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Never Abandoned

TODAY’S VERSE
Don’t abandon me, for you made me.
Psalms 138:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It strikes fear in the heart of every child. Will I be abandoned? One of the core needs of a child is to feel safe and secure. As they grow, it becomes a core longing of the heart. And it is not a wonder. With the dismantling of the family and the rampant dysfunction in so many homes, what is a child supposed to do? So we grow in adulthood without the core longing of security being established. But then there is your heavenly Father. He made you; He had a purpose in mind for you. He promises to never leave you or forsake you. King David wrote, “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.” Today rejoice, for this is true for you, “God will not abandon you, for He made you!”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for creating me and Your promise that You will never abandon me. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

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My Refuge

TODAY’S VERSE
This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust him.
Psalms 91:2

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Fear is real. It is a major topic in the Bible. Did you know that “fear not” is one of the most frequent commands in the Bible? The people living in the Old Testament times knew what fears were. Wars, sickness, famines, poverty, violence, slavery were all around them, yet, look at their faith. In today’s passage, the Psalmist writes, “Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.” What confidence in God. Today say with the Psalmist, “This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust him.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, Almighty God, my Savior, and Lord. Thank You for being my refuge, my place of safety. Today I put my trust in You.
AMEN

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Resilience

TODAY’S VERSE
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Psalms 94:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from painful emotions. Every one of us has struggled in life. Where can we go to get the resilience we need? The Psalmist wrote that God gave him comfort when doubts filled his mind and renewed his hope and cheer. Centuries later, Paul wrote in the New Testament, “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.” Jesus Himself said that He would not leave us comfortless but would send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, whose name is the “comforter,” wants to help you with every emotional struggle you face. Today come to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to comfort you. His comfort will renew your hope and cheer.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, come and comfort me today. Renew my hope as I trust in You.
AMEN

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You Can Have Real Peace

TODAY’S VERSE
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How are you affected by stress? We all have situations that get us down, emergencies that distract us and cause us to fret. Situations that anger us, others cause us grief. We become full of worry and anxiety. What are we to do? Isaiah has a word for us. It is as if God had him look ahead to today and say, “God will help you with all your stress. He will give you peace that passes all your understanding if you do one thing. Keep your thoughts fixed on God.” What a precious promise. What love and concern for us. Today, stop and focus on the Lord. When stress comes, keep your eyes on Him. You are not alone. He will keep you in peace.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father. Help me keep my mind on you. I ask You to keep my heart and my mind at peace today.
AMEN

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You Are Not Alone

TODAY’S VERSE
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Hebrew 4:14-16 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How is it we end up believing we are so alone? Why do we feel we must face our problems by ourselves? With Christ, nothing could be farther from the truth. We have been invited to come boldly to the very presence of God. The truth is that Jesus knows what we are going through. He understands the trials and temptations that we face. He knows the emotional struggles we have. And He knows how to get through them. You are not alone. You can come to Him and receive the grace and help you need just when you need it. Today, come boldly to Jesus.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, I come to You today, knowing that you know all about me and my situation. Help me through this day. Give me the mercy and grace that you promised to give me when I need it the most. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Encouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.
I Thessalonians 5:11 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Ever been so thirsty you felt parched? You couldn’t wait until you had a glass of water. When you finally took a drink, it was heavenly, refreshing, and brought new life to your body. That is what encouragement does. It is like a cooling salve on a bad burn. A refreshing breeze on a hot, humid day. The laughter of children when in an anxious state. There is something about a person who is with you when all seems lost. Their presence speaks volumes. They comfort you with their empathy in what they say and do. We need encouragement, and God commands us to encourage one another. In fact, the only thing I can think of that is wrong with encouragement is that there isn’t enough! Today, be God’s messenger of hope, love, peace, and joy. People all around you are thirsty for encouragement. Take your love and fill their cup!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your encouragement. Help me to be selfless and encourage others in the way You have encouraged me.
AMEN

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He Knows My Name

TODAY’S VERSE
I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
Isaiah 49:15-16 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I am deeply moved every time I sing the worship song, “He Knows My Name.” It makes me think of today’s verse. The Israelites doubted the love of God, so Isaiah reminded them that even if a mother forgets her child, God will never forget them. Isaiah writes that our Lord has written our name on the palms of His hands. God knows my name? I am overwhelmed by the thought. How personal, how loving, how intimate. And yet I can’t help but wonder, “What else does God know about me?” He knows my situation. He knows my struggles. He knows my limitations. My fear and anxiety are no surprise to Him. He knows my anger and frustrations. He knows my weaknesses. He knows and loves me, but do I know Him? Do I? Do I know His name? Do I know Him as the God Most High, the God who sees, the all-sufficient One, the provider, and the Lord who heals? Do I know Him as my banner and my peace? Do I know Him as my creator, shepherd, and my righteousness? Today, take joy in knowing that the God above all other names knows yours.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for knowing and loving me. Thank You for knowing my name and caring so deeply for me. Help me know and love You more.
AMEN

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The God Of All Hope

TODAY’S VERSE
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.
Romans 15:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is hope, and then there is HOPE. At first, it would seem that the difference would be the degree of our trust in Him. Little trust, little hope. Large trust, large hope. But as we read today’s verse, we see it is not trusting that makes the difference as much as what we have our trust in. Hope comes from the fact that we trust in the magnificence of God. Paul says that God is the source of our hope and that it is God that fills us with joy and peace. God gives us His Holy Spirit, whose power causes us to overflow with confident hope. So today, put your trust in Almighty God, the God of all power, the God of all love, and let Him fill you with joy, peace, and hope.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I pray that You would fill me completely with joy, peace, and hope through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Help me overflow with a confident hope in You and Your love for me. In Jesus’ name.
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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Gateway Of Hope

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 problems were self-inflicted. How many times have we been the cause of our troubles? And yet, God’s mercies are not shaken. His love for us does not stop! Instead, He turns our valley of trouble into a gateway of hope. What a beautiful metaphor. Isn’t that how God works? He can take our problems and give us the hope we need to make it through. Today, no matter what situation you have, no matter how hopeless it seems, God wants to help you. 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 crisis.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You know the trouble I have. You have said that You would transform my valley of troubles into a gateway of hope. Work in my heart now, dear Lord. Show me the way, Lord, that I may follow it and find the peace, joy, and rest I have been looking for.
AMEN

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