Weekly Memory Verse: "For God so loved the world that he have his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." --John 3:16
This verse may be considered the heart of Christianity. It's important that I know this verse, without question. I've heard it hundreds of time, but I don't have it completely memorized. What a sensationally powerful piece of scripture! To know that God allowed His child to die for me, and that I will spend eternity with Him because I believe.
Weekly Memory Verse: "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise..." --Psalm 100:4
Simply put, I desire to revamp my prayers and begin in thanks to the Lord, as he has called us to do. Opening in thanksgiving places the importance on God, His blessings, and His will before that of my own. He deserves my praise foremost!
Weekly Memory Verse: "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." --Mark 11:24
The above scripture arrived in my email this morning, on day eight of my year-long devotional. I've seen this verse before, but never really pondered it's power. I pray to God throughout the day, every day. But, do I sincerely believe I have received what I'm requesting, or do I think of my prayers simply as a dutiful daily list of needs lifted up to Christ. This verse tells me that I need to BELIEVE I have received. I must trust the amazing power of God and know that He is capable, should my will be His. No matter what season of life we find ourselves in at this moment, we must continue to pray and trust, as Billy Graham explains:
We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving. We are to pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud. We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting. We need to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient. Sinners, pray to a merciful God for forgiveness. Christians, pray for an outpouring of God's Spirit upon a willful, evil, unrepentant world. Parents, pray that God may crown your home with grace and mercy. Children, pray for the salvation of your parents. Christians, saints of God, pray that the dew of heaven may fall on earth's dry, thirsty ground, and that righteousness may cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
Weekly Memory Verse: " He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength."
For the last few months I've felt how this puppy looks-- a little tired, a tad weak, a touch of nausea, and a wee bit achey. In the moments when chasing Adeline around, doing the dishes, folding laundry, grocery shopping, or walking the dogs seems like too much, I need to recall this verse. The knowledge that God gives me power when I'm feeling faint helps me breathe deeper, put my trust in Him, and recharge.
I'm Ashley Ashcraft,
a military wife and
stay-at-home mama, earnestly seeking the Christ-like life. I invite you to walk alongside me in my quest to raise our children and join the antics of our unpredictable military lifestyle. I pray your heart feels rejuvenated and inspired each time you visit OFH!