“OUR ROCK & OUR REFUGE” Youth Vlog #7


“OUR ROCK & REFUGE” – Youth Vlog #7

“My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” -Psalm 62:7 (NIV)


Devotional By:  Justin Noah Citro


No Worries

Don't Worry

Pray more, worry less.  God takes care of the birds and the beasts, the flowers and all of nature… what makes you think He won’t take care of you?  Worry will not add anything positive to your life!

See what Matthew 6:25-34 has to say.

  • 25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  28And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  29yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?  31So don’t worry about these things, saying, What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  34So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”



Change your thoughts; Change your life!

Ruth Strait

Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Wisdom: Our Solid Foundation


“Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

-Matthew 7:24 

We all know what happens when a sand castle is built it eventually gets washed away by the ocean or perhaps someone comes along and steps all over it, destroying the masterpiece created. Sand, by itself, is not a solid component to build anything on. If we were to build a house on the sand, rain would easily wash away the sand which in turn will make the ground shift thus making the house fall down, deeming it uninhabitable.

Obviously, we are to build our structures on something solid, like concrete. Sometimes, if we know we are in a flood zone, the house needs to be built on a solid, raised platform with concrete, a strong, durable wood or steel beams to hold it up. In order for the house to withstand winds and the storms that may come, the beams have to be deeply buried in solid ground. The house may rock and sway with the wind, but it won’t come crashing down because of its solid planting.
This foundation we are to stand upon, as Believers, is Jesus Christ, He is solid and cannot be crushed or knocked down at all! We build our wisdom from Him by studying Scripture, seeking it from God in prayer, learning from life’s experiences and applying it daily. When we listen to God’s Word and do what He says, we are like that wise person who builds his home on a solid foundation. We won’t be easily swayed and knocked down. We can stand firm knowing that God is truly sovereign over all and that His Word is Truth! We can go boldly into the world each day, proclaiming His goodness and mercy to everyone who will listen.
Child of God, in order to build and maintain our strong and solid foundation in life, it is imperative to not only just hear God’s Word, but to live it out loud. In order to know God’s Word, you got to read it and apply it. The more we seek Him, the more we listen and obey, the wiser we get. Wisdom is a priceless gem to have. It saves us from embarrassing moments, and it keeps us from looking the fool.

Ruth Strait

Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Oswald Chambers – Quote About Prayer

Plug Into The Power Source“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.”

~Oswald Chambers~

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Grace & Mercy


“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ?  Any comfort from his love?  Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?  Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.  Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” -Philippians 2:1-5

Grace and Mercy
Do everything in life as Jesus wants you to do as He is right there by you.  Do it all with excellence.  Be merciful, full of grace, and be kind.  Be firm as needed and do it with love.  Do it all with the best interest of others and not for selfish gain.  Take care of others like you want to be.

Ruth Strait

Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Be Humble

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“But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud but favors the humble.'” ~James 4:6

Don’t allow the pressures of your situations to take precedence over your obedience to God.  That is called pride, thinking you can handle things better than God.  You will ultimately fail when God is not the center of your life.


Ruth Strait

Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.