Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him. – Psalms 33:1 NIV
In the early morning, it is quiet, but still enough to hear God’s voice without the regular distractions of our day. The TV is not on. The cell phones are still in airplane mode or off. We can open our Bibles, read our devotionals, and connect with our Savior.
He can guide every aspect of our lives: our health, our finances, and our happiness.
Beauty comes not just from outer appearances, but from loving the Lord and leading a righteous life, because we seek Him first. All the rest will follow. We don’t need to make elaborate plans and vision statements, because the Lord already has a vision for us. Amen.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. – Psalms 145:18-19 NIV
The Lord can hear when a toddler falls down and cries. He sends extra angels to protect our little ones from harm. There is nobody too small for Him to care about. He loves all of us.
When we call upon the Lord, He answers. He doesn’t always give us the answer that we were expecting, but He gives us the best answer.
Fear of the Lord starts with love. Because we love Him, we obey His laws. Not because we have to, but because we want to. We love Him, and we nurture that relationship by reading His Word and following it. When our desires align with Him, we are blessed.
The Lord is a God of truth. He never deceives us. He always leads us in the everlasting way. Amen.
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. – John 12:24 NIV
Jesus spoke to people in parables because He knew that if He used storytelling to illustrate His points, people would relate to the message.
People never expected to receive a savior who would die for their sins. They were expecting a king. Instead, Jesus came to them in a humble state.
A plant, when it buds, has a lot of potential. We don’t always see it blossom because a snow or freeze might come before it has a chance to bloom.
Jesus gently and carefully nurtures our faith as we grow. As we gain strength, we can share His love with more confidence. Amen.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. – Ephesians 4:2 NIV
It is easy to lose our patience, especially with a toddler. It takes extra effort and prayer to protect our little ones. Their brains are still developing so they can’t reason the same way an adult does.
The Lord knows what we need. He knows what we want and the difference between our wants and needs. He never gives us more than we can bear.
Gentleness comes from being in a grounded and restful place. It is not so easy when an energetic toddler is running around. We have to be grateful for the opportunities we have to rest. Amen.
This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5 NIV
“Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term used to describe the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in an artwork, particularly paintings. It comes from the combination of the Italian words for ‘light’ and ‘dark.'” https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/chiaroscuro
God is a God of light. In Him, there is no darkness.
But we are people who are both light and dark. We live in a world that also includes darkness, and because of that, we come to appreciate the appearance of dawn’s first light even more.
Each day is an opportunity to start new with God.
It is the contrast of light and dark that makes us aware of how much we need God’s light. He lights up our lives, literally. Amen.
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. – Colossians 2:2-3 NIV
All knowledge and wisdom comes from God. If we are ever confused about our purpose, it is to bring others to Christ. Our other goals are important, but not as important as sharing God’s love.
Love unites people who don’t get along. It transcends our backgrounds, the color of our skin, and our socioeconomic status. Christ saved us by grace, and His love for us is immense.
When we speak from the heart, we can better communicate the richness of the love of Jesus. Amen.
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. – Exodus 3:14 KJV
Names have meaning. “I am” could mean “I am the essence of being.” One of my college professors once told me that.
God’s name, as He communicated it to Moses, was profound. He is, He was, and He will be to come. He transcends time and space. The Lord is powerful beyond belief, so when we come to Him with our prayer requests, it is no sweat for Him to fulfill them. Nothing is too difficult for God.
The English language barely helps us comprehend the profound meaning of The Lord’s name.
When we contemplate His name and spend time in Bible study and prayer, our thoughts change. We shift from the rat race of chasing after wealth and focus on gratitude for what He has already provided to us. Eternal life will more than make up for anything in this life. Amen.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. – John 1:14 KJV
Jesus is one of a kind. There is no other Savior like Him. There is no other being in the history of the universe who is God’s son and also who took the form of an ordinary human.
He embodies glory, grace, and truth. He is worthy of our time and attention. When we focus on what He tells us, we will never be disappointed. Amen.
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. – Psalm 37:4 KJV
When we seek the Lord first, everything adds up for us. We don’t have to make long lists of things we want, and monetary goals, because money doesn’t buy happiness.
When we delight in the Lord, not only does He bless us, but also everything that He wants for us works out perfectly. We don’t have to worry about money, because He has already met all our needs. When we seek His face, everything falls into place. Amen.
The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. – Psalm 126:3 KJV
When something brings joy to us, we can praise the Lord for the abounding blessings He has given us.
I received my first COVID-19 vaccine shot April 21, 2021, and I couldn’t be happier! Other than a little soreness in the arm where I got the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, I noticed no adverse effects. If anything I felt more energetic than normal. Praise the Lord, for He is good. I had prayed that God would allow me to get the vaccine without any problems, and He answered my prayer. I am so glad!
I even had the energy to play some classical piano, which I hadn’t done in months.
The Lord is good. He listens to us and cares about every detail of our lives. Amen.