Friday, March 22, 2019

Psalm 16:11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (3/21/2019)...

“Take a deep breath. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”
Unknown

Psalms 16:11 (NLT) You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Psalms 118:24 (NLT) This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalms 90:12 (NLT) Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.



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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (3/22/2019)...

“Parents should prepare their kids for the road, not the road for their kids.”
The New Yorker

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (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. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 (NLT) So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them 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.

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Proverbs 16:18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (3/20/2019)...

“I like their energy and I like their enthusiasm and I like the fact that they are confident. But it can tip over into arrogance, and arrogance can tip over into sloppiness and negligence.”
Marcus Lemonis (“The Profit”)

1 Samuel 2:3 (NLT) Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don’t speak with such arrogance! For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done; he will judge your actions.

Proverbs 27:1-2 (NLT) Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring. Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth— a stranger, not your own lips.

Proverbs 16:18 (NLT) Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT) Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.



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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (3/19/2019)...

“Keep calm and carry on.”
Unknown

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

John 14:27 (NLT) I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.



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Monday, March 18, 2019

Psalm 16:7-11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (3/18/2019)...

I arise today through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear meek
God’ Word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s host to secure me,
against snares of devils,
against temptations of vices,
against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who will wish me ill,
afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd.”
Saint Patrick

Psalms 16:7-11 (NLT) I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. 
For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.



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Friday, March 15, 2019

James 4:7-8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (3/15/2019)...

“Wash your hands and say your prayers because Jesus and germs are everywhere.”
Unknown (sign in my daughters bathroom)

Psalms 51:2, 7, 10 (NLT) 2 Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. 7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Hebrews 10:22 (NLT) ...let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

James 4:7-8 (NLT) So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.



Thursday, March 14, 2019

Psalm 90:12 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (3/14/2019)

“If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”
Steve Jobs

“If you approach every day like its your last, you will be grateful for the next day. You will know that you are [blessed] to be alive, and have been given another chance to experience all that life has to offer. You won’t take your time for granted and would only pay attention to the things that are most important to you. You have no time to waste, because your life can end any minute.”
William Cho

Psalms 90:12 (NLT) Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

Psalms 16:7-8 (NLT) I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.


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Friday, March 1, 2019

Matthew 5:41 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (3/1/2019)...

“There’s no traffic jam on the extra mile.”
Unknown

Matthew 5:41 (NKJV) And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NLT) Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.



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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/28/2019)...

“There are no speed limits on the road to excellence.”
Unknown

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.

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.



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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/27/2019)...

This post titled “What Cancer Cannot Do” is shared with sensitive regard for how impacting cancer is. My mother dealt with it twice, my dad once, and me once. I share this with a sincere prayer and empathy for anyone having to deal with it now...

Cancer is so limited....
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
Author Unknown  

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT) That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.



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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Psalm 39:4-8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/26/2019)...

NOTE: Older popular joke...but good reminder...

Pete and Tony were great baseball fans. They were talking about baseball one day & Pete says, “I wonder if there is baseball in heaven.”
Tony replies, “I don’t know.”
Soon after, Tony dies. One day he calls Pete from heaven and they’re talking and Pete says, “Tony, you gotta’ tell me. Is there baseball in heaven?”
Tony says, “Well, I have some good news & some bad news. The good news is that there is baseball in heaven. The bad news is that you’re pitching tomorrow.”
Unknown Origin

Psalms 39:4-8 (NLT) “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. 
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” 
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. 
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me.




Monday, February 25, 2019

2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/25/2019)...

If you have the Spirit without the Word, you blow up. 
If you have the Word without the Spirit, you dry up. 
If you have both the Word and the Spirit, you grow up.
Don Lyon

2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NLT) But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

John 16:13-15 (NLT) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, “The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.”



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Friday, February 22, 2019

Romans 12:2 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/22/2019)...

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” 
Stephen Covey

Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

1 Chronicles 16:11 (NLT) Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.

Joshua 1:8-9 (NLT) Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 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.



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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Psalm 16:7-8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/21/2019)...

Let others lead small lives, but not you. 
Let others argue over small things, but not you. 
Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. 
Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.
Jim Rohn

Psalms 16:7-8 (NLT) I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/20/2019)...

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” 
Zig Ziglar

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.

Ephesians 4:21-22, 24 (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.Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.



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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Galatians 6:9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/19/2019)...

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
For life is queer with its twists and turns
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Author Unknown


Galatians 6:9 (NLT) So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

2 Chronicles 15:7 (NLT) But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.


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Monday, February 18, 2019

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

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/18/2019)...

“For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” 
Mary Kay Ash

 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 23:1-4 (NLT) The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

 Psalms 119:105 (NLT) Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.



Friday, February 15, 2019

Ephesians 4:21-32 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (2/15/2019)...

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” 
Tony Robbins

Ephesians 4:21-32 (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. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. 
So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 
And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.



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