Gina (Akao) Decker

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Prayer Devotional: Day 127

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. – Philippians 4:11 NKJV

John Lennon said, “All you need is love.” God is the essence of love, so all we need is Jesus! Wherever we are and whatever we do, if we keep our eyes on the Lord, everything will be okay.

Today I received some information and estimates on how much it might cost to paint the walls and replace the flooring at my new house in Tijeras. Time is of the essence, but of course none of the work can start before the house closes.

My son had taken a nap and woke up too early right before the meeting for estimates. He had an absolute meltdown in Smith’s…until he spotted a balloon he really liked. Even though it wasn’t his birthday, I bought him the “Happy Birthday” balloon that he wanted. And immediately, the waterworks stopped. He was happy.

Do we treat God that way? Do we make a fuss and have a tantrum if He doesn’t give us what we want, when we want it? Of course not! Without God, we couldn’t live or breathe. We can simply say, “thank you” and trust Him. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 126

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

Perhaps the best cure to information overload is a tight deadline.

There is a time to be busy, and busy can be good!

As things fall into place for the close of my new house in Tijeras, New Mexico, I get to enjoy one of the more fun aspects of buying an older home: deciding on improvements.

The previous owner of the home had a cat, and I am highly allergic to cats. After spending about two hours at the house during the home inspection a few weeks ago, I knew that the first order of business once I get the keys to the new house will be to replace the old carpet with new flooring.

I spent an hour today talking to a nice lady at a flooring company to discuss my options. I was surprised that the samples I like most were not what I might have chosen online, but why not dare to be different?

Replacing old carpet with more carpet wasn’t my preference, because I have a three-year-old son who really likes to make messes. The family room and the dining room I would like to put waterproof laminate flooring in, but I am considering new carpet for the bedrooms. I coordinated a meeting with the flooring company and our handyman to come out to the new house so that they could measure and give estimates.

Of course, there is a time for everything, for every purpose under the sun, so I know that as the pieces of project come together, I may be very pleased with the result. I know that God has a way of working everything out for us, even things like fixing a door to a crawl space! Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 106

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. – Psalm 32:8 KJV

Yesterday my husband and I put an offer on a house in Tijeras, New Mexico, which is a safe, rural area about 30 minutes away from my husband’s new office in Albuquerque.

If the Lord blesses to offer on the house, we will go there, but if He doesn’t guide us there, we will know that is not where we are meant to buy a house. My husband likes the house because it is on just under 10 acres, and there are lots of trees. I like it because it has a nice fence around that will keep our toddler safe. My son likes it because there is a tree house.

Anything can happen! The Lord always guides. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 104

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27 NIV

My husband, Steve Decker, has accepted a CEO position at Heading Home, an organization that helps the homeless population in New Mexico statewide. We are looking for a place to live in Albuquerque or in the surrounding area, and there are many uncertainties, but God would not have sent us to another state if He didn’t have a plan.

There is nothing that is too hard for God. He knows the big picture, even if we don’t.

My job at Idaho State University has the possibility of allowing me to work remotely, only if the State Department of Education approves it. I am eagerly awaiting an answer! In the meantime, I will pray that the Lord will direct my path. I trust that He will work everything out. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 102

“The one who sent me is with me; He has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” John 8:29 NIV

When God sends us somewhere, He goes with us. He doesn’t leave us alone to make our way into the unknown.

Jesus lived His life to please God. When we follow Jesus’s example the best that we can, our lives have more meaning and our paths are clear. We don’t have to worry about making a wrong turn because God is with us and can help us find our way. Amen.

Prayer Devotional Day 101

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18 KJV

When we trust in the Lord completely and take all our requests to Him in prayer, our lives become more peaceful, joyful, and fulfilled.

He can work out every detail of our lives.

When we adopt a thankful heart toward everything we do, no matter what the circumstance is, we can experience true happiness. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 99

And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. – Deuteronomy 30:6 KJV

Heart surgery is a very delicate procedure that requires great skill to perform. Patients who are going into heart surgery may have fear because they are taking a risk, but taking a risk for God is necessary.

God may ask us to take risks, and change may be scary, but it is worth it to follow God with all our heart. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 98

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 KJV

When the Holy Spirit gives us a clear answer, we can have faith that everything will work out for the good.

We may not have evidence of everything set in stone, but nothing is impossible for God, and He has no trouble materializing His plans!

We can trust in the Lord completely. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 89

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. – Hebrews 10:36 NIV

Sometimes we start a project and don’t finish it. We might have legitimate reasons for not being able to get done what we set out to do.

Our personal projects, goals and wishes sometimes change depending on what we find most interesting at the moment.

God’s plans for us are much more deliberate. When we follow His will and trust that He will see it through, we can benefit from the outcomes of His promises. God never changes His mind about His promises to 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.

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