1. Compiling Recipes
I remember making sugar cookies with Mom when I was just a small girl. I also watched in amazement as she wove the strips of dough into a lattice design on a cherry pie. Twenty years later I paused to get up the flour foot prints of my own children after making cookies, because I knew the days would come when they would grow up and start families of their own and the sweet little prints would be gone. Now, my joy for cooking and baking is multiplied as my grandchildren help me in the kitchen during their visits. Around Thanksgiving Micah wanted to look at my recipe book and find a recipe that he could read and make. Sad to say, my recipes were scattered and in several old books on the shelves. I found one for him and Maggie to use that day, and for the last two months I have been compiling and typing, to make a recipe book. I have been to wedding showers where guests were given recipe cards and asked to write down advice for the bride in the form of recipes to help them have a happy and successful marriage. I think we can find scriptures that will help us have a blessed and successful life. So let's begin our journey in search of some good "Recipes For Life" from God's Word.
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Joshua 1:8
2. An Old Recipe
When I decided to type my recipes I pulled out my recipe books and stack of papers above the stove, and many were very old. I still have my first recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Cookies which I cut out of a paper some 40 years ago. I did not like the taste of the chocolate and peanut butter together the first time I made them, but my sisters liked them and I kept making them, and learned to like them. There may be things in God's Word that we don't especially enjoy at times, but when we continue to spend time in the Bible and seek God's will, we begin to grow in His Word and find it to be a blessing to us. I want to begin our new series on "Recipes For Life" with the oldest recipe I can find. You may be surprised to know that God gave Moses a recipe and we can read it in Exodus 30:22-25. For me, this shows the importance God places on following His Word, and how when we put it all together, it can be like a holy ointment to the soul.
"22 Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,
24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin:
25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil."
3. The First Step In The Recipe
I typed in almost 100 recipes and I realized that in starting with my old books all of them were typed paragraph style. The new recipes I find on the internet are numbered, such as "1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar." When I am trying a new recipe that is in paragraph format, I am constantly reading and rereading it to see where I am at. I wanted to make these recipes simple for my grandchildren, so I began again with page 1 to break each one down into numerical format. This is taking more time, but should make it easier to follow. For our recipe for living today I wanted to start with number 1. We need to start at the beginning when we are following directions. So, let's begin with Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." You may be familiar with this Bible scene, as Jesus continued His Sermon on the Mount. Are we seeking the right things in life? Jesus tells us to seek the things of God, and let Him take care of the rest.
"25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
4. "Fear Thou Not; For I Am With Thee"
I sent out a message asking others if they had a special Bible verse that had been an encouragement to them and my Pastor's wife, Linette Tripp, had this to say about her special verse. "Isaiah 41:10 has brought comfort and encouragement many times!" "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." This is a very encouraging verse. I am in the book of Numbers for my personal devotions and sometimes I feel like the Children of Israel in Numbers 21:4, "And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way." When life is hard I sometimes get discouraged "because of the way." There is so much to help us in Isaiah 41:10. We don't have to be afraid when we have faith that God is with us! We can put our trust in Him because He said, "I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;..." The next time you are feeling low, look up to the Lord in His promise, "yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." This is a great recipe for life on those days when we feel lonely and sad. God is with us!
5. He Heals The Broken Heart
As Jesus walked from place to place during His ministry here on earth He met and healed many people. He made the lame to walk, He opened blinded eyes, He even raised some up from the dead. All of these miracles were performed as people looked on, and the recipients rejoiced in their healing. Still today, many people are healed of diseases and they know that the Lord Jesus touched them and made them well. My Mother-in-Law, Betty Key, shared a verse that has been an encouragement to her for many years. She has told me many times how God has helped her through these words. "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." (Psalm 147:3) Did you notice how this verse is different than the miracles Jesus did during His short time with man? This verse tells us that Jesus can not only heal our physical problems, but He can heal our emotional and spiritual needs. "He healeth the broken in heart..." I could not count the number of times in my life that my heart has been broken. Many times I did not tell a single soul. But, I prayed and cried out to my God and He healed my broken heart, bound up my wounds, and gave me peace. This is a good verse for our encouraging Recipes For Life because I don't know anyone who has never felt the pain of a broken heart. Turn to Jesus and trust in Him to give you peace.
If you have a Bible verse that has been an encouragement to you I would love to hear from you.
6. God Does Not Turn Away Our Prayer
I am thankful that a few more have sent me verses which encouraged them. Our Devotional verse today comes from Briana Parsons. Her verse is Psalm 66:20, "Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me." She said the verse was on a calendar. Isn't it great how God can use different sources of things to encourage us from His Word! She was fasting over the salvation of an estranged friend and God has worked to send a Godly man to his town to witness to him. She closed her email, "Praise the Lord for not turning away my prayer." Her praise is such a blessing because there are times when we can't go to the person who needs prayer, but we can trust the Lord that He will not turn away our prayers! Many times I feel burdened for someone and I know that I can't be there for that person, but I can pray. Thank you, Briana, for showing us this great verse.
If you have a verse of encouragement, please send it to me.
7. "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"
Our Devotions today come from Preacher David Ward. He has broken down John 14:1, word by word, to tell us what it means to him. Thank you, Preacher Ward for sharing this with us today. "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."
I have to share a verse I preached on Sunday morning on the radio. It has been a good verse thru my life, but God really opened up to me.
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."
What does let mean, to allow, to permit, to gain possess. That really got a hold of MY heart.
Not – DON’T DO IT
Your – That is very personal, that is mine and who else controls that.
Heart – when you look that up and study it, there are so many definitions, but when you look at Romans 10:9, ("That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved") and you have to believe from the heart, gives one an insight of what the heart is!
Our hearts can get broken, agitated, worried, or wearied, if we LET IT?
This has become a strong verse to me as I pastor a Church, have a family, work a job and see how this world is going. I can say He is the best thing that ever happened to me."
Thanks again Preacher Ward for the encouraging words and for sharing the devotionals with others.
8. Press Toward The Mark
I am so happy to receive more encouraging verses from our readers. Our verses today come from Leigh-Ann Fenwick. "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14) Paul reminds us in these verses that we have not yet arrived. We still make mistakes because we are human, and it may knock us off our feet, but we can't let it stop us. We need to forget "those things which are behind." Sometimes we are reminded of our sins of the past, but when we confess our sin, God forgives us. A good verse to remember is I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." After Paul tells us not to look back to the past, he encourages us to look ahead to the future. Press on. Reach for the prize, and what a prize it is, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." God has called us on to better things. I close with the closing remarks by Leigh-Ann, "As my youth pastor has preached many times, We can win the fight without winning every round!"
9. We Have The Assurance Of Eternal Life
As we continue with our encouraging verses, our devotions today are from Denise.
"Good morning, Beverly ~
I so enjoy your daily devotions!
You have asked for verses of encouragement. There are many, but one that I hold dear is John 10:28. My father passed away in 2014 after suffering from complications of diabetes, including congestive heart failure and kidney failure which led to dialysis. My family and I prayed for his salvation and God answered our prayer! Dad was born August 19, 1938 and born again into God's family on June 20, 2014. He met Jesus three weeks later on July 13, 2014. During those last weeks of Dad's life, we saw a change. He was happy and no longer afraid of death. He passed peacefully into our Father's loving arms. John 10:28 assures us of God's promise for eternal life and the fact that it can never be taken away. I know I will see my Dad again someday in heaven!
John 10:28 KJV
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Thank you for your faithfulness and service to our Lord,
10. "I Can Do All Things Through Christ"
I mentioned my devotional theme to some of our Sunday School members and Clay Jolly told me that his favorite verse is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." He said that many people say they can't teach Sunday School, or they can't serve God in certain capacities, when they should be saying "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." We may not know the blessings we are missing by not stepping out in faith to serve our Lord. The next time someone in your church asks you to do something, remember this verse before you decide you are not able. I have often heard the the best ability God can use is availability. Philippians 4:13 is a great verse and I see it on handbags and coffee mugs and T-shirts. Let's make sure it is in our heart, and put it to the test through faith.
11. An Encouragement To Stay Faithful
Our encouraging devotional today is brought to us by Michael Key.
"One of my most encouraging verses is I Corinthians 4:2--"Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." I am so glad that I am not required to be found successful. There are several areas of my life where I feel like I have been a failure. Try as I might, I fail the Lord on a regular basis. But the word success is only found once in the Bible, in Joshua 1:8. Joshua was told that if he would concentrate on the Word of God, he would be successful. And when we keep God's Word foremost in our life, we will find that success. But there are other times when I do not succeed--when I get distracted like Peter walking on the water was distracted by the storm around him. However the Bible states over and over again the principle of faithfulness. If I will be faithful, then God will be pleased. The great Stonewall Jackson put it this way: "Duty is ours; the consequences are God's." Don't give up. Stay faithful. Don't be discouraged by failures that come along in your life. God's requirement for you is to be found faithful."
12. Life Is Good - God Is Good
The Life Is Good company was founded in 1994. I have seen several of their T-shirts that I like and they are very optimistic, but each time I see one of their products I say, "God is good!" Each one of us would like to live a good life, and God is the secret to that very thing. As we continue with our recipes for life I want to look at Paul's letter to young Timothy.
"1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (I Timothy 2:1-6)
Our country is in turmoil over the election of our President. I don't know if you stand with President Trump, or if you voted for someone else, and I really don't want to know. Our encouraging words from Paul tell us to give our supplications, our humble prayers, for our leaders. We need to fall on our knees and intercede for our President and the decisions he has to make, and give thanks for God's mercy and grace on our nation. I don't believe the majority of our people want to live with the rioting some are demonstrating. I think there are many who want to "lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." Let's lift our leaders up in prayer and pray that the lost will be "saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"
13. Making The Right Choice
We are talking about "Recipes For Life" so today I want to talk a little about recipes. I just finished typing in over 100 recipes to file in a notebook and it has already helped me. After cooking for 40 years I often throw things together, but sometimes I forget the temperature for the oven setting, and it has been helpful to have all the information in one place. I have also tried several new dishes while looking for recipes to add to my collection. Some have been very good, while others did not turn out well, or I just didn't like them. When I use a recipe I can choose to follow it as it is, or I can omit the nuts and add chocolate chips. I am doing the cooking, and I can cut the recipe in half and make only a little, or I can double it and make enough to freeze or share. You may fix the same dish and yours would have a different taste because of our choices in spices. Our verse today is John 3:7, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." Unlike recipes, where each person can prepare it to his or her liking, salvation is the same for every person. In testifying of Jesus, Peter said, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) We also read in John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Have you made the right choice? Many people know John 3:16, but how many have read the next two verses?
"16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)
14. Windows of Heaven
There is a verse that I have trusted in for many years found in Malachi 3:10. "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." When the children were younger I would sometimes give their good, hand-me-down clothes to families with younger children. Each time I did, someone with older children would give me more clothes than I had given away. God always blessed us when we gave back to Him, in tithes, and in giving to others. The idea of giving was also taught in the New Testament. Jesus said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." (Luke 6:38) This message is also found in II Corinthians 9:6, "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully." (II Corinthians 9:6) This is a good garden verse for me, but it also applies to our daily living and giving out the Word of God. God has blessed us so much, let's give some back to Him, by giving to others.
15. Yesterday, Today, And Forever
Does it really feel like February to you? I just can't believe that one month of the new year has already passed. I type my devotions the night before so my mind usually stays a day ahead, but these days have turned into weeks, and poof, the page has been turned on my calendar, bringing us new tomorrows. Proverbs 27:1 tells us, "Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." We don't know what we will face tomorrow, or the next day, or next week, but we can be sure that the Lord Jesus will be with us. He told His followers in Matthew 28:20, "...lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." And we can be sure that He never changes, as we read in Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." I hope you can take these promises with you as you start your new day. Jesus will be with you, and He never changes.
16. Do What You Can
I want to continue our devotions on "Recipes For Life" and share more encouraging verses. I don't know about you, but I get discouraged, and I often need an encouraging word. I answered a call from someone very dear to me and she started crying as she shared her troubles with me. I felt helpless, but I listened and tried to encourage her in promising to pray that God would help her through this. Sometimes I get emails from readers who need prayer. I know that there have been times in my life when I just needed someone to listen, not offer advice, not condemn, just listen. And sometimes I just listen, and I pray that God will help, and although I may not cry out loud, I cry within because I feel powerless in easing the pain. My verses today are from Mark 14:3-9.
"3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her."
Those in the room ridiculed this woman, but Jesus said, "Let her alone..." And I like what He said in verse 8, "She hath done what she could..." I like this story and I decided long ago that I wanted to do what I could. I play the piano at church and sing at times and I know that there are several there who can do a much better job, but I was asked to do it and I do what I can. When God speaks to you to help someone in need, do what you can. You may feel helpless, but God can use you when you make yourself available to Him and ask Him for guidance. This reminds me of Dorcas in Acts 9:36 and 39. "Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did... Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them." This woman made coats and clothes for the widows... she did what she could. Our time on earth is short. Let's do what we can, while we can.
17. The Lord Is Good
When I think of the Old Testament prophetic books I think of their messages from God of the judgment coming and the sorrow it would bring. My pastor, Jack Tripp, had an encouraging message from the little book of Nahum Sunday night. His text was from the first eight verses of the book, but his sermon was centered on Nahum 1:7, "The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him." I want to share his opening thoughts.
"The Lord is good..." - This is the personality of the Lord. God is good!
"... a strong hold in the day of trouble;..." - The protection of the Lord. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
"... and he knoweth them that trust in him." - Our personal walk with the Lord.
We can surely be encouraged through each truthful statement found in this verse from the little book of Nahum. Through the goodness of God, He sought me and saved me, and He is my refuge and strength, and He knows my name!
18. Delivered Out Of Our Troubles
Our encouraging verses today come from Noralee Campbell. She writes, "These verses have helped me through hard, rough times. The whole chapter of Psalms 34 is a blessing to me, but verses 5 and 6 and 17 -19 are a real, real blessing to me."
"5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."
I agree with Noralee, Psalm 34 is a special blessing and encouragement. I am thankful that the Lord hears our prayers, and delivers us out our of troubles.
19. He Is Acquainted With All Our Ways
“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.” Psalm 139:1-3
Isn't it wonderful to be acquainted with the Lord. We can know of famous people, without being acquainted, and they don't know us. This verse says that the Lord is acquainted with all our ways. He knows everything we do, when we are at home or away from home. He knows our very thoughts. Verse 4 says He knows the words on our tongue. Verse 5 tells us that He looks out for us before us and behind us and His hand is on us. I especially like verse 6, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it." We really can't comprehend all that the Lord knows about us. Why should we fear when we have the Lord with us? We live in such troubled times, but it is good to know that we are acquainted with the one and only God who is in control. He will take care of His children. Are you acquainted with God? Are you one of His dear children?
20. A Word In Season To Him That Is Weary
As I was thinking about our devotional, I remembered one that I wrote several years ago. It helps us to think about encouraging others, instead of judging them. I hope these thoughts will be a help to someone today.
"The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned." Isaiah 50:4
Every morning on my way to work I pass a large bus manufacturing plant. A short way past the plant I often pass a man on a bicycle. He always looks sad and weary. I think about how tired he must be by the time he gets to work and wonder if he has a long hard day at the bus plant ahead of him. This morning I passed the bicycle man a couple of miles up the road and he was smiling. That was the first time I had ever seen him smile. I immediately wondered what made the difference. And just as quickly as the question entered my mind, I saw that he was going down hill. It is much easier to smile when you are riding a bike down hill. You can almost coast along when the weather is clear and there are no obstacles in your way. It is easy to smile then. But after you have traveled a while, and you have to start peddling up hill you get tired. When the storms roll in or the road gets rocky you get weary. Then it's hard to smile. As you go along in life, don't judge those who look weary and tired. You don't know what rough road they may be travelling. All the mornings I passed the bicycle man I thought he looked weary and worn, but now I realize he was riding up hard ground. He looked like a different person as he rode down hill this morning. Our verse above encourages us "to speak a word in season to him that is weary..." Be kind to those you meet, especially those who seem to be having a hard time. Lift them up with words of encouragement. You may need a little help up your next hill.
21. "Be Still And Know That I Am God"
As I wind down these last few devotionals on "Recipes For Life" I am trying to choose verses that can help us live daily for the Lord. Psalms 46:10 has been on my mind and I feel like it is an important truth for us to meditate on. Everywhere I go I see people, young and old and in between, people sitting with their food on the table, and walking across busy streets, absorbed in their electronic devices. I saw a sign this week that an elementary school posted which basically told parents to put their phones away and greet their children as they picked them up, and talk with them about their day. In this Psalm God tells us, "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." We read God's Word, and we pray for our friends and family, and then what? I am afraid that in our age of technology we are turning away from real lives, and turning away from a real God. We, and mostly I mean "I", need to take more time to meditate on the things of God and listen for His guidance. I believe that we will only hear that "still small voice" of God when we learn to "be still."
22. "Think On These Things"
There was a time when we watched the news and the good was good and the bad was bad and the reporters told it like it was. Now when we see news stories we really don't know what to believe because some of the agencies reporting the news don't want us to know what is really happening. It is hard not to get depressed, just trying to figure out what is real, and if the good is really good, and if the bad is really bad. What is the answer? How can we keep our minds on the things of Christ? Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." We need to be informed and we can't just pretend that all is right with the world, but it will help us to take time to think on these things. Let's forget the fake news stories and think on things that are true and honest. We need to follow the things that are just and pure and not fill our minds with the wickedness in this world. It will also help us to focus on those sharing God's love and the good reports. God's Word tells us to "think on these things." And when we back up just two verses we can see the peace we have when we put our trust in the Lord. "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6 - 7)
23. Trust In The Lord
We have looked at some of the verses in the Bible which encourage us and can help us through life. I asked Michael which verse he thought would be a good verse to end this series with and he said, "You can't get much better than Proverbs 3:5 & 6." "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." In looking for "Recipes For Life" and wanting a verse to live by, this really is a great place to start. Trust in the Lord. We don't know what each new day will bring, but we do know that we can put our trust in God. We often come to the place where we ask, "Why?" because we just don't understand. Again, we can put our trust in God to direct our paths.
Thanks to all of you who shared your encouraging verses. It was such a blessing to see how others have put their trust in the Lord!