Monday, December 31, 2012

They will call on My name,
and I will answer them.
I will say,
      "They are My people,"
and they will say,
      "The LORD is my God."

              Zechariah 13.9

(Know how beloved you are)

And so, this ends the first year of this blog.
If you are interested in it continuing,
or if it has helped you in any way this year,
I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

He determines the number of the stars,
and He gives to all of them their names.

                          Psalm 147.4

(the Maker of heaven and earth,
           and you)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I will make them strong in the LORD,
and they shall glory in His name.

                              Zechariah 10.12

(There is strength in
      bearing His name)

Friday, December 28, 2012

The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger 
and abounding in steadfast love.

                         Psalm 145.8

(This is what God is like,
this is what I should reflect)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

...and you shall be a blessing.

                     Zechariah 8.13

(What God will do through you)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

And the streets of the city
    shall be full of boys and girls
    playing in the streets.

                    Zechariah 8.5

(the way God intended the world to be)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

And the angel said to them,
"Be not afraid,
for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy
which will come to all the people;
for to you is born this day 
in the city of David
    a Savior,
         who is Christ the Lord.

                           Luke 2. 10-11

(Immanuel has come,
               God is with us.
And that changes everything.)

Merry Christmas, my friend!

Monday, December 24, 2012

And this shall come to pass,
if you will diligently obey
        the voice of the LORD your God.

                               Zechariah 6.15

(How much we miss 
because of our unfaithfulness
in the "little" things
that we think don't matter)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Despise not the day of small things.

                       Zechariah 4.10

(Everyday decisions
    impact the rest of your life)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

For I will be to her
      a wall of fire round about,
                       says the LORD,
and I will be the glory within her.

                             Zechariah 2.5

(That is what the love of the Almighty does,
              transformation from within)

Friday, December 21, 2012

...a place prepared by God,
          in which to be nourished.

                         Revelation 12.6

(What am I doing here?
God will protect, provide,
   and fulfill His purposes
          deeper than what we can know)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

...and in this place
        I will give prosperity,
   says the LORD of hosts.

                             Haggai 2.9

(Here?  Even in the most unlikely places,
God provides enlarged vision 
       and increased depth.
He is using you.
He has strategically placed you 
         where you are right now.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The King of Israel, the LORD,
            is in your midst;
   you shall fear evil no more.
...The LORD, your God,
               is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory,
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will renew you in His love.

                            Zephaniah 3. 15, 17

(His Presence changes everything,
victory over those things you fear,
shouts of God's rejoicing all around,
evidence of His Presence
               in your midst)

As we come to the end of the first year of Du Jour,
I would love to hear how God's Word 
has impacted you.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

For I am doing a work in your days
   that you wouldn't believe if told.

                          Habakkuk 1.5

(God always works in dimensions
     too deep for us to comprehend.
   Follow Him into His day for you).

Monday, December 17, 2012 Him who led His people
         through the wilderness,
for His steadfast love
                endures for ever.

                            Psalm 136.16

(and He will lead me through mine,
    with, in, through and because
          of His incredible love)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

...when I sit in darkness,
the LORD will be a light to me.

                  Micah 7.8

(no matter how deep the darkness,
He is stronger still)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Do not My words do good
to him who walks uprightly?

                             Micah 2.7

(Soak up His promise,
live abundantly within it)

Friday, December 14, 2012

I will not enter my house
or get into my bed,
I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the LORD,
a dwelling place for
      the Mighty One of Jacob.

                         Psalm 132. 3-5

(First things first.
God will change the course of your day.
He will transform the course of your life).

Thursday, December 13, 2012

"I am the Alpha and Omega,"
                     says the Lord God,
Who is
      and Who was
             and Who is to come,
    the Almighty.

                           Revelation 1.8

(the beginning, the end,
      and everything in-between)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

...hold fast what you have,
so that no one may seize your crown.

                         Revelation 3.11

(With the hands of a determined toddler)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

If You, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
         LORD, who should stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
that You may be feared.

                                  Psalm 130. 3-4

(Stand in awe of His grace
        and live redeemed
             in all you do today)

Monday, December 10, 2012

The LORD has spoken;
who can but prophesy?

                    Amos 3.8

(Speak the truth in love,
live His truth before others
       wherever He has placed you.)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Let us know,
let us press on to know the LORD;
His going forth is sure as the dawn;
He will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.

                            Hosea 6.3

(The difference He makes
             in all dimensions)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like an evergreen cypress,
          from Me comes your fruit.

                              Hosea 14.8

(not success that matters at all,
       but fruitfulness)

Friday, December 7, 2012

No greater joy can I have than this,
to hear that my children
           follow the truth.

                         3 John 4

(the delight of a parent's heart,
        nothing more)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Those who trust in the LORD
              are like Mount Zion,
     which cannot be moved,
     but abides for ever.
As mountains are round about Jerusalem,
so the LORD is round about His people,
from this time forth
                   and forever more.

                            Psalm 125. 1-2

(A visible picture of trusting Him.
God encompasses on all sides
       even in the midst of trouble)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Our help is in the name of the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

                           Psalm 124.8

(NOTHING in your life
is too big for Him to handle.
Repeat as necessary.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

...if we love one another,
God abides in us
and His love is perfected in us.

                          1 John 4.12

(The faithful are distinguished
by love and integrity).

Monday, December 3, 2012

Little children,
let us not love in word or speech
but in deed and in truth.

                  1 John 3.18

(Surrounded by opportunities
     in the most unexpected ways.
One never knows what appears
    to be a simple action
that has the power to change a life).

Sunday, December 2, 2012

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From whence does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
      Who made heaven and earth.

                     Psalm 121.1-2

(in all things,
    no matter what we face this week.
           live expectantly in Him)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

But whoever keeps His Word,
in him truly love for God is perfected.

                     1 John 2.5

(it is not that God would love us more,
but that our love for Him is nurtured)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Great peace have those who love Your law;
          can make them stumble.

                                Psalm 119.165

(God's Word makes all the difference.
       He changes you through it.)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

There is in your kingdom
a man in whom
     is the Spirit of the holy God.

                           Daniel 5.11

(by what are we known?)
There is in your kingdom
a man in whom
     is the Spirit of the holy God.

                           Daniel 5.11

(by what are we known?)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Make every effort
to supplement your faith with virtue,
and virtue with knowledge,
and knowledge with self control,
and self control with steadfastness,
and steadfastness with godliness,
and godliness with brotherly affection,
and brotherly affection with love.
For if these things are your and abound,
     they keep you
     from being ineffective or unfruitful
in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

                          2 Peter 1. 5-8

(step by step, day by day,
    intentional actions)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

...but you are able,
     for the Spirit of the holy God
                   is in you.

                          Daniel 4.18

(The difference God makes
  should be THAT obvious)

Monday, November 26, 2012 order that
             in everything
God may be glorified
  through Jesus Christ.

                      1 Peter 4.11

(Yes, even in THAT,
 sensitive to His purposes,
 aware of my actions)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Iron sharpens iron,
     as one man sharpens another.

                          Proverbs 27.17

(Seek out nurturing relationships,
including those who model faithfulness)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I will meditate on Your precepts
   and fix my eyes on Your ways.

                            Psalm 119.15

(He will change your life) .

Friday, November 23, 2012

The prayer of the righteous
         has great power in its effects.

                             James 5.16

(We have no idea how much)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

O give thanks to the LORD,
        for He is good;
His steadfast love endures for ever.

                      Psalm 118.1

(In all ways, in all things)
Son of man, look with your eyes,
and hear with your ears,
and set your mind
      upon all that I shall show you,
for you were brought here
      in order that I might show it to you...

                             Ezekiel 40.4

(God's strategic placement and purposes,
        even that which we cannot see)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This is the day
    which the LORD has made,
let us rejoice
    and be glad in it.

                Psalm 118.24

(Every day in God's eyes
is chosen and precious.)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Out of my distress
      I called on the LORD,
and the LORD answered me
                  and set me free.

                           Psalm 118.5

(Even still in the midst of a situation,
    God changes everything
    by changing our hearts)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Do not neglect to show hospitality
for thereby some have entertained
          angels unawares.

                              Hebrews 13.2

(You never know how God will use
          even the simplest acts of kindness)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the LORD
        is to be praised.

                    Psalm 113.3

(Praising Him will change your day
   and impact everyone around you)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Then they will know 
    that I am the LORD.

                   Ezekiel 30.26

(What does it take
    for me to acknowledge Him?)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rule in the midst of your foes.

                      Psalm 110.2

(Rise above the turmoil,
    marked and known by grace)

Monday, November 12, 2012

So you will be a sign to them,
and they will know
that I am the LORD.

                      Ezekiel 24.27

(People are always watching
     how you live, how you love,
   to know if God is real.)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

For He shatters the doors of bronze,
and cuts in two the bars of iron.

                            Psalm 107.16

(There is immense freedom
        in trusting Him,
shattering those things that
      keep us captive).

Saturday, November 10, 2012

With God we shall do valiantly;
it is He who will tread down our foes.

                             Psalm 108.13

(Don't go it alone.
Trust God all the way through.)

Friday, November 9, 2012

O give thanks to the LORD,
       for He is good,
for His steadfast love 
           endures for ever.

                 Psalm 107.1

(Thanking God is an outward expression
      of an inward reality of trusting Him,
   even when we cannot comprehend it)