Ponder the Word, Ponder the Future

by Marcia Lee Laycock, @MarciaLaycock

We call ourselves writers of faith, and that is a label to wear proudly, but as we head into a new year perhaps it’s worth pondering some of the scriptures in which God refers to us and tells us how much He loves us.This is how He sees those who serve Him–

Galatians 4:7 – So you are no longer a slave, but a son (or daughter) … God has made you also an heir.

Hebrews 2:11 – Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers (and sisters).

John 15:15 – I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

1 Peter 2:5 – You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

John 20:29 – … blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

Romans 4:7 – Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

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Isaiah 43:12 – I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses, declares the LORD, that I am God.

Psalm 1:3 – That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

Isaiah 62:5 – As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.

John 16:27 – No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

John 14:20 – On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

Deuteronomy 33:12 – … the one the LORD loves rests between His shoulders.

Jeremiah 31:3 – I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

John 15:9 – As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

Romans 8:37 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

And finally – 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 – May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

In every good deed and in every good word, may we go boldly into this next year, rejoicing in Him, proclaiming His glory.

One Smooth Stone

Desperate to escape his past, the police, and especially, God, Alex Donnelly picks a good place to hide – the Yukon wilderness – but he finds even there he is pursued. What will it take for him to discover that no matter how far you run, God will find you, and no matter what you have done, God will forgive you?

Marcia Lee Laycock writes from central Alberta Canada where she is a pastor’s wife and mother of three adult daughters. She was the winner of The Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel, One Smooth Stone. The sequel, A Tumbled Stone was shortlisted in The Word Awards. Marcia also has four devotional books in print and has contributed to several anthologies. Her work has been endorsed by Sigmund Brouwer, Janette Oke, Phil Callaway and Mark Buchanan.