#repost from #ourdailybread No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city. Revelation 22:3 As the first immigrant to the US to pass through Ellis Island in 1892, Annie Moore must have felt incredible excitement at the thought of a new home and a fresh start. Millions would pass through there afterward. Just a teenager, Annie had left behind a difficult life in Ireland to start a new one. Carrying only a little bag in her hand, she came with lots of dreams, hopes, and expectations of a land of opportunity. How much more excitement and awe will God’s children experience when we see “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1 ). We will enter what the book of Revelation calls “the Holy City, the new Jerusalem” (v. 2 ). The apostle John describes this amazing place with powerful imagery. There will be “the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (22:1 ). Water represents life and abundance, and its source will be the eternal God Himself. John says that “no longer will there be any curse” (v. 3 ). The beautiful, pure relationship God intended between Himself and humans will be fully restored. How incredible to know that God, who loves His children and purchased us with the life of His Son, is preparing such an amazing new home—where He Himself will live with us and be our God (21:3 ). What comes to mind when you think about heaven? How does this passage from Revelation encourage you? Father, thank You for Your love! We’re excited as we wait for that day when we will live in peace with You and each other in heaven. #hope #newhope #joy #newbeginnings #lookforward #freshstart #Jesus #soonandverysoon #home #cornerstone #encouragement #ponder #verseoftheday #goodmorning #mondaymotivation #monday #gooday
#repost from #ourdailybread Love [your wife] as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods. Hosea 3:1 Ron and Nancy’s marriage was deteriorating rapidly. She had an affair, but after some time she admitted her sin to God. She knew what He wanted her to do, but it was difficult. She shared the truth with Ron. Instead of asking for a divorce, Ron chose to give Nancy a chance to win his trust back by showing that she’d changed. In a miraculous way God restored their marriage. Ron’s actions are a picture of God’s love and forgiveness shown toward sinners like you and me. The prophet Hosea understood this well. He was commanded by God to marry an unfaithful woman as a way to show Israel their status of unfaithfulness before Him (Hosea 1 ). If that wasn’t heartbreaking enough, when Hosea’s wife left him, God told him to ask her to come back. He said, “Show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress” (3:1 ). After all their disobedience, God longed for a close relationship with His people. Just as Hosea loved his unfaithful wife, pursued her, and sacrificed for her, so God loved His people. His righteous anger and jealousy were motivated by His great love. This same God longs for us today to be near Him. As we come to Him in faith, we can trust that in Him we will find complete fulfillment. How will you respond to God’s love today? Is there someone you can share His great love with? God in heaven, how great and amazing is Your love, even for a sinner like me! For all the wrong I’ve done, I don’t deserve Your love. Thank You for forgiving me, for buying me back, for restoring our relationship. #love #truelove #recklesslove #Godslove #Jesus #dailydevotion #verseoftheday #tuesday #encouragement
One of my most favorite Kikuyu Hymns. This song has 'Thanksgiving' written all over it. Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. This is God's will for your life. Be Thankful in every circumstance, and talk to Him often. For those who don't understand the Kikuyu, here is a link for lyrics and translation. https://m.facebook.com/PceaThikaPresbyterialYouth/posts/305230026280479 God bless and enjoy! Video: @sannamusik_kenya Audio: @sannamusik_kenya For full video go to: https://youtu.be/w7I30_0TGL4 #thankgiving #thankful #joy #worship #worshipleaders #Jesuschrist #Jesus
Umm #TBT umm me umm a bridesmaid at my cousin Mwangi's wedding in 2002 thereabouts. And as usual in a group photo I'm always looking somewhere else. Yes those are my cousins. But what's that outfit? Why is it a suit? I'm not even sure that's me. 🏃 @manuthuging #Weddings #bridesmaids #family #Fun #oldschool
#Repost from #ourdailybread God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. Exodus 2:25 Barbara grew up under the care of the British government in the 1960s, but when she turned sixteen, she and her newborn son, Simon, became homeless. The state was no longer obligated to provide for her at that age. Barbara wrote to the Queen of England for help and received a response! The Queen compassionately arranged for Barbara to be given a house of her own. The Queen of England had the right resources to help Barbara, and her compassionate assistance can be seen as a small picture of God’s help. The King of heaven knows all of our needs and sovereignly works out His plans in our lives. As He does, however, He longs for us to come to Him—sharing our needs and other concerns—as part of our loving relationship with Him. The Israelites brought their need for deliverance to God. They were suffering under the burden of Egyptian slavery and cried out for help. He heard them and remembered His promise: “God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them” (Exodus 2:25 ). He instructed Moses to bring liberty to His people and declared that He would once again release them “into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey” (3:8 ). Our King loves it when we come to Him! He wisely provides what we need, not necessarily what we want. Let’s rest in His sovereign, loving provision. Why is it important for us to bring our needs to God in prayer? How can you learn to rest in God’s provision—whatever that may be? Loving God, thank You that I can bring my needs to You. Help me to be content in whatever paths and provisions You choose. #salvation #care #Jesus #king #compassionate #loving #verseoftheday #dailydevotion #mondaymotivation #monday #goodmorning #goodday #goodweek
#worship welling up. Your Glory God is what our hearts long for, to be overcome by your presence Lord.
The few times we interacted were great. You were an encouragement. #Bobcollymore 💔
I'll never forget your words of encouragement to me. You told me to sing and you followed up. I'm doing just that and will do more. Sometimes the words we say to people stick with them. Thank you Bob. 💔 #bobcollymore
Thanks @valerieiman for the Tee. 😊 Hugs sis.
#repost from #ourdailybread The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:7 Fire swept through the home of a family of six from our church. Although the father and son survived, the father was still hospitalized while his wife, mother, and two small children were laid to rest. Unfortunately, heartbreaking events like this continue to happen again and again. When they’re replayed, so is the age-old question: Why do bad things happen to good people? And it doesn’t surprise us that this old question doesn’t have new answers. Yet the truth that the psalmist puts forth in Psalm 46 has also been replayed and rehearsed and embraced repeatedly. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (v. 1 ). The conditions described in verses 2–3 are catastrophic—earth and mountains moving and sea waters raging. We shudder when we imagine being in the midst of the stormy conditions poetically pictured here. But sometimes we do find ourselves there—in the swirling throes of a terminal illness, tossed about by a devastating financial crisis, stung and stunned by the deaths of loved ones. It’s tempting to rationalize that the presence of trouble means the absence of God. But the truth of Scripture counters such notions. “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (vv. 7, 11 ). He is present when our circumstances are unbearable, and we find comfort in His character: He is good, loving, and trustworthy. When did a challenge in life cause you to question if God was present? What helped to turn the situation around for you? Father, help me to trust the truth of Your Word when it’s hard for me to sense Your care or presence. #encouragement #bestill #trust #Hesgotyou #dailydevotion #Jesus #surrender #verseoftheday #thursday #goodmorning #goodday
Philippians 4:6-8 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. #peace #calm #rest #Jesus #goodnight
“To her, the name of father was another name for love.” —Fanny Fern Happy Father's day to my Papa! Thank you Mr. Muragu for being such a good father. Loving and caring. Thanks for praying for us. May God continue to Keep you and give you more life in all forms. I praise God for you. Have a great day!I honor you. Love you loads. Psalms 91 and Psalms 118 are for you. PS. I know you don't like selfies but had to post this one. 😂 #father #fathersday #love #friendship #family
#repost from #ourdailybread You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession. 1 Peter 2:9 “Oh, it’s only a gypsy boy,” someone whispered with disgust when Rodney Smith walked to the front of the chapel to receive Christ during a service in 1877. Nobody thought much of this teenager, the son of uneducated gypsy parents. Yet, Rodney didn’t listen to those voices. He was certain that God had a purpose for his life so he bought himself a Bible and an English dictionary and taught himself how to read and write. He once said, “The way to Jesus is not by Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, or the poets. It is . . . an old-fashioned hill called Calvary.” Against all odds, Rodney became an evangelist who God used to bring many to Jesus in the UK and US. Peter too was just a simple man—untrained in the religious rabbinic schools (Acts 4:13 ), a fisherman from Galilee—when Jesus called him with two simple words: “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19 ). Yet the same Peter, despite his upbringing and the failures he experienced along the way, later affirmed that those who follow Jesus are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9 ). Through Jesus Christ all people—whatever their education, upbringing, gender, or ethnicity—can be a part of the family of God and be used by Him. Becoming God’s “special possession” is for all who believe in Jesus. What does it mean for you to be part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, God’s special possession? How are you encouraged by the fact that God can use you for His honor? God, I thank You that my identity is found in You. #thebest #special #loved #royalty #identity #thursday #dailydevotion #verseoftheday #encouragement #Jesus #accepted #goodmorning #goodday
They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Isaiah 35:2 This image of God bringing forth life despite the arid terrain reminds me of the prophet Isaiah. He shared an encouraging vision of hope after delivering God’s message of judgment on all nations (Isaiah 35 ). Describing a future time when God will make all things right, the prophet said, “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom” (v. 1 ). He declared God’s rescued people will enter His kingdom “with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” (v. 10 ). With our eternal future secured by God’s promises, we can trust Him through life’s seasons of drought and drenching storms. Deeply rooted in His love, we can grow, blooming into His likeness until, at just the right time, Jesus returns and sets all things right. What storms of life have you been facing? How is God showing you His presence? Look! He’s there. Loving Father, thank You for assuring us You’re with us and working to grow us through every stormy moment of our lives. #storms #trials #dessert #wilderness #pain #Jesus #hope #joy #love #shelter #verseoftheday #dailydevotion #motivation #encouragement
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 As Jesus neared His death, He knew His disciples would need to learn this. They’d soon face a time of upheaval and persecution. To encourage them, Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to live with them and remind them of what He had taught (John 14:26 ). And so He could say, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (v. 27 ). There’s plenty we could be uptight about in our everyday lives. But we can grow in our trust in God by reminding ourselves that His Spirit lives in us—and He offers us His peace. What causes you stress? What characteristics of God can help you learn to trust Him more? Teach me, Jesus, to trust Your faithfulness, to know Your presence, to experience Your peace—to relax. #ourdailybread #relax #trust #pray #Jesus #surrender #peace #verseoftheday #dailydevotion #monday #mondaymotivation #encouragement #goodday