Deuteronomy 33:3: “Surely God loves people! All the holy ones are in Your power, and at Your feet, they sit to receive Your word.”
Holy Father, we have no hope
apart from You.
Your Word speaks to us.
Your Word guides us.
Your Word falls on us at Your feet.
Help us to think of holiness
as the wholeness, perfection,
found only in You.
Some think of this as being –
or acting – better
than everyone else,
but that’s not it at all!
You love everyone!
You show no favoritism,
no matter how much we try to get
with our loud voices
Thank You, Father,
for helping us to be well-rounded –
Thank You for forgiving everything unholy in us –
and for filling in the holes
in us with Your Word
that calls all good and goodness
Praise You, LORD, for keeping us
wholly in You.
Thoughts: God loves everyone equally with no partiality and no favoritism shown, but I wonder if God likes us all the same? Maybe not! Let’s ask God, “What part of me need forgiveness, winsomeness, or healing?”
Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2016
God tests our love and loyalty by seeing whether we believe God’s Word – or not.
Deuteronomy 13:3,6: “Do not listen to the words of false prophets or the false hopes of dreamers for the LORD your God is testing your love and loyalty.”
I don’t want any God but You.
You alone do I want to follow.
Then a friend comes along
with what sounds like a good idea
that isn’t scriptural!
All sorts of issues have come up
since Bible days when some peoples
worshiped the moon
but never expected us to land on it!
Pontius Pilate once said,
“What is truth?”
which seems harder to discern today
since people think that whatever they think
But You, LORD,
didn’t keep us guessing.
You knew we would want to know
what You want,
for the truth can only be found in You.
Help us neither to be led astray
nor lead others away from You.
Thank You for giving us Your word
in the Bible
and Your Word in Christ.
Give us now a strong desire
to read the Bible, cover to cover,
again and again,
so we can get to know You better
and know – without a doubt –
the truth of Your love for us.
Thoughts: Listening to God means listening to what the Bible says and shows. Loving God means caring enough to follow the Lord into the truth that only God can bring.
Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016
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Source: Bible Reviewer: Holman NKJV Giant Print Reference Bible
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Source: Bible Reviewer: NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
May God help us to accept, embrace, and appreciate ourselves and one another in the Body of Christ in Jesus’ Name.
Source: Praise Poems: Thumbs don’t seem important, Lord
Serving God serves fairness. Loving God means loving other people and treating everyone fairly.
Deuteronomy 10:12: “People of God, what does the LORD God require of you but to revere the LORD your God and hold Him in awe as you walk in His ways and as you love and serve the LORD your God with your whole heart and being.”
Lord, we hear the word
“awesome!” so often,
it doesn’t mean much,
and yet to You alone
Of You alone
are we in awe,
but, Lord, some people
think You’re awful!
They say Your way
of justice is unjust
or mean as You permit
an eye for an eye.
What they don’t get
is that justice rests in
equality – even if
the maximum punishment
to the taker of an eye
is an eye – but one eye only.
It’s like hearing another ruling
on the Golden Rule:
Whatever you do to others
eventually will be done to you.
LORD, please help my whole being
align with Your golden measures.
Help me to be aware
of the goodness in You
and Your children
who hold You in Most Highest
Thoughts: Life may not be fair, but God is! Serving the LORD serves fairness, huge portions of love, and maybe a golden glimmer of the awesomeness we reflect as we are made – and remade – in the image of God.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016
IF we listen AND obey, God will love and bless us and our children!
Deuteronomy 7:12-14: “If you listen and keep God’s laws, the LORD your God will keep His covenant as promised. He will love and bless you and your descendants.”
what an amazing inheritance
You have given me
to pass on to my children
and my children’s children
and my church family!
When it comes to money, though,
or even lush efforts at gardening,
I often have little produce
to play with and share.
In some ways, I feel
no more blessed
than anyone else,
so sometimes I find myself
or wishing I had more.
Forgive me, Lord, for mumbling.
Forgive me for envying others
for Your good gifts to them.
Thank You for Your generosity!
Thank You that Your promises
can be trusted forever.
Help me to be aware of Your blessings
and to become a blessing to others
as Your very own child – Your descendant
in Jesus’ Name.
Thoughts: God’s love is not conditional, but God’s promises are.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016