This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. PSALM 118:24 NLT
Rejoice in My foundation of trust. Whatever courses others take today, nestle near your Shepherd’s heart. Sing the melody of grace notes I composed on your heart’s keyboard. Do not wait another day to celebrate grace—never postpone joy! My undisturbed peace is the joy of your heart. Heaven helping you, I am your Cornerstone.
Rejoice in My faithfulness over time. Whatever changes happen in your life today, be certain I will not vary. I Will Always Be Who I Have Always Been—you can be sure of that. I love you no less today than yesterday—tomorrow will not change that. My unvarying Providence is the joy of your heart. Heaven instructing you, I am your Compass.
Rejoice in My fearlessness in trouble. Whatever catastrophes happen in your life today, rely on My protection. I promise never to abandon you as an orphan in life’s storms—relax. Humans cannot defeat Almighty; mortals cannot conquer the Immortal. My unfailing protection is the joy of your heart. Heaven reassuring you, I am your Courage.
Rejoice in My fortress in trials. Whatever consternation attacks your mind today, trust your Shepherd. Small faith takes you to heaven; great faith brings heaven down to you. My unruffled poise is the joy of your heart. Heaven invigorating you, I am your Confidence.
Rejoice in My festival of triumph. Whatever confusion swirls around you today, focus on rejoicing. Sing every heartbeat; pray every hour; dance every step. When should you get over blessing Me? Never! My unending praise is the joy of your heart. Heaven inspiring you, I am your Cheerfulness.
(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond Day 240, Gentle Whispers from Eternity
Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations; extol him, all peoples, for his faithful love is strong and his constancy never-ending. PSALM 117 TNJB
I am Controller of nations—Ultimate Solution to the world’s problems. Searching for stability? You will have to go beyond politics to find it. Nations around the globe are anything but united—they are unsettled. Swords outnumber plowshares—war costs more than agriculture. Spears outnumber pruning hooks—killing fields exceed orchards. One day the Prince of Peace will settle international disputes. My Son will fight the war to end all wars and unite the nations. All cultures need My calm; all governments need My control; all economies need My contentment.
I am Creator of all humans—Unique Savior of the world’s people. Seeking peace of mind? Approach My throne—it is mercy, not marble. My kindness is as sure as sunrise—you can count on it. Need cleansing for your soul? The blood of Christ purifies your heart. All colors need My clemency; all geographies need My comfort; all educational levels need My cleansing.
I am the Christ of Constancy—Universal Sovereign of the world’s praise. Hungry for something dependable? It is really Someone you need. My changeless love fills your life with consistency. My glorious reign fills your heart with courage. My eternal life fills your personality with celebration.
I am the Center of Faithful Love—Unending Song of the world’s peace. Yearning for joy? Hints of glory encircle you—greet morning with praise! Whatever happens, stay focused on Me and enjoy perfect peace. Trust the Captain—sail through troubled seas on an even keel. My consoling music is your cheer; My gracious mercy your communion; My encouraging meaning is your confidence. Looking for eternal significance? Ponder life’s Greatest Reality— I am the One Who Will Always Be Who I Have Always Been; I have always loved you, and I always will.
(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond Day 239, Gentle Whispers from Eternity
What can I offer the LORD for all he has done for me? PSALM 116:12 NLT
“Why should I do anything for him? What has he ever done for me?” Apply this commonly asked question to your relationship to Me— and the answer will become apparent.
What have I ever done for you? I listen when you pray. I am your Best Answer to prayer, All You Need in life— Language of Infinite Inspiration, Sunrise of Loyalty, Flame of Holiness, Window of Grace, River of Peace, Sunshine of Glory, Vision of Victory, Rainbow of Beauty, Solid Rock of Encouragement, Heartbeat of Love, Intellect of Wisdom, Orbit of Providence, Music of Joy, Starlight of Hope. I preserve your life. You are alive not because you eat, but because of the Bread of Heaven. I give you power when you are running low on energy. When you feel like you are going under, I under stand you. When you are falling apart under pressure, I stand under you. I treat you royally so you can enjoy incomprehensible peace. I have rescued you from terror, so you are alive. I have rescued you from tears, so you are assured. I have rescued you from temptation, so you are alert.
Why should you do anything for Me? Because of all I have done for you, the answer is crystal clear. So the question then becomes, what can you do? Live in your Lord’s presence—enjoy the pleasure of My company. Persevere in your loneliness—trust Me and wait for the dawn. Praise My love—offer a daily sacrifice of thanks-living. Proclaim your loyalty—soldier on in the battle with evil. Humble in My Sovereign Presence, serve your Father. Holy by My Son’s pardon, gratefully sing My praises. Handed over to My Spirit’s plan, stack arms and surrender. Do more than stare up the steps—step up the stairs!
(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond Day 238, Gentle Whispers from Eternity
Not to us, O LORD, but to you goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness. PSALM 115:1 NLT
I alone deserve all the praise. Let My faithful love lead you to sincere and heartfelt gratitude. In spite of your obstinate waywardness, I go on steadily loving you. My persistent love will not let Me ever give up on you—be glad! In time and in eternity—be thankful.
I alone do whatever I please. Everyone and everything is ultimately accountable to Me. Rebellion spells ruin—submission means salvation. I am powerful over every plan—I am Sovereign over every strategy. I alone am fit to take the universe’s throne. I am totally, irrevocably responsible for everything—I am transcendent.
I alone am dynamic in power. With My mouth, I give My Word from heaven for living on earth. With My eyes, I am omniscient—seeing right through your pretense. With My ears, I hear—I have time to listen when you need to talk. With My crucified hands, I carry you when you cannot carry on. With My nail-transfixed feet, I travel life’s road right beside you. Infinite over idols; Creator, not created—I am trustworthy.
I alone deliver you by My protection. If it were not for My help with life’s obstacle course, you would fall. If it were not for My shield against Satan’s temptations, you would fail. With My assistance, you do more than get by—you are triumphant.
I alone delight in your peace. I am Caretaker of the universe—and I am taking good care of you. I am Superintendent of stars—and I am shepherding you to heaven. I am Creator of planets—and I am conducting you in the proper orbit. Incredible as it seems to an impersonal world, I am thinking about you. Live with eternal significance–transformed to the glory of God!
(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond Day 237, Gentle Whispers from Eternity 0 Co
Joy is the clearest evidence of My Presence. My openhanded blessings let you enjoy life in every dimension—
In the reading of My inspired Scripture Mine the gold and silver of the Book from Heaven—treasure My Word. Mull My orders over hour after hour—think them through, pray them in. My words are honey for your soul, not bitter medicine! Relish them! Looking for significance in the pages of the Bible? Obey the Author!
In the riches of My infinite supply Out of My limitless wealth in glory, I make your cup overflow. Out of My inexhaustible resources, I provide more than enough. Like to enjoy life to the hilt? Develop a contented mind.
In the remembrance of inviolable security You will not be overwhelmed by guilt—you are overshadowed. Your name is indelibly written in blood in the Book of Life—relax. Yearn to celebrate blessed assurance? Trust your wounded Savior.
In a reputation of invariable strength Spectators of the Faith Marathon may marvel at your perseverance. Approaching burnout? Refuel with My Spirit and soar like an eagle. Trying to unlock the secret of facing hard situations? Use the Christ Key.
In the Rock of invulnerable steadiness My invulnerable joy transcends the fragile happiness of circumstances. Facing uncertainties, you have more than faith—you have your Father. Looking for peace and tranquility? Surrender to Me unreservedly.
In the reflection of My Indwelling Spirit I am always with you—do not let despair get the best of you. I am your Night Light—let Me shine through your personality. What has been said of Me can be seen in you—if you truly believe. Desire to experience joy beyond words? Get in step with My Spirit!
(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond Day 236, Gentle Whispers from Eternity
In return for my friendship they denounce me, and all I can do is pray! PSALM 109:4 TNJB
I am the One and Only God—your Only Recourse in effective prayer. No matter how sweetly you treat some people, it does not change them. You would be kind, but they would kill. When all you can do is pray, seek My wisdom to know how.
I am the Omniscient God—able to execute retributive payback. You do not live under the old covenant, where vengeance ruled. You live under the new covenant, where getting even gives way to love. Pray for those out to get you—shine sunlight on the ill-intentioned. I alone will set the record straight—I alone am unerringly fair. When all you can do is pray, trust that I will make justice prevail.
I am the Omnipotent God—able to reinvigorate you with power. In My faithful love, I energize you to keep on keeping on. When you are broken-hearted, I heal your soul’s diseases. When you are weak-kneed, I encourage you for the hard tasks. People shake their heads at you; I smile on you, the apple of My eye. Others curse, but I bless—critics’ barbs will boomerang. I will mute opponents’ jeers by My everlasting joys. My supernatural might works best in your human weakness. You are never stronger than when you are relying on Me. You are never greater than when you are on your knees. When all you can do is pray, feel your weakness become strength.
I am the Omnipresent God—able to teach you how to sing for joy. Others may slander you, but I stand at your side. I am the Paraclete—forever faithful, called alongside to help you. I am your Greatest Friend, no matter how others mistreat you. However chaotic life gets, come to rest in My gentle grace. No matter what happens, find a reason to be thankful. Never, never, never stifle the Holy Spirit! To know the heartbeat and happiness of worship—keep praying. When all you can do is pray, believe that is enough.
When you send your Spirit, new life is born to replenish all the living of the earth. PSALM 104:30 NLT
I am the Unrivaled Sovereign Force. Learn two lessons well: 1) I am God; 2) you are not! I give life meaning by indelibly writing love letters on your heart. I am the Lord of Life. Resign as Universe CEO—and experience My peace.
I am earth’s only Secure Foundation. I am your Driving Motivation and Enduring Success. I am the Light of Life. Rely on Me absolutely—and exult in My power.
I am your Satisfying Food. Make My Word more important than your daily bread. Identify with My Son and internalize His life—really live! I am the Life of Life. Let My Spirit restore you—and enjoy My provision.
I am your Sheltering Fortress. Nothing in the world outshines the glory of My Presence. On high seas, seek My face—do not let fear get the best of you. I am the Love of Life. Take refuge in Me—and enter My protection.
I am Mercy’s Smiling Face. Permit My Holy Spirit to work in you—become more like Christ. I am the Laughter of Life. Be renewed by Me—and emulate My perfection.
I am your Heart’s Singing Faith. Soar with My Wind—celebrate real freedom. I am the Lyrics of Life. Rejoice in Me—and echo My praise.
(c) Johnny R. Almond Pastor, Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church Author, Gentle Whispers from Eternity (Day 233)
Exalt the LORD our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy! PSALM 99:5 NLT
I am the King of heaven—trust in My assuring hope. I am your Leader to the Promised Land—Guide to get you home. Present circumstances may discourage—remember they will not last. Sad chapters will not ruin the happy ending of My love story. Trouble is temporary—you will live to tell about it. I am your Shepherd who knows what is best for you—follow Me. Rely on My salvation—give Me your heart each dawn. I am the Answer to wandering—cheering your heart.
I am the King of the universe—tremble at My awesome holiness. I am Perfection over law—Authority over decrees, Truth under principles. My Holy Spirit liberates you from the vicious cycle of sin and death. You do not have to stay addicted to cravings of your human nature! Under My control, you experience out-of-the-world peace. Under My inﬂuence, you love sacriﬁcially, celebrate continually, stay on an even keel on high seas, are kind to everyone you meet, generously share My blessings with others, hang in there, gently care for the hurting, and exercise self-control. I am your Sovereign with your best interests at heart—obey Me. Revere My Sovereignty—gain victory over evil habits. I am the Answer to wickedness—challenging you to a holy lifestyle.
I am the King of kings—triumph in My active help. I am your Power for living—Enabler in every tough situation. I make Myself at home in your heart— so resurrection power is yours to live a royal lifestyle. My Holy Spirit lives in you—rise above your materialistic culture! Soar above mediocrity, outrun temptation, and outwalk lethargy. I am your Savior bringing out the best in you—stay close to Me. Rejoice in My strength—desperately depend on Me and be strong. I am the Answer to weakness—crowning your humility. Submit as a willing subject of the King of hearts—be subject to change.
(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond Day 231, Gentle Whispers from Eternity
Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our maker. PSALM 95:6 NLT
In a quicksand world, I am your Rock. Without My foundation, you would crumble. Rely on Me—steady as you go.
In a sad world, I am your Joy. In My Presence, shout a thousand hallelujahs. Think more and thank more—sing My praises.
In a rebellious world, I am your King. I am the Creator stronger than creation. Surrender to the Sovereign—be subject to change.
In an impersonal world, I am your Friend. In perfect storms, I quiet high seas and calm palpitating hearts. Relax in My Presence—trust the Lord of your rocking boat.
In an irreverent world, I am your God. You are not self-made, you know—I am your Maker. Humble your heart before Me—submit to My powerful love.
In a sinful world, I am your Redeemer. Without Me, you’d be a lost sheep; with Me, a liberated saint. Near My heart, you experience true freedom—stay close.
In an apathetic world, I am your Inspiration. You are My work of art—heaven’s masterpiece. Work diligently for Me using inexhaustible inﬁnite power. You are born from above—by grace, survive the turmoil.
In a hectic world, I am your Home. Trade your impossibly crazy schedule for My sweet rest. Exchange your egocentric madness for My gentle caring. Give up your obsessive compulsiveness for My serenity. Settle down and make yourself at home—worship Me.
(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond Day 229, Gentle Whispers from Eternity