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Does the maze of life have you in its rushing and running grasp today?

Do you need calm in your being and direction in your steps? God promises to give you exactly that. Let His word seep into your heart and pray this prayer with a sincere and grateful heart because HE IS your hope today

“Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:4 & 5

Father in Heaven, Thank you for the promise and hope of Your word. Thank you that You can be counted on to guide me. Today I need to walk in the hope that only You can give. My way is unclear and at times, confusing and rushing.

Show me Your ways, Lord. Show me how You would walk in these places. Teach me Your paths of grace and mercy and integrity and love. Help me to grasp Your ways so I can walk securely in them even in insecure places. I need Your perspective today.

Guide me in Your truth, Lord. Without Your Word active in my heart and mind I cannot know Your truth. Help me to make time to read my Bible and to think on it and let it penetrate my heart. Lord, Your Word will guide me as a beacon and a light. Forgive me when I have left it on the shelf or have simply grabbed a verse and run off for the day, quickly forgetting what I read.

Thank you that You promise to guide me and teach me as I let Your truth impact my heart and my mind. You alone are the One who restores and renews my spirit and brings meaning to my life. You bless me. May my heart overflow with thanksgiving to You for Your hand in my life. I will put my hope in you today, all day long.

Remind me by Your Holy Spirit to come into Your quiet presence to think on Your truths and not be distracted. This is the oxygen of my soul. Thank you that You give the hope and help and peace I need today. Thank you that You never cease to call me to Yourself. Help me to respond afresh to Your presence in my life. In Jesus’ strong name I pray, amen.

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“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

Our sense of peace can be dislodged and replaced by turmoil and confusion before we even realize it.  God’s Word puts it simply. In order to have God’s peace in our hearts we must make the choice to let His peace rule there.

As soon as you recognize irritation or turmoil taking over in your spirit, stop! Almost without fail you will find the peace of God gets pushed aside when anything that has “self” as its source surges forward.

•    Self-defense in a relationship, results in turmoil.
•    Self-pity puts you on the slippery slope of discouragement.
•    Self-seeking in business, or even ministry, allows a shallowness to creep in that pushes  peace aside.
•    Self- energy seeking to live the Christian life results in defeat.

As long as self is the focus in our thoughts and actions, there is little room for God to do His work in us and His peace cannot rule in our hearts. When we choose to let Him be the focus of all we do, drawing on His energy, His help, His wisdom, His patience, His purposes, then His peace will rule in our hearts.

Today, pay attention to what is going on in your spirit. If peace is eluding you take a look inside and see where self-focus has taken over. Let God’s peace rule in your heart by bringing everything in your day under the umbrella of His care. It is the best way to live in peace!

Father God, Today I ask You to forgive me for the places in my heart where I have allowed Your peace to be pushed aside by my own self issues. Right now I place everything I have and am and ever hope to be under the umbrella of Your care and attention. I choose to let Your peace rule in my heart today.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Today:  Choose to pay close attention today to what is going on in your spirit.

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From the Bible comes this beautiful and powerful Prayer of David.

A perfect prayer to write out and keep as a daily prayer throughout 2020.

Psalm 25:4 & 5

Show me your ways, oh LORD,
teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long
.”

God CAN be trusted to reveal truth to our hearts, guide our steps and show us the way to go.

All day, every day He can be relied upon to be your God and your Savior in whom you can place your confident expectation.

Happy New Year!

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Kathy thought about the approaching New Year as she filed away the boxes of last year’s paperwork. There were things she would like to do differently in this new year.

Oh, there were the usual things most of her friends were claiming as their New Year’s Resolutions:

•    Lose weight
•    Stop smoking
•    Take more time for relationships
•    Set goals

The list went on. The office was filled with laughter and the prospect of hope for change that a new year would bring.  Yet Kathy knew, in a week or so, the chatter would turn to the broken resolutions and very few of the hoped for changes would become a reality. She wanted something more for her life.

That night Kathy picked up her Bible and read Psalm 25. It was full of hope and an expectation of change that only God could bring to her life. She read it through a couple of times and underlined some verses that seemed to jump off the page, bringing fresh hope to her heart.

Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. Psalm 25:4&5

The second time she read it through it struck her… here was her New Year’s resolution!

This would be the prayer of her heart every day in this New Year. She grabbed a recipe card and wrote out the words, letting them soak into her soul. This was the change she wanted in her life… to keep her focus daily on the path God wanted her to walk in hope and in faith.

Take a little time over the next few days and read through Psalm 25 yourself. Consider reading it every day for a week and ask God to make the promise of hope come alive to your heart. Write verse 4 & 5 on a card or a sticky note and place it where you will see it regularly. Memorize it and let it soak into your soul and change your life.

Father God, Thank you for the promise of hope You bring to my heart and my life. I do lift up my soul and my life to You now. I want to trust in You more fully this year. Tune my ears to hear Your voice more clearly. Teach me Your path and guide me in Your truth. In these changing days I need to discern Your ways for me. Help me to put my hope in You, not just occasionally or when I am in a hard place, but every day all day long. Thank you that You are God, my Savior! I ask this in the strong name of Jesus, amen.

May God guide us as we face another challenging year!

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Life had taken a few turns. Unexpected losses had quietly stacked up until she felt that her God must be on vacation somewhere else. Others seemed to be receiving blessing from God but she felt short changed these days.

She began to feel that she had moved from under God’s wing to under God’s thumb… and quite subtly her view of God began to change. She hardly noticed it was happening. And her Bible sat more often on the shelf.

Then she heard a verse from the Bible… on a random snatch of a radio program while she was driving. God wanted her attention and the verse hit home in her heart.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

The word “lavished” caught her imagination. Suddenly she realized that she had begun to doubt God’s love and his goodness toward her. A God that lavishes his love on his children is not a God who wants to pin you under his thumb! He is a God that can be counted on to lovingly take us through this journey of life. A God that lavishes us with his love is a God that can be trusted to guide us on our way and to nudge us back on track when we wander.

If your life has some unexpected bumps these day, don’t doubt God’s love and care for you. He will lovingly bring his principles of living to your attention so you can correct your course when necessary. His love will lead you to the very best for your life if you trust him through the fog. Knowing he lavishes you with his love will keep your heart soft and your heart attitude looking for his goodness. Doubting the goodness of God toward you can harden your heart and move you in a direction that will tempt you to live life according to your own wisdom…wisdom that will always be less than God’s wisdom for you.

Prayer & reflection:

Dear Heavenly Father, You know how easy it is for me to doubt you when I can’t see the path ahead of me clearly. Forgive me for letting my heart doubt you. Forgive me for my impatient nature. Thank you for reminding me that your love for me is so great and that I am your child. Show me the attitudes or actions that I have slipped into that don’t please you. I choose today to trust your goodness toward me. Give me assurance in my heart that you are at work in my circumstances. By faith I will trust you to guide me in what to do. Thank you Father.  I ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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For unto us a child is born …and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6 & 7

The manger scene of Baby Jesus’ birth can seem so irrelevant today.  Nice on a Christmas card, yes,  but not really having any impact on our lives.

This verse from Isaiah can bring freshness to our souls as we ponder how the Baby Jesus actually does impact life today in a very relevant way.

Any need you have in the changing landscape of your personal mosaic can be answered by this Jesus.  This Baby grew up to be our Savior. He rose from the grave and He offers life to us when we believe in Him.

  • If you need wisdom or strength, He will be your Counselor;
  • If you need a mountain moved, He is your Mighty God;
  • If you need comfort, forgiveness and gentle healing, He is your everlasting  Father;
  • If your heart is anxious and troubled, He will bring Peace to you.

As you think of yourself standing by that manger bed, know that His birth was just the beginning of God reaching toward humankind … toward you.

Let your heart reach back with thankfulness and acceptance.  Look at the manger scene with the fresh wonder of all He is to you. Every need, every change that you face can be encompassed by all He is…so much more than just a baby!

Invite Him into your changes today! Let joy fill your soul.

Heavenly Father, Fill my heart with the fresh wonder of what that first Christmas means for me… today.  Thank you that any need I have can be encompassed by Jesus. Help me to lean on You to be my Wonderful Counselor, my Mighty God, my Everlasting Father and my Prince of Peace! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Stop for a moment right where you are and whisper a thank you in your heart to Jesus for stepping down from Heaven and coming as a baby. He positioned Himself to be available to you as your Wonderful Councillor, your Mighty God, your Everlasting Father and your Prince of Peace.

What need do you need to bring to Him today?

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If you don’t Jesus and you would like to start a relationship with him, you can start by submitting your will to his.  Below is a sample prayer.  Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.


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“Whatever you did for the one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” Matthew 25:45

Our book club gathered for supper to discuss the book we were reading: “How to Outlive Your Life” by Max Lucado. The chili and fresh buns were wonderful. We enjoyed our discussion.  Max Lucado did a superb job of challenging us to look beyond ourselves. We read out loud the words of Jesus from Matthew 25:34-45

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:34-45

We were enjoying our tea when the phone interrupted our pleasant evening. It was a neighbor needing a ride to the hospital emergency room. It seemed no one else was available. I was irritated. We had looked forward to this evening that had been hard to schedule with our busy lives. I didn’t want to leave the table and head out on the winter roads to the hospital a half hour away. It could be a long wait there too. I complained. I felt pressured. I felt less than gracious. And then I realized…

God knows me better than I know myself. It’s easy to sit in the comfort of my home sipping tea, and talking about how we want to serve others as we seek to serve Jesus. Yet when it’s inconvenient, or annoying or challenging the heart gets tested on its sincerity. As we quickly cleared things up and I got ready to leave, we paused to pray for each other and the neighbor.

When we ask God to teach us, He will take us up on it.

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This week I saw a Star Wars Advent Calendar and it took me by surprise. It was simply a countdown to Christmas Day and so far removed from the original intent of the Advent season.

Advent means the coming of something extremely important and awaited! At Christmas time we traditionally celebrant the Advent season, the season where we remember the birth of the long awaited Christ child, the Savior of the world.

Traditionally this season begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Day. Each Sunday a candle is lit to symbolize an aspect of this special event in Christian history.

As we prepare for Christmas by getting our presents and food and homes ready for the celebration of family and friends, we are wise to also pay attention to preparing our hearts for the celebration of all the Christ child brings to our hearts and lives.

The first candle is the candle of HOPE, which portrays the expectancy of the coming of the Savior to reconcile each one of us to God, no longer left to our own struggling ways.

The second candle is the candle of PEACE, which symbolizes the preparation of the heart in getting ready for the presence of the Christ. His presence in our hearts brings peace. Advent can be a time of reorienting the heart toward God and toward peace in the midst of the busy running and spending that tends to occupy the season with frenzy.

The third candle symbolizes JOY as Christ’s presence occupies our hearts with His hope and His peace bringing a fulfillment deep within. This joy goes far deeper and far beyond any surface happiness of the cultural party season.

The forth candle is the candle of LOVE that represents the unconditional, limitless love of God for each individual regardless of past or present circumstance. This love reaches to the depths to retrieve, restore, release, refresh and renew hearts that are weary and worn from going their own way apart from God. His love in us enables us to love others.

The fifth candle is the candle we light on Christmas Day and it symbolizes the CHRIST who is the go between, the conduit, the One who brings this Hope, this Peace, this Joy and this Love God offers into our hearts in a practical and daily way as we invite Him to forgive us and fill us and to simply “do life” with us through His power.

For unto us a child is born, … and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6

Father God, Thank you that You reached out to connect with me through sending Jesus on that very first Christmas. I open my heart to Him in a fresh way this Advent season to fill me afresh with Your hope, peace, joy and love so that it overflows in my life with fresh meaning and purpose. I pray this in the powerful name of Your Son, Jesus, amen.

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“He restores my soul…” Psalm 23:3

The coffee table was full of nicks and scratches. There were rings on its surface from hot cups being placed there. It looked tired in our living room. I suggested we get rid of it. My husband knows wood and he pointed out how sturdy and strong it actually was. “It just needs restoring”, he said and took it to his workshop. When he brought it back it was lovely. Some of the scratches and rings had not come out completely but the way it was sanded and polished they actually enhanced the piece of furniture. Restored!

God knows our own hearts get nicked and scraped and stained by the weariness of life at times. We carry on and do our best. We bolster our courage and find the good. Yet we get tired, and our souls can get dry and parched. For many, it’s not an unfamiliar feeling now, in these days of Covid, as the landscape of uncertainty prevails.

Psalm 23 is a treasure. A lifeline. Take some time to camp on it today. Google the whole Psalm, or open your Bible, and let the words steep into your soul like tea steeps in a pot.  Do it every day this week. You will feel the remarkable difference in your soul.

    • Find a bit of quiet, a place of solitude and ask God to speak to you.
    • Read it slowly.
    • As you do, let the scratches and nicks in your heart be exposed.
    • Acknowledge the shadows of loss you feel.
    • Thank Him that even in the valleys He is there. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
    • Exchange your fears for fresh confidence that He will lead you in the right paths.
    • He will guide you along the way as you follow Him.
    • Even in the midst of struggle, with the enemies of fear and doubt and anxiety, He promises to give provision for what you need, right now, in this moment, today.
    • As he pours His refreshing over you, your heart can find the stepping stones of joy and thankfulness that will keep you moving forward.
    • His goodness and His mercy will follow you. Stop and offer Him your gratitude in the quiet place.

As you let this Psalm of comfort wash over you, you will find your soul being refreshed. As you return to this oasis, and sit in the quiet of His word over you, your soul will be restored.

Father God, I can feel the parched weariness from all that is going on in our world right now. Help me to take a step to move into a place of quiet. I need You. Speak to my heart and mind as I make a point to sit with You this week and let Psalm 23 restore my soul. Thank you that You desire for me to live in fresh confidence in You, my Good Shepherd, even as I journey through the valleys. In the strong name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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He marches confidently down the street. His little hand clutching my index finger. He is taking me to the pond to see the baby ducks. He leads the way as only a two-year-old can. I guide him gently at each turn, carefully detouring around any pitfalls. We enjoy the adventure. Turning to go home, we come to the hill. He works hard to navigate the steep climb. He could stumble and fall here. I slip my index finger from his grasp and enfold his whole hand in my grip as I stride to the top, ensuring he makes it without a spill.

What a lovely picture of our Heavenly Father’s great care as we navigate our own journey.

We march forward clutching His finger and confidently go in the direction we think is right. We want to know He is there. He knows the way we should go and He gently maneuvers the turns.

When the way gets hard, He grips our whole hand in His and leads us up the steep incline.

Each day, as we accept His invitation to walk together, He can be counted on to guide us, to protect us and to take us to where we need to go. He knows us. He cares about us. He can be trusted to lead us.

Our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and loves our little ones even more than we possibly can, will not only hold our hand and guide us, but He will help us as we guide them on the adventures of life.

“I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

Heavenly Father,  Thank you for Your loving care as You walk with me every day. Thank you for Your gentle guidance, for Your love and for Your tender care as I go through ordinary days. You protect me even when I am not aware of it.  And thank you that when the way gets hard, and the path gets steep You are still beside me. You grip my hand and whisper Your comfort. Thank you for the confidence I have that You will help me as Your hand grips mine.  I pray this with thanksgiving in Jesus’ strong name, amen.

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“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down” Proverbs 14:1

The frenzied pace we sometimes choose to keep can take a toll on our homes and impact our relationships.

When we live at a pace that continually drains us we end up taking it out on those closest to us. Complaining, frustration and lack of patience can surface all too often. As women we can actually be tearing down relationships by our own hand and not even be aware we are doing so. A wise woman will take note of her reactions and make a choice to be a builder.

If your quiet time with God has slipped to the sidelines of your life, it won’t be long before you notice the telltale signs of complaining, negativity and frustration in your life and relationships.

Ask God to come in a fresh way into your life to help you make time with Him a priority. Choose to make some changes in your schedule so God can make some changes in your heart.

Invite His Holy Spirit to be the change agent in your life today. Ask for what the Bible calls the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) It’s “The Great Exchange.” He will help you build your relationships. You can depend on God to be your source for all your needs.

–   Exchange your weakness for His strength.
–   Your unhappy heart for His joy.
–   Your annoyance for His love.
–   Your anxiety for His peace.
–   Your impatience for His patience.
–   Your complaining for His contentment.
–   Your harsh attitude for His gentleness.

Father in Heaven, today I ask that You would forgive me for foolishly reacting in ways that  tear my relationships down. Fill me afresh today with the fruit of Your Holy Spirit. May I be a wise woman filled with the wisdom and revelation that Your Spirit offers to me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Take Action: Look at the list of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22:
–   Love
–   Joy
–   Peace
–   Patience
–   Gentleness
–   Goodness
–   Faith
–   Humility
–   Self- control

Ask yourself which one of these fruits is in short supply in your life right now. Identify it. Then invite the Holy Spirit to produce it in you in new ways today.

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Someone who had been miserable with Susan was now in a vulnerable position. She could retaliate with some well-aimed words and return a little of the misery. Yet instead of the satisfaction she anticipated a feeling of unease settled over her spirit.

Susan knew that the things she wanted to say, and even felt she deserved to say, would not represent her Lord very well. She wanted to get back at the one who seemed to try to irritate her, so she tried to push the unsettled feeling away.

At bedtime she contemplated just turning out the light and not bothering to read her Bible. But she reached for the devotional book and routinely scanned it. Her heart just wasn’t in it tonight. Yet the highlighted verse jumped out at her ….

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Susan knew those harsh words were not to be spoken. It was clear…she needed to be fair, kind and connected to her God. Taking the opportunity to return unkindness with more unkindness would break her connection with God. Susan had lived long enough to know she needed that connection, the clear conscience and right heart with God, more than anything else.

The Holy Spirit is the guide who nudges our heart when we are prone to get off God’s track.

Pay attention to the stirrings of your soul.

It may well be God’s Spirit nudging you to be fair… and kind… and to keep your relationship with God guarded. Your relationship with God is the single, most important factor in your life!

Father God, Thank you that You give Your Holy Spirit to nudge my heart in the right direction. Tune my heart to hear You leading me when I am prone to lash out and take matters into my own hands. Father, You alone can help me be the person I need to be. Help me today to be fair and kind in my dealings with those around me. Help me to stay connected to You with a willing and humble heart. And Father, thank you for the peace You flood my heart with when I follow Your ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Question: Where are you struggling to be kind and fair today?

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The demands of life can become front and center in our lives.

It is easy to postpone quiet times with God.

Will Bruce, in ‘Guidelines for Praying for Your Pastor‘ states,

life’s pressures will always result in spiritual decline unless one is careful to maintain a close walk with the Lord.”

We all experience that decline from time to time as pressures mount in our individual lives. It is because we know this happens that we strive to encourage and build each other up.

God makes a promise:

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

What do you need to do today to actively choose your relationship with Jesus over the many important and busy tasks that call for your attention? He longs to bring that freshness to your soul! Make a choice to become active in pursuing God.

•    Actively choose to spend time in His presence
•    expose yourself to music that inspires
•    turn off the TV and read something that will feed your spirit
•    invite Him into every decision
•    ask Him which fruit of the Spirit He wants to cultivate in your life today
•    pray in a quiet place and not just on the run
•    listen for His voice
•    read his Word and to ask Him to teach you

He will be true to His promise! He will come near and refresh your soul.

Father God, Thank you for each person You have brought to this site today. Give each one a fresh desire to pursue You. Grant them insight, wisdom and revelation from Your word as they take the time to be refreshed in Your presence. Bless them today in the powerful name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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Amidst all the lists and details running through my mind I found words from Psalm 23 pushing into my consciousness. God’s presence was nudging me to draw close. I realized again that where I focus is my choice.

Even when life is full and good I need to be aware of choosing my focus. Otherwise I can get my spirit bogged down with concern over details, and end up being unfruitful.

Do you pay attention to the nudges of God to draw you close to His heart? It may be a song running through your mind, or a phrase from a Bible verse, or a pull to connect with someone you know who will be encouraging to your faith.

Where we focus we follow. When you’re driving and turn to see something on the side of the road, very quickly you are heading there and need to immediately adjust or you are off the road!

Keep heading toward the Lord in your focus today and you won’t find yourself in the ditch of worry or stress as you focus on Him as your Guide!

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Oh Lord, You are my constant guide; my spirit receives from You all I need.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
You remind me to stop and rest; for You know I can only find true nourishment and fulfillment in being with You;

He leads me beside the still waters.
You lead me to drink of the refreshing water of Your Spirit.

He restores my soul:
There my mind and my emotions are quieted. I am lifted above the fray of countless details and concerns to find renewed strength and new joy as I re-focus on You.

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
You lead me along the path that is right; the path that draws praise to You and to Your name.

Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
Yes, even when that path may take me through the valley of loss, I will have no fear of being devoured there or left to wander:

for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.  You, Lord are my constant companion. You protect me and care for me as You lead me through and ….. onward.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Even as enemies like fear and worry, distraction or dread skirt around the path and lurk in the shadows, You prepare a feast for me; You invite me to sit and eat and enjoy as You watch defensively over me.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
You lovingly pour protective, healing oil where I am vulnerable or hurt; my heart overflows as You tend to me.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
With You Lord, as my constant guide, I need never be dogged with unrest and stress. I can count on Your goodness and mercy to be at my heels every step of my way;

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
As You lead me and as Your mercy and grace follow me I can rejoice that Your refreshing presence is my anchor both for today and forever! Thank you, Lord! Amen.

Today pay attention where you focus and respond to God’s nudge to focus first on Him.

By Gail Rodgers
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“Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

A few years ago he lost all he had. Everything. But he found Jesus. He inspires me every time I talk with him. He has embraced God’s word and one of the verses he lives by is this one quoted above from James 1:3 & 4:

Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds. . . “

It’s an un-ordinary challenge to consider trials pure joy! It seems unreasonable. WHY would God include such instruction in the Bible especially at a time when Christians were enduring fierce persecution? Because every trial that comes is an opportunity to prove your faith and to see God at work in you and through you and for you.

HOW can you be joyful in the midst of facing a trial, especially a very difficult trial?  Not by pretending to be happy – no – there is no joy in the details of the difficulty. But by persevering in believing God’s promises and resting in the confidence that God is at work.   He will carry you and He will give you all you need as you fully trust Him in the trial. Thank Him for who He is.  Thank Him for His ability to work all things together for your good and for His glory. God can be trusted with your life. Thank Him for His love. Find the joy in the opportunity to see God at work in amazing ways! Turn down the opportunity to quit or to abandon your faith in the midst of hardship.

Father God, All around me there are trials of all kinds. Many face things that are hard, tragic, and seeming unbearable. This scripture seems to be too trite in the face of such challenges. “Consider it joy”? Lord, right now I don’t understand the trial in my life of ___________(name it)__________. But today I want to change how I see it and to look at it as an opportunity for You to be at work…. in me and through me and for me. Please help me to fully trust Your love and Your care. Please help me to fully trust who You are, my faithful Lord. Today I choose to praise You for Your help and strength and that You are right here in the middle of this trial with me. May my heart rest today in the fact that You can be trusted. You will grow my faith. You will give me all I need. You will BE all I need. Thank you Lord. Please work this all together for my good and for Your glory. It seems impossible but I know You alone can do that. I declare my trust in You alone today. I pray this in the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

By Gail Rodgers
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