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Hope and Encouragement

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary . . . (Isaiah 50:4)

When we struggle in the circumstances of life, an encouraging word from others can lift our spirits and our eyes to the Lord. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah wrote, “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary” (50:4). And when we look to the Lord, He offers words of hope and light in the darkness.

Heavenly Father, help me to hear Your word of hope today. And help me to speak words of hope and encouragement to others, pointing them to You. Amen

When I read this devotion I immediately thought it wasn’t super lengthy but it was direct and to the point. Some days that’s just what we need. It’s so elementary but it’s important to be reminded of the simple things. It’s so easy to get so caught up with life that we fail to stop and offer hope and encouragement to someone in our path. What a difference we can make just by being an encouragement to someone today. Let’s take time today to find someone in need and encourage them with words of hope and encouragement, someone needs you today. Will you be the vessel God uses? Are you willing to say, Here am I Lord, use me.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Isaiah 50:4-10

A Prayer To Forgive Yourself!

Dear Lord. Today I choose to forgive myself. I believe the work of the Cross was enough, and through Your blood, I have the power to be forgiven and to forgive. 
I let go of guilt, shame, anxiety and torment knowing that You are no longer counting my sins against me, and neither will I. 
Lord, You have set me free from my past and made me a new creation. I will no longer walk in condemnation or live a life of misery, because I forgive myself. 
I choose to walk in Your truth that says, “He who the Son sets free is free indeed! 
I have been struggling with shame, anxiety and failure and the enemy had been tormenting me so badly that I literally made myself sick because of it but The Lord brought me to this prayer and it changed the way I seen those things that the enemy was using to consume my mind with. I am a good mother, wife and friend and even on days when I’m not in my opinion top notch, God has set me free and I have so much to rejoice over in knowing that I am loved and forgiven by a God who sacrificed His son to set me free, free from shame, anxiety and even failure. I choose today to put God first and to admit, I don’t always have it figured out and that’s okay but I know a God who does and He sees me for who I truly am and He loves me, I choose to forgive myself as Christ has forgiven me. I am surrounded by so many blessings in my life, I am going to open my eyes to those blessings today and rejoice because I am loved by the Creator Himself.  
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
Today’s Scripture is Isaiah 43:25-26, 1 John 1:9, John 8:36, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:7

Our Tongue

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)

A soothing, nurturing word plants seeds of life where the perverse, obstinate tongue crushes and destroys. We know, or at least can know with a little thought, which result our words will have. There are very few things that can be said that could go either way, especially when context is applied. It is so simple to pause momentarily and ask ourselves if what we are about to say will give life or crush it. And in those rare cases in which we aren’t sure of the answer, we probably ought to err on the side of caution and silence our tongues altogether.

As beings created in the image of God, we have an incredible and ultimate example before us in the Lord. He who spoke life itself into existence, who called the sun and moon into their places, the same One who stilled the stormy seas with a word, is the One whose example we ought to follow when we speak. You and I may not be capable of issuing forth galaxies with our tongues, but we can bring light into the life of another and reflect our Heavenly Father as we speak to His children.

Heavenly Father, may we be mindful of our words and plant seeds of life today. Help us to build up and not tear down. Even in the moments when we feel what we have to say is justified may we stop for just a moment and ask ourselves, will these next words build up or tear down, will I be bringing light into this individuals life today? May we choose to reflect You today by what we choose to say. Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Proverbs 15

Seasons of Trial

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. (James 1:2)

James wrote, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2–4).

It is in the season of trial that God’s purposes are often realized, for there the conditions are right for us to grow into spiritual maturity. This growth not only equips us for living, but it also enables us to more accurately reflect Jesus to a world that desperately needs Him.

In the hands of our Father, our trials can achieve His purposes for our good and for His honor. They can shape us into the likeness of His Son.

Father, teach me to trust You for the strength to endure difficulties and the faith to wait for Your good purposes to be accomplished in me. Amen.

Amen and Amen!!! It is in the seasons of trial that God’s purposes are often realized. Wow!! That right there is so powerful, if we would just grasp the truth in that, He and He alone is our strength. He has a purpose for everything we go through, we may not realize the why at the time but He is faithful and true and He doesn’t just allow us to go through trials to watch us struggle but to build purpose out of it and even if we don’t see the purpose in the moment there will come a time when we will realize the why and we will be able to touch many lives because of that season of trial. God is so faithful! Trust Him, even in the midst of your trial. 

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is James 1:2-12

A Safe Resting Place

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)

Certain situations in life require us to spend our mental, physical, or emotional energy in a way that we can’t sustain. David described a time when his enemies were threatening him and he felt the emotional weight of their anger. He needed to escape the distress he was experiencing.

As he processed his feelings, he found a way to rest in his troubled thoughts. He said, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee” (Ps. 55:22). He recognized that God supports us if we dare to release our problems to Him. We don’t have to take charge of every situation and try to craft the outcome—that’s exhausting! God is in control of every aspect of our life.

Instead of trying to do everything in our own effort, we can find rest in God. Sometimes it’s as simple as asking Him to handle our problems. Then we can pause, relax, and enjoy the knowledge that He is sustaining us.

God, today I give my problems to You. I know that You are in control of everything and I believe You are willing to help me. Please help me to find peace in You. Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord.

Today’s Reading is Psalm 55:4-23

I needed this today and I wanted to share it. My prayer is that this blesses you and encourages you as much as it did me.

Fragrance of Christ

For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved . . . (2 Corinthians 2:15)

I recently read, When writing to the followers of Christ in the city of Corinth, Paul at one point used an example that would have reminded them of a victorious Roman army in a conquered city burning incense (2 Cor. 2:14). The general would come through first, followed by his troops and then the defeated army. For the Romans, the aroma of the incense meant victory; for the prisoners, it meant death.

Paul said we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ’s victory over sin. God has given us the fragrance of Christ Himself so we can become a sweet-smelling sacrifice of praise. But how can we live so we spread this pleasing fragrance to others? We can show generosity and love, and we can share the gospel with others so they can find the way to salvation. We can allow the Spirit to display through us His gifts of love, joy, and kindness (Gal. 5:22–23).

Do others observe us and say, “This is Jesus’s work”? Are we allowing Him to spread His fragrance through us and then telling others about Him? He is the Ultimate Perfumer—the most exquisite fragrance there will ever be.

Do others recognize the work of God in my life? Am I spreading the fragrance of Christ? How?

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

Truth in Love

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
When I read this it caused me stop and reflect and think on this very subject, what can I do differently through the strength of Christ and for His glory in truth and love?
Contrary to the popular cultural beliefs of our time, scripture does not teach the church to ignore reality and to operate our bodies based solely on our feelings and desires. When an arm wants to be the neck or the elbow wants to be the knee, we cannot say ‘Sure, elbow, you’re really a knee because that’s how you feel.’ We speak the truth, in gracious love, and help one another to properly identify our roles and functions in the body of Christ. Some people are simply not cut out to be the hands. They aren’t strong enough and can’t get a grip. But they are sturdy and protective enough to be a rib surrounding the heart and they are desperately needed to serve in that function.

We also need to speak truth in love to each other when certain parts of the body are failing to thrive. If the arms are too weak to lift or the legs too stiff to walk, we cannot ignore these broken parts, but must point out the weakness and act in love to help support that struggling part of the Body until they can fully function once again.

If the Body of Christ is too busy people-pleasing to point out areas of weakness in itself, it will quickly come to a grinding halt and fail to serve the Head. We often think we are doing each other a service by holding our tongues and not sharing the insight the Lord has given us into areas of weakness in one another. We are afraid to stir the pot or to hurt feelings. But when we speak truth in love, we can constructively criticize. We can rebuild alongside one another, making an even stronger body as it collectively supports itself in the strength of Christ and for His glory.

The Body of Christ must simultaneously serve its own parts in order to properly serve the head of our church- Christ. The horizontal relationships within the church must be constructive for the vertical relationship with the Lord to be flourishing. We cannot serve our heavenly Father if we are tearing down His children. The head is not served by the body when it’s too busy kicking itself. We are to nurture our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we do so, the whole body grows and matures in health and we all benefit from a healthy body capable of loving and serving our head, King Jesus.
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
Today’s Reading is Ephesians 4


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

I recently read, Surrendering our first instinct, which is what we want or what will best suit us in this life is probably one of the hardest things to master. How often have we been defeated by a bad habit, a lousy attitude, or a wrong mindset? We make promises to improve. We ask someone to hold us accountable. But deep inside, we know that we don’t have the will or the ability to change. We can talk, we can plan, we can read self-help books, but we still find it difficult to overcome and control many of the things that are inside us!

Thankfully, God knows our weakness, and He also knows the remedy! The Bible says, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22–23). The only way to gain self-control is by allowing the Holy Spirit to have free rain in our lives.

In other words, our key focus is not effort but surrender—to live moment by moment submissively trusting in the Lord rather than in self. Paul says this is what it means to “walk in the Spirit” (v. 16).

Are you ready for a change? You can change, for God is in you. As you surrender control to Him, He will help you bear the fruit of His likeness.

I am in need, Lord, of Your power so that I might change and grow. I surrender myself to You. Please help me to understand how to be submissive to You that I might be filled with Your Spirit. Amen.
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
Today’s Reading is Galatians 5:16-25

A Prayer To Forgive Others

I recently read a prayer and it blessed me so much, I felt I needed to share it today. I pray it blesses someone as much as it did me. The prayer is called A Prayer To Forgive Others. 
Dear God, Today I choose to forgive. Your Word teaches me to forgive others. Like You have forgiven me. 
Teach me to make peace with my pain, and give me the strength to let it go. Today I choose to lay down bitterness, rage, anger, slander and malice. I ask You to give me peace, compassion, kindness and understanding in its place. 
Give me the grace to forgive everyone who has hurt me, knowingly or unaware. Give me the strength to let go of every situation and memory weighing me down. 
Guard my heart against offenses: past, present and future. And teach me to walk in grace and mercy every day. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
Todays Readings are Ephesians 4:31-32, Colossians 3:13, Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 18:21-22

God Hears our Prayers

Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 71:3)
When encountering terrible threats, David asked God for help. He wanted to be assured of God’s nearness as he faced enemies in battle. In a heartfelt petition David said, “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort . . . . O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help” (Ps. 71:3, 12).
We aren’t promised deliverance from every difficult situation we face. But we can be confident that God hears our prayers and will walk alongside us through everything.
God knows exactly what we have need of before we even ask so don’t be afraid to take everything to God in prayer. He isn’t surprised by what takes place in our lives, nothing is hidden from God. He waits patiently for you to take all your cares to him in prayer. He is present, patiently waiting for you and I to come to Him in prayer. He is our refuge and strength, our strong tour and He longs to have a daily relationship with you and I, that relationship can only be cultivated through prayer. Let’s do our part today and go to Him in prayer and remember, it’s in those moments that He seems so quiet that He is speaking the loudest, we just have to stop and take the time to pray then wait patiently and listen. He is longing to take our hands and lead us, it’s up to us to take His hand in prayer and trust Him to make a way. 
Remember this when you pray. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Whatever comes my way, please come near to me, Lord, to help. I cannot make it through anything without You. Thank You, Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Psalm 71:1-12

God’s Love

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)

I recently read about how God’s love is certainly at the heart of the mission and message of Jesus. In his earlier gospel account, John recorded the words, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

The apostle Paul tells us that God’s love is at the core of how we live, and he reminds us that “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39).

God’s love is so strong, available, and stabilizing that we can confidently step into each day knowing that the good things are gifts from His hand and the challenges can be faced in His strength. For all of life, His love is what matters most.

Thank You, O Lord, that Your love is rich and pure, measureless and strong! I ask that you hold my hand on this journey called life. May I rest assured in knowing all my challenges can be faced in Your strength and Yours alone. Your love stands when all else has fallen. Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is 1 John 4:7-19


Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)

Saying only what is helpful to others would be transformative for many of us. Speaking what is helpful doesn’t mean only saying things that make others feel good. It will sometimes mean speaking hard truths in love and constructively criticizing others for their own good and for the glory of God. Building human beings up, much like construction of any type, takes hard work, sweat and tears. It’s not all easy compliments and flattery. Building up our brothers and sisters requires a strong foundation of truth and love and a desire to see the other grow in the Lord.

What may build up one person could tear down another. We cannot make sweeping declarations and assume that our words are beneficial for all. The saying, ‘there’s a time and a place’ exists for a good reason. When, how and even where we speak to someone can dramatically change how our words are received and their end effect. If I criticize someone in front of others at their birthday party, it doesn’t matter how true and constructive my words are because I’ve humiliated them and ruined a special time. But if I take that person aside on a different day and speak to them privately, my words could encourage and ultimately build them up.
Will it benefit those listening? Ask yourself that every time you’re about to open your mouth in the coming days. It will dramatically alter your conversations. If I’m asking myself that question before opening my mouth, I’m going to have to change the sound of frustration in my voice when I talk to my children, I’m going to have to complain less about others. I’m going to have to soften criticism by pairing it with encouragement. And I’m probably going to end up sharing the gospel a lot more. Because really, what could benefit those listening more than hearing about a Savior who offers the words of eternal life to those whose tongues have known only destruction? Talking about our Jesus will always benefit our listeners and it will equally benefit our own hearts. The infallible redeemer is the ultimate subject of wholesome, helpful and beneficial talk and hearing about Him is the only thing that fits according to all our needs.
Heavenly Father, help us to be mindful of our words today, help us to realize there truly is a time and place for everything to be said. It’s not what you say it’s how and when you say it. Use me today to make a difference in my children’s lives and those I come in contact with just by how, what and when I speak. Amen. 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
Today’s Reading is 1 Chronicles 29:14-19


She hath done what she could . . .(Mark 14:8)

During the week in which Christ would be killed, Mary of Bethany anointed Him with expensive perfume (John 12:3; Mark 14:3). Some of those present were appalled, but Jesus applauded her. “Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me,” He said. “She hath done what she could. She is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying” (Mark 14:6–8).

“She hath done what she could.” Christ’s words take the pressure off. Our world is full of broken, hurting people. But we don’t have to worry about what we can’t do only what we can do. The rest is in His capable hands. 
There are rare moments that come into our lives, when we have the opportunity to do something that can only be done in that one moment. Mary believed, understood, and acted on what Jesus had been saying, seizing that moment to offer the gift of anointing His body for burial, a moment in time that would not come again.
Lord, show us how we can show Your love to others. May we not miss any opportunities to serve You this day. May You give us spiritual sensitivity to grasp the moment and may we be in a place where we are ready and waiting for that opportunity and willing to serve in the moment. I don’t want to miss my opportunity today. Amen..
Today’s Reading is Mark 14:3-9

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

God’s Gift

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

God has given us more than we deserve through Christ. We deserve death because of our sin (Rom. 3:23). Yet, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (5:8). We were unworthy, yet Jesus—sinless and holy—gave up His life so we could escape the penalty for our sin and one day live forever in heaven.

Eternal life is a gift from God. It’s not something we earn by working for it. We are saved by God’s grace, through faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8–9).

Dear God, Your undeserved favor has made it possible for us to be saved from our sin. You have shown us amazing grace. Thank You for the gift You gave. Use me to tell others about You and what You have done. Amen.
Today’s Reading is Romans 5:6-15
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!


While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:18)

Our short lives here are sowing times so we must sow while we can. For a time is coming when the chance to store up treasure in heaven will pass. A time is coming when you and I will no longer be able to witness the truth and love of Christ to those still lost. Now is the time to sow into eternity.

Our hours on earth are the time we’re given to plant the seeds we and others will reap for eternity. We must look for ways to impact eternity in this common, ordinary day full of laundry and to do lists.

There are those lost and dieing and it is our responsibility as pilgrims passing through to impact lives daily and to leave an imprint. One day we will all face eternity, it’s not a matter of if but when and we are called to save those who are lost. You may be thinking, how can I make a difference, by showing the love of Christ to those you come in contact with, even in the moments when you may not want to show love, look beyond that and be eternity minded. Sometimes even when someone isn’t being kind or showing love that’s exactly what they need is love. You can impact someones life for eternity by showing them the love of Christ. I would recommend thinking, how would Christ handle this situation? With love. 

Dear Lord, give me eyes to see the unseen today. Help me discern what is temporary and what is eternal, and handle both with eternity in mind. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today’s Reading is 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!