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“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11


Everyone filed to the hall after church service for coffee and donuts. My daughter’s friend wandered over and greeted me with a slight frown.

I learned he prays daily, helps those in need, and tithes every Sunday. But he could not see how his efforts led to anything good in his life. He struggled to find steady employment and was weighed with financial worries. We talked about God’s desire to provide good things for him and how God’s plan does not always align with what we want.

As my daughter’s friend grabbed a donut and prepared to head home, I left him with one last thought: “Often, those who seem to have everything going for them were once the depressed and discouraged, the unemployed and financially broke, and the lonely and homeless.”

Not everything will be easy for a believer. Hardships will come. There cannot be the joy of glory without times of suffering.

Yes, we can expect to face suffering in our faith journey. As followers of Christ, there is comfort in the words of Jeremiah to the Babylonian exiles. And it is not in the promise to immediately rescue us from suffering but rather the recognition that he has a plan for our lives regardless of our current situation. God can work through it to benefit us, giving us hope and a future.

He promises the pain and hardships will serve their purpose and contribute to an overall good in his plan for our lives. God wants his faithful people to stay hopeful. For those who wait on the Lord, never forget that the goodness and beauty we seek is just beyond the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Remember, he has great things in store for each of us and wants his followers to stick by him, trusting God.

Our Lord is full of love and hope. So stay close even when he leads you down a hard road.

Lord, please help us see things differently, giving us hope even when circumstances are difficult or confusing at the moment, in our lives. Amen.

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“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12


I overlooked something important.

Everything in my life was going well at the time. The kids liked their school and friends. I enjoyed my career, and with a recent promotion came more income. Besides, the drive back from work barely took 10 minutes, which gave me more time to spend with the family.

After dinner, I stretched out on my favorite lounge chair and made plans for the weekend. I scribbled down a list of things to do and discovered something missing from not only my list but from my everyday life.

With a life filled with our kids’ school activities, soccer games, and nine holes of golf on the weekends, I gave little attention to prayer. I overlooked God’s importance and failed to recognize God’s care and blessings in our lives.

We read in Jeremiah 29 that God expects us to call on him; he is always ready to listen. Without time in prayer, we can lose touch with him and cease to experience his power in our lives over time.

As Christians, prayer is central to our faith. It strengthens our relationship with him and deepens our trust. Prayer helps us understand his will. And it opens our hearts to witness his loving actions in our lives and enables us to make sense of his divine plan when the plan seems unclear.

God wants us to make prayer a treasured activity. It is the perfect defense against indifference towards the One who provides all good things.

We are his children, and he waits to hear from us daily. Our faith deepens as we spend time with our Savior. Let us make sure to keep in touch.

Lord, never let us lose touch with you. Remind us that no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, you are only a prayer away—eager to listen and help. Amen.

Remember that the Lord is ready to listen. Share what is on your mind with him, whether it is good or bad. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, to lead you to surrender and repentance.

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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18


Trust in the Lord’s Providence!

Our daughter alerted us a few weeks in advance whenever she needed us to watch her pups. Since we did not hear from her, my wife and I booked a room for the long 4th of July weekend.

On the night before our out-of-town trip, we received a phone call. “Dad, I need a favor,” said my daughter. “Can you watch the pups over the weekend?” She described the emergency at her house; we cancelled our long-weekend plans.

A blessing in disguise, as the old saying goes, when we received the phone call from her that evening. As it turned out, the news reported the following morning that a brush fire had erupted at the resort we planned to visit. Deaths reported. Authorities ordered visitors to turn back. Those who drove up a day earlier became stranded because of the many road closures.

We enjoyed our time with the pups over the 4th of July weekend. And we were certainly grateful that God stepped in and juggled our weekend plans.

In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul calls us to offer grateful thanks to our heavenly Father in all things, for he knows this is the will of God concerning each of us. In other words, trust the Lord’s providence. The unforeseen changes to our plans often reveal the work of the Lord. He works this way sometimes.

With trust and faith, we will come to praise him for putting up those barriers. He sees what we cannot see—the threatening tinder fires ahead. God closes roads for justified reasons and will never reopen them a moment too soon.

Lord, help me to trust in your providence when unforeseen circumstances force me to change plans. And give me the strength to resist the temptation to push headlong when you signal roads closed ahead. Amen.

God often disrupts our plans and, sometimes, he allows us to see why. Have you recently given thanks to the Lord for the unexpected?

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If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.”  Psalm 130:3-4


Who does not make mistakes?

Early in my career as a new hire, my supervisor required all the trainees to follow a strict set of standards.

During the review of our work, he jagged his finger at our errors and highlighted them with his red marking pen. Even with nothing said, I still heard a snarl amid the strokes of his red pen.

It seemed he documented our mistakes in his logbook for posterity. The blunder log—as we employees called it—added to the pressure we already carried. Preventing any slip- ups was more critical to our supervisor than our growth and success.

Our supervisor had no clue that his constant badgering about every little thing annoyed the team and everyone around him. He hurt morale and caused so much tension and disruption.

“… And God stepped in,” as the saying goes. A new department opened up. I got a notice to pack my bags and get ready to move. My new supervisor never tallied the mistakes in a logbook. It was as different as night and day. He encouraged the team when things did not go as planned.

My new supervisor had a profound impact on me over the years. I modeled myself after him in some ways to guide and hopefully inspire my children, friends, and colleagues. He led with compassion and understanding, putting mistakes aside and giving us another opportunity to do better.

God does not tally our blunders in his logbook or entangle us in shame. He encourages us, offers a new beginning, and promises to remember our sins no more, always taking an interest in the vocation he calls us to fulfill.

We can thank our Savior for not keeping a logbook of our mistakes and for the safe place in him that allows us to grow from our mistakes without fear.

Lord, you know my blunders—every single one of them. Thank you for putting them aside and giving me another opportunity to do better. I am grateful for your grace and encouragement. Amen.

Let us look for opportunities to bless those around us by not keeping a log of their mistakes and encouraging them instead.

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Lord, help me see the failures and disappointments as stepping stones, leading me back to you and helping me turn my life around for the better.


“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him”   Luke 15:20

A friend of my dad’s offered him a job way across town. It was a position he could not turn down. I hated having to move; it meant changing schools. I had friends I did not want to leave behind, and having to make new friends all over again was not something I looked forward to doing.

Since then, I have had many other disappointing experiences: friends who did not always have my best interest in mind, worthy goals set but not met, a great interview for a job I wanted but did not get, and plenty more.

Often, disappointment over dashed hopes can cause us to turn away from God. We fear our needs and aspirations are not getting met, and we decide to take matters into our own hands, which usually leads to more setbacks and disappointments.

Do we trust God to fulfill our needs and hopes? Have we forgotten the many blessings we have received? Do we not recognize we have turned to our own ways (Isaiah 53:6)?

In Luke 15, the parable of the prodigal son, we are reminded we can lose our way like a lost sheep, leaving us feeling helpless and confused. Yes, God gives us the freedom to go our own way. But without the openness to grace and trust in the guidance of the Spirit of God, we can find ourselves going astray and far from our heavenly Father, experiencing disappointment after disappointment.

If we find ourselves wandering away from God into dangerous territory, lured by the pleasures of the world, we need to remember our heavenly Father longs for us to return home. His arms are opened wide and his heart is filled with compassion and forgiveness.

Let us turn back to God and allow him to lead us to our true place as children of God. It is a place of meaning and purpose where we see the disappointments in our lives as stepping stones that lead us closer to the likeness of Christ, filling us with peace, hope, and the love of the Father.

Lord, help me see the failures and disappointments as stepping stones, leading me back to you and helping me turn my life around for the better. Thank you for clearing a path that always leads me back to you. Amen.

Throughout This Day: Reflect on the disappointments God permitted in your life and ask him to help you see how those experiences reshaped and redirected your life.

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Ask the Lord for guidance and trust him for the strength to use social media in a way that glorifies him and helps you deepen your faith.


Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2

I would put myself in the below-average category as far as social media participation goes. But I do have friends and acquaintances who are addicted to it. Their whole world seems to revolve around their digital communities — preferring it over fresh-and-blood contacts with people.

And when I do get together with them in person, the words “likes” and “followers” seem to spring up as we try to have a real face-to-face conversation while we swipe on our phones.

In Romans 12, Paul warns us that we must no longer be conformed to the world. We are to abandon the pursuit of power, possessions, and status, and stop living like everyone else. It requires us to be renewed in the way we think and understand what is important, knowing God wants us to seek his will for us.

God may provide us with pleasure, possessions, and status in various forms, but he wants us to learn to see life from his vantage point: What does he want for me? What is a good, acceptable, and perfect way to live for his purpose and not for the world?

John described this worldly way of living as the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the boastful pride of life (1 John 2:16). God does not want us focused on “likes” and “followers” only to find ourselves conformed to the communities on social media and far, far from God.

If properly used, social media can help grow the Kingdom of God. But if we are not on guard, social media can easily become an idol worshiped in a real sense, distracting us from the only one deserving of worship, God.

Let us have our hearts always open to him, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit step by step. We do not want to fall prey to the influences of social media in ways that do not glorify God in our thoughts, words, and deeds, eroding our faith and dishonouring our Savior.

Lord, you promised to guard me against temptation beyond what I can bear. Thank you that the Holy Spirit gives me all the power I need to resist the trappings of the world that often pull me away from your loving presence. Amen.

Throughout This Day: Ask the Lord for guidance and trust him for the strength to use social media in a way that glorifies him and helps you deepen your faith.

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If our priority is the Kingdom of God, it would be shrewd for us to be diligent in our service to God and others, whether at work or play.


“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”  Mark 9:35

Growing up as a teenager, I sometimes had a problem with the word obey. I wanted to be in charge of my life and be my very own person, thinking I was grown up enough when, in fact, I was not.

I spent a lot of my energy focused on activities and hobbies I enjoyed, which meant putting a hold on the chores my parents asked me to do at times. In other words, my focus was a selfish one — I only wanted to pursue my advancement and agenda.

However, as followers of Christ, we are not called to consider only our wishes but to look for and participate in opportunities to assist others who are struggling and in need of our help, be it physical or spiritual.

In Mark 9, Christ assumed the position of a faithful servant, and his entire three-year ministry demonstrated a servant’s mentality that culminated with his insistence to die on the cross for us. He wants us to live as servants of God, serving others, proclaiming the good news, advancing his Kingdom — and loving each other.

Jesus provided us with the ideal example of what he wants us to do. He lived out his message through his service to the lost, the outcast, the sick, and the sinner. Do we put the same conviction in deepening our faith, advancing his Kingdom, and serving God’s people as we do in our careers and favorite pastimes?

If our priority is the Kingdom of God, it would be shrewd for us to be diligent in our service to God and others, whether at work or play.

Let us follow our Lord’s advice and use our resources and talents, not just to improve our lives but to invest them, as the Holy Spirit leads, to serve all those around us who are struggling and hurting just about every day.

Lord, it seems that I am always thinking about what I want. Reach into my heart and mind and change me to be more like you — who always thought more about those around you who needed your help. Amen.

Let us invite the Spirit to show us how to serve God and others in every situation and choice we face today.

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Seeking God’s will acknowledges he has more knowledge than we do and that his plan for us is best.


“The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned awayIsaiah 50:5

As I sat still in my room after work, I reflected on the parts of the day where I just knew my words, thoughts, and actions fell short of the mark when it came to doing God’s will. I listened to gossip around the water cooler, grumbled about co-workers who arrived late to a meeting, and honked and sneered at drivers as I headed home.

Even though I prayed to let everything be according to his will that very morning, I still allowed pride and impatience to get in the way, wanting no one’s will done but mine.

As Christians, we often hear about the importance of seeking God’s will. But we know that saying yes to him can be one of the hardest things to do, especially when our hearts want something else.

In Isaiah 50, the prophet spoke of the coming of the one who would be fully obedient with an ear open to listen to God. Obedience to his will is important to obtaining the blessings our Savior wishes to pour out to us. For the faithful, this means following his commandments in his strength, by faith, bearing the trials, and persevering through the roadblocks life places in our lane, all according to the perfect will of God who forever “works for the good” (Romans 8:28).

Our acts of obedience glorify Christ, and obedience is also a corridor to draw near to him, helping us deepen our trust in our Savior, allowing him to shape us into his likeness.

Let us seek to surrender ourselves more to our Redeemer, knowing we are loved and valued by him, opening our closed hearts, dampening our opinionated thoughts, and harnessing our stubborn egos. Then we can see how harmony with his will is central to living out our Christian faith as we journey with Christ.

Lord, help me choose to put your will first, knowing it is the best way to live out an abundant life of faith—and grant me the grace to desire it. Amen.

Seeking God’s will acknowledges he has more knowledge than we do and that his plan for us is best. Do we demonstrate our trust in the Lord’s plan in the daily choices we make?

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In Luke 7, Jesus teaches that we should go out of our way to welcome the unwanted. Our Savior knew all too well the pains of exclusion.


But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.”  Luke 14:13

After a long drive, we arrived at our vacation destination late Saturday night. Everyone was exhausted. The next day I managed to wake up in time for church and decided to go it alone. I stood near the back as people streamed through the church doors.

I expected someone to welcome me, but not one person came over and said, “Hello, are you visiting here today?” After the service, I considered talking to the pastor about my chilly experience.

In Luke 7, Jesus teaches that we should go out of our way to welcome the unwanted. Our Savior knew all too well the pains of exclusion. His community ridiculed him, his family questioned his sanity, and his closest friends betrayed him.

But this did not stop Jesus from doing everything possible to make himself approachable to all who suffer from abandonment and isolation: the lepers, the gentiles, the tax collectors, the poor, and the sinners.

When we experience neglect or rejection from friends, colleagues, and even family members, Jesus wants us to run into his open arms and ask for a heart like his, a heart that keeps on reaching out to the neglected and the unloved. Christ does not want our pride and our past hurts to stop us from welcoming those who are new to our neighbourhoods, workplaces, and churches.

Our Lord extended his love and compassion to all. Let us do the same. Let us welcome the marginalized and disenfranchised souls we meet so we can live more as Christ wants us to live.

Lord, help us be more welcoming so others can see your goodness in each of us. Prevent us from making snap judgments about people, and give us the grace to welcome those who are very different from us that you have placed on our path. Amen.

Today, why not try smiling and greeting everyone you meet today?

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In Isaiah 54, God reminds us of his unwavering love and compassion.


Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

After a long hard day at the office, everything seemed dark and heavy. Every thought running through my head came from this dismal place — a place I could not escape. Even the leisure activities I looked forward to after work became just another opportunity to complain.

I wanted to hide, but I had to take care of one last bit of business. I plopped down at my desk and prepared for the final conference call of the day.

My seven-year-old son knocked on the door and strolled into my room. “Dad, you look a little tired. You should rest. I love you.” With those precious words, a rush of love swept over me. I looked up at him. “Thank you, son! You made me very happy.”

In Isaiah 54, God reminds us of his unwavering love and compassion. In a world founded on the notion of needing to have more, accomplish more, and be more, God reminds us **it is the love of his heart that we need more of — the source of true peace when peace seems so distant.

In times of desolation and discouragement, seek refuge in Jesus Christ where you can rest and repair those parts of your life the world has worn down. He is our key to peace during times of stress and confusion. Pray always to him and be comforted by his kindness and compassion, hope and love, light and consolation — the perfect cure for a troubled heart and soul.

Lord, thank you for your endless source of peace and love to all who seek your place of refuge. I ask that you remind me to call on you whenever I find myself uprooted, confused, and restless in this world, a world that tries to draw us away from our source of true peace — found only in you. Amen.

Today:  Thank God often for his love, his care, and his peace.

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Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”  Luke 9:61

I decided to take a road trip with my family before the kids headed back to school. I quickly realized there were many routes to choose from to get to our final destination. Did I want the fastest path, the longer scenic route, or the tourist track with its many stops?

If my objective was to get to our final destination as fast as possible, why would I pick a route that required many stops? I could not take the scenic route and expect to get there quickly. I needed to decide what was most important to us and choose the best path to get there.

In Luke 9, we see how difficult a time the would-be disciples had as they struggled to sever ties to the things of the world and choose to follow Christ instead. Often our desire to go back to how things were distracts us from doing what Christ asks of us, making it difficult to follow him faithfully.

What amongst the many paths the world tosses at us, which we have attached ourselves to, are we willing to set aside for him? Are we spending too much time browsing the internet, swiping away at our phones, or connecting with people on social media sites?

Christ does not want us too occupied in activities that have little to do with following him. We should choose the most direct route to Christ and exclude all other unnecessary pathways. Each day we are presented with this choice to make.

Lord, help me to do a better job of focusing my attention on what you are asking of me. Let me not be distracted by the things of the world that I end up going back to a way of life where I am far from you. Amen.

Seek to make worshipping and following Jesus in the Spirit’s strength your focus throughout the day.

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“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Matthew 6:33

I started spring cleaning late again. Our family possessions grew and occupied more and more valuable space. Boxes and bags, filled with items for donation, dotted the upstairs bedrooms. And in just about every cabinet I opened, I found stacks of books and magazines I never planned to read.

The clutter clued me in that I had grown too attached to the things of the world. All the extra stuff lying around the house not only occupied physical space, but the possessions also intruded my spiritual place of tranquility and order where I spend time in prayer.

In Matthew 6, Jesus cautions against an excessive attachment to things of the world. He instructs his followers to seek first the Kingdom of God, trusting in him to supply all our needs. God feeds the birds, brings forth a harvest, and takes care of every aspect of his created world, especially in the care of his human creatures.

Jesus wants us to put the things of the Spirit first and release our hold on things that have no lasting value. Are we putting too much of our time, treasure, and energy into the things that clutter up our spiritual lives and have no value in the end?

To help restore the order and peace we disregarded, let us get rid of the boxes and bags cluttering up our rooms, closets, and hearts. Provide space for God to bring in his spiritual things — the things that give us real meaning and order in our lives.

Lord, give me the grace to seek your Kingdom first, trusting you completely so that I no longer cling to possessions. I want to experience the peace you promised, which comes from loving the spiritual things you offer me. Amen.

Take a survey of what is cluttering your heart. Ask the Lord to strengthen you so that you can let go of these hindrances to seeking his Kingdom.

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A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ”If you are willing, you can make me clean. Mark 1:40

As a kid growing up, I had the chore of looking for my little brother when it got close to dinnertime. I usually found him playing at a neighbor’s house. But one evening, he was not at any of the usual places. Mom phoned his friends but came up empty. This had never happened before.

I sat in my room without any idea what to do — my heart racing. I dropped to my knees and prayed like crazy, hoping my brother would make it home safely. I never prayed so hard before. A few long minutes passed and the front doorbell rang. It was my brother. “Sorry! I’m a little late,” he said. “Mom, I went to the store to pick up ice cream for dessert.”

In our Christian journey, moments will arise where we find ourselves desperate for something seemingly out of reach. It might have to do with our health, like the leper in Mark 1, financial worries, relationship challenges, or something else in another area of our lives.

In these moments of frantic and worry, our loving God wants us to reach out to him, pleading on our knees as the leper did. Our prayers from the deep places in our hearts will not go unnoticed by our Savior. He hears us and knows what we need.

Let us never doubt the power of faith and prayer. Show your trust in Jesus and cry out to your Savior when overwhelming circumstances emerge out of nowhere.

Lord, let me never feel ashamed to come to you with my desperate cries for help when I find myself at a dead end. Deepen my faith; do not allow me to doubt your ability and eagerness to come to my aid. Amen.

When you feel worried and overwhelmed, bring your cries to the Lord. Turn to psalms, like Psalm 42, to give you the words to voice your concerns to him.

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So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.”  John 1:39

The past week did not go smoothly for me. I was overwhelmed by some unexpected expenses, a cancelled doctor’s appointment I made months ago, and a disputed bank transaction I never came across before. I went to the Lord for support and insight on how to deal with these problems.

I confess my prayers are more focused and passionate when life gets tough. I seek out God time and again, petitioning him for a way out. However, when everything seems to be going well, I can easily lose sight of God as I immerse myself in the joys and comforts of life.

In John 1, Jesus asked the disciple, “What are you looking for?” His questions are always penetrating. Our Lord is probing their hearts again. Jesus wants to know how they see him in their lives. He hopes to discover faith-filled and devoted followers, not believers who prefer him to be nothing more than a problem solver in their lives.

Do we approach prayer as a relationship with Jesus — a relationship with someone we love and who loves us? Our Savior wants us to know him better. He is a problem solver for sure, but Jesus is much more.

He loves and cares for each of us, listens to our deepest thoughts, fills us with words of hope. Stay with Jesus as you would with your closest friend. Let us imitate the disciples and spend a day with him, thanking and praising Jesus for being much more than just a far-off problem fixer in our lives.

Lord, let me see your love and care for me that it draws me to want to come and stay with you. I want to hear your comforting voice in my heart. I know you are faithful, more faithful than even my closest friend. Amen.

Today as either joy or trial enters your life, take time to share it with Jesus in prayer. If you are able, look at your calendar to block out some time this week to spend a more extended time with God in worship, prayer, and Scripture reading.

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She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them”   Luke 2:7

We attended a family gathering a couple of years ago to celebrate a young couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. During dinner, I noticed our kids taking only a small portion from each of the delicious dishes paraded in front of them. I knew they were hungry because they had told me so.

After we finished several courses, our hostess announced it was time for dessert. The desserts looked incredible, but I could not eat another thing. I overheard the kids whispering to each other. “It was a good idea that we made room for dessert.” Suddenly, it all made sense. They planned all along to save valuable tummy space for dessert.

As Christians, we often forget to plan ahead and end up stuffing ourselves with things of this world, discovering we have left little room for Jesus in our daily lives. For many of us, we make time to chat with friends and colleagues, respond to text messages, and participate in social activities. How can we make the same time for our relationship with our heavenly Father who loves us?

God wants us to make him a priority, which means making room for Jesus. We can ask the Holy Spirit to help us glorify our Savior above all. Although we do not get text messages from him, he is worth far more than just another ping on our phones.

Christ is our source for truth, goodness, beauty, and love in our lives. When our relationship with Jesus is a priority, nothing else is as important as our Lord and Savior.

Let us make room in our hearts each day just for Jesus.

Lord, let me not be so attached to the activities of this world that I forget to include you in my daily life. You have given me many good things and helped me in many ways. The least I can do is make room in my day to give thanks and praise to you. Amen.

Evaluate how you spend your time. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you can make more time to spend with Jesus.

By Doug Lim
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