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Friday, May 7, 2021

Unperfect Substance

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16

Henry M. Morris, Ph. D states this about the Psalm noted here. “This is an amazing verse, testifying as it does to the omniscient fore-planning of our Creator for each human being. Each person has been separately planned by God before he or she was ever conceived; His eyes oversaw our ‘unperfect [not imperfect, but unfinished] substance’—that is, literally, our embryo—throughout its entire development. Not only all its ‘members’ but also all its ‘days’ (the literal implication of ‘in continuance’) had been ‘written’ in God’s book long ago.”

Prayer: O Dear Lord, how wonderful to know that you knew me from my very-small beginning. You knew what my life would be. Help me to understand that every embryo is precious to you. Amen. 

Sandra Hilsabeck

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Hope in the Lord

 


 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

    for his compassions never fail.

  They are new every morning;

    great is your faithfulness.

  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;

    therefore I will wait for him.”

 

  The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,

    to the one who seeks him;

  it is good to wait quietly

    for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:22-26

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Psalm 42

 


As the deer pants for streams of water,

    so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

    When can I go and meet with God?

My tears have been my food

    day and night,

while people say to me all day long,

    “Where is your God?”

These things I remember

    as I pour out my soul:

how I used to go to the house of God

    under the protection of the Mighty One

with shouts of joy and praise

    among the festive throng.

 

Why, my soul, are you downcast?

    Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

    for I will yet praise him,

    my Savior and my God.

 

My soul is downcast within me;

    therefore I will remember you

from the land of the Jordan,

    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep

    in the roar of your waterfalls;

all your waves and breakers

    have swept over me.

 

By day the Lord directs his love,

    at night his song is with me—

    a prayer to the God of my life.

 

I say to God my Rock,

    “Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go about mourning,

    oppressed by the enemy?”

My bones suffer mortal agony

    as my foes taunt me,

saying to me all day long,

    “Where is your God?”

 

Why, my soul, are you downcast?

    Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

    for I will yet praise him,

    my Savior and my God. Psalm 42

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Running Flat

 



Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

After working the closing shift, I was headed home on the highway. This highway is always busy, extremely, with only two lanes and lots of semi traffic. The highway is need of repair, and I felt it this night when I hit a huge pothole. I have running flat tires, so my goal was to get to the next town and not to have to stop on this highway in the dark. As you can see I ran it too far and beyond the expectations of the tire.  

Have you ever felt like your life was running on a flat? I have and I find it when I don’t take enough time to stop, pull over and pray. We sometimes just keep rolling along knowing we are running flat but if we can just make it to the next day we will be okay. There are always those potholes that are going to slow us down in life but we need to stop, pull over and pray. Life can be so much better if we just let God take charge; and He can handle anything we turn over to him.  We can run ourselves to just remnants if we are always trying to handle it by ourselves.

Prayer: Dear Father, please help us to STOP, PULL OVER and PRAY! We know you love us and want us to live life in your time, to live life in your vision. But we try to control and sustain ourselves without your assistance. Forgive us for our stubbornness. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Lori Hood

Monday, May 3, 2021

Words from Acts

 


“‘In the last days, God says,

    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

    your young men will see visions,

    your old men will dream dreams.

  Even on my servants, both men and women,

    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,

    and they will prophesy.

  I will show wonders in the heavens above

    and signs on the earth below,

    blood and fire and billows of smoke.

  The sun will be turned to darkness

    and the moon to blood

    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

  And everyone who calls

    on the name of the Lord will be saved." Acts 2:17-21

Friday, April 30, 2021

Love is from God

 


My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.

My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love! 1 John 4: 7-12 The Message

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Words from 2 Samuel

 


“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!

    Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!

He is the God who avenges me,

    who puts the nations under me.

Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;

    I will sing the praises of your name.” 2 Samuel 22:47-48; 50