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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The sacrifice of Praise

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15

Sometimes praising God seems like a sacrifice. Sometimes it is a pleasure. Regardless of our circumstances we can continually offer our praises to God giving thanks to His name. Lord remind me to offer to You my continual praises.

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9/11 Remembered

“Do not grant the wicked their desires, O Lord; do not let their plans succeed.” Psalm 140:8

On this 9/11 anniversary I pray for all families who suffered on that day.

May they turn to you for a comfort that never fails.

Praise the Lord.


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Ready or not, here I come!

Matthew 24:44 “Therefore you also be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

When I was a child, I played hide and go seek. I would count to 100 and then yell out,”Ready or not, here I come!” Jesus is Coming Again to this planet! We can be ready if we are abiding in Him. If we are spending time in His word and in prayer getting to know Him, we will be ready when He comes. He is coming. Let’s be ready.

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I Feel Really Blessed Today

“Unless the: Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1

Today, oh Lord, as my character continues to be developed I consecrate myself to You that You might be its builder.

Though I may work today, my prayers will ascend at every opportunity because I feel so blessed.

Praise the Lord.


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God Knows Me and Loves Me

“He who watches over you will not slumber.” Psalm 121:3

As I begin a new work week it is with confidence that the Lord is attentive to me. He is with me, and knows my life.

I praise God that He is interested in me; more interested than any of my friends or family.

I will be an ambassador for God this week.


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Bring Peace Into Our World Today

‘I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.” Psalm 120:7

This world is full of war, and angry people, but you O Lord are love. How can I make a difference today except through prayer.

Our Father in heaven, bring judgment upon those who oppress the innocent. Give us wisdom to know what to say and do.

Help us to be men and women of God today; thinking your thoughts; doing your work. Supporting peace and love in a broken world. Amen.


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Yesterday I Was Blessed; Today I Praise God

“Righteous are you, O Lord.” Psalm 119:137

Yesterday I enjoyed praying with 5 other people; praying for guidance, and zeal that our lives might be a blessing to others.

We prayed for the Holy Spirit, and for families that need God in their lives.

We were blessed as we prayed together, and I praise God today for the blessings of yesterday.

Praise the Lord.

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The Arrogant People Who Are Oppressing Me

“Let not the arrogant oppress me.” Psalm 119:122

Arrogant people consume energy from everyone they associate with. It’s discouraging to be forced, in the workplace, to be with an arrogant person.

Arrogance leads to hypocrisy and Jesus minced no words when confronting it. So, we need not be discouraged when facing it.

May your day be peaceful as you praise God with me for His understanding and love that sustains us in these perverse conditions.

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Praise Him

Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

No matter how my day may go, I can always offer praises to God for all of His blessings to me.

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To know God

Jeremiah 23-24 23Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this,That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness,judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord. NKJV

I wish that all my brothers and sisters in Christ would be able to soon glory in this, that they understand and know God. What a privilege it is to even be invited to have a personal relationship with the most powerful being in the universe! I pray that we do not let this honor pass by.

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Replace Stressful and Impossible Situations

“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:114

Today there may be problems in your life; issues at work might be difficult; there might be overwhelming stress; but know that God cares for you.

Everything that I experience today will be less, much less, important than my connection to God. My love for Him will replace my stress today.

Jesus said the Holy Spirit will comfort me, and so I believe it.

Praise the Lord!

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Today Begins a New Week With God!

“Accept, O Lord, the willing praise of my mouth.” Psalm 119:108

This morning I praised You as I watched the sunrise. I praised you as I awoke to face another day of life. I praise you as my wife and I spend the day together tending flowers and garden.

Yes, today will be another day of praise and fulfillment.

#spiritualexercise #Jesus

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God’s Gift That keeps On Giving

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

What would we do without Scripture? Just imagine what people of faith would be like. It’s bad enough as we struggle to gain control of our passions and weaknesses. It’s bad enough as we struggle against arrogance and pride.

But as we study Scripture we see the examples of humility and better understand its importance. So, today I thank God for this gift that gives me guidance.

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Join Me in Sweet Meditation Today

“I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.” Psalm 119:99

As I meditated yesterday and this morning upon your laws, I can only marvel at their design for perfect harmony. Rules for living that allow large numbers of persons to live together without conflict. Rules that provide freedom for all; freedom that lasts because of love at every level. Love can be seen everywhere. It oozes out of the cracks. It permeates all it touches.

Only by meditation can Your love be enjoyed and understood.

What a great way to begin my day!

#spiritualexercise #prayerjournal

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Should God’s Law Restrict My True Happiness or Bring Me Real Delight?

“If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” Psalm 119:92

So many today view God’s law as a set of restrictions, and yet the Psalmist viewed it with delight. He saw the freedom built into God’s law.

I just finished reading a book about President John Adams, and the next 3 generations of his family, and how they had so little peace and happiness. They were concerned about “duty” and “justice” to the exclusion of “service for others” and “loving God.”

Today may we as the Psalmist see love in God’s law, and may it bring us inner peace and true happiness.

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