Prayer Devotional: Day 355

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. – Ephesians 5:1 NKJV

God is a creator, and as children of God, we have a reflection of His creative power.

Sometimes we forget how creative He made us, but all we have to do is look up and see the amazing masterpiece that He creates each morning at sunrise to remember how beautiful His works are.

We are His workmanship, created for good works. We must never forget that we are children of God. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 354

For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. – Isaiah 61:11 NKJV

My mom has a talent for gardening, so when she saw that the rose bushes in my front yard needed pruning, she went ahead and worked her magic.

Lo and behold, the roses bloomed again!

God creates new miracles each day.

Sometimes the Lord prunes out something from our lives so that new growth can flourish. Rather than lamenting the past of the old branches, we can look forward to the new beginnings that the cleared branches free up in our lives. God is making space for good things in our lives. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 353

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. – Psalms 119:11 NKJV

The Bible is our manual for life. Jesus did not leave us without instructions, and we have His Word to meditate on daily.

God’s Word is more than a text message from God. It is filled with wisdom, stories, and lessons.

Sin keeps us in the dark, but God’s Word sheds light to all our experiences. The scriptures are an umbrella of grace. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 352

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:28‭-‬29 NKJV

Today the Elders Quorum helped unpack my mom’s things from the moving trailer. There are modern-day saints, indeed.

We are grateful for the help this Labor Day. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 351

See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. – 1 Thessalonians 5:15 NKJV

Meekness does not mean staying in an abusive relationship, but recognizing our mistakes and forgiving ourselves and others.

God is not asking us to be a punching bag; He is asking us to be more like Jesus.

Jesus was patient during affliction.

Anger is a human emotion, and Jesus experienced it too, so He knows what we feel. He allows us to make changes in our lives for the better. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 350

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. – 1 Thessalonians 5:14‭-‬15 NKJV

Yesterday evening, as we were getting to the hotel that we would be staying for the night, my four year old started to be unruly.

Patience when tired is sometimes a challenge, and my husband was tired from driving all day.

After I read my son some books, he asked if Nonnie Rita coukd say the goodnight prayer, which was special because she is coming to live with us and can spend much more quality time with us.

Then, my husband and I explained to our son why we address our prayers to our Heavenly Father.

Very shortly after, my son asked if there are bunnies in heaven and if we could be with the bunnies in heaven.

I said that we could one day, and when we get to heaven we may see Grandma and Grandpa Decker, too. It would have been Grandma Decker’s 84th birthday this year, but she passed away in June.

We have to be patient during weakness, because the lessons we learn on this earth can be difficult to endure before we can be reunited with Jesus in heaven. There will be no tears nor illnesses in heaven. I look forward to that day when Jesus comes again. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 349

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. – Ephesians 1:17 NIV

God gives us wisdom and clarity, just when we start to think that His truth won’t be revealed to us.

He opens our eyes to a clear path and a new purpose.

My mom suffered two major falls, and it’s no longer safe for her to live by herself alone, so she’s moving in with me.

Although change may seem daunting at first, all things work together for good.

The more we know Jesus, the more we want to become more like Him: patient in adversity and loving those around us, despite the faults that we see in ourselves and others. Loving everyone, regardless of how they treat you, is a skill, and forgiveness takes practice, but the more we focus on Jesus, the better we can handle difficulties.

I took a picture of a quote from one of my mom’s journals to that summarizes the idea nicely.

Each day brings new miracles. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 348

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7‭-‬8 NIV

In April 2022, my 80-year-old mom received a meal from a delivery service for seniors in Reno, NV. The program was outsourcing to a new company, and the delivery driver pounded on my mom’s door, startling her so much that she fell, resulting in 7 staples in her head. The experience traumatized her.

Not every door is meant to be opened.

When we spend time each morning for prayer and meditation, we are more easily able to hear God’s voice, so that we can open the doors that we are meant to open.

In efforts to reduce the risk of my mom falling again while she is living alone, my husband, son, and I are taking her in, and we’ll start driving the moving trailer to New Mexico today.

When God closes one door, another one opens. I am grateful that I am in a position to take care of my mom, as she has taken good care of me for many years. She nurtured me, took me to all my doctors appointments, made meals for me, and much more. Taking her in is the least that I can do. Although the event that led to her moving in with me was not good, God took a bad situation and turned it into something good. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 347

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. – Matthew 6:6 NKJV

Prayers are our love letters to God, so it’s okay to keep them private sometimes.

In high school I memorized a poem by Pablo Neruda:

One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz, or arrow of carnations that propagate fire: I love you as one loves certain obscure things, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself, and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, I love you directly without problems or pride. I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love, except in this form in which I am not nor are you, so close that your hand upon my chest is mine, so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

Our love for Jesus is hidden between the shadow and the soul. It’s a deep love like no other. Amen.

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