And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Don’t you love it when things pair together perfectly? Take peanut butter and jelly, for example. They taste like they were made to go together. Or hot fudge and ice cream and maybe babies and kisses! One of the paired items is great, but with a mate, how much better! One sock is good, but two are better!
Though these are simple examples, they point to the value of pairs in the Bible, pairs that God “pre-paired” for us. Let’s look at Peace paired with Prayer:
Peace and Prayer… Everyone wants peace, including me. Peace has a mate, prayer. Peace comes from prayer. Prayer causes peace. Peaceful times are times for prayer. Praying times are times of peace. They go together perfectly. Prayer is our direct IV, if you will, linked to Jesus. He provides all the enduring peace we need through that lifeline! Want peace? Pray and ask Jesus and it is yours! It’s that simple!
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye. shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh. findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.Matthew 7:7-8
Today’s Takeaway: If God’s Word promises anything, it promises everything we need!
With love from our awesome Father to you, have a blessed day!
This was not a planned devotion, but I found a verse this morning that I just had to share because it wow-ed me:)
“For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:10
The Lord’s love, mercy, kindness and peace are free offerings that He will never remove. Isn’t He awesome? After the Flood of Noah, He promised never to rebuke man again. So now we are stuck with Him, no matter what! He will never say no to giving us what He is made of, love.
Today is Wednesday, poem day! August 31, 2022 Here is a lesson about God’s plan for you and me, as taught by flowers and a Robin.
God has a plan. He gets to choosehow flowers dress in rainbow hues. One flower to the other said. “How come I’m purple and you’re red?” Red then replied, “I have no clue.”
They both decided, since confused, to ask how colors were infused. The robin heard and shook his head. “God has a plan. I’ve heard it said.” The bird explained and gave this news: “God chose to make us diff’rent hues, of gifts and talents we should use to help each other walk life’s tread. Though we peruse, we forge ahead. God has a plan.
Each day we take a journey, closer to our time on earth being done. That is not something to mourn, but to celebrate! God has given us another day to serve Him here on earth. Know what is important to do every single day we have left?
Ask Jesus to search our souls. You know how dust builds up in a house every day? So our souls gather dust from this world. Without realizing it, we pick up invisible attitudes, grudges, feelings of pride. These hinder us from being all that we can be in Christ.
To put it simply…they dirty our soul by hiding in corners and under parts of our soul. God showed me that I was dusty in my soul; I was holding a grudge and didn’t realize it. It affected how I treated my family. So…
I think we had best “Go big or go home” when it comes to being a Christian. We only have a limited number of days. Why not be REAL and SINCERE and ALL OUT? Isn’t that what Jesus did? What if we use every opportunity to serve people in those relationships… without any “dust” and with “soul deep” purpose. How do we do this?
It’s simple actually. We maintain a soul-focused view.
First, we invite Jesus into our own soul. We ask Him to inhabit, clean, forgive, dwell in, mentor and guide our souls to do His will. We make a clean start every single day!
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:16-17a
Second, we care for other people’s souls. Every person we know or meet has a soul. That soul will be happiest when it knows Jesus. Really praying for them and asking God how to reach them and serve them and tell them about Him must be our heart’s desire. He who is faithful will help us do His will here!
Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.” Psalm 25:8-10
Thirdly and finally, reside in confidence that God is faithful to us. He always hears us, always answers us and always loves us. Even when we mess up, and we all do, He forgives and forgets when we repent. He never stops loving us. We will never be perfect. God does not expect that. He does, however, expect our effort to come from a righteous heart, meaning our desire and effort is to do our best with Him in control of our soul.
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills [his purpose] for me. Psalm 57:1-2
What a great prayer for us to pray each day. With love from the Father, I hope you have a soul-full day:)
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.1 John 5:14-15
Here is a video that is an encouraging song we can pray! Katy Kinard does a beautiful job with this reverent, lovely offering from our souls and mouths to Jesus. Listen and sing and pray at the same time. May God bless your day and prayer life!
With love from the Savior to You, I pray You have a blessed day!
Good Morning, Happy Wednesday! Today is a Poem Day! August 24, 2022
We walk into eternity each day, with clocks and feet that measure out our way.
As time surrounds our path that leads us home, we yearn to glimpse our Lord upon His throne.
He knows just when our time on earth is o’er and when our need for clocks is nevermore.
I wrote this because I realized that the Lord knows exactly what time all the events in our life will happen. We can tell time here on earth in the present but only God knows our future and that is comforting! He knows exactly what time He will call us home and exactly how much time we have left, even though there is no need for clocks in heaven:)
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 NIV
This may sound like a strange title, but I could think of no better way to describe how to pray from the soul. Last Monday, we searched our souls by applying God’s Word to them. After searching, we may have found some things we need to pray about, so today, let’s learn how to Pray the Soul.
First things first, we ALL need to pray, in good times bad times or somewhere in-between. Communication with God is our lifeline. We will become spiritually dead without it. That sounds dire, huh? It really is vital that we talk to God from our souls. Here are some ways to do that, so we can grow spiritually and do God’s will as we were meant to do. Grab your journal or just consider these…
1.Prepare the practice of prayer. With your own situation in mind, list some ways you can make it easy and convenient to pray. For example, I leave my Bible, journal, pen and a couple devotionals out each night. I leave a sticky note pad out for things the Lord brings to mind while I read His Word. What things can YOU do?
2. Prepare your soul. This is what we did last week, searched our souls. This prepares us to be able to receive whatever He wants to tell us. He always speaks, if we are quiet and obedient to listen and expect His voice. Open your soul to His inspection and let Him in. What do you want to thank Him for? What situation do you have that requires His authority and divine help?
3. Practice prayer every chance you get. Practice while you are driving, (but don’t close your eyes,) Practice while you are housecleaning, cooking, doing laundry, remember your BEST FRIEND is right there with you! Pray out loud and talk to Him from your soul, with your soul, because of your soul. Go deep, go real, go home to Him. How will you get more practice praying? What quiet time will you set aside for just Jesus? What times will you pray while you are doing your day? (His day)
These are just some ideas the Lord has laid on my heart. I hope they encourage you to pray more and deeper and with expectancy, reverence and thankfulness. I was at a point, a couple of years ago, where I wanted to get really real about prayer. I was tired of saying the same words every time. So, I started searching my soul…
I knew that the Lord was putting more effort in than I was. That inspired this soul searching and prayer emphasis that I have been meaning to write about. Anyhow, the enemy fought me on it, but I fought back and will keep fighting back. Remember…
We only need to pray on days that we are imperfect.
Thank You for showing me how special my time with You can be. Help me to resist the enemy’s lies that ” it takes too much time” or that “skipping one day won’t matter.” Please accept my imperfect prayer life and use it to guide me as You know I need. I will talk to You later, probably all day while I do this day you gave me. Thank you for being an obedient servant and showing me how to be one. I love You. Amen
Just an idea that was/is a game-changer for me…It is helpful to write out your prayers. For me, it is easier to let go on paper and let my thoughts spill out in ink. It’s also helpful to go back and read the prayers and see how God carried me through and helped me learn! The writer in me loves new journals, but it’s mostly because I love writing about God more than anything:)
I love you all with the love of the Lord. Have a great and prayer-full day!