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Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2 NIV
What is a devotional? Is it something we do every day out of habit or obligation? No, devotional time with the Lord is cherished time, peaceful moments when we can thank God for the beauty around us regardless of our circumstances.
In sickness and in health, God takes care of us. He watches over us like a good shepherd. We can be thankful that even in the midst of adversity and illness, He can heal us day by day. Amen.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah – Psalm 62:8 NKJV
Trusting in God means letting go of worry. It is so easy to worry about our health, our finances, and our future, but God is in control, and we can trust Him with every detail of our lives in perfect peace.
When we pour out our hearts before the Lord, we share with Him our inner thoughts, challenges, and heartaches. Sometimes the stress is imagined, and other times it is real. God listens to everything and helps us put our agendas in perspective.
God created us to live a life of purpose. Our existence is not meaningless. Our creation was not a fluke. There is a design and a beauty to everything God creates, and we are created in His image. Amen.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfolding beauty of the gentle and quiet spirit, which is great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV
The Lord values the beauty of our inner selves. The inner self sometimes requires time for meditation and reflection before the spirit becomes quiet.
Taking a break from our normal routines and from too much technology can be good for our souls.
A gentle spirit refrains from anger. When we take time to care for ourselves, to unplug from the rat race, and to have quality conversations with our family members, our spiritual life with God deepens as well. Amen.