05/15…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.
~Ps 23

Poem of the Day:
“All those days
you felt like dust,
like dirt,
as if all you had to do
was turn your face
toward the wind
and be scattered
to the four corners

or swept away
by the smallest breath
as insubstantial–

Did you not know
what the Holy One
can do with dust?

This is the day
we freely say
we are scorched.

This is the hour
we are marked
by what has made it
through the burning.

This is the moment
we ask for the blessing
that lives within
the ancient ashes,
that makes its home
inside the soil
of this sacred earth.

So let us be marked,
not for sorrow.
And let us be marked
not for shame.
Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are

but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made,
and the stars that blaze
in our bones,
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.
~Jan Richardson

Lyrics of the Day:
“When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart
When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart”
~”Defender” Rita Springer

Currently listening to “The Weight of these Wings” by Miranda Lambert

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01/06…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.”
~Ps 36: 5-6

Quote of the Day:
“Surround yourself with people who are hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.”
~ Unknown

Poem of the Day:
“silently if, out of not knowable
night’s utmost nothing, wanders a little guess
(only which is this world) more of my life does
not leap than with the mystery your smile

sings or if (spiraling as luminous
they climb oblivion)voices who are dreams,
less into heaven certainly earth swims
than each my deeper death becomes your kiss

losing through you what seemed myself;i find
selves unimaginably mine;beyond
sorrow’s own joys and hoping’s very fears

yours is the light by which my spirit’s born:
yours is the darkness of my soul’s return
–you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars”
~”#38″ by e.e. cummings

Currently listening to “Thirty One” by Jarryd James “Do You Remember” is one of my favorite songs of 2015

02/02…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“For you, God, have put my life back together.”
Ps 4:8

Excerpt of the Day:
“What you do.  How you dress.  The way you love someone and how you talk. Your smile and your personality.  What you believe in and all your dreams.  The way you drink your tea.  How you decorate your home or party.  Your grocery list.  The food you make.  How your writing looks and the way you feel.  Your Life Is ART.”
~Helena Bonham Carter

Video of the Day:


Sam Smith is hitting the spot lately.

Currently Listening to “Oz” by Missy Higgins

03/29…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”
~ Psalm 62:7

Quote of the Day:
“The two most important days in your life: The day you were born, and the day you find out why .”
~Mark Twain

Excerpt of the Day:
“It’s an important question because to truly be able to love God and love others, to move with God to rescue, restore, and redeem humanity, we have got to know who we are.

Who do you think you are?
I’ve started to answer that question with one imperfect phrase: I am a beloved warrior.

I’m a pacifist so my definition of warrior is a bit more spiritual, perhaps. I see it as an advocate or a peace maker or a shalom prophet, a warrior living into the Kingdom of God, a worshipper, a disciple – courageous and unafraid.

Who do you think you are?
Warrior.

Who do you think you are?
Beloved.

We are worthy of a rescue, worth saving, worth loving. We are the one sheep in the ninety-nine worth leaving everything behind to rescue. We are redeemed. We are whole.

Loved. You are loved. You are loved. You can engage in your life from a place of love because you are.

We believe that we’re only worthy of love if… if we do this or if we do that. That’s what our culture or our broken world tells us, right?

But Jesus does not love us conditionally.”
~ “In which you are a Beloved Warrior” by Sarah Bessey
Seriously one of my favorite authors right now.

Currently listening to “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys

11/18…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God!  If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest”
~Ps 139:7-10

Quote of the Day:
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
~ W.B. Yates

Lyrics of the Day:
“Caught in the riptide
I was searching for the truth

This feeling begins just like a spark
Tossing and turning inside of your heart
Exploding in the dark

Calling your name in the midnight hour”
~ “Here with Me” by Robot Koch & Susie Suh
Been on repeat for days.  It’s such a beautiful song.  Give it a listen.

Currently reading to “Me Talk Pretty Someday  by David Sedaris

08/25…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“Remember what you said to me, your servant—
I hang on to these words for dear life!
These words hold me up in bad times;
yes, your promises rejuvenate me.”
~Ps 119:49-50

Excerpt of the Day:
“A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says, ‘I cannot stand anymore.’ But God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, and then He lets fly.”
~ Oswald Chambers seen in “How to Beat Disillusionment

Video of the Day:

I have come back and watched this over and over.  Oh, to embrace and live it.

Currently listening to “Still Beleive” by Kim Walker-Smith

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06/03…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“When they call on Me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
and give them My salvation.”
~Ps 91:15-16

Poem of the Day:
“IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired waiting,
Or be lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet dont look too good, not talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools…
~“If” by Rudyard Kipling

Excerpt of the Day:
“I was about to dig in again, knowing it would be alright, but I didn’t.
I shut my mouth. (erased what I’d written in the gchat window)
I paused.
And when I started typing again, I said something that changed my life: “Tell me why this is important to you.”

And she did.

It had nothing to do with the reasons that triggered me. In fact, even as she explained, she affirmed my right to have a different opinion than hers about this article. But she told me why it was beautiful to HER and in that way, SHE became more beautiful to me. Because she let me see her and hear her story with all its unique markings and pain and hope and love.

This is how to be friends with people who are radically different than you. This is why it is VITAL to be friends with people who are radically different than you.”
~“I did Something Radical” by Emily Maynard

Currently listening to “Four the Record” by Miranda Lambert