Hello friends,
I hope your first week home has been successful. Successful can be taken many ways: I successfully made it through the day, I had success in changing my devotions or adding my devotions, I had success in forgiving (fill in the blank), etc. etc. etc.

This is the song I sang on the walk. I was VERY nervous about singing but God gave me success in touching the heart of those who asked for these words. It’s on a CD by a family group “The Hoppers” and I do not remember who wrote it. Google will tell you : ).
It touches my heart every time I hear it because this is the way I choose to live my life. Not always successful but trying.

If I Can Help Somebody

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,

If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,

If I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong,

Then my living shall not be in vain.

Chorus:

My living shall not be in vain,

Then my living shall not be in vain

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,

Then my living shall not be in vain.

If I can do my duty, as a good man ought, (I changed good man to believer)

If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,

If I can spread love’s message, as the Master taught,

Then my living shall not be in vain.

Chorus:

My living shall not be in vain,

Then my living shall not be in vain

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,

Then my living shall not be in vain.

A little about this blog. My grandson, whom I totally adore, asked me about devotions for him and his girlfriend. They needed something to share daily and it was confusing to find something that worked for them. I told him I would blog if he would read. Now, I must say that every day went well for a while and then I started slipping and didn’t know if they were using it or not.

Then our Sunday school class used the blog to stay accountable as we studied Proverbs a chapter a day. They would text me the verse or section that impressed them each day and I would list them on the blog. After that I just let the poor blog get all dusty and rusty.

Are you going to hold me accountable for this? I hope so. Jot me a line or two and keep me on track. Share your thoughts so I can grow. We will see how the next chapter of Daily kiss goes. xo thanks bunches

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2 Timothy 3

Posted: October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
2 Timothy 3

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

Terrible Times in the Last Days

3 Here is what I want you to know. There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will love themselves. They will love money. They will brag and be proud. They will tear others down. They will not obey their parents. They won’t be thankful or holy. 3 They won’t love others. They won’t forgive others. They will tell lies about people. They will be out of control. They will be wild. They will hate what is good.

4 They will turn against their friends. They will act without thinking. They will think they are better than others. They will love what pleases them instead of loving God. 5 They will act as if they were serving God. But what they do will show that they have turned their backs on God’s power. Have nothing to do with those people.

6 They are the kind who worm their way into the homes of silly women. They get control over them. Women like that are loaded down with sins. They give in to all kinds of evil longings. 7 They are always learning. But they never come to know the truth.

8 Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. In the same way, the teachers I’m talking about oppose the truth. Their minds are twisted. As far as the faith is concerned, God doesn’t accept them. 9 They won’t get very far. Just like Jannes and Jambres, their foolish ways will be clear to everyone.

Paul Gives a Command to Timothy

10 But you know all about my teaching. You know how I live and what I live for. You know about my faith and love. You know how patient I am. You know I haven’t given up. 11 You know that I was treated badly. You know that I suffered greatly. You know what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. You know how badly I have been treated. But the Lord saved me from all of my troubles.

12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus  be treated badly. 13 Evil people and pretenders will go from bad to worse. They will fool others, and others will fool them.

14 But I want you to continue to follow what you have learned. Don’t give up what you are sure of. You know the people you learned it from. 15 You have known the Holy Scriptures ever since you were a little child. They are able to teach you how to be saved by believing in Christ Jesus.

16 God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. 17 By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.

When we come to realize the truth in Scripture and apply Scripture to our lives there is a certain freedom from the standards of the world. 

2 Timothy 4

Posted: October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

2 Timothy 4

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

4 I give you a command in the sight of God and Christ Jesus. Christ will judge the living and the dead. Because he and his kingdom are coming, here is the command I give you. 2 Preach the word. Be ready to serve God in good times and bad. Correct people’s mistakes. Warn them. Cheer them up with words of hope. Be very patient as you do these things. Teach them carefully.

3 The time will come when people won’t put up with true teaching. Instead, they will try to satisfy their own longings. They will gather a large number of teachers around them. The teachers will say what the people want to hear. 4 The people will turn their ears away from the truth. They will turn to stories that aren’t completely true.

5 But I want you to keep your head no matter what happens. Don’t give up when times are hard. Work to spread the good news. Do everything God has given you to do.

6 I am already being poured out like a drink offering. The time has come for me to leave.

7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is a crown waiting for me. It is given to those who are right with God. The Lord, who judges fairly, will give it to me on the day he returns. He will not give it only to me. He will also give it to all those who are longing for him to return.

Personal Words

9 Do your best to come to me quickly.

10 Demas has deserted me. He has gone to Thessalonica. He left me because he loved this world. Crescens has gone to Galatia. Titus has gone to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you. He helps me in my work for the Lord. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.

13 When you come, bring my coat. I left it with Carpus at Troas. Also bring my scrolls. Most of all, bring the ones made out of animal skins.

14 Remember Alexander, the one who works with metal? He did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will pay him back for what he has done. 15 You too should watch out for him. He strongly opposed our message.

16 The first time I was put on trial, no one came to help me. Everyone deserted me. I hope they will be forgiven for it.

17 The Lord stood at my side. He gave me the strength to preach the whole message. Then all those who weren’t Jews heard it. I was saved from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will save me from every evil attack. He will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.

2 Timothy 2

Posted: October 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
2 Timothy 2

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

2 My son, be strong in the grace that is found in Christ Jesus. 2 You have heard me teach in front of many witnesses. Pass on to men you can trust the things you’ve heard me say. Then they will be able to teach others also. 3 Like a good soldier of Christ Jesus, share in the hard times with us.

4 A soldier does not take part in things that don’t have anything to do with the army. He wants to please his commanding officer. 5 In the same way, anyone who takes part in a sport doesn’t receive the winner’s crown unless he plays by the rules. 6 The farmer who works hard should be the first to receive a share of the crops.

7 Think about what I’m saying. The Lord will help you understand what all of it means.

8 Remember Jesus Christ. He came from David’s family line. He was raised from the dead. That is my good news. 9 I am suffering for it. I have even been put in chains like someone who has committed a crime. But God’s word is not held back by chains.

10 So I put up with everything for the good of God’s chosen people. Then they also can be saved. Christ Jesus saves them. He gives them glory that will last forever.

11 Here is a saying you can trust.

If we died with him,
we will also live with him.
12 If we don’t give up,
we will also rule with him.
If we say we don’t know him,
he will also say he doesn’t know us.
13 Even if we are not faithful,
he will remain faithful.
He must be true to himself.

A Worker Who Pleases God

14 Keep reminding the believers of those things. While God is watching, warn them not to argue about words. That doesn’t have any value. It only destroys those who listen.

15 Do your best to please God. Be a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed. Teach the message of truth correctly.

16 Stay away from godless chatter. Those who take part in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like a deadly sickness.

Hymenaeus and Philetus are two of those teachers. 18 They have wandered away from the truth. They say that the time when people will rise from the dead has already come. They destroy the faith of some people.

19 But God’s solid foundation stands firm. Here is the message written on it. “The Lord knows who his own people are.” (Numbers 16:5) Also, “All who say they believe in the Lord must turn away from evil.”

20 In a large house there are things made out of gold and silver. But there are also things made out of wood and clay. Some have honorable purposes. Others do not. 21 Suppose someone stays away from what is not honorable. Then the Master will be able to use him for honorable purposes. He will be made holy. He will be ready to do any good work.

22 Run away from the evil things that young people long for. Try hard to do what is right. Have faith, love and peace. Do these things together with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with arguing. It is dumb and foolish. You know it only leads to fights.

24 Anyone who serves the Lord must not fight. Instead, he must be kind to everyone. He must be able to teach. He must not hold anything against anyone. 25 He must gently teach those who oppose him.

Maybe God will give a change of heart to those who are against you. That will lead them to know the truth. 26 Maybe they will come to their senses. Maybe they will escape the devil’s trap. He has taken them prisoner to do what he wanted.

2 Timothy 1 (good stuff)

Posted: October 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
2 Timothy 1

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

1 I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. He sent me to tell about the promise of life that is found in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy, I am sending you this letter. You are my dear son.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy and peace.

Paul Tells Timothy to Be Faithful

3 I serve God, knowing that what I have done is right. That is how our people served him long ago. Night and day I thank God for you. Night and day I always remember you in my prayers.

4 I remember your tears. I long to see you so that I can be filled with joy. 5 I remember your honest and true faith. It was alive first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice. And I am certain that it is now alive in you also.

6 That is why I remind you to help God’s gift grow, just as a small spark grows into a fire. God put his gift in you when I placed my hands on you.

7 God didn’t give us a spirit that makes us weak and fearful. He gave us a spirit that gives us power and love. It helps us control ourselves.

8 So don’t be ashamed to give witness about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, his prisoner. Instead, join with me as I suffer for the good news. God’s power will help us do that.

9 God has saved us. He has chosen us to live a holy life. It wasn’t because of anything we have done. It was because of his own purpose and grace. Through Christ Jesus, God gave us that grace even before time began. 10 It has now been made known through the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. He has destroyed death. Because of the good news, he has brought life out into the light. That life never dies.

11 I was appointed to announce the good news. I was appointed to be an apostle and a teacher. 12 That’s why I’m suffering the way I am. But I’m not ashamed. I know the One I have believed in. I am sure he is able to take care of what I have given him. I can trust him with it until the day he returns as judge.

13 Follow what you heard from me as the pattern of true teaching. Follow it with faith and love because you belong to Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the truth of the good news that you were trusted with. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

15 You know that all the believers in Asia Minor have deserted me. They include Phygelus and Hermogenes.

16 May the Lord show mercy to all who live in the house of Onesiphorus. He often cheered me up. He was not ashamed that I was being held by chains. 17 In fact, it was just the opposite. When he was in Rome, he looked everywhere for me. At last he found me.

18 May Onesiphorus find mercy from the Lord on the day Jesus returns as judge. You know very well how many ways Onesiphorus helped me in Ephesus.

Proverbs 30

Posted: October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Proverbs 30

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

The Sayings of Agur

30 These sayings are the words of Agur, son of Jakeh. He spoke them as if they came from God.

He spoke them to Ithiel
    and to Ucal.

2 He said, “I know less than anyone.
    I don’t understand as other men do.
3 I haven’t learned wisdom.
    And I don’t know the Holy One.
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
    Who has gathered up the wind in the palms of his hands?
Who has wrapped up the waters in his coat?
    Who has set all the boundaries of the earth in place?
What is his name? What is his son’s name?
    Tell me if you know!

5 “Every word of God is perfect.
    He is like a shield to those who trust in him.
    He keeps them safe.
6 Don’t add to his words.
    If you do, he will correct you.
    He will prove that you are a liar.

7 “Lord, I ask you for two things.
    Don’t refuse me before I die.
8 Keep lies far away from me.
    Don’t make me either poor or rich,
    but give me only the bread I need each day.
9 If you don’t, I might have too much.
    Then I might say I don’t know you.
    I might say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I might become poor and steal.
    Then I would bring shame to the name of my God.

10 “Don’t tell lies about a servant when you talk to his master.
    If you do, he will call down curses on you. And you will pay for it.

11 “Some people call down curses on their fathers.
    Others don’t bless their mothers.
12 Some are pure in their own eyes.
    But their dirty sins haven’t been washed away.
13 Some have eyes that are very proud.
    They look down on others.
14 Some people have teeth like swords.
    The teeth in their jaws are as sharp as knives.
They are ready to eat up the poor people of the earth.
    They are ready to eat up those who are the most needy.

15 “A bloodsucking worm has two daughters.
    They cry out, ‘Give! Give!’

“Three things are never satisfied.
    Four things never say, ‘Enough!’
16 The first is the grave.
    The second is a woman who can’t have a baby.
The third is land. It never gets enough water.
    And the fourth is fire. It never says, ‘Enough!’

17 “Some make fun of their fathers.
    Others laugh about obeying their mothers.
The ravens of the valley will peck their eyes out.
    Then the vultures will eat them.

18 “Three things are too amazing for me.
    There are four things I don’t understand.
19 The first is the way of an eagle in the sky.
    The second is the way of a snake on a rock.
The third is the way of a ship on the ocean.
    And the fourth is the way of a man with a young woman.

20 “This is the way of a woman who commits adultery.
    She eats. She wipes her mouth.
    Then she says, ‘I haven’t done anything wrong.’

21 “Under three things the earth shakes.
    Under four things it can’t stand up.
22 The first is a servant who becomes a king.
    The second is a foolish person who is full of food.
23 The third is a woman who is married but not loved by her husband.
    And the fourth is a woman servant who takes the place of the woman she works for.

24 “Four things on earth are small.
    But they are very wise.
25 The first are ants. They aren’t very strong.
    But they store up their food in the summer.
26 The second are rock badgers. They aren’t very powerful.
    But they make their home among the rocks.
27 The third are locusts. They don’t have a king.
    But they all march forward in ranks.
28 And the fourth are lizards. Your hand can catch them.
    But you will find them in kings’ palaces.

29 “Three things walk as if they were kings.
    Four things move as kings do.
30 The first is a lion. It is mighty among the animals.
    It doesn’t back away from anything.
31 The second is a rooster that walks proudly.
    The third is a billy goat.
    And the fourth is a king who has his army around him.

32 “Have you been foolish?
    Have you thought you were better than others?
Have you planned evil?
    If you have, put your hand over your mouth and stop talking!
33 If you churn cream, you will produce butter.
    If you twist a nose, you will produce blood.
    And if you stir up anger, you will produce a fight.”

Proverbs 29

Posted: September 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Proverbs 29

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

29 A man who still won’t obey after being warned many times
    will suddenly be destroyed. Nothing can save him.

2 When those who do right grow stronger, the people are glad.
    But when those who do wrong become rulers, the people groan.

3 A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad.
    But a man who spends time with prostitutes wastes his father’s wealth.

4 By doing what is fair, a king makes a country secure.
    But the one who wants to be paid off tears it down.

5 A man who only pretends to praise his neighbor
    is spreading a net to catch him by the feet.

6 A sinful man is trapped by his own sin.
    But a godly person can sing and be glad.

7 Those who do what is right want to treat poor people fairly.
    But those who do what is wrong don’t care about the poor.

8 Those who make fun of others stir up a city.
    But wise people turn anger away.

9 Suppose a wise man goes to court with a foolish person.
    Then the foolish person gets mad and pokes fun. And there is no peace.

10 Murderers hate honest people.
    They try to kill those who do what is right.

11 A foolish person lets his anger run wild.
    But a wise person keeps himself under control.

12 If rulers listen to lies,
    all their officials become evil.

13 The Lord gives sight to the eyes of poor people and those who beat others down.
    That’s what they both have in common.

14 If a king judges poor people fairly,
    his throne will always be secure.

15 If a child is corrected, he becomes wise.
    But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

16 When those who do wrong grow stronger, so does sin.
    But those who do right will see them destroyed.

17 If you train your children, they will give you peace.
    They will bring delight to you.

18 Where there is no message from God, the people don’t control themselves.
    But blessed are those who obey the law.

19 A servant can’t be corrected only by words.
    Even if he understands, he won’t obey.

20 Have you seen a man who speaks without thinking?
    There is more hope for foolish people than for him.

21 If you spoil your servant while he is young,
    he will bring you sorrow later on.

22 An angry man stirs up fights.
    And a person who burns with anger commits many sins.

23 If a man is proud, he will be made low.
    But if he isn’t proud, he will be honored.

24 Anyone who helps a thief is his own enemy.
    When he is put under oath, he doesn’t dare give witness.

25 If you are afraid of people, it will trap you.
    But if you trust in the Lord, he will keep you safe.

26 Many people want to meet a ruler.
    But only the Lord sees that people are treated fairly
.

27 Those who do what is right hate dishonest people.
    Those who do what is wrong hate honest people.