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Prayer Journal: Day 158

Day 158

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. – Psalm 13:5-6 NIV 

When the Lord restores our health after a period of illness, it is time to rejoice. Doesn’t that make us feel like singing?

The Lord loves us without fail. He saved us, and that in and of itself is a reason to rejoice. 

We can also find joy in the little things: a sparrow’s song, a smile from our loved ones, and a goodnight kiss for our children before they go to bed.

The Lord’s love is sweet and something to cherish. When we delight in God’s law and follow the path that He has set out for us, our lives prosper. 

Our God is a merciful God. He does not allow suffering to continue forever. He helps us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 154

Day 154

The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy, and I will give thanks to Him in song. – Psalm 28:7 NIV

When the Lord gives us strength, we can overcome the hardships that life throws at us. His strength acts like a shield to protect us from harm.

When bad things happen, such as illness, we can better appreciate our health when the Lord restores us.

When we trust Him with all our heart, mind, and spirit, we can find joy in the works that He has helped us to accomplish. All good things come from the Lord.

When He restores us to good health, doesn’t that make us feel like singing? Our Lord is worthy of praise. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 136

Day 136

Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. – Psalm 105:4 NIV

Especially when our strength fails us, we can look to the Lord and find encouragement.

I sometimes wonder what I did to bring upon myself “Long COVID” fatigue and brain fog, which I still suffer from, almost five months after the original date that I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1, 2020. Was God testing me?

The one thing I know from having spent far too many days bedridden is that suffering can be humbling.

When we are down, we appreciate even more the good days that God gives us. He teaches us lessons and patience through our periods of illness. He reminds us that we should not take anything for granted. Every moment we have is a gift from God. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 131

Day 131

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. – Isaiah 40:30 NIV 

Sometimes it seems like my toddler has an endless supply of energy, but on a rare occasion, he sleeps in and gives me a quiet, peaceful morning to slowly wake up.

It is during those quiet moments of prayer and meditation that I find that the Lord restores my strength. At times it feels like I am always tired, but I know that the Lord will restore my energy in His time. 

He may require me to make some lifestyle changes, such as improving my diet and drinking more water.

Health and self care takes some planning and discipline, but the Lord gives us motivation to make positive changes. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 128

Day 128

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. – Psalm 34:17

Sometimes we just have a bad day, like the one I had yesterday. Maybe we “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” I started the day with brain fog, and drinking caffeine didn’t help matters.

Maybe we prioritized others before ourselves. Maybe we needed to make healthier choices for ourselves.

It’s okay to focus a little more on self care, proper diet, and well-being in order to serve others at a higher level. 

The Lord knows our troubles, and He hears us. He listens attentively. He cares about us and wants us to make healthier choices. 

Jesus may not have lived a long life on Earth, but He spent many of his days healing. He lived in fulfillment of His divine purpose. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 100

Day 100

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. – Psalm 9:10 NIV

Our Lord is powerful. His name is wonderful. He is the great “I am.” He is the essence of being. He makes us who we are and forms us into what He knows we are meant to become. 

We can trust Him completely, no matter what. 

When our friends fall ill with COVID-19, we can pray and have the assurance that He hears us. He is the good shepherd, and He takes care of His sheep. 

When we are ill or have friends or family who are not well, sometimes we think that God might forsake us. But He never forsakes those who seek Him.

He is always there, in us and for us. He is there to save us, and we can be thankful for His loving kindness. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 90

Day 90

The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. – Isaiah 58:11 NIV 

We need God’s guidance. He knows what we need. When we are weak, He strengthens us.

It’s humbling when our health fails and when we are too tired to get out of bed. The Lord knows when we need His strength. He also gives us opportunities to rest when we need to. 

When I was recovering from COVID-19 this fall, I forgot to water an apple seedling that I had been nurturing for weeks. During my illness I was too weak to get out of  bed. The seedling died. I felt bad that I had forgotten to water it.

God knows that we need water, and He never forgets about us!

I tried again with a new seedling, and I am more watchful this time. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 55

Day 55

The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26

There are many uncertainties in life. When we suffer illness, there are no guarantees that we will recover. Our health, our life, and our breath is a gift from God. When we are healthy, we can praise Him for His many blessings that He bestows upon us. When our health falters, that is a good time to ask Him for peace.

Some things are in our control and some are not, and for those things that are not, we need to surrender our worries to God. He will always take care of it and we can trust Him.

When we enter into a medical facility we have to trust that God will bless the hands of our doctors. With any medical procedure, there are always risks, but God is faithful and He is the great Physician. He will always heal us and our loved ones. He will always take care of us and ensure that everything will be okay. He will give us peace no matter what happens. Amen.

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