Peace for Your Stress

Verse of the Day: Philippians 4:7      

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Everyone deals with stress now and then and some people deal with it on a regular basis. Meditating on God’s Word and praying plays a big part in dealing with these external stressors. We also need to do our part in taking care of our bodies by getting enough sleep, eating right and exercising. Give your worries over to God. Put your trust and confidence in Him and let the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, bring His peace into your life.

Lord, You are so awesome and wonderful! Forgive me for the times when I try to do things all on my own. I give all my worries over to You and place them in your powerful hands because I trust in You and Your goodness. Thank You for the peace that comes from knowing You and having a relationship with You. Thank you for never leaving nor forsaking me. Amen

The Fruit of Righteousness is Peace

Verse of the Day: Isaiah 32:17          

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.         

God’s presence in our lives changes everything. When we submit to God’s will, He gives us a calmness and inner peace that nothing on the outside can take away. We’ll have a quiet confidence that no matter what happens we know God is in control and we know that God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Heavenly Father, I know that You are always in control even when everything in this world seems out of control. Thank you for the peace you give me when I put my trust in You. I know in my heart that You are always working things out for the good of those who love You. I pray that Your will would done in my life today and forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Love the Lord Your God

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 22:37     

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”      

I was feeling a little discouraged, tired and disheartened so I began to search for a Bible verse to help me feel better. The Lord gave me this verse and instantly I felt inspired. I remembered that it’s not about focusing on me, it’s about focusing on God. The best thing we can do in all situations is to love the Lord with all our hearts, soul and mind and He will take care of the rest.

Lord, thank you for always being there when I need you. You are such a good father to me and I praise your holy name. Help me to remember that when I’m feeling overwhelmed I can turn to you for peace and comfort. I trust in you, Lord, to get me through difficult times. I will do my best to keep my eyes focused on you and to love you with all my heart, soul and mind in every situation. Amen           

Worry or Worship

Verse of the Day:  Philippians 4:6     

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.   

Whatever it is that worries you whether it’s spiritual, physical, for yourself or for someone else bring it to God in prayer. Humbly come before your heavenly Father with a sincere heart and lay your burdens, your worries and your cares at his feet. Thank Him for what He’s done for you in the past, thank Him for hearing your prayer in the present and thank Him in advance for answering your prayer in the future. Come to Him with an honest heart, tell Him how you feel and what you need. He already knows, but He wants to hear it from you. The choice is yours, you can worry or you can worship but you can’t do both.

Lord, I praise Your wonderful name! You are mighty, wonderful and the source of everything good. Father, I lay my worries at Your feet because I know that You are in control. I may not understand everything that is happening but I trust in You and pray for Your will to be done. Grant me peace, Lord, as I keep my mind on You and not on my troubles. Amen

Living by Faith

Verse of the Day:  Galatians 2:20     

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me. 

Are you living a life focused on yourself? Are you living a life without purpose or peace?  In order to get to where God wants you to be you have to leave your old life and your old ways in the past. Surrender your life to God and focus on the future He has planned for you. Christ now lives in you and you don’t have to live by your own power or strength anymore. Start living by faith in Jesus Christ who loves you so much He died on the cross for you.

Dear Jesus, Thank You for loving me so much You were willing to die on the cross for me. Although I can never repay You, I will try my best to live every day for You. By faith, I surrender my life to You, my blessed Savior. Amen

Avoid Negativity

Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 3:10         

For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

What comes out of your mouths shows the kind of person you are. In a world where you can be anything you want to be choose to be kind, encouraging, sympathetic, loving, compassionate and humble. Keep from speaking foul, obscene or unwholesome words. Don’t lie or say hurtful things to anyone and stop yourself from gossiping. Instead, speak blessings and encouragement so that you too will be blessed and encouraged. Avoid all negativity by speaking positivity over your life so that you would enjoy your days. Start your day with prayer and connect with God to receive encouragement, peace and strength to face the day ahead.

Dear Lord, Thank you for your loving kindness, thank you for giving me peace and a changed heart. Help me to be kind, encouraging, sympathetic, loving and compassionate to everyone around me so that I may honor you with my actions and words.  Amen

My Rock

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 18:2           

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; in whom I will trust.           

When we have a personal relationship with God we learn to trust Him in all situations. We can turn to God to shelter us from the storms of life, to build our hopes on and to deliver us from all our troubles. We know that no matter what is going on around us we can count on Him to be there for us. We can rely on Him to give us peace and help us get through anything because He loves us and He always keeps His promises. People may fail you but God never will.

Lord, You are my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. Thank you for being my shelter from the storm. I know that no matter what is going on in my life I can count on you to see me through it. Thank you for the peace I have in you.  Amen

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Verse of the Day:   Matthew 5:43-44 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.           

Today, we honor the memory of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. He was not only an activist who fought against racism and for social and political change but he was also a pastor and a man of God whose ideas and beliefs on love, equality and unity among all people were rooted in the Bible. I encourage you to read King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” and to learn more about this Nobel Peace Prize winner and how God used him to lead a movement.

Lord, I ask you for courage to stand up for what is right and just. Help me to love my neighbor as Christ loves us. Bring peace and healing to both the oppressed and the oppressors. Help us to always walk in your ways, Lord, as we totally surrender to Your will. Amen

Refrain from Anger

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 37:8           

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.           

During an argument, in the heat of the moment sometimes we say things we don’t mean and may later regret. We let our anger get the best of us and we lose control of our emotions. Anger in itself is not necessarily a sin but how we handle that anger and letting it control us is where we cross the line. The Bible says that one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control and with the help of the Lord we must learn to control our emotions. In order to control our anger, we should first acknowledge it, pray about it, confess our weaknesses to God and ask Him to help us deal with any underlying issues that may be causing our anger to surface in such a way. There are many techniques and resources that can help with anger management and one might also seek help from a pastor and/or a professional. There is no shame in seeking help.

Dear Lord, Thank you for your mercies that are new every morning. I confess my sinful anger and come to you God, for help. Let your Holy Spirit guide me and help me to be in control of my emotions so that I may have peace in my heart. Amen

Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

Matthew 2:2

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 2:2         

Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him.  

The long awaited sign that the Savior had been born finally appeared in the night sky. The magi knew that the King of the Jews had been born and the prophecy had been fulfilled. (A star will rise from Jacob; a scepter will emerge from Israel. Numbers 24:17) The message of the star is peace on earth and goodwill toward men. The star is also the heavenly sign of a prophecy fulfilled and the shining hope for humanity because Jesus Christ the Messiah had come to pay for our sins so our relationship with God could be restored!