Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
is done by hope."
- Martin Luther
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope…
Romans 12:12; 15:13
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Friday, March 27, 2009
anger or hate or jealousy or selfishness.
I know that the seeds I sow I will harvest,
because every action, good or bad,
is always followed by an equal reaction.
I will plant only good seeds this day."
- Og Mandino
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it,
evil comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.
This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places,
this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary,
and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word,
immediately he falls away.
And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns,
this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world
and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil,
this is the man who hears the word and understands it;
who indeed bears fruit and brings forth,
some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
you remain in possibility,
which is safe and beautiful but eventually enervating and boring."
- Jennifer Louden
Therefore, prepare your minds for action,
keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely
on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13
"You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone,
which can become a watered-down, occasional hope
that you'll get to tomorrow.
Intention without action is useless."
- Caroline Myss
In the same way, faith by itself,
if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
is the person who never does anything."
- Denis Waitley
Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk,
that by it you may grow up to salvation;
for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
1 Peter 2:3-3
Friday, March 20, 2009
"Early to bed and early to rise
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
O satisfy us in the morning with Your loving-kindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We look too much to museums.
The sun coming up in the morning is enough.
Romare Bearden (1911-1988)
Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week,
they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a
long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed.
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He is risen! He is not here.
"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing.
You have to make the mind run the body.
Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.
It is always tired morning, noon, and night.
But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.
When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night,
and the body was never tired...
You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going."
- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Enjoy it because you got up this morning.
But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
Monday, March 16, 2009
When I say good morning I mean:
O-ffers us His
R-eady for a
N-ew day with Him.
I-nspire others please, and
G-od loves you!
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;
In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
-Peter Julian Eymard
These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off were assured of them,
embraced them, and confessed that
they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith,
did not receive the promise,
God having provided something better for us,
that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
Hebrews 11:13-14, 39-40
- Jenna Wright
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
who gives to all liberally and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,
for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
because you have seen a brook.
William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
Though now you do not see Him, yet believing,
you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
receiving the end of your faith - the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9
Monday, March 09, 2009
testing of our faith produces patience,
something which every one of us can surely use more!
Not easy, but worth the effort of trying.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be
perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Friday, March 06, 2009
come before His presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD He is God:
it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
and into His courts with praise:
be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.
How many times to we begin our prayers with thankfulness?
Someone once said, "There so many times that we load up all of our burdens and worries onto a big dump truck and we put that truck in reverse and then we back that truck right up to the throne of God and flip the switch and dump all of that trash at God's feet, all without ever seeing Him."
This is completely backwards from God's teachings. We should enter God's presence with praises and thankfulness. Then, after we have spent time thanking God for His mercies and praising Him for his greatness, we can turn the truck around and unload our worries and burdens.
Which direction are you driving your dump truck today?
Try driving forward instead of backwards into the presence of God.
(amended from The Daily Psalm)
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
pray for the Lord's blessings...
Pray for guidance.
Pray for all these things.
And then all the little things kind of slide in.
Let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance -
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.
A lot of kneeling will keep you
in good standing with God.
And this is my prayer:
that your love may abound more and more
in knowledge and depth of insight,
so that you may be able to discern what is best
and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ
- to the glory and praise of God.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
can stand before anyone!
Devote yourselves to prayer,
keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
So we say with confidence,
"The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?"
Monday, March 02, 2009
How is your relationship with God?
Is it held in its place of priority?
I believe the greater the pressure,
the greater your need for time alone with Him.
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication,
let your requests be made known to God.