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“The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

Amidst the details and lists clamoring for my attention, I found Psalm 23 running through my mind. So, I pushed aside the lists for a few minutes and wrote myself a prayer for my day based on Psalm 23. It made a difference in my attitude and in my sense of peace as I focused on God’s impact on my day.

Life is full and good. Even so, I need to be aware of choosing my focus or I can get bogged down with details and concerns and end up being unproductive and unfruitful. Writing helps me keep my focus.

What is it that draws your focus back to the Lord in the midst of busy days? Is it a walk in the calm of nature? A visit with a friend who shares your faith? Playing music that washes the dust off your soul? Listening to an inspiring podcast?

Where we focus, we follow. Keep heading toward the Lord in your focus today and you won’t find yourself in the ditch of worry or unfruitfulness. Follow Him as your Guide!

Oh Lord, You are my constant guide; my spirit receives from You all I need. You remind me to rest so I can find spiritual nourishment from You. You lead me to drink the refreshing water of Your Spirit by reading Your Word and letting it sink into my heart and mind. When I do, my thoughts and emotions are quieted. I am lifted above the fray of countless details and concerns to find renewed strength and joy as I re-focus on You.

You lead me along the path that is right, the path that draws praise to You and Your name. Even as the enemies of fear and worry, distraction and dread skirt around my path, You prepare a feast for me; You invite me to sit and be refreshed as You watch defensively over me. My heart overflows as You tend to me.

With You as my constant guide, I can count on Your goodness and mercy to be at my heels, every step of the way. Thank You for Your strength and Your refreshing presence that anchors me both today and forever! Amen.

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“God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3

What’s on your mind today?

We all have things that crowd into our thoughts as we start our day. Sometimes it’s things we are happy to get at. Other times it’s hard things or challenges to solve. For me, it’s a big writing project and the days just feel too short.

It can be easy to feel a little, or a lot, overwhelmed. Yet God has already promised the help you need. His divine power is ready to go to work on your behalf. Invite Him into your circumstance today. Name it specifically to Him. Choose to get to know Him better. Steep yourself in some inspiring worship music; take time to focus on a Bible verse He has given you in the past.

All you need for life, and to live godly in the midst of it is available through God’s divine power. Let these words settle over your heart and bring you the peace you need. You can walk calmly and joyfully as you allow His Spirit to fill you and guide you through this day.

Father God, thank you that Your word is truth. Thank you that You have promised Your divine power to flow to me and through me … enabling me, TODAY, to have all that I need for life and godliness. Fill me afresh and enable me to deal with what is in front of me. Thank you that with Your divine power in me, I can face what today holds. In Jesus name, Amen.

Today, specifically name what you need God’s help with right now. Then reach out to encourage someone else who is feeling overwhelmed in their day.

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“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.  Psalm 25:4 & 5

It can be challenging to live in a calm way when all around us things often feel unsettled. God knows every detail of our lives. He knows every choice that will be made on this earth and how it will affect us. God’s word tells us that His desire is for us to live with His peace in our hearts. But how do we do that on a Monday morning when the daily news floods in and our own corner of the world feels unsteady and not so peaceful?

The writer of these verses in Psalms gives us a prayer that can be our daily prayer, a place to start each morning and throughout the day. As we pause to invite our Lord to guide us and teach us and keep us on His path, He will reveal truth to our hearts and reassure us of His presence. We can have our hope in Jesus all day long as we focus on inviting Him to show us the way.

Try memorizing these verses, or put it on some stickie notes where you will see it during the day. We often need reminding that our hope can be securely put in God, our Saviour.  He will guide us and show us and teach us as we invite Him to in every situation that arises in our day. We can walk calm, knowing our hope is not in ourselves or in the circumstances swirling around us, but our hope is securely in our God – all day long.

Lord Jesus, Please help me today to walk calm. Remind me at every question mark, every joy, or every confusion in this day, that my hope is in You to show me the way. Thank you that You keep me calm and bring peace to my heart and mind when I pause to shift my eyes from what is going on around me, and ask You to show me Your path. Thank you for Your peace. May I walk calmly today In Your strength. Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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“Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.” John 8:12

What an encouraging promise from Jesus! As Jesus followers we don’t have to walk in the dark! Yet it can feel like there is plenty of darkness around us as the news is filled with confusion and conflict, and our own lives have shadows of their own. Jesus says here that when we follow Him we won’t be stumbling around in the dark. He says we will have His light, the light of life, to guide us. We can be sure footed and confident as we navigate our days.

But what does that look like on a Monday morning when the week stretches out before us with our individual unknowns? We can feel like we are stumbling or, at the very least, like we can’t see the next step ahead.

The Bible is full of daily instruction for walking in the dark and not stumbling along. It tells us that it is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path. (Psalm 119:105)  If you feel unsure today of your next step, if it feels like  darkness is seeping into your heart and mind, invite Jesus to pour His Light into your life. His word gives us specific instruction as we follow Him.

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night…” Psalm 92: 1& 2

Start your day with reminding yourself of God’s steadfast, unmovable love for you. Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, thank Him for His loving kindness toward you. Even if the question marks of life cause you to doubt His love at times, remember His track record in your life and thank Him intentionally.  Ask Him to help you be aware of His presence with you today.

As you close your eyes at night, pause to recount how faithful He was to you through the day. Be specific in the little ways you may have noticed His presence as you take a moment to reflect. Thank Him that His faithfulness is something you can count on.

Father God,  today I want to reach for Your light as I walk in places that are dark and where shadows cross my path. Help me to intentionally seek Your presence as I go through this day. Help me not to stumble around, but to keep my focus on Your love and faithfulness. I will count on Your wisdom to guide me and Your strength to empower me. In the strong name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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I love the cyclical effect of God’s word in our lives! As we respond to His word, He responds to us. As He draws us to Himself, our hearts are drawn to respond to back to Him.

It’s a beautiful cycle of God’s hand in our lives as we choose to bring Him into focus as we walk through our day.

Here is one of my favorite examples of this.

God tells me…

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Proverbs 4:23

In other words I need to tend to my heart and be the gatekeeper of it… being careful what attitudes I nurse, what thoughts I allow to make paths in my mind, what images and words I allow media entertainment to deposit there. The essence of my life springs from my heart. When my heart is at peace, peace springs from within me. When my heart is flooded with anxiety, anger, or edginess that is what will spring forth. My entire life is affected by the wellspring of my heart.

Then God tells me exactly how HE will guard my heart and mind and help me tend to the wellspring of my heart.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:4-6

Prayer & reflection:

Lord God,
Today I choose to guard my heart by turning my focus to You and rejoicing in all You are to me.
Today I choose to be aware of Your constant presence with me and to allow Your presence to impact my responses with a gentleness of spirit.
Today I choose to see my worries as a call to prayer and to present each one to You.
Today I choose to live thankfully knowing You are able to handle all that concerns me today.
Today, as I choose to guard my heart, I praise You that Your peace, which is beyond understanding, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
What a beautiful circle. Thank you Lord Jesus, for Your amazing grace and peace.
I pray this in Your powerful name, amen.

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“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies…” John 11:25

It’s a beautiful story. Two sisters who knew Jesus and had seen Him heal on many occasions, sent for Him when their brother was sick. They knew Jesus could heal him. Their faith was strong. But Jesus delayed His arrival and the brother died. The sisters were grief stricken.

When Jesus arrived and asked them to take Him to where the brother was buried and to have the stone rolled away from the tomb, they objected. “Lord, he will stink by now!” But the stone was rolled away and Jesus called, “Lazarus, come forth!” The brother was raised from the dead!

The sisters, Mary and Martha, had faith that Jesus could heal their brother. But as time passed, and Jesus did not show up as they expected, the brother died. Their faith was crushed.

Yet Jesus waited…to show them Himself in a new way. Not only as they had known Him, as Healer, but now, also as The Resurrection and the Life!

When things look dead around us, and even within us, choosing to turn to Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life, will breath fresh hope and life into our own spirit. His Spirit brings life to the places that are dusty and cold and smelly. His Spirit brings life and hope into circumstances that seem hopeless.

In these upside down days we are living in, let’s allow Jesus to bring that fresh hope to our souls. He wants to reveal Himself in ways we have not yet experienced. He wants to empower our words and actions with life as we engage with those around us. There is more of Jesus’ resurrection power to experience both today and for eternity. Be expectant of Jesus’ power in your life today!

Lord Jesus, I need You. My faith does falter in these days of confusion. Lift my expectation and may I see and experience You in new and fresh ways today. I love You, Lord, and I lift my eyes above all that is going on around me and look to You, the Resurrection and The Life. Please help me to live in expectation today. I pray this in Your strong name, amen.

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Do you notice how your spirit is affected by the things you feed into it? We feed our spirit by the things we dwell on in our minds. When doubt, discouragement, depression or fear drags our spirits to the depths… we need to look at what paths our thoughts have been running down.

God knows us so well. He knows the tendency we will have to sometimes settle into the depths of despair. He gives us 5 verses in Psalm 103:1-5 to address this very thing. Turn your thoughts to God’s Word and choose to lift your eyes off yourself and raise them to Heaven.

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”

Sometimes it takes everything in us to turn our eyes to Heaven and to offer the sacrifice of praise from a heavy heart. Yet the benefits will amaze you.

Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits

When our eyes move from our own state of affairs we can look at all God offers us. Listen to the refreshing, life-giving things God asks us not to forget:

Who FORGIVES all your sins

Thank you, Lord, that I am forgiven. Fill me with the wonder of a clean heart. Help me to declare my forgiveness when I am tempted to wallow in the pit of despair over my past, my failures and my weaknesses. I am forgiven!

And HEALS all your diseases

Lord, I bring my aching body to You and ask You to touch me with Your hand of healing. Give me wisdom and understanding of what to do physically. I also bring the diseases of my heart to you. Lord, remove all bitterness and pride and show me the things that erode my spirit.

Who REDEEMS your life from the pit

Lord, I am amazed at the fact that You reach into the pit that I even sometimes dig myself… and You lift me up. You bring beauty out of ashes as I trust in You. You buy back all the broken pieces and give me new life! Thank you!

And CROWNS you with love and compassion

Lord, Your care and tenderness to me is a constant surprise even though I know You love me. Thank you for the attention You give to the details of my life as I offer it to You.

Who SATISFIES your desires with good things

Thank you that Your plans for me are to find my fulfillment in You as I offer myself to You. You made me and You know how to grow me into all I ever wanted to be.

So that your youth is RENEWED like the eagle’s.

Lord, when I see how You forgive me, heal me, redeem my life, crown me with Your love and satisfy me, I am truly renewed in my Spirit.

Lord thank you for this wonderful view of Your desires for me. I WILL praise you with everything that is within me.

Praise the Lord O my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy name.Amen!

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I have always been a bit uneasy with James 1:2 where Jesus followers are encouraged to

consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds…”

When I find things in God’s word that are hard to understand I “camp” on them for a time and ask God to reveal His wisdom.

I taught four sessions at a weekend women’s retreat. One of the sessions included the wise counsel of 2 Corinthians 12: 9 & 10 where Paul tells us the words the Lord spoke to him when he asked about something that was deeply challenging him in his life. The Lord’s reply was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.

Paul goes on to say that because of God’s promise to be his strength right in the midst of his weakness, he can “delight in difficulties”!

Delight in difficulties”! It’s a hard concept to teach especially when there are women listening who have faced difficulties far beyond any I have even come close to.

Yet I know God is not being trite in this. I knew there was a “power tool” for life in this teaching.

I quickly put the “count it all joy” verse and “delight in difficulties” side by side and saw an old truth in a new way …

God is not telling us that He is testing us to see if we will pass the test of faith. Rather He is telling us that the difficulty becomes the opportunity for God’s power to be displayed and for our perseverance to grow. The promise is that as we grow in trusting Him we will “lack nothing”. (James 1:4)

Perhaps it’s a bit like having built a boat, and when the water rises we get the opportunity to test out just how it works and find delight in the buoyancy and security of it.

The difficulty becomes the opportunity for God’s power, and my perseverance in trusting Him, to come together so that I will have all that I need to walk where I need to walk.
It’s pretty amazing stuff.

As I “camped” on these thoughts for a few days the Lord highlighted two other great truths from His word that dovetail with this whole idea of looking at all of life, challenges included, as an opportunity for God to be on display and for our own faith to deepen and mature.

2 Peter 1:3
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Lord God, The challenge is often great to see difficulties as opportunities for Your power. Our own perseverance in trusting You can so easily slip when a new challenge is staring us in the face. Yet that is exactly what You have asked …. that we allow our weak points to become the very entry point of Your strength and power. Today, may our faith flourish and our thankfulness overflow as we face the day. May we rejoice in Your blessings; find Your strength entering in at our point of weakness; and may we receive all that we need to “abound in every good work”. Thank you that You do not call us to “simply survive” or “get by” as so many express today. But You call us to flourish, to find joy and receive Your power in our lives as we persevere in trusting You. You are amazing, Lord. With gratitude we pray this in the strong name of Jesus, amen.

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“It is good to praise the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High, to proclaim your loving devotion (kindness) in the morning, and Your faithfulness at night.” Psalm 92:1-2

Even before your feet hit the floor in the morning you can begin to set your day up for success. By turning your first thoughts of the day toward the Lord, you can set your mind and heart in a direction that will support you as your day unfolds.

It doesn’t mean everything will go as you hope. Life just isn’t like that most days. But it will mean your mind will be set to see the goodness and kindness of God as you walk, even in challenging places.

Pause as your eyes open and the thoughts of the day begin to form in your mind.

  • Thank the Lord for caring about you and your family. He does!
  • Be reminded that nothing is beyond His reach.
  • Thank Him for His loving devotion to you. Ponder that! God is devoted to you!
  • Ask Him to open your eyes to see His loving kindness today.
  • Ask Him for His strength in the difficult things and His wisdom in the confusing.
  • Ask for Him to guide as you watch for Him during the day.

Then in the evening, as your head hits the pillow, pause again.

  • Review your day. Recall the moments when His loving kindness was there.
  • Celebrate the small places where His love shone through.
  • Thank Him for His faithfulness. He is there. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
  • Ask Him to remind you in the morning to pause again as your day begins.

Bookend your day with a focus on where our true help comes from. It keeps us out of the shallow well of “self-help” and brings us to draw from the well that never runs dry.

Dear God, Right now I want to stop and invite You to help me see Your loving kindness today as You walk with me. Remind me tonight, to pause and thank You for all the little places I felt Your faithfulness and saw Your care. Thank you that You are with me every step of this day. May I treasure Your presence and watch for Your care over me. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17

“Having faith” is popular these days as interest in spirituality grows.

Yet faith that is truly alive has a distinguishing mark: It will care about others in a way that puts feet to that faith. Listen to this wisdom from James 2:14-17:

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Today I heard a cool story about a couple who gathered a bag of shoes, rain gear, and other necessary items and put them in the grocery cart of a street person. A few days later, while out on a walk, they saw the lady wearing the new shoes. Though her eyes were usually cast down, and she did not look at passers-by, she quietly lifted her head as they passed and flashed a huge smile.

True faith demands action! God bless you as you put feet to your faith today!

Lord God, please open my eyes today to the needs around me so I can lovingly put feet to my faith. Show me the one on Your heart who is within my reach to help. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

In what ways is it most important to you to put feet to your faith? How have you been inspired by others putting their belief into action?

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Do you notice how easy it is to get a hard heart?

God’s value system is so often in direct contrast to the values of our world.

God knows that our hearts will be pulled in directions away from Him. He also knows that when we go with that pull we will find our hearts hardening. We will become aware of a nagging sense of dissatisfaction and impatience with life and with those around us. He cautions us.

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3: 12 & 13)

Many times we don’t even notice the hard crust that settles around our hearts. We compromise in ‘little’ things and think it won’t matter. Yet for the believer, there is inner frustration when we allow things into our hearts and minds that we know are in contrast to God. When we ignore that we find our heart moving toward unbelief. God calls us to be vigilant about keeping our heart soft. It’s not always easy but it is always worth it.

1. Keep tabs on sin in your life. It slows down your reflex to God.
Be sensitive to the nudging of the Holy Spirit in your life. Don’t cancel out the warning when your conscience bothers you. It’s easy to justify ‘small’ wrong doings as we live in this world’s economy. Yet the toll it takes on a believer’s heart is simply not worth the momentary satisfaction.

2. Guard your heart against unbelief.
If you find yourself justifying wrong doing and telling yourself it’s just small or it’s justified because of someone else’s actions toward you – be careful. This path will take you down a road of unbelief. The joy and blessing comes in the obedience to the ways of God. He warns us that these compromises are deceitful and the end is a hard heart.

3. Don’t blame God in the midst of hard times.
Run to God when the storms of life come. Let His arms of comfort enfold you. Let His Spirit empower you with wisdom and help from God as you ask Him about each step in the midst of difficult days.

4. Give encouragement daily and seek it as well.
We sharpen each others faith as we share together.

Father God, Keep my heart soft. Don’t let me allow sin to slow down my reflex to You. I need You in my life. Increase my faith and help me to encourage someone else today to stay firm in their faith too. Guide me and hold me close to Your heart. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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“AWE (fear) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.” Psalm 111:10

As spring unfolds across the Northern Hemisphere this month, may we pause to observe the wonder of the newness of life.

Covid weariness may linger even as the snow may, but spring is our opportunity to be reminded of God’s loving kindness as new life blossoms around us.

May the resurrection of Jesus, so freshly celebrated, reverberate in our hearts as we observe the new life of this season. Practice seeing with awe!

May the return of geese cause us to lift our heads and say, “Thank you Lord. We return our hearts to You in this springtime.”

  • Let the notice of pussy-willows along the roadsides remind us that the season is changing and we look for the freshness of His resurrection power!
  • As the beauty of crocuses sprinkle the brown hillside, may they trumpet His presence as we watch for glimpses of Him in new ways.

Practice walking with eyes wide open to have a fresh view of our resurrected Lord. This in turn, brings a fresh understanding of His wisdom and His power, which we need in this hour as this season unfolds.

Father God, please cause my heart to overflow with awe of You as I observe spring opening up all around me. May the pleasure of Your company, and the gentle beauty of the season, stir me to marvel at my God who continues to make all things new. As I immerse myself in the fresh wonder of Your resurrection may Your wisdom fill me and give me the understanding I need where I walk today. The earth sings forth Your praise. May Your praise endure forever. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, amen.

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“God, they say you love us, but do you really mean me?”

God loves you!” We hear it from time to time. Sometimes it is offered as somewhat of a Band-Aid to a difficult problem we face. Sometimes it’s on a billboard or on a grandmother’s lips. But does it really make much difference if He does or if He doesn’t? And if God really does love me, does it actually affect me where I live and walk today? Does God’s love matter in any practical way to me?

Most of us have no trouble believing in a higher power. Nearly every 10-step help program acknowledges the need of it. Most people say, “Yes” when asked if they believe in God, but that’s often about as far as it goes. Little rituals, memorized prayers, desperate pleas for God to get us out of the scrapes we get ourselves into, seems to be the extent most of us know God.

Yet His Word, the Holy Bible, tells of a very loving God who longs to be in relationship with us. The Father’s heart, to us, His children, is tender. His arms are open and His invitation is “Come”..

Come to me all you who are heavy burdened and I will give you rest for your souls.” Matthew 28 & 29

Sometimes we cannot hear His call to “come”. Sometimes our filters are clogged with the sad truth that our own father may not have provided a good example of loving us. Sometimes we do not believe His love could be for us as an individual. Oh, we know others whom God could surely love, but me? “No”, we think, “not if He really knew me.”

There are times in our lives when God calls our name. He asks us not to harden our hearts to Him, but to respond and to come.

“God loves you” is a deeply profound statement that will change your life if you will let it. Dare to explore with me the depth of this love. Dare to turn your head and hear Him calling your name. You will never be sorry.

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God  is waiting to show His love and kindness to you and to guide your life.  He wants to make something beautiful of your life.  And you can open your heart and life to Him today by praying this prayer with a sincere attitude.

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.


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“O, God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You…” Psalm 63:1

Prayer to action this in my life:

Father in Heaven, Thank you that You are my God. Thank you that through opening my life to You I received forgiveness and life through Jesus.

Lord, I confess that often I do not seek You. I run breathlessly seeking to accomplish so many things. I cry out for Your blessing on what I undertake. I beg for Your help when I lose my way. I want Your strength when mine is gone. And You so graciously provide for me in all these ways. Your invitation is wide open to come boldly to Your throne of grace to find mercy and help in my time of need.

Yet I know You have so much more for me…

You have that cool drink that will satisfy my thirsty spirit.
You desire to lead me beside quiet waters and wash the dust off my soul.
You have joy to infuse into my being as I come to You in quiet contemplation of all You are.
To you, O God, I lift up my soul right now.
Restore to me the joy of knowing You.
Renew in me the commitment to spend time letting Your word soak into my heart and mind.
Refresh me with new understand of Your goodness and mercy in my life.
Refuel my soul with the filling and power of Your Holy Spirit.
Keep my heart thirsty for You, Lord and help me to seek you with my whole
heart. I love You Lord and I thank You for Your loving hand on my life.
In Jesus’ name I give You thanksgiving and praise as I come thirsty, amen.

By Gail Rodgers
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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15

Life is not always easy.

Everyday letters come to this website from those of you walking through complex, confusing, and even tragic things that have unexpectedly imposed themselves on lives with little or no warning. If you find yourself arising to a day that is in turmoil, consider getting dressed for your day according to scripture.

Whenever you don’t know what to do, do this one thing first — clothe yourself with compassion, kindness and humility.

Pull on gentleness, patience and forgiveness. Wrap the cloak of love around them all as you go. (Colossians 3:12-15)

Deliberately put these things on just as you deliberately put on your clothes. Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen and help you.

As you step into the challenges of today clothe yourself first with these characteristics. Be intentional about keeping them in focus. Be specific in asking God’s help to demonstrate them as you walk. It will impact the day of turmoil and help bring God’s peace.

In a day when peace seems impossible this is the first step to having God’s peace rule your heart. Those around you, who share the difficult circumstances, will be steadied by your presence as you dress in the things only God can give in the measure you need today.

Father God, I need Your Spirit to clothe me with a soft heart today. Though things around me may be hard, may I help bring Your presence into the circumstances of today by being dressed with the characteristics Your Holy Spirit can bring to my life. Stir within me a thankful heart and use my presence to help bring Your presence of peace to those around me. I ask this in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.

How do you keep these characteristics of God in focus?

By Gail Rodgers
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