Daily Inspiration 2021

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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
#hope
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
PENTECOST
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
EASTER SUNDAY
... 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
Joseph
obedient 
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?)

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