Thursday 21 March 2019
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them! – Psalm 139:17
 
Reading God’s words in the Bible helps us discover God’s thoughts. Looking at a sunset, we become aware of God’s thoughts. Observing the intricacy of a snowflake we gain insight into God’s thoughts. Learning the stories of Jesus, we experience God’s thoughts from the One who is the Word of God in human form. God shared a thought with me through the blooming snowdrops in my backyard. Are God’s thoughts important to you? Are God’s thoughts precious to you? The sum of God’s thoughts is limitless. God is sharing His thoughts with us today. Opening our minds, we discover God’s thoughts. God has precious thoughts to share with us today. Be sure not to miss them!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 20 March 2019
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. – Palm 139:16
 
Because God lives in the eternal present, God is the only One who knows how long we will live in this world. God knows how many days we will live in this world – not because God brings our days to an end, but because God sees everything in one eternal here-and-now moment. Our past, our present and our future are all in the present to God. Every day, God gives us opportunities for trusting in Jesus who assures us that once our life in this world is over, our life in the Kingdom of Heaven goes on forever. Through sacred moments that fill each day, Jesus assures us that in Him life lasts forever. What matters is not the quantity of life in this world but the quality of relationships, because the quantity is eternal.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 19 March 2019
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. – Psalm 139:15
 
When we first came into existence within the wombs of our mothers, God knew us. When we were only a few cells, and before we even resembled a human being, Jesus saw us, Jesus knew us, and Jesus loved us. Deep within that place of warmth, nurture and safety God was surrounding us with His love. From long before you can remember, you have been loved by God, you have been treasured by Jesus, and you have occupied a place of sacred importance within the heart of your Heavenly Father who cares for you with the faithful compassion of a perfect Mother.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 18 March 2019
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:14
 
God is the Master Designer, the Master Engineer and the Master Builder. God created our bodies, bones and brains, and they are wonderfully complex, cooperative and complimentary. No human-made knee, hip, heart or any other body part can improve upon what God has created. God’s works are truly wonderful – and you are one of God’s wonderful works. Please take some time today to appreciate the intricacy and the beauty of you. For you are one of God’s masterworks. You are wonderfully made. To put it in “Veggie Tales” language: “God made you special, and He loves you very much!”
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 16 February 2019
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. – Psalm 139:13
 
It is no accident that you exist. God planned for you to be alive in this world. Your biological parents may have been the ones through whom God worked to create you but be assured that at the center of your creation is your Father in heaven who loves you. God created and knit together every cell in your body and planned from the beginning of time to place you in the world at this very moment in history. God created you to love you, to enjoy your presence, and to give you the task – through your specific temperament, skills and abilities – of showing the world the love of Jesus, even as you enjoy Jesus’ love yourself.
 
Affectionately,
Ric  
 
Friday 15 March 2019
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. – Psalm 139:11-12
 
My bedroom clock display is so bright, it’s like a night light. I love it! I keep a night lights on throughout my home. I don’t like darkness. Neither do I care for dark periods in my life – times when problems surround me, when I feel blue, and when death comes to those I love. But darkness can never hide us from the love, presence and life-renewing power of Jesus. To Jesus – the Light of all creation – darkness is powerless. Whenever we experience darkness, God assures us that Jesus is our light who guides us to brighter days.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 14 March 2019
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.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 139:7-10
 
Whenever we are uncertain of the direction to take in life, be assured that God is guiding us. Through the Bible, through family, through good friends, through hymns and songs of faith, and through Jesus speaking to our heart, God is guiding us. Whenever uncertainty makes you feel vulnerable and afraid, know that God who is guiding you is holding you securely in His strong hand of faithful love. Wherever life takes us, wherever we go, wherever we are, Jesus is with us.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 13 March 2019
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. – Psalm 139:6
 
That God knows everything that is within our minds, that God knows everything we do, that God knows how we think and what we think, that God knows what we are going to say before we clothe our thoughts with words…That God knows everything there is to know about us and loves us still, with a love that is so deep, so strong and so unconditional that He is willing to die for us, is knowledge that is truly too wonderful for us to fully understand, appreciate and grasp. With each day we live, I pray that we will come to understand more fully and appreciate more deeply God’s extravagant, extraordinary love for us.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 12 March 2019
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. – Psalm 139:5
 
Saint Patrick (whose day we celebrate in March) wrote a poem that beautifully expresses the wonderful ways God hems us in, surrounding us with protecting care.
 
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, Lord, be ever with us. 
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 11 March 2019
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. – Psalm 139:4
 
Twenty-one years ago, a wise woman named Doris, gave me wonderful advice: “Think before you speak.” When we think before we speak, we have the opportunity to ponder the thoughts in our minds before we clothe them with words. Think before you speak. What wonderful advice. Before our thoughts are clothed in words God knows them – completely. Since God knows every thought we think, we can be ourselves with Jesus. Because Jesus knows everything we think, we can clothe our thoughts with words and offer those words to Jesus in prayer. Jesus redeems and heals our thoughts that are damaging, and brings blessings through the thoughts that are good, as He works to shape our thoughts in ways that reflect His peace, joy, grace, love and everlasting life.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 9 March 2019
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. – Psalm 139:3
 
Each of us has a unique way of living life. Think about all of the things that make you unique: Your voice, your temperament (are you direct, extroverted, paced or structured?) your musical preferences, your favorite book of the Bible, your favorite song, your favorite holiday, the way you solve problems and face challenges, your strengths and the things that tempt you. God is familiar with all of these things that make you, you. God is not only familiar with some of our ways, God is familiar with – God knows, understands and cares about – all our ways. God knows us this well because God loves us this much.
 
Affectionately,
Ric