Daily Bread

This song has been on my heart and on my lips for the past few weeks. Before we started today’s devotional I wanted to share it with you.




We’re plunging into a series on the Lord’s Prayer as found in Matthew 6. Our guest writer Lori Coles’ explanation of how she was using the prayer in her own life is also the explanation of why we’re not starting at the beginning! But, we’ll get there… never fear.

I have been praying through part of the Lord’s Prayer as a springboard to my prayer time, and I’m learning exciting things. First some background on me. I grew up in a church where we said the Lord’s Prayer in unison every week. So I knew it by heart, and could rattle it off at a moment’s notice. But I was simply reciting it. I couldn’t tell you where it was in the Bible, and I didn’t think much about it’s meaning.

Over the years I have heard sermons about it, and grew to appreciate it as the words of Jesus teaching His followers how to pray. My revised understanding was that it was not a prayer to be recited, but a blueprint of how to pray.

In these past few months, I have been praying though parts of it. I tried to use the whole thing, but I felt myself slipping back into reciting it by rote. And so I’ve been breaking it into smaller pieces.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Here’s a question: What hits you the most about this request? The fact that we are told we can ask God for things? The fact that bread is something we need (sustenance) rather than want (filet mignon)? For me it’s the scope. I am asking today for what I need today.

Remember when the Israelites were wandering in the desert for 40 years on their way to the Promised Land (Exodus 16)? God gave them manna (food) each day. But there was a catch. They had to eat all the manna they gathered that day. If they saved any for the next day, it would become spoiled. They had to trust God each day for providing for them that day.

Sometimes when I prayed, I’d ask God to protect me all week. Now there’s nothing wrong with that. But, because of what God is teaching me as I ask Him to “Give us this day our daily bread,” I am reminded that I need to go to Him & spend time with Him every day. It’s helped me not to jump ahead and borrow trouble from the future.


Amen. Thank you Lor. And thanks also go to Ferryl for the first digiscrap page (using the OSAi Hope For Lily charity collab) and to Vicky (Cilenia Curtis’ Artists ArtBoxes 05, 06 & 12; Cilenia Curtis’ Inklings 2; Graphics Fairy Cook; Fonts for Title: Lauren Script and Times New Roman; Font for Background Script: Scrap Script; and, the sun is a Photoshop Shape).

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Happy New Year!

I’ve seen a lot online about the New Year, new beginnings etc. That made me think about the real new, fresh start we can all have with God. Really. 🙂 I think this video does a better job explaining it than I could. It’s short, so please give it a go.

With these thoughts in mind, I want to share a layout I made for our October inductive study on Romans (the application part for a study on chapter 3).

And every time I’ve worked on that layout or seen it since, the chorus from the Ballad of Arliss Richards by Big Tent Revival comes to mind. You’ll find it below. It starts at minute 34. Hope it blesses you as it does me.

Monday Meditations will be back in February. Bless you. Drop us a line or comment if you need prayer or would like to share.

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Christmas Eve

I was inspired by Karen’s Christmas Home Tour-2012, but then I often am by her posts. This year we didn’t put up our tree as we’re still waist-deep in renovations. We did, however, pull out some of our Christmas decorations which I’ll share with you here for our version of the Tree Tour-2012.

Photobucket I am thankful for friends who have gifted me with Christmas things. I’m reminded year after year of the blessing of your friendship. This tree is part of a creche and is much worn! Twenty years ago or so Barbara Lyngarkos gave it to me. Thank you, again, Barb!


Photobucket I am grateful for my family. When I moved to France I was hobbling around with a cane and a seriously sprained ankle. My sister flew over and took over, shopping for furniture and moving me in. With her she brought this tree. It was also much prettier 14 years ago, but it’s still a pristine treasure to me.


Photobucket My husband is a great gift to me. He bought tree for us. I am grateful for a man who shares my love of beauty and who earns enough to grace our home with things like this.

Photobucket I used trees by Zuzzka and Ange and a paper by Outside the Box Design Studio to represent the last tree –It’s AWOL. Can’t find it anywhere. It’s a red tree with lights, about 2 feet high, and very lovely. It reminds me of the greatest gift I’ve ever received. Jesus came to die and and live for us that we might live with Him. How’s that for good news? Makes me want to sing and shout!

Go, tell it on the mountain,

Over the hills and everywhere

Go, tell it on the mountain,

That Jesus Christ is born.

Down in a lowly manger

The humble Christ was born

And God sent us salvation

That blessed Christmas morn.



I’m grateful too for Vicky used Angie Young’s Altered Christmas and made the Shadow of the Cross word art for this layout.

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