Thursday, May 31, 2018

Psalm 90:17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/31/2018)...

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." 

Arthur Ashe

Psalms 90:17 (NLT) And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

Proverbs 12:11 (NLT) A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.

Image: Creative Commons (Flickr/Matt Long)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/30/2018)...

"The only thing more dangerous than allowing others to put limitations on what you can achieve is allowing yourself to believe them."

Mo Isom

Proverbs 21:5 (NIV) The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Psalms 20:4 (NLT) May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.

Psalms 37:3-5 (NLT) Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

Image: Creative Commons (

Friday, May 25, 2018

Psalm 34:18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/25/2018)...


"Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice." 

George W. Bush

Psalms 34:18 (NLT) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Image: Creative Commons (Wikimedia)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Romans 13:4 (ESV)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/24/2018)...


"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” 

Joseph Rodman Drake

Romans 13:4 (ESV) for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.

Image: Creative Commons (Wikimedia)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Psalm 33:12 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/23/2018)...


GETTYSBURG ADDRESS: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Psalms 33:12 (NKJV) Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Image: Creative Commons (Google image)

Friday, May 18, 2018

1 Peter 2:15-17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/18/2018)...

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." 

Anne Frank (1929-1945)

1 Peter 2:15-17 (NLT) It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.

Image: Creative Commons (

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/17/2018)...

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me."

Erma Bombeck (1927 - 1996)

Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT) Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Image: Creative Commons (Flickr/jaywillis1)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/18/2018)...

"Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory."

Warren Wiersbe

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.

Ephesians 6:10 (NLT) A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Image: Creative Commons (Google Images)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ephesians 1:3-8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/15/2018)...

"You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman."

Max Lucado

Ephesians 1:3-8 (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

Image: Creative Commons (Youtube/Jeff Renske Program)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Proverbs 31:25-31 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/11/2018)...


"Mothers were meant to love us unconditionally, to understand our moments of stupidity, to reprimand us for lame excuses while yet acknowledging our point of view, to weep over our pain and failures as well as cry at our joy and successes, and to cheer us on despite countless start-overs. Heaven knows, no one else will."

Richelle E. Goodrich

Proverbs 31:25-31 (NLT) She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. 

When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. 

She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. 

Her children stand and bless her. 

Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” 

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. 

Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Image: Creative Commons (artuk.or/Tate)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ephesians 6:1-3 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/10/2018)...


 “Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.”

Charles Stanley

Ephesians 6:1-3 (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.

Image: Creative Commons (Lucas Hermann)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/9/2018)...


"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."

Washington Irving

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.

Image: Creative Commons (Wikimedia Commons)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/8/2018)...

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."

Jimmy Dean

Proverbs 16:3 (NLT) Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

Image: Creative Commons (Dietmar Lichota) 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Psalm 42:1-2, 11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/4/2018)...

"We can't anticipate and provide for life's trials, but the Lord can and does. The Lord wants us to thirst not after a quick fix to our problems but after the life-altering refreshment of His provision."

Pricilla Shirer

Psalms 34:8-10 (NLT) Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

Psalms 42:1-2, 11 (NLT) As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?...

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!

Image: Creative Commons (Wikimedia)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

2 Samuel 14:14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/3/2018)...

"I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him."

C. S. Lewis

2 Samuel 14:14 (NLT) All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.

1 John 1:8-10 (NLT) If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

Ephesians 1:6-8 (NLT) So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

Image: Creative Commons (Google search/origin unknown)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Joshua 1:9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/2/2018)...

"When you face discouragement, you can do one of two things, and the one you choose will color your perspective. You can look at others to place the blame, or you can look at yourself to discover your opportunities. The choice is yours."

John C. Maxwell

Joshua 1:9 (NLT) This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Psalms 37:5-8 (NLT) Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. 

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm.

Image: Creative Commons (Metropolitan Museum of Art/“Socrates Looking in a Mirror”)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Romans 13:1-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/1/2018)...

"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

John 10:28-30 (NLT) I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.

Matthew 10:28-31 (NLT) Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

Image: Creative Commons (