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

Scripture Memory 10/15/2019

Did you know the book of Philippians is also known as the book of joy? It talks of the all-sufficiency of Christ, in every circumstance. Not just the good circumstances. You can have joy in the bad circumstances too. Paul urges us to be like Christ. In Philippians 2;4, he says we shouldn’t just look out for our own interests. He says we should look out for the interests of others. What a wonderful world this would be if we all did that! Further in this same chapter, he encourages us to put action to our faith.
If you have lost your joy, you can get it back! Begin considering others above yourself. Begin encouraging others. Begin serving others. That’s living out your faith. That’s putting action to your faith. That’s joy, my friend.
Now is a great time to put your faith into action. Make it a point to pick up some non-perishable food items, like peanut butter or spaghetti sauce, or whatever you would like. It’s that time of year when we all start planning for our Thanksgiving dinners. Pick up extras. Put these together and take them to your local food pantry. Better yet. Organize a food drive during your fall festival, or at your place of business. Here in Montgomery, Texas, we have the Coat of Many Colors food pantry. They help over 100 families. I’m sure they would appreciate your donation. www.cmcmi.org 936.672.7808.

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

SCRIPTURE MEMORY 10/1/2019

As the sun was coming up, we found ourselves in our backyard, enjoying the birds that were singing. Mallory was running back and forth on the back porch, chasing lizards, as she loves to do! She caught one a while back, but quickly let it go because it startled her! She wasn’t expecting to catch it! She just loves playing chase!

We sometimes forget to stop and listen to the beautiful songs that God has given to us through nature. Little birds singing, little frogs talking, little Mallory’s running around talking to the lizards, crickets chirping. The sounds of nature are there, but are we listening to them? Do we hear them?

Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

In this instance, hearing means to accept with a positive response. Word means something uttered by a living voice. Christ is God, the Diety.

We accept with a positive response that which is uttered by a living voice concerning God.

God’s Word changes lives for all of eternity. We should pay close attention to it. We shouldn’t take it so lightly. How many of us have Bibles on our shelves that we never open? They sit there, looking pretty, or maybe they sit there, gathering dust.

Remember the definitions from above? We accept with a positive response that which is uttered by a living voice concerning God.

That’s why listening to a sermon is critical. That’s why reading your Bible out loud is important. That’s also why I ask you to share the videos with your friends and family. Someone you know may need to hear God’s Word in order to hear it and believe (the positive response to something uttered by a living voice concerning God). Did someone’s name pop into your head just now? That is who you should be sharing your faith with. If you’re new to sharing your faith, share this devotion/video with a group of friends. Facebook, for example, is a great place to share because it doesn’t single out any individual. Your simple act of obedience to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to share with someone doesn’t just have the power to change their life. It has the power to change their life forever. For. Ever.

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

In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 9/15/2019

I started out in Ephesians, which led me to Acts, which led me to our scripture in Joel. In Acts, Peter talks about the Day of Pentecost that is in Joel 2:28-29. The section in my Bible calls it “The Promise of the Spirit”.
You were baptized in the Spirit the day you accepted Christ as your Savior. It didn’t happen when you went through with believers baptism, when you were immersed, or sprinkled. It happened when you asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Do you believe this or do you “think” it’s true because someone said so? Do you have an experience in your life where you KNOW you accessed and activated the power of the Spirit inside you?
I recently watched a video of a grown man who was asked to sit in a tiny chair. He refused to sit in this chair, even after he heard the specifications that proved the chair would support him. In fact, he didn’t sit in the chair until he saw another guy, similar to his size, sit in the chair. His brain knew the chair would hold him, but he couldn’t take the action til he saw someone else do it first.
Are you going through something in your life that your brain is telling you God can help you, but you just can’t take the action of handing over to Him? Instead of asking God to change your circumstance, ask Him to lead you through it. We do that in the name of prayer don’t we? We ask God to change our circumstance to something easier for us. If you will ask God to take it and lead you through it, instead of wandering around on your own, you will grow in your relationship with God. Isn’t that why we are here?
If you recently took the step of faith with God, share your situation with someone. They may be going through something similar and need your encouragement. Remember the guy in the chair?
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 9/1/2019

I was reminded of a promise in a scripture that I have read many times before. I had applied the truth and experienced it for many years, however, I realized God was reminding me to believe it once again.
Have you ever had a splinter in your finger? I bet it was so annoying and painful you couldn’t forget it was there. How can something so small be so painful?!? It reminds you how human and weak you are, doesn’t it?
In 2 Corin 12, Paul tells us he was given a thorn in the flesh to keep him from becoming too proud or conceited. He even asked the Lord to take it away – 3 times! Here’s the best part……
2 Cor 12:9 – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
Jesus was saying God’s power is best accomplished in our weakness so we will know that He did it and not us. If we know we have done all we can do to fix something and THEN go to God about it, we know without a doubt that when it’s fixed, God fixed it. It couldn’t be us because we already tried all we knew to do. See?

I have an area of my life where I used to live this promise, but found myself asking God to take it away, over and over. God reminded me His grace is sufficient for me. I am acknowledging this “thorn in the flesh” for me is God’s way of keeping me grounded in His power. Does this magically remove the nerves? I wish! It does mean God’s got my back, though. Hopefully, when you see me trusting God and obeying God, in spite of the nervousness, it will encourage you to also trust and obey God, followed by telling others of His goodness. His grace is sufficient for you too.

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 8/15/2019

Last time we talked about how to handle our offenses with one another. We shouldn’t hinder the spiritual lives of other Christians. We should make every effort and keep pursuing things that lead to peace. We should build up one another.

Romans 14:19 says, “So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
Building up is another way of saying edifying.

A friend of mine and I recently found ourselves in a situation where someone wasn’t being truthful with us. We were getting so upset and frustrated. We both realized we had a decision to make. We could either argue and show that we knew what they were doing, or we could choose to extend grace. We both thought about our motives for our actions. I”m so thankful we both decided to extend grace. I’m also thankful that we both knew that others could be watching how we handled this situation. Later that day, and several more days afterward, folks approached us to tell us how they saw how we handled it. It goes to show us that just because we “can” say or do something doesn’t mean we should.

How are you using the freedom you have been given in Christ? Ask the Holy Spirit to expose any hidden motives you may have that are for your gain, not for someone else’s gain. Start to use your freedom in Christ to serve others, not yourself.

Paul tell us in 2 Corinthians 6:3 that we do this so our ministry isn’t discredited. We tend to think that he was speaking to folks who preach, teach life groups/Sunday school classes, write books, lead worship. If you are a Christian, you have a ministry. Folks are watching you to see how you handle yourself too. You may be the only “Church” or “Jesus” your friends see. How would they describe you to others? Are you loving? Are you caring? Are you joyful? Do you live your life as someone that truly appreciates the debt you couldn’t pay, but Jesus paid for you? Noodle that one as you sit quietly. Talk to God. He’s listening. He’s faithful. He will not condemn you. He will help you. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 8/1/2019

We are looking in the book of James, Jesus’ half brother. In my studying, I read James spent so much time on his knees in prayer that they became as calloused as the knees of a camel. Did that comment give you visions of the famous camel that celebrates Wednesday? It did me! Now you have a little glimpse of what is floating around in my head as I’m studying. 🙃
All joking aside, if you would like to enhance your prayer life, check out James 5:16.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
First, back up to the beginning of the chapter so you can have the context of this verse.
In the original language, this verse tells us to acknowledge our offense to one another, and pray for one another, so you may be healed. An active prayer of someone whose heart is right with God has the power to prevail. This is talking about spiritual healing, if you have become weary. Have you been praying about something or serving in a certain capacity and beginning to feel weary? Mutual concern for one another is a great way to fight, or combat discouragement. This isn’t talking about “misery loves company”. It’s talking about sharing with someone in your church family so they can join you in prayer and help encourage you. I have a couple ladies in my life that I consider my prayer partners because I know, without a doubt, I can ask these ladies to join me in prayer, without giving them the details , and they will join me. I also know they will not judge me when I do share details. Personal confession and wholehearted prayer are also vital to this process. The great news is, as a Christian, you have the power to prevail inside you. You activate, or unlock, this power through earnest prayer.
I encourage you to start living out this verse today. Watch God do amazing things in your life as the Bible comes to life for you.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

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