Daily Scripture

Saturday, August 6, 2022 – “Blessed Every Day” by Peggy Williams

What does it Mean when I Wake Up?
Each Day… Another Sunrise… Another Sunset

I See God’s Work in the Simplest Things
Leaves on the Trees… The Rain and the Wind

Oh How each Day it Touches My Soul
To See all The gifts He has Bestowed

Rain and the Breeze Makes the Trees Bend
Snow and Hail and Ice He Sends

Along with Grass and forests and Oceans and Such
Tiny things too, Come Every Day in a bunch

I Woke Up this morning… Blessed already
Another Day… Another Wonder

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 “Holding Fast” from the Upper Room Devotions

Deuteronomy 13:4 - It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and
obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

   Years ago, I served as a counselor for middle school students exploring Catalina Island off the California coast.
My responsibilities included monitoring students as they participated in ocean-related studies as well as chaperoning
some snorkeling adventures.

   One of the amazing things about the waters surrounding the island is the abundance of brown kelp that grows tall
and is in constant motion with the surge of waves. The seaweed is anchored to the ocean floor with special growths
called holdfasts. By being the steady force that holds the kelp to the sea floor, holdfasts allow the kelp to stay rooted
in storms and grow into forests that provide a place for other sea life to flourish.

   In Hebrews 4:14, we are reminded that “since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the
Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” Like a kelp forest, our faith can serve as our holdfast, anchoring
us in storms. And when we hold on to Christ, we can create an environment where everyone can prosper.

 

Saturday, July 30, 2022 – “Hot and Cold” by Peggy Williams

These 100 degree days are difficult at best
Hard to deal with over and over again.

This Summer We seem to have had So many
Super Hot days every day.

So I find myself Looking forward
Forward to Fall… with Brisk Cool Breezes

I so Look towards Winter… And
Seeing the leaves turn and Change and Drop

I Love Watching The Weather Change
To See Storm Clouds and Rain Showers

We ALL Live By the Weather…
By God’s Hand We Are Given Many Seasons

His Blessing of a Cool Day in August
OR Maybe a Warm Day in January

I always Believe He Gives Us What We Need
Now I don’t Know How You feel… But I Rarely Know What I Need

God takes Care of Me… Watches Over us All
Keeping Me Warm or Cool

He Takes Time to Allow Me
To Wish for Weather I Don’t Have Today

He Cares for Me… and He Cares For You
Every Day in Every Way

In All the Different Weather Situations
All the Seasons of My Life and Yours

He Protects Me and You and
Always looks after us.

Thank you, God, and God bless us everyone.

 

Saturday, July 23, 2022 – “Looking Up!” from the Upper Room Devotions

   While walking my dog, it occurred to me that my dog was not the only one (walking) with his head down. God
began to show me how often I literally have my head down looking at my phone. Often I am trying to be efficient
and return messages or reply to emails, but I still have my head down and am not paying attention to what is around
me. During our walk home, I challenged myself to look up and around me more. It was amazing what I noticed. I
noticed children playing the pond nearby, geese flying in the pristine blue sky, and new buds forming on the trees.
Through this practice God has reminded me of one of my favorite scripture passages. “I lift my eyes to the hills – from
where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

   I cannot possibly notice all of God’s creations if I have my head down all the time. Each and every day I need to keep
looking up so that I can see all the wonderful things that God is doing in the world.

   Dear God, Thank you so much for your reminder to keep looking up so that we can notice all that you have created
and all that you are doing. Amen

   Go out and notice something new around you!

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – “Mission Opportunities” – Upper Room Devotions

Ephesians 6:18  Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

   As a nurse, I ride the hospital elevator often. Each day before going to my floor I pray for visitors who will use the
same elevator.  Most visitors are not happy about being at the hospital. Some have traveled long distances, worried
and concerned for a loved one.

   When I enter the elevator, I always smile and ask, “How is your day going?” With these five words I can enter people’s
lives, and God’s work can begin. Some will simply smile and politely say, “Fine. How is your day?” But sometimes the
conversation goes deeper. Responses I have heard include: “My day is not good; my husband had a stroke, and he is
not doing well” or “I am so tired; I haven’t slept in days since my son was brought here after the accident.” The elevator
ride is quick, so I can only offer brief responses: “I am so sad to hear that this is happening to your loved one. I will pray
for both of you today.”

   We don’t need a passport or a plane ticket to go on a mission trip. Mission opportunities are all around us. With God’s
help we can find ways to share love and compassion with the people we encounter each day. It will be a rewarding
experience.

 

Saturday, July 16, 2022 – “Whispered Directions” by Peggy Williams

I went to the hairtition to get my haircut
On the way home… “funny noise” when I put on the brakes.

Stopped to get gas … louder “funny noise” … So…..
Without really meaning to… I drove to the Toyota place.

My helper guy was very nice … said it might be awhile
since I didn’t have an appointment.  My thought? I really didn’t mean to come.

In 45 minutes he came with a frown and a clipboard.
You know you Are in Trouble With that Clipboard.

He said I have Metal Grinding against Metal on my rear brakes.

Good News! My front brakes are fine.
Glad I was sitting down When he Gave Me the Estimate.

So I waited while they Replaced my Roters…
I just know that is part of my brakes plus my brake pads.

Out he came two hours later With a Smile “All Finished”

He clicked around the Laptop and
showed me a picture of my Brakes Before!

My mouth fell open… Even I could tell they were terrible…
My Bank Account is now Empty

But for me: I am so grateful that God secretly
sent me the message to Go to the Toyota Place.

Grateful that I didn’t end up in a Terrible
Situation because my Brakes failed.

And very Thankful I actually had money
In the Bank to Pay the Bill.

Mechanic thinks a Small Rock
Got under my Brake Pad.
I thought “God got it out”

And I am sure I heard Him whisper
To me as I was driving home

“Happy Birthday”

 

Saturday, July 9, 2022 – “Flowers” by Peggy Williams

Have You Ever Looked at a Flower?
Really Looked… It is an Amazing Little Miracle.

With Petals Going out from the Center
Sometimes Straight and Sometimes Ruffly

How did God figure out how to Make
A Carnation or a Sunflower or a Rose

I think He must have a fantastic Imagination
His Heart is filled with So Much Love and happiness

So Flowers Might look a little like His Heart


How Many Different Kinds … too many to count
Each one Special … Just Like People


All different … Some Big and some are small
Some flowers like lilys look like a horn.

Some have one Big Bloom and some
Lots of Blooms on One Stem

You Get Flowers In 
All Different Colors and Shapes

Just Like People… And God made
Us all … All Different but All Flowers

He shows us His Amazing Feats every day
And today, I want you to look at the flowers
Such Beauty He Gives Us in His gifts.

 

Saturday, July 2, 2022 – “Many Hats” by Peggy Williams

How Many Hats Do You Wear
One for being a Child with a Mother and a Father

Brother or Sister? Then I
Think You Wear That Hat, Too.

Maybe You Are Or Have Been A Spouse
Another Different Hat for You.

That Mom or Dad Hat
Is a Wonderful One to Wear

How About Are You an Employee
That’s Another Hat for Sure

You Also Wear a Hat that Says Friend
Many, Many Times Over

Some Wear a Hat for Our Country
America… Maybe You Did That

I Know You Wear a Mount Pleasant Hat
Or You Would Not Be Right Here.

But the Most Important Hat We Wear
Is the “I’m a Child of God” Hat

I Can’t Imagine How I Wear All These Hats
But I am Lucky… Because I know God Takes Care of That.

He Sees That I Have the Right Hat
On… At the Right Time

Thanks to Him… For He Always Always
Always Takes Care of You and Me

Thanks to God for All Our Many Blessings!

 

Saturday, June 25, 2022 –“Every” by Peggy Williams

In Every drop of Rain that falls
In Each Flake of Snow that swirls

In Every touch of the Wind
That Cools My Face

In Every Wave that Hits the Shore
Maybe Never to be a wave Again

In Every Rose and Daffodil
And Every Fat Magnolia Bloom or Leaf

Every Rock Found in My Son’s Pocket
And Every Seashell my daughter Brought Home

For Every Miracle I See Outside my Window
That Comes Seeping into My Heart

Thanks to God… Every Day
In Every Way for every Gift You Bestow to Everyone

God Bless Each One of You,  Amen

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – “A New Name” from Upper Room Devotions

   Isaiah 62:2 – The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a
new name that the mouth of the Lord will give.

   I got into a lot of trouble in school, and my report cards always included comments about my bad behavior.
Because of my actions, those comments described me in ways that were not positive, though they were frequently
deserved.

   Surprisingly, one teacher thought I was redeemable. She named other traits in her comments and in person that
revealed my positive attributes. Naturally, my self-esteem increased. In time, others began to see these positive
traits in me as well. This one teacher gave me the confidence to live a new way and cast the old identity aside. This
wasn’t merely a change of perspective but a transformation from God.

   The prophet Isaiah documented a similar situation with Israel. They had sinned but God was gracious, welcoming
them back and providing hope. God gave them a new name. “Forsaken” was changed to “My Delight Is in Her” (see
Isa. 62:4).

   Israel’s righteousness was only possible because God saves and redeems. We are described by God’s grace
rather than the labels of our own sinful condition. Just as my teacher gave me a new identity, God also restores us
so we can reveal God’s amazing attributes!

 

Saturday, June 18, 2022 – “Washing Away” by Peggy Williams

The Storms… the Lightning… the Rain… the Wind
All visited my house this past week

Dark, dark clouds filled the Sky
I even went outside to look… It was so Ominous!

Before Bedtime it was ALL Finished
Rolling Along towards someone else’s Neighborhood

Everything Smells so Fresh and Clean after a Storm
Wonder How That Happens?

I Guess God just looked at Us
And Gave Us a Good Bath!

All Kidding Aside… Sometimes I think That’s True
That God Comes Along and cleans us up!

He Seems to put Worries to Rest
And brings Tranquility to the Front Row

He slips into my Heart and Adds Peace
And Love and Joy… Gratefulness and Happiness

So take a Moment today to Thank Him
For Washing our Worries Away

And Replacing them with Hope and Joy
And for Adding a Heaping Cup Full of Love to the Mix

For He Loves Us All and Holds Us in the Palm of His Hand.
Amen

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – “Chosen People” from Upper Room Devotions

   My three-year-old son, Henrik, was clearly upset as he walked toward me in the church hallway. When I asked
him what was wrong, he replied, “Someone called me a sweetie pie, but I’m not a pie! I’m Henrik!” I tried to hide
the smile on my face so that he wouldn’t think I was laughing at him, then I did my best to explain to him what a
“term of endearment” was.

   Henrik loved his name and didn’t want anyone to call him anything but that. I walked away thinking about how
often we forget what our “names” are. As we go throughout our day, words get tacked onto us — unloved, dumb,
not enough, not attractive, weak, loser. Such labels can cause us to forget who God says we are.

   God says we are chosen, loved, pure, free, worthy, strong, victorious, purposed, valuable. Those are just a few
of the words our heavenly Father speaks over us. First Peter 2:9 says, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, God’s special possession.” Like Henrik did, remember who you are in Christ and boldly declare and
live in that identity today!

 

Saturday, June 11, 2022 – “Out the Window” by Peggy Williams

What do you see when travelling down the Road
Maybe a Big Barn with a Shiny Tin Roof?

Or Maybe a field filled with Cows
I Might like it if they had horses So Majestic

I sometimes see an old store… imagine that!
Filled with Old Memories and maybe A Cat!

I Love it when I see hills and valleys, too
Angus and Holstein and White Charolais

Maybe a farm pond with animals around
Could be Goats or little lambs that fill the field

Love the Old Farm Houses… Some a Story and a Half
Some have a big porch with a Swing – how Fun!

I love all the farm buildings… Tractor Shed…
The Corn Crib… the Well House… the Smoke House too.

Were You Blessed to Be Raised on a farm
Maybe Grandparents You Visited… Or You live there Now.

Did they Milk the Cows and Cure the Hams?
Can Vegetables and Dry Apples for Pies?

God Blesses Us Each One Every Day
Just Remember… It Might Be Something You See Out the Window

God Bless Each One of You. Have a Wonderful Week.

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 – “Just a Sparrow” from the Upper Room Devotions

Luke 12:6 – Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.

My family is fascinated with birds, and we try to identify them whenever we are outside. One morning I saw an
unusual and interesting bird. I didn’t have binoculars ready, so I tried listening for the bird’s song. Unfortunately,
I couldn’t make out its sound because many sparrows were singing at the same time.

I was disappointed as I headed home. I looked up one more time and saw a sparrow flying from roof to roof. I
thought, It’s just a sparrow. I resented the fact that the sparrows had kept me from identifying the unusual bird.
Sparrows are beautiful and sing melodiously, but because I see them all the time they are not exciting to me.

Suddenly, Luke 12:6 came to mind. Even the common sparrow is remembered by God and is under God’s sovereign
care. Often we feel lonely, forgotten, or unimportant. But that doesn’t mean we are lost. We can celebrate sparrows,
and ourselves, because the Lord knows us and sees us, no matter how insignificant we may consider ourselves to
be. And this is the proof: Jesus died for us! Our sovereign God ultimately gives us identity and declares our worth.
Just as God does for the sparrows, God always remembers and cares for us.

 

Saturday, June 4, 2022 – “Too Much” by Peggy Williams

Sometimes we get too much of a good thing
Like too much to eat at Thanksgiving.

Or too much sun while on the beach
Maybe too much cold while on a vacation in the mountains.

Might be too much of a shirt so it doesn’t fit
Could it be too much heat in my coffee

Or too much cold in my ice cream
Then I get brain freeze! O My!

Too much rain makes muddy
Too much heat makes grass brown

Too much cake gives me a tummy ache
But know what I have discovered?

There is NEVER too much Prayer
I pray for Sue and Jackie, too

And Maybe tomorrow, it might be You.
Even if you are healthy and strong

Prayer is Never Ever Too Much
So Add Someone to your prayer list

Because PRAYER is Never Never too much!

 

Saturday, May 29, 2022 – “Thankful” by Peggy Williams

How do I tell You Thank You 
At the End of Each and Every Day

Can I shout it from the rooftop
Or from a Barn full of hay.

How about I Climb a Tree and
Go Way Up to the Top.

Think I Could Get Close Enough
To Thank You for What I Got

How about a Flag Pole… Too Slippery For Me.
I Would Slide Down And Hit the Ground.

Maybe Climb a Mountain in the Snow So Deep
It might Even Echo and That Might Upwards Seep

For today… Just Like Every Day
My Prayers All Got Answered.

I just try to trust Him and the Answers that He Gives
Some I Know… or See, But more Become A Part of Me.

So Now I Know that Thank You
Really Comes as Silent Gifts

He Hears Them Every Morning & Every Night
All times when I just say “Thank You”

For Taking Care of Me… For
Friends and Family and Some I Never See

I’m Thankful Every Day in Every Way
I Think I Get More than My Share

So Just Know God that I am Thankful
And that I Really Care.

 

Saturday, May 21, 2022 – Poem from Peggy Williams

How Many Blessings can Come to Me?
One today, or Two do I see?

Does God Count them… then hand them out?
If I listen real close, could I hear a “Hallelujah” shout?

I think God gets to feel Great Some Days
When Little Johnny or Ole Bill His path Obeys

So Why Keep Thinking “Have I had More than My Share?”
God Nudges Me and says “O No – I will Always Care.”

I Think He Feels Great Joy When We Get it Right.
He Throws out His arms and says “What a Beautiful Sight!”

So I will Try and Pray for Patience and to
Help Me Give Him The Control

Today Let’s All be Especially Thankful
That God Knows Us Every Day, in Every Way.

He Holds Us in His Hands.

 

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – “At Mount Pleasant We Have…”

From Poets… to Know its… to Help its…
It takes all kinds to build a church.

In the next months we will all be trying…
Trying to build a stronger and maybe different congregation.

New peoples… New problems… New Solutions

We are all so proud of this small faith-based
congregation that we are part of –

We have Lovers of Music… and Lovers of Scripture…
and Lovers of being behind the scene… and We Have Workers… Hard workers.

Dear God,
We ask You to guide us
To encourage us to let go and Let You guide us;
To give You Thanks for our strengths
And thanks for Mt. Pleasant.

God bless you each one.

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022 – This is a Day of New Beginnings, UMH 383

This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on,
Time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

For by the life and death of Jesus, God’s mighty Spirit, now as then, 
Can make for us a world of difference, as faith and hope are born again.

Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring, step from the past and leave behind
Our disappointment, guilt, and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find.

Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do. 
This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.