{Old Post} Favorite Bible Verses

Scriptural Encouragement. 

" everything give thanks; for this is God's will for your in Christ Jesus." -1 Thessalonians 5:18

What beautiful memories we have tied up in the joyous day of Thanksgiving!  Family and friends gathered around the heavily adorned dinner table, the men (mostly) huddled around the TV set eagerly awaiting the Cowboys kicking off, and mostly the giving of blessings filling the feast scented air...

But just who is it that YOU are giving thanks to for your blessings?  

On this Thanksgiving, I want to remind myself where the true THANKS are to be given, and that is to our God.  I am thankful most this Thanksgiving for not just what he has given me and how he has changed my life this year, but for the scriptural encouragement he has  provided me each step of the way.  Two-thousand-and-eleven is not a year that I could have survived without His guidance and support.  

So, today, I am thankful for God providing scriptural encouragement to get me through all the seasons that this year has brought.  

"O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.  For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth; the peaks of the mountains are His also.  The sea is His, for it was He who made it; and His hands formed the dry land.  Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker."  -Psalms 95:1-6

Top Twelve of my favorite scriptures: 
*not an easy task to dwindle it down
  1. Colossians 3:16:  "The the word of Christ dwell in your richly." 
  2. Philippians 4:5-17: "Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition.  With Thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus."
  3. James 4:8: "Draw near to God and he will draw nearer to you."
  4. Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart an lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways, submit to Him and He will make your path straight. 
  5. John 4:18: "Perfect love expels all fear."
  6. Ephesians 4:29-32: "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you."
  7. James 1:19: "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry."
  8. Colossians 3:12-14:  "Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony."
  9. Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, " says the Lord.  "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 
  10. Ephesians 4:2:  "Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love." 
  11. Romans 8:29: "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 
  12. James 1:2:  "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds." 

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