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A Thanksgiving week devotion

I originally wrote this devotion last year for the Nov. 19, 2013, Wellspring group. That was before I started the blog so I thought this would be a good time to post it here. So much to be thankful for today and always!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Psalm 75:1-We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. Werecount your wondrous deeds.

As the Thanksgiving holiday nears, it is a good time to give thanks to God for all we are thankful for. The word thanksgiving is used more than 60 times in the Bible and in most cases it is used generally as giving thanks to God. The book of Psalms is known for the many prayers of thanks and praise to God! Though the holiday of Thanksgiving as we know it today is not a celebration that comes directly from the Bible, it is a great reminder for us to praise our God who has created everything and has given us so much in our lives.

When Jesus walked on this earth he lived a life filled with thanksgiving and praise to his heavenly father. Jesus was full of gratitude and when he would perform miracles he often told the people to give thanks to God. He knew that God was in full control and could do anything. Jesus did not take credit for God’s abilities. And he instructed people often to give thanks. This is a great reminder to all of us to continue to give thanks to God for all he has done. It is important we thank God for sending his son to die on the cross for our sins. Without that sacrifice out of love for us, we would have no hope.

1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” Oh how we have so much to be thankful for—God sent his one and only son to die on the cross and pay the price for our sins.

And after giving thanks to God for sending Jesus to die on the cross, it is a good time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for during this past year. Think of the ways God has worked in your life to bring you closer to him. Think of the many blessings he has bestowed upon you—health, marriage, children, grandchildren, new friendships. The list goes on and on. And we must thank God for the struggles and challenges we have faced during this past year. Thank him for the way these challenges have shaped us and made us who we are. We must continue to have faith that God is working during all of these situations and his will, will be done. And as we are giving thanks for all of these things let us remember and pray for all of the people who do not know Jesus. Let the life that we live be a beacon to others so that they may see the love of Christ in action.

Prayer for the week: Dear God, just as Psalm 75:1 says, “We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks for your name is near.” As I go throughout the week this week help me to remember that you are near and help me to see the many things in my life I have to be thankful for. I cannot thank you enough for sending Jesus to save me from sin. Help me to live my life more like you Jesus, giving thanks for everything and being kind to everyone I meet. In your precious name I pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

During the past year, what things are you most thankful for?

Have you had challenges and/or blessings this past year that have helped grow your faith?

Wellspring Devotion, Oct. 21, 2014

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Psalm 100:3-4-Know that the Lord, he is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!

As we look around us we have so much to be thankful for. Even in dark days, we must keep our focus on God and remember that He made us for a very special purpose! This is reason to get excited and step outside our comfort zone and give our praises to Him. This past Sunday at the church we attend, we had brothers and sisters in Christ from the Karen community in Worthington visit our church and perform a song. It was so moving to hear the Karen pastor tell the history of the Karen people who now live in Burma and about the many refugees who have come to the United States. Hearing their struggles with slavery and oppression throughout history really made me realize how much we take for granted here in this country. The young man who introduced the song they were going to sing, said they have often been discriminated against and treated like animals.

They sang the song in the Karen language and it sounded so beautiful. The words to the song in English were shown on the big screen so we knew what the words meant. Part of the song talked about how they had been treated like animals and then it goes on to tell how we are all free in Christ and He is the only one who can give us hope. We did not need the words on the screen to tell when they were singing the praises to God. They were singing with so much passion and emotion, I could not help but hum along. And when the song was over, I was wishing they could continue singing more songs. I think I could have listened to them for hours.

God wants us to give Him praises and thanksgiving always! Even amongst the struggles of slavery, oppression and discrimination, He wants us to be a light to others and let our hope in Him be known. There is so much diversity all around us and God wants us to love our neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ, He even wants us to show love to those who do not know Him. Having people from other parts of the world come to our church this month and preach and sing praises to God has been such a blessing. Their passion and love for the Lord are contagious.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Help us to remember to praise your name always—in the hard times and in the really happy times. Thank you for all of your wonderful blessings. As we go throughout this week, we pray specifically that you will help us see the needs of those around us so we can be a bright spot and show your love to others. Let us not forget that we have many brothers and sisters in Christ to love. In Your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

How can we show love to a neighbor this week?

How can we get out of our comfort zone this week and show God’s love to others?

Wellspring Devotion, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

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Matthew 4:4-But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Have you ever had a time where a song just speaks to you loud and dear? You get it stuck in your head and just keep singing it over and over. Several weeks ago that happened to me as I was listening to a CD that was given to me by friends. It is filled with upbeat, bluegrass style gospel music. And the song “I think I’ll Read it Again” came on. I have listened to the CD several times before but this song just jumped out at me and I think I listened to it 10 times or maybe more that day while I was driving. And I have listened to it at least twice almost every day since then. I love the Southern Gospel sound of this song sang by Gold City Quartet and the words are just awesome.

Sometimes I get so tangled up in those blessed pages

How I’m gonna rest forever in the Rock of Ages

How I’m gonna live and sing and shout a million years,

And hear Him say, “You’ve made it home, Here’s a crown of life to call your own”

Think I’ll read it again and let it bless my soul.

I think I’ll read it again and see how high I can fly.

I think I’ll read it again and let it bless my soul 

Sometimes when we are reading the Bible it can seem dry and it is easy to get busy and not make time for reading it like we should but as the song says, God’s word is meant to bless us and encourage us to live for Him in this troubled world. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the Bible He replied, “It is written.” Jesus, God’s own son looked to the Word of God for guidance, truth and strength. We must take Jesus’ example to heart and read the scriptures so we know them and are prepared with God’s truth and grace when we are tempted by the devil.

As some of you know I am reading the Bible chronologically in a year. And to be honest as I write this devotion I am about a month behind on my reading schedule. Yes, as I said earlier it is easy to get busy and not spend time in the Word. It is like this song is speaking right to me, encouraging me to keep reading each day. I think I will keep listening to this song each day as I continue to make progress in my Bible reading plan. If there is an area where you could use some extra help, I encourage you to find a song that speaks to you and reminds you of God’s gracious love. Listen to it often and keep your mind filled with positive thoughts!

Prayer for the week: Dear God, Guide us as we dig into your Word and try our best to live it out in our life. Let the Bible bless our soul and encourage us to love one another like you first loved us. Help us to stay focused on your Word and truth so that we can be a light to others. Thank you for giving us this wonderful book that we can read over and over again as we go throughout life. In your name we pray, Amen.

Discussion questions:

Do you have a favorite hymn or Christian song that you listen to when times get tough?

Any strategies or tips you use to help you keep up with reading the Bible?

Wellspring, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

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John 14:1-3-Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

In these verses God promises us a heavenly home if we believe in Him. We must keep focused on our heavenly home throughout our daily life here on earth. We must do as much good as we can all for Christ’s glory. God has given us very specific instructions to live a life filled with abundant love for others and with a servant’s heart that we may show God’s amazing love by the way we live. We must realize as the verse above says only God knows when it is our time to go to the place he has prepared for us. We must be ready!

There is so much to be done and so many people who need Jesus. There is suffering all around us. Here in the United States we are blessed with religious freedom. As the people of Iraq and many other parts of the world are being persecuted right now, we must give thanks for having the freedom to worship our awesome God. We must continue to share his love with others and we must pray for the people of Iraq and all of those being tormented because they are Christians. This is something so horrible that it is hard for us to even imagine what these people are going through, but we can lift them up in our prayers.

John 14:1 is a great reminder when life gets difficult and we want to quit keeping on, God tells us not to let our hearts be troubled and then he makes the beautiful promise of our heavenly home. Oh what comfort His promise brings when we are living in such a troubled world. Isn’t it hard to believe that God tells us that He is preparing a place for us and that He will be there with us? That is such a big promise, each time I read the verses above it gives me goose bumps just thinking about how amazing our heavenly home will be.

Prayer for the week: Dear God, As we go throughout this week, we pray that you do not let our hearts be troubled and that you help us to keep our focus on you. We pray for all of the Christians in Iraq who are being persecuted for following your Way. Give them strength to face the days ahead and keep them safe. Lord we thank you so much for our religious freedoms in this country and help us to remember your will always. Help fill our hearts with abundant love for others so that we may serve others for your glory. In your name we pray, Amen.

Discussion questions:

How can we keep our hearts filled with Christ’s abundant love in our troubled world?

Do we sometimes take our religious freedom here in the U.S. for granted?

Wellspring devotion, Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Psalm 148:3-5- Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For He commanded and they were created.

Enjoying nature is one of the ways we can see God’s amazing and miraculous work in progress at all times! When is the last time you took a walk and truly enjoyed all of the scenery around you? Or taken a trip to enjoy the outdoors? There is so much beauty in each day’s sunrise and sunset. These beautiful sightings in nature are a constant reminder that we are surrounded by God’s love and we have these gifts from him to enjoy. There is so much life in nature from each plant on the ground, to the birds in the tall, strong trees, to the wildlife that makes its home in the fields and forests of our land. The abundant life we see around us in nature is a reminder of the promise of the greatest gift we have ever received-eternal life through Jesus Christ. Next time you take a minute to pause and enjoy God’s creation in the outdoors be reminded of His promise of eternal life. Oh what joy it brings to know that we get to spend eternity with our loving savior.

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When you see the tall trees that are in our city parks, in our wildlife preserves and in our yards, let them remind you of Christ’s death on the cross and how he died for our sins. Because of Jesus’ suffering on the tree we are free to live.

There are many praise hymns written about nature and God’s beautiful creations. These words in “How Great Thou Art” remind us to appreciate nature and praise God for all he has done. He is great indeed!

Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Refrain:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, As I go throughout the week ahead let me see your beauty in everything around me. Help me to take time to breathe and relax and enjoy your amazing creations in the great outdoors. Guide me so I can shout and sing praises to you in everything I do. Thank you so much for being a great and awesome God! In your name I pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

Are there things in nature that remind you of God’s amazing love?

What is one thing you will do this week to appreciate the beauty of nature created by our loving God?

Wellspring Devotion July 1, 2014

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Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)-Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

A number of years ago my grandmother gave me a wall hanging that reads, “Pray about everything. Worry about nothing.” Of course it is special because it was a gift from my grandma but even more it is a constant reminder, that worry is a waste of our energy here on Earth. And though I have read the plaque many times, it seems I often have to remind myself of its truth. When we get busy and life is circling out of our control we have two choices: we can choose to wear ourselves down with worry and negative thinking or we can choose to go to the Lord in prayer. Yes, it is really that simple!

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In Philippians chapter 4, it says “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines thanksgiving as the act of giving thanks and a prayer expressing gratitude. One of the most important parts of this verse is how it tells us to pray about everything. We should pray when we are happy. Pray when we are sick. Pray when we are going through difficult times. Pray when we don’t know what to pray for. It is easy to turn to God in prayer when things are really bad but it is just as important to pray when things in our life our going well. Romans 8:26 tells us, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For, we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” This verse reminds us that when times are so bad we do not know what to pray for the Holy Spirit will guide us. There is no problem too big or too small to take to the Lord.

Prayer for the week: Dear God, Thank you for allowing us to bring everything to you in prayer! What a great feeling it is to know you will take all of our earthly burdens and worries upon you. When I start to worry and waste my energy please remind me to bring my problems and prayers of thanksgivings to you. In your precious name I pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

Am I taking my worries to the Lord in prayer?

Do I pray prayers of thanksgiving to God thanking Him for all I have?

What will I do this week to “worry about nothing and pray about everything”?

Wellspring devotion June 17, 2014

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Ephesians 2:8-9-“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

What a powerful verse here from Ephesians to remind us that it is through Christ we are saved. His grace is so amazing it is difficult for us to comprehend that God gave us such a wonderful gift that we did absolutely nothing to deserve. This whole concept of God’s amazing grace is a hard one to wrap our heads around in the world we live in. We live in a world where we want more, we long to do better. It is easy to think that there is something we can do to earn God’s unending love, but the reality is what we have to do is believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. We cannot get caught up in the trap that we can get to Heaven any other way. We do not get to heaven by the good works we do, by the books we read or by the people we hang out with. It takes a personal relationship with Christ. And we must remember not to boast about our own good works, but instead we should give all the glory to God.

When we have a relationship with Jesus, we want to do good works because we are inspired to live like Christ and love others. The Bible tells us to help the poor, love our enemies and share the Gospel with others. Instead of taking the credit for what we do, we give the praise and thanks to our loving Father. When we walk closely with the Lord we continue to grow in our faith each day and we want to live out what the Bible teaches us.

This verse also reminds us that God loves us no matter what we have done! For some people, it is hard to have faith that God loves them no matter what mistakes or sins they have committed. Our God is a forgiving God and He shed his blood to free us from our sins. Yes, all of our sins, no matter how big or small they are. When we ask for forgiveness, Christ heals our wounds and helps us walk closer with Him. If you have never taken the chance to ask Jesus to be a part of your life I encourage you to do so. There is no time like today, to ask Jesus into your heart and ask Him to forgive your sins. The God who created you and knows everything about you wants to be a part of your life. Asking Jesus to be a part of your life is not difficult but it takes courage and faith. The greatest peace of all comes from having Christ as your personal savior and He will guide you every step of the way in everything you do. He is the greatest friend we could ever ask for and He will never leave or forsake us in our time of need.

Prayer for the week: Dear God, Thank you so much for your amazing grace that saves us from our sins. Please forgive us for the times when we think we can do things on our own. Help us not to boast but to give you all the praise. Please help us to give you all of the glory in every situation we go through. It is only by faith in You that we can live our life for You focused on our heavenly home. Thank you Lord, for the wonderful gift of salvation. In Your precious name I pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

How has a personal relationship with Jesus changed your life?

If you have not accepted Christ as your savior, what is standing in the way?

Wellspring Devotion June 3, 2014

When I first wrote this devotion (on May 4, 2014) I was not sure if I would share it on my blog. It is emotional, it is truthful and it shows me as the sinful being that I am. I quickly realized my blog is called Be Real for a reason and in order for us to grow and change and become closer to God we have to sometimes take a hard, honest look at our lives and realize where we need to spend some time. I have read this particular devotion many times since I wrote it and it is helping me stay focused on the areas I really need to work on right now. Each day, I have tried to remember to pray for the “gentle and quiet spirit” mentioned in 1 Peter 3:4.

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Psalm 51:6-13-“Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.”

A few weeks ago in church, a song leader in our church read the words of this Psalm with music playing peacefully in the background. It was a day my heart was heavy and filled with sadness because I had treated people in my family poorly. I used harsh words that hurt them and I was sure not showing Christ’s love with my actions. It is so easy to take out our frustrations and pain on those closest to us and it is also where it can cause the most hurt. After a night with not much sleep, the church service on this particular Sunday could not have been more fitting for where I was. That powerful reminder that we are sinners and we need the blood of Jesus to wipe us clean and make us new again is just what I needed to hear.

Not sleeping well, being overwhelmed with sad emotions, realizing my behaviors are hurting people gave me a much needed wake-up call on that day. Sometimes we have to feel so sad about what we have done so we can take the proper steps to correct the situation.

During the sermon on that same Sunday our pastor read 1 Peter 3:4-“but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is in God’s sight very precious.” Awww, how those words spoke right to my calloused heart. And I wrote quickly and boldly in my Bible. “I pray for a quiet spirit.” I even circled the word quiet spirit and wrote “Amanda needs this,” in the margin of my Bible. We are all a work in progress and for those of you who know me well you know that there are times when a quiet spirit is needed. I am so filled with passion and energy that sometimes I come off so intense without meaning to be. How thankful I am that our God is a patient God and He loves me even with all of my shortcomings. And it is only with God’s gracious help that I can begin to work toward that gentle and quiet spirit.

Right after the song leader read the above verses from Psalm, we sang “Amazing Grace My Chains are Gone.” What appropriate timing. From a very young age, Amazing Grace has always been one of my very favorite songs. When I heard it when I was young it would bring tears to my eyes and many times give me goose bumps. This Sunday in church I could not even sing all of the words to this beautiful song because I was so overcome by tears and emotions. I always said I want this song at my wedding, funeral and any other important times in my life. Apparently, this was a pretty important Sunday teaching me some lessons I really needed to hear.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Help me to start each day with your everlasting love. Let your joy fill my body so I can do your will in the place where I am. Please help me to see my shortcomings and ask you for forgiveness. Give me the strength to make changes in my life so I can be more like you. When the devil is creeping into my life, help me to see his lies for what they are. And when he is attacking my life, let me cling to you and the Bible for my shield until that wonderful day when you will return. In your precious name I pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

Do you have a daily habit that helps you remember to live each day focused on God?

Is there an area of life where the devil has been bringing you down to keep you from growing closer to God?

Wellspring Devotion, May 6, 2014

wellspringlogoPsalm 90:12-15-“So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom. Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.”

What a powerful verse from Psalm that reminds us that our days here on earth are numbered and everything we do here on earth should point to God. While we are here in this earthly life that Christ has given us we are to seek the truth and grow closer to the Lord through the word of God. A heart of wisdom that is searching out truth is filled with joy because our hope is in reuniting with Jesus in Heaven. Revelations 21:4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

So when we are trying to do everything we can to honor and glorify God, we have to understand we are human and we are going to make mistakes. We will be mean to people, we lose our tempers, we become selfish and forget to keep the focus on Jesus. Repenting our sins and making all of our shortcomings known to God is such an important part of walking with Christ. Acts 3:19-20 tells us, “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus.”

When we repent our sins and give them to God we must let go and continue to work on our shortcomings. The devil is always at work in our lives and he wants us to hold onto our sins and not repent. The devil wants us to be filled with guilt and he wants us to be distracted in keeping our focus on God. As women, we often hang on to situations and emotions from our past and the devil is quick to use this to cause us to worry and doubt our very being by filling us with negative thoughts and self-talk. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

When we keep our sights set upon Heaven and the perfection that God has promised us, it makes our troubles and trials on this earth seem bearable. When we think of the selfless sacrifice Jesus made when he was crucified on the cross, we can handle the ups and downs of our daily life because God gives us strength to get through each situation. God uses the struggles and hard times in our life to open our eyes to His gracious love. He uses these experiences so we can be a light in this dark world.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Help me to start each day with your everlasting love. Let your joy fill my body so I can do your will in the place where I am. Please help me to see my shortcomings and ask you for forgiveness. Give me the strength to make changes in my life so I can be more like you. When the devil is creeping into my life, help me to see his lies for what they are. And when he is attacking my life, let me cling to you and the Bible for my shield until that wonderful day when you will return. In your precious name I pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

Do you have a daily habit that helps you remember to live each day focused on God?

Is there an area of life where the devil has been bringing you down to keep you from growing closer to God?

Wellspring women share favorite Bible verses

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A few weeks back it was the night before Wellspring devotion group and I had not written a devotion. Life had been really busy and I just did not have it in me to get a devotion done. I knew that writing one would be stressful, so my friend Stephanie had the idea to have each woman bring a favorite Bible verse to share! This turned out to be a wonderful idea and it was great for us to dig into our Bibles and choose a verse to share with the other women. The discussion was awesome and when the devotion group was over that morning, I was so glad that we decided to do this. It was exactly what we needed that morning. God definitely knew what he was doing.

Sometimes when life is so busy, we must have the courage to step back and realize we cannot do everything. We must prioritize and only do what we are able. And when I made that conscience decision to not write a devotion last time, I had to let the guilt and self-destructive words go. Instead, of being really hard on myself and feeling like a slacker, I tried to embrace my decision and feel relaxed about it.  And my am I glad I did. The Bible verses shared were powerful and each woman had a story to go with why they chose that particular verse. We all agreed it was hard to pick just one verse.

Here are the Bible verses that were shared.

John 1:9-“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.”

Song of Solomon 2:4-“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”

1 Corinthians 13: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Isaiah 40:31-“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Psalm 23- “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

1 Samuel 2:25-“If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him? But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death.”

1 Philippians 4:13-“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

In the 10 months since we started Wellspring it has definitely enriched my life! It is such a blessing to be able to start the day surrounded by positive, God-loving women. If you are wondering, Wellspring is a morning devotion group focused on encouraging women to relax, recharge and renew their faith with God’s word. Life is busy and filled with many distractions. Wellspring is a time for women to grow and pray together. Women from Worthington and the surrounding area meet the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 a.m. in the Family Room at Grace Community Church. One of the things I really like about this group is that it is women from all walks of life, women from a variety of churches. In fact, attending a church is sure not required, we want all women who long to know Jesus more to join us and be encouraged by the word of God. If you live in the area and would like more information please feel free to email awalljasper@yahoo.com or send us a message on our Facebook page.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse to share? Feel free to leave a comment!

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