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A Daily Dose Tuesday, July 31, 2012

There are moments when, whatever the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.

Victor Hugo

Isaiah 65:1

I was ready to respond to those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me. I said: Here I am! Here I am! To a nation that did not invoke my name.

A Daily Dose Monday, July 30, 2012

As uncomfortable as our life might be, as painful or even desperate at times, the life we're living is the life we know, and we cling to the old rather than try something new. It's unbelievable how tenaciously we cling to what we've prayed to be released from.

Marianne Williamson

Psalm 6:2-5

Do not reprove me in your anger, LORD, nor punish me in your wrath. Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; heal me, LORD, for my bones are shuddering. My soul too is shuddering greatly—and you, LORD, how long…? Turn back, LORD, rescue my soul; save me because of your mercy.

A Daily Dose Sunday, July 29, 2012

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie ten Boom

Psalm 46: 2-6

God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea, though its waters rage and foam and mountains totter at its surging.

Streams of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High. God is in its midst; it shall not be shaken; God will help it at break of day.

A Daily Dose Saturday, July 28, 2012

Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.

David Ogilvy

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin.So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

A Daily Dose Friday, July 27, 2012

PRAYER opens the understanding to the brightness of Divine Light, and the will to the warmth of Heavenly Love—nothing can so effectually purify the mind from its many ignorances, or the will from its perverse affections. It is as a healing water which causes the roots of our good desires to send forth fresh shoots, which washes away the soul’s imperfections, and allays the thirst of passion.

St. Francis de Sales

James 5:13-16

Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise.Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord,and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.

A Daily Dose Thursday, July 26, 2012

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.

Brother Lawrence

1 Timothy 2:1-4

First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God.

Oswald Chambers

John 5:24

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, July 24, 2012

If you begin to live life looking for the God that is all around you, every moment becomes a prayer.

Frank Bianco

Matthew 10: 26-27

Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

A Daily Dose Monday, July 23, 2012

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them. Ergo, it is better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.

Philippians 4:8-9

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

A Daily Dose Saturday, July 21, 2012

Make no mistake about it, responsibilities toward other human beings are the greatest blessings God can send us.

Dorothy Dix

Genesis 4:9

Then the LORD asked Cain, Where is your brother Abel? He answered, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

A Daily Dose Friday, July 20, 2012

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde

Psalm 86:5

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

A Daily Dose Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hatred and anger are powerless in the face of kindness. someone else

Proverbs 16:7

When the LORD is pleased with someone’s ways, he makes even enemies be at peace with them.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I pray for your protection in following Your commands.

Matthew 10:16

"I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves."

A Daily Dose Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Half the confusion of the world comes from not knowing how little we need.

Admiral Richard Byrd

Acts 2:44-45

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need.

A Daily Dose Monday, July 16, 2012

Healing hurts.

Sometimes for a long time.

Just as with the body, if the bones and flesh are still tender to the touch, so too our hearts and minds, if we have not completely let ourselves heal through the compassion and tenderness found in the love and grace of God.

Psalm 103:1-5

Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!

Bless the LORD, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts,

Who pardons all your sins, and heals all your ills,

Who redeems your life from the pit, and crowns you with mercy and compassion,

Who fills your days with good things, so your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

A Daily Dose Sunday, July 15, 2012

Not only do we know God through Jesus Christ, but we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ; we only know life and death through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ, we cannot know the meaning of our life, or our death, of God or of ourselves.

Blaise Pascal

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

A Daily Dose Saturday, July 14, 2012

If you're gonna pray for rain, it would be wise to carry an umbrella.

Zechariah 10:1

Ask the LORD for rain in the spring season, the LORD who brings storm clouds, and heavy rains,who gives to everyone grain in the fields.

A Daily Dose Friday, July 13, 2012

Precious moment, how small in the eyes of my head and how great in those of my heart, the means whereby I receive small things from the Father who reigns in heaven!

Everything that falls from there is very excellent, everything bears the mark of its maker.

The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

1 Peter 4:10

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

A Daily Dose Thursday, July 12, 2012

St. Augustine said that asking yourself the question—what do I wish to be remembered for—is the beginning of adulthood.

Bob Buford

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.”

A Daily Dose Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The penalty of sin is to face, not the anger of Jesus, but the heartbreak in his eyes.
William Barclay

Luke 23:42-43

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

A Daily Dose Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Let us pray for those given the responsibility and heartache of facing evil.

I asked God if He was testing me--and once again I put my hands together to pray. Yet it was difficult to find my quiet place to talk with God while the devil was screaming in my ear.

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Luke 4:6-8

The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and their glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish.All this will be yours, if you worship me.”

Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.’”

A Daily Dose Monday, July 9, 2012

Unless we rely on God's power within us, we will yield to the pressures around us.

somebody else

Psalm 90:12

Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.

A Daily Dose Sunday, July 8, 2012

Love looks through a telescope; envy though a microscope.
E.C. McKenzie

Ephesians 4:1-6

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

A Daily Dose Saturday, July 7, 2012

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Isaiah 11:2-3

The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide

A Daily Dose Friday, July 6, 2012

I am truly poor, not when I have nothing, but when I do nothing.

somebody else

Matthew 9:12-13

“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

A Daily Dose Thursday, July 5, 2012

It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.

St. John Chrysostom

Psalm 6:10

The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD will receive my prayer.

A Daily Dose Saturday Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!

Thomas Jefferson

Galatians 3:14

The blessing of Abraham might be extended to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The small fire is killed by a storm. a large fire is enhanced by it.

A weak faith is weakened by trials and tragedies; a strong faith is strengthened by them.

Viktor Frankl

John 20:28-29

Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

A Daily Dose Monday, July 2, 2012

May we enjoy God's abundance this Summer season.

If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion is no part of the Christian faith.

C.S. Lewis

1 John 5:14-15

And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours.

A Daily Dose Sunday, July 1, 2012

If we only spent more of our time in looking at Him we should soon forget ourselves.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before uswhile keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.