What is an Ebenezer you might say? In Samuel’s day Ebenezer meant, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” After their victory at Mizpah, Samuel erected a stone of remembrance and named it Ebenezer to serve as a constant reminder to the Israelites of God’s faithfulness.
Friends, let’s make sure we have our own Ebenezer to remind us of the times we saw God’s faithfulness in our lives. Maybe it was a time of protection, maybe a time of provision, maybe a time of comfort and strength.
Whatever it is to you, erect your own Ebenezer that will always remind you in your dark and difficult times that God is there, He is for you, and He is with you. God is your help!
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:6
What’s in a name? The Bible says that God knows our name. Do you find that comforting? I sure do!
When I was growing up with an unusual name, I found that people had trouble spelling it and pronouncing it. I used to dread the first day of school, wondering just how this new teacher would butcher the pronunciation of my name.
One time in particular really stands out to me. It was 6th grade. I already had a complex about my name because almost everyone got it wrong, and this teacher was no different. He kept calling me Janine. I have a cousin named Janine and have no problem with her having that name, but don’t call me Janine! That’s not my name!!
As a young girl, I got so tired of being called Janine, among other things. It was so very rare that anyone would say Janan the correct way. Juh-Nan. I absolutely despised being called Jan too! Mostly I was called Jan-in (like the a in ran) and sometimes Jan-Ann. Also NOT my name!!
I stopped into Wawa this morning to get a latte’ and when checking out I told the lady behind the counter that I always enjoy seeing her smiling face, to which she responded, “Oh, thank you! You just made my day!”
Wow Lord, thanks! That in turn made my day!
Go out there my friends and make someone’s day. All it takes is a kind word.
Show the love of Jesus to someone you rub shoulders with today. It will make your day too!
The boys snickered as I sat there in class with my dress falling over my knees. Why, Mom, why do you make me dress like this when everyone else wears their dresses shorter than mine? Why must I be the subject of ridicule by all the boys in my class?
Shyness developed in me at a very young age. Rejection and pain were covered up by solitude, retreating into myself, and pulling away. Shame called my name!
Then in high school, I would roll up the waistband of my dress until the hem would be just to my fingertips when I put down my arm, and off I’d go into my day. I was not going to be ridiculed about the length of my dress any more!! Have you ever done anything like that when you were growing up? I’m sure I’m not the only one!
Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!
He truly is my strength, my song and my salvation. I am nothing without Him!
No matter where you find yourself today my Internet friend, trust in God and He will lift you up!!
Psalm 139:9-10 ~ If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast!
Cling to these promises today my friend!
I heard this word the other day …. and it struck a chord with me.
- Jesus wants us to seek Him wholeheartedly.
- Seek Him with all of who we are.
- Seek Him for all of who He is!
The Word of God says in Psalm 119:2, “Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart”
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. ~ Isaiah 55:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:6
I saw this on Facebook and thought it was profound. Someone had shared it before me and I am not sure who actually created it to give them credit, but I thank them!!
Jesus says you are welcome here and I will change your life from the inside out. John 8:11
How often when we are hungry do we say, “I’m starving!?” I know I’ve said it. I know I’ve heard my husband say it, and I’ve heard others say it too. But, the Lord reminded me that there are people in the world who truly ARE starving. People who don’t have enough to eat, who don’t know where their next meal will come from, or even when they will have something to eat again. We’ve all seen pictures of the starving children with the extended bellies, dying from lack of nourishment. Breaks our hearts to see them, doesn’t it?
But we can still be starving even when our bellies are filled. We can be starving for love that God alone can give. Have you read His word today my friend? Have you gotten your fill of truth for your life today? Have you met with Him in prayer? Be still before your Heavenly Father and bring your requests to Him. He promises to meet ALL your needs.
Psalm 107:9 : for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
John 6:35 : Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 4:14 : but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Revelation 7:16 : Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.