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Prayer Devotional: Day 24

Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them. – Proverbs 29:20 NIV

When we commit to a marriage, we vow to love and respect each other.

It is important to say kind words to our spouses. Instead of focusing on small annoyances, we can retrain our thinking to appreciate the skills they have that we do not.

For example, my husband is handy. He can fix things around the house, yard, and shop, while it would be impossible for me to repair things such as a damaged roof, because I have no knowledge of those things. I would gladly swap doing the dishes for making dinner after a long day of work. My husband and I are a team. We don’t nag each other with small criticisms.

It is the same with the Lord: we don’t have to bring to His attention minor annoyances of our day. Even though He already knows our troubles, He appreciates a grateful heart.

When we find ourselves wanting to complain hastily, we can stop and ask ourselves what we are thankful for instead. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 21

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:11 NIV

Our words are important. When we are slow to speak and choose our words thoughtfully, we give time for the Holy Spirit to impress upon us what to say. He always gives us the right words at the right time.

When we speak without thinking first, we often say things we may regret later. That’s why it is important to pray before every meaningful interaction that we have with others.

When we go to work and serve others, we sometimes make mistakes because we are still learning. It is okay to be patient with ourselves during the learning process. The Lord can correct anything that we mess up, and He doesn’t blame us for making mistakes. He lets us learn and move on.

Our Lord is worthy of praise for His patience with us! Amen.

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