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Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. – Psalms 37:5-6 NIV
A funny thing happens when we commit to something we care about. Everything falls into place. When we trust the Lord in all things: family, career, and health, the Lord rewards us.
A reward from God is not always monetary, although sometimes He will show us we are on the right track by giving us prosperity. A reward can simply be a feeling of happiness, gratitude, and contentment. The Lord has given us an incredible inheritance: eternal life. Our trials are temporary. Amen.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. – Psalms 56:3 NIV
My toddler had a fever of 102 degrees today, and I started to worry his cold was something more serious. I called the doctor’s office and they promptly recommended I take him in.
It was a good thing that I did, because the doctor diagnosed him with a mild ear infection. It could clear up on its own, but if the fever doesn’t go away in two more days, I need to start my little boy on antibiotics.
Illness can be scary, but we can trust in the Lord. We can trust that everything will be okay. Amen.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
My little boy is not timid. In fact, even though he is small for his age, he is dominant around other children. My husband and I have gone out of our way to teach our toddler to say “excuse me.” Discipline isn’t something that comes naturally. It is taught, but love comes naturally.
God helps us to share His love boldly, not timidly. When we act out of love, we build good relationships with others. When we follow God’s law, we align ourselves with His purpose for us. There is always a bigger picture that our Heavenly Father can see. Amen.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you… – 1 Peter 1:3-4 NIV
May 30th is my son’s birthday. It’s hard to believe that three years ago on this day, I was in labor and my life changed forever when he was born. My life bundle of joy has changed every aspect of my life.
God remembers us, and the day we were born. He wishes to stay close to us and change every aspect of our lives for the better. We don’t have to worry about the things of Earth because if we believe in Jesus, we will enjoy eternity with Him in Heaven. Amen.
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. – Hebrews 8:12 NIV
Forgiveness is a practice. We often remember the wrongs done to us and hold resentment for years. God does not remember our mistakes forever. He forgives us and is merciful.
We need to be more like Him, so when we find ourselves remembering old wrongs, we can remind ourselves that God forgave us and expects us to forgive others.
We learn from our mistakes. If we were without sin and perfect, there would be no need for salvation. We are imperfect, so we need God. We need Him to transform our resentment into love. We can love the lessons He taught us. Amen.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. – Acts 2:21 NIV
We need the Lord to be saved. He will give us strength when we need it.
My husband is on a business trip so I am on my own with our toddler for four days. Four days seems like a lot, but I do have four hours of daycare during the weekdays and church and Grandma’s house as a possibility during the weekend. The Lord will help me determine how I will prioritize my time, as my energy is limited. God created toddlers so surely He has the answers! Amen.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. – Matthew 6:14 NIV
Sometimes we are in a funk. We feel down and we recall old resentments and wrongs. When that happens, we can remind ourselves that the devil puts those thoughts into our heads, and we can ask God to remove them.
The fruit of the spirit is not resentment or anger. It is love. When we forgive and move forward in love, we can start to feel a little better. We can put on some happy music and move a little till our bad move lifts. Amen.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
The burden of working from home while raising a toddler is heavy. It sometimes feels like one full-time job on top of another, especially if the toddler skips his nap.
Why would Jesus say He can give us rest by trading our heavier burden with His light one? Why wouldn’t He lift the burden entirely so we could rest without having to lift anything?
Jesus knows that after we rest, we will be rejuvenated and can work again. His work, sharing the gospel, is hardly work at all. Amen.
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. – Philippians 4:5 NIV
Sometimes we can feel bummed out that we haven’t achieved a goal that we set for ourselves. When that happens, we can ask God if the goal is the right thing we should be pursuing. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Maybe the goal is right, but the timing is off. In that case, we can be gentle and patient with ourselves.
Making our gentleness evident to all includes being gentle with ourselves. There is no need to be hard on ourselves. The Lord is near to us, and is there to guide us. He won’t lead us along a path that is not right. He always guides us in the right direction with perfect timing. Amen.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38 NIV
I was baptized when I was ten years old. I remember accepting Jesus, and asking many questions about salvation. Even as a child, I knew how important a role God would play in my life.
Baptism is a symbol goodbye to the old self and a welcoming to a new heart in Jesus. The Holy Spirit communicates with us in subtle ways. We don’t have to do anything special to deserve God’s love. It is part of our inheritance.
When we feel down, we can know that the feeling is only temporary. The Lord will make sure we don’t fall. Amen.