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