Daily Inspiration 2018

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I hope you have enjoyed the inspirations from 2018. I'm looking forward to sharing more in 2019! Thank you for supporting this ministry.

DECEMBER 31, 2018
And the years they come
And the years they go
Though we may forget somehow
That the child one born in Bethlehem
Is still among us now
(Emmanuel, God with us
The son of Israel)
   -Emmanuel, God with us, Amy Grant
Listen here: Emmanuel, God with Us

DECEMBER 30, 2018
Joy to the world! the Lord is come: let earth receive her king;
let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing.
   -Hymn 100 vs.1, The Hymnal 1982   words: Isaac Watts
Listen here: Joy to the World - a modern version of this classic

DECEMBER 29, 2018
Let the heights of heaven adore him; angel hosts his praises sing;
powers, dominions bow before him, and extol our God and King;
let no tongue on earth be silent, and every voice in concert ring,
evermore and evermore!
   -Hymn 82 vs.3, The Hymnal, 1982  words: Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-410?)
Listen here: Of the Father's Love Begotten (4th verse in this rendition)

DECEMBER 28, 2018
Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas, star and angels gave the sign.
   -Hymn 84 vs. 1, The Hymnal 1982   Words: Christina Rossetti
Listen here: Love Came Down at Christmas

DECEMBER 27, 2018
A stable lamp is lighted Whose glow shall wake the sky;
The stars shall bend their voices, And every stone shall cry.
And every stone shall cry, And straw like gold shall shine;
A barn shall harbor heaven, A stall become a shrine.
   -Hymn 104 vs.1, The Hymnal 1982
Listen here: A Stable Lamp is Lighted

DECEMBER 26, 2018
Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
Breath of heaven.
   -from Breath of Heaven, by Amy Grant
Listen here: Breath of Heaven

DECEMBER 25, 2018
CHRISTMAS DAY
Be with your people, Lord, send us your saving word:
Jesus Christ, light of gladness, come among us now.
   -from Bread of Life, Bernadette Farrell

DECEMBER 24, 2018
Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
   and they shall name him Emmanuel,
   which means, "God is with us."
-Matthew 1:23   (NRSV)

DECEMBER 23, 2018
Glory to you for the radiance of you Holy Name;
   we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.
-Canticle 13, A Song of Praise   (BCP)

DECEMBER 22, 2018
All glory to him who alone is God, our savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.
   - Jude v.25   (NLT)

DECEMBER 21, 2018
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
   -Hebrews 11:1   (NLT)

DECEMBER 20, 2018
Don't lose today to the fears of tomorrow.
   -Christine Campbell

DECEMBER 19, 2018
O Lord, your unfailing love fills the whole earth...
   _Psalm 119:64a   (NLT)

DECEMBER 18, 2018
The people who walk in darkness
   will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
   a light will shine.
-Isaiah 9:2   (NLT)

DECEMBER 17, 2018
...you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.
   -2 Peter 1:5   (NRSV)

DECEMBER 16, 2018
[The Lord your God] will take delight in you with gladness.
   With his love, he will calm all your fears.
   He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
-Zephaniah 3:17b   (NLT)

DECEMBER 15, 2018
The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathways for your life.
   I will advise you and watch over you."
-Psalm 32:8   (NLT)

DECEMBER 14, 2018
May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.
   -2 Thessalonians 3:5   (NLT)

DECEMBER 13, 2018
Take delight in the Lord,
   and he will give you your heart's desires.
-Psalm 37:4   (NLT)

DECEMBER 12, 2018
[Then] the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.
   -2 Thessalonians 1:12   (NLT)

DECEMBER 11, 2018
Watch out! Don't let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware... [the day of the coming of God's kingdom]
   -Luke 21:34   (NLT)

DECEMBER 10, 2018
But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love.
   - 1 Thessalonians 5:8a   (NLT)

DECEMBER 9, 2018
Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.
   -Luke 3:3   (NLT)

DECEMBER 8, 2018
The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
   -Frank Lloyd Wright

DECEMBER 7, 2018
My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law;
   in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
-Psalm 17:5   (BCP)

DECEMBER 6, 2018
He led me to a place of safety;
   he rescued me because he delights in me.
-Psalm 18:19   (NLT)

DECEMBER 5, 2018
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.
   -A General Thanksgiving, BCP, page 836

DECEMBER 4, 2018
Come, O come, Emmanuel,
you are the way, the truth and the life; ...
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book, Collect Advent I, page 568

DECEMBER 3, 2018
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
   -Psalm 4:6b   (NLT)

DECEMBER 2, 2018
The Spirit of God be our guide
To lead us to peace and glory.
   -Taken from Evening Prayer Service, Diocesan Convention, Episcopal Diocese Los Angeles

DECEMBER 1, 2018
... at the name of Jesus every knee should bow
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth...
-Phillipians 2:10    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 30, 2018
Faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
   -Romans 10:17   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 29, 2018
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe in him.
   -Ephesians 1:19   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 28, 2018
Those who love your instructions have great peace
   and do not stumble.
   -Psalm 119:165   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 27, 2018
...the one who watches over you will not slumber.
   -Psalm 121:3b   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 26, 2018
[Jesus] replied, "What is impossible for people is possible with God."
   -Luke 18:27   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 25, 2018
As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. His rule is eternal-it will never end.
   -Daniel 7:13a, 14b   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 24, 2018
Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
   -Rabindranath Tagore

NOVEMBER 23, 2018
... always pray and never give up.
   -Luke 18:1   (NLT)
Photo courtesy of Four Dots Photography, Liz DeGroff

NOVEMBER 22, 2018
THANKSGIVING
Christ of the new covenant,
give us the happiness to share,
with full measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over,
all that you give us.
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book, Collect pg. 634

NOVEMBER 21, 2018
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
   -James 4:7   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 20, 2018
I see God moving...
His brilliant splendor fills the heavens,
   and the earth is filled with his praise.
-Habakkuk 3:3   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 19, 2018
So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
   -James 2:17   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 18, 2018
My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;
   my body also shall rest in hope.
-Psalm 16:9   (BCP)

NOVEMBER 17, 2018
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the riches of heaven?
   -Luke 16:10a,11   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 16, 2018
"What we need is a faith that will sustain us when all evidence is to the contrary."
   -Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, taken from A Year of Days with the Book of Common Prayer

NOVEMBER 15, 2018
...be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
   -James 1:6,8   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 14, 2018
Sing praises to God, our strength.
   -Psalm 81:1   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 13, 2018
...I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting,
   "Praise the Lord!
       Salvation and glory and power belong to our God."
-Revelation 19:1   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 12, 2018
O God, your ways are holy.
   Is there any God as mighty as you?
You are the God of great wonders.
   -Psalm 77:13-14a   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 11, 2018
There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.
   -1 Kings 17:16   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 10, 2018
We thank you, O God!
   We give thanks because you are near.
-Psalm 75:1a   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 9, 2018
"I used to look at the neat piles of clean clothing and think about souls. Dirty and stained like old undershirts, anything but lovely to look at, they can be washed as white as snow again in the forgiveness Christ offers."
   -Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, taken from A Year of Days with the Book of Common Prayer

NOVEMBER 8, 2018
[Jesus] also asked, "What else is the Kingdom of God like? It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough."
   -Luke 13:20-21   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 7, 2018
However much we say, we cannot exhaust our theme;
to put it in a word: he is all.
   -Ecclesiasticus 43:27   (NEB)

NOVEMBER 6, 2018
The sun comes into view proclaiming as it rises
how marvellous a thing it is, made by the Most High.
   -Ecclesiasticus 43:2   (NEB)

NOVEMBER 5, 2018
For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
   Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
-Psalm 57:10   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 4, 2018
For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
   -Hebrews 9:14b   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 3, 2018
Give your burdens to the Lord,
   and he will take care of you.
-Psalm 55:22   (NLT)


NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
   -Luke 12:21   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 1, 2018
All Saints
Those who have put their trust in him shall understand that he is true; and the faithful shall attend upon him in love; they are his chosen, and grace and mercy shall be theirs.
   -Wisdom of Solomon 3:9   (NEB)

OCTOBER 31, 2018
Give me insight, give me knowledge,
   for I put my trust in thy commandments.
-Psalm 119:66   (NEB)

OCTOBER 30, 2018
If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight was filling you with light. 
   -Luke 11:36   (NLT)

OCTOBER 29, 2018
I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
   how glorious is our God!
-Deuteronomy 32:3   (NLT)

OCTOBER 28, 2018
Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!
   What joy!
-Psalm 126:3   (NLT)

OCTOBER 27, 2018
And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
   -Luke 11:9-10   (NLT)

OCTOBER 26, 2018
But the Lord said to her, "My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary discovered it, and it will not be taken from her. 
   -Luke 10:41-42   (NLT)

OCTOBER 25, 2018
Put your hope in the Lord.
   Travel steadily along his path.
-Psalm 37:34   (NLT)

OCTOBER 24, 2018
Never laugh at a man in his bitter humiliation,
for there is One who both humbles and exalts.
   -Ecclesiasticus 7:11   (NEB)

OCTOBER 23, 2018
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly.
   but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
-Psalm 1: 6   (NLT)

OCTOBER 22, 2018
Never remain silent when a word might put things right,
for wisdom shows itself by speech, ...
   -Ecclesiasticus 4:23-24a   (NEB)

OCTOBER 21, 2018
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
   -Mark 10:45   (NLT)


OCTOBER 20, 2018
And so I walk in the Lord's presence
   as I live here on earth!
-Psalm 116:9   (NLT)

OCTOBER 19, 2018
Wisdom's garland is the fear of the Lord,
flowering with peace and health.
   -Ecclesiaticus 1:18   (NEB)

OCTOBER 18, 2018
St. Luke, Evangelist
There is no end to the works of the Lord,
who spreads health over the whole earth.
   _Ecclestiasticus 38:8   (NEB)

OCTOBER 17, 2018
Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, "Send the crowds away... There is nothing to eat here. ...
But Jesus said, "You feed them."
   -Luke 9:12-13   (NLT)
For many years my elderly Aunt's neighbor brought her food, and especially when I was coming to visit. Her neighbor took this verse to heart, "You feed them," and so she did. We were always so grateful for her generous spirit and how she lives the Word.

OCTOBER 16, 2018
Spread your protection over them,
   that all who love your name be filled with joy.
-Psalm 5:11b   (NLT)

OCTOBER 15, 2018
As for me, I look to the Lord for help.
   I wait confidently for God to save me,
   and my God will certainly hear me.
-Micah 7:7   (NLT)

OCTOBER 14, 2018
Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.
   -Mark 10:27   (NLT)

OCTOBER 13, 2018
Joyful in deed are those whose God is the Lord.
   -Psalm 144:15b   (NLT)

OCTOBER 12, 2018
Dream small
Don't buy the lie you've gotta to do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
   -Josh Wilson  "Dream Small"
Listen here: Dream Small

OCTOBER 11, 2018
Let us go to God's dwelling place;
   let us fall on our knees before his footstool.
-Psalm 132:7   (BCP)

OCTOBER 10, 2018
I rejoice in your word
   like one who discovers a great treasure.
-Psalm 119:162   (NLT)

OCTOBER 9, 2018
God tests and proves us by the common occurrences of life. It is the little things which reveal the chapters of the heart.
   -Ellen G. White

OCTOBER 8, 2018
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart. ... What you say flows from what is in your heart.
   -Luke 6:45   (NLT)

OCTOBER 7, 2018
Let the children come to me ... For the kingdom of God belongs to those who are like children.
   -Mark 10:14b   (NLT)

OCTOBER 6, 2018
Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full - pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over and poured into your lap.
   -Luke 6:38  (NLT)

OCTOBER 5, 2018
The Lord painted the sky this morning and
as I woke I saw his palette
with glimpses of the heavens, clear sky with his promise of the day.
   -Dawn M. Switzer

OCTOBER 4, 2018
Oh that we might know the Lord!
   Let us press on to know him.
-Hosea 6:3a   (NLT)

OCTOBER 3, 2018
Jesus answered them, "... I have come to call not those who think that they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.
   -Luke 5:31a, 32   (NLT)

OCTOBER 2, 2018
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
   -Luke 5:16   (NLT)
Find some time today for wilderness prayer.

OCTOBER 1, 2018
I will be faithful to you and make you mine,
and you will finally know me as the Lord.
   -Hosea 2:20   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.
   -James 5:13   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
Saint Michael and All Angels
At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, " ... What's more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. ..."
   -Genesis 28:13a, 15a   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
O heavenly Father, who has filled the world with beauty;
Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works...
   - BCP pg.814, Prayer For Joy in God's Creation

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
Strengthen me that I may trust in your goodness and love,
   and rest in the comfort of your presence.
-Dawn M. Switzer

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
How sweet your words taste to me;
   they are sweeter than honey.
-Psalm 119:103   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
He [Jesu] sits in the midst of the soul in peace and rest.
   -Julian of Norwich, taken from Revelations of Divine Love

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018
Turn us again to yourself, O God.
   Make your face to shine down upon us.
   Only then will we be saved.
-Psalm 80:3 (&7&19)   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
   -James 3:18   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.
   -John 12:46   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
   Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
-Proverbs 3:3   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
God alone understands the way to wisdom...
And this is what he says to all humanity:
The fear of the Lord is true wisdom;
   to forsake evil is real understanding.
-Job 28:23a,28   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
Then Job replied to the Lord:
"I know that you can do anything,
   and no one can stop you."
-Job 42:1-2   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
...but again the spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there.
   -Acts 16:7b   (NLT)
How could your life be changed if you listened and followed the spirit of Jesus?

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018
This I know: God is on my side!
   -Psalm 56:9b   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
Because he [the Lord] bends down to listen,
   I will pray as long as I have breath!
-Psalm 116:2   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.
   -St. Francis of Assisi

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
   break out in praise and shout for joy!
-Psalm 98:4   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
If you keep to my path,
I will reveal to you the salvation
   of God.
-Psalm 50:23b   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
Your promise revives me;
   it comforts me in all my troubles.
-Psalm 119:50   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
Almighty God;
you give us seed to sow,
and bread for us to eat;
make us thankful for what we have received;...
   -An Offering Prayer, The New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 141

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
"You can live your life in [that] faith or outside of it. You will face the joys and sorrows of life whether you believe or not. Faith is not a way out of facing the hurricane. Faith is how you will face it: alone, or with your brothers and sisters in Christ."
   -Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, taken from A Year of Days with the Book of Common Prayer

SEPTEMBER 9, 2018
... the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
    the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.
-Psalm 146:7b   (BCP)

SEPTEMBER 8, 2018
Direct, control, suggest this day,
All I design, or do, or day;
That all my pow'rs, with all their might,
In thy sole glory may unite.
   -Hymn 11 Awake, my Soul, and with the Sun, Hymnal 1982

SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold;
   for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
-Psalm 31:3   (BCP)

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
Be patient before the Lord
   and wait patiently for him.
-Psalm 37:7   (BCP)

SEPTEMBER 5, 2018
For in you, O Lord, have I fixed my hope...
   -Psalm 38:15a   (BCP)

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018
   I come to your altar, O Lord,
singing a song of thanksgiving,
   and telling of all your works.
-Psalm 26:6b-7   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 3, 2018
But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have - Jesus Christ.
   -1 Corinthians 3:10b-11   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
... humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
   -James 1:21b   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world."
   -John 8:12a   (NLT)

AUGUST 31, 2018
I  know the Lord is always with me,
  I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
-Psalm 16:8   (NLT)

AUGUST 30, 2018
I love you, Lord;
   you are my strength.
-Psalm 18:1   (NLT)

AUGUST 29, 2018
"May the lamp of your word guide our feet,
 on the unsure paths of each day."
-Mark Berry

AUGUST 28, 2018
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord;
   Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
-Psalm 5:3   (NLT)

AUGUST 27, 2018
He does great things too marvelous to understand.
   He performs countless miracles.
-Job 5:9   (NLT)

AUGUST 26, 2018
... Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
   -Ephesians 6:10-11   (NLT)

AUGUST 25, 2018
"...the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." Instantly something like scales fell from Saul's eyes and he regained his sight.
   -Acts 9:17b-18   (NLT)
What is blocking your sight? Are there things keeping you blind? I pray that we are all filled with the Holy Spirit and regain any sight we have lost.

AUGUST 24, 2018
He will cover you with his feathers.
   He will shelter you with his wings.
-Psalm 91:4   (NLT)

AUGUST 23, 2018
May the Lord, who made heaven and earth,
   bless you...
-Psalm 134:3   (NLT)

AUGUST 22, 2018
"... Jesus shows us that when we allow him into our hearts, we find unexpected abundance. ... May God grant you eyes to see the sea of blessings in your life today."
   -Charles D. Thomas, writing for Forward Day by Day

AUGUST 21, 2018
The Lord himself watches over you!
   The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
-Psalm 121:5   (NLT)

AUGUST 20, 2018
Oh God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace...
   -Prayer for the Good Use of Leisure, Book of Common Prayer, pg. 825

AUGUST 19, 2018
The world offers us this choice every day: the choice between love and hate, between bigotry and inclusion, between war and peace. ... Will we be the chief priest in the world? Or will we be Jesus?
 -Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, taken from A Year of Days with the Book of Common Prayer

AUGUST 18, 2018
Walk beautifully, talk beautifully, live beautifully.
   -Yogi Ginger tea bag

AUGUST 17, 2018
Call: Never forget to show kindness,
         to share what you have with others.
Response: These are the sacrifices which God approves.
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book, Friday morning Call to Worship, pg. 128

AUGUST 16, 2018
Glory in his holy Name;
   let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
-Psalm 105:3   (BCP)

AUGUST 15, 2018
Oh how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
   -Luke 1:46b-47   (NLT)
    The Magnificat: Mary's Song of Praise

AUGUST 14, 2018
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: "Jesus is the messiah."
   -Acts 5:42   (NLT)

AUGUST 13, 2018
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,
   for they will walk in the light of your presence Lord.
-Psalm 89:15   (NLT)

AUGUST 12, 2018
I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him
   in his word is my hope.
-Psalm 130:4   (BCP)

AUGUST 11, 2018
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
   so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
-Psalm 90:14   (NLT)

AUGUST 10, 2018
And now, O Lord, ... give us your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power, may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant, Jesus.
   -Acts 4:29-30   (NLT)

AUGUST 9, 2018
When you open your hand,
   you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
-Psalm 145:16   (NLT)
We all hunger and thirst for food and water; but often our hunger and thirst is for more. Something more for our soul. We long to know our place in the world. We long to know quiet and peacefulness. We long for meaning. God opens his hand at our prayer & we are satisfied.

AUGUST 8, 2018
Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live!
   Do not let my hope be crushed.
-Psalm 119:116   (NLT)

AUGUST 7, 2018
God has a ministry for me because I am me. We serve best, and most joyfully, as the complete and whole women and men God calls us to be.
   -Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, taken from A Year of Days with the Book of Common Prayer

AUGUST 6, 2018
An intentional life is one lived abundantly-and a life lived abundantly is one of the things Jesus has come to give us.
   -Charles D. Thomas, in Forward Day by Day

AUGUST 5, 2018
This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.
   -John 6:29   (NLT)

AUGUST 4, 2018
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being. ...
   -Collect, Book of Common Prayer, pg. 100

AUGUST 3, 2018
My health may fail, and my spirit grow weak,
   but God remains the strength of my heart;
   he is mine forever.
-Psalm 73:28  (NLT)

AUGUST 2, 2018
Living Christ ...
raise our eyes to see you
as the new day dawns.
   -collect, New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 610

AUGUST 1, 2018
Teach me, O God, how to take the gift of a day and give it back to you, radiant in faith, spontaneous in joy, and rich in service. Amen.
   -prayer from Prayers New and Old, as printed in Forward Day by Day

JULY 31, 2018
Come, indwelling Spirit, and heal the lurking distemper of my heart, infuse with thy grace the wellspring of my life. Amen.
   -Prayer from St. Augustine's Prayer Book, as printed in Forward Day by Day

JULY 30, 2018
Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila ... Greet my dear friend Epenetus ... Give my greetings to Mary ... Greet Andronicus and Junia ... Greet Ampliatus ... Greet Urbanus ... Greet Apelles ... greet one another in the name of the Lord.
   -Romans 16:3-10 (NLT); Book of Common Prayer, pg. 360
How different could this world be if we all greeted everyone we met as if they were our brother or sister? Greeted them in the name of Jesus, our Lord? A smile, a wave, a nod - just an acknowledgement of their humanity. 

JULY 29, 2018
And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
   -Ephesians 4:18   (NLT)

JULY 28, 2018
When I went to him (a priest) with my doubts and fears and confusion, he reminded me that when I felt like I had lost my grip, God was still holding on to me. That was all I needed to know.
   -Susan Hanson, writing for Forward Day by Day - same day

JULY 27, 2018
Great things are they that you have done, O Lord my God!
how great your wonders and your plans for us!
There is none who can be compared with you.
   -Psalm 40:5   (BCP)

JULY 26, 2018
Lord, you know the secrets of our hearts;
shut not your ears to our prayers,
but spare us, O Lord.
   -Book of Common Prayer, Burial II, pg. 492

JULY 25, 2018
We walk by faith and not by sight;
no gracious words we hear
from him who spoke as none e're spoke;
but we believe him near.
   -The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal) #209

JULY 24, 2018
For no one of us lives, and equally no one of us dies, for himself alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord.
   -Romans 14:7-8   (NEB)

JULY 23, 2018
... but thou are the God of the humble, the help of the poor, the support of the weak, the protector of the desperate, the deliverer of the hopeless.
   -Judith 9:12b   (NEB)

JULY 22, 2018
[Jesus] said, "Come with me, by yourselves, to some lonely place where you can rest quietly."
   -Mark 6:31a   (NEB)

JULY 21, 2018
If we are open enough to stand in the Mystery of Grace and let the waves wash over us, or even knock us down, we emerge able to trust in the goodness of God to place us in the right direction and guide us on the way. 
   -Nancy Severint, writing for The Royal Cross, Summer 2018

JULY 20, 2018
Bless those who persecute you. Don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
   -Romans 12:14-15   (NLT)
Paul gives us something hard to do and something much easier. We are happy with our friends & family who are happy; we sit in sorrow & sadness & support with those who weep. But before that we are told to bless those who aren't as easy to get along with, those who are the thorn in our sides. And to pray that God will bless them. I don't know about you, but I like the "be happy" part better. But blessing those we aren't so inclined to bless is what we are called to do. This is a call to action, hard action. It is also an invitation to a new way. So rather than worry over what my (literal) neighbor will do today I'm to pray that God will bless him (I hope with patience). To do that, I must first let go of my stuff - my worry, frustration, annoyance, fears - only then can I truly ask God to bless him. 

JULY 19, 2018
... I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourself by the faith God has given us.
   -Romans 12:3   (NLT)
But what if being honest in our self evaluation doesn't mean thinking we are better than we really are, but less? In a recent conversation with a friend, she told me she thought I was strong, and caring, and doing a good job. And I deflected her words, probably literally shrugging my shoulders as I said I was just putting one foot in front of the other, doing what had to be done. I did say it was by faith that allows me to continue with one foot, then the other every day. In being honest, I should say that strong, caring, & doing a good is job is something I am, not just something I do.

JULY 18, 2018
So Joshua told the Israelites, "Come and listen to what the Lord your God says. Today you will know that the living God is among you.
   -Joshua 3: 9-10a   (NLT)
Listen to what the Lord your God says. Listen in the little things, in the big things, in the everyday things. For God speaks to us in many ways. And look for God in all things. He is there. The living God is among us all & with us. Listen & look, and you will see & feel & know. (DMS)

JULY 17, 2018
The Lord is the strength of his people,
   a safe refuge for his anointed.
-Psalm 28:10   (BCP)

JULY 16, 2018
All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness...
   -Psalm 25:9a   (BCP)

JULY 15, 2018
So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.
   -Ephesians 1:6   (NLT)

JULY 14, 2018
God teach us to live with an eye toward the future, but teach us also that our lives are brief. Teach us to live in the moment as well as that Eternal Now that stretches beyond us. Amen.
   -prayer, Forward Day by Day 7-14-2018

JULY 13, 2018
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.
   -Deuteronomy 31:7a, 8   (NLT)

JULY 12, 2018
God's love is steadfast
   unfailing
   peace & comfort & hope
   free
   eternal
   forgiveness
   powerful
   in us
   amazing
God's love is.
   -Dawn Switzer

JULY 11, 2018
... Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth; Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness; ...
   -Phillips Brooks "For Today"

JULY 10, 2018
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.
   -Romans 8:38   (NLT)

JULY 9, 2018
There is nothing you need to do to earn God's love. It is simply a fact of your existence.
   -The Rt. Rev. Scott Hayashi (writing in The Royal Cross)

JULY 8, 2018
I will stand my ground where hope can be found.
   -O'Lord by Lauren Daigle
Listen on YouTube-O'Lord

JULY 7, 2018
Jesus replied, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment.
   -Matthew 22:37-38   (NLT)

JULY 6, 2018
O, the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God...
   -Reckless Love by Bethel Music
Listen on YouTube - Reckless Love

JULY 5, 2018
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
   -Romans 8:14   (NLT)

JULY 4, 2018
I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty
   and all your marvelous works.
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts,
   and I will tell of your greatness.
-Psalm 145:5-6   (BCP)

JULY 3, 2018
Then the Lord opened Balaam's eyes and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the roadway with a drawn sword. ... "Look I have come to block your way because you are stubbornly resisting me."
   -Numbers 22:31a, 32b   (NLT)
Are your eyes open or closed? Are you stubbornly resisting the way of the Lord? Take time today to look and listen for the angel of the Lord.

JULY 2, 2018
So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. ... you live under the freedom of God's grace.
   -Romans 6: 13b, 14b   (NLT)

JULY 1, 2018
Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;
O Lord, my God, I will give you thanks forever.
   -Psalm 30:13

JUNE 30, 2018
Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp;
I myself will waken the dawn.
   -Psalm 108:2

JUNE 29, 2018
As a mother cares for her children, so God buffers and heals our shortcomings. God raises us from the depths of our brokenness and redeems us, whispering, "I love you more than you will ever know."
   -Fr. Marshall A. Jolly, writing in Forward Day by Day

JUNE 28, 2018
But we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
   -Romans 5:5b   (NLT)

JUNE 27, 2018
Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.
   _Romans 4:20-21   (NLT)

JUNE 26, 2018
Jesus looked at them (the disciples) intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."
   -Matthew 19:26   (NLT)

JUNE 25, 2018
Because of God's tender mercy,
   the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
to give light to those who sit
and to guide us to the path of peace.
   -Luke 2:78-79   (NLT)

JUNE 24, 2018
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   and his mercy endures forever
-Psalm 107:1   (BCP)

JUNE 23, 2018
Glorious things are spoken of you,
   O city of our God.
-Psalm 87:2   (BCP)

JUNE 22, 2018
Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;
   let us exalt his name together.
-Psalm 34:3   (BCP)

JUNE 21, 2018
How lovely are thy dwelling places,
O Lord of Hosts!
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house;
they praise you forever.
   -Brahms Requiem

JUNE 20, 2018
The Lord said to Moses, "Is there a limit to the power of the Lord?"
   -Numbers 11:23a   (NEB)

JUNE 19, 2018
Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
   -H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American author

JUNE 18, 2018
At the command of the Lord they encamped, and at his command they struck camp.
   -Numbers 9:23a   (NEB)
What would happen if you moved through your day, your week, your life at the command of the Lord?

JUNE 17, 2018
We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord - for we walk by faith, not by sight.
   -2 Corinthians 5:6-7

JUNE 16, 2018
And all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
   -Julian of Norwich
In memory of Margaret A. Weber - for whom all things are well

JUNE 15, 2018
I will praise the name of God in song;
   I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
-Psalm 69:32   (BCP)

JUNE 14, 2018
But the harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness, and self-control.
   -Galatians 5:22   (NEB)

JUNE 13, 2018
For to us, our hope of attaining that righteousness which we eagerly await is the work of the Spirit through faith. ... the only thing that counts is faith active in love.
   -Galatians 5: 5, 6b   (NEB)

JUNE 12, 2018
So I will always sing the praise of your Name,
   and day by day I will fulfill my vows.
-Psalm 61:8   (BCP)

JUNE 11, 2018
While they were keeping a fast and offering worship to the Lord, the Holy Spirit said, "Set Barnabas and Saul apart for me, to do the work to which I have called them." Then, after further fasting and prayer, they lid their hands on them and let them go.
   -Acts 13:2-3  (NEB)
Has the Holy Spirit called you?

JUNE 10, 2018
So we do not lose heart. ... For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but what cannot be seen.
   -2 Corinthians 4:16, 17-18a  (RSV)

JUNE 9, 2018
Hear my prayer, O God;
   do not hide yourself from me.
Listen to me and answer me;
   I have no peace because of my cares.
-Psalm 55:1-2

JUNE 8, 2018
Peter called to him: "Lord, if it is you, tell me to come over the water." "Come," said Jesus. Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked over the water towards Jesus.
   -Matthew 14:28-29   (NEB)

JUNE 7, 2018
Call upon me in the day of trouble;
   I will deliver you, and you shall honor me.
-Psalm 50:15
 

JUNE 6, 2018
God wants us to know that he keeps us equally safe in joy and in sorrow, and loves us as much in sorrow as in joy. 
   -Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

JUNE 5, 2018
(Jesus was teaching in his hometown synagogue...) Then the people scoffed. "He's just the carpenter's son..." And they were deeply offended and refused to believe him.
   -Matthew 13: 55a, 57   (NLT)
When the familiar becomes unfamiliar, can we see God's hand in the new thing? Or do we cling so tightly to what was that we are left behind in the darkness?

JUNE 4, 2018
The life of faith has never been marked by safety; rather it is marked by trust.
Trust is more than the simple assurance that bad things will never happen to us. Trust is rooted in the fact that God prevails and remains faithful.
   -Marshall A. Jolly, writing for Forward Day by Day

JUNE 3, 2018
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. ... never abandoned by God.
   -2 Corinthians 4:8, 9b   (NLT)

JUNE 2, 2018
Spirit of God
You are light & love
you shine with God's glory,
enveloping us in brightness.
Spirit of God
touch our hearts & unveil our eyes,
allowing us to see clearly.
Spirit of God
transform our lives.
based on 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
   -Dawn M Switzer

JUNE 1, 2018
Be strong and let your heart take courage,
   all you who wait for the Lord.
-Psalm 31:24   (BCP)

MAY 31, 2018
Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, in your faith, in your purity.
   -1 Timothy 4:12   (NLT)

MAY 30, 2018
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
   but dwelling on it separates close friends.
-Proverbs 17:9   (NLT)

MAY 29, 2018
Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you,
   when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
-Psalm 28:2   (BCP)

MAY 28, 2018
Heavenly Father,
On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with your strength and peace. ... Amen    (author unknown)

MAY 27, 2018
The Lord shall give strength to his people;
   the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
-Psalm 29:11   (BCP)

MAY 26, 2018
Follow only what is good. Remember
   -3 John 11b   (NLT)

MAY 25, 2018
Grace, mercy, and peace - which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ-the Son of the Father - will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.
   -2 John 3   (NLT)

MAY 24, 2018
Then Jesus said, "Come
   -Matthew 11: 28, 29b   (NLT)

MAY 23, 2018
Be good to your servant,
   that I may live and obey your word.
-Psalm 119:17   (NLT)

MAY 22, 2018
The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
   which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
-Proverbs 4:18   (NLT)

MAY 21, 2018
Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
   -1 John 3:18   (NLT)

MAY, 20, 2018
... the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father ... knows what the Spirit is saying ...
   -Romans 8:26-27a   (NLT)

MAY 19, 2018 (posted May 20)
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on all occasions. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
   -Ephesians 6:18   (NLT)

MAY 18, 2018
God takes pleasure to see you take your little steps; and like a good father who holds his child by his hand, he will accommodate his steps to yours and will be content to go no faster
   -St. Francis de Sales

MAY 17, 2018
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
   -Ephesians 4:31-21   (NLT)

MAY 16, 2018
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
   -Ephesians 3:20   (NLT)

MAY 15, 2018
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other ...
   -Ephesians 4:1-2   (NLT)

MAY 14, 2018
This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
   -Joshua 1:9   (NLT)

MAY 13, 2018
And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God's son does not have life.
   -1 John 5:11   (NLT)

MAY 12, 2018
So teach us to number our days,
   that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
-Psalm 90:13   (BCP)

MAY 11, 2018
For you are great;
you do wondrous things;
   and you alone are God.
-Psalm 86:10   (BCP)

MAY 10, 2018
Jesus then came up to them (eleven disciples) and spoke to them. He said, "... And be assured, I am with you always, to the end of time."
  -Matthew 7: 18a & 20b   (New English Bible)

MAY 9, 2018
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
   -Ephesians 1:4   (NLT)

MAY 8, 2018
I urge you, first
   -1 Timothy 2:1   (NLT)

MAY 7, 2018
Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: we humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvest of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who gather them, that we, who are constantly receiving good things from your hand, may always give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
   -Collect of the day, Rogation Monday (source: Forward Movement)

MAY 6, 2018
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God.
   -1 John 5:1   (NLT)

MAY 5, 2018
Within
within me I find peace;
within me I find patience;
within me I find grace;
within me I find faith;
within me I find God.
Let me take time to go within.
   -GOD WITHIN Dawn M Switzer

MAY 4, 2018
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
   -Matthew 7:6   (NLT)

MAY 3, 2018
Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
   -Matthew 6:33   (NLT)

MAY 2, 2018
Be always joyful; pray continually; give thanks whatever happens; for this is what God in Christ wills for you.
   -1Thessalonians 5:16-18   (New English Bible)

MAY 1, 2018
... your Father in heaven knows exactly what you need even before you ask him. Pray like this:
   Our Father in heaven,
      may your name be kept holy.
   May your kingdom come soon.
-Matthew 6:8-9   (NLT)

APRIL 30, 2018
My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed;
   I will sing and make melody.
-Psalm 57:7   (BCP)

APRIL 29, 2018
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
   -1 John 4:7   (NLT)

APRIL 28, 2018
Hear my prayer, O God;
   do not hide yourself from my petition.
Listen to me and answer me;
   I have no peace because of my cares. ...
   I will put my trust in you.
-Psalm 55: 1-2, 26   (BCP)

APRIL 27, 2018
Great things are they that you have done, O Lord my God!
how great your wonders and your plans for us!
   there is none who can be compared to you.
-Psalm 40:5   (BCP)

APRIL 26, 2018
Call upon me in the day of trouble;
   I will deliver you, and you shall honor me.
-Psalm 50:15   (BCP)

APRIL 25, 2018
The Lord replied to Moses, "I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name."
   -Exodus 33:17   (NLT)

APRIL 24, 2018
Worry weighs a person down;
   an encouraging word cheers a person up.
-Proverbs 12:25   (NLT)

APRIL 23, 2018
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm
   -Rabindranath Tagore (Indian Poet)

APRIL 22, 1018
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil;
for you are with me...
   -Psalm 23:4

APRIL 21, 2018
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   (NRSV)

APRIL 20, 2018
Search for the Lord and his strength;
   continually seek his face.
-Psalm 105:4   (BCP)

APRIL 19, 2018
Let your roots grow down into him [Christ], and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
   -Colossians 2:7   (NLT)

APRIL 18, 2018
Holy Spirit, font of light, focus of God's glory bright,
shed on us a shining ray. Father of the fatherless,
giver of gifts limitless, come and touch our hearts today.
   -Hymn 228, The Hymnal 1982

APRIL 17, 2018
May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who believe in the light.
   -Colossians 1:11b-12   (NLT)

APRIL 16, 2018
Humble yourselves therefore
   -1 Peter 5: 6-7   (NSRV)

APRIL 15, 2018
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.
   -1 John 3:1   (NRSV)

APRIL 14, 2018
Grace is not part of consciousness, it is the amount of light in our souls ...
   -Pope Francis
Photo courtesy of Tracy Manning

APRIL 13, 2018
... you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.
   -1 Peter 3:15   (NLT)

APRIL 12, 2018
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving kindness
to us and to all whom you have made. ...
   -The General Thanksgiving   (BCP pg.101)

APRIL 11, 2018
"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!" Jesus
   -John 15:5, 11   (NLT)

APRIL 10, 2018
"I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid..." Jesus
   -John 14:27   (NLT)

APRIL 9
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
   -1 Peter 1:8   (NLT)

APRIL 8, 2018
If we claim
    -1 John 1:8-9   (NLT)

APRIL 7, 2018
'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
   -Blessings, by Laura Story













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APRIL 6, 2018
Turn again to your rest, O my soul,
   for the Lord has treated you well.
For you have rescued my life from death,
   my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
-Psalm 116:6-7   (BCP)

APRIL 5, 2018
Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. "Peace be with you," he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost. As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet. Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder.
   -Luke 24:36b-37, 40-41   (NLT)

APRIL 4, 2018
As they sat down to eat, he [Jesus] took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared.
   -Luke 24:30-31   (NLT)

APRIL 3, 2018
Let your loving kindness, O Lord, be upon us,
   as we have put our trust in you.
-Psalm 33:22   (BCP)

APRIL 2, 2018
So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!
   -Acts 2:36   (NLT)

APRIL 1, 2018
EASTER SUNDAY
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon a cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!
   -Hymnal 1982, #207

MARCH 31, 2018
HOLY SATURDAY
My friend and neighbor you have put away from me,
   and darkness is my only companion.
-Psalm 88:19   (BCP)

MARCH
GOOD FRIDAY
For no one is abandoned
   by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion
   because of the greatness
-Lamentations 3:31-32   (NLT)

MARCH 29, 2018
In the beginning
   and the heavens are the works of your hands;
They shall perish, but you will endure;
they shall all wear out like a garment;
   as clothing you will change them,
   and they shall be changed;
But you are always the same,
   and your years shall never end.
-Psalm 102:25-27   (BCP)

MARCH 28, 2018
And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ's authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.
   -2 Corinthians 2:10b-11   (NLT)

MARCH 27, 2018
For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding, "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") ascends to God for his glory.
   -2 Corinthians 1:20   (NLT)

MARCH 26, 2018
Give me the joy of your saving help again
   and sustain me with your bountiful spirit.
-Psalm 51:13   (BCP)

MARCH 25, 2018
PALM SUNDAY
All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer, King!
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
   -Hymnal 1982, Hymn #154, Refrain

MARCH 24, 2018
Oh Lord, what are we that you should care for us?
   mere mortals that you should think of us?
We are like a puff of wind;
   our days are like but a passing shadow.
-Psalm 144: 3-4   (BCP)

MARCH 23. 2018
For God who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
   -2 Corinthians 4:6   (NLT)
Where do you see the face of Jesus?

MARCH 22, 2018
Shouldn't we expect a far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious
   -2 Corinthians 3:8-9   (NLT)

MARCH 21, 2018
But thank
   -2 Corinthians 2:14   (NLT)

MARCH 20, 2018
The Lord will watch over your going out and your coming in,
   from this time forth for evermore.
-Psalm 121:8   (BCP)

MARCH 19, 2018
God, you have made our world and seen that it is good;
grant to us, created to complete your work,
the bright, delightful vision that makes us care for what we do.
   -Collect, A New Zealand Prayer Book, p.587

MARCH 18, 2018
During Lent, the Sunday inspiration will be the Lenten Meditations developed for St. Peter's San Pedro; including scripture, a query for contemplation, and a prayer.

MARCH 17, 2018
These three things will last forever - faith, hope and love - and the greatest of these is love.
   -1 Corinthians 13:13   (NLT)

MARCH 16, 2018
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
   and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
-Psalm 95:6   (BCP)
Photo at St. Paul's Episcopal Parish, Bakersfield

MARCH 15, 2018
The afflicted shall see and be glad;
   you who seek God, your heart shall live.
Let the heavens and earth praise him,
   the seas and all that moves in them...
-Psalm 69:34,35   (BCP)

MARCH 14, 2018
There are different kinds of Spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
   -1 Corinthians 12:4-6   (NLT)

MARCH 13, 2018
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his  holy hill;
   for the Lord our God is the Holy One.
-Psalm 99:9   (BCP)

MARCH 12, 2018
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
   -1 Corinthians 10:31   (NLT)

MARCH 11, 2018
During Lent, the Sunday inspiration will be the Lenten Meditations developed for St. Peter's San Pedro; including scripture, a query for contemplation, and a prayer.

MARCH 10, 2018
So teach us to number our days
   that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
-Psalm 90:12   (BCP)

MARCH 9, 2018
But Jesus spoke to them at once. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Take courage! I am here!"
   -Mark 6:50b   (NLT)

MARCH 8, 2018
The Lord grants his loving-kindness in the daytime;
   in the night season his song is with me,
   a prayer to the God of my life.
-Psalm 42:10   (BCP)

MARCH 7, 2018
Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn't really know very much. But the person who loves God is the one God recognizes.
   -1 Corinthians 8:2-3   (NLT)

MARCH 6, 2018
The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, "Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?" Then they scoffed, "He's just a carpenter, the son of Mary ... ." They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.
   -Mark 6:2-3   (NLT)

MARCH 5, 2018
And so will we never turn away from you;
   give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
-Psalm 80:17   (BCP)

MARCH 4, 2018
During Lent, the Sunday inspiration will be the Lenten Meditations developed for St. Peter's San Pedro; including scripture, a query for contemplation, and a prayer.

MARCH 3, 2018
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
   and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.
-The Third Song of Isaiah   (BCP)

FEBRUARY 28, 2018
And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God's word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times
   -Mark 4:20   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 27, 2018
For God alone my soul in silence waits;
   truly, my hope is in him.
-Psalm 62:6   (BCP)

FEBRUARY 26, 2018
In God the Lord, whose word I praise,
in God I trust and will not be afraid;
   for what can mortals do to me?
-Psalm 56:10   (BCP)

FEBRUARY 25, 2018
During Lent, the Sunday inspiration will be the Lenten Meditations developed for St. Peter's San Pedro; including scripture, a query for contemplation, and a prayer.

FEBRUARY 24, 2018
For God is all that is good, and God has made all that is made, and God loves all that he has made.
   -Julian of Norwich

FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
   and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
-Psalm 95:2   (BCP)

FEBRUARY 22, 2018
I know every bird in the sky,
   and the creatures of the field are in my sight.
-Psalm 50:11   (BCP)

FEBRUARY 21, 2018
That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. The whole town gathered at the door to watch. So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.
   -Mark 1:32-34   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 20, 2018
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!" And they left their nets at once and followed him.
   -Mark 1: 16-18   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 19, 2018
Thereupon the spirit sent him [Jesus] away into the wilderness, and there he remained for forty days tempted by Satan. He was among the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
   -Mark 1:12-13   (New English Bible)

FEBRUARY 18 2018
During Lent, the Sunday inspiration will be the Lenten Meditations developed for St. Peter's San Pedro; including scripture, a query for contemplation, and a prayer. With thanks to Mo. Jeanette Repp, Rector St. Peter's.


FEBRUARY 17, 2018
And my God will supply all your wants out of the magnificence of his riches in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father be glory for endless ages. Amen.
   -Phillippians 4: 19-20   (New English Bible)

FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
   -Mahatma Gandhi

FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him,
   and he will bring it to pass.
-Psalm 37:5   (BCP)

FEBRUARY 14, 2018
ASH WEDNESDAY
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.
   -Isaiah 58:11   (New Revised Standard Bible)
 

FEBRUARY 13, 2018
Thus we are bound to pay all the more heed to what we have been told, for fear of drifting from our course.
   -Hebrews 2:1   (New English Bible)

FEBRUARY 12, 2018
Out of his full store we have all received grace upon
   -John 1:16-17   (New English Bible)

FEBRUARY 11, 2018
It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus' sake. For the same God who said, "Out of darkness let light shine," has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation - the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
   -2 Corinthians 4:5-6

My aunt, who is one of God's servants, in whom his light shines, and in whom I see God's glory.

FEBRUARY 10, 2018
Then let us pursue the things that make for peace and build up the common life.
   -Romans 14:19   (New English Bible)

FEBRUARY 9, 2018
For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord;
   and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
-Psalm 92:4

FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
   -Mother Teresa

FEBRUARY 7, 2018
Your word is a lantern to my feet
   and a light upon my path.
-Psalm 119:105   (BCP)

FEBRUARY 6, 2018
So rise
Breaking the dark, piercing the night
You're made to shine
An army of hope
Bringing the world
A radiant light
A radiant light
You were made to rise
You were made to shine
   -lyrics from Rise by Danny Gokey
See the lyric video here: Rise, Danny Gokey - Lyric Video

FEBRUARY 5, 2018
Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine;
   preserve what your right hand has planted.
-Psalm 80:14   (BCP)

FEBRUARY 4, 2018
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
   They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not get weary.
   They will walk and not faint.
-Isiah 40:31   (NLT)
Red shouldered hawk

FEBRUARY 3, 2018
We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks,
   calling upon your name and declaring all your wonderful deeds.
-Psalm 75:1   (BCP)

FEBRUARY 2, 2018
He [Jesus] was filled with wisdom and God's favor.
   -Luke 2:40b   (NLT)

FEBRUARY 1, 2018
You strengthen me more and more;
   you enfold and comfort me.
-Psalm 71:21  (BCP)

JANUARY 31, 2018
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of  Israel,
   who alone does wondrous deeds!
And blessed be his glorious Name forever!
   and may all the earth be filled with his glory.
   Amen. Amen
-Psalm 72:18-19   (BCP)

JANUARY 30, 2018
...by faith... by faith... by faith ...
How much more do I need to say?
   -Hebrews 11:3-31, 15 times it is said; - Hebrews 11:32  (NLT)

JANUARY 29, 2018
Whenever I am afraid,
   I will put my trust in you.
-Psalm 56:3   (BCP)

JANUARY 28, 2018
He makes his marvelous works to be remembered;
   the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
-Psalm 111:4   (BCP)

JANUARY 27, 2018
...I look to thee, O Lord God my Father, in Jesus my Savior
   - from A Morning Resolve, Forward Day by Day

JANUARY 26, 2018
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
   -Hebrews 10:23-24   (NLT)

JANUARY 25, 2018
May God be merciful to us and bless us,
   show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
-Psalm 67:1   (BCP)

JANUARY 24, 2018
Remember your word to your servant,
   because you have given me hope.
This is my comfort in my trouble,
   that your promise gives me life.
-Psalm 119: 49-50   (BCP)

JANUARY 23, 2018
For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
   -John 9:14b   (NLT)

JANUARY 22, 2018
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
   -Henry Ward Beecher

JANUARY 21, 2018
For God alone my soul in silence waits;
   truly, my hope is in him.
***
Put your trust in him always, O people;
   pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
- Psalm 62:6,9   (BCP)

JANUARY 20, 2018
"I will not allow my life's light to be made less by the darkness around me."
   -Sojourner Truth
Thank you to Mo. Jeanette Repp for inspiring me with this quote last Sunday, and to my neighbor and friend for being my model.

JANUARY 19, 2018
The woman said, "I know the Messiah is coming-the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
Then Jesus told her, "I AM the Messiah!"
   -John 4:25-26   (NLT)
*A short meditation follows the photograph
Just imagine that you have walked up to the end of the line for your favorite restaurant. You start talking to the man in front of you. Talking about things like living water and God. You say to him, "Well, when Christ comes again he will explain everything," thinking you are ending this very unusual conversation, maybe you get your phone to check your text messages. And Jesus tellsavorite restaurant. You start talking to the man in front

JANUARY 18, 2018
The members of the council were amazed when they say the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the scriptures.
   -Acts 4:13a   (NLT)

JANUARY 17, 2018
[John replied..] "He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from above and is greater than anyone else.
   -John 3:31   (NLT)

JANUARY 16, 2018
Then God said [to Noah]...
"When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the flood waters destroy all life."
   -Genesis  9:14-15   (NLT)

JANUARY 15, 2018
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
   -Hebrews 4:16   (NLT)

JANUARY 14, 2018
And the Lord came and called as before, "Samuel, Samuel."
And Samuel replied, "Speak, your servant is listening."
   -1 Samuel 3:10   (NLT)

JANUARY 13, 2018
For the word of God is alive and powerful.
   -Hebrews 4:12a   (NLT)

JANUARY 12, 2018
You're parting waters
Making a way for me
You're moving mountains I don't even see
You've answered my prayer before I even speak
All you need for me to be
Is Still
   -Refrain from "Still" by Hillary Scott & the Scott family
Visit: Sitll - Hillary Scott  for the lyric video

JANUARY 11, 2018
"... Jesus is always asking us to follow, to see what is around the next bend. What we find is never quite what we expect. It is always something more."
   -Ken Woodley, Forward Day by Day Meditation, based on John 1:43

JANUARY 10, 2018
With my whole heart I seek you;
   let me not stray from your commandments.
-Psalm 119:10   (BCP)

JANUARY 9, 2018
But all who take refuge in you will be glad;
   they will sing out their joy for ever.
-Psalm 5:13   (BCP)

JANUARY 8, 2018
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness [or grace and truth]. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only son.
   -John 1:14   (NLT)

JANUARY 7, 2018
Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.
   -Genesis 1:3-4a   (NLT)

JANUARY 6, 2018
EPIPHANY
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only
   -Collect, The Epiphany   (BCP)

JANUARY 5, 2018
(posted January 6)
Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this, Martha?"
   -John 11:25-26   (NLT)

JANUARY 4, 2018
... [And] we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days; ...
   -The General Thanksgiving, excerpt   (BCP)

JANUARY 3, 2018
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
   -Ephesians 4:31-32   (NLT)

JANUARY 2, 2018
Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;
   let us exault his Name together.
-Psalm 34:3   (BCP)

JANUARY 1, 2018
NEW YEAR'S DAY
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:
     'May the Lord bless you and protect you.
     May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
     May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.' "
-Numbers 6:22-26   (NLT)


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