Daily Inspiration 2021

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DECEMBER 31, 2021
I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart...
   -1 Kings 3:12     (NLT)

DECEMBER 30, 2021
In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry. 
   May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. 
-Psalm 20:1     (NLT)

DECEMBER 29, 2021
Today is our weekly feature, WONDER WEDNESDAY! I wonder what scripture verse, quotation, lyric, saying, emotion, etc. this photo brings to mind. Please comment and share your thoughts. 

DECEMBER 28, 2021
Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.
   -John 21:25     (NLT)

DECEMBER 27, 2021
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. 
   -Agnes M. Pahro

DECEMBER 26, 2021
Sing out your thanks to the Lord;
   sing praised to our God with a harp. 
- Psalm 147:7     (NLT)

DECEMBER 25, 2021
an angel of the Lord appeared ... "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior - yes, the Messiah, the Lord - has been born today ,,."

DECEMBER 24, 2021
Look toward the east, O Jerusalem, 
and see the joy that is coming to you. 
   -Baruch 4:36     (NRSV)

DECEMBER 23, 2021
[The Lord] counts the stars
   and calls them all by name. 
-Psalm 147:4     (NLT)

DECEMBER 22, 2021
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DECEMBER 21, 2021
Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do  God's will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. 
   -Hebrews 10:36     (NLT)

DECEMBER 20, 2021
Lord, give us grace to awake us, 
to see the branch that begins to bloom;
in great humility is hid
all heaven in a little room.
Hymn 69, v. 3, the Hymnal 1982

DECEMBER 19, 2021
God faithful and true
make us eager with expectation, 
as we look for the fulfillment of your promise
in Jesus Christ or Saviour.
   -Collect, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 572

DECEMBER 18, 2021
For I am planting seeds of peace and prosperity among you.
    -Zechariah 8:12a     (NLT)

DECEMBER 17, 2021
Then this message came to Zechariah from the Lord: "This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another."
    -Zechariah 7:8-9a     (NLT)

DECEMBER 16, 2021
There's a voice in the wilderness crying, 
a call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway, 
a highway for our God!
   -Hymn 75, v.1, The Hymnal 1982

DECEMBER 15, 2021
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DECEMBER 14, 2021
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in ...
-Revelation 3:20     (NLT)

DECEMBER 13, 2021
Praise and honour to you Living God for John the Baptist, 
and for all those voices crying in the wilderness
who prepare your way.
May we listen when a prophet speaks your word, and obey.
   -Collect, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 571

DECEMBER 12, 2021
[The Lord] 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 11, 2021
Don't allow the worlds tasks to take over your life. Allow the glory of God to manifest itself in you and only then will yo see that you won't be able to stop praying, blessing, worshipping, and praising God. 
   -Isabel Lynn-Ramos, writing for Forward Day by Day

DECEMBER 10, 2021
Praise the Lord, 
   for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
-Psalm 31:21a     (NLT)
Photo taken by a friend of my Aunt - part of her 100th birthday celebrations

DECEMBER 9, 2021
Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. 
   -Revelation 2:7a     (NLT)

DECEMBER 8, 2021
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DECEMBER 7, 2021
Smiling is the most basic kind of peace work.
   -found on a Yogi tea bag

DECEMBER 6, 2021
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, 
   for you are merciful, O Lord.
-Psalm 25:7b     (NLT)

DECEMBER 5, 2021
   ... the dawn from on high shall break upon us, 
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, 
   and to guide our feet into the way of peace. 
-Canticle 16, Book of Common Prayer

DECEMBER 4, 2021
All glory to God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.
   -Jude 25      (NLT)

DECEMBER 3, 2021
Do what is good and run from evil
   so that you may live!
Then the Lord God of Heaven's Armies will be your  helper.
   -Amos 5:14     (NLT)

DECEMBER 2, 2021
grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
   -2 Peter 3:18a     (NLT)

DECEMBER 1, 2021
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NOVEMBER 30, 2021
because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
   -Romans 10:9     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 29, 2021
... 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 1:5-7     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 28, 2021
Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life ...
   -Luke 21:34a     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 27, 2021
You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
   -Micah 7:19b     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 26, 2021
Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, 
   for in you I put my trust.
-Psalm 143:8a     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 25, 2021
But strive first for the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these thing will be given to you as well. 
- Matthew 6:33     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 23, 2021
Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 
   1 Peter 1:13     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 22, 2021
May grace and peace be yours in abundance.
   1 Peter 1:2b     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 21, 2021
The world we live in is a sea, and our humanity crests and crashes within it. God does not give us the power to control everything in our lives but rather the stillness and calm to aid us when we encounter the unpredictable and uncontrollable. 
    -Nia McKenny writing for Forward Day by Day

NOVEMBER 20, 2021
And let everyone who hears say, "Come."
And let everyone who is thirsty come. 
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. 
   -Revelation 22:17     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 19, 2021
If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
   -Matthew 18:12     (NRSV)
Listen to the message of this verse with the song, Reckless Love by Cory Asbury/Bethel Music. 

NOVEMBER 18, 2021
Sing to [the Lord], sing praises to  him;
   tell of all his wonderful works. 
-Psalm 105:2     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 17, 2021
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NOVEMBER 16, 2021
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, 
   "See, the home of God is among mortals.
     ... he will wipe every tear from their eye,"
-Revelation 21:3a, 4a     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 15, 2021
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
   your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
-Psalm 89:5     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 14, 2021
Gracious God, 
you have given us much today;
grant us also a thankful spirit.

NOVEMBER 13, 2021
The voice of God is always speaking to us, and always trying to get our attention. But his voice is a "still, small voice," and we must at least slow down in order to listen.
   -Eugenia Price, writing for the Women's Devotional Bible

NOVEMBER 12, 2021
How great are your works, O Lord!
   Psalm 92:5a     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 11, 2021
... for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
   -Nehemiah 8:10b     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 10, 2021
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NOVEMBER 9, 2021
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, 
   and into his courts with praise. 
   Give thanks to him, bless his name.
-Psalm 100:4     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 8, 2021
...you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love...
   -Nehemiah 9:17b     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 7, 2021
God our life
be with us this day, 
whether or not it brings us joy.
Help us when evening comes
to recall one benefit, 
for which to give you thanks. 
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book, prayer, p. 116

NOVEMBER 6, 2021
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught [Peter] ...
   -Matthew 14:31a     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 5, 2021
Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 
   -1 Corinthians 16:13      (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 4, 2021
Celebrating each new day helps us develop the ability to be grateful for all new moments and for the God who is in each one.
   -Karen Burton Mains, writing for the Women's Devotional Bible

NOVEMBER 3, 2021
The Lord exists forever;
   your word is firmly fixed in heaven.
-Psalm 119:80     (NRSV)

NOVEMBER 2, 2021
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind.
   -Matthew 13:47     (NRSV)
photo courtesy of Steve Switzer

NOVEMBER 1, 2021
"The second [commandment] is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is great than these.'"
   -Mark 12:31     (NLT)

OCTOBER 31, 2021
"The most important commandment is this: ... 'you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.'"
   -Mark 12:29-30     (NLT)

OCTOBER 30, 2021
For the Lamb on the throne
   will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. 
   And God will wipe every tear from their eyes. 
-Revelation 7:17     (NLT)

OCTOBER 29, 2021
O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. 
   Your plans for us are too numerous to list. 
   You have no equal. 
-Psalm 40:5     (NLT)

OCTOBER 28, 2021
Together, we are [God's] house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 
   -Ephesians 2:20     (NLT)

OCTOBER 27, 2021
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OCTOBER 26, 2021
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. 
   -St. Augustine

OCTOBER 25, 2021
"I am the Alpha and the Omega - the beginning and the end," - says the Lord God. "I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come - the Almighty One."
   -Revelation 1:8      (NLT)

OCTOBER 24, 2021
... you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 
   - Colossians 3:12     (NLT)

OCTOBER 23, 2021
[The godly] are like trees planted along the riverbank, 
   bearing fruit each season.
-Psalm 1:3a     (NLT)

OCTOBER 22, 2021
The world is so full of anguish; ... Thank you that in your vast understanding you gave us laughter to make us forget, to restore our wounded spirits, brighten the journey, lighten the load. 
   -Marjorie Holms, writing for The Women's Devotional Bible

OCTOBER 21, 2021
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
   -1 Corinthians 15:58     (NLT)

OCTOBER 20, 2021
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OCTOBER 19, 2021
Then Jesus said, "... Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 
   -Matthew 11:28a, 29     (NLT)

OCTOBER 18, 2021
... the Lord's delight is in those who fear him
   those who put their hope in his unfailing love. 
-Psalm 147:11     (NLT)

OCTOBER 17, 2021
   who can tilt the water jars of heaven
when the parched ground is dry
   and the soil has hardened into clods?
-Job 38:37b-38     (NLT)

OCTOBER 16, 2021
... everyone who belongs to Christ will be given a new life.
    -1 Corinthians 15:22b     (NLT)

OCTOBER 15, 2021
The Lord keeps watch over you as you cone and go,
   both now and forever.
-Psalm 121:8     (NLT)

OCTOBER 14, 2021
The Lord keeps you from all harm
   and watches over your life.
-Psalm 121:7      (NLT)

OCTOBER 13, 2021
The sun will not harm you by day, 
   nor the moon at night.
-Psalm 121:6      (NLT)

OCTOBER 12, 2021
The Lord himself watches over you!
   The Lord stands as your protective shade.
-Psalm 121:5      (NLT)

OCTOBER 11, 2021
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
   never slumbers or sleeps.
-Psalm 121:4      (NLT)

OCTOBER 10, 2021
He will not let you stumble;
   the one who watches over you will not slumber.
-Psalm 121:3      (NLT)

OCTOBER 9, 2021
My help comes from the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth!
-Psalm 121:2      (NLT)

OCTOBER 8, 2021
Today we begin an eight day look at Psalm 121; a verse a day. 
I look up to the mountains - 
   does my help come from there?
-Psalm 121:1      (NLT)

OCTOBER 7, 2021
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)

OCTOBER 6, 2021
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OCTOBER 5, 2021
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
   -Rabindranath Tagore

OCTOBER 4, 2021
Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord?
   Who can ever praise him enough?
-Psalm 106:2     (NLT)

OCTOBER 3, 2021
   I come to your altar, O Lord, 
singing a song of thanksgiving
   and telling of your wonders. 
-Psalm 26:6b-7     (NLT)

OCTOBER 2, 2021
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. When you are tempted, [God] will show you a way out so that you can endure. 
   -1 Corinthians 10:12, 13b     (NLT)

OCTOBER 1, 2021
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
   His faithful love endures forever.
Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!
   -Psalm 107:1-2a     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
God chooses where we are called to serve; we choose, as Esther did, whether or not to respond in obedience to that call. 
   -Dorothy Patterson, writing in the Women's Devotional Bible

SEPTEMBER 29, 2021
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
When doubts filled my mind, 
   your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. 
-Psalm 94:19     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 27, 2021
That is why I tell you not to worry about every day life - ... Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
   -Matthew 6: 25s, 27     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 26, 2021
But Moses [said] ... "I wish that all the Lord's people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them all."
   -Numbers 11:29     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
You can make many plans, 
   but the Lord's purpose will prevail. 
-Proverbs 19:21     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 24, 2021
[your Father] knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
     Our Father in heaven, 
     reveal who you are.
     Set the world right:
     Do what's best - 
        as above, so below. 
-Matthew 6: 8-10     (The Message)

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
Because [she] bends down to listen,
   I will pray as long as I have breath.
-Psalm 116:2     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021
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SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
   Tie them around your neck s a reminder.
   Write them deep within your heart. 
-Proverbs 3:3     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 20, 2021
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God's power. 
   -1 Corinthians 4:20     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.
   -James 3:15     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 18, 2021
The world we live in is a sea, and our humanity crests and crashes within it. God does not give us the power to control everything in our lives but rather stillness and calm to aid us when we encounter the unpredictable and uncontrollable.
   -Nia McKenny writing for Forward Day by Day

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. ...  a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 
   -Matthew 5:14, 15b     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 16, 2021
The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. For we are both God's workers. And you are God's field. You are God's building. 
   -1 Corinthians 3:8a,9     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
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SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
bless the Lord all you dwellers on earth:
   praise and exalt our God forever. 
-A Song of Creation, v.18, A New Zealand Prayer Book

SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
Sunrise and sunset, night and day:
   give to our God your thanks and praise. 
-Benedicite Aotearoa, v.3, A New Zealand Prayer Book
photo credit: Steve Switzer

SEPTEMBER 12, 2021
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; 
   do not depend on your own understanding. 
-Proverbs 3:5     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
But I will call on God, 
   and the Lord will rescue me.
Psalm 55:16     (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble ... Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 
   -Phillipians 2:3a, 4     (NLT)

Sing to the Lord; praise his name. 
   Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
-Psalm 96:2     (NLT)

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Take my life, and let it be consecrated,
Lord to thee;
take my moments and my days, 
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
   -Hymn 707 v.1, words: Frances Ridley Havergal

Each day, upon my daily round, 
I find myself on holy ground- ... 
So many little altars there, 
So many simple calls to prayer, 
So many reasons for thanksgiving-
The sacraments of daily living. 
   -Rejoice, by Helen Lowrie Marshall
          in Women's Devotional Bible

The rich and poor have this in common:
   The Lord made them both. 
-Proverbs 22:2     (NLT)

Send out your light and truth;
   let them guide me.
-Psalm 43:3     (NLT)

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. 
   -James 4:8     (NLT)

Take delight in the Lord, 
and he will give you your hearts desires.
   -Psalm 37:4    (NLT)

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AUGUST 31, 2021
... we are shown to be right with God  by what we do, not by faith alone.
   -James 2:24     (NLT)

AUGUST 30, 2021
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will be filled with joy because of you.
   -Psalm 9:1a, 2a     (NLT)

AUGUST 26, 2021
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. 
   -James 1:17     (NLT)

AUGUST 28, 2021
All too often we crave things that the world tells us will make us happy. But God is the only one who can calm the storms in our hearts and fill the void that is aching to be filled with Love.
   -Rev. Perry Mullins, writing for Forward Day by Day

AUGUST 27, 2021
[Jesus said], "Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
   -Mark 14:38   (NLT)

AUGUST 26, 2021
The Lord lives! Praise to my rock!
   May the God of my salvation be exalted!
-Psalm 18:46     (NLT)

AUGUST 25, 2021
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AUGUST 24, 2021
Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
   -Romans 5:1     (NLT)

AUGUST 23, 2021
We are, each of us, a lantern, and God's light shines through everything we are and everything we do. 
   -Nia McKenny, writing for Forward Day by Day

AUGUST 22, 2021
[Solomon] prayed, "O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below."
   -1 Kings 8:23a     (NLT)

AUGUST 21, 2021
Sometimes a perfect blessing will arrive in the disguise of a mischievous intruder.
   -found on a Yogi tea bag

AUGUST 20, 2021
Show me where to walk, 
   for I give myself to you.
-Psalm 143:8b     (NLT)

AUGUST 19, 2021
Holy and enabling Spirit, 
give wings to our morning prayers. 
May those we support and cherish with our love 
receive your grace to help them in their need.
   -Prayer, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 120

AUGUST 18, 2021
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. 
   -Ephesians 5: 1-2a     (NLT)

AUGUST 17, 2021
Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!
   What joy!
-Psalm 126:3     (NLT)

AUGUST 16, 2021
Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, " ... You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said."
Feast of St. Mary (transferred)
   -Luke 1:42a, 45     (NLT)

AUGUST 15, 2021
So be careful how you live. Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. And give thanks for everything to God, the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
   -Ephesians 5:15a, 17, 20     (NLT)

AUGUST 14, 2021
For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. 
   -St. Teresa of Avila

AUGUST 13, 2021
Let them praise the Lord for his great love
   and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
-Psalm 107:8     (NLT)

AUGUST 12, 2021
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim [her] greatness.
   Let the whole world know what [she] has done.
-Psalm 105:1     (NLT)

AUGUST 11, 2021
The truth is conversion keeps happening. Paul learned the same thing. Pay attention to those smaller conversion moments, small, but powerful nonetheless, moments that change and grow you.
   -Bishop Greg Rickel, writing for Forward Day by Day

AUGUST 10, 2021
When it was clear we couldn't persuade him, (Paul~not to got to Jerusalem) we gave up and said, "The Lord's will be done."
   -Acts 21:14     (NLT)

AUGUST 9, 2021
You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus, "It is more blessed to give than receive."
   -Acts 20:35b     (NLT)

AUGUST 8, 2021
Jesus replied, "... For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up."
   -John 6:44     (NLT)

AUGUST 7, 2021
Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully. 
   His faithful love endures forever. 
-Psalm 136:5     (NLT)

AUGUST 6, 2021
Thanks be to God that Jesus loves us even when we're jerks.
   -Scott Gunn, writing for Forward Day by Day

AUGUST 5, 2021
The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and filled with unfailing love.
   -Psalm 145:8     (NLT)

AUGUST 4, 2021
Sing praises to God, our strength.
   -Psalm 81:1a     (NLT)

AUGUST 3, 2021
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 
   -Romans 5:3-4     (NLT)

AUGUST 2, 2021
[The Lord] says, "Only in returning to me
   and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength."
   -Isaiah 30:15     (NLT)

AUGUST 1, 2021
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all, 
who is over all, in all, and living through all. 
   -Ephesians 4:5-6     (NLT)

JULY 31, 2021
When [Jesus] had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to  his disciples to set before the people, and they did so.
   -Mark 8:6     (NIV)

JULY 30, 2021
helping other people everyday
Make it a #hope day!
   - Seen on a t-shirt by a friend

JULY 29, 2021
But may all who seek you
   rejoice and be glad in you;
-Psalm 70:49     (NIV)

JULY 28, 2021
O God, 
the well-spring of life
pour into our hearts the living water of your grace ...
   -Collect, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 92

JULY 27, 2021
The Lord opened [Lydia's] heart to respond to Paul's message.
   -Acts 16:14b     (NIV)

JULY 26, 2021
Our lives are the sermons people hear. Our lives show what our prayers really are. 
   -Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen, writing for Forward Day by Day

JULY 25, 2021
The Lord upholds all those who fall
   and lifts up all who are bowed down.
-Psalm 145:14     (NIV)

JULY 24, 2021
But I call to God, 
   and the Lord saves me.
-Psalm 55:16     (NIV)

JULY 23, 2021
Jesus calls us;
o'er the tumult of our life's wild, restless sea,
day by day his clear voice soundeth, 
saying, "Christian, follow me."
   -Hymn 550, v.1, The Hymnal 1982

JULY 22, 2021
Hear, o hear, thou God of my forefather, God of Israel's heritage, ruler of heaven and earth, creator of the waters, King of all thy creation, hear my prayer. 
   -Judith 9:12     (NEB)

JULY 21, 2021
Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.
   -Thich Nhat Hanh

JULY 20, 2021
For God is the king of all the earth;
   sing to him a psalm of praise.
-Psalm 47:7     (NIV)

JULY 19, 2021
... we do know that unless we deliberately shut out the world's noise there will be little chance to hear the voice of God.
   -Jeanette Lockerbie, writing in the Woman's Devotional Bible

JULY 18, 2021
And in [Christ] you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. 
   -Ephesians 2:22     (NIV)

JULY 17, 2021
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. 
   -Psalm 30:12b     (NIV)

JULY 16, 2021
Whenever the evil spirits saw [Jesus], they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God."
   -Mark 3:11     (NIV)

JULY 15, 2021
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him...
   -Psalm 37:7a     (NIV)

JULY 14, 2021
Life is best lived by focusing on your goals and dancing through all other distractions.
   -found on a Yogi tea bag
Especially when your goals include ... more joy, more love, more prayer, more Jesus!

JULY 13, 2021
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
   -St. Francis of Assisi

JULY 12, 2021
The Lord's hand was with them (who spoke the good news) and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. 
   -Acts 11:21     (NIV)

JULY 11, 2021
Jesus calls us to pray, to thank God for the life we have and for our many blessings. 
   -Ellis Reyes Montes, writing for Forward Day by Day

JULY 10, 2021
Jesus took naps,
be like Jesus. 
   -seen on a t-shirt; loosely based on Mark 4:38
Find time to rest this weekend

JULY 9, 2021
You have made known to me the path of life;
   you will fill me with joy in your presence.
-Psalm 16:11a,b    (NIV)

JULY 8, 2021
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; 
For only in you can we live in safety.
   -Morning Prayer Suffrages, Book of Common Prayer, p. 97

JULY 7, 2021
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 
   -1 Samuel 16:7b     (NIV)

JULY 6, 2021
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness...
   make straight your way before me. 
-Psalm 5:8     (NIV)

JULY 5, 2021
Now faith is being sure of what we  hope for and certain of what we do not see. By faith...
   -Hebrews 11:1+     (NIV)

JULY 4, 2021
... America! America! God shed his grace on thee, 
and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea. 
   -America the Beautiful, Katherine Lee Bates

JULY 3, 2021
[The Lord] makes the clouds his chariot
   and rides on the wings of the wind. 
-Psalm 104:3b     (NIV)

JULY 2, 2021
It has been said that God is the God of every tense - past, present, and future. [She] is the help of our past, the hope of our future, and the great "I am" of today.
   -Millie Stamm, writing in the Women's Devotional Bible

JULY 1, 2021
May the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, 
   bless you from Zion. 
-Psalm 134:3     (NIV)

JUNE 30, 2021
... be sure to fear the Lord and faithfully serve him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you. 
   -1 Samuel 12:24     (NLT)

JUNE 29, 2021
Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. 
   -2 Timothy 4:5b     (NLT)

JUNE 28, 2021
Surely it is God who saves me;
   I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, 
   and he will be my Savior.
-First Song of Isaiah, Canticle 9, Book of Common Prayer

JUNE 27, 2021
Great is his faithfulness;
   his mercies begin afresh each morning.
-Lamentations 3:23     (NLT)

JUNE 26, 2021
With God's help we will do mighty things ...
   -Palm 108:13a     (NLT)

JUNE 25, 2021
This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord God is with you wherever you go. 
   -Joshua 1:9     (NLT)

JUNE 24, 2021
Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. 
   -Psalm 85:12a     (NLT)

JUNE 23, 2021
Give us courage to hope, and to risk disappointment.
Teach us to pray expectantly, 
and when our prayers seem to fail, 
bring us to pray again and again;
for you are our God, 
who acts and will act again.
   -Collect, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 641

JUNE 22, 2021
And every day in the Temple and from house to house, [the apostles] continued to teach and preach this message: "Jesus is the Messiah."
   -Acts 5:42     (NLT)

JUNE 21, 2021
The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. ...more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord - crowds of both men and women.
   -Acts 5:12, 14     (NLT)

JUNE 20, 2021
When Jesus woke up [in the boat, in the storm], he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Silence! Be still!" Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked [the disciples], "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
   -Mark 4:39-10     (NLT)

JUNE 19, 2021
Here's the thing. We are all sinners. We all make mistakes. And Jesus loves us all the same anyway. 
   -Scott Gunn, writing for Forward Day by Day

JUNE 18, 2021
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
   he is my God, and I trust him.
-Psalm 92:2     (NLT)

JUNE 17, 2021
I want to walk as a child of the light.
I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world. 
The star of my life is Jesus. 
   -Hymn 490 v.1, The Hymnal 1982; words: Kathleen Thomerson

JUNE 16, 2021
Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live!
   Do not let my hope be crushed. 
-Psalm 119:116     (NLT)

JUNE 15, 2021
[God] made streams pour from the rock, 
   making the waters flow down like a river!
-Psalm 78:16     (NLT)

JUNE 14, 2021
[Hannah said,] ... I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow."
   "In that case," Eli said, "go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of  him."
-1 Samuel 1:16b-17     (NLT)

JUNE 13, 2021
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
   -2 Corinthians 5:17     (NLT)

JUNE 12, 2021
My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me."
   And my heart responds, "Lord, I am coming."
-Psalm 27:8     (NLT)

JUNE 11, 2021
[God] gives life to everyone, 
   life to everyone who walks the earth.
-Isaiah 42:5b     (NLT)

JUNE 10, 2021
You have done such wonderful things. 
Who can compare with you, O God?
   -Psalm 71:19b     (NLT)

JUNE 9, 2021
Your faithfulness extends to every generation
   as enduring as the earth you created. 
-Psalm 119:90     (NLT)

JUNE 8, 2021
... the Son of Man came to seek and serve those who are lost.
   -Luke 19:10   (NLT)

JUNE 7, 2021
The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. 
   -Deuteronomy 30:10     (NLT)

JUNE 6, 2021
Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever. 
   -2 Corinthians 4:16b-17     (NLT)

JUNE 5, 2021
...treasure the contrast between the messiness of our earthly lives and the heavenly glory of God's eternal love for us ...
   -Scott Gunn, writing for Forward Day by Day
photographer's note: this type of photo is called a diptych; combining two photos together to tell the story.

JUNE 4, 2021
But may all who search for you
   be filled with joy and gladness in you. 
-Psalm 40:16a     (NLT)

JUNE 3, 2021
In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
   -Psalm 59:10a     (NLT)

JUNE 2, 2021
Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God can't be detected by visible signs. You won't be able to say, 'Here it is!' or 'It's over there!' For the kingdom of God is already among you."
   -Luke 17:20b-21     (NLT)
prayer circle for the Daughters of the King, St. Peter's San Pedro

JUNE 1, 2021
Know the unknown, hear the unheard, see the unseen.
   -found on a Yogi tea bag

MAY 31, 2021
There is none except thee, 
none so holy as the Lord, 
no rock like our God. 
   -1 Samuel 2:2     (NEB)

MAY 30, 2021
Jesus answered, "In truth I tell  you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born from water and spirit. Flesh can give birth to only flesh; it is spirit that gives birth to spirit. You ought not to be astonished, then, when I tell you that you must be born over again. 
   -Romans 8:5-7     (NEB)

MAY 25, 2021
God Speaks will be on vacation for some rest and renewal. Regular Daily Inspiration emails & posts will return on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Thank you for your understanding. 

MAY 24, 2021
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the all-merciful father, the God whose consolation never fails us.
   -2 Corinthians 1:3     (NEB)

MAY 23, 2021
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them power of utterance.
   -Acts 2:4     (NEB)

MAY 22, 2021
for thy unfailing love is wider than the heavens
   and thy truth reaches to the sky.
-Psalm 108:4     (NEB)

MAY 21, 2021
For the [new] covenant I will make ... says the Lord, is this: I will set my laws in their understanding and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
   -Hebrews 8:10     (NEB)

MAY 20, 2021
let those who seek the Lord be joyful in heart.
   -Psalm 105:3b     (NEB)

MAY 19, 2021
These are the words of the Lord God: ... I will give them a different heart and put a new spirit into them; ... They will become my people, and I will become their God. 
   -Ezekiel 11: 17a, 19a, 20b

MAY 18, 2021
That hope we hold. It is like an anchor for our lives, an anchor safe and secure.
   -Hebrews 6:19     (NEB)

MAY 17, 2021
I will sing the story of thy love, O Lord, for ever ...
   -Psalm 89:1a     (NEB)

MAY 16, 2021
Happy is the man
   who does not take the wicked for his guide...
-Psalm 1:1a     (NEB)

MAY 15, 2021
May all delightful things be ours, O Lord our God;
   establish firmly all we do. 
-Psalm 90:17     (NEB)

MAY 14, 2021
Is any one among you in trouble? He should turn to prayer. Is anyone among you in good heart? [She] should sing praises. 
   -James 5:13     (NEB)

MAY 13, 2021
The Lord on high is mightier far
than the noise of great waters, 
mightier than the breakers of the sea.
   -Psalm 93:4     (NEB)

MAY 12, 2021
The stars shone at their appointed stations and rejoiced. He called them and they answered, "We are here!" Joyfully they shone for their maker. 
    -Baruch 3:34-35     (NEB)

MAY 11, 2021
they remembered that god was their Creator,
that God Most High was their deliverer. 
   -Psalm 78:35     (NEB)

MAY 10, 2021
Let your thoughts give hope, guidance, and upliftment to all. 
   -found on a Yogi tea bag

MAY 9, 2021
This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you.
   -Johan 15:12     (NEB)

MAY 8, 2021
In everything, O Lord, thou hast made thy people great and glorious, and hast not neglected in every time and place to be their helper. 
   -Wisdom 19:22     (NEB)

MAY 7, 2021
Let us then pursue the things that make for peace and build up the common life.
   -Romans 14:19     (NEB)

MAY 6, 2021
But I will wait in continual hope, I will praise thee again and yet again.
   -Psalm 71:14     (NEB)

MAY 5, 2021
For the greatness and beauty of created things gives us a corresponding idea of their Creator. 
   -Book of Wisdom 113:5     (NEB)

MAY 4, 2021
The gifts we possess differ as they are allotted to us by God's grace ...
   -Romans 12:6a     (NEB)

MAY 3, 2021
Persevere in prayer, with mind awake and thankful heart.
   -Colossians 4:2     (NEB)

MAY 2, 2021
[Jesus replied...] I am the vine, and you are the branches. He who dwells in me as I dwell in him, bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing. 
   -John 15:5     (NEB)

MAY 1, 2021
If you stray from the road to right or left you shall hear with your own ears a voice behind you saying, This is the way; follow it. 
   -Isaiah 30:21     (NEB)

APRIL 30, 2021
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
   -Colossians     (NLT)

APRIL 29, 2021
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. 
   -1 John 4:11-12     (NLT)

APRIL 28, 2021
And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. 
   -Colossians 1: 27b     (NLT)

APRIL 27, 2021
Those who trust in [God] will understand truth, 
and the faithful will abide with him in love, 
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, 
and he watches over his elect. 
   -Wisdom 3:9     (NRSV)

APRIL 26, 2021
So rather than dismiss a situation as impossible ... we must listen to Jesus and be ready to act.
   -Ellis Reyes Montes, writing for Forward Day by Day (Part 3)

APRIL 25, 2021
And Jesus calls us to go ... to bring the blessing of God to all people!
   -Ellis Reyes Montes, writing for Forward Day by Day (Part 2)

APRIL 24, 2021
Jesus calls us to pray, to thank God for the life we have and for our many blessings. 
   -Ellis Reyes Montes, writing for Forward Day by Day (Part 1)

APRIL 23, 2021
Grace, and 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 grace. 
   -2 John 3     (NLT)

APRIL 22, 2021
Be still in the presence of the Lord, 
   and wait patiently for him to act. 
-Psalm 37:7     (NLT)

APRIL 21, 2021
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. 
   -1 John 4:7     (NLT)

APRIL 20, 2021
Come my way, my Truth, my Life:
such a way as gives us breath;
such a truth as ends all strife;
such a life as killeth death.
   -Hymn 487 v.1, The Hymnal 1982 (words: George Herbert 1593-1633)

APRIL 19, 2021
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)

APRIL 18, 2021
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
   -1 John 3:1     (NLT)

APRIL 17, 2021
Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. 
   With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts. 
-Psalm 21:13     (NLT)

APRIL 16, 2021
Be happy. It's one way of being wise. 
   -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (French Novelist, 1973-1954)

APRIL 15, 2021
So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and the Father. 
   -1 John 2:24     (NLT)

APRIL 14, 2021
Be good to your servant, 
   that I may live and obey your word.
-Psalm 119:17     (NLT)

APRIL 13, 2021
Lead me in the right path, O Lord, ...
Make your way plain for me to follow.
   -Psalm 5:8     (NLT)

APRIL 12, 2021
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
   Psalm 4:6     (NLT)

APRIL 11, 2021
God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 
   -1 John 1:5b     (NLT)

APRIL 10, 2021
Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, loves you eternally, and reconciles you to Godself and one another. Go in peace and may God's blessing be with you always. Amen.
   -Episcopal Blessing

APRIL 9, 2021
Then Peter said ... "Let me clearly state to all of you ... [the crippled man] was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene. There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved."
   -Acts 4:10, 12     (NLT)

APRIL 8, 2021
Now repent of  your sins and turn to God, so that you sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord ...
   -Acts 3:19-20a     (NLT)

APRIL 7, 2021
Travel in grace knowing that you are protected by love. 
   -found on a Yogi tea bag

APRIL 6, 2021
"So let everyone ... know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!"
   -Acts 2:36     (NLT)

APRIL 5, 2021
... God released [Jesus] from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in his grip.
   -Acts 2:24     (NLT)

APRIL 4, 2021
... the angel said, [to the women] "Don't be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead!"

APRIL 3, 2021
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
   His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
   His mercies begin afresh each morning.
-Lamentations 3:22-23     (NLT)

APRIL 2, 2021
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
   -Hebrews 10:23     (NLT)

APRIL 1, 2021
"Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not more important than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message." [Jesus]
   -John 13:15b-16     (NLT)

MARCH 31, 2021
But may all who search for you 
   be filled with joy and gladness.
-Psalm 70:4     (NLT)

MARCH 30, 2021
Jesus replied, "... Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going."
   -John 12:35     (NLT)

MARCH 29, 2021
For by the power of the eternal spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 
   -Hebrews 9:14b     (NLT)

MARCH 28, 2021
But I am trusting you, O Lord, 
   saying, "You are my God!"
-Psalm 31:14     (NLT)

MARCH 27, 2021
Creator of the earth and skies,
to whom the words of life belong, 
grant us your truth to make us wise, 
grant us your power to make us strong.
   -Hymn 148 v.1, The Hymnal 1982, words: David W. Hughes

MARCH 26, 2021
Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying."
   -John 11:25     (NLT)

MARCH 25, 2021
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
   -Canticle 15, BCP

MARCH 24, 2021
I rejoice in your word
   like one who discovers a great treasure.
-Psalm 119:162     (NLT)

MARCH 23, 2021
The Lord himself watches over you!
   The Lord stands beside  you as your protective shade. 
-Psalm 121:5

MARCH 22, 2021
... the season of Lent, which I like to think of as a spring cleaning for the soul. ... God loves us even with our spiritual dust bunnies. But it is a joy to have a clean soul and a clean house. 
   -Scott Gunn, writing in Forward Day by Day

MARCH 21, 2021
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
   Renew a loyal spirit within me. 
-Psalm 51:10     (NLT)

MARCH 20, 2021
My heart is confident in you, O God; ...
I will thank you, Lord, among all the people ...
   -Psalm 108:1a,3a     (NLT)

MARCH 19, 2021
St. Joseph
... So, though not quite understanding
Joseph adopted Mary's baby 
in pity an din love
trusted servant of God. 
   -Margaret A. Weber
to view the entire poem, "Joseph," visit God Speaks in the little things HOME page

MARCH 18, 2021
Jesus told them, "This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent."
   -John 6:29     (NLT)

MARCH 17, 2021
... Christ beneath me, Christ above me, 
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, 
Christ in hearts of all that love me, 
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. 
   -Hymn 370, v.6, The Hymnal 1982
    words attributed to St. Patrick

MARCH 16, 2021
... suddenly [the disciples] saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, "Don't be afraid. I am here."
   -John 6:19     (NLT)

MARCH 15, 2021
Your unfailing love will last forever, 
   Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.
-Psalm 89:2     (NLT)

MARCH 14, 2021
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. 
   His faithful love endures forever. 
Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!
   -Psalm 107:1-2a     (NLT)

MARCH 13, 2021
Inhale, opening
Pause, breath stretching prayer
Exhale, trusting God
   -Breath of Life, a Haiku prayer, DMSwitzer

Take some time today to stop and just breathe, listening for God's voice.

MARCH 12, 2021
[The Lord] will cover you with his feathers, 
   He will shelter you with his wings, 
   His faithful promises are your armor and protection. 
-Psalm 91:4     (NLT)

MARCH 11, 2021
Teach me your ways, O Lord,
   that I may live according to your truth!
-Psalm 86:11     (NLT)

MARCH 10, 2021
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness because you will have the light that leads to life."
   -John 8:12     (NLT)

MARCH 9, 2021
So each generation should set its hope anew on God, 
   not forgetting his glorious miracles
   and obeying his commands. 
-Psalm 78:7     (NLT)

MARCH 8, 2021
Creator of the earth and skies, 
to whom the words of life belong, 
grant us your truth to make us wise, 
grant us you power to make us strong. 
   -Hymn 148, The Hymnal 1982, 
     words: Donald W. Hughes (1911-1967)

MARCH 7, 2021
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
   -1 Corinthians 1:18     (NLT)

MARCH 6, 2021
Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. 
    -Romans 3:24a     (NLT)

MARCH 5, 2021
Let all who seek God's help be encouraged.
   -Psalm 69:32b      (NLT)

MARCH 4, 2021
[O Lord,] ...
Turn your ear to listen to me,
   and set me free.
-Psalm 71: 1a,2b     (NLT)

MARCH 3, 2021
Let your heart speak to other's hearts.
   -found on a Yogi tea bag

MARCH 2, 2021
This I know: God is on my side!
   -Psalm 56:9b     (NLT)

MARCH 1, 2021
God of the unexpected, 
when we come to our senses like the prodigal son, 
give us grace to repent and turn to you again; ...
    -Collect, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 593

FEBRUARY 28, 2021
...[Abraham] grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 
   -Romans 4:20b, 21     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 27, 2021
... Give us courage and cheerfulness to go the second mile,
and the miles ahead.
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 130

FEBRUARY 26, 2021
So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
   -Deuteronomy 10:12     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 25, 2021
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
   be acceptable to you, 
   O Lord, my rock and redeemer.
-Psalm 19:14     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 24, 2021
As the father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
   -John 15:9     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 23, 2021
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
   -Robert Louis Stevenson

FEBRUARY 22, 2021
Be still and know that I am God.
   -Psalm 46:11a  (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 21, 2021
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
   teach me your paths.
-Psalm 25:4     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 20, 2021
... for the Lord your God, who is present with you, is a great and awesome God.
   -Deuteronomy 7:21     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 19, 2021
O that today you would listen to his voice!
   -Psalm 95:7b     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 18, 2021
You made us Lord, and we are yours;
grant that we may so use your gifts
that all your creatures may enjoy the harmony you planned. 
   -Collect, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 588

FEBRUARY 17, 2021
Ash Wednesday
Yet even now, says the Lord, 
   return to me with all your heart...
-Joel 2:12a     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 16, 2021
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
   and I walk in faithfulness to you.
-Psalm 26:3     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 15, 2021
From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 
   -John 1:16     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 14, 2021
Jesus, Saviour in storm
when the waters of the deep are broken up, 
when the landmarks are washed away or drowned, 
come to us across the water. 
   -Epiphany Collect, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 586

FEBRUARY 13, 2021
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, 
   for his steadfast love endures forever.
-Psalm 136:1     (NSRV)
**just in case you need more convincing, the 2nd phrase is repeated in all 26 verses of this psalm: "for his steadfast love endures forever" 

FEBRUARY 12, 2021
For you shall go out in joy
   and be lead back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
   shall burst into song.
-Isaiah 55:12a     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 11, 2021
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
   -Isaiah 60:1     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 10, 2021
You then, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus ...
    -2 Timothy 2:1a

FEBRUARY 9, 2021
The Lord's Prayer... is an invitation to a conversation, a time to be with God, the one who loves us above all else and understands the desires of our hearts before we even speak. 
   -Richelle Thompson, writing for Forward Day by Day

FEBRUARY 8, 2021
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, ... 
Stir up your might, 
   and come to save us.
-Psalm 80: 1a, 2b     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 7, 2021
... those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. 
   -Isaiah 40:31a     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 6, 2021
God of glory, 
you nourish us with bread from heaven. 
Fill us with your Holy Spirit, 
that through us your light may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus. 
   -Epiphany prayer, A New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 548

FEBRUARY 5, 2021
Live by the Spirit ... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 
   -Galatians 16a, 22     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 4, 2021
For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
    -Galatians 5:14     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 3, 2021
For the mountains may depart
   and the hills be removed, 
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you. 
   -Isaiah 54:10     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 2, 2021
Who is this King of Glory?
   The Lord of hosts, 
   he is the King of Glory,
-Psalm 24:10     (NRSV)

FEBRUARY 1, 2021
For you have delivered my soul from death, 
   and my feet from falling, 
so that I may walk before God
   in the light of life.  
-Psalm 56:13     (NRSV)

JANUARY 31, 2021
I will thank the Lord with all my heart...
   -Psalm 111:1a     (NLT)

JANUARY 30, 2021
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been marked with Christ in baptism have put on Christ like new clothes. 
   -Galatians 3:26-27     (NLT)

JANUARY 29, 2021
[God] has given me a new song to sing, 
   a hymn of praise to our God. 
-Psalm 40:3a     (NLT)

JANUARY 28, 2021
We are made... 
Made in the Image of...
Made in the Image of God
Beautiful Shades of Love
   - Lyrics, "Image of God" by We are Messengers
Listen here: Image of God

JANUARY 27, 2021
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
   -Galatians 2:20     (NLT)

JANUARY 26, 2021
This is what the Lord says - 
... I am the Lord your God, 
   who teaches you what is good for you
   and leads you along the paths you should follow. 
-Isaiah 48:17     (NLT)

JANUARY 25, 2021
Let us turn toward our Savior, who gives us everything we need: redemption, hope, peace, healing, mercy, love, and grace. 
   -Scott Gunn, writing for Forward Day by Day

JANUARY 24, 2021
Power, O God, belongs to you;
   unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
-Psalm 62: 11b-12a     (NLT)

JANUARY 23, 2021
... Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 
   -Ephesians 6:10     (NLT)

JANUARY 22, 2021
For the Lord is God
   and he created the heavens and earth
   and put everything in place. 
He made the world to be lived in, 
   not to be a place of empty chaos. 
-Isaiah 45:18     (NLT)

JANUARY 21, 2021
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
   Trust him, and he will help you.
-Psalm 37:5     (NLT)

JANUARY 20, 2021
Imitate God, therefore in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
   -Ephesians 5:1     (NLT)

JANUARY 19, 2021
... be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. 
   -Ephesians 4:32     (NLT)

JANUARY 18, 2021
Even when I walk 
   through the darkest valley
I will not be afraid, 
   for you are close beside me.
-Psalm 23:4a     (NLT)

JANUARY 17, 2021
And the Lord came and called as before, "Samuel, Samuel!" And Samuel replied, "Speak, your servant is listening."
   -1Samuel 3:10     (NLT)

JANUARY 16, 2021
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 3:18     (NLT)

JANUARY 15, 2021
Sing a new song to the Lord!
   Sing his praises from the ends of the earth!
Join in the chorus, you desert towns...
   -Isaiah 42:10a, 11a     (NLT)

JANUARY 14, 2021
[The Lord] is my shield, the power that saves me,
   and my place of safety.
-Psalm 18:2b     (NLT)

JANUARY 13, 2021
Don't be afraid, for I am with you.
   Don't be discouraged, for I am your God.
-Isaiah 41:10a     (NLT)

JANUARY 12, 2021
Have you never heard?
   Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
   the creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary. 
   No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 
-Isaiah 40:28     (NLT)

JANUARY 11, 2021
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)

JANUARY 10, 2021
Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. 
   -Genesis 1:3-4     (NLT)

JANUARY 9, 2021
But don't be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.
   -John 6:27     (NLT)

JANUARY 8, 2021
The Lord is my strength and shield;
   he has given me victory.
-Psalm 118:14     (NLT)

JANUARY 7, 2021
May you be blessed by the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth.
-Psalm 115:5     (NLT)

JANUARY 6, 2021
As with gladness men of old did that guiding star behold;
as with joy they hailed its light, leading onward beaming bright'
so most gracious Lord, may we evermore be led to thee.
   -Hymn 119 v.1, The Hymnal 1982
Listen here: As With Gladness

JANUARY 5, 2021
It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old, 
from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold;
"Peace on the earth, good will to men, from heaven's all gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.
   - Hymn 89 v.1, The Hymnal 1982
     words: Edmund H. Sears (1810-1876)

JANUARY 4, 2021
So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, 
come peasant king, to own him;
the King of Kings salvation brings, 
let loving hearts enthrone him.
   -Hymn 115 v.3, The Hymnal 1982
Listen here: What Child Is This?

JANUARY 3, 2021
He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all, 
and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall;
with the poor, the scorned, the lowly, live on earth our Savior holy.
   -Hymn 102 v.2, The Hymnal 1982

JANUARY 2, 2021
"Fear not, then," said the angel. "Let nothing you affright;
this day is born a Savior of a pure virgin bright, 
to free all those who trust in him
from Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy!
   - Hymn 105 v.3, The Hymnal 1982
     Words: 18th century London carol

JANUARY 1, 2021
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, every voice in concert ring,
evermore and evermore.
   -Hymn 82 v.3, The Hymnal 1982
     words: Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-410?)