Evening Prayer

I pray that God will give you wisdom to raise your children properly. May you understand the importance of discipline and the necessity of applying it consistently. May you never be a willing party to your children's ruin by withholding discipline. I pray that you will not exasperate your children, but instead build a loving relationship with them. May you spend quality time with them and assure them of your love daily. May your children's lives be blessed as you raise them up according to God's Word.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Evening Devotional

Knit Together

I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God's mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.

[Colossians 2:2]

Everyone has a magnetic response to strong ties of love. As a matter of fact, we knit ourselves together and not just romantically. People seek out community in order to find these strong ties that are based in love. In community we are able to find love, acceptance, and encouragement. Are you building a community that demonstrates the love of Christ?

Evening Prayer

I pray that you shall trust in the Lord at all times, putting your confidence in Him so that you will be blessed. May you be like a tree planted by a stream, that sends its roots out to the water, that does not wither when the heat comes. Just like that tree, may you likewise bloom and prosper where God has planted you. May people realize through you, that a life which trusts in God is abundantly blessed. May you not be overcome by worry during difficult times, but instead bear good fruit no matter what your circumstances are. I pray that God will bless you as you trust in Him.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Strength Today

Trust in the Lord and do what is right! Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! [Ps 37:3]

Build a little fence of trust

Around to-day;

Fill the space with loving work,

And therein stay;

Look not through the sheltering bars

Upon to-morrow,

God will help thee bear what comes,

Of joy or sorrow.

[MARY FRANVES BUTTS]

Let us bow our souls and say, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord!” Let us lift up our hearts and ask, “Lord, what wouldst thou have me to do?” Then light from the opened heaven shall stream on our daily task, revealing the grains of gold, where yesterday all seemed dust; a hand shall sustain us and our daily burden, so that, smiling at yesterday’s fears, we shall say, “This is easy, this is light;” every “lion in the way,” as we come up to it, shall be seen chained, and leave open the gates of the Palace Beautiful; and to us, even to us, feeble and fluctuating as we are, ministries shall be assigned, and through our hands blessings shall be conveyed in which the spirits of just men made perfect might delight.

[ELIZABETH CHARLES]

Live Loved

My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

[Psalm 27:8]

The Glory of God

When Ezekiel saw it, he had to bow.

It encircled the angels and starstruck the shepherds in the Bethlehem pasture.

Jesus radiates it.

John beheld it.

Peter witnessed it on Transfiguration Hill.

Christ will return enthroned in it.

Heaven will be illuminated by it.

It gulfstreams the Atlantic of Scripture, touching every person with the potential of changing every life. Including yours. One glimpse, one taste, one sampling, and your faith will never be the same…

Glory.

God’s glory.

To seek God’s glory is to pray, “Thicken the air with your presence; make it misty with your majesty. Part heaven’s drapes, and let your nature spill forth. God, show us God.”

What the word Alps does for the mountains of Europe, glory does for God’s nature. Alps encompasses a host of beauties: creeks, peaks, falling leaves, running elk. To ask to see the Alps is to ask to see it all. To ask to see God’s glory is to ask to see all of God. God’s glory carries the full weight of his attributes: his love, his character, his strength…

Every act of heaven reveals God’s glory. Every act of Jesus did the same.

[It’s Not About Me]

Father,

We ask you to show us your glory. Open our eyes to behold your majesty and your powerful presence in our lives. May these glimpses of your glory change our lives forever. We want to keep our eyes on you as we try to live your holy best. We pray that every detail in our lives—words, actions, thoughts—would bring glory to you. Our goal is to bring honor to your glorious name. We celebrate you,

Amen.

They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.

[Psalm 138:5]

Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne.

[Revelation 5:13]

God is great and we do not know Him; nor can the number of His years be discovered.

[Job 36:26]

~ Max Lucado ~

Morning Devotional

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

[2 Timothy 1:7]

Do you have a lot of worries over circumstances you cannot control? Dear friend, one ounce of worry doesn’t do an ounce of good. Letting worry creep in means you are giving control of the situation over to a spirit of fear. If you find yourself worrying about something, stop and occupy your mind in a way that solves the problem. Better yet, get your hands busy and put on a spirit of love by serving others.