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

God’s Promises

Verse of the Day:  Hebrews 6:18      

God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.          

The Bible tells us that God cannot lie and His promises are unchangeable. We can be confident in and count on God’s promises for all eternity. Not only can we count on God’s promises but we can also live our lives by them. By faith we can receive and claim each and every promise God makes through His everlasting Word. As firm believers in God’s promises we are comforted in all situations by the hope and encouragement we have by trusting and patiently waiting on the promises of God to be fulfilled, either in this world or in heaven.

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the wonderful hope you give us in your unchanging promises. By faith, we believe and claim every promise over our lives. Help us to live confidently knowing that every promise will be fulfilled either in this world or in heaven.  Amen

That I May Know Him Better

Verse of the Day:  Ephesians 1:17    

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.        

My deepest desire will always be, that I may know God more and that I may grow closer to Him with every day, week, month and year that passes. My hope is that I may continue to gain wisdom and revelation that brings me closer to God. I want a deeper relationship with my God that helps me to live a life more pleasing to Him. I want my creator to fix what is broken in me, to heal what the world has hurt in me so that I am able to be who He created me to be. I want more of you, God, less of me and more of you.

Dear Lord, Grant me wisdom and revelation, so that you I may know you better. Fix what is broken in me and heal what is hurting me so that I may have a deeper relationship with You. I just want more of you, Lord, and less of me. Amen

Daily Encouragement

Verse of the Day:   Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.          

There is so much negativity in the world, on social media and everywhere we look. Instead of spreading negativity speak words of encouragement, pray for one another, remind each other of God’s wonderful promises. God has called each one of us to encourage each other daily. Don’t let sin harden your heart, instead be kind to one another. You never know what someone may be going through and something as simple as a kind word may help them get through the day.

Lord, Thank you for another day of life and for all of your wonderful blessings. In a world filled with so much negativity, help us to encourage one another and to be kind to everyone we meet. Help us to show the love of Christ to a world that is hurting so that they may know your unfailing love and compassion. Amen

A Two-Step Process

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 37:3

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.           

God’s promises are often conditional. In other words, you have to do your part first and then God will do His part. There is a two-step process to receive this promise from God. The Lord will take care of all your needs but you need to trust in Him and do good. Notice the verse says “and” do good, not “or” do good. While you are waiting and trusting on God to fulfill His promise have faith. Moreover, do good, always keeping His commandments and doing things that are pleasing to Him.

Dear Lord, Thank you for all your promises that have been fulfilled. Thank you for blessing me much more than I could ever deserve. I trust in you, Lord, to provide everything that I need. Help me to remain faithful and to do good while I wait on the fulfillment of promises that are yet to come.  Amen

Dream Big! 

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 9:29       

Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”

If you want God to do something big in your life this year you need to have big faith and big expectations. You have to pray with expectation and you have to expect to succeed. You aren’t putting faith in your own abilities but in the power of Jesus Christ. That doesn’t mean you will get everything you want but if you let fear keep you from trying in the first place you will definitely fail. Trust in God’s perfect will for you, work hard, step out in faith and let God be in control.

Good Gifts from Your Heavenly Father

Matthew 7:11

Verse of the Day:   Matthew 7:11      

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (NLT)      

Doesn’t it make you feel happy when you give your children the gifts they’ve asked for? Just think about how much more your heavenly Father wants to give you good gifts from the riches of His glory. God loves you and it makes Him happy to bless you with the desires of your heart when you delight yourself in Him. God already knows what you want, what you need and what is fit for you before you ask, but He still wants you to come to Him in faith and ask. God hears your prayers and if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer according to His will.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 10: Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Chronicles 29:13

Verse of the Day:  1 Chronicles 29:13          

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.           

I want to wish you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! Over the past few days I’ve shared with you just a few of the things I’m thankful for but there are so many that I would never be able to express them all. I’m also thankful for you, the readers of The Consecrated Woman. It’s a blessing to be able to share God’s Word with you. Thank you for your continued support. I pray that you are encouraged and inspired daily. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. As we give thanks to our Lord today let’s remember that God is good all the time and we should be thankful every day of the year. May God bless you and your loved ones today and always. Happy Thanksgiving!

Intercession by the Holy Spirit

Romans 8:26

Verse of the Day:  Romans 8:26       

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.        

Even on our best days we may struggle to find the words to pray. We may lack the wisdom to know exactly what we need but the Holy Spirit is there to help us. And on our worse days, we may come before God feeling defeated and overwhelmed to the point where words cannot convey what we want or need to say. Tears may stream down our face as we humbly come before the almighty God. It’s okay if we don’t have the right words or any words at all. The Holy Spirit searches our heart, will intercede for us and help us by interpreting what is in our heart. The Holy Spirit that lives in us also helps us to remember God’s promises, reminds us of God’s love, acts as a comforter in our suffering and gives us strength. Let the Holy Spirit work in you, lead you and guide you through prayer and in life.