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Sunday, January 04, 2015

This Morning’s Meditation

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“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”—2 Peter 3:18.

ROW in grace”—not in one grace only, but in all grace. Grow in that root-grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fulness, constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love. Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility. Seek to lie very low, and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward—having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to “grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.”

He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know Him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of Him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet. Whoever hath sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ doth satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not cloyed, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus—as the hart panteth for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of His love. If you do not desire to know Him better, then you love Him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.”

Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Rest not then content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of Him in His divine nature, in His human relationship, in His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present glorious intercession, and in His future royal advent. Abide hard by the Cross, and search the mystery of His wounds. An increase of love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of His love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace.

For God So Loved The World ~

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For God so loves the world,
that He gave to all His only Son
who came to mend and heal
the heart and soul of everyone.
It doesn't matter your race,
or the color of your skin
Jesus just wants to forgive you
if you'd confess to Him your sin.
You may be rich and happy,
you may be poor and weak
but to Jesus we're all bankrupt
if His truth we do not seek.
It doesn't matter your fortune,
or your station in this life
for He knows without His love
we'll live with everlasting strife.
You may be blind or deaf,
but that won't stand in His way
for He came to teach and show
how sin causes death and decay.
It doesn't matter your position,
all are equal in His eyes
but He knows without His truth
we won't see through Satan's lies.
You may be a thief or a murderer,
an idolater or an oppressor
but that won't stop His promise
to set free every transgressor.
It doesn't matter your offense,
to Him ~ all sin is the same
what matters most to Jesus
is that we believe in His name.
For God so loves the world,
that He gave to all His only Son
who came to forgive and breathe
new life into each and everyone!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
John 3:16
King James Version
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Copyright 2012
Deborah Ann Belka

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”—Luke 3:4.

HE voice crying in the wilderness demanded a way for the Lord, a way prepared, and a way prepared in the wilderness. I would be attentive to the Master’s proclamation, and give Him a road into my heart, cast up by gracious operations, through the desert of my nature. The four directions in the text must have my serious attention.
Every valley must be exalted. Low and grovelling thoughts of God must be given up; doubting and despairing must be removed; and self-seeking and carnal delights must be forsaken. Across these deep valleys a glorious causeway of grace must be raised.
Every mountain and hill shall be laid low. Proud creature-sufficiency, and boastful self-righteousness, must be levelled, to make a highway for the King of kings. Divine fellowship is never vouchsafed to haughty, highminded sinners. The Lord hath respect unto the lowly, and visits the contrite in heart, but the lofty are an abomination unto Him. My soul, beseech the Holy Spirit to set thee right in this respect.
The crooked shall be made straight. The wavering heart must have a straight path of decision for God and holiness marked out for it. Double-minded men are strangers to the God of truth. My soul, take heed that thou be in all things honest and true, as in the sight of the heart-searching God.
The rough places shall be made smooth. Stumbling-blocks of sin must be removed, and thorns and briers of rebellion must be uprooted. So great a visitor must not find miry ways and stony places when He comes to honour His favoured ones with His company. Oh that this evening the Lord may find in my heart a highway made ready by His grace, that He may make a triumphal progress through the utmost bounds of my soul, from the beginning of this year even to the end of it.

God Is My Refuge ~

God is my refuge,
 a retreat for my soul
 where life and its pressures
 cannot take their toll.
His wings watch over me,
 a shelter they provide
 whenever I am weary
 a perfect place to hide.
He will protect me,
 I will not be harmed
 for, He has me encased
 in His everlasting arms.
God is my refuge,
 a safe harbor to which I flee
 when I'm being tossed
 upon the stormy sea.
When I need strength,
 for the troubles I get in
 I always turn to the Lord
 my refuge from within!
~~~~~~~~~~
Psalm 46:1
 King James Version
"God is our refuge and strength,
 a very present help in trouble."
Copyright 2011
 Deborah Ann Belka

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I will give thee for a covenant of the people.”—Isaiah 49:8.

ESUS Christ is Himself the sum and substance of the covenant, and as one of its gifts, He is the property of every believer. Believer, canst thou estimate what thou hast gotten in Christ? “In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Consider that word “God” and its infinity, and then meditate upon “perfect man” and all his beauty; for all that Christ, as God and man, ever had, or can have, is thine—out of pure free favour, passed over to thee to be thine entailed property forever. Our blessed Jesus, as God, is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. Will it not console you to know that all these great and glorious attributes are altogether yours? Has he power? That power is yours to support and strengthen you, to overcome your enemies, and to preserve you even to the end. Has He love?

Well, there is not a drop of love in His heart which is not yours; you may dive into the immense ocean of His love, and you may say of it all, “It is mine.” Hath He justice? It may seem a stern attribute, but even that is yours, for He will by His justice see to it that all which is promised to you in the covenant of grace shall be most certainly secured to you. And all that He has as perfect man is yours. As a perfect man the Father’s delight was upon Him. He stood accepted by the Most High. O believer, God’s acceptance of Christ is thine acceptance; for knowest thou not that the love which the Father set on a perfect Christ, He sets on thee now? For all that Christ did is thine. That perfect righteousness which Jesus wrought out, when through His stainless life He kept the law and made it honourable, is thine, and is imputed to thee. Christ is in the covenant.

“My God, I am thine—what a comfort divine!
What a blessing to know that the Saviour is mine!
In the heavenly Lamb thrice happy I am,
And my heart it doth dance at the sound of His name.”

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Friday, January 02, 2015

This Evening’s Meditation

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“Let the people renew their strength.”—Isaiah 41:1.

LL things on earth need to be renewed. No created thing continueth by itself. “Thou renewest the face of the earth,” was the Psalmist’s utterance. Even the trees, which wear not themselves with care, nor shorten their lives with labour, must drink of the rain of heaven and suck from the hidden treasures of the soil. The cedars of Lebanon, which God has planted, only live because day by day they are full of sap fresh drawn from the earth.Neither can man’s life be sustained without renewal from God. As it is necessary to repair the waste of the body by the frequent meal, so we must repair the waste of the soul by feeding upon the Book of God, or by listening to the preached Word, or by the soul-fattening table of the ordinances.

How depressed are our graces when means are neglected! What poor starvelings some saints are who live without the diligent use of the Word of God and secret prayer! If our piety can live without God it is not of divine creating; it is but a dream; for if God had begotten it, it would wait upon Him as the flowers wait upon the dew. Without constant restoration we are not ready for the perpetual assaults of hell, or the stern afflictions of heaven, or even for the strifes within. When the whirlwind shall be loosed, woe to the tree that hath not sucked up fresh sap, and grasped the rock with many intertwisted roots.When tempests arise, woe to the mariners that have not strengthened their mast, nor cast their anchor, nor sought the haven.

If we suffer the good to grow weaker, the evil will surely gather strength and struggle desperately for the mastery over us; and so, mayhap, a painful desolation, and a lamentable disgrace may follow. Let us draw near to the footstool of divine mercy in humble entreaty, and we shall realize the fulfillment of the promise, “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”

Morning Song of Praise ~

Early in the morning,
 before the sun is ablaze
 give a shout of pure joy
 a song of heartfelt praise.
Make a sweet melody,
 and show your gratitude
 sing out your praises
 with a joyful attitude.
Early in the morning,
 before the sun begins to rise
 remember His loving-kindness
 under the darken skies.
Clap your hands together,
 lift your arms up in praise
 give your day to the Lord
 and thank Him for His ways.
While the dew is still set,
 on the morning lawn
 while the house is dark
 before there is a new dawn.
Show your thankfulness,
 to the Lord up above
 lift up your heart-song
 and praise Him for His love.
When your day is finally over,
 and the sun dims its blazing light
 thank God for His faithfulness
 all though the starry night!
~~~~~~~~~~
Psalm 92:1-2
 King James Version
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
 and to sing praises to Your name, O Most
  High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the
 morning, and Your faithfulness every night."
Copyright 2015
 Deborah Ann Belka

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Friday, January 02, 2015

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Continue in prayer.”—Colossians 4:2.

T is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob—there a Daniel who prayed three times a day—and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elias; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in His Word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives.

If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it. So deep are our necessities, that until we are in heaven we must not cease to pray. Dost thou want nothing? Then, I fear thou dost not know thy poverty. Hast thou no mercy to ask of God? Then, may the Lord’s mercy show thee thy misery! A prayerless soul is a Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honour of a Christian. If thou be a child of God, thou wilt seek thy Father’s face, and live in thy Father’s love.

Pray that this year thou mayst be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of His love. Pray that thou mayst be an example and a blessing unto others, and that thou mayst live more to the glory of thy Master. The motto for this year must be, “Continue in prayer.”

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“We will be glad and rejoice in Thee.”—Song of Solomon 1:4.

E will be glad and rejoice in Thee. We will not open the gates of the year to the dolorous notes of the sackbut, but to the sweet strains of the harp of joy, and the high sounding cymbals of gladness. “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise unto the rock of our salvation.” We, the called and faithful and chosen, we will drive away our griefs, and set up our banners of confidence in the name of God. Let others lament over their troubles, we who have the sweetening tree to cast into Marah’s bitter pool, with joy will magnify the Lord. Eternal Spirit, our effectual Comforter, we who are the temples in which Thou dwellest, will never cease from adoring and blessing the name of Jesus. We WILL, we are resolved about it, Jesus must have the crown of our heart’s delight; we will not dishonour our Bridegroom by mourning in His presence. We are ordained to be the minstrels of the skies, let us rehearse our everlasting anthem before we sing it in the halls of the New Jerusalem. We will BE GLAD AND REJOICE: two words with one sense, double joy, blessedness upon blessedness. Need there be any limit to our rejoicing in the Lord even now?

Do not men of grace find their Lord to be camphire and spikenard, calamus and cinnamon even now, and what better fragrance have they in heaven itself? We will be glad and rejoice IN THEE. That last word is the meat in the dish, the kernel of the nut, the soul of the text. What heavens are laid up in Jesus! What rivers of infinite bliss have their source, ay, and every drop of their fulness in Him! Since, O sweet Lord Jesus, Thou art the present portion of Thy people, favour us this year with such a sense of Thy preciousness, that from its first to its last day we may be glad and rejoice in Thee. Let January open with joy in the Lord, and December close with gladness in Jesus.

New Year Prayer ~

All things New by Michael McFatridge free photo #11721
Lord, this year help me,
 to walk watchfully . . .
 let my every footstep
 be made cautiously.
Let me choose the path,
 of the least resistance
 from the foolish way
 let me keep my distance.
Let me make the most,
 of each day before me
 help me to take time
 to spend only with Thee.
Let me be ever watchful,
 of Satan’s wicked tricks
 so into His evil snares
 I’ll not fall or trip.
Lord, this year help me,
 to wait and to be still
 until I understand . . .
 what is Your perfect will!
~~~~~~~
Ephesians 5:15-17
“See then that ye walk circumspectly,
  not as fools, but as wise,
  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
  Wherefore be ye not unwise,
  but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
King James Version
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Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”—Joshua 5:12.

SRAEL’S weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be “for ever with the Lord.”
A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is no reason why the New Year’s text should not still be true. “We who have believed do enter into rest.” The Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance; He gives us “glory begun below.” In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserve in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in His love, and we have perfect peace in Him: they hymn His praise, and it is our privilege to bless Him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels’ food of old, and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon

“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”—Joshua 5:12.

SRAEL’S weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be “for ever with the Lord.”

A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is no reason why the New Year’s text should not still be true. “We who have believed do enter into rest.” The Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance; He gives us “glory begun below.” In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserve in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in His love, and we have perfect peace in Him: they hymn His praise, and it is our privilege to bless Him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels’ food of old, and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end?”—2 Samuel 2:26.

F, O my reader! thou art merely a professor, and not a possessor of the faith that is in Christ Jesus, the following lines are a true ketch of thine end.
You are a respectable attendant at a place of worship; you go because others go, not because your heart is right with God. This is your beginning. I will suppose that for the next twenty or thirty years you will be spared to go on as you do now, professing religion by an outward attendance upon the means of grace, but having no heart in the matter.

Tread softly, for I must show you the deathbed of such a one as yourself. Let us gaze upon him gently. A clammy sweat is on his brow, and he wakes up crying, “O God, it is hard to die. Did you send for my minister?” “Yes, he is coming.” The minister comes. “Sir, I fear that I am dying!” “Have you any hope?” “I cannot say that I have. I fear to stand before my God; oh! pray for me.” The prayer is offered for him with sincere earnestness, and the way of salvation is for the ten-thousandth time put before him, but before he has grasped the rope, I see him sink. I may put my finger upon those cold eyelids, for they will never see anything here again.

But where is the man, and where are the man’s true eyes? It is written, “In hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment.” Ah! why did he not lift up his eyes before? Because he was so accustomed to hear the gospel that his soul slept under it. Alas! if you should lift up your eyes there, how bitter will be your wailings. Let the Saviour’s own words reveal the woe: “Father Abraham, send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.” There is a frightful meaning in those words. May you never have to spell it out by the red light of Jehovah’s wrath!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”—Ecclesiastes 7:8.

OOK at David’s Lord and Master; see His beginning. He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Would you see the end? He sits at His Father’s right hand, expecting until His enemies be made his footstool. “As He is, so are we also in this world.”

You must bear the cross, or you shall never wear the crown; you must wade through the mire, or you shall never walk the golden pavement. Cheer up, then, poor Christian. “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” See that creeping worm, how contemptible its appearance! It is the beginning of a thing. Mark that insect with gorgeous wings, playing in the sunbeams, sipping at the flower bells, full of happiness and life; that is the end thereof. That caterpillar is yourself, until you are wrapped up in the chrysalis of death; but when Christ shall appear you shall be like Him, for you shall see Him as He is.

Be content to be like Him, a worm and no man, that like Him you may be satisfied when you wake up in His likeness. That rough-looking diamond is put upon the wheel of the lapidary. He cuts it on all sides. It loses much—much that seemed costly to itself. The king is crowned; the diadem is put upon the monarch’s head with trumpet’s joyful sound. A glittering ray flashes from that coronet, and it beams from that very diamond which was just now so sorely vexed by the lapidary. You may venture to compare yourself to such a diamond, for you are one of God’s people; and this is the time of the cutting process.

Let faith and patience have their perfect work, for in the day when the crown shall be set upon the head of the King, Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, one ray of glory shall stream from you. “They shall be Mine,” saith the Lord, “in the day when I make up My jewels.” “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”

This CHRISTmas ~

Star used with permission Creation Swap
 This Christmas . . .
Let us be as the Wise Men,
 who came from afar
 let us each search for God
 right here, where we are.
He’ll lead us with His Word,
 His Spirit will show us the way
 just as the star led the Wise Men
 to baby Jesus, Christmas day.
Let’s give our hearts to Jesus,
 like Wise Men, offer up our praise
 as we worship and adore Him
 let our treasures, to Him be raised.
Let’s surrender to Him our life,
 give Jesus everything we hold
 our worldly sacrifices for Him
 are more precious than any gold.
Let’s bring to Him our prayers,
 our hopes, plans and dreams
 let the aroma of frankincense
 rise up to the King, who redeems.
Let’s give Him all our pain,
 heartache, grief and suffering
 let the fragrance of myrrh
 be our thankful offering.
Let us be as the Wise Men,
 who came from afar . . .
 let us give unto Jesus
 all we have ~ all we are!
~~~~~~~~~
Matthew 2:10-11
  King James Version
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child
  with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:
  and when they had opened their treasures,
  they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
Copyright 2013
 Deborah Ann Belka

Jesus Knows Your Pain ~

jesuscomforter-CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
Jesus knows your pain,
 He understands your grief
 He knows that only His love
 can bring your heart relief.
He recognizes your sorrow,
 He sees the spiteful sting
 and the grace He has for you
 in your life, He wants to bring.
He's aware of your rejection,
 He hears others put you down
 and His favor and His mercy
 will be your victory crown.
He identifies with your hurt,
 the tenderness of your ache
 and He will bring you comfort
 that no man could ever break.
For He too ~ was rejected,
 His life others gladly discarded
 and He knows the agony inflected
 when your cry is disregarded.
Jesus knows your pain,
 He wants to give you relief
 so He died to put an end to
 your sorrow and your grief.
~~~~~~~~
Isaiah 53:3
  King James Version
"He is despised and rejected of men;
  a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
  and we hid as it were our faces from him;
  he was despised, and we esteemed him not."
Copyright 2012
 Deborah Ann Belka

Nana, Why Can’t We See Angels?

"Nana, why can't we see angels?"
 My grandson one day asked me.
 "Why if they are here with us . . .
 their wings we cannot see?"
I took him by the hand,
 and we walked my garden path
 and the innocence of his question
 gave my heart a happy, little laugh.
I knew I had to give an answer,
 that his tender heart could hold
 for God gave me my own angel
 so his soul ~ I could help to mold.
"Although you can't see angels,
 they're right here in front of you
 and no matter where you go
 they surround you in all you do.
They rush to your side,
 when you need a friend and helper
 and when you get into trouble
 they become for you, God's shelter.
They wrap their arms around you,
 when you go to bed each night
 they keep your heart close to Jesus
 until you see the morning light.
They are given to you by God,
 to keep you safe and warm
 and it is their duty and obligation
 to keep you from Satan's harm.
All you have to do is to believe,
 that angels are for real . . .
 and if you always trust in God
 in your heart, their wings you will feel."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 91:11
 King James Version
" For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
  to keep thee in all thy ways."
Copyright 2012
 Deborah Ann Belka
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