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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

For He Shall Give His angels Charge Over You...


Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

Psalms 91:9-13

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Secret Place of the Most High


 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."

Psalms 91:1

Monday, April 19, 2021

Let the Rivers clap their hands


 Let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains sing together for joy before the Lord.

Psalm 98:8-9

The Sea cannot sink a ship


 An entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship.  Similarly, the negativity of the world can't put you down unless you allow it to get inside of you.

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In Peace I will Lie down


 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

Psalm 4:8

Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Bread of Life

 


And Jesus said to them; "I am the bread of life  He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who  believes in me shall never thirst."

John 6:35

Splendor is the Sun


 The pride of the higher realm is the clear vault of the sky,
as glorious to behold as the sight of the heavens.
The sun, when it appears, proclaims as it rises
what a marvelous instrument it is, the work of the Most High.

Ecclesiasticus 43:1-2

Be thou my vision

 


Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my Wisdom, and thou my true Word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I thy true son,
Thou in me dwelling and I with thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Ancient Celtic Hymn is a traditional Irish ballad melody  translated by St. Dallan, a 6th century Celtic monk, poet.

The Wild Flower's Song

 

The Wild Flower's Song

As I wandered the forest,
The green leaves among,
I heard aa Wild flower
Singing a song.

I slept in the earth
In the silent night,
murmur'd my fears
And I felt delight.

In the morning I went
As rosy as morn,
To seek for new joy;
But Oh! met with scorn.

~William Blake

Flowers of the Forest

 

To see a World in a Grain of sand
And a Heaven in a Wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hours.

~William Blake

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Sun will rise

"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."

~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Allow hope for a brighter day to be a motivating force in your darkest moments.  Remind yourself that the sun will rise tomorrow and that we have the opportunity to celebrate the new beginning that each day brings.  Each new sunrise brings hope.

Enter by the Narrow Gate


 "Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  for the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."

Matthew 7:13-14

Spot the Moment the Grass turns Green

 

"I have been thinking about the change of the seasons.  I don't want to miss spring this year.  I want to be there on the spot the moment the grass turns green."

~Annie Dillard

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Do Not Conformed to this World


 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Highest of the Mountains

 

It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it.

Isaiah 2:2

In the Beginning

 


In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  And god said "Let there be light,"  and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good.  And God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.  and there was evening and there was morning, the first day. ...

Genesis 1:1-31

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Grasping for the Wind

 

I have seen all the works that 
are done under the sun; and 
indeed, all is vanity and grasping 
for the wind.

What is crooked cannot be 
made straight.
And what is lacking cannot 
be numbered.

I communed with my heart,
saying, "Look, I have attained 
greatness, and have gained
more wisdom than all who were 
before me in Jerusalem.  My heart
has understood great wisdom
and knowledge."

And I set my heart to know
wisdom and to know madness
and folly.  I perceived that this
also is grasping for the wind.

For in much wisdom is
much grief.
And he who increases
knowledge increases
sorrow.

Ecclesiastes 1:16-18

Nothing New Under the Sun

 

That which has been is what will be.
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which it may be said,
"See, this is new'?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
There is no remembrance of former things,
that are to come
By those who will come after.

 Ecclesiastes 1:9-11



Savor Each Day


 This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, 
to think, to enjoy, to love."

~~Marcus Aurelius

Lift up your eyes


 "Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'?  Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together."

John 4:35-36


Monday, April 12, 2021

Yours is the Day and also the Night


The day is yours, and yours also the night;
you established the sun and moon.
It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth'
you made both summer and winter.

psalms74:16-17

From Heaven the Lord looks down


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
From heaven the LORD looks down
and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth--
he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.

No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
My your unfailing love be with us, LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.


The Grass Withers, the flower fades

 

The Voice said, "Cry out!"  And he said, "What shall I cry?" 

"All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like
the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the 
Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God 
stands forever."

Isaiah 40:6-8


The World can Create Trouble

 

"The World can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble."

~Thomas Watson

Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Refuge for the Oppressed

 


The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, 
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalms 9:9-10

Live Salty


"You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot."

Matthew  5:13

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Letting Go to Move Forward

 

"We know that our loved one has died.  Do we recognize that in that death a part of us has died, too!  The part of us that lived in our relationship to that person alive in the world has died.  The part of us that lived in expectation of a future on earth together has died.  The part of us that enjoyed the commonality of shared memories has died.  This is a lot to lose...  We have to let go and then in the spaces where those deaths have occurred, new life will spring.  Some of the new life may be our new relationship with our lost love."  ~Martha Hickman  

"At every point in the human journey we find that we have to let go in order to move forward; and letting go means dying a little.  In the process we are being created anew, awakened afresh to the source of our being."  ~Kathleen Fischer

My journal of grief for my daughter Crystal involves a part of me dying.  I have turned to the spirit of her creativity in her art work to help move forward.  My new relationship is with her as an artist and her legacy of writing notes and cards for the people she loved.  I have continued that legacy with  my Card Ministry "Crystal Expressions."  I joined multiple groups "Cards of Kindness, Cards for Cool Kids, Small Acts Big Change, Braid Missions, Smiles for Seniors, etc. to share her passion for coloring and designing cards.  It gives me comfort sharing her artwork with others.

I have opened my hand and heart to relinquish and to receive.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Angels are Near


 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

Psalm 91:11

"I AM WHO I AM"


God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM.  
This is what you are to say to the Israelites:  "I AM has sent me to you."  
Exodus 3:14

But thou art the same and thy years shall have no end.
Psalm 102:27-28

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  
Hebrews13:8

Knock and the Door will be Opened

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."

Matthew 7:7

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The Flower of Joy

 


"Faith is born and sustained by the word of God, and out of faith grows the flower of joy."

John Piper, Desiring God:  Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

The Skies Proclaim the Work of His Hands


 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

Psalm 19:1-4 NIV


"Never be Afraid to Trust an Unknown Future to a Known God"


 Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9 NIV

The Lord is close to the Brokenhearted


 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 147:3

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Do Not Lose Heart

 

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Monday, April 5, 2021

Lift My Eyes to the Mountains

I lift up my eyes to the mountains--
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip--
he who watches over you will not slumber,
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you--
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by  night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm--
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121

"I have overcome the World"


 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.   In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

No One Will Take Your Joy

 

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

John 16:22

I will never leave you

 

I will never leaver you or forsake you.

Hebrew 13:5

He who comforts us

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthian 1:3


Do Not Fear, for I am with You


 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

God's Everlasting Love


 The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:  "I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."

Jeremiah 31:3

The Gift of God

 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--  Not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

The Word Became Flesh

 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Amazing Grace: Given Us Before the beginning of time


 He has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.  This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

2 Timothy 1:9