I love these verses here in Acts 16 of Paul & Silas praying and singing praises to God in prison. Were they happy to be in prison?
Were they feeling really good about then with all those stripes on their backs. I don't think so! But that didn't stop them from praying and praising God.
Why? Because they were filled with the joy of the Lord. The presence of God was in that place with them .
They had the peace of God that passes human understanding. They were filled with God's Holy Spirit. And guess what their prison bands fell off and they were able to witness to the keeper of the prison ! Do you think the bands would have fell off if they were grouchy and complaining? No! Could they have been a witness?
What a beautiful example. Can we praise God like this? Can we praise Him not only when everything is going great, but in our trials, afflictions, and sufferings too?
And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loose.
Acts 16:23-26 KJV
And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
Acts 16:27, 29, 31-33 KJV
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Sometimes it feels like God doesn't hear us. We can go through seasons like this. Praying and and desiring something and not seeing it, though deep down we know He hears us.
We'll read some scripture about God hearing us to remind ourselves that God hears us and sees us. And then I would like for us to share stories, instances, or examples in our lives of God hearing us. Or Seeing God in the little everyday things. It's always encouraging to see how God works in others lives.
And close with prayer requests. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. I John 5:14-15 NKJV And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Palms 139:4
Jeremiah 33:3, ESV Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known The angel of the Lord also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. Genesis 16:11 NIV She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 NIV
God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Gen. 21:17 Genesis 29:32
Leah conceived and bore a son and named him Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.” Genesis 29:31
Now the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. Exodus 3:7
The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. Acts 7:34
I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt and have heard their groans, and I have come down to rescue them; come now, and I will send you to Egypt.’ The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalms 34:17-18 NKJV
We talk about many issues girls struggle with and how they feel good about themselves seeing themselves as Jesus does.
And find their focus and purpose in Jesus. for more resources please visit my website and blog or to contact me about my speaking.
In this video I talk about the importance of being in the Word and teaching it to our children both in what we say and by our example. and being alert to age the day and age we live in.
I share about how we need to be aware of false teachings and false prophecies.
Here is the link to the video I referred to called How Mega Churches Destroyed Christianity.
Music: Sweet Musician: LiQWYD URL: http://www.soundcloud.com/liqwyd
Sometimes God saves or keeps us from a situation, other times he saves us in the situation.
Like the story of the 3 young men thrown in the fiery furnace in Daniel chapter 3. God didn't save or keep them from the furnace, but he saved them in it.
He was right there with them. Then there's Daniel in the lion's den in Daniel chapter 6. Again he wasn't saved or kept from being thrown into the lion's den, but he was saved in the midst of it. And in those situations God gets the glory!!
If they had been saved from those things completely God wouldn't have gotten the glory and praise. Mae Renfroe
Beware of false prophets and false prophecies. It's out there. It's real. And God has warned us numerous times through out the Bible. it's time we take notice and take heed, and to know the Word and truth so that we are not decieved, and to let others know. Satan has many tactics to win as many people as he can in the short amount of time he has left. He's very crafty. And he comes with some truth , but not all the truth. Since I did this video I came across a few more verses about false prophets and false prophecies that go with this. So I'll share those verses here along with the video. please beware of false prophets which are really abounding today, Satan does mighty wonders and miracles to deceive many as possible. And he knows his time is getting shorter. Read what the Bible says about it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:15, 22-23 KJV And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. Revelation 13:12-14 KJV And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Revelation 16:13-14 KJV
Sometimes God takes us through things we would rather not go through, or into situations we would rather not be in, to get us to places in life He needs us. To prepare us for the work He has for us, so that we can touch lives that He wants us to touch.
To touch lives that we never could have, had we not walked that difficult journey, experienced that loss, went through that tragedy, that unfair situation, or rejection, etc..
Like the story of Joseph in the Bible, God is getting us into the place or position He needs us to be in to do the work He has for us to accomplish. It's in the middle of those painful and difficult things that bring spiritual growth in our lives, and we learn to trust our Heavenly Father even more.
All of which is part of the preparation. In the midst of our trials and storms we experienced His peace, His love, His comfort, His presence, His guiding hand, His provision, His protection, and we found Him faithful and trustworthy. God did not abandon you, He is preparing you for the work He has for you!
Our greatest spiritual growth moments don't happen when everything is going smooth & rosy, and falling in place just how we want and when we want.
There's no strength in that. There's no growing. But rather it's in those times of difficulty that we grow.
It puts our faith to a test. And we see just how much we need Jesus. When we've walked through pain and sorrow; yet we see His hand at work in our lives. In the midst of our storms we feel His presence and peace, and we see miracles happen. We know He is active and present in our. And we know we couldn't do life without Him.
The things that our enemy thought would break us, make us stronger!
It's easy to praise God when everything is going great. But we praise Him in the midst of our times of difficulty as well.
That's acknowledging that He is still good to us. He never said life would be easy, but He would always be with us. He said He would never leave us nor forsake us.
And Jesus told us in this world there would be tribulation.
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 KJV
Blessings, Mae Renfroe
Mae Renfroe , wife and homeschooling mother of soon to be 10, gives advice and encouragement for those of little ones.
The more you have doesn't mean it's harder.
It actually gets easier.
visit Mae over on her website and blog for encouragement, resources, and to see the 5 books she has written.
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Five Reasons to memorize Scripture
A study on Truth. God is God of truth
. If we don't have Truth we don't have God. I absolutely love all the verses that are about truth.
And I wonder if we realize what truth really is and the importance of it. God is the God of truth!
And I love this verse. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 KJV We can't reject the truth and think we still have God.
We can't substitute the truth or compromise the truth. If we love God we must love the truth and walk in the way of truth. There's no other way!!
No other way to the Father but by the way of Truth only!!
There's a mainstream Christianity that isn't built on the truth of God's word.
Jesus warned us of false prophets, false doctrine, and lying wonders Satan would be doing to deceive as many as possible, and especially in the last days.
How alert we must be and constant in the Word of God.
Please read Matthew 7: 21-23,
Matthew 24, and 2 Thessalonians 2.
Wow Mom host, Ellen Mongan, , interviews Mae Renfroe about her book, "Holding on to Hope".
When tragedy hits a persons life all you can do is hold on to the hope you have in Christ Jesus, our Savior and our Lord.
With wisdom and encouragement Mae tell her story .
She brings the light of Christ to guide those who grieve and are broken hearted.
This is a story of hope and will touch the hearts of many. Listen and pass it on.
Here is a list of 20 songs that were a real life saver to me after the loss of our 14 year old son.
There's nothing like the power of praise and worship.
And these songs speak about going through hard things, but yet God is good, He's in charge, and always with us.
To connect with me or for more great resources please visit my website and blog.
I have a page just for grief support.
And you can find my book there about our family's story of loss and the hope that keeps us going.
Five reasons to listen to Christian music & list of 20 songs that helped me cope with grief and loss
Five reasons to listen to Christian music.
I give you my 5 reasons why I listen, and highly encourage or recommend others too as well.
Plus my list of 20 songs that helped me cope with grief and loss.
May you be blessed and encouraged!
Music used in the video:
Musician:Koichi Morita URL: http://maoudamashii.jokersounds.com
Musician:ASHUTOSH URL: https://soundcloud.com/grandakt
I'm excited about the Canadian freedom convoy, and I'm hoping it brings about all changes they are wanting. I pray it all goes well!!
But can I talk about where true freedom comes from.
That's what we all need. so I hope you all enjoy this video. You can all visit my website and blog at www.maerenfroe.com thanks for watching!
Inspiration to keep on going when the going gets tough!
Welcome to part 3 of my homeschooling series.
Homeschooling is a hard job for sure, but it's worth all the work, prayers, and momma's tears.
Know your why for homeschooling and keep at it!
To connect with me and for more great resources and homeschooling support please visit my website and blog.
There will be no video blog post this week. Sorry. Last night was my Bible study night, but since no one was able to come to that I had planned to do a blog video in that time slot instead. And then...... a lot happened, and it got crazy busy around here. And now I'm preparing to get ready to go to my sister's place for the weekend which is a few hours from our place. So sadly no video this week. But I got plans for the next one.
So I will just give you some quick inspiration here and then got on to my busy day here.
Is there something in your life that seems utterly impossible? Maybe it's even something you feel God called you to, but now you don't see how it can possibly work out. Things are holding you back, there is obstacles in the way.
Well I am here to tell you not to loose heart and not to give up! We serve a God who can do the impossible! It's time to start living like we believe that. And please know that if He has called you to it He will provide a way and make it possible. He has a plan. Hang in there and keep trusting and keep believing. With God the impossible becomes possible!!
Until next time, Mae
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae