Take Courage

Psalm 27:13-14 (Amplified) I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord. There is a strange belief by some that “Big Brother” is watching and listening…

Wholesome Words

Ephesians 4:29 (Amplified)  Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak]. Our family is a snarky bunch. Always out for the…

Open Doors

Revelation 3:7-8 (Message) Write this to Philadelphia, to the Angel of the church. The Holy, the True—David’s key in his hand, opening doors no one can lock, locking doors no one can open—speaks: “I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t…

No Turning Back

Psalm 78:5-11 (NKJV) For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and…

This is Trust

Proverbs 3:5-7 (Amplified) Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways  know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely]…

Proper Irrigation

John 4:13-15 (AMP) Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.”  The woman said…

Giving Up Fear

2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. What if I told you today that fear is an identity problem? Fear…

Lest I Forget

Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV) Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s….

Daily Distractions

“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil and ruin the vineyards [of love], While our vineyards are in blossom.” (Song of Solomon 2:15) People are plagued by distractions unless maybe a hermit living off the grid but even then the day will be consumed with finding provision in the land and maintaining shelter. To turn off the electric power…

The Litmus Test

Proverbs 30:5 (NIV) “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” In the 14th century, scientists discovered litmus. It is a mixture of organic compounds extracted from lichen that turn red in acid and blue in alkaline solutions. It was used as an acid-base indicator for centuries….