I'm Slipping, I'm Falling

i'm slipping i'm falling devotional divaToday, this verse really moved me.

The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,”
    your love, God, took hold and held me fast.

Psalm 94:18 (MSG)

Have you felt like this lately? I can say I have. In the nighttime, I tend to get more anxious. What an encouragement this is today!

I also wanted to mention, there will be no new posts next week (March 1st-7th). I need to carve out time in my schedule to work on the Devotional Diva redesign, since I put up posts the week before!

Regarding the redesign…if you’re on the page right now, you’ll notice the new logo and changes! I still need to make some tweaks and fix up the newsletter and Facebook, though!

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New Wineskins

new wineskins devotional diva ozella morris change new year 2015 christian blog[Guest post by Ozella Morris: Welcome back, Ozella! On Tuesday, we read Jennifer’s story of waiting instead of trying to force a change. But what if the Lord knows you need a change to be closer Him?]

Mark 2:22: And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.

Thank God for change! Even though it may not always fall in our favor, change is a blessing.

Change brings on new areas for meaningful progress to take place, for new bonds to be made, and for old wounds to be healed.

My own transformation has been one of plenty nights of tears and too many doubts of whether or not I was able to step up to the challenge. When I began to engage the Holy Spirit more, I could see things that I had to let go to let God’s Will go forward more abundantly in my life. Has it been easy? Of course not! However, I have never felt more secure in my life!

My two jobs never made me feel as financially secure as tithing has. My more intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit has soothed my cares more than any self-help book ever could. I stopped working myself to death and began to read my Bible and more inspiration-based materials to keep my spirit strengthened.

This deeper dependence on God has gradually broken my old self and is now stitching together a woman of Faith I never dreamed I could be.

This new ‘wine’ the Holy Spirit pours into us demolishes the old person we have come to accept as who we are.

There are no limits to who we can become through Christ Jesus! Our new ‘wineskins’ are ever changing, allowing us to be moldable in love. Life before you found Christ had no problem telling you that such versatility was impossible.

The world tries to trick us into believing that all we can be is what our circumstances have granted us.

2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

All of our good qualities become better as we continue our walks in Christ. Our glory is no longer defined by financial status, job status, or marital status; it is now determined by how willing we are to change.

However, it is smart to recognize that transformation will take place whether or not we want it to. Our old person doesn’t know what to do with this great amount of love and power the Holy Spirit has granted us. God requires our lives given up to Him, something that is hard to even consider outside of the Holy Spirit. We work hard to maintain lives of some kind of order; but now we have to turn that over to someone we can’t even see. That is a scary thing in itself.

On the other hand, it’s also very scary to think of an innocent man hanging on a cross between two confirmed thieves just for our lives to be reconciled with God. JUST FOR ME AND YOU! Let’s honor this sacrifice with our new ‘wineskins’, giving God the glory for these new phases that are happening in our lives, whether good or bad.Now that you know Him, God will continue to show you that He will love you through it all.

I have come to accept this life of continual transformation in Christ.

It is so much more exciting when you embrace all the infinite possibilities of love, service, and success that come with being followers of Christ. I pray that any reader is now encouraged to let go of the old person you thought you were destined to be and let God shape you to be even more beautiful than you have been before!

ozella morris on devotional divaI’m Ozella Morris, a 26 year old Certified Medical Assistant from Birmingham, Alabama. I’ve been encouraged by other women in Christ to be all that God has predestined me to be. With Christ in my life, I can laugh, love, and enjoy my portion, knowing that things are provided for those who trust in Him! Be blessed and be a blessing to others!

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Top 10 Bible Verses About Marriage

top Bible verses about marriage Since wedding season is upon us, I decided to share my top 10 Bible verses about marriage. They aren’t actually all directly referring to marriage, but all of them are great to apply to marriage.

In no particular order:

1. Ephesians 5: 25-33

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.  
 

These verses are commandments from God about having a holy marriage. I think it’s a beautiful section describing how Jesus loved the church, using it as a metaphor for how a husband should love his wife.

2. 1 Corinthians 13:4-10

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  

 

We’ve all heard this one! A favorite for weddings, this Bible verse about marriage describes true love.

3. 1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

 

This is one of my favorites. While not only about marriage, it does speak about Godly love.

4. 1 Timothy 3:12-13

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

 

I like this verse from 1 Timothy because it expresses God’s will for a Christian household.

5. Proverbs 31:10

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

 

I think this is one of the most popular quotes from Proverbs 31, which is in itself a very popular section of the Bible! Proverbs 31:10 is one of my top 10 Bible verses about marriage because it stresses (and honors) being a noble wife – having good character, which in today’s world is especially important to retain.

6. Deuteronomy 24:5

If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.

 

I love this verse! In a fairy tale kind of way, it’s cute. And a very good idea for newlyweds.

7. Colossians 3:18-19

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

 

This is an important verse, and often misunderstood. I know for a long time I felt weird about “submitting” myself to my husband. It wasn’t until I heard Joyce Meyer speak about the subject that I began to understand what the Lord means.

It’s kind of a big topic, so I won’t go into it too deeply here, but briefly:

God doesn’t give permission for a husband to take advantage of a submissive wife. No, he directly calls husbands to love their wives and not be harsh.

Wifely submission isn’t a bad thing – it’s just respecting your husband and letting him lead (essentially).

8. Ecclesiastes 4:12

12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  

 

Okay, so this one is not directly speaking on marriage. Nonetheless, it’s beautiful applied to marriage because it represents a couple and God.

9. Ephesians 4: 2-3

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  

 

This verse from Ephesians is a good reminder for any marriage.    

10. Matthew 19: 4-6

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Ephesians 5:31

31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

Gen 2:24

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.  

 

I count this as one quote, because these three scriptures all focus on the same thing: that a husband and wife are one flesh. It must be a pretty important fact if it’s in The Bible three times, right?

 

I think if everyone made a “Top 10 Bible Verses About Marriage” post, they would all turn out differently. The Bible has a lot to say about marriage! In any case, I hope that you enjoyed mine!

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