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. 1151
    Jan P. says:

    Jan P. From Orlando, FL:

    Psalm 139:15-NIV
    My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

  2. 1152
    Amanda Hodge says:

    Amanda, Sherman, TX
    Psalm 25:13 KJV
    “His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.”

  3. 1153
    Michelle Vardeman says:

    Michelle, Russellville, AR:
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

    Psalm 19:14 NIV

  4. 1154
    Jennifer Jones says:

    Jennifer Jones, Huntington Beach, CA

    I John 4:10 NIV

    This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

  5. 1155
    Jennifer Jones says:

    Jennifer Jones, Huntington Beach, Ca

    For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

    Romans 10:10 NIV

  6. 1156
    Dawn Deare says:

    Dawn Deare, Lafayette, LA
    Psalm 119:62 ESV

    At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules.

  7. 1157
    Stephanie Bowden says:

    Augusta, GA

    and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.

    Eph 2:16-17 ESV

  8. 1158
    Nancy says:

    Nancy, from Marysville, PA
    “My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”

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    Nancy says:

    Nancy, from Marysville, PA
    “My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” Psalm 62:7 NIV

  10. 1160
    Linda Smith says:

    Linda, The Woodlands, TX
    “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
    Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

  11. 1161
    Renee Cloud says:

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. II Corinthians 12:9 ESV

  12. 1162
    Carolyn Dodge Forest OH says:

    The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. Psalm 25:14 NLT

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    Lisa says:

    “He is also the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead
    so that He might come to have first place in everything.” Colossians 1;18 CSB

  14. 1164
    Brigette Brock says:

    Brigette Brock

    For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through 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

    So sorry if this is a repost, I didn’t mark it as posted and want to make sure. Thanks for all you do!!!!

  15. 1165
    Michele M Audetat from Columbus, OH says:

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

  16. 1166
    Glennell Strawn says:

    Glennell Strawn
    Buda, TX

    Psalm 34:14 (ESV)

    Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

  17. 1167
    Lyli says:

    Lyli, Fort Lauderdale:

    “Come, you children, listen to Me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” (Psalm 34:11, NKJV)

  18. 1168
    Bettie Thompson says:

    Matthew 6:33 NIV But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

    Cary, NC

  19. 1169
    Eleanor Moskovitz says:

    Memphis, TN

    II Tim 2: 3-5

    Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he [b]does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.

  20. 1170
    Addie Ables says:

    Addie Ables, Marble Falls, TX
    “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14 ESV

  21. 1171
    Missie Ables says:

    Missie Ables, Marble Falls, TX

    “Form oppression and violence He redeems their life, and precious is their blood in His sight.” Psalm 72:14 ESV

  22. 1172
    Betty Reid says:

    Betty Reid, Cypress Texas Psalm 37:4 NIV

    Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

  23. 1173
    chas says:

    chas from Saratoga, CA, “Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5. NRSV

  24. 1174
    Linda Nelson says:

    Linda Nelson, Harvest, AL,

    Phil 4:13 NIV

    I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

  25. 1175
    Claudia says:

    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV

  26. 1176
    Phyllis A Winn says:

    Phyllis Winn Aug 1
    NIV John 12:24
    Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed, but if it dies it produces many seeds.

  27. 1177
    Amanda Sepulveda says:

    Amanda from Cooper, TX

    Plant the good seeds of righteousness and you will harvest a crop of love. Hosea 10:12 NLT

  28. 1178
    Davina says:

    Be joyful always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

  29. 1179
    Melissa E says:

    Melissa Eaton

    Anna, TX

    “I am not afraid of the thousands of people who have taken their stand against me on every side.”


  30. 1180
    Ginny says:

    Phillipians 2:3 NIV
    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

  31. 1181
    Lynne says:

    Lynne , Lacombe Alberta
    You saw me before I was born . Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
    Psalm 139:16. NLT

  32. 1182
    Susan says:

    Susan, Atlanta, GA
    “Consider carefully what you hear,” He continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you – and even more.” Mark 4:24 NIV

  33. 1183
    Marie says:

    Marie from Frederick, MD

    Ephesians 5:2 MSG
    “Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything if himself to us. Love like that.”

  34. 1184
    Terry says:

    Terry in Louisa, VA

    Psalm 103:11-12 AMP
    For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear and worship Him [with awe-filled respect and deepest reverence].
    As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

  35. 1185

    Bev Brandon

    “I am in the anguish of childbirth until Christ be formed in you.” Galatians 4:19 ESV

  36. 1186
    Cathy Morris says:

    Cathy Morris Sedona, AZ
    “That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
    2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV

  37. 1187
    Chyrll Vollmer says:

    Chyrll, Memphis, Tennessee.
    “And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others were mocking and saying, ‘They are full of sweet wine.’” Acts‬ ‭2:12-13‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  38. 1188
    Michelle Mayhall says:

    Michelle from Bossier City, LA:

    Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  39. 1189
    vickie kurtz says:

    Psalm 103:13
    Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him

    Psalm 103:13 KJV

  40. 1190
    Sue Anderson says:

    Sue from Waco, Texas
    “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
    2 Tim 1:7 (NIV)

  41. 1191
    Kirby Ray says:

    Kirby from Parsons, KS
    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NIV

  42. 1192
    Renee Cloud says:

    Hallsville, Tx

    I realized I never posted my #15 because I didn’t see the place so posting it here now.

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. II Corinthians 12:9 ESV

  43. 1193
    DAnna Nowack says:

    Matthew 7: 1-2 (NIV)

    7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

  44. 1194
    D'Anna Nowack says:

    D’Anna Nowack
    New Braunfels, Tx.
    Isaiah 43:2

    “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

  45. 1195
    Grace says:

    Grace from Georgetown, TX: “19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions,…” Galatians 5:19-20 (HCSB)

  46. 1196
    Tillie says:

    Tillie, Spring Branch, TX

    “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

    Romans 12:15 NIV

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    Michele Audetat from Columbus, OH says:

    It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; And While they are still speaking I will hear. (Isaiah 65:24 NKJV)

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    vickie kurtz says:

    For he knoweth our frame;he remembereth we are dust


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    Jennine says:

    But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

    James 3:14 ESV

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    Natalie says:

    Zephaniah 3:17
    For the Lord your God is living among you he is a mighty Savior he will take delight in you with gladness with his love he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

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