Grace to the Humble: James 4: 6-7

6 But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].” 7 So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.

 James 4:6-7 (AMP)

God is asking us to trust Him and follow His way; to resist sin and turn away from self-righteousness and pride. God is asking us to be humble and faithful to repent of sin and receive His grace. For when we yield to worldly pursuits, we turn away from God. When we follow God’s way and stand firm in faith, rejecting temptation, pride, and envy, the devil will flee. God continually gives grace to the humble.

The humble who turn away from self-righteousness receive grace. What worldly pursuit or pride is keeping you from trusting God’s way?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your guidance, forgiveness, patience, and grace. Teach us to be humble, to trust You, and turn away from worldly pursuits. Lead us on the path of righteousness and give us the strength to resist evil. Like the white, open blossoms of the petunia turn toward the sun, let us be open to Your word and turn toward Your light. In Jesus’ holy and loving name. Amen

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Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Written by, Henry Van Dyke,

Joyful, joyful we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee


Opening to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
Drive the dark of doubt away,


Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day. All Thy works with joy surround Thee,


Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,


Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,


Flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,


Call us to rejoice in Thee.

“This joyful ode is one of the best-known hymns in the English language. Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) was inspired in 1907 by the beauty of the Berkshire mountains where he was serving as a guest preacher at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

It has been said that Van Dyke handed the poem to the president of the college, saying: “Here is a hymn for you. Your mountains were my inspiration. It must be sung to the music of Beethoven’s ‘Hymn to Joy.’” The hymn appeared in the 3rd edition of Van Dyke’s Book of Poems (1911).”

www.umcdiscipleship.org history of hymns

A link to the song Joyful, Joyful We Adore You, performed by Casting Crowns.

Joy and Blessings! 🌺

Righteousness and Justice: Psalm 89:14-15

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face. Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.

Psalm 89: 14-15 (NKJV)

God’s throne is built on a foundation of righteousness and justice. The ways of the Lord are of mercy, truth, and compassion. Children of God sing joyful praise with thanksgiving for His love, forgiveness, and protection. While they move forward, walking in the blessed light of His countenance, following His path, extolling His grace. They are wrapped in God’s love, secure in His promises.

When you feel overwhelmed by worldly problems, do you find peace knowing God’s righteousness and justice?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are thankful for your righteousness and justice. Lord, we are blessed by Your mercy, compassion, and truth. We thank and praise You joyfully for Your love and forgiveness. Like the vibrant, radiating colors of the phlox flowers, let us be vibrant in our walk, radiating Your light. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Wonders: Psalm 65: 8-12

8The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;    

where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.

You care for the land and water it;
    you enrich it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
    for so you have ordained it.


10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,
    and your carts overflow with abundance.

12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
    the hills are clothed with gladness.

13 The meadows are covered with flocks
    and the valleys are mantled with grain;
    they shout for joy and sing.

David’s psalm 65:8-12 (NIV), with visuals may you find peace, joy, and hope in God’s creation.

Take time to be still, relax, and enjoy. Blessings!

Live by Faith: 2 Corinthians 5:7-9

Our life is lived by faith. We do not live by what we see in front of us. We are sure we will be glad to be free of these bodies. It will be good to be at home with the Lord. So if we stay here on earth or go home to Him, we always want to please Him.

2 Corinthians 5:7-9 (NLV)

When we live by faith, we trust and rely on God’s Word. We walk God’s path for us, listening to the Holy Spirit’s direction. Faith allows us to trust in the unseen, to rely upon with confidence, Jesus, and God’s Word. When we live by faith, we look forward with happiness to spending eternity at home with our Lord in Heaven. As children of God, living in faith, we want to please God by doing good works, with compassion and love.

When we live by faith, we trust in God. When you are uncertain, distracted, or confused, do you rely on Him?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your forgiveness, grace, and love. Help us to grow in faith and guide us along Your path. Let us trust with our hearts the unseen, and live by faith. Teach us to follow Your Word, to be good Christians, and to help others. Like the bright petals of the coneflower radiate from the center of the flower, let us shine bright in our faith, and radiate Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Open My Eyes: Psalm 119:18

Open my eyes so I can truly see the marvelous things in your law!

Psalm 119:18 (NET)

In the bible, there are many hidden wonders and inspiring stories. To understand and comprehend them, we need God to open our spiritually blind eyes, allowing us to perceive the greatness and depth in His word. To open our eyes so we can truly see, gain insight, and glean wisdom from the bible. To be able to meditate on and view glimpses of truth, and gain a new perspective on the marvelous things that God is saying to us.

Are your eyes opened so you can discern God’s word and message to you today?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, help us to grow in faith, and open our eyes to Your biblical wisdom. Teach us to meditate on Your word, and grow in insight and wisdom. Help us to immerse ourselves in Your ways, and have clear sight to follow Your path. As the bold and bright echinacea blossoms, petals radiate from the center, let us be bold and bright in compassion, love, and radiate Your light. In Jesus’ loving and holy name. Amen

While writing this post, the song “Open My Eyes” kept returning to mind. Here Fountainview Academy sings the hymn “Open My Eyes.”

I want to thank Dawn, Drawing Closer to Christ, for nominating me for the Whosoever Tag. I highly recommend Dawn’s blog it is inspiring, full of God’s love, and spirit-driven.

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Filled with God: Ephesians 3:19-20

19 You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God. 20 Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Ephesians 3:19-20(GWT)

Christ’s love is unconditional, encompassing, tender, forgiving, and patient. The true immensity of His redeeming love and forgiveness is unfathomable, beyond our knowledge. His extravagant love fills our souls, opens our hearts, and directs us to the will of God. When we are filled with God, we become in touch with His power, love, strength, and His direction. We lift our voices in song and praise for the glory and power of God, thankful for His abundant grace toward us.

When we are filled with God, His power is at work in us. When you feel powerless, do you turn to God and allow His power to work?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are in awe of your power, forgiveness, and love for us. We thank you for Your son Jesus and His great sacrifice and love for us. God fill us, teach us to be open-hearted, forgiving, and thankful. Like the lovely open, centered, allium flowers, let us be open to Your presence, centered on You, and spread Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Right With God: Proverbs 11:28

28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, but those who are right with God will grow like a green leaf.

Proverbs 11:28 (NLV)

When you rely on riches and wealth rather than trust in God, you are like a leaf that withers and falls to the ground. When you trust in God and rely on His Word, you are building a treasure in heaven. You are rooted in Christ and flourish like a healthy tree, with deep roots, strong branches, and laden with healthy green leaves. Instead of worshiping temporary riches, flourish spiritually and be right with God.

28 A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.

Proverbs 11:28 (MSG)

Where is your treasure? Are you right with God, thriving, growing, and flourishing?

Prayer: Our heavenly and loving Father teach us to trust in You and Your Word. Help us to put our faith in You rather than worldly riches. Let us be right with you, set our hearts on You, and grow and flourish spiritually. Like the rose of Sharon’s display of vibrant bright flowers and healthy green leaves, let us be vibrant in our faith and display healthy spiritual growth. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Yours, O Lord: 1Chronicles 29:11

11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.

1 Chronicles 29:11 (NLT)

King David has gathered gifts for building God’s temple, which his son Solomon will build. In verse 11 he is praising and worshiping the Lord. It is a wonderful prayer for us as well, Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Resounding with praise, O Lord, we adore You, we worship You, and thank You for all you have done and continue to do for us.

Yours, O Lord is the power and glory! Have you taken time to praise and show gratitude to God, to adore Him?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You, we praise You, we adore You. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom the power and the glory. Yours is the victory and the majesty. May we always turn to You for direction, help, and guidance. As the bowed begonia blossom glows in the sunshine, let us bow in prayer before You and glow with Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Transformed: Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

To be transformed is to respond to the grace of God, His mercy, His forgiveness, and to be changed. To be changed in how we think, and act, to renew our minds, to what is God’s will for us. To listen and conduct our lives in a Godly way instead of a worldly self-centered way. To determine what God’s purpose is for us, and discern His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Has your mind been transformed, renewed, from worldly ways to God’s purpose, His path?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Help us to discern Your way, renew our minds, and transform our lives to fit Your good and perfect will. Teach us to use our lives for Your purpose and not just our own. As the flowers of the butterfly weed are transformed into beautiful dispersing seed pods, let us be transformed by You to show, and disperse Your goodness and Your way. In Jesus’ holy and loving name. Amen

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