Posted 4/8/17 at 7:41 PM | Daniella Whyte
Zephaniah 3:5 (NLT)
But the Lord is still there in the city, and he does no wrong. Day by day he hands down justice, and he does not fail.
People fail. Things fail. Projects fail. But God never fails. Since He never fails, you can always depend on His grace, mercy, faithfulness, and love. He is always on time, always available when we need Him, and is still with us when we think we can handle it on our own. Nothing shocks or surprises God. Even when we can’t feel Him and even though we can’t see Him, He is always there. Our faith makes it so. He faithfully watches over us, guides us, leads us, and helps us in our time of trouble.
Posted 3/29/17 at 7:49 PM | Daniella Whyte
Psalm 133:1 (NLT)
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
God desires for all His children to dwell together in unity, harmony, and grace towards each other. Nothing hurts God’s heart more than to see His people quarreling, warring, and fighting with one another. As believers, God has called us to seek forgiveness, offer forgiveness, amend our relationships, and restore fellowship with other people.
Posted 3/23/17 at 2:44 PM | Daniella Whyte
Psalm 147:7a (NLT)
Sing out your thanks to the Lord…
Learning to be thankful is not only a virtue; it is an important part of our life journey. God has given us so much to be appreciative of in life. Whether we realize it or not, gratitude shows the deepest sincerity, love, and spiritual awareness of our hearts and souls. Our faith is not a faith that has to lie dormant and remain stagnant. It is an active, vibrant, singing faith.
Posted 3/18/17 at 10:54 PM | Daniella Whyte
John 6:20 (NLT)
But he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!”
Over and over again throughout Scripture, we are challenged to overcome fear and embrace faith. It has been said that three hundred and sixty-five times, God urges us to not be afraid and to trust His presence. While the enemy of our souls seeks to crush our spirits with fear and worry, God seeks to comfort us with His power and courage.
Posted 3/8/17 at 8:26 PM | Daniella Whyte
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
There are times in life when we may feel as though we are alone. Encountering a problem and having no one to talk with about it can be a lonely road. When we meet obstacles along our journey, it is easy to give up when you feel no one is there who understands the universal struggle. I think we all would agree that life’s pressures become a little less of a burden when we have someone by our side. This is why Jesus promised He would never fail us, never abandon us, always be by our side.
Posted 2/28/17 at 3:49 AM | Daniella Whyte
John 6:19 (NLT)
They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified.
In life, there are two kinds of storms. We encounter storms that correct us and teach us lessons we wouldn’t have learned otherwise. And we encounter storms that develop us and make us grow. When we’re out of alignment with God, He sends storms into our lives to show us the error of our ways. But sometimes, when we’re following His path, He allows us to go through storms that teach us how to trust.
Posted 2/9/17 at 9:35 PM | Daniella Whyte
Philippians 1:21 (NLT)
For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.
What does it mean to really live? True living is giving your life away. Happiness comes from genuine service and sacrifice, not selfish gratification. Service and sacrifice break down walls of smugness and pride in our lives and allow Christ to shine through. Until you understand that life is about living in Christ and giving your life in service to Him and others, you will never really live or experience long-lasting happiness.
Posted 2/1/17 at 4:32 PM | Daniella Whyte
John 15:5 (NLT)
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
I’ve been reading a book as of late about Jonathan Edwards for a religion class. Although it is an understatement, I will say it is an interesting read. Amid the theological battles he fought and the massive amount of writing and preaching he engaged in during the Great Awakening, he had a keen awareness to his human helplessness. He aimed to live faithfully under and with God’s power. To this extent, in his diary, he wrote his Resolutions — things he resolved to do, thoughts he resolved to think, behavior he resolved to display. He prefaced his Resolutions with the phrase: “I am unable to do anything without God’s help.” FULL POST
Posted 1/29/17 at 11:41 AM | Daniella Whyte
Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
When we’ve messed up, it is quite easy to pass the blame or to just not say anything about it. But neither choice is actually telling the truth. When we don’t tell the truth, we fail to help ourselves or to benefit anyone else in the long run. We reject the abundance of mercy that is available to us if we only open up and tell the straight-up honest to goodness truth.
Posted 1/19/17 at 2:42 AM | Daniella Whyte
John 13:34-35 (NLT)
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
Love each other. This is not just a suggestion or a recommendation for us to follow. This is a command — a direct order. It is a new commandment that warrants our attention through service. We prove our love for one another by serving one another. Love is ultimately defined by service. In love, we find our identity. In service to others, love goes deeper than flesh and blood.