Daily Inspiration 2017

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DECEMBER 31, 2017
The Lord directs our steps,
   so why try to understand everything along the way?
-Proverbs 20:24   (NLT)

DECEMBER 30, 2017
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to our people in heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
   -A Collect for Saturdays  (BCP)

DECEMBER 29, 2017
Grace, mercy, and peace, which comes 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)

DECEMBER 28, 2017
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
   the maker of heaven and earth.
-Psalm 124:8   (BCP)

DECEMBER 27, 2017
Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
   -Collect, the Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day   (BCP)

DECEMBER 26, 2017
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)

DECEMBER 25, 2017
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. ... I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior- yes, the Messiah, the Lord- has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
   -Luke 2:8-11   (NLT)
photo courtesy Marisa Marshall

DECEMBER 24, 2017
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
   -Collect, Fourth Sunday of Advent

DECEMBER 23, 2017
Cast your burden upon the Lord,
and he will sustain you; ...
   -Psalm 55:24a   (BCP)

DECEMBER 22, 2017
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God;
many shall see, and stand in awe,
and put their trust in the Lord.
   -Psalm 40:3  (BCP)

DECEMBER 21, 2017
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
   -Hebrews 11:1   (NLT)

DECEMBER 20, 2017
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
   -Collect, Third Sunday of Advent

DECEMBER 19, 2017
So you, too, must keep watch! For you don't know exactly what day your Lord is coming. You must also be ready all the time, or the Son of Man will come down when least expected.
   -Matthew 21:42,44   (NLT)

DECEMBER 18, 2017
(posted 12-19-17)
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness;
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
   -Psalm 51:1   (Book of Common Prayer)

DECEMBER 17, 2017
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
   -1 Thessalonians 5:28   (NLT)

DECEMBER 16, 2017
You have turned my wailing into dancing;
   you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
-Psalm 30:12   (Book of Common Prayer)

DECEMBER 15, 2017
I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.
   -Revelation 2:19   (NLT)

DECEMBER 14, 2017
(posted 12-15-17)
Put your trust in the Lord and do good;
   dwell in the land and feed on it's riches.
-Psalm 37:3   (Book of Common Prayer)

DECEMBER 13, 2017
Creator of the stars of night,
Thy people's everlasting light,
Oh Christ, Redeemer of us all,
We pray thee hear us when we call.
   -Advent Hymn, #60 Hymnal 1982, Episcopal

DECEMBER 12, 2017
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   (Book of Common Prayer)

DECEMBER 11, 2017
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
   -Collect, Second Sunday of Advent

DECEMBER 10, 2017
In the season of Advent, it is our responsibility and joy to prepare ourselves to hear once more the message of the Angels, to go to Bethlehem and see the Son of God lying in a manger.
   -Advent Bidding Prayer

DECEMBER 9, 2017
All glory to him alone who 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 25   (NLT)

DECEMBER 8, 2017
I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me;
   incline your ear to me and hear my words.
-Psalm 17:6   Book of Common Prayer

DECEMBER 7, 2017
Almighty God, give us grace to case away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
   -Collect, First Sunday of Advent

DECEMBER 6, 2017
The Lord will be your everlasting light,
   and your God will be your glory.
-Third Song of Isaiah, Book of Common Prayer

DECEMBER 5, 2017
Then Jesus told them, ... "You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it."
   -Matthew 21:22   (NLT)

DECEMBER 4, 2017
... Peter reminds us that the bedrock of our faith is love. Without love, we can't even begin to build a faith that will stand the test of time.
  -Holli Powell, Forward Day by Day meditation, based on 2 Peter 1:8

DECEMBER 3, 2017
I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!
   -Mark 13:37

DECEMBER 2, 2017
May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops;
may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands;
may our cattle be fat and sleek.
   -Psalm 144:14   (RSV)

DECEMBER 1, 2017
Instead 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)

NOVEMBER 30, 2017
(posted 12-1-17)
The heavens proclaim the glory of God
   The skies display his craftsmanship.
-Psalm 19:1   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 29, 2017
And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are his holy priests.
   -1 Peter 2:5a   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 28, 2017
... In Jesus, God is out to make us holy and whole simply by showing up. Holy people aren't perfect - they still lose their tempers or feel impatient or eat a whole box of oreos to numb hurt or sorrow. But this God of love and wholeness and holiness is at work in them. And it show, especially through the cracked places in their hearts.
   -Bishop Jacob W. Owensby, Forward Day by Day meditation for today, based on 1 Peter 1:15-16

NOVEMBER 27, 2017
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)

NOVEMBER 26, 2017
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 25, 2017
Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation!
   -Isiah 65:18a   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 24, 2017
I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among you.
   -Matthew 18:19-20    (NLT)

NOVEMBER 23, 2017 
Thanksgiving, blessing and praise be yours,
God of the incarnation;
because you care for us and for our prayer.
May our love for you and our likeness to you
be strengthened every time we pray.    Amen
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book, collect, pg. 493

New every morning is the love
our waking and uprising prove;
through sleep and darkenss safely brought,
restored to life and power and thought.
   -Episcopal Hymnal, #10   Words: John Keble

NOVEMBER 21, 2017
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.
   -Revelation 21:4   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 20, 2017
"This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him."
   -Matthew 17:5b   (NLT)
So when on the Mount of the Transfiguration, God says "Listen," God is not calling Peter, James, John, and the rest of us clueless knuckleheads. Instead, God is reminding us we are wrestling with mystery-and we have a trustworthy teacher.
    -Bishop Jacob W. Owensby, Forward Day by Day meditation on this verse today

NOVEMBER 19, 2017
For you all are children of the light and of the day; we don't belong to darkness and night. But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
  -1 Thessalonians 5:5, 8   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 18, 2017
Then Jesus said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me."
   -Matthew 16:24   (NLT)
Taking up our crosses and following Jesus comes in many different forms. ... Transformed by Gods' love, we strive to make the world a better place instead of making a better place for ourselves in the world. We give our lives to Jesus by serving our neighbor.
   -Bishop Jacob W. Owensby, Forward Day by Day meditation on this verse today

NOVEMBER 17, 2017
In him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.
   -Refrain, Hymn 490, Episcopal Hymnal
    Words: Kathleen Thomerson

NOVEMBER 16, 2017
The Lord is my light and my salvation -
   so why should I be afraid?
-Psalm 27:1   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 15, 2017
And Nehemiah continued, "Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."
   -Nehemiah 8:10   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 14, 2017
Yet whenever your people turned and cried to you again for help, you listened once more from heaven. In your wonderful mercy, you rescued them many times!
   -Nehemiah  10:28b   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 12, 2017
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First all the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
   -1 Thessalonians 4:16-17   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 9, 2017
Now that I am old and gray,
   do not abandon me, O God.
Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,
   your mighty miracles to all who come after me.
-Psalm 71:18   (NLT)
photo credit: cynthia dawson

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord,
   O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord,
   praise him and highly exalt him forever.
-A Song of Creation, Cnticle 12
 The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 88

NOVEMBER 7, 2017
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
   for my hope is in him.
-Psalm 62:5   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 (posted Nov. 7)
My heart is confident in you, O God;
   my heart is confident.
   No wonder I can sing your praises!
-Psalm 57:7   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 4, 2017
You go before me and follow me.
    You place your hand of blessing on my head.
-Psalm 139:5   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 3, 2107
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
   and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
   out of the mud and mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
   and steadied me as I walked along.
-Psalm 40:1-2   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 2, 1017
The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God's word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as has been planted.
   -Matthew 13:23   (NLT)

NOVEMBER 1, 2017
All Saints Day
They (the angels) sang,
"Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
   and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
   forever and ever! Amen"
-Revelation 7:12   (NLT)
(can you see the angel dancing?)

OCTOBER 31, 2017
Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this." And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it.
    -Revelation 4:1-2   (NLT)

OCTOBER 30, 2017
"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 29, 2017
Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever. The people of Israel mourned for Moses on the plains of Moab of thirty days, until the customary period of mourning was over.
   -Deuteronomy 34:7-8   (NLT)

OCTOBER 28, 2017
Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
   -Ephesians 1:22   (NLT)

OCTOBER 27, 2017
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.
   -1 Corinthians 16:13   (NLT)

OCTOBER 26, 2017
Then God stirred the hearts of the priests and Levites and the leaders of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple of the Lord.
    -Ezra 1:5   (NLT)

OCTOBER 25, 2017
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 24, 2017
Then Jesus said, "Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
   -Matthew 11:28   (NLT)

OCTOBER 23, 2017
Oh the joys of those who do not
   follow the advice of the wicked...
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
   bearing fruit in each season.
Their leaves never withe,
   and they prosper in all they do.
-Psalm 1: 1a, 3    (NLT)

OCTOBER 22, 2017
The Lord replied, "I will personally go with you Moses, and I will give you rest - everything will be fine with you."
   -Exodus 33:14  (NLT)

OCTOBER 21, 2017
Jesus, you turned death into life,
turned defeat into victory.
Grant that with your help
we may raise our expectations
and achieve what is yet impossible.
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book, Collect for Pentecost 13
    prayer for dedication and a sense of commitment

OCTOBER 20, 2017
So he (John the Baptist) sent his disciples to ask Jesus, "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?" And Jesus told them, "Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen - the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor."
   -Matthew 11:4-5   (NLT)

OCTOBER 19, 2017 (posted 10-20-17)
You light a lamp for me.
   The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
-Psalm 18:28

OCTOBER 18, 2017
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
   -Luke 4:5   (NLT)

OCTOBER 17, 2017
Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.
   -Matthew 10:16

OCTOBER 14, 2017
25   O LORD, how manifold are your works! *
in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
   -Psalm 104:25   (NRSV)

OCTOBER 13, 2017
  Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning, for I put my trust in you; *
show me the road that I must walk, for I lift up my soul to you.
    -Psalm 143:8   (NRSV)

OCTOBER 12, 2017
  Let us go to God's dwelling place; *
let us fall upon our knees before his footstool."
  Arise, O LORD, into your resting-place, *
you and the ark of your strength.
    -Psalm 132:7-8   (NRSV)

OCTOBER 10, 2017
To you I lift up my eyes,
to you enthroned in the heavens.
    -Psalm 123:1   

OCTOBER 9, 2017
The herdsmen fled to the nearby town, telling everyone what happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone.
   -Matthew 8:33-34

OCTOBER 8, 2017
You must not have any other God but me.
    -Exodus 20:3   (NLT)

OCTOBER 7, 2017
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
    -1 Corinthians 10:12-13   (NLT)

OCTOBER 6, 2017
Don't you realize that in a race everyone runs but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. The do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step.
   - 1 Corinthians 9:24-26a   (NLT)

OCTOBER 5, 2017
"When our own hopes stand besieged, we may wonder, "Is the Lord among us or not?" Competing voices offer us security and protection at a price. However, the witness of Hezekiah teaches us that we are to courageously turn to the One who has called us."
  -from today's Forward Day by Day meditation, based on 2 Kings 18:37, written by Eileen O'Brien

OCTOBER 4, 2017
Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmelss sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. ... A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. ... Yes, just as you can identify a good tree by it's fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
    -Matthew 7:15-16a, 17, 20

OCTOBER 3, 2017
Keep on asking, and you will recieve what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened for you.
   -Matthew 7:7   (NLT)

OCTOBER 2, 2017
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? ... So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.
    -Matthew 6:30, 34   (NLT)

OCTOBER 1, 2017
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
   - Philippians 2:13   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
   -Matthew 6:22-23   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
Let my soul be at rest again,
    for the Lord has been good to me.
-Psalm 116:7   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
"Don't be afraid," Elisha told him. "For there are more on our side than theirs!" Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!" The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
   - 2 Kings 6:16-17   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
Christ, our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.
    -1 Corinthians 5:7b-8   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
For the kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God's power. Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit?
    -1 Corinthians 4:20-21   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
For the Kingdon of Heaven is like the landowner who went out early one day to hire workers for his vineyard. ... Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?
So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.
    -Matthew 20:1, 15-16   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Though a mighty army surrounds me
    my heart will not be afraid.
-Psalm 27:3   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Carry yourself as a child of God. Let you light shine and soon you'll see there is enough radiance to not only light a house, but also the world.
    -Sophronia Scott, Forward Day by Day (9-22-17)

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
   Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
   Write them deep within your heart.
-Proverbs 3:3   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
One day, as Jesus was walking along the shore of the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers-Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew-throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, "Come follow me and I wil show you how to fish for people!" And they left their nets at once and followed him.
What will you do when Jesus calls you?
   -Matthew 4:19-20  (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
... the people who sat in darkness
      have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts it's shadow,
     a light has shined.
-Matthew 4:16 ~ quoting Isiah 9:2   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
The message of the cross is foolish to those headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
   - 1Corinthians 1:18   (NLT)

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again - rejoice!
   -Phillipians 4:6  (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
... My sins
        I can't see the way out.
    They out number the hairs on my head.
        I have  lost all courage. ...
    But may all who search for you
        be filled with joy and gladness in you.
-Psalm 41:12b,16a

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
... with trumpets and the sound of the ram's horn.
   Make a joyful symphony before the Lord. the King!
-Psalm 98:6  (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't look out for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
   -Phillipians 2:3-4  (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
Almighty God,
   give us such a vision of your purpose
   and such an assurance of your love and power
   that we may ever hold fast the hope
   which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
-A New Zealand Prayer Book, Prayer for Hope (Collect, Pentecost 14), p.641

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
   -Phillipians 1:2   (NLT)

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
... wake up for our salvation is nearer now then when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here ...
   -Romans 13: 11b-12a   (NLT)
Pray for those in the path of Hurricane Irma today and in the days to come

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

I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
   for you have seen my troubles,
   and you care about the anguish of my soul.
-Psalm 31:7  (NLT)

And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
   -James 3:6  (NLT)

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

When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying,
   "He is good!
        His faithful love endures forever!
-2Chronicles 7:3   (NLT)

Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
   -Romans 12:11  (NLT)

"Abba, Father," he (Jesus) cried out, "everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."
   -Mark 14:36  (NLT)

AUGUST 31, 2017
God's morning light show! Rising sun, heart shaped clouds, and light rays bursting out everywhere! Thank you Lord, for such a glorious morning!

AUGUST 30, 2017
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement
grant us to live in such harmony with one another
in accord with Christ Jesus
that we may with one voice glorify our God and Father.
  -A New Zealand Prayer Book, Daily Services~Wednesday morning, p.76

AUGUST 29, 2017
You, too, must keep watch! For you don't know when the master of the household will return - in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don't let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!
   -Mark 13:35-37

AUGUST 28, 2017
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked ...
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
   -Psalm 1:1a, 3  (NLT)

AUGUST 27, 2017
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will begin to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
   -Romans 12:2  (NLT)

AUGUST 26, 2017
You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. For the Good News must first be preached to all nations.
   -Mark 13:9b-10  (NLT)
This section is titled: Jesus speaks about the future

AUGUST 25, 2017
Jesus, you turned death into life,
turned defeat into victory.
Grant that with your help
we may raise our expectations
and achieve what is yet impossible.
-A New Zealand Prayer Book,
 prayer for Dedication and Commitment;
 Collect for Pentecost 13, p.639

AUGUST 24, 2017
He 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)

AUGUST 23, 2017
How do we live this life (of a Christian)?
By prayer, by regular worship and by using our time, talents, and money to serve Christ in this world.
   -A New Zealand Prayer Book - A Catechsim; Christian Lifestyle, p. 963

AUGUST 22, 2017
He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
    -Psalm 121:3-4  (NLT)

AUGUST 21, 2017
But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins.
     -Mark 11:25  (NLT)

AUGUST 20, 2017
For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.
    -Romans 11:29 (NLT)

AUGUST 19, 2017
Be exaulted, O God, above the highest heavens.
  May your glory shine over all the earth.
-Psalm 108:5  (NLT)

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