Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Do You Need God to Wipe Out Your Bad Record?

You will love many of the verses in this meaningful Psalm! We all are in need of God’s mercy, so let's commit this psalm to memory (and/or meditate on it), one verse per week. David wrote Psalm 51 after the prophet Nathan confronted him about his sin of adultery and murder.

Psalm 51:1 (New International Version)
Photo by Maria Marganingsih (Flickr)

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

Psalm 51:1(The Message) / For meditation purposes.
Generous in love—God, give grace!
Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.

I am thankful to serve a God Who loves me and extends mercy to me, every time I confess my sin to Him!

What about you?

  • Recall a time when you knew you didn’t deserve God’s love—when you desperately needed God to wipe out your bad record. Take some time thanking Him for His incomparable compassion. (You don't have to leave a comment about this. But if you do, please feel free to use a psuedonym. Click on the comments icon to see my response.)
  • Will you join me in memorizing and/or meditating on Psalm 51, one verse per week? I love this Psalm so much, that it will be hard to wait 19 weeks to finish memorizing it!
I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Need Direction About a Decision You Have to Make?

If you’re at a crossroad or feel confused about how to handle conflicts, this week’s verse would be great prayer for you.
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Psalm 25:4 (NIV)
Show me your ways, LORD
teach me your paths.

Psalm 25:4 (LB) For meditation purposes:
Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk.


What about you? (Pseudonyms are allowed)

  • As you memorize or meditate on this verse, consider praying the words regarding your circumstances.
  • If you can, please share your story with us.

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.

For something different, click on the play button to see Melanie Kidd’s 34-second YouTube video putting music to Psalm 25:4-5.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bringing Your Life to God. (Plus, a reader shares her favorite verse.)

Another short verse that packs a powerful punch! I love both versions, each gives a thoughtful perspective. This will be a great verse to memorize and meditate on all week.

Photo by Patrick Lim1996 (Flickr)
Psalm 25:1 (New International Version)
In you, LORD my God, I put my trust.

Psalm 25:1 (Amplified Bible)
Unto You, O Lord, do I bring my life.

David, the Psalmist, had a relationship with God, which I envy. It was candid and filled with confidence.

What about you? (You may use pseudonyms.)

  • Share with us the peace you've experienced while trusting God - or while you continue to wait for Him - during a long and difficult season.
  • Or (as many of us have done), did you start strong trusting in Him, but eventually gave up believing God is able (or even cares to) intervene? Will you allow us to stand with you in prayer? 
  • What thoughts does the Amplified Bible bring to your mind and heart? In what ways can you bring your life to God? (Click on the comment link to read my answer.)

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This week, Barbara rose to the challenge and shot a video of herself (using her iPad) to recite several verses from Psalm 121.  I appreciate her also sharing why she loves the psalm.

Please send me videos of you or your little ones reciting any Bible verse. If you’d like, give a short testimony of why you love the verse. (You can record from your Smartphone or other device and email me the video. Or, if you know how, please upload the video to YouTube and send me the link! Click on the About tab to find my email address.)

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.

And don’t forget to share your comments asked in the “What about you?” section.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Prayer for My President (and Every Leader)

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This week, we are pausing from memorizing our weekly Bible verse so I can share a post I wrote a year ago today.
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Anytime I am at the end of my rope, or when I don’t know which way to turn, I am inclined to go to Someone Who knows exactly what to do every time.

And that is exactly what I am praying my president (and every political and spiritual leader) will do.

I try to imagine the stress President Obama is under. And whether I agree with his politics or not, he is my president, the leader of my country. President Obama is the highest representative of the country I love: the United States of America. That alone gives me reason to pray.

It is my hope that President Obama will recall (and gain encouragement from) the way some of the leaders in the Bible handled extreme stress:

David’s men were so angry at him that they spoke of stoning him. But David “encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”  He then “inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue this troop?”(1 Samuel 30:6, 8 Amplified Bible).

And when Jehoshaphat was facing a great army that was coming against them, he prayed as he stood before his people, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in Heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You.” And ended the prayer with, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chronicles 20:6, 12 Amplified Bible).

David and Jehoshaphat made their choices after inquiring of the Lord.

One more thought: I can’t help but remember the many times God has used difficult times in my life to mold me to become more like Him. Therefore, I am convinced God can use anything – any trial, any occurrences – in anyone's life to draw him or her to God’s love and for His purposes.

My prayer for President Obama:
Father God, I pray President Obama will have the courage to do what is right and wise for all; that the leader of this wonderful country will ask You for wisdom and direction about what is best for the United States of America; that he will seek clear direction regarding everything he is facing. And, Lord, please help President Obama, during these demanding times, to grow in the revelation of Your Word. Help him to personally experience Your love, Your faithfulness, and Your purposes for him.

That is my prayer for my president. What is yours?

Monday, September 1, 2014

We Can Overcome in the Midst of a Trial (Plus, my turn to recite a verse!)

I wish some trials, including emotional, physical, and spiritual battles weren’t so long and difficult!

But this week’s verse reminds us that we can overcome in the midst of being attacked by the enemy – or life itself. This includes emotional/physical breakdowns and illnesses, and even when we’re faced with constant temptation!

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Psalm 18:29 (NIV)
With your help I can advance against a troop;  
with my God I can scale a wall.

Psalm 18:29 (AMP)
For by You I can run through a troop, 
and by my God I can leap over a wall.

The footnote in my Bible says “advance against a troop” also means that with God’s help we “can run through a barricade.”

Let’s picture ourselves leaping over some of life's walls and running through barricades that obstruct us! And while we’re at it, with the victorious strength God provides, let’s knock down a few of them.

What about you? (Share your answers and comments, via the comment link below.)

  • What do you like best about this week’s verse? Why?
  • What walls do you need God’s help to scale over or demolish?
  • Let me know when you’ve memorized Psalm 18:29. Or share with me what you gleaned from meditating on it.


This week, Bert recorded a video of me reciting Psalm 18:1 and 16 (and explaining why this verse means so much to me).



Please send me videos of you or your little ones reciting any Bible verse. If you’d like, give a short testimony of why you love the verse. (You can record from your Smartphone or other device and email me the video. Or, if you know how, please upload the video to YouTube and send me the link! Click on the About tab to find my email address.)

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer and if you would like the “First Letter with a Blank” memory tool (for the verse) to be included.

And don’t forget to share your comments asked in the “What About You?” section.


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