Saturday, December 16, 2017

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, give ear to my prayer. Attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble, I will call upon You, for You will answer me.

As I spend these days waiting to celebrate Your birth, give me the grace to greet You without suppressed sighs of weariness. Grant me the spirit of generosity; let me open my front door to You, without any thought of inconvenience. Let me work every teaching and commandment You gave us, let me know Your love and share it abundantly with all I may meet, remembering throughout this time Your message and example of long-suffering love and infinite patience.

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, this day and evermore.


Todays Godly Reminder - Ephesians 3:20

Give glory to the Lord always. Give due to His Name. He deserves all the credit, the glory and honor. He is able to carry out His purpose. He is able to do super-abundantly more than all that we dare ask or think. It is infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams. His power is always at work within us. Glory to God, forever!

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Daily Grace - Story Stewards

Many people take great care to make sure their resources are used well after they die. They set up trusts, write wills, and establish foundations to guarantee that their assets will continue to be used for a good purpose after their life on earth is done. We call this good stewardship.

Equally important, however, is being good stewards of our life story. God commanded the Israelites not only to teach their children His laws but also to make sure they knew their family history. It was the responsibility of parents and grandparents to make sure their children knew the stories of how God had worked on their behalf (Deut. 4:1-14). God has given each of us a unique story. His plan for our lives is individualized. Do others know what you believe and why? Do they know the story of how you came to faith and how God has worked in your life to strengthen your faith? Do they know how God has shown Himself faithful and has helped you through doubts and disappointments? 

The faithfulness of God is a story that we have the privilege to pass on. Record it in some way and share it. Be a good steward of the story that God is telling through you. A life lived for God leaves a lasting legacy.

Today We Pray

Dear God, as I face another day, I know I am going to face many challenges to my faith, patience, to my love for others. I am going to have constant temptations to lapse into sin. Come to me now, Lord, and stay with me all day.

Let Your Spirit encompass my mind. Let me know Your presence. Steer my hand, direct my words, guide my thoughts in everything I think and say and do.

I resolve to live this day as a beacon of Your glory, the best I can, with your help. I commit myself to give this day to You. In the name of Christ, be with me and help me.


Todays Godly Reminder - 2 Corinthians 4:18

Look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen. For the things which are visible are temporal. It is just brief and fleeting. But the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.

 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Daily Grace - A Submission Problem

During a talk-show interview, a celebrity confessed that she spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours each year on her hair and its styling. She recognized that it had become an addiction and admitted that her problem was "submission to the hair". The word submission means "an act of yielding to the authority or control of another". Because of her desire to look and feel beautiful, this celebrity was allowing her hair to be in control of her life.

This woman's story could lead us to wonder about our own hearts' desires and what we're submitting to. Do we at times want something so badly that we submit to doing anything to get it? Are we submitting to admiration? Possessions? Self? Food? Money? Pleasure?

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul said, "to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves" (6:16). When our desires "war" within us (James 4:1), we are to submit ourselves to God as "slaves of God" (Rom. 6:22). Humbling ourselves before the Lord (James 4:10) and asking Him to show us our heart will help us to recognize our own submission problems. True freedom is not in choosing our own way, but in submitting to God's way.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, Your blessings every morning know no limit. Yet I often rush by not seeing them, I fear. Let me take a moment this and every morning, God, I pray, to remember all of them, and know that you are here.

Hold me in the palm of your hand. I pray that You will mold me into what you want me to be. May I joyfully fill the role you have given to me and feel your peace deep in my soul, today and always.

I bless and thank you for finding me, Lord. May I never more take a breath without a heart filled with your Spirit. This is all we ask, through Christ our Lord.