Leap Day! F.R.O.G

Happy Leap Day! It is sort-of exciting to think that we have 366 days this year! We have one extra day to serve Jesus!

Leap Year’s symbol is usually a frog, so I decided that this post should talk about “F.R.O.G”

Most everyone has heard of “F.R.O.G” It stands for fully rely on God.

I had to “F.R.O.G” a lot this week! My sister and I had to go to a cheer competition, and we were nervous! I had to keep relying on God to help us, and to protect us till the end. And he did! Our team won 2 gold medals!

FFully       Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

RRely       Psalm 59:9 You are my strength, I watch for you;  you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.

OOn        Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man

G– God       Psalm 46:10a. “Be still, and know that I am God”

We need to Fully Rely On God every single day! We rely on him to help us, to protect us, to comfort us, to love us, to care for us. etc.

We shouldn’t just rely on God when we need him strongly , we need to rely on God every single day of the year! All 366 days of it!

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Verse of the day

Today’s verse of the day is…

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

1 Chronicles 16:7-36

1 Chronicles 16: 7-36 Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek theLord.

11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.

12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;

17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,

18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;

19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.

20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;

21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,

22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

23 Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

28 Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

29 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth.

32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth.

34 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

36 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.

Cast your burdens on Him

Imagine this:  Once, a man was going on a journey. He carried a backpack on his back. While he walked the backpack kept getting heavier and heavier.  He kept saying “I can do it! It’s not too heavy for me. ” But, it kept getting heavier and heavier. Finally, he comes upon a cross. He decides to lay his backpack down at the cross. He is now free, no more load on his back! He dropped his backpack, his load, off at Calvary. ~Pilgrims Progress

God will let us go through things. But, he is always right there to help us when we fall.

Think of a little toddler, she wants to pick up a big rock. Her daddy comes along and says “Let me help you sweetie”, and she says “I can do it!” She picks up the rock and walks a few inches, the rock being to heavy on her. Her daddy is still walking beside her. She eventually falls down, and lets the rock go. Her dad picks her up, and also picks up the rock  for her. The little girl is us, we think we can carry our burdens, but, we need help. The daddy is God. He didn’t force the girl to let me carry it. He walked right beside her, and she chose to not let him take it for her, so she fell. The dad was right there to pick her up and carry it for her.

God is a gentle men. He won’t say “LET ME TAKE THAT NOW FOR YOU!” You have to ask him too.

Give yours burdens to Jesus before you fall. God is just waiting for you to give him your burdens. He won’t snatch them from you, you have to give them to him.

Think of a girl who is walking home from school. She is carrying her books. A boy comes up and says “I’ll take your books for you”, and he snatches them from her. The girl didn’t even ask for him to take them! God is not like that at all! He is like this:

A girl is walking home from school. A boy comes up, and starts walking beside her. He kindly asks to take her books for her, the girl replies “Sure, thank you”. He gladly takes them. God is a gentlemen.

God won’t automatically take your cares away, without you asking him. You MUST ASK HIM TOO. You have to ask him, to take them away, and he will. God is whispering “I can help you, I’ll take your burdens away.” But, some people think that they can do it by themselves.

Ask him before you fall. He will pick you up, but, you want to give your backpack to Jesus, before you fall from it’s heaviness.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.

Jesus loves you! He loves you enough to take your burdens away from you. But, he wants to see that you have faith in him to do so, by you asking him to take them away. He is standing right their saying “I’ll take your cares away, I will help you”. You just have to give them to him.  He won’t snatch them from you, you must give them to him.

God is that Father who helped his daughter. He is that boy who stood there and asked to carry her books, and he didn’t snatch them.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.

Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

“The truth about God’s love is not that he allows bad things to happen, but that he will be there to pick you up when they do.” -Love Comes Softly

In that movie, Clark (husband) tells his wife that God will help her and protect her when bad things happen. Even if he was walking right beside his daughter, that doesn’t mean that she would never get hurt. She could still fall, but the things is that God will pick you up, dust you off and give you a loving smile when you do.

No matter what happens in your life, always remember, and believe that God will take care of you. He will be there to pick you up when you fall, and take care of you when you stumble.

Special thanks to http://www.gracetorgerson.wordpress.com

 

I choose Jesus

Who will you choose? Who will you serve?

Money? A false God? Your phone? etc.

Will you serve Jesus? Will you choose Jesus?

I will choose Jesus. 

What about you?

Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to everyone! Tell someone you love them like your parents or your siblings. But especially tell Jesus you love him. (Here is my post on love. Be sure to check it out.)

Just take a look at how many times God’s name and the word love is mentioned in these bible verses. The word love is mentioned 310 times in the bible. Love and God go together, because love and God are mentioned in all these verses! To make that statement true it says in 1 John 4:8 God is love!

1 John 1:9 says We love Him because he first loved us.

1 John 3:16 also says We know what love is because Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love.

Mark 12:30-31  says  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

John 3:16 For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

 

My mom always says “If you can’t love your brother (or sister) who you have seen how can you love God who you have not seen.” Like the song goes ……………

O how I love Jesus, 
	O how I love Jesus, 
	O how I love Jesus, 
	because he first loved me!

 

So, tell someone you love them, but especially tell Jesus you love him!

 

Will you choose Jesus? Will you love him? Will you choose him for eternity?

 

Happy Valentines Day! May God Bless! 

~Cupcakegirl10

Lately

It’s been a busy new year so far. My family, and I recently went to the mountains and we got to see almost 3 feet of snow! Where we live we don’t get a lot of snow, barely even an inch a year, so that trip was a blessing!

Did anyone watch the Super Bowl last night? I was cheering for the Broncos. And, they won! The sad part was, all the commercials were advertising Beer. 😦  Peyton Manning said “I’m gonna go kiss my wife and kids, and drink some Budweiser.” 😦

The Lord says in Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived, thereby, is not wise.

Our pastor said in his sermon that, we need to be more concerned about lost souls, then being obsessed with football, and sports. At first I thought he was slamming people who watch football. But then I thought about it. Some people all they can do is think about sports and football. They have no concern for their lost souls, or others lost souls. There is nothing wrong about watching sports, I watch them! But, instead of having sports on your mind all the time, we need to get into our bibles, talk to God through prayer, witness to someone, get right with God, draw closer to him, or whatever your need for God might be.

What things should we think about?  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.

I too am guilty of having sports on my mind, instead of God. I’m a cheerleader, and at home I like to tumble, or jump, or stunt (that’s lifting people (my brother 🙂 ) up in the air).  And, I catch myself cheering more than I read my bible, or pray. I need to get my priorities straight.

(Post entitled Your Priorities coming soon in March)

It’s okay to watch sports, play sports, or do anything that you like to do. Just make sure your hobbies, things in life, or whatever you do, doesn’t interrupt your quality time with God.

What things should we think about?  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.

Peyton Manning also said “I thank the ‘man up stairs’ for this opportunity”.  Who is the man upstairs? Is it God? Is it your dad who is really upstairs? Your brother? Uncle? Who is he?

He was referring to God. But, God is not ‘a man upstairs’. Why?

  1. God is not a man. Jesus is half God, half man, but not full man.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

John 1:14 The Word (Jesus is the word.) became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus became flesh for us. Not God the father. Jesus was still half God half man.

2. He doesn’t live ‘upstairs’ God lives in heaven.

Psalm 115:3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it
John 14:2-3  Jesus said, My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am
Colossians 3:1-4   Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
God isn’t the ‘man upstairs’, he is a God that is loving and just, holy and righteous, forgiving and will forget are sins, if we ask. Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
He lives in a perfect, holy, and beautiful; place called heaven. Where if you believe, you will be able to walk the streets of gold, see rivers that sparkle, jewels and gems, the pearly gates, beauty beyond compare. And most important, you will see God.
1. Sing the wondrous love of Jesus;
sing his mercy and his grace.
In the mansions bright and blessed
he’ll prepare for us a place.
Refrain:
When we all get to heaven,
what a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
we’ll sing and shout the victory!4. Onward to the prize before us!
Soon his beauty we’ll behold;
soon the pearly gates will open;
we shall tread the streets of gold.
(Refrain)
I pray everyone has a blessed week! ❤

 

 

 

Love.

Love, is just Love. It can never be explained. But, we have the perfect example of love.

God.

 

Who is love?  John 3:16 For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.                  Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

What is love?   1 Corinthians 13:4-8  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

 

What is the greatest?  1 Corinthians 13:13  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Who should I love?  Ephesians 4:2  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with ONE ANOTHER in love.
1 Peter 4:8 a.  Above all, love each other deeply…
John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Deuteronomy 10:12 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all thy strength.
Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD, my strength.

John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

 

Where does Love come from?  1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
What does love do?  1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
There is no ___ in love?  1 John 4:18  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Why do we love?  1 John 4:19  We love because he (Jesus) first loved us.
What binds together love?  Colossians 3:14  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
When does a friend love? Proverbs 17:17  A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Where does love come from?  1 John 4:7 a. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God,

 

 

How do we know what love is?  1 John 3:16-17 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be that person?
How should we love? 1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Do we chase after love? Song of Solomon 8:4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.
What should we not love? Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will e? hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Exodus 20:5 a.  Don’t bow down and worship idols.
How should we love the Lord? Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
How much does God love us? Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.
John 3:16 For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And 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.
Ephesians 2:4-6 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God.
1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
       John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
                         Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD, my strength.