Apples and Shadows


Psalm 17 : 6 – 8
NKJV

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; 6 Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech. Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, 7 O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of Your eye; 8 Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

THOUGHTS :

From the time I was a little girl, I have wanted to be loved, to be adored, to be

“the apple of someone’s eye ”

, to be special, chosen — age brings wisdom and I now know that I was the

“the apple of God’s eye ”

long before I could speak the words. He drew me to him so that I yearned for his saving grace at the tender age of 9. His protection, His love for me has always been there for me… I just had to chose to accept His Son as my Savior to experience the greatest love and protection available anywhere in the universe.

Today I praise God for loving me as

the apple of his eye

and for protecting me.

I pray for you today. If you do not know my Lord, I pray that you will seek Him for He is there ready to love and adore you regardless of your past or current state. If you already know my Lord, then I wish you a wonderful day of basking in His love and protection for there is no greater place.

Amen

Have a blessed day in The Lord

Song of Thanks for Being Kept Safe


Psalm 18:1-3
New Life Version (NLV)

I love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock,
and my safe place,
and the One Who takes me out of trouble.
My God is my rock,
in Whom I am safe.
He is my safe-covering,
my saving strength,
and my strong tower.
I call to the Lord,
Who has the right to be praised.
And I am saved from those who hate me.

THOUGHTS :

I rejoice as I am reminded this morning that no matter what happens, or what state the world around me may be in, I have and will always have a protector and a place of safety in my Lord. He and He alone is my anchor, my strength. I praise him this day and all the days of my life.

May you too know God’s strength and protection.

A Prayer for Spiritual Strength


Ephesians 3:14-21
The Message (MSG)

14-19 My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength —that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia!
Oh, yes!

THOUGHTS :

My prayer today is that each of us will experience the Holy Spirit in deep, gentle, yet powerful and profound way this day.

Amen


Our Life On The Border

Last night NBC News, Rock Center with Brian Williams aired a piece interviewing Chloe and Kim Anderson. As the story is unfolding it is truly amazing what God has done already in Petra’s life. It’s nothing short of a miracle that Petra had this rare genetic defect in her brain, that may have saved her life, and at a minimum saved her from more serious a debilitating injuries.

With so much bad news in the world. Even this shooting, the injuries, the people who lost their lives, it’s heart warming to see God at work even in the midst of a very painful and difficult situation.

After I watched the interviews on NBC’s Rock Center (You can watch it at MSNBC – Rock Center – Chloe and Kim Anderson) last night. I woke up this morning thinking about Kim, Petra’s mom.

Kim has been diagnosed with cancer. The doctors have…

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Good Devotionals

 

Read | Genesis 37-39

When we don’t understand what God is doing or why, His ways can seem perplexing. The times when ungodly people seem to triumph over the righteous make us scratch our heads and wonder why the Lord doesn’t intervene. But the truth is, He oftenuses the wicked to accomplish His purpose.

Joseph faced one hard-hearted individual after another during his years in exile. His brothers shipped him off to Egypt. His boss’s wife accused him of an unspeakable crime. And even those he helped, like Pharaoh‘s cupbearer, forgot about him (Gen. 40:23). The actions (or seeming inactions) of God make little sense at this point.

But once the story of Joseph’s life was written in full, it was clear that everyone who harmed or neglected the young man contributed to God’s plan. The Lord used numerous people across several years to bring a…

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Public Catholic

Women Who Survived Theater Shooting Grieve for Hero Boyfriends – ABC News

“Of the 12 people killed in the Aurora theater shooting, four of them were men who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their girlfriends. Now, each of these women are struggling to come to terms with both their grief and their gratitude.”

I appreciate ABC News running this story. But I wish they had resisted the urge to drag in “experts” to try to “explain” what is in reality the best that’s in us. In my opinion, all they succeeded in doing with these experts was to devalue these heroes and their sacrifice.

I think the reason why thirty percent of the people who died in Denver were men who gave their lives to protect their women is both simple and obvious: It is how God made them.

If I had to find one story that capsulizes why…

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