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Inside By Design
FROM THE EDITOR
"The fact that I am a woman doesn’t make me a different kind of Christian, the fact
that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot
This quote by Elisabeth Elliot recently came to mind when confronted with a
situation that made me want to put my Christian testimony on hold and give
someone a good tongue-lashing. However, my faith in God won out over my
fleshly instinct, and it’s then I realized how spending time with God has made
me into a “different kind of woman.” There was a time when I would have gladly
have lost it—yelling, screaming and belittling the person who did me wrong,
but…
I’ve been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The
life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and
gave Himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:19-20
Women’s Ministry Strategist
I praise God for my salvation and the way He is constantly working in my life.
Time with Jesus makes me better. Praise God, I’m a different kind of woman!
RESOURCEReview
Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg
Fall in love with God all over again. Awaken to God’s majesty, splendor and grace by
noticing the wonders of His handiwork in the midst of the mundane, ordinary everyday
world around you. Live your life wonderstruck.
In the Bible study Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg invites you to toss back the covers,
climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life God intended.
In this 7-session Bible study, you will be reminded what it means to awaken to wonder
every day by learning to:
• Develop a renewed passion for God
• Identify what's holding you back in prayer
• Find extraordinary moments on ordinary days
• Discover peace in knowing you're wildly loved
• Recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine
Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher, speaker and author. She has written more
than two-dozen books and Bible studies including, The Organic God, Scouting the Devine
and Wonderstruck. Her work has sold nearly one million copies and received critical
acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today,
the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and more. Christianity Today has named her one
of 50 women most shaping culture in the church today.
On a more personal note, Margaret lives in Morrison, CO., with her husband, Leif, and
their super-pup, Hershey. She spends most of her mornings with good friends, coffee and
God. Feinberg states, “Without coffee, mornings would be difficult, but without God, life
would be impossible.”
EXPERIENCE MARGARET FEINBERG LIVE AND IN PERSON at Spotswood Baptist
Church in Fredericksburg on April 11, 2014. For more information, visit SBCV.org.
To reserve this resource, or to view our complete list of Women’s Ministry
resources AVAILABLE FOR LOAN to your SBCV church, visit SBCV.org.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those
who trust in him! –Psalm 34:8
THE MAGAZINE FOR CHRISTIAN WOMEN
AN ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE SBC OF VIRGINIA
Editor
Donna Paulk
Creative Director/Online Publisher
Patti Spencer
Production
Creative Partner
Innovative Faith Resources (IFR)
Vice President, IFR
Brandon Pickett
Published by the SBC of Virginia
Executive Director
Brian Autry
Church Strengthening Team Leader
Steve Bradshaw
Women’s Ministry Strategist
Donna Paulk
Beautiful
Beginnings
Saturday, January 10
with Sheri Rose Shepherd
The Southwest Higher Education Center
Abingdon, VA.
Host: Rosedale Baptist Church
For more information visit: RBCabingdon.org
Banana Bread
with a Cheesecake Fillling
I’m always looking for yummy banana recipes because in no
time at all the bananas turn brown, and I’m throwing them into
the freezer to use at a later date. Recently, I came across this
recipe—two of my favorite things married in delectable blissbananas and cheesecake. Not only does it make the house smell
wonderful as it bakes, it is scrumptious-delicious! Mix, bake and
enjoy!
BANANA BREAD:
1c
sugar
1/2 c butter, softened
2
eggs
3
mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp
salt
1 tsp
baking soda
3 Tbsp sour cream
2 c
flour
1 c
chopped nuts
CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE:
8 oz
softened cream cheese
1/3 c
sugar
1
egg
1 Tbsp flour
Directions:
Mix 1-cup sugar, butter and 2 eggs. Add bananas, salt, the
soda dissolved in sour cream, and 2-cups flour. Mix well and
stir in nuts.
Divide 1/2 of this mixture into 2 greased and floured loaf pans.
Combine cream cheese mixture ingredients and spread over
mixture in pans. Spread remaining banana bread batter on top.
Bake at 350º for 1 hour. Test for doneness. Cool and slice.
Cost $20.00
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by Donna Paulk
Women's Ministry Strategist
A New Chapter
Women by Design is facing a transition with Tammy
Bennett’s relocation to California. Tammy’s husband
accepted a new position in California, and they will
soon begin a new chapter in their lives. The launching
of Women by Design two years ago gained nationwide
recognition and reached the hearts of women across
the United States. We will miss Tammy’s articles that
inspired us, her recipes that fed our families, and her
inspirational interviews that gave us insight into the lives
of amazing Christian women.
I am honored and humbled to serve as the Women’s
Ministry Strategist for the SBC of Virginia. My love for
women and women’s ministry began 26 years ago when
I came to Christ, and God sent mature Christian women
who mentored me for more than 12 years. God sent the
right women to help me grow in Christ through some
very tumultuous times. As a result of that experience, I
have invested the last 16 years of my life mentoring other
women and helping them overcome obstacles that keep
them stuck. As Women’s Ministry Strategist, I am able
to partner with the SBC of Virginia to help with areas of
ministry I believe essential for Christian growth.
Our women’s lending library has current Bible studies
and resources that are available for women’s ministries
in churches with limited budgets. These studies are
invaluable resources for strengthening and equipping
women to make disciples.
Leadership training for women is essential for success,
so we provide a leadership conference for women
annually focused on different aspects of leading an
effective women’s ministry. The conference gives the
SBC of Virginia women’s ministry team an opportunity
to pray for and encourage women who struggle with
disappointment and discouragement in ministry.
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I am honored and
humbled to serve
as the Women’s Ministry
Strategist for the
SBC of Virginia.
We also provide the Fit2lead discipleship training series free of
charge for all women. Equipping women to serve was the subject
of the first installment of Fit2Lead. We have yearly women’s
ministries conferences featuring well-known Christian speakers
and breakout sessions offering topics pertaining to specific areas
of women’s ministry.
These are just a few of the ministry highlights of women’s ministry
in the SBC of Virginia designed to facilitate spiritual growth for
women. I am grateful to serve in a ministry that equips women to
serve their local church. My husband has been the shepherd of a
small Baptist church for fourteen years, and we have experienced
many challenges. The SBC of Virginia provided resources we could
not have purchased. Those resources facilitated growth in our
women’s ministry and church body.
Women who are growing in Christ affect their women’s ministries
and likewise growing women’s ministries strengthen their
churches. As the Women’s Ministry Strategist, I am a small part
of what God is doing in women’s ministry throughout Virginia.
Please partner with me in prayer to see women transformed by the
gospel and established into reproducing disciples who strengthen
their local churches through a thriving women’s ministry. I know
in our strength this is impossible, but Christ makes the impossible
possible (Matt. 19:26).
Women, Ministry,
and Time Management
Fall and winter seems to summon hectic fall calendars filled with school, work and
ministry. Juggling schedules becomes a balancing act of major proportion and often
leaves us feeling overwhelmed and worn out.
1.
PRIORITIZE
Prioritize in order to make better use of your time. Prioritize your goals. A list of goals will help you
orchestrate your schedule, including your discretionary time, and attain your objective.
2.
PARTICIPATE
Engage in activities consistent with your goals. Pursuing your goals will help you work toward them
and eliminate activities that do not align with them.
3.
PURPOSE
Aim to stay the course even when things happen that are out of your control. Things often happen
that interrupt our plans and shift our focus. Keeping your eyes on the goal will help you stay the
course even when life is unpredictable.
4.
PLAN
Organize your schedule, workspace and computer in a way that will make you the most productive.
Remove clutter and reduce waste by scheduling your time more wisely, arranging your workspace more
efficiently and routinely syncing your computerized devices, such as your laptop, tablet and phone.
5.
PRODUCE
Avoid waiting to the last minute. Produce results in a timely manner. Procrastination leads to stress
and often prevents us from doing our best.
6.
PASS
Learn to say “no.” Pass on things that don’t align with your goals.
7.
PRAY
Each of us are given 24 hours in a day, but its what we do with that 24 hours that defines
what we are able to accomplish. Below are seven practical ways to make better
use of your time so that you can relieve stress and feel more productive at the end of
the day.
Pray and ask God to guide you. Proverbs 16:9 states, “The mind of man plans his ways, but the Lord
directs his steps.”
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5 MINUTE Make-over
Quick tips for looking good
from the inside out
Your face is your main point of communication, so how you look from the neck up is important. One
day after working out at the gym, I decided to buzz by the grocery store to pick up a couple of things, which was my
first mistake. Doesn’t it figure, the only time I didn’t have on any makeup and my hair was uncombed, I seemed to run
into everyone I know! To add insult to injury, one of the gals I ran into had
just been to a seminar I’d presented about always looking and being your
Always be prepared by keeping
best, and I could tell I lost all credibility right there on the spot. From that day
on, I’ve learned how to pull myself together in just five minutes. So whether
everything you need in a single
I’m running late or I’m just on my way home from the gym, I’m committed to
bag. This way you can dump
communicating a pulled-together look in hardly any time at all.
it, use it, and put it back in a
matter of minutes.
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In just one minute, you can…
FRESHEN YOUR FACE with a baby wipe.
Rub in MOISTURIZER containing an SPF.
2
In the second minute, you can…
Apply and blend a BLUSHER.
Spread on a NEUTRAL EYE SHADOW.
Apply FOUNDATION.
In the third minute, you can…
BRUSH BROWS into place. (skip the
brow pencil unless your brows are in
desperate need of color)
3
Apply one coat of MASCARA to lashes.
In the fourth minute,
you can…
Apply LIP COLOR.
4 J
BRUSH your hair.
In the fifth minute,
you can…
Pull LONG HAIR back into
a ponytail or quickly style
SHORT HAIR with hair gel.
Put on a BASEBALL CAP.
(I have a couple of cute cars
with studs and rhinestones
for this very occasion).
Add a pair of trendy
EARRINGS.
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Apply EYELINER, concentrating on the corner of your eyes (a selfsharpening style pencil is most convenient for saving time.)
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ust as a five-minute makeover might seem impossible, the disciples didn’t
believe that five loaves of bread and two fish were adequate either. They
didn’t realize that Jesus was, is, and always will be, the great provider.
Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked
God's blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the
bread and fish to the disciples to give to the people. They all ate as much as they
wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers! (Luke 9:16-17)
Jesus multiplied the five loaves and two fish to feed more than 5,000 people.
This measly amount seemed insufficient to the disciples, but in the hands of God
it became more than enough.
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from
ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:5
When you are faced with a seemingly impossible task, do what you can and ask
God to do the rest. He can bless and use whatever you bring Him, whether it be
time, talent, or treasure. God can do­—and will do—great miracles with
what little you have. Allow Jesus to multiply your gifts, and you’ll
be blessed by the leftovers!
On August 15-16, 2014, the
SBC of Virginia Women’s
Ministry Team hosted its
SECOND ANNUAL WOMEN’S
MINISTRY LEADERSHIP
RETREAT at the International Learning Center
(ILC) in Rockville, VA. Ladies from 26 churches from around
the commonwealth gathered for a time of refreshment,
recommitment, renewal, and rejuvenation.
This year’s retreat theme was Connections: Connecting with
God, Connecting with Your Leadership Team, Connecting with Your
Community and Connecting with the Next Generation.
Jesus was there, the women showed up, and ministry happened. Lives
were changed, new friendships were formed and the ladies deepened their
relationship with Jesus. They laughed, they cried, they learned, they prayed and
they worshipped together. It was an awesome time of faith, fun and fellowship.
Bottom line, it was AWESOMELY FABULOUS!
You won’t want to miss next year’s retreat, so grab your calendar and pencil in
August 14-15, 2015 (details to follow). I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait!
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More
An Interview with
MARGARET FEINBERG
by Tammy Bennett
Margaret Feinberg,
was named one of the 50 women
most shaping culture and the
church today by Christianity Today.
She is a popular Bible teacher,
speaker and author. She has
written more than two dozen
books and Bible studies including
the critically-acclaimed The Organic God, The Sacred
Echo, Scouting the Divine, and Wonderstruck. Her work
has sold nearly one million copies and received critical
acclaim and extensive national media coverage from
CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times,
Washington Post, and more.
had been out of the church for more than 30 years who
said "Yes" to the Wonderstruck Bible study and now is
reconnected to the church. We heard from another who
came to know Christ through the Scouting the Divine
Bible study just recently as well and that is awesome!
We hear of relationships being restored, friendships
blossoming, and people hearing the words of Christ they
need at just the right time. Such stories are the greatest
reward.
What is your favorite Bible story and why?
M
Margaret, you’ve been recently named one of 50
women most shaping the culture and church today
by Christianity Today. What have you learned
about leadership from your diverse experience
authoring multiple books and teaching the Word
of God?
M
I think the church within the United States
(and around the world) faces incredible
opportunities and challenges. One of the
biggest and most foundational is simply
grounding people in the truth that the church
is worth fighting for, investing in, sticking
with for the long haul. Many are throwing
rocks at the church, leaving and never
looking back. But the church remains the
bride of Christ. She may have holes in her
dress and smeared makeup on her face, but
she’s still Christ’s bride. I want to walk among
those who are strengthening and building up
the church.
What is the greatest reward in the role you
serve in?
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It is a joy to see people of all ages growing
in their relationship with Jesus, diving into
the Word, and growing in their prayer lives.
Just recently, we heard from a woman who
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I adore the opening chapters of Genesis that describe
creation. They reveal so much about who God is—His
majesty, power, splendor and beauty. They reveal our
God as a God of generosity, order, and goodness. They
show how our God is distinct from all the other gods
people worship. I've read these chapters so many times
and can read them again and again because they're so
rich and full and give us such a solid foundation into the
great big story of God—also known as the Bible.
How do you suggest that we mentor the next generation?
M
Many in the next generation aren't interested in a
mentor because the word sounds scary. What they
really want is someone to walk beside them, encourage
them, and challenge them. They're looking for someone
who is with them and behind them no matter what—
who will pray for them and grab lunch or go for a walk
once a month or every few weeks. Mentoring the next
generation begins with you—no matter what age you are
(20-80+)—reaching out to someone younger and asking,
"Do you want to go to lunch?" or "Want to go for a walk
one day and get some exercise?" See if there's a natural
(unforced) connection that can be built on as you show
interest in their lives and begin praying for them.
What kind of things make you cry?
M
Pain and suffering in all its forms make me weep.
Who is your biggest fan?
M
Forgive me is this seems like the spiritual answer, but my
first reaction to this question was that God is my biggest
Do you collect anything?
While some people get a great kick
out of buying things, I'm the opposite.
I love to get rid of stuff. The same
shoppers high people get from adding
to their closets or collections is the
same "get-rid-of high" I get when I
load a box to take to Goodwill. Sometimes my husband
gets on me. Honey, did you give away our rice cooker
again? Yep! So I have to work to temper my enthusiasm
for getting rid of things.
M
fan. He is so for me that He sent His Son Jesus to die
for me. He is cheering me on to a life of redemption and
renewal that can only found in Him. He keeps sending the
Holy Spirit as a source of comfort and encouragement.
He is committed that the work He has begun in me. He
will bring about to completion. It's harder to find anyone
more for us than God. Next up is probably my husband,
Leif, followed closely by our super pup, Hershey.
What makes you afraid?
M
Love that answer, and no it is not too spiritual but right on! So
tell us, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
M
Ooh! I'm a big fan of various sitcoms that Leif and I catch
up on when we can via Hulu.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
M
I'm a chip girl. I love chips. Tortilla chips. BBQ chips.
Doritos. Cheetos. If it crunches and is salty, what's not to
love?
If you could visit anywhere in the world where would
it be and why?
M
Amen to that! Now on a less serious note, who is allowed to
see you without makeup?
M
M
New Zealand is on my dream list. The landscape is
spectacular, and I've heard that if you look really hard you
might find a hobbit.
Hiking is one of my great joys. I love getting outdoors and
enjoying the beauty of Colorado.
What is your favorite (comfy) thing to wear?
M
I think one of God's great gifts to humanity is yoga pants.
They're like pajamas for the day. Plus the song by Tim
Hawkins is hilarious…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrL17Dr_8kk
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
M
Less than 15. Considering all the seasons in Colorado, I
think that's pretty good!
Everyone in Colorado. I don't wear it most days.
What else would you like us to know about you?
What is your favorite thing to do in your down time?
M
The same things that make most people afraid–not being
loved, not being lovable, not mattering. I think we all
wake up with these fears most days even if we don't say
them aloud. That's why it's so important to take these
fears to God, to listen for His voice speaking His love
over us through His Word.
I'm a bit of a spiritual Dora the Explorer. I love learning
more about God and, at times, will go on wild adventures
like Scouting the Divine or try unusual experiments like
those described in Fight With Joy in order to uncover
more about the truth and depths of Scripture. When it
comes to our wondrous God, we can spend a lifetime
searching and pursuing and yet only have just begun.
How can we pray for you?
M
I would love for you to pray for my strength and healing.
This last year I've been fighting cancer, and I'd you
to join us in praying for zero. Zero cancer cells. Zero
complications. Zero pain. Zero sleepless nights. Zeros all
around. Many thanks!
Margaret currently lives in Morrison, CO., with her husband,
Leif, and their super-pup, Hershey. For more information about
Margaret visit: MargaretFeinberg.com
On April 11, 2015 Margaret Feinberg will be joining the SBC of
Virginia in Fredericksburg, VA at Spotswood Baptist Church for the
Women's Conference "More."
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GIRLS
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SCRIPTURE
PRAYER
PRAYER should always be a number one priority in a believer’s life. Yet
Gals
Praying
Scripture
it is often something we spend little time at or do half-heartedly. And why? It’s
often because we don’t know what to pray or how to pray. The answer is to pray
scripture. God’s Word is the answer to all your prayer worries. When you don’t
know what to pray, pray scripture. God’s Word will never contradict itself. When
you don’t know how to pray, pray scripture. God’s Word contains the will of God.
Kay Arthur outlines the benefits of praying scripture best.
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Five Benefits of Praying Scripture
by Kay Arthur
Praying Scripture deepens your prayer life.
“Bless them today” becomes “may they be strengthened with power
through Your Spirit in the inner man.”
1
Praying Scripture makes it easier to pray for your enemies (Matthew 5:44).
2
Few things are harder than praying for someone who is persecuting you.
Praying a prayer directly from the Word gives you a guide which will keep the
emotion out of it and keep your mind on track instead of letting it drift to and
focus on the offenses they have caused.
Praying Scripture brings assurance that you are praying according
to God’s will. Scripture is the Word of God, and praying it means that
you lining up your request with His heart’s desire.
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Praying Scripture teaches you the Word of God. As you are praying Scripture, your own understanding of the Word
and the passages you are praying deepens.
4
Praying Scripture teaches you about the God of the Word.
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By praying Scripture your knowledge of who God is grows. Scripture
is the very word of God. As you engage with it you will know Him
better and understand His will for all of us in clearer way.
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Take a Passage
of Scripture and
Turn it into a
Prayer
for the
Person
you are
INTERCEDING
for
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The practice or discipline of
praying the Word will accomplish as much in your own life as
it will in the life of the people you
are praying for.
FOR EXAMPLE:
Calling
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
And so we keep on praying for ________, that our God will
make you worthy of the life to which he called you. And
we pray that God, by his power, will fulfill all your good
intentions and faithful deeds. Then everyone will give
honor to the name of our Lord Jesus because of you,
and you will be honored along with him. This is all made
possible because of the undeserved favor of our God and
Lord, Jesus Christ.
Confidence
Hebrews 4:14-16
That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone
to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him
and never stop trusting him. This High Priest of ours
understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same
temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come
boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will
receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when
we need it.
Comfort
Endurance
Colossians 1:9-12
We ask God to give you a complete understanding of
what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make
you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will
always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually
do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will
learn to know God better and better. We also pray that
you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that
you will have all the patience and endurance you need.
May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father,
who has enabled you to share the inheritance that
belongs to God's holy people, who live in the light.
Encouragement
Colossians 3:16
Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your
hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and
counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs to God with thankful hearts.
Forgiveness
Colossians 3:12-14
Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves,
you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy,
kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must
make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the
person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave
you, so you must forgive others. And the most important
piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds
us all together in perfect harmony.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loved
us and in his special favor gave us everlasting comfort
and good hope, comfort your heart and give you strength
in every good thing you do and say.
Courage
Isaiah 43:1-2
But now, O Israel, the LORD who created you says: "Do
not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called
you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep
waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you
go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When
you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be
burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Guidance
Ephesians 1:17-19 I’m asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray
that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you
can understand the wonderful future he has promised
to those he called. I want you to realize what a rich and
glorious inheritance he has given to his people. I pray that
you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of
his power for us who believe him.
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Humility
Philippians 2:3-5
James 1:2-4
Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression
on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than
yourself. Don't think only about your own affairs, but be
interested in others, too, and what they are doing. Your
attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus.
Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your
way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith
is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it
grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will
be strong in character and ready for anything.
Joy
Power
Philippians 4:4-5
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — rejoice!
Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Love
1 Thessalonians 3:12
And may the Lord make your love grow and overflow
to each other and to everyone else, just as our love
overflows toward you.
Peace
Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose
thoughts are fixed on you!
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Perseverance
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Ephesians 3:16-19
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will
give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.
And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in
your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down
deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you
have the power to understand, as all God's people should,
how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love
really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though
it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you
will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes
from God.
Refuge
Psalm 17:6-8
I am praying to you because I know you will answer,
O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Show me your
unfailing love in wonderful ways. You save with your
strength those who seek refuge from their enemies.
Guard me as the apple of your eye. Hide me in the shadow
of your wings.
it into a PRAYER
Renewal
Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit
within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and
don't take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again
the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey
you.
Repentance
Psalm 51:1-2
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of
my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my
sin.
Respect
1 Thessalonians 5:12-15
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your
leaders in the Lord's work. They work hard among you
and warn you against all that is wrong. Think highly of
them and give them your wholehearted love because of
their work. And remember to live peaceably with each
other. Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those
who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender
care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to
do good to each other and to everyone else.
Rest
Psalm 62:5-7
I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone
is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not
be shaken. My salvation and my honor come from God
alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach
me.
Strength
Isaiah 40:28-31
Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know
that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all
the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can
measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power
to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to
the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young
men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will
find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not
faint.
Thankfulness
Philippians 4:6-7
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about
everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for
all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's
peace, which is far more wonderful than the human
mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts
and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Trust
Psalm 62:8
O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your
heart to him, for God is our refuge.
Wisdom
James 1:5-6
If you need wisdom­—if you want to know what God
wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He
will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be
sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful
mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven
and tossed by the wind.
Worship
Psalm 63:1-5
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My
soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this
parched and weary land where there is no water. I have
seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power
and glory. Your unfailing love is better to me than life
itself; how I praise you! I will honor you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more
than the richest of foods. I will praise you with songs of
joy.
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