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TODAY’S VERSE
“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Some thoughts are so powerful, they can change your life. Or at least they should. This passage is that way. If you can read, “He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” and not feel special, not feel like God adores you, not be moved to gratitude and thankfulness for His attention toward you, then you need to read it again. If you can read, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save you” and not feel secure, special and in a safe place, then you need to stop, ask God to speak to your heart, and read this verse over. Today’s verse can change your life, if you let it.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Who am I, Dear God,  that You would shower me with such attention? And yet, even with my doubt and feeble faith, today I choose to believe You. I choose to believe that I am a delight to You and that You rejoice over me. Quiet my heart with Your love, help me see with my imagination Your smile of acceptance and sense Your warm embrace of love and hear my name in Your singing. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God takes delight in me
Close your eyes imagining yourself in a quiet peaceful place. Breathe deep and exhale. As you relax, ask God to make you conscious of His presence. Let Him quiet you with His love. Picture God with you and hear Him say, “I delight in you.”  A you sense His presence, hear Him rejoicing over you with singing. Praise Him for His love for you.

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
I Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
I read this list of love’s attributes and I feel so inadequate. I am guilty of using the word love so insincerely, not even close to its true meaning. Love is more than a four letter word. I use the same word to describe both my attitude toward a sports team or favorite dessert and my devotion toward my spouse or God. Love is more than saying, “I love you.” More than a romantic feeling, love demands my doing something. It is more walk than talk. It’s the kind of love the world is dying for. Today, I invite you to join me. Let’s read the list of love’s attributes over again and make it our goal today to love those around us in this radical Christ-like manner. With His help, you and I can love the way Christ would have us love.  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, loving the way You love is not easy. I cannot do it by myself. I ask You to help me today love those around me with the patience, kindness, sacrifice and dedication that You love me with. Thank You for Your love; help me to love others. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I love others with my actions toward them
Read the words that Paul uses to describe love. Read them slowly; ask for Christ’s help. Visualize yourself acting out each of the attributes. Love is Patient – Kind – No envy – No boasting – Not proud – Not rude – Not self seeking – Not easily angered – no record of wrong – not delighting in evil – rejoicing in truth – always protects – always trusts – always hopes – always perseveres.

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 TODAY’S VERSE
“But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.
Psalms 18:6 (NLT)
 
TODAY’S THOUGHT
I love hope. I need hope. Everyday is new and so are the challenges. And there are a lot of things we can do to help ourself get through the morass of issues and concerns that face us. There are a lot of different techniques and systems that will help us. New ways of thinking, new tools. But one thing surpasses every coping mechanism, every strategy, every method of problem solving. It is our relationship with God. David knew this. He was a doer. He knew how to solve problems, yet when he was in severe crises, there was one place he went to over and over again. He went to God. He went to the arms of his good shepherd. And God heard him. He writes, “Yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” His cries reached the ears of Heaven. So will yours. Today, don’t stop whatever is helping you but add to it the one thing that can make all the difference. In all your striving add hope. Cry out to the Lord, you will reach His ears. 
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I come to You. I come and present all my needs, all my concerns. I cannot make it without You. I cry out and I know You hear me. Comfort me even today, Lord. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN
 
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God hears my prayers
Close your eyes and picture yourself before God, hands stretched out, humbly sharing your needs and concerns. Picture God looking at you with joy and understanding. Sense His concern and love for you. Breathe deep and as you exhale say, “Thank you, God, for hearing me.”

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TODAY’S VERSE
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
What we believe about God makes a difference. Is He an overbearing parent, never pleased with us? Is he our celestial Genie whose purpose is to give us our wishes on command? Is he a senile old man, unable to really comprehend what we are thinking or doing? Is He sadistic, getting pleasure from making our life miserable? Perhaps a mad scientist that started this experiment but has lost control, not able to influence any desirable outcome? If we are really honest with ourselves, we will see a little bit of our own beliefs in these scenarios. The author of Hebrews says if we want to please God, then we must believe that He is the God of the Bible, not something that we made up. Not some misconceptions that we bring with us from childhood. He is the God who created the world and loves us with a never ending love. He is the God that rewards those that earnestly seek Him. Start today to earnestly seek Him. Study the Bible, pray, meditate on His goodness. He is the God who desires to be known as He really is. Seek the truth about Him today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, I confess I do not really know You as I should. I haven’t spent the time it takes. I haven’t shared my real heart with You. I haven’t waited long enough to hear Your voice. Forgive me. Please reveal Yourself to me through Your word and in my prayers. Today I commit myself to know You more. 
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What could Paul say? What could he write to a church that was struggling with division and immorality? How could he encourage the leaders to lead and the church to follow? He did it by writing a letter to be read to the church. At the end of this letter he gave them a final admonition. Paul, who used so many soldier and athletic metaphors, writes like a commander preparing his troops, like a coach inspiring his team at half time. He writes, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” We would do well to listen to these words today. We need to be on our guard against those things around us that would rot our soul. We dare not be asleep on the watch. Watching, when trouble and temptation come our way, we need to stand firm. It is not the time to run, to cry over past sins; rather it is time to hold our ground. In repentance and rededication we dig in and fight the fight for our faith. And this takes courage. Doubting is fine, but not when the battle is upon you. Look to God, shout out a prayer and move ahead with His strength and courage. God is here, He is with you; in Him, you will be strong. So today, may God give you all you need to be all you can in Him. Be on your guard, stand firm, have courage and be strong.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I come in the wonderful name of Jesus and ask for Your strength and courage. I ask that You would help me as I stand guard and stand firm in the faith. Help me be strong and have courage so that I can do all that You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
It is so easy to let our thoughts run away from us. You know, the inward chatter that goes on all day. The voice when you get up in the morning, the musing on the drive to work, the stewing over events on the way home. Inner thoughts are powerful. They create emotions, which in turn, cause actions. Paul is saying that we have to take ownership of our inner dialog. It is so easy to be negative, anxious, angry, doubtful, bitter or carnal in our thinking. Instead, we need to be responsible for what we think and deliberately focus on true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praise worthy thoughts. What a difference this discipline would bring to our life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I give You my thought life. I want You to be Lord of both my conscious and unconscious part of my being. You know my thought process. You know my habitual thinking patterns. I bring them to You. I ask that You help me today begin a habit of focusing on true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praise worthy thoughts.  In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
Galatians 4:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
What a tender thought. Paul was very deliberate in using “Abba Father.” This is a more affectionate term than “Father.” The real translation of “Abba Father” is “Daddy!” God invites us to call Him “Daddy.” Can you say that? Have you thought of Him that way? Paul says that as God’s children, He has given us His Spirit and the job of the Spirit is to help us fall more and more in love with the Father until we realize that  He is our “Daddy.” Will you let Him do that? Will you begin to meditate, to really stop and consider that He is your loving affectionate Father? Imagine His deep love for you. Imagine you coming into His presence, calling Him “Daddy”. Ask God to help you know this reality deep in your heart, that God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I want to call you “Daddy”. I hear it in my head, but it isn’t quite in my heart. I invite You, Holy Spirit, to speak to my heart, to help me feel the Father’s love, to know the Father’s love. Prompt me, Holy Spirit, to call God, “Dear Father, Dear Daddy.”
AMEN

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