Today while driving an idea popped in my mind. I started using signage to praise and recall the word of God.
For instance, I saw the motel Drury Inn and thought of the scripture “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 I thank God for His gift of Christ-the Prince of Peace. Even in the midst of the last days, there is still power in His holy, mighty name!
The next sign I saw was for Church Brothers Collision Repair. “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12. We are to serve others in order for the church to function. The church is an earthly representation of the literal body of Christ. We are His Hands and Feet on earth while He reigns in heaven. Many of us forget this precious truth-myself included.
Then I saw Nail Art. “So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” John 20:25 We are made whole by the many holes He suffered on our behalf. A perfect being who took on the transgressions of the world. He is our hope. The way. The truth. The life. The light.
And Heritage Christian School. “And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” Acts 11:26 We are His earthly followers and namesakes. Through him we receive strength to continue His ministry. It is our job to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. I’m proud to be a member of the body of Christ!
Seeing Starbuck’s made me recall “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:2 His star can’t help but shine forth with the miracle of the resurrection! With Christ, anything is possible. He has left His star to light the way for His people.
“…that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us…” Acts 17:27
When we wholeheartedly search for God, we will find Him. But sometimes we only go on the hunt for Him when things don’t go our way.
Have you ever noticed that the Bible says when not if various trials arrive, we are to count them all joy. This tells me that trouble comes to everyone-not just a select few. We live in a fallen world so trials are to be expected. If we enter them properly we can even learn from our winter seasons.
And the truth is that trials never stop. At least not until we draw our last breath. Thus it makes sense to stay in constant communication with our Creator. He talks to those who are willing to listen.
Oftentimes it is the difficult things that draw us close(r) to God. When things are going smooth, we tend to put the Lord on the back burner of our lives. But when trouble comes knocking, even the most atheist of souls will cry to God for mercy.
When the world becomes too much to bear, and trust me, it will, you can always find comfort in the scripture. This is the guidebook to life. There is a word for everything that we suffer and surpass. He never abandons us but we often neglect Him.
Let this not be the case with you. Reach for Him through His word in both fat and lean times. Make it a priority to communicate daily with the Lord. Not only does He expect it, He deserves it as well.
In recent years, I’ve changed how I read the Bible. I am more “interactive.” Here are a few things I do:
Various color highlighters help me to mark the text as well.
Dating scripture is a tip I picked up from Dr. Charles Stanley. I date scriptures when I feel like God is asking me to pay particular attention to one of them.
I also take notes directly on the page for future reference.
I also enrich the experience by using a journal, devotional reading, and other Christian tools.
I enjoy changing up the scenery as well.
“For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.” ~Romans 15:4
In the wicked world in which we live, it is so vital that one is able to keep themselves going in any godly was possible. Fellowship with other believers, reading and memorizing scripture, listening to praise/gospel music, reading Christian titles, attending church services and Bible study, praying, journaling, watching sermons on YouTube, and reading/writing faith blogs are just a few ways to stay the course.
Our smart phones can really serve us in this area, too. There are many Bible and prayer apps to help us keep in touch with the Lord. I use the notepad on my phone to help myself stay encouraged.
These scriptures are right at my fingertips. When I need a little push, I read through the various scriptures and thoughts that I’ve recorded.
How do you stay motivated to keep your eyes on God? Do tell!
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
During a particularly rough time in my life, I started writing comforting scriptures on index cards so that I could access them as needed. I was in a great amount of pain and constantly needed the reassurance of the word of God.
I would read through them as many times a day to simply get through the day-sometimes more than twenty times. It didn’t matter time or place either-stop lights, work, grocery store, doctor’s office, home-whenever I needed God, I grabbed my cards.
If you look closely, you can see how worn and tear stained they are as I REALLY put them to use. I can’t begin to tell you how these simple cards were a lifeline to me.
The scriptures truly served as a lamp to guide me through some very hurtful and treacherous terrain that I was traversing. They reminded me that no matter what I go through that God loves me with an everlasting love. I did nothing to deserve it, He just does.
The words of our Lord was like that of a healing earthquake. Though my world was tossed upside down (the earthquake) He bought healing in the midst of the tumult.
Won’t He do it?!
I get so happy when I see the latest edition of In Touch magazine! The articles are encouraging and help remind me to stay the course regardless of what’s going on around me.
Each edition contains articles, poetry, photography, and a month worth of devotionals. Sometimes there are testimonies, too. Now these really do my heart good.
Best of all, the magazine is free.