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. 251
    Laura T says:

    Laura from Hudson, IL:
    Psalm 25:14 (NIV)
    The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them

  2. 252
    Joyce Kortze says:

    Joyce from Rockford
    “Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way of everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

  3. 253
    Lisa Snyder says:

    Lisa S. in Montgomery, TX
    Romans 12:14 NLT
    14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

  4. 254
    Jes says:

    Columbia, PA

    Writing this verse from South Africa, where I am currently on mission with a team, teaching some brothers and sisters how to do holiday clubs for the community children. This passage feels so appropriate for this time!

    Colossians 3:12-15 NASB
    So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you were indeed called in one body; and be thankful.

  5. 255
    Allyaggie says:

    League City TX
    Psalm 86:14 ESV
    “O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seek my life, and they do not set You before them.”

  6. 256
    Susan Klapesky says:

    “..make you complete in every good work to do His will working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. ”
    Hebrews 13:21. NKJV

  7. 257
    Ellie Gosnell says:

    Ellie Gosnell, Lady Lake, FL

    The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine. Saul said to David “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
    1 Samuel 17:37 NIV

  8. 258
    Carolyn T says:

    Carolyn T, Meridian, Idaho
    I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout The Who,e imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. Philippians 1:12-13 ESV

  9. 259
    Debbie Fuller says:

    Debbie from Acworth, Ga: “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” Psalm 139:5 (NLT)

  10. 260
    Stephanie Walters says:

    Steph Walters from Murrells Inlet, SC
    “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,” 2 Timothy 2:8 niv

  11. 261
    Angela Cottrell says:

    The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
    Ephesians 1:14 NLT

  12. 262
    Bonnie Slawinski, Johnson City, TX says:

    “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”
    ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  13. 263

    Adrienne, Clarksville, TN “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.”
    Psalm 139:4 NIV

    Brienne, Clarksville, TN “And he rose and went home.” Matthew 9:7 ESV

  14. 264
    Peggyann Calderwood says:

    Peggyann Calderwood, Crestview, Florida

    Salvation is found in no one else,
    for there is no other name under heaven
    given to men by which we must be saved.
    Acts 4:12 NIV

    Always remember Jesus Loves You

  15. 265
    Jessica says:

    Jessica, Richmond, Texas
    “The name of the Lord is like a strong tower. Godly people run to it and are safe.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:10‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

  16. 266
    Debbie Dial says:

    Debbie from Semmes, Al
    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV

  17. 267
    Melissa Dukes says:

    Melissa from Grovetown, GA. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs‬ ‭18:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  18. 268
    JulieB says:

    Sharpsburg, Ga
    Psalm 33:11 NIV
    “But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”

  19. 269
    Erin G Riner says:

    Delaware, OK “Because he loves me” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
    Psalm 91:14 NIV

  20. 270
    Dianne Detrick says:

    Dianne Detrick, Magnolia, Texas

    2 Timothy 2:8-9 NIV

    8)Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9)for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.

  21. 271
    Dawn says:

    Dawn, Orland Park, IL: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.” Hebrews 13:15. (NIV)

  22. 272
    Janine says:

    Janine Spring Hill, TN

    “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  23. 273
    Jackie says:

    Jackie Noblesville, IN
    Why am I so discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my savior and my God! Psalm 42:11 NLT

  24. 274
    Anita Siecker says:

    Anita Siecker, Chesterfield, VA

    Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever
    those who are being made holy.

    Hebrews 10:14 NIV84

  25. 275
    Sally Kitts says:

    Williamsville, NY

    And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

    Romans 5:5. NIV

  26. 276
    Liz Richmond says:

    Liz Richmond, Midland, Texas
    Psalms 121:1,2 NIV
    I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.

  27. 277
    Ann Medford says:

    Ann Medford, Sunset,Tx, The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; (ESV) Lamentations 3:22

  28. 278
    Cathy Pernsteiner says:

    Cathy Pernsteiner
    Clarkston, WA
    For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
    Romans 8:14 ESV

  29. 279
    Chris says:

    Waynesville, NC

    They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land.

    Psalm 25:13

  30. 280
    Crystal Peaks says:

    Crystal Peaks from Durham, NC

    “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
    -‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬‬ ESV

  31. 281
    Denise Ciofani says:

    Denise Ciofani from Lexington, NC. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 ESV

  32. 282
    Kathy Rowland says:

    Kathy Rowland
    Fort Wayne, IN

    Who is the man who fears the Lord?
    Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
    Psalm 25:12

  33. 283
    Judy Frederick says:

    And he who searches our hearts,knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
    Romans 8:27 NIV

  34. 284
    Debra says:

    Baraboo, Wisconsin

    “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 (ESV)

  35. 285

    Alicia from Shoreview, MN:

    “Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.'” Jeremiah 30:2 NKJV.

  36. 286
    sallie russ says:

    Sallie Russ, Greenwood, SC But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people! 2 Timothy 3:1-5 HCSB

  37. 287
    Gretchen Heilmann says:

    Gretchen,Gahanna, Ohio

    So the, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
    2 Corinthians 4:12 NIV

  38. 288
    Kathleen says:

    Kathleen, Georgetown TX
    The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. Psalm 25:14

  39. 289
    Vicki says:

    Vicki – Broken Arrow, OK

    “I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

    Psalm 34:4-5

  40. 290
    Lisa Wyatt says:

    Lisa, West Des Moines, IA “When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,” Ephesians 3:14 (NLT)

  41. 291
    Dawn Atwood says:

    “Because he will order his messengers to help you, to protect you wherever you go.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:11‬ ‭CEB‬‬

  42. 292
    Angela Evon says:

    But He knows where I am going. And when He tests me,
    I will come out as pure as gold.

    Job 23:10 – NLT

  43. 293
    Johannah says:

    Johannah, Alexandria

    “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
    Phil. 1:27a NIV

  44. 294
    Carol Lage says:

    Carol Lage. Jefferson City, Mo

    “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runnerh into it, and is safe.

    Psalm 18:10. NKJ

  45. 295
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Sulphur, LA:
    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place. Ephesians 6:14 (NIV)

  46. 296
    Connie says:

    Connie, Moss Bluff, LA:
    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place. Ephesians 6:14 (NIV)

  47. 297
    Grace Garcia says:

    I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; and I will tell of all Thy wonders. Psalm 9:1 (ASV)

  48. 298
    Janice Barber says:

    Janice W Barber, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

    Psalm 51 NIV, Verse 14

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

  49. 299
    Jennifer Tricarico says:

    Jennifer Tricarico, Fairfax VA
    Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name. Psalm 91:14 ESV

  50. 300
    Kylee Lee says:

    Kylee Lee, Las Vegas, NV. “One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.” Psalms‬ ‭27:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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