Monday, September 30, 2013 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.)