Bible Saturday 1/14: Beatitudes

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalm 116:1-19. What "saint" or exemplary servant of God has died in the last year or so (verse 15, KJV), whose memory I can cherish today or whose family I can reach out to?

Genesis 14:1-24. Albeit that Abram's story is so remote from us in time and space, what can I learn or apply in my own life from his decisiveness, fierceness, and devoutness seen here?

Hebrews 7:11-28. Do I accept that Jesus' priestly office of saving and interceding is forever and for each of us (verse 25)? What specific intercession with the Father would I ask of him today? 

Matthew 5:1-12. Can I by bedtime tonight find one concrete opportunity to be more poor in spirit? More meek? More pure in heart? Concrete enough that it shows (verses 3, 5, 8)?