God saw you when you were in your mother’s womb (Ps. 139:13-16). He knew your mother and father and the circumstances of the home where you were to grow up. He knew the schools you would attend and the neighborhood in which you would live.
God gave you the ability to survive and walked with you through good times and bad. He gave you survival techniques and guardian angels to keep and protect you (Ps. 91:11). He chose you before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before Him in love (Eph. 1:4).
Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus. With the help of the Holy Spirit and by Your grace, I join with the heavenly host making a joyful noise to You and serving You with gladness! I come before Your presence with singing!
Lord, I know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that You are God! It is You Who made us, not we ourselves [and we are Yours]! We are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture.
Father, I enter into Your gates with thanksgiving and present an offering of thanks. I enter into Your courts with praise! I am thankful and delight to say so. I bless and affectionately praise Your name! For You are good and Your mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting. Your faithfulness and truth endure to all generations. It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to You, O Most High.
In Jesus' name, amen.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. [Psalm 51:10]
Depending on where you are in your walk with God, sometimes you just feel distant from God. Usually the distance occurs when we walk towards sin. It begins to grow and if we let it proliferate our loyalty to God begins to thin out. You begin to lose your heart for God. If this describes how you feel, be assured that one step towards honoring God is a step back to the right path. Spend some time walking with God, thinking about Him, and asking Him to renew a loyal spirit.
“And the Lord God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant.”
How easy it is for us to lose appreciation for the beauties of this life. Sometimes I take for granted the gifts that You have given to me. I can breathe. I can see. I can hear. I can walk. I can talk. I have a home. I have love. I have You. Thank You!