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Prayer Journal: Day 323

Day 323

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalms 37:4 NIV

The Lord gives His children good gifts. When we adopt a scarcity mindset, we forget what God has already given us. He creates in us a new heart, and as our thoughts are transformed, we begin to see the abundance more clearly.

Our hearts begin to desire to do good as we become more like Jesus. He is the best role model that we can have. The Lord is not a fairy godmother who magically grants us our heart’s desire. He calls us to stay close to Him, and as we pray and trust Him day by day, our hearts are uplifted and things fall into place for us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 322

Day 322

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice! – Philippians 4:4 NKJV

Relying on the Lord to redeem us is cause for rejoicing.

It is no coincidence that the command to rejoice is repeated twice. Sometimes we forget to find joy in the blessings, large and small, that God gives us.

Having a thankful heart is an antidote to depression, anxiety, and sadness. It is natural to feel sad when something unfortunate happens, but God makes no mistakes, and sometimes He wants us to learn something from our tough experiences.

After we experience illness and He restores our health, we can feel more joy for the good health He gives us. Sometimes healing takes longer than we expect, but that doesn’t mean that God is ignoring us. He listens to us attentively, as a kind Heavenly Father does. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 321

Day 321

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 NIV

There have been times in my life when I have had a lot of anxiety. My anxiety didn’t mean that I didn’t have faith, but it distracted me from my faith.

The Lord asks us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. When we speak kind words to ourselves, we can have more compassion for others. When I find myself judging others, I ask myself “to focus on yourself. How would you feel if someone said the same thing about you?” I almost always back off from being angry after reflecting on my own standard of judgment.

When we feel exhausted, our physical state may cause us additional worry, but God is faithful, and He does not forget about us. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 320

Day 320

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. – Psalms 100:4 NIV

We can thank God for the happy moments that contrast the bad ones. Spending time with family can renew our spirits, especially when we feel out of energy.

Children don’t have trouble staying in the moment, a form of praise to God. They delight in socializing, running, and laughing. Those moments are precious. We can be thankful for that. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 319

Day 319

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. – Psalms 63:3 NIV

Jesus loved us more than life itself. We are wired for self preservation, so a love that deep is unusual.

Do we love Jesus more than life itself? Life is full of illness and trials, but also triumphs. We can be willing to give our lives over to Jesus, who sacrificed everything to save us.

I sometimes wonder if we will remember all of the hardships we suffered during this lifetime after we get to heaven. There will be no tears, illness, or even physicians in heaven. It is hard to imagine a life without hardships, but for God, nothing is impossible. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 318

Day 318

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19‭-‬20 NIV

People seek community. We are not meant to live in solitary confinement. The Lord knows we need to feel connected to our loved ones and to the Holy Spirit as well.

Sometimes we feel disconnected and isolated. The feeling will pass if we reach out to our friends and family who can support us.

The Lord is always with us, so we are never really alone, but sometimes it takes a whisper of His still, small voice to make us realize He is still there, listening to our needs. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 317

Day 317

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. – Ecclesiastes 3:12‭-‬13 NIV

There is a time to be happy and to treat occasions with family and friends in a lighthearted way. 

It is okay to savor our food as we eat, drink enough water, and take care of ourselves. 

Life is not only about work and toil.

The Lord gives us good gifts, and we don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying them. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 316

Day 316

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1 NIV

When we are kind when we choose our words, others are more likely to treat us nicely in return.

When we say whatever comes to mind, we sometimes speak too quickly, and might say something hurtful.

The Lord asks us to love one another, and part of being loving means choosing our words carefully. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 315

Day 315

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. – 2 Corinthians 3:52 NIV

When we forget things, we sometimes wonder if our memory is failing or if it is normal to walk into a room and forget what we were planning to get there until we walk back out and into the room again.

Competence comes from the Lord. He makes sure we don’t forget what counts. Sometimes we can be forgetful, but we can write things down that we need to remember.

When taking a test, we can rely on our God-given memory and study skills. The Lord is never forgetful.

He remembers who we are, and He can see who we will become. He has a plan for us, and He never makes mistakes. We can look to Him for direction. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 314

Day 314

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 NIV

I never understood grief until I lost my dad.

In a similar way, I understood love better after I married my husband.

Love acts like a filter on how we see the world.

God’s love softens our attitudes, and the more we become like Jesus the more compassionate we grow. Amen.

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