SSMT 2017: Verse 16!

Hi Siestas!

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI’m Diane.

I’ve enjoyed working here for many years in the area of Resources and Customer Care. (We have the BEST customers ever). I’ll soon be retiring but may I never retire from God’s Word! His Word always ministers life to me.

I chose to share two verses with you that I’ve been camping on during a season of personal loss.  My sister, Cindy, passed away suddenly July 1st.

“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in Heaven, not built by human hands.”
2 Corinthians 5:1 (ESV)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

2 Corinthians 1:3,4 (ESV)

That second one is a real mouthful but oh, so rich!  It’s a fact that we will all face times of loss and will miss our loved ones.  Tents do wear out. They weren’t meant to last. This earth is not our true home. But praise be to God who assures those who trust in Him that He will personally provide a forever home when we leave this planet.  And for those still here, He promises comfort and true peace. I can testify, it’s real!

Then, there’s more…

Jesus uses us to comfort others from His supply, not our own.  He’s so efficient and so faithful!

My prayer is that He will show Himself in all of your seasons too.

His and Yours,



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  1. 1
    Mary, Nova Scotia says:

    “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” ~Mark 9:23 NIV

  2. 2
    Leah Pease says:

    Leah, Kansas City, MO

    O my God, in you I trust;
    let me not be put to shame;
    let not my enemies exult over me.
    Psalm 25:2 (ESV)

  3. 3
    Dawn Lucy says:

    being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
    Philippians 1:6 NKJV

    Dawn Lucy Steele, AL

  4. 4
    Debbie says:

    Debbie McElroy from Zachary, LA: Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for JOY all you who are upright in heart. Psalm 32:11 NASB

  5. 5
    Connie says:

    Connie – Fulton, KY
    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:18 ‭NIV‬‬ 1984‬‬‬‬

  6. 6
    Diana says:

    Diana, North Attleboro, MA
    The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good.
    Proverbs 15:3 HCSB

  7. 7
    Susie says:

    Susie from Nothville, MI
    You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
    Matthew 5:13

  8. 8
    kim auvenshine says:

    Kim Auvenshine, Fort Worth, TX
    “O Lord, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, born into your household; you have freed me from my chains.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭116:16‬ ‭NLT‬

  9. 9
    Kay Guerrero says:

    Kay from Deer Park, Tx
    James 1:19 NIV
    My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

  10. 10
    Yael Azeke says:

    Yael Hernandez Azeke, New York, NY

    Psalm 91: 13-14 NASB

    You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
    The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.
    Because he has Loved Me,
    Therefore I will deliver him;
    I will set him securely on high because he has known
    My name

  11. 11
    Chyrll Vollmer says:

    Chyrll, Memphis, Tennessee.
    “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.” Acts‬ ‭2:22-24‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  12. 12
    Sarah Gittemeier says:

    Sarah Gittemeier from Kansas City:
    “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. Isaiah 43:10-11, NIV

  13. 13
    Patty Lincoln says:

    Patty Lincoln, Greenville, SC: “When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence.” Lam. 3:28. MSG

  14. 14
    Billie Galyen says:

    Billie, Greenville, KY “He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.” Hebrews 5:2 ESV

  15. 15
    Jeri Cook says:

    Jeri Cook of Missouri City

    Psalm 116: 1-2 NIV
    I love the Lord, for He heard my voice;
    He heard my cry for mercy.
    Because He turned His ear to me,
    I will call on Him as long as I live.

    Psalm 116:12
    What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? KJV

  16. 16
    Nancy Maddox says:

    Nancy Maddox, Crowley, TX
    Rejoice always; 1 Thessalonians 5:16

  17. 17
    Becky Douglas says:

    Becky Douglas, Houston TX:

    “your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16 NIV

  18. 18
    Jan says:

    Jan Cleburne, TX

    “Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come….Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    Her husband also, and he praises her: Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Proverbs 31:25, 28-29

  19. 19
    Vicki Osier says:

    Vicki, from Grapevine, TX

    He will not always accuse, nor harbor his anger forever. Psalm 103:9 NIV 84

  20. 20
    Jennifer Walker says:

    “Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:3‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  21. 21
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, The Woodlands, TX
    Continuing James 3. “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.” – James 3:14 (NASB)

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    Joan Griffin says:

    Joan from Baytown, TX says:

    Therefore, lift up 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. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

    Hebrews 12:12-14 – ESV

  23. 23
    Chris Laughlin says:

    Chris Laughlin from San Antonio, Texas

    Matthew 4:10-11 NKJV
    Then Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the LORD your God and Him only shall you serve.
    Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

  24. 24
    Julie Stamey says:

    Psalm 139:1-2 ESV
    O lord, you have searched me and known me!
    You know when I sit down and when I rise up
    you discern my thoughts from afar

    Julie from Nederland Texas

  25. 25
    Fawnda Dooley says:

    Fawnda Dooley Denton, TX

    “For which I am an Ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly as I should. Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing.”

    Eph 6:20-21 NIV

  26. 26
    Judy Pauley says:

    Judy Pauley, Norfolk, Va.
    Psalms 62:12
    And with you, Lord, is unfailing love; and You reward everyone according to what they have done.

  27. 27
    Glenda Willard says:

    Glenda Willard from Farmington, NM

    Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

    Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

  28. 28
    Arla says:

    Arla, Benton, AR

    “No one can come to ME unless the FATHER who sent ME draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:44 NIV

  29. 29
    Tammy says:

    Tammy Causey
    Humboldt, TN

    And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your heart. Be thankful. Colossians 3:15 HCSB

  30. 30
    Sue Middeldorf says:

    Sue Middeldorf – Troy, Michigan – “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.” Psalm 25:16

  31. 31
    Becca says:

    The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me. LORD, Your love is eternal; do not abandon the work of your hands.
    Psalm 138:8 HCSB

  32. 32
    Mary Saul says:

    Mary Saul
    Houston, TX
    2 Timothy 1:16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. HCSB

  33. 33
    Lena says:

    Lena Wilmore, KY

    Diane, I’m so sorry about the loss of your sister! Your verses and words are an encouragement and good reminders. May God give you what you need today!

    He (Moses) chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
    Hebrews 11:25-26 NIV

  34. 34
    Vicki Pepper says:

    The Lord is good to those whose HOPE is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.
    Lamentations 3:25 NIV

  35. 35
    Mimi Foster says:

    Mimi from Chickasaw, Al

    Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

    Psalm 25:16 NIV 🙂

  36. 36
    Judith says:

    Judith from Tri-Cities area, Tennessee

    “The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

    Deuteronomy 33:27a, NASB

  37. 37
    Michelle says:

    Michelle, West Des Moines, IA

    So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

    Hebrews 4:16, NLT

  38. 38
    Sarah K says:

    Sarah, Lincoln, NE, “God be gracious to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us— Selah.” (Psalm 67:1 NASB)

  39. 39
    Jo Anne Melton says:

    Jo Anne, Chicago

    The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.

    John 1:5 GNT

  40. 40
    Julie Crow says:

    Julie Bentonville, AR
    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way that I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 NIV

  41. 41
    Courtney from Lima says:

    “For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go.” Psalm 91:11 NLT

  42. 42
    Elizabeth Moreno says:

    Elizabeth Moreno from Austin Texas
    Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ Do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ Do not believe it.
    Matthew 24:26

  43. 43
    Janice Knott says:

    Janice – Magnolia, TX

    so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. 1:7 . NASB

  44. 44
    Martha McElhaney says:

    Martha McElhaney Ooltewah, TN
    Lord, set up a guard for my mouth, keep watch at the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3. HCSB

  45. 45
    Susan Scott says:

    Matthew 12:36
    “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give an account for every careless word they speak.” (ESV)

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    Jes from Columbia, PA

    Isaiah 55:2-3 NASB
    Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to me. Listen, that you may live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David.

  47. 47
    Yvonne Gearing says:

    Yvonne Gearing – Kingman, AZ
    However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. John 6:37 NLT

  48. 48
    Janet says:

    Mark 12:31 NIV

    The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

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    Dedra Curtice says:

    For, “The one who desires life, to love and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:10-11

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    Kathryn Luedtke says:

    Kathryn Luedtke, Sherwood Park, Alberta

    Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness.

    Phil 2: 6,7 NIV

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