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Wait

TODAY’S VERSE
The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
Romans 15:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so hard to wait. When we are full of panic, anger, or dread, a minute can seem like an eternity. We want to do something. When a situation drags on and on, we begin to wonder, “Will it ever end?” We start to run out of patience, but the good news is that God is there. In every situation, He can give us hope and encouragement if we wait for it. Without God, waiting is the hard part. But with God it is a totally different experience. Isaiah assures us, “They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Paul also adds to our reason to wait on God with a beautiful benediction, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Today wait patiently on the Lord.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father God, the source of hope, please fill me completely with joy and peace as I trust in You. Help me overflow with confident hope through the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Wait On Him

TODAY’S VERSE
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
Psalms 62:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Why is it hard to wait on God? It is so much easier to fret and worry. Or to take matters into our own hands and do things our way.
Perhaps it is because we have an intellectual assent toward God instead of a heartfelt surrender to Him. We “know about” God but barely know Him. I love the fact that the Psalmist says, “Let all that I am wait quietly before the Lord.” There is a soulful sound to that phrase. A surrender of the heart, a heart that is expectant of those things that the Prophet Isaiah talked about when he wrote, “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” And so today, let us wait. Stop and commit yourself to Him. Trust Him. Surrender to Him and let Him renew your strength. Today, put your hope in Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I come to You today with all that I am. I will wait before You, putting all my trust and hope in You. Renew my strength, lead me in the way I should go. In Jesus’ name I pray.
AMEN

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I Am Trusting God

TODAY’S VERSE
But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, ‘You are my God!’ My future is in your hands.
Psalms 31:14-15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There comes a time when we just have to trust God. Not with blind faith, but confidence built on a solid foundation, a faith with roots going down deep into our being. A place where our primal fears and apprehension collide with our seemingly logic and assumptions. When everything in us says, “Run, hide, quit, fight or give in,” God shows up, and we have to choose. David had to make a choice, and he chose God. He may have been afraid, but he said, “I am trusting.” He may have had advice that was contrary, but he said, “I am trusting.” His back was against the wall, and all human hope exhausted, yet he said, “But I am trusting!” Today, let go. Hear God’s voice, sense His amazing love and power for you and say with David, “But I am trusting you, O LORD – You are my God! My future is in your hands.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me to trust in You. I know I should, but I am so weak in my faith. Holy Spirit, comfort me, encourage my heart, blow gently on any small amber of faith You find and fan it into a flame. Ignite my heart so I can trust You more. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Trust God

TODAY’S VERSE
Praise the LORD! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
Psalms 28:6-8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is hard to relax. I mean really relax. Why is it? We say we have faith, and yet we are wound up tighter than a spring, ready to snap at the next bit of pressure. Perhaps it is because when it comes to living life on our own, we get in over our heads. We try, but life is so complicated. There are so many variables. The good news is that God never intended us to live life all by ourselves. He wants us to depend on Him. He wants us to live with His love and mercy helping us along the way. This is where fellowship with God is born. When we acknowledge that He is God, that He loves us and we begin to communicate with Him and share our inner struggles and needs. He hears us and gives us the help we need. God is pleased, and so are we. David knew this and proclaimed, “I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.” Today, relax, give it all to Him. Trust God. He will have mercy and help you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father God, I come and bring all my burdens to You. I am so tired of trying to fix everything myself. I need You. I ask You for mercy. Please help me today, I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Gently Restore

TODAY’S VERSE
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:1-2 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There are many sins that you can fall into. Many habits, addictions, and sins are hard to break. That is why we need each other. There is so much talk about accountability. But you need something more than a watchdog. You need someone who knows your struggles and loves you, even when you fall. Someone who is there for you without judgment. They understand about “slips” and are there to lift you back up. Their goal is to restore, not scold or shun. God has called you to do the same. He has asked that you “restore” someone gently, not reprimand or ostracize them. Today, follow Christ and help carry someone else’s burden.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for judging others. Instead, help me gently restore those in need and bear their burdens. Help me to remember my own sins and how You have forgiven me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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God loves you

TODAY’S VERSE
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is one thing to think of how we should devote our lives to God. It is another to think of how God devotes His life to us! Zephaniah was telling a broken and disheartened people not to despair, not to worry, for God cares for them. He told them that God was in their midst and that He was mighty to save them. Then Zephaniah painted a word picture that would fill them with joy. He told them that God Himself rejoiced over each and every one of them. That God personally would quiet their hearts with His love and that when it is all said and done, if they would listen, that they could hear Almighty God praising each of them with singing. What a picture. What a reality. Today, know that God loves you, He rejoices over you with gladness and He is singing praises all about the love He has for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, how my heart rejoices in knowing that You care so much for me. How can I even begin to fathom it? Today, dear Lord, open my eyes that I can truly see the love You have for me.
AMEN

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Mature Anger

TODAY’S VERSE
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
James 1:19 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So often, we interpret this passage as if it is suggesting that we cannot be angry. So at the first twinge of emotion, we berate ourselves and bury our feelings. However, if we look closely at this passage, we will see that our goal should not be ridding ourselves of anger but rather, being slow to become angry. Some things will and should make us angry, but we need to be mature about our situation. Mature anger looks at the problem and uses this emotion to motivate us to find a solution. A mature attitude is slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen. An immature attitude doesn’t act slowly; instead, it reacts with bitterness, rage, brawling, slander, and malice. Paul insists that we rid ourselves of this kind of immaturity. Today, when your emotion alerts you to a potentially negative situation, let your anger react slowly and maturely. Let it motivate you to assess the problem and ask God what He would have you to do.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You that You can help me be mature with my anger. Help me focus on solutions and not bitterness, rage, fighting, slander, or malice. Help me be part of the solution, not the problem. Help me express my emotions in a way that honors you.
AMEN

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Constantly Aware Of God’s Love

TODAY’S VERSE
I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.
Psalms 26:2-3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What are you aware of? Every day you and I are the object of God’s unconditional love, and yet do we really live as if we are aware of it? King David did. He wrote, “I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.” It is much like a baby. A newborn spends its first year of life being aware of its mother’s face, voice, and presence. After thousands of positive interactions with the mother, the baby experiences “emotional object constancy.” This means that the baby’s capacity for love and acceptance has expanded enough that the baby begins to live with the awareness of the mother’s love, even when she isn’t present. It was this way with David. You can imagine him as a Shepherd, basking in the beauty of God’s presence, meditating on God’s word, writing psalms like “The Lord is my Shepherd, I have all I need.” David was building up his capacity for the awareness of God’s love and acceptance. Is it no wonder he could later write, “I am always aware of your unfailing love.” Today, begin a habit of spending time with God. Attune yourself with His Spirit and how much He loves you. Soon you will build your capacity and emotional constancy. Then you, too, will be constantly aware of His great love for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me know You and Your love for me, better and better, so the reality of Your unfailing love for me will be a permanent part of my conscious experience.
AMEN

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Confidence

TODAY’S VERSE
Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
Psalms 27:3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes the best way to overcome something is to replace it with the opposite. David decided to do this with fear. When he was surrounded by a mighty invading army, he had a choice to make. He could go with the normal response of fear, or he could replace fear with confidence in God’s love. It was the love that he had for God and the love he knew God had for him that allowed him to exercise confidence. The Bible says, “perfect love casts out fear.” Add to perfect love an all-powerful God, and you have a real confidence maker. Today, when stress comes into your life, when you are tempted to become overwhelmed, put your trust in God. Step out in faith and let confidence in Him take over.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Thank You, Father, that You are trustworthy. You are all-powerful and all-loving. I come to you today and lay my fears at Your feet. Give me the confidence to completely trust in You.
AMEN

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Anger

TODAY’S VERSE
And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
One of the pieces of evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in our life is “self-control”. And there is nothing harder to control than our anger. God originally created anger as a defense mechanism to protect us from life-threatening danger. But that is where the problems arise. The truth is that the majority of what we get angry at is not life-threatening at all, it only feels that way. Embarrassment, fear of consequences, inconvenience toward reaching a goal we feel is imperative; depending on what we are believing about ourselves, these seemingly common circumstances can trigger an anger response. Paul warns us about anger. He suggests that we control anger before it controls us. He wrote, “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Today, get a grip on your anger. Consider what is really bothering you and give it to God. Make up your mind that anger will not get control of you. Instead, if anything is going to control you, let it be the Holy Spirit.  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You that You don’t ask me to do anything that you won’t help me with. I am asking You today to help me with my anger. Holy Spirit, help me control my anger and not give any foothold to Satan.
AMEN

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