Friday, September 22, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Monday, July 3, 2017


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


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


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


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

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Friday, June 9, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Friday, May 5, 2017

Good news

Father, thank you for the book of Isaiah, where there is more prophecies of Jesus found, than in any other book of the Bible. 

You also called Isaiah to preach the good news, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, which I once was. And because I am a follower of Christ, you have called me to that very same thing. 

Thank you that your Holy Spirit is in me to do these things. 

Father, help me to walk boldly into the calling you have in my life. In every situation to bring the good news of the gospel of grace, to bind up broken hearts with your love and to proclaim freedom because you have taken away our yoke of slavery. 

Let me be your hands and your feet. Let your words flow from my mouth and proclaim you alone. 

Isaiah 61

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Father, I have heard it all my life. Jesus love me. But the last few years my eyes have begun to see and my heart has begun to grasp the depth of your grace... there isn't a thing more I can do to gain your love. You love me. As I sat in a group of women I heard those words and began to weep. Such simple words. 

I've always felt I had to do more, be more, be better. Be good. 

But the thought came to me... Christ's love compels us. It should. But what if I'm not being compelled? Maybe I am not compelled because I haven't felt the depths of your love. Unconditional, unchanging, unfailing love. There is nothing I can do to change it. Father, why is that so hard to even say? I doubt and wonder how it is possible. 

Father, write on my heart. Teach me how to fully abide in your love. To never leave living in your love and to stop the lies in their tracks. 

Thank you that I while I was still a sinner you sent Jesus because you SO LOVED the world. 

Thank you that I am called Beloved. 

John 15

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Monday, May 1, 2017


Father, you are able to make all grace abound to me so that I may abound in every good work. Thank you that it is your Holy Spirit at work in my heart when I desire to give generously. 

Father, thank you that you promise me that when I give generously I will reap generously, but help me to remember that my reaping is not always in the physical, but so much of the time it is reaping in righteousness, which will endure forever. 

Thank you that you provide all my needs which leads to thanksgiving, because this isn't about me. This is about you. Father, thank you that my response to the Gospel of Christ, your good news, will cause you to receive the glory. 

Help me to plan well so that I can walk in obedience to your call to give. Cause me to excel in this grace. 

Thank you for your inexpressible gift, which calls me to live a life of generosity. 

2 Corinthians 9

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Thank you

Oh my Jesus, because of you I am free. 

What can I do but love you with my life every moment every day. 

Daily, bring me back to that first love and the remembrance of your sacrifice to live my life pouring out and giving thanks. 

Thank you for the cross my Friend. 

Matthew 27

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Turned over

Father, because of the death of Christ I no longer live for myself. I am being turned over to death, just like Lazarus was, so that the life of Jesus may be made manifest for your own glory. 

I can't cover my own shame, but you have done it once and for all. Thank you. 

Father, compel me with the love of Christ, control me with the love of Christ, that my desires, my heart, actions, behaviors and motives be controlled by you and not for my own benefit. Return me to my first love that I may not take your sacrifice for me for granted and I will walk daily in gratitude to you. That there will be an overflow into the people around me. Those you have placed there... even what I feel are interruptions. Thank you that I no longer have to live for myself, but that I can live for you. Thank you for turning me over to death to live for you. 

2 Corinthians 5

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Monday, April 10, 2017


Father, in this scene of the death of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, they were hurt. They were mourning and couldn't understand why Jesus waited. They knew He could heal their brother. But He didn't. He didn't even come in time. 

Actually... He waited, as scriptures say, He waited *because* He loved. He didn't come right away because He loved them. Shocking. 

You wanted them to see that even in death, you receive the glory. You allow what looks to me like failure for a greater good. So that all may see and know what you are capable of... Resurrection. 

And when Jesus said those words "I am the resurrection and the life" He said them to one woman, with possibly no one else around. You wanted one woman to know you intimately. You are the resurrection and the life. You wanted her to look past today into eternity and see what you have given all mankind through Christ. You have given life. 

So Father, help me to know that you use even my failures for your glory. Help me to trust you with the things in my life that I mourn for that look like they are dead and have no fruit. Help me to know that you allow pain to grow me, that I may know you more intimately. Help me to know that you are at work even when I can't see it. And help me to obey your words when they look silly and fruitless and to know that you have called me to an eternal purpose that will not bear fruit on this earth alone, but it will go into eternity as I step out in obedience to you. 

John 11

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Friday, April 7, 2017


Father, give me a new heart of flesh. Remove the heart of stone from me. 

You wrote your law on the stone with your very hand. But the law alone leads to condemnation, because I can never fulfill it on my own. 

Write your law in my heart, with Your Holy Spirit, that leads to life. Thank you that in you I am sufficient in the new covenant. Thank you that I can have full confidence in the finished work of Christ. 

Ezekiel 36 & 

2 Corinthians 3

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Father, where your Spirit is, there is freedom. Thank you for your freedom because of the finished work of Jesus. 

The law could never be fulfilled on my own, it is a never ending task. But you transform me from glory to glory. 

"If there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory."

Thank you that the death and resurrection of Jesus made grace final. You completely and perfectly fulfilled the requirements of the law, through Christ. 

It Was Made Permanent. 

Thank you that one day I will behold your glory with an unveiled face as you change me from one degree of glory to another. Help me to walk in the righteousness you have robed me with in obedience to your Holy Spirit. 

2 Corinthians 3

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Monday, April 3, 2017


Father, I plan, schedule, worry and stress about it all and how it all will fit together and work out. 

I plan out the days,  the months and the years. I think I have a final goal and that if I do it the right way it will all go according to how I plan for the perfect outcome. 

But really I don't. Job reminds me that you hold the months and you appoint the limits of all my days and how they are lived out. 

Help me to let my fists unclench from the stress and the plans. Why haven't I learned this by now? Help me to breath it all out and relax and lean back into your will and your plans. Help me to remember that worry doesn't add a day to my life and you hold it all in your hands. Your strong sovereign hands. Thank you Father. I know you hold me. 

Job 14


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Monday, March 27, 2017


Father, help me to see the culture you have placed me in as a divine calling and not as something I have to remove myself from. Help me to remember that you call me to be light in the darkness and that is where light shines the brightest. 

Open my eyes to why you have placed me in this culture so that I can understand how to live the gospel out. 

Thank you for Paul's example of living as light in a dark culture, where he spoke truth and love to the believers there to encourage them to do the same. He didn't tell them to shy away, but to confront with gospel in hopes of gospel transformation, because of your great love. 

Oh, what grace I don't deserve, you pour out for all people. You call no one too far gone to be transformed by your Spirit. 

2 Corinthians 1

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Your eyes

Father, you have captivated my heart with one look of your eyes. How beautiful is your love. 

Draw me into you. To abide, dwell, rest in you and in your great love. Help me to abide in your glorious grace. I would never have loved you, had you not drawn me to yourself. 

Make my time with you be a delight, write your word on my heart.  Make your words my delight. Your love is better than life. 

Song of Songs 4

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Father, this week as I have been writing the words of Leviticus line by line my heart has been heavy. How can a person follow all your commands or keep all your laws and statutes?  How can all the proper sacrifices be made?

Over and over I think "only through Jesus."

Guilt is upon every person. It can't be avoided. 

All. Have. Sinned. 

"But God. Being rich in mercy, even while we were dead in our own trespasses, made us alive together with Christ." By grace have I been saved. 

Thank you. Thank you for your scandalous grace and your great mercy. Thank you for making a way when it was impossible to do for myself. Thank you that in Jesus, all my guilt is washed away. 

Leviticus 5, Ephesians 2

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Monday, March 20, 2017


Father, write these words on my heart. You tell me that a soft answer turns away wrath and that a gentle tongue is a tree of life. And that the most difficult member of the body to control holds the power of life and death. 

Father, teach me your ways and the ways of Jesus who had no response at all their accusations. Let my tongue bring truth and grace and give life to those around me, even the ones I would consider my enemy. Let my tongue be wise and not pour out folly. Help me to remember that the words that come off my tongue also reveal the depths of my heart. Father, convict me and draw me to repentance over my tongue and all that flows out of my heart. 

Proverbs 15

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