Showing posts with label Psalms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Psalms. Show all posts

Sunday, February 20, 2022

From Disappointment And Confusion To Triumph

In Psalm 44:1-26, we see that God's people endured disappointment and confusion just like we do, but they triumphed in God.

It's so important to read The Word everyday and not only start each day with prayer, but to talk to God throughout the day. Through these practices, we build strength to hold on and continue to believe through similar circumstances like what they endured. We should always stay close to God because nothing here in this earth is sure.

What we consider to be God's special blessings to us can turn at any time. What's here today can be changed or gone tomorrow. Does that mean it did not come from God? No.

I don't know about you, but I'm always thanking God for all good things. However, things change. God changes things at his will and he allows things to change. God is god of all and most of the time we are not able to understand why he allows or does certain things.

As David shared in the Psalms, one day we're on top and the next it seems like the whole world is against us. God allows things that are incomprehensible and mostly he doesn't tell us why. As we grow in him, we can sometimes discern a track that he has us on and that helps us to perceive that all is well.

Our job and best mental and emotional attitude is to cling to him, whether we are up or down, prosperous or lacking, successful or struggling. Whatever the circumstance, our faith is not to be placed in those day-to-day shiftings.

It is difficult sometimes, when we're struggling in various ways, but our hope and faith is to be in God himself. We can also ask him for relief at any point. David did that many times while professing his faith and devotion to Our Father.

No matter what he was suffering, mental or emotional anguish or physical attack, he took his disappointment and confusion to his God. In the end, he triumphed because he never gave up on Our Heavenly Father. He stayed with God.




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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Overcome Evil With Good And Grow

Have you been feeling fearful or maligned lately? Been the target of malevolent or hateful treatment? What about persecution, harassment or oppression in it's various psychological and emotional ways? Do you wonder where your Father God is as you struggle to righteously endure the unceasing unfairness that he seems to be allowing?

Do not doubt that he is aware. Furthermore, he knows why you feel the way that you do. He knows the causes of your confusion and anger and he is not mad at you. When will he ever do something about what you are suffering? I don't know. Will he ever stop it? I don't know. Despite our uncertainties and intense anxieties, there is always a place where we can take refuge in a way that pleases God. We should always want to please and glorify him, no matter what. 

I pray every morning before I speak to or encounter anyone in person or online. I also do talking prayer to God throughout the day. When these distressed feelings are particularly severe, however, I need something else to help me. Rather than attack others (in my mind or outwardly) who may seem to be the cause of my troubles, I like to quote Psalm 91. I have it written on three little sheets of paper that I've taped together.

I keep the little packet in the place where I am most of the day. I can find it either on my art work table or at my computer. When I feel particularly distressed, I pick it up and walk around my home reading it aloud.


I bring the words out of my spirit and put them into my atmosphere, where they will grow and bear good fruit, within and all around me. I listen to myself speaking the Living Word of God, that which will transform and convert. I always feel better and equipped for the next stage of battle when I do this. 

Don't fight with others. Don't attack others in mind, spirit or physically. Don't repay evil for evil. Do good by speaking the Holy Scripture passage that will carry you to the next level of walking in God's light and growing in Christ.



Sunday, November 14, 2021

Trust II: Psalms 25:2, 5:11

I have decided to take the best path and depend on you, my Heavenly Father. I refuse to be embarrassed because I hope in you and believe your Holy Word. I will speak of you and share your precious Son's deliverance whenever you send someone to me who wants to learn.

(Psalm 25:2)


Those of us who have placed their reliance upon you, Father, should be overjoyed. We should always celebrate with joyfulness and gladness and raise our voices with delight because you, Father God, uphold and stand by us.

(Psalm 5:11)


The scriptures are paraphrased.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Christian Products: Faith & Trust Printable Quote Art

FAITH

Faith is one of the cornerstones of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)

Faith Christian Scripture Artwork by Christian Words Shop

I chose four of my favorite scriptures on believing to design this printable artwork. Mark 9:23, Matthew 21:21-22 and Matthew 17:20. When I quote the scriptures, I am always amazed in my spirit at the possibilities that they open up to me. 

These are scriptures that do not put a limit on what we can do. These scriptures tell us that there is a level of faith that we can acquire where we can do what we never thought we could do. Jesus even told his Disciples, and through them tells us, that we can even do more than he did. How amazing is that! Do you believe? Do you want to believe? FAITH is here for you today, right now! Choose it and keep choosing it, everyday.

Faith Printable Artwork

TRUST

Trust is similar to faith. It's a choice that has to be made, often in the lack of any proof that we could understand.

Trust Christian Scripture Printable by Christian Words Shop

I have paraphrased this rich scripture, Psalm 52:8, in everyday language that is easier for us to grasp and apply to our daily lives.

There are eight powerful confirmations in this printable, scripture artwork, including:

I am purified by the blood of Jesus.

I am always flourishing, growing and strong.

My confidence in God never withers or dies.

Trust Printable Artwork

 

 

 

Both of these Christian printables offer:

1 .pdf file, 5400 x 7200 px (18 x 24"), scale to poster sizes without losing quality,
1 .jpg file, 2250 x 3300 px, print these sizes: 8.5 x 11, 5 x 7, 4 x 6".

As with all of my Christian Words Shop printables, they can be printed as often as needed and even used in craft and art projects.

Please don't copy for sale or any type of distribution. These files are for the use of the purchaser ONLY. Please send anyone interested to Christian Words Shop.


 



Thanks for visiting

Christian Words Shop at Printaphoria!

Fill your life with reminders of Jesus Christ. 

Spend your money on merchandise that glorifies God. 

Surround yourself with products that 

invite in The Holy Spirit everyday.


******************* 
 
  As a self-taught designer, crafter, writer and artist,
like Lydia in Acts 16, I design and make beautiful things.
 
My creative ability comes from God
and I worship the Lord
day in and day out. 

In order for God to bless us through our talents, skills and creativity,
we have to put our work out there.
 
 I want Christians, who may not otherwise know about them,
to have a chance to buy my products that lift up
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
and God, Our Father.
  
Proverbs 22:29 states:
 
Seest thou a man diligent in his business?
He shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand
before mean men.
 (KJV)
 
 
Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before
unknown men.
 (NKJV)
 
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If you or anyone you know sells handmade products or designs merchandise that glorifies God, let me know so that I can take a look. I may do a feature here.
 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Trust: Psalms 40:4, 52:8

 

Because I have confidence in God's care for me, I am fortunate. I do not heed the ways of those who are conceited and vain, and who convey false information and deceit. (Psalm 40:4 Paraphrased)

I am filled with abundance and peace. I am purified by the Blood of Jesus. I am infused with God's wisdom. I possess the power of God's Holy Spirit. I am always flourishing, growing and hardy. I am beneficial at all times in God's kingdom. I have confidence always in God's mercy. My confidence in God never withers or dies. (Psalm 52:8 Paraphrased)


 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Christian Products: Fear Not Pocket Cards

 

There is so much to fear in this life, within and without of ourselves. We struggle with personal fears and fears based in living in a fallen world. We live dual lives in the flesh and in our reborn spirits. In response to the challenges of crucifying the flesh and bringing the body under, God Our Father says to fear not! Fear thou not. Fear not for I am with you. Fear not for I am your God. Fear not for I will strengthen you. I will take you right hand and say to you, fear not. I will help you.

This is the strong and durable message that I am conveying in this Fear Not set of pocket cards. Post them around your house. Carry them with you. Give them as gifts. Use them to memorize these dynamic fear not scriptures that will help build up courage in you and transform you into relying more on Our Father God.

Fear Not Christian Scripture Pocket Cards by Christian Words Shop

Fear Not Pocket Cards

For these mini pocket cards I chose scriptures from Psalms, Isaiah and Luke that encourage us to live each day by refusing to give in to fear. Some of them I have memorized and will be working on the others.

You receive 9 Cards On The Printable Sheet In These Approx Sizes:

  1.  6 (six) cards 2.4 x 3.3"
  2.  3 (three) tags 1.8 x 2.4"


♦ This JPEG printable file prints on 8 1/2 x 11" paper or card stock.

♦ Print out, cut out, laminate them or leave un-laminated, write on back.

♦ Print as often as needed and even use in your crafting projects and digital applications

Fear Not Printable Pocket Cards

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Thanks for visiting

Christian Words Shop at Printaphoria!

Fill your life with reminders of Jesus Christ. 

Spend your money on merchandise that glorifies God. 

Surround yourself with products that 

invite in The Holy Spirit everyday.


******************* 
 
  As a self-taught designer, crafter, writer and artist,
like Lydia in Acts 16, I design and make beautiful things.
 
My creative ability comes from God
and I worship the Lord
day in and day out. 

In order for God to bless us through our talents, skills and creativity,
we have to put our work out there.
 
 I want Christians, who may not otherwise know about them,
to have a chance to buy my products that lift up
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
and God, Our Father.
  
Proverbs 22:29 states:
 
Seest thou a man diligent in his business?
He shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand
before mean men.
 (KJV)
 
 
Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before
unknown men.
 (NKJV)
 
********************

If you or anyone you know sells handmade products or designs merchandise that glorifies God, let me know so that I can take a look. I may do a feature here.
 

 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

How To Easily Memorize Scriptures

 

It's important to memorize scriptures in order to hide God's word in our hearts. Being able to accurately recall his word gives us power to think like God and to resist the devil. With all of the unrest in the world, we can't be sure that the time will not come when we will be persecuted for reading and carrying Bibles. One day, if Jesus does not come back before, it could become a crime to possess a Bible. It's also a good feeling to be able to quote scriptures. The Word of God is alive and springs into action when we have it within us. 

If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it will be done unto you. John 15:7 Abide means to live, stay or remain.

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You! Psalm 119:11 In order for something to be hidden it has to be claimed, possessed and kept.

The Word that we read and hear has to be claimed, possessed and kept so that it will remain, stay and live within us.

The Word tells us about ourselves and what to feel and how to think. When we read or hear the Word, then walk away and forget that Word that we've heard, it's hard to walk in the light, be transformed and receive God's best. James 1:23-25 

Jesus did not hesitate in quoting God's word to Satan. He didn't fumble around, try to quote it or misquote it. He spoke it with confidence and power.

 "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." 

"It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God."  

"Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."  Matthew 4:4-10

The main way that I memorize scripture is to put notes or print-outs on my bathroom mirror or wall near the sink. I started with pieces of paper, then index cards, then I started designing printable graphics. This keeps the scripture that I want to memorize in front of me each morning or whenever I do my daily toiletries. Whenever we get up, we have to prepare for the day, so posting them in the bathroom is a good way to begin memorizing them.

When I want to learn a scripture passage (several scriptures in a book), I look at my note or graphic and start by reading the scripture reference. It's also important to know where the scripture is found. Then I look away and repeat it. I then read the first scripture or part of it if it's long, look away and repeat it.

I move to the second scripture, read it and then repeat it. I'm not trying to memorize the scriptures, I'm impressing them on my mind. Eventually, I can quote them without looking. It's really amazing. It doesn't matter to me how long it takes. I know that one day I will have committed the scriptures to memory. 

I always select scriptures that have special meaning to me or that help me with struggles and difficulties. If you do this, you will have a better incentive to do your reading and repeating exercise each morning.

Remember that God is always willing to help us. If you feel the importance of memorizing scriptures, it doesn't matter if you've always had a problem doing that. Just ask Our Father and he will help you through His Holy Spirit. Write out on a piece of paper or an index card, a scripture that means a lot to you, or print it from the internet. Start committing God's Holy scriptures to memory, or start again, and realize new power each day.


  

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Gratefulness Equals Miracles

 

Raining cats and dogs, what to do...?

There is much to be grateful for, even though there can be trials, challenges, difficulties and struggles. Sometimes we may be so discouraged that we feel like we have to search for things for which to be grateful.

We feel so beaten down by life in this lost and dying world that we just get tired. At those times, we find it hard to be thankful because it may not be just raining. It may be raining cats and dogs and maybe it has been raining for some time. So what is there to do?

Living by faith so choose faith.

We know that we live by faith so we choose to turn once again to the author and the finisher of our faith, the precious Son, Jesus Christ. We choose once again to turn to our Heavenly Father, who through his loving kindnesses and mercies sent his Spirit to comfort us. We once again choose our ever-growing faith and what does our faith require?

Have faith, don't pretend.
Faith does not require that we pretend that the strains are not there. Faith requires that we rise above them by focusing on the things that make us grateful. While the answers and solutions to issues are being prepared by Our Heavenly Father, seeking gratefulness is a worthy effort to make, for it brings the light of His sunshine into sight.  David said, Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him from them all." (Psalm 34:19) 

 
Choosing our faith every time reminds us that there is hope in a Father who will not allow anything to separate us from His love. There is hope in a Savior who will never leave us nor forsake us. There is hope in a Holy Spirit who will lead and guide us into all truth.

Gratefulness = Faith = Hope. Miracles are not far behind.

HAPPY SUNDAY!


 

 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Learning To Abide Through Psalm 91 Message

Listen to Kim, a crafting Christian friend from east TN, share encouragement for Christians during this trying Corona virus time and for anytime. Drawing upon Psalm 91, she talks about how hard it is sometimes to trust in God like we should. View her candid talk and receive uplifting inspiration for learning how to and committing to abide.

If you comment and request prayer I will forward your request to her.
 
If you are reading this post in your email, please click the blog post link to listen to the video at Draw Nigh To Hope. Video posts do not show in emails. 
 
 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Take Pleasure In The Lord

Delight Yourself In The Lord Today!



~ REMEMBER ~

Pleasure In The Lord

Raises Our Quality Of Living


Loving God Makes All The Difference In The World


Delight yourself also in the Lord,

And He shall give you

the desires of 

your heart.

(Psalm 37:4, NKJV) 




How To Be Saved


Romans 10:9

(NKJV)


If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 


  If you would like to know that you are saved, say this simple prayer:



Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God, and the only
Savior. Come into my heart, and save me now. Show me
the way to understand and turn away from all things that
do not help me. I don't have to fear death anymore, and
thank you for Eternal Life with You.

Amen. 



Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Rock That Is Higher Than I

When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock

that is higher than I. For thou has been a shelter for me,

and a strong tower from the enemy.

 (Psalm 61:2-3 KJV)

Trust Jesus today to place you in a position to receive all of the help, provision, support and assistance that is available to all who love God with their hearts, minds and spirits. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, but by Him.

You can live by that same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, for He is alive today. He is even now at the right hand of his Father, our God, continuously interceding for us, until all evil will be done away with for good.

You don't have to be afraid. You don't have to be alone. You don't have to be defeated.  The God of all Hope will fight battles for you, and set your feet upon high places. 

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.

He cares for those who trust in him.

(Nahum 1:7 NIV)  

If you want to be sure that you are saved for Eternity, and that you have all of the help that is available to those who love God, accept Jesus, His only Son, as your Savior today. There is no other. Say a simple prayer to Jesus. Use these words, or use your own words:

Jesus, come into my heart now and save me. I believe that you are God's Son and the only Savior of the world. I want to be a child of God and to live for Eternity with you. Show me how to live a new life for the rest of my years here on Earth, and to care about the things of God. Thank you for breaking the hold over me of everything that is not good. I believe that I am in God's kingdom now, that old things have passed away for me, and that all things have become new. Thank you for showing me how to receive all that God has for me, and how to be a blessing to others. Amen.  

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Text On Image: Artsy Craftery Studio
 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Grab Hold To Courage Today


Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

(Psalm 31:24 KJV)

Just ask The Lord God for courage to face what is before you. Courage is yours for the asking and receiving. We often don't have it in ourselves to face with strength the trials, sorrows, disappointments, requirements, tribulations, unfairness, rejections, horrors and struggles in this earthly life. God, in his mercy, that is not always evident, has provided help for us. He has opened the door for us to come to him at any time of the day or night, in our minds. Our minds are often very weak, and we just don't feel like coming to God's open door, even if it's just a thought away. The thoughts of this life and what many of us face every day overwhelm us. As long as we know, without a doubt, that we trust in the Lord, we know that we have help in any time of need. It may not seem like it at times, but our faith requires that we believe it. With that ever present belief will come change.
  

Ask him for courage today, and receive your strength. You may not feel it, but it will rise up and enforce in your circumstance God's power, and the power of all of his angels in Heaven, who encamp around you, because you have a Holy fear or reverence and appreciation of the Most High God, the Only Wise God, and the One True God.


Have You Made Jesus Christ your Savior? Have you wondered about it? Longed for it? Played around with the idea of becoming a Christian? Have you wondered if God could and would really ever help you? God the Father has made it possible for you to come to him and be saved forever in only one way, through accepting his only Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior, and the only Savior of mankind. Choose to believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so that you can be safe in God's kingdom, safe in his loving arms. That's it. No matter what all of the different denominations and Christian organizations call it, it is the same. Say with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead for you, for each of us who choose to believe, and you shall be saved. Then you can go confidently before God at any time, and know that he hears your prayers and will always answer, according to his will, because you acknowledged his Son. You will never again have to fear death, because Jesus conquered it at God's request.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

You'll Feel Better Right Away

One of the most wonderful things about God's Word is its ability to remind us of the help, love and abundant provision that we have.

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When we don't feel like reading, and we're not feeling particularly faith-filled, if we will just pick up something and begin to read, we'll be refreshed. This uplifting and renewal can come from Christian books, pamphlets, devotionals, scripture cards, and even song books,
not only from the Bible. 

The Holy Bible, however, is the best book to incorporate into our daily schedules. His Word restores and invigorates. It is everlasting and endures to all generations (Psalm 119:89-90).
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So pick up something of God, and start reading, even if your heart is not into it. You'll feel better right away.


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Scripture text added by: The Handmaid