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Encourage Others

“For I want very much to see you, so I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, to be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:11-12 “Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, accordingContinue reading “Encourage Others”

Amazing Love

“I will rejoice and be glad in Your faithful lovebecause You have seen my affliction.You have known the troubles of my life and have not handed me over to the enemy.You have set my feet in a spacious place.” Psalm 31:7-8 “For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, thingsContinue reading “Amazing Love”

Time in Nature

“The earth and everything in it,the world and its inhabitants,belong to the Lord;” Psalm 24:1 HCSB “Our Lord and God,You are worthy to receiveglory and honor and power,because You have created all things,and because of Your willthey exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11 HCSB One of the best places we can go when we feelContinue reading “Time in Nature”

MOMdays

“Then He replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” Exodus 33:14 “Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:9 Mondays are MOMdays for me this season. Life is busy and overwhelming at times. There are extraContinue reading “MOMdays”

Walking Right Beside Me

“I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be My people.” Leviticus 26:12 HCSB “House of Jacob, come and let us walk in the Lord’s light.” Isaiah 2:5 HCSB When we’re buried in the mire of life and everything seems impossible, let’s move closer to the Lord. He wants to beContinue reading “Walking Right Beside Me”

Quiet Worship

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 ESV At times, worship doesn’t look like singing and praising the Lord for others to hear. When the world seems heavy and we are struggling to get through each moment, weContinue reading “Quiet Worship”

The Messy Middle

“Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me,for I take refuge in You.I will seek refuge in the shadow of Your wingsuntil danger passes.” Psalm 57:1 HCSB “Do not fear, for I am with you;do not be afraid, for I am your God.I will strengthen you; I will help you;I will hold on toContinue reading “The Messy Middle”

Trust in the Lord

“When I am afraid,I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not rely on your own understanding;think about Him in all your ways,and He will guide you on the right paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 When my husband was scheduled for a recent surgery, we asked the Lord toContinue reading “Trust in the Lord”

Savoring the Season

“This is the day the Lord has made;let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 “The grass withers, the flowers fade,but the word of our God remains forever.” Isaiah 40:8 Every season has its own gifts. We can take time to look at the beauty in each day and savor the current seasonContinue reading “Savoring the Season”

Create

“For it was You who created my inward parts;You knit me together in my mother’s womb.I will praise Youbecause I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.Your works are wonderful,and I know this very well.” Psalm 139:13-14 “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time soContinue reading “Create”

Summer Fun

“You set all the boundaries of the earth;You made summer and winter.” Psalm 74:17 “From the rising of the sun to its setting,let the name of Yahweh be praised.” Psalm 113:3 “Happy are the people with such blessings.Happy are the people whose God is Yahweh.” Psalm 144:15 The Lord delights in our joy and wantsContinue reading “Summer Fun”

Broken Glass

“Many adversities come to the one who is righteous,but the Lord delivers him from them all.” Psalm 34:19 “God is our refuge and strength,a helper who is always foundin times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1 Recently, I broke a glass bowl while emptying the dishwasher. Shattered fragments flew everywhere…This reminded me of a time when myContinue reading “Broken Glass”

Independence Day

 “For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.” Galatians 5:13  “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those inContinue reading “Independence Day”

Slow and Steady

“You reveal the path of life to me;in Your presence is abundant joy;in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.” Psalm 16:11 “The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit,but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.” Proverbs 21:5 By doing small things consistently, we create confidence, comfort, and connections that will remain even whenContinue reading “Slow and Steady”

A Father’s Love

“As a father has compassion on his children,so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” Psalm 103:13 “The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly,and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him.” Proverbs 23:24 “Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the trainingContinue reading “A Father’s Love”

Simplify

“…God is not a God of disorder but of peace…” 1 Corinthians 14:33 “But godliness with contentment is a great gain.For we brought nothing into the world,and we can take nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:6-7 Too many things complicate our space. Too many busy activities take the energy we could use for more rewarding adventures.ComplicatedContinue reading “Simplify”

God’s Grace

“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—  not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the moreContinue reading “God’s Grace”

Taking the Stairs

“A man’s steps are established by the Lord,and He takes pleasure in his way.Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed,because the Lord holds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 (ESV) “In all your ways acknowledge him,    and he will makeContinue reading “Taking the Stairs”

Wrong Numbers

“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6 “Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” Matthew 24:11 Over the course of a week, I received multiple phone calls from a woman I didn’t know. She had gotten aContinue reading “Wrong Numbers”

Be Courageous

“…Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.  I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” John 16:32b-33 (HCSB) In this life we will have trouble. We are not promised an easyContinue reading “Be Courageous”

The Love of a Mother

“Her sons rise up and call her blessed.Her husband also praises her:‘Many women are capable,but you surpass them all!’” Proverbs 31:28-29 “As a mother comforts her son,so I will comfort you,and you will be comforted in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. HisContinue reading “The Love of a Mother”

Hope in the Lord

“Yet I call this to mind,and therefore I have hope:ח KhetBecause of the Lord’s faithful lovewe do not perish,for His mercies never end.They are new every morning;great is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:21-23 “Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.” Romans 12:12 “The Lord values those who fear Him,those who put theirContinue reading “Hope in the Lord”

Stepping Stones

“Abundant peace belongs to thosewho love Your instruction;nothing makes them stumble.” Psalm 119:165 “Mankind, He has told you what is goodand what it is the Lord requires of you:to act justly,to love faithfulness,and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 Each day we move along the stepping stones of our lives. Some steps areContinue reading “Stepping Stones”

Neighbors

“For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 “Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.” Colossians 4:5-6 For the first few years after buildingContinue reading “Neighbors”

Easter

“But the angel told the women, ‘Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.’” Matthew 28:5-6 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His OneContinue reading “Easter”

Good Friday

“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided His clothes and cast lots.” Luke 23:34 “Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!’And He said to him, ‘I assure you: Today you will be with Me in paradise.’” Luke 23:42-43 “AndContinue reading “Good Friday”

Palm Sunday

“The King who comesin the name of the Lordis the blessed One.Peace in heavenand glory in the highest heaven!” Luke 19:38 “they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. They kept shouting: ‘Hosanna! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One—the King of Israel!’” John 12:13 The crowdsContinue reading “Palm Sunday”

Spring Garden

“Heavens, sprinkle from above, and let the skies shower righteousness. Let the earth open up so that salvation will sprout and righteousness will spring up with it. I, Yahweh, have created it.” Isaiah 45:8 For as the earth produces its growth, and as a garden enables what is sown to spring up, so the LordContinue reading “Spring Garden”

Restart Your Day

“I will rejoice and be glad in Your faithful lovebecause You have seen my affliction.You have known the troubles of my lifeand have not handed me over to the enemy.You have set my feet in a spacious place.” Psalm 31:7-8 “This is the day the Lord has made;let us rejoice and be glad in it.”Continue reading “Restart Your Day”

Rainbow of Responsibility

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men…” Colossians 3:23 During my years teaching 4th grade, I created a Rainbow of Responsibility to hang in my classroom. These seven ideas can remind us of the things we are responsible for and have control of in our lives.Continue reading “Rainbow of Responsibility”

Faith

“For we walk by faith, not by sight,” 2 Corinthians 5:7 “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 “Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards thoseContinue reading “Faith”

IMPACT

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV) “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightlyContinue reading “IMPACT”

Love One Another

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34-35 “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”Continue reading “Love One Another”

Healthy Heart

“Search me, God, and know my heart;test me and know my concerns.See if there is any offensive way in me;lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24 “but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope thatContinue reading “Healthy Heart”

Making Music

At night I remember my music;I meditate in my heart, and my spirit ponders. Psalm 77:6 “Come, let us shout joyfully to the Lord,shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation!Let us enter His presence with thanksgiving;let us shout triumphantly to Him in song.” Psalm 95:1-2 Music has always been important in my life. SingingContinue reading “Making Music”

Acts of Kindness

“Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.” 1 John 3:18 “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 (ESV) Everyone can use a little lift. Anyone can give a gift… We hear of the big donations—$100 to each customer at theContinue reading “Acts of Kindness”

Stay Awhile

“‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28 “You keep him in perfect peacewhose mind is stayed on you,because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) Lingering with the Lord is a lost practice. We are too busy trying to accomplish tasks and getContinue reading “Stay Awhile”

White as Snow

“‘Come, let us discuss this,’says the Lord.‘Though your sins are like scarlet,they will be as white as snow;though they are as red as crimson,they will be like wool.’” Isaiah 1:18 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9Continue reading “White as Snow”

Quiet Time with God

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,and he meditates on it day and night.” Psalm 1:2 Quiet timeContinue reading “Quiet Time with God”

A New Year

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Then the One seated on the throne said, ‘Look! I am making everything new.’ He also said, ‘Write, because these words are faithful and true.’” Revelation 21:5 We’re heading intoContinue reading “A New Year”

CHRISTmas

“Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 “For a child will be born for us,a son will be given to us,and the government will be on His shoulders.He will be namedWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6Continue reading “CHRISTmas”

Christmas Giving

“Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 “You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us.” 2 Corinthians 9:11 Our church hosts a big event that starts the firstContinue reading “Christmas Giving”

Shine Your Light

“The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” John 1:9 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 Each Christmas for the preschool music recital, my 3 year olds wouldContinue reading “Shine Your Light”

Decorations

That light shines in the darkness,yet the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5 “Let us shout for joy at your victoryand lift the banner in the name of our God.May Yahweh fulfill all your requests.” Psalm 20:5 “Are you ready for Christmas?” That question is repeated often during this season. We can get enthusiasticContinue reading “Decorations”

Thanksgiving

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;His faithful love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 “Rejoice always!Pray constantly.Give thanks in everything,for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 This year’s Thanksgiving gatherings will be different than in past years. Instead of big get-togethers, the gatherings will be much smallerContinue reading “Thanksgiving”

Lord, I Believe

“‘…But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘“If You can”? Everything is possible to the one who believes.’Immediately the father of the boy cried out, ‘I do believe! Help my unbelief.’” Mark 9:22b-24 “This command that I give you today is certainly not tooContinue reading “Lord, I Believe”

Set Your Mind

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2 (ESV) “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise–dwell on these things.” Phillippians 4:8 “For I know theContinue reading “Set Your Mind”

Morning Texts

“Let me experienceYour faithful love in the morning,for I trust in You.Reveal to me the way I should gobecause I long for You.” Psalm 143:8 “Because of the Lord’s faithful lovewe do not perish,for His mercies never end.They are new every morning;great is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23 Each morning, I send a quick text toContinue reading “Morning Texts”

Princess

“Who gives us more understanding than the animals of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?” Job 35:11 I don’t remember my life before my first puppy. I was only 2 years old. Her name was Princess. We grew up together. When she was a year or two old, sheContinue reading “Princess”

Walks with Friends

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglectingContinue reading “Walks with Friends”

Joy

“For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God;Continue reading “Joy”

The Pond

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV) Many of my holidays have been spent at the pond ofContinue reading “The Pond”

Getting Things Done

“‘For I know the plans I have for you’ – this is the Lord’s declaration – ‘plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11 “Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be achieved.” Proverbs 16:3 “Do I have to clear the table?”“Not ifContinue reading “Getting Things Done”

Give Thanks

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever.” I Chronicles 16:8 “They are also to stand every morning to give thanks and praise the Lord, and likewise in the evening.” I Chronicles 23:30 “Now therefore, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name.” I Chronicles 29:13Continue reading “Give Thanks”

Beach Day

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 “The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.’” Psalm 91: 1-2Continue reading “Beach Day”

Six Feet Apart

“Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity.” Colossians 3:14 “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25 “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong. Your every action must be done with love.” I Corinthians 16: 13-14 We’re startingContinue reading “Six Feet Apart”

A Child in Heaven

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 My best friend’s daughter, Samantha, and her husband Troy, welcomed a beautiful baby boy named Jayden. He was a few months old before doctorsContinue reading “A Child in Heaven”

Healing Touch

“Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they could see, and they followed Him.” Mathew 20:34 “Reaching out His hand, He touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be made clean,’ and immediately the disease left him.” Luke 5:13 “For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of HisContinue reading “Healing Touch”

God Knows Me

“Lord, You have searched me and known me.You know when I sit down and when I stand up;You understand my thoughts from far away.” Psalm 139:1-2 “But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.” Matthew 10:30  “Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. ‘I assure you,’Continue reading “God Knows Me”

Our Changing School Year

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not rely on your own understanding;think about Him in all your ways,and He will guide you on the right paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care onContinue reading “Our Changing School Year”

Morning Prayers

“At daybreak, Lord, You hear my voice; at daybreak, I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.” Psalm 5:3 I am thankful for each new day and an opportunity to begin again. The sun rises, even when it is hidden behind the clouds. The Lord is ready to greet us no matter what ourContinue reading “Morning Prayers”

Driver’s Training

“Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation…” Psalm 25:4-5 “Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 My younger son isContinue reading “Driver’s Training”

Bread and Water

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6:51 “The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flowContinue reading “Bread and Water”

The Letters

“Such a person should consider this: What we are in the words of our letters when absent, we will be in actions when present.” 2 Corinthians 10:11 “But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him: The one who says heContinue reading “The Letters”

Love Letter

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:9 “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men” Colossians 3:23 Many of us like to plan our time, projects, and habits. We use a variety of calendars,Continue reading “Love Letter”

I Love You, Friend

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.” Proverbs 17:17 “We love because He first loved us.” I John 4:19 Here is a poem I wrote years ago to give as gifts to my close friends and family: I love you, friend, for who you are,not who youContinue reading “I Love You, Friend”

Hidden Treasures

“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 I amContinue reading “Hidden Treasures”

God Provides

“Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand.” Psalm 37:24 While on a walk with my son, I fell and broke my arm. A total fluke. I was just walking and then I was spread out flat on my stomach. I did an assessment and thought that I wasContinue reading “God Provides”