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Laura and Sadie 8-5-15Why are we so slow to trust an infinite God? William S. PlumerSeven hundred years before Christ, Micah pinpointed the very town of His birth—Bethlehem. David JeremiahAnd [Mary] brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. John 1:1-2Psalm 23 is a wonderful Christmas meditation—the image of the Lord as Shepherd of His sheep. If you belong to His flock, then He is leading and caring for you.From the greatest o fall gifts, salvation in Christ, to the material blessings of any ordinary day, every good gift comes down from the Father of Lights. EEIn addition, then, to giving the Lord their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, the Magi also gave Him the gift of their time.Christmas gift-giving didn’t start with the Wise Men, did it? No, its origin is even older. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son….Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14We can endure difficulties in life because God is with us. Immanuel! David JeremiahAnd [Mary] will bring forth a Son, and you [Joseph] shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21Thank God this Christmas that He sent a Savior to pardon and save us from all our sins. Thank God this Christmas that He sent a Savior to pardon and save us from all our sins. Then the angel said to [the shepherds], “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” Luke 2:10the Magi when they entered the place where the Christ-Child lay: “They . . . fell down and worshiped Him” before presenting their gifts to Him. Matt 2:11The mystery revealed in the birth of that Baby and consummated on the Cross: my life for yours. EEOh come, let us adore Him!It’s easy to become discouraged in the daily rise and fall of situations and relationships and to forget we have a solid and secure Anchor and a Hope. DJThere are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. Proverbs 19:21No harm in making resolutions, of course. But some may be more important than others—like the resolution to be faithful daily in reading God’s Word. Now the year is over, let us braver stand, / Seeking to discover His—our Father’s--hand. Emily ElliottBut seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33We see life dimly now, like looking through a dark glass. Therefore, we need wisdom to see more clearly. Ask God for wisdom today and every day of this year. David JeremiahForsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding. Proverbs 9:6Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20“Dear Lord, give us leaders who have true wisdom.” Those who govern best fear God and reverence His Word. DJPsalm 119:37: Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but power to overcome temptation. G. Campbell MorganPsalm 34:10 says, Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.Marriage is honorable. Hebrews 13:4And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6By all means save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22 Turn your social media into social ministry, and let’s use “all means” to save some.God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 KIVRejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18What a caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Creator calls a butterfly. What we see as imperfection on the underside is God's tapestry of our lives.What a caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Creator calls a butterfly. What we see as imperfection on the underside is God's tapestry of our lives.Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24Honor the Lord with your possessions. Proverbs 3:9They learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. 1 Timothy 5:13The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:7We have to train our thoughts to focus on the Lord. This year is bound to be distracting and distressing, but instead of obsessing about people or politics, let’s keep our thoughts fixed on Jesus.This world is full of distractions, distresses, and disasters. But there is a place of peace—it is in Him, and it is Him!Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28There are many grand ways to demonstrate love. But none is more powerful than the humility of a willing servant.It costs to follow Jesus Christ, but costs more not to. AnonymousHe hangs the earth on nothing. Job 26:7Is not My word like a fire? Jeremiah 23:29 Make sure your heart is always blazing with fresh truths from God’s Word. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Jeremiah 18:4Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Jesus’ words in Philippians 4:6-7: Don’t worry about anything (life, money). Tell God in thankful prayer what you need. Then let the peace of God replace your worry.When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs. Thomas à KempisChrist in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves. Nehemiah 4:9Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:14When we receive Christ, His Spirit comes within. As we let Him reign on the throne of our inner sanctums, His indwelling strength helps us live conquering lives. Leslie B. FlynnBasic chemicals in our body, can be found in the “dust of the ground.” Yet, these chemicals can't arrange themselves into cell tissues, organs & systems. This can only happen w/input of intelligenceIn necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity. Richard Baxter“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within” (Romans 12:2, PHILLIPS).Forgiveness is to be set loose from sins. G. Campbell MorganThe Bible is the book of my life. It’s the book I live with, the book I live by, the book I want to die by. N. T. WrightNo temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful who will not let you be tempted beyond what you are able. 1 Cor 10:13Does today’s breaking news frustrate you? Probably. The world’s headlines are enough to make our heads spin and our spirits sag. But lay aside the newspaper or turn off the cable news and read Psalm 4Does today’s breaking news frustrate you? Probably. The world’s headlines are enough to make our heads spin and our spirits sag. But lay aside the newspaper or turn off the cable news. Psalm 47.8But the righteous shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4 (ESV)Tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps. Job 34:21The Lord your God cares. Deuteronomy 11:12Monumental changes often occur in simple, quiet moments, and it’s in those few seconds that a person makes a clean break with an old way of living and never looks back. Jason CruiseIf Jesus, the Son of God, needed to go to His Father in prayer for strengthening and guidance, how much more do we (Psalm 32:6)?God is to be praised and thanked in all things, as Paul wrote—but especially when He answers our prayers. DJA soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning. Isaiah 46:9-10Do not be discouraged at man’s failed attempts to govern himself. Instead look for the coming of the One whose government will know no end (Isaiah 9:6-7).The cornerstone was the most important stone in the building.It's amazing how clear things become when we are still before Him, not complaining not insisting on quick answers only seeking to hear. EEIn all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility. Titus 2:7Anger is one letter short of danger. AnonymousYou shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse. Ezekiel 2:7How do we gain strength of mind, heart, and soul? How do we become a person of courage? By feeding on, and standing on, God’s Word in every circumstance. DjThe more terrible the storm, the more necessary the anchor. William S. PlumerTherefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6I pray for a clear eye to see through the fog of popular opinion, and a wall strong enough to withstand the currents. EEI don’t know the source of your betrayal, hurt or disappointment. But I do know that there is a way to get rid of those seeds of anger, and that it all relates to forgiveness. Gary SmalleyOr do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19One of the greatest challenges of the Christian life is to learn that God says what He says for a reason. Better to take Him at His word.Faithfulness in little things is a big thing. John ChrysostomThe state of your heart dictates whether you harbor a grudge or give grace, seek self-pity or seek Christ, drink human misery or taste God’s mercy. Max LucadoTherefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58Without mercy, all of us are without hope. Charles L. AllenHe is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim ElliotThis is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him! Matthew 17:5When we live according to God’s plan, nothing can distract us. Every day provides a fresh opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the Lord and live with single-minded devotion to HimThe gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23When Jesus heard [about Lazarus’ illness], He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:4You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11The redemption of the human race demanded an innocent sacrifice, the shedding of blood, and the power of the Resurrection. DJThe Bible says Satan is like a prowling wild animal, seeking to ransack our lives (see 1 Peter 5:8). If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. John 8:31All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. John 6:37Then those who went before [Jesus] and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” Mark 11:9This hard place in which you perhaps find yourself is the very place in which God is giving you opportunity to look only to Him... EEBy this [love] all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Colossians 1:13But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:7Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present. John MaxwellThe greatest encouragement we will ever know is the encouragement of knowing the Christ who rose on Easter Sunday.The Lord, the I AM, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and forever is with us. This is what matters. This is our reason for confidence. EEWhat sort of peace has God to give us? A peace which is constant in the midst of ceaseless work, frequent interruptions, impatient demands. A peace which is not destroyed. EEI rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure. Psalm 119:162If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. Luke 15:20For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22My eyes flow and do not cease, without interruption, till the Lord from heaven looks down and sees. Lamentations 3:49-50His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life. 2 Peter 1:3, NIVLook! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God! Acts 7:56Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57None of us want to endure seasons of anxious stress or tense uncertainty. But after we’ve passed through the test, our sense of release and relief is like opening the windows to fresh air.Happy mother's day.My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart. Psalm 7:10As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. John 15:9There is a brotherhood within the body of believers, and the Lord Jesus Christ is the common denominator. Friendship and fellowship are the legal tender among believers. J. Vernon McGeeThe highest honor in the Church is not government but service. John CalvinGod promises to keep His people, and He will keep His promises. C. H. SpurgeonWho can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him? Matthew 8:27Reason is one of God's great gifts. Faithfulness to Christ, who is Truth, does not negate reason, but purifies it, raises it to a higher level. EEAnd this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3Hello Heaven! I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside. 2 Peter 1:13-14, NIVWhen you see opportunities to care for creation—nature or your own body—do so as a way of glorifying the Creator. David JeremiahNow I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Revelation 21:1For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Jonathan EdwardsAnd if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 139:2-3A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34 Friendship is the marriage of affections. Thomas WatsonAnd the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. Romans 16:20The whole Christian life, from the moment we are born again until we come into His presence, is a walk by faith—a faith that rests upon the indwelling Holy Spirit. J. Vernon McGeeDespite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices. Ezra 3:3, NIVThe Bible is God’s book, not man’s book. J. Gresham MachenSo David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” 2 Samuel 12:13God will never allow any action against you that is not in accord with His will for you. Jerry BridgesWe have access by faith into this grace…. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations. Romans 5:2-3For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. Psalm 31:3Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Psalm 40:4A father’s holy life is a rich legacy for his sons. Charles H. SpurgeonAnd [the prodigal son] arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. Luke 15:20This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15What grace has God given you? Step out in faith to prove what is His good and perfect will for you (Romans 12:1-2).Keep your eyes on culture and on Christ at the same time. As the one deteriorates, the nearness of the Other increases. Prepare to stand firm and faithful until the end. DJNow the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” Jonah 3:1-2Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4When Satan deplores us and the world ignores us, God restores us. AnonymousIn the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.…the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3:23Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:8Human fatherhood should be molded and modeled on the pattern of the fatherhood of God. William BarclayIf you find yourself experiencing jealousy, ask yourself, Who is the object of my feelings? Do I want the best for the other person or the “best” for myself?Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles. Love does not envy. Proverbs 24:17; 1 Corinthians 13:4They were all with one accord. Acts 2:1For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:19God meant it for good. Genesis 50:20Persecution is like the goldsmith’s hallmark on real silver and gold; it is one of the marks of a converted man. J. C. RyleA 70s TV commercial for an auto oil filter made this line famous:“You can pay me now or you can pay me later.” The same principle-now or later-also applies to rewards promised to followers of Christ. In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity. Richard BaxterBelievers are never told to become one; we already are one and are expected to act like it. Joni Eareckson Tada Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13Many of our distractions may be fathered by the devil. Thomas WatsonEndeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3To obey God’s will is to find the fulfillment of our lives. David WatsonOur true heart is revealed when we put concern for others ahead of ourselves (Philippians 2:4)All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5, NIVWhen from a joyful heart we sing or play or send forth the music of the Lord, we never know who is listening—even if we do nothing more than whistle our faith.Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3, NIVThe best is yet to be and we can’t lose for winning! Vance HavnerI will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. John 16:22Whatever God calls you to do in ministry, family, or vocation, you are not alone. Jesus, by His Spirit, is with you to conform you to His image (Romans 8:29).A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. C. S. LewisGod wants to use you to bring other people to Himself. Greg LaurieWhen we’re in tune with God, we’ll be in harmony with each other. AnonymousA merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22A life spent in the service of God and in communion with Him is the most comfortable and pleasant life that anyone can live in this present world. Last words of commentator Matthew HenryIf you have anxious thoughts today, commit them to God in prayer so that you can enjoy His joy and peace.True contentment is knowing what God’s will is and living by faith in it.All of God’s children are “heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17), destined to be clothed with His righteousness for eternity. No earthly garment can compare with the heavenly one.Though I have not outward comforts and worldly conveniences to supply my necessities, yet I have a sufficient portion between Christ and my soul abundantly to satisfy me in every condition. JBYet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14Grumbling and gratitude are, for the child of God, in conflict. Billy GrahamTeach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me. Psalm 143:10When love is unconditional, it can have no favorites. Thanks be to God that we are loved equally in His sight!Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering. Colossians 3:12No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit. William S. PlumerReal true faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength. Dwight L. MoodyNo child of God sins to that degree as to make himself incapable of forgiveness. John BunyanDo not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.He doles out mercy with individual kindness. He bestows grace upon grace upon grace, not just for everybody, but for each and every one. Andrew Greer and Ginny OwensEvery tear of sorrow sown by the righteous springs up a pearl. Matthew HenryWhether rich or poor—or somewhere in the blessed in-between—let Christ be Lord of all.No temptation is more frequently before us than that of easing up. Sinclair FergusonSince Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), let us clothe ourselves with faith in Him, whatever our need.How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints? Deuteronomy 1:12Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6We never know what a humble word will mean to others.Our guilty spirits dread to meet the wrath of Heaven; but, in his righteousness arrayed, we see our sins forgiven. Isaac WattsHe dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:17When everything around us is falling apart, when everything we thought of as dependable, when all that we once held dear is turned upside down, we can absolutely count on God. Hollis McGeheeBrains can argue, but it takes heart to comfort. Samuel ChadwickWe also have frequent opportunities to be both merciful and gracious toward others. Let us take every opportunity to be like God: merciful and gracious (Ephesians 4:32).Even the wicked actions of men serve God’s purposes and it is by His works of providence that He permits those wicked actions to be done. J. Gresham MachenReverence and boasting cannot be found on the same platform. A. W. TozerThe same God who created the intricate interiors of earth also designed the mysterious blueprint of our life.He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6Honour ought to seek thee, not thou seek it. AugustineDo not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. Exodus 14:13, NIVAnd Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” Genesis 41:38He that fears not the future may enjoy the present. Thomas FullerEvery thought, word, and deed sown today will bear fruit tomorrow—for good or for ill.O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You. Psalm 69:5Thro’ many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come. ‘Tis grace hath bro’t me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home. John Newton, “Amazing Grace”His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. 2 Peter 1:3His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3, NIVSelf-control is the exercise of inner strength under the direction of sound judgment that enables us to do, think, and say the things that are pleasing to God. Jerry BridgesDiligence makes the rough places plain, the difficult easy, and the unsavory tasty. Richard GreenhamLet the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! Psalm 139:17For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good. Genesis 50:20Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing. Ravi ZachariasAll my theology is reduced to this narrow compass—Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Archibald AlexanderFriendship flourishes at the fountain of forgiveness. William A. WardBut whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1 John 3:17And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more. Philippians 1:9Faith makes the uplook good, the outlook bright, the inlook favorable, and the future glorious. V. Raymond EdmanBe strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?” 2 Peter 3:3-4Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone. Psalm 71:9, NIVThe circumstances surrounding our lives are no accident: They may be the work of evil, but that evil is held firmly within the mighty hand of our sovereign God. Margaret ClarksonLook at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26Think about your day so far: What help has God given you for which you can thank Him (1 Thessalonians 5:18)?Teach us, O Lord, the discipline of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. Peter MarshallThe same grace and long-suffering, the same wisdom and power, that have brought me so far, will bring me on. Henry MartynYou do not know what will happen tomorrow. James 4:14To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1Worry and worship are mutually exclusive. John BlanchardBecause You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:7-8You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. Psalm 30:11Confession and repentance reveal the access to restoration.Hiding sin does not remove it from God’s sight; but when we seek God’s forgiveness, the refreshing living water from the Father is poured outGod… comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4Have faith in God. Mark 11:22Take His example to those around you. Be Christlike in your interactions with others today—show His heart of compassion by forgiving those who may have wronged you. DJWe have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access. Romans 5:1-2The Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25Thanksgiving takes us out of the stuffiness of ourselves into the fresh breeze and sunlight of the will of God. The simple act of thanking Him as a break from work and worry, a move toward re-creation.Are you in the practice of asking God daily to keep you safe? Make it a habit. Commit your ways to Him and He will establish your thoughts (Proverbs 16:3).You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7God is not finished with us yet, whatever the loss we suffer, for as we lose our hold on visible things, invisible become more precious – where our treasure is, there will our hearts be. EEDo you have challenging situations in your life for which wisdom is needed? Ask God—He has promised to provide (James 1:5). True wisdom is the skill of living successfully from God’s point of view. DJFill your mind daily with the Word of God in order that your life might become an imitation of His. Don’t let the “loudness” of the Christmas season overwhelm your quiet times with God. Live and sleep during this season in “heavenly peace.”Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. 1 Peter 3:8Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23But Martha was distracted. Luke 10:40We live in a day when the future is more uncertain than ever. But if you are in Christ, you are protected and provided for in Him. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” Matthew 2:1-2Jesus told us to meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. That can only mean one thing—meditating on the Word.And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” Luke 2:13-14“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:17This day is not about you or your food or your gifts Today we celebrate the day God entered humanity through Jesus Christ, the Son of Mary, the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Son of David. DJIn our walk with Him, we need to be enthusiastic about the life God has given us, the future He has promised us, and the help He has offered us. DJJoy is the serious business of heaven. C. S. LewisThe Lord lifts up the humble. Psalm 147:6Psalm 1 is the gateway to all the Psalms. In six verses, it gives us all we need to move into the new year. The first word is Blessed. God wants to bless you in the coming year. DJNo man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1A quiet heart is content with what God gives. It is enough. All is grace. All is under my Father's control. My heart can be at peace. My Father is in charge. How simple! EEHe…sets me on my high places. 2 Samuel 22:34I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:10Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10, NIVIf we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture. Elisabeth ElliotOur task is simply to trust and obey. This is what it means to love and worship Jesus. EEAnd whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3:23The best kind of beginning, when we are wanting to know the will of God, is to concentrate first on God Himself. EEDo not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit…for they are nothing. 1 Samuel 12Nothing whatever surprises God; all things that happen are absolutely certain from all eternity because they are all embraced in God’s eternal plan. J. Gresham MachenBut above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment. James 5:12The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10But why do you call Me “Lord, Lord,” and not do the things which I say? Luke 6:46We often need fresh starts after enduring bitter disappointments. The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives. Proverbs 16:17, NIVBut God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward GodSo then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17One of the disciplines of godliness is giving. Whether we are wealthy, poor, or somewhere in the middle, we’re responsible to be methodical, steady, cheerful givers to the Lord’s work.You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18The hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Gospel. Colossians 1:5I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might. Daniel 2:23For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10, NIVHe who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends. Proverbs 17:9We cannot remain firm in a belief if it’s based on the shifting sands of daily life. We must stand firm upon the Rock!Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. Corrie ten BoomWhen you grow discouraged at the world, look into the Word and look forward to the time when Christ will rule in righteousness and truth.The Lord watches over you. Psalm 121:5, NIVTherefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Colossians 3:5Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. 1 John 3:7-8Whatever begins in anger, ends in shame. Ben FranklinMan’s greatest sin is not hatred, but indifference to one’s brothers. Mother TeresaiGod teaches us to ask so that He may answer our prayers. This reminds us of the source of our blessings. EEIf you go about doing good, speaking love and truth, radiant with His Spirit, they will be reading in you the Gospel after all. Vance HavnerDo not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Galatians 6:7Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.At your job, in your home, in your personal life, in your church—faithfulness is what God seeks in every situation.Everything in life is a test of character. John BlanchardHold fast. 2 Timothy 1:13The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken. Psalm 33:10-11Faith cannot stand, unless it be founded on the promises of God. John CalvinNothing touched Him without His Father's permission. Nothing touches me without my Father's Permission. EETears are the diamonds of heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah’s court and are numbered with “the most sublime strains that reach the majesty on high.” Charles H. SpurgeonIn a day when it seems kings and nations do whatever they desire, remember: God sets up kings and removes kings (Daniel 2:21). He rules over all.When you don’t know what the future holds, remember Who holds the future. God’s fulfilled prophetic Word gives assurance from the past, peace in the present, and hope for the future.What or whom we worship determines our behavior. John MurrayOur fellowship with Him is enriched, not interrupted, at the moment of our earthly departure. JJLet not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. John 14:1–3Genuine faith overcomes the world because it trusts and obeys, no matter what the circumstances. EE Integrity, truth, purity, and respect are carelessly replaced with tepid tolerance. You do not have to fall victim to the downward cycle. God wants us to grow and know Him more. Don’t stop the good things you’re doing, but work even harder. DJOur Christian relationships enable us to develop confidence to face whatever life may throw at us. God’s family provokes one another to do good works, provides encouragement, and promotes love. DJHe is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim ElliottHe who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:6[The crowd] took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” John 12:13God’s timing can mean more than one thing. In any case, His timing is always perfect. Let God be God when it comes to the times of your life. DJAnxious? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. John R. W. StottNever doubt God’s timing for events in your life. Your days have been ordered by Him (Psalm 139:16).God has plans for this world, not problems. W. Ian ThomasGod knows what’s wrong with you, and He loves you anyway. He patiently works with us as we grow in Christ. He helps us become wiser, better, stronger. He is longsuffering. Exodus 34:6In Acts 16, Paul gathered his young converts during a very dark time and encouraged them.But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1It is always best to go first for answers to Jesus Himself. Do not be afraid to tell Him exactly how you feel; He's already read your thoughts anyway. Listen for His answer. EEPraying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ. Colossians 4:3If you are walking through your own wilderness, ask God to lift you up on His shoulders, to carry you as if on “wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31). Therefore we do not lose heart…. the inward man is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16two natures beat within our chest; one is evil one is blessed; one is love, the other hate; the one we feed will dominate!If God has allowed a disruptive moment in your life, walk through it by faith rather than by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)—and be prepared to say, “Now I understand.” July 21, 2015Me and Rufus (he's 18 lbs of solid cat) taken 2/20/15Sadie and Rufus as kittens ...how many teeth do I have?Sadie and Rufus 2/24/13Christmas 2014 at a friend's homeChristmas 2014RufusRufus 8-14-14Nurse Sadie giving me TLC after my foot surgery on 8/5/14December 201420122006 Our 25th AnniversaryRufus 4/3/145-16-14 bought a wigApril 3, 2014Rufus reflecting on the table taken February 2014Yoda, a Westie we got from the HSUS when she was 3 months old. She lived 16 years. A real sweetie!Me and Sadie 1/8/14Sadie's World 4/13/13Me and Sadie 6/18/13Self-Portrait of Me and Rufus Taken 3/5/13Me with Sadie 3/7/13 (giving equal time to Rufus' sister) She's half his size.Sweet SadieGot my hair cut off yesterday (9/26/12). Will take some getting used to...Rufus, just hanging outSadieSadie and Rufus at 4 months; tuckered out after playing hardSadie fascinated with mechanical Mrs. Clause ... maybe giving her list to Santa?Why buy an expensive cat bed when a box from bottle water is more comfortableSadie and Rufus with Shadow before he diedShadow watching the intruders at the food stationSadie and Rufus ... that ticklesMe in 2011Rufus as a kitten investigating a hat boxMe in 2006 on our 25th anniversaryFeeding a baby tiger at a local sanctuaryRufus guarding my computer chairMe with Jim Cantori of the Weather Channel day after Thanksgiving 2012Sadie and RufusSadie and Rufus as kittensRufus carrying his toySadie and Rufus on the bed, poor Shadow couldn't jump up anymoreTaco kittySadie and RufusSadie sleeping in treeMy favorite photo of all three cats before Shadow died. He really tolerated the newcomersSadie and Rufus in bathroom window (looking for frogs on glass)Sly our 20 year old cat (in her younger days). She has since passed away.My best bud, now passed at age 16. He grieved Sly's loss a long time before Sadie & Rufus arrived.
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