Don’t Lose Heart

Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 4:16           

Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.       

Life is sometimes demanding and hard on us physically and emotionally. We get sick, we get tired and we get mentally exhausted. Don’t be discouraged by your burdens and afflictions. Don’t give up, this world and everything in it is only temporary including our physical bodies. Our physical limitations make us rely not on ourselves but on our sovereign God. Keep doing the work of the Lord. Don’t lose heart, He sees everything you do for His honor and glory. Trust in God and let your spirit be renewed by His love and grace.

Lord, forgive me for the times I am discouraged and feel like giving up. I trust in You to see me through, to renew my spirit and to give me strength. My hope is in You alone. Amen

Move Forward by Faith

Verse of the Day:  Philippians 3:13   

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

Would haves, could haves and should haves are holding you back. None of us are perfect, we have regrets and have things we wish we would have done differently but if you want to move forward you have to let go of the past. Your sins have been forgiven and forgotten by the grace of God. If you want to move forward in life you have to stop living in the past. Your soul can heal, from whatever happened to you or the choices you made, when you give it to God. Move forward by faith and don’t let the hurt and pain of the past keep you from the joy God has planned for your future.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the forgiveness of my sins. Lord, help me to forgive and to heal from my past so that I may move forward into the plans and the joy You have for my future. Amen

Helping Others

Verse of the Day:   Acts 20:35

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’           

I read an article about random acts of kindness raising dopamine levels and boosting your mood. Shortly afterwards I happened to read Acts 20:35 and it all made sense.  We feel good when we do good deeds for others because we are blessed when we give unselfishly. With everything that’s going on in the world today, people desperately need help. Give what you can whether it’s your time, money, food goods or encouragement and you will be blessed. Do what you can for as many as you can.

Heavenly Father, thank You for all the blessings I’ve received, they are too many to count. Let me be a blessing to those in need. Grant me a heart of compassion and spirit that is willing to serve. Help me to share Your love with those who desperately need you as you give them strength to keep going. Amen

Don’t You Give Up

Verse of the Day:  1 Kings 18:43-44 

“Go and look toward the sea”, he told his servant. And he went up and looked. There is nothing there,” he said. The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”           

Even when you don’t see God working on your behalf He’s working. Even when you don’t feel God working for your good, He’s working. Keep trusting God, keep having faith in God, keep believing, keep hoping, keep praising Him and keep waiting for His favor no matter how long it takes for your prayers to be answered. God sees you and He hears you so don’t you give up. Praise God while you wait on Him even if it takes seven times or seven hundred times.

Dear Lord, Thank You for always being with me, even when I don’t see or feel You near me, I know that You are with me. Help me to stay strong when I am weak, help me to have faith in Your promises while I wait and help me to keep going when I feel like giving up. I need You in every moment of every day and I trust in You Lord. Amen

Pray for All People

1 Timothy 2:1

Verse of the Day:  1 Timothy 2:1       

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people

Take time to pray for your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Pray for your pastor and your church. Pray for our leaders and people in authority and while you’re at it, pray for your enemies as well. Pray that God would protect them and keep them from any evil the enemy has planned. Pray for God to bless and provide for them knowing that all good things come from our Heavenly Father. Humbly come before the Lord with your specific prayers asking God for His will to be done as you intercede for others. Whether your prayers our general or specific, thank God for hearing your prayer and thank Him for His love and mercy for all people. We don’t always know what people are going through but we can be sure that they can always use our prayers and we can be confident that no prayer is ever wasted.

God Hears Your Prayers

Jeremiah 29:12

Verse of the Day:  Jeremiah 29:12    

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Be encouraged, you serve a God who promises to listen to every single one of your prayers. No matter how big or how small, He hears them all. He receives your requests and petitions and answers them all in His own timing and in His own way. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes it’s no and sometimes it’s not now. It’s not always what you want but it’s always God’s will for you. You might not understand why things happen the way they do, but God knows the end from the beginning and you must trust in Him with all your heart. Therefore, pray without ceasing and pray with expectation. Keep praying, keep praising, keep worshiping because God is listening.

Intercession

1 Timothy 2 1

Verse of the Day:  1 Timothy 2:1

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.

Intercession is prayer said on behalf of and for other people. Not only are we able to come before God for ourselves but we’re able to pray for God’s blessings upon our family and friends. We can pray for their needs, their health and most importantly, we can pray for their salvation. God wants all people to be saved so we should be praying for everyone we know and even those we don’t know. I can only imagine how many people have been saved and have come to know God because someone was praying for them. When we pray for others God’s love works through us. The greatest gift you can give someone is to pray for them. Nothing proves you love someone more than mentioning them in your prayers.

Keep No Sin in Your Heart

Psalm 66 18

Verse of the Day: Psalm 66:18

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my voice in prayer.

We all fall short of the glory of God. We are not perfect but what we do when we fail God makes all the difference. Put aside your pride, acknowledge your sin and turn from it. Don’t let sin come between you and God. Don’t let sin destroy your fellowship with Him. Humble yourself before the Lord and confess your sins, ask for forgiveness and He will hear your prayers.

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 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!

Pray for All People

1 Timothy 2 1

Verse of the Day:  1 Timothy 2:1

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people

Take time to pray for your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Pray for your pastor and your church. Pray for our leaders and people in authority and while you’re at it, pray for your enemies as well. Pray that God would protect them and keep them from any evil the enemy has planned. Pray for God to bless and provide for them knowing that all good things come our Heavenly Father. Humbly come before the Lord with your specific prayers asking God for His will to be done as you intercede for others. Whether your prayers our general or specific, thank God for hearing your prayer, for His love and mercy for all people. We don’t always know what people are going through but one thing is for sure, they can always use our prayers and not one prayer is ever wasted.