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Give

TODAY’S VERSE

God loves a person who gives cheerfully.
II Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We don’t talk much about giving, yet we serve a God who has given us everything. The Apostle John quotes Jesus, in that famous verse, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” Our God is a generous loving God and He wants us to be the same. In today’s passage Paul is encouraging the church to give. He writes, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Look around you, see the various needs and ask God what He would have you do. Whether it is your time, talent or treasure decide how you can get involved. Enjoy it, get enthused, and be cheerful. Remember God promises to take care of all your needs, so help others with theirs.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your generous love and kindness toward me. Thank You for providing for all my needs. Help me to partner with You in helping others. I want to give with an enlarged heart and an open hand. Guide and direct me I pray.
AMEN

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Rejoice

TODAY’S VERSE

So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
Romans 5:11 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I can understand a person that has just come into a relationship with God rejoicing in the fact that they are a new friend of God. But what about you? Do you know God? Have you recieved Him as your savior? If so, that makes you a friend of God. There is no statute of limitations on the joy that comes with knowing that the Almighty God Himself has declared you His friend. Today, whether you are a new believer or have known God a hundred years, stop and consider what it means to be God’s friend. It is something to rejoice about!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, today I rejoice in this wonderful relationship I have with you. Thank You for declaring me Your friend. Because of Jesus.
AMEN

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Fear Or Trust

Fear Or Trust

TODAY’S VERSE
But when I am afraid,I will put my trust in you.
Psalms 56:3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Fear. It permeates our body and mind. We react to stress with fear and it only heaps more stress upon us. Fear takes over and plays havoc with our thinking, behavior and emotions. We all have fear, but we don’t have to let it dominate us. David knew what to do. He put his trust in God. God is greater than our circumstances. God is greater than our worst fear. Today we have a choice. We don’t have to be a prisoner of our fear. Instead, cry out to God. Give Him your fear and put your trust in Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You know my fears. Today I come to trade with You. I will give You my trust. Please take away my fear.
In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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The God Who Is There

TODAY’S VERSE

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalms 16:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The secret in this verse is David’s awareness. God being near to us is not novel. He is omnipresent. David writes later in the Psalms that there is nowhere that we can go to get away from His presence. No, the novelty here is David’s heartfelt awareness. He knew both in his mind and in his heart that God was with him. God was as close to him as his own breath. And with that presence was a keen awareness of God’s unconditional love. It was David’s driving force. Jehovah was the God of love. He was the God who was there. And He is the same for you. Today, do not be shaken. Instead rejoice in the fact that God is with you. He is right next to you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, how I rejoice that You are with me. You have promised to never leave me or forsake me. I rejoice in Your closeness and humbly thank You for Your presence.Because of Jesus.
AMEN

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God’s Plan For Me

TODAY’S VERSE

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God wants to parent us. What father or mother, that purposely set out to procreate, would not desire good things for their children? Imagine the plans they would have for this child that they, out of love, deliberately conceived. With anticipation, the parents would share with each other the great hopes they had for there soon-to-be child. What consideration, what desires to bless the child, to give him or her everything they would ever need. If we as parents can show that much love, how much more than would a all loving, all knowing, all powerful God desire for those He specifically created? Today, rejoice in the fact that God knows the plans He has for you! He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You that I was part of Your plan from the beginning of time. You have always desired to bless me, to prosper me and to give me a hope and a future. How I thank You for this and go forward in faith believing this is Your deepest desire.
AMEN

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Burden Bearer

 TODAY’S VERSE

“I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.” Psalms 142:2-3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT

Why do we keep things from God? We hurt, we reel from painful situations and so often we bear them alone. Worst we are tempted to ignore our pain, mask our real feelings or compensate with our busyness. David suggests another way. He says when we are overwhelmed, we should come to God and pour out our complaints. I love the metaphor. God invites us to come and dump out our problems before Him, not worrying about the messiness. And David knew what it was like to be burdened. He wrote today’s verse while he lived in a cave running from King Saul. Perhaps he remembered what he wrote at another time. He wrote, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” There was his secret. He knew that God would daily bare His burdens. He knew God was the one who knew the way he should turn. And that same God, the God of David, will do the same for you. Today, come to God. Let Him bare your burden. Share your complaint with Him. Bring to Him all your cares and worries. Let Him show you the way to peace and joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Father, You know my complaints. You know my worries and cares. I bring them to You today. Take them Lord. I come, in the name of Jesus, asking that You would show me the way to go.

AMEN

TODAY’S MEDITATION & AFFIRMATION

I give my burdens to God

In meditation go to a quiet place. Be at peace knowing you are there to meet God. Next to you sits all your complaints, cares and burdens. See yourself crying out to God and watch as He approaches. You know He is coming to check on you and to help you with any burden you may have. You wait until you know feel safe and then in faith you pour all your cares, complaints and burdens at His feet. You watch as He picks up each one. He reads them with love and empathy. You sense how deeply He cares as He lovingly consoles you and shows you what to do next.

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Today’s Joy

TODAY’S VERSE
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
Psalms 34:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
“No shadow of shame will darken their face.” What overshadows you? Unresolved trauma, bitterness, unforgiveness, sense of shame, sorrow, guilt? We are emotional creatures and if we are not careful, our emotions will overshadow us. Instead, God offers us joy. All we need to do is look to Him. But that is easier said than done. We let the mistakes, troubles and traumas of the past cast a dark ominus shadow over all we do and are. Or we spend our time fretting about the future. We get so busy worrying and planning that we don’t see the darkness that it leaves us in. Instead, God wants to live in His radiant light. He wants us to live each day to its fullest. He has joy for us if we will trust Him for it. Today, let us come to Him. Give Him this day. Take all your bitterness, regret, and trauma from the past and the worries, fears, apprehensions of the future and trade them for the the joy and love God has for you today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, how I need Your joy today. Forgive me for letting the past cast such a shadow on me. Forgive me for letting the worries of the future keep me from enjoying Your presence today. I come to You now and ask that You would take this day and lead me, guide me and fill me with the reality of Your love and joy.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I choose to live in the now
Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. As you do, focus on this day. As your mind begins to fill with thoughts, stop and focus again, but this time on this very moment. Become conscious of this very moment. Hear your breath, feel your heart beat, hear the noise around you. Pray, Lord make me conscious of Your presence. Sense God here with you, right now. Pray again, “Lord, help me live today with full awareness that You are with me and today I will live in the radiance of present joy.

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Contentment For Today

TODAY’S VERSE
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Dr. David Berceli in his book, The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process, writes about trauma: “It is not the events that hurt us, it is our reaction to the events.” He defines stress as the reaction to having things happen in our life that we don’t want happening. We try to avoid them or fight against them and this causes stress. He differentiates this from anxiety. He teaches that anxiety is when we don’t have what we want so rather than live in the “now” we complain, regret and then strive and connive about our future. Either way, we are ignoring the life lessons and opportunities God has for us in the now. By avoiding today with its problems, the stress and anxiety remain unresolved. We have not learned about God’s provision of grace and courage and so we become more vulnerable for the next bout of stress. As this is repeated we create a habit of discontentment and our stress rises to a toxic level. Paul faced his situation leaning on the love of God. He learned to trust God in the pain and gained the strength and mastery he needed to press on. He learned how to be content. Likewise, if we face our situations in life and embrace them, God will help us bounce back and gain more capacity for resilience. Paul said it this way, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” God promises you the same. Today, embrace this day and face your circumstances with faith, hope, and courage, believing that God will get you through.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, You know how discontent I get. I complain about the situations I am in and constantly strive for a different future. Meanwhile, precious days go by. Help me to live today with full awareness of Your presence. Help me get everything You have for me today. Help me to be content in You, I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I have learned to be content
Go to a quiet, peaceful place in your imagination and invite God to meet you there. Sit and sense His presence. Picture His mighty power and His boundless love for you. As you relax, think about today. What are you feeling? Are you feeling anxious, angry or sad? As you sense your attitude, give it to God. Ask Him to bless today. Turn your thoughts toward being content today and living today to its fullness. Invite God to make you aware of His presence and to be your guide, giving you all the peace, joy and contentment you need for this day.

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Love and Good Works

TODAY’S VERSE
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When you became a Christian, you became a follower of Christ. You became part of a world-wide fellowship of believers. This is more than a fraternity, it is a fellowship. But more than a fellowship, it is a mission. It is part of our DNA. Our mission is to love others and to become involved in doing good. Love and doing good? It sounds too simple and too humanistic. Instead, we want to preach and teach and tell others about the love of God. While this is crucial, we miss the point. God has chosen some to teach, some to preach, but He has chosen us all to love. For how would the preaching and teaching be accepted by the world if it wasn’t backed up with real living proof? And the proof that Christianity is real is in our actions, not our words. So if we want to see others around us come to know Christ, then we must think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me live for you. Help me also think of ways to motivate others around me to join me in performing acts of love and good works.
AMEN

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God As My Friend

TODAY’S VERSE
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
John 15:13-15
“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.”
Exodus 33:11
“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend.”
James 2:23

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is an incredible concept that a God who created all the expanse of space; designed the most complicated systems; is beyond time and space; would create us, not as some impersonal piece of matter, but as a friend. A friend. We are fortunate if we go through life with four or five good friends. Jesus called His disciples friends. Why? Because He spent time with them. He knew them. He wants to do the same with us. If we are going to be a friend of God, then we must build a relationship. That doesn’t happen by just going to church. We need to fellowship, worship and hear the word of God but it is not enough. It doesn’t come by reciting creeds, as good as they are. It doesn’t come by reading about God, although this certainly gives us context. It doesn’t come by simply reading the Bible, although this is an indispensable part of relating to God. Friendship with God comes by spending time with Him. It comes through conversation with Him. It comes through an exchange of feelings, thoughts, concerns and aspirations. Try today to carve out some time to be alone with God. Share with Him; tell Him you want His friendship. Listen to Him, wait for Him and enjoy His presence.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I know You and am known by You. We pass in life’s circumstances, but I must admit, I don’t know You well. I know in my head that You love me but I haven’t sensed a friendship with You in my heart. I want to be Your friend. I want to know You in a much deeper and more personal way. Help me to that end. Guide me into a friendship with You, I pray. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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