Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Let Go And Let God

U.S. Botanical Gardens - Washington, DC

Holding on to resentment causes stress, anxiety, and uncontrollable feelings of anger. If these are unresolved, serious emotional and physical consequences will develop. If we allow our resentments to prevail, serious depression can develop and ultimately destroy us.
(The Twelve Steps For Christians, p. 67)
31 December 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Clear Out The Old

You shall clear out the old to make way for the new.
(Leviticus 26:10 (RSV), in Daily Guideposts - 2013, 24 January)
30 December 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Guard Your Heart

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
(Proverbs 4:23 NLT in The Secret Things Of God by Dr. Henry Cloud, p. 145)
29 December 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Supplement Your Faith

Fountain in front of U.S. Botanical Garden
Washington, DC, 27 December 2014
Photo by Mr. Dickie

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness.
(2 Peter, 1: 5-6 (Holman CSB) in 100 Days Of Prayer For Women, p. 118)
28 December 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Hybrid Poinsettia - U.S. Botanical Gardens
Washington, D.C.
27 December 2014
Photo by Mr. Dickie

Your distress about life might mean you  have been living for the wrong reason, not that you have no reason for living.
(Tom O'Connor in The Color Of Light by Perry Tilleraas, 10 May)
27 December 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014


Is there something someone has said or done that you have never forgiven?
What will you do about it?
(After Harry & Emily Griffith, This Love We Share, 14 November)
26 December 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Christmas Tree - 2014

Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King.
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
(Charles Wesley (1739))
25 December 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Father, thank You that your mercy endures forever. I may have made mistakes in the past, but I know nothing I've done is too much for Your mercy. I may have even made mistakes yesterday. But I know Your mercy is fresh and new every single morning. So I receive it by faith today.
(Joel Osteen, Become A Better You, p. 89)
23 December 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Prayer And Solitude

2014 - Christmas Tree

Beloved God, thank You for the gifts of prayer and solitude.
Enable us to use them to appreciate Your holy presence.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 21 January)
22 December 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014


2014 Christmas Village

Trials teach us patience and help us grow 
to be the kind of people 
God wants.
(The One Year Book of Bible Readings, 23 October)
21 December 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Roll Up Our Sleeves

We have work to do, you and I, so very much of it. Let us roll up our sleeves and get at it, with a new commitment, putting our trust in the Lord.
(Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand A Little Taller, 26 April)
13 December 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014


Help us to be patient until You answer our prayers in the way You know best.
(Three Minutes A Day, The Christophers, Vol. 41, 20 February)
12 December 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Heavenly Father, ... [I release this] hurtful memory that has been haunting me day and night. I discard it now in the name of Jesus. Help me to never seek to pull this memory from the ashes.
(Jan Dargatz, 52 Simple Ways To Give Your Spiritual Life A Lift, p. 128)
11 December 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I ask God to make me willing to see clearly my everyday experiences, to sharpen my perception of how much there is to enjoy, even in ordinary things and happenings. Let me be receptive. Restore to me my capacity for wonder.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 12 January)
10 December 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


National Harbor - White Poinsettias

When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.
(James 1:2, Grace For The Moment by Max Lucado, 26 April)
9 December 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014


If you, too, will learn to wait upon God, to get alone with Him, and remain silent so that you can hear His voice when He is ready to speak to you, what a difference it will make in your life.
(Kay Arthur In 100 Days Of Prayer For Women, p. 163)
8 December 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Resentment And Anger

Resentment and anger keep us focused on the person or situation causing the negative feelings and prevent us from accepting God's promise of healing.
(The Twelve Steps For Christians, p. 67)
7 December 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Prayer Life

The manifold rewards of a serious, consistent prayer life demonstrate clearly that time with our Lord should be our first priority.
(Shirley Dobson in 100 Days Of Prayer For Women, p. 163)
6 December 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Small Faults

The person who does not avoid small faults, 
little by little 
slips into greater ones.
(Thomas 'a Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 1, Chapter 25)
5 December 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Abide With Us

(National Geographic)

Abide with us, Lord, for it is toward evening and the day is far spent, alleluia.
(Vespers in Eastertide, Western Rite)
4 December 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sins Of My Youth

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my rebellious ways,
Remember me, O Lord, in keeping with your mercy.
(Psalm 25:7)
3 December 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Help Me To Live

Help me to live in such a way that my actions validate my beliefs ...
(100 Days Of Prayer For Women, p. 298)
2 December 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014


Taking time to be alone with ourselves, and with God, helps us to remove distractions that sometimes shield us from reality.
(The Twelve Steps For Christians, p. 104)
1 December 2014