Designated Place {POTF // Verse}

Diving-Into-CorinthiansMy beloved reader,

How are you doing today? I hope you are well, not experiencing pain or fatigue, and are feeling the joy of drawing near to our risen Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I am facing another day of a Trigeminal Neuralgia flare up. So while I do have many words to share with you about the hope we find in our Savior Jesus, much speaking is held on hold until said flare ends (I see a new primary tomorrow).

Announcement to share –

I am in the process of setting up a blog study schedule for our newest journal. It is called “Diving Into The Corinthians”. It is only $7, which is a fantastic price for the length of study. It is in a different format than previous journals. If you enjoy manuscript studies, this is right up your alley! If you aren’t familiar with this method of study, don’t worry – I will share more soon!

Now for today’s heart sharing:

Even though it is difficult to write, I don’t want to delay in sharing our weekly focus verse – which will be 2 Timothy 2:22. Honestly, it has been hard to memorize these verses. However, maybe, I can just choose to fix my eyes upon the Lord Jesus (and focus) through these verses. So, that’s my goal.

Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (WEB).

Any words of wisdom to share with today’s verse? Not exactly, but I thought my notes on this passage might be encouraging to share. It includes questions I want or need to ask myself.

There are a lot of questions for me to ask myself, but I need to remember in the middle of my asking that I am His (John 1:12). According to the Bible, I am a child of the Most High God through faith in Jesus Christ. God is my heavenly Father, and I am His much loved and cared for daughter. He passionately loves me and pursues me. I want my relationship with my heavenly Father to be strengthened.

Now for my notes, for 2 Timothy 2:20-22

I am His! I am not someone who has to roam from place to place. I have a Designated Place, where I belong. My home is found in God alone! He is the Place, where my heart and soul belongs.

Which kind of vessel am I being? Used for honor or dishonor?

In my habits, am I choosing to honor my heavenly Father?

I can be someone who willfully chooses honor, sanctification, and to be useful to my Master (our great God).

How am I allowing myself to be prepared for every good work?

How am I choosing to live, so I can function (emotionally, physically, etc) and be at my best for the Lord?

Let’s zoom into our focus verse, as we learn how to draw nearer to the Lord. Let’s focus on how we can authentically come before the Lord and intimately know Him. 

Am I choosing and prayerfully fleeing youthful lust?

How am I choosing righteousness, instead?

What about faith, love, peace, and to be with His people who are seeking Him alone?

Hopefully, it won’t be a week until my next post. I cherish our time together.

In Him,



Week 1: Friday Five (1 Thess. 1:1-2:6)

Originally, I was turned onto this mode of carrying out the “Five Minute Friday,” by a dear friend. Marie faithfully carries out this Friday series, on her own blog. The idea is to offer five bold points, that you may read within five minutes.

Five Truths on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:6. . .

(1)  Our prayer lives are to be the strongest aspect of the Christian life (see 1:2-3). One of the more noteworthy aspects of this section of Scripture is their prayer lives. These were men who knew the significance of the need to praise and pray to the Father. If we want to grow as believers in Jesus Christ, we would be wise to take cues from their example –

We always thank God for all of you. We keep on praying for you. We remember you when we pray to our God and Father. Your work is produced by your faith. Your service is the result of your love. Your strength to continue comes from your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (1:2-3, NIRV).

(2) God dearly loves us, and has chosen to call us His own (1:4). The most important form of love comes from our heavenly Father. We have been hand-picked by Him and passionately loved. Because of the way God loves us, we know that we will never have to walk alone. God, our Creator, is the One who walks with us – even carrying us, as we face difficult days in our lives. We need to keep our eyes focused on the One who loves us more than any other ever could!

(3) Our faith rests in our Lord Jesus Christ, and is transformative (see 1:6, 9-10). The Thessalonians’ lives were changed from the moment they first heard the Gospel and chose to believe. They put all their heart, soul, and mind into what they believed to be true about Jesus. They never half-heartedly believed, but the way they trusted Jesus showed up in every aspect of their lives.

. . . They tell about how you turned away from statues of gods. And you turned to serve the living and true God. They tell about how you are waiting for his Son to come from heaven. God raised him from the dead. He is Jesus. He saves us from God’s anger, and his anger is sure to come (1:9b-10).

(4) Our actions will change, in light of faith (see 1:10). As we gaze at the way the Thessalonians’ lives were changed by their beliefs in Christ, we can be encouraged that our lives can experience the same kind of transformation. As we place our faith in Jesus Christ, and no other, our lives can be radically changed.

(5) While our goal is to please God, not people, our faith-filled lives causes us to become examples of what it looks like to follow Jesus Christ (see 1:7-8, 2:4-6). Before we can become examples ourselves, we must be taught. God has given us Christ-centered people in whom we can see how they lived out their faith. Paul called people to imitate him, as he imitated Christ. He taught with his words, but as well as his very life.

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ (1 Cor. 11:1, NIV).

As we follow our Lord Jesus in faith, we are given many others who show us how to trust Jesus as the Lord of our lives. These people help us learn what it means to have faith in Jesus and allow it to alter the choices we make. As we grow, we are gifted the opportunity to entrust others with what we have been taught. It is a continual gift to others in the church.


Complaining in Trials – Part One

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Trials on a Tuesday is a weekly series that focuses on a topic relating to trials, and how we can glorify God in the midst of hard times.

Trials, have a tendency to cause a reaction of complaining in us. For most of us, this is true. So, we have to work toward protecting ourselves from a complaining spirit – especially in the midst of trials. While in a trial, others would be thankful for, I have had to resist the urge to complain.

Complaining About the Journey

Defined as “grumbling with discontent”, complaining often can take up much space in our hearts and minds especially during a time of trial. The hard part is, we can confuse sharing the details of our circumstances with complaining. The key lies within our heart’s contentment. Our hearts’ position becomes the issue, and it greatly affects our walk with Christ. We just, might not realize it… or at least, not at first. Where are our hearts? Understandably aching? Still pursuing the will of God?

When we enter any trial or situation, discontentment can spread like wildfire. This is why we are instructed to be on our guard in 1 Cor. 16:13.

The most crucial evaluation we can do in the midst of a trial is one that checks the position of our hearts. Trials make it so easy to put our walk with Christ aside, and let our old self rise up and begin to dominate in what we say and do. During times of trials, our defenses are down. We will be more tempted and tested than if life is shear goodness where no trial is present.

The Example of David

As David faced trials in his life, he brought them before God and kept his focus on God (see Psalm 119:121-128). It didn’t become an isolated path, where his feelings became louder than the desire to seek after God and His Word. He kept his focus on his Creator, as he poured out his complaints. This is a lesson for all of us, as we learn how to bring our complaints before God, and surrender the end result to Him.


  1. How has your definition and understanding of complaining affected how you handle your trials?
  2. How can you make it a priority to run to God, His Word, His Church, and spiritually strong in hard times?