Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Business Of Life

"All the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it." (Samuel Butler in The Sky's The Limit, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, p. 156) 30 April 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

I Love To Tell The Story

We are called to celebrate God's presence in our lives, to worship God with gladness and thanksgiving, and to tell our own stories of how God moves and works in our lives. (Upper Room Disciplines - 2008, 27 August) 29 April 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good of those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 in Journey by David Jeremiah, 16 March) 28 April 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. (Proverbs 23:23 (NIV) in Daily Guideposts - 2011, 15 November) 27 April 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013


(Photo - Mr. Dickie)

Reflect on a friendship that has blessed you in the past.
Thank God for this memory.
Offer prayer for this loved one, and
Express your prayer with a note or a call.
Journal about your gratitude if the loved one has joined God beyond death.
(The Upper Room Disciplines - 2003, 25 November)
26 April 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Heal Yourself

Be about the business of healing yourself. 
(Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 19 December) 
25 April 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


(Photo: Mr. Dickie)

I am in trouble, Lord, Help me! 
Remember your promise to me,
for it is my only hope. 
(The One Year Book Of Bible Readings, 25 March) 
24 April 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Trust the unfolding of your life and see what you have to learn from that. (Anne Wilson Schaef, Ph.D., in For The Love Of God, by Shield & Carlson, p. 132) 23 April 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Gift Giving

For something to count as a gift, the person who gives it has to sacrifice something - time, money, talent - it doesn't matter what, nor how much, as long as it costs the giver something to give it. (Lewis B. Smedes, A Pretty Good Person, p. 13-14) 22 April 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Seeing Through a Glass Darkly

As earthly creatures, we all see through a glass darkly. We are creatures of limited perspective and limited vision. When we rely upon our own sight, we stumble. (The Upper Room Disciplines - 2008, 8 September) 21 April 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Unfolding Incidents

... life is a series of unfolding - incidents and occasions, agreeable or distressing.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 10 December)
20 April 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Lessons Learned

Lord, help me pause in my life to learn the lessons you intend without having to wait for the crises to slow me down enough to see your teaching. Amen. (The Upper Room Disciplines - 2003, 29 October) 19 April 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013


The proverb, "Where there is no vision, the people perish," emphasizes the need we have to be able to envision the future. Our very existence depends on it. (Laurie Beth Jones, The Path, p. 72) 18 April 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. (Charles Dickens, 1812-1870, English Writer, Pocket Positives, no page numbering)
17 April 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Nothing is more irrelevant than feeble religious piousness in the face of stark, life-threatening darkness.
(Thomas Moore, Dark Nights Of The Soul, p. 15)
16 April 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

The End

If we lived each day as though it would be our last one on earth, wouldn't we have a different attitude?
(Harry and Emily Griffith, This Love We Share, 11 January)
15 April 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Right Thing

The highest courage is to be desperately afraid and in spite of that to do the right thing and hold fast to loyalty. (William Barclay, The Revelation Of John, Vol. 2, p. 206) 14 April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Help me not to be afraid - but believe!
(Beth Moore, Praying God's Word Day By Day, 15 March)
13 April 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Revive Me

I lie in the dust, completely discouraged;
revive me by your word.
(The One Year Book Of Bible Readings, 11 January)
12 April 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013


I am in trouble, Lord. Help me!
(The One Year Book Of Bible Readings, 8 March)
11 April 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Empty The Mind

[On meditation] The truth is, I have never been able to fully empty my mind. But I am quite capable of losing it. (Laurie Beth Jones, The Path, p. 23) 10 April 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart.
(John Bunyan, 1628-1688, English Writer & Moralist, in Pocket Positives, no page numbers)
9 April 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

People Meeting People

God, thank You for the people You send my way in times of need.
(Edward Grinnan, Daily Guideposts - 2012, 21 January)
8 April 2013

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Empty Phrases

When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. (Matthew 6:7 (NRSV), Daily Guideposts - 2012, 4 April) 7 April 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013

God's Invitation

Faith is God's invitation to make the impossible possible. He is glorified when we are enabled to do what we're unable to do. (Beth Moore, Praying God's Word Day By Day, 4 April) 6 April 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

Prayer For Daughters

God of wisdom and justice, we pray for daughters who have less nutrition, health care, and education than the sons in some households. Where girls are deprived when they could have enough, open the eyes of those doing the depriving. Where neither girls or boys have the basics to flourish, guide us to restore a world in which the fruit of your abundant creation is distributed so that all may share! Amen. (The Upper Room Disciplines - 2003, 4 November) 5 April 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Spiritual Life

The spiritual life is not abstract. It thrives on ritual, art, good words, and symbolic acts. These concrete actions bring the transition home physically, emotionally and intellectually. In this way you know you have gone through changes, and you can adjust accordingly. (Thomas Moore, Dark Nights Of The Soul, p. 34)
4 April 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

It Is What It Is

Dear God, please help me to accept life for what it is...
(Joshua Sundquist in Daily Guideposts - 2012, 30 March)
2 April 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring Cleaning

It helps to clear out the theories and dogmas you picked up from your family, school, and religious upbringing. (Thomas Moore, Dark Nights Of The Soul, p. 50) 2 April 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Shooting An Arrow

There are times when the urgency is real, and we act, perhaps shooting an arrow prayer to God, such as "Lord please guide me quickly." (Harry and Emily Griffith, This Love We Share, 21 March) 1 April 2013