Prayer Devotional: Day 332

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah – Psalms 68:19 NKJV

Each day is loaded with benefits and challenges. God keeps us on our toes, but He also assures us that He loves us no matter what.

No matter how tired we may feel, God can restore our energy each morning. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 331

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7 NKJV

People need people: for connection, encouragement, and learning.

A rose without light cannot bloom.

When we take time each morning to pray and ask God to direct our day, we are less likely to get stressed out about things that we could have simply asked His help solving. He is our light. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 330

The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. – Proverbs 23:24 NIV

My husband is the CEO of Heading Home, a nonprofit that helps the homeless population in New Mexico. We took our son to my husband’s new office in Albuquerque, and the new office overlooks Coronado Park, a homeless encampment that the City plans to shut down.

I hope that by giving our son a glimpse of homelessness will instill an appreciation and a compassion for those who do not have as much as we do. We are truly fortunate to have a roof over our heads.

The Lord sees the homeless even though humanity is tempted to look away. He knows each person by name. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 329

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. – Romans 5:5 NLT

We all face disappointment, trials, and tribulations in life, but God gives us hope to combat our discouragement.

Tribulations teach us more than prosperity most often.

When we are tempted to worry, we can pause and pray that God will assist us in seeing His goal for what we need to learn through trials.

Like a humming bird that flaps its wings rapidly to ascend, we need to look up more than once to ask Jesus for help. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 328

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him. – Psalms 34:8 NKJV

One of the things that makes me happy is savoring good food, especially when I am not in a rush.

My mom and I treated ourselves to a quiet dinner without my toddler the other day.

I ordered a portobello sandwich with fried zucchini.

God wants us to use all our senses to experience His goodness, even the sense of taste. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 327

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. – Romans 1:16 NKJV

I didn’t share blog posts daily of my prayer journal entries and devotionals until I got brave enough to share my faith on September 1, 2020.

Sometimes I wonder if I should not share my journal to LinkedIn, because it mostly has my work connections there, but why should I be ashamed of my faith in God? I can’t help but share how much I love, respect, and trust Him. It should not be a secret. It should be as noticeable as a rainbow after a storm. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 326

That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. – 1 Corinthians 12:25‭-‬27 NKJV

I dropped my mom off at Wal-Mart so she could get a haircut today, but when I went to pick her up, she wasn’t outside the hair salon. She had forgotten her cell phone. I paged her three times from the customer service desk before we were thankfully reunited.

God wants us to take care of each other, no matter how old or young we are.

Whenever we get stressed, we treat ourselves to Gelato or ice cream. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 325

Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.‘ – Luke 14:23 NKJV

One of the benefits of my work online is that I can travel with my husband, 80-year-old mom, and my four-year-old toddler when my husband has a business meeting to conduct. Today, because he is the CEO of Heading Home, the nonprofit that helps the homeless population in New Mexico, we traveled the highways and byways and I worked from a hotel.

God’s love extends to all of us, wherever we go. The Holy Spirit is in our hearts, and He leads us wherever we go. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 324

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – Peter 1:3‭-‬5 NKJV

We are children of God. To me, being a child of God means that I have an eternal inheritance in heaven.

In legal terms, when we make a will and list heirs, the inheritance is usually only delivered after our death. In our case, Jesus died so that we could live. What an incredible sacrifice!

God grants each of us an opportunity for a new beginning, a new birth. We can start over. He gives us another chance and forgives us for where we fall short of God’s glory. It is by grace that we have been saved. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 323

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. – Proverbs 21:2 NKJV

One of the members of my Carson City Bible study group pointed out that sometimes we want grace for ourselves, yet justice served on others. God is the judge. There is no reason we need to take His job from Him and judge others. We don’t know their truth, but God knows it, and He is fair.

The Holy Spirit is our filter for the information that comes our way. He shows us the truth and what is not truth. When we let Him guide us, our lives will be so much more peaceful. Amen.

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