Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Loved and Not Alone


 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 28:20 NIV

Monday, September 26, 2022

Yes and Amen!

 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

 2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV 

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Rx for Fear of the Future


God is at work in the future.  

Instead of giving way to despair when an industrial park is scheduled to build a multimillion dollar facility less than a mile from my son's property and about 5 miles from his childhood home, we can pray. 

The Lord is at work in the future, and, as Matthew Henry says, "The Lord shall prevent the evil thou fearest, and sanctify, remove, or lighten the evil thou feelest."

Father, we trust that You are at work in the future to sculpt events, people, and decisions for our good and Your glory.  We trust Your provision. We trust Your love.  Guide us to needed action, keep us from fruitless fretting, help us to be diligent in prayer, and always Lord, we place our trust in You.  

Friday, September 23, 2022

Thy Will Be Done...


When we pray "Thy will be done," we place our trust in God's love. We acknowledge that we trust His wisdom above our own, and that we are willing to leave everything in His hands.  

The phrase "...thy will be done" comes from the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, commonly known as The Lord's Prayer.  

There is great peace in resting in God's vision and knowledge where our own can't reach.  

Prayer:  Father, we are weary of striving and exhausted from clinging to the right to make our own decisions about how our lives will unfold.  We surrender our rights to the certainty of Your perfect love, power, mercy, and grace. We trust You.  Thy will be done.  

Thursday, September 22, 2022

How to Direct Our Efforts


Ahead of organizing our closets, making healthier meal plans, or any other resolution for positive change: focus on God's love. 

Dear Lord, we take our eyes from the material things that distract us, and we turn our eyes to You.  Thank You for loving us right where we are. May we follow You in obedience to Your will and not our own. In Jesus' Name we pray, amen. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022