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It always amazes me how God’s word speaks directly to the situations of life today.  God underlined His clear directives for us in uncertain times.

Every one of us faces uncertainty of some kind as we walk through life.

It varies for each of us in the details yet God’s directive is clear and direct for each one of us. Five little verses in 1 Peter 4:7-10 give us specific steps to take in uncertain times as we await Christ’s return.

“Be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in it’s various forms.”  1 Peter 4:7-10

1. Be clear minded. Stay focused on God and His strength and power. Look above the circumstances to His might and trust Him.

2. Be self-controlled. Pay attention to what is happening within your heart and mind and choose to dwell on the power of the Holy Spirit to help steady you. He will give you the power not to lean on unhealthy solutions in uncertain times.

3. Pray. Acknowledge God in every area of your life. Invite Him to come into your finances, your relationships, the question marks in your future and dialogue with Him about the uncertainties. Be sure to listen back to what He says by reading His word. This is not the time to allow dust to settle on your Bible.

4. Be hospitable. Look for ways to pleasantly offer hospitality to those around you. It may not always be in the conventional way of having someone into your home or sharing food. Hospitality is extending welcome, warmth and generosity in kindness. Greet your world in a friendly manner.

5. Serve others. In times of uncertainty it is easy to become self focused. Keep an attitude that looks out for others. It will enlarge your heart in ways nothing else can.
In following these 5 simple directives today you will be pouring out God’s grace, not only to those around you, but into your own heart as well. You will be lifted up above the shadows of uncertainty.

God knows that these 5 steps will take us a long way in experiencing His wonderful grace to hold us steady and to share that grace with the world around us. Name your uncertainty and pray the following prayer.

Father God, You are amazing in the clarity You give us as to how to live. Today the uncertainty of ________________ weighs on my heart. Please help me to stay focused on You today, to choose to rely on the power of Your Spirit within me, to pray about everything and to look beyond myself to offer kindness and love to those around me who also are experiencing their own uncertain times. Thank you that You give us all we need to walk today right where we are. Thank you that tomorrow You will again provide all I need. May I live in this day and in this moment sheltered in Your love. In the strong name of Jesus I pray with thanksgiving, amen.

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The story is told of the shepherd who had 100 sheep. One evening, as he brought them back home to the sheep pen, he only counted 99. One was missing!

Though night was falling and the way was dark, the shepherd went searching; calling until he found the one lost sheep tangled in the bushes. He gathered it into his arms, took it home and nursed its wounds. The heart of the shepherd was to shelter and protect his sheep.

God’s heart toward those who do not know Him is the heart of a shepherd who looks for that one lost lamb. He calls the name of those who are lost and tangled in the snares of this world. He won’t stop calling until that lost one is safely in the sheepfold, safely connected to the God who loves her. Then His heart rejoices.

And when the shepherd finds the one that wandered off, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” Matthew 18:13

God wants us, as His children, to share His heart for the lost soul who is tangled today in the rush of life. He asks us to be a living example of what it is to know the Shepherd and to be sheltered in the safety of His arms. He doesn’t ask us to sell religion. No, He calls us to invite others to the welcoming, forgiving love He offers freely.

As Christian’s God has done some amazing things that we can see.

  • He has made a way FOR US to have a relationship with Him through Jesus.
  • We feel His work IN US as He draws us along on our journey of healing and continues to fill us with His Holy Spirit.
  • He wants to do something THROUGH US to bring lost sheep to know Him.

He who wins souls is wise Proverbs 11:30

Prayer & Reflection

Father God, I ask You today to give me a heart like Yours to care about those who do not know the peace and the comfort You can bring. Help me to live my life showing what a difference it makes to know You. Put someone’s name on my heart and in my mind so I can begin to pray especially for that one to come to know You. Give me opportunities to share my experience of walking with You so I can bring others to know You too. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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“… so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…” Colossians 1:10


I opened my email this morning to find a lovely prayer for my day, sent by one of our longtime friends. Our families have known each other for years. Our kids grew up together. We can go for months without connecting yet our hearts reach out to one another and when we connect it’s as though we talked yesterday. Our prayers for each others’ families are something we have treasured over time.

Recently we’ve been sharing, via quick email, the nuggets we find in God’s word.

Today my friend sent me this prayer from Colossians 1:10

“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:9-12

It’s a prayer just filled with deep richness as we seek to please our Lord with our lives. Yet it became even more personal and applicable as my friend prayed it for me and used these words,
“…may you live a day worthy of the Lord…”

May I live TODAY worthy of the Lord. This is so much more than just the broad sweep of living my life worthy of Him. Yes! That is our prayer ….

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the rich words of Your Scripture. May I live today worthy of You … this day, this moment. Thank you for the perspective this thought brings. May my words, my actions, my attitudes … all to be worthy of representing my Lord. You are the one who fills me with Your wisdom and understanding by Your Spirit. You bear fruit through me as I grow in my knowledge of You.  You strengthen me according to Your power that raised Jesus from the dead. Now that’s the power in which I want to live this day! Thank you, Lord! I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

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Mom came for a visit. Family from overseas was going to arrive and we had our summer plans all in place. And then it happened. In a brief moment, walking around our property, Mom fell on a bit of uneven ground. Ambulance, hip surgery and rehab for her ….. hospital visits, equipment gathering and rearranging of plans for me. The unexpected always takes us by surprise. And in it we have a choice to make.

As Mom settled her heart and accepted this unwelcome change of events she gave the entire situation to God. I had to choose to do the same. After all, we either trust our great God or we don’t …. there really is no middle ground on that.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5&6

Wholehearted trust on our part promises God’s direction His part.

It’s a challenge to trust He knows best when we have our own plans all in place. Yet, trust has no middle ground, and so we do as God’s word advises and lean not on our own understanding.

As Mom quieted her heart in the hospital bed and wholeheartedly trusted the God she has always found faithful through her 88 years, He used her there. The bed next to her stayed unusually empty for several day in that busy hospital. In the quiet of the evening, on several occasions, the night time nurses would talk to Mom. One asked the general question, “Are you married?” When Mom said she had been for 63 years the nurse was amazed! She shared her own marriage experience with Mom, cried as Mom shared the importance of faith and willingly accepted Mom’s offer to pray for her right then and there. Others who came to her bedside lingered to hear her faith stories. Another mentioned the peace that surrounded Mom.

Mom’s healing is progressing and her spirit is rejoicing and at rest as she sees God at work.

God’s ways are not our ways.

Unexpected turns on the pathway are annoying and frustrating when we have plans and agendas in place. Yet God sees the cry of lonely and empty hearts and we are His hands and feet and lips on this earth. As He uses us for His kingdom purposes a deep fulfillment rises up within us. We were made to be used of God. That is our highest calling and our place of deepest fulfillment.

As we trust God through the details of the changes, acknowledging Him in all of our ways, asking Him to go before us and smooth the details of the unexpected, He works on our behalf as well and He quiets our anxious hearts.

If you are experiencing an unexpected turn in life, invite God into it and rest in His deep care for you as you journey through the change of plans. Make this your prayer.

Father God, When life takes an unexpected turn for me I pray that You will remind me to quiet my heart and to fully trust You. I know my own heart generally gets impatient and frustrated when plans do not go as I have arranged. Fear of the unknown can be overwhelming. I want to trust You with my whole heart. Help me to remember to acknowledge You in every detail and every twist of the unexpected. Give me the peace and calm that comes from fully trusting You to direct my path through what sometimes seems a maze in life. Thank you for Your constant love and Your never ending faithfulness. Thank you for Your guidance and Your peace. Thank you for Your light through the darkness and Your calm in the storm. I love you Lord and I ask that You would help my heart to remain steadfast in trusting You daily! In the strong name of Jesus’ I pray, amen.

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For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to doEphesians 2:10


Cutting words; hurtful intentions; half-truths.

We have all felt the sting of humiliation when we experience a misrepresentation of the facts.

Just because words are said out loud does not make them true.

Yet such incidents can leave us unexpectedly insecure long after the actual event. We can feel shaken and even small. God sees when injustice happens and He cares. He answers the cry of a hurting heart. He answers the cry of your hurting heart.

God Himself reassures you. You are his workmanship. You are created and designed by Father God to do things… good things… things that God already had planned out for you to do! So hold your head high. Let your life itself refute the distorted half-truths. Seek to do the things God had planned for you. Watch for them and be available when opportunities to show his love open up in front of you. Call on Him throughout the day to help you react in a manner fitting of God’s workmanship.

Yes, “God’s workmanship”! That’s you! His strength will carry you! He will walk beside you into your today with all its challenges. He will fulfill you with deeds planned for you. Ask him to show you one small thing to do for him today. Others will try to define “who” you are by their words and their actions toward you, but know “whose” you are and let your confidence soar at the thought!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the reassurance that I am your workmanship. You, the God of the universe, have a stake in my future! Wow! You have things prepared for me to do because you know best who I am and what will fulfill me. Thank you that I am yours! Help me walk today in the confidence of knowing You have a purpose for me and You will guide and help me walk it out. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Are you struggling today with words and half-truths that have been spoken about you in a mean spirited way? God wants you to see you the way He does, as His art piece, made special to touch others lives.

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“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. 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-defence 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 in our own strength, leads to 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.

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

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Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

God has the heart of a loving Father toward us, His creation. Yet when our own experience of a father has been negative, hurtful, abusive or lacking in the love our child heart yearned for, it can be hard to trust God and His love.

God is Your FATHER. He waits to embrace you.

We live in a world at war. Good collides with evil every day. The gift of freewill can leave us vulnerable to the choices of others and indeed, even to our own selfish choices. Destruction leaves ash heaps in our lives. Parents aren’t always able to give what their child needs.

When life does you wrong and you have ashes where promise once stood there is only one place to run, to Your Heavenly Father. He alone is the one who can bring beauty out of ashes. He can make something beautiful and new out of ruins. His love is steady. It is sure. It can be trusted. You can run from Him in confusion – or you can run to Him in Hope – and He will not disappoint you. You are truly valued by Your Heavenly Father! Open your heart to Him in a new way today. Trust Him with your heart.

Heavenly Father, Today I acknowledge what I have skirted for so long. You, the LORD God Almighty, love me, even in spite of all the ash heaps in my life. Thank you that when I simply cry out, “Father”, You open Your arms and welcome me home. You walk with me and talk with me and begin to straighten the path on which I walk. Thank you for Your generous and abundant love to me. I want to walk with You all the days of my life! In Jesus’ name, amen.

A Thought: Ask yourself honestly if you truly believe God loves YOU. Tell Him in your own words that you want to trust Him and feel His love for you. He promises to respond. Open your heart to receive.

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Becky had often heard the little saying, “have an attitude of gratitude“, and for the most part she did. She could count her blessings and generally found a thankful spirit.

But this – there was no thankfulness in this! Her “attitude of gratitude” could find nothing for which to be thankful for. If she were not careful her heart could slip into despair and yes, even bitterness.

She didn’t feel like reading her Bible but she picked it up and flipped through it. Her eyes fell on a familiar verse she had highlighted with:

In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”.
1 Thessalonians 6:18

It seemed to hit her with new clarity. It said “in everything” not “for everything“. She pondered the thought. If she could not be thankful for this particular circumstance, what did it mean to be thankful in it?

When we ask sincere questions as we grow in our faith, with hearts hungry to understand God’s ways, the Holy Spirit shows us the answer.

Thoughts tumbled in her mind that  she could be thankful for God’s faithfulness to her. As she recalled times past when life seemed out of control, she recalled God’s steadying hand on her and how His strength had carried her in difficult times.
(Matthew 11:28)

She could be thankful that God promised to work things out for good, yes; she had seen His hand bring good out of the most troubling things. (Romans 8:28)

With fresh realization her heart grew a bit lighter as she saw what God meant – be thankful in her circumstance because she knew the God who was bigger than any problem and He would be faithful to help her, His child.

Prayer & reflection:

Father God, I truly am thankful for my blessings. But it is quite another thing to be thankful in the hard times and with the unanswered questions of life. Thank you for understanding it is not easy for me. Thank you for showing me that when I can’t be thankful for the hard stuff, You remind me to just be thankful in the hard stuff – for it is in the hard stuff where Your character of faithfulness will be proven over and over to me. Thank you for the confidence that You will see me through. Help me to lean hard on Your strength, and wisdom and care. Thank you that You will build a track record in my life through Your faithfulness. You enable me to be thankful in hard times because You are my God and You can be trusted with my life – even in the hard stuff! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”  Daniel 1:17


Here he was, a young man taken captive, finding himself in a new country with a great many strange new customs, literature, language, and more.

Daniel and his three friends had an amazing attitude and a faith in God in the midst of this huge, hard change in their lives. Daniel resolved not to defile his body with the rich food and wine offered to them in this new and strange place. He asked for permission for him and his friends to eat only vegetables and water to prove God could sustain them.

After 10 days, they were healthier than all the rest. Daniel’s reliance on God gave him and his friends the edge in this new place they had been transplanted to in days of siege and turmoil. They were placed in positions of responsibility.

God gave these four men exactly what they needed. They had knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning, and they found favor. Deep challenges came, yet God positioned them, provided for them, and protected them. Their stories, as told in the Book of Daniel, show their miraculous safety in the fiery furnace or the den of lions.

If you find yourself in a strange place today, needing knowledge and understanding, ask God to provide what you need. He has done it before. I’ve seen him do it for me, and he can do it for you. Trust his hand of care, trust his face of love, and walk with him through the challenges.

Father God, thank you for the stories of old that remind us of who you are and all we have in you as we trust you. Please guide me today to the knowledge and understanding I need as I walk in this place you have placed me. I declare my trust in you to provide for me all I need as I face the challenges of the day. Thank you. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Take time to read Daniel 3. What can you learn from these brave young men?

Do you believe God will give you what you need?

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“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (NLT)


She had no idea what her friend meant. Just how does one “call on the name of the Lord”? As she faced this new challenge she knew she needed God’s help in her life. Yet how could the name of the Lord help her?

Like a many-sided diamond, the name of the LORD reflects His power and majesty with a depth and clarity that we sometimes miss. The Bible says “The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

As we praise God for who He is, He will begin to change who we are. The reality of His presence will impact our circumstances and our lives in fresh ways.

I think of it as taking the reality of our circumstances and covering them over with the truth and majesty of God’s name. Like this …

Are you in a time of transition? He is called Changeless (Malachi 3:6)

Lord, You alone know how the changes in my life challenge me and how uncertainty effects me. I praise you that You never change. You are the same yesterday and today and forever. Help me to remember Your faithfulness. Thank you that I can lean on Your stability to anchor me through my change.

Are you feeling inadequate? He is called The Lifter of My Head (Psalm 3:3)

Lord, You know the feelings I have right now of just not being enough. My tendency is to walk with my head lowered. I praise You that You have called me by my name, You have saved me and You will be my strength where I am weak. I thank You and praise You that You, O Lord are the lifter of my head!

Do you need wisdom? He is called All Wise (Proverbs 3:19 – 20)

Lord, You know I need direction. I praise You that You are all wise. You alone can see the beginning from the end. You alone can direct me. Speak to me from Your Word, bring others along side me, give the quiet voice of Your Holy Spirit to guide me. Thank you that You are all wise. I trust You to show me the way.

As we run to the strong tower of the name of the LORD, our hearts are quieted as we view His majesty. His power is invited to work in our hearts and minds and lives. We praise the name of the LORD our God!

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The radio played as I drove home sifting through the thoughts of my day. Suddenly a quote caught my attention. I missed who it was credited to but it was good. “No one is born a winner or loser, but each one is born a chooser.”

How true”, I thought as I maneuvered through the traffic. I was a chooser in every area of my life. Oh, I may not always choose my circumstances, but I would always be in charge of choosing my responses to those circumstances.

God gently nudged my heart and I began to think about some of the thoughts I was choosing to entertain about circumstances in my day. He reminded me that a response in life always begins with a thought. Some of my thoughts toward people and circumstances in my day were rather negative, critical and impatient. Left alone these thoughts would surely spiral me down and impact my responses in the same way. The choice was mine. God’s Word came to my mind.

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5b

God is so good to remind us that we need to take stock of our thoughts. Thoughts are the seeds in our lives that result in actions and responses. We choose to let them stay or to take them captive and throw them out.

I realized the events of the day were sowing seeds in my mind and heart of things I did not want growing in my life. God used that quote on the radio to remind me that I was a chooser. I knew the kind of responses I wanted in my life and these thoughts would not get me there.

God’s Holy Spirit is our helper. He draws us on to be what we, in our own strength, cannot be. He helps us toss aside the seeds that would bear sour fruit if left unattended.

Where are your thoughts today? Be aware of what you are choosing to dwell on from your day or even your yesterday. Seeds always grow up and bear fruit. Paying attention to what parades through your mind puts you in a pro-active position. Before thoughts of irritation and frustration grow into angry, bitter roots, choose to ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you take those thoughts captive and to respond to your circumstances with His grace and love and His wisdom.

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When peace eludes us and anxiety seems to rule our hearts and minds we have a resource to use and a choice to make.


Listen to the great WISDOM God offers to us in Colossians 3: 15-17

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Do you hear it?

God invites us to LET the peace of Christ RULE in our hearts –  it’s what we are called to.

W – Walk with God  – thank Him and choose to look at your world with eyes filled with thanksgiving.

I – Interrogate God’s word – keep it close and ask God to speak to you as you read it.

S – Share what He teaches you – encourage one another with the wisdom from His word.

D – Delight in Him – keep gratitude singing in your heart.

O – Open your heart – keep listening even as you do your daily tasks – he will speak to you

M – Make it a habit – give thanks and praise him every day.

Do you see how thankfulness and gratitude are mentioned 3 times! We so often need the reminder!

Put that attitude alongside the priority of the Bible and maintaining encouraging friends and everything you do and say will be revolutionized!

Follow God’s wisdom. Choose today to LET peace RULE in your heart and be amazed at the difference it will make.

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Every day we choose our direction. Even when there are tasks that don’t particularly fulfill us or agenda items we might not have put on our top ten list … still, we choose our direction. Remember that where we focus we follow. What we fill up with will determine the direction we head.

Where are you filling up your mind these days? It’s good to take note of what has been spilling over in you lately. Are you going the direction you want to be heading … or do you need to pay attention to your feeding ground and where your focus has been?

Every day we choose what we fill ourselves with. Every day we have opportunity to decide our direction by being mindful of what we are filling our minds with. Thoughts lead to actions and actions lead to habits. Habits will greatly determine your direction in life.

God knows you better than you know yourself. His ways and His word give great guidance as you daily choose your focus. Don’t be tossed about by the events of your day today. Listen to the wisdom God gives to help you focus and choose your direction. He tells you what to do and then how to do it.

Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”

Let God’s word fill your thoughts today. It will be rich in bringing wisdom. Let His teaching fill you and put a song in your heart to share with others.

He tells us exactly where to start by letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly. Listen to the profound simplicity of it:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)

Do what is right in front of you today as if you were doing it just for the Lord. Invite Him into it to walk with you through it and give you wisdom as you go. (If you can’t invite God into the activity you are doing then that’s a good caution to re-think going in that direction.)

Then thank God for the opportunity to do it. Thank Him for the people around you. Thank Him for His wisdom as you interact in your day. Ask Him to help His song of thanksgiving rise up within you.

Your focus and the direction of your day will change as you do this. Write out verse 17 and memorize it. As you think on doing your tasks for the Lord today and as you practice gratitude in your heart you will be filled with new peace.

Heavenly Father, Thank you that You give me the wisdom on how to go about my day. Thank you that I do not need to be tossed about by the things going on around me.  Today please help me to act and speak as one representing You and Your love and care. Teach me gratitude and remind me to be thankful. Change my focus and my direction today as I fill my mind with the riches of Your wisdom. Encase me in Your presence today. Spill over through me with peace and joy as I go. I thank you and I ask this in the name of Jesus, amen.

By Gail Rodgers
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Shelly knew she needed to have her piano tuned. Notes just sounded sour lately and her music was off key. It was simply not the pleasant sound it used to be. It reminded me of the words of an old hymn… “Tune my heart to sing Your praise.”

Don’t we need our hearts tuned at times?

It’s easy to hit some sour notes of discouragement or bitterness or even just discontentment. Our praise to God gets out of tune. It is not the pleasant thing it used to be as it poured from a thankful heart.

Listen to these verses from God’s Word that tell us how to tune our hearts to sing His praise…

I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of His glories and grace. I will boast of all His kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. Let us praise the Lord together and lift high His name.” Psalm 34:1-3 (The Living Bible)

If you are sounding a bit sour lately it may be that your heart is out of tune. Make an effort to do what God’s Word spells out…

•    Speak of His glories and His grace. Declare, out loud, how He loves you and desires to help you no matter what is going on in your life right now. There is power in the spoken word.

•    Boast of His track record of kindness in your life. There is renewed faith in remembering His hand in your life in the past.

•    Find a friend to talk with and remind each other of the goodness of the Heavenly Father. There is strength in united praise that lifts up His name.

When you take the time to consciously “tune your heart to sing His praise” you will find encouragement begins to lift the discouragement from your soul. You will “take heart” and God will put His courage in your heart and mind. Give your praise a voice today and as you do you will find your heart will once again sing in tune.

Father God, It is easy for praise to slip from my heart and for discouragement to settle in. My heart becomes sour and the music of my soul is not the pleasant melody You intended for me. Forgive me and help me today to speak out loud of Your grace in my life. Let me boast of Your kindness and help me to join my voice with others who also want to praise You. Tune my heart to sing Your praise today.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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Life is busy. There is much to demand our focus.


“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” John 15:7


Life is busy. There is much to demand our focus. Perhaps that’s why God reminds us to be “watchful and thankful” as He calls us to be devoted to prayer. (Colossians 4:2)

Often our responsibilities more than fill the hours of the day. We may take time to read God’s word but then hurry off without kneading His truths into our hearts through prayer. Sometimes it’s hard to even remember what verse we read yesterday as His truths bounce off occupied minds.

Other times we may not make room to read His word but we do raise our cares to Him as we hurry on our way. Our cry of “Please, God, please” underscores each worry.

The backbone of prayer is our agreement with God’s Word.” (Dr. Myles Munroe)

This quote highlights the profound simplicity of prayer. Keep God’s word and prayer close together as the power tool in your life.

God’s word reveals His loving heart and His faithful character. When we focus there our desperate prayers are transformed from “Please, please” to “Thank you, God, thank you”. As we focus on Him and all He is in our lives and situations we are moved from chaos to calm and we will walk in peace.

Heavenly Father, Please forgive me for letting dust settle on my Bible and praying mostly on the run. Give me a renewed desire to read Your word, to think on it and pray it into life. May Your word be fresh food for my soul. in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Focus on a specific scripture verse God has encouraged you with in the past. Write it out. Think on it and use that verse as the basis of your prayer throughout this day. Share it with us.

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