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No Spiritual Gatorade, but There is Jesus

Today’s “Bite-sized Bible Bit” is about quenching your thirst when you are parched. We hope you listen and find some encouragement for the week!

No Spiritual Gatorade, but There is Jesus

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” -John‬ ‭6‬:‭35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Drink deeply from the Well and stay spiritually hydrated. With Jesus, you will never run dry.

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The Ultimate Need Meeter: A Philippians 4:19 Story

“Mom, my shorts from last summer don’t fit and I’m supposed to meet McKayla at the river. What am I going to do?” Rae cries from deep within her closet. From the kitchen, her mother hears her like she’s in the next room. Rae stomps down the hall with shorts in hand then flings them back and forth over her head like a white flag of surrender. “I give up, Mom. My old summer clothes don’t fit me anymore. I’m about to cut all my jeans into shorts. I can’t even meet McKayla at the river now.”

“Nice to see you too, Rae. My extra shift at the nursing home went pretty well until Mrs. Cramer threw up her breakfast all over my shoes. How was your night? Did you sleep ok?” Mom asks.

“I’m serious, Mom!” Rae snaps back.

“I am too, honey. I had to scrub banana bread pudding out of my shoes for a half an hour.  They’re so old and cracked that the vomit was stuck in the cracks. I had to find an old toothbrush that looked about as old as my shoes.” Mom retorts.  

“I’m sorry about your shoes, Mom,” Rae says.  “I just don’t have any clothes that fit for the summer and I’ve put applications in at every fast food place, juice stand, and coffee shop in a 20-mile radius.”

“I’m sure something will turn up for you, sweetheart. Have you prayed about it at all?” Mom asks.

“Prayed about shorts?!” Rae questions with eyes wider than a cartoon character getting bonked in the head by a clever rabbit or very fast road runner.

“Why not? You can come to God with all your troubles. He wants to provide for you, you know? Why don’t you go to your room and pray?” Mom suggests. “Then you can cut one pair of jeans into shorts for now.  How’s that sound?” Mom asks.

“Ok!  Thanks, Mom!” Rae says, as she runs back down the hall.  

Things have been extremely hard since Rae’s dad passed away two years ago. Her mom had to not only get a better job, but also had to take a second job at the nursing home just to pay the mortgage, bills, and buy groceries. She doesn’t have any extra money for clothes or shoes.  She decides it’s a good idea to go pray in her room too.

The next day, Rae and her mother pull up to the church and sit in the parking lot for a moment. Sunday was Dad’s favorite day of the week. They would go to church and then to lunch after – family time was always the best. Although they haven’t broken down crying in the parking lot at church for a few months – it is still hard for them to get out of the car to move through the day sometimes.  Mom grabs Rae’s hand. They take a deep breath in unison and together say, “Let’s go.”

A white mini-van pulls up next to the passenger side of their car and out pops Juliana, Rae’s mom’s best friend.  “Carmen, Rae, can you help me with something before you go in, please?” Julianne asks as she opens the van’s back end. Inside are four large boxes. Three of the boxes have “Rae” written on the side in black marker. One has Carmen’s name.

“What is all this?” Carmen asks in shock.

“Well darlin’, I was doing some spring cleaning and boxed up all the clothes that Samantha doesn’t wear anymore or has grown out of. Turns out it is a lot. I had to pull more boxes out of the garage. Then, I decided to go through my closet and box up a bunch of clothes that I don’t wear any longer either.  There’s a pair of comfy sneakers in there you could wear to work too, Carmen.”

“You’re an answer to a prayer, Jules!” Carmen says. “It’s like I told you, Rae, God provides.”

Weekly Bible Verse: And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. -Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭19‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Note to Nibble: God is a loving God who cares about you and is the ultimate need meeter. 

Nolan and Zeke: A Proverbs 4:23 Story

“Hey Nolan, listen to this,” his best friend, Zeke, says to him as he pushes an ear pod into his ear. “It’s the new Dustin Woodpond track. It just dropped last night. I’ve probably listened to it 50 times already!”

“Woah, it’s really loud,” Nolan complains, feeling like his head is now throbbing from his eardrums to his temples.

“That’s the best way to listen to it man, you gotta feel the music. Don’t you like it?” Zeke asks.

“The beat sounds pretty good, but I don’t know what he’s talking about and I think he just swore,” Nolan says.

“Who cares about that!?” Zeke replies, “Everyone is listening to it.”

“Oh really? I guess I can give it a listen, but can you turn it down a little?” Nolan asks.

The next day at lunch, Zeke is singing one of Dustin Woodpond’s new songs and looks at Nolan to finish the verse. Nolan gives him a confused look and everyone at the lunch table finishes the verse in unison and laughs at Nolan for not knowing it. Nolan tries to brush it off and digs into his lunch sack. A note from his mom drops out and Zeke quickly scoops it off the table.

“You’ve got to be kidding me. Is this a love note from your mom?!  I haven’t seen one of these since elementary school, and there’s a Bible verse on the back,” Zeke says, holding his stomach while laughing uncontrollably.  “Oh my gosh, did you have to ask Mommy to download the Dustin Woodpond album?  That’s why you didn’t know the words to the song I was singing! No way, your mom said ‘no’, didn’t she?” Zeke continues.

“You know what, Zeke, my mom actually did check out that album and I’m pretty disappointed that you listen to it, to be honest. There’s a parental warning on the cover and every song has bad language or is about inappropriate stuff. I don’t want to put that into my head and neither should you,” Nolan responds. With that, the table explodes with laughter. “Nolan cuts through their laughter saying, “You always used to go to church with me, Zeke. You even went to Bible camp with me for the last three years. Why are you acting like this, and why did you make fun of a Bible verse in my lunch sack?” Nolan asks.

“Because I grew up, Nolan. I even listen to big-boy music now,” Zeke says, looking around the table to see all the laughing faces in agreement with him.

“You may have grown up, Zeke, but you are far from mature or wise!” Nolan states firmly. The books you read, the music you listen to, and the movies you watch influence your life and can lead your heart away from Jesus. I think it goes without saying, but the people you choose to hang out with can corrupt you too. We’ve been best friends since the 2nd grade man, but it seems like we don’t have much in common anymore. I’ll be praying for you,” Nolan says, packing up his lunch from the table. As he walks away, no one is laughing.

Weekly Bible Verse: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. -‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭23‬ NIV
Note to Nibble: Wisely choose what you fill your heart and mind with, because what you watch, read, and listen to, can have an influence over your life. 
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The 3 Hs: Hang Onto, Hold Tightly, and Hope

Today’s “Bite-sized Bible Bit” is about some promises God has given you that you can cling to. We hope you listen and find some encouragement for the week!

Hang Onto, Hold Tightly, and Hope

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. -2 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If the craziness of this world starts to infiltrate, remember the 3 Hs:

1. Hang onto God,

2. Hold tightly to His promises,


3. Hope in Him.

For He is rock-steady and standing on His promises will help to anchor you more firmly to Him.

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Weekly Memory Munchie

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Peyton and Jessy: A Peter Denies Jesus Three Times Story

Jessy looks for Peyton at the bus stop on her first day of junior high. Peyton and Jessy have been friends since kindergarten, but Peyton spent most of the summer making new friends at soccer camp. Jessy boards the bus hoping to see her friend on the first day of school. Truth is, Jessy hasn’t heard much from Peyton since she returned from camp.

At school, Jessy closes her locker and turns to head to her 1st-period class. She sees her friend, Peyton, walking toward her with a large group of girls. Jessy waves and says, “Hey Peyton,” loudly. Jessy knows that Peyton can hear her, but she walks by as if she doesn’t even know her. A lump forms in Jessy’s throat as a rock sinks in her stomach. She fights back tears as she doesn’t want to be seen crying on her first day of school in the middle of the hallway.

At lunch, Jessy again sees Peyton with the same group of girls sitting at a large table in the middle of the cafeteria. She walks up to Peyton this time so that she is standing on her right side. She has to hear me now, she thinks. “Hey Peyton, can I sit with you?” Jessy asks. Peyton turns toward her, looks her up and down, then returns to talking to her new friends as if Jessy isn’t even standing there. This time the tears cannot be held back. Jessy slams her lunch tray down in front of Peyton and runs off crying. She can’t understand what happened to her friend and why she is acting like this.

When the last bell of the day rings, dismissing the kids from school, Jessy can’t wait to get home. She rushes to her locker, grabs her backpack, and moves quickly to the school bus pickup. When Jessy boards the bus, to her surprise, she sees Peyton sitting by herself toward the back of the bus. Jessy really wants to ask her old friend what is going on. She begins to make her way toward Peyton who then slides to the end of her seat so that Jessy can’t sit next to her. Peyton looks out the window as if Jessy doesn’t exist. Giving up, Jessy sits in her own seat staring out her own window in disbelief. I can’t believe Peyton cares more about being cool than she does about our friendship, she thinks.

After getting off the bus, Jessy rushes home. “Jessy!” she hears from behind her. Through misty eyes, she sees Peyton rushing toward her. Surprised, she says, “Peyton? You can see me? I thought I was a ghost or something.”

“I’m so sorry, Jessy. I don’t know what came over me. I’ve been so wrapped up in trying to be cool with these new friends I made at soccer camp this summer that I thought they wouldn’t like me if they knew we were friends. But I’m so sorry, Jessy, I don’t care what anyone else thinks. What’s really important is the friendship we have. And besides, if they get to know you, I know they’ll love you. If they don’t, their loss! I really do apologize. I haven’t been a very good friend lately. If you acted like I have, I would be just as hurt. Still friends forever?” “Forever!” Jessy replies.

Jessy and Peyton embrace and everything seems like it is back to normal, the way it should be. The next day at school, Peyton introduces Jessy to all of her new friends. Jessy sits with them at lunch every day going forward.

Weekly Bible Verse: Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. -John‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Note to nibble: Be kind to one another and don’t get so wrapped up in yourself that you forget about others. 

His and Hers Phone Screen Wallpapers-I Keep My Eyes on the Lord

Maybe you need this reminder as much as we do right now…“I keep my eyes always on the Lord…” It’s when our eyes stray and our minds wander, that life can easily become complicated. With our thoughts fixed on our Heavenly Father, however, we can experience a peace only He can give, no matter what obstacle may try to send us on a detour. By placing our trust in God, we will not be shaken.

Check out our free “his and hersphone screen wallpapers below and keep your focus always on the One who has everything in His hands.

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. -Psalms‬ ‭16‬:‭8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Lowest Peak? Highest Valley? We’re Here.

Whether you are in your lowest valley, on your highest peak, or hanging somewhere in between, we’re here to pray for you. Prayer is impactful! Check out our Prayer Pop page here. Leave a comment on that page in the section below so we can be sure to raise you up in love!

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. -1 John‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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Dig Deep, Discern, and DO

Today’s “Bite-sized Bible Bit” is about the importance of living out the Lord’s directions. We hope you listen and find some encouragement for the week!

Dig Deep, Discern, and DO

How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. -Psalm 119:9 NIV

There’s listening and there’s doing. So, dig deep into the Word, keep your mind and heart open to Truth, discern it, and then DO—LIVE what the Lord says. That’s key.

…”Because blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” -Luke 11:28 NIV

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Josie’s Dress: A Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors Story

On the drive home from church, Josie’s mom says she needs her to try on the new dress she made for her end-of-the-school-year dance. Her older sisters, the triplets, or “gruesome 3-some” as she sometimes calls them, grumble under their breath as if angry and jealous that Josie’s mom made her a beautiful dress of many colors for the dance.

“Girls, remember, I made you three dresses for your end-of-year seventh grade dance too,” mom reminds them. The three girls mumble their “oh yeahs” and “okays” as they stare at their shifting feet. Josie can tell they are still a little upset, but she focuses her energy on the excitement she feels inside instead of the negativity inside their family minivan.

The following weekend, Josie goes to the mall with her sisters to help them pick out their dresses for the dance. One by one, they try on each dress from the pile they manage to bring into the dressing room. Madison tells Josie to have some fun and try on the dresses with them. Sadie hands her a ravishing blue dress that Brooklyn says really brings out her eyes. Standing in front of the full-length mirror, the triplets tell Josie how stunning she looks.

“I think you should wear this dress to the dance,” says Sadie.

“Absolutely,” replies Madison, “let’s go pick out some shoes!”

“I’ll do your hair and makeup,” Brooklyn adds. “You’re going to win the best dress contest with this one for sure!”

“I just don’t know,” Josie responds. “Mom spent a lot of time making me a beautiful dress for the dance. I’m just here for you guys.”

“Trust us,” the triplets state in unison.

“Keep it at school and change once you get to the dance. Mom will never know.”

At bedtime, the triplets plot in their room how they are going to lure Josie to the bathroom and ruin her new blue dress. Not only will Mom not know she’s going to change dresses, but they will destroy her chance at winning the best dress contest. The “gruesome 3-some” giggle themselves to sleep at the thought of driving a wedge between Josie and their mom while making her look like a fool in front of the whole school.

The night of the dance, Josie changes out of the dress her mom made her and puts the hand-made dress in her locker. Wearing the blue dress her sisters talked her into wearing, she makes her way to sign up for the best dress contest. Sadie stops Josie in the hall and says Madison and Brooklyn need help with their dresses in the bathroom. The three sisters push her into an open stall, throw fruit punch on her dress, and rip the sleeves off of it. “Good luck at the contest,” they say, laughing as they exit the bathroom.

Crying in front of the mirror, Josie fixes her hair and wipes the streaked makeup from under her eyes and cheeks. Just then, her best friend Katie walks into the bathroom. Josie tells her what happened. Katie runs to Josie’s locker and grabs the colorful dress her mom made her. She returns it to the bathroom where Josie changes into what she thinks she should have worn in the first place. “I can’t believe I let them talk me into changing out of the dress my mom worked so hard to make and then they treated me like that,” Josie said through welled-up eyes.

“That’s gotta really hurt coming from your sisters, Josie. Just know, they are totally jealous of this gorgeous dress. It’s one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen, with such soft pastel colors. I can’t believe your mom made this,” Katie encourages. “Now let’s go sign you up for that dress contest. I guarantee you’re going to win! And let’s make sure we turn this night into one we won’t forget!”

“Thank you, Katie! I don’t know what I would have done tonight without your help.”

Weekly Bible Verse: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. -1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
Note to Nibble: The plans of the noble will always win out in the end.