For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet without sin. Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV
We need Jesus. He sympathizes with our struggles more than anyone can. He understands and listens to us, and He is always there to help us when we need Him. We can have the confidence that when we cry out because we need Him to help us, He will never ignore us. He answers us. He knows we need mercy. We have been saved by grace.
His thoughts are not our thoughts. He understands the inner workings of the universe far more than we do.
We do not need to focus on being right; we only need to turn our eyes upon Him, and our path will become clear. Amen.
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. – Psalm 56:3 NIV
I received a message from my sister yesterday that our mother had fallen in her yard and hit her head. My sister texted me from the Emergency Room that they were waiting on CT results.
The news hit me like a lightning bolt through the heart. I could feel fear creeping in, but I immediately began to pray, asking Jesus to help. I sent an email to my church family and asked them to pray as well.
God answers our prayers, and He does so quickly sometimes! I received a call from my sister and talked to my mom. My mom has a bump on her head, but the CT came back normal and there was no internal bleeding. She was at my sister’s house, and the doctor had recommended that she be woken up every two hours. She would not be able to drive or stay home by herself for a while, but God answered our prayers, and she is okay. God is good! Amen.
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. – Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
It’s comforting to know that wherever we go, God Himself goes ahead of us to scope out any danger and to protect us. We don’t need to be afraid, even if we feel like we are stepping into unknown territory.
The Lord can prepare us for anything. We are never alone because God is with us, and we can tune into His voice while we mute the noise from the rest of the world.
The Lord reminds us that we don’t need to be discouraged for long if something in our lives is not moving at the pace that we want. At times the gears in our heads seem to turn slowly, but God’s thinking is clear, and we can rely on Him. Amen.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. – Isaiah 40:30 NIV
Sometimes it seems like my toddler has an endless supply of energy, but on a rare occasion, he sleeps in and gives me a quiet, peaceful morning to slowly wake up.
It is during those quiet moments of prayer and meditation that I find that the Lord restores my strength. At times it feels like I am always tired, but I know that the Lord will restore my energy in His time.
He may require me to make some lifestyle changes, such as improving my diet and drinking more water.
Health and self care takes some planning and discipline, but the Lord gives us motivation to make positive changes. Amen.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18 NIV
During times of political unrest and division, our God asks us to make peace. We do not need to engage in arguments or debates. We are one people, one nation, under God. We are privileged to have freedom to practice our faith.
At times, it is difficult to understand the world around us. We live in a time that is far different from what we had known when we were young children.
One thing never changes: God is with us, and He envisions peace for us.
There will be no tears in heaven. There will be no need for physicians because there will be no more suffering, pain, or illness. All things will be made new. What a glorious God we have! Amen.
He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young. – Isaiah 40:11 NIV
The Lord is gentle with us, as a shepherd cares for his sheep. He comforts us when we are feeling down. He restores us when we are tired. He especially helps us when we have children to tend to who need constant supervision and love.
We can easily get ourselves into trouble, but He is there to catch us when we fall. The path of righteousness sometimes seems hard, but in the end it will all be worth it.
He created us, and He saved us. We can trust that wherever He leads us, it is safe to follow. He will not lead us astray. He will not forget that we need directions and a map. He can guide us to the way everlasting. Amen.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. – Psalm 34:17
Sometimes we just have a bad day, like the one I had yesterday. Maybe we “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” I started the day with brain fog, and drinking caffeine didn’t help matters.
Maybe we prioritized others before ourselves. Maybe we needed to make healthier choices for ourselves.
It’s okay to focus a little more on self care, proper diet, and well-being in order to serve others at a higher level.
The Lord knows our troubles, and He hears us. He listens attentively. He cares about us and wants us to make healthier choices.
Jesus may not have lived a long life on Earth, but He spent many of his days healing. He lived in fulfillment of His divine purpose. Amen.
He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8 NIV
Good things and abundance come from the Lord. When we act justly and love mercy, we become closer to God in our walk with Him.
We can trust that when we show mercy, He will bless our lives in a much bigger way than what our limited minds can fathom. He has good plans for us, much greater than we know.
When He calls us to move, we can move. When He asks us to trust Him, we can know that He will never let us down. We can have peace that when we follow God’s purpose for us, we will be blessed beyond imagination. He renews and teaches us each day. Amen.
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. – Micah 7:18
When someone we worked hard for in the past hurts our feelings, it’s tempting to stay angry and hold a grudge against that person.
God expects us to show mercy the way He would show mercy to us. He pardons our sins, and we can be thankful for the mercy He shows us. Isn’t it also good to mirror His character and let go of anger and resentment?
Forgiveness helps us heal. We may not forget the lesson we learned as a result of whatever happened, but we can thank God for allowing that lesson to come into our lives. When we practice mercy and forgiveness, we become a little more like Him. Amen.
I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. – John 15:1-2
God gives us the opportunity to start new.
I am not much of a gardener, but my husband “has a green thumb”. With his help, I replaced the apple tree seedling that died after I had forgotten to water it during my COVID-19 recovery. Now, with love, water, and a team effort, our new apple tree seedling is thriving.
Our Lord is good at gardening, in that He nurtures us and helps us to grow.
Sometimes the pruning process can be difficult for us when we resist letting go of thoughts that stunt us from growing. Our Lord knows better. He has the recipe for a fruitful life for us. Amen.