Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
Respectful and Pure

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

1 Peter 3:1-7


Memory Verse!

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God || 1 Peter 2:16 


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Longing for God

1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. || 1 Peter 2:1-3 

1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God? || Psalm 42:1-2

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. || 1 Corinthians 3:1-2


Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.
- 1 Peter 2:2

We must have been terrified as newborns. Thank goodness none of us remember that stage in our own journey, crying and frightened and wondering why on earth everyone keeps making noises at us. In the midst of these first months, the only thing we know is to cry out. Our needs are basic: comfort, food, sleep. Most of the time those are on repeat, over and over until we are ready to take on something new and challenging.

Would you believe that God wants us to be that baby? He wants the wailing, the screams, the incessant longing to be held and rocked and fed. He wants us to rely as desperately on Him as an infant for its mother.

When we read today’s scripture, we see Peter encouraging believers to “crave spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.” He relates us to a baby, knowing that newborns are completely dependent on their parents for nourishment.

In our lives, we need to arrive at a point where we cry out for our God and His Word, where we feel empty and alone if we stray from Him. As we study the Bible and commune with each other, there should be a greater need for that in our souls. If we allow our spiritual nourishment to cease or lack, the other things Peter mentions begin to creep in. - Diana Stone


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My secret place.

My secret place.

marcphun:

i am for this

marcphun:

i am for this

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The Fear that Frees

1 Peter 1:17-25
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you. // 1 Peter 1:23-25 

You were ransomed… not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.
- 1 Peter 1:18-19

Neither silver nor gold, nor any of the corruptible things of this world, can redeem so much as one soul.
- Matthew Henry

Who is the One we call Father?

He is the One who knew us before the foundation of the world.
He is the One who reached out to rescue us before we had fallen.
He is the One who knew salvation would cost the most precious of ransoms, the blood of His own son, the sinless Christ. And yet, He did not give Himself resentfully, but lovingly, with compassionate resolve and holy determination.

Our redemption is no accident; our rescue was no afterthought. 
We call on the One who sets us free. This is the Good News.

Peter says the One we call Father has called us to be set apart, and so we are (v.16). But in the very next verse Peter takes it a step further. In light of our rescue, Peter beseeches us to live in fear of the Lord during our time as exiles on this earth which is not our Home. In other words, Peter says, Know how and by Whom you were ransomed and act accordingly.

We were not redeemed with gold or silver. No one can be. We are redeemed with the very blood of Jesus Christ, “the lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:19).

Does Peter mean we are to repay the ransom, to live in the same fear as an indebted man who fears his debtor? Of course not! Ours is a freeing fear—fear of the Holy One, the Creator, the Savior and Redeemer and Sustainer, the lover of our souls. As Jim Thomas says, “fear of the Lord means we don’t have to fear anything else.” Not death. Not man. Not circumstance. Not fear itself.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and worship. It is a manifestation of our new birth into a real and tangible faith family, many of whom are reading these words with us today. It is a get to, not just an ought to. The God who resolved to rescue us by His grace is the one who invites us to call on Him. He brings us out of a life of ordinary, life-stealing fear and into a relationship with an awe-inspiring, life-transforming Savior.

Let’s call on Him today. And let’s call on each other as sisters, encouraging one another in Truth: Our redemption cost our Father everything. May it mean everything to us.


Life is unpredictable. Terrifying at times. Exciting. And completely out of our hands. We can dream and plan all we want, but when it really comes down to it. A life with Christ is about letting go of that control, of that fear, and surrendering it all to Him. Trust. The word I think we all struggle with. Trusting our Heavenly Father with not only our lives here on earth but our eternal ones too. That’s scary! It’s okay to admit. I’m admitting it right now. Life is throwing curveballs at me left and right. It has for as long as I can remember. But something is true that I tend to forget. God prevails. God provides. He’s faithful and always there for me. There’s something so beautiful about the unknown. Something so wonderful about trusting Him with my everything. Knowing that everyone on this earth is imperfect, but that His promises reign true every single day. They always will. He is faithful. He is trustworthy. Never ending. Never changing. I’m learning to embrace the unknown, have faith to just let go of control. To embrace the excitement of it. To let my semi-spontaneous spirit flow. And to just trust.

Life is unpredictable. Terrifying at times. Exciting. And completely out of our hands. We can dream and plan all we want, but when it really comes down to it. A life with Christ is about letting go of that control, of that fear, and surrendering it all to Him. Trust. The word I think we all struggle with. Trusting our Heavenly Father with not only our lives here on earth but our eternal ones too. That’s scary! It’s okay to admit. I’m admitting it right now. Life is throwing curveballs at me left and right. It has for as long as I can remember. But something is true that I tend to forget. God prevails. God provides. He’s faithful and always there for me. There’s something so beautiful about the unknown. Something so wonderful about trusting Him with my everything. Knowing that everyone on this earth is imperfect, but that His promises reign true every single day. They always will. He is faithful. He is trustworthy. Never ending. Never changing. I’m learning to embrace the unknown, have faith to just let go of control. To embrace the excitement of it. To let my semi-spontaneous spirit flow. And to just trust.

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We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.
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