July 9th ~ Prayer Challenge for America


pray for America

Job 12:23

He makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away.”

 

Great and Mighty God,

We know your blessing has been upon this nation. You have given our citizens the ability to be creative in solving our problems. Our labor is talented and you have provided for us with the choicest of food, beautiful and functional shelter, the finest clothing, and the greatest advances in medicine. We are blessed with a very comfortable life style. Our prosperity could have only come from you. Help us to remember that these blessings are from You alone. We are grateful and thank You for these many blessings and ask you to protect them, and protect us from those who would do us harm.

Amen.

 

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Scripture: English Standard Version

July 4th ~ Prayer Challenge for America


pray for America

1 Peter 2:16

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”

Most Precious Heavenly Father,

You have blessed us with great freedoms as citizens of this nation, and in You. Although we are free to choose, help us to remember to think through our actions to their final outcome. Help us also remember that over-indulgence brings consequences. Instead, help us to use the freedoms You have blessed us with to serve you well and act honorably to all people and in every situation. Help us to use our freedom to bring you glory. As we celebrate our freedoms today, make us ever mindful that they are a great gift from you.

Amen.

 

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Scripture: English Standard Version

The Gift of Another Day


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Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.

Once every four years the calendar gives us an extra day. There’s a scientific reason – the earth rotates around the sun every 365 ¼ days. Those who created our calendar added an extra day every fourth year to make up for this. There’s actually more to it than my brief explanation, but you get the idea – we have the gift of another day this year.

How will we use the extra day?

We take so much of life for granted, especially those of us blessed with families, jobs, and good health. We race to get our commitments completed, then complain that we have too much to do – work, errands, children’s activities and the like. We don’t stop often enough to enjoy or appreciate life’s many blessings. I am guilty of rushing through life like there is always tomorrow.

But life is brief. We don’t know how much time we have. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Our extra day falls on a Monday this year, so how about celebrating our “leap day” this weekend? Leave your watch in a drawer and unplug for the day. Think about how you can enjoy – really appreciate – the many blessings our God has given to us. Connect with your friends and family and hold them tight. Savor each moment with them. Go on an outing. Gaze at a landscape, or a sunset. Take a nature walk. Stop to really look at flowers, or a lake, or the clouds. Become aware of the gifts we so often overlook. Live.

Psalm 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Blessings on your “leap day.”

Scripture: www.biblegateway.com (The Living Bible Translation)

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Thankfulness – Day 13


Heal Me

Wonderful Lord,

Today I thank You for all the medical personnel who treat the sick and injured. I also thank you for diagnostic tools, medications, and therapy to assist doctors and nurses bring healing to our bodies and minds. Thank you God, for these servants and thank You for the miracle of healing.

Psalm 103:2-4

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

 Health and Healing

Psalm 147:3

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 41:3

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. (3 John 1:12)

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Thankfulness – Day 7


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Precious Lord,

Today I thank you for fun, recreation, and celebration. Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy Your creation and many, many blessings. Thank you for giving us permission to celebrate (Leviticus 23).

 Ecclesiastes 2:24

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,

1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Luke 15:23-24

And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

 

Enjoy the blessings of the Lord!

 

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Thankfulness – Day 5


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Holy God,

I thank you for creating us to have the ability to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. You gave us these senses to enjoy and interact with Your creation, every single day. We take these gifts for granted. Help us to slow down and enjoy these marvelous blessings.

Proverbs 20 12

.Psalm 34:8

O, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

 Matthew 12:16

But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.

 

Consider how God’s great gifts allow you to interact with the world in remarkable ways.

 

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Oblivious to the Blessings


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I was living an almost charmed life.

My adopted home town was a very safe and livable community where everything I wanted or needed was nearby. The schools my children attended were great. I had wonderful, close friends, and a good job. I was a member of a significant church that reached out to everyone and had programs for all types of people. I lived in that community for 20 years. I expected life to always be that way. I thought I had a grateful heart, but looking back, I was oblivious to how fortunate my circumstances were.

This past summer we moved to another state. My expectations were that we would live in a similar community and attend a church similar to the one we just left. I thought I would find a job quickly and make new friends easily. I expected life to be the same, I would just have a different address. The truth is, it’s been an adjustment.

Thinks are different here, not wrong, just different. It is more than the names of streets and where to shop, the local culture is different too. It’s a way of life that in some ways doesn’t value what I took for granted. This difference has made me appreciate all I had even more. I was truly blessed living in in that small community in Texas. At the time, I didn’t see, and certainly didn’t appreciate, how God was showering me with His Love all the time I lived in that other city. He was feeding me, nourishing my soul. He blessed me in so many ways, but most of all, He blessed me with Himself.

Now that I am not experiencing the same circumstances I feel like my spiritual life is parched. I’ve been thanking God for what I had, and have asked Him to relieve the drought I am experiencing now. But that request is wrong. There’s a passage in the Old Testament explaining that when there is drought do not lose confidence because God has blessed you with deep roots.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

This passage reminds us that God will keep us filled, despite difficult situations. But the passage goes on to instruct us to bear fruit in every season, even during a dry spell. I can’t (and shouldn’t try to) recreate the same situation I was in. Instead, I should use my experiences to be a blessing to others. I didn’t realize it at the time but our great God was preparing me to go out into the world to do just that. Luke 6:45 tells us, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”  God filled my heart. Now it’s time to share what I was given.

Someday I will experience abundance again, but this time, I pray to not be oblivious to the blessings God sends my way. James 1:17 reminds us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” It doesn’t matter what the situation is, God is all I need.

May the Lord richly bless your day as you share your blessings.

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