Bible Verse of the Day


Our Children Learn What They Live

Children are a heritage from the LORD,
   offspring a reward from him. ~ Psalm 127:3

Our Heritage - Our Gifts from the Lord

The first thing I could say about the verse above is that my husband and I are very rich because of our children, though it may not be in terms of financial wealth or owning lots of properties and investments.  Our children is our heritage, our inheritance, our gifts, the best in fact, from the Lord.

They are gifts from the Lord. When you say gifts, the Lord generously gives it. We may ask but we do not earn it just like our salvation because He gives. And if we consider our children such precious gifts, we will take the time to care of them just as we need to take care also of our salvation.

I like this poem I've read way back when I was still in college, which reminds me of the things that I must do if I hope to raise up my children the best way I can.  It's called Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

I am hopeful that with God's help, we are able to take care of our children - God's best gifts to us; His great reward. 

Lord, thank you for our children. We are not perfect parents, but I pray that you teach us the right words to speak, the proper action to take in order to always reflect your love and goodness to our children. May we impart to them all the godly values that would bring them all the more closer to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.


No Longer Two But One

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” ~ Matthew 19:6

So they are no longer two, but one flesh.  What does it mean? Oneness creates a common bond between two persons who are married. Not just a common last name, but a commonality in everything - in purpose, decisions, finances, property.  This is something really difficult for two persons who came from really different backgrounds. Therefore, the need to know one another before marriage is almost always a must.

Therefore, what God has joined together...  It is God who is the author of marriage. He was the one who united Adam and Eve who were the very first couple. And when any two persons say their vow to love one another before God and men, God honors it and establishes it.

Let no one separate.  Any 2 persons who are joined in marriage, should never be separated - not by the parents, not by other people, not even by the couple themselves. Not even for any reason? Not for any reason except sexual immorality (Matthew 19:9). This is tricky to follow because of the ongoing trend in our society of divorce here and there even for petty reasons.  Moreover, the devil is working double time to destroy the family which God has instituted.  But if the couple continues to believe in this Word of God and trusts in Him to strengthen the family, nothing is impossible.

Lord, I'm saying this to myself today. You know exactly what's going on personally in my life and You brought this Word to my attention today. Thank You so much. I dearly love the husband and children You have given to me, and I promise to preserve the unity of this family. Help me do this, Lord Jesus. Amen. 

I Love My Family


God's Angels Protect Those Who Fear Him

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
   and he delivers them. ~ Psalm 34:7 (New International Version)
Most of the verses I quote in Mommy Quiet Time are taken from the New International Version. But in studying the verse for today, I have looked up the different Bible versions or translations of Psalm 34:7 to reflect on what it means.  Most translations use the same wordings as the NIV, but I found some translations to be interesting which I have listed below.

  • God's angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.(The Message)
  • For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. (New Living Translation)
  • If you honor the LORD, his angel will protect you.(Contemporary English Version)
  • The Messenger of the Lord camps around those who fear him, and he rescues them. (God's Word Translation)
  • The angel of the Lord stands guard around those who have respect for him. And he saves them.(New International Reader's Version)
  • The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers (Amplified Bible)
From the above lists of translations of Psalm 34:7, these are what I have learned:
God's angel or the Angel of the Lord is a Messenger, a guard, encamps to protect and deliver.  
Rightly so is the an angel a messenger. Many stories in the Bible tells about how an angel relayed a message from God to men just like when the angel Gabriel told Mary about her virgin birth.

An angel is also a guard who protects. He encamps around the people of God.  This gives me a picture that as a person who fears God, I am surrounded and protected in front, in the back and in the sides.

I remember the story of Elisha when he was surrounded by the Aramean army in a plot to capture him (2 Kings 6:8-18). Elisha was not afraid and when he prayed, the Lord opened the eyes of his servant and saw how horses and chariots of fire encamp around them to protect them.  The Lord delivered Elisha from the hands of his enemy.

God's angels delivers those who fears, honors, respects, reveres and worships the Lord and prays to Him.
The angel encamps around those who fear Him. What does it mean to fear Him? Based on the different translations, fearing God entails honor and respect for Him. This is expressed when we revere and worship Him.

One translation says "God's angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray."  Prayer is really important if we are to receive God's deliverance. I remember the story of Daniel when Archangel Michael came to him. He said that he was delayed because of a war in the heavenlies. (Daniel 12)  It is therefore important when we are in trouble that we constantly pray for God to deliver us either by sending His angels or by any other supernatural means.

In summary, God who cares for us sends His angels to protect those who fear Him. The question that each one needs to answer is "Am I living a life that seeks to honor and worship God?"


Do You Have Perfect Peace?

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you. ~ Isaiah 26:3

How does perfect peace look like? Perfect peace must mean having peace all the time whether the conditions are calm or stormy. Remember how Jesus slept in the boat while it was being buffeted in the storm? The disciples were already feeling afraid for their lives yet Jesus was sleeping like a baby.

Then, when Jesus was awakened by the disciples, He spoke the word and everything became calm. When we are with Jesus, we can always trust that everything will be all right. The storm will come but we'll safely pass through it.

Other Bible translations say of Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep him in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on you."  How can we keep ourselves in God's perfect peace?  We can only do that if we keep our minds stayed or steadfast on God. In this world we will have troubles, but if we focus our minds and heart on God, we will have peace.  What is needed is our complete trust and faith in our God. He is our Peace.

Thank you, Jesus, that You came to give us perfect peace. Teach me Lord to wholly keep my mind stayed on You and to trust you always. Amen.


Why Pray and Give Thanks At All Times?

...pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Why is it that the Apostle Paul said pray continually in his final instructions to the Christians in Thessalonians? It must be a very important task that he included it there. And I agree.  In fact, it is the most important thing that every Christian should do and yet it is one of the most neglected things we also do. God longs to spend time with us in our prayer closets everyday and so should we. We are missing a lot if we fail to spend time in the presence of God. It's like missing an audience with a very important person like the king or the President. And we're talking here about the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Does this verse really mean to pray continually 24/7 every minute, every second? I don't think it literally means that. But it shows that we are to be continually seeking God in everything we do, that we are to commit to Him everything in prayer. That shows how much we put our trust in God, not only during the bad times but even so in the good times.

Prayer brings the power in our daily lives. Without prayer, Christians would be like an electric gadget without power because it fails to connect to the source of power, who is God. If we want to be victorious in our daily walk, we need to pray.  As the cliche says "A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian."

What has giving of thanks got to do with praying? A lot. Paul is telling us to give thanks in all circumstances. In relation to prayer, there are times that God answers us with a yes, a no or wait. Whatever answer God gives, we must always be thankful because His answer always gives us what is the best for us. As the following phrase says, this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  I'd rather have His will be done in my life rather than push my own will into the picture.I might not like it at times, but if I open my heart to God, then God will teach me to be more accepting of everything.

Lord, I admit that I fail to pray continually at times, but I am willing. Help me do this, Lord. Amen.


Choices and Consequences

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” ~ Joshua 24:15

Serving or not serving the Lord is a choice.  God is not forcing us to choose Him though I believe it gives Him pleasure if we do. I also believe that it is best if we do because God has in mind what is for our own good.

The Word of God has clearly laid down the consequences of our actions if we choose to serve and obey God or not.
Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors. ~ Deuteronomy 8:1

God promises His blessings if we obey Him. That doesn't mean that we will not encounter any problems but surely we will receive His favor.
If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. ~ Deuteronomy 8:19
On the other hand, if we do not obey God, if we follow after other gods (maybe a physical idol or an idol in our hearts - anything that takes away our worship to God), we will surely be cursed. It will lead to our destruction, not only on this earth but in the life after this earthly one.

We may argue, what is the freedom in choosing there? If we choose not to obey, we'll be destroyed. So, we are forced to choose to obey God. Well, how good of God to make it easy for us to make a wise choice.

But the difficult part is in the doing. Man naturally would like to go his own way, not having to obey anyone but himself.  Thus, with every choice we make, we still have to weigh it carefully making sure that we are able to do what we the Lord wills. Our decision should not just be a matter of talk but a matter of action.

So, can we like Joshua really say "As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD?"


God's Great Love Never Fails

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
   for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
   therefore I will wait for him.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-25

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How can Jeremiah, the author of Lamentations, say this of the Lord? In the verses preceding the above, he says "I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me." (Lamentations 3:19).

Unlike many who have been through trouble and affliction and curse God for it, Jeremiah does not do that. Though he has been through worst times, he still declares that the Lord's great love and compassion never fail.  He knows that what he's been through has nothing to do with who God is.

It may have something to do about what God purposes for his life, but it has nothing to do about who God is. He never change. He is the same - yesterday, today and forever.  Whatever we go through, however we respond, it does not change who God is.  He is still the God who is faithful, merciful and compassionate.

They are new every morning. Every new morning brings new hope. And this verse says that with it comes the freshness of God's love and compassion. Isn't it that whatever we've been through the night, when we awaken, it brings new light and new hope? The problem may have not been solved and yet the new day gives another opportunity to work it through.

And if we make the Lord our portion and wait on Him, there is no greater hope I know than having God on our side. As the word of the Lord says in our worship service, God is for us.  Therefore, I will continue to put my trust in the Lord and wait for the day of His salvation.
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
   to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
   for the salvation of the LORD.~ Lamentations 3:25-26


Who Am I?

What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
   human beings that you care for them? ~ Psalm 8:4

If I would compare myself to others in terms of accomplishments, position, talent, or beauty, who am I? It may be viewed as humility but honestly, it is sometimes a guise to my self-pity. There are times that I feel like I'm still searching for something, something to increase my worth, but then the word comes along to tell me "Jesus loves you." There's no need to make room for self-pity. I am valuable in God's sight not because of what I do or have done and what I have. I am valuable simply for being in Christ.

What is mankind that you are mindful of them? Who am I that God would care about me? Well, knowing about how God sees me surely makes me feel much better

  • God sees me as His creation - in fact, created in His image and likeness and He said "Very Good" when He created man.
  • God sees me as loved and forgivenr - even if I have done horrible things against God, yet He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for me that I may be forgiven of my sins. Why? Simply because He loves (Romans 5:8). Thank you, so much, for that Lord!
  • God sees me as His child -to those who received Jesus and believe in Him, God gave the right to be called His children. Oh, I like to call You, Father. Just saying it makes me feel the warmth of a father's embrace.
  • God sees me as His friend - A friend who is always there when you need him. A friend who is always there to listen. A friend who is always there to comfort and to help. A friends who always loves.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. ~ John 15:13-16

God may be busy to manage the whole of His creation; but He is never too busy to care for me.  Thank You, Lord!


Starting Anew

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

I know this verse. And it's probably a popular verse to those who have fallen or sinned against the Lord and would like to start anew. It was written by King David, maybe during the time when he sinned against the Lord because of his relationship with Bathsheba and when he murdered Uriah.

At the start of the New Year, I remember how much I fell short of spending time with the Lord and I would like to start anew and spend more time with Him. May this MQT blog serve as a tool for beckoning me as well to write my thoughts on His Word.

...Cast me not away from Thy presence, O Lord,
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me, the joy of Thy salvation
And renew a right spirit within me.