25 Encouraging Scripture Verses for Back to School

Lynn Dove's Journey Thoughts

back-to-schoolIt is true that I am not walking a child to a school bus, or fretting over school lunches, or monitoring uniform infractions, or ensuring my child is adequately prepared for the first day of school.  It comes with having an Empty Nest.  However, most of my friends (and my daughter), will already be planning, preparing and then perhaps pushing that child out the door to start another school year.  Parents, have you also thought that to adequately prepare your child and YOU for that first day back that both of you should ponder upon scripture?  Might make that first day and the rest of the school year go by a little easier.  Just sayin’ 🙂

John 14:26  “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

James 4:8  “Come…

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Coffee and Conversation 5 He Loadeth Me?

I wasn’t quite awake when I read the words, “He loadeth me, O blessed thought”. And I immediately reacted. I know! Why are you loading me down like this, God? I squinted then and realized the word I read was leadeth, not loadeth. Right…

It’s the end of week and I’m looking to be led out of overload, into order. I believe the One who orders the seasons—nature’s buds in spring, its stillness in winter, its colors in fall, and its ripe beauty in summer—can order my life and responsibilities.

Where is there disorder? Who might secretly be introducing it? Who is working for the good of others? Many will follow their destructive ways and will bring the way of Truth into dispute. In their greed they exploit with stories they have made up according to self-serving, one-sided opinion that holds little understanding of the Big picture. Does any of…

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What is “Positivity?”

Veracious Poet

What do people mean by positivity? Offering half truths? And hoping for the best outcomes. There is an objective reality that is much different and independent of thoughts and feelings. Different cultures have different truths but one cannot live in all cultures at the same time. One lives in only one society at a time and therefore the universally acceptable morality within such a society applies. What one feels is one’s truth but only as regards “the self” not the external world of matter.

I have encountered many people present nefarious ideas as “truth” simply in the name of “positivity”. Whoever teaches that the universe conforms to our thoughts and feelings must test his or her assertions by writing a job application, put it under his or her pillow and simply wish for a job. It’s an experiment. Or wish to travel from one location to another and then suddenly…

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Nigeria:Gunman kills 11 in church over drug barons’ rivalry


Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, others condemn attack

It was all like an action-packed movie.

A gunman dressed in black, storming a church and opening fire on worshippers.

There was commotion. By the time the gunman left, no fewer than 11 worshippers lay dead.

That was the scene yesterday at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Amakwa-Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State. The gunman came during the early morning mass.

Many were injured during the incident, which Governor Willie Obiano described as “sacrilegious”.

An eyewitness, who narrated how the attack occurred, said the priest, Rev. Fr. Jude Onwuaso, was unhurt. The witness, who said he was part of those who evacuated the victims, said the gunman went into the church, identified Chief Akunwafor Ikegwuonwu, a parishioner, and shot him dead. He then went on the rampage…

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Thinking About Yesterday’s Killings…

Giggles & Tales

Today is Monday, August 7, 2017. I woke up this morning feeling sluggish and didn’t feel like leaving the bed. Or even go to work. Usually, I wake up with positive energy on Mondays because Mondays are like the breakfast of the week. If you start your day without breakfast, the rest of the day may not just align together.

So it is with the week. You can’t possibly start the week without Mondays. But this Monday is just so different. My body is just not ignited for the day. My energy is sapped and pressed down because I have been saddled with nauseating thoughts.

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The Empty Chair

Training for Eternity

empty-chairI felt led to revisit this blog post.  Perhaps you are needing this today.  If so, I’m praying for you…

A writing teacher once taught that to create a fictional character you have to peel away the layers to get to the heart of the person. Like an onion.  Isn’t that how we are as real human beings?

We have a layer we show to the world. You know, the face you show in a busy grocery store or at a crowded department store.  The one that says, “I may nod at you or smile, but don’t talk to me.  I’m in a hurry.”  We have another layer we show to acquaintances, those we see from time to time and maybe ask, “How are you?” as we rush in the opposite direction hoping they don’t really want to talk.  Another layer we reserve for family and friends.  We let them…

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Depression: How to Fight for Faith in the Dark


SOURCE:  Stephen Altrogge/Desiring God

Three Lessons for Depression

I’ve often said that depression is like wearing tinted glasses. Everywhere you look, things look dark. Bleak. Black. Hopeless. Helpless. The waiting room for depression says, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

Depression is both a physical and spiritual affliction. Neurons and synapses fail to fire properly, leading to chemical imbalances in the brain. These imbalances cause the depressed person to feel awful, like their entire world is a raw catastrophe hovering over the depths of despair. When everything is a catastrophe, it’s easy for faith to falter and stumble.

“Depression causes a person to feel only gloom and despair, no matter what they’re thinking.”

Normally, the prescription for faith is somewhat straightforward. We read the promises of God, let them diffuse throughout our hearts, and then embrace them fully. As we embrace these promises, our faith rises. When…

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