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. 1001
    Kelly S says:

    Kelly Snodgrass
    Rogersville, TN

    1 Samuel 9:27 CSB
    As they were going down to the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us, but you stay for a while, and I’ll reveal the word of God to you.” So the servant went on.

  2. 1002
    Rachel Cleveland says:

    Rachel from Adams,TN

    “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;” Ps. 103:13 NIV

  3. 1003
    Ada says:

    ADa from Rochester, MI

    Jeremiah 29:14 NIV

    I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

  4. 1004
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl from Austin
    We will never turn our backs on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout Your name.
    Psalm 80:18 (MSG)

  5. 1005
    Tanna Newberg says:

    Tanna from Edmond, OK
    “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. ” Colossians 1:21

  6. 1006
    Beverly says:

    Beverly, Jackson, TN

    “Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves
    also with the same resolve – because the One who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin – in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, but for God’s will.”

    -1 Peter 4:1-2 HCSB

  7. 1007
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl in Fairhope, “Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.” (Romans 8:12 NIV)

  8. 1008
    Kelei Liggett says:

    Kelei Liggett. Iowa Park, Texas
    Psalms 25:10 TLB and when we obey him every path he guides us on it’s fragrant with his loving-kindness and his truth.

  9. 1009
    eva in tennessee says:

    Eva, Knoxville, TN– “Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:20b NIV

  10. 1010
    Patricia Clarkson says:

    Proverbs 25:27 KJV
    It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

  11. 1011
    Brenda Loyd says:

    Brenda Loyd from Talala,Ok says
    But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior; my God will hear me. MICAH 7:7 NIV

  12. 1012
    Nelletta says:

    Nelletta Haag Spokane Valley, WA
    “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,”
    Colossians 1:13 NIV

  13. 1013
    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Providence

    Thou dost show me the path of life;
    in Thy presence is fullness of joy,
    in Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

    Psalm 16:11 RSV

  14. 1014
    Lauren Gross says:

    Lauren Gross, Pineville, LA

    “who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous fot good deeds.” Titus 2:14 NASB

  15. 1015
    Linda Knowles says:

    Linda from Justin, Texas

    2 Timothy 2: 11-12 HCSB

    This saying is trustworthy; For if we have died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He will also deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

  16. 1016
    Emily says:

    The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trust in the Lord is safe.
    Proverbs 29:25 ESV

  17. 1017
    Alison Sparre, Sacramento says:

    1 Peter 1:18-19 NASB
    Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

  18. 1018
    Mary F from Houston says:

    Psalm 59:17 (NIV)

    You are my strength, I sing praise to you.
    You, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I trust.

  19. 1019
    Ashley Vales says:

    Ashley Vales, Richmond Hill, GA
    But as for me Lord, my prayer to You is for a time of favor. In your abundant faithful love,God, answer me with Your sure salvation.
    Psalm 69:13 HCSB

  20. 1020
    Laura Blackman says:

    Laura Blackman Moose Jaw Saskatchewan
    The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.

  21. 1021
    Diane Lopez says:

    Diane, Williamston, SC – Romans 8:18 – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.ESV

  22. 1022
    Tara says:

    Tara from Greensboro, NC
    He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.
    Psalm 18:19

  23. 1023
    Heidi says:

    Heidi~Lindale, Texas
    Psalm 34:14 NIV
    Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

  24. 1024
    Lorri Sapp says:

    Lorri Sapp, Waco, TX, “Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name,”. ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭86:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  25. 1025
    Shonda Vielbig says:

    Shonda Vielbig, Ventura, CA
    Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
    2 Cor 8:11 (NIV)

  26. 1026
    Nedra Gordon Hoover says:

    Nedra Gordon Hoover, Blue Springs, MO “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.” Romans 10:1 NASB

  27. 1027
    Laura says:

    Laura, Littleton CO

    I watch over my word to accomplish it. Jeremiah 1:12 (HCSB)

  28. 1028
    Lori from Gorman TX says:

    “The secret [of the wise counsel] of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will let them know His covenant and reveal to them [through His word] its [deep, inner] meaning.”
    ‭‭PSALM‬ ‭25:14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

  29. 1029
    Cathy Smiley says:

    Cathy Smiley – Westminster, CO

    Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
    who find great delight in His commands.
    Psalm 112:1(NIV)

  30. 1030
    Krystal Vento says:

    “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or turn to the left.” -Isaiah 30:21 (ESV)

  31. 1031
    Heather says:

    Heather, Pickering, Ontario

    “Show me your ways, O LORD,
    teach me your paths;”
    Psalm 25:4,5 (NIV)

  32. 1032
    Tracee McFarland says:

    Tracee McFarland, Morristown, TN

    For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
    In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
    He will lift me up on a rock.
    Psalm 27:5 NASB

  33. 1033
    Shantha Diaz says:

    Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in Heaven.
    Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
    Shantha, Lincoln, RI

  34. 1034
    Pat S. says:

    Pat S., Lago Vista, TX
    “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
    John 14:18 NIV

  35. 1035
    Tammy Holley says:

    Tammy from Sugar Land, TX
    “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, who me poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
    Titus 3:4-7 (NIV)

  36. 1036
    Kathy Bryson says:

    Kathy, Albuquerque, NM

    Psalm 139:7-8 HCSB
    Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.

  37. 1037
    Sharon Beals Cox says:

    Sharon from TX

    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

    Romans 12:2 NIV

  38. 1038
    Deborah Starkey says:

    Deborah Starkey – Proctorville, Ohio

    Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
    Ephesians 6:10 ESV

  39. 1039
    Carol Hulin says:

    Carol from Kitchener, ON

    “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.”

    Psalm 91:14 NIV

  40. 1040
    Carol White says:

    Carol W from Virginia Beach, VA – But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. Philemon 14-NIV

  41. 1041
    Debra Ellsworth says:

    Debra Ellsworth, Florence Arizona

    Psalms 107:2 NKJV
    Let the redeemed of the Lord say so
    who he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy

  42. 1042
    God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:

    Joan Portage,MI

    “I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly.” Psalm 85:8 NIV

  43. 1043
    Heather Miller says:

    Heather Miller, Greensburg, Louisiana:
    Colossians 1:15-16 HCSB
    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
    For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth,
    the visible and the invisible,
    whether thrones or dominions
    or rulers or authorities—
    all things have been created through Him and for Him.

  44. 1044
    Patty Pierce says:

    Patty Pierce
    Searcy AR
    1 John 5:15 ESV

    And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the request that we have asked of Him

  45. 1045
    Heather Wilkinson says:

    Heather Wilkinson
    springfield, VA

    Eph 1:11-12 (NIV)
    In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory

  46. 1046
    Maureen Chabot says:

    Maureen, St. Clair Shores, MI. “Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word.” Psalm 138:2 The Message.

  47. 1047
    Deborah Whitman says:

    Debbie W, Prattville, AL:

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

    Proverbs 16:3

  48. 1048
    Gail says:

    Gail-Tyler, TX
    I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
    And in His word I do hope.
    Psalm 130:5 NKJV

  49. 1049
    Sandy Bowers says:

    Sandy Bowers, Bryan, Ohio
    Romans 5:13 NIV
    To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law.

  50. 1050
    Rebecca Plunk says:

    PS. 139: vs. 14 NAS

    I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works and my soul knows it very well.

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