Monday, March 21, 2016

Something to Ponder

I love to highlight and make notes in my Bible
so I can reflect back on places I've been 
in my walk with the Lord.
Are you like that?
God's Word is alive, and through the Spirit 
the same verses that spoke to me today for example
may speak to me differently at other times in my life.
We should be always growing in our walk of faith
as God's Word instructs us on how to live.
God's Holy Word will speak to our spirits
and bring about inspiration, motivation,
 understanding, conviction and change
as we open our hearts and minds to Him.

All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
That the man of God may be perfect thoroughly
 furnished unto all good works."
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)   


The other morning in my quiet time with the Lord
I came across a particular verse that I had both
highlighted and underlined, along with a note I had written to myself
as to what the Lord was saying to me eight years ago.
"What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?" (Psalm 116:12)
It was during a missions conference that God used this verse 
in directing my husband and I for the amount He  would have us to give to missions.
The note I wrote to myself in the margin said,
"What will I give to God's work? Render; to pour out abundantly."  
My desire was to render something acceptable,
something that God would be pleased with.

Our hearts should be full of gratitude for God's grace and mercy,
and  all His benefits to us.
When we speak of God's mercies we should magnify them
and  speak highly of them.
And what shall we render to the Lord? 
How about our obedience and thanksgiving?
We can, with a devoted heart give God, whom showers us with His benefits
all our praises and a heart of obedience
which is acceptable and pleasing unto Him. 
May our hearts ponder on this verse
bringing a change in our walk of faith.

Our Precious Heavenly Father,
we know that You need nothing,
and You put no price on Your free mercy and grace.
May our lives be lived out in an acceptable manor
that would bring glory and honor to Your Holy Name.

Be Lovely!
~ Debbie ~

I will be joining Stephanie's party over at
Roses of Inspiration 


littlegraycottage said...

Dearest Debbie,
Thank you for this timely reminder. I was pondering some problems in my heart last evening and this morning. As I read your post the thought of magnifying the Lord's mercies comforted my heart. So, I looked the word magnify up---to enlarge in fact or appearance, or to increase in significance, to extol and hold in great esteem.
Well....that settled my little worry. Once Jesus and all He has done for me is magnified and appreciated in my thoughts, everything else becomes small and I know He can handle my teeny concern.
Thank you for blessing my day.
Hugs from Shirley

Sylvia said...

I often ponder on the subject too,Debbie, what can I do to glorify God, to give back or how can I let His light shine through me. He has been so merciful and patient with me in my meager ways of serving. I am learning to be quiet and wait on His guidance. Thanks for sharing this with us.
You are always a blessing,

Bonnie said...

Beautiful post. My heart is so full of gratitude for HIS mercy and grace especially as I ponder Easter and all that it means. The old hymn by Isaac Watts is still very true today:
When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and poor contempt on all my pride.

Melanie said...

I love to mark and underline in my Bible too. It brings my eyes immediately to a verse that spoke to me. Beautiful reminder of just how precious God's Word is to us! Have a wonderful day.

Debby Ray said...

Isn't it amazing how the Lord can give us answers when we specifically ask him? Just recently, my hubby and I were faced with a situation about our church which is struggling financially right now. We both prayed (separately) about what the Lord would have us give and wouldn't you was exactly the same amount! The older I get, the more I see the wondrous ways the Father works in my life and the lives of my family! His grace and mercy is endless! And what he is doing in the heart of our son, who is over half way into his recovery program, it just truly nothing short of miraculous! Praise His holy name! Have a most blessed holy week, my precious friend :)♥♥♥

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Dear Debbie, thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts here about the Word of God, and how the Words of Life truly do spring up and come to life in our heart, and bring about meaningful and lifelong changes. I underline and highlight in my Bible too, writing in it, it is something I've done as a child, and many times I've gone back and read what I've written only to find it was just what I needed to know again... I never cease to be amazed at the LIFE that comes forth out of His Word.

I'm so thankful you are back to posting again, the words you write bless my heart in so many ways. Appreciate you so very much dear Debbie, and praying the Lord continues to bless you in all you do!

Mehrll said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I too, highlight in my Bible meaningful verses. Then at times underline too. I often put the date so that I can look back at what the Lord showed me at a special time in my life. His Word is so precious to me. I could lose everything, but I never want my Bible to be taken away. Husg for all your encouragement.

Mehrll said...

Oops! I forgot to say one thing that I feel is important. You can NEVER out-give God. He rewards with more blessings than you can contain. Hugs.

Anne Payne said...

Sweet Debbie, It is SO good to see you back in blogland! I have missed you :) Lovely post, truly. I definitely highlight in my Bible, making notes and occasionally writing around the outside of the entire page! {{hugs}}

Roosterhead Designs said...

Such a beautiful post dear Debbie~
I am always encouraged by your thoughts; and of course by the scriptures you are so insightful to share!
This lifted my heart today. Thank you so much~
Karen O (PS I add those same type of *'s in my bible too: )

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Hi dearest Debbie,
I love that you highlight in your bible and yet when you re-read something at a later time, the meaning or importance, changes for you. The words that I would highlight in your post today, are MERCY and GRACE, which God so freely gives to us. All we need do is ask.
Thank you for your wisdom as we enter this Easter week. Love and blessings to you, sweet friend.

Daniela said...

My wonderful Debbie !
What an inspiring post on this new blog of yours all 'dressed' with Spring colours and atmosphere !
I also use to underline what I find important in a book, not on the pages of our Holy Bible, we should have to underline everything !

Hope you're having a blessed week,
I'm sending much love to you,
wishing you and your dear ones a Happy Easter ahead


Ashley said...

Dear Mrs. Harris,
I was so blessed and encouraged after reading your post. I don't usually underline and highlight verses in my Bible, but I do write small notes sometimes. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. :)

Much love in Christ,

mari said...

In my life, as it is right at this moment, glorifying my Father comes from been here in this small house and guiding my sons, as they prepare to leave the cottage and begin their new journey. So much to do and pray for. My focus continues to be on Him. What a precious post. Thank you for sharing. :-)

Robyn said...

I love visiting your blog, Debbie. Your words wash over me and open my heart in all new ways. Sounds so dramatic, I know, but it's the absolute truth. You always move me and I'm so grateful that you share your thoughts and wisdom with us.
Happy Easter, my dear friend. Lots of love to you!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thank you Debbie, a thought provoking verse. I appreciate you expounding on the scriptures. It gets us all thinking, and into our Bibles. ~ abby

Karen said...

I like to underline and date verses in my Bible that God "highlights" to me. My Dad, in reverence for God's Word, always taught us not to write in our Bibles, but in the year before his death, he did make notes and record prayer requests in it, And now I have his Bible and it means a lot to me.

CherylQuilts said...

Precious Debbie, what a beautiful post. I too love to underline and write comments (along with the date now) in my Bible, and it gives me joy to come across my notes from time to time and see how God continues to use His Word in different ways each and every day throughout the years. I know that the Holy Spirit speaks to us deep within our hearts through His Word, as He instructs, chastens, and urges us to do and think things. May we always be open to Him as He moves within our hearts. I cherish my Bible and know that many throughout the world do not have an entire Bible. Yes, the Lord has blessed us richly in so many ways, and may we bless others in return and continue to shine His light! Much love! xoxo

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