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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:12 NIV
If we take time to look, we can find joy in even the smallest things that God has created. The symmetry of a flower, its delicate petals, and its soft fragrance reminds us that we hope to be restored to the perfect balance that God intended for us one day.
Not every day is easy. We don’t know what we don’t know. Sometimes things go wrong despite our best intentions. We have to learn to let it go. Affliction could be minor or major, self imposed or brought on by others. The Lord can give us patience through it all.
When we ask Him for help in prayer, even for the littlest things He gives us insight into. Our faithful prayers will be answered, but sometimes the answers surprise us. The Lord has good surprises planned for us. Amen.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23 NIV
When we love the Lord with all our hearts, things fall into place for us.
Anyone who has experienced heartbreak after a relationship ending or the loss of a loved one might feel the need to avoid future heartbreak.
The Lord will never break our hearts. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can trust in Him entirely. Amen.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. – 1 John 4:16 NIV
God is not only a loving God; He is the embodiment of love. When we become more like Jesus, love permeates every fiber of our being. Instead of asking God to grant a long list of things that we need from Him, we can ask Him what we can do to serve Him and show His love better.
In a world that encourages us to attract more wealth to ourselves, refocusing our attention on Jesus takes a paradigm shift.
We are not reflecting God’s love if we spend too much time noticing the flaws in others. God is the judge, and there is no reason why we would need to take that job from Him. The Lord is entirely qualified to judge the world fairly. We can divert our energies elsewhere.
When we live in love, we become more patient and kind and less critical. Amen.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
Sometimes blessings come after big transitions. As much as we may resist change, we still have to accept it and realize that the Lord brings about change for a reason.
Maybe He calls us to start a new job or move to another state. Perhaps He asks us to set better boundaries and take better care of ourselves.
When the Lord calls us to change something about our lives and we listen and follow through, we see the benefits in our work. Abundance is not a mystical thing, because all good things come from the Lord. He blesses us abundantly if we are willing to accept His calling for our lives. Amen.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. – Isaiah 26:3 NIV
It is natural for the mind to wander. When we focus our attention on the Lord and something distracts us, it is perfectly okay to notice that we were gone and return out thoughts back to Jesus. He always helps and protects us when we believe and ask Him for assistance.
No request is too small for Him. He cares about everything about us.
He never gets tired. He never runs out of energy.
The Lord always wants to hear from us. It pleases Him when we put Him at the center of our attention.
Focusing on the Lord may mean exercising boundaries.
We may feel uncomfortable telling people that we reserve a day for rest and worship, but that day of restoration is important. Amen.
By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. – Proverbs 3:19-20 NIV
When we behold a canyon or look to the skies, we can remember God’s creative power. Nothing is impossible for God.
Sometimes I wonder if God thought and planned the way an architect does before starting a project, or if the Lord simply said, “Let there be light,” in an effortless way.
When we create things, we have to plan, but perhaps God does not need to plan. He just is. And just by being Himself, His creations turn out perfectly. His wisdom, understanding, and knowledge surpasses that of any Nobel prize winner.
When we ask God for something in prayer, we can remember the magnitude of His creative power. Not only will He give us a solution; He can bless us more than we could ask or think. Amen.
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Glory ye in His holy name: Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and His strength, Seek His face continually. Remember His marvellous works that He hath done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth; O ye seed of Israel His servant, Ye children of Jacob, His chosen ones. – 1 Chronicles 16:10-13 KJV
When we find ourselves making a list of why this season of our life is particularly difficult for us to take on even one more thing, we must remind ourselves what our God has given us. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. His works are nothing short of marvelous.
We can list our problems when we pray, and of course He wants us to lay down all our burdens before Him, but we must not forget to praise Him for the strength He gives us to overcome them. Amen.
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You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. – Acts 2:28 NIV
When we take a break from our normal routines to behold God’s breathtaking mountains, quiet rivers, and spectacular wonders, we can marvel at God’s creative power.
Solving our problems is nothing to Him compared to creating the Tetons or the mysteries of Old Faithful in Yellowstone.
When Job complained to God about his unfortunate life circumstances, God didn’t pander to Job’s complaints; He simply asked Job where was Job when God created the world.
Our God is an awesome God! He is more powerful than we can imagine. He can do anything. We can trust Him completely. Spending time in nature reminds us of who God is. He is the great I Am, and nothing is too difficult for Him to do. Amen.
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You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” – Hebrews 1:9 NIV
The Lord designates certain people to be leaders. Jesus was the quintessential leader. He lived by example. He made incredible sacrifices for those who choose to follow Him.
The straight and narrow path is not easy. We try to do good but at times it is like a steep, upward climb that is difficult and challenging along the way.
The Lord strengthens us and gives us courage to follow the path that He has given us. We can trust Him with every detail of our lives, and He will guide our decisions as we cultivate a closer walk with Him. Amen.
Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. – Hebrews 7:25 NIV
Jesus is the best advocate we could have. He intercedes for us and saves us.
He always knows the right thing to say.
When we are uncertain where to turn, He voices our concerns to our Heavenly Father.
It will all work out. Amen.