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Prayer Devotional: Day 129

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4‭-‬7 NKJV

God is love and also models love for us.

The love of God, our spouse, and our children are the most important priorities we can have. Our families can sometimes undergo some strain, especially in difficult and stressful times such as the pandemic.

When we are tempted to say something rude or speak before we think, we can pause and ask ourselves what Jesus would say if He were in our shoes. He went through everything that we go through, and then some, but He didn’t sin. He endured till the end. He gives us strength to get through whatever we are going through.

God loves us beyond compare. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 128

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. – Ephesians 4:2 NIV

I have to be careful that my Italian temper doesn’t get the better of me. I am half Japanese and half Italian, and every once and a while, my Italian temper comes out.

My Japanese side tends towards the stereotype of hard-working, logical thinking. Whereas my Italian side tends towards the emotional and creative side.

Stereotypes notwithstanding, God urges us to be patient, humble, and gentle.

When we let our tempers flare, we need to pause and reevaluate the situation. Could we have acted out of love instead of frustration? Could we have delayed reacting and instead whisper a prayer for God to give us patience? We all make mistakes. Could we discuss the situation with a counselor or trusted friend so that we can avoid reacting out of anger the next time a frustrating situation comes up?

At times, even Jesus felt anger, frustration, and sadness, just like any other human, but He did not sin. He did not let His temper override His message of salvation.

When we feel ourselves getting out of whack, we need to pause, look to God, and appreciate the natural environment around us that we sometimes take for granted.

During my travels during my move, I passed through Arches National Park yesterday. I marveled at the grandeur of the landscape that God had created. I recalled what God told Job when Job complained about his suffering: where was Job when God created the world? It helped Job to keep his troubles in perspective after God reminded Job that God’s power is much greater than any problem or illness. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 115

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. – 1 John 4:11 KJV

God is the essence of love. During the holiday season, it is easy to feel frazzled when traveling through snow or difficult conditions.

We can be patient and love ourselves as much as we love others. Self compassion means understanding our hardships, yet instead of feeling discomfort, finding a way to remedy the situation. We can show compassion towards ourselves and love towards everyone we encounter. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 90

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. – John 14:26 NIV

Sometimes I need reminders. The Holy Spirit advocates for us. When we forget what to say or realize we don’t know something, the Holy Spirit is there to teach us.

We are never too old to learn something new. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 87

For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. – Colossians 1:13‭-‬15 NIV

God brings light, love, redemption, and forgiveness into our lives.

The bond between a parent and a child is special. God loves us so much that He gave His only son so that we might live. Salvation is an incredible gift.

I was shopping with my husband and toddler yesterday, and my son threw a tantrum until we caved and bought the Christmas gift that he wanted. I thought to myself that I was spoiling my son for giving in to fulfill the need, that in his mind, was incredibly urgent.

God patiently listens to us. He gives us gifts even if we don’t really deserve them. He loves us so much that He transforms our hearts, souls, and minds to focus our attention on the things that really matter, not just the things that we think we want at the time. We can trust Him to lead us. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 86

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV

Each day has its own set of frustrations. We sometimes get caught up with our projects and forget to eat or drink enough water. We can get “hangry” (hungry plus angry) if we don’t exercise self care.

The Lord knows that our problems are temporary. When we train ourselves to whisper a prayer whenever we notice ourselves getting frustrated, He will immediately come to our aid. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 75

There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. – 1 Samuel 2:2 NIV

Our God is one of a kind. Jesus is like no other god who is worshiped on this Earth. He is unique, loving, patient, and kind.

He doesn’t get frustrated with us and leave us even if we make mistakes. He knows our hearts and He never is too busy to care about every word we speak and every action we do. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 68

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalms 27:13‭-‬14 NIV

God’s goodness touches our lives every day, in every way. We don’t have to wait long to see how good God’s influence over our lives is. We aren’t always in a headspace to appreciate His goodness, but that doesn’t mean that His goodness goes away. We might be too distracted to see it at the moment, but He is actively working to help all of us.

My mom received her COVID-19 Johnson&Johnson booster shot yesterday and experienced no side effects. Praise God, for He is good! She had to wait a little for the booster to become available, but the opportunity opened up for her.

When we ask God for something, He never forgets what we asked. He is never too disorganized or preoccupied to prioritize our needs! Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 67

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? – Deuteronomy 10:12‭-‬13 NIV

Our Heavenly Father knows what we need to do for our own good. He sees when we get frustrated. He knows what we need to hear to feel comforted. He even sends people to us at just the right moment to help us out.

Whenever we feel frazzled, we can pause and ask the Lord or help and patience. He is never too busy to help us! Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 49

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. – Isaiah 64:8 NIV

There is something extraordinary about the way God can speak matter into being. God is a greater artist than Michaelangelo.

We have a limited understanding of space and time, as well as how something can be created out of nothing. God has secrets!

We owe our lives to God. He does not have to put up with all our day-to-day questions and mistakes, but He has more patience than anything in the world.

We can learn and thing or two from His patience. Amen.

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