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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Monday, June 18, 2012


I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
But I trust in you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”

Psalm 31:7 & 14

I praise God for His word, His promises, and His encouragement when He knows we need it the most. My heart was in utter anguish earlier this morning, as I faced yet again a situation that is heavy and hurtful in my life. I cried out to the Lord, not only because of the heartache and turmoil, but also the desire not to be embittered by the circumstance.

As I cried out to the Lord, I happened to hear a short blip on the radio, and one word stood out - Trust. Through my prayers and tears, I opened up a book I'm reading by Debbie Macomber called One Perfect Word and read the title of the next chapter - Trust. Coincidence? No, I'm sure it was part of God's ultimate timing, knowing what I needed to hear today.

I call to you, O Lord, every day;
    I spread out my hands to you. 
Psalm 88:9

I praise God for His encouragement when we need it the most.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


I came across this quote this morning while working through my devotions. It's taken from Listening to God Day by Day by Sharon Jaynes.

      "The Hebrew word for "Bible" actually means, "The calling out of God." He's calling
        out to us from the pages of our Bibles."

When's the last time you sat down to listen to His calling to you? Open the pages of your Bible and see what He has to say each day.