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Each Life Lived Under God’s Grace is a Testimony

You’re part of the history of the world and the history of God’s people. When you think of your life as insignificant a blip on the eternity screen, you’re forgetting how vital your role is. Each story of faith is remarkable. Each life lived under God’s grace is a testimony.

God sees you. Your heart, your faults, your gifts, your truth. You are a part of creation in motion. Those who came before and those who came after will never offer God or the world the gift of you. Give it and live it! Start to see what God sees in you! 

The author of Ecclesiastes hungered to find the meaning of life. But as he examined wealth, labor, freedom, and decadence, he discovered that life itself was meaningless. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). How can this fit with the faith journey? 

Ecclesiastes illuminates the most important truth you can discover: There’s nothing of this world you can pursue that will give your life purpose and significance. Not money. Not success. Not a house. Not a picket fence. Not celebrity. Only the pursuit of God will give your life meaning. Following the way of God is the only journey that matters. 

Dear Lord, I draw close to You today, grateful that You will draw close to me as You have promised in Your Word. I long to dwell in Your presence, and I want to know You in every way You can be known. Teach me what I need to learn in order to know You better. I don’t want to be a person who is always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. I want to know the truth about who You are, because I know that You are near to all who call upon you in truth. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:1 

I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; But you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 14:16-17

Shelter Through God’s Arms

Are troubled skies forming? Are dark clouds covering your life? It can be a lonely experience to prepare for a personal storm. Maybe those you depend on most are the ones causing the earth to shake beneath you. Are the wild winds of fear, anxiety, or sorrow gathering inside of you? 

When the sky does open up and the first drops fall, there’s shelter for you in the arms of God. He will carry you through this. He will protect you from what brews in your heart and what blows across the landscape of life as you know it. There is no trial or trouble, sin or sadness, defeat or depression that will keep you from God’s sweet mercy. 

Just think…Visit you personal scrapbook. Where have you been, and who were you? What has God done in your life and through your obedience? How did he make something you tried to tear apart into something whole and useful? Are there parts of your life that never made sense until God put the pieces back together in a new way? 

As people, We often think mistakes are absolute failure…as though redemption didn’t exist. You’ve come so far and not as a result of random collisions of right time right place.  God has brought you here. Recognize the journey and be grateful for it. Praise God that we have a wonderful loving God that is full of grace and mercy. 

Dear Lord, I’ve been through this storm before, but when the winds start, it always sends me trembling.  Even though I struggle through the same problems and doubts, I always trust you and know you are right here with me. Only your love has carried me through the trenches of difficulty. Only your mercy has covered me. Only your intervention has saved me. Only your grace has redeemed me.  I thank you Father, for only you have brought me here. I know in the midst of the battle I don’t have to be afraid to face of the enemy. Thank you that even though the enemy tries to take me captive to do his will, You have given me the power to escape his snares completely. Thank You that You are my shield because I live Your way. Help me to not be overcome by evil, but instead give me the strength to overcome evil with good. Hide me in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of evil men. The enemy will never bring me down as long as I stand strong in You. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

Proverbs 10:25 

You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Psalm 30:11-12

Sincere Love

Are you ready to put your prayer life to the test? It may be difficult for you to do, but I’m going to ask you to choose your number one problem person, and take him or her before the Lord in prayer. Then go a step further and ask God to help you show His kindness to the very person who hurt you, caused your pain, or may be making your life miserable. 

Luke 6:28 says, “Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” You’ll find you cannot hate a person you’re praying for. Try it. The Bible says love suffers patiently and is kind. Pray for God to fill your heart with His compassion as you walk each day and every step along the way with Him. 

You’ve probably heard it preached a hundred times, but putting the command to “love one another” into action is not ordinary, it is extraordinary. This call to you as a child who belongs to God is to go one step further: You’re to love others in deed and in truth. Sincere love doesn’t pretend. It has no ulterior motives; it wants nothing from the one loved. If there is a person in your life who’s not receiving your sincere love, God is calling you to a love that costs greatly and requires effort. It’s easy to talk about how much you love God, but loving others reveals how much you truly love God. How are you measuring up? Are there any changes you plan to make in the sincerity of how you love? 

Dear Lord, give me a heart for the one who trouble me, who pushes my buttons. I want to have Your view of that person, Your love for him or her.  Help me love the person who is difficult to love. Remove any judgment or past disappointments that keep me from offering sincere love to certain people in my life. Guide me in this pursuit of godly character. Release me from my negative attitude and preconceived notions so that I move forward with kindness, grace, and a vulnerable heart. I want to love with Your love. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. We love Him because He first loved us.

1 John 4:16, 19 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.

John 14:21 

Gentleness

Gentleness is a humble meekness that is calm, soothing, peaceful, and easy to be around. Being considerate of the feelings and needs of others by exhibiting gentleness shows you are responding to the Spirit of God and what has been planted in you has taken root. 

Only foolish people are quick to get angry. People with wisdom don’t want to pay the price. “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9). Ask God to keep you free from anger so you can remain in the flow of all God has for you. 

 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:15-17 

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Romans 8:16-17 

Dear Lord, I pray that I can be as gentle and meek as Jesus. I pray over every aspect of my life so that you will keep me spiritually anchored reminding me of what your promises are. Lord, keep me focused on who You are and who you made me to be. It will help me live your way and not my own. Lord, give me the ability to distinguish the truth from a lie. Strengthen my faith and encourage me to believe for the impossible. It will enable me to become the child of God I long to be and believe I can be. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

John 14:12-14

Patience

Oh I have plenty of patience-as long as everything’s going my way! There are a lot of jokes about patience, but when you’re the one forced to wait while you suffer or suffer while you wait-it’s no laughing matter. You can feel your pulse race and your frustration rise. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord; be good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.” 

You may be a person who walks with God, but you are not courageous enough, strong enough, on your own. God’s strength, however, is more than enough. Is there something God is asking you to be patient about right now? You have to live with “what is.” But remember, you have God’s promise for “what is to be.” Colossians 3:12 says you can either fret, worry, and pace, or you can put on a heart of patience. Which will it be for you during this time of waiting? 

Patience has never come easy for me either. Thankfully, God’s Word is faithful to come to the rescue. Jesus’ surefire method for patience was prayer. First Peter 2:23 says that Jesus kept entrusting Himself to God, who judges righteously. 

Allow God to soothe your pain as you do nothing. Let Him fill you with His patience as you endure the hurt. God calls us to be patient with others. 

How long can you wait? Well, make that period a little longer. How many times can you wait? Make it a few more times. Follow Jesus’ example. No one ever endured more than Jesus did, and He trusted God and God’s timing in all circumstances. 

Dear Heavenly Father, I need Your strength. I am impatient and worried as I wait for an answer, a solution, a hope. Lord, my patience wears thin so quickly these days. I pray you give me a faithful heart that waits on Your word to move forward, to be still, to keep praying. Today I will rest in Your good and gracious help and embrace Your promise of “what is to be.” I entrust my life and my daily walk to Your guidance. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:3-4 

The Beauty of a Woman: In God’s Eyes

I overheard two Christian moms talking about a show they’d seen featuring teenagers saving money for cosmetic surgeries. Sadly, as the women discussed the topic, it became clear they had the same frustrations as the teen girls did about their appearances. They had the same trouble accepting themselves as beautiful. I don’t think that’s a mere coincidence. The negative attitudes adult women have about their bodies and looks are affecting how young girls see their bodies.

I want you to believe in your beauty and your value. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that ” we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” You are the lovely work of God’s hands. Trust that true beauty is all about your heart. And let the young women in your life know this too.

Beauty begins in the heart, inside a woman, at her very core. May your prayer be, “Lord, grant that I may become inwardly beautiful.” The wise woman after God’s own heart seeks to be noticed not for clothing or jewelry, or a good figure, but for kind and good character. Now, I’m not saying, neglect your outward appearance; just make sure there’s a godly balance. First Timothy 2:9-10 exhorts women to “adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, with good works.”

It’s not bad to stay fit, eat healthy, manage your weight, and dress in good taste. Just don’t let outward appearance that the world thinks you should be like an obsession that undermines the godliness and loveliness that are born of the heart.

***We train our eyes to look at someone’s physical appearance. God sees through physical appearance into the heart. Society to often believes that an ugly face or ugly body with a beautiful heart is an unattractive person. To God, real beauty comes from who we are, not what we look like.***

Dear Lord, teach me to see my beauty through Your eyes. Help me let go of discontentment about my appearance. Give me the desire to treat my body as a temple and to treat my life as creation for good works through Christ. Lord, let my good works and kindness be what people notice first about me. When I’m discouraged about my physical appearance, help me choose ways to improve my health from the inside out. I want my loveliness to be pleasing to You.

In Jesus name I pray

Amen

People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions.

1 Samuel 16:7

Faithfulness

When we are solid, steadfast, dependable, reliable, loyal, and trustworthy and do what is right no matter what, we exhibit faithfulness. Pray that His faithfulness will continually grow strong in every day you are alive. Pray that your faithfulness will strengthen everyone you touch and inspire others to greater faithfulness too.

Add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness” (2 Peter 1:5-6). Ask God to plant self-control in you that will grow up like a tree of strength. Ask Him to help you rein in your passions, desires, and emotions to make them subject to His Spirit. He will give you the self-discipline you need.

Lord, Thank you that You are near to all who call upon You and You will fulfill the desire of those who fear You. Thank You that You hear my cries and will save me from any weakness that could lead me away from all You have for me.

In Jesus name I pray

Amen

Watch and pray, lets you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Matthew 26:41

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-4

Don’t Give Up!!!

Remember, My brothers and sisters in the Lord, that walking with God doesn’t mean there won’t be obstacles. God’s plans for your life won’t happen without a struggle, so don’t give up when times get tough. Just keep on doing what’s right and resist the temptation to quit. Ask God to give you the strength and endurance you need to do what you have to do. 

For I know the thought that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. Then you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 

Lord, move me into powerful ministry that will impact the lives of others for Your kingdom and Your glory. I humble myself under Your mighty hand. O God, knowing that You will lift me up in due time, I reach out for Your hand today so I can walk with You into the future You have for me. 

In Jesus name I pray

 Amen 

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you.

Isaiah 60:1-2

The Bible—Our Instruction Manual

What would the condition of your Bible tell me about your spiritual life? Does a worn cover reveal daily use? Have past tears left traces of your pain and joy on the thin pages? Or is your Bible tucked away on a shelf and covered in dust? 

There was a time when I dusted off an old Bible-to save my marriage. My marriage was going from bad to worse and I chose to read the only religious book I could find in my house-A Bible. Lots of Bible. Before I’d finished reading, I gave my life and my relationship with my husband to Christ. 

I went through what I call the three stages of Bible reading: The Nyquil stage, when it’s like medicine; the shredded wheat stage, when it’s nourishing but dry. And finally the peaches-and-cream stage, when it’s consumed with passion and pleasure. Dust off that Bible. It has the answers you’re looking for, and it delights await you. 

So when you can’t fit the pieces of life together, and you cry out, I need an instruction manual! You are entirely correct. You do need an instruction manual. But what you have forgotten is that you have already been given one, The Bible.  God’s Word is written for and to you, but it won’t help you put order and meaning into your life unless you read it. The only wrong way to read the Bible is to not read it. So, don’t make your Bible reading time an ordeal. Make it the treat that it is. It will bring you order, beauty, meaning, and significance to your journey when you follow the Lords instructions. 

Lead me, Lord. I will follow. 

Dear Lord, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). Enable me to truly comprehend its deepest meaning. Give me greater understanding than I have ever had before, and reveal to me the hidden treasures buried there. I pray that I will have a heart that is teachable and open to what You want me to know. Change me as I read it. Help me to be diligent to put Your Word inside my soul faithfully every day. Show me where I’m wasting time that could be better spent reading Your Word. Give me the ability to memorize it. Etch it in my mind and heart so that it becomes a part of me. May Your Word remind me of who You are and how much You love me. May it bring the security of knowing my life is in Your hands and You will supply all my needs. Thank You, Lord that when I look into Your Word I find You. Give me ears to recognize Your voice speaking to me every time I read it (Mark 4:23). When I hear Your voice and follow You, my life is full. When I get off the path You have for me, my life is empty. Guide, perfect, and fill me with Your Word this day and every day. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be life a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does will prosper.

Psalm 1:1-3 

He who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:25

God is your Security

Although we live in a world where everything in our lives can change in an instant, and we can’t be certain what tomorrow will bring, God is unchanging. You may already have lost your false sense of security, and this is good because God wants you to know that your only real security is found in Him. 

God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all thing we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). He has more for you than you can imagine. Stay focused on God, and He will keep you in perfect peace as He moves you into the future He has for you. 

Remember that you are God’s child and He loves you. As you walk with Him, you will become more like Him every day. As you look to Him, you will be “transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). 

Lord, I put my future in Your hands and ask that You would give me total peace about it. I don’t want to be trying to secure my future with my own plans. I want to be in the center of Your plans, knowing that You have given me everything I need for what is ahead. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39