past week was already awesome. Our church is working on having a drive in church service in the parking lot so you can stay in your car. How many of us can say we’ve been to a drive-in church service! God is doing amazing things all around us.

Ephesians 6:13 says “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
C’mon church, let’s put on our full armor of God that’s in Ephesians 6, step up, step out and tell the world about Jesus during this time of revival! One of my favorite songs has a line that says – I am a child of God, yes I am! Let’s put on our full armor of God and say to the world – I am a child of God, yes I am!

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.

In His love,

Tini

Scripture memory 3/1/2020

Thank you for sharing our videos and podcasts with your friends and family! I’ve heard some of you say how cumbersome YouTube can be, so I am working on getting published on other podcasting sites. I’ve also dipped my toe in Twitter and learning that platform too! Keep your prayers coming for this ministry! We truly appreciate them.

In our last podcast, we began building our plan for growing closer to God. We looked at the incarnation of Christ in the New Testament. Now let’s look in the Old Testament.

Genesis 1:26a and 27 say “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our Likeness;” “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Here is the Trinity in the Old Testament. God created all things, including us. He planned it all out before we were born. That’s hard to wrap your mind around isn’t it? Christ loves you and me so much He died for us. He willingly gave his life to pay your debt and mine so we wouldn’t have to. Nobody took His life from Him. He gave it up so we could live with Him forever. He could have saved himself that agonizing death on the cross, but He knew He needed to show us how much He loves us, and that He could defeat death. That’s just what He did. Praise God!

As we go into Lent season, some of you may be giving up something and replacing that time with prayer or Bible reading time with God. As you pray, ask God to give you opportunities to invite someone to church. Many people will go to church if they are invited. Google it, the statistics are staggering of the number of people who don’t go to church simply because they have’t been asked to go. It’s time for us as a church to step up and be the church. Ask God to bring someone to your mind and across your path, and help you be obedient.

Who will be in heaven because you invited them to church, Sunday school, or witnessed to them?

Build bridges and allow God to change your life.  You’ll never regret it.

In His love,

Tini

Scripture Memory 2/1/2020

It’s already February! Can you believe it? We’ve been super busy here at Building Bridges Ministry! We recently launched our very first audio podcast on YouTube! An audio podcast is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but never set aside the time for it. I hope you will search for me on YouTube and subscribe. Please be sure to allow notifications so you will know when we post new audio and video for you to enjoy. Please continue to pray for us as we move forward with God’s direction. It’s exciting and scary all at the same time! We have so much to learn!

In our podcast, we talked about Romans 12.  Verse 1 says – “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Sacrifice in the original language is praise offered to God through obedience.  

Worship is your response to Who God has shown Himself to be to you personally.  

You are worshipping God when you set time aside each day to spend with Him.  

You are worshipping God when you are in prayer with Him – talking to Him AND listening.  

Have you discovered the best time for you and God to spend time together?  Is it first thing in the morning with your first cup of coffee?  Is it on your lunch hour?  Is it at night after you are finished with supper and your day is slowing down?  Do you enjoy playing background music while you read the Bible or do you prefer it to be quiet?  I usually start singing to the songs, so I usually read and pray in total silence.  My Pastor recently introduced me to an online site that has instrumental praise and worship music, so I gave it a try. In fact, I was listening to it as I sat down to discover what God wanted me to share with you today.  Make your time with God tailored to you.  

I’ve read that it takes anywhere from 18 – 254 days for a new habit to form.  That’s a pretty broad spectrum.  I guess it depends on the habit. My guess is you’ll enjoy your time with God so much it won’t take much time at all.  You will begin to feel the peace only He can give, so you will want to spend time with Him.  You will experience Him working in your life, and you will want to tell Him thank you.  Here are a few practical steps to take today, so you can start spending more consistent time with God starting immediately! 

1.  Create a 30 minute appointment on your calendar each day.

2.  Ask God to help you to keep your appointment as a priority.

3.  Keep your appointment. Mean Business.

4.  Ask God to show you something new.

5.  Open your Bible to John and begin reading.

Build Bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.

In His love,

Tini


Scripture Memory 1/1/2020

Happy New Year from Building Bridges Ministry! In a few days we will be celebrating epiphany, which was the manifestation of Christ to us as represented by the Magi.

Matthew 2:11 – And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Man! Can you imagine what it must have been like to walk into that house and see little Jesus with His mother? What gift would you have given Him? It’s not too late to give Him your gifts! When you are obedient to Him, you are worshiping Him. When you love others, you are loving Him. When you use a gift or ability He has given you so you can help others, you are making Him smile. Don’t sell yourself short in your abilities. God created you just the way you are for a reason. He can use anything we are willing to give to Him. I never sang in a choir growing up, but He has led me to singing in my church every Sunday morning. I haven’t had any training in writing, other than high school, yet, He used me to write and publish two devotionals. I never prayed outloud until the day He had me organize a prayer group at work. Crazy stuff, right? That’s how God works. He helps us to discover our talents and passions and uses them for His kingdom, if we will cooperate. He is able to show His power and faithfulness to us if we allow Him to lead us to places we never dreamed of going. I shared late last year that we were looking into a podcast for 2020.  Some of you participated in my Facebook poll and I thank you for that!  While the podcast thing is very exciting, it’s also something I don’t know much about.  Earl and I have been praying for God’s direction and wisdom in this area.  Would you join us?  God has been so faithful to provide us help from friends, so we know this is the direction to go for 2020.  To allow us time to do the podcast, we will have scripture memory once a month going forward.  We will see how this goes and adjust as we need to adjust.  God is a faithful God.  God is a loving God.  God is a caring God.

I hope you will decide today to make 2020 the year you make a clear vision (2020 vision), of what you can and will do for God. You will want to take some time think about what you want to accomplish, and then start on your plan to make it happen. A good plan will be written down (on paper or in your phone), and it will include deadlines for them to happen. You will also want to tell a friend, so they can help hold you accountable and encourage you along the way. You should share your specific prayers for these things and ask them to join you. I’m not talking about telling them what you are doing and stopping there. I’m talking about sharing your prayer request. For example, you can tell them what God has placed on your heart to do this year. Then ask them to join you praying each morning for God’s direction, wisdom, and strength. As God reveals things to you, you can ask for specific prayer needs along the way.  Some of you saw my posting on Facebook of Earl and I having our annual Christmas dinner date. We like to enjoy a nice quiet dinner together and talk through what we want to accomplish the next year. We start to figure out what we need to change in order to make those things happen. Sometimes we need to stop doing things, sometimes we need to start doing things, and sometimes we need to adjust our schedules to allow the time we need to accomplish our goals.

If you’re not sure what your gift is, start there. Ask God to reveal your gift to you. Ask God to use your passion. Then ask God to give you opportunities to begin showing His love to others. Once you ask for these things, immediately start looking for opportunities because I promise you opportunities are all around you. The opportunity may be in a way you never thought of before. That’s what is so cool about God, see. He will reveal to you how He can use you in a circumstance. You just have to be willing to cooperate, especially if you think it doesn’t make sense, or if you feel you aren’t qualified. At that moment in steps God’s power. He will show you something about Him in the process. Staying in the moment is a tough one for me because I am a “what if” person. I can “what if” a situation to death. Truly. I have begun to recognize this tendency and pray for God’s help to stay in the moment so I can fight off the enemy who is trying to derail me. The bigger the impact for God’s kingdom, the harder the enemy will work to derail you. Whatever your weakness, that’s where the enemy starts. Whatever you embark on this year for God, please please please stay in prayer about it. Be specific in your prayer.

When God shows Himself faithful to you, give God the glory and praise! That’s one way to help others see Jesus through you.

Let 2020 be the year you begin to recognize the power of God in your life.

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.

In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 12/15/2019

Wow! Christmas is almost upon us! Earl and I hope you’re enjoying the season of celebrating the birth of our Savior. I’m loving singing Christmas songs at church, in the grocery store, at the craft shop! Let’s make a concentrated effort to focus on Jesus, the reason for this celebration. Let’s show some unexpected kindness to folks around us this week. Pick up some extra peanut butter, rice, or any canned goods for your local food pantry. They are desperate for donations this time of year. You can purchase an extra toy for a child in need. You can give blood at the local blood drive. You can stop by a hospital and share some joy with the folks who have loved ones in surgery, or those who are in the hospital themselves. Nothing is too small when you are in that situation.
It’s very easy to get distracted with all the chaos around you.

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.”

Jesus as man was tempted every way we are, but remained sinless. He never responded wrongly. As God, He couldn’t. As man, though, he felt all the emotions we feel. This makes Him relatable to us. I’m so grateful I serve a God, Who is accessible and can relate to me. Aren’t you? See, we can go straight to Him. We don’t need someone to go for us. How cool and incredible is that? Our God is accessible and He knows first hand how we’re feeling. He’s also our High Priest, and we should approach Him with confidence, knowing He is on the throne of grace (favor) and mercy (compassion). We should take comfort in knowing He can relate to us, and that He is full of favor and compassion.

Take time each day this week to draw near to Him with confidence. In fact, start now. God loves you. Remember this….

Without Christmas, we couldn’t have Easter.

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.

In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 12/1/2019

Earl and I just returned from a wonderful beachcombing trip in Puerto Rico. If you ever have an opportunity to visit the island, you must! The people are very welcoming and helpful, the view is gorgeous, and the food is amazing! Oh the food! If you ever visit the island, be sure to endulge in a local seafood mofongo and coconut flan! When we first started planning our trip, we found ourselves researching all about the island but we couldn’t figure out where to stay, given the destruction hurricane Maria brought them a couple years ago. Although the island is about 90% back, we needed help navigating the planning process. We had asked a travel agent to help us, but we quickly learned we needed “local knowledge.” I was so frustrated that one morning before a Bible study, I was telling my frustrations to a friend who is from Puerto Rico. I didn’t want to bother him with this before because I knew how busy he was. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that within five minutes, he had given me all the local knowledge I needed to go home and book our trip that night. He sent me videos for us to see local areas to visit and restaurants to enjoy. God knew we needed His guidance and He provided way better than anything we could have done on our own.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”
This is saying God is able to do way more and superior than we desire, crave, or understand, according to the power of God that is showing activity within us. To Him be all the glory!
I also recently asked some friends to join me in praying for wisdom and direction for this ministry in 2020. I need a clear vision in 2020. See what I did there? Lol. Well, when we asked one friend about a microphone we should use for an audio podcast, he sent us a link to a great one. Another friend is letting us use a video streaming device that increases the quality of the video experience. I asked God for direction and wisdom on audio and He sent me audio AND video streaming capabilities. Way more and superior to what we were thinking. Why is He doing this? We believe it’s so we can get the message of God’s love out to even more people in 2020. The more we get to know God’s love for us, the more amazed we are at His love for us. What are you dreaming of doing in 2020 that will glorify God? Tell Him about your dream, ask Him for His plan, and then get to work so you can be a part of something He is working through you. It will be way more than you ever dreamed it would be. To God be the glory!
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 11/15/2019

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and my love for the Psalms, I have chosen Psalm 147:7 as our verse. It says, “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre.”


The psalmist is telling us to respond in thanksgiving through songs of praise and thanksgiving. The psalmist knew this to be a great way to renew our soul. God often speaks to me through song, does He speak to you too? This is why I love singing to my Jesus music at the top of my lungs! We shouldn’t worry if we have perfect pitch. That is the enemy planting seeds of doubt and fear in us to keep us quiet. The Lord isn’t interested in perfect pitch. When He hears us, it’s made perfect. Pretty cool huh? Kinda takes the pressure off doesn’t it?
In our church, the first Sunday in January is called “Juke Box Sunday”. All of our services come together at one time. We pass the microphone around to tell others of God’s love, grace, mercy and faithfulness in our lives. We also request our favorite hymn and we all sing together. It’s one of my favorite Sunday’s, even though I struggle choosing a favorite hymn! How about you? What’s your favorite hymn or worship song? Turn it up today and sing it like you mean it! When you go to church this Sunday, and you’re in the praise and worship portion of your service, sing it like you mean it! Feel the chains come off!  Feel His perfect love!  Feel His never ending love!  Don’t worry about anyone else around you. Sing to the Lord, your audience of One.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life.
You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 11/1/2019

You might remember that in October we learned that faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ. But then what? There is a difference between hearing and receiving. You see, you could hear a great sermon preached. You can accept it with a positive response. You might even give it a loud and energetic “Amen!” But then the service is over, you walk out the church doors or turn off the tv, or take out your ear buds and go about your life just like you did before you heard the Word. OR- you could receive the Word and begin to apply it in your life. You can become a “doer” of the Word, like it says in James 1:22.
“But prove yourselves doers of the Word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”
Listening to the Word is just the beginning! As you are reading your Bible this week, or listening to your favorite Christian podcast, or Christian song on the radio, allow the words to enter your heart and mind. Begin to implement them in your life. It may prove to be a little difficult, but God is with you! He didn’t expect you to do it by yourself. He sent the Holy Spirit to you when you accepted Christ as your Savior. Activate that power through prayer.
My husband and I recently took a road trip that called for us to go through a tunnel and then over a super skinny and long bridge. We have taken this trip many times over the years and these things have never bothered me. Not until two years ago, that is. I was struck with such fear inside. It was horrible ya’ll. Well this year I said I was going through that tunnel and over that bridge no matter what, because I didn’t want us to go three hours out of the way just to avoid them. I’m grateful I have learned about some natural support as well as calling on the Supernatural. I put in my ear buds, turned up a specific song about how fear doesn’t stand a chance when I stand in His love. I turned that song up so loud that I’m surprised I didn’t burst my eardrums. I proclaimed that message while we went  through the tunnel.  I snapped this picture as we were coming out of the tunnel and texted it to our son and daughter-in-law, who  were a few miles ahead of us. We all praised God in that moment!

Immediately following the tunnel experience, some crazy person thought it would be a good idea to place a long skinny bridge over an expansion of water.  It’s safe to say I’m not their biggest fan. LOL.  I once again put on my ear buds, playing this same song four times, praising God and talking to Him the whole way.  Four times ya’ll.  As we approached the middle of the bridge, my husband told me to look up ahead of us and then behind us.  No cars in sight!  God had removed all the traffic that was around us.  It was as if He put up a gate behind us so we could calmly go over the bridge.  Well, as calmly as you can be while listening to music that is eardrum bursting.  LOL.  I’m telling you, there’s nothing like recognizing the enemy trying to worm his way into your life, and calling on the name of Jesus to defeat him. Such victory! How sweet it is! How perfect is His love! God is good!

Experience the promises of the Bible in your life.  Ask God to help you put His Word into practice today.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini