Saturday = Reminders of Grace

From Ann Voskamp

a word from The Sponsor ~ February 28

On this last day of February, a verse shared by one of my grad students seems especially appropriate:

Ephesians 4:32~~

a word from The Sponsor ~ February 21

Amos 5:4 has been a forefront verse for me this week as the huge snow storm in Texas has affected the utilities, food supply, water supply, and other conveniences of everyday life. It took some discipline toward my entitled inner child to center on The Sponsor, who never fails.

Amos 5_4

 

Praying for the safety of all who may glance at this post. 

 

 

 

 



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a word from The Sponsor ~ February 14

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a word from The Sponsor ~ February 8

2 Timothy 1:7 is our bold, “Go-To” Sunday Bible verse shared by one of my graduate students. 

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


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a word from The Sponsor ~ January 31

Romans 12:18 is the Bible Verse shared by one of my graduate students as her “Go-To” Bible Verse.

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NLT

 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ January 24

Proverbs 3:3-6 is the “Go-To” Bible Verse set chosen by one of my talented graduate students.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

    bind them around your neck,

    write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name

    in the sight of God and man.

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 3:3-6 (niv)

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~ November 29

Exodus 14:14 is the impactful, “Go-To” Bible verse shared by one of my graduate students.

 

 

 

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~November 22

On this Sunday before Thanksgiving, Psalm 23:4 is our Bible verse shared by a graduate student in one of my classes: 

 “Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.” 
~Psalm 23:4 (Living Bible)

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a word from The Sponsor ~ October 4

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thoughts on Philippians 4:13

Today, my graduate student Kortney shared Philippians 4:13 as her “Go-To” Bible verse. In God’s gentle nudging in life, this verse was also an integral part of my day too.

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

This verse and the book of Philippians also appears to be God’s “Go-To” book and verse for me today too. This morning, our Bible scholar explained that the Apostle/Teacher Paul wrote this verse while in jail. Paul was chained in a crowded, drafty Roman jail cell. The jail did not provide clothes nor food. Paul relied on others for these essentials. 

Although under continuous scrutiny by guards, Paul continued his mission. During one prison term, he even converted one of the Philippian guards (Acts 16:25-40).

Our Bible scholar shared that Philippians was one of the happiest letters that Paul wrote. Despite terrible conditions and the imminent threat of death, Paul exclaimed: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Thoughts slammed hard at me as I listened. Despite the foreshadow of death, Paul looked beyond his circumstances. My high school friend, Tracey and I have joked about the crisis cavalcade of 2020 and our 2020 Bingo board (and mine has actually morphed into an alphabetized 2020 Bingo list). 

However, as bad as 2020 has been, for almost all of us, we have been blessed to be at home. Our response to the pandemic has occurred in our homes, far away from drafty Roman jails. We have been at home. 

So, the question for my grad students today is “What one positive thing can you do this week through Christ who strengthens you?” Only a positive action for the upcoming week through Christ who shares His strength. Sometimes folks almost exclusively identify with the negative aspect of circumstances, going all the way back to the manna days.

It is therapeutically advantageous to follow Paul’s lead and hold fast to what is good, which is my own “Go-To” verse.

“What one thing can you do this week through Christ who strengthens you?” 

 

 

a word from The Sponsor ~ September 27

My graduate student, Tammi, shared this verse ~ Ephesians 1:18, as her Go-To Bible verse.

“I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people.” ~Ephesians 1:18 (Good News Translation)

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a word from The Sponsor ~ September 13

What is needed everywhere is for people to lift their holy hands in prayer instead of having angry disputes and resentment. ~1 Timothy 2:8

Photo by Donna Nell

 

 

 

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~ September 6

“You know that troubles test your faith and develop endurance. SO, let your endurance grow, for when it is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything!” ~James 1:3-4 

 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ August 23

It is the final Sunday with one graduate class in Educational Leadership. Here is the Bible Verse I am sharing with them.

Lamentations 3:2223 
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. 

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a word from The Sponsor – August 16

This week’s verse, Job 11:17 arrives from a talented photographer friend…

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~ August 9

A familiar verse in 3-part version harmony

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5: 22-23 (niv)

22But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. ~Galatians 5: 22-23 (Good News Translation)

22 The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this. ~Galatians 5: 22-23

 

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Mid-week surge of grace ~ August 5

“I want to encourage you to lean into God’s peace, wherever you find it. God is consistent and generous and abundant in guiding us and in affirming His will with us.”  ~Enuma Okoro, (2010). Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community, page 67.

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a word from The Sponsor ~ August 2

Psalm 145  is a testimony of praise that also lends itself as a tutorial on Leadership. 

Here is a portion of the original Psalm 145 by the King and Leader David

A Song of Praise Of David.

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless Your Name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You and praise your Name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.
All your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and all Your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and tell of Your power,
to make known Your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
[The Lord is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.]
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season.
You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways  and kind in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; He also hears their cry and saves them.

~~~This Psalm, in its original Hebrew, is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Our precher today encourage us to personalize this Psalm with our name.

Since I am teaching an Educatonal Leadership class, it was interesting to see if there are Leadership connections in Psalm 145, since it was written by a great political leader.

Portions of Psalm 145, such as verses 8,9, 15-22 offer a tutorial on Leadership too. Simply interject and substitute the word “Servant Leader”  to see the action steps of Servant Leadership (also apt for Marriage and Parenting):

Try it and see. 

Psalm 145: 8,9, 13-18 A Song of Leadership. Adapted from King David.

8 The Servant Leader is gracious and merciful,

    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 The Servant Leader is good to all,

    and his mercy is over all that {they} lead.

13 [The Servant Leader is faithful in all {their} words

    and kind in all {their} works.

14 The Servant Leader upholds all who are falling

    and raises up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all look to the Servant Leader,

    and {they} give them their food in due season.

16 Servant Leader opens {their} hands;

    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The Servant Leader is righteous in all {their} ways

    and kind in all {their} works.

18 Servant Leader is near to all who call…

What If you read and prayed about these words daily for a month? What change would you see? 

Something to think and pray about this week! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~ July 26

Psalm 32: 8

Recently on a long road trip, I thought about this verse shared by one of my current graduate students and I and snapped this photo outside of Albany, Texas.

 

 

 


 

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