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. 851
    Crystal says:

    Crystal. Livonia. MI

    “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.”

    Colossians 3:13. ESV

  2. 852
    Jean Neumeister says:

    Jean Neumeister

    Psalm 25:13 NIV

    They will spend their days in prosperity and and their decedents will inherit the land.

  3. 853
    Nancy Thomas says:

    “When tempted, no one should say “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.”

    James 1:13 NIV

  4. 854
    Brittany Kay says:

    Brittany Kay, Port Orange, FL: Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. -James 3:12

  5. 855
    Kimberly Rowles says:

    New Port Richey, FL

    Colossians 3:15 ESV “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body, and be thankful.”

  6. 856
    Lynnette says:

    Hello, Sunshines!!! It’s Lynnette from Spring:

    Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    Romans 12:21 NIV

    I looked it up in The Message too since some of the SSMT team leaders had selected one from there too and decided I liked it too! So I’m working on both:

    Romans 12:21 MSG
    Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

  7. 857
    Roni Long says:

    Roni- Demopolis, Alabama, “The godly walk with integrity blessed are their children who follow them. ” Proverbs 20:7 NLT

  8. 858
    Jane Lakey says:

    Jane Lakey, Silsbee, TX

    Psalm 145:14, NIV

    The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

  9. 859
    Tracey from Portland, OR says:

    and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,

    2 Peter 1:6 (NASB)

  10. 860
    Caroline Schollaardt says:

    Caroline Schollaardt from Calgary, AB, Canada
    “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 NIV

  11. 861
    Julia Eisiminger says:

    Julia Eisiminger, Ortonville, Michigan “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (NIV)

  12. 862
    Jessica Lance says:

    Jessica Lance
    Shelby, NC
    Lamentations 3:25 NIV
    “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”

  13. 863
    Jo Anne Melton says:

    Jo Anne, Chicago

    Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law.
    Psalms 119:18 GNT

  14. 864
    Wendy Pehrson says:

    Wendy from Buckeye, AZ: “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NASB

  15. 865
    Judy Googins says:

    Judy, Tyler, Texas
    ” When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. ” Psalm 91:15 ESV

  16. 866
    Cam Moore says:

    Cam Moore, Albuquerque, NM
    They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. Psalm 25:13NIV

  17. 867
    Peg Suveg says:

    Peg Suveg, Naperville, IL

    “The heavens proclaim His righteousness, and all peoples see His glory.” Psalm 97:6 (NIV)

  18. 868
    Pam Luschei says:

    I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. Psalm 63:4 NIV

  19. 869
    Kathy King says:

    Kathy King
    Woodstock, GA
    “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
    Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.”
    Psalm 100:1-2

  20. 870
    Pam Nelson says:

    Pam, Brighton, CO
    Deuteronomy 13:4 (NLT)

    Serve only the Lord your God and fear Him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.

  21. 871
    Judy says:

    Judy, Virginia
    Isaiah 40:31 NIV
    “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

  22. 872
    Tammy says:

    Tammy Gabbard from Livingston, KY ~Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile~ Psalm 34:13 KJV

  23. 873
    Vicky Alexander says:

    Vicky, from Phoenix, AZ:
    “Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

  24. 874
    Peggy Jenkins says:

    Peggy from Homer, IL
    “but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  25. 875
    Dawn says:

    Dawn from Silver Spring, MD
    For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5 ESV

  26. 876
    Marlena Cantrell says:

    Marlena, Alabaster, AL

    “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  27. 877
    Lori Ledoux says:

    Beaumont, Texas.

    I praise you, so wonderfully you made me;
    wonderful are your works!
    My very self you knew;

    Ps. 139:14 NAB

  28. 878
    Lori says:

    Lori Collins, Columbus, GA

    Psalm 25:14(ESV)

    The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,and he makes known to them his covenant.

  29. 879
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, Chattanooga, TN

    Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

  30. 880
    Beverly Reeder says:

    Beverly Reeder, Columbus,Ms.
    But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength ; they shall mount up with wings like eagles ; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 ESV

  31. 881
    Penny from CA says:

    I.S. B.
    “If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the Lord, who is my refuge-“

  32. 882
    Sheri New says:

    Sheri New from Atlanta Texas

    Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

    Psalm 34:14 NKJV

  33. 883
    Kathryn Krueger says:

    Kathryn from Austin, TX
    “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”
    ~Psalm 143:8, NIV

  34. 884
    Sandra Mauldin says:

    Sandra, Rock Hill, SC

    You shall have no other gods before me.

    Deut. 5:7 NIV

  35. 885
    Mary Jane says:

    Mary Jane, Troy KS

    “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His spirit in your inner being.”

    Ephesians 3:16 NIV

  36. 886
    Sarah says:

    Sarah ~ Appleton, SO

    Psalm 139:13, ESV
    For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

  37. 887
    Denise Hoft says:

    Denise Hoft, Columbia, SC
    The secret counsel of the Lord
    is for those who fear Him,
    and He reveals His covenant to them.
    Psalm 25:14 HCSB

  38. 888
    Dottie Morrow says:

    Dottie Morrow
    Mansfield, TX

    “Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety’s sake.”

    Proverbs 3:29 NKJV

  39. 889
    Martie Carter says:

    Martie Carter, Belton, Texas

    Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

    Ephesians 6:13 NIV

  40. 890
    Cindy Gandy says:

    Cindy Gandy, Hazlehurst, MS, Psalm 103:14, ESV, “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”

  41. 891
    Dawn says:

    Dawn – Pampa, TX

    My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.
    Psalm 25:15 NIV

  42. 892
    Kathy says:

    Kathy from Bryant, AR:

    who forgives all your iniquity,

    who heals all your diseases, Psalm 103:3. ESV

  43. 893
    Nikki Gack says:

    Nikki Gack, Park Rapids, MN

    Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

    Proverbs 16:3 NLT

  44. 894
    Lisa Gaska says:

    Lisa G, Pittsburgh PA “for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”
    Psalm 103:14 NIV

  45. 895
    Debbie Stovall says:

    Debbie Stovall, Gardendale, AL
    “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24 NIV

  46. 896
    Amy Oesterreich says:

    Amy, Crown Point, Indiana
    “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
    Psalm 139:14 ESV

  47. 897
    Phillis says:

    Phillis White from Shelby, NC

    For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

    Romans 8:14 NIV

  48. 898
    Anita Thompson says:

    Anita. Miami. FL

    even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:10 (NIV)

  49. 899
    Janet says:

    Janet from Bemus Point, NY

    They [the righteous] will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green. Psalm 92:14 (NIV)

    And in French:
    Ils seront feconds jusqu’en leur vieillesse et ils resteront pleins de seve et de vigueur. Psaumes 92:15 (SG21)

  50. 900
    Diana says:

    Colossians 3:11 ESV
    Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

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