A Psalm for This New Year

Dawn of a new day and a new year

God has numbered our days (Psalm 90)
In Him—there is redemption for days past.
In Him—there is guidance and strength for today.
In Him—there is hope for all the days in our future.

You hem me in—behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. (Psalm 139:5-6)

In these times of great turmoil, Lord teach me to number my days in You.

God’s Unfailing Love

Sunrise over Lake Wenatchee

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this— Psalm 107:1.

When you stumble and fall—give thanks for His unfailing love and ask for help.

When you are ashamed by your lack of self-control—give thanks for His unfailing love and ask for strength. 

When your health fails—give thanks for His unfailing love and ask for healing.

Remember the Lord’s love has triumphed over the grave. He’s risen; our hope is in Him and His unfailing love.

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership upon us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Hallelujah! Give thanks.

Rejoice!

Sunrise on Wedge Mountain

The Lord is near,
I can be gentle,
I can be kind.

The Lord is my Shepherd,
He knows my way,
I can rest in Him.

The Lord will never leave me,
night will not overcome,
nor fear drive Him away.

The Lord is near,
I can lie down in peace,
I can rise up in joy.

Rejoice in the Lord always;
again I will say, rejoice!

( Philippians 4:4-5; Psalm 23; Hebrews 13:5)

Prayer in the Woods

Have you ever thanked God for prayer? Think about it, the Creator of all, who is the Alpha and Omega, the King of kings and Lord of lords, invites us to commune with Him in prayer. It is beyond my ability to comprehend… yet this privilege is given to me. Sometimes I fail to show up… yet this privilege is not taken away. At times I pray with a wrong attitude… yet this privilege is God working in me, not to kick me to the side, but to bring me closer to His side. Thank you Lord for the gift of prayer.

Light and Life

New every morning

The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. Psalm 19:12 NLT

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 14:12 NIV

Following the LORD can seem arduous, and often it will run against what we wish to do. But eventually doing what is right in the sight of the Lord will bring joy and light to living. On the other side, going our own way may seem best at first, but though we don’t see it coming, it will lead to death and destruction.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV

If you have already messed up to where life looks hopeless, I urge you to throw yourself before the LORD for His mercy never fails.

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 NIV

Now go and do what is right in God’s eyes.

Resurrection Sunday

He is risen!

We celebrate the day that God put His Life into life.
The day His infinite power brought everlasting goodness.
The day the light of His glory pierced our darkness.
The day His ultimate sacrifice infused us with joy.
The day hope replaced our hopelessness.
The day of our new beginning.
The day of music and laughter instead of sorrow.
This first day of our forever with Him.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.  1 Peter 1:3-4

Cure for Lifeless Living

When life gets you down and living begins to look lifeless—

And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11

Let the Holy Spirit give your life… LIFE.

Hope gives Life to life

The hope of a new day

Hope is knowing of wonder yet to be seen.
Of rivers, of mountains covered in green.

Hope is scent of joy yet to come,
Of love in a family together as one.

Hope is courage in this covid blight.
Hope is God’s hand holding me tight.

Enduring great trials hope will sustain,
When anchored upon God’s holiest name.

So I can rejoice even in sorrow,
For hope assures of a better tomorrow.

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15

Therefore, we who have fled to him (Jesus) for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.  Hebrews 6:18-20

The Promise of a New Day

A new day on Lake Wenatchee

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. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24

Each day is new with God. His mercy and compassions are new and completely sterling. My old life is washed away replaced by Jesus my Lord and savior.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

I wish I had the words to convey how blessed life is knowing your past is forgiven and redeemed, and your future is secure in Jesus. He will even give you help to live for Him… it gives peace to this day like nothing else can do.

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:10