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God’s Plans

TODAY’S VERSE
The LORD will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.
Psalms 138:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
One of the all-time favorite passages in the scriptures was written by Jeremiah. It has brought comfort to millions upon millions of people over the centuries. Jeremiah wrote, ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”’ We love to think of God taking a personal interest in our life and directing us along a plan that He has for us. Today’s verse is a reminder of that truth. David wrote that the Lord would work the plans that He had for David’s life. Why? Because God’s plans come out of His great love for us and David had concluded that God’s faithful love toward him, would never cease. God’s has loving plans for you. And His plans will endure any calamity, any seemingly human mistakes, and any personal hardships. God’s love for you will endure forever. Today, put your trust in God. He has plans for you now on this earth and forever in the next.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for your faithful love for me. I trust You to work Your Your plans for my life. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Thankfulness

TODAY’S VERSE
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is a difference between appreciation and thankfulness. When we appreciate something, it gives us a good feeling. Whereas appreciation is an inward expression of gratitude, thankfulness is an outward expression. It is relational. You show gratitude and give thanks to what has caused your appreciation. Giving thanks opens your heart toward a deeper relationship. It is that way with God. Paul wrote that we shouldn’t worry about anything but let worry be a cue to pray about everything instead. We do this by telling God what we need and expressing thankfulness to Him for all He has done. Paul writes that the result of this gratitude toward God is the ability to experience God’s peace in ways we cannot even imagine. This peace guards our emotions and our thinking as we live out our relationship with Him. So today, show God gratitude. Be thankful and delight in Him. Make it a habit, and it will change your life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for all You have done for me. I am deeply grateful and full of appreciation for Your wondrous love for me. Fill me with Your peace and protect my heart and my mind. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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God Hears

TODAY’S VERSE
Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens.
Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.
Psalms 143:7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How I thank God for David’s honesty. When I went through a dark season in my life, the Psalms were an oasis for my soul.
I would come to today’s verse and feel a deep assurance that God knew exactly how I felt. Why? Because He understood David’s plea. David cried out to God in his depression and requested, “Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” It was this deep trust in God that led him to the assurance that he would be delivered. David finishes the Psalm by writing, “May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. For the glory of your name, O LORD, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.” Today, come to God with your deepest concerns, with your heavy heart, and walk away like David with the full assurance that God has heard your cries and will lead you forward.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I come to You today knowing that You hear my concerns, that You care for me, and I can trust You. Thank You for Your love.
AMEN

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Bring Your Concerns To God

TODAY’S VERSE
O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.
Psalms 5:1-2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What a wonderful relationship God is offering us. David knew about it. He writes, “Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” He brought God His groaning, his deepest concerns, the cries from the bottom of his heart. Paul picks up on this same theme and writes, “The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” Today, bring your concerns to God. Pray and share your heart with Him. He knows you. He loves you. He cares for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your love and concern for me. Thank You for hearing my prayers and helping me with all my needs. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Enter In

TODAY’S VERSE
Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
Psalms 5:7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Who could ever earn God’s love? We would like to think we could. We have some sort of built-in “goodness” scale that records good and bad behavior, and somehow we think we are way ahead. But seriously, a finite person able to stand in the presence of a Holy infinite God? It is something only God could do. It would have to be His deliberate choice to make a way we could be in fellowship with Him. And that is what He did. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are saved and are in fellowship with Him. The Apostle Paul wrote it this way, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” So today, because of His unfailing love, enter into His presence and worship Him with the deepest awe.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Almighty God. Thank You for providing a way that I can enter Your presence as Your child and worship and love You.
AMEN

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Return To Joy

TODAY’S VERSE
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Psalms 94:19 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Because of Christ, we have a choice. We can return to joy from painful emotions. The Psalmist knew this. When he was overwhelmed with anxiety, it was the consolation and comfort of the Lord that brought him back to a place of joy. The choice was to believe that God’s love toward us is unconditional. To believe that He alone can and will give us the peace that passes all our understanding. To believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed the comforter and He will sustain us. Today, allow His presence to console you. Allow Him to quiet your anxious heart and return you to joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You know my heart. You know how I am. I bring all my anxiety to You. Console me I pray. Return me to joy. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Be Thankful

TODAY’S VERSE
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So often, we forget how gracious God is. We forget all the good in our life. Like spoiled children, we take so many things for granted. Worse we tend to complain to God when things aren’t going our way. God abhors complaining. Paul knew this, so instead of complaining, Paul encourages us to be thankful. How different would your life be if you began to thank God in all things? What if you began to praise Him for His love, power, wisdom, majesty, and grace toward you no matter what the circumstance? What type of relationship do you think you would develop with Him? What kind of spirituality would you develop? Today begin to thank God in all things. It will change your life. Out of praise will come contentment, peace of mind, faith, and hope. This is God’s will for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for complaining. Forgive me for my lack of faith. Today I come to thank You. Might Your praise be continuously on my lips, my Lord and my God.
AMEN

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Living In A New Sphere

TODAY’S VERSE
You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Peter is saying that we need to grow “in” grace. The normal use of the word “in” meant walking through a door. You go into another room. You come, and you go. But Peter is suggesting much more!!! Peter writes that we are to grow in Grace. He uses the other word for “in.” A word that means moving and living in a whole new sphere of reality. Peter says that as a Christian, even though we are on earth, we live in another sphere or reality of God’s grace and knowledge. Grace is God’s favor, affection, mercy, and thoughts toward you. Knowledge is “experientially knowing” something. It is a working knowledge gleaned from personal experience! Today, stop and realize where you live. You live in a spiritual sphere where you grow in and have first-hand knowledge of God’s favor, affection, and mercy. Welcome to this new world!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for inviting me to live in this new sphere of grace and knowledge. Help me enter into it fully and grow and mature in this atmosphere of Your favor, affection, and mercy.
Amen

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God’s Love

TODAY’S VERSE
For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to feel that we are all alone. No one understands us. Life gets hard, and we think we have no one to go to. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Zephaniah knew what it was to live in darkness. He was a child during the rain of the evil King Manasseh and King Amon. There was idolatry, child sacrifice, murders, and other evil throughout the land. But Zephaniah grew up to know and trust in the Lord. He shares that we are never alone, that God is living among us. God is our mighty savior. He writes that God takes delight in us with gladness and that God will calm all our fears with His love. God is rejoicing over you right now with exuberant joy! Today, know that you are not alone. God, who is love, loves you more than you can imagine, and He is ecstatic with joy to have you as His child.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You so much for being with me, saving me, and protecting me. Most of all, thank You that you are glad to be with me rejoicing in who I am and what I mean to You. Help me, Lord to fully understand this.
Amen

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ENcouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us.
II Corinthians 7:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to become discouraged. Finances, health, relationships, career, family all of them can present us with tremendous challenges and ample opportunity for discouragement. The good news is that there is someone bigger than our situation. Paul knew it. He writes, “When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.” And then he adds the phrase that changes everything. He writes, “But God.” It doesn’t get any better than that. He writes, “But God who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us.” In this case, God did it through the arrival of Titus to minister with Paul. I don’t know how God will do it for you, but today you have the God who encourages the discouraged. Watch for it; let Him encourage you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You are the great encourager. I pray that in Your own marvelous way, You would encourage my heart today. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

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