Monday 9 December 2019 – Ninth Day in Advent
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. – Jeremiah 23:5
 
The righteous Branch whom God raises up is Jesus Christ, who is born into the world on Christmas. There are so many unrighteous branches calling us to live our lives under them. Preparing for Christmas means deciding to live under the Righteous Branch who is Jesus Christ. Living under Jesus makes it possible for us to experience the power and beauty of Christmas. Living under the Branch who is Jesus, changes our Christmas celebrations for the better and gives joy that is not determined by external events. What must you do to stand under the Righteous Branch who is Jesus Christ?
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 

Saturday 7 December 2019 – Seventh Day in Advent

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD— – Isaiah 11:1-2

The Shoot upon whom the Spirit of the Lord rests is the Lord Jesus Christ – God in human form. Jesus is the embodiment of wisdom, understanding, counsel, godly power, knowledge and fear (biblical fear is reverence, awe, and respect) of the Lord. Preparing for Christmas is choosing to spend time growing closer to Jesus. Today please spend time in conversation with Jesus, and invite Jesus to fill you with wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge and awe-inspired reverence for God
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 6 December 2019 – Sixth Day in Advent

2 On that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel. – Isaiah 4:2

 

Snow covered hemlock branches, and ornament covered Christmas trees have me thinking about Jesus our Righteous Branch who protects us by covering us with His grace, carrying our burdens and sheltering us with forgiveness. Jesus the Righteous Branch grafts us into the Tree of Life, making us beautiful branches filled with abundant life. The beauty of Christmas tree branches assures us that Jesus, who loves us, brings us into the Tree of Life, making us beautiful branches who enjoy God’s love and cover others with the sheltering love of God. 

 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 5 December 2019 – Fifth Day in Advent

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. – Isaiah 11:1

 

Advent – the four weeks before Christmas – is the season for preparing to celebrate the greatest Gift God has ever given us: His only Son Jesus, who is born on Christmas Day. Jesus is the shoot springing forth from a seemingly dead stump in 6 B.C., bringing us healing, strength, peace and joy. Today offer Jesus the stumps in your life – those places that appear cut down and lifeless – so that God may touch them with the life-restoring love of Jesus.

 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 4 December 2019 – Fourth Day of Advent
15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. – Jeremiah 33:15
 
The snow-covered hemlock branches were bent low. These branches, usually well above my bird feeder, were touching the ground. Bending low they did not snap but continued offering cover to the birds feeding beneath them. After shoveling a path to the bird feeder, I relieved the branches of their snowy burden. With relief they rose up. Jesus, our righteous Branch bends low under the burden of the world’s wrongdoing. But Jesus never breaks. When Jesus our righteous Branch lives in us, we may bend low, but like the hemlock branches in my back yard, we are resilient, and strong enough to carry the burdens. Advent assures us that Jesus – our righteous Branch – comes to carry our burdens with us.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 3 December 2019 – Third Day of Advent
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
 
Yesterday I decided to walk to my 8 a.m. dental appointment. During my return walk the snow was coming down heavily. Arriving home (with a Novocain deadened mouth) I gazed in gratitude at the snow-covered hemlock tree branches lining my side and back yards as I watched birds enjoying seed and shelter under those branches. The snow-covered hemlock branches offer a perfect picture of the protecting care that Jesus offers each of us. Through snow covered evergreen trees God assures us that Jesus is our Righteous Branch, who covers us with His protecting care.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 2 December 2019 – Second Day of Advent
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.” – Jeremiah 23:5-6
 
Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? Whether it’s big, or small, God works through Christmas trees to remind us that Jesus is the Righteous Branch, covering us with His restoring love and protecting care. As the Righteous Branch, Jesus restores us by enabling us to once more enjoy God’s unconditional love. As we enjoy God’s love, our hope is restored. Hope given by Jesus never fails. Through Christmas trees, Jesus assures us that He is our Righteous Branch, who restores our hope.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 30 November 2019
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17
 
Following Jesus is all about doing everything in Jesus’ name. Throughout our days, Jesus calls us to offer everything we do to Him. If we are doing something we cannot offer to the Lord, perhaps we ought to stop. Loving Jesus is using our lives as a grateful proclamation of love for Jesus by loving others. When we offer everything we do to Jesus, who offered His everything for us we are living lives of thanksgiving.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 29 November 2019
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. – Colossians 2:6-7
 
Receiving Jesus Christ as Lord happens when we place our trust in Jesus, accept Christ’s call to follow Him and allow Christ to shape our lives. As we live in Jesus, we more fully experience a spirit of thankfulness that flows from a heart committed to enjoying Jesus’ love and more deeply loving Jesus and others in return. This means that thankfulness is not an emotion, but a way of life. Thankfulness is borne of faith in the One who holds us close and loves us always.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 28 November 2019
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2
 
When we spend time in conversation with the Lord, God gives us eyes that can see blessings, hearts that are sensitive to those blessings and spirits that embrace those blessings. This watchful ability to see God’s blessings, even in tough times, is born of our fellowship with Jesus and finds expression in our thankfulness. Whatever you are experiencing in life on this Thanksgiving Day, please know that Jesus loves you, Jesus is with you, and Jesus who enjoyed great good and endured great pain is filling you with His spirit of thanksgiving which is carrying you through every circumstance.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 27 November 2019 – Thanksgiving Eve
Join us tonight at 7pm for Thanksgiving Eve worship and pie!
 
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, – Hebrews 12:28
 
When we place our trust in Jesus, we become citizens of a kingdom that will never suffer the insecurities of mass shootings, border disputes, political upheaval, or deprivation of any kind. This is God’s kingdom. We are part of a kingdom that is larger than this world and has the power to make this world a place of kindness, grace and unconditional love. We live life connected to God’s kingdom which is filled with the unshakeable love, light and life of Jesus Christ. This gives us great reason to be filled with thanksgiving!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 26 November 2019
30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. – Psalm 69:30
 
One of the ways we give glory to God is through thanksgiving. Taking time to appreciate the good gifts God has given us is a wonderful way to honor God. Giving thanks prevents us from taking the blessings of God for granted. God blesses us with people, places, things and skills that bring great richness to our lives. When we give God thanks for these gifts, we are giving God glory because thanksgiving is the wonder-full acknowledgment of our gratitude to the Giver of the good gifts that make life so good.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 25 November 2019
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. – Psalm 107:1
 
Taking time each day to celebrate a specific blessing we enjoy is a wonderful way to prepare for Thanksgiving. celebration l. The heart of our thanksgiving is God’s generous goodness. The love of God is an ever-present, never-changing blessing in our lives. In this world filled with conditional love that does not last, we can give thanks that we are treasured by a God whose love lasts for all eternity. So whatever kind of day you are having today pleas know that God loves YOU! Forever!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 23 November 2019
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. – Habakkuk 3:17-18
 
Sometimes things do not go well for us. We have a bad day (or week, or month) at work; our marriage or another relationship with a friend or family member deteriorates; our health fails us or something else happens. During these times please remember that our faith is designed to give us hope, strength, peace and joy that carries us through. During difficulties rejoice in the Lord Jesus who gives us a deep inner happiness that never fails us.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 22 November 2019
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’’” – Luke 4:3-4
 
Jesus has been fasting in the desert and He is hungry. The devil tempts Jesus with an offer that seems harmless. He begins his temptation with the word “If”. Satan says “If you are…” to Jesus, hoping to leverage a hidden insecurity in the Lord. Rather than relying on His own strength when He is weak from hunger Jesus relies on the strength of Scripture by quoting Deuteronomy 8:3. One of the best ways we can overcome our insecurities and stay strong in the face of temptation is by knowing the Bible. When we are weak, the words of God keep us strong.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 21 November 2019
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. – Luke 4:1-2
 
Deserts in our lives can be places where the devil dwells. During desert periods of life, temptations we generally do not struggle with become obstacles and pitfalls. Jesus, who was tempted while in the desert, knows what we’re going through. Jesus is with us during our desert times when temptations threaten to lead us astray. Jesus is giving us the strength and tenacity we need. We shall not succumb to temptation. The temptations are strong, but Jesus is stronger!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 20 November 2019
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, – Luke 4:1
 
After being baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus is led into an arid, barren and difficult place. We think of the Spirit of God as One who leads us to places us of pace and goodness. But there are times in our lives when the Holy Spirit leads us to places that are barren and difficult. It is in these places that our dependence on God for strength and our reliance on God’s word for wisdom grows. Desert times in our lives are never pleasant but they make us strong.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 19 November 2019
1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. – Isaiah 60:1
 
We are not the source of our inner light. Our inner brightness comes God our Savior. Just as the sun rises upon us each day, the Son of God rises upon us each day and fills our spirits with the light of God. God’s light brings us warmth, gives us vision and keeps us from stumbling in the darkness. Each morning when we arise to begin a new day, Jesus the Light of the World shines upon us and within us so that we may be the loving, gracious, caring, humble and strong light of God.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 18 November 2019
17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. – Psalm 7:17
 
We experience God’s righteousness through the Lord’s faithfulness to His promises, through God’s incredible patience with us, through His commitment to nurturing a relationship with us. God’s qualities and behaviors give us good reason to be thankful. When we follow Jesus, the Lord lives His life through us and grows us into people who are faithful to our promises, patient with people and circumstances, and committed to nurturing healthy relationships. As people experience the beauty of God’s faithful, patient and nurturing righteousness in us, they too will grow in thankfulness.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 16 November 2019
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. – I Corinthians 16:13-14
 
Standing firm in the Faith of Jesus Christ requires courage and strength in a world where there are so many distractions that seek to weaken our love for Jesus. What is your greatest distraction? What has the ability time and again to draw you away from Jesus? Offer that distraction to Jesus and invite Jesus to fill you with His presence so that you will have a renewed vigilance that will give you the courage to be strong keep your focus on loving Jesus with your whole heart.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 15 November 2019
28 “ ‘I am to be the only inheritance the priests have. You are to give them no possession in Israel; I will be their possession. – Ezekiel 44:29
 
The priests in Israel didn’t own any land in Israel. Instead they received a special inheritance – the Lord God Himself. In Jesus Christ we have become a kingdom of priests. As priests for the Lord, our task is offering people up to the Lord so they can receive God’s sustaining care. If we who place our trust in Jesus, are the Lord’s priests, it stands to reason that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is our inheritance. When we inherit Jesus, we inherit satisfying, enjoyable, everlasting life. Everlasting life is not something we inherit on the day we die, but on the day we decide to follow Jesus.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 14 November 2019
36 You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great. – 2 Samuel 22:36
 
David sings these words to God in celebration of his deliverance from all his enemies, including Saul, his king, who wanted David dead. “You stoop down to make me great.” I love these words! This is exactly what Jesus does for us. By entering the world He created, to live with us and die for us, Jesus stoops down to make us great. There is someone in our lives for whom we can stoop down so that Jesus can work through us to make them great. Who is this person for you?
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 13 November 2019
1 O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, – Psalm 7:1
 
What trials, anxieties and stresses pursue you? These often deplete our strength, diminish our health, and decrease our faith Whatever is wearing you down today, please hear God saying to you, “Take refuge in me, I am protecting you, I am delivering you.” When we allow Jesus to be our refuge, we open our bodies, souls, minds and spirits to God’s renewing presence and love. Please decide to take refuge in Jesus today and every day. Then decide to be the person in whom others can experience Jesus’ sheltering love.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 12 November 2019
13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. – Joel 2:13
 
We all have days when we do, think and say things we regret. Because our God is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding (what a wonderful word – abounding!) in love, we can come to Jesus and He will welcome us and give us another chance. Being in a relationship with God who abounds in love for us makes us willing to come to Him when we get it wrong, so that Jesus can give us the ability to get it a little more right today than we did yesterday. With Jesus there is always forgiveness and a new opportunity.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 11 November 2019

8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

 

The resurrected Jesus shares these words with His followers shortly before He ascends into heaven. Today invite the Holy Spirit to fill you with His presence so that you will be able (through your words and deeds) to share the love of Jesus with your closest friends and family members (your Jerusalem), your colleagues and neighbors (your Judea) and people you do not know (your Samaria). Each day God gives us opportunities to show the love of Jesus. With the Holy Spirit living in us we will show that love in ways that make others’ days brighter and more hopeful.

 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 9 November 2019
12 “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed. – Exodus 23:12
 
Do you have a “seventh day” in your life? Our bodies were not designed for a “24/7” lifestyle. One of the most difficult spiritual disciplines is to take time away from our work on a weekly basis. We do not have oxen, or donkeys. Nowadays we are the workhorses who enslave ourselves in a system of doing so much that we stop remembering how to be. We are human beings, not human doings. When we learn how to be, we can receive the Sabbath gift of God’s refreshment which restores our bodies, renews our minds and recalibrates our attitudes. Please take some time to rest today!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 8 November 2019
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11
 
God’s timing and our timing are sometimes different. We would love for God to be on our schedule. But God knows what is best for us, and God knows that moving us onto His schedule and enabling us to live within His timing is always good. God works according to Kingdom time, not according to clock time. And God is working to make everything beautiful in our lives at just the right time. Today, take time to entrust your life to God’s timing by entrusting yourself to Jesus. The result will be peace in your heart and flexibility in your life.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 7 November 2019
40 “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:40
 
Jesus – God the Son – comes into the world as one who is fully human, inviting all people, everywhere to enjoy everlasting life through Him. We who love and serve Jesus are the ones through whom God works to bring God’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to others. Today we will be touching the lives of others. Will they experience the love of Jesus? If we look to Jesus, I promise you that they will.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 6 November 2019
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14
 
When Jesus fills our hearts with His presence, He heals the wounded places within us, brings strength our places of weakness, shines light on the dark areas in our minds, warms the coldness in our hearts, and softens the calloused corners of our spirits. When Jesus fills our hearts, the meditations of our hearts are pleasing to God because God inspires our meditations and leads us to speak words that are loving, kind and good.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 5 November 2019
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. – Psalm 20:7
 
Electing people to lead our communities is very important. Be sure to vote today! As followers of Jesus, we participate in democracy first and foremost by reflecting the love and grace of God. Before we are members of a political party, we are first members of the household of Faith. Before we are committed to a candidate, we are committed to loving God and loving our neighbor as our self. Faith makes it possible for us to live as a people of grace no matter who wins the elections taking place today. Whatever the election outcomes we continue to trust in the Lord our God. Be sure to vote!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 4 November 2019
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. – Psalm 33:12
 
Nations are made up of individual citizens. The best way for a nation to be blessed is through its citizens who choose to enjoy God’s love and generously offer others the kind, patient, thoughtful love of Jesus. When we live as good citizens of God’s kingdom by becoming the embodiment of Christ’s humble and forgiving presence in this world, we become better citizens of our nation which is in desperate need of people who seek to love, listen and understand.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
 
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6
 
When we place our trust in Jesus, the Lord begins the good work of reorienting our perspective, our priorities, and our passions. Sometimes this work progresses a wonderful pace. Sometimes the work is slow, painful and arduous. On the good days and on the difficult days always remember that Jesus Christ who began a good work in you will carry the work in you on to completion.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 1 November 2019
3 As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. – Psalm 16:3
 
Today is All Saints Day. A saint is anyone who has placed their trust in the Lord our God. Please take some time today to give thanks to God for the people through whom you have experienced Jesus and His love. Whether they are living in this world or in the Kingdom of Heaven, each of these beautiful persons have strengthened your love for Jesus. These are your saints in whom is all your delight. All Saints Day Blessings!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 31 October 2019
So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. – Galatians 2:16b
 
Happy Halloween! Happy Reformation Day too! On 31 October 1517, the Catholic priest Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. Reformation Day celebrates the truth that God’s saving love is not a reward we earn, but a gift we receive and enjoy through faith in Jesus. We do not do good things to earn the love of a good parent or spouse. We do good things because that parent, that spouse already loves us. You do not have to do good things to earn Jesus’ love. Jesus loves you deeply, and He always will. Please celebrate Reformation Day by enjoying Jesus’ love and offering others the gracious love of Jesus.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 30 October 2019
1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1
 
Faith in Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to be sure of what we hope for. We hope for forgiveness, security, peace, acceptance and love. These are gifts we receive when we trust in Jesus. Knowing that these are ours to enjoy makes it possible for us to face all of life’s uncertainties with confidence, peace. Are you enjoying Jesus’ love for you? If not offer yourself to Jesus today, place your trust in Him and start enjoying God’s hope filled unconditional love.  
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 29 October 2019
5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. – Psalm 27:5
 
No matter what happens in life, no matter how strong the storms we suffer, in every storm (be it a weather driven storm or a life storm) the Lord Jesus Christ keeps us safe by hiding us in the shelter of His saving love. Jesus, who comes through the worst by rising from the dead is with us in our storms, bringing us peace, strength and endurance. Today hide yourself in Jesus who will set you on a rock of strength that lasts forever!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 28 October 2019
7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. – Psalm 32:7
 
The stresses, strains, trials, disappointments and anxieties of life are sometimes overwhelming. Whenever anxieties rise in our spirits or feelings of dread fall upon us during night’s darkness, we let Jesus become our hiding place by praying this powerful prayer: “Jesus, You are my hiding place.” Please pray it again and again, and I promise you will experience the protecting presence of Jesus who fills us with peace, strength and the assurance that no matter what, all will be well.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 

Saturday 26 October 2019

10 My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. – Psalm 7:10
When it rains, we like having a raincoat and umbrella to keep us dry. During a snowstorm, a warm jacket that shields us form the cold is a blessing. Hats and sunscreen shield us from the rays of the hot summer sun. Each season requires some sort of shield. Every season of our lives requires the shielding protection of our strong and loving God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Today please let the powerful love of Jesus be the shield that protects your life and your joy.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 25 October 2019
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. – Proverbs 22:1
 

“All you have is your name,” my Grampa Hanse often said. Our name is attached to our honesty, dependability and integrity. Our name is also connected with Jesus. The best way to love God is by living lives of honesty and integrity. So that when people see us, speak our name or think of us they will experience the love of God through our honesty, dependability and integrity. All you have is your name!

 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 24 October 2019
20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” – Mark 7:20-23
 
We all have places within us that are unclean. Thoughts and desires we want no one to know about. No matter how we try, we can’t get rid of them. We need more than will power. We need Jesus. When we share these thoughts and desires with Jesus, He receives them and begins rewriting the patterns in our brains, leading us to freedom and making us clean.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
 
Wednesday 23 October 2019
15 “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” – Mark 7:15
 
Through this verse Jesus is teaching us that whatever we eat goes into our stomach and out our digestive tract. What we eat does not make us unclean. It’s our thoughts, words and deeds that can make us unclean because these things have their origins in our hearts, and our hearts are the center of who we are. When we invite Jesus to fill our hearts, God’s forgiving, restoring and healing grace cleanses us of insecurity, selfishness, anger and fear.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 22 October 2019
‘Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ – Exodus 19:5b-6a

 

A priest is anyone who prays for others. Each time we pray for someone we are serving as a priest. One of the greatest privileges and most sacred responsibilities we have as people committed to loving God, is holding people up to the Lord in prayer. When we bring people to the Lord in prayer, we are offering a level of care unlike any other. Take some time today to show the love of Jesus by offering people to God. When you pray for them, picture them in your mind and envision the Lord enfolding them in His strong arms of unconditional love and care.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 21 October 2019
14 If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse. – Proverbs 27:14
 
If you are not a morning person – one of those people who springs up at 5:00 in the morning without an alarm and is all happy and thrilled to be awake – that is fine with God. Because I am a morning person it has taken me years to learn not to bless my family with engaging conversation in the early a.m. Sometimes the quietest blessing can be the most beautiful blessing. Often the blessing people need comes not from our words, but from our loving and supportive presence.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 19 October 2019
17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
 
There is so much in life that agitates our spirits causing us to grow weary. As followers of Jesus Christ it is important that we allow the Lord to quiet our spirits with His love. God’s presence with us, God’s strength in us, God’s care around us, and God’s delight over us assure us that Jesus loves us. Allow God’s love to quiet your spirit, quiet your mind, quiet your body so that you can be restored by the love of Jesus.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 18 October 2019
5 All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. – Micah 4:5
 
Walking in the name of the Lord begins when we choose to enjoy God’s love. Walking in the name of the Lord is placing our trust in Jesus; opening our lives and inviting Jesus to live His life through us; receiving Christ’s love, forgiveness, life and peace; knowing that no matter what we are going through Jesus will bring us to a place of healing and peace. Waking in the name of Jesus is wonderful!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 17 October 2019
8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. – 1 Thessalonians 1:8a
 
How does the Lord’s message of unconditional love and everlasting kindness ring out from us? Through our lives, our words and the things we do, we are sharing the God’s beautiful message. To get a read on how well we are doing at sharing God’s message of unconditional love and kindness we can ask those with whom we do everyday life. These are the people who see us day in and day out. How is God’s message of unconditional love and kindness ringing out from us and into their lives?
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 16 October 2019

3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 1:3

 

Our loving trust in Jesus leads us to do the work of serving others, forgiving wrongs, doing what’s right when no one is looking, thinking before we speak, praying for others, and giving of time and money to better the lives of those in need. We don’t do good to earn God’s favor. We do good because our God, Jesus Christ has shown us wonderful favor already. When faith in Jesus is real, reliable, consistent and humble, good works are always the result.

 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 15 October 2019
13 “In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. – Exodus 15:13
 
God guides us through life with unfailing love. God leads us through each moment of every day because God treasures us. God never abandons us. With strength and faithfulness God leads us through life so that in good and bad, the Lord Jesus Christ is our dwelling place – the place in which we find refuge, restoration and peace. So take heart, have courage and be joyful because the unfailing love of God is leading you. As the song says, “He leadeth me O blessed thought!”
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 14 October 2019
3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. – Exodus 15:3
 
These words are from a song that Moses and his older sister Miriam sing after escaping the wrath of Pharaoh and his mighty army. By parting the waters of the Red Sea, God fights for His people, saving them from pharaoh’s deadly army. The Lord is a warrior who has been fighting for us against death, demonic forces of hatred and all that keeps us from enjoying Jesus and His love. When confronted by trying times this week, remember that the Lord is strengthening you for the battles you face because the Lord is a warrior whose strong care is always victorious.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 12 October 2019
14 If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. – Job 14:14
 
While mourning the loss of his health, family and wealth, and while receiving lousy comfort from his friends, Job chooses to wait for his renewal to come. Though life has become terribly painful for him, Job still trusts in and loves the Lord. Job waits for renewal because his faith is not dependent upon what he got from God. Rather Job’s faith depends upon his relationship with God. When things are difficult, and we do not understand why things are as they are, faith means choosing to wait for our renewal to come from Jesus, who rose from the dead and is renewing us.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 10 October 2019
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:2
 
Looking over our lives we discover times when God blessed us beyond our greatest expectations. Often God’s blessings come through people who walk with us through the difficult times, make ordinary days special, and celebrate our accomplishments. Experiencing times of blessing fills us with laughter and joy. As we look back on these experiences, our hearts warm, our faces smile, we experience anew the unconditional love of Jesus.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 9 October 2019
16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:16
 
Jesus created all that exists. Jesus loves His creation so completely that even when we turn against Him, still Jesus loves us. There is nothing we can do that will make Jesus love us less! Jesus who created us never stops loving us. We are created by Jesus, who every day, loves us, cares for us and restores us. Please take time today to enjoy the wonderful love Jesus has for you!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 8 October 2019
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. – Colossians 1:15
 
Jesus comes into the world to show us who God is, what God is like, and how God lives. Through His birth, Jesus shows us that God does whatever it takes to spend time with His people. Through His life Jesus assures us that God is not impressed with prestige or power but loves ordinary people. Through the cross, Jesus shows us that nothing can kill God’s love for us. Through Easter Jesus shows us that God brings everlasting life to all creation. This is the Jesus who loves us, lives in us and lives for us.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 7 October 2019
11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, – Colossians 1:11
 
Do you like Monday’s? Do you see Monday as the beginning of a new week filled with opportunities and adventures? Or do you view Monday as…well…Monday…ugh. If this is your take on Monday, please know that God is calming your anxiety, filling you with Holy Spirit powered endurance, and giving you Jesus inspired patience. Mondays are filled with God’s loving joy, which is our strength for the week.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 5 October 2019
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. – Psalm 62:1
 
Please don’t spend all of Saturday doing chores. Be sure to take some time to relax and hear rest in God’s love. When we rest in God, the Lord refreshes our mind and body. When we slow down and relax, God restores our souls. God’s restoration spreads outward giving our minds renewed ability and our bodies renewed strength. Do the Saturday chores. But don’t work all day. Please take time to rest in Jesus so that Saturday is a good day.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 4 October 2019
The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. – Zechariah 14:9
 
By rising from the dead to never ending, indestructible life Jesus shows all creation that He has power over the ultimate end – death. Jesus’ power brings death to death. Because He is Lord over death, Jesus is rightfully the Lord over all creation. The One, who is our Lord, assures us that He loves us, He is with us, and no matter how bad life gets we will always be well because Jesus, who defeated death and rules over all creation, is caring for us. When life in this world ends for us, death does not have the final say. Jesus does. And Jesus gives us new life in a new world.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 3 October 2019
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. – Colossians 1:17
 
Crazy Glue’s first advertisement was a commercial where a construction worker put some Crazy Glue on his helmet and, stuck his helmet (and himself in it) to an I-beam. Jesus is God’s Crazy Glue. Jesus is the “glue” that holds everything together. Jesus holds our lives together. Jesus holds our sanity together. Jesus holds our hope, joy and peace together. On those days when we feel like we are in more pieces than Humpty Dumpty, Jesus comes to us and puts us back together again, making everything well.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 1 October 2019
17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. – Daniel 1:17
 
Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar forces four young Judeans leave home and live in Babylon (which is modern-day Iraq). Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azaria arrive in a new land, and are given new names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Then the four spend three years training to serve the king as members of his Wise Men Corps. During the times in your life when it seems like everyone has control of your life but you, and you are being given strange names and assignments you never wanted, please remember that Jesus is with you, and Jesus is taking care of you, just as he cared for Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 30 September 2019
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27
 
Today our Jewish sisters and brothers are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year”. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year which celebrates the creation of Adam and Eve. A Ram’s Horn trumpet is sounded on Rosh Hashanah to proclaim to the world on Rosh Hashanah that God is the King of the Universe. On this sacred day remember that God created you in God’s image and you are the crown of God’s creation. Our Great God is enfolding you in His arms of unconditional love and filling you with strength and joy for the day.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 28 September 2019
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility – Ephesians 2:14
 
We receive peace from Jesus. When Jesus – the Prince of Peace – lives His life through us, He fills us with His peace. Peace is knowing that in all circumstances God is with us working all things together for good. Such assurance fills us with a wonderful sense of wellbeing and security. When we are at peace in Jesus, things are truly well with our souls because Jesus frees us by removing our fear, hostility, and despair. Peace in Jesus is freedom and freedom is peace.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 27 September 2019
This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” – Zechariah 13:9
 
Trials and difficulties in our lives are never pointless. God does not cause our trials but works through them to purify our thoughts and motives, deepen our dependence on Jesus and strengthen our faith. There is an old saying, “God never wastes a hurt.” Jesus works through all our painful periods, bringing about good. The best reminder of this reality is the cross. Jesus takes an instrument of hateful death and makes it a means to forgiveness and life.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 26 September 2019
12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. – Colossians 1:12
 
Years ago, I applied for a Discover Card but was turned down because I was not qualified. When it comes to being qualified to participate in what truly matters – everlasting and joyous life in Jesus – everyone can qualify. All we need do is place our trust in Jesus, enjoy God’s love and love one another. When we choose to enjoy God’s love, life in this world good (no matter the circumstances), and our future life in God’s kingdom is great! When it comes to what truly matters – Jesus makes it possible for everyone to qualify!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 25 September 2019
11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience – Colossians 1:11
 
Our strength, endurance and patience come not from within but from above. God – whose strength never fails – is the source of our strength. Jesus who endured the pain of the cross is the source of our endurance. God who is endlessly patient with us is the One who fills us with patience. On those days when our endurance flags, our strength wavers and our patience fails, all we need do is place our palms upright and invite Jesus to fill us with His strength, His endurance and His patience. And Jesus will give us full measures of strength, endurance and patience every time.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 24 September 2019
10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, – Colossians 1:10
 
Living a life that pleases the Lord does not mean earning God’s love. Think of the people who love us just the way we are for who we are. These are the people we enjoy being with because they renew our strength and fill us with self-confidence. And we never have to earn their love. We do things to please them because they love us. We do things to please God because God loves us. Pleasing God is simply showing God how much we love Him. Pleasing God is something we do so we can more fully enjoy God’s love for us. Faith is not about earning, it’s all about enjoying God.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 23 September 2019
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives – Colossians 1:9
 
One of the great privileges I enjoy is praying for you. I keep you in my prayers, and I think about you throughout the week. I pray God’s protection upon you and God’s care for you. I pray that Jesus will give you the wisdom of the Holy Spirit so you can successfully navigate the intricacies and complexities of life. On the days when you are not sure what to do…On the days when you feel foolish… On the days when you do not understand why things are as they are, please remember that I am praying for you and Jesus is filling you with the God’s wisdom.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 21 September 2019
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7
 
Every day God gives us love. God’s love comes to us through the Bible and songs of Faith. God’s love comes through good friends, good food and good memories. God’s love comes through caring families. God’s love comes to us through blue skies, starry nights, rainy days and autumn colors. God’s love comes to us through Jesus whose love for us is wonderfully extravagant. Please enjoy your Saturday discovering the many ways God says to you, “I love you.”
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 20 September 2019
the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. – Colossians 1:5-6a
 
We make deposits into our checking account so that the money is there when we need it. God makes deposits into our hope account so that an abundance of hopeful faith and love will be available to us when we need them. Faith and love spring form the hope God deposits into our spiritual accounts. Sometimes we make large withdrawals and sometimes the withdrawals are small. But since Jesus is the Depositor, we will never have insufficient funds when it comes to faith and love which flow from the hope filling our hearts, informing our minds and shaping our perspectives.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 19 September 2019
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people – Colossians 1:3-4
 
Faith in Jesus leads to love for others. When we place our trust in Jesus, we are inviting Jesus to shape our thoughts, inspire our words and inform our deeds. Faith in Jesus opens our minds so that Christ’s thoughts become our thoughts and Christ’s ways become our ways. When Jesus’ thoughts and ways are part of us, then seeking the wellbeing of others becomes our way of life. Praise God for the way your lovingkindness is showing Jesus’ love to all people!
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 18 September 2019
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. – Psalm 126:1
 
Jesus’ resurrection from death to indestructible, everlasting life is God’s declaration to the world that He is all about restoring fortunes. God brings us through sorrow to happiness, anger to forgiveness. The Lord leads us from envy to contentment, from anxiety to places of peace. God is always restoring our fortunes. If you are enjoying restored fortunes be like one who dreams. If you are suffering bad fortune, dream of the healing, strength and restoration God is giving you.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 17 September 2019
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:2
 
Do you remember receiving a gift at Christmas or for your birthday that so delighted you that you grinned? Often these great grins lead to laughter. Jesus is giving us some amazing gifts today – full forgiveness, love that has no conditions attached to it, and deep happiness that will fills our spirits and stays with us. Please allow Jesus’ gifts to you fill you with such delight that people will see your joy and say, “The Lord has done great things for her/him!”
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 16 September 2019
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. – Psalm 126:3
 
The Lord has done great things for us. God has given us clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, food to eat, friends and family members who love us, homes that shelter us, and memories that bring happiness to our hearts. The greatest thing God has done for us is giving us a new beginning and everlasting life. During the difficult times that confront you, please remember the great things God had done for you. God is working through these great things to give strength to your spirit, joy to your heart and healing to your mind.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 14 September 2019
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. – Isaiah 40:11
 
Jesus takes care of you. Jesus holds you close to His heart and Jesus leads you through each day because you are the Lord’s beloved. Jesus treasures you. On your good days Jesus holds you close to His heart. On your bad days Jesus holds you close to His heart. You will always be your Lord’s beloved. Allow this truth to bring joy to your spirit and rest to your soul.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 13 September 2019
5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. – Deuteronomy 6:5
 
In ancient times, the heart was considered the center of thought. Living our Faith means loving God with our minds. A relationship with God is not something that is only emotional and spiritual – it is intellectual and thoughtful. God wants us to think about His way of living. When we thoughtfully examine the Christian Faith, we discover that God’s way of living stands up intellectually and is a thinking person’s faith every bit as much as a feeling person’s faith. Keep God’s way close to your mind by asking questions, challenging ideas, lingering over Bible passages, and learning from others.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 12 September 2019
5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. – Deuteronomy 6:5-7
 
Whether in our homes, churches or communities we all interact with children at some point during the week. The Lord calls us to live our faith in Jesus so that children experience through us the joyous, loving presence of God. Tell them the great stories of the Bible. Share with children that you pray for them. Celebrate the wonder of God’s creation with them. How well are we doing at sharing Jesus and His love with children God has placed in our lives?
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 11 September 2019
5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. – Deuteronomy 6:5-6
 
God loves us so deeply that we hold a place in the center of God’s heart. When we enjoy God’s love, we long for God to be in the center of our hearts. When Jesus lives in our hearts, loving God and loving our neighbor are what we do, because God’s way of life becomes our way of living life. Allowing God’s way of life to mold our lives is how we show our love to our great God who in His great love, saves us and gives us life in Jesus that lasts forever. Deep love for God brings us through dark days like 9/11/2001 and enables us to triumph over all evil. God’s love always triumphs.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 10 September 2019
5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. – Deuteronomy 6:5
 
Our Lord, who is perfect unity, calls us to love Him wholly – with all our emotions and intellect, with the core of who we are and with our physical ability. Loving the Lord with all we have and all we are is something we do in all circumstances of life. And loving the Lord our God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – transforms the way we perceive, interpret and respond to life. Loving the Lord allows God to mold us into a people who are reflections of God’s thoughtful, humble, wise and unconditional love.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 9 September 2019
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. – Deuteronomy 6:4
 
Deuteronomy 6:4 is called the “Shema”, a Hebrew word that means “hear”. Moses wants God’s people to hear and know that the Lord our God is one. In other words, God is perfect unity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit enjoy perfect unity with each other. When God fills our lives, the disunity and brokenness we suffer is healed and we enjoy healthy and growing relationships with God, with others and with ourselves.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Saturday 7 September 2019
But I will encamp at my temple to guard it against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch. – Zechariah 9:8
 
You are God’s temple. Your body is the temple in which the Holy Spirit of God dwells. God is guarding you against the marauding forces of anxiety, despair, fear, depression, temptation, addiction, busyness and worry. Because the Lord God Almighty is guarding you, you shall never be overrun by that which seeks to oppress you. Jesus is standing guard over you, and Jesus – the greatest of the greats – is keeping watch because you are His treasure.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Friday 6 September 2019
23 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” – Zechariah 8:23
 
In the Bible, the number ten symbolizes a large number of people or a complete group. The term “Jew” was used to refer to the people of Judah after they went into exile in Babylonia. Devoted faith in the Lord by a single Jew will attract many. Jesus is a Jewish man whose deep love for God and all humankind continues to attract people. When we live out or commitment to Jesus with humility, love, compassion and grace we become very attractive to those who have not yet experienced the grace, love and joy of our Jewish Rabbi Jesus, who is the Savior of the world.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Thursday 5 September 2019
This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.” – Zechariah 8:3
 
Because of the wonderful work that Jesus does for us, our hearts are the Jerusalem in which God dwells. Whatever takes place in your day today be it good, mundane, stressful or overwhelming, please remember that Jesus is with you. Not only is Jesus with you, He is within you giving you everything you need for the day because you are the holy place in which God dwells.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 4 September 2019
“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ – Zechariah 7:9-10
 
We often think of true justice as meting out punishment. To God, true justice is showing mercy and compassion to one another. We show mercy and compassion by providing places of welcome. Do we have space in our hearts for welcoming widows, orphans, foreigners and the poor? Before receiving God’s love in Jesus, we were the widow, the widower, the fatherless, the foreigner and the poor. In Jesus we are adopted and made wealthy with God’s love. How are we sharing our wealth by offering the true justice of compassion and mercy?
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 3 September 2019
10 “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” – Zechariah 4:10
 
To the Israelites who remember the greatness and grandeur of the Temple before it was destroyed, the rebuilt Temple of the Lord seems small and insignificant. God speaks through Zechariah to remind us that greatness is not determined by size. Small is sacred. Small is beautiful. Yesterday afternoon I was mesmerized by a tiny hummingbird enjoying the nectar in our zinnias. Please look today for the sacred and beautiful among the small things of life. I promise that you’ll experience greater gratitude for the small but significant blessings that surround us.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Monday 2 September 2019
So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. – Zechariah 4:6
 
Zerubbabel was the last of King David’s descendants to be entrusted with political power. Uncertain of his ability to lead the repatriated Judean exiles rebuilding their Jerusalem homes and temple, Zerubbabel depends on the prophet Zechariah, who assures him that God’s Spirit is supplying all the wisdom, strength and perseverance Zerubbabel needs for his overwhelming task. Whatever overwhelming tasks life before you, be assured that the Holy Spirit is with you, giving you wisdom, strength and perseverance, and everything will be well.
 
Affectionately,
Ric