Good to All

The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
(Psalm 145:9, NIV)

When someone else is “lucky,” I sometimes feel a little jealous.
It’s not a storm of jealousy…just a whisper.

But God has many children, and
He is lavish with them all.
They are my brothers and sisters,
dearly loved by the One I love.
Because they are dear to Him,
they are dear to me.

I see my Lord in them.
I love Him in them.
I serve Him in them.

There is no place for jealousy.

Lord, let praise always be my reaction to Your goodness.

Father,
I will rejoice in all our blessings,
even when they fall on the next person,
not on me.

Hymn: A Thankful Heart
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Be Still, My Child

This hymn has a special ministry to
hurting, anxious people.
It is a lullaby for adults,
with a melody adapted from a favorite classical piece,
“Traumerei,” by Robert Schumann.

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Be still, my child, be still.
You are mine. I am yours. I am with you.
Be still, my child, be still.
Why your grasping, your wanting, your worry?

No fear and no pride.
All you need I provide.
Be content, and

Be still, my child, be still.
Simply rest. You are loved. I am watching.
Be still, my child, be still.
I am here. You can sleep. I will hold you.

No fear by my side.
All you need I provide.
Be content, and

Be still, my child, be still.
You are mine. I am yours. I am with you.
Be still.
Be still.
Be still.

by Ken Bible, © 2012 LNWhymns.com.

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Monday –      Keep the Focus on Him
Hymn: Our Father Exalted (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Forgiveness #1
Hymn: Song of Confession (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Forgiveness #2
Hymn: The Joy of Forgiveness (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Daily Forgiveness
Hymn: Daily Confession (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Hold on to Love

Saturday –     I Bring That One to You
Hymn: Your Thoughts, Your Words (recording) (printed)

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God Loves to Grow Things

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit.” (John 15:5, NASB)

The truth is all around you:
God loves to grow things.
When you look at your own life, with your
faults,
struggles, and
blind spots,
remember:
God loves to grow things.

When you look at other people,
with all their insensitivities and annoying qualities,
remember:
God loves to grow things.

Think of people as growing things.
You’re seeing them in only one moment of their development.
God, the patient gardener, is working
carefully and joyfully,
moment by moment,
year by year.
He is tenderly nurturing them from
a tiny seed to
beautiful fullness in Him.

Try not to step on His flowers.
If a holy and all-knowing God can love them just as they are,
can’t we?

All our relationships are to be shaped by
the love of the Father – His love
for them, for us,
for all of us.
He loves “them” as much as “us”.
In every relationship,
only His unselfish love is worthy of Him.

Hymn: Live and Love and Grow in Christ
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Psalm 112

This hymn of praise and worship
can be sung alone or
with a hymn based on its companion Psalm,
Psalm 111.
The two hymns share the same
highly-singable tune.

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O Holy God, O Living Flame,
We know, we fear, we love Your name.
May all we say and do proclaim
Your life in us, O glorious God!

We love Your Word! O may it be
The truth that daily sets us free
To live Your love’s intensity,
O tender, kind, and gracious God!

Your blessings grace our lives each day
With simple joys in rich array,
With deep delights as we obey,
O watchful, ever-present God!

No change, no loss, no dark unknown –
We fear You, Lord, and You alone,
For You are ever on the throne,
Our Abba, loving Father God!

by Ken Bible, © 2019 LNWhymns.com.

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Monday –      I Offer You My Silence
Hymn: My Mind Is Yours (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Give Us Our Daily Bread #1

Wednesday – Give Us Our Daily Bread #2

Thursday –    Give Us Our Daily Bread #3
Hymn: Our Daily Bread (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Dependence
Hymn: I Quiet Myself in Your Love (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Neediness
Hymn: Back to You (recording) (printed)

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From Every Nation

[Jesus said:] “People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places…in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:29, NIV)

We were at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, which commemorates the place where the angel announced to Mary that Messiah would be born of her.

I was struck by the many languages, nationalities, and religious traditions that filled the church. They were like children on their first day in heaven, rushing from place to place, bubbling with excitement. Most had traveled long distances at great expense to be there.

What a vivid reminder that people come to faith in Christ through many avenues. Those avenues are as varied as the cultures and personalities of all the people of all the ages.

With each of us, our understanding of God is so partial and so marred by ignorance. But God’s goodness comes in many flavors, and His incarnation has so many beautiful faces.

Father,
You don’t rank individuals by
importance or
respectability, and
neither should we.
Each one is Your dearly-loved child, and
we should treat each one as such.

Hymn: God of All People
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Psalm 8

How stunning is the magnificence of God
painted across the night sky!
This hymn draws on that magnificence
as expressed in Psalm 8.
To a familiar tune.

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O Lord, Your splendor fills the earth
And floods all space and time.
Mere children speak the mighty truth:
Your name, supreme, sublime.

Beneath the sky so vast and deep,
I stand, so brief and small,
And wonder why a God like You
Would notice me at all.

And yet You come and share Yourself.
My Lord, my God, what grace!
We walk together side-by-side
And talk here face-to-face.

You share Your life, Your work, Your heart,
Your plans for what will be.
O may Your glory fill the earth
As waters fill the sea!

by Ken Bible, © 2018 LNWhymns.com.

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Monday –      As It Is in Heaven #1

Tuesday –     As It Is in Heaven #2

Wednesday – As It Is in Heaven #3
Hymn: God Alone (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Father, Glorify Yourself through This Need
Hymn: Father, We Come (recording) (printed)

Friday –          God Will Be Exalted
Hymn: God Will Be Exalted (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Your Kingdom Come, Father!
Hymn: Your Kingdom, Your Power (recording) (printed)

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Hear God’s Higher Call

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. (1 Peter 2:9-10, NASB)

See your God for who He is and
all He is.
He is the Father of the entire human family.
He lovingly formed them all to be His very own.
He invested Himself in each and every individual.
Now realize that we are children of this Father,
this loving, universal Father.
He is so much greater than
our self-centered perspective and
limited minds.
He is grander than
our immature faith and
our love, still growing.

This Father is calling us beyond our
small,
fearful,
sectarian ways.
He is calling us to share
His broader mind and
larger heart.
He is urging us toward prayer that believes
He is all He says He is and
does all He says He will do.
He is leading us toward a faith that is simpler,
a vision that is higher, and
a love that is as universal as He is,
a love that is
boundless and
fearless and
free.

In this lost and needy world, He is calling us to live as
His children,
His Body,
His divine life made flesh and bone.
His compassion for His lost children is
calling us and constraining us to be
the light of the world,
the salt of the earth,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation.

His love is compelling us and empowering us to be
the People of God.

Father, as we follow Your Spirit,
we are many members
all working together as one Body.
We are the Body of Jesus Christ Himself,
living and loving in this world.
What an amazing reality!

Hymn: We Will Be Your People