A Blank Only God Can Fill


Excerpt from

“The Word For You Today”

Maranatha Bible Church

“The heart is a God-shaped blank, and only God can fill it.” In “Through the Valley of the Kwai: From Death-Camp Despair to Spiritual Triumph,” Ernest Gordon writes about American soldiers who were captured, tortured, and starved by the Japanese in the Malay Peninsula in World War II. As a result they started acting like animals, clawing, fighting, and stealing food. In an effort to turn things around, the group decided to start reading the New Testament. And as Gordon read it to them, they were converted to Christ, and this community of animals was transformed into a community of love. That’s because God lives in Jesus, and Jesus is willing to live in the hearts of those who trust Him. He offers joy, peace, a transformed life, and assurance of eternal life to all those who place their trust in His atoning death. So what are you using to try to fill the void in your life? Material possessions? Mood-altering substances? Sex? Career success? The pursuit of intellectual growth? Excitement? You may as well give it up now–it won’t work! Paul explained it like this to the philosophers in Athens: “God…made the world and everything in it…He…gives life…to everything…He satisfies every need…His purpose was (that we should) seek after God…feel (our) way toward Him and find Him–though He is not far from…us. For in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:24-28). In the words of the time-honored hymn: “Now none but Christ can satisfy; none other Name for me. There’s love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.”


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.

Grace & Glory

Now the Lord is the Spirit,

and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom.

And we,

who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord,

are being transformed into His image

with intensifying glory,

which comes from the Lord,

who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-19

Grace 1








The word for today,


Definition: “adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire”

This what I know God to be for me!

He’s all I need!

He’s all I want!

He’s more than enough!


Ponder on this today. Who can satisfy your every desire? Who can meet all of your needs? Who can save you from all harm? Who can provide, help, and keep you? Who can heal you? Who can restore and uphold you? Who can do miracles too grand to explain? Who never leaves you behind, or forsakes you?

There is only one ENOUGH you will ever need:

His name is God, the Great I Am!

Make Him who sits in the Heavens, whose footstool is Earth, the One to please and call your ENOUGH.

Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Psalm 84

PSALM 84.11



How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.


I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.


With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.


Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!

What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises.



What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.


The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.


O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob.



O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.


A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!


I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.


For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.


The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.


O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
what joy for those who trust in you.


The Source of Strength


It is only when we put ourselves in the hands of Jesus that we find He is The Source of Strength sufficient enough to overcome the evil within us and set us completely free.

Ruth Strait

Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Never Too Broken


You’re never too broken to belong to Jesus.  Come to Him as you are. His grace and mercy are amazing.  He will heal you, restoring what was taken from you.  He will redeem you. He will fill that void in your life.  The world makes promises that only God can do.  Trust in Him, and have faith that He shall do what He says.

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.