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. 951
    Dana Goodwin says:

    Dana G. Ashland, KY

    John 7:38 NLT
    “Anyone who BELIEVES in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, rivers of living water will flow from his heart.”

  2. 952
    Peggy says:

    Peggy, Santa Ana, CA

    Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
    1 John 5:14 (NKJV)

  3. 953
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl, Harleysville PA
    My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20 ESV (Completed memorizing the book of James! Thanks Beth for the challenge. It was very good!)

  4. 954
    Patricia Egbert says:

    Patti Egbert, Brush Prairie, WA

    “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts.”
    1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV)

  5. 955
    Christy says:

    Christy, Cape Girardeau, MO. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:18 (NIV)

  6. 956
    Kathryn Yingst says:

    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV

  7. 957
    Jo says:

    Jo, Columbia, Missouri
    Psalm‬ ‭116:15-16‬ ‭Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, LORD; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. Psalm‬ ‭116:15-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  8. 958
    Cheri B, Fresno, CA says:

    “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)

  9. 959
    Courtney says:

    Courtney, Houma, LA
    And also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
    Ephesians 6:19, ESV

  10. 960
    Sandy Gates says:

    James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you. (ESV)

  11. 961
    Tina Crouch says:

    Tina Crouch
    Waxahachie, Texas

    Proverbs 17:17 NIV
    A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity

  12. 962
    Jackie siple says:

    Jackie siple Rockledge FL

    “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  13. 963
    Sparki2003 says:

    Jennifer Olmstead
    Janesville, Wisconsin

    1st John 4:19 [AMP, Classic]

    We love Him, because He first loved us.
    Hallelujah !

  14. 964
    Shelley Gully says:

    Shelley from San Angelo, TX

    All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.

    Colossians 2:3 NIV

  15. 965
    Diane Morgan says:

    Diane, Mesa, Arizona,

    Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
    You who serve Him, doing His will.

    Psalm 103:21 NASB

  16. 966
    Sherry Youngblood says:

    Sherry, Jay, OK
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV)

  17. 967
    Margaret K Bishop says:

    Margaret Salem,VA
    …that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
    Philippians 3:10,11

  18. 968
    stacy roznovak says:

    Stacy Roznovak, Taylor, TX
    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1Peter 5:6 (NIV)

  19. 969
    Abbey Hazel says:

    Abbey from Waco, TX.
    The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
    Psalm 37:39 NIV

  20. 970
    Jennifer Niehus says:

    Jen Niehus, Peyton, CO
    “You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.” Psalm 91:8 ESV

  21. 971
    Jayn says:

    Jayn. San Diego,CA. Have FAITH in God. Mark 11:22. NIV

  22. 972
    Laura Feyen says:

    Is anyone among you ill? He should summon the elders of the church, and they should pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14 NET

  23. 973
    Tara Milligan says:

    Tara Milligan, Stigler OK. “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence.” Daniel 7:13, NIV

  24. 974
    Teresa A Cianciotto says:

    Teresa Cianciotto, Dickinson, TX
    I commit! “And this is eternal life that you know the one true God and Jesus Christ his son whom he sent.” John 17:3 ESV

  25. 975
    Jeri Cook says:

    Jeri Cook of Missouri City, TX

    Daniel 2:20-21

    “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
    wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons;
    He deposes kings and raises up others.
    He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

  26. 976
    Tina Stanaland says:

    Tina from San Antonio Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love Eph 4:2 NIV

  27. 977
    andrea Porter says:

    Andrea Porter, Pottstown, PA
    Jude 1:2 NIV
    Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

  28. 978
    Jenni Johnson says:

    Jenni, Murray, KY – ““For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.””
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  29. 979
    Sharon says:

    “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1 NLT

  30. 980
    Alaina says:

    Alaina // Flint, Texas
    Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exhalt and give strength to all.
    1 Chronicles 29:12 NIV

  31. 981
    Liz from Austin Tx says:

    Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 NIV

  32. 982
    Jan P. says:

    Jan P., Orlando, FL

    Psalm 139:14 NIV

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

  33. 983
    Dawn Tolley says:

    Dawn Tolley, Appomattox, VA

    “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:12 (NIV)

  34. 984
    Amy Jo Link says:

    Amy Link, Alva, FL
    The same power that raised Christ from the dead is living in you
    Romans 8:11 NIV

  35. 985
    Carole says:

    Richmond, TX
    Psalm 90:12 NIV
    “Teach us to number our days aright,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

  36. 986
    Carol says:

    Carthage, NY

    Ephesians 3:17 NIV

    so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

  37. 987
    Christi Bruecher says:

    Christi Bruecher – Houston, TX
    Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
    Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

  38. 988
    Cindy Stai says:

    Cindy ~ Lancaster OH
    Psalm 93:1 (ESV)
    The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
    the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
    Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

  39. 989
    Sarah Boyd says:

    Matthew 7:7 NIV

    Ask and it will be given to you,
    Seek and you will find;
    Knock and the door will be opened to you.

  40. 990
    Amy O says:

    Amy from Everett, WA
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
    Romans 12:2 (NASB)

  41. 991
    Wendy Bashor says:

    Wendy Bashor from Lone Butte, BC: “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 NIV

  42. 992
    Kerri Eyler says:

    Kerri, Woodboro, MD
    Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-for she loved much.
    Luke 7:47 NIV

  43. 993
    Dana McKinney says:

    Starkville, MS “He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.” Psalm 107:35 ESV

  44. 994
    Dorelle Hogan says:

    Dorelle Hogan from Hot Springs, AR, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.” Isaiah 40:28 (NIV)

  45. 995
    Zoey says:

    Zoey PACNW

    Hebrews 6:19 NIV

    We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…

  46. 996
    Sherry says:

    Ephesians 2:10

    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

  47. 997
    Laura Proctor says:

    Laura Proctor, Madison, MS:
    Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3 NIV

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    Cathy Layne says:

    Cathy Birmingham, Al
    Psalm 73:26 RSV
    26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

  49. 999
    Brigette Brock says:

    Brigette Brock
    Morehead, KY

    For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you though the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
    2 Tim. 1:6-7
    NIV 84

  50. 1000
    Mitzi Cordle says:

    Mitzi Cordle, Brandon, MS
    Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    Fear The Lord and run from evil.
    This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.
    Proverbs 3:7-8 NIV

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