Sunday, January 31, 2016

Make me to know
      Your ways, O LORD;
teach me Your paths.

                   Psalm 25. 4

(Even in this,
    reveal Your way in it.
Fulfill Your purposes,
even those unseen,
   so far below the surface,
   so beyond what I can see.)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

...your loins girded,
your sandals on your feet,
and your staff in your hand...

                  Exodus 12. 11

(Eyes open wide
    and my heart prepared
to what God places 
    on my path today.
That is what faithfulness
              looks like,
ready to roll
even in that which is
          totally unexpected.)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Such is the generation
of those who seek Him,
who seek the face
       of the God of Jacob.

                Psalm 24. 6

(It is not that they are impervious
        to circumstances,
but faithful to God in them.
Circumstances only serve
for them to seek Him more.
Seek God,
not the answers or solutions,
     not His blessings,
but God alone.
He will take care of you.)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

And God said to Moses,
        "I am the LORD."

              Exodus 6. 2

(God says the same to us,
   "Don't forget who I am."
 Live in that reality.)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The LORD said to him,
"What is that in your hand?"
Moses said,
              "A rod."

               Exodus 4. 2

(See the opportunity to obey 
          and His strength to do it,
even with what appears
  to be as insignificant
                    as a stick.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

For truly I say to you,
if you have faith
as a grain of mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain,
"Move from here to there,"
         and it will move;
and nothing
     will be impossible to you.

                    Matthew 17. 20

(What impossible mountain
            am I facing?
For what impossible mountain
            am I praying?
Or am I just trying to
    dig it with my own teaspoon?
God determines how He moves it,
most often in ways
     we cannot ever imagine.)


Monday, January 25, 2016

And Jesus said,
"How many loaves 
             do you have?"

         Matthew 15. 34

(Focus on what you do have,
          not on what you lack.
When God blesses,
He multiplies in dimensions
      we never even realize.)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Some trust in chariots 
   and some in horses,
but we trust in the name
   of the LORD our God.

                 Psalm 20. 7

(God will bring me
      through this.
And in the goings,
God reveals again,
my strength is
        not my own.)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

And God spoke to Israel
in visions of the night
and said, "Jacob, Jacob."
And he said, "Here I am."

               Genesis 46. 2

(Am I listening at all?
How do I respond?)

Friday, January 22, 2016

But immediately 
     Jesus spoke to them,
"Take heart;
  It is I.
      Do not be afraid."

                Matthew 14. 27

(You are not alone in this.
Look toward Him,
   even in this scary place,
   even in what appears
Follow Him into it,
    aware of His Presence.)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

They came upon me
in the day of my calamity,
but the LORD
          was my stay.

            Psalm 18. 18

(Learn to trust God
    in the every days.
"If we do not 
do the running
     in the little ways,
we will do nothing 
              in the crisis."
     --Oswald Chambers)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 is the smallest of all the 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. 32

(What tiny seed has God given me
          to plant today,
a word, a kindness, an encouragement,
      or even praying for someone?
Faithfulness to God
always bears fruit for others.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The LORD was with Joseph...

                   Genesis 39. 2

(And Joseph never forgot that,
even in adversity,
       God's purposes fulfilled,
even in success,
        acknowledging God's hand.)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Do not be afraid
        of sudden panic
or the storm of the wicked,
            when it comes,
for the LORD
   will be your confidence
and will keep your foot
           from being caught.

            Proverbs 3. 25-26

(Keep your eyes on Him
       no matter what.
God will bring you
                through this.
Practice His Presence
     even on the most ordinary days
to know Him
                in the crisis.)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

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

             Genesis 35. 11

(All that we need to know.
God is mighty.
God is faithful.
He will bring you
      through this.)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

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 11. 28-30

("I can't do this," we cry.
And Jesus responds,
   "Good, because I can.
Don't try to go it alone.
            I am with you.
Give that burden to Me.")

Friday, January 15, 2016

And whoever gives
to one of these little ones
even a cup of cold water
because he is a disciple,
truly, I say to you,
he shall not lose his reward.

                    Matthew 10. 42

(the incredibly strong ministry
      of small things,
nothing insignificant
            in God's eyes)

Thursday, January 14, 2016 bear testimony before them...

                      Matthew 10. 18

(Why am I here in this situation,
       in this particular place?
To share God's redemptive story
          in your own life,
          in your own words,
by how you respond,
by how you love others,
by what you say and do.
People are watching you
     to know if God is real.
At home,
at the office,
even in the most unlikely
God is working through you.)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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

               Genesis 28. 16

(Right where I am today,
right in this situation,
right even in this turmoil,
           seek Him in it,
know His Presence,
seize that truth.
God has deep purposes
           even in this.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

...called its name Rehoboth, saying,
"For now the LORD has 
             made room for us,
and we shall be fruitful
                      in the land."

                  Genesis 26. 22

(Impossible circumstances
do not limit God,
but in them,
the LORD opens up 
       the incredible yet unseen.
He changes me in the midst,
enlarging my heart and vision
              and scope.
Wherever we are,
no matter the situation
               or terrain,
God is at work.
Rehoboth today!)

Monday, January 11, 2016

...because Abraham obeyed...

                        Genesis 26. 5

(What I do,
how I seek God
     and follow Him,
impacts not just my life
     but everyone around me
               for generations.)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Trust in the LORD
   with all your heart,
and do not rely
  on your own insight.
In all your ways
             acknowledge Him,
and He will make straight
         your paths.

              Proverbs 3. 5-6

(God's guidance 101.
Read slowly,
dwell on these words,
take them with you,
and God will direct your heart
      and change your story,
even right where you are.)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Then God opened her eyes,
    and she saw a well of water.

                Genesis 21. 19

(Seek God and trust in Him,
and He will provide 
                 a way through,
something on your radar
   you may not have seen before,
or overlooked,
or just not yet considered.
He opens our myopic eyes and hearts
       to His incredible ways.)

Friday, January 8, 2016

O LORD our Lord,
how majestic 
    is Your name
in all the earth.

      Psalm 8. 1, 9

(How different
  my life would be
by acknowledging 
           the LORD
at the beginning 
and ending of my day,
bookends of my day
and everything 
          in between.)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Give us this day
       our daily bread...

              Matthew 6. 11

(Just that what I need today.
Look for Him.)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

You have put more joy
       in my heart
than they have when
their grain and wine abound.

                Psalm 4. 7

(Joy is
    deeper than circumstances.)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 the land 
     that I will show you.

             Genesis 12. 1

(The destination
      is not the main event,
but what or whom
God places on your way.
In God's eyes,
there are no ordinary days,
     no chance encounters,
but divine appointments.)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Bear fruit that
    befits repentance.

               Matthew 3. 8

(A life transformed
by His grace
sees different choices
and bears
        new kinds of fruit.
How do I see this situation
because I am forgiven?)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

...many are saying of me,
there is no help 
   for him in God.

               Psalm 3. 2

(Let your life 
     prove them wrong.
It is not what happens,
   but how you respond.
Others are always watching,
not to see if you are perfect,
but to see if God is real.)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

...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 it's leaf does not wither.
In all that he does,
                he prospers.

                 Psalm 1. 2-3

(We have no idea the extent
of God's Word in our lives.
God gives us a new story
even in the midst
of what appears 
             an ordinary day.)

Friday, January 1, 2016

I make all things new.

             Revelation 21.5

(He is not
 the God of second chances
     but new beginnings,
that which is
        not just different,
but redeemed.)
Happy New Year!