A Morning Full of Reasons to Praise the Lord

Psalm 103:2
Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits—
The Lord turns my darkness into light. (2 Sam. 22:29)
He forgives all my sins.
He heals all my diseases. (Psalm 103:3)
He redeems my life from the pit
and crowns me with love and compassion. (Psalm 103:4)
He fills my life with good things (Psalm 103:5)
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect (2 Sam. 22:33)
You give me Your shield of victory; You stoop down to make me great. (2 Sam.22:36)
Yes, praise the Lord, O my soul for He treats me with loving kindness. Not as I deserve.
(Psalm 103:10)

Being There

Not as majestic as being there

I can describe music,
but it is nothing without the hearing.

I can explain a beautiful mountain scene
but it is not the same as hiking to the top and being there.

I can read about the great banquet,
but knowledge falls far short of sitting at God’s table and tasting.

I can talk about joy,
but only by putting my hope in Jesus does it take wing.

We fool ourselves into being satisfied with hollow words,
instead of plunging into God’s love and living in Him.

Come, all who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Isaiah 55:1-2

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and believes in Me will never be thirsty.”  John 6:35

I can hear about “Living Water,” and the “Bread of life, but until you drink from God’s well of salvation it remains merely words.

So, how does one drink and eat?

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4:10

So ask, and believe,
by faith you receive.

In Awe

Yellowstone Falls

His forgiveness extends beyond forever,
I’m in awe of His grace for me.
His loves endures forever,
I’m in awe of His compassion given to me.
Jesus is right and just in all His ways,
I’m in awe of His plans for me.
He is my Savior, Shepherd, and King.
In awe I’m brought to His banquet hall,
Where His banner over me is love,
and I am in awe of all He has done for me.

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;  Psalm 103:10-13

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Psalm 89:14

He has brought me to His banquet hall, And his banner over me is love. Song of Solomon 2:4

Night Crossings

Sunrise breaking up the clouds

Night swoops in, I cannot see,
Its darkness fills my mind.
Fear creeping up to devour me.
With dread I glance behind.

Voices recount my past disgust.
The shadows laughing at my plight.
In desperation I cry out to God.
Lord, hold me by Your might.

God makes my feet bound like a deer,
to stand upon the height,
and anoints me with my tears
to greet His mourning light.

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. Psalm 18:33

Rejoice in the Lord!

Sunrise penetrating the clouds

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

Each morning and through out the day it is good for me to rejoice in the Lord. I need it to put life in my living. Otherwise I am overcome by the trials and tribulations of this world.

  1. Rejoice with gratitude for God’s grace in Jesus.
  2. Rejoice that God is good and His love endures forever.
  3. Rejoice that He will never leave me nor forsake me.
  4. Rejoice that I am His child by faith and not by anything I do or fail to do.
  5. Rejoice that God has good plans for me.
  6. Rejoice that He has sent the Holy Spirit to guide me.

So… REJOICE and give thanks.

Memories for Tomorrow

Longing for Yesterday’s Goodness

Yesterday we had so much fun,
the joy that children bring.
To have the laughter never end,
In songs we love to sing.

Days cut short, I wanted longer;
So much joy yet to sow.
Sadly time consumes the love we share—
I turn older as they grow.

At the end of day I can’t keep up,
My strength a fading sorrow.
But my hope is in Jesus Christ.
Who makes yesterday a foretaste of tomorrow.

In Jesus we have a sure hope that our tomorrows will be even better than our yesterdays.

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 33:20-22

“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”  1 Corinthians 2:9

God’s Goodness and Mercy Rain Down

Sunrise Hilo, Hawaii

Give thanks to the LORD for He is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1

His goodness plots the course of the sun and clouds to create beautiful scenes. Though the beauty of the moment is fleeting His goodness and love are everlasting.

Beautiful Moment

God’s Love—not for just a moment, but forever

Give thanks to the LORD for He is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1

His goodness plots the course of the sun and clouds to create a beautiful scenes. Though the beauty of the moment is fleeting His goodness and love are everlasting. Thank God His love is not limited by my ability to put it into words, or take a photograph. 

It is greater than my imagination.
It is not measured by what I deserve.
It does not stop when I wander off,
but seeks me out and brings me back.
I cannot diminish it,
but I can increase it by receiving His love and giving it away.
It surrounds me like a shield,
and guides me on the right path.
God’s love gives me freedom to be all that He created me to be.
His love washes over me and will never leave nor forsake me.
I don’t have to worry about tomorrow,
because God’s love and mercy are new every morning.

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. Lamentations 3:22-23

Stained Glass Window

Natures cathedral

The dawn speaks of God’s promise for a new day.
The birds rejoice with songs I long to sing.
The trees form stained glass windows to behold heaven’s beauty.
All nature hints of God’s glory for those who wait and earnestly seek Him.

For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! Isaiah 64:4

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Psalm 105:3