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. 1101
    Phillis says:

    Phillis White from Shelby, NC:

    People can plan what they want to do, but it is the Lord who guides their steps.

    Proverbs 16:9 ERV

  2. 1102
    Renea Bentley says:

    Renea Bentley from Hendersonville, TN — Psalm 30:11 (GNT) You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance; you have taken away my sorrow and surrounded me with joy.

  3. 1103
    Anna says:

    Anna from Ontario Canada
    1 John 3:16 NIV
    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

  4. 1104
    Wendy Buttrey says:

    Wendy Buttrey, Acworth, Vs

    You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
    Psalm 91:13 NLT

  5. 1105
    Kelley Guza says:

    Kelley, Bad Axe, MI
    “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather of power and love and self-control.” 2 Tim 1:7 NAB

  6. 1106
    Lydia says:

    Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen
    2 Timothy4:18(NLT)

  7. 1107
    Nancy Garringer says:

    Nancy Redkey, IN

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
    because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
    James. 1:2-3 NIV

  8. 1108
    Stacey R Emmott says:

    Stacey, Tomball Eph. 3:4

    In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.

  9. 1109
    Becky says:

    Becky, Roswell, GA

    “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.”

    Romans 12:14, ESV

  10. 1110
    Kathryn Luedtke says:

    Kathryn Luedtke, Sherwood Park, Alberta

    Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interest of others, your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.

    Phil 2: 4,5 NIV

  11. 1111
    Mary Elliff says:

    Mary Elliff in Seattle: John 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

  12. 1112
    Michelle says:

    Michelle in Queen City TX.
    Proverbs 16:7 NLT
    When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.

  13. 1113
    Kelly Paradiso says:

    Kelly Paradiso-Ocala,FL- “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” 2 Samuel 7:16 NIV

  14. 1114
    Bettie Thompson says:

    Colossians 1:15,16 ESV He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

    Cary, North Carolina

  15. 1115
    Sue says:

    Sue. Kingsport, Tennessee.
    “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”
    2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

    This is very late.

  16. 1116
    Jill Langella says:

    Jill from Atlanta, GA

    “Let us know become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 NIV

  17. 1117
    Pat says:

    “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2 NIV

    Crawfordsville, IN

  18. 1118
    Sara Garringer says:

    Sara, Indiana

    Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. -Romans 12:13

  19. 1119
    Vicki Saul says:

    Vicki from Arkansas. I commit”! Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing makes them stumble.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:165‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

  20. 1120
    Andrea says:

    Berkeley Springs, WV
    “In Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”
    Colossians 1:14

  21. 1121
    Angela Cottrell says:

    Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere,
    Ephesians 1:15 NLT

  22. 1122
    Linda Gammon says:

    Linda Gammon Blue Springs, MO
    Psalm 19:4 NKJV
    4. Their line (sound) has gone out through all the earth,
    And their words to the end of the world.
    In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,

  23. 1123
    Kim Morris says:

    Kim, Richmond, Tx, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4:9, NIV

  24. 1124
    Amanda Sepulveda says:

    Amanda says “You show me the way of life” Psalm 16:11 NLT

  25. 1125
    Jana Reser says:

    Jana Reser
    Wilmington, Ohio

    Psalm 25:18 NIV

    Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.

  26. 1126
    Jana Reser says:

    Jana Reser
    Wilmington, Ohio

    Psalm 25:17

    The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.

  27. 1127
    Midge Miller says:

    Midge Miller
    West Jefferson, North Carolina

    Psalm 66:20 AMP

    Blessed be God, Who has not rejected my prayer nor removed His mercy and lovingkindness from being(as it always is) with me.

  28. 1128
    Carol Hartley says:

    Carol Hartley Montgomery Al

    I Corinthians 13:10 (NIV)

    but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

  29. 1129
    Lisa B says:

    Lisa in Winnsboro Tx
    Ephesians 6:22 NIV
    I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.

  30. 1130
    Lisa B says:

    Lisa in Winnsboro Tx
    Psalm 63:1 NKJV
    O God, You are my God;
    Early will I seek You;
    My soul thirsts for You;
    My flesh longs for You
    In a dry and thirsty land
    Where there is no water.

  31. 1131
    Lisa B says:

    oops Psalm 63:1 was meant for Aug 1.

  32. 1132
    Sue Price says:

    Hebrews 11:14 – “For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.” (KJ)

  33. 1133
    Kristen Jeuick says:

    Kristen Jeuick, Rockville, VA: Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Eph. 3:20-21 NIV

  34. 1134
    AnnaRuth says:

    Anna, Little Elm, TX

    We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;
    perplexed, but not driven to despair;

    2 Corinthians 4:8 (ESV)

  35. 1135
    Kathryn says:

    Kathryn, Oceanside CA, “The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.” Psalm 121:7 ESV

  36. 1136
    Jody Bowhay says:

    Jody Bowhay in Huntsville, AL ESV
    2 Corinthians 1:12
    “For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God and supremely so toward you.”

  37. 1137
    AnnaMarie Lohr says:

    AnnaMarie, Pittsburgh, PA: “The tongue has The power of life and death, and those who live it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV

  38. 1138
    Emily Miller says:

    Emily, Greensburg, Louisiana
    Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

  39. 1139
    Linda from Austin says:

    The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
    Proverbs 18:10 NIV

  40. 1140
    Patricia, Florence, Ms. says:

    For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon
    the godly.
    He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the
    wicked will die.

    Psalm 37:28

  41. 1141
    Sarah Boyce says:

    Sarah from Columbia, MO:

    Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her, “Many women have done excellently but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31: 28-29 ESV

  42. 1142
    Sarah withers, Canton Ga says:

    He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
    Psalm 107:29‭-‬31 NIV

  43. 1143
    Lynne says:

    You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
    Psalm 139:15 NLT

  44. 1144
    Shirley Huynh says:

    Shirley, San Diego, CA:
    “Whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way”
    Proverbs 19:12 NIV

  45. 1145
    Shirley Huynh says:

    Shirley, San Diego, CA:
    “Nothing is perfect except your words”
    Psalm 119:96 TLB

  46. 1146
    Lanette says:

    in Corpus Christi, TX

    Isaiah 30:25
    JPS Tanakh Translation

    And on every high mountain and on every lofty hill, there shall appear brooks and watercourses – on a day of heavy slaughter; when towers topple.

  47. 1147
    Emily Jordan says:

    Virginia Beach, Va

    Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth, sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day

    Psalm 96:12 NIV

  48. 1148
    Katera McMillan says:

    Katera McMillan, Kentwood, LA

    For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
    James 2:2 NKJV

  49. 1149
    Mandy Helm says:

    Mandy & Kinsey Helm
    College Station, TX

    And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
    Romans 8:27 ESV

  50. 1150
    Erika Archie says:

    Erika Archie, Gatesville, TX
    and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel
    Ephesians 6:19 NKJV

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