Where do you put your trust? Money? Power? Fame? Success? These won’t give you happiness or security, so put your trust in God.

Zechariah 10:2

2 For the teraphim (household idols) have spoken vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility) and the diviners have seen a lie and the dreamers have told false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people go their way like sheep; they are afflicted and hurt because there is no shepherd.

We often create idols of money, power, fame, or success, and then we expect them to give us happiness and security. But these idols can’t supply what we need any more than a stone image can make it rain. How foolish it is to trust in idols. Instead, trust God’s promises for your future.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that will be in it. I praise You God for being my source. I praise You God for being my rock and my fortress. Lord, I praise You for Your Word that speaks truth into each day. Lord, thank You for this past weekend with my family and our softball friends. Thank You for helping the girls come together and play well together (getting 3rd). Lord, with You all things are possible. Lord, with You nothing is too difficult. Lord, with You nothing is impossible. So Lord, as I look ahead, I put all my hope and trust in You. I lift this day and week ahead to You in eager anticipating of all that will take place. Help me Lord to prioritize to Your priorities. Help me to be an example that blesses and glorifies You. And throughout it all may You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Verse of the Day

20 But as he was thinking this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of (from, out of) the Holy Spirit.21 She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].

Matthew 1:20-21

Psalm 136

1 O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.2 O give thanks to the God of gods, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever–4 To Him Who alone does great wonders, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;5 To Him Who by wisdom and understanding made the heavens, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;6 To Him Who stretched out the earth upon the waters, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;7 To Him Who made the great lights, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever–8 The sun to rule over the day, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;9 The moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;10 To Him Who smote Egypt in their firstborn, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever; 11 And brought out Israel from among them, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever; 12 With a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;13 To Him Who divided the Red Sea into parts, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever; 14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;15 But shook off and overthrew Pharaoh and his host into the Red Sea, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;16 To Him Who led His people through the wilderness, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;17 To Him Who smote great kings, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;18 And slew famous kings, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever–19 Sihon king of the Amorites, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever; 20 And Og king of Bashan, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever; 21 And gave their land as a heritage, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;22 Even a heritage to Israel His servant, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever; 23 To Him Who [earnestly] remembered us in our low estate and imprinted us [on His heart], for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;24 And rescued us from our enemies, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;25 To Him Who gives food to all flesh, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;26 O give thanks to the God of heaven, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

Proverbs 12

1 WHOEVER LOVES instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked devices He condemns.3 A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall never be moved.4 A virtuous and worthy wife [earnest and strong in character] is a crowning joy to her husband, but she who makes him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts and purposes of the [consistently] righteous are honest and reliable, but the counsels and designs of the wicked are treacherous.6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them and the innocent ones [thus endangered].7 The wicked are overthrown and are not, but the house of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall stand.8 A man shall be commended according to his Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God], but he who is of a perverse heart shall be despised.9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed but works for his own support than he who assumes honor for himself and lacks bread.10 A [consistently] righteous man regards the life of his beast, but even the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. 11 He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense and is without understanding.12 The wicked desire the booty of evil men, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous yields [richer fruitage].13 The wicked is [dangerously] snared by the transgression of his lips, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall come out of trouble.14 From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise. 16 A fool’s wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.17 He who breathes out truth shows forth righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), but a false witness utters deceit.18 There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.19 Truthful lips shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is [credited] but for a moment.20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but for the counselors of peace there is joy.21 No [actual] evil, misfortune, or calamity shall come upon the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil, misfortune, and calamity. 22 Lying lips are extremely disgusting and hateful to the Lord, but they who deal faithfully are His delight. 23 A prudent man is reluctant to display his knowledge, but the heart of [self-confident] fools proclaims their folly. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad. 26 The [consistently] righteous man is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked causes others to go astray.27 The slothful man does not catch his game or roast it once he kills it, but the diligent man gets precious possessions.28 Life is in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), and in its pathway there is no death but immortality (perpetual, eternal life).


God is in control and knows what He is doing. Want to learn more, read His Word.

Habakkuk 2:20

20 But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth hush and keep silence before Him.

Idols have no life, no personhood, no power; they are empty chunks of wood or stone. Temples built to idols are equally empty; no one lives there. But the Lord is in his temple. He is real, alive, and powerful. He is truly and fully God. Idolaters command their idols to save them, but we who worship the living God come to him in silent awe, with great respect, and with reverence. We acknowledge that God is in control and knows what he is doing. Idols remain silent, because they cannot answer. The living God, by contrast, speaks through his Word. Approach God reverently and wait silently to hear what he has to say.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this day and a great weekend. I thank You for the time with my family. I thank You for a time of focus each morning to seek You and read Your Word. I praise You God for a word that never returns void. I praise You God that You have such an incredible love letter as the Bible written that we may come to know the truth. As we go to the tournament today, I pray for unity, wisdom, and discernment for the coaching staff and team. I pray Lord that they will play together as one. I pray that You will enable them to use the skills they have learned and practiced and be focused today. Lord, help me to be an encourager. Help me to be a light that shines for You and points others to You. Help me to even be an encouragement for the parents. And Lord in and throughout this day may You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 135

1 PRAISE THE Lord! (Hallelujah!) Praise the name of the Lord; praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!2 You who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God,3 Praise the Lord! For the Lord is good; sing praises to His name, for He is gracious and lovely!4 For the Lord has chosen [the descendants of] Jacob for Himself, Israel for His peculiar possession and treasure. 5 For I know that the Lord is great and that our Lord is above all gods.6 Whatever the Lord pleases, that has He done in the heavens and on earth, in the seas and all deeps–7 Who causes the vapors to arise from the ends of the earth, Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings the wind out of His storehouses;8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast; 9 Who sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and all his servants;10 Who smote nations many and great and slew mighty kings–11 Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan.12 [The Lord] gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to Israel His people.13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever, Your fame, O Lord, throughout all ages.14 For the Lord will judge and vindicate His people, and He will delay His judgments [manifesting His righteousness and mercy] and take into favor His servants [those who meet His terms of separation unto Him]. 15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.16 [Idols] have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;17 They have ears, but they hear not, nor is there any breath in their mouths.18 Those who make [idols] are like them; so is everyone who trusts in and relies on them. 19 Bless (affectionately and gratefully praise) the Lord, O house of Israel; bless the Lord, O house of Aaron [God’s ministers].20 Bless the Lord, O house of Levi [the dedicated tribe]; you who reverently and worshipfully fear the Lord, bless the Lord [affectionately and gratefully praise Him]! 21 Blessed out of Zion be the Lord, Who dwells [with us] at Jerusalem! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

Proverbs 11

1 A FALSE balance and unrighteous dealings are extremely offensive and shamefully sinful to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight. 2 When swelling and pride come, then emptiness and shame come also, but with the humble (those who are lowly, who have been pruned or chiseled by trial, and renounce self) are skillful and godly Wisdom and soundness.3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them.4 Riches provide no security in any day of wrath and judgment, but righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) delivers from death. 5 The righteousness of the blameless shall rectify and make plain their way and keep it straight, but the wicked shall fall by their own wickedness.6 The righteousness of the upright [their rectitude in every area and relation] shall deliver them, but the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity and greedy desire.7 When the wicked man dies, his hope [for the future] perishes; and the expectation of the godless comes to nothing.8 The [uncompromisingly] righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked gets into it instead.9 With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge and superior discernment shall the righteous be delivered.10 When it goes well with the [uncompromisingly] righteous, the city rejoices, but when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.11 By the blessing of the influence of the upright and God’s favor [because of them] the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.12 He who belittles and despises his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent.13 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy and faithful in spirit keeps the matter hidden.14 Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.15 He who becomes security for an outsider shall smart for it, but he who hates suretyship is secure [from its penalties].16 A gracious and good woman wins honor [for her husband], and violent men win riches but a woman who hates righteousness is a throne of dishonor for him .17 The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution.18 The wicked man earns deceitful wages, but he who sows righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) shall have a sure reward [permanent and satisfying]. 19 He who is steadfast in righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) attains to life, but he who pursues evil does it to his own death.20 They who are willfully contrary in heart are extremely disgusting and shamefully vile in the eyes of the Lord, but such as are blameless and wholehearted in their ways are His delight!21 Assuredly [I pledge it] the wicked shall not go unpunished, but the multitude of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be delivered.22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman who is without discretion.23 The desire of the [consistently] righteous brings only good, but the expectation of the wicked brings wrath.24 There are those who [generously] scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting or what is justly due, but it results only in want.25 The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered. 26 The people curse him who holds back grain [when the public needs it], but a blessing [from God and man] is upon the head of him who sells it.27 He who diligently seeks good seeks [God’s] favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come upon him.28 He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident in his riches shall fall, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like a green bough.29 He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind, and the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.30 The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men–he gathers and receives them for eternity]. 31 Behold, the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be recompensed on earth; how much more the wicked and the sinner! And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and wicked?

Verse of the Day

10 In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.

1 John 4:10

What do you trust more? What you made with your hands or God?

Habakkuk 3:18

18 What profit is the graven image when its maker has formed it? It is only a molten image and a teacher of lies. For the maker trusts in his own creations [as his gods] when he makes dumb idols.

Idolatry may seem like a sin that modern people need not fear. But idolatry is not just bowing down to idols; it is trusting in what one has made, and therefore, in one’s own power as creator and sustainer. If we say we worship God but put our trust in bank accounts, homes, businesses, and organizations, then we are idolaters. Do you trust God more than you trust what your hands have made?

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and all that is within it. I thank You for the great day yesterday and pray that the encouragement You were able to put into the girls will fill them to the top, brimming over today so that in conjunction with that and the bonding time they had together last night, they will be able to play as one team under the wing of God. Lord, I pray for the coaches and their unity that they will also word as one, following in the principles of alignment of authority so that that the blessing may flow from you to the leader and then throughout the coaching staff and then over the girls. Lord, I praise You for having taught me this through Your Word and Your church. I praise You for the day ahead putting my trust in You that Your kingdom will come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I praise You Lord for my wife, family and friends and pray your protection and healing touch over their bodies that we may be strong and mighty for the glory of Your kingdom in Jesus’ name I pray. So as I start this day, putting my hope and trust in You, I give You the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 134

1 BEHOLD, BLESS (affectionately and gratefully praise) the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, [singers] who by night stand in the house of the Lord. 2 Lift up your hands in holiness and to the sanctuary and bless the Lord [affectionately and gratefully praise Him]!3 The Lord bless you out of Zion, even He Who made heaven and earth.

Proverbs 10

1 THE PROVERBS of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish and self-confident son is the grief of his mother.2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) delivers from death.3 The Lord will not allow the [uncompromisingly] righteous to famish, but He thwarts the desire of the wicked. 4 He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.6 Blessings are upon the head of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.7 The memory of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked shall rot. 8 The wise in heart will accept and obey commandments, but the foolish of lips will fall headlong.9 He who walks uprightly walks securely, but he who takes a crooked way shall be found out and punished.10 He who winks with the eye [craftily and with malice] causes sorrow; the foolish of lips will fall headlong but he who boldly reproves makes peace .11 The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.12 Hatred stirs up contentions, but love covers all transgressions.13 On the lips of him who has discernment skillful and godly Wisdom is found, but discipline and the rod are for the back of him who is without sense and understanding.14 Wise men store up knowledge [in mind and heart], but the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin. 16 The earnings of the righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) lead to life, but the profit of the wicked leads to further sin. 17 He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.18 He who hides hatred is of lying lips, and he who utters slander is a [self-confident] fool. 19 In a multitude of words transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.20 The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.21 The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous feed and guide many, but fools die for want of understanding and heart.22 The blessing of the Lord–it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].23 It is as sport to a [self-confident] fool to do wickedness, but to have skillful and godly Wisdom is pleasure and relaxation to a man of understanding.24 The thing a wicked man fears shall come upon him, but the desire of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be granted.25 When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous have an everlasting foundation. 26 As vinegar to the teeth and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who employ and send him.27 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord prolongs one’s days, but the years of the wicked shall be made short.28 The hope of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked (those who are out of harmony with God) comes to nothing.29 The way of the Lord is strength and a stronghold to the upright, but it is destruction to the workers of iniquity.30 The [consistently] righteous shall never be removed, but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth [eventually]. 31 The mouths of the righteous (those harmonious with God) bring forth skillful and godly Wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut down [like a barren and rotten tree].32 The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous know [and therefore utter] what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked knows [and therefore speaks only] what is obstinately willful and contrary.

Verse of the Day

12 I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.

Philippians 4:12

Vision: Wait for it, wait for it. It will surely come. Be patient.

Habakkuk 2:3

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.

Evil and injustice seem to have the upper hand in the world. Like Habakkuk, Christians often feel angry and discouraged as they see what goes on. Habakkuk complained vigorously to God about the situation. God’s answer to Habakkuk is the same answer he would give us: "Be patient! I will work out my plans in my perfect timing." It isn’t easy to be patient, but it helps to remember that God hates sin even more than we do. Punishment of sin will certainly come. As God told Habakkuk, "Wait patiently." To trust God fully means to trust him even when we don’t understand why events occur as they do.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and Lord that You are in control. I pray today for the leadership around me. I pray for those in authority over me. I pray for those in authority of my family members. And Lord, I pray that they will hear from You and obey Your plans and purposes for them. I pray that we under their authority will walk under their authority and under the covering You provide when we walk in alignment with the authority You have put over us. Give us wisdom to say and do what is right, what is pure, what is good Lord so that in all we say and all we do, You receive praise, honor, and glory. I look to You Lord as questions about the leadership arise, and I know Lord that You bring the leadership into place for Your purpose. In some cases to break down barriers and remove burdens. In some cases to lift up and encourage the people. In some cases to get the people to turn back to You as You are our true source of hope. God, I praise You for the opportunities and challenges that You have brought into my life that have enable me to become stronger and put even greater trust and hope in You.How You have been able to teach me obedience and trust, patience and hope. Lord, I lift up my friends who are currently struggling Lord and I ask that You speak to them and speak to me if necessary to talk hope and truth and love and wisdom and direction and discernment over them. Lord, Your Word says that You have a plan for each of us and it is for good. Help us Lord to trust You at Your Word and to pursue after You daily. Help us to identify the hindrances that are keeping us from allowing Your blessings to freely flow into our lives and into their lives Lord. As I learned in my case, unforgiveness was holding it back, but that forgiveness provided freedom, peace, and the grace of God to freely flow into my life.Lord, today is the day that You have made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it. And Lord, as we go out, I give You in advance, trusting in You, all the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Verse of the Day

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1 Peter 1:18-19

Psalm 133

1 BEHOLD, HOW good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!2 It is like the precious ointment poured on the head, that ran down on the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments [consecrating the whole body]. 3 It is like the dew of [lofty] Mount Hermon and the dew that comes on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore [upon the high and the lowly].

Proverbs 9

1 WISDOM HAS built her house; she has hewn out and set up her seven [perfect number of] pillars.2 She has killed her beasts, she has mixed her [spiritual] wine; she has also set her table. 3 She has sent out her maids to cry from the highest places of the town:4 Whoever is simple (easily led astray and wavering), let him turn in here! As for him who lacks understanding, [God’s] Wisdom says to him,5 Come, eat of my bread and drink of the [spiritual] wine which I have mixed. 6 Leave off, simple ones [forsake the foolish and simpleminded] and live! And walk in the way of insight and understanding.7 He who rebukes a scorner heaps upon himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man gets for himself bruises.8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man (one upright and in right standing with God) and he will increase in learning.10 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding.11 For by me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scorn, you alone will bear it and pay the penalty.13 The foolish woman is noisy; she is simple and open to all forms of evil, she [willfully and recklessly] knows nothing whatever [of eternal value].14 For she sits at the door of her house or on a seat in the conspicuous places of the town,15 Calling to those who pass by, who go uprightly on their way:16 Whoever is simple (wavering and easily led astray), let him turn in here! And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,17 Stolen waters (pleasures) are sweet [because they are forbidden]; and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. 18 But he knows not that the shades of the dead are there [specters haunting the scene of past transgressions], and that her invited guests are [already sunk] in the depths of Sheol (the lower world, Hades, the place of the dead).

Look at your heart. Consider your character. DO, not out of what you will get or gain, but out of what you give expecting nothing in return.

Amos 5:12

12 For I know how manifold are your transgressions and how mighty are your sins–you who afflict the [uncompromisingly] righteous, who take a bribe, and who turn aside the needy in the [court of the city] gate from their right.

Why does God put so much emphasis on the way we treat the poor and needy? How we treat the rich, or those of equal standing, often reflects what we hope to get from them. But because the poor can give us nothing, how we treat them reflects our true character. Do we, like Christ, give without thought of gain? We should treat the poor as we would like God to treat us.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and all that will be in it. I thank You for the incredible plans You have for this day and for the people You will bring into it. I praise You Lord for the friends that came around me as I was having challenges and pain to try and lift me up and encourage me. I thank You Lord for the encouragement that because of my life, they wanted me to realize that it was their turn so that I could find rest and encouragement and hope. Lord, You have provided for me hope and wisdom and encouragement through Your Word, through worship on the radio and at church, but most of all through my family and friends. I praise You Lord for my wife who carried an extra burden in my lows, she is an incredible woman and I pray Lord that You will help me to bless her more than she could ever ask or imagine. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear what You would have me do. So Lord, as we head into this long weekend, I lift up my family, my friends, and those I am about to meet, and ask Lord that You help each of us remember the truth and hope that come from a relationship with You. For Lord, You never planned for us to walk through this world alone, but that we would have “one another”, that we would carry one another’s burden and provide hope, that comes from a living relationship with You. Help us to walk in alignment with You. Help us to walk in alignment with those in authority. And Lord may Your blessing fall on this family, community, county, state, country, world because of our reliance and hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So Lord I give You the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name, in advance trusting and believing in You, Amen.

Verse of the Day

3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Psalm 3:3

Psalm 132

1 LORD, [earnestly] remember to David’s credit all his humiliations and hardships and endurance–2 How he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:3 Surely I will not enter my dwelling house or get into my bed–4 I will not permit my eyes to sleep or my eyelids to slumber,5 Until I have found a place for the Lord, a habitation for the Mighty One of Jacob. 6 Behold, at Ephratah we [first] heard of [the discovered ark]; we found it in the fields of the wood [at Kiriath-jearim]. 7 Let us go into His tabernacle; let us worship at His footstool.8 Arise, O Lord, to Your resting-place, You and the ark [the symbol] of Your strength.9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness (right living and right standing with God); and let Your saints shout for joy!10 For Your servant David’s sake, turn not away the face of Your anointed and reject not Your own king.11 The Lord swore to David in truth; He will not turn back from it: One of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne. 12 If your children will keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them, their children also shall sit upon your throne forever.13 For the Lord has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His habitation:14 This is My resting-place forever [says the Lord]; here will I dwell, for I have desired it.15 I will surely and abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.16 Her priests also will I clothe with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.17 There will I make a horn spring forth and bud for David; I have ordained and prepared a lamp for My anointed [fulfilling the promises of old]. 18 His enemies will I clothe with shame, but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Proverbs 8

1 DOES NOT skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]?2 On the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, stands Wisdom [skillful and godly];3 At the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out:4 To you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men.5 O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart. 6 Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things.7 For my mouth shall utter truth, and wrongdoing is detestable and loathsome to my lips.8 All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them.9 They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it].10 Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,11 For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 12 I, Wisdom [from God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discretion. 13 The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate.14 I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power.15 By me kings reign and rulers decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges and governors of the earth.17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me. 18 Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God). 19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than refined gold, and my increase than choice silver.20 I [Wisdom] walk in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), in the midst of the paths of justice,21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries.22 The Lord formed and brought me [Wisdom] forth at the beginning of His way, before His acts of old.23 I [Wisdom] was inaugurated and ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth existed. 24 When there were no deeps, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains laden with water.25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 While as yet He had not made the land or the fields or the first of the dust of the earth.27 When He prepared the heavens, I [Wisdom] was there; when He drew a circle upon the face of the deep and stretched out the firmament over it,28 When He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep,29 When He gave to the sea its limit and His decree that the waters should not transgress [across the boundaries set by] His command, when He appointed the foundations of the earth–30 Then I [Wisdom] was beside Him as a master and director of the work; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, 31 Rejoicing in His inhabited earth and delighting in the sons of men. 32 Now therefore listen to me, O you sons; for blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not refuse or neglect it.34 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.35 For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.36 But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.