Prayer Devotional: Day 224

And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. – John 17:26 NKJV

Jesus knew that love connects us to one another.

Whenever we find ourselves dwelling on the past, we can stop and ask ourselves if we are thinking about something from the past or if we are currently dealing with it in the present. Nine times out of ten the event is in the past.

God’s love for us transcends space and time. He doesn’t stop loving us if we are experiencing a moment of frustration, but He asks us to gently guide our minds back to Him. Once we return, we can reflect on our situation with self compassion.

It is not always possible to let things go when someone wrongs us, but we can recognize that God loves us and forgives us. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 223

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – Romans 5:3‭-‬5 NKJV

Today I have had to take some sick leave because I don’t feel very well. I have caught my son’s cold, and although he feels better, I don’t.

Sometimes I remind myself not to over-dramatize my illness. I am not dying. I am not hospitalized. I am not even sick enough to warrant going to the doctor.

I’m annoyed that I have to slow down, but by doing so, God is teaching me patience.

Am I building character? Yes. Do I hope to get better? Yes.

I have to remind myself: no complaining.

Jesus’s love for us overflows, even when we are ill. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 222

If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. – John 14:14 NKJV

Sometimes we just don’t feel our best.

My son has had a croup cough since last Tuesday. I took him to the doctor today and he does not have strep. He is cleared to go to daycare tomorrow.

That would be great, except for the fact that he gave me his cough.

In times like this, I remind myself that Jesus can give us strength when we ask. He won’t guarantee that we will never feel sick, but He does provide us the strength to get through the day. And it is fine to rest if we don’t feel well. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 221

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29 NKJV

Whenever I give a speech at my Toastmasters club, my name and the title of my speech is presented before I start to speak.

John the Baptist must have been really excited when he saw Jesus! He couldn’t help but announce that Jesus was the Savior.

When I pick up my son from daycare, if he is playing and doesn’t notice that I am there yet, his teacher will say, “Jacob, Mommy is here.” Then he comes running.

We may not know the day or hour that Jesus is coming again, but on that day we will experience more joy than we can imagine. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 220

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5 NIV

It’s an interesting paradox that Jesus’s pain and suffering brought us peace and healing.

We all need healing from time to time.

I had to pick up my son from daycare today because has a cough. I tested him for COVID-19 and the result was negative. Nevertheless, I scheduled him a doctor’s appointment on Monday.

All healing comes from God, and with God all things are possible. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 219

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. – John 1:3 NKJV

Jesus makes creation possible.

Now that the weather has gotten warmer in New Mexico, I notice trees in my yard blooming.

My son was home sick from daycare yesterday, but he didn’t have a fever, so I took him outside for a walk.

To my surprise, trees that I thought were dead were alive and blooming, despite years of neglect by the previous owner.

I enjoyed seeing the beautiful flowers that Jesus created, as if He made them just for me to see. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 218

Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. – Mark 4:18‭-‬20 NKJV

I bought a basil plant at the grocery store, and the plant is dying. Unlike my great grandpa on my Italian side of the family, I don’t have a green thumb. I followed the directions on the plant’s tag but maybe I gave the plant too much water or not enough. Either way, the poor basil plant withered down to one stalk.

Do we feed ourselves with words that nourish our souls? Or do we let other people’s words throw us off? The only person we need to be like is Jesus in order to flourish. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 217

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. – Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV

Jesus’s love for us lasts forever. Isn’t that beautiful?

No matter if we are having a good day or a bad day, Jesus still loves us.

He created us with love and kindness. Whomever we interact with today, can we remember to be kind and loving too? Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 216

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. – Genesis 2:7 NKJV

The Lord has a way of telling us what is essential.

For instance, I can live without a website, but I can’t live without the breath of life.

Let us not take for granted what God gives us each day: air to breathe, food to eat, and shelter over our heads. If any of those things were missing, we would notice.

Years ago, I felt that I had to listen to every business coach out there for my technology business to be successful, yet the more money I made and the more clients I took on, the more unhappy I became.

The Lord redefines success for us, and He directs us away from people who we should not spend time with, and He encourages us to spend more time in appreciation and meditation. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 215

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. – Matthew 28:6 NKJV

Easter is a time of miracles. It’s not every day that a man is resurrected, much less to save all mankind.

Jesus suffered immensely to save us. Whatever trials we are going through, they are small compared to the suffering Jesus experienced. We have nothing to complain about! We can simply say, “thank you.” Amen.

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