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January 17

Today’s prayer:

Psalm 30:8 KJV — I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for being merciful and compassionate. You understand the innermost parts of ourselves. You look and see the hidden thoughts of our hearts. Your vision is far more perceptive than ours will ever be. Lord Jesus, You know how all things are working. You have every stage of it all in Your hands. Lord, please restore the hurting and the sick. Please touch the needy and comfort the those who mourn. Lord Jesus, the wayward and the proud, let them come to their senses and see the truth. Please, Lord Jesus, change those who think only of themselves and let them see what a waste it is to serve self. Lord Jesus, please break in pieces the yoke of false religion. Please protect the innocent. Please save the lost. Thank You for all Your wonderous works. Thank You for loving us always. Thank You for teaching us how to love others. Lord Jesus, please heal the hearts. Please restore the broken. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Amen.

Leading with love

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
Matthew 5:43 NKJV

Indeed, it has been said throughout history.

And it makes sense to the hurting heart.

Especially, if one’s enemy is out to kill.

But God requires something far more difficult.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:44‭-‬45 NKJV

To love one’s enemy is truly beyond anything our nature would come up with.

Praying for one’s enemy doesn’t consist of selfish prayers.

Instead, we are to pray for others with the love God showed us.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NKJV

Loving others doesn’t mean you have removed all boundaries.

In fact God’s Word is full of boundaries.

Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.
Proverbs 22:24‭-‬25 NKJV

Proverbs 13:20 KJV — He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, Nor will I go in with hypocrites. I have hated the assembly of evildoers, And will not sit with the wicked.
Psalms 26:3‭-‬5 NKJV

It is love that sets boundaries in place and realizes that boundaries are healthy and important.

But these boundaries have to be set up in accordance to God’s Word.

Love’s boundaries are written down for us.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there  are prophecies, they will fail; whether there  are tongues, they will cease; whether there  is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
I Corinthians 13:4‭-‬10 NKJV

Jesus warned the disciples what they were going to encounter and gave them direction.

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Matthew 10:16 NKJV

(Read the remaining chapter and look at the book of Acts. Jesus was giving them a glimpse into the future.)

Leading with love understands that true love comes from God.

Therefore, to be able to love our enemies we must understand God’s love, to look at life’s circumstances through God’s Word, to apply the boundaries of life to our own.

Leading with love means our perspective is bent through the lense of Scripture.

It also means loving God first and best.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for teaching us how to love. Thank You for loving us first. Lord, it is completely counter to our feelings to love our enemies. At times hurt, pain, suffering is overwhelming and distorts our perspective. Lord, please fill our hearts with Your love and Your Word. Please help us to watch carefully over our hearts that we not allow bitterness to dwell there. Lord Jesus, please open our minds to learning from Your Word the way to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. For only in You can we find these things. Lord, Your ways are perfect and we want to walk in them. Please help us to do so. Thank You. Amen.

Kindness in a stranger

This picture is of the empty parking space where they had been.

I didn’t really think about it until they were gone.

I’d not been sitting in the car for very long when she pulled into the space next to me.

My husband is feeling better, but not well enough to drive, so I was playing chauffeur.

Since, I’m not allowed inside the doctor’s office unless there’s a medical reason, I sat in the car.

I’d decided to sit in the back seat where there’s more leg room to crochet.

I’d gotten all comfy when she pulled in.

It was an SUV, so I could easily see the driver, a young woman.

A bit later, movement caught my eye and I saw her carrying a baby boy.

I love babies!

I smiled.

She smiled too.

As this young mother left, I figured she was taking her little one to the pediatrician’s office in the same building as our doctor.

Time passed and they returned.

I smiled and she saw me.

She smiled back.

I was a bit surprised, she just hopped into the front seat with her baby, but it’s not my business to spy on people so I returned to crocheting.

Not long afterwards, I noticed movement again.

She had gotten back out of the driver’s seat and was standing next to the car window.

She was holding her baby so I could see him.

Through the glass we both were smiling at one another.

I told her he was adorable and made a motion with my hand for the sign, “beautiful”.

She understood and grabbed his little arm and waved at me.

I asked how old he was.

She carefully held him as she put up nine fingers.

“Nine months old,” replied this sweet mother.

Still smiling I nodded and that was the end of our conversation.

It’s a bit chilly out, so I wouldn’t have wanted to keep them out in the cold.

I also couldn’t think of more to say other than, “he’s adorable!”.

She soon backed out of the space and drove away.

And it suddenly seemed a little colder.

Some how this mother and baby had brought such warmth that I missed them when they left.

How does the kindness of a stranger touch my heart like that?

I am certain, it’s Jesus.

I thanked the Lord for this little moment and I prayed for this mother and child.

I thought of our grandson and then our granddaughter and prayed for them as well.

Pausing briefly, in my crocheting, I looked at the empty space and thanked God again for this sweet moment and these two strangers.

I returned to my crocheting, but continued to pray.

The space remained empty until right before it was time to leave.

It was another young woman who pulled in and as I prepared to back out I smiled at her.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for mother and baby boy. Please put Your hand upon them and watch over them. Guide their lives and direct them into the path of peace. Lord, thank You for the young lady who pulled in as I was leaving. Place Your truth into her heart and mind. Lord, please let those who are called by Your name be lights that shine brightly. Help us to love as You love, to walk this Earth interested in those around us more than our own wants and desires. Lord, help us live open handed, willing to smile and wave to a stranger. Please be glorified through us. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

The hummingbird feeder

No birds at the moment as I scared them away by getting too close!

I love how God uses things in my day to teach me truths.

Not long after it began getting colder our hummingbird feeder began to gain a lot of attention.

Since we hung it up this spring it’s been busy with two or three hummingbirds.

Of course they refuse to share, and although there are several areas on the feeder to drink from normally we only see one at a time because they run each other off.

But lately we’ve had four to five birds chasing each other around the feeder, back and forth across the yard.

One morning I got up to check the amount of food in the feeder because of the fervor I was witnessing from my bedroom window.

The feeder is just out of sight, but the birds flying round and around were not.

As the kids and I watched the birds land and then fly off again as another flew at them in an effort to gain a seat on the feeder, I commented.

“It’s crazy, I wish they could understand that no matter how many of them drink at the feeder I’m going to continue to refill it. If they’d just all share, they’d have enough.”

I suddenly realized that’s exactly what God would say to me.

He will provide.

I don’t need to “horde” things, but to generously share with others as I’m able and to trust God to refill my “feeder”.

Because, there is no lack with God.

Jesus fed the five thousand. (John 6:1-13)

He caused a huge catch of fish.(Luke 5:1-7)

He healed the sick, raised the dead, surely He can and will provide for my need. (Matt. 8:16, Mark 1:34, Luke 4:40, Luke 7:12-16)

Philippians 4:19 NKJV — And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The hummingbirds at our feeder can’t understand that I care about them and have no intention of letting them starve.

These are God’s creation and He cares for them.

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29‭-‬31 NKJV

God’s love is incredible and I can rest in His provision.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for these little birds and joy our family has of watching them and feeding them. Lord, please help us to be wise and to follow You in all we do. Lord, thank You for the reminder that You are our provision. Please help me to be generous and to willingly give as You lead me. Lord, shine Your truth into my heart and mind and teach me Your ways, that I might not sin against You. Lord, thank You for the birds and the lesson I have each day just outside my window. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

God is so faithful

The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life. Psalms 42:8 NKJV

I read these words this morning and was surprised at how they perfectly reflect my day and night.

They speak so clearly to what the Lord is doing.

His faithfulness is incredible!

As you probably know, our family’s desire is to see God’s Word shared around the world.

The Lord blessed us with a season of travel, where one, some, or all of us were able to go to other countries to share the love of Christ.

Now that travel is no longer an option, we are looking to support others who are living on the mission field.

My husband felt God would have us sell furniture.

After prayerfully considering the best platform for us, we rented a space at an antique mall.

Yesterday, God blessed us with safety as we traveled down and set up the booth.

He blessed us with help.

First our son-in-law lent us his trailer, then got up early and helped my husband load the trailer.

They drove down with us and he helped unload the trailer.

Two other young men, friends of ours, also came to help unload the trailer.

Since I’ve had a migraine for several days, I evidently wasn’t clear when explaining where I wanted the furniture and they had to rearrange things several times.

When all the furniture was in place Anne, Jase, and the young men patiently unwrapped all the small things and helped me place them.

My mom came down to meet us and took pictures of it all.

Since the booth is a few hours away, she’s offered to check on it regularly.

When it was finished, we packed up and headed home, as I was feeling worse.

To my surprise I realized I hadn’t taken a single picture of the booth.

I texted Sis and not long afterwards I received a bunch of lovely photos.

They had returned to take pictures.

My mom sent me hers as well.

My heart was so full of gratitude to the Lord for all the help and blessings.

And during the night I was able to praise Him and pray for those people who came to mind.

Such quiet and deep times with the Lord are those watches of the night

And then I read these words:

“The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime…”

Yesterday, it was unmistakable God was blessing us greatly.

Truly, each day is full of God’s lovingkindness.

“And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.”

This was exactly what my night was, singing praise in my heart and prayers.

As I read these words this morning I just had to share how good and how faithful God is.

His ways are perfect and His Word is truth.

His lovingkindness is incredible.

I am so thankful to Him.

I’m so thankful for all the people who helped us.

And I pray that your heart is encouraged.

I don’t know what you are facing today, but I do know Who is wanting to walk you through it.

May you feel the love of Jesus Christ as you walk into 2021.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for all the ways You bless me each day. Lord, thank You for the food I eat, the clothes I wear, and the tasks at hand. Lord Jesus, I want to lift up the broken, the hurting, the lost, and I humbly request that You touch them, guide them, bring them to Yourself. Lord, the innocent, those in bondage, the orphan, and the widow, please provide and protect. Lord, for those who are called by Your name, please help them to live wholeheartedly for You in every area. Lord, show them how to live, give them discernment and provision. Please, return the prodigal. Lord, Your lovingkindness is amazing. Your grace and mercy are incredible. Thank You for Your faithfulness. I love You. Amen.

December 31

Today’s prayer:

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
Psalms 143:8 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for these words. They speak for me today. Lord, as I lay myself, my plans, my desires before You I humbly request that You guide, direct, and provide. I know You will. You always have. Lord, thank You so much for loving me. Thank You for speaking to my heart and teaching me how to find joy in praising You no matter the circumstance. Lord, thank You for the example of Paul and Silas. They were hurt and in prison and they chose to praise You! Please let me and my family always choose to praise You. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your amazing grace and mercy. Lord, this last day of 2020, belongs to You just as every other day does. Please help us to look to You, to trust in You, and to stand in prayer. We love You Jesus. Please continue to save the lost, protect the innocent, provide for the widow and orphan, and return the prodigal. Thank You, Jesus. I praise Your holy name! Amen.

December 20

Today’s prayer:

Oh, give thanks to the Lord ! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord !
I Chronicles 16:8‭-‬10 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for all Your wonderous ways! It is only through You that we find truth, honor, goodness, patience, discernment, understanding, knowledge, wisdom, and love. Lord,only through You do we see a future as a hope. Please, Lord, help us to be prayerful about all things. To walk with You in integrity and truth. Lord, speak to Your servants, please help us to hear Your voice and to know You more each day. Lord Jesus, please cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Help us to be quick to repent, humble, and honest. Lord, please help us to trust in You for all things. Thank You. Lord, I lift up the sick and hurting, the broken, the abused, the oppressed, the prodigal, the captive, the innocent, the fatherless, and the lost. Please let the whole world be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God. Thank You. Amen.

December 13

Today’s prayer:

Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psalms 112:4 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for being our light! Thank You for being upright and righteousness. Lord, thank You for being merciful and kind, full of compassion and understanding. Lord Jesus, please help each one of us to completely surrender ourselves before You. Help us to be aware of those things which would hinder our relationship with You, those things we have allowed to bend our perspective away from completely following You. Lord, please remove anything which would ensnare us. Lord, please break off the chains of sin and help us obey Your Word with zeal and humility, not as puffing ourselves up, but instead resting in Your strength and Your Sovereignty. For You do not see as man sees. Lord Jesus, help me to relinquish every part, every piece of my life to You. Please help me to walk in wisdom, honor, and love. Please give me Your perspective and set Your Word upon my heart. Thank You for all Your wonderful works. Lord, I humbly lift up the hurting, the sick, the lost,the caption, the prodigal, and the innocent before You. Please, touch each heart and bring them all they need. Thank You. Amen.

Fear

Not unlike a tiny fish darting from danger, each person is open to fear’s attack.

What child hasn’t cowered in the fear of darkness?

Or cried tears of fear when the startling, the unexpected, the painful struck?

For that matter, what adult hassn’t experienced some fear lurking in their minds?

Fear of failure.

Fear of loss.

Fear of need.

Fear of being alone.

Fear of pain, death, hurt, abandonment,…

The list is long.

Fear comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, because it’s better at hiding inside other emotions than a chameleon is at blending into the background.

Fear is often a motivation.

But it’s a harsh, cruel, relentless master.

Fear will never be quelled by “good thoughts”, kind words, or self love.

There’s only one thing that conquers it completely.

1 John 4:18 NKJV — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

This isn’t the love of a human which is perfect.

It’s the love of God.

Something we can experience because He loved us first.

1 John 4:19 NKJV — We love Him because He first loved us.

1 John 4:9 NKJV — In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

Fear in any form can not stand before the consuming love of God.

And when one places their lives in His hands He becomes the Master, casting out fear.

The scriptures speak so clearly of the peace which comes when trust in God reigns in the heart.

Psalm 56:11 KJV — In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Psalm 118:6 KJV — The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Psalm 56:4 NKJV — In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV — For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Hebrews 13:6 NKJV — So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

And there are so many more verses speaking to us.

When we put our trust in God, when we realize how perfect His love, fear is defeated.

Jesus spoke about this in a simple and yet profound way.

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29‭-‬31 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for this. To help us understand the profound truth of Your care for Your creation. How great and mighty You are. How infinite and above all we can possibly see or know. Thank You for being both loving and righteous. Thank You for being truth and mercy. Lord, thank You for showing us how great is Your care through these words. To number the very hairs of our heads, to never miss a single bird’s fall to the Earth. To know the hearts of all mankind. Truly, You are incredible and I praise Your holy name. Lord Jesus, thank You for all You are doing, have done, and will do. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You. Amen.

December 7

Today’s prayer:

Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Psalms 86:3‭-‬5 KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for life, love, and truth. Lord Jesus, You know the cries of my heart. You know the joys and sorrows of this life. You understand all the inner workings of all that is happening, far better than I. Lord Jesus, I trust You. I wait upon You with open hands. Take what You will and give what is best. Let my life be a service unto You and please place in me Your Word. Lord, please let our lives bring glory to Your name. Lord, I lift up those in need. That the widow, the fatherless, the weak, the sick, hurting, the lost, and the forgotten will be touched by Your Word, Your love, Your truth. Lord, please break in pieces the lies, deception, and abuse. Let those who fear You, purify their ways and live devotedly to You alone. Please begin with me and my family. Please help us to be Your servants, looking for nothing more than service to You each day. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your truth. In Your precious name I humbly ask these things. Amen.