March – Daily Bible Portions


MARCH’S DAILY PORTIONS

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March 1

Exodus 40, Mark 1:14–45, Psalm 25:16–22

Proverbs 5:8–9

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March 2

Leviticus 1–3, Mark 2:1–22, Psalm 26:1–4

Proverbs 5:10–12

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March 3

Leviticus 4–5, Mark 2:23–3:12, Psalm 26:5–12

Proverbs 5:13–15

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March 4
Leviticus 6–7, Mark 3:13–35, Psalm 27:1–6
Proverbs 5:16–17
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March 5

Leviticus 8, Mark 4:1–25, Psalm 27:7–14

Proverbs 5:18–20

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March 6
Leviticus 9:1–11:12, Mark 4:26–41, Psalm 28
Proverbs 5:21–23
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March 7

Leviticus 11:13–12:8, Mark 5:1–20, Psalm 29:1–4

Proverbs 6:1–2

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March 8

Leviticus 13, Mark 5:21–43, Psalm 29:5–11

Proverbs 6:3–4

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March 9
Leviticus 14, Mark 6:1–13, Psalm 30:1–6
Proverbs 6:5–7
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March 10
Leviticus 15–16, Mark 6:14–32, Psalm 30:7–12
Proverbs 6:8–9
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March 11
Leviticus 17–18, Mark 6:33–56, Psalm 31:1–6
Proverbs 6:10–11

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March 12

Leviticus 19–20, Mark 7:1–23, Psalm 31:7–15

Proverbs 6:12–14

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March 13

Leviticus 21–22, Mark 7:24–37, Psalm 31:16–24

Proverbs 6:15–16

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March 14

Leviticus 23, Mark 8:1–26, Psalm 32:1–4

Proverbs 6:17–18

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March 15

Leviticus 24:1–25:34, Mark 8:27–9:13, Psalm 32:5–11

Proverbs 6:19–21

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March 16

Leviticus 25:35–26:46, Mark 9:14–37, Psalm 33:1–6

Proverbs 6:22–23

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March 17

Leviticus 25:35–26:46, Mark 9:14–37, Psalm 33:1–6

Proverbs 6:22–23

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March 18

Numbers 1, Mark 10:13–31, Psalm 33:14–22

Proverbs 6:27–29

 

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March 19

Numbers 2:1–3:24, Mark 10:32–52, Psalm 34:1–4

Proverbs 6:30–31

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March 20

Numbers 3:25–4:20, Mark 11:1–14,  Psalm 34:5 –11

Proverbs 6:32–33

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March 21

Numbers 4:21–5:31, Mark 11:15–33, Psalm 34:12–22

Proverbs 6:34–35

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March 22

Numbers 6, Mark 12:1–12, Psalm 35:1–3,

Proverbs 7:1–3

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March 23

Numbers 7, Mark 12:13–44, Psalm 35:4–9,

Proverb 7:4–6

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March 24

Numbers 8–9, Mark 13:1–23, Psalm 35:10–14

Proverbs 7:7–8

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 March 25

Numbers 10:1–11:15, Mark 13:24–14:11, Psalm 35:15–20

Proverbs 7:9–10

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March 26

Numbers 11:16–13:24, Mark 14:12–31, Psalm 35:21–28,

Proverbs 7:11–13

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March 27

Numbers 13:25–14:45, Mark 14:32–52, Psalm 36:1–6

Proverbs 7:14–15

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March 28

Numbers 15, Mark 14:53–72, Psalm 36:7–12

Proverbs 7:16–18

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March 29

Numbers 16, Mark 15:1–21, Psalm  37:1–10

Proverbs 7:19–21

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March 30

Numbers 17–19, Mark 15:22–47, Psalm 37:11–15

Proverbs 7:22–23

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March 31

Numbers 20–21, Mark 16, Psalm 37:16–21

Proverbs 7:24–25

 

You Who Hope In The Lord

COURAGE 2.jpg“So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!”  –Psalm 31:24

It’s very difficult to be strong, never mind courageous when you feel scared and find yourself in the middle of a crisis. I’m reminded of Peter’s famous walk on the water in the middle of a major storm. The Sea of Galilee is very well known for its ferocious storms which suddenly occur out of nowhere. When Jesus called Peter to come to Him, those waves weren’t like the waves you and I see as they come on shore at the beach. These were huge waves. It was a storm, and they thought the waves would take down their boat, and they would drown. They had every right to be scared to death.
This was the situation the disciples found themselves in, panicked and scared they would all die. Then Jesus shows up just in time. Ever wonder why Peter would say, “If it’s you, Lord, then call me to come on the water?” I mean why didn’t he just say, “Jesus please make this storm stop!” Why get out of the boat, and endanger his life?

I can’t prove it, but I believe Peter knew in Whom he trusted. He had courageous faith. At least, we can say he demonstrated courage. He knew Who Jesus was. He had seen the miracles He performed, and if it was Jesus, Peter knew Jesus would supernaturally make him walk on not just on water but on top of the crushing waves. Wow, to have that kind of faith, trust, and confidence; but we don’t have to wonder about it. We, too, can have it. We know Who Jesus is and what he can do.

At times we are like them. Cruising through life trying to get to our destination. All is going well. It feels great, everything is going our way. Suddenly, we are faced with a storm, a crisis hits. It knocks us off our feet, and we feel like we are going to drown. It’s at this place, if we’re not careful, we will not see Jesus coming to our rescue.

peace-1It’s here we call out and it’s here we showcase our hope in an unfailing Lord. If our hope and trust are in him then there is no fear. Courageous and strong go hand in hand. I find it interesting that Peter full of courage stepped out of the boat in the middle of a huge storm, walked on water, and then looks at the waves, trying to take him down, and becomes fearful. It was there, at that point of fear, he stopped walking and began to drown. It was the result of fear of the howling wind that brought him down and almost drowned.

Please don’t miss this. He saw the wind, and he got scared. Notice the wind did not bring him down. He saw it and got frightened. How many times do we get frightened by what we see?

COURAGE 1.jpgMy Friends, do you understand? Those who hope and trust in their God need not fear. They are strong, very strong, and they take courage that the God of the universe, creator of everything that has breath and life will take care of them no matter how huge the storm is.

Courageous faith stands against the wind, waves, fire, and any other kind of storms because the soul knows very well in whom they trust. Let the ocean roar. Let the earth be shaken. The faith of the children of the Living God has no fear in the face of any storm no matter if it threatens to bring them down. Unshaken faith is what this is all about. It doesn’t mean you don’t see it. It means your eyes are focused, so fixed on Him who holds your future that what you see and what you know to be true in the spiritual are two very different things.

Stand strong and courageous!  Jesus is there to take your hand and lift you out of your darkest storm! He’s the Lamb of God and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! He has a great plan, with a hope and a future for YOU!

Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc

God Surprises Us

I love that God speaks to us in the everyday events of our lives!  Today at Animal Kingdom, we saw The Lion King Festival, Finding Nemo the Musical, and 3D It’s tough to be a bug. In each one, we got front seats and got to interact with the actors! I love to see my kids get the best, and I make no apologies for it! I love them and enjoy surprising them because they’re great kids, and I love to reward them and see their joyous little faces!

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Well, guess what?

God loves to surprise us, too!

 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” (Jeremiah 29:11)

He longs to show us His faithfulness and to be gracious to us, not because we deserve it, but because he loves us and enjoys blessing us! I can’t ever do for my children what God longs to do to bless us! He doesn’t make apologies either for blessing us!

I wish I could write all God showed me about His awesome character towards us!

Serve Him, My Friends!  He is worthy of our praises even in our dark days. He is the light that leads us on! Excited to know God and privileged to give Him my heart, mind, and soul!

1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

(Psalm 103:1-5)

 

“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.”  (Deuteronomy 7:9)

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.” (1 John 3:1)

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. (Mark 12:30)

Life Worthy Of The Gospel

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Philippians 1:27-30

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.  For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.”

 

Posted by Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Hymn: It Is Well

IT IS WELL

By Horatio G. Spafford (1873)

 

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

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Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

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My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

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For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:

If Jordan above me shall roll,

No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life

Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

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But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

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And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Psalm 31

the-lord-my-protectorO Lord, I have come to you for protection;
    don’t let me be disgraced.
    Save me, for you do what is right.
Turn your ear to listen to me;
    rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
    a fortress where I will be safe.
You are my rock and my fortress.
    For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
    for I find protection in you alone.
I entrust my spirit into your hand.
    Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

I hate those who worship worthless idols.
    I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
    for you have seen my troubles,
    and you care about the anguish of my soul.
You have not handed me over to my enemies
    but have set me in a safe place.

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.
    Tears blur my eyes.
    My body and soul are withering away.
10 I am dying from grief;
    my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
    I am wasting away from within.
11 I am scorned by all my enemies
    and despised by my neighbors—
    even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
    they run the other way.
12 I am ignored as if I were dead,
    as if I were a broken pot.
13 I have heard the many rumors about me,
    and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
    plotting to take my life.

14 But I am trusting you, O Lord,
    saying, “You are my God!”
15 My future is in your hands.
    Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
16 Let your favor shine on your servant.
    In your unfailing love, rescue me.
17 Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,
    for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
    let them lie silent in the grave.[a]
18 Silence their lying lips—
    those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

19 How great is the goodness
    you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
    blessing them before the watching world.
20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
    safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
    far from accusing tongues.

21 Praise the Lord,
    for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
    He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
22 In panic I cried out,
    “I am cut off from the Lord!”
But you heard my cry for mercy
    and answered my call for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
    For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,
    but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
24 So be strong and courageous,
    all you who put your hope in the Lord!

I’ll Take The Rock Any Day!

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BUILD ON THE ROCK

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.  Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.  But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.  When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.

Matthew 7:24-27

 

I’d rather have a shack on a rock than a castle in the sand!

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc