A Wonderful Quote: Peter Marshall

This quote is taken from the last U.S. Senate prayer Peter Marshall wrote as chaplain before he died at age 46 in January 1949:

“Deliver us, our Father, from futile hopes and from clinging to lost causes, that we may move into ever-growing calm and ever-widening horizons. Where we cannot convince, let us be willing to persuade, for small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. We know that we cannot do everything. But help us to do something. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.”

Poem: If Only You Would Seek

As I was thinking about loved ones, the state of the world, life, death, and the upcoming new year, these words came to me.


Another year, so full of grace

Forgiveness, love, and peace

Of gifts that come from God the Father 

And sent for you to keep

If only you would seek.


Another year of joyful triumph

And sudden grim defeat

You smile, embrace, you cry and tremble

The world and all it brings

If only you would seek.


Another year, come be His child

Beloved of the King

A year that flows with promises

And blessings you will reap

If only you would seek.


Another year, could be your last

And then eternity

There will only be one question

What will your answer be?

If only you would seek.


Another year to share with friends

With loving family

But if your heart would open further

He waits so patiently 

If only you would seek.


"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." 
Matthew 6:33

Looking For a Bible Reading Plan?

I’ve been able to read through the entire Bible every year using the Five Day Bible Reading Plan.

The mix of Old Testament and New Testament readings each day is the most enjoyable part of the plan for me. The chronological order is another plus.

You can download and print the reading plan, but I have the app linked to the ESV Study Bible app on my iPhone. With a touch, the app takes me to the passages for the day, and I use the supplied checklist to monitor my reading.

Almost there!

The weekends are “free” with this plan, giving you two days to dig deeper, catch up, focus on your church’s readings for Sunday, or do anything else that helps you grow in the knowledge of God through reading his Word.

Whichever Bible reading plan you choose, I hope you are successful this new year with your worthy goal.

Your word is a lamp to my feet 
and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105