SSMT 2017: Verse 14!


Hey Siestas,

My name is Mary, and I do all things accounting at Living Proof Ministries.  I haven’t had an opportunity to meet many of you, but I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you through Facebook and the blog.

But the verse in Colossians I keep camping on is a verse of encouragement.  Encouragement in the tough times.  Who can’t use some of that?

Colossians 1:11 in the Message says,

“We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.”

God promises to help us through the hard times.  Too often I exhaust myself trying to push through in my own strength.  In those times when I make it through the storm on my own – it’s without joy and often without thanksgiving!  This verse reminds me to catch myself in the act of gritting my teeth – to stop and instead draw from the “glory-strength God gives.”  It is here in this posture I can rest in His promises.  It is here where He is truly glorified, and it here where I give Him all the thanks He deserves – right in the midst of the storm!


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  1. 501
    Annette Webb says:

    Annette Webb, Cuyahoga Falls, OH:
    “Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  2. 502
    Barbi Mader says:

    Barbi, Post Falls, Idaho. “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” Job 11:18 NIV

  3. 503
    Heather Smith says:

    Heather Smith
    Nashville, TN
    Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.
    – Romans 12:14 (NLT)

  4. 504
    Anne says:

    Anne from Spokane, WA:

    Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

    Matthew 6:11-12 NKJV

  5. 505
    Carrie Gill says:

    Carrie Gill, Tyler, TX
    “The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.”
    Psalm 25:14 (NIV)

  6. 506
    Jennifer Reames says:

    Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness. Psalm 51:14 HCSB

  7. 507
    Robin McMurray says:

    Robin from Grants Pass, Oregon

    Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
    Psalm 25:8 ESV

  8. 508
    Cindy Kircher says:

    Cindy, Franklin, TN “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  9. 509
    Naomi says:

    Naomi, Colorado Springs, CO: “The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant” Psalms 25:14 ESV

  10. 510
    Ellen Dimmitt says:

    Ellen Dimmitt from Hayden, Idaho: For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3 NIV

  11. 511
    Jeanne Adams says:

    Jeanne Adams, Keller, TX
    When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.
    Psalm 566-4:30pm NASB

  12. 512
    Karen Sill says:

    Karen sill
    Albuquerque NM

    “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  13. 513
    Melody says:

    Melody from Borden, Indiana: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life.” Matthew 6:27 NIV

  14. 514
    Ginni Bartlett says:

    Ginni Bartlett. Winter Park FL
    Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins (it looks overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others). 1Peter 4:8

  15. 515
    Anne Clague says:

    Anne, Bracknell, UK

    For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
    Colossians 1:16 NIVUK

  16. 516
    Sharon Lee says:

    Sharon Lee, Riverside, Ca.

    But now that you have been set free from sin and have become

    slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the

    result is eternal life. Romans 6:22 NIV

  17. 517
    DeeDee Martin says:

    DeeDee Martin
    Katy, Tx
    Luke 7:48 NLT

    Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven. “

  18. 518
    Karen says:

    Karen, Clarksville, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But it’s death will produce many new kernels– a plentiful harvest of new lives. ” John 12:24 NLT

  19. 519

    Terri Fullerton, Abilene, TX

    showing ourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8, NIV

  20. 520
    Denise Christian says:

    Denise from Reliance, VA

    Psalms 25:14 NKJV

    “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
    And He will show them His covenant.”

  21. 521
    KAREN FOSTER says:

    Karen Warsaw,IN
    For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light–for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth– discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.

    Ephesians 5:8-10 HCSB

  22. 522
    Stephanie D says:

    Stephanie from Chico, CA

    When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

    I Corinthians 13:11 AMP

  23. 523
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, Terrace BC Canada
    Colossians 1:11 NLT
    We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy.

  24. 524
    June Greenstreet says:

    June Greenstreet from Bradford Ontario‬‬
    “Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭106:8‬ ‭ESV

  25. 525
    Darcy Hendricks says:

    Darcy Hendricks, Parker, CO

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

    Matthew 11:28 NIV

  26. 526
    Judy Campbell says:

    Judy of Marietta, GA: I pray that your partnership with us in faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Philemon 1:6. NIV

  27. 527
    Ashley Schroeder says:

    Ashley Schroeder
    Georgetown, TX
    But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.
    1 Peter 1:15 NLT

  28. 528
    Doreen Morris says:

    Habakkuk 3:19,GNB, “The Sovereign LORD gives me strength. He makes me sure-footed like a deer, and keeps me safe on the mountain.” As I am following God’s direction for life, I can find myself questioning my ability once I get to where he is leading me. I must place myself with his strength, then I know I can be all God desires for me to be!

  29. 529
    Deb Brown says:

    Deb Brown, Becker MN
    This command that I give you today is certainly not too difficult or beyond or reach. Deut 30:11 CSB

  30. 530
    Julie Green says:

    Julie from Ridgeville, SC: “Work at living in peace with everyone.” Hebrews 12:14 (NLT)

  31. 531

    Cara Gabrielse, Parker, CO: Finally, be strong in the Lord and the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10 NASB

  32. 532
    Grace says:

    Grace, UK:
    The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
    Psalm 25:14

  33. 533
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca Moore from Lake Mary, Fl; The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes his covenant known to them. Psalm 25:14 (NIV)

  34. 534
    KIM CLARKE says:

    KIm from Fort Worth
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

    Psalms 139:14 NIV

  35. 535
    Lisa Curtis says:

    Lisa Curtis
    Jackson, MO

    I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 3:14 NIV

  36. 536
    Lorrie Moudy says:

    Lorrie Moudy, El Dorado, Arkansas: “Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you…” Psalm 137:6

  37. 537
    Margie Dudley says:

    Margie Dudley, Moncks Corner, SC

    Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

    Romans 12:14 NLT

  38. 538
    Krista Heres says:

    Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. Hebrews 4:16 HCSB

  39. 539
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, St. Catharines, ON
    And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.
    Matthew 8:13 ESV

  40. 540
    Heather says:

    Heather from Sherwood, OR
    “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  41. 541
    Birdie says:

    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;

    Lam. 3:22 (ESV)

  42. 542
    Amanda B says:

    Amanda B., Valdosta, GA

    “But I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NIV

  43. 543
    Lee Kathleen says:

    Lee from Gaithersburg, MD “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 ESV

  44. 544
    Lynn Rust says:

    Lynn from Greenwood, SC – Psalm 103:1 – “Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” – NIV

  45. 545
    Sammie Davenport says:

    Sammie Davenport of Sterling,Va James 3:17″But the wisdom that is from above is first pre, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (NKJ)

  46. 546
    Lori Kelly says:

    Lori in San Jose, CA
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup runs over.

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
    and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

    Psalm 23: 5-6 NKJV

  47. 547
    Pam Seipp says:

    Pam in Fredericksburg, TX

    Psalm 143:10English Standard Version (ESV)

    Teach me to do your will,
        for you are my God!
    Let your good Spirit lead me
        on level ground

  48. 548
    Lisa Herbstreit says:

    Lisa H fr Georgetown, TX

    “filed with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:11 HCSB

    (this is final verse of Paul’s prayer of intercession over church at Philippi fr Philippians 1:9-11 have been writing on my heart to be able to share with others in future)

  49. 549
    Gloria Willingham says:

    Gloria, Irving “Praise the Lord, o my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Psalm 103:1 NIV

  50. 550
    Janet says:

    Janet from Richmond, Tx.
    Romans 1:16 NIV “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

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