Completely

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For the eyes of the Lord roam throughout the earth, so that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. (2 Chronicles 16:9, NASB)

What is God looking for? He is looking for men and women whose hearts are completely His—completely. - Chuck Swindoll

Samuel made David their king. God testified concerning him: “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” (Acts 13:22, NIV)

If Jesus is Lord, no one else is. There is no middle ground. — Nik Ripken

Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. (Numbers 14:24, NIV)

Be an ardent seeker. — J.H. Jowett


Beginning

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7, ESV)
Faith is unlearning your fears until all that’s left is the fear of God.
                                        — Mark Batterson
The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.
                                                                — Oswald Chambers
How joyful are those who fear the Lord—all who follow his ways! (Psalm 128:1, NLT)
“The fear of the Lord" is not craven fear, but “a love that fears to grieve.” In practical terms it means that we listen to God and take him seriously.
                                                                — David Roper
Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God, insight into life from knowing a Holy God. (Proverbs 9:10, MSG)

 


Dwelling

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Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (Psalm 90:1, NIV)

We might as well settle down in God now, for the day will come when only God will remain. Our bodies, our homes, our financial security, our jobs, all these house us but temporarily, and one day all of them will fail. We had better be “home in God” now. Then if we lose all else we still have all we ever really had. — Vance Havner

By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones. (Hebrews 11:22, NIV)

As a foreigner, Joseph had climbed to the pinnacle of power in Egypt. But he wanted the generations that followed to know that his hope was not in the grandeur of Egypt, or being buried in a large pyramid. Rather, it rested in the promises of God. — Walter A. Henrichsen

Abide in me, and I in you. (John 15:4, ESV)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6, ESV)

 


Hide

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You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7, NIV)
In the secret of His presence
How my soul delights to hide!
Oh, how precious are the lessons
Which I learn at Jesus’ side!
— Ellen Lakshmi Goreh
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues. (Psalm 31:19-20, NLT)
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
— Augustus Montague Toplady
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:2-4, NIV)

 


Character

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Verses on tombstones
Are but idly spent;
The living character
Is the monument.

    — Margaretta Worker

Character, not circumstances, makes the man. — Booker T. Washington

Lives of careless wrongdoing are run-down shacks; holy living builds soaring cathedrals. (Proverbs 14:11, MSG)

The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality. — Benjamin Jowett

Whoever says “I know him [Jesus]” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:4-6, ESV)


55 years!

 

DSC00049Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! What a joy it is to celebrate your 55 years of marriage. Thank you for your commitment to God and to one another. You are a gift and a blessing to friends, family and the world around you. You are celebrated and dearly loved.

Bright

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They are lights in the darkness. In the bright light of their lives others can see what they ought to do. They make people believe that there really is a God. Behind such a life of unfailing good will, men feel that there must be a God, and they begin to glorify him; that is, they begin to appreciate him and thank him. — Edward Increase Bosworth

You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:14-16, NLT)

Trusting a Christian is often the critical prelude to coming to trust in God. — Os Guinness

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. (Philippians 2:14-16, NIV)


Invite

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God is infinitely patient. He will not push himself into our lives. He knows the greatest thing he has given us is our freedom. If we want habitually, even exclusively, to operate from the level of our own reason, He will respectfully keep silent. We can fill ourselves with our own thoughts, ideas, images, and feelings. He will not interfere. But if we invite him with attention, opening the inner spaces with silence, he will speak to our souls, not in words or concepts, but in the mysterious way that Love expresses itself, by presence. — Basil Pennington

Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. (Revelation 3:20, MSG)

God walks with us. He scoops us up in His arms or simply sits with us in silent strength until we cannot avoid the awesome recognition that yes, even now, He is there. – Gloria Gaither

Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. (James 4:8, MSG)