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. 201
    Debbie Berman says:

    Debbie Berman from Boyd, TX
    “The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant.
    Psalm 25:14 ESV

  2. 202
    Joy Thompson says:

    Joy Thompson, Fort Worth, TX – Psalm 139:14, I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

  3. 203
    Jill says:

    Jill , Dunedin fl
    Is any one of you sick ? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
    James 5:14 NIV

  4. 204
    Claudia Wadzinski says:

    Claudia, Franklin, TN

    The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 NIV

  5. 205
    Kelly JS says:

    Moose Jaw,SK Canada
    “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him – God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see…..Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together………
    and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God……Yet now God has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault.”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:15-17, 20-22‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  6. 206
    Jill Clark says:

    Jill Clark from Mount Pleasant, SC
    “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  7. 207
    Denise Cholak says:

    Denise Cholak from Euless, TX:

    and brought Israel through the midst of it,
    His love endures forever

    Psalm 136:14 (NIV)

  8. 208
    Rhonda Jackson says:

    Rhonda Jackson of Godfrey, Illinois – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 KJV

  9. 209
    Kim Emmerich says:

    Kim Emmerich
    Dickinson, ND

    Psalm 145:13 ESV
    Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. (The LORD is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.)

  10. 210
    Kim Hower says:

    Kim, Gaithersburg MD

    And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭26‬ NLT)

  11. 211
    Amanda Dales says:

    Amanda, Queensland, Australia

    Who are those who fear the Lord?
    He will show them the path they should choose.

    Psalm 25:12 NLT

  12. 212
    Phyllis Danford says:

    Psalms 46: 7 NIV

    The Lord Almighty is with us;
    The God of Jacob is our fortress.

  13. 213
    Sheree D., iredell, TX says:

    Psalm 149:4 NIV

    For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.

  14. 214
    Bonnie says:

    Bonnie from Bellaire, TX says “Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.” 2 Samuel 7:28 NIV

  15. 215
    Michele Jacobs says:

    Michele from Virginia
    “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.”- Titus 2:11 (NIV)

  16. 216
    Joan Schroeder says:

    Joan, pittsburgh, PA.
    2 Timothy 1: 12-14 NIV.
    “This is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you- Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”

  17. 217
    Joyce M.Jones says:

    Joyce Jones, Colleyville,TX; Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it. Psalm 139:14 NLT

  18. 218
    Heather Glover says:

    Heather from Northern Ireland

    Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance

    Psalm33 v12 (NKJV)

  19. 219
    Joan says:

    Joan, Richmond, VA

    A tranquil heart
    gives life to the flesh,
    but envy
    makes the bones rot.

    Proverbs 14:30 ESV

  20. 220
    Susan Sarver says:

    Susan Sarver, St. George, UT

    “Joshua said to them,”Do not be afraid or discouraged. Be strong and courageous, for the Lord will do this to all the enemies you fight.”

  21. 221
    Linda Hansen says:

    Linda, Buckeye, AZ
    “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him” Psalms 28:7 ESV

  22. 222
    Kathy says:

    Madison, CT
    Proverbs 30:5 NIV “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

  23. 223
    Dennina Keen says:

    As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

  24. 224
    Tracy Fahs says:

    Tracy, Lake St. Louis, Missouri

    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

    Psalm 138:14 ESV

  25. 225
    Fawnda Dooley says:

    Fawnda Dooley Denton, TX

    “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,”

    Ephesians 6:19 NIV

  26. 226
    Linda Trammell says:

    Conyers, GA. 1 Peter 5:10 KJV
    But the God of all grace, who hath called us into his eternal glory by Jesus Christ, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

  27. 227
    Faye Tronsgard says:

    Faye from Calgary, AB, Canada

    “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME H IS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO H IM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:33-36‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  28. 228
    Janice Goodall says:

    Janice, Springdale, AR

    ” O LORD, be gracious to us;we wait for You.
    Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.”
    Isaiah 33:2 ESV

  29. 229
    Alicia Zornes says:

    Alicia Zornes from Carl Junction, Missouri: “Do not conform 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)

  30. 230
    Linda Jewell says:

    Linda Jewell
    Tucson, AZ

    John 1:10 NKJV
    He was in the world,
    and the world was made through Him,
    and the world did not know Him.

  31. 231
    Deborah says:

    Deborah, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – Psaml 127:2, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late’, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

  32. 232
    Melanie Toups says:

    Melanie Toups
    Bridge City, TX

    (Continuing with Ps. 71) Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed; let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek to injure me. –Psalm 71:13 NASB

  33. 233
    Connie Kempf says:

    Connie from Eugene, OR

    “He who says, ‘ I know Him’, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in Him.” NKJV I In. 2:4

  34. 234
    Amy Vitale says:

    Amy V from Milwaukee, SO

    “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” Col. 3:1-3 NLT

  35. 235
    Christine says:

    Gilbert, AZ. KJV Daniel 9:3- “And I sent my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth and ashes:”

  36. 236
    Diana Scott says:

    Diana Scott, Romulus, Michigan

    Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
    Isaiah 41:10 NLT

  37. 237
    Beth Kaiser says:

    Beth Dyersburg TN
    Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. James 2:15 NKJV

  38. 238
    Diana says:

    “Generous persons will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. “. Proverbs 11:25

  39. 239
    Ana Kempfer says:

    Ana from Dayton, TX
    “You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.” II Timothy 1:15 ESV

  40. 240
    Emily McAnear says:

    Emily McAnear, Houston TX
    “Keep reminding God’s people about this. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value and only ruins those who listen.” 2 Timothy 2:14, NIV

  41. 241
    Bobbie Jo says:

    Bobbie Jo
    San Angelo TX
    “You may believe you are doing right, but the LORD judges your reasons.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:2‬ ‭NCV‬‬

  42. 242
    Juliana Copenhaver says:

    I commit! Julie from Lufkin , Texas

    2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

    I have fought the good fight,
    I have finished the race,
    I have kept the faith .

    2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

  43. 243
    Rita Quinlan says:

    Rita – Alva, Florida

    “Preach the Word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke and encourage your people with good teaching.”

    2 Timothy 4:2 – NLT

  44. 244
    Cindy Cannon says:

    Cindy Cannon, Brighton, IL
    Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord revealed? Isaiah 53:1 (NIV)

  45. 245
    Lynda Rickey says:

    Lynda Rickey from Ocala, FL: Psalm 139:14 (NIV) – “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

  46. 246
    Michelle Wynne says:

    Michelle Wynne, Spokane, WA

    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

  47. 247
    Linda Wright says:

    Linda Wright, Sugar Land, TX — Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Psalm 32:1 NIV

  48. 248
    Susan Jezek says:

    Susan Jezek, St. Petersburg, Florida

    “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

    James 4:7 ESV

  49. 249
    SandyT/kc says:

    “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19 ESV

  50. 250
    Berni says:

    Berni, Albuquerque
    Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble,
    and keep on praying. Romans 12:12 NLT

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