Friday, August 18, 2017

Do this
   in remembrance of Me.

           1 Corinthians 11. 24

(Not just for communion,
        but in everything I do.
Even this.
Sometimes 
       the only way I can do it,
       even think of doing it
    -- a grace, a mercy, a kindness,
        a costly sacrifice 
                 in the face of adversity--
is in remembering Christ.
I am not doing something for Him,
but by Him,
       through Him,
       and because of Him).

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Say to my soul,
   "I am your deliverance."

              Psalm 35. 3

(The LORD will not only
show me the way through,
      He IS my deliverance.
Not just to follow through the trouble,
not just to see beyond this mess,
        but abide in Him.
Jesus meets each one of us
   at the point of 
               our deepest need.
As the song "There is a Hope" states,
     "And in the pit,
      I see my Savior there."
What you are struggling with
       is not random,
but that which God redeems.
Even this.
The light of Jesus
is not just at the end of the tunnel,
     but right where you are).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Seek peace,
    and pursue it.

                Psalm 34. 14

(It doesn't just happen).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Forty years
You sustained them
    in the wilderness,
and they lacked nothing;
their clothes 
     did not wear out 
and their feet
     did not swell. 

        Nehemiah 9. 21

(It's not a wilderness 
                  to God,
but a place of
   His great faithfulness,
in ways we do not even know,
   quiet miracles
      we do not recognize.
His fingerprints 
  are all over your life).
  
Forty years
You sustained them
    in the wilderness,
and they lacked nothing;
their clothes 
     did not wear out 
and their feet
     did not swell. 

        Nehemiah 9. 21

(It's not a wilderness 
                  to God,
but a place of
   His great faithfulness,
in ways we do not even know,
   quiet miracles
      we do not recognize.
His fingerprints 
  are all over your life).
  

Monday, August 14, 2017

And You divided the sea before them,
so that
they went through 
     the midst of the sea
on dry land....

             Nehemiah 9. 11

(God leads in
     unexpected ways,
through unlikely places,
and on dry land in
 impossible situations).

Sunday, August 13, 2017

...for they perceived 
that this work 
had been accomplished 
   with the help of our God.

                  Nehemiah 6. 16

(Live in such a way
         that He is seen,
not just in the extraordinary 
or in the seemingly impossible,
   but also in faithfulness 
    even in what would appear
             as ordinary.
God always somehow some way
bears fruit
       in what is selfless.
God is at work
               in you
and through you
     to bring Him glory
in incredible corners of this world).