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I'm a pilgrim who loves the Lord, and who accepts the counsel of Psalm 119:2, "Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart."

A New Week With God Begins

“Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

I love this statement. It describes the culture of heaven, and I like that.

Today, this week–I want to be like that also.

What say you about God today?

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I Planted a Tree Yesterday

Yesterday I planted a maple tree called Autumn Blaze. As it grows it will benefit nature by making oxygen, putting moisture into the air and providing shade and habitat for birds.

Trees remind me of faithful men and women; people who can be trusted; people who are reliable; who walk with God.

Trees remain where they are planted, and it’s my prayer that you and I discern where God wants us to be planted today.

May we become as faithful as our God.

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Do You Have Inner Peace?

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

Jesus was “harsh” only when dealing with hypocrisy. My prayer today is for gentleness and love. Peace.

Praise God for the inner peace that I feel today.

What say you about God?

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Give Me More Zeal

A short time following His first miracle Jesus went to Jerusalem and cleansed the temple. “His disciples remembered that it is written: ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ ” John 2:17

Oh, that I might have the zeal of Jesus!

Oh, that I might have His love in my heart, for when the love of God is embedded in the heart a sweet fragrance emanates.

Praise the Lord today.

 

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Beginning a New Week With Intensity

“Blessed are they who . . . seek him with all their heart.” Psalm 119:2

I revisit this thought today because of its importance to me as I ponder my level of zeal for God.

It is my desire to seek God with the same intensity that Jesus sought the Father. This will be a life-changing endeavor.

What say you about God today?

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My Plea for Wisdom Today

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God . . . and it shall be given him.” James 1:5

As I read scripture it is evident how little I understand about righteousness, so I move forward in faith knowing that Jesus understands.

Lord help me to be like you with deep understandings and wise thoughts.

Praise the Lord.

 

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Oceans are Warmer; Birds are dying

When camping last week I noticed how few ashes remained after burning so much wood, and my friend assured me that the same amount of carbon is released when wood rots as when it burns. That made me feel better.

Unfortunately the same is not true for coal, and this year thousands of birds that summer in Iceland have failed, yet again, to have chicks due to what the ornithologists believe is the warmer Atlantic Ocean.

One area where ornithologists would normally band and record 800 chicks had only 5 this summer, and it’s the same in every breeding ground according to the report I read.

I don’t participate in the debate about global warming, but it seems to me that converting zillions of tons of coal from solid to gas through burning century after century increases the volume of the atmosphere around earth, and that alone would make air-waves larger and larger and ultimately affect weather patterns.

Oh, Lord, what have we done? Help me to be a better steward of your creation!

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God Has Power Over Death

It has been a year since my mother died in her 95th year, and I will never forget the emotions confronting me when I picked up the small wooden box containing her ashes.

The woman in whose womb I was formed, and who cared for me with a tenderness of unmeasured love was reduced to a few pounds of dust that some might label as waste.

But there will be a day when my mother will rise from her grave;  “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Yes, a better day awaits, and for that I praise the Lord.

What say you about God today?

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Meekness Matters

“For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.” Psalm 149:4

Jesus must have thought of this psalm when He said “The meek shall inherit the earth.”

Today I pray that all His people will cast away arrogance and wear a cloak of meekness, for love does not boast.

What say you about God today?

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Think About God Today

I’m back home after a weekend of camping in an ecosystem that supports a diversity of life leaving me with much to think about, much to meditate on regarding God and nature.

Today begins a new week of work, and I pray that I will represent God in everything I say and do.

What say you about God today?

 

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Ospreys and God

“How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him. Psalm 147:1

Yesterday my wife and I were canoeing and saw a beautiful adult osprey plunge into the lake for a fish. The bird spread his wings and flew away after missing the quarry, but we were fed by the view of his wonderful majestic form.

Praise God today for He creation that feeds our souls.

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Do You Ever Wrestle With God?

“Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” Psalm 146:5

Today I am camping in the forest listening to birds announcing their presence and acorns bouncing off the camper; all reminding me of a God who created it all.

My God is the same God that Jacob worshiped. The same God that Jacob wrestled with, and today I wrestle with Him for more of His Spirit, for a more perfect character that I may be fit for more of His Spirit.

Praise the Lord.

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Another Work Week Ending

“While I live I will praise the Lord.” Psalm 146:2

Today as I end my week of work I continue to praise God for the Cross on Calvary.

Tomorrow I will spend my day in worship and prayer as my wife and I camp in the forest.

What say you about God today?

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I See More Love Than Anger

“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Psalm 145:8

Many feel that the Lord of the Old Testament is angry, but if you read carefully, very carefully a different, more loving God emerges between the lines.

I praise Him today for His mercy; a loving God full of grace.

 

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Can I Really Bless God?

“thy saints shall bless thee.” Psalm 145:10

How can I bless God? is a question that seems impossible to answer. Can I bless Him with words?

Today it is my prayer that I will bless Him with my life. May I be honest, trustworthy and loving today.

I will also meditate on this thought as a part of my spiritual exercise.

 

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Beginning A New Week With God

“My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord.” Psalm 145:21

As a new week begins I meditate on the wonders of nature.

I have been in the state of Delaware for  few days and have seen a variety of shore birds living on small islands, and in places reserved for their preservation.

Their beauty and independence reflects the desire of their creator for all nature to be free.

I see the character of God displayed in the ecosystem of this place.

Praise the Lord.

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Meditating Today About Truth

“The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

As I meditate on God today I realize the importance of truth. We all seek truth and understand that Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the “Spirit of Truth.”

Today may He keep me from being deceived by the devil and be lead by the Spirit of Truth.

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Old Teachers; Old Friends

“One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4

Yesterday I met and prayed with a man who was one of my high school teachers over 50 years ago. We talked about old times, and enjoyed our conversation. I first met him when I was in 2nd grade and still recall a joke he told me.

Together we shared stories of our faith in God, and we encouraged each other in our simple and humble way.

Praise God for those who are a positive influence on young minds.

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Red Fox Alert

I was riding my bike on the rail-trail in Maryland yesterday with friends and when we stopped for a water break someone noticed a red fox sitting on the trail a few yards behind us. The fox wasn’t very shy so we watched it with admiration as it relaxed in our presence.

What a beautiful animal with slender body and bushy tail. Alert ears were aimed in our direction to be sure of our movements and when my wife walked in its direction it scurried up an embankment. After we began moving it returned to the trail ready to bless another rider coming in its direction.

Praise the Lord.

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