For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in your faithfulness.
Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
“[Faith in What We Don't See]
The fundamental fact of existence is that
this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation
under everything that makes life worth living.
It's our handle on what we can't see.
The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors,
God, my shepherd!
I don't need a thing.
You have bedded me
down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet
pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
Psalm 23 The Message
Willow and Ben on the trail
Therefore then, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses
[who have borne testimony to the Truth],
let us strip off and throw aside
every encumbrance (unnecessary weight)
and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly)
clings to and entangles us, and let us
run with patient endurance and steady and active
persistence the appointed course of the
race that is set before us,
Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
Jan's Coy Pond
My feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
When I thought, "My foot slips,"
your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.
Psalm 73, Psalm 94
Glorious morning hills from Exline Ranch, Paso Robles, CA
When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay,
to show that the surpassing power
belongs to God and not to us.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed;
always carrying in the body the death of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be
manifested in our bodies.
For we who live are always being given
over to death for Jesus' sake,
so that the life of Jesus also may be
manifested in our mortal flesh.
So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Since we have the same spirit of faith
according to what has been written,
“I believed, and so I spoke,”
we also believe, and so we also speak,
knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus and bring us
with you into his presence.
For it is all for your sake, so that as grace
extends to more and more people it may increase
thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart.
Though our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For this light momentary affliction
is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory
beyond all comparison, as we look
not to the things that are seen
but to the things that are unseen.
For the things that are seen are transient,
but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4
I have said these things to you,
that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Why must we give ourselves fully to God?
Because God has given Himself to us.
If God, who owes nothing to us, is ready
to impart to us no less than Himself,
shall we answer with just a fraction of ourselves?
"But I do not account my life of any value
nor as precious to myself, if only I may
finish my course and the ministry that
I received from the Lord Jesus,
to testify to the gospel ofthe grace of God.
Paul, from Acts 20
sound leadership is founded on
Proverbs 20 The Message
and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.
Proverbs 17 The Message
“[A David Psalm] Thank you! Everything in me says "Thank you!"
Angels listen as I sing my thanks. I kneel in worship
facing your holy temple and say it again:
"Thank you!" Thank you for your love,
thank you for your faithfulness;
Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word.
The moment I called out, you stepped in;
you made my life large with strength.”
Fireworks Display, Prescott Valley, AZ unedited
By Your Words I can see where I'm going;
they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That's right—if you make Insight your priority,
and won't take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
you'll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
Don't lose your grip on Love and Loyalty.
Tie them around your neck;
carve their initials on your heart.
Proverbs 3 The Message