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. 551
    Molly Hotchkiss says:

    Molly from Cypress, TX

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
    Romans 15:13 ESV

  2. 552
    Kim Foley says:

    Kim Foley, Arnold,MD
    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 (NIV)

  3. 553
    Betty says:

    Betty from Mission Viejo
    “Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face always.”
    1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV

  4. 554
    Brenda F says:

    Calgary, Alberta

    from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.

    Psalm 61:2 ESV

  5. 555
    Louise Armistead says:

    Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. John 3:3. kJV

  6. 556
    Thara Johnston says:

    Thara from Ft St. John, BC Canada

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 NIV

  7. 557
    Vicki Morton says:

    If someone says, “I love God”,and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
    I John 4:20 NASB

  8. 558
    Sheila Palmer says:

    Sheila from Mount Airy, NC- “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10(NIV)

  9. 559
    Debbie Weaver says:

    Debbie Weaver, Cumming, GA

    “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32 NIV

  10. 560
    Angie Hill says:

    Angie Hill, Jasper, Al
    “Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
    Colossians 4:1 NIV

  11. 561
    Paula Faulkner says:

    Paula Faulkner from Fort Madison, Iowa says

    “Rejoice in the Lord always,
    I say it again rejoice.
    Let your gentleness be
    evident to all.
    The LORD is near.
    Do not be anxious about anything
    but in everything by prayer
    and petition
    with Thanksgiving present your requests to
    And the peace of God,
    which transcentds all udnerstanding
    will guard your hearts
    in Christ Jesus Our Lord.
    Phil. 4:4-7 NIV

  12. 562
    Elise says:

    Elise, Houston TX

    Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord , the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
    Psalms 33:12 ESV

  13. 563
    Jeannie Williams says:

    Jeannie Williams, Rock Hill, SC
    The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
    And He will make them know His covenant.
    Psalm 25:14 NASB

  14. 564
    Judy Rowland says:

    Judy Louisville,KY Psalm 107:20-22 (NIV)
    He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.

  15. 565
    Mindy Seekford says:

    “And they glorified God because of me.”
    ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    Mindy Seekford Stonewall,LA

  16. 566
    Ansley Kircher says:

    “You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  17. 567
    Rita Brake says:

    Rita Brake from los Alamos Nm ” put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11 niv

  18. 568
    Barbara says:

    Barbara from North Potomac, Maryland
    “You are the source of all life, and because of your light
    we see the light.”
    Psalms 36:9 TEV

  19. 569
    Mandisa Hundley says:

    Mandisa Hundley from Nashville, TN “My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back,” James‬ ‭5:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  20. 570
    Brenda K. Orlow says:

    Brenda Orlow – Jordan, MN
    Psalm 127:2 (NIV) “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for He grants sleep to those He loves.”

  21. 571
    Carolyn Dodge Forest OH says:

    Who are those who fear the LORD? He will show them the path they should choose. Psalm 25:12 NLT

  22. 572
    Karen says:

    Karen, Dallas, TX:

    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

    Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

  23. 573
    Lori Thompson says:

    Lori Thompson
    Parker, Tx
    “They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭25:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  24. 574
    Dana says:

    Dana Pace, FL

    But Jesus immediately said to them, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

    Matthew 14:27 NIV

  25. 575
    Marilyn says:

    Marilyn,Dearborn MO.
    He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
    1 Thessalonians 5:24 ESV

  26. 576
    Sheri Thomas says:

    Georgetown, TX
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
    Psalm 32:8 (NASB)

  27. 577
    Anne B says:

    Anne B., Chesterfield,MI.. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 ESV

  28. 578
    Joy says:

    Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
    Matthew 6:34, NIV

  29. 579
    Amy says:

    I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV)

  30. 580
    Sharon Mills says:

    Sharon Mills
    Henderson, Nv.
    Ps. 40:3 ESV “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”

  31. 581
    Cindy Matter says:

    Cindy, North Potomac: “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Holman Christian Standard

  32. 582
    Glenda Willard says:

    Glenda Willard from Farmington, NM

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praise worthy – think about such things.

    Philippians 4: 8 (NIV)

  33. 583
    Kim says:

    Kim, Richland, WA

    Do everything in love.

    1 Cor. 16:14 NIV

  34. 584
    Latisha Davis says:

    Ephesians 2:10(ESV)

    10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them

  35. 585
    Dianna- from Houston, TX says:

    Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
    Daniel 6: 19-20 NAS

  36. 586
    Lani Martinez says:

    From Wilton Ca
    Rom12:2 NKJV
    And do not be comforted to this work, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God

  37. 587
    Rita says:

    Rita, Splendora, Tx

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

    Psalm 25:14

  38. 588

    Traci McNally from Evansdale, IA

    22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

    Romans 8:22-23 NIV

  39. 589
    Edna Grace C. says:

    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

    John 14:27 NIV

  40. 590
    Wendy Buttrey says:

    Wendy Buttrey Acworth, Ga

    They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. Psalms 91:12 NLT

  41. 591
    Sherry says:

    Indianapolis, IN
    Psalm 34:15,16 (NIV)

    “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their names from the earth.”

  42. 592
    Betty Stephens says:

    Betty Stephens, Austin, Texas “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

  43. 593
    Melanie Miller says:

    Melanie, Armuchee GA
    On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
    Psalm 138:3 (ESV)

  44. 594
    Jeanette dahm says:

    Jeanette dahm. Lake Oswego ,Oregon. psalm 111:8. NIV. They are steadfast forever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness.

  45. 595
    Sharon says:

    Sharon from the United States

    I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. (Isaiah 45:4 – 6 NIV)

  46. 596
    kelly aylward says:

    Kelly, Missouri City , TX ” So dont be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or me His prisoner. Instead share in the suffering for the gospel, relaying on the power of God. He saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. This is has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Tim 1:8-10 Holman

  47. 597
    Lily says:

    Lily, TN
    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

  48. 598
    Stacey DiGrazia says:

    Stacey DiGrazia, Elgin, Ill.

    “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”

    Psalm 25:14 NIV

  49. 599
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl of Everett, PA
    “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17 NASB

  50. 600
    Pamm Wynn says:

    Pammela W. from Albuquerque, NM
    ” I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 NLT

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