365 Days of Praise - Beyond Ourselves

Take a Look at This Star

02/11/2019

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Many people attempt to rise to “stardom.”  Some do. But no one, not even the most famous person comes close to Jesus, who explains in Revelation 22:16,  “I am the root and the descendant of David, the BRIGHT MORNING STAR.” Jesus tells us that HE is the  STAR to whom we should look. He is the STAR on whom we can set the course of our life and know we will arrive safely on heaven’s shores.  To whom might you need to point out this most fantastic of Stars?

Lord, we praise You, the BRIGHT MORNING STAR.

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Singles and Couples – Where Were You Married

02/10/2019

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Where were you married? I was married in an outdoor tabernacle on a wooden pew when I was 12. Oh, I’m not talking about when I married my earthly husband, Keith. I’m talking about when Jesus took me as His bride. I was at a youth camp and the Holy Spirit convicted me during the evening service that I was a sinner in need of a Savior. I acknowledged my sin and confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He drew me close. He took my hand in His nail scarred hand. My Jesus betrothed me to Him in love and forgiveness before the Heavenly Father and angels. One day, I will see Him face to face. He is coming for me just as Matthew 25:6 says, “Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Now, I’d love for you to hit the reply button and tell me where you were married. 

Jesus, You are the BRIDEGROOM of our dreams. Thank You for loving us and sacrificing Your life so that we are a cleansed, pure spotless bride. 

Wilted or Watered?

02/09/2019

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Have you ever walked through an unwatered garden? The plants are wilted. The leaves are yellow. There’s little, if any fruit. Stroll out of that garden and into a well watered garden; one loved by the owner. What do you see? The plants are full and perky. The leaves are green. The garden is filled with a beautiful fragrance. Flowers and fruit abound. The gardener has held withheld nothing and has committed everything to care for each plant. Jeremiah 31:12 speaks of the bounty of the Lord and a well watered garden. It says, “They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, and they will be radiant over the bounty of the Lord—and their life will be like a watered garden, and they will never languish again.” God is BOUNTIFUL in His love and care toward us. We do well to remember that.

Heavenly Father, we praise and thank You, BOUNTIFUL Lord!

Bite, Chew, Graze

02/08/2019

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Are you hungry? Is there a gnawing in you? Do you feel that something is missing? That no matter what you do, purchase, or where you go, you still yearn for more? Do you try to fill the emptiness but it’s still there? If so, maybe it’s your spirit that is hungry.  The answer isn’t more food, clothes, or money. The answer is found in Ephesians 5:18, to fill our spirit with the Holy Spirit of Jesus who John 6:48 describes as the BREAD of LIFE.  Jesus is to the soul, what a whopping delicious meal is to our body. Begin the day with bite size Bible verses.  Chew on them throughout the day. At night, graze on the promises of Christ. Go to sleep with your spirit fully satisfied in Christ.

Lord Jesus, we praise You, BREAD OF LIFE! Thank You for turning our yearning into satisfaction as we meditate on You.

Go for the Branch, Not the Thorns

02/06/2019

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Have you ever had something grow in your yard and you didn’t know if it was a flower or a weed? That’s happened to me. The same can happen with people or books that make flowery spiritual promises. The problem is, if they’re not rooted in Christ, the  flowery show will fade and the false empty promises end up being thorns to the soul . Jeremiah 23:5 announces the righteous BRANCH, Jesus Christ, whom we can trust. “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, when I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.’” Jesus is the One to whom we want to be grafted for this life and eternity.

BRANCH of the LORD, who lives forever, thank You for giving us true, eternal life. 

Hitch Your Wagon to the Right Star

02/05/2019

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Are you familiar with the saying, “Hitch your wagon to a star”? It’s an idiom that means “to commit to an aspirational goal or course of action that will lead to fulfillment.”* But many today are hitching to the opposite. Instead of hitching to what Romans 1:25 describes as God who is BLESSED FOREVER, they’re hitching to worldly godlessness. The Bible warns us that there are serious repercussions when people don’t honor God, give Him thanks, and exchange the truth of God for a lie. God eventually gives those people over. Over to what? Romans 1:18-25 tells us – over to impurity, over to dishonor, over to degrading passions, and over to depraved minds. What are we hitching our lives to? God who is BLESSED FOREVER or the world’s culture?

Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus, who are BLESSED FOREVER, use us as lights to point people to You.

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*Wiktionary

Yes, there’s someone we can trust!

02/04/2019

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We hear the news – one person gives their side of a story. Then another person gives theirs. We’re told one thing, and then find out it was a lie.  Is there anyone to whom we can look and fully trust? Yes! Our Lord! “BLAMELESS” is the word that describes Him and in the Hebrew means “whole, entire, sound, complete, wholesome, unimpaired, having integrity, entirely in accord with truth and fact.” And THAT, my friend, describes our LORD. Psalm 18:30 says, “As for God, His way is BLAMELESS;…” He is the One to whom we look heavenward and celebrate in praise.  He and HIS Word are what we follow, not the changing culture.  Be the LIGHT of the Blameless Lord today.

Lord God, we celebrate YOU, the BLAMELESS One!

If You’re Alone, Broken, Sick

02/03/2019

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Are you alone?  Are you emotionally scattered?  Are you broken or sick? Ezekiel 34:16 tell us that God is in the business of tending to the lost, the scattered, the broken, and the sick. Listen to his words, “I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick.” Yes, there are times in our lives when distance, disease, and death leave us feeling like we can’t take one more step, that we can’t get through the day or night. But our Father wants us to know that He sees us, He cares, and He is with us. Turn to Him. Rest in His arms. Put your head on His chest. Listen to the heartbeat of His love for you.

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for being with us, for BINDING UP the many ways we are BROKEN. Thank You for helping us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. 

In Need of Something BEAUTIFUL?

02/01/2019

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Do you have enemies?  Are you fearful? Is there trouble anywhere? David, the psalmist, can relate. But he kept his eye on the ball. That is, he kept his eye on God, His past and present faithfulness. He knew God to be the beauty in the ashes; the righteous in the midst of evil. And David chose – just like we can (and are) to gaze and meditate on God’s beauty and His eternal temple to which we’re headed. In the midst of the agony and defeat, discouragement and doubt, we can say, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.” Psalm 27:4 

BEAUTIFUL LORD, we praise You. Thank You for being the beauty in our day and the One on whom we can gaze and meditate. 

This is one of God’s 365 attributes for which we can look up, praise, and trust Him. To learn about His other attributes and ways you can know God and praise Him, join us HERE

A High and Precious Calling

01/31/2019

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Would you agree that there’s a lot of darkness in the world; people senselessly hurting one another? Here’s good news. Believers have a different calling than to hurt one another. First Peter 2:21-24 is God’s shout out for us to walk in our high and precious calling. “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, [Calling 1: Follow Christ’s Steps] who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; [Calling 2: Speak the Truth]; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, [Calling 3: Take the High Road in Relationships], but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; [Calling 4: Keep Entrusting Ourself to God]; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; [Calling 5: Live Righteously]; for by His wounds you were healed. [Calling 6: Walk in Christ’s Healing]  Yes, there’s a lot of hurt in the world, but Christians are called to a high and precious calling.

Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus and that He bore our sins on His body so that we might die to sin and live righteously. Thank You for the high and precious calling you’ve given us. Help us live up to it in honor of You.