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. 401
    Amy says:

    Amy7634 from the Midwest:

    “Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.”

    2 Timothy 2:10 (NIV)

  2. 402
    Stephanie Tausch says:

    Stephanie Tausch – Helotes, Tx
    “I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.”
    ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭NIV

  3. 403
    Nikola Smith says:

    Nikola, Langley, Canada
    “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 NIV

  4. 404
    Charlotte Heisel says:

    Charlotte Heisel Modesto, CA
    Psalms 30:2 (NLT)
    O LORD my God, I cried to you for help
    And you restored my health.

  5. 405
    Sarah Marion says:

    Sarah, Christina, EstherMay and Janie Marion Wenatchee, WA
    “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”
    2 Timothy 1:14 NIV

  6. 406
    Laura Grassi says:

    Laura Grassi, Denver, CO
    Talk no more so very proudly; let no arrogance come from your mouth, for the Lord is the God of knowledge; and by Him actions are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3 NKJV

  7. 407
    Joni says:

    Joni, Port Neches, Tx. “And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” Colossians 1:18-19, ESV

  8. 408
    Jacqui Maudslay says:

    Jacqui, Chester, UK

    1 Thessalonians 5:11

    ‘Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”.


  9. 409
    Lori says:

    Lori, Toledo

    2 Tim 2:7 HCSB “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”

  10. 410
    Missi says:

    Missi Woods – Walker, LA
    I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
    ‭‭John‬ ‭15:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  11. 411
    Janet says:

    Janet, Midlothian Texas

    Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver and gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
    1 Peter 1:18-19 NASB

  12. 412
    Charlie Carraway says:

    Charlie Carraway, Sopchoppy, FL
    “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;”
    Philippians 2:12

  13. 413
    Kathleen Norman says:

    Kathleen, Starks FL

    Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
    James 1:12 (ESV)

  14. 414
    Sandra, Ruskin, Florida says:

    Colossians 1:11-12 MSG
    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.
    (Not the verse I planned but this spoke so loud to me where I am in life and I need some glory-strength spilling over into joy! Thank you for the encouragement.)

  15. 415
    Debbie, Jacksonville, FLd says:

    Psalm 139:14 NASB

    I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

    Wonderful are Thy works,
    And my soul knows it very well.

  16. 416
    Lori Causyn says:

    LoriCausyn, Kenora
    God saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
    2 Timothy1:9 ESV

  17. 417
    Olda says:

    Olda from Huntsville

    Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 2 Timothy 2:10 ESV

  18. 418
    Lisa says:

    For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers and authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16 HCSB

  19. 419
    Amy says:

    Amy, Miamisburg, OH

    “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:12-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  20. 420
    Allison says:

    Allison from Albany, GA: “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15

  21. 421
    Reeder says:

    Auburn, AL

    James 4:7. Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

  22. 422
    Abbey Towles Russ says:

    Abbey Towles 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

  23. 423
    Jessica Thorberg says:

    Jessica from Omaha, Ne
    Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor in your sight, O King, and if it please the king, let my life be granted me for my wish, and my people for my request.
    Esther 7:3 ESV

  24. 424
    Judy says:

    Judy, Satellite Beach,FL
    Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
    Psalm 25:5(ESV)

  25. 425
    Dawn Blount says:

    Dallas, GA
    “And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the God the Father through him. Col. 3:17 NIV

  26. 426
    Jana Wright says:

    Jana Wright From Bennington Vermont
    Psalm 121:5 – The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

  27. 427
    Katrina Gagner says:

    Katrina from Wichita Falls, TX

    For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:10 (new living translation)

  28. 428
    Connie Colston says:

    Connie Colston from Waxahachie,Texas

    “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
    ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  29. 429
    Kristen says:

    Kristen Fowler, Marble, NC

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 ESV

  30. 430
    Cora Suggs says:

    Cora Suggs, Huntsville, AL Luke 9:23 He said to them all, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

  31. 431
    Lois says:

    Lois from New York
    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful.
    Cool. 3:15+

  32. 432
    Tane McGehee says:

    Tane McGehee Uvalde, Texas July 16, 2017
    Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you
    With all joy and peace as you believe so thayou may overflo
    With hope by the Holy Spirit.

  33. 433
    Lynn Buckalew says:

    Lynn from Brandon, MS

    Psalm 34:1 “I will bless you the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (ESV)

  34. 434
    Josephine Meyer says:

    Joshua 1:9 Haven’t I commanded you be strong and couragous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God is with you whereever you go. (Holman Christian Standard)

  35. 435
    Dawn Byers says:

    Dawn Byers , Alvord, Texas, “suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God and saying ” Luke 2:13

  36. 436
    Jodie Bowling says:

    Jodie Bowling Lewisburg, Ohio
    So if anyone purified himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
    II Timothy 2:21

  37. 437
    Debbie Davis says:

    And so train the young women to love their husbands and children.
    Titus 2:4

  38. 438
    Diane Lawrence says:

    Psalm 34:4

    I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. NAS

  39. 439
    Mary Owen says:

    Mary Owen, Ruston, LA, So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God. 2 Timothy 1:8, Holman.

  40. 440
    Margaret Neil says:

    Margaret Neil, Jackson, TN

    The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken-that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Hebrews 12:27 NIV

  41. 441
    Susan says:

    Susan Tilley from North Charleston “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.””
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  42. 442
    Susan says:

    Susan Tilley from North Charleston “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.””
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  43. 443
    Valerie says:

    Valerie from West Bloomfield says:
    “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and whatever he does, he prospers.”
    Psalm 1:3 NASB

  44. 444
    Stacy Brozek says:

    Stacy from Houston, TX
    “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  45. 445
    Ann Smith says:

    Ann Smith, Mapleton, ME

    The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.
    Psalm 25:14 NASB

  46. 446
    Carrie Lagas says:

    Carrie Lagas, North Potomac, MD

    “Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.” 2 Timothy 2:14

  47. 447
    Louise Brinkman says:

    Louise – Montgomery Village,MD 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets it self up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ .

  48. 448
    Mindy says:

    Mindy, Granger, IN

    “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.”
    Isaiah 50:4 NIV

  49. 449
    Nanette Tisdale says:

    Nanette Tisdale, Fredericksburg, Tx; “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103: 13-14 NIV

  50. 450
    Rhonda says:

    Rhonda Edmunds from Milton, WV
    “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:15-16 ESV

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