Day 90 Bible Reading Plan

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Have people tried to keep you in a box? Do you feel unseen? God sees you, friend, and He has a plan and a purpose for your life. Don’t let anyone try to define or limit you. You are loved.

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Day #90: Mark 5-6

Scripture of the Day: Mark 6:3(b)-6

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Day 89 Bible Reading Plan

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Our suffering is not pointless. It has purpose. We can comfort others with the comfort we have received and draw near to God Who showed us how to endure suffering. He is our comfort. And when we suffer, God loves us and is with us. He does not want us to respond with self-debasement or anger, but trust. He is accomplishing more than we realize in the midst of what we would not ever wish for. Self-debasement is not righteousness. Humility in recognizing there is nothing good in us does not mean that we cannot be redeemed and changed by our good God.
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Day #89: Job 25-26

Scripture of the Day: Job 26:11-14

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Day 88 Bible Reading Plan

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Waiting is hard. But not so hard when we really know who we are trusting in. Our God never fails. He is trustworthy. Whatever you are going through today, there is hope when you place your trust in God.

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Day #88: Psalms 31-33

Scripture of the Day: Psalm 31:14-18

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Day 87 Bible Reading Plan

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Do you feel worn out, friends, by the troubles you face? Jeremiah understands. God does, too. But God has still called us to be His representatives at such a time as this. It is hard to speak truth into a land that loves lies, but when we are faithful to God, He has our back. The harvest is ripe today! People need Jesus! May we be faithful to the call, proclaiming the whole truth.

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Day #87: Jeremiah 7-12

Scripture of the Day: Jeremiah 8:7(b)-9

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Day 86 Bible Reading Plan

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Who is able to stand in the presence of God? Only the one who has repented and received the free salvation of the LORD Jesus. This acceptance is not passed down. It has to be chosen. Is God the LORD of your life? We can claim that is the case and want the blessings of God in our lives, but if God is not truly LORD of our lives, we will reap troubles instead.

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Day #86: 1 Samuel 6-10

Scripture of the Day: 1 Samuel 10:26-27

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Day 85 Bible Reading Plan

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What do you want to be defined by? Our choices in this life define us. Good and bad. Whether we have hurt others or others have hurt us, we realize, like in the story of Joseph, that God’s perspective and purpose trumps ours. He uses every part of our story for our good and His glory. And there will be blessings or cursings waiting for us at the end of our life for the choices we made here on earth. Choose well, friends. Choose to surrender to the One Who truly loves you so much that He died for you. And no matter what happens in this crazy life, the good news is that our sovereign God is over it all and death has lost its sting.

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Day #85: Genesis 49-50

Scripture of the Day: Genesis 50:20

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Day 15 Bible Reading Plan

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We want to be blessed, right? But will we use those blessings for God’s glory and to bless others or just for ourselves? Being patient and trusting in God when His blessings tarry is the challenge we see today from the book of Genesis.

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Mundane Monday: Undeserved Mercy

Undeserved Mercy

Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Mercy would not be mercy if we could earn it.

Scripture of the Day:

Romans 9:15-17

For he says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then, it does not depend on human desire or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. 17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh: “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate my power in you, and that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.”

Here it is, the beginning of a work week again.  We labor not in vain, though, if we labor in the LORD.  So often we work for our own glory or we try to attain favor or mercy based on merit.  It makes sense that we should earn what we have sought so hard to achieve . . . or does it?

In one breath the verse above can be discouraging to the workaholics among us who try avidly to curry favor only to see another given grace unmerited; but the fact that God’s mercy could never be earned is beautiful.

Our righteousness is as filthy rags, and any insight or ability we think we have was given to us, so we trust in God’s sovereignty in the mercy he grants us in all of life.  This is a vulnerable place to be and we can be tempted to cry, “not fair!” when a deed goes unrecognized, but resting in the perfect goodness of God and the reality of our deserved damnation causes us to fall to our knees in gratitude that God has mercy on us at all.

Mercy is evident throughout every part of our life, though it is often not perceived.  We do not see what we have been spared from, and what blessings we have received we might take for granted.  When we are tempted to become embittered at life’s vicious curve balls, may we remember what grace has been given to us – the obvious and the not-so-obvious mercies.

God’s mercy is not always seen as a blessing.  Sometimes His merciful hand prevents blessings which could ultimately be our undoing.

But the most important mercy ever to be received is the salvation God offers.  Every inclination of our hearts is steadfastly toward sin apart from the grace of God. What sweet grace opens our eyes to know that we are sinners and to receive His free gift of salvation!

We may never fully understand the mercy of God extended to us, but somehow in His sovereignty He chooses to reveal His mercy and love that we might know Him.  Life is a vapor, but for all eternity we have mercy!

Jesus, thank You for saving me!  Thank You for revealing my need of You.  When things have not gone as I thought they should, Lord I thank You.  Your mercies overwhelm me. You are good all the time.

“And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham ahead of time, saying, ‘All the nations will be blessed in you.'”  Galatians 3:8

Mundane Monday: Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings

Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Don’t let the burdens of this life weigh you down – God will use them to lift you up!

Scriptures:

Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.”

Psalm 103:2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”

James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Psalm 103:10 “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”

From one thing to another, this day had Monday written all over it.  I thought about not posting today.  It was one of those days that I’d rather forget . . . until God gently whispered to me His encouragement through precious saints in my life.

While I pondered wearing the “rejection” or “failure” sticker today, my oldest daughter came and shared a post she wrote today about contentment.  God was using one who I had poured into to encourage me.  Then my son came next and shared an essay he wrote about how he hopes to be used by God to help others.  On and on it went, my children circling me and sharing one blessing after another, followed by my precious husband who, with a smile, wiped away my tears.  Wow.  Now what was I complaining about?

Trials and problems have a tendency to discourage and disillusion us if we let them, but God has a much better plan.  Taking our discomforts, insults, judgments and rejection as a tool for His glory and our good, He redeems it all.

Instead of regretting such problems or treatment, we can rejoice that God sees everything and always chooses to delight in us, giving us His amazing undeserved gift of salvation.

This life is hard.  Maybe today was a rough one for you, too.  Look around.  What blessings are right there in your midst, that has God accomplished in and through you that are often taken for granted?  He is indeed good – all the time – and our ever-present help in time of trouble.

Lord, thank You for encouraging us when we are hurt and prone to self-pity.  You are able to take what seemed pointless and give us a precious jewel in the midst.  You are our treasure, Lord, and You are enough.

Worshipful Wednesday: Birthday Blessings

Psalm 90:4, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17

4 Yes, in your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday that quickly passes, or like one of the divisions of the nighttime. 10 The days of our lives add up to seventy years, or eighty, if one is especially strong. But even one’s best years are marred by trouble and oppression. Yes, they pass quickly and we fly away.  12 So teach us to consider our mortality, so that we might live wisely. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your loyal love! Then we will shout for joy and be happy all our days!  15 Make us happy in proportion to the days you have afflicted us, in proportion to the years we have experienced trouble!  17 May our sovereign God extend his favor to us! Make our endeavors successful! Yes, make them successful!

Psalm 92: 12-15

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” 

I love it when the LORD gives a Scripture that is so apt for the day.  As I cracked open my Bible today, the reading for today included the passage above.  Sweet time with Jesus on my birthday.

Even when days, months or years are hard, we can have complete joy in the love of God.  Every year we are given is a gift from God, invested for His glory.  We need to use our time wisely and not take it for granted.  Even when we are wasteful of opportunities in this life, none of it is wasted with Him and He uses it all.

As our years turn into yesterdays and we become aware of our aging, it is a great encouragement to me that God is never through with any of us.  In God’s economy, we are not less useful as we age, but moreso.  The wisdom we have attained over the years is just one aspect of our lives that becomes more valuable over time.  We can bear fruit for God’s kingdom and be used by God until the day we die.

Isn’t that amazing?  We do not have to dread another year – unlike the world system where people are not esteemed as much when they grow older, in Christ we are more valuable as we age.  And He will never be through with us, amen!

I love the traditions of honoring and remembering people on their birthday.  It is fun and a blessing to watch our Facebook account blow up with messages from people from different times in our lives who took a minute to greet us on the day God made us.

Today, I want to thank and honor God for giving me life.  My loving husband and each of my children, parents and friends are a treasure to me.  Of the many gifts God has given to me, healing from brokenness, physical healing, His provision, the best gift He ever gave me was rebirth – the knowledge of Him and His free gift of salvation.  Life is a precious gift and God longs to walk alongside us through the blessings and burdens of it all.

The expectations we have for this life can lead to gratitude or bitterness.  The twists and turns of each of our lives might not have been what we imagined they were going to be, but each of our life stories are ultimately His story as our lives are hidden in Christ.  God redeems every portion of our life and makes it a sweet offering when we place it all in His capable hands.  While some pages of our lives might be stained with tears, the lessons learned on those pages as we drew near to God are precious gifts, after all.

Lord, thank You so much for an abundant life in You!  I will be forever grateful for the greatest gift you continually give me each day – knowing You more.