Inspirational Women of the Bible: Sarah

Description for women: inspirational, devoted, faithful, remarkable, fearless, strong, powerful, amazing, fierce, courageous, bold, and brave. This list is in no way complete as there are other descriptions for women as well.

There are many women in the Bible who have been an inspiration based on their lives, and they are a testament of what God has done for them. I would like to examine some of these women from His Word and share something about their lives with you so that many women who are losing faith may be encouraged.

The Lord did for Sarah what He had promised.

First, we will begin with Sarah. We are told in Genesis that Sarah wanted to have a child earlier in her life but that this never happened until she reached a much older age.

In Genesis 21:1-7 it tells us: “Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me. And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Although Sarah was frustrated and had a weak faith at times and even gave her handmaid over to Abraham because she was barren, God also saw the tremendous faith that she had. Sarah was believed to have had great faith in God’s promises for a child; she was steadfast; hospitable; she had a deep affection for her husband; a sincere love for God; and had hope in what God promised.

Sarah was an example of an “unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (I Peter 3:4).”

When my husband and I were married, we had plans to start a family and I longed for that to happen. However, it wasn’t until we were married almost 19 years before I became pregnant with my daughter.

Throughout our years of waiting, the Lord encouraged my heart that this would be fulfilled according to His plans for our lives. We were so involved in ministry with youth and children that although I yearned to have our own child, God blessed us immensely in working with so many. I still believed God would fulfill His promises but in His time.

Before I knew I was pregnant, the Lord spoke to me in a very special way and told me that “when I became pregnant that I was to name our daughter a certain name and her middle name was to be spelled a certain way.” Three months later I became pregnant and she was to be born that year on Thanksgiving Day. She came one week early.

Talk about a miracle. She was our miracle and always will be a reminder that no matter how long it takes God to answer prayers and desires, His promises are true no matter what the circumstances.

My prayer is that if someone is going through a period of doubting God to fulfill His promises, that you take a “leap of faith” and continue to walk in the path He has set out for you and He will fulfill what He has promised.

May the Lord bless and keep you in His care.

Blessings,

Yvonne

“What Is” Series: Peace

He is our peace

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”–St. Francis de Sales

What is peace? According to Merriam-Webster, peace (n) is:

  • a state of tranquility or quiet freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
  • harmony in personal relations
  • a state or period of mutual concord between governments–a pact or agreement to end hostility
  • used inter jectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting for farewell

Some phrases associated with peace include: hold one’s peace; speak now or forever hold your peace; at peace with; keep the peace; make peace; peace and quiet; peace out; peace of mind; rest in peace; peace offering; peace in the valley; and peace in the midst of the storm.

Of all the topics in my “What Is” series, I can honestly say that “peace” is one that I struggle with the most in my life. Quieting oneself in the midst of chaos/discord is not an easy task. One would have to ask the question, “Am I always in a state of tranquility, quiet or calm during difficult situations that arise in my life?” We probably all agree that life is not always quiet and tranquil, yet the Word of God clearly teaches us to “focus our thoughts on things of God because He is our source of peace.”

Let me share the following scriptures (NIV) as a reference to help us “in the midst of the storm” when we are on balmy waters:

II Corinthians 13:11 (Paul’s words to the Corinthians): “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfections, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Luke 8:48: “Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Romans 8:6: “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”

Psalm 4:8: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Ephesians 2:14: “For he himself is our peace.”

Psalm 29:11: “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

I Corinthians 14:33: “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

Galatians 5:22: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace.”

Whenever we have doubt, trouble, or chaos in our lives, John 16:33 (NIV) reminds us of Jesus’ words to his disciples: “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus also tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 that “we should not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” (NIV)

We began this series with Truth and ended the series with Peace. In John 14:6 (NIV): Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Finally, Jesus tells us in John 14:27 (NIV): “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

When we focus our thoughts on the things of God, he will be our source of “inner peace”.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he make his face to shine upon you and give your peace.

Blessings,

Yvonne

“What Is” Series: Joy

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home…it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.”–Chuck Patahniuk

Merriam-Webster defines joy (n) as:

  • the emotion evoked by the well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: Delight
  • the expression or exhibition of such emotion: Gaiety
  • a state of happiness or felicity (bliss)
  • a source or cause of delight

Joy is not just a smile or a laugh. Joy is a state of mind–state of contentment, confidence, and hope deep within our souls. Joy is the product of fellowship with the Father and Son (I John 1:3-4).

Joy denotes happiness–if you are joyful then you are happy.

Some phrases that describe joy are: afternoon delight, beside myself with joy, bundle of joy, weep for joy, wish someone joy, joyride, leap for joy, a joy to behold, and pride and joy to name a few.

But how does the Word of God describe joy (NIV):

Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

James 1:2-3: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

John 16-24: “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

Proverbs 17:22: “A cheerful (joyful) heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

John 16:22: “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

I Peter 1:8: “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”

Romans 14:17: “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Psalms 16:11: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”

John 15:11: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

Proverbs 10:28: “The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.”

Isaiah 55:12: “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

God’s Word is filled with promises that God makes to His people that He will fill them with an “inexpressible and glorious joy”; fill us with “joy in His presence”; “His joy may be in you and your joy may be complete”; and we will “go out in joy and be led forth in peace.” These are wonderful promises to us all that no matter what we are going through–no matter what the circumstances are in our lives–we can be filled with God’s presence and He can fill our hearts with joy as we trust in Him to work everything out for our good.

We serve a mighty God. This should make us all smile and be joyful. Go forth and find joy in the journey God has set before you for “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”

Blessings,

Yvonne

“What Is” Series: Trust

Trust in the Lord always

You can trust me. Yes, or absolutely. Thank you. I care about this. I trust your judgment. I understand. Tell me more. Yes, I see what you are saying. These are just some of the phrases that we say to let others know that we trust them and/or that we can be trusted.

How do we show others that we can be trusted? By our actions/behavior. If we tell someone that “you can trust me” and then do the complete opposite in our actions/behavior towards them, then we not not trustworthy. Trust is earned and should not be taken lightly.

“Trust is the glue to life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication It’s the fundamental principle that holds all relationships.”–Stephen Covey

Merriam-Webster defines trust (n) as:

  • assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
  • dependence on something future or contingent: Hope (i.e. bought furniture on trust)
  • a property interest held by one person for the benefit of another
  • care, custody (i.e. the child committed to her trust)
  • a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence as the condition of some relationship

The Word of God gives prime examples of a loving God who asks that we “trust Him” in all of our circumstances in life:

Jeremiah 17:7-8: “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.” (NIV)

Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

Psalm 143:8: “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (NIV)

Psalm 91:1-2: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (NIV)

Proverbs 29:25: “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” (NIV)

Proverbs 16:20: “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” (NIV)

Psalm 56:3-4: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word, I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (NIV)

Psalm 37:3: “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” (NIV)

When I researched scriptures with the word “trust”, I was amazed at what a loving God we serve. He only asks that we trust him–to put our confidence in him–and believe that he will work “all things out for our good.” He asks that we “not doubt” his love for us.

In James 1:5-6 we are told that, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. BUT when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (NIV) Doubting is not trusting.

If we find ourselves doubting God’s unfailing love, let us look at Isaiah 43:2-4 which states, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom; Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.” (NIV)

God promised the Israelites that he would be with them and that he was their only Saviour–that they were to put their trust in him alone–because He loved them and they were precious in His sight.

God loves us and wants us to put our trust in Him and to look to Him for strength and courage as we “pass through the rivers” in our life’s journey. Will you trust Him today?

Blessings,

Yvonne

“What Is” Series: Love

God is Love!

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.”–Helen Keller

“You can give without loving But you cannot Love without Giving.”–Amy Carmichael

I love you. I adore you. You’re amazing. Love ya. You are so awesome. I love you a bushel and a peck. Love you to the moon and back. Love you to the mountains and back. I’m yours. You complete me. You’re my angel. You’re mine. These are all expressions of love–love phrases–that many of us have said to one another to express our deepest feelings of “love.”

But what is love? Merriam-Webster dictionary defines love as (noun):

  • strong affection for another arising out of kinship of personal ties (i.e. maternal mother)
  • affection and tenderness felt by lovers
  • affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests
  • an assurance of affection (i.e. give her my love)
  • the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration
  • unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another (i.e. the fatherly concern of God for humankind; brotherly concern for others)
  • a person’s adoration of God

This week my husband took me to see the new “Downton Abbey” movie. I asked him a couple of days before it was to begin showing in the theater if he wanted to see it, and he would always say “not really.” But by Friday morning (the opening day of the movie), he asked me if I wanted to go to the first afternoon showing. I gladly jumped at this invitation and afterwards he mentioned that the movie had a slow start, but by the end of the movie he felt “an emotional attachment” for it.

My husband decided out of his love for me that he would give up whatever he felt was deemed more important on his to-do list that day to take me to see the movie that I couldn’t wait to see. Throughout the 50 years that we have been married, he never ceases to surprise me by giving unselfishly–even if it means sitting through a movie that he didn’t want to see in the first place–just to make me happy. To me, this is love.

Throughout the scriptures, God’s Word tells and shows us what love is all about:

John 15:12: “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.” (NIV)

I John 3:1: “How great is the love that the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.” (NIV)

I Corinthians 13:1-3: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (NIV)

I Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (NIV)

I John 4:16: “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” (NIV)

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)

I Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (NIV)

Jesus admonishes us to love each other as much as He loved us. When Jesus was asked in Matthew 22:36: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied in Matthew 22:37-39 that we are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments (vs 40).” (NIV)

John 15:13: “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (NIV)

Jesus laid down his life for us all. Now this is love.

May the Lord bless and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace and love in showing others the kind of love that God shows us. Be kind, be compassionate, be grateful, be forgiving. We only live once and the time to love is now!

Blessings,

Yvonne

“What Is” Series: Hope

Our hope is not in ourselves but in the Lord.

Hope to see you soon. Hope you feel better. Hope for a promotion. Hoping for the best. I hope so. Hope he/she remembers. Hope to be invited to the wedding. These are examples of what we say regarding our perception of hope.

But what is hope? Merriam-Webster defines hope as:

“To cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or to be true;

“To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment;

“To expect with confidence; Trust.”

If hope is an expectation of what is to come, then someone who has no hope has lost their faith to believe in the One who gives us hope. If you lose hope, what happens to faith? Without faith there is no hope and without hope you die–there is no expectation of what is to come. We are lost without hope. Without hope we no longer believe in what God has promised in His Word.

Jesus gives us this hope. Let us look at some of the scriptures that pertain to hope–God’s evidence of faith and the hope within us.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)

Isaiah 40:31: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV)

Colossians 1:27: “…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (NIV)

Romans 8:24-25: “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” (NIV)

Romans 5:2-5: “…and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (NIV)

Job 17:15-16: “…where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me? Will it go down to the gates of death? Will we descend together into the dust?” (NIV)

Psalm 147:11: “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (NIV)

According to the scriptures we have read, faith appears to be the catalyst that creates the hope that there will be a better tomorrow–that all will be well no matter what our circumstances seem to be at the time. There is no doubt in Biblical hope because we know “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

Blessings,

Yvonne

“What Is” Series: Faith

Faith is the key to our relationship with God

“Optimism is the Faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can not be done without hope and confidence.”–Helen Keller

What is faith? According to Merriam-Webster, faith is:

  • allegiance to duty or a person–loyalty; fidelity to one’s promises; sincerity of one’s intentions
  • belief and trust in and loyalty to God; belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust
  • something that is believed with strong conviction, especially a system of religious beliefs; faith without question

Examples of faith could be:

  • Light switch: You go into a dark room. You turn on the light switch; but before you do this, you know that if you turn it on, there will be light. A glimmer of faith.
  • Chair: The chair represents faith so that when you sit down on it, you believe that the chair will hold you and that it won’t break.

There are countless scriptures in the Word of God that tell us what faith is and who our faith is to be in–God:

Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV) In this particular chapter, Paul gives us examples of individuals who lived by faith: By faith Abel; by faith Enoch; by faith Noah; by faith Abraham; by faith Isaac; by faith Jacob; by faith Joseph; by faith Moses; by faith the people passed through the Red Sea; by faith the walls of Jericho fell down as well as countless others are listed because of their faith in God.

Romans 10:17: “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (NIV)

II Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (NIV)

Hebrews 11:6: “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.” (NIV)

Mark 11:22: “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. (NIV)

I Corinthians 2:5: “So that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” (NIV)

I Corinthians 16:13: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage, be strong.” (NIV)

Romans 1:17: “The righteous will live by faith.” (NIV)

Galatians: 4:4-6: “There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called one hope when you were called–one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in all.” (NIV)

So why do so many people struggle with a “lack of faith?”

According to GotQuestions.com, many people struggle with a lack of faith because “we follow our perceptions of what is true rather than what we know to be true in faith.”

As Christians, our faith is based on our belief in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. His Word is a testimony of His faithfulness and His promise to us is actual evidence of our faith and hope in God (Hebrews 6:17-20: “Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (NIV)

“The main reason we struggle with faith is that we don’t truly know the God in whom we profess to have faith.”–GotQuestions.com

In order to “know” God and “have faith in God”, we need to know Him by spending more time in His Word and getting to know Him in a more intimate way by conversing with Him through prayer and listening to His “still, small voice.” In other words, we need to spend time in God’s presence on a daily basis. We don’t have to spend hours on our knees. The song, “In The Garden”, says that “He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own.” God can only become more real in your life if you allow Him to “walk and talk with you.”

God is standing at the door “knocking and asking” for you to let Him in–to get to know you more–and make Himself more real in your lives.

In conclusion, I want to leave you with Paul’s prayerful words to the Ephesians:

Ephesians 3:14-19: “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through FAITH. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV)

May the Lord bless each and every one of you as you grasp “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” for you.

Blessings,

Yvonne

“What Is” Series: Truth

References

“To those involved in a dying world, Satan will come with evil’s undiluted power to deceive, for they have refused the truth which could have saved them. They see truth as a lie and the lie as truth. They accept the lies of the devil.”–Billy Graham

Jesus is the truth and sin keeps us from the truth. But what is truth?

According to the dictionary, truth is “conformity to reality or actuality; a true statement. That which is real in a deeper sense; spiritual or genuine reality; a true thing; a verified fact; a true statement or proposition. An established principle, fixed law or the like; as, the great truths of morals; righteousness; true religion; to assert as true; to declare.”–Princeton’s WordNet–Wiktionary–Webster’s Dictionary

But is truth “absolute/universal?” When someone defends their actions and when asked if they are “lying”, they normally say “that is the absolute truth” whether they are lying or not.

According to the definition of “absolute” truth, it is something that is true at all times and in all places. It is something that is always true no matter what the circumstances. It is a fact that cannot be changed.–Wikipedia

“Tolerance has become the one cardinal virtue of the postmodern society, the one absolute, and, therefore, intolerance is the only evil. Any belief in absolute truth is viewed as intolerance, the ultimate sin. Those who deny absolute truth will often say that is is alright to believe what you want, as long as you do not try to impose your beliefs on others. But this view itself is a belief about what is right and wrong, and those who hold this view most definitely do try to impose it on others. They set up a standard of behavior which they insist others follow, thereby violating the very thing they claim to uphold (another self-contradicting position). Those who hold such a belief simply do not want to be accountable for their actions. If there is absolute truth, then there are absolute standards of right and wrong, and we are accountable to those standards. This accountability is what people are really rejecting when they reject absolute truth.”–www.GodQuestions.net

“There are three evidences for the existence of absolute truth. First, there is the human conscience; second, science; and third, religion. Religion is really evidence that mankind is more than just a highly evolved animal. It is evidence of a higher purpose and of the existence of a personal and purposeful Creator who implanted in man the desire to know Him and if there is a Creator, then He becomes the standard for absolute truth, and it is His authority that establishes that truth.”–GotQuestions.net

“Society no longer cares about the truth. It doesn’t matter what one regards as “truth” just as long as they are sincere. Truth is subjective, society says, and it is up to each individual to decide for themselves what is right and wrong. We need to remember that anything other than the truth needs to be rejected. Our culture shuns authority and looks down upon biblical values.”–LivingWaters.com

This appears to be the mentality of our society today–a lack of conscience to do what is morally right. Doing and saying what you want without regard to whether it is absolute truth or not. A world without a conscience would be a dangerous place to live.

If that is the “truth”, then lets look at what the Word of God has to say about truth (NIV translation):

John 14:6: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 8:31-32: To the Jews who believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 16:13: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. he will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

John 4:23-24: “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

I John 3:18; “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

II Timothy 2:15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

Ephesians 4:15: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”

Psalm 25:5: “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

Psalm 86:11: “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth.”

From these scriptures, we absolutely determine that there is a Creator who will lead us into all truth which is Jesus Christ. Jesus never changes and the Word of God points us to the way, the truth and the life.

When I first thought of writing about “truth”, my first thought turned to the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Then I asked myself, what does “inalienable” mean. According to Vocabulary.com, it is “something that is yours forever, that can’t be taken away and given to your little brother. The word refers to a ‘natural’ right that cannot be revoked by an outside force.”

If that is the case, then Christianity (Salvation) is for all believers–that which is given to all and cannot be taken away by any outside force.

The Word of God is our compass in the world we live in today. It gives us the directions and information on how to live a life pleasing to God in every area of our lives.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

May we try to live in the truth as we follow Jesus’ teachings and apply them to our lives daily.

Blessings,

Yvonne

Friendspiration: Word of God on Friendship

The Word of God is filled with verses pertaining to friendship(s). These scripture verses are insights and wisdom of instruction regarding finding and keeping friendships as well as how to live our lives on a daily basis according to Christ’s teachings. I will not be covering every scripture but want to share just a few of them with you.

Proverbs 13:20 indicates that “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” This tells us that it is important to choose our friends wisely and to keep the right company. I Corinthians 15:33 further states that “Do not be misled: bad company corrupts good character.”

Other scriptures such as Proverbs 17:17 tells us that “a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” No matter what is going on in our lives, a true friend will love us and help us through our adversity.

Encouragement, commitment, love, and support are the qualities of a true friend. Someone who encourages us in the faith and helps guide us along the way to make a strong commitment in that faith through their love and support is a friend worth seeking.

Galatians 5:13 says we are to “serve one another” and Ephesians 5:21 says that we are to “submit to one another.” Serving each other is a way of expressing God’s love and being helpful to another person’s spiritual, emotional or physical welfare.

Guidance from the scriptures help us understand how we are to interact with one another and are commandments for us to follow in our everyday lives. How to live with each other; how to treat each other; how to seek out wisdom and guidance for direction and purpose as we follow Christ’s teachings.

In conclusion, I Peter 4:8-10 says, “…love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.” Now that is “true friendship” shown to others through the faith that we live out each day.

May the Lord help us to share our lives with others and live out our faith each and every day in the way that Jesus taught us through his promises.

Blessings,

Yvonne

Friendspiration: Inspiring Friendship Quotes

As I look around my music/writing room, I see a number of “creativity” quotes to help keep my mind focused on creating beautiful things . Friendship is the same. When we cultivate those friendships, we (as well as they) can blossom into beautiful and lasting friends who “stick closer than a brother.”

Various types of quotes are happy thoughts that we can look at throughout the day. They bring a smile to one’s face and help us remember the small, simplistic things in our lives.

So it is with friendship quotes. They help remind us to look at the “simple things” and to “cultivate” the friendships that God has sent our way–those blessings in disguise just when we need them the most.

There are a number of blogs that have posted inspiring, thought-provoking, beautiful and funny quotes about friendship. Following are just some of the numerous quotes I have gathered for you to ponder and perhaps apply to the friendships you now have (or have yet to find) and to renew friendships that have gone astray. Enjoy and happy reading.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”–Walter Winchell

“”Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'”–C.S. Lewis

“A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world.”–Leo Buscaglia

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”–Dale Carnegie

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”–Unknown

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”–Confucius

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”–Albert Schweitzer

“A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.”–Arnold H. Glasgow

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”–Audrey Hepburn

“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.”–Leo F. Buscaglia

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”–Charles Lamb

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”-Marcel Proust

“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”–Zig Ziglar

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”–Woodrow T. Wilson

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”–Ed Cunningham

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”–Bernard Meltzer

“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”–Donna Roberts

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.”–Epicurus

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”–Abraham Lincoln

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”–Carl W. Buechner

“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”–Unknown

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”–Albert Camus

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”–Brandi Snyder

A friend is hard to come by but the one who “holds all our tomorrows” will be the greatest friend of them all–Jesus!

Blessings,

Yvonne