Saturday night, our Valentine dinner was lovely and I had a great time. We had 18 adults, 8 kids and 2 babysitters! Thanks to all who came and brought food. Here are some pictures from our lovely night. Forgive my camera, it does not like low light. If I cross my fingers, I may get a better one for my birthday next month. 🙂
My favorite thing in this picture is the ladder in the background. Will I ever get all of these tools and things outta my house???? 🙂
For an icebreaker game, we played: Name as many couples as you can in the bible. Ashleigh and Brad took home the prize for naming the most biblical couples. I believe they managed to name 9 -10. Mike and Cynthia won the prize for being married the longest and Tony and Maggie won the prize for being married the shortest. I was relieved, I thought that Steven and I had been married the shortest. I am glad I did not win my own prize! Ha!
After we games and dining, we discussed, “If God Sent Valentines, What Would They Say?” and we talked about how God already sent Valentines (little messages). God tucked them into our Bibles to give us encouragement and hope for all of our life situations.
Then, Sunday night, Pastor preached a wonderful message along the lines of: Since we have favor with God, what do we have to fear? That no matter what situation you find yourself in, you can always take comfort in the fact that we are HIS kids and he knows and understands what we are going through. He is our shield, He is our hope, He is our protector, He is our friend. He gives us strength, He lifts us up, He is our food, He is our drink, He supplies our needs. Here are his scriptures from that message. I hope you find encouragement and comfort by reading your Valentines from God:
I am complete in Him … who is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10)Andrea
I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:1).
I am holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).
I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).
I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I have the greater one living in me; greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus … the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18).
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and none shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:17, 19).
I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him who created (Colossians 3:9-10).
I have given, and it is given to me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38).
I have no lack, for my God supplies all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
I show forth the praises of God who has called me out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
I am God’s child – for I am born again of the incorruptible seed by the word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am a spirit being – alive to God (Romans 6:11).
I am a believer, and the light of the gospel shines in my life (2 Corinthians 4:4).
I am a doer of the word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22).
I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me (Romans 8:37).
I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
I am a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4).
I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:2).
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19).
I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and long-suffering (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).
I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the blood (Ephesians 1:7).
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Galatians 3:13).
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith, and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).
I am called of God to be the voice of His praise (Psalm 66:8; 2 Timothy 1:9).
I am healed by the stripes of Jesus (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24).
I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12).
I am greatly loved by God (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).
I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the name of Jesus (James 4:7).
I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Philippians 3:14).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).
With all this in our favor, we don’t have to live in anxiety, fear, doubt and gloom!
What we desperately need is a spiritual break-through … a fresh refilling of the Holy Ghost every time we gather together so that we can remain “steadfast and confident and unmovable to the end!” (Hebrews 3) … “always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15) … “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;” (Titus 2:13).