Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Does not the LORD go out
        before you?

             Judges 4. 14

(Follow the LORD into this,
not for a particular outcome,
but in faithfulness to Him.
The first step of His victory
     is a willing heart.)

Monday, April 24, 2017

It is good to give thanks
          to the LORD,
to sing praises
          to Your name,
          O Most High,
to declareYour steadfast love
   in the morning,
and Your faithfulness 
                 by night.

               Psalm 92. 1-2

(Bookends of the day
and everything inbetween.
Circumstances may
            or may not change,
but God transforms
                      my heart.
Even better.)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Because you have 
    made the LORD your refuge,
the Most High your habitation,
no evil shall befall you,
no scourge 
     come near your tent.
For He will give
    His angels charge of you
to guard you 
           in all your ways.

                  Psalm 91. 9-11

(Not "it will be easy and fun,"
    but "I am with you
       no. matter. what."
   Even in this.)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This will be a time
    for you to bear testimony.

                       Luke 21. 13

(Even here,
 even in this difficulty ,
no matter where,
no matter among whom,
point others to Jesus
      and practice grace.)

Friday, April 21, 2017

...but a faithful envoy
           brings healing.

           Proverbs 13. 17

(What am I bringing
      to the table?
To this impossible situation?
To this relationship?
To love the LORD,
to bear a witness to Him,
to bring God glory,
to walk in the light
    of His countenance,
               even in this.
His healing,
   not my agenda.
When I don't know what to do,
     take just one step,
               and then another.
Your heart, O LORD,
            over mine.)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I will sing of your steadfast love,
O LORD, for ever;
with my mouth 
      I will proclaim
Your faithfulness 
      to all generations.

               Psalm 89. 1

(Wherever you are,
among whomever you are,
leave behind something more
            of Him.
What lingers
     from the conversation,
what points them to God?
Making others aware
    of His Presence,
even in what seems obvious.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

...He sent two of His disciples, saying,
"Go into the village in front of you,
where on entering 
      you will find a colt tied,
on which no one 
             has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone asks you,
"Why are you untying it?"
you shall say this:
"The Lord has need of it."

                    Luke 19. 30-31

(When obedience makes
     no sense to me
or appears as 
   a meaningless task,
that is when trust kicks in.
God designs profound purpose 
even when I don't understand.)