holy week quotes

Unless there is a Good Friday in our lives there will never be an Easter Sunday; unless we die to this world, we shall not live to the next; unless there is the crown of thorns, there will never be the halo of light; unless there is the cross, there will never be an empty tomb; unless we lose our life, we shall not find it; unless we are crucified with Christ, we shall never rise with Christ. Such is the plan, and on our choice, depends eternal issues.
—  Fulton J. Sheen

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Is. 41:10

REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU’RE

1. Headed to church as a single woman

It doesn’t matter if every single guy in your church is “taken” or every single Christian guy you know doesn’t seem to be interested in you, that doesn’t automatically mean there is no hope for you. You may feel like you’re the only person who desires a godly relationship, but you’re not! There ARE godly men who desire this and there are men who are getting closer and closer to understanding what it means to even pursue a woman in a godly way. Don’t be afraid to pray for our generation that people begin to get closer to God and learn how to pursue Him in their #relationshipgoals. Don’t buy into the lies of the enemy that our generation is ruined and there is no hope. Because of Christ, there is ALWAYS hope!

2. Checking your phone waiting for him to text you

Perhaps you’ve been talking to a guy for weeks or months and just when things finally seem to be going somewhere, he drops off. Do NOT be dismayed. Take a deep breath, and go directly to your Heavenly Father. Let HIM sustain you and He will place the right person in your life when the time is right!

3. Feeling pressured to date someone because you don’t want to be alone

It makes a HUGE difference to be with someone who not only knows your value, but knows his, too! Wait for the one who KNOWS and lives a life with respect for God. It will make a difference in the way he respects YOU! Don’t settle! You deserve to be pursued by a man who knows his worth!

Biblical context + further reading: Is. 41:10
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12:10 am, September 29, 2015
I remember the day I finally had enough. I became weak in the mind and heart. My tears were no longer warm; they were ice cold. My mind shut down as my heart became icy. My eyes became red. It was time to look for an alternative. The bottles touching my lips felt better than yours. The poisonous liquid occupied my mind. Your name didn’t matter. Smoke filled my lungs. Eyes glossy, mind clear, your smile was no longer visible. I never knew your love would be replaced by toxins. As she makes you smile, these alternatives make me occupied.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Gal. 6:9

In this part of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church of Galatia, he is encouraging them to keep on doing right in a time where they were falling away and beginning to stray away from the Gospel. Paul is reminding them that they have the OPPORTUNITY to do better (read verse 10). He is reminding that they have the opportunity to keep going and doing what’s right, despite the temptation and pressure to turn away.
When it comes to that goal you have to graduate, to have that career, to move to that new city, or to start your business, recognize that you have the opportunity right now to keep on doing good not grow weary. You have the opportunity to stay focused on the things of God and you keep on planting seeds, and those seeds WILL grow. They may not grow at the pace you want them to grow, but they WILL grow, and the harvest will come in the proper time that God has planned for you.

I encourage you to keep on planting those seeds today. Keep on:

1. Making the Lord your top priority, talking to Him and reading His word daily
2. Being a hard working student or an employee of integrity, even when you get overlooked, and even though it would be SO easy to slack off or to make shortcuts
3. Giving 100% with every paper, every test, every task
4. Making improvements + constantly refining the skills God has given you, not to get attention of others but to bring glory to Him
5. Showing love to people, even the competitors and the people who don’t support you
6. Being a women of your word and fully committing to what you said you were going to do
7. Standing out from the crowd, even if it means there are just a few of you.

God WILL honor your faithfulness. Keep on sowing seeds and do not give up today. Do not slack off. God has more in store, but you’ve got to hang in there. You’ve got to keep going, and through Christ, it IS possible!

Further reading: Gal. 6:1-10, 1 Co 15:58; 2 Co 4:1, Phil. 4:13

It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. - Ephesians 2:2-4 (The Message)

God loved us enough to send His son, Jesus Christ to die for us. This is how God embraced us despite all that we’ve done. He didn’t have to do that but He did, giving us direct access to Him, seating us in the highest, most wonderful company anyone could ever imagine. This is why as followers of Jesus, we can be the kind of women who walk with our heads high, knowing that our worth is not in:

1. WHO WE’RE DATING
As someone who has been married close to 5 years, I can honestly say that my husband and I make a great team and I am so blessed that God put us together. However, I did not increase in worth the moment my husband put a ring on my finger. My worth increased the moment I embraced who I was in Jesus. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, dating, engaged, or married–your worth is still in JESUS.

2. WHAT WE LOOK LIKE
The way that your body is shaped, the way that your hair looks, the way that smile–yes, they are a part of you, but this is not where you worth is! The reason that you have confidence should never be because you’ve started working out twice a day, or you got a new haircut or a makeover. You should radiate with the love of Jesus–and believe me, people not only notice, but they will be blessed by the Jesus that they see in you!

3. WHERE WE WORK/GO TO SCHOOL
It doesn’t matter if you go to the #1 college in your state or a community college. it doesn’t matter if you work at Target, or you’re a lawyer, God will still bless you and work in your life no matter what your paycheck or diploma says–put your worth in Jesus. That’s what lasts.!

Biblical context + further reading: Ephesians 2
Written by Itsmorganlife

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I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
- Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV)

God set a part the Levites (descendants of Levi, son of Jacob) to serve to look after the temple (Deuteronomy 10:8). One of the tasks that the Levites would have performed would have been guarding the temple, being watchmen, guarding the temple overnight. The reason why they did this was because the temple was important, and furthermore, God had told them to do so.

But the psalmist here says that he waits on the Lord MORE than the watchmen waited for morning. This is a powerful statement because this was an important task and something that was actually pleasing in God’s sight. However, the psalmist recognized that he must wait for the Lord even more than something that pleased the Lord. WOW. Even when we’re doing God’s work, even when we’re desiring something that pleases Him, such as a godly marriage, or to travel the world and get involved in mission work, we must still wait on the Lord. In the New Testament, there are quite a few verses for believers on patience and endurance and how it relates to our faith walk (*I’ve listed the scriptures below for your reference). Remember this even if you’re:

1. Waiting on a text/message/call/invitation to hang out from a guy from church, or a guy that you consider to be “godly husband” material

2. Waiting to be able to leave the job you’re working to be more involved in a passion God has placed on your heart

3. Waiting for your family member or friend to realize their worth and who they are in Jesus

4. Waiting on an opportunity that would allow you to use the gifts God has given you.

5. Waiting on results from a doctor or someone in authority at work or school

Whatever it is, even you’re waiting on something that would bring glory to God, we must still wait on Him more than we wait for anything else!

Biblical context + further reading: Psalm 130, Psalm 25:15, Deuteronomy 10:8-11, *Colossians 1:11, Romans 5:3-4, James 5:11, 2 Peter 3:9
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