As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
Please give me this thirst for you. I know that this thirst for You is what I need above all else. I pray often for you to fill my worldly needs. I pray for health and comfort. I pray for financial help and I pray for an end to conflict in my life, but when I read this verse I realize that what I need above anything else is for my soul to thirst for You. Everything else is trivial beside my relationship with You. I love You Father.
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When my oldest daughter was four years old, she prayed for snow. She prayed with all the earnestness and faith that only a child could have. We taught her that if you prayed and if you really believed then God could do anything. The biggest problem with her prayer was she wanted snow in June in North Carolina. I believe God can do anything and in a very serious way, I would not have been surprised to somehow see at least a little snow the next day. My daughter was very upset in the morning when she got up and looked out the window. All she saw were fields green with corn and not one single snowflake. I explained to her that if God had made it snow, then the corn would have died and people would have gone hungry, just to make her happy for one day. God is not a genie in a bottle and we get three wishes. Prayer is about strengthening our relationship with God and listening to what He says as well as letting Him know about our concerns and needs. I believe in prayer and I believe that God sees and knows a lot more than I do. If He does not give me what I pray for, then there is a reason and if I don’t understand it then I will still trust Him and I will always love Him. He has answered so many of my prayers. One of the greatest answers to my prayers was when we were able to adopt our daughter.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Song of the Day: Even If by Mercy Me
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Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Thank you for going before me. Thank you for preparing a way for me and always being with me. So often, I feel alone and afraid and discouraged. Help me to feel Your love and strength around me and know that You are with me. I’ve seen Your love and Your hand in my life; leading me and opening and closing doors to help my find my way. Remind me of those times. Remind me that You are always in control and most of all remind me of Your endless, boundless love. Not a generic love for all of humanity or for all Christians, but a personal love for me.
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“The universe is, instant by instant, recreated anew. There is in truth no past, only a memory of the past. Blink your eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them. Therefore, the only appropriate state of the mind is surprise. The only appropriate state of the heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it.” – Terry Pratchett
The only bit of time that we have is now. Don’t waste it. Take advantage of this moment. When your child asks you to play a game or read a book, then drop whatever you are doing and spend time with them. When you have a chance to stop and a give a hug to someone you love, then do it. Don’t be too busy to spend time with the people you love. Don’t be too busy to watch yous kid’s ball games or recitals or school plays. No matter how painful they may be to sit through and no matter how busy you might be, this is the best way to spend your now. God wants us to rejoice and enjoy the now. Make the choice to spend each moment with God and let Him lead you to joy.
When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works— he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.
Song of the Day: God of Wonders by Third Day
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Psalm 18:2 NIV
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge. My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
Let me stand in the shadow of your strength and take refuge from the storms of this life. Be my Shield and my Rock. Comfort me and keep me close by you. Life can be so hard and just facing each day can be exhausting. Let me take refuge in You. Let me feel the peace that comes from faith in Your strength and love. I need time to rest, Please help me to rest safely in Your arms.
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Patience is very much a lost art in our society. We have been spoiled by the ability to be instantly gratified. Your phone is super slow when you have to wait for more than thirty seconds to find something you want to buy that’s sitting in a warehouse 3,000 miles away. Then when you buy it, you don’t want to wait three or four days for shipping. You want it overnight or maybe a drone can drop it on your porch in just a few hours. Life gets faster and faster and we get more impatient with the slowness around us. That impatience also comes through in our relationships. People would be so much easier to deal with if they would just do everything our way and do it quickly. Sadly, the only way to learn patience is to practice it. If you pray for patience, then you are asking to get stuck behind a tractor going twenty miles per hour on a road were you can’t pass. There are some very simple – though not easy ways that we can learn patience. The first is to simply take a deep breath. Second remember that as Christians we need to look at the big picture. Why are we here? The journey through life is more important than any short term goals that we have. If you are five minutes later getting home today, the world will not end and maybe God has a plan for those five minutes that we can’t see. Impatience often leads us to irritation and anger, but is it worth it? Patience with those around us is a reflection of our love – of God’s love for each and every person in this world.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Song of the Day: While I’m Waiting by John Waller
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Romans 8:26-27 NIV
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
I don’t know what to say or how to say it. I feel overwhelmed at times. I have so much to do. I know you will take care of me. Please watch over my children and my family. Keep them safe and healthy. Help them to make good choices in life. To seek you above all. Help me to be a good example. Help me to grow closer with you. I love you and I need you. Take my burdens and let me rest in your peace.
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