Prayer Reflection: Day 33

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. – 1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV

A certain amount of money is necessary to tithe, but the more we focus on how great life will be when we have more money, the more we need to turn our eyes upon Jesus and ask, “How can I serve?”

I’ve paid coaches in the past to help me with money mindset, and although money is not bad in and of itself, I realize that back then I focused on what money could do for myself, not others.

Now that I ask the Holy Spirit’s guidance each day, I have shifted my focus to what God wants me to do, rather than what I need to do to be successful in the world’s eyes. This world will pass away, but God’s love for us will never end.

Those who don’t believe in Jesus are really missing out. Hope gives us a reason to live and overcome difficulties. Jesus overcame death for us so that we could have access to eternal life. With the dawn of each new day, we can rejoice in the blessings God has given us. Amen.

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Prayer Reflection: Day 32

And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” – Job 1:21 NKJV

We can’t take anything with us to heaven.

I love watching Natalie Bennett’s “Messy to Minimal” series on YouTube. She’s a mom with three young children, and she did a lot of family vlogs before she decided to narrow her niche and focus on minimalism.

Minimum is easier said than done when it comes to children’s toys.

I asked my son where his Chase Paw Patrol pup was the other day, and he ran upstairs, dumped out his entire toy bin, and proudly presented me with the lost toy. He somehow knew exactly where it was.

As I was putting toys back in his bin, I wondered to myself how he got so many. He is only four years old.

We had decluttered some of his toys when we moved from Blackfoot to New Mexico earlier this year.

When I asked him what he missed about Idaho, he told me he missed his two friends next door. He said he was sad and angry that he couldn’t play with them.

I was a little shocked to hear these things from my little boy’s mouth.

People count, not things. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 31

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 15:5‭-‬6 NKJV

In an age of political division, finding like-minded perspectives is hard to come by.

I normally stay out of any kind of discussion about politics just to maintain peace and harmony.

Instead of focusing on what makes us different, it’s sometimes helpful to identify what makes us alike.

The more compassion that we have towards ourselves and others, the more we emulate Jesus.

My husband, son and I made a trip to the grocery at dusk, and my son pointed out the beautiful sunset. I of course made my husband and son stop and pose for a picture.

Some things are so beautiful that it’s easy for everybody to agree: like appreciating a nice sunset. It’s the little things that count. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 30

For each one shall bear his own load. – Galatians 6:5 NKJV

Parenting is full of ups and downs.

My husband and I recently took our son to a park near the convention center in Albuquerque.

Our son gleefully tried everything, including a rope climbing exercise, until he declared he was bored. Even though he said he was done playing, he started to cry when it was time to leave and go get lunch.

Do we complain to the Lord? Keeping ourselves happy is our own responsibility. No matter someone else tries, we are the only ones capable of making ourselves happy.

No matter where we go, there we are.

God gives us clarity, and He doesn’t waste a single day in our lives. He can give us purpose. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 29

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. – James 4:8 NKJV

Sometimes we expect a certain feeling when the Holy Spirit is present, but in reality, He is already in us, just as much as our blood and bone marrow.

If we feel down, it’s because the things of this earth are clamoring for our attention. Prayer and meditation turn our minds and hearts back to Jesus.

Sin and death are a result of a fallen world, and the devil is always trying to divert our thoughts away from the truth.

Meditation calms the battle of the mind and returns our thoughts to God’s pure love. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 28

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” – Matthew 17:20‭-‬21 NKJV

I’ve never been much of a gardener, but I normally eat apples in the morning and sometimes I save the seeds and put them into a jar of water. One or two sprouted, so I planted them in a pot and moved the plant to a place on the kitchen counter. I placed the plant near the sink so that I wouldn’t forget to water the seedling, and believe it or not, the apple tree started to grow.

The Lord doesn’t require a lot of faith for us to grow to know Him better. We simply need to nurture our relationship with Him a little every day.

Many of us don’t need to move mountains. Sometimes we only need God to move a molehill for us.

Either way, by spending time in prayer each day, we nurture our faith and can enjoy the rewards. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 27

For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. – Ecclesiastes 9:5 NKJV

The dead know nothing, which leads some people to believe that the dead “sleep” until Jesus comes again, when the dead shall be resurrected, and the dead in Christ will be caught up in the clouds with Jesus and go to heaven.

Death as “sleep” is a really difficult concept to explain to those who believe in ghosts.

Telling folks that a ghost might be as spirit unconnected to the loved one who died freaks people out.

God is a God of love, and He knows what words to impress someone who is grieving. Truth doesn’t have to be hurtful.

The state of the dead may be a philosophical concept that we may not fully understand, because none of us can really speak from experience when we talk about death. Even Lazarus didn’t seem to know what to say about what death was like after Jesus told him to come forth from the grave.

Regardless of our uncertainty of what might happen when we die, people who believe in Jesus may have nothing to fear, because Christ overcame death.

The Halloween season seems to put a humorous twist on death, melding it with folklore about ghosts and zombies, all fictional.

Like a flower that blooms and then wilts, our life here on earth is temporary, but through Christ, believers can have eternal life.

Jesus is the only man in history who rose again and has the power to offer eternal life. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 26

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV

When I was pregnant with my son, I got a 3D ultrasound, and I could literally see my unborn baby’s face. It was surreal. God knows us even in the womb.

God created us in His image. That’s a good reason to take care of ourselves and be mindful of our health.

The mystery of human life really isn’t a mystery when we have faith in Him. Because of Jesus, we have hope. We see the world as if we are looking through a mist, but one day we will see Jesus clearly, and everything will make sense. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 25

Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8 NKJV

To my dismay, I discovered that I had washed a red crayon that had somehow gotten mixed with the laundry.

A little bit of red crayon went a long way once it melted and stained almost everything in the dryer, including one of my husband’s work shirts.

I Googled how to get crayon out of clothes and discovered that if I washed the clothes again after applying dish soap to the spots and running the load on the hottest setting possible along with some stain remover, the red smudges might come out.

To my delight, almost all the stains came out…except for the ones on my husband’s shirt. I had also left out some white towels from the stain-removal load, because the towels were already old and tattered.

When our hearts are pure, they’re spotless, but only Jesus has the solution to get our stains out. He doesn’t have to Google it. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 24

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16 KJV

I wrote a memoir called Tales of a Law School Dropout, which was the first of 7 books that I published to Kindle Direct Publishing.

As much as it was difficult and humbling for a perfectionist like me to admit that I had taken a wrong turn in my career path, I learned far more from failure than I had from academic success.

The Holy Spirit impressed upon me very clearly that I was not meant to become a lawyer. I had never heard His voice so clearly before, but I listened, and I have never looked back.

Over the past week, I have been helping my friend from my critique group promote her memoir. “Choices: A Story of Survival” by M. Kay Runyan documents her childhood poverty and also how she prevailed after a traumatic experience with being a victim of sexual abuse. Her memoir is one of survival. If you are interested, her book is available in paperback and Kindle Unlimited: https://amzn.to/3CIv8xz

God has a way of showing us our purpose by pointing us away from what we should not be doing.

After I bought Kay’s book, I checked its rankings in hopes that others will find it and be inspired by her courage to share her life story.

The Lord encourages us to share our mistakes and learning experiences with others – not to make people pity us, but to make us realize that we are all human and we all make mistakes, yet God loves us just the same. Amen.

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