Saturday, January 31, 2015

And you shall tell your son
              on that day,
"It is because of what
the LORD did for me
when I came 
        out of Egypt."

            Exodus 13.8

(Make sure your children
   --and those all around you --
know your stories
of God's faithfulness.
These things 
did not "just happen.")


Friday, January 30, 2015

...and we do not know
with what 
    we must serve the LORD
until we arrive there.

             Exodus 10.26

(Live in expectation.
Worship with a ready heart.
Follow Him fully
      into His purposes.
He will reveal Himself
      step by step,
even through
what we do not yet understand.)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

...and come,
       follow Me.

           Matthew 19.21

(What does that look like
in my words,
in my actions,
in my attitude,
in the quickness 
        of my response?
Follow Him into His day,
   His agenda,
   His purposes,
every which way
           He leads.)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Even though
     I walk through
the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil,
          for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
   they comfort me.

                Psalm 23. 6

(Even though,
      even through,
the LORD is my shepherd.
I am not alone in this.)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Now therefore go,
and I will be with your mouth
and teach you
what you shall speak."
But Moses said,
"Oh my LORD,
send, I pray,
    some other person."

             Exodus 4. 12-13

(God chooses the unlikely
      to do the extraordinary,
that which is impossible
             except by Him.
It is not about me,
     but His glory.)

Monday, January 26, 2015

I will send you to Pharoah
that you may bring forth My people,
the sons of Israel,
        out of Egypt."
But Moses said to God,
"Who am I
that I should go to Pharoah,
and bring the sons of Israel
        out of Egypt?"
He said,
"But I will be with you..."

                Exodus 3. 10-12

(How much have I missed
        or dismissed
because I didn't join Him
                    in it?
God never means for us
      to go it alone.)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Then Jesus told His disciples,
"If any man would come after Me,
let him deny himself
and take up his cross
        and follow Me.
For whoever would save his life
        will lose it,
and whoever loses his life
   for My sake
          will find it.

            Matthew 16. 24-25

(Deny oneself,
       follow Me.
He will direct your paths
  for His sake.
     Wherever, whatever,

Saturday, January 24, 2015

And the disciples said to Him,
"Where are we
to get bread enough
to feed so great a crowd?"
And Jesus said to them,
"How many loaves
                   have you?"

             Matthew 15. 33-34

(Impossible is not 
in God's vocabulary 
      nor a valid excuse.
There is always something
God can do through me.)

Friday, January 23, 2015

But she came
and knelt before Him,
        help me."

             Matthew 15.25

("Lord, help me!"
is the beginning of
          incredible change.)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

And now
do not be distressed,
or angry with yourselves,
because you sold me here;
for God
   sent me before you
to preserve life...
So it was not you 
who sent me here,
           but God.

          Genesis 45. 5, 8

(Vertical response to adversity.
"But God" changes everything
about what I experience.
God redeems.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

And He did not do
    many mighty works there
because of their unbelief.

               Matthew 13.58

(Unbelief does not limit God
            in any way;
it limits us.
We are the ones who miss out.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The kingdom of heaven is like
      a grain of mustard seed
which a man took
        and sowed in his field;
it is the smallest of all seeds,
but when it has grown
it is the greatest of shrubs
        and becomes a tree,
so that
   the birds of the air come
and make nests in its branches.

                Matthew 13. 31-32

(Even the smallest kindness,
the smallest act of grace,
the smallest obedience
radically impacts the world
     and changes the landscape.
Plant big trees today.)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Joseph answered Pharoah,
"It is not in me,
           but God..."

             Genesis 41.16

(Joseph acknowledged God
        in the every days
   and in impossible situations,
before kings
     and in the deepest adversity.
   Because Joseph knew
        God is at work.)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Do not withhold good
from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power
                     to do it.

                 Proverbs 3.27

(I cannot do everything,
but God reveals
                    what I can do.
He provides the resources
               and the vision.
I just need a willing heart.)


Saturday, January 17, 2015

And God said to him,
   "I am God Almighty..."

            Genesis 34.11

(That should do it,
no matter what I face.
Sometimes all He has to do
is remind me 
          Who He is.
Did I think He didn't know
    what He is doing?)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Come to Me,
   all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you,
        and learn from Me;
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find
                  rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy,
   and My burden is light.

                 Matthew 10. 28-30

(God never meant for you
to do life alone without Him.
He touches the very core of your being,
He meets you right in your deepest need.)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

He who finds his life
          will lose it,
and he who loses his life
             for My sake
will find it.

             Matthew 10.39

(Be found in Him)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

...and you will be dragged
before governors and kings
       for My sake
to bear testimony before them
and the Gentiles.

             Matthew 10.18

(Be aware of 
anyone and everyone
     on your path today.
Be an arrow.
In whatever we do,
whatever we say,
how we love others
    point them to God.
Bear His name
        in everything.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep
and said,
"Surely the LORD
          is in this place,
and I did not know it."

              Genesis 28.16

(Follow Him fully.
Even when
you don't understand,
He is with you,
working deeper
than you can realize.)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fear not,
     for I am with you
and will bless you
and multiply your descendants...

                     Genesis 26.24

(Obedience to God
     or rebellion against Him
reverberates throughout generations.
What kind of legacy
    do I want to leave?
What choices do I make today?)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD 
       and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
   and refreshment to your bones.

                       Proverbs 3. 7-8

(Have a teachable heart
    and run hard after Jesus.)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

     before whom I walk,
will send His angel with you
and prosper your way.

                 Genesis 24.40

(Every day 
is a story of His faithfulness.)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Those who cling
     to worthless idols
forfeit the grace
     that could be theirs.

              Job 2.8

(Disobedience to God
   always means missing out)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Therefore I tell you,
do not be anxious
      about your life.
...But seek first
His kingdom
   and His righteousness,
and all these things
shall be yours as well.

             Matthew 6.. 25, 33

(What does that look like 
         for me today?
From what is anxiety
    distracting me?)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Is anything 
too hard 
   for the LORD?
           Genesis 18.14

(Nothing I face
is too big for Him.
The Almighty God
steps in
and does the impossible.
He is faithful.
He will redeem.)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The LORD said to Abram,
after Lot had separated from him,
"Lift up your eyes,
and look
     from the place where you are,
and southward
and eastward 
and westward.

                       Genesis 13.14

(From the place
        where you are,
God is working
  with profound purpose.)

Monday, January 5, 2015

...and called on the
     name of the LORD.

             Genesis 12.8

(How incredibly much
we miss
    because we do not.
The LORD radically
impacts the outcome
and massively changes
    the course of my day.
First response,
      not last resort.)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

And you,
be fruitful and multiply,
bring forth abundantly
           on the earth,
and multiply in it.

               Genesis 9.7

(Faithfulness to God
always has a multiplying impact,
no matter what
God gives us to do.
He is the catalyst in you.)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

But You, O LORD,
are a shield about me,
     my glory,
and the lifter of my head.
I cry aloud
           to the LORD,
and He answers me
from His holy hill.

            Psalm 3. 3-4

(The LORD protects
   in ways we never realize,
He delivers 
   in ways we never expect,
           not from a situation 
but through it.)

Friday, January 2, 2015

...but his delight
is in the law of the LORD,
and on His law 
he meditates
      day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water,
that yields its fruit
       in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all he does,
            he prospers.

             Psalm 1. 2-3

(Where am I going
to plant myself this year?
Plant myself in His Word.
The LORD will
       fulfill my life.)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

...the wise man also may hear
       and increase in learning,
and the man of understanding
       acquire skill...

                  Proverbs 1.5

(At the core of the wise
    is always a teachable heart,
       always growing,
       always listening.)

Joyous New Year!