Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bring the full tithes into the storehouse,
that there may be food in My house,
and thereby put Me to the test,
                  says the LORD of hosts,
if I will not open the windows of heaven for you
           and pour down for you
                            an overflowing blessing.

                                            Malachi 3.10

(Come into the new year 
                 following Him fully,
  and watch how incredibly God will use you)

Monday, December 30, 2013

...lay it to heart
         to give glory to My name,
says the LORD of hosts...

                     Malachi 2.2

(Not just a mindset.
but a heart set,
an intentional desire and focus
in all that we do and say)


Sunday, December 29, 2013

His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor His pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in His steadfast love.

                                     Psalm 147. 10-11

(Not possessions, nor power,
nor outward appearance,
nor physical strength,
but what matters most in this life
          is our relationship with God.
Abide in His steadfast love,
        live in awe of Him.)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

...for the fine linen
       is the righteous deeds of the saints.

                           Revelation 19.8

(What we do is being woven
into something far greater than ourselves,
for higher purposes than we could ever imagine.
We have only to be faithful
         in what God places before us
and follow Him into it.)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy is he 
      whose help is in the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God...

                                 Psalm 146.5

(His Presence changes everything.
In God we trust.)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Teach me the way I should go,
for to You I lift up my soul...
Teach me to do Your will,
        for You are my God.

                         Psalm 143. 8, 10

(A teachable heart
       is open to God's leading.
Resistance leads only to
        rocky trails and wrong turns.)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

...she will bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus,
for he will save his people
                   from their sins.

                       Matthew 1.21

         which means God with us.
And that makes all the difference.)

Merry  Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government
        will be upon his shoulder,
And his name will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

                            Isaiah 9.6

(Written 740 years before
              Christ was born.
Jesus did not just come.
He was promised.
Jesus came to redeem.)

Monday, December 23, 2013

When my spirit is weak,
You know my way.

                         Psalm 142.3

(God never promised 
that things would be easy,
but He does promise 
                  that He goes with us.
Follow Him,
                  even in this.)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD,
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Incline not my heart to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in the company of men who work iniquity;
and let me not eat of their dainties.

                                      Psalm 141. 3-4

(Busy myself with grace in this,
no matter what,
              my eyes on You)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

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

                          Revelation 12.6

(Look to what God is doing in your life,
                strategically right where you are)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

How shall we sing the LORD'S song
                         in a foreign land?

                                       Psalm 137.4

(God places us strategically
         to do exactly that.)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Though the fig tree do not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
     and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
     and there be no herd in the stalls,
    I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
He makes me tread
             upon my high places.

                     Habakkuk 3. 17-19

(No matter the circumstances,
                God is still in control.
When God is our strength,
He empowers us even to dance
   through the scary places of life.)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The LORD is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
He knows those
       who take refuge in Him.

                             Nahum 1.7

(No matter what is swirling
                   all around you.)

Monday, December 16, 2013

As in the days when you came out
               of the land of Egypt,
I will show them marvelous things.

                                Micah 7.15

 (That which may not 
         even be on your radar yet.
    God will protect and provide 
          in incredible ways.)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

There you shall be rescued,  
      there the LORD will redeem you
from the hand of your enemies.

                             Micah 4.10

(God works in the most unlikely ways
               and in the most unlikely places.
What am I doing here?
Something much deeper is going on,
purposes too profound for me to grasp.)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Those who pay regard to vain idols
            forsake their true loyalty.

                                Jonah 2.8

(Guard yourself against those things
which hold the place
that only God should have)

Friday, December 13, 2013

...and day and night
      never cease to sing,
"Holy, holy, holy,
              is the Lord God Almighty,
who was 
         and is
                   and is to come."

                          Revelation 4.8

(What am I humming
                in all I do and say?
Verbally acknowledge the reality of God
                    and live out His grace.)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

    I stand at the door and knock;
if any one hears My voice
                      and opens the door,
I will come in to him
                      and eat with him,
and he with Me.

                         Revelation 3.20

(The message of the entire Bible,
          from the first page to the last,
is all about relationship with God.)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.

                                               Amos 5.24

(LORD, make me an open conduit today.
Show me in all things
                what is good and right
and provide me the wisdom
                 and courage to do it.)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I will restore to you
the years which
the swarming locust has eaten.

                       Joel 2. 25

(When we follow God
      through the hardship and wilderness,
things will not just turn out ok,
               God will redeem.)

Monday, December 9, 2013

...and leave a blessing behind him...

                                 Joel 2.14

(In all places,
in all that I do,
among all with whom I meet)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of steadfast love,
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the LORD,
that He may come
        and rain salvation upon you.

                                       Hosea 10.12

(like refreshing water on a thirsty heart)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

...that we may live before Him.
Let us know,
     let us press on to know the LORD.

                       Hosea 6. 2-3

(Intentionally seeking Him each day
             in all things.)

Friday, December 6, 2013

And this is love,
that we follow His commandments;
this is the commandment,
as you have heard from the beginning,
             that you follow love.

                                       2 John 1.6

(Love God, love others.
That's what it is all about.
God's message all along.)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

To You
       I lift up my eyes,
O You who are enthroned
                         in the heavens!

                         Psalm 123.1

(God is in control,
       and I am not.
That is not "a positive thought,"
       but reality.
Lifting my eyes, my cares, my heart to Him
                      empowers me to realize that.)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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

                                 1 John 3. 18

(May I make love
                 the practice of my life.)

Monday, December 2, 2013

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

                                Psalm 121.1-2

(It doesn't get any better than that.)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Trouble and anguish have come upon me,
         but Your commandments are my delight.

                                        Psalm 119. 143

(God's Word is the stability of my days,
       my strength and shield,
                        no matter what the foe
                                                 or fear.)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

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

                             Psalm 119.165

(God's Word is my strength and shield.
      God changes me through it.)

Friday, November 29, 2013

You are my hiding place
                 and my shield;
I hope in Your Word.

                        Psalm 119.114

(God's Word empowers me
          to see this situation differently
   and move with grace within it.)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

O give thanks to the LORD,
           for He is good;
for His steadfast love
                     endures for ever!
Let the redeemed of the LORD
                                 say so....

                               Psalm 107.1-2

(And not just once a year!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It has seemed good to me
to show the signs and wonders
that the Most High God
         has wrought toward me.

                      Daniel 4.2

(Acknowledge to others,
        acknowledge myself,
               God at work.
For He is good,
      His faithfulness endures forever.
Even when we don't quite understand

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

If Your law had not been my delight,
I should have perished in my affliction.

                                  Psalm 119.92

(Hold fast to God's Word.
God strengthens through it
            more than we can ever know,
   in ways beyond all measure.)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Always be prepared
to make a defense
to any one who calls you to account
         for the hope that is in you,
yet do it with gentleness and reverence...

                           1 Peter 3.15

(Not by a script memorized,
    but by a life transformed.
What is the difference in you?)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

And the name of the city
henceforth shall be,
             The LORD is there.

                         Ezekiel 48.35

(Wherever God has placed me,
              no matter where,
His Presence changes everything.)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

...and I shall walk at liberty,
for I have sought Your precepts.

                             Psalm 119.45

(Obedience provides not limitations,
but a tremendous sense of freedom.
God's Word changes how I see everything,
          His scaffolding within)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Your testimonies are my delight,
they are my counselors.

                         Psalm 119.24

(Have I sought the counsel of God
                        in this?
         Even in this?)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

...the sound of His coming...

                   Ezekiel 43.2

(Enter, O LORD.
my every situation,
every decision,
every relationship)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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

                              Psalm 118.24

(How I view God
        -- even how I view this day --
changes everything
      I do and say and think.
Even in this.)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

...when My sanctuary
           is in the midst of them.

                         Ezekiel 37.28

(What we worship
          is made evident by how we live.
O LORD, let others see Your presence,
                              Your grace,
                     Your love
                                   in me.)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Let every man be quick to hear,
            slow to speak,
                    slow to anger,
for the anger of man
does not work 
               the righteousness of God.

                                 James 1. 19-20

(God's Spirit in me
          impacts every conversation.
What is evident in my words,
                     and attitudes?)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

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

                              Hebrews 13.2

(Love God,
love others)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

...desiring to act honorably
                   in all things.

                          Hebrews 13.18

(Live above reproach.
Remember who you are.
Remember Whose you are.)

Friday, November 15, 2013

As in water
         face answers to face,
so the mind of man
          reflects the man.

                   Proverbs 27.19

(What is at the core is always revealed.
And on what I reflect,
impacts everything
I do, say, think , feel,
       and even alters my appearance.)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

For the moment
    all discipline seems painful
                     rather than pleasant;
later it yields
      the peaceful fruit of righteousness
   to those who have been trained by it.

                                  Hebrews 12.11

(the strength I will need
             for a long enduring)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A continual dripping on a rainy day
        and a contentious woman are alike;
to restrain her is to restrain the wind
or to grasp oil in his right hand.

                             Proverbs 27. 15-16

(Contentious means to always be looking for an argument,
                  always seeking imperfections in others.
Every day I make a choice 
             to be a CCO or a CGA,
a Chief Contentious Officer
              or a Chief Administrator of Grace.)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rule in the midst of your foes.

                               Psalm 110.2

(Rise above the fray
        in order to bring grace to it)

Monday, November 11, 2013

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

                                  Psalm 108.13

(You are not in this alone.
Don't even try to do it yourself
         but with His wisdom and strength.
His presence changes everything,
                           including me.)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

He turns a desert
             into pools of water,
a parched land
             into springs of water.

                          Psalm 107.35

(God delights
      in providing the unexpected)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

...and the hand of the LORD
               was upon him there.

                        Ezekiel 1,3

(Even on the most ordinary of days,
               even in a place of exile)

Friday, November 8, 2013

...and Aaron's road that budded...

                            Hebrews 9.4

(A reminder,
        a keepsake,
of what God has done
and what He can do,
that which is
          impossible in our eyes.)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

...and make a dry tree flourish.

                            Ezekiel 17.24

(God can do that,
    no matter where we are,
deeply rooted,
               bearing fruit
 in the most impossible places)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Seek the LORD
       and His strength,
seek His presence continually.

                      Psalm 105.4

(Show me, LORD,
         how to navigate this.
We were not meant to
          do this life on our own,
     nor go forth
        without His presence
        and strength)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

He rebuked the Red Sea,
          and it became dry;
He led them through the deep
                   as though a desert.

                                Psalm 106.9

(What is my Red Sea today?
Navigate me, LORD, through it.
                   Show me how.)

Monday, November 4, 2013

...seize the hope
              set before us.

                     Hebrews 6.18

(It will change everything in your life
           and transform everything about you.
In this world,
           hope is that evident,
that on which we stake our lives.)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

For lack of wood the fire goes out,
and where there is no whisperer,
                        quarreling ceases.

                                       Proverbs 26.20

(Am I spreading peace or arson by my words?
We are to be bearers of grace,
                                   not ammunition.
God can be glorified,
                    even in this.)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

May my meditation be pleasing to Him,
for I rejoice in the LORD.

                           Psalm 104.34

(What I think about,
       what I dwell on,
will manifest itself
        in words, actions
        and attitudes.
God's Word literally
                changes me.)

Friday, November 1, 2013

But exhort one another
                    every day
...that none of you may be hardened
by the deceitfulness of sin.

                       Hebrews 3.13

(Who can I encourage today?
A little kindness
               is never small.
It matters in ways
     you will never comprehend.)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bless the LORD,
                all His works,
  in all places of His dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul.

                          Psalm 103.22

(Bless the LORD by blessing others
    in all places,
  even in this.)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

But this I call to mind,
     and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
                 His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning,
    great is Your faithfulness .

                             Lamentations 3. 21-23

(No matter what. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

And the Lord's servant
        must not be quarrelsome
    but kindly to every one,
an apt teacher,
correcting his opponents
                      with gentleness.

                            2 Timothy 2. 24

(In this world,
     even gentleness sets you apart)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing!

                                   Psalm 100.2

(What a difference this would make
                 as we enter our day.
Work through my day with gladness?
Approach that difficulty with singing?
We can't help but "sing out loud"
       in all we do and say.)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Show yourself in all respects
          a model of good deeds,
and in your teaching
show integrity, gravity
 and sound speech that cannot be censured,
so that an opponent may be put to shame,
having nothing evil to say of us.

                               Titus 2. 7-8

(Live above reproach
       in all you say and do.)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Be rich in good deeds,
           liberal and generous...

                      1 Timothy 6.8

(Good deeds are not the basis of salvation,
       but the natural outcome of it.
We are able to love others
       because He first loved us.)

Friday, October 25, 2013

...that the LORD your God
     may show us the way we should go,
and the thing that we should do.

                        Jeremiah 42.3

(follow Him into it,
   sensitive to His ways
             and His purposes)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

But fear not, O Jacob my servant,
nor be dismayed, O Israel,
for lo,
   I will save you from afar...
Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
says the LORD,
       for I am with you.
                  Jeremiah 46. 27-28
(no matter the circumstances,
      you are not in this alone,
  no matter what)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

So also good deeds are conspicuous,
and even when they are not,
they cannot remain hidden.

                     1 Timothy 5.25

(In our day,
so unexpected,
so unusual,
so countercultural.
Shine as a light in the darkness,
       even when no one notices,
maybe especially
    when no one notices.)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

If your enemy is hungry,
give him bread to eat,
and if he is thirsty,
give him water to drink,
for you will heap coals of fire on his head,
and the LORD will reward you.

                            Proverbs 25. 21-22

(God's way is love.
He uses love in incredible ways
          to bring through any difficult situation
              great good and His glory.
Only good overcomes evil.)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ah Lord GOD!
It is You who have made
                 the heaven and the earth
by Your great power
      and by Your outstretched arm!
Nothing is too hard for You...

                          Jeremiah 32.17


Sunday, October 20, 2013

For I know the plans I have for you,
                     says the LORD,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me
and come and pray to Me,
                   and I will hear you.
You will seek Me and find Me;
when you seek Me with all your heart,
                    I will be found by you...

                             Jeremiah 29. 11-13

(Things don't just happen.
God provides.)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thus says the LORD:
"Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
let not the mighty man glory in his might,
let not the rich man glory in his riches,
but let him who glories glory in this,
that he understands and knows Me,
that I am the LORD
     who practice steadfast love,
      and righteousness in the earth,
for in these things I delight,
                  says the LORD."

                      Jeremiah 9. 23-24

(what really counts)

Friday, October 18, 2013

He made streams
         come out of a rock...

                  Psalm 78.16

(God provides
       in the most impossible situations)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thus says the LORD:
     "Stand by the roads and look,
      and ask for the ancient paths,
                   where the good way is,
      and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls."

                        Jeremiah 6.16

(Show me, LORD, how to navigate this)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Open your mouth wide,
       and I will fill it.

                     Psalm 81.10

(live in expectation
        of what God can do)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

do not be weary in well-doing.

                2 Thessalonians 3.13

(But joyful in all you do.
God is working mightily
    His great purposes
                   through you.)

Monday, October 14, 2013

...but let him who has My word
         speak My word faithfully.

                      Jeremiah 23.28

(In how we live,
  in how we love,
  in all that we do.
And when necessary,
              use words.)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold
          in a setting of silver.

                    Proverbs 25.11

(Make your words
      as beautiful gifts)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

See that none of you
               repays evil for evil,
but always seek
to do good to one another
                          and to all.

               1 Thessalonians 5.15

(How do I handle this situation?
Seek to do good.
God will show you a way.)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
            whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
       for it does not cease to bear fruit.

                                   Jeremiah 17. 7-8

(Being blessed is not dependent
           on outward circumstances,
      but on His dwelling within)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

We set our hope on You,
for You do all these things.

                          Jeremiah 14.22

(Hope in God
is not wishful thinking
    but that on which
               you can stake your life)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

...that they might be for Me
a people,
     a name,
         a praise,
             and a glory...

                        Jeremiah 13.11

(God's greater purpose,
        God's deeper plans,
His faithful Presence,
wherever He has placed you,
even here,
even in this)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Whatever your task,
               work heartily,
as serving the Lord and not men,
knowing that from the Lord
you will receive the inheritance
as your reward;
you are serving the Lord Christ.

                        Colossians 3. 23-24

(You are on special assignment
             even in this)

Monday, October 7, 2013

And whatever you do,
          in word or deed,
do everything
           in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks
           to God the Father through Him.

                      Colossians 3.17

(Whatever means whatever,
     everything means everything,
even that.
Maybe especially that.)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Your way was through the sea,
Your path through the great waters,
    yet Your footprints were unseen.

                               Psalm 77.19

(He guides even through
         the most impossible situations.
Keep your eyes on Him.)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

...that in everything
          He might be pre-eminent.

                       Colossians 1.18

(Not just part of my life,
or even prominent,
          but surpassing all)

Friday, October 4, 2013

He is before all things,
and in Him 
     all things hold together.

                    Colossians 1.17

(Things do not just work out,
     Christ weaves His purposes
     through it all.)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Have no anxiety about anything,
but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God
        which passes all understanding,
will keep your hearts and your minds
                             in Christ Jesus.

                        Philippians 4. 6-7

(What part of "no anxiety" do we
               not understand?
"I've got you," says the LORD.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

...be found in Him.

                Philippians 3.9

(In all things, in all places,
     in every situation,
even in this.)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Yea, O LORD, You are our Father;
        we are the clay,
             and You are our potter;
we are all the work of Your hand.

                            Isaiah 64.8

(God transforms us
    into a vessel of great beauty
                      and purpose.)

Monday, September 30, 2013

...to give them a garland
            instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
             instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise
              instead of a faint spirit.

                            Isaiah 61.3

(What we need to bring to relationships,
      that which heals, builds up and blesses)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Was it not You who dried up the sea,
          the waters of the great deep,
that made the depths of the sea a way
           for the redeemed to pass over?

                                     Isaiah 51.10

(God can transform that overwhelming difficulty,
        that impossible situation,
              into  the  path of deliverance.
"LORD, show me how to navigate this.")

Saturday, September 28, 2013

...and make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the LORD.

                                 Isaiah 51.3

(God's presence changes everything.
       Even in this.)

Friday, September 27, 2013

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities,
upon Him was the chastisement
              that made us whole,
      and with His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way,
and the LORD has laid on Him
         the iniquity of us all.

                         Isaiah 53. 5-6

(Christ paid the whole price
            for our redemption.
These words were prophesied
   more than 700 years before
   the coming of Christ.)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Be kind to one another,
       tender hearted,
   forgiving one another,
just as God in Christ
             has forgiven you.

                          Ephesians 4.32

(The difference God makes in you
               and through you
    impacts everyone around you)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Even to your old age I am He,
and to gray hairs
                I will carry you.

                         Isaiah 46.4

(Fear not getting old.
His steadfast love endures forever.
He will never forsake you.
God has deep purpose for your life
              at every age.)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I will go before you and level the mountains,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
      and cut asunder the bars of iron,
I will give you the treasures of darkness
      and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
the God of Israel,
            who call you by your name.

                                   Isaiah 45. 2-3

(God specializes in making a way
           where there seems to be no way.
He is personal,
     and purposeful.)

Monday, September 23, 2013

For by grace you have been saved
                through faith,
and this is not your own doing,
   it is a gift of God --
not because of works,
           lest any man should boast.

                         Ephesians 2. 8-9

(Saved not because of works,
        but for good works)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

From the ends of the earth
    we hear songs of praise,
of glory to the Righteous One.

                     Isaiah 24.16

(God's people are strategically placed
         to bear Him glory.)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hezekiah received the letter
   from the hand of the messenger,
and read it,
and Hezekiah went up
   to the house of the LORD,
and spread it before the LORD.
And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD...

                          Isaiah 37. 14-15

(Lay all your concerns before the LORD,
       first place, not last resort)

Friday, September 20, 2013

...and He will be
       the stability of your times...

                      Isaiah 33.6

(No matter what
     is swirling around you)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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

                      Psalm 60.12

(God is working in you
           and through you.
He will tread down
                 even your fear.)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Trust in Him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.

                           Psalm 62.8

(God may be aiming at something
          you may not yet see.
"Trust Me in this.")

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

You keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD for ever,
for the LORD is an everlasting rock.

                         Isaiah 26. 3-4

(Trust in God produces
     a peace that should not
     even be able to exist,
a peace not reliant
      on the shifting sands of circumstances,
   but rooted firmly in Him alone.)

Monday, September 16, 2013

I have been crucified with Christ;
it is no longer I who live,
       but Christ who lives in me;
and the life I now live in the flesh
        I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me.

                          Galatians 2.20

(May I live this out
       in whatever I do and say today.
Recite and repeat as necessary.)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

...a blessing in the midst of the earth...

                                   Isaiah 19.24

(Your daily assignment,
         your purpose,
not just what to do,
          but who you are,
revealed in how you love God
         and love others.)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I cry to God Most High,
    to God
       who fulfills His purpose for me.

                              Psalm 57.2

(Even in what I cannot understand,
     and in dimensions I am not aware.
There is a reason even if I do not know it.)

Friday, September 13, 2013

     and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst
                   is the Holy One of Israel.

                            Isaiah 12.6

(Remember Who is with you,
      working mightily in your midst,
even in dimensions you cannot see.)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This I know,
        that God is for me.

                    Psalm 56.9

(I can trust Him.
    Even in what I cannot understand,
      God works for the greatest good.)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

But I will trust in You.

                  Psalm 55.23

(Even in this,
        His purposes fill every dimension)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tell the righteous
        that it shall be well with them,
for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.

                          Isaiah 3.10

(what am I planting?)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Do you see a man skillful in his work?
He will stand before kings,
he will not stand before obscure men.

                           Proverbs 22.29

(How you do your work goes before you
       and will return to you.
Excellence in all you do
       brings glory to God.)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

For God is the king
           of all the earth...

                      Psalm 47.7

(No matter what.)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

And God is able
to provide you with every blessing in abundance,
so that
    you may always have enough of everything
and may provide in abundance
                      for every good work.

                               2 Corinthians 9.8

(God doesn't just make it enough,
He makes it more than enough
          for every good work,
          for His great purposes.)

Friday, September 6, 2013

In the morning sow your seed,
     and at evening withhold not your hand,
for you do not know which will prosper,
this or that,
or whether both will be good.

                              Ecclesiastes 11.6

(Do all you do with excellence.
     It will return to you.)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

...He does great things
        which we cannot comprehend.

                             Job 37.5

(God is always working
deeper, higher, wider purposes
        in all that He does,
   dimensions we cannot grasp.)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Love bears all things,
    believes all things,
hopes all things,
     endures all things.

               1 Corinthians 13.7

(Love seeks the highest good for others)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

...on the very day...

              Esther 9.1

(God's timing is always perfect)

Monday, September 2, 2013

When the righteous cry for help,
      the LORD hears,
and delivers them
       out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.

                       Psalm 34. 17-18

(God does not promise ease.
He promises His strength
            to carry us through.).

Sunday, September 1, 2013

And the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.

                               Nehemiah 12.43

(Our relationship with God cannot be hidden.
God changes us.  And that impacts everyone.)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

So whether you eat or drink,
      or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.

                        1 Corinthians 10.31

(the Gospel permeates everything)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Why are you cast down, O my soul
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
for I shall again praise Him,
my help and my God.

                     Psalm 43.5

(Remember His faithfulness.
Hope in the Bible is not wishful thinking,
but that on which
               I can stake my life.)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Does not He see my ways,
and number all my steps?

                           Job 31.4

(God knows far more than that.
He provides in ways we cannot see,
He loves us exceedingly more
                 than we can ever know.)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

As a hart longs for flowing streams,
so longs my soul 
              for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
              the living God.

                     Psalms 42. 1-2

(Only God can satisfy that longing)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

For He will complete what He appoints for me,
and many such things are in His mind.

                                    Job 23.14

(Trust God in all things,
even when
it doesn't seem to make sense.
God is working in you.)

Monday, August 26, 2013

...to make us rely
          not on ourselves
but on God
   who raises the dead.

                      2 Corinthians 1.9

(God is bigger than any impossibility,
         in all ways, no matter what)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at last He will stand upon the earth,
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then from my flesh,
                I shall see God...

                            Job 19. 25-26

(Because He lives,
          that changes everything.)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be steadfast,
always abounding in the work of the LORD,
knowing that in the LORD
your labor is not in vain.

                         1 Corinthians 15.58

(Anything and everything you do
       has eternal significance.
   God is using you.)

Friday, August 23, 2013

...who does great things beyond understanding,
and marvelous things without number.

                                    Job 9.10

(Far deeper than I can ever know.
Count on it.  Even in this.)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The law of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not slip.

                       Psalm 37.31

(God's Word changes us.
It permeates all we do
and impacts everyone around us.)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Make love your aim.

                    1 Corinthians 14.1

(How to approach any situation,
how to carry through)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Trust in the LORD,
           and do good,
so you will dwell in the land
     and enjoy security.
Take delight in the LORD,
    and He will give you
    the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
     trust in Him,
     and He will act.

                        Psalm 37. 3-5

(God will change your life)

Monday, August 19, 2013

He who pursues
    righteousness and kindness
will find life and honor.

                   Proverbs 21.21

(Nothing random about it,
      but an intentional pursuit
  in all you do, say and dwell)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

...bring forth water for them
            from a rock...

                          Nehemiah 9.15

(God provides what sustains
even in the most impossible situations)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

...yet our God
     turned the curse into a blessing.

                          Nehemiah 13.2

(When we seek God in all things,
in His time and purposes,
He turns everything
             right side up.)

Friday, August 16, 2013

The LORD redeems the life of His servants...

                                 Psalm 34.22

(He uses everything.  
Yes, even this,
        for His glory
and great purposes)


Thursday, August 15, 2013

I sought the LORD,
and He answered me,
and delivered me 
             from all my fears.

                        Psalm 34.4

(Let not the LORD
        be your last resort,
but your first response)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

But You are a God ready to forgive,
gracious and merciful,
slow to anger
and abounding in steadfast love,
and did not forsake them.
Even when...

                   Nehemiah 9. 17-18

(Because that is who He is)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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

                          Nehemiah 6.16

(Our work
    is a clear testimony to others)

Monday, August 12, 2013

I will instruct you and teach you
       in the way you should go;
I will counsel you
        with My eye upon you.

                         Psalm 32.9

(Seek Him in all things,
both great and small,
because nothing
     is insignificant in His eyes.)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

...and bring them to the place
               where I have chosen,
to make My name
                       dwell there.

                           Nehemiah 1.9

(The LORD strategically places us)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

But I trust in You, O LORD,
I say,
          "You are my God."
My times are in Your hand.

                            Psalm 31.15

(Even when I don't understand,
 God works His great purposes)

Friday, August 9, 2013

The hand of our God was upon us,
and He delivered us
    from the hand of the enemy
and from ambushes by the way.

                          Ezra 8.31

(God protects even when
          we are not aware
      of the danger
                   or His shield.
The safest place on earth
    is the center of His will.)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

This is how one should regard us,
      as servants of Christ
and stewards of the mysteries of God.

                             1 Corinthians 4.1

(We will not understand everything
that happens in this life,
but God's purposes are deep
          and seamless in it.)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

And this was their reply to us:
"We are the servants of 
        the God of heaven and earth..."

                           Ezra 5.11

(by Whom we are known,
         our identity,
    manifest in every word and action)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What no eye has seen,
   nor ear heard,
   nor the heart of man conceived,
what God has prepared
          for those who love Him.

                              1 Corinthians 2.9

(beyond our wildest dreams,
    even in this)

Monday, August 5, 2013

...in whatever place he sojourns...

                                 Ezra 1.4

(Wherever God places us,
always strategically,
always with great purpose)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

...singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
and telling all Your wondrous deeds.

                                     Psalm 26.7

(A powerful defense against despair
   that uplifts you
   and everyone around you)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

But the LORD sits enthroned for ever...

                                 Psalm 9.7

(No matter how things appear,
no matter the circumstances,
God is still God.
He is still sovereign over all.)

Friday, August 2, 2013

...in order that we may bear fruit for God.

                                  Romans 7.4

(love and grace in all ways
     and in all things)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

For He is good,
for His steadfast love endures for ever.

                                2 Chronicles 7.3

(Repeat daily.
It will change how we see God,
how we see others, and
what we do.)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

May He grant you your heart's desire,
and fulfill all your plans.

                                  Psalm 20.4

(walk fully with Him)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

But you,
     take courage!
Do not let your hands be weak
for your work shall be rewarded.

                            2 Chronicles 14.7

(Follow God into it.
Excellence in all things you do.)

Monday, July 29, 2013

The LORD lives.

             Psalm 18.46

(that is all I need to know)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

...because we have sought the LORD our God;
we have sought Him,
and He has given us peace on every side.

                         2 Chronicles 14.7

(and peace within,
    that which passes all understanding,
  deep peace in impossible situations)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

We know
  that in every thing
God works for good
with those who love Him,
who are called
according to His purpose.

               Romans 8.28

(not just "things work out"
but God works for good
and for a purpose)

Friday, July 26, 2013

So they turned to fight against him,
and Jehoshaphat cried out,
and the LORD helped him.
God drew them away from him...

                            2 Chronicles 18.31

(God specializes in impossible situations.
Turn to Him as your first reponse,
not a last resort.)