Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Psalm 139:16

It’s easy to question your worth. Especially when it seems like there’s always someone who is better than you, and has more than you.

Today’s Bible verse helps us see how God sees us. God doesn’t look at you and thinks that you’re just not quite as amazing as another one of His kids. Instead, He saw you before you were born. He saw your potential and knew the plan for your life even before it came to pass.

Read: THE HOLY SPIRIT’S LEADING – FROM IT TO FASHION FOR GOD (THE STORY OF G.L.O.W.)

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. – Psalm 139:16 (NLT)

God loves you and planned for you to be here at this time in history. He has a plan and purpose for your life that only you can fulfill. So today, don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up or give in. Instead, realize that you’re loved, called, and seen by God and He’s got a great plan for your life that started even before you were born.

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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 2 Corinthians 10:12

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. – 2 Cor 10:12

How many times have you logged into your social media account and felt like a total failure after seeing everyone else’s lives? If you’re like me, it’s quite often. You see your friends who always look amazing in every picture they take. Perhaps you see friends that go on awesome vacations or get to do cool things like zip lining in the rainforest when you’re stuck at home all summer. It’s really easy to start comparing your life to the lives of others and start to feel like a total loser.

That’s a little like what today’s Bible verse is talking about. It tells us that when we begin to classify or compare ourselves we are not wise. It isn’t wise to begin comparing yourself, your gifts, talents, and your life with others. The main reason this is true is that you don’t see yourself fully. Often, we miss our own gifts because we’re so used to them.

We often miss our own gifts because we’re used to them.

Instead of comparing ourselves with others and feeling like we fall short, we would do better to stop comparing completely. We should be looking at our strengths and be grateful for the gifts that God has placed in our lives. Being thankful and having a good attitude is a lot harder than comparing yourself to others, but it’s worth it in the long run. You’ll find that you’re much happier when you stop comparing yourself and start appreciating your gifts!

So this Easter season, remember that you’ve been gifted and called by God to be here in the world today. Don’t let yourself ever believe the lie that you’re not worth it, because to God, you’re worth everything!

 

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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – John 3:16

God loves you. You’ve probably heard that said a lot of times. But have you ever stopped to think about it?

Rather than just let this truth get ignored, take some time today to think about it. God loves you. You. He sees all your imperfections. He sees all your failures. God sees all the times you don’t deserve His love, and He chooses to love you anyway.

That truth is amazing. God loves you. No matter what you’ve done, no matter how you’ve messed up, no matter what’s happened to you, God loved you enough to send His son Jesus.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 (NLT)

He did this so that you could have eternal life. That’s good news. Eternal life isn’t just living forever, it’s knowing God. It’s being able to spend time with Him in His presence.

So as you approach the Easter season, don’t let the words, “God loves you” be something that you ignore. Realize that the love He had for you reached throughout time and was the driving force to send His Son to make us right with Him. Spend some time today thanking God for His great love for you!

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The Holy Spirit’s Leading – From IT to Fashion for God (the story of G.L.O.W.)

I always wanted to be a fashion designer. Ever since I was young I would always draw people with unique looks. I would have stacks of drawings of different looks. It ranged from dresses to tops and even denim jeans. I drew all throughout my years in elementary school to the end of middle school. When I got to high school, I took Fashion Marketing courses. The reason I took it was to help me expand my knowledge and to have a better understanding of what the fashion world was all about. To assess if this was something I truly wanted to pursue. As I was taking the classes, I noticed the class focused on one type of theme look as seen in “Devil Wears Prada” and the “America’s Next Top Model”. Don’t get me wrong, they were very interesting to learn about and were sort of similar to what I was drawing originally when I was younger. But as I learned more, I realized that those types of looks weren’t for me. At the time I felt that in order to be in the fashion world one had to really get into “High Fashion” and also dress the part daily. I was the complete opposite! Growing up I was somewhat a tomboy.  I loved to wear comfortable, and sporty clothes. I would occasionally switch up my looks when I got dolled up for my away games when I was on the basketball team. I would then wear my Sunday best. My thought process at the time was that if I did not wear those looks on an everyday basis, then a career in fashion was not for me. After HS I then buried my dream of being a fashion designer and focused on an IT career. 

Fast forward to after college, in 2018, I finally got my “big girl” job as a Junior Cloud Engineer. Even though I was blessed to have this position, I still felt like IT was not my passion. I felt as if it wasn’t my heart’s desire to be in IT for the rest of my life. I had been seeking God on what my purpose was. I then began to feel the Holy Spirit giving me guidance. He directed me back into fashion. He began to reveal ideas through a different lens. I saw that I didn’t have to be a part of the high fashion look, as I always thought fashion had to be back in high school. The Holy Spirit dropped in my spirit to create something that I would normally wear. I love to wear joggers, hoodies, and pretty much anything that is comfortable. Even though I love to wear comfortable clothes, I made it to be fashionable to my liking. So I had the idea to create a brand that represents me on the daily, inside and out.  I wanted others to know what I represented when they saw me on the outside. Showing others the God that is on the inside of me as a believer. 

     As a Christian, I wanted to create a brand that would attract believers. Providing them with unique pieces, where they know they can rock something all believers would be proud to wear. Christians don’t have to be labeled as the “boring or basic”. Instead, they can be labeled as a “fashionable and dope” Christian. Not only did I want to attract Christians but also appeal to unbelievers. One of our mission as Christians is to win souls to Christ and one way to lead them is by being a light. To show the love of Christ. With this said, this is what led me to name my brand, G.L.O.W. – [God’s Love Over the World].  
The Mission behind G.L.O.W. is to uplift confidence and self-love through positive sayings and to show love as Christ loves us. God made us to stand out and GLOW! Currently designing fashion is my side hustle. But my goal is, within 5-10 years, to go full-time. For “GLOW” to be known worldwide. With God, all things are possible for HIS GLORY!


           

A big thanks to Charmaine Price for inspiring us with today’s article on how the Holy Spirit led her to get started.

If you are interested in some awesome apparel, check out her site glowtheofficial.com. Use the discount code “GLOW10” at checkout to receive 10% off on your first order! Follow GLOW on Instagram @glowtheofficial 

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Deuteronomy 7:9

Remember that the LORD your God is the only God and that he is faithful. He will keep his covenant and show his constant love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey his commands – Deuteronomy 7:9 (GNT)

God had a plan since the beginning of time. He knew that Jesus needed to come, take the penalty for sin and restore us back to righteousness with God. The thing about God’s plan is that it took time. It took generation after generation for God’s plan to unfold.

In our lives, it’s often easy to want to give up on God. Maybe you’ve prayed and asked God for something and it hasn’t come to pass yet in your life. In those times, it’s easy to want to give up on God.  While it’s true that it might take some time to see the things of God come to pass in your life, that doesn’t mean that God isn’t working.

God is always working. He often goes behind the scenes and is working when you can’t always see it. God is working to bring things to pass. He’s working in your situation and He knows the troubles and the fears you face. God is a faithful God. He has been constantly loving people since the beginning of time and isn’t going to stop now.

God is faithful. He’s working to bring good things to pass in your life.

You might not see the results that you want yet, but know that God is faithfully working. It takes faith and holding on to hope on our part to keep going when we don’t see results yet. We’ve got to have faith in the faithfulness of God. We’ve got to have faith and trust that the God who planned for years and years to send Jesus is working on our behalf. He’s bringing good things to pass in your life. Don’t give up and don’t get tired. Keep your faith in the faithfulness of God.

 

GOd is faithful

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 2 Timothy 1:9

As we begin to approach Easter this Sunday, we can get a little excited. Maybe not super excited, like when we were little kids, but a little excited. You probably secretly enjoy getting some candy, or being with family and eating some good food to celebrate.

But Easter is a lot more than just some tasty candy stuffed into an easter basket. It’s really about love.

God had a plan from the beginning of time to send Jesus for us. Check out today’s verse.

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT)

We didn’t deserve God’s love. Yet, He showed it to us in the greatest way possible, by sending His son Jesus to pay the price for our sin.

God planned this before the beginning of time because He loves us. He wants nothing more than a deep and fulfilling relationship with you. So in the midst of the tasty food and lots of candy this Easter, don’t forget that you didn’t deserve Jesus. But God loved you so much that He sent Jesus anyway.

That’s the good news of Easter!

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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Acts 17:11

 

The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. – Acts 17:11 (HCSB)

It’s so easy to get distracted by all the things going on. Maybe it’s the sports team at your school, or binge-watching your favorite TV show. Most of the time, there are too many things going on and it keeps us from spending time with God.

I like how today’s Bible verse describes these people. They welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the scriptures. How long has it been since you’ve been eager to read your Bible? When was the last time you examined the scriptures and really let God speak into your life?

If you’re honest, maybe it has been a while. If so, don’t be upset about it. Instead, use it as a motivator to keep your relationship with God fresh. Determine to say no to the things that are keeping you from spending time with God. Ask Him to show you how you can move things around in your life to make more time for reading the Bible.

Maybe you can get up 10 minutes earlier each day. Perhaps you need to say no to going out with friends one night so that you can spend a little more time in the word. Whatever it is, choose to make time with God a priority in your life. Get excited about God’s word and make it a part of your life!

 

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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Proverbs 16:3

Entrust your efforts to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3 (GW)

Lots of times, we lean on ourselves for things. We might not have had the best parents or upbringing and it can cause us to doubt God’s love and ability to help in our lives. When people have let us down, it can be easy to not want to trust God for things.

Today’s Bible verse really comes down to trust. It’s a challenge to put your trust in God. Rather than relying solely on yourself for everything, it asks you to trust God. Trust doesn’t always come easily, however. It can be really hard to trust something as big as your future and plans to God.

That’s what this verse is telling us to do. It’s saying to trust God with your plans, trust Him with your efforts. You can trust God with these things because He’s good. He isn’t going to let you down as people may have in your life. He’s going to always be there to walk you through the challenges that life brings. So decide today to trust in God for your future. Trust in Him and watch your plans succeed!

 

 

 

Trust in God and let Him help you succeed

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 Peter 5:6

I can remember so many times that I gave into peer pressure. My identity was tied to what other people thought about me. I recall many times making decisions, and not standing up for what was right simply because I didn’t want someone to not like me.

Now I realize that making decisions that way isn’t God’s best for my life. God’s best is that I live only for Him. That I live to know Him and for a relationship with Him.

When we live to please others and give in to peer pressure, we’re not allowing God to be first in our lives. That is really pride. God wants us to humble ourselves before Him and live fully for Him. Living for anything or any person other than God isn’t God’s best.

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. – 1 Peter 5:6 (NLT)

God wants your heart. He wants to guide you, walk with you, and help you in each and every decision and endeavor you take on. So I encourage you to look to Him.

Don’t get caught up with friends and what others think of you. Friendships are fleeting, but a relationship with God is eternal. God loves you and wants to pursue and relationship with you.

Daily Devotion and Bible Verse – 2 Peter 3:9

The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
– 2 Peter 3:9 (Holman)

Jesus promised as He left the earth, He would also come again. Some people have mocked His promise of returning by saying, ” If He’s really coming back, why hasn’t He done it yet?” However, Jesus says here that it’s not that He’s delaying His promise just because He feels like it, but that He’s being patient for others to have a chance to be born again.

Jesus does not want anyone to perish. He cares so much about the human race, that He’s willing to delay His return until more get a chance to come to know Him as Savior. The question is not, “Why would God send anyone to hell if He’s a loving God?” The real question is, “Because of God’s great love and His willingness to be patient for others to come to know the truth, why would anyone choose not to give Him their heart?

We who already know Jesus as Savior play a major part in this desire of God. Just because God desires that no one perishes but that all men might be saved, doesn’t mean it automatically happens. In order for someone to decide to follow Jesus and become a Christian, they must first hear about what He’s done for them so they can have something to put their faith in. That’s where you and I come in. We are able to be used by God to share this, “Good News” to others who have not heard of it while there is still time.

Share this news with others even if they do not act like they want to hear it. God wants for all to be saved. Help bring others to Christ by sharing with them the difference Jesus has made in your life and how to be saved.

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