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For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
My little boy is not timid. In fact, even though he is small for his age, he is dominant around other children. My husband and I have gone out of our way to teach our toddler to say “excuse me.” Discipline isn’t something that comes naturally. It is taught, but love comes naturally.
God helps us to share His love boldly, not timidly. When we act out of love, we build good relationships with others. When we follow God’s law, we align ourselves with His purpose for us. There is always a bigger picture that our Heavenly Father can see. Amen.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. – 1 John 4:11-12 NIV
When we take a day to rest and honor God, the busy pace of our lives slows down. We can savor our time with our friends and family. God’s love is reflected in our behavior.
When we catch ourselves saying or thinking something that isn’t kind, we can ask ourselves what Jesus would say or think.
He cares about us, and He left us with the Holy Spirit to guide and protect us. We may have moments that we struggle with, but those moments pass. We can be thankful that God is always there for us, showing us an example of what love is. Amen.
Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary. – Psalms 96:6 NIV
We can’t be 100% all the time. We are human. The Lord knows that we are weak and that we need His strength. When we take time to rest from our work and glorify Him, our burnout subsides. We can heal.
There is a kind of splendor in the ordinary. In every flower and creature that God formed.
The Lord is majestic in that He took on human form to save us. Christ’s death on the cross must have been excruciating. I sometimes wonder if God the Father could have spared Jesus from the pain He endured. How humiliating it must have been to die a criminal’s death. He had the reassurance that He would rise again. He knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Jesus relates to our suffering because He knew what pain felt like. He endured it all for us. What an incredible sacrifice. Amen.
‘ “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” ’ – Numbers 6:24-26 NIV
The Lord includes us in His blessings. He does not leave us out. He never forgets about us. When His face shines on us, we are uplifted. We can feel His healing presence.
The Lord’s peace is unlike any other. He mends broken relationships. He helps us forgive and love one another. He creates harmony where there is discord. His grace saves us.
We do not need to work hard to earn His love. He chose us and will never leave us or forsake us. He blesses our work, and if we follow Him, we will be successful. When we seek Him first, all the rest will follow. Amen.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
We are creatures of habit. Many of our thoughts are similar to the thoughts we had yesterday. To transform our thoughts from negative to positive, we need the Holy Spirit to transform our minds.
When we spend time worshipping with other believers, we start to change our thoughts. When we study and focus on God’s Word, we shift from trying to merely figure out how to manifest more money to discovering how God would like us to serve others in a bigger way. Monetary rewards are not the only type of wealth, because in Heaven there will be no need for money or fame. The glory of God satisfies our souls and gives us a purpose. The work of spreading God’s love is one of the most important things we can do. Amen.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. – Psalms 145:18-19 NIV
The Lord can hear when a toddler falls down and cries. He sends extra angels to protect our little ones from harm. There is nobody too small for Him to care about. He loves all of us.
When we call upon the Lord, He answers. He doesn’t always give us the answer that we were expecting, but He gives us the best answer.
Fear of the Lord starts with love. Because we love Him, we obey His laws. Not because we have to, but because we want to. We love Him, and we nurture that relationship by reading His Word and following it. When our desires align with Him, we are blessed.
The Lord is a God of truth. He never deceives us. He always leads us in the everlasting way. Amen.
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. – Colossians 2:2-3 NIV
All knowledge and wisdom comes from God. If we are ever confused about our purpose, it is to bring others to Christ. Our other goals are important, but not as important as sharing God’s love.
Love unites people who don’t get along. It transcends our backgrounds, the color of our skin, and our socioeconomic status. Christ saved us by grace, and His love for us is immense.
When we speak from the heart, we can better communicate the richness of the love of Jesus. Amen.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5 NIV
The Holy Spirit is a manifestation of God’s love. He helps us when we are disappointed. He guides us when we are in transition. Our Lord gives us hope.
Instead of focusing on our problems, we can fixate on our blessings.
Today is moving day into my new home in Idaho. It is okay to be busy and have a lot to do. God can always give us just enough strength that we need to get what we need to do done. Amen.
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. – Jeremiah 31:3 KJV
The Lord’s love for us lasts forever. He will never get tired of loving us. He will never be too busy to hear our prayers.
Our God is kind. He made us good. When we find ourselves wondering how we will handle all the changes in our lives, we can simply stop and remember that we can always trust Him.
Transitions can feel uncertain. When we move to a different state, the roads are unfamiliar, but God always knows where He is going. He is never unsure where He is leading us. His GPS never has to recalculate, because He is always on track. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and makes sure we won’t get lost. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:6-7 KJV
When the Lord answers a prayer that has been weighing on our hearts, we can be thankful! Our faith in Him grows stronger as we walk with Him, talk to Him in prayer, and meditate on His Word.
Walking in faith gives us roots, so that when storms come, we are not shaken. Our faith makes us stronger.
When the things of this world threaten to tear us down, the Lord builds us up. He teaches us how to love and models good behavior for us. He loves us more than life itself.
We have many things to be thankful for, because the Lord answers prayers. Amen.