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The best 10 years of my life

Acts 20:24 (The Voice) …The only value I place on my life is that I may finish my race, that I may fulfill the ministry that Jesus our King has given me, that I may gladly tell the good news of God’s grace.

I’m sure May 2, 2006, the day God’s presence become real for me and my life changed, will be pale in comparison to heaven. Since God awakened me, I’ve lived in constant awareness that life on Earth isn’t “it.” This is not my final destination and the thought excites me. What will happen when I see His face?

Meanwhile, my mission gets more urgent. While these have been the best years of my life, it hasn’t been easy. I’ve faced losses and disappointments. But I’m no longer desperate through tough times. I’m also not easily discouraged because my Lifeline is constantly with me. 

God is powerful. Two things enhance my walk: deep, sold-out love and reading His word.

Love 
The Lord commands us to LOVE HIM WITH ALL OUR HEART, SOUL AND MIND (Mark 12:30). Love has to be genuine or it’s fake. You can only love God if you know Him. Showing up at church, tithing or doing good deeds without loving and knowing Him don’t matter.

Bible-reading
Our generation is fortunate to have God-breathed written instructions for life (2 Timothy 3:16). I believe revelation from God comes through Bible-reading. But it wasn’t easy to get into the Bible-reading groove until the Holy Spirit gave me the capacity to “get it.” God will open your mind to understand what you need to know. Use good theological resources so you understand context and meaning. 

I’m looking forward to the next 10 years!

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Scriptures for life

Compiled December 2011
These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, all who wait with hope for the LORD, and let your heart be courag…