Door Post Verses: Recap

Since last September, we’ve been looking at verses that you can hide in your heart and display in your home. It would be hard for me to pick my favorite topic. But God knows how to deliver grace to our hearts at just the right time with just the right Bible verse. Have you seen Him do that?

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Faith

How many times have we stood on the edge of the unknown and we knew we should move forward in faith? Has it happened recently to you? We hesitate to enter the unknown because we can’t see how things will turn out. We can’t see the safety net either—God’s invisible hand. Human reasoning tells us to run back the way we came, to depend on what we can see, and to trust in our own abilities. But a still, small voice tells us to jump in faith. We recall how God has helped us in the past. We remember when He taught us to fly.

I can’t count how many “unknowns” I’ve stood before, unsure of what was ahead. But I do remember that each time I jumped in faith, either God caught me or He taught me to fly. When I have depended on Him, He has never let me plummet into darkness. He was the light I needed and the hand that upheld me.

 

 

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Living His Peace

Do you have a “word” for 2017—some action or reality that you are shooting for? Like “seek,” “grace,” or “unity.” It’s funny that my 2016 word appeared the last week of the year.

Yesterday I realized that my word for this year is “peace.” I used paint pens this fall to draw a verse on a small piece of canvas (as seen above), a verse that I love every time I see it sitting on my desk.

 

 

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Mary, Did You Know

I still remember how to sing “Mary, Did You Know?”. Oh, I never sang the solo, but for years I sang the choral part and loved it. Dressed in Hebrew costumes, we held lit candles as we made our way through the sanctuary to the stage, and knelt in a semi-circle asking that timeless question—Did you know?

Mary, a godly girl, a willing maidservant, did you know what you held that first Christmas night? Did you know that you held the hope for every soul? The power that would crush all evil? The love that would show us the Father?

Did you know that you held in bodily form the God who parted the Red Sea, stopped the mouths of lions, and rained fire from heaven? Did you know that you cradled the Savior of the world? That you gave birth to the great I AM in human form?

 

 

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The Jesus in the Manger

Whenever I see a manger scene, whether it’s a foot tall or life-size, I always look at the baby Jesus. Does He look realistic enough? So many nativities give Him a peaceful look, and I imagine He did have one (when He wasn’t crying). But over time, I had forgotten the fullness of who was in that manger two thousand years ago until I started reading the book of Revelation.

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Joy

by Cherrilynn Bisbano

Joy is a word we see everywhere during the Christmas season. I have joy ornaments hung on my tree. We sing Joy to The World, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and many other songs with the word joy. During the holiday season, the air we breathe seems to have molecules of joy. Why? Because we are celebrating the birth of our King—the Word made flesh dwelling amongst us. Joy is not just for December—it is obtainable all year—when one knows the source of unshakable joy.

Joy is defined by Jesus—joy is rooted in a relationship with Him. He alone can fulfill our every desire and need. Jesus said, I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11 NIV*). Jesus had just taught, I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5). We are the branches. The purpose of the branch is to bear fruit—joy is one of the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit. When we abide, or remain in Christ, there is fullness of joy. The unchanging joy of Jesus flows through us. We enjoy what Jesus enjoys—a relationship with the Father.  So why do we lose our joy at times?

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Thankfulness

by Katy Kauffman

Even when fallen leaves are scattered by ferocious winds, an ember of warmth can reside in the soul. It’s called thankfulness.

Whatever storms come and go in our lives, we can always be grateful for what doesn’t change—the character of God, His sovereign power, and His unfailing love. His perfect wisdom, His turning-things-into-good miracles, and His abiding presence with us. 

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Unearthing Treasures

by Katy Kauffman

When you visit someone’s home and see Scripture in various places around the house, you know you’ve found a kindred spirit. Often when my family invites friends over or sometimes when a repairman visits, I pray that they feel God’s presence at our house. Surrounding loved ones with Scripture—whether it is on the walls, on decorations, or in our hearts—is a way to bless them and their outlook on life.

For two months, guest writers and I have discussed a multitude of Scriptures that we can place around our house or keep treasured in our hearts. We have unearthed Bible verses on 7 subjects ...

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Hope

by Katy Kauffman

   What do you dream of? For your family, yourself, this country?

   What do you hope will happen in the next year? I have some secret dreams. When I pray about something I’m hoping for, I ask God to provide it and then I picture Him sticking it in His pocket. (Does God have pockets? Surely so.) I know He will provide what I’ve asked for if it’s His will, but I also know it will be in His way and timing.

   Trusting God’s method and timing can be hard when we’ve waited a long time or when a lot hinges on receiving the answer. But why would we doubt what the God of the universe—who loves us perfectly and has all power and wisdom—can do? 

 

 

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Loved & Confident: A Book Review and Giveaway of "66 Ways God Loves You"

   We’re all created with an ability to love and a desire to be loved, but many of us go through life wondering if we’re truly loved or loveable. Some of us head down a road seeking love and crash into a dead end. But there’s one Person we can count on to love us, no matter where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and who we are.

   God—the Creator of all things, the heavenly Father who calls us to be His children—loves us. He loves us because it’s who He is. He has the greatest capacity to love, and He desires that we love Him in return. When we understand sincere, sacrificial love, we can better understand the character and nature of God. When we understand who God is, we know love better.

 

 

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