Friday, November 17, 2017

Fight fear

Father, thank you that I have no need to fear because you fight for me. 

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Help me to stand and wait for your deliverance.

Deuteronomy 3

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Love

Father, that I may know and believe the love you have for me.

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I catch myself time and time again striving and working for that love. I long to know you as a Father who loves without condition and without any requirements. That you care for me without limit. I have missed it for so long.

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Teach me to abide in your love and have no fear. I know when I am perfected in love, my understanding will be deepened and fear will have no place.

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Perfect your love in me. Thank you that I can love you because you loved me first. Thank you that my love will overflow into the world around me. Give me the depths of this understanding.

1 John 4

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Monday, November 6, 2017

His pleasure

Father, thank you that it is you who works in me, that my will and my work will be for your pleasure.

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Thank you that I can put no confidence in my flesh and what I am able to do, but that all my confidence is on your Holy Spirit to lead me and in Christ Jesus, who redeemed me.

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Help me to take this truth and make it my own. To press on toward the goal, for the prize of the upward call.

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Thank you that because I know who you are and who I am in you, I can rejoice in you.

Philippians 2 & 3

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Discipleship

Father, thank you for strong women and men who challenge and build up those younger in the faith.

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Help us to learn the value and need for true discipleship, which truly changes lives.

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Help us to build up and encourage each other in the word and with the examples of our lives and teach us to allow others to speak into our lives for the sake of the gospel.

1 Timothy 6

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Blessed

Father, I want to be blessed by you.

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I don't want to plant myself rooted deeply in the ways of the world.

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I want all my delight to be in you and in your beautiful word.

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Draw me to meditate on it day and night. That is the only way it can come out of me... if it is deep in me.

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Root me deeply in you.

Psalm 1

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#breathingprayers #prayingthescriptures #prayingthepsalms #day1 #blessed #meditate #law #wordofgod #thankyou #rooted #givethanks 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Unity

Father, thank you for the Apostle Paul and his passion for your church. 


Thank you that you are the one who completes the work in me, because you are the one who began it. This shows me that I am held by you with no need to strive. I want to be found abiding in you. 


I pray that your church will rise up and be bold in our unity and love. Help us to look past our own motivations and be thankful that the gospel is being proclaimed. Help us to walk in the joy of unity. 


Thank you that I only have to worry about my own heart and not everyone around me. That you are sovereign and in control of how your name is proclaimed. 


Oh Father, let my life be worthy of the gospel of Christ. For you are worth all of this junk that I endure. And even more. You are worth it. 


Help me to lay down my interests for the sake of the Gospel.

Philippians 1

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Pursue

Father, reveal to my heart what I crave. Deliver me from the cravings of my flesh and cause my heart to crave your truth.

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Reveal to me the root of my words. If they are conceited, puffed up, ignorant, or full of controversy and quarrels. Reveal to my heart the results of those kinds of words... envy, dissension, slander or friction. Break the chains of these, I know they flow from my heart.

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Father, help me to press through to pursue righteousness and fight for my faith. Help me to no longer be passive, but to be ready for work through hard things in order to take hold of all that you have for me. 

1 Timothy 6

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day 18

Abba! I love you!  You are my strength and my rock. My shield, fortress and stronghold. I would have died if it were not for you!  

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I cried out to you and you came storming in! You rescued me because you delighted in me. 

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How can the love of a Father be so...

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Because of Jesus you see me righteous, blameless, free. With the merciful you show yourself merciful. Make me merciful like you. 

Psalm 18


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Delight

Father, David saw your deliverance in ways not many have. You set him apart and saved him. You preserved him for a purpose. 


He was a man full of sin... and a heart of repentance. His desperate cries reached your ears and you answered his plea.

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Father, help me to be a woman who has a heart of repentance. Help me to see my desperate state and the mighty hand you take to rescue me from what I deserve. 


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Thank you that you delight in me. Thank you that you chose me and set me apart. Help me to begin to understand the depths of that. I pray that all my delight is in you alone. Mark my heart deep with delight in you and your word. Thank you that you daily draw me to you. Help me to be sensitive and alert to your Spirit that draws me. 

2 Samuel 22

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Spring

Father, thank you for causing Jesus to reveal His humanity and His need in this moment to the woman at the well. 


Thank you for using her as an example of your love and mercy as you drew her into conversation that would change her life forever. 


Thank you for your call to repentance and lack of condemnation. Your mercy is scandalous. 


Help me to see my need daily, that I am not able to meet the standard of holiness, but help me to see that you have done that work for me in the finished work of Jesus. 

John 4


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Train

Father, thank you that everything created by you is good. Help me to receive all things from you with thanksgiving.  


Help me to obey the leading of your Spirit and to be able to recognize myths. Help me to be trained in the words of the faith and good doctrine. 


Help me to use your words to train myself for godliness, because my hope is set on you, the living God. 


Help me not to allow my fears of others opinions to hinder how I live my life. 


Help me to immerse myself in your ways and your teachings. Help me to put these things into practice as I learn them. 


Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit to teach me and guide me. Don't let me become calloused to His leading and conviction. Make my heart soft and able to be molded into your image. 

1 Timothy 4


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Search

Father, you search me and know me. You see my every move. You know my thoughts and fears. You know my inner accusations of you. 


You know my doubts and the filth of my heart that no one knows. 


But you formed me and you choose me. Your thoughts toward me are precious. 


Thank you for your unfailing love. Thank you for constantly covering my faults. You are my good Father. 

Psalm 139

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Faithful

Father, you call me to be faithful. In the tiny replies, every response and reaction... even on social media. 


You call me to be faithful in this step... then that one... but wait faithfully right there for the next one. Don't move yet. Be faithful. 


You call me to be faithful with every table I wipe and every diaper I change. Every time I have to turn his socks right side out and every pot I have to clean up. 


You call me to be faithful in the reading of your word and the minutes spent in prayer. Faithful with my time spent in worship, to not be distracted by voices but set my mind on you. 


You call me to be faithful to the time listening to a woman pouring her heart out or just needing to vent. Even how I am living the words that I preach. 


I complain and threaten to throw in the towel. I whine when it is too much. 


Father, call my heart to repentance and teach me to be faithful. Even to death to myself. A faithful one who loves to please her Master. 

Like 16


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Formerly

Father, thank you for your law and using it to show me how far I fall short every day. 


Thank you for your mercy and grace overflowing so that I can no longer be who I once was. 


Thank you for your perfect patience and revealing to me how impatient I am so that I can have the opportunity daily to repent and ask you to renew my mind and heart. 


Thank you for showing me in your word that the aim of everything I do should be LOVE. Help me to love even when it is inconvenient. 


Thank you that you call me and teach me to be faithful with what you have given to me... the ministry that is before me. Make my eyes able to see what it is you set before me. Make me faithful. 


Thank you that you desire all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. Help me to be faithful to learn and know your truth so that I can't be easily led away from you. 

1 Timothy 1, 2 & 3


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wits end

Father, I have been at my wits end this week. So many emotions and thoughts. I am overwhelmed. 


Listen to my prayer and answer me quickly! Deliver me from the things that seek to destroy me. Don't hide yourself from me!


No one can stand under your judgement because no one is righteous before you. I will never measure up. But you show great mercy and steadfast love because of your name's sake. 


Teach me to do your will. Show me the right path. You hold my life and plans in your hand and I remember from the past that your steadfast love will prevail above all failure. 

Psalm 143


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Friday, September 1, 2017

Free

Father, thank you that you have given us the Holy Spirit and freedom in you. Thank you for revealing the law to unveil your great grace. 


Help me to walk in the Spirit so that your fruit will be evident in my life. I want these to flow out of my life... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self control. 


Help me not to sow out of my flesh, which brings death, but to sow out of the Spirit, which brings life! Help me to not grow weary doing what you have placed in front of me. But help me to be faithful and work fully as unto you. 


May my boast be in Christ alone. 

Galatians 5 & 6


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Monday, August 28, 2017

Free

Father, how easy it is to fall into the trap that I can do something for my salvation. To earn it or work toward it. Even the phrase "I'll do my best" is works based and I fall into that deception daily. 


Thank you that your grace and mercy are always there to meet me and rescue me from my self righteousness. 


Help me to see my falling short but your love shine though the mess I make. Help me to walk according to your Spirit and not allow the spirit of slavery to chain me again. 


Thank you for your great love. Your great scandalous love. 

Galatians 3


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Approval

Father, thank you for showing me the humility of Paul. He had every reason to base his life on the approval of man, but he knew that your opinion of him is the only opinion that mattered. 


Help me to not allow the approval of man to change what I know of myself or what you have called me to. 


Help me to humble myself in a way that doesn't assume that people should know my capabilities or strengths. 


Help me to rest in the fact that the way that you view me is truth and everything else is a lie. 


Thank you that it doesn't matter if anyone knows who I am or what I have done. Thank you that what matters is that all men and women know you and what you have done for them. Let that be my focus, just as it was for Paul. 

Galatians 1


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Monday, August 7, 2017

God

Father, thank you that I can serve you with gladness and come into your presence with singing because I can know that you are God! 


You are good even when life is not, thank you that I can cling to that and not allow my circumstances to rule my emotions. 


Thank you for your goodness, your steadfast love and your faithfulness to all generations. 

Psalm 100


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Friday, August 4, 2017

Deposit

Father, teach me to guard the deposit that has been entrusted to me in the gospel of Jesus and the gifting you have given me to share it. 


Teach me to esteem your gospel above all other things in my life. Help me to bind it on my heart. 


Teach me to use the gifting that you have given me with great esteem so that your gospel will be advanced. Don't let me allow others to distract me or discourage me from what you have placed in my hand. 


Teach me to effectively use my giftings to the best of my ability and that you would receive the glory for all of it. 


Father, you and your Word are my treasured possession. 

1 Timothy 6


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hide

Father, I don't want to hide the talents, opportunities and gifts that you give to me to further your kingdom. 


Help me to not operate in fear and doubt. Help me to not settle for whatever just happens!  


Make me brave to work hard and take risks. Help me to walk in faith and invest in what will be the greater reward. 


Help me to remember as I obey, that you are my shepherd and you gently lead me. Help me to remember that I am loved and because of that I can walk in faith and trust you alone. 

Matthew 25


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Friday, July 28, 2017

Anchored

Father, you are my anchor. Thank you that in you, I will never be moved. That I will not be afraid of bad news because I trust that your plan is always for my good. 


Thank you that my heart is firm in trusting you because of who you are and not because of what I can do. 


Thank you that my heart can be steady and I can always look in triumph on my enemies because of your mighty power to work in my circumstances to bring glory to yourself. 


Draw me to live the righteous life and obey the call you have placed on me. 


Thank you that because of you I am called righteous. 

Psalm 112


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

His plan

Father, what a peace it give me to know that while I plan away, you establish my steps. 


I plan, wonder and organize so that it will all be just so, but you way will be done. You have the final say. There is so much grace in that knowledge. 


Father, tune my heart to know your leading so that I will easily follow what you have for me. 


Thank you that you will never leave me. 

Proverbs 16


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rest

Father, my souls waits for you. Teach me to wait in simple silence. Help me to discipline myself. 


Thank you that you are my rock and my fortress. Thank you that you are my salvation. 


Thank you that I can trust in your deliverance when I rest in you. Teach me to rest in you. 


My hope comes from you alone.  

Psalm 62


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Save me

Father, thank you that I can cry out in confidence to you because of your steadfast love toward me. 


I am in over my head and I need your rescue. I need you to hear my cry. I am nothing and can do nothing without you. My vision has grown dim and I can't find my way. 


Thank you for hearing my cry and turning my heart and my eyes from my circumstances to look to you alone. 


My heart know that you are the only one to save me, to rescue and pull me out of this. 


Thank you for your great love for me, a love that no one else can give. Thank you for meeting with me and showing me you great love. Thank you for your sovereign hand that holds me close and knows my every breath and every beat of my heart. My heart has come alive with your love. 

Psalm 69


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Awe

Father, I know in life there are ebbs and flows. Hot then cold again. But as David prayed so many times in the Psalms, be gracious to me, teach me your way. 


Father, make this passage true to my heart. I desire for my heart to stand in awe of your word. I want to rejoice daily at your word. I desire to love your law. 


I want to praise you continually and have the great peace that comes from loving your law. 


Write these things on my heart. Compel me with your Holy Spirit to be in awe of you. 

Psalm 119


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Soul talk

Father, help me to preach the gospel to myself. Help me to preach your goodness to myself. 


Give me an unquenchable thirst for you. Help me to come to you and rest from my work and striving by the living streams that you offer.  


Thank you that I am not alone and that you hold every tear in a bottle. Thank you that you never leave me or forsake me. Thank you that you COMMAND your steadfast love over me. 


Father, teach me with your word, to speak words of truth to myself and not lies. 


Help me to daily place my hope in you. You are my salvation and my God.  You are the giver of steadfast love. 

Psalm 42 


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Binding

Father, you tell me to keep your words, treasure your commandments, keep your commandments and teachings. To bind them on my fingers and write them on my heart. 


Father, as I see a finger bound and unable to move freely, I wonder what exactly you mean. Nothing can be done with this bound finger without extreme care taken to not accidentally remove the binding, because it protects from pain. 


I always stumble into the meaning. Father, your commands and teachings are to be the binding that protects me from pain caused by sin... injury. The pain may come but the binding is there to hold me together. All my thoughts go to that binding as protection. 


Help me to bind myself with your words, your teachings and commands as a protection. Help me to see it in that way instead of a burden to hinder. Thank you that you have given your word to me to bind me in. Write your words on my heart and I bind them on myself. 

Proverbs 7


#breathingprayers #prayingthescriptures #prayingproverbs #binding #heart #fingers #pain #injury #protection. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Anchors

Father, help me to learn from the examples of Moses, the Children of Israel, Hosea and Jesus, even as you lead them into the wilderness with a purpose. 


Your purpose was to humble them and to show them their own hearts. You revealed hearts of disobedience, hearts of fear and hearts surrendered to you. 


Father, as I have been led into this wilderness, humble me and reveal my own heart to me. Show me the broken wells and the false anchors I have placed my hope in. Help me to embrace this place and learn what you have for me until you are ready do move me into a new season. 

Deuteronomy 8


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Friday, June 30, 2017

Refuge

Father, let all who take refuge in you rejoice, let them ever sing for joy. 


Spread your protection of them, that those who love your name may exult in you. 


Father, help me to take my refuge in you and not try to hide in what I can accomplish on my own. You are the rock that I hide myself in. 

Psalm 5


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weakness

Father, help me to follow the example of Paul and to boast in my weaknesses. Help me to see them as an opportunity to rest in your strength. Help me to daily examine myself to see if I am living in faith of Jesus Christ and not in myself. 


Help me to daily rejoice! Because you have done great things for me! Help me to become mature in my interactions with others. Help me to be an encouragement and comfort to others, not drag them down. Help me to be of the same mind even in disagreements, the mind of peace. Peace in myself and peace with others. And Father, help me to life with arms flung wide open to my brothers and sisters. 


Thank you for the grace of the Lord Jesus making the way for me to come to you. Thank you for your great love, that you loved me so much you gave your son for my redemption. And thank you for your gift of the Holy Spirit so that I may have constant fellowship with you. You always give good gifts. 

2 Corinthians 13


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Most High

Father, this Psalm hits me right where I am. In sin and struggling, rebellion and turning away. You discipline them and then they remember. 


Father, help me to always remember you!! 


In the struggle, wrestling and frustration with my own family, I forget my calling to them. I do not walk in grace and truth. I spout off lies to them. Lies of works and performance, lies of my peace and comfort being important. I forget you. And my sin is thrown in my face as I realize I have forgotten you. 


Father, I am weak and you are my rock! Unmoving and stable when I fall and fail. You are the one who redeems me, because I certainly could never redeem myself, even in my striving. 


Help me, Father, to remember your calling on my life to these people you have placed in my care. You are my only hope. Thank you that it is always your kindness that leads me to repentance. 

Psalm 78


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Fervent

Father, give me a heart to know you and a passion to love and follow hard after you. 


Don't allow things to come in the way in my mind and heart. Make it my desire always to seek you first above all else. 


Brand my heart. Give me a heart to know you. 

Jeremiah 24


#breathingprayers #prayingthescriptures #biblejournaling #illustratedfaith #fervent #return #heart #passion. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Promises

Father, it poured and poured. You rained down judgement and death. So that all could be made new in hopes of repentance. 


You saw all the destruction... I wonder how your heart felt. Then you promised never to flood the earth again. Of course you knew that repentance would not replace all the sin. But you still promised. 


I was born dead in the spirit but you offered me hope and a way because there was no other. Jesus is my hope and the one whom all my promises are fulfilled in. 


Father, help me to live in that promise. The promise of new life. The promise that all I need is found in him. That I have all hope in the cross. 


This covenant given to Noah is the same. Found in you I am safe even with danger all around.  The waters spring and pour all around, some things I have never seen before. While I deal with the effects of these things, they never affect my security in you. 


Thank you for your promises and that you always fulfill them. 

Genesis 9


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Steadfast

Father, you always bring me back to your love. Everywhere I turn right now. Your steadfast love. I can't run from it. I don't understand the depth of it. But I know you are calling me deeper into love. Your perfect love. Love that woos me, love that challenges me, love that changes me. And love that compels me. Love that compels me to be who you created me to be, to walk hand in hand with you knowing the depth of the security I have only in you, because of the blood of Jesus. For God so loved the world that he sent.... you gave all. Because of love for me. It feels childish and shallow at first, like a child's song. But to live in it is so different. Maybe if we knew the depth of it as a child we wouldn't struggle to live in that love. 


Father, would you show me the depth of your love? Your word tells me that Christ's love compels us, but if I'm not being compelled by your love, do I truly know your love? Father, write it deep in my heart. Teach me of your steadfast love. 

Lamentations 3

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Monday, June 5, 2017

He prayed

Father, Jesus prayed for the disciples hours before His arrest, and in that I see His prayer for me. Thank you for this example in scripture. 


Jesus prayed that you would be glorified in His life and death. He prayed that you would protect the word that He had given from you,  in the lives of believers. He prayed that you wouldn't take them out of this world but that you would keep them from the evil one. He prayed that you would sanctify your people with the truth of your word. He prayed that we would know that you sent Him and know that you love us even as you loved Him. And that the same love that you loved Him with, would be in us. 


All so rich and deep. Father, will you do these things in your people. Be glorified in my life and my death to self. Protect the word you have placed in my heart. Don't take me out of the world, but thank you that I have protection from the enemy because of the blood of Jesus. Sanctify me with the truth of your word daily. Help me to know the depth of your love for me and that that same love would be in me. 


Thank you that I can have joy knowing all the things Christ has done for me and the life I can have because of Him. Even in death, may You be glorified. 

John 17

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Grace

Father, even in the midst of prophecy and rebuke, there is grace. In the midst of sin, there is grace. In the midst of turning away, there is grace. 


There is always grace. You constantly call to return to you and turn from sin. 


Father, make me a woman of grace. To be a giver or grace. To always point to the way out of the mess... your grace. 


Thank you for being a God of grace. 

Ezekiel 18


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Glory

Father, all you do is good. You have created all things to give yourself glory. Open my eyes to see your glory all around me. 


Help me to live my life for your glory alone. Give me creativity from you and help me to walk boldly into the gifting you have placed upon me. Help me to always reflect your glory. Let your name be known in all the earth. 

Psalm 72

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Take heart

Father, Paul walked a hard, hard road for the sake of the gospel.  As a prisoner, without blame, he used every hardship as an opportunity to preach the gospel of Christ. He held on to every word you have said, in confidence knowing that you would do what you said. Even when it looked impossible. He was an encouragement to the people around him in the storm and told them that even they would be spared because of what God promised to him. 


Father, give me that kind of faith. To know what you have said and to believe it without a doubt. Help me to hold tight to your word. And help me to rest, in peace, in the sovereignty of your perfect plan even when I can't see through the waves and storm that surround me. Help me to hold tight to you. Knowing who you are is an anchor to me. Draw me into you to know you more as I wait this storm out. Thank you that you are in the waiting. 

Acts 27

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Weakness

Father, the weaknesses rise to the top quickly. It hurts. You tell me that your strength is made perfect in my weakness and that I should boast in it so that your power will rest on me. 


Teach me to be like Paul. To plead with you for freedom, healing, deliverance, relief. But when you tell me to move forward in those weaknesses, help me to live in the promise of your strength being made perfect. 


Help me to learn to boast in you and your strength and not what o can do for myself. Teach me to rest in your grace through my weakness. 

2 Corinthians 12


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Tears

Father, be gracious to me. The attacks come from all around me. All my plans are being stopped. When I am afraid I will trust in you. In you I trust and I have no fear for what can happen to me. Because your word is final. 


Thank you that you know all I face, you know all my pain and you have seen every tear fall. I know they are important to you. 


Thank you that you are for me. I can praise you. I trust in you, so I will not be afraid. 

Psalm 56


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Fight

Jesus had just performed the miracle of five loaves and two fish. He had just given thanks, broken and gave provision to them. The disciples had just walked away with twelve baskets left over. Yet, just a few hours later, they felt far from Jesus and began to fear. Because their hearts were hardened, the truth of Jesus' miracle had not sunk deep into their hearts and taken root. 


Father, I see this fear overtaking the disciples and I see it overtaking me. I see your miracles and experience them in my life and when I come out of the trouble times, your truths have not taken root. I fall into fear again. Their hearts were hardened, maybe because the work of the ministry was their normal. It grew old easily. 


When Jesus appeared to them you told to take heart, do not be afraid. Because you were with them in that storm. Your provision surrounded them. 


Father, thank you that you are with me always and you have given me the weapons to fight the fear. Help me to stand firm in who I am in you. Make my heart soft so that your truth can penetrate the depths of my heart and kill the fear. 

Mark 6


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Faithful

Father, when things go wrong or not how I expect or plan, I ask you why. I question your goodness and your blessing in my life. I become like Job and I state my defense. I tell you what I deserve. 


Help me to run to you because you are God and in control of all things. Use the example of Ruth to write faithfulness on my heart. So that in hard times, even when you ask me to give up things or position or relationships, that I will trust you are keeping me on the path you have for me. That you will correct me when I go astray. That your plan is always perfect. 


Thank you that you have a strong arm and you are able to hold me up. 

Job 40


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our good

Father, all throughout the book of Genesis we see the enemy making plans for evil, but you always turn the situations for good in the lives of the men and women who followed and obeyed you. 


Thank you for this example of Joseph who was able to identify the enemy's schemes and he knew that God changed all the circumstances around. 


Father, open my eyes to that too. So that I can know that the battle is not in the physical, and to know and rest in the fact that you are sovereign above all. 

You always have your way. 

Genesis 50

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Promise

Father, while this passage in Joshua was written to the Children of Israel, I can say it of my life as well. 


Not. One. Word. Has failed, of all the good things that you have promised to me. There are too many to list. But as I walk in obedience to you, none of your words have failed. 


Even in the storms and when the blessing isn't always a physical blessing. I know you are with me. You have never left me alone, without hope or without provision. 


Help me daily to walk in obedience to you, to know the promises you have for me and to watch for you to fulfill them. 


Thank you that you are faithful and your promises never return void. 

Joshua 23

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