Blessed - Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Daily Word

Blessed - Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Daily Word

Blessed

A GENEROUS HEART BLESSES ALL.
Generosity nurtures our lives like the sun’s warmth nurtures tender buds to blossom. Blessed by the sun’s generous sharing of light, a beautiful expression of realized potential bursts free from containment.
I am grateful for acts of generosity that have supported me in times of need. I have known the gift of an encouraging word or an unexpected opportunity, so I reciprocate and give to others. The more freely I give to life, the more freely life gives back to me.
In return for the kindness I have received, I express loving-kindness to others. Just as a brilliantly colored flower evokes a smile, a kindness shared spurs appreciation. The cycle continues and all are blessed.

You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity.—2 Corinthians 9:11

Comfort - Saturday, June 29, 2013 | Daily Word

Comfort - Saturday, June 29, 2013 | Daily Word

Comfort

DIVINE LOVE COMFORTS MY HEART AND SOUL.
The love of family, friends, and pets helps me feel cared for and supported. Beyond this, I am comforted in times of need by divine love pouring into me from the Source of life itself. I open my heart to let the love that is God fill and soothe me. I rest in the awareness that I am one with the peaceful presence of God.
I am reassured knowing that divine love enfolds and infills me. I am comforted knowing the people and animals I love are safe in God’s care and keeping. Nothing can separate us from God. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. When my heart and soul need comforting, I relax into the presence of divine love, and I am at peace.

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come … will be able to separate us from the love of God.–Romans 8:38-39

Passion - Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Daily Word

Passion - Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Daily Word

Passion

I DEMONSTRATE A SPIRIT OF LIFE AND ZEAL.
I am eager to serve God and others and be the best that I can be. I do this most fully when I love what I do and express that love in words and actions. When I am passionate about something, that passion shows in all I say and do. I excite and enliven others with my passion and allow it to carry me to new heights.
My deepest desire is to demonstrate the spirit of God within—a spirit of life and zeal. Spirit within fuels my passion and spurs me to right action.
I am encouraged and committed as I stay connected to the spirit of God through prayer. Prayer lights the fire within me. If my motivation lags, a moment of quiet prayer rekindles my passion and reignites my zeal.

Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.—Romans 12:11

Divine Order - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | Daily Word

Divine Order - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | Daily Word

Divine Order

DIVINE ORDER IS ESTABLISHED IN MY MIND AND IN MY LIFE.
Disorder comes from disorderly thinking or a lack of proper planning. If I want to put my work or home life in order, clear thinking is necessary.
The Universe operates in an orderly manner. With this in mind, I seek to align my thoughts and my life with divine order. Becoming still helps me accomplish this. So I take a few moments to meditate in the Silence.
Divine laws are written on the hearts of humankind. In the Silence, my heart and mind open to the law of divine order. Through meditation and prayer, order is revealed. Returning to my day, I allow it to come into full expression. Divine order is established in my mind and in my life.

I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts.—Jeremiah 31:33

Self-Care - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | Daily Word

Self-Care - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | Daily Word

Self-Care

I LOVINGLY CARE FOR MYSELF.
Self-care is a way of life. Overall well-being is supported by good habits that nurture my spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional health. Caring for myself means making healthy and harmonious choices. When I take care of myself, I eat nutritious foods in appropriate amounts, enjoy restorative sleep, and keep my body and mind active and nimble.
My body is a blessing from God. I listen to its needs and love it unconditionally. I feed my soul through meditation. Throughout the day, I consciously release worry and the urge to manage other people’s lives. I stay focused on maintaining my spiritual and emotional health. Spirit expresses through me perfectly when my life is in balance.

Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light.—Luke 11:34

Convictions - Monday, June 24, 2013 | Daily Word

Convictions - Monday, June 24, 2013 | Daily Word

Convictions

THE WISDOM OF GOD DIRECTS ME FOR MY HIGHEST GOOD.
My beliefs and convictions are the foundation for how I live my life. Therefore, I align them with the Truth that is steadily being revealed to me by Spirit. I remain open to new insights and divine ideas in order to be a channel for good in the world. At times, I may need to think differently, to change convictions that were misguided. I trust the wisdom of God within to lead me in the right direction. I am God’s instrument of divine love and peace.
Faith arises from my relationship with the God of my understanding. While God is the One Power and One Presence, each of us will experience that Power in our own unique way. I respect the beliefs of others and allow God to direct me for my highest good.

The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God.—Romans 14:22

Inner Peace - Sunday, June 23, 2013 | Daily Word

Inner Peace - Sunday, June 23, 2013 | Daily Word

Inner Peace


THE PRESENCE OF GOD PERMEATES MY BEING.
The presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is. These lines from the “Prayer for Protection” remind me that I am always in the presence of God—a presence that brings peace.
As I pray, I go within to a sanctuary of peace and quietly commune with the Presence. My mind, body, and spirit are soothed. I let go of worry, fear, and doubt. Throughout the day, I easily return my awareness to the presence of God within, and I immediately become calm. From this place of peace, I reach out to others who are feeling anxious and allow God to express through me as peace, understanding, and empathy. I am always in the presence of God. I am always in the presence of peace.

He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”—Exodus 33:14

Forgive - Saturday, June 22, 2013 | Daily Word

Forgive - Saturday, June 22, 2013 | Daily Word

Forgive


I EXPRESS THE LOVE OF GOD AS FORGIVENESS AND ACCEPTANCE.
I am not being the resourceful, joyful person I was created to be if I am burdened with self-condemnation or if I see myself as a victim of the actions of others. So I choose to free my heart and mind of ill feelings and resentment. Through forgiveness, I claim my freedom now.
I forgive myself for any thought, word, or action that does not reflect my divine identity. I behold myself and others as creations of God. We are made in the image and likeness of God and are capable of understanding and expressing divine love. With love and compassion, I forgive. I move past any self-imposed barriers that have separated me from others. I welcome the opportunity to enjoy life fully and completely.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.—Matthew 6:12

Summer - Friday, June 21, 2013 | Daily Word

Summer - Friday, June 21, 2013 | Daily Word

Summer

I AM THANKFUL FOR THE SUNLIGHT OF SUMMER AND THE LIGHT OF GOD IN ME.
For people living in the northern hemisphere, summer begins today, bringing warmer temperatures and longer days. It is a time for planting gardens, spending time outdoors, and enjoying favorite activities of the season.
I am thankful for sunshine no matter what the season. I am nurtured by sunlight, as are crops growing in a farmer’s field. I rejoice in the glory of a blue-sky summer day.
I am also grateful for the divine light that illumines me from within. No matter what time of year, no matter what season of my life, the light of God surrounds me, enfolds me, and illumines me.

Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons … to give light upon the earth.–Genesis 1:14-15

World Peace - Thursday, June 20, 2013 | Daily Word

World Peace - Thursday, June 20, 2013 | Daily Word

World Peace

PEACE ON EARTH BEGINS WITH ME.
Words from a familiar hymn remind me that I play an important role in contributing to world peace: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” My first job is to treat myself with love and compassion. As I forgive myself and release the need to be perfect, I become less judgmental toward others.
As I accept myself and others, I begin to acknowledge and appreciate new perspectives. I appreciate the rich diversity of individual differences. While we may express differently in our appearance, views, likes, and dislikes, we are interconnected. We are one. By opening my heart to acceptance and appreciation, I contribute to world peace.

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.—Romans 15:5

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Balance - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | Daily Word

Balance - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | Daily Word

Balance

AS I REST IN GOD, I REPLENISH MY SOUL.
If I am hurrying and worrying about completing everything on my to-do list, slowing my pace may seem counterintuitive—yet slowing my pace calms me and brings me back to center.
I pause from all that is calling for my attention and create a holy space within. As I move more consciously and breathe more deeply, I refuel my energy and replenish my soul—I rest in God.
Just as the space between musical notes creates balance and harmony, so, too, does a moment of peace bring harmony to my soul. I rejoice in the right balance between doing and being. When I am ready to return to my tasks, I fulfill my obligations with efficiency and enthusiasm.

The Lord is good … he protects those who take refuge in him, even in a rushing flood.—Nahum 1:7

Blessed to Be a Blessing - Answers for Each Day - June 18 - Christian Devotional

Answers for Each Day, with Bayless Conley - Blessed to Be a Blessing - Answers for Each Day - June 18 - Christian Devotional
      
Daily Bible Reading from BibleStudyTools.com
June 18, 2013 - King James Version
 1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.  2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,  3 Hearken ; Behold , there went out a sower to sow : 4 And it came to pass , as he sowed , some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up . 5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up , because it had no depth of earth:  6 But when the sun was up , it was scorched ; and because it had no root, it withered away . 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up , and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.  8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased ; and brought forth , some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.  9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear , let him hear . 10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.  11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:  12 That seeing they may see , and not perceive ; and hearing they may hear , and not understand ; lest at any time they should be converted , and their sins should be forgiven them.  13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?  14 The sower soweth the word.  15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown ; but when they have heard , Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.  16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;  17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended . 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,  19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in , choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit , some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. 1 And David said , Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? 2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said , Thy servant is he. 3 And the king said , Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.  4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.  5 Then king David sent , and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.  6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence . And David said , Mephibosheth. And he answered , Behold thy servant!  7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.  8 And he bowed himself, and said , What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am? 9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.  10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat : but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.  11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do . As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.  12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.  13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet. 1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died , and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. 2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.  3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out , and to overthrow it? 4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away . 5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed : and the king said , Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown , and then return . 6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob, and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.  7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.  8 And the children of Ammon came out , and put the battle in array at the entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Ishtob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.  9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:  10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he might put them in array against the children of Ammon.  11 And he said , If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will come and help thee. 12 Be of good courage , and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.  13 And Joab drew nigh , and the people that were with him, unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him. 14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled , then fled they also before Abishai, and entered into the city. So Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.  15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they gathered themselves together.  16 And Hadarezer sent , and brought out the Syrians that were beyond the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them. 17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together , and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there. 19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw that they were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more. 1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.  2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.  5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote . 6 Then the king's countenance was changed , and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed , and his knees smote one against another.  7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers . And the king spake , and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.  8 Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. 9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled , and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied . 10 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said , O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed : 11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers ; 12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called , and he will shew the interpretation.  13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?  14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee. 15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:  16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.  17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.  18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:  19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew ; and whom he would he kept alive ; and whom he would he set up ; and whom he would he put down . 20 But when his heart was lifted up , and his mind hardened in pride , he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:  21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will . 22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;  23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear , nor know : and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified : 24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written . 25 And this is the writing that was written , MENE , MENE , TEKEL , UPHARSIN . 26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE ; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 27 TEKEL ; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.  28 PERES ; Thy kingdom is divided , and given to the Medes and Persians.  29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.  30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain . 31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.
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What Will We Be Like in Heaven?

What Will We Be Like in Heaven?

FaithWriters.com-Christian Communication - Why Must I Share The Joy of Jesus?

FaithWriters.com-Christian Communication - Why Must I Share The Joy of Jesus?

There are so many people both lost and hurting in sin. What is the relief for them today? The typical answer is generally more sin, i.e.,drugs, sex, violence, crime and pain. We are witnessing crimes against people at an inhuman portions. The question is why?

I read that a man held three young-women prisoner for over 10 years for whatever he pleased. Why? People blowing up people at a well meaning marathon, and for what reason? The simple answer is sin, in other words; an absence of true love.

The Joy of Jesus is that sinners are saved by grace. What do we mean by this statement? Jesus came into this world to save sinners, which is everyone. Jesus died on the cross so that we may see the light. God raised Jesus on the third day so that we may live with Him in perfect peace.Joy.

Given this tremendous gift of faith in a people lost in sin to be saved without merit is a gift of joy. Therefore it must be shared. The Holy Spirit has used me to share this message of love to all who have eyes and hears to pay sharp attention to the meaning of this gift of both love and joy. This is why we must like and share an answer to life's basic question against the sins of the world. Jesus.

Father’s Blessing - Sunday, June 16, 2013 | Daily Word

Father’s Blessing - Sunday, June 16, 2013 | Daily Word

Father’s Blessing

I BLESS MY FATHER AND FATHERS EVERYWHERE.
When we think about fathers, we may imagine the ideal father—someone who is always available; eager to guide, teach, and assist; encouraging and supportive.
Today I acknowledge the good that my father provided for me, the lessons he taught me, and the love he gave me. No one does everything perfectly all the time. Each father does the best he can with the knowledge and experience he has. I know I am a work in progress as well, even as I vow to become the best person I can be.
Being a father is a sacred role. Fathers have the responsibility to provide a strong foundation from which their children will flourish and grow. Today I thank and bless my father and fathers everywhere.

Honor your father.—Matthew 15:4

Prosperity - Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Daily Word

Prosperity - Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Daily Word

Prosperity

THE BLESSINGS OF GOD FILL MY LIFE, AND I AM PROSPEROUS.
My life is filled with unlimited prosperity. From the beauty of the earth, to the love of family and friends; from the opportunities that come my way, to the lessons I learn each day, my prosperity is assured.
Prosperity is more than material possessions; it is also a state of mind. Prosperity is a realization that the blessings of God fill my life each day. I feel prosperous each time I awaken to the beauty of a sunrise or experience a surge of divine energy in mind and body. I feel prosperous each time I experience new ideas and a greater sense of well-being and confidence. I feel prosperous as I pray and recognize that I am a spiritual being.
I am wonderfully prosperous!

May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.—Jude 1:2

Prosperity - Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Daily Word

Prosperity - Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Daily Word

Prosperity

THE BLESSINGS OF GOD FILL MY LIFE, AND I AM PROSPEROUS.
My life is filled with unlimited prosperity. From the beauty of the earth, to the love of family and friends; from the opportunities that come my way, to the lessons I learn each day, my prosperity is assured.
Prosperity is more than material possessions; it is also a state of mind. Prosperity is a realization that the blessings of God fill my life each day. I feel prosperous each time I awaken to the beauty of a sunrise or experience a surge of divine energy in mind and body. I feel prosperous each time I experience new ideas and a greater sense of well-being and confidence. I feel prosperous as I pray and recognize that I am a spiritual being.
I am wonderfully prosperous!

May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.—Jude 1:2