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Prayer Journal: Day 215

Day 215

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9‭-‬11 KJV

Jesus needed no earthly credentials to be exalted. He made Himself of no reputation while many others spent a lifetime building up their resumes. Jesus didn’t need an MD to be a healer. He didn’t need a PhD to become a teacher. Our Lord did not need to attend seminary to become a preacher. His name itself is holy. 

At the crucifixion, Jesus offered up everything He possibly could…His own life, so that we could live. No greater sacrifice exists. We can be thankful for His life and purpose. We can trust in Him.

As I drive the final stretch of my move to Idaho today, I reflect on the day that Jesus rested in the grave on the Sabbath. He endured so much for us and I am thankful. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 213: I am Moving to Idaho

Day 213

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:18‭-‬19 KJV

As my family embarks on a new journey by moving from Nevada to Idaho, I reflect on the new blessings that God has brought into my life.

Even though I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1, 2020 and suffered from COVID-19 long haulers symptoms, surviving the ordeal has strengthened my faith and brought me closer to God. I am grateful that my husband was able to stay home during my recovery to take care of me and Jacob. I am thankful that my husband was able to find an Executive Director job in Idaho. Our house in Nevada sold within three hours of listing it, and we were able to buy a duplex in Blackfoot, ID. 

Instead of remembering how difficult my illness seemed at the time, I am grateful for the new opportunities that God has brought into our lives. He makes way for new blessings. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 179

Day 179

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 2 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV 

When we are going through big life changes, it’s easy to get into a mode of complaining about how much we wish things were to stay the same. 

God wants us to stop complaining and instead thank Him for all the blessings He has given us. If we stop and appreciate even the little things in our lives that are going right instead of harping on the details of what we perceive might be wrong, we can refocus our attention on thankfulness. 

When we adopt a thankful mindset, our world view starts to change. Instead of attracting more of what we don’t want into our lives, we focus on God’s will for us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 148

Day 148

Through Jesus, therefore let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of our lips that confess His name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:15-16 NIV 

What pleases and impresses our peers–fame, fortune, and fun–isn’t what necessarily pleases God. God is pleased when we share the good news about Jesus with others. God is pleased when we praise His name.

He certainly deserves our praise.

Whenever we come out of a health crisis alive, we can remember how critical it is to praise Him. We can credit Him for our lives and be grateful for everything that He has given us.

The world would be a dark place without Jesus. One of the first things God said at the creation of the Earth was, “Let there be light.” He is the light in our lives. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 124

Day 124

Blessed are those who learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness. – Psalm 89:15-16

Birthdays are cause for celebration and rejoicing. 

When the Lord blesses us and our loved ones with another year to live, we can rejoice in His loving kindness all day long.

My mom’s birthday is January 2nd. After the festivities of Christmas, sometimes January 2nd comes quickly, but her birthday is a big celebration!

Not only has the Lord spared her from catching COVID-19 so far, He has protected and comforted her during times of isolation. She is able to enjoy the her garden and the beauty of her art. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 96

Day 96

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. – Psalm 116:7 NIV

Our dishwasher broke last night, and although it took time to hand wash the dishes, my husband helped dry them. Washing dishes in and of itself is like a meditative practice. I  could feel the warmth of the water. Even my two year old wanted to help. It became a family activity. 

The Lord keeps us close. He blesses us with people in our lives who help and appreciate us. He helps us solve problems and to be thankful for what we have. 

During the busy pace of this world it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, but our Lord brings us back to thankfulness. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 87

Day 87

You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. – Psalm 118:28 NIV 

All good things come from the Lord. We can be thankful for the blessings He has given us. He gives us health. He gives us life. He gives us family and friendship. 

The Lord protects us, guides us, comforts us, and is always there for us. 

We can be thankful for the food on the table, the company we share, and the warmth in our homes. 

Even in the midst of troubling times, the Lord gives us strength and endurance. We are never alone because He is with us.

When we find ourselves worried about uncertainties, He comforts us. He is our helper. The precious moments in life, the moments of stillness, meditation, and love, are good times to be remembered. He is there to enjoy them with us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 67

Day 67

Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:3-4

Each morning that we have life and breath is a blessing.

The more I spend time reading the scriptures, praying, and listening to the Holy Spirit guide me, the more I have come to appreciate all that God has given me.

What the heart desires is not always what we need. God knows what we need and knows what will make us happy. He wants good things in our lives. We can trust His plan for us. Amen.

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