52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled, Positive Year – Week 12

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Time for a new verse to focus on this week and see how God uses it in your life.

For those of you new here, this series is based on a set of scripture cards written by Norman Vincent Peale. I take the verses from the cards and add my own thoughts. Once I did some research, I started wishing I could find the card for this week. Not sure what I did with those cards when I cleaned.

This week’s verse:

 

If God be for us, who can be against us? 

Romans 8:31 

My initial response to this week’s verse is – it does not matter if God is for us, there can and will be people against us.

However, because God is for us that their evil, nasty plans will not succeed.

Now that might not be the official interpretation from those who have gone to seminary but it is how I interpret it. Remember, I do not always see things the way you normal people do.

It’s why photography and I get along – I see things from different angles.

Personal Application

I should be reciting this verse over and over as life has gotten tough since unemployment ended a couple weeks ago. There  is no income but a lot of bills to pay, so I have a lot of enemies against me. The verse should provide me with comfort and encouragement.

But wait! There’s more…

Official Version 

I did an internet search on this verse and it follows a verse about predestination. Upon reading this, I started banging my head on my desk. God has a sense of humor as predestination (some people being created for heaven) and double predestination (some people being created for hell) is a hot topic in Bible study, hotter than President Trump’s immigration executive order – I’m not kidding.

What I always believe about salvation has been turned upside down and left me with a lot of questions.

Not sure I find this verse comforting and encouraging anymore.

May God show us how this verse applies to our lives this week.

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(There may be a post about predestination and double predestination once I sort things out.)

 

 

 

What I Am Giving Up For Lent

For those of you who have followed this blog for sometime, you know I am not in favor of giving up something for Lent. The suffering endured by giving up coffee or chocolate is nothing compared to what Jesus went through during his beating and hanging on the cross.

Instead I am in favor of taking up something for Lent. Do something to increase  your faith and/or help others.

Bye Bye

However, this year I am giving something up – Facebook.

It is going to be tough because I follow some great pages – The Devoted Barn (feral and medical rescue and rehoming for dogs, cats, pigs, sheep, goats, and horses),  Golden Retriever’s In Need and Buckeye’s Missions and Sanctuary. I am also a member of great groups – Problogger Podcast Listeners, Cheerleaders for Christ, and Faithful Finish Lines.

With all the chaos in the world and online, and with people purposely showing only the good side of life in their news feed, I’ve decided to call it quits for Lent. I will still be blogging both here and at OgleOhio.com.

What I Will Do

Besides still blogging both here and at OgleOhio, I will work on living life to make memories for the news feed in my head. The memories will include helping others (not sure how yet), reading various materials to help increase my faith and continuing to pray for the Holy Spirit to work mightily in my job search. I need a miracle as I file for my last unemployment check this Sunday.

What I Am Hoping

I am hoping this Facebook fast will last long after Easter has come and gone. There is so much more to life to experience and enjoy than living life for Facebook.

What did you give up or take up for Lent?

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Some Favorite Quotes – Draw The Circles

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Draw the Circle, the 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson. Hopefully these quotes will inspire you to get the book and do your own challenge.

I love this book as it is so positive, uplifting and filled with hope. While it reinforces that God is for us, Mark also states that God is not a machine where you input a prayer request and out comes your answer.

So if you are looking to increase your joy, hope, peace and overall reassurance that God has your back – then get this book.

Our biggest problem is our small view of God. 

pg 56

And this is precisely what happens when we pray. We see things no one else sees. 

pg 67 

Christianity was always intended to be a verb-more specifically, an action verb. 

pg 157

God can accomplish more in one day than you can accomplish in a lifetime. 

pg 83

 

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