The Measure of a Life

Renee Ann Smith —  March 25, 2015 — 6 Comments

Corrie Ten Boom Life

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The measure of a life is not its duration but its donation. ~Corrie Ten Boom~

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. ~generally attributed to Winston Churchill

It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving. ~Mother Teresa~

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. ~Amy Carmichael~

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ~Charles Dickens~

May we continue to strengthen each other for what lies ahead on this awesome faith journey. Blessings, friends!

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Future Corrie Ten Boom

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Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. ~Corrie Ten Boom~

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In darkness God’s truth shines most clear. ~Corrie Ten Boom~

Are you looking ahead with dread or wrestling with some powerful unknowns today? I’m grateful God uses those faithful ones who have gone before us to light our path along the way.

Though I’ve never met Corrie Ten Boom, she has taught me invaluable life lessons. And each year as we study The Hiding Place, she teaches my students, also!

Here are some older posts I wrote about her—just in case you need some extra encouragement today.

Corrie Ten Boom: Praise for Weak Things

Corrie Ten Boom: The Strongest Force in the World

Corrie Ten Boom: Just in Time

Corrie Ten Boom: This Too

Corrie Ten Boom: Right Feelings Follow Right Actions

May we continue to strengthen each other for what lies ahead on this awesome faith journey. Blessings, friends!

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A Peek at the End

Renee Ann Smith —  March 18, 2015 — 6 Comments

Billy Graham quotes

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“I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.” ~Billy Graham

“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.” ~Julian of Norwich~

“And then this: We can tell you with complete confidence—we have the Master’s word on it—that when the Master comes again to get us, those of us who are still alive will not get a jump on the dead and leave them behind. In actual fact, they’ll be ahead of us.

The Master himself will give the command.

Archangel thunder!

God’s trumpet blast!

He’ll come down from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise—they’ll go first. Then the rest of us who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to meet the Master.

Oh, we’ll be walking on air!

And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master. So reassure one another with these words.”

~I Thessalonians 4:15-18, The Message~

May we continue to strengthen each other for what lies ahead on this awesome faith journey. Blessings, friends!

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If you’re like me, you don’t have everything you want or even everything you think you need.

But no matter how inadequate or empty we feel, the truth is that God always gives us exactly what we need for the moment—especially the grace to face both present difficulties and future uncertainties.

In the Bible, God said, “Fear not” 365 times. That’s one such assurance for every stressful, eventful, horrible day we experience . . . plus more for the easier days.

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I love that God’s Word touches on everything our hearts need to hear. Here are some of my favorite go-to verses to remind me of God’s truth during the scary times.

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.

It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” ~Philippians 4:6&7, The Message~

“Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.” ~Psalm 112:6-8~

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ~I Peter 5:7~

“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”

God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!

We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!” ~Romans 8:15-17, The Message~

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5&6~

“Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’” ~Isaiah 41:13, The Message~

“God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid;who would dare lay a hand on me? God’s my strong champion;I flick off my enemies like flies.” ~Psalm 118:6&7~

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
For his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
Through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
For you are with me;
Your rod and your staff,
They comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
In the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
All the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.”

~Psalm 23~

May we continue to strengthen each other for what lies ahead on this awesome faith journey. Blessings, friends!

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Light

Renee Ann Smith —  March 11, 2015 — 10 Comments

God Is Light

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“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life [Jesus].

“The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” ~I John 1:1-5~

“[God] You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game.” ~Psalm 76:4~

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” ~Proverbs 4:18~

According to Merriam Webster, light is ‘the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.’

I love that—because ever since God uttered, “Let there be light,” that’s what He’s been doing for us—cutting through the gloom of this dark world to open our eyes to what’s true & lasting. He is light!

May we continue to strengthen each other for what lies ahead on this awesome faith journey. Blessings, friends!

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Greater

Renee Ann Smith —  March 9, 2015 — 14 Comments

Who can forget the haunting image from a few weeks back—Libya’s 21 Christian martyrs clothed in orange jumpsuits and kneeling before their masked executioners?

Their names now belong with those which are more familiar to me, other brave ones who also faced Satan’s wrath head on in one way or another . . .

Amy Carmichael . . . Corrie Ten Boom . . . Darlene Deibler Rose . . . Eric Liddell . . . Dietrich Bonhoeffer . . . Jim Elliot . . . Nate Saint . . .

Satan wages war against all such because they are children of the one true King.

He targets them to unseat Him.

But to no eternal avail.

For the God who delights in using the weak and foolish things of the world to shame the wise and powerful, sets Satan’s malicious plans to naught through the lives of His precious children.

Such as these “toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies.

Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons.

We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.”

~Hebrews 11:33-38, The Message~

Satan is right to fear them, for their influence is beyond measure.

We, too, may find ourselves targets of the unseen forces who rail against our Father.

That’s why God brought us into this dark world—that bearing His image, we may illumine the darkness wherever our spheres of influence happen to be.

But fear not. “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” ~I John 4:4~

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I loved what Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention wrote as a caption beneath the photo of the martyrs:

“These are my brothers, faithful to Christ even unto death. King Jesus puts heads back on, and puts worlds back together. Maranatha.”

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

May we continue to strengthen each other for what lies ahead on this awesome faith journey. Blessings, friends!

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On The Road Again

Renee Ann Smith —  March 4, 2015 — 8 Comments

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In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do.
While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master,
I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—
On the road God called you to travel.
I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands.
I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere.
And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts,
But steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love,
Alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
~Ephesians 4:1-3~

Barricade the road that goes Nowhere;
Grace me with your clear revelation.
I choose the true road to Somewhere,
I post your road signs at every curve and corner.
I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me;
God, don’t let me down!
I’ll run the course you lay out for me
If you’ll just show me how.
~Psalm 119:29-32~

 Are your feet dragging along the way God marked for you?

It’s okay to rest.

But then we need to renew ourselves with Scripture, catch a glimpse of what’s waiting for us at the finish line & ask God for the grace to keep on going!

May we continue to encourage each other on this awesome faith journey!

Praying endurance & energy for you, friends!

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1. From the moment you wake, focus on yourself.

2. Repeat this mantra: “No one else could possibly appreciate what I’m going through.”

3. Complain often.

4. Dwell on every slight given you.

5. Relive old hurts again and again and again.

6. Refuse to forgive.

7. Guard against recognizing the unique beauty of each soul.

8. See only the faults and weaknesses of the people you love.

9. Keep “I told you so” ready on your lips.

10. Criticize often.

11. Set God’s Word far away from your eyes.

12. Cast aside God’s promises.

13. Hold your worries close to your heart.

14. Remain troubled for the length of a sleepless night.

15. And through it all, remember not to pray.

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This is a re-post & reminder to myself that attitude affects everything!
Hope you enjoyed it :)

May we continue to encourage each other on this awesome faith journey! Blessings, friends!

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