Friday, December 30, 2011



Take steps,
the way I show you,
to set up a touch stone
a visible reminder
of what I have done for you.

A memorial forever. 

Joshua called out the twelve men 
whom he selected from the People of Israel, 
one man from each tribe. 
Joshua directed them, 
"Cross to the middle of the Jordan 
and take your place in front of the Chest of God, your God. 
Each of you heft a stone to your shoulder,
 a stone for each of the tribes of the People of Israel, 
so you'll have something later to mark the occasion. 
When your children ask you, 
'What are these stones to you?' 
you'll say, 'The flow of the Jordan was stopped 
in front of the Chest of the Covenant of God as it crossed the Jordan—
stopped in its tracks. 
These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel.

Joshua 4:4-7 msg

Thursday, December 29, 2011


"Consistently trusting in Me is vital to flourishing in My Presence."
-- from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

There is no peace apart from You.

I know this so well
because I wander so often.

Why I think I can do better,
why I think that You expect me
to do it all on my own,
I have no idea. 

I know that it is only by Your 
precious Grace 
that I am 

Why I think I can 
do anything apart from you,
I have no idea.

I try to be like You
but I can't.

Only You can be You
in me.

Teach me 
how to be available,
to You
for You are all I need.

"The only limitation 
on what God can do 
in you and me 
is our 
Be available to Christ, 
and His divine dynamic
will be released."

"The Christian life is not about 
our own capacity and ability, 
but about God's; 
not about who we are, 
but who He is; 
not about what we have to offer, 
but what He offers, 
which is all of Himself,
 if only we are as available to Christ 
as Christ was available to His Father."

-- from The Indwelling Life of Christ by Major W. Ian Thomas

Blessed are you
who give yourselves over to God,
turn your backs on the world's "sure thing",
ignore what the world worships;

Psalm 40:4 msg

My help and glory are in God
—granite-strength and safe-harbor-God —
So trust Him absolutely, people;
lay your lives on the line for HIm.
God is a safe place to be.

Psalm 62:7-8 msg