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

Show Kindness to Your Enemy

Verse of the Day:        Proverbs 25:21-22     

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.  

Have you ever heard the expression “kill them with kindness”?  It means to put an end to anger and bitterness by showing kindness and generosity. As metals are melted by heaping coals upon them, so is the heart softened by kindness. (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary) The more you treat your enemy with unexpected kindness and generosity the more they will see the same love, forgiveness, mercy and grace that the Lord shows you.  Show kindness even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character but as a reflection of yours.

Lord, thank You for the love and kindness You’ve shown me even though I don’t deserve it. Help me to be more like You, Lord. I know it’s not my place to judge others so help me to show love, patience, forgiveness, mercy and grace to all people. Amen

Set the Example

Verse of the Day:  Titus 2:7-8

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.        

It’s not enough to just deliver the message and teachings, you have to live it too. It’s easy to say one thing and do another but if you really love God you will strive to set the example for others. Live a life of integrity and uprightness during good times and in difficult times. Don’t give your critics anything bad to say about you instead let your light shine for others to see so that they may be moved to know, love and serve God.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and for giving us the perfect example in Jesus Christ. Help me to strive to always do my best in every situation, to have a heart of love and compassion and to have a selfless spirit willing to serve others. Help me to let my light shine for Your glory so that those around me would be moved to know, love and serve You. Amen

Instruments for Special Purposes

Verse of the Day:  2 Timothy 2:21

Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.                    

No matter what you’ve done in the past, no matter how broken you were God can still use you for His special purposes. When you come to God and turn away from sin you are forgiven and made clean. Your sins have been expunged by the blood of Jesus Christ. You are a new creation and God loves you and He has a purpose for your life. Get right with God, turn away from sin and prepare yourself to do God’s work for only He can turn your mess into a message. Thank God for forgiving you and let go of your past so you can focus on the present and on the future that God has planned for you.

Lord, thank You for the forgiveness of my sins and for the precious blood of Jesus Christ that washed all my sins away. I am a new creation and I give my life to You so that You can use me as a vessel for Your purpose. Amen

Envy Rots the Bones

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 14:30    

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.     

When you have a real relationship with God, He changes your heart. You start to feel freed from anger, worry and envy. You have peace in your heart and a hope that makes you joyful. But a heart that envies the happiness, prosperity and success of others exhausts the body and soul.  Don’t let envy steal your peace and joy, don’t let it affect your spirit or your health. Count your own blessings and be happy for the blessings of others. Trust in the Lord, what is meant for you won’t pass you by.

Lord, thank You for all Your blessings in my life. When I am tempted to compare myself to other people help me to keep from being envious of their blessings. Help me to be at peace so that I won’t allow envy to steal my joy. I trust in you with all my heart and I know that what is meant for me won’t pass me by. Thank You Father, for all You do for me. Amen

You Are Wonderfully Made

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 139:14       

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.         

If you’ve ever felt insecure for any reason, and most of us have, you can rest assured that you are God’s own masterpiece. Everything God makes is wonderful, including you. No part of you is a mistake for He made you precisely the way He wanted to and then He breathed a living soul into your body for His purpose. Praise God because His Word is true and you are unique and wonderfully made by the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Start seeing yourself the way God sees you, as His wonderful creation.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the incredible gift of life. Help me to remember that I am Your masterpiece and I don’t have to define myself by the world’s standards or by other people’s opinion of me. Help me to see myself the way You see me, as your precious daughter. Amen

Morning Routines

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 143:8         

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.                                                  

As soon as I wake up and open my eyes each morning there are a two things that cross my mind:  God and coffee. I’ve made it a habit to start my day with prayer, God’s Word and coffee and have come to depend on them to get me through the day. One of the good things about routines is that they help you stay motivated even when you don’t feel like it. After I’ve finished my morning routine I’m always glad I didn’t stray from it. If you want a closer relationship with God get into the habit of praying and reading the Bible daily. All you need is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.

Lord, thank You for waking me up this morning, I am grateful for another day of life. Thank you for Your love and mercy. I know that no matter what I face today, You are with me. I entrust my life to You, show me the way I should go. Let Your will be done, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Teaching Children About God

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 22:6       

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

One of the most important things we can ever do is to teach children how much God loves them. Knowing they are loved by God, the Creator, Himself will give them confidence to shine. It’s our responsibility to teach our children the ways of the Lord, to teach them what it means to be a child of God and to pray for and with them. It’s up to us to give them a strong foundation on which they can rely. Let’s be examples for the children in our lives and teach them what it is to know and love God and what it is to be loved by Him. If we don’t teach them to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.

Lord, thank you for our children, we know that they are a precious gift from You. Help us to give them a strong foundation rooted in Your love. Help us to be a good example of what it means to follow Christ. Watch over them Lord and keep them safe. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Trust in the Lord

Verse of the Day:  Isaiah 26:4           

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.           

Building trust takes time but the more you get to know God, the more your trust in Him will grow.  When we think about a rock we think of something solid, strong, supportive and able to withstand pressure and when we call a person our rock they usually have the same attributes. God is the same way, you can always rely on Him and when you truly trust in God you will experience the perfect peace that comes from knowing that He is in control. Worrying doesn’t change a thing, instead of focusing on your problems put your efforts into getting closer to God. Let go of worry and let God have His way in your life.

Dear God, thank You for being my rock in all situations. I trust in You with all my heart and no matter what I’m going through I know that You are there for me. Lord, I give You all my worries and my fears. I turn to You for strength and peace because I know You are in control. Wrap Your loving arms around me, Lord, protect me from the storm. Amen

Pray Together

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 18:20     

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.   

What a blessing it is to be able to pray for and with your sisters in Christ. Asking your friends to pray in unity with you to collectively make your requests known to the Father helps you to build stronger relationships with each other and with God. Jesus promises that when you call on His Name, He will be there to help and to bless you. It may be a bit more challenging these days but you can get creative and figure out a way to pray with your friends and reap the benefits of praying together.

Lord, we may not be able to be together with our friends and family physically but we are united in spirit and in prayer to praise You and make our requests known to You. You know our specific needs Lord and we ask that You’re will be done in each of our lives.  Amen