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

Scripture Memory 3/15/2019

After experiencing God shut door after door, some friends of mine stepped out in faith to start a golf cart business. The experience of selling their first golf cart was confirmation they were doing exactly what God wanted them to do. They honor God in their business by sharing the love of Jesus with their customers. One story is they sold a cart to a local customer and told him they would deliver it to his home for free and all he had to do was come to church Sunday. The customer went to church, met and fell in love with someone and got married. I saw their proposal before choir practice one Sunday morning! Never underestimate what God can do with what you are willing to give to Him.
2 Cor 9:8 says, “and God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
The Bible is telling us that God is able to give us all the favour we need so we can have more than enough to accomplish what God is asking us to do. God doesn’t want to give us the bare minimum. He wants to give us an abundance! Once you know God is calling you to do something, set out with the joy of the Lord in your heart, knowing He will give you more than you need to accomplish it. When you pray in Jesus name, His reputation is on the line. He will show Himself faithful. Align your heart with the will of God and experience His work in your life. Experience the Bible 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 3/1/2019

In Mark 6:50, Jesus says, “Take courage; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
Jesus had seen his disciples struggling to row their boat against the wind. He began walking out to them and it scared them. I mean, seeing someone walk on water would scare most of us, right? In the Greek language, Jesus literally said, “Fear not, I am.” You see, Jesus was revealing himself as the One who has the same power as the God we see in the Old Testament. This is significant.
It’s also worth noting that after Jesus commanded them to not fear, He got in the boat with them and the winds stopped. You see, He was showing His disciples that He could control the wind, just like God. He has the same divine power. As a believer, you have access to that same divine power. Jesus wants to help you. He wants to go through your life with you. He wants to give you His peace. If you are struggling with something in life, hand it over to God. Be honest with how you feel. You too can hear Him say, “Fear not. I am.”
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 2/15/2019

Psalm 105:4 says, “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually. “

To seek means to diligently inquire. It’s not just asking. It is diligently seeking.

His strength is referring to His power, His might, His boldness.

The word referring to His face also means His presence.

In this context, continually means daily.

So, the Psalmist is telling us to diligently inquire of God’s power, might and presence on a daily basis.

Start your prayer time telling God who He has been to you over this past week, month or year. Has He been your Provider God when you weren’t sure how you would make it to the next paycheck? Has He been with you during an illness and shown Himself to you as your Healer God? Was He with you when you needed protection? Has He shown Himself faithful? As you meditate on Who God is to you, let His presence and His peace come over you as you pour out your heart to Him. Don’t think your concerns are too big or too small for God. You serve a big God who genuinely cares about you. Tell Him what’s on your heart and mind. If it’s important to you, it’s important to Him because He loves you.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 2/1/2019

Today we are talking about a firm foundation.
Matthew 7:24 – Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.
If you have ever had the pleasure of building a new home, you know it is very important to prepare the place you will be building your home. You may test the soil to find out if you need to add anything to it to make it more stable. You then have someone carefully grade the site and level it so you can put up the forms for your slab to be poured. Once it’s poured, you wait for the concrete to fully cure before you begin framing. If you haphazardly begin building before taking these steps, you may build your house and later have major problems because the right steps weren’t taken to ensure a firm foundation.
In our verse above, it is saying that whoever hears God’s Word and takes action is sensible, like the person who built his family on the firm foundation. Doing the sensible thing for your family starts with you. Your Aunt, Uncle, Mom or Dad can’t do it for you. You can’t inherit it from your grandparents. It’s an action you must take. Will you take the time to ensure your family has a firm foundation? Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 1/15/2019

How are you doing with your memorization? Have you determined the best time for you to study and remained consistent in your study? Now that you’re in the groove, take a minute to review your first scripture and then settle in for your second scripture! You are on a roll!
Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah”
Imagine sprawling all your candy out on the table you have from going to a carnival. That’s what pouring out your heart means. Sprawling out your innermost being and God can discern it.
Spend some time today sharing your innermost thoughts with God. He truly wants to hear from you, His child. He wants to give you His peace in your situation.
When you have a personal experience with God, let your response be thankfulness. Your response is your worship. Don’t hold back your worship until Sunday morning when the praise and worship music starts playing.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 1/1/2019

Happy New Year! Can you believe we are starting a new year? Thank you for joining me on this adventure! I hope you are as excited as I am about what is in store! Find your favorite pen and paper. If you are a geek like me, you will want to create a little spiral book specifically for these scriptures! To help you stay committed to learning your scripture, I recommend you ask a friend to join you. You can help one another be accountable, and you can have fun along the way. Feel free to use the scripture I have chosen or choose something completely different. Whatever verse you choose, take a moment to write it out. Over the next couple weeks, read through it every day. Select a time in your day that you can consistently spend a couple minutes focusing on your verse. I like to read it first thing in the morning, before I start my day. You may prefer reading over your lunch or on your afternoon break. Make it work for you.

With the new year comes resolutions. We feel a sense of starting over. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you are a new creation. Jesus willingly gave His life on the cross to pay for your sins and mine too.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away, behold, new things have come.”

New creature here means changed from evil to good by the Spirit of God. A freshness.

Start your year by remembering Whose you are today. As a believer, you are a child of God. You have a fresh start.

If you haven’t yet accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, start your year by telling God you know you are a sinner. You accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You believe God raised Jesus from the dead. If you said those things to God, and meant them, you have a fresh start! You are a child of God! I rejoice with you! Find a Bible-based church and talk to the Pastor this week about your decision. They will rejoice with you and help encourage you in your walk with Christ. I’m so excited for you because accepting Christ is just the beginning of a wonderful adventure! Remember, the Bible tells us old things have passed away, behold , new thing have come!

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

See you back here on 1/15/19 for our next scripture memory!

In His love,

Tini

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