Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

       1 Thessalonians 5:11

Joy

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24

 

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loveAnd now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

 

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peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27 (NIV)

 

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7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

 

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12-13 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you
to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in.
The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small,
but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as
I can and with great affection. Open up your lives.
Live openly and expansively!   –  2 Corinthians 6:11-13 (MSG)

 

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9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive
what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on
knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone
who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone
who knocks, the door will be opened. –  Luke 11:9-10 (NLT)

 

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And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my
territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that
You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.”
So God granted him what he requested.  – I Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV)

 

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5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously
to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
blown and tossed by the wind.7 That person should not
expect to receive anything from the Lord.  –  James 1:5-7 (NIV)

 

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1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, – Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)

 

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22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against
these things! – Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

 

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12-13 What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should
simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning.
When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience.
Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up.
Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life
of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy
is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself
willing and working at what will give him the
most pleasure. – Philippians 2:12-13 (MSG)

 

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5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

 

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19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19

 

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 Prayers and Quotes

Lord, take me where You want me to go.
Let me meet who You want me to meet.
Tell me what You want me to say.

 

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Here I am, Lord. Use me for your good.

 

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The will of God never does add up by human calculation.
How God is going to keep His promise is not our business.
It is His business.
Too often we let how get in the way of what God wants us to do.

 

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I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Protect me from wicked people and satisfy my hunger,
because I am your treasured one.
When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

– Adapted from Psalm 17


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