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Prayer Devotional: Day 56

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10 NIV

Our work has purpose. When we find ourselves getting burned out by work because we are burning the candle by both ends, we can remind ourselves that our work is for the Lord.

He is a wonderful, fair boss and mentor. He cares about our well-being. He wants us to be able to work, but also to renew ourselves. He gives us strength to carry on.

Even if some aspects of our work seem challenging, the Lord will give us the knowledge to complete what we need to do. Glory to God, who strengthens us to endure to the end. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 286

Day 286

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14 NIV

When we are tired, we need to rest. The Lord knows that we need a day off to restore our minds, bodies, and spirits. This Sabbath rest is essential, not only to honor our relationship with God, but also because we are human and it is very easy to fall when the devil trips us up. 

The devil looks for every opportunity to attack us. He wants us to feel angry, frustrated, and resentful rather than loving, kind, and patient. When we feel ourselves slipping, we need to call out to the Lord to help us. His Presence is with us and in us. He is never far away. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 49

Day 49

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will keep your foot from being snared. – Proverbs 3:25-26

I have a lot of fear. I am afraid that I’m such a people pleaser that I won’t be able to take care of Jacob sometimes because I am so caught up in pleasing other people that I no longer have anything left to give. 

I felt burnt out, exhausted and overwhelmed after my COVID-19 diagnosis. 

It is a scary feeling to have no energy, not even enough strength to get up. 

It felt like I was powerless when my energy plummeted during the third week of my COVID-19 recovery. 

The Lord did not want me to feel this way. He wants us to walk in light, not in darkness. 

He can calm the storm, any disaster, be it a raging wildfire, a pandemic, or a mental meltdown. 

Our anger is to protect us, to tell us that something is wrong and that something needs to change.

Jesus asks us to choose life. We need to have the confidence to follow His lead when everything seems to be wrong and nothing seems to be right. 

He loves us more than life itself. He wants us to be free.

We just need to accept it. 

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