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TODAY’S VERSE
“The Lord gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The LORD frees the prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down. The LORD loves the godly. The LORD protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.”
Psalms 146:7-9 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Is this the God we see in the Bible? Is this the God we pray to? Where do we find this God in our Christian lifestyle? The truth is, the God we worship in the Bible has always taken the poor, downtrodden and displaced people seriously. He expects us to do the same. We serve God when we serve others. Ask God to show you ways you can serve the needy. He cares. Do we?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I confess I need to be more compassionate. I need to be more proactive in helping the lonely, hurting and distraught. Please show me ways I can start to love those in need the way You do. Even today, lead me to someone I can help.
AMEN  

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I will care for those in need
Fill your mind with images of Jesus feeding the hungry. See Him talking to prisoners with love and acceptance. Hear His tone of compassion as He ministers to those who are emotionally distraught. See Him caring for those in need. Hear Him as He says to you, “Go and do the same.” Answer His call and say, I will care for those in need.

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.”
Psalms 29:2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We were made to worship God. I have not met many people who had a hard time grasping that we, as humans, are finite. There are hundreds of reminders every day that let us know that we have not arrived at perfection. Yet in all our finiteness there is something in us that yearns to connect to the divine. There is a part of us that wants to know that there is more than this life of human frailty and a fatalistic outlook. We desire to know that there is a plan and a master creator behind the plan. David knew this and invites us to participate in the secret to life. David bids us to come and worship God in the splendor of His Holiness. What is so ironic is that God’s Holiness, in its purest form, is unknowable by human understanding. God’s Holiness is the attribute that makes Him transcendent and separate from all else. His wisdom, knowledge, power, love and purity are far above our comprehension. That is why it must be understood in worship. And so we worship; that is we come to God with a reverent honor and adoring reverence and know with our spirit what we cannot always know with our mind. God, in His love, allows us to love and adore Him, and when we do, we see that worshipping Him in His Holiness is indeed splendor. Come today and tell God how much you love Him. Let yourself adore  and honor Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
My Lord and my God. How majestic You are. How I honor You. How I adore You. How far above my ways are Your ways. Though I cannot begin to understand the depths of who You are, I worship You today in the splendor of Your Holiness. In Jesus’ name I come and worship You, almighty God.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I worship God in the splendor of His Holiness
Quiet your heart and focus on the magnificence of God. Breathe in deeply and think, “God’s love.” As you breathe out say, “I worship You, Almighty God.” Breathe in again and think, “God’s Holiness”. As you breathe out say, “I worship You, Almighty God”. Continue to meditate on how pure and powerful God is and finish by saying, “I worship God in the splendor of His Holiness.”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I love how the peace of Christ and thankfulness go together. Ever have someone, meaning well of course, try to get you to cheer up over something you weren’t ready to thank God for? People get uncomfortable around heartache and try to make the person suffering feel better. This is well intentioned, but not always successful. Perhaps that is why Paul wrote what he did. He knew from being in prison, shipwrecked, starving, stoned, left for dead and hunted down like a criminal that it was through the peace of knowing Christ and all His love and power that he was able to come to any semblance of giving thanks. And why did it matter? Because giving thanks is the key to returning to joy from painful emotions and circumstances. It is handing over the steering wheel to someone else more capable then us to drive when we are under so much duress. And so today, come to Christ. Come to Him who is able to give you peace even when thanksgiving seems so far away. His peace will comfort. His peace will sustain. His peace will return you to joy and a thankful heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, it is hard to give thanks in all things. I need Your peace, that passes all understanding, to rule in my heart. Come in the power of Your Holy Spirit and fill me now, fill me where I cannot fill myself. Bring peace and love to my heart even now and with that, I give You thanks, my God and my Lord.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
Christ’s peace rules in my heart
As you read the affirmation, how are you breathing? Is it shallow? Are you tense? Breathe deep and relax your face, neck and shoulders and say again, “Christ’s peace rules in my heart.” Close your eyes and say. “Peace” Picture Christ coming to you and let His calming presence sooth your mind and body. Whatever is stopping you from peace right now, give it to Christ. As you do say, “Thank You.” Again, “Thank You Christ for taking my burden and giving me peace.” Be still, and let the peace of Christ fill you. When you are ready say, “Christ’s peace rules in my heart.”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“I will – transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.”
Hosea 2:15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We have our valleys of trouble don’t we. In this particular passage the troubles were self inflicted. How many times have we participated in our own downfall? And yet, God’s mercies are not shaken. Instead, He turns our valley of trouble into a gateway of hope. What a beautiful metaphor. A gateway is an escape from trouble and at the same time a doorway to hope. Isn’t that how God works? He takes our smallest step toward escape and turns it into a new direction. Today, no matter what trouble you have, no matter how hopeless it seems, God wants to give you a gateway of hope. You may be in a deep, deep valley of trouble, but today God wants to turn it into a gateway of hope. Come and let Him transform your trouble. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, nobody knows the trouble I have. Only You do. And You have said that You would transform my valley of troubles into a gateway of hope. How I need that transformation. Work in my heart now, dear Lord. Show me the gateway of hope that I may enter it and find the peace, joy and rest I have been looking for.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I have HOPE today
As you quiet your self before God, ask Him to fill your heart with hope. Picture yourself on top of a hill looking into the valley below. Troubles are everywhere, but as you meditate on God’s love and power, you can see the trouble begin to dissipate. You see a gate and a path leading out of the valley to a land of hope. Go to that gateway and walk through. As you see yourself go through the gateway, sense the transformation from trouble to hope. Let joy well up in your heart and say out loud, “I have hope today. Hope in God almighty.”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“You hide them in the shelter of your presence.”
Psalms 31:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is hard to fathom how magnificent God really is. He is so great that when Elijah was at a mountain speaking to God, all God had to do was pass by and there was a great wind, earthquake and fire. Moses knew God perhaps more than any living man so when he was ready to take the people into the wilderness, He begged God to be present with them. As an assurance Moses asked God to show him His presence. God replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you.- But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” As well, David, a man whom the Bible says “was a man after God’s own heart,” comes to God in the midst of all his trouble and says, “How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence.” God’s presence . . . how mighty, how breathtaking, how personal and how available. Come to God today. Join Elijah, Moses and David and enjoy the shelter of God’s presence.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Father, how I thank You for the death of Your son so I can come boldly into Your presence and find all the love, peace and joy I will ever need. Let me sense Your presence in my life today. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I find shelter in God’s presence
God is as close to you as your own breath. His presence is real and weighty. Quiet your heart and whisper, “Lord, let me sense Your presence.” Sit quietly with your hands in a receiving position. Whisper again, “Let me sense Your presence.” Breathe deep and just let the presence of God fill you. Wait on Him, enjoy Him as you picture His presence with you. After a few moments, finish by saying, “Thank You, God, for sheltering me in Your presence.”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“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 lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
Psalms 143:8,10 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Do you start your day hearing a word from God about His unfailing love? Do you start your day trusting in Him? Do you ask Him for direction, protection and instruction for the tasks that are ahead of you this day? If not, why not start today? No matter what your yesterdays were, no matter what you fear for tomorrow, there is nothing stopping you from committing this day to God. You can begin a new habit of thanksgiving and expectation today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, in the quietness of this moment, let me hear You confirm Your unfailing love for me. Right now, I put my complete trust in You. Show me the way I should go and rescue me from any trouble today., O LORD, I hide myself in You so please teach me to do Your will. Lead me by Your Spirit I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I put my trust in God
Quiet yourself before God. Sense His majesty (pause), His power (pause), His wisdom (pause) and His love (pause). Come closer to Him and extend out your hand. In your hand is your trust. Give it to God. As you do tell God, “Show me the way”. “Teach me your will.” Lead me today.” Say it again slowly and as you do sense the Lord hearing you and answering your prayer. Finish by thanking God for His presence with you.

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TODAY’S VERSE
“So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.”
Isaiah 30:15—18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The Lord longs to be gracious to us. We see it in today’s passage. By His own choice, God created us, knowing that we would be obstinate, fickle and slow in responding to His love. He knew and yet He put himself in a place of waiting for us to come to Him so He can show us His great love and compassion. Why does He do this? Why does He wait for us to respond to Him? Because He is faithful to us. His love is not like ours. His love is eternal, unfathomable, unconditional and unfailing. So He waits. And what is so ironic, is that He waits for us to wait on Him. When we have tried everything else. when we have panicked, obsessed, returned from running away, quit our procrastination or stopped trying to do everything by ourself, He bids us to come to Him and wait for Him to love and help us. And when we wait on Him, He will bless us and meet our deepest needs. Today, quit hurrying and scurrying and come to Him. He is waiting for us to wait on Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, I admit that I worry and run around trying to fix things by myself. Forgive me for not trusting You. Today I come and pour my worries at Your feet. Guide me, help me, bless me I pray as I wait on You for all my needs.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I will wait for Gods help
Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a quiet, serene, safe place. Picture such a place in your mind and imagine yourself in the scene, sitting in peace and quiet. When relaxed, invite God to come and be with you in this quiet peaceful place. As you sense His presence tell Him how much you love Him. Thank Him for His love and tell Him of your needs. Then share with God that you will trust Him and wait on Him. Say, “Lord, today, I will wait for Your help.”

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