Saturday, October 31, 2015

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

(Hope in the Bible
is not wishful thinking
            as the world proposes,
but the reality of God
on which you can stake your life.)

Friday, October 30, 2015

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

                        Proverbs 26. 20

(What am I bringing to this situation?
        Peace or arson?
Approach it as a conversation,
          not a conflict.)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

...I pray that the sharing of your faith
may promote the knowledge
of all the good
that is ours in Christ.

                      Philemon 1. 6

(May others see in you
what the indwelling of His Spirit
              does to a person.)


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Serve the LORD with gladness!

                    Psalm 100. 2

(Even in this.
God is using you mightily.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 that in everything
they may adorn the doctrine of God,
                            our Savior.

                              Titus 2. 10

(This is what
the indwelling of the Spirit looks like
                     in real life,
the beauty of a transformed life,
that which only God can do.
Even in this.)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Their Redeemer is strong;
the LORD of hosts
                   is His name.

                   Jeremiah 50. 34

(Remember that.
God will deliver.
God will redeem.
God is transforming your life.
                   Even in this.)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

...preach the Word,
be urgent in season
      and out of season,
and exhort,
be unfailing in patience
            and in teaching.

                 2 Timothy 4. 2

(You are a Bible translator.
Preach God's Word in every language
    by all you do and say.)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

All scripture
    is inspired by God
and profitable for teaching,
for reproof,
for correction,
and for training in righteousness,
that the man of God
                    may be complete,
equipped for every good work.

                  2 Timothy 3. 16-17

(Without Scripture
              tucked away in my heart,
       I am not ready for the day.
God's Word does not just go with me.
God changes me through it.)

Friday, October 23, 2015 declare Your steadfast love 
                      in the morning,
and Your faithfulness by night.

                    Psalm 92. 2

(Bookends of my day
and all the way through)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

...when he took him bound in chains...

                            Jeremiah 40. 1

(Circumstances not what
                   he would have chosen,
but opportunities
    such as he would not have believed.
Following God
                    does that.
Those things beyond our control
     are not beyond His purposes.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

...aim at righteousness,

               1 Timothy 6. 11

(Put yourself on that path
       even in this relationship,
       even through this difficulty.
Point at that destination,
pack your bags with nothing else,
     and bear His name.)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Thus says the LORD of hosts,
      the God of Israel:
"Because you have obeyed..."

                  Jeremiah 35. 18

(Even a simple step of obedience
changes the trajectory of your life
         in ways you would not believe,
and bears an testimony to others
                 in indelible ink.)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Call to Me
        and I will answer you,
and will tell you
                great and hidden things
which you have not known.

                         Jeremiah 33. 3

(Lay out Your day for me, O LORD.
Put on my radar today
      a new way in this,
      a new heart in this,
    and Your deeper vision.)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

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.
                  Proverbs 25. 21-22

(Kindness defuses the situation,
and only goodness 
           overcomes evil.
Practice on the every days.
"What am I bringing to the table?" Show me, LORD,
    something different.)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

...found grace
       in the wilderness.

                 Jeremiah 31.2

(God will fulfill
    His purposes there
with incredible surprises
      in unlikely places 
                   along the way.
And you will come to know Him
     in dimensions 
     you have never known before.)

Friday, October 16, 2015

In the latter days
           you will understand it clearly.

                  Jeremiah 23.20

(It is just beyond
      our comprehension now,
too deep for us to understand yet.
Just because "I don't get it"
doesn't negate God's purposes
       in all His infinite dimensions.)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Now may the Lord of peace
Himself give you peace
at all times
in all ways.
The Lord be with you all.

                  2 Thessalonians 3.16

(Even in impossible places.
Even in this situation.
At all times 
       in all ways.
His peace never hinges
    on circumstances)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

No good thing
  does the LORD withhold
from those who walk uprightly.

                       Psalm 84. 11

(Even in what
   I cannot yet understand.
Even in what does not
   yet make sense to me.
Walk uprightly 
and trust God for the outcome.)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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

              Proverbs 25. 11

(Not just saying
     what is appropriate,
nor begrudgingly the right thing,
but bearing words of beauty
        in an impossible place
and leaving behind 
             a visible grace.)

Monday, October 12, 2015

If I say,
"I will not mention Him
or speak anymore in His name,"
there is in my heart as it were
    a burning fire shut up in my bones,
and I am weary of holding it in,
              and I cannot.

                       Jeremiah 20. 9

(For we cannot but speak 
              of the Hope within us,
we cannot but live out 
                     His grace in us.
Who will God place 
on my path today?)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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 a 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

(God changes me.
Circumstances only
       deepen me
       even more in Him.)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

You cleared the ground for it;
it took deep root
      and filled the land.

                         Psalm 80. 9

(Take root downward
         in His Word and in deed,
and bear fruit upward
even in what appears
               to be a barren land.
God changes the landscape.
Give us vision, O LORD,
        for where we are.
Help us to plant BIG trees.)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Yet You, O LORD,
      are in the midst of us,
and we are called by Your name;
leave us not.

                   Jeremiah 14.9

(His Presence
         changes everything,
how I see this dilemma,
how I approach it,
what I ultimately do.
Seek Him through it.
Remember who you are
       and Whose you are.)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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

                    Colossians 3. 23-24

(Whatever your task today,
                all is sacred work.
May the mind and heart of Jesus
       change not just what I say and do
but why and how.
God will not just bless it.
   God will redeem it.)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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.

                   Jeremiah 9. 23-24

(Neither what I do
nor what I have 
           or have not,
do not define my identity.
But I am His.
Glory in that.
God may 
or may not change your circumstances,
            but He is changing your life.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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

(Seek out God's way
       in this situation.
Find a different path through it
                       that honors Him.
It impacts you
and everyone around you.)

Monday, October 5, 2015

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

                         Psalm 77. 19

(I have no idea what God is doing
in this impossible situation
but I can be fully assured
that God's purposes 
           are deeper than I can know.
God is working incredible things.
I have only to be faithful to Him
           and follow Him into it.
Even when it is hard,
    God is in this thing.)

Sunday, October 4, 2015 lead a life worthy
                  of the Lord,
fully pleasing to Him,
bearing fruit in every good work,
and increasing in
        the knowledge of God.

                       Colossians 1. 10

(Not a "to do" list,
but a "to be" vision
that impacts everything I do
         and all that I am.
What does that look like
     in my life today?)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

When the earth totters,
    and all its inhabitants,
it is I 
   who keep steady its pillars.

                     Psalm 75.3

(Not if, 
but when my world is rocked,
if I have I staked my life on God
      in ordinary ways
      and ordinary days,
storms do not shake 
but only strengthen
and deepen my roots in Him.)

Friday, October 2, 2015

...mark those who so live...

                   Philippians 3. 17

(Watch carefully what
the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
          does to a person,
those whose hearts
reflect the mind of Christ.)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

From of old no one has heard
      or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen
               a God beside You,
who works for those
who wait for Him.

                       Isaiah 64. 4

(Pray expectantly,
live faithfully,
practice Resurrection.
The evidence of His Presence
is not just what we see
             or have seen,
but what is beyond
  our comprehension.)