Psalm 16

Psalm 16:1. “Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. 2. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” 3. I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” 4. Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. 5. Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. 6. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10. because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 11. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Oh, this is so true!!

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Psalm 15

Psalm 15: 1. “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? 2. The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; 3. whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; 4. who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; 5. who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.”

Psalm 136:1-9

Psalm 136:1. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. 2. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. 3. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. 4. to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. 5. who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. 6. who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. 7. who made the great lights— His love endures forever. 8. the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever. 9. the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.”

Loving the Moment Blue

Days are not all the same. Having them all the same would be comforting and maddening at the same time. There are days that warm the heart. These rare days are my orange days. There are days of refreshing, my green days, my favorite days. There are red angry days and yellow summer fun days. Thankfully, black gloom days are rarest of all. But I want to discuss how to appreciate the blue days. Days are blue when we feel weight and darkness pressing around us and its blackness seeps into our happy warmth that naturally comes with following Yeshua and it reveals itself as blue, lumbering, somber, motivationally-challenged. There seem to be a lot of these days for many of my friends lately, and when they are affected, I am affected. So, if the blue days are here, what on earth can we do to make them more lovable. And I thought of a few ideas we can try. On blue days, don’t get out of bed u til you have read three Psalms. I think this might be a good step forward. Another idea is to pray right away and tell God that we have this blue day and need help. If we humbly ask God, our Heavenly Father for help, He does not refuse us. Ever. So, if we ask for a little help and motivation, He will send us little helps throughout the day. The next step is to get out of bed. Sometimes this is about all w can muster, but it is important. Get out of bed, shower, get dressed, force yourself to do this and as you do, God encourages you with strength. Happens every time. We can opt for a little help on being uplifted by listening to some great teaching of truth on the radio or internet or watch some I Love Lucy or Carol Burnett reruns. 🙂 Here’s the next fabulous and important idea. Help someone else. It seems like an impossibility, you certainly won’t want to, but there is something magical that happens when we purposefully obey God in serving someone else, which He says is actually serving and worshipping Him. When we worship Him in this way, He blesses us. The last idea is to stop focusing on the reasons for the blueness and thank Him and look for all the little blessings and good moments. There are always little diamonds He drops down for us. But we miss them if we allow ourselves to wallow and stay distracted. These are some ideas for loving blue days and maybe changing them to yellow. Let’s give it a try.