Peacemakers: James 3:18

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3:17 (NIV)

When you plant seeds, you harvest what you sow. When you plant a cucumber seed, you grow a cucumber plant that produces cucumbers. Peacemakers live peacefully with full confidence that God will take care of them. Peacemakers seek Godly wisdom rather than striving for worldly self-center lives. Peacemakers plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. What is righteousness? A simple definition is to be right with God and follow His wisdom. When your heart and actions are right with God, you will bear fruit. When you plant peace, along with gentleness, mercy, and compassion, you reap a harvest of righteousness.

“And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”

James 3:18, (NLT)

Are you a peacemaker planting seeds of love, kindness, and peace?

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

 ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.

Pope Francis

To be a peacemaker, you must know the peace giver.

Billy Graham

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

Mother Teresa

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, teach us to embrace Your wisdom. Let our hearts be open to You and our actions kind, compassionate, merciful, and gentle. Lord teach us to be peacemakers, planting seeds of peace and harvesting righteousness. Like the Montauk daisies reach upward reflecting light, let us learn to reach upward to You for wisdom and to reflect Your love. In Jesus’ holy and loving name. Amen.

Merciful and Gracious: Psalm 145:8

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Psalm 145: 8 (ESV)

Our Lord is merciful; He pardons our sins and forgives our transgressions, great is His mercy. He is gracious; His works are full of grace, goodness, kindness, and compassion. The Lord’s compassions never fail. Throughout the Bible, God showed patience; He was slow to anger, even when He was ignored and rejected. God’s steadfast love abounds; it endures forever!

 Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 106:1 (ESV)

Prayer; Our loving Heavenly Father, we thank you for your mercy and grace for us sinners. Teach us to be merciful and gracious to one another. Thank you for your patience and forgiveness. Like the tender blossoms of the flowering almond, Your tender abounding love and compassion bless us. May we share Your love and compassion with others. In Jesus’ loving name. Amen

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Shelter of the Most High: Psalm 91:1


Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 (NIV)

Believers who trust in God, and have a close fellowship with Him, dwell in the shelter of the Most High. For God is the Most High, exalted above all, He reigns over the universe. God is our shelter during storms, our refuge, and our strength. Resting in the shadow of the Almighty is to rest in faith, knowing God is our shield; He keeps us safe under His wings. When we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, we can rest secure knowing that God is with us; He is our strength, hope, and salvation.

When your day is overwhelming, where do you find rest? Where is your safe place? Do you reach out to God to rest and dwell in the shelter of God Almighty, the Most High?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we give thanks for Your protection and grace. Help us to grow in faith and have a closer relationship with you. Teach us to release our worries to you to dwell in the shelter of (You) the Most High, and to rest and find peace in Your shadow. Like the beauty of the begonias and artemisia, growing, closely together, let us grow in faith, drawing closer to You, finding rest in Your shadow. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Light and Truth: Psalm 43:3

Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.

Psalm 43:3 (NLT)

When we have challenges and difficulties, like the psalmist, we need to ask God to send His light and truth to guide our path, to lead us. In times of trouble and darkness, when we feel lost, we need to ask God to show us His mercy, pour into us the brightness of hope. To ask God to guide us away from sin and lead us in righteousness to the place where He lives.

Pour into me the brightness of your daybreak!
Pour into me your rays of revelation-truth!
Let them comfort and gently lead me onto the shining path,
showing the way into your burning presence,
into your many sanctuaries of holiness.

Psalm 43:3 (TPT)

Are shadows of darkness blocking your view of the light, truth, and bright hope of Jesus?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your mercy and grace. Let Your light and truth guide our path. Forgive us our sins and lead us in the way of holiness and righteousness. Lord, fill us with Your light and grant us Your peace. Like the beauty of the bright opening blossoms of the crepe myrtle, help us to shine with your bright light and be open-hearted to Your way. In Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen

Thou are with Me

Lord, Thou art with me!
  Whom shall I fear?
Who then can harm me
  While Thou art near?


Under Thy shadow
  Is my retreat;


There to my taste,
  Lord, Thy fruit is sweet.

Lord, Thou art with me,
  And Thou dost give
Strength for the journey,
  Grace now to live.
Mercies each morning


  Thou dost renew;
And for my prospect,
  Thy rest in view.

Lord, Thou art with me;
  Onward: I move;
Each day I’m proving
  More of Thy love.
Now Thou art training,
  Setting me free


From all that hinders,
  To dwell with Thee. 🦋

Lord, Thou art with me (hymn) ~ Author unknown

Blessings! 🌺

God is With Us: Psalm 139:9-10

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalm 139:9-10 (NIV)

God’s presence is everywhere. God dwells with His people wherever they are, so we are never alone. He is with us at all times, at daybreak, and through the night. God wants to take care of us and guide us along His path for us. His right hand will hold us, protect us so we won’t slip and fall. He will uphold us with His righteous right hand and keep us safe. Our God is with us always; He is omnipresent present everywhere, omnipotent all-powerful, and omniscient all-knowing.

When you feel alone, worried, or afraid do you take time to rest in God’s peace, relaxing and knowing God is with you?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your care and guidance. Help us to understand that You are always with us and always reachable by prayer. Teach us to look to You for guidance and direction, knowing that Your righteous right hand will hold us and keep us safe. Like the flowing wing-like petals of the orchid, let us realize that on the wings of dawn and the far side of the sea, you are with us. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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