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Prayer Devotional: Day 81

I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. – Jeremiah 17:10 KJV

When I was walking the other day, I came across a piece of sidewalk that had a leaf imprint on it. The leaf almost looked like it was drawn onto the cement, but most likely the leaf fell onto the wet cement and left its mark.

When we reflect the character of Jesus in our actions and words, we are only a reflection, and our deeds pale in comparison to the real thing.

None of us can earn our way into heaven, and we are fortunate that we are saved by grace. As we learn to know and love God better, the more we want to emulate His character. It is a voluntary transformation, but well worth the effort. We experience more peace and less anger when we focus on God. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 18

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. – Luke 6:36 KJV

Being merciful includes showing mercy to ourselves. Sometimes we need to say “no” even if we think that answer might displease someone. The Lord knows that we do our best work when we are healthy, balanced, and well rested.

If we didn’t sleep well, it may take a day to make up the lost sleep. If we have a cold, it is okay to take time to recover.

Mercy and self care go hand in hand. The Lord can help us balance our priorities. Amen.

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