August 21, 2013:
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba, Father!" The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan withing ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Romans 8: 14-25
August 19, 2013:
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, e does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. but if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh- for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8: 1-13
January 1, 2013:
The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I have hope in Him," The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the Lord. Let him sit alone and be silent since He has laid it on Him. For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His lovingkindness. Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill go forth? Lamentations 3: 22-26, 28, 32, 38
April 26, 2013:
Have you heard the tale of the aloe plant,
Away in a sunny clime?
By humble growth of a hundred years
It reaches its blooming time;
And then a wondrous bud at its crown
Breaks into a thousand flowers;
This floral queen, in its blooming seen,
Is the pride of the tropical bowers,
But the flower to the plant is sacrifice,
For it blooms but once and then it dies.
Have you further heard of the aloe plant,
That grows in the sunny clime;
How every one of its thousand flowers,
As they drop in the blooming time,
Is an infant plant that fastens its roots
In the place where it falls on the ground,
And as fast as they drop from the dying stem,
Grow lively and lovely all 'round?
By dying, it liveth a thousandfold
In the young that spring from the death of the old.
April 18, 2013:
Remember, it is better to walk in the dark with God than to walk alone in the light.
April 17, 2013:
April 16, 2013:
The heavy darkness lost its strength,
My waiting eyes beheld at length
The streaking dawn.
On, safely on, through sunrise glow
I walked, my hand in His, and lo,
T h e n i g h t h a d g o n e.
-Annie Porter Johnston
March 26, 2013:
He who breathes heavenly hope into our hearts will not deceive or fail us when we press forward toward it's realization.
March 20, 2013:
I will be still, my bruised heart faintly murmured,
As o'er me rolled a crushing load of woe;
My words, my cries, e'en my low moan was stifled;
I pressed my lips; I barred the teardrop's flow.
I will be still, although I cannot see it,
The love that bares a soul and fans pain's fire;
That takes away the lst sweet drop of solace,
Breaks the lone harp string, hides Your precious lyre.
But God is love, so I will stay me, stay me-
We'll doubt not, Soul, we will be very still;
We'll wait til after while, when He will lift us-
Yes, after while, when it will be His will.
And I did listen to my heart's brave promise;
And I did quiver, struggling to be still;
And I did lift my tearless eyes to Heaven,
Repeating ever, "Yes, Christ, have Your will."
But soon my heart spoke up from 'neath our burden,
Rebuked my tight-drawn lips, my face so sad:
"We can do more than this, O Soul," it whispered.
"We can be more than still, we can be glad!"
And now my heart and I are sweetly singing-
Singing without the sound of tuneful strings;
Drinking abundant waters in the desert;
Crushed, yet soaring as on eagle's wings.
March 10, 2013:
Pleasurable emotions and deep, satisfying experiences are part of the Christian life but they are not the essence of it. We are to rely on the indwelling of Christ in our hearts regardless of our feelings. Unfurl your sails and bravely face the raging storms on the sea! Sail away! Sail on!
March 7, 2013:
Why must I weep when others sing?
"To test the deed of suffering."
Why must I work while others rest?
"To spend my strength at God's request."
Why must I lose while others gain?
"To understand defeats sharp pain."
Why must this lot of life be mine
When that which fairer seems is thine?
"Because God knows what plans for me
Will blossom in eternity."
February 27, 2013:
In this you greatly rejoice,
even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
so that the proof of your faith,
being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire,
may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
and though you have not seen Him,
you love Him,
and though you do not see Him now,
but believe in him,
you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:7-9
February 26, 2013:
...afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Therefore STRENGTHEN the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble and make straight paths for your feet so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Heb 12.
February 17, 2013:
February 16, 2013:
Seek motivation not through the body
but through the spirit,
not by stimulating the flesh
but by exulting the soul.
Let us sing even when we do not feel it,
for in this way we give
w i n g s to heavy feet
and turn weakness into strength.
January 27, 2013:
Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion [the Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in p l e a s a n t p l a c e s; Indeed my heritage is beautiful to me. psalm 16] Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land; everlasting joy will be theirs. Isaiah 61
January 26, 2013:
Now my soul is troubled;
and what shall I say, Father, save me from this hour?
But for this purpose I come to this hour.
Father, glorify Your name.
January 25, 2013:
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and rescues them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the Lord, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
Psalm 34: 1-10
January 21: 2013:
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
Your judgments are like a great deep.
O Lord, You preserve man and beast. How precious is your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; and You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.
January 18, 2013:
Sorrows come to stretch out places in the heart for joy.
January 16, 2013:
The wind that blows can never kill
The tree God plants;
It blows toward east, and then toward west,
The tender leaves have little rest,
But any wind that blows is best.
The tree that God plants
Strikes deeper root, grows higher still,
Spreads greater limbs for God's good will
Meets all its wants.
There is no storm has power to blast
The tree God knows;
No thunderbolt, nor beating rain,
Nor lightening flash, nor hurricane;
When they are spent it does remain,
The tree God knows,
Through every storm it still stands fast,
And from its first day to its last
Still fairer grows.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free, therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
January 11, 2013:
I wait for the Lord,
my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
more than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,
And with Him there is abundant redemption.
January 9, 2013:
You burn away the ropes that bind and hold me to the earth.
The fire only leaves behind whatever is of worth.
I begin to see reality for the first time in my life
I know that I'm a shadow but I'm d a n c i n g in Your light.
Teach me to humble.
Call me from the grave.
Show me how to walk with You upon the waves.
Breathe into my spirit.
Breathe into my veins
Until only love remains.
January 6, 2013:
And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain- for He says "At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you." Behold, NOW is the acceptable time, behold NOW is the day of salvation- giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, but IN EVERYTHING commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things. 2 Cor 6:1-10
January 5, 2013:
Sit still, my daughter!
Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step,
Not even one, until
His way hath opened.
Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad they heart
And how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then,
Ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not
Counted then too long.