Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Proverbs 13:4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/182018)...


"It is better to wear out one’s shoes than one’s sheets.” 

Genoese Proverb 


Proverbs 13:4 (NLT) Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.


Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT) Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.




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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/17/2018)...


"If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!” 

Jonathan Winters


Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT) Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.




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Monday, July 16, 2018

Proverbs 18:13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/16/2018)...


“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” 

Max Planck (Nobel Prize-winning physicist)


Proverbs 18:13 (NIV) To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.


Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.





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Friday, July 13, 2018

Proverbs 2:3-11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/13/2018)...


"It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions."

Jim Rohn (author/speaker)


 Proverbs 2:3-11 (NLT) Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.

Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. 

For the Lord grants wisdom! 

From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 

He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. 

He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 

He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. 

Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. 

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. 

Wise choices will watch over you. 

Understanding will keep you safe.




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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Proverbs 9:9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/12/2018)...


"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

Coach John Wooden (1919-2010)


Proverbs 9:9 (NLT) Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.


Proverbs 1:7 (NLT) Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Psalm 65:8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/11/2018)...


"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 (Roman Emperor AD 161-180)


Psalms 65:8 (NLT) Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.


Psalms 139:17-18 (NLT) How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!




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Monday, July 9, 2018

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/9/2018)...


"People with good intentions make promises. People with good character keep them.” 

Unknown


Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (NLT) As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. 

Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. 

When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved. 

Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.




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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Galatians 5:13-15 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/5/2018)...


INDEPENDENCE DAY THOUGHT...


"May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right."

Peter Marshall


Galatians 5:13-15 (NLT) For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.



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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/4/2018)...


INDEPENDENCE DAY THOUGHT...


"The date [July 4th] will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

John Adams (2nd US President)


Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 (NLT) Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.



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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Proverbs 14:34 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/3/2018)...


INDEPENDENCE DAY THOUGHT...


"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

Abraham Lincoln


Proverbs 14:34 (NLT) Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.



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Monday, July 2, 2018

1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/2/2018)...


INDEPENDENCE DAY THOUGHT...


"I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning."

Benjamin Franklin


1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NLT) I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.



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Friday, June 29, 2018

Matthew 6:34 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/29/2018)...


PRAY MORE. WORRY LESS.


Matthew 6:34 (NLT) So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.





Thursday, June 28, 2018

Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/28/2018)...


"Trusting that God's plans for me are good and that my future is secure in his loving care leads me to wonder about all the energy and effort I have squandered in my past. Do I have the courage to let certain things fall away with every step I take on my adventure? I wonder what I would need to let go of. Here is my list:

  1. Disappointments I've carried around for a very long time.
  2. Resentments for small and great offenses I've endured.
  3. Defensiveness to shield me from real and imagined insults.
  4. Trophies to my failures that keep me mindful of my limitations.
  5. Trophies to my successes that remind me I used to be someone.
  6. My need to be right, strong, smart, good, and fun so people will love me.
  7. Anger and frustration, fear and loathing whenever the world doesn't go my way.

John F. Westfall ("I Didn't Sign Up For This," Revell, pgs. 167-168)


Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT) I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.



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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Proverbs 22:1-2 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/26/2018)...


"Becoming rich isn’t as much about getting rich financially as about whom you become, in character and mind, to get rich."

T. Harv Eker


Proverbs 22:1-2 (NLT) Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.


Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.



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Monday, June 25, 2018

Psalm 118:13-14, 17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/25/2018)...

"But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!"
Rocky Balboa

Psalms‬ ‭118:13-14, 17‬ ‭(NLT‬‬) My enemies did their best to kill me, but the Lord rescued me. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory...I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the Lord has done.”
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (NIV)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/21/2018)...


"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

Robert Louis Stevenson


1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (NIV) I (Apostle Paul) planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.


James 3:17-18 (NLT) But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.



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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Colossians 3:2-4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/20/2018)...


"Life is like a camera, just focus on what's important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, just take another shot"

Anonymous


Colossians 3:2-4 (NLT) Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.


Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.



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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/19/2018)...


"If you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.” 

Tony Gaskins


2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NLT) We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.


Titus 3:10-11 (NLT) If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.



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Monday, June 18, 2018

Lamentations 3:22-24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/18/2018)...


"Every end is a new beginning.”


Lamentations 3:22-24 (NLT) The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”


Ephesians 4:21-23 (NLT) Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.



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Friday, June 15, 2018

Ephesians 6:1-4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/15/2018)...


FATHER'S DAY THOUGHT...


“By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that, but I am prouder—infinitely prouder—to be a father. A soldier destroys, a father builds. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life.

It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battlefield, but in the home, repeating with him our simple daily prayers.” 

General Douglas MacArthur


Ephesians 6:1-4 (NLT) Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.



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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Proverbs 1:8-9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/14/2018)...


FATHER'S DAY THOUGHT...


"My father taught me that only through self-discipline can you achieve freedom. Pour water in a cup and you can drink; without the cup, the water would splash all over. The cup is discipline."

Ricardo Montalban


Proverbs 1:8-9 (NLT) My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.



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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/13/2018)...


FATHER'S DAY THOUGHT...


"Our children need to be taught HOW to think, not WHAT to think."

Unknown


Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NLT) And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.



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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

James 1:2-4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/12/2018)...


”Be thankful for everybody in your life, good and bad, past and present. They all made you the person that you are today.”

Unknown


James 1:2-4 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.



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Monday, June 11, 2018

Ephesians 4:20-24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/11/2018)...


”Bad habits cause failure. Identify the habits holding you back and make a decision to crush them. The mentally tough mind is like a flourishing garden, and bad habits are the weeds that suffocate it. Watering the flowers without killing the weeds is an act of self-delusion.” 

Steve Seibold


Ephesians 4:20-24 (NLT) But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.


PLEASE NOTE: The author of this post (me) is well aware that the list of "Bad Habits" is very long. This is not an attempt to just target the obvious. It is a challenge and/or encouragement to pro-actively tackle one's personal frustrating annoyances...with the Lord's help. 



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Thursday, June 7, 2018

2 Timothy 2:23-24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/7/2018)...


Before you assume, learn the facts.

Before you judge, understand why.

Before you hurt someone, feel.

Before you speak, think.

Unknown


James 1:19-20 (NLT) Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.


Romans 12:17-18 (NLT) Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.


Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NLT) Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.


 2 Timothy 2:23-24 (NLT) Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.



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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Romans 14:10-13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/6/2018)...


I’m perfectly imperfect.

Because if you’re perfectly imperfect,

You always have to work on yourself.

And if you work on yourself,

You don’t have time to talk about or

Worry about other people.

– Dag Aabye


Romans 14:10-13 (NLT) So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say, “As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God." 

Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.



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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Colossians 3:16-17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/5/2018)...


The Bible...

Know it in your head. 

Stow it in your heart. 

Show it in your life. 

Sow it in the world.

J. Vernon McGee


Colossians 3:16-17 (NLT) Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.



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Monday, June 4, 2018

Philippians 4:11-13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/4/2018)...


"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."

William Arthur Ward


Philippians 4:11-13 (NLT) Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.



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Friday, June 1, 2018

Psalm 37:23-24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/1/2018)..,


"Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down."

Charles (Boss) Kettering


Psalms 37:23-24 (NLT) The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.


Psalms 37:34 (NLT) Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed.



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