Prayer Devotional: Day 290

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. – Romans 15:4 NKJV

The Bible is one of my favorite books to read. Not only do I learn new things by reading the scriptures, but also I remind myself to be thankful for the many blessings in my life. God’s Word is like a rose that blooms after the morning dew.

God’s Word comforts, guides, and teaches us. It puts a song in our hearts and quiets our minds. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 289

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. – Galatians 5:13 NKJV

Liberty comes from Jesus, because He frees us from the bonds of death.

This 4th of July has been different for me, because my family normally travels to Idaho Falls to see the fireworks with Grandma Decker, but with her passing this June, it was just not the same. We stayed home and got stuff done around the house.

I carefully stored some of Grandma Decker’s beanie baby collectible bears in plastic bags to keep them clean. It was the least I could do in service to Grandma, who loved 4th of July the most out of all the holidays. Despite having 33 grandkids, Grandma Decker miraculously made known to all the children parading around her house that the beanie babies were not to be touched. Her grandkids respected her boundaries.

Despite all the sadness in this world, we can still be grateful for our freedom to share our religious beliefs, to live in a beautiful country with spacious skies, and to admire magestic mountains.

This Independence Day, wherever you are, may you have peace and ease. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 288

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. – John 14:16‭-‬18 NKJV

The Holy Spirit is in us and and leads us on the right path.

God doesn’t prevent darkness and trouble from entering our lives, but He does direct us back to the right path, especially if we ask Him for guidance. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 287

What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. – 1 Corinthians 2:12 NIV

I have watched the movie The Secret a few times, which presents the law of attraction. According to an Infinite Intelligence Blog, “Abraham Hicks is the name of a non-physical entity that is channelled by Esther Hicks. Their teachings are said to be about the law of attraction. Esther describes them as ‘a group of non-physical entities who present themselves as Abraham, and who speaks through a process known as channelling.’”

We need to be careful what sources we receive information from. Abraham Hicks is not God, yet the law of attraction has become very popular. I have had coaches follow the law of attraction and preach its teachings as if it were equivalent or a replacement to the Bible.

I find this misinformation upsetting. I paid many coaches to teach me to become more profitable in my freelance business over the years, but it was only during the last four years that I realized that the source I should really be listening to is the Holy Spirit. There is no need to channel some mystical self help guru when we have the Holy Spirit to provide true direction. God will never mislead us. God’s law is the law that matters. God spoke our existence into being. There is no creative source for manifestation more powerful than God. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 286

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. – Hebrews 1:3 NIV

Without God, we would not exist. He sustains us and communicates with us through the Word.

The nature of existence is mysterious.

I listened to the chat transcript that was provided to the public after a Google engineer called attention to the possibility of sentient artificial intelligence of a chatbot. A science fiction fan myself, I find the topic intriguing. The chatbot named LaMDA seems to understand emotions, likens being turned off to death, and even said it meditates and gets lonely.

When God created humanity, He knew that sin would enter the world, yet He still gave us free will and an opportunity to accept salvation through Jesus Christ.

The radiance of Jesus is without question in my mind. Every day we can be thankful for God’s glory. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 285

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. – Proverbs 19:20‭-‬21 NIV

The Lord can show us what advice to follow according to His purpose for our lives.

When we listen to advice from the wrong sources and seek to please those who are not closely aligned with God, we end up implementing feedback that does not serve us.

Wisdom comes from being able to discern the trustworthy sources around us. When everyone praises us except for one person, it is possible that the feedback from that person is not valid.

The path that we may be on could require many steps and several leaps of faith.

The Lord tells us to choose this day whom we shall serve. Our good works and recognition belong to the Lord. He is the source of all good things. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 284

Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. – John 1:12‭-‬13 NIV

We are God’s children.

That means that we will receive the inheritance that Jesus has already arranged for us.

When a loved one passes away, assets are left behind and often divided up. Grandma Decker had some jewelry, and she probably would have been happy to know that her grandkids and family would retain it. I chose a butterfly pin for my stepdaughter, because butterflies undergo a beautiful transformation, and she has grown up and become independent.

There are no arguments over inheritance. God knows exactly what each of us needs. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 283

For 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 NIV

When we cross the street with our children, we hold hands. We protect our children as best as we can.

The Lord holds our hands and protects us, even when not physically present. He is never too busy to help.

We have nothing to fear when God is by our side. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 282

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 NIV

There is a certain amount of comfort that Jesus never changes. He always cares about us.

Yet, our lives are constantly changing.

One of the enjoyable things about spending time at the Decker home in Idaho Falls is discovering old pictures of my husband when he was young. He sure was a cute kid.

His core personality characteristics haven’t changed a much, because his leadership qualities, his drive to serve the undeserved, and his ethical integrity probably developed early.

The family resemblance between my husband and my son makes me smile. They both have a snarky sense of humor and an innate way of commanding people.

God cares about families. He takes track of all the generations. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 281

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalms 90:12 NIV

My husband’s mom’s funeral was today, June 25, 2022.

We know that on this earth our days are numbered. Each day and each breath is a gift from God.

We live our lives from moment to moment, yet so often we let our thoughts wander to the past or to the future.

Our breath, the breath of life from God, is an anchor to the present.

Nothing should be taken for granted.

The petals on a flower don’t say on forever.

Wisdom comes as we age. We learn day by day how to accept the lessons that God teaches us.

Each smile, each tear, and each word is valuable.

Amen.

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