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Surviving Summer | Encouragement

Something to think on, as many of us wonder how ever will we survive Summer (whether for health reasons or maybe another trial).

Remember, GREATER is He! Our God is sooo mighty…. and good! He will be our ever present help!

“The earth has four creatures that are very small but very wise: The feeble ant has little strength, yet look how it diligently gathers its food in the summer to last throughout the winter.

The delicate rock-badger isn’t all that strong, yet look how it makes a secure home, nestled in the rocks…”

Proverbs 30:24‭-‬26 TPT

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Come and Drink (Eph. 4:5-7)

This is where we will be parked for the next few days.

“There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all. However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ (Ephesians 4:5‭-‬7 NLT).”

Our God has treasures, waiting for us – as we pray and open His Word. May we draw ever so nearer to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, and be reminded of the strength He gives to us.

From the Pulpit Commentary:

“There is one body (see Ephesians 2:16). The Church is an organic whole, of which believers are the members, and Christ the Head, supplying the vitalizing power: The real body, being constituted by vital union with Christ, is not synonymous with any single outward society…”

Click here for more from the commentary.

Our Mighty God supplies the vital power. Jesus Christ is our essential and the head of the Church.

We need to depend much more on Him and His power than we often do. This is what I am reminded of, as I open this week’s text.

We all, myself included, need His vitaling power. Why try to go on living life without Him as our source of strength?

The Holy Spirit is how our God can (and will) strengthen us. As we sit with Him and enjoy His presence, what do we think will happen?

When I meet with the Lord, I am given two gifts as I worship. Peace with the Lord, and joy found only in Christ!

The words of Isaiah 55 are echoing on my heart this morning:

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!

Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good?

Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open.

Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.
(Isaiah 55:1‭-‬3)”

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Reading for Monday, June 15

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future (Ephesians 4:3‭-‬4 NLT).”

This week’s Scripture is Ephesians 4:3-4. I am looking forward to studying this passage on a deeper level, when able. Have a blessed week!

I am reminded of my ultimate goal, to draw increasingly nearer to our Savior Jesus Christ. Instead of chasing other things. It is so important. Even now. Especially now!

How are you all doing?

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Honorable

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of Your love. – Ephesians 4:1-2, NLT

Today, I just keep thinking about honorable living. What am I doing to live a honorable life? This Scripture we are examining this week isn’t talking about worldly definition of honor, which is “morally correct or honest”.


For those of us who are seeking Jesus Christ to be King of our lives, this means choosing to glorify our Mighty God. It is about our King, knowing He will work all things for our good (see Rom. 8:28). It is choosing to live and act because of God’s character and redemption plan for us!


I cannot imagine trying to live and act outside of Christ. Earthly honor is nothing, in comparison to that of Christ’s glory. Oh friends, what are we doing to live for Christ’s honor and glory? What are we doing to show ourselves as His beautiful soldiers and how He has changed us from the inside-out?


When we make it our aim to live a life worthy of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice, He will provide all we we need! When we make it our aim to live for Christ and remember what He has done for us through the cross and His resurrection, there will be exceedingly less injustice than we experience in our present world (as each of us run to Jesus).


Oh friends, keep running to our King Jesus, and everything He is!

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Happiness, or Unhappiness

The thing about life and the pursuit of happiness is, some of us would do the craziest things in attempts of finding happiness and to have a moment of a soul at rest.

Today. Well, more appropriately, in this moment, I am running to Jesus reminding my spirit that I need Jesus more than this TV show or that TV show.

Here is the thing about current social temperature. It reeks havoc on our mental health. So, I am choosing to try and remember I need EXTRA self care and nurturing.

Each day, I am trying to seeking peace by seeking our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ! How are you all holding up?

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).”

“Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it (Psalm 34:14).”


I am also trying to remembering that His version of happiness and this world’s are Heaven and earth. Which will we live as citizens as, for the temporary happiness or eternal blessedness? He gives us greater happiness than we could ever ask for or even imagine!

“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them!

Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!  

Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!

Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!

Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God!

Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!

Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers.

Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted (Matthew 5:3‭-‬12 GNT).”

I ask again, how are you holding up? Meet me in the comments. =]