Start Over

When you’ve trusted Jesus and walked his way
When you’ve felt his hand lead you day by day
But your steps now take you another way,
start over.

When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry
When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try
When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why,
start over.

When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do
When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through
And now you’re all alone and it’s up to you,
start over.

When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone
When you’ve done your best but it’s turned out wrong
And now your grandchildren have come along,
start over.

When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know his will
When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still
When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill,
start over.

When you think you’re finished and want to quit
When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit
When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it,
start over.

When the year has been long and successes few
When December comes and you’re feeling blue
God gives a January just for you,
start over.

Starting over means “Victories Won”
Starting over means “A Race Well Run”
Starting over means “The Lords’ Will Done”
We need not just sit there … START OVER.

~Author Unknown

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Never Again!

Never again will I say, “I can’t,” for

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Never again will I admit lack, for

“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Never again will I fear,

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Never again will I harbor doubt and lack of faith, for

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1)

Never again will I allow the supremacy of Satan over my life, for

“Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Never again will I admit defeat, for

“Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Never again will I lack wisdom, for

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

Never again will I be worried and frustrated,

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

Never again will I be in bondage, for

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Now isn’t that good news!

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God Hears You

~Psalm 120:1 A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

This verse encourages the believer that despite our weariness, we can know that when we cry out to the Lord, He will hear us!

The Christian teenager is not alone, even in the darkest of situations.

~Psalm 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

No matter how discouraged or weary you get, teen girl, the Lord is always there – He knows what you are going through – He promises to hear your cries and provide you with exactly what you need to make it through your trial. He will lift you up in times when you are overwhelmed by life. At times He will even carry you through.

Some of you are battling cancer; and others are battling broken homes. You are not alone! Do not be weary. Know that your Heavenly Father will never leave you.

~Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

I am always encouraged when I know that I am not alone and that there is someone to share my burden with. The Lord desires to carry our burdens for us – He desires that we turn to Him when we are at the end of our rope.

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

Our Lord and Saviour promises us rest from our burdens and cares. Teen girl, turn to the only One who can truly help you when you are weary. Don’t give in to Satan’s attempts to drag you down. Don’t give in to his lies that God does not hear you.  God does hear you and He loves you.  He won’t let you down :)

~Psalm 121:1 A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 

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The Eagle and the Wolf

There is a great battle that rages inside me.

One side is the soaring eagle. Everything the eagle stands for is good and true and beautiful, and it soars above the clouds. Even though it dips down into the valleys, it lays its eggs on the mountaintops.

The other side of me is the howling wolf. And that raging, howling wolf represents the worst that’s in me. He eats upon my downfalls and justifies himself by his presence in the pack.

Who wins this great battle?

The one I feed.

~Unknown

Who do you feed, teen girl?  Do you feed your spirit by feasting in God’s Word every day? Or do you feed yourself with worldly things?  The side that eats the most will be reflected in your testimony.

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Did You Hear God, Today?

Have you heard the Lord’s voice today, teen girl? Have you been listening for it? He speaks to us when we take the time to listen. He speaks to teenagers all the time!  Today’s Christian teenager is bombarded with distractions and misses hearing God’s still small voice. However, God does not only speak to you in your prayer closet.

~Psalm 135:7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.

~Psalm 104:16-17 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; (16) Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. (17)

~Job 40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

The Lord speaks to us through His creation. We only need to listen and to look around us.

So when you really need to hear from God, stop for a moment and look around.  :-)

~Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

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The Bible Lives!

Generation follows generation
– yet it lives.

Nations rise and fall
– yet it lives.

Kings, dictators, rulers come and go
– yet it lives.

Torn, condemned, burned
– yet it lives.

Hated, despised, cursed
– yet it lives.

Doubted, suspected, criticized
– yet it lives.

Damned by atheists
– yet it lives.

Scoffed at by scorners
– yet it lives.

Exaggerated by fanatics
– yet it lives.

Misconstrued and misstated
– yet it lives.

Ranted and raved about
– yet it lives.

Its inspiration denied
– yet it lives.

Yet it lives
– as a lamp to our feet.

Yet it lives
– as a light to our paths.

Yet it lives
– as the gate to Heaven.

Yet it lives
– as a standard for childhood.

Yet it lives
– as a guide for youth.

Yet it lives
– as an inspiration for the matured.

Yet it lives
– as a comfort for the aged.

Yet it lives
– as food for the hungry.

Yet it lives
– as water for the thirsty.

Yet it lives
– as rest for the weary.

Yet it lives
– as light for the heathen.

Yet it lives
– as salvation for the sinner.

Yet it lives
– as grace for the believer.

To know it is to love it.
To love it is to accept it.
To accept it means life eternal.

-Written by 0. Woods

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Saviour

Have you ever been in a situation where someone rescued you from certain death? I have. When I was 12 years old, I nearly drowned. Had it not been for my brother-in-law, Bob, jumping into the lake after me, I would surely have died. The act of one man saved my life! Bob was an expert swimmer and, thus, was perfectly qualified to jump right in to save me. My sister could not have done this as she did not know how to swim, therefore, she was not qualified!

I sit hear thinking of where my soul would have been had Bob not rescued me! I would be burning in hell, then the lake of fire for all eternity! The fear that I felt at the time I was drowning is nothing compared to the fear that is experienced by those who are now in hell! How I praise the Lord that Bob saved my life that day. It gave me the opportunity to hear the blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ thirteen years later! Although I had been raised in a moral home, I had never heard the plan of salvation. But one thing is for certain, I knew what it was like to be “saved” from death.

As I meditated on that this morning, I noticed that I could only be saved by someone who knew how to swim. So it is with our salvation. Only someone who could conquer death and have eternal life could be qualified to save us – this was the Life Giver, Himself, Jesus Christ! There is no other that is qualified for the task of salvation, my friend.

Today’s Name of Jesus is Saviour! What a great name it is! There is no one that can say that they died and rose again. Lazarus could not claim this. Although he was raised from the dead, Lazarus eventually did die. Joseph Smith died. Muhammad did die. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, left heaven to take on human form for the sole purpose of dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins! He then rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father!

Only God is qualified to save us! (Isa 43:11) I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. No mere human can save us. We have a qualified Saviour in Jesus Christ. Only He can claim this title.

I thought you might enjoy reading Scriptures relating to our Saviour! :-) If you are not blessed by these, your blesser is broken, teen girl!

(2 Sa 22:3) The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

(Psa 106:21) They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

(Isa 43:3) For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

(Isa 43:11) I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

(Isa 45:15) Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

(Isa 45:21) Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

(Isa 49:26) And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

(Isa 60:16) Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

(Hos 13:4) Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

(Luk 1:47) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. (Notice Mary said this – she says that God is her Saviour! How could she be sinless then?)

(Luk 2:11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

(Joh 4:42) And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

(Act 5:31) Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

(Act 13:23) Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

(Eph 5:23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

(Php 3:20) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

(1 Ti 1:1) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

(1 Ti 2:3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

(1 Ti 4:10) For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

(2 Ti 1:10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

(Tit 1:3) But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

(Tit 1:4) To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

(Tit 2:10) Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

(Tit 2:13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

(Tit 3:4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

(Tit 3:6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

(2 Pe 1:1) Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

(2 Pe 1:11) For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

(2 Pe 2:20) For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

(2 Pe 3:18 ) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

(1 Jn 4:14) And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

(Jud 1:25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

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