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Prayer Devotional: Day 129

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13 NKJV

With all the activities going on as I prepare to move to New Mexico with my husband and son, it would easy to get overwhelmed, but I cherish each day that the Lord gives me.

It’s the little things that count.

Today I had a break in the day while my husband was completing his meetings at work to take my son to the park. My toddler loves playing outside an would be bored hanging out at his dad’s office Downtown Albuquerque so we headed to the park.

The warm sun of New Mexico shone down on me as I watched my little boy gleefully going up and down the slides. The warmer temperatures of New Mexico are certainly a welcome thing compared to the cold, icy Idaho winter.

As I prepare for the final stretch of my packing and moving next week before the movers arrive on the 27th, I took time to be still and know that God is God, and He has everything handled. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 128

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 NKJV

After giving some thought about the flooring and carpet in the home that my husband and I will be purchasing in Tijeras at the end of January, I paused last night and spent some time in prayer. I knew that God would not rush me into making a rash decision. My original plan had been to put hard floors on the bedrooms so that it would be easier to clean up the spills that my toddler causes. I spend a good amount of time each day cleaning up after my one and only son, cute as he is. Do I really want to shampoo bedroom carpet too?

I spent about an hour at home depot comparing costs and materials. Even though I didn’t have to put in the order today because the flooring can only be held at the store for 7 days after purchase, I breathed a sigh of relief when the lady who was helping me told me that all the flooring to cover the bedrooms and carpet I needed for the stairs was already in stock. All I would have to do is call with the credit card information next Tuesday to finalize the order so it would be ready for pickup the day I receive the keys to the house. Our handyman is going to give us an estimate on the cost of the work for the installation.

Our Heavenly Father wants the best for us. He doesn’t leave us in need. He supplies everything to us, from the air we breathe to the food we eat, and to the roof over our heads. He grounds us with His love. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 125

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23 NKJV

With so much change in my life going on right now as I prepare to move from Blackfoot, ID to Tijeras, New Mexico, it sometimes seems like everything changing, but everything is not changing.

My faith in Jesus is exactly the same. He comforts and stabilizes me when I feel unsteady. He restores my soul and quiets my mind.

My son and I took a long walk outside our hotel in Albuquerque today. Going outside always seems to improve my three-year-old’s mood, and he is easier to manage after he has spent time outdoors as well. He found a stick and immediately turned it into a walking stick.

With all the toys that I have purchased for him, the simple stick entertained him for quite some time.

The Lord is the constant in our lives. He provides for us, and he even gives us good gifts to occupy our attention. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 134

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. – Isaiah 30:21 NKJV

Although the drives that my family has been doing every other week back and forth from Idaho and New Mexico till we are fully moved to New Mexico at the end of January have been useful to transport large items such as my car and my husband’s tractor, an added bonus is that we were able to stay at a tourist attraction spot last night.

Moab, Utah, is known for its rugged landscape and amazing arches. Although we didn’t have enough time to explore because our move is the priority, it was nice to wake up and gaze out the window at the spectacular terrain around us.

Ironically, I took the stairs down from our hotel room this morning and didn’t know whether to turn right or left to get to the complimentary breakfast area. I had to go to the elevator on the ground floor to get pointed back in the right direction to the lobby on the first floor.

The Holy Spirit never guides us in the wrong direction. His navigation compass is always correct. He is always available to help us.

The Lord knew what He was doing when He created the world. He knows the direction for our lives better than we do. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 131

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. – Psalms 24:1 NIV

We belong to the Lord. He made the world remarkable.

When I had passed through Arches National Park in Utah on the way back to Idaho, I got to see a beautiful arch alongside the road. It took almost no hiking to pose for a picture in front of it, yet my shoes were layered with brick-colored, orangish dirt by the time I got back into the truck.

I was dismayed to find that I tracked the dirt into the immaculate hotel that I stayed at that night. I really didn’t want to track dirt everywhere, so I carefully washed the dirt off my shoes that evening.

The earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord. We don’t have to get mad if dirt gets on things we don’t want it to. All of it is God’s. It is not bad in and of itself.

It takes work to become mindful of our thoughts and emotions and disconnect them from things that are how they are. There is no inherent problem with dirt. It is a matter of perspective to choose what we get upset about or not. God can steer our thoughts towards thankfulness. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 130

Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. – Psalms 102:25 NKJV

Although moving can be stressful, alternating weeks between Idaho and New Mexico until my family is all packed and moved by the end of January, I have come to appreciate the scenery during our drives back and forth.

Some of the mountains and canyons that we have driven by make me ponder, “Oh, Lord, how marvelous are your works.”

I can almost picture the ancient lakes and sea beds that left layers of sediment over time. God must have had fun creating the world! He passes some of His creativity onto us, and we can enjoy a small fraction of His magnificence. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 123

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. – 2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV

The home inspection for my new house in Tijeras, New Mexico was scheduled for today. I drove from the hotel to the new house expecting that I would be finished in a few hours. Instead, when I met with the realtor and home inspector, we discovered that the propane tank had been run down to zero, so the home inspection had to be rescheduled to be finished this Friday.

Sometimes, we let ourselves get run down, but it is never a good idea to run on empty.

Each day we fill ourselves back up and restore our spirits by spending time in prayer and quiet contemplation with God.

This restorative process is essential to our well-being. If we skip it, we can always do better next time. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 121

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: The LORD will give grace and glory: No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. – Psalm 84:11 KJV

One of the benefits of being on the move this new year is that we are able to do a little sightseeing along the drive to New Mexico.

Although we didn’t have time to stop, we passed by the edge of the Grand Canyon. I have never been to the Grand Canyon, but seeing a little bit of it reminded me of how small we are. God, who sees the past, present, and future, was there when the massive lake created the canyon many years ago. He carved out the landscape that we see today, and all we can do is look at it and marvel at His handiwork.

God created the sun, and He is our source of grace. We can glorify Him for His incredible works! He gifts us good things and experiences. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 119

Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. – James 1:3 NIV

As my husband, son, and I make the first of our drives down to New Mexico, God is testing our faith by throwing some snow storms our way.

My husband heroically loaded my car onto our moving trailer so that we can tow the car with our truck and park it at our realtor’s house.

My husband’s first day of work is January 3rd, and we will be staying at a hotel for his first week while he gets settled. I will work remotely from the hotel in New Mexico.

The following week we plan to drive back to Idaho to continue packing and preparing for the second drive down to New Mexico.

Despite the whirlwind of activities around us as 2021 comes to a close, I know that God has a compelling reason for our move. If we preserve and push through the stages of our journey, I have faith that God will be with us every step of the way. May you have peace and ease. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 118

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” – Isaiah 30:21 NIV

The Lord directs our paths if we trust Him to lead us.

With all the shuffle of packing boxes and preparing to move again, I can hardly believe that my family and I had moved from Nevada to Idaho in April, and now we are moving again to New Mexico, just eight months later.

On top of that, I have an eye infection, which the doctor said I could have gotten from touching the baby chicks when I visited family members in Nampa, Idaho, this past Sunday. Unlike my husband, I didn’t grow up on a farm, so I didn’t know that bacteria could spread from a chicken to a human. I guess I will pass on filling the chicken coup at our new home in New Mexico with chickens! I grew up in the suburbs of Sacramento, so I don’t know anything about farm life. At least my toddler really enjoyed looking at the baby chicks and didn’t get the infection.

It helps that the Lord shows us exactly where it is best to go and when. Amen.

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