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. 701
    Davina says:

    Davina Denny, Novato CA – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 4:15 NIV

  2. 702
    Nancy Cozad says:

    Nancy Cozad from Kingwood, Texas
    Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV
    Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

  3. 703
    Jessica says:

    Ephesians 4:29 NIV
    “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth but only what is helpful in building up others according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

  4. 704
    Carol Houghton says:

    Carol from Bryan, TX “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:16. NASB

  5. 705
    Lori Senter says:

    Lori Senter from San Antonio, Texas: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:26 NIV

  6. 706
    Elizabeth Richmond says:

    Ephesians 4:32 NIV
    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

  7. 707
    Elizabeth Richmond says:

    2 Peter 1:3 NIV
    His divine powere has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

  8. 708
    Beth Collins, San Augustine TX says:

    “and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  9. 709
    Gay says:

    Round Rock, Tx.
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV

  10. 710
    Densie Hoft says:

    Denise Hoft from Columbia, SC
    Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am alone and afflicted.
    Psalm 26:16 HCSB

  11. 711
    Cam Moore says:

    Cam Moore, Albuquerque, NM
    My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Psalm 25:16 NIV

  12. 712
    Janet says:

    Janet, Midlothian Texas

    Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!

    Phillipians 4:4 NET

  13. 713
    Ingrid says:

    Ingrid from Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

    “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  14. 714
    Ingrid says:

    Message for Diane,
    Dear sister, so so so sorry for your loss… As one who also lost a sibling suddenly, I feel with you. Keep leaning into God like you do, yes, He is the true source of comfort!
    Sending gentle hugs across the miles from Canada.

  15. 715
    Vicki Bolton says:

    Vicki Bolton, Lubbock, TX

    Yahweh, our Lord, how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth!

    Psalm 8:1

  16. 716
    Dianne Detrick says:

    Dianne Detrick, Magnolia, Texas
    2 Timothy 2:11-13 NIV

    11) Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12) He say, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” 13) And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

  17. 717
    Jenni Johnson says:

    Jenni, Murray, KY – “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

  18. 718
    Dottie Morrow says:

    Dottie Morrow
    Mansfield, TX

    “Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways;”

    Proverbs 3:31 NKJV

  19. 719
    Judy says:

    Judy Madison, Beaumont, California

    The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

    Psalm 34:16 NASB

  20. 720
    Bethany Scott says:

    Bethany, Houston, TX
    “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
    Ephesians 4:4-6, NIV

  21. 721
    LeeAnn Robinson says:

    LeeAnn Robinson, Pamplin, Virginia

    “For the Lord God is sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows his favor and honor;
    no good thing does he withhold
    from those whose walk is blameless.”

    Psalm 84:11 (NIV)

  22. 722
    Kristin says:

    Kristin, San Marcos, Ca “He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 NIV

  23. 723
    Kristen Johnstone says:

    Kristen Johnstone, Boulder, CO
    but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11b (ESV)

  24. 724
    Catherine Lisle says:

    Catherine Lisle, Edmond OK, Psalm 119:10 “With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!” ESV

  25. 725
    Louise Brinkman says:

    Louise- Gaithersburg, MD Galatians 5:1 it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

  26. 726
    Teresa A Cianciotto says:

    Teresa Cianciotto, San Marcos, TX
    I commit! “This God-his way is perfect, the word of God proves true. He is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Ps 18:30 ESV

  27. 727
    Terri Tripp says:

    Terri Trip from Winchester, VA:

    “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” Psalm 5:3 NASB

  28. 728
    Melissa E says:

    Melissa Eaton

    Anna, TX

    ‘Be angry and do not sin on your bed. reflect in your heart and be still.”

    Psalm 4:4

  29. 729
    Charlotte Ortega says:

    Charlotte from Saugus CA

    Philippians 4:15

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


  30. 730
    Lou Ann Smith says:

    Lou Ann Smith, McAllen, TX
    Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name. Psalm 100:4 ESV

  31. 731
    Rebecca, Birmingham, AL says:

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

  32. 732
    Misty says:

    Misty from Aubrey, TX
    “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  33. 733
    Ginny says:

    1 Corinthians 1:27 NIV
    But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

  34. 734
    Amy Mason says:

    Amy–Tampa, FL
    Joshua 4: 13 HCSB
    “About 40,000 equipped for war crossed to the plains of Jericho in the Lord’s presence.”

  35. 735
    Antoinette says:

    Antoinette, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
    “Opdat u de liefde van Christus zou kennen, die de kennis te boven gaat, opdat u vervuld zou worden tot heel de volheid van God” Efeze 3:19 (Herziene Statenvertaling)

  36. 736
    kelly aylward says:

    Kelly, Missouri City, TX: ” Hold onto the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, that good thing entursted to you. ” 2 Tim 1:13-14 Holman

  37. 737
    Thara Johnston says:

    Thara from Fort St. John, BC

    Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
    Isaiah 54:10 NIV

  38. 738
    Carol Lage says:

    Carol Lage. Jefferson City MO

    Psalm 90:14 ESV

    Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

  39. 739
    Sarah says:

    Sarah ~ Appleton, WI

    My frame was not hidden from you,
    when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

    Psalm 139:15, ESV

  40. 740
    Dianna- from Houston says:

    And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
    Romans 8:28

  41. 741
    Vicky says:

    Vicky, from Phoenix, AZ:
    “Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

  42. 742
    Susan says:

    Susan, Atlanta, GA
    But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. ! John 1:7 NIV

  43. 743
    Brenda Loyd says:

    Brenda Loyd of Talala,Ok. Says
    For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set my feet upon a rock. KJV

  44. 744
    Liz Scherer says:

    Liz Scherer
    Fort Worth, TX
    “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  45. 745
    Nancy says:

    Nancy Casper, WY

    “I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the Gospel.” Philemon 13 NIV

  46. 746
    Laura Blackman says:

    Laura Blackman Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
    Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted. Psalm 25:16

  47. 747
    Christa says:

    Christa Cordova, Vancouver, WA

    “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 ESV

  48. 748
    Doreen Morris says:

    Psalms 8:3-4, NIV, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”

    Awestuck with wonder for the love that God shows to me each day. No wonder David begins and ends this chapter with “LORD our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

  49. 749
    Carol says:

    These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

    Jude 16 (NIV 2002)

  50. 750
    Emily Miceli says:

    Emily, Porter, TX

    The One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
    they will break through the gate and go out.
    Their King will pass through before them,
    the LORD at their head.
    Micah 2:13 NIV

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