So here I am, Lord. Please protect my kids. Work in their lives so that they will want to serve You with body, mind, and soul.
Provide the things they need, and fill them with contentment as they bask in the warmth of Your love. Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Psalm My son leaves little footprints as he exits the pool and walks across the cement. Even as I follow him, they fade.
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Lord, You also left footprints. Yet because of the Bible, because of learned teachers, and because of an intense desire to follow You, we can still see Your footsteps — instead of fading, they become bolder. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. Romans God has blessed every person — every single one — with some gift or ability with which to serve others and bring glory to His name.
Some abilities are obvious — they shine brightly in front of everyone — but others move below the radar. They include such things as the ability to pray effectively, love the unlovely, and listen attentively. Ask God to open your eyes to your special abilities.
They are God's blessings to you. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. The Lord of all creation is watching our every moment and wants to fill us with His joy. He often interrupts our lives with His blessings: butterflies dancing in sunbeams, dew-touched spiderwebs, cotton-candy clouds, and glorious crimson sunsets.
The beauty of His creation reassures us of His unfailing love and fills us with hope. But it is up to us to take the time to notice. Adversity, calamity, hardship, misfortune, trouble — no matter what you call it, painful episodes are part and parcel of the human experience.
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But you can choose not to let them bring you down, fill you with fear, and steal your attention from the blessings God has placed in your life. Look adversity square in the eye, and know that your God — the God of all comfort — has an answer.
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Want to pray for someone? This is a good way to do it. It's the blessing God gave Aaron and his sons to pronounce on Israel. What Christian wouldn't appreciate these words committing her to God's care and wanting her to draw closer to Him? Who would turn down the good things God has to offer? Can you bless your friends and family with these thoughts today? Can you feel it — that bubbling in your midsection? Can you sense it rising to the surface? Joy comes from the deepest place inside of us, so deep that we often forget it's there at all.
Wonder of wonders! It rises up, up, up to the surface, and the most delightful thing happens. Troubles vanish.
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Sorrows disappear. Godly joy has the power to squelch negative emotions. So let the bubbling begin! Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; GOD probes for what is good. Proverbs MSG. Like many women, you probably enjoy looking nice when you go out for a special occasion. You want a hairstyle that flatters your face, clothes that fit well, and a little makeup to enhance your eyes and cheeks. God likes it when you feel good about your appearance, but He cares more about the inner you.
He wants to cultivate what's good about you socially, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Join with Him in cultivating the beauty that's inside you. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech. There are many ways to be involved in my community, Father, and I ask You to show me what to do. I want to choose activities that will help others and bring glory to You. Help me to weigh the possibilities carefully and to make the best decisions.
Thank You for these opportunities to honor You. The newspaper is spread out before us and opened to the movie listings. Have movies changed? Or have we changed? Most of the movies, we've never heard of. The others are ones we don't want to see. Change is an interesting concept. We either run toward it, or we never see it coming. In this case, age has made us not only older but wiser.
Some of these movies do not deserve an audience. Thank You, Father, for letting us grow into the knowledge that we need to feed our minds with what is good and pure. It's a fact of life that you don't always get what you want. You've been learning that lesson since you were two and the floor wasn't too far away to stage a tantrum. But now that you are pretty far from the floor, you have to remember that there's a difference between having everything you want and being satisfied.
God doesn't promise to fulfill your every craving, but if you live life in a relationship with Him, you will be satisfied — fully satisfied. Hope isn't just an emotion; it's a perspective, a discipline, a way of life. It's a journey of choice. We must learn to override those messages of discouragement, despair, and fear that assault us in times of trouble and press toward the light. Hope is smiling in the darkness.
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It's confidence that faith in God's sovereignty amounts to something — something life changing, life saving, and eternal. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. If you want more, give more. That's God's way, and He invites you to make it your way too. He promises you abundance when you generously share your time, efforts, resources, and abilities. Do so without expecting a reward, knowing all along that God will reward you in far greater measure than you can imagine.
Give His way a try, and find out for yourself. No matter what your physical circumstances, if Jesus is your Shepherd, you never have to want spiritually. No matter what the world throws at you, you can be at peace. No fear overcomes those who follow the Shepherd as their King. He guides them through every trial, leading them faithfully into an eternity with Him. Are you lacking contentment today? Look to the Shepherd for peace. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy Jude KJV.
Our obedience makes God happy — and should make us happy too. In fact, the more difficult it is to obey, the more joyful we should be. Because a big situation calls for a big God. And our God is bigger than anything we could ask or think. He alone can prevent us from falling.
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So, if you're struggling in the area of obedience, surrender your will. Enter into joyful obedience. The Lord looks deep inside people and searches through their thoughts. Proverbs NCV.