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. 1051
    Jamie says:

    Jamie, Kingston, OK

    Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.

    Psalm 139:14 New Living Translation

  2. 1052
    Stacy says:

    Stacy, Ruston, LA
    “He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭145:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  3. 1053
    Wanda Young says:

    Osborn, Missouri

    “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before
    you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor
    forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
    Deuteronomy 31:8 (NKJV)

  4. 1054
    Nancy Borrett says:

    Nancy-Yonges Island, SC

    “Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;”

    Psalm 46:2

  5. 1055
    Kristina Howard says:

    Kristina Howard Harker Heights, Tx

    The LORD your God is with you,
    He is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you.
    He will quiet you with His love
    He will rejoice over you with singing.

    Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

  6. 1056
    Mildred says:

    Mildred from Montserrat.

    And Jesus answering saith unto them; Have faith in God. Mark 11:22 (KJV)

  7. 1057
    Christina says:

    Christina Lawless Flower Mound, Texas
    “Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace and work hard to maintain it.” Psalms 34:14 NLT

  8. 1058
    Frances McCamey says:

    Frances McCamey,
    Orange, Texas
    …that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his spirit in your inner being,
    Ephesians 3:16 ESV

  9. 1059
    Patricia Clevenger says:

    Patricia Clevenger, Midland, TX

    “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”

    Hebrews 10:23 NIV

  10. 1060
    Brooklyn says:

    Brooklyn from Arvada, CO

    Psalms 139:23 NLT- “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

  11. 1061
    Bethany Mabin says:

    Bethany Mabin,Lehigh Acres, FL
    Psalm 27:2 NLT
    When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.

  12. 1062
    Marsha Householder says:

    Marsha Householder
    Murrells Inlet, SC

    “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

    Proverbs 16:3

  13. 1063
    Sandy Harmer says:

    And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
    Phil. 4:19 NIV

  14. 1064
    Gayla Stephens says:

    Gayla Stephens
    Cedartown, GA
    Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth
    and on the sea and all that is in them, singing:
    “To Him who sits on the throne
    and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power
    for ever and ever!”
    Revelation 5:13 NIV

  15. 1065
    Kaye Davis says:

    Kaye from Hamburg, AR
    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 NIV

  16. 1066
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Remington, VA

    Psalm 91:11

    For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

  17. 1067
    Apryl says:

    Apryl-Raleigh, NC
    He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. he rescued me because he delights in me.
    2 Samuel 22: 17 & 20(b)

  18. 1068
    April Kilcup says:

    April from Burlington, WA
    Pilippians 2:1 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,” NASB

  19. 1069
    Christine Jackman says:

    Christine Jackman, Denham Springs, LA

    Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him

    Psalm 34:8 NIV

  20. 1070
    Andrea Gallagher says:

    Andrea from Pensacola, “Let each of you be concerned not merely with your own interests, but also each for the interests of others.”
    Philippians 2:4 Amplified

  21. 1071
    Kelly from West Branch says:

    When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:17-19

  22. 1072
    Esther says:

    Esther. Jonesborough, TN. Romans 12:9 esv. Let love be genuine. Abhor whar is evil. Cling to what is good.

  23. 1073
    Carol Palmer says:

    Woodbridge, CA
    “My soul makes it’s boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.” Psalm 34:2. ESV

  24. 1074
    Laura Jungeblut says:

    Laura, Katy, TX

    Psalm 139:1-2 NIV
    Oh Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. “

  25. 1075
    Teresa says:

    Teresa, Tyler TX
    “Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:1, NLT

  26. 1076
    Holly Belt says:

    Holly Belt, Spring Hill, TN

    Hebrews 11:15 NIV

    If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.

  27. 1077
    Debbie Laureen says:

    Debbie Laureen, New Port Richey, FL
    “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 praiseworthy-think about such things. ” Philippians 4:8 NIV

  28. 1078
    Mary Gray says:

    Mary Gray, Fieldale, VA, “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:24 NIV

  29. 1079
    Sharon J. says:

    Proverbs 18:10
    The name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous run to it and are safe!

  30. 1080
    Becky Bigbie says:

    Becky Bigbie from Highland Village, Tx
    But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our savior. Philippians 3:20 NLV

  31. 1081
    Michelle O says:

    Michelle O, Chehalis, WA: Proverbs 15:1 ESV – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

  32. 1082
    Janice MacNealy says:

    “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness”(NIV). 1 Peter 1:3

  33. 1083
    Dawn Weeks says:

    Dawn-Mt. Olive, NC
    Jeremiah 15:21 ESV

    I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.

  34. 1084
    Christy youngblood says:

    Christy, Kare, Cheryl. A Cord of Three Strands
    Jay, OK

    But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
    2 Corinthians 12:9. NIV

  35. 1085
    Janine Lingner says:

    Janine – Corona, CA
    You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.
    James 2:19 (NIV)

  36. 1086
    Kelsi McGhee says:

    Kelsi from Waco, TX: “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had opportunity to show it.” Phil 4:10 NIV

  37. 1087
    Lacy says:

    Lacy, Eugene, OR

    If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to someone else, for each one should carry his own load. Galatians 6:3-5 NIV

  38. 1088
    Janice Barber says:

    Janice Barber, Virginia Beach, VA.

    Psalm 51: 14 NIV

    Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

  39. 1089
    Merle NM says:

    But the word of the Lord abides forever.
    1 Peter 1:25 NASB

  40. 1090
    Else Earley says:

    Else Earley, Katy, TX And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

  41. 1091
    Erin G Riner says:

    Delaware, OK. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver
    Him and honor him. Psalm 91:15 NIV

  42. 1092
    Tanya says:

    Tanya, from Lorton, VA,
    John 15:8-9 NIV
    By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
    As the Father has loved me, so have I love you. Abide in my love.

  43. 1093
    Victoria Marshall says:

    Victoria, SLC, UT Eph 4:13-15 (ESV)

    “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”

  44. 1094
    fuzzytop says:

    Jasper, TN

    “For we who live are always given over to death because of Jesus, so that Jesus’s life may also be revealed in our mortal flesh.”

    2Cor4:11 HCSB

  45. 1095
    Michele Audetat from Columbus, OH says:

    For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. Philippians 2:13 (NLT)

  46. 1096
    Angie Miller says:

    Angie Miller, Macon, MS
    You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:14, NIV

  47. 1097
    Sandie Powell says:

    Sandie Powell
    Albuquerque, NM
    August 1, 2017
    Psalm 34:15
    “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”

  48. 1098
    Mary Reid, Houston Texas says:

    15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
    James 1:15 (NKJV)

  49. 1099
    Kristine Newberg says:

    Kristine from Edmond
    So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him. Col 2:6 NIV

  50. 1100
    Stephany Pracht says:

    Stephany Pracht, El Dorado, KS “The Lord makes a path through the sea and a road through the strong currents.” Isaiah 43:16 GW

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