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

Scripture Memory 7/15/2019

2 Chronicles 7:14 – and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
God’s promise here is those of us who are addressed by His name, meaning Christians, will humble ourselves and pray, seek God and turn from our displeasing ways of life, He will hear us, pardon us, and heal our land. Wow that’s powerful isn’t it? If you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, no matter what you have done in the past, are doing now in the present, or will do in the future, God forgives you. Jesus paid the price for ALL sin. Your sin is as far as the east is from the west. Bow before God, pray and ask for forgiveness. He will forgive you. The other part of this is you also must forgive yourself. You are here on this earth to glorify God, to make Him known to others. You can’t do that if you’re still walking around with the anger, guilt, fear or shame of your past. Your God story isn’t finished yet. Tell God how you feel. Ask Him to remove the shackles from you so you can live in freedom to tell others of his amazing grace and mercy.
We just celebrated our nation’s independence. No matter your political affiliation, I hope you will join me in a prayer I’ve been praying since October 2017.

Safety for those serving our country.
An awakening across our country and we put God first because the Bible says one day every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Peace
All lawmakers follow God’s lead.
God’s will is done through our President.

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

Scripture Memory 7/1/2019

Have you ever really thought about where you will spend eternity? I mean, when your time on earth is through, have you thought about the place you will be forever? I was talking to someone about living Kingdom-minded. I see the beauty that God has created all around me, I hear about heaven, but I don’t think I grasp the Royal kingdom I will live in one day. Revelation 21 talks about the new jerusalem. We are given specifics so we can know it is a real place. There are details of the length, width, and height. It tells us of the precious stones that are there. The streets are made of gold and the gates are one single pearl. The “pearly gates” aren’t these ginormous gates plastered with tons of pearls all over them. The Bible tells us each gate (there are more than one gate) is made of a single pearl. Wow! Can you close your eyes and imagine how beautiful that single pearl must be? That’s just the gate! You step inside and you are standing on gold!
Rev 21:23 – And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Wow wow wow! God’s splendor gives it light!
I had selected this verse and written this devotion a couple days before Earl and I attended a memorial service for a friend who recently passed away. At the service, our friend’s brother shared a conversation they had about heaven. Although he was grieving his brother because he was missing him here on earth, he was thankful he knew they would be reunited one day, for all eternity. As a child of God, this excited me. I told myself I would begin to live more Kingom-minded so others will want to live there too! Don’t you?
Be intentional today to share God’s love with someone. Be intentional today to invite someone to church. If someone’s name popped into your head just now, that’s who you are to contact. I encourage you to do it today. Don’t let another day go by. If a name didn’t come to your mind, it’s ok. It could mean you haven’t met them yet. Ask God to reveal them to you. They could be at the grocery store, dry cleaners, or a restaurant. They might be your neighbor that just moved in. Whoever God reveals to you, do it today. Finish today’s assignment so you are ready for tomorrow’s assignment.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 6/15/2019

Ezekiel 18:30 -Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct, declares the Lord God.
The Israelites had refused the Lord’s ways for a very long time. He was saying He would punish the individual for his conduct. He was telling the Israelites to lay down and retreat from their transgressions so they may not cause them to waver/trip and fall. I have a friend who says she has tripped over the same rock more than once. I know I sure have. The enemy knows we do, and that is precisely what he tries to do. He knows our weakness so he tries to tempt us in that area. If it continues to work , he continues to trip us up.
I believe this scripture is telling us to break the cycle of poor decisions that have happened over the years in our families. We tend to be punished like the generations before us because we continue to make the same decisions and actions they did. We learn from our families, good and bad.
In my career as a Customer Service Consultant, I reviewed processes and gave recommendations on ways to improve efficiency and the customer experience. When I would ask the associate why they did a process a certain way, their response most times was, “That is how the person before me did it. “ I would refer to this as the “post roast mentality”. You see, there was a little girl in the kitchen with her mother one Sunday afternoon, learning to make pot roast. She saw her mother cut off the end of the pot roast and discard it before placing the pan in the oven. The little girl asked why she did that. Her mother said she learned to cook the pot roast like her mother cooked it, and that’s what she did. Since the pot roast was so good, she did it the same way. The little girl went to her grandmother and asked why she cut off the end of the pot roast before placing it in the oven. Her grandma said she learned how to make pot roast from her mother and it was the best she ever had, so she did the same thing. Still puzzled, the little girl asked her great grandmother why she cut off the end of the pot roast. Her great grandmother replied, “Well dear, it wouldn’t fit in the pan. “ You see, over the years, this action was passed down through generations. It wasn’t until the little girl asked questions to understand more clearly, that the cycle could be broken. Our pans and ovens have changed over the years so it is no longer necessary to cut off the end and waste that portion.
The same is true with our lives. We can ask the Holy Spirit inside us to reveal our poor decisions and actions and help us to make better ones. We can break that cycle. Through Christ all things are possible. What rock do you keep tripping over?
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 6/1/2019

Are you ready for the summer? I’m sure lots of children are looking forward to their summer break. Who wouldn’t be excited about going to the swimming pool, trips to the beach, and spending time with their friends? What if you incorporated a trip to the library one day a week to help your children or grandchildren continue to gain knowledge and keep their mind active?
Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of Thy Words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
This is saying the unfolding, or the entrance, of God’s Word helps us understand more clearly.
What? Entrance of a word? What does that mean? Ok, have you ever been in church, listening to a sermon and you think the Pastor wrote the sermon with you in mind? It feels like he is speaking directly to you? He even has you squirming in your seat as you listen to him? That is the Holy Spirit inside you, revealing God’s Word to you. It is giving you light and understanding. That’s the moment you go from head knowledge to heart knowledge.
On the other hand, your Pastor could be speaking on one subject and God is giving you light on a completely different subject. You can’t ignore it because it’s bursting within you.
Either way, it’s God’s Word being revealed to you and you should pay attention.
When you are reading your Bible today, look for the words that jump off of the page. You may have read that scripture many times and all the sudden you see something you have never seen before. Pay close attention to those words. That’s God revealing His Word to you.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 5/15/2019

Earl and I went all over town looking for the perfect place to shoot this video. We knew we wanted it near a hospital or emergency room. We realized these places are in areas that are always busy with people and traffic. We ended up right back where we started our day. I hope the ambient noise isn’t too distracting. Take a moment to pray for those in area hospitals. I’m sure they could use it.
As I was preparing for this devotion , I was reminded of all the people in hospitals who are concerned for their health or the health of a loved one. We feel helpless in many ways.
Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. “

We learned in a past scripture study that waiting for the Lord means looking for the Lord and hoping for the Lord. This verse tells us that the Lord will give strength to those who hope in Him.

Psalm 27 is a psalm of fearless trust in God. I’ve mentioned before that I like to start my prayer by naming who God is to me. If I’ve been sick, He is my Healer. If I’ve been on a trip or running errands, He is my Protector God. He is my Warrior God if He goes before me and fights my battles for me. This Psalm will display some of the qualities of God, so I hope you will read it this week. If a verse stands out to you, take a minute to write down all the times you remember God revealing Himself to you in that way. This will allow the Bible to come to life for you. Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 5/1/2019

I was so excited to have this session’s lesson come from one of my favorite places (and Mallory’s too!). Earl and I have become friends with Julie, the owner of Lucky Dawg. Julie and I were talking one day, and I had chills as she told me her story and gave God all the glory. Apparently she was a rebellious child. She remembers walking past a plaque many times that was on the wall of her house. She told me it was just decoration to her. Well, as she sat in the car with her mother, she was really afraid. You see, she was on her way to catch the bus for boot camp. Yep. Julie was joining the Army. All she could think about was in a few short hours, she was going to be alone. She would not know one single person. Understandably, this young girl was ready to back out. At that moment, the words on that plaque came to her mind. They were the words of Jeremiah 29:11. In that moment, the Bible came to life for her. She knew no matter what happened, God was with her and she was going to be ok. It’s no surprise that Jeremiah 29:11 is her favorite verse. It’s perfect for our devotion as many children are graduating and beginning the next chapter in their lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Jeremiah was telling those exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon they would be there for seventy years and should adjust their lives accordingly. If you read this verse in the original language, God says, “I have designated a purpose that I have devised for each of you. Plans for a reward in the end and a hope. “
If you are a parent, please share God’s Word with your children, no matter their age. They may seem like they aren’t listening, but they are.
No matter your line of work, honor God. He wants to bless you. Why? Because He wants you to tell others of His goodness. Why? Because He wants you to make Him known to others. Why? Because He has plans for a reward in the end and a hope.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 4/15/2019

Wow! We are already beginning to memorize our 8th verse this year! Great job!! If you are enjoying your journey of learning more about the wonderful God we serve, please share this with your friends. You can help make the world a better place by helping one person at a time.
There is a cover song, “Everlasting God”, that is played on Christian radio quite often. I hope you will listen to it today for it’s uplifting message. It comes from Isaiah 40, where God is telling the Israelites, who are in exile, to cry out to Him. He reminds them that their way is not hidden from the Lord. He tells them He is the everlasting God. He doesn’t grow weary or get tired. He gives strength to the weary.
Isaiah 40:31 “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. “
Waiting for the Lord isn’t passive. It’s not hopelessly doing nothing. It’s looking expectantly for the Lord. When you are looking forward to your dream vacation, do you just do nothing and hope it all goes well? I know I don’t. I like to research where I’m going so I know what I would like to do when I get there. The same is true for waiting expectantly for God. I enjoy reading my Bible and researching what key words mean in a scripture. I enjoy reading short devotions to encourage me as I begin my day. The more I learn about God’s ways, the more I recognize His work in my life. The more I recognize His work in my life , the more grateful I am. My gratefulness is an act of worship. How about you?
Are you going through something that is out of your control? Talk to God.
Are you feeling helpless? Cry out to God.
If you are dealing with something you know you can’t do on your own , pour out your heart to the Lord. He is waiting to hear from you. He is faithful to listen. God doesn’t just love you, although that would be enough. God IS love.
Look expectantly for God and He will give you the strength you need. Experience the promises of God. Experience the Bible coming to life for you. When you do, share it with someone to encourage them.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 4/1/2019

John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth. “

Truth means sincerity. Worship is our response to who God is to us, so it can happen at various times and places. It’s not just when we go to church. We are told in this verse to worship God in real sincerity. When we go to church to worship in corporate worship, we should respond sincerely to who God is to us, without worrying about what the guy next to us is doing or thinking. This may leave you vulnerable because your true response, in all sincerity, is to stand with your hands raised high, while all around you, folks are sitting. Remember the story about the little boy that was going into big church for the first time? His parents were preparing him for the hour ahead, so they had talked to him all morning about what to expect. When they walked into the sanctuary, they reminded him that when church started, he was to sit down and be quiet. He said,”ok, I’ll be sitting down on the outside but I’ll be standing up on the inside!” Gotta love his sincerity. He was so excited to be in church that he wanted to stand for Jesus! On the other hand, as you remember who God has been to you through the week, are you feeling reverence, so you sit with your head bowed? Maybe you are in awe of your God and what He has done for you, so you fall to your knees?

Start by remembering who God is to you. Has He healed you? Has He comforted you? Has He gone before you, fighting your battles as your defender? What is your response to that? Worship your God in Heaven today.

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.