Year: 2021

Gratitude

Posted on September 17, 2021

THOUGHT:

The Degree to which I am blessed staggers me... the degree to which I take that for granted shames me.

Challenge

Regardless of the struggles in your life, compared to the vast majority of the people on earth, you are truly blessed. Take a moment right now to thank God for your many blessings. Live every moment in an attitude of gratitude and share your blessings with those in need.

Verse

Strike dumb their lying lips, which speak arrogantly against the righteous in contempt and scorn.

Reference

Psalm 31:19

Gratitude

Posted on September 16, 2021

THOUGHT:

Success is not what you have done compared to what others have done. Success is what you have done compared to what you were supposed to do.

Challenge

God provided you with unique talents. Show him you are grateful by being the best you you can be - the best father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, friend, coworker, neighbor, child of God.

Verse

For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them. One in Christ.

Reference

Ephesians 2:10

Discipleship

Posted on September 15, 2021

THOUGHT:

Having faith does not give us a license to make unwise choices and expect God to save us from harm.

Challenge

God desires you to act in a Christian manner while here on Earth; if you don't, it may be to your own peril. Think about God before you act and let Christ’s example lead the way and you’ll make better choices.

Verse

Chapter 11 - Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Reference

1 Corinthians 11:1

Faith

Posted on September 14, 2021

THOUGHT:

As a man believes, so he will act.

Challenge

Show those around you today that you are a believer by your Christlike actions. Small acts of kindness and service to others go a long way. With Christ in your heart, you can make the world around you a better place.

Verse

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.

Reference

John 14:12

Gratitude

Posted on September 13, 2021

THOUGHT:

Gratitude…It turns what you have into enough.

Challenge

Take a little extra time each day thanking God for EACH of the many blessings He has given you. Then, watch the list of things you ask God for transform to things you really need.

Verse

All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.

Reference

James 1:17

Action

Posted on September 6, 2021

THOUGHT:

God does not call the qualified to serve Him: instead He qualifies the called.

Challenge

God has provided you with all the skills and talents you need to serve Him. He is calling you TODAY. Listen through prayer and answer the call.

Verse

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. IV. Advice to the Persecuted - Trial of Persecution.

Reference

1 Peter 4:10-11 

Faith

Posted on September 3, 2021

THOUGHT:

I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.

Challenge

Take comfort knowing that God holds your future. He has a plan for you. Pray to understand what God wants for you and from you. With that new understanding, live your best life and achieve your best future.

Verse

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.

Reference

Jeremiah 29:11

Positive Attitude

Posted on September 2, 2021

THOUGHT:

Do not give the PAST the power to define your FUTURE.

Challenge

You are in TOTAL CONTROL of only one thing TODAY...And that is what you allow yourself to THINK about. Don't allow negative thoughts or regretful memories of yesterday spoil the joy and opportunities that lie before you today. THINK ABOUT GOD more often and He will strengthen your filter.

Verse

A joyful heart is the health of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones.

Reference

Proverbs 17:22

Persistance

Posted on September 1, 2021

THOUGHT:

Failure is not the opposite of success. It is part of success.

Challenge

When you fail, do whatever it takes - Just don't give up! Get back up again. Overcome adversity. Find another road. Fight. Persist. Endure. Success may be just one more failure away! And if you need a little encouragement or direction, He is always there for you.

Verse

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.

Reference

Jeremiah 29:11

Love

Posted on August 31, 2021

THOUGHT:

Home is where our heart is - where our feet may leave, but our hearts never part.

Challenge

When you need a pick-me-up, remember that God is always at home in your heart and He will be there when you most need Him. You don’t have to be home for Him to be home in you.

Verse

Psalm 91 Security Under God’s Protection I - You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty, Say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

Reference

Psalm 91:1-2

Peace

Posted on August 30, 2021

THOUGHT:

Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to church for a face-lift.

Challenge

Take time today over lunch and visit a church. Sit in a pew, soak in the peace and beauty before you and thank God for his grace. Finally, notice the peace you gained from those few minutes alone with God.

Verse

Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Reference

Philippians 4:7

Attitude

Posted on August 27, 2021

THOUGHT:

Long-term success has more to do with being resilient than always making the right decisions.

Challenge

Focus your energy on overcoming your adversities and obstacles instead of spinning around in fear of making the wrong decision. If you listen, God will always point you in the right direction.

Verse

Temptation. Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him. No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.

Reference

James 1:12-15

Faith

Posted on August 26, 2021

THOUGHT:

You cannot obtain the impossible without seeing the invisible.

Challenge

Have faith. Having faith often leads to caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe; dreaming more than others think is practical; and expecting more than others think is possible.

Verse

I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.

Reference

Philippians 4:13

Discipleship

Posted on August 24, 2021

THOUGHT:

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell me the way.

Challenge

Let your actions speak loudly and clearly for you today. Perform an act of kindness, share one of your blessings with someone in need, or volunteer your time and talent.

Verse

Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. Confidence Before God.

Reference

1 John 3:18

Peace

Posted on August 20, 2021

THOUGHT:

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Challenge

Start each day looking around at the beauty of God’s world; it is always there waiting to be realized. Keep thoughts of these gifts with you all day and you will surely enjoy a great day.

Verse

God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day.

Reference

Genesis 1:31

Joy

Posted on August 19, 2021

THOUGHT:

A smile is a passport that will take you anywhere you want to go.

Challenge

When you travel to a foreign land, you wouldn't go without your passport. As you venture into new and unfamiliar territories in your life, make sure you wear a smile and carry a Christian attitude that matches. Happy Landings!

Verse

I recognized that there is nothing better than to rejoice and to do well during life.

Reference

Ecclesiastes 3:12

Kindness

Posted on August 18, 2021

THOUGHT:

The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.

Challenge

Be great today by lending a helping hand to those in need. Be wise today by approaching everything with a positive attitude. At the end of the day, thank God for the greatness and wisdom that lies within you.

Verse

Each one helps his neighbor, one says to the other, “Courage!”

Reference

Isaiah 41:6

Wisdom

Posted on August 17, 2021

THOUGHT:

Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your own tomorrow.

Challenge

Live each day as if it were a gift from God - it is. Learn from yesterday's mistakes and turn to Jesus to help you make a better tomorrow. A new day – a new gift.

Verse

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Reference

Hebrews 13:8

Wisdom

Posted on August 16, 2021

THOUGHT:

The past can hurt - you can either run from it or learn from it. – The Lion King

Challenge

Think back about recent challenges and what you learned from them. Apply what you learned to the present and the future. With God’s help anything is possible!

Verse

Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

Reference

Matthew 19:26

Grace

Posted on August 15, 2021

THOUGHT:

Grace will follow us even when we are going the wrong way.

Challenge

God has promised us His grace even when we may feel like we don’t deserve it. Even when you find yourself going down the wrong path, God will not abandon you. The Grace of God is always with you. Repent of your sins and get back on the right path.

Verse

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.

Reference

Ephesians 2:8-9 

Discipleship

Posted on August 12, 2021

THOUGHT:

God made you to be you.

Challenge

Today, go out and be yourself. Use your unique skills and talents to go out and serve God as only You can.

Verse

You are beautiful in every way, my friend, there is no flaw in you!

Reference

Song of Solomon 4:7

Encouragement

Posted on August 11, 2021

THOUGHT:

There is tremendous power in faith.

Challenge

Faith can move mountains. Tap into that power today by renewing your faith through your prayers and your actions. You’ll see tremendous results when you allow your faith to revitalize your life's goals. Let that inspiration encourage you to become the best version of yourself.

Verse

Prayer. To this end, we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith,

Reference

2 Thessalonians 1:11

Joy

Posted on August 10, 2021

THOUGHT:

No matter what you have done for yourself or for humanity, if you can not look back and remember the love and attention you gave to your own family, what have you really accomplished?

Challenge

Take some time out with your family this week. If you need to put it on the calendar to make it happen, then do it. If you want to add to your list of significant accomplishments in your life, enjoy those you love while you still can.

Verse

II - Certainly sons are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward.

Reference

Psalm 127:3

Priorities

Posted on August 9, 2021

THOUGHT:

It is only when one begins to follow Christ that they begin to grow.

Challenge

Get to know Christ through the Gospels so you can follow Him more closely than ever before. Your life will blossom as you grow closer to Him.

Verse

I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth.

Reference

1 Corinthians 3:6-7

Prayer

Posted on August 6, 2021

THOUGHT:

God doesn’t always give you what you pray for…He always gives you something better.

Challenge

Don’t be impatient or discouraged when it appears your prayers are not being answered exactly the way you expected. Have faith that “Father knows best” and that His plan for you is working just the way He planned it… and keep praying.

Verse

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.

Reference

John 15:7

Discipleship

Posted on August 5, 2021

THOUGHT:

I do not believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended that we forego their use.

Challenge

Bottom line: Think before you act, and when you act, use your common sense and Christian sense of values to guide your actions.

Verse

The shrewd always act prudently but the foolish parade folly.

Reference

Proverbs 13:16

Love

Posted on August 4, 2021

THOUGHT:

See everyone you meet as a brand new invitation to fall in love with God.

Challenge

Treat everyone you meet today with the dignity, respect and kindness they deserve because you know God lives within them. Allow this recognition of God within others to enhance your love for Him and for them.

Verse

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Reference

1 John 4:20

Anger

Posted on August 3, 2021

THOUGHT:

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

Challenge

There is no place for anger in a rational decision. Pause, count to ten, think about what God would do, and think of the consequences of your various choices before you react.

Verse

Do not envy the violent and choose none of their ways:

Reference

Proverbs 3:31

Discipleship

Posted on August 2, 2021

THOUGHT:

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.

Challenge

God created each of us to be unique. Discover your unique blessings from God and put them to work in service to others and you will become an irreplaceable part of their lives.

Verse

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.

Reference

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Fellowship

Posted on July 30, 2021

THOUGHT:

Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sincerely celebrate with a friend’s success.

Challenge

The next time someone you know is successful, contact them, tell them you are proud and encourage them to keep up the good work. Find a way in your heart to genuinely celebrate in their success.

Verse

Only then shall you succeed, if you are careful to observe the statutes and ordinances which the LORD commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and steadfast; do not fear or be dismayed.

Reference

1 Chronicles 22:13