Daddy’s Here

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)IMG_2320

Trembling on the edge of the precipice, our eight-year-old daughter, Evita, cried out, “I only want to go with Daddy!”

Wearing both a helmet and climbing shoes, she was strapped into a harness with two safety ropes. She stood backwards on the ledge, her heels already off the edge. Poised to descend thirty-five feet in standard rappelling style, she was stuck.

Fear paralyzed her.

“I can’t go without Daddy!”

My husband quickly gathered another line, buckling himself in.

“Belay on,” he called to our other two daughters down below on the ground. They prepared to belay or hold the rappelling lines so no one accidentally plunged to the earth below.

Reaching Evita, he instructed her every move.  He stayed within a foot of her, encouraging her, as she completed embarking over the edge (the point of no return as we term it) and positioned her legs to “walk” down the wall of the cliff.

A few minutes later she swung safely to the ground, declaring her descent “Fun!”

Her sisters congratulated her and she smiled, saying, “I want to go again, but only with Daddy.”

 

I am so my daughter’s mother. Even when I’ve faced challenges before, I often refuse to go it alone.  I tell God I can’t possibly do it. I must have help. I need to possess the honesty of our eight-year-old! I need to admit, “Abba, I need You! I can’t go without You!”

Thankfully I never need to go it alone. God promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

I’ve lived through many challenges in life and have tested that very promise. Honestly, God has never left me.  Thankfully, no matter what comes: an unexpected relocation, a surprise family addition, or a shocking cancer diagnosis, I never had to go it alone. He never left me stranded.

I don’t know if you’re standing on any ledges today. I don’t know if you’ve ever read Hebrews 13:5 and understand it’s a promise. A promise from God to you. No matter what you’re facing today, He wants to carry you through to the other side. He wants to encourage you and guide you down the difficult terrain.  He’s not asking you to go it alone.  He waiting for your invitation. He wants to hear your heart say, “I can’t do it!  Abba, (Daddy) help me.”

 

Reflections:

Where am I standing today? More importantly, do I feel alone?

Read Hebrews 13:5. Memorize it. Personalize it. Test it.

 

Prayer: Dear Abba, Thank You for loving me and never leaving me alone.  Sometimes I feel alone, feel I can’t share my heart. Maybe because I worry what other’s might think, or possibly because it’s not my story to share. Regardless, I am never truly alone when I turn toward You. Thank You for Your promise that You will never leave me nor forsake me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

I would love to hear how you have tested that promise. I would also love to hear how you plan to test that promise. I will happily pray for you and your situation.  As always, please feel free to use my email address if you prefer for your comments to remain unpublished. Thank you for reading! Please return next Friday, July 15 at 9pm for the next post.

Lessons From Tipper, Part IX

“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one single sinner who repents than over 99 righteous who did not need to repent.” Luke 15:7 (NIV)

 

A single, mournful bark.

A low, drawn-out whine.

A momentary glance into the living room confirmed my suspicions. A black canine behind was slowly inching toward the sofa. Her face was already hidden from view under the furniture as her gaze was locked on her target. Another pitiful whine escaped from the confines of the couch.

I quickly counted the tennis balls scattered around the carpet: one, two, three. I smiled; she usually had four.

“Tipper’s like God,” mumbled our daughter as she half-disappeared under the sofa graciously retrieving the lost ball, “She always goes after the lost one.”

Smiling, I recalled the story in Luke 15. The illustration was of the Father leaving the 99 sheep safe in the fold to go searching for the single lost sheep.

My smile caught as I though about Tipper leaving her three beloved balls, safe in the middle of the floor while parking herself as close as possible to the lost ball. She refused to move and mournfully whined while her family bustled around her until someone extracted herself from her busyness to help the dog rescue her one wayward ball.

What about us? Do we leave the soul-saving to a single over-worked and under-paid pastor while we savor our personal busyness?

Sometimes a pastor might be like Tipper. He will get as close as he can to a hurting soul, but he might need us to reach out and pick up where he could not go.

If Jesus would leave the 99 to search for one, we need to leave our other 99 things to do so we might encourage and rescue others. If our “Father in heaven is not willing any of these should perish,” (Matthew 18:14) then we should not be either.

Reflections:

Do I have any idea how often I overlook a need, imagining someone else is already providing it?

How might I reduce my commitments so that I will truly see others when I look at people?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for the simple illustration You gave so we might understand how precious each of us is to You. And so that we see how important it is that we make certain to not overlook one in a world of millions.  Please open our eyes so that we may truly see what work You have for each of us to do each day, whether that be to encourage or to rescue.  Thank You for Your example of encouragement to and rescue of each one of us. Amen.

 

Thank you for reading! Please return by Monday, November 17, for the next post.

Lessons From Tipper, Part VIII

“I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.” Jeremiah 29:14 NIV

 

One Saturday morning I stumbled onto a precious scene: our second grader was curled up on the floor with a book and Tipper. She was reading aloud and Tipper was listening intently. Her eyes even followed our daughter’s finger as she pointed out the words.

Tipper was choosing to listen.  Even though she probably didn’t understand every word.  Even though she might not like the sound of every word, she sat through the entire story.

I think a few reasons Tipper endured and was even attentive to the reading include:

She loves who was reading.

She trusts who was speaking the words.

She knows our daughter would never hurt her.

What about me?

Do I avoid God’s word, not trusting the One who wrote it?  Am I feeling there’s no possible way He loves me? Do I realize His intentions are to never harm me?  He promises in the famous passage of Jeremiah 29:11 that:

He has plans for me

He knows those plans

Those plans will not harm me

Those plans will prosper me

Those plans will give me a hope

Those plans will give me a future

That’s many encouraging promises I choose to ignore when I refuse to look at or listen to His word.

Tipper is just a puppy. However, she has great wisdom in listening to and spending time with the ones she knows and trusts, knowing we love her.

May I become more like Tipper in this way, trusting when I can’t comprehend and following when I’m unsure, always choosing to listen to God.

Reflections:

What promise or promises do I often forget?

How can I apply the promises of Jeremiah 29:11 to my life?

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Please remind me of your promises in Jeremiah 29:11. When I am unsure of events or intentions please remind me that I can trust in Your Word and count on Your promises.

Amen.

 

Thank you for reading! Please return by Monday, November 9 for the next post.

Faithfully Facing Uncertainty, Part IV

“He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’” Genesis 22:5 NIV

 

When Abraham decided to follow God, he was a relative newcomer to faith. He did not come from a godly heritage. He was the first person in his family to worship the one true God. He could not recall stories from his childhood about God because there were none told.

When he met God, he knew he would sacrifice familial relations and probably familial respect.

He made a life decision to follow God anyway. Over the years he made a few bad choices: he lied, he tried alternative routes God did not ordain and through it all he grew in his faith in God. Abraham had several promises from God, and toward the end of his life, one was left unfulfilled: the promise of a son to carry on Abraham’s legacy.

Decades of waiting.

Decades of alternatives.

Decades of consequences for disobedience.

Finally, in Genesis 22, Abraham is told the when of the fulfillment of this prophecy, and it happened. The son Sarah and Abraham have waited their entire married lives for had now arrived. God did the impossible!

Years go by and Isaac grows into a young man. In Genesis 22, the story takes a heart wrenching turn. Isaac, this promised son, the son Abraham loves, Abraham’s one and only son, is to be sacrificed at a certain location.

I wonder how Abraham slept that night. I’m betting he didn’t. Yet, Abraham got up early the next morning to prepare for the trip. He was preparing to obey God. He had three long days of travel to mull it over: Am I really doing this? Each step brought him closer to the death of his son. What he didn’t know at that moment: each step was bringing him closer to God.

When Abraham could see the mountains of Moriah, he appeared decided. He instructed the servants to wait, he and Isaac would continue alone. He ended his instructions with an interesting declaration: “We will worship and we will come back to you.”

Was Abraham’s heart pleading that to be the truth?

When his very son questioned him about the whereabouts of the sacrifice, Abraham assured Isaac with this truth, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.”

Abraham prepared the alter. Knife ready, he bound his son, his only son whom he loved. The son who was to fulfill the legacy.

Abraham didn’t deceive his way around this one.

He didn’t try an alternative.

He was ready to follow God’s instructions to a “T.”

As his bound son lay before him and he grasped his knife above him, an angel’s voice stopped him.

“’Now,’” that angel declared, “’Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’” Genesis 22:12b NIV

And more importantly, so did Abraham.

The angel knew Abraham had learned his lesson: God can be trusted no matter what.

A lifetime of hearing God’s voice. A lifetime of trying to mold God’s promises into the form Abraham assumed they would take.

Abraham learned over that lifetime, even when obeying God’s voice didn’t appear to make sense, following God’s instructions is the only way.

He revealed where God stood in his heart when he was willing to surrender his son.

Abraham was human. He made lots of mistakes. And over the years he trusted more and more in God until we find him in Genesis 22 completely surrendering to God. It took a lifetime of growing in faith and relying on God for Abraham to develop his hallmark “Hall of Faith” faith.

That type of faith is not unreachable. You and I can develop that type of faith too. It’s our choice.

Reflections:

Do I assume I’m missing a key component that I can never grasp, to attain a faith like Abraham? God has called each and every one of us despite our heritage and our history, despite our failures and mistakes. He calls us to pursue Him as He pursues us. (James 4:8)

Am I clutching onto something or someone more tightly than my relationship with God? If so, what changes can I make today?

 

Thanks for reading! Please return by Monday, October 19, 2015 for the next post.                       

Advice For the Wisest Man, Part III

“’I’m about to go the way of all the earth,’ he said, ‘So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires of you.’” I Kings 2:2 NIV

 

We have spent the last two weeks contemplating the advice King David, a man after God’s own heart, imparted to his son Solomon, the man who would be the wisest man in all history. This week we will conclude this study with an unpacking of his last command, to observe what the Lord your God requires of you.

What does God require of us? Why did David include that phrasing in his instructions to his son?

Here’s a quick cheat sheet, thanks to Dave Quinn of passionaustralia.org:

Fear God (Deep respect and reverence for Him.) Deuteronomy 10:12

Live in a way that pleases Him. Deuteronomy 10:12

Love Him. Deuteronomy 10:12

Serve Him with all your heart and soul. Deuteronomy 10:12

Always obey His commands and decrees. Deuteronomy 10:13

Act justly in all you do. Micah 6:8

Walk humbly with God. Micah 6:8

Seek and work for mercy. Micah 6:8

Love God with all of your heart. Luke 10:27

Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27

Set your mind on heavenly things. Colossians 3:1

Put off your old worldly nature. Colossians 3:5

Clothe yourself with your new heavenly nature. Colossians 3:12

Be Christ’s representative in this world. Colossians 3:17

Trust God with all of your heart. Proverbs 3:5

Lean on His wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 3:6

Stay strong in your faith. Hebrews 10:23

Encourage others to do good. Hebrews 10:24

Keep meeting with other believers. Hebrews 10:25

Encourage others as you wait for Christ’s return. Hebrews 10:25

Lead a quiet life. I Thessalonians 4:11

Mind your own business. I Thessalonians 4:12

Work and make your own living. I Thessalonians 4:12

Bring honor to Christ by the way you live. I Thessalonians 4:12

Enjoy your life and all of God’s blessings. Ecclesiastes 8:15

That’s quite a list! (And it is not exhaustive! And, some items have multiple references in the Bible. For our purposes today, only one reference was provided.)

King David knew from experience, it’s not about me. This life is not all about me hopes, my dreams, my desires. I am here to serve and love the Lord. He will bless me abundantly, but it’s not all about me. King David had a few hard-earned lessons in learning this truth. But obviously, he had learned it and wanted his son to know it right off. One of the toughest parts of parenting is watching your child make the same mistakes. David knew he would not get to see those mistakes, but wanted to spare his son the pain of not following God, and any subsequent consequences.

In the weeks to come, we’ll explore this list in greater detail. I also ask you, what would you add to the list? Why? Please share with us as we study and learn together.

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Advice For the Wisest Man, Part II

“’I’m about to go the way of all the earth,’” he said, ‘So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires of you.’” I Kings 2:2 NIV

 

Last week we began examining the advice King David gave his son Solomon, as he was about to become King.

This week we’ll unpack the second piece of advice to the wisest man: Act like a man.

What’s God’s plan for men?

Provider: He is to provide for his family “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied his faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (I Timothy 5:8) He needs to provide materially, emotionally, and spiritually but does not necessarily need to be the sole provider in any of these areas.

Good Household Manager: He must manage his own household well and see that his children obey him proper with proper respect.” (I Timothy 3:4)

He very well may oversee all the day-to-day affairs of the home, or may delegate those duties to a competent wife. He will love and discipline his children to both earn and teach them respect.

Leader in the Home:  Women are commanded to submit to their husbands in Ephesians 3:1.  Women often find it easier when they have great respect for their husbands.  A husband does not need to be perfect, but a man of great integrity commands great respect, and therefore, usually generates easier submission from his wife. “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanders or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. (Titus 2:3-5)

He Honors His Wife: “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” I Peter 3:7

He Prays: “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” I Timothy 2:8

He Delights in the Lord’s Law: “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

He is Watchful, Firm in His Faith, and Strong.  “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” I Corinthians 16:13 In my husband’s terms, “He must be stubborn.” The world will tell you to be flexible, but if you know what’s right, you need to stick with it.

He is Steadfast, Immovable, and Always Working For the Lord. “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15:58

When he does all that, he’s impossibly busy! (And women thought Proverbs 31 was daunting!)

He is also human and at points will need great grace from God and his wife.

King David instructed his son, a man rapidly becoming King, on how he should live.

How does how a King lives affect how he rules?

If he’s humble before God, he’ll be a leader for his subjects.

If he’s fair to his wife, he’ll be fair to his servants.

If he’s watchful and prudent in how he handles his personal affairs, he can be trusted to competently command the affairs of his people.

If he can manage his personal finances and relationships well, he can be looked up to with great respect to command his country.

David also knew from experience, the title of King is great and powerful. But it does not supersede the title of servant and beloved Son of the One True God.

David desired for his son to be a fit and just King, and a man who would witness for God with his life, acting as a man of God.

Reflections:

If male, in what areas of that list am I successful?  In which do I need work?

If female, how can I acknowledge and commend the important men in my life on success in areas of integrity?

Set aside time in prayer for men developing these traits.

Prayer: Thank You Father, for your guidance and wisdom recorded in Scripture.  Please help us be who You have called us to be.  If male, help us to be men of integrity. If female, guide us in how to encourage and pray for the men in our lives. Amen.

All Scripture is from the NIV unless otherwise noted.

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He Hears, Always

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 NIV

“No one is listening to me,” shouted the petite teenage-girl, turning and dashing out the door, abandoning both the conversation and the home she dearly loved. The past few months had seemed like eternity, and well, she had had it.

As she ran down the sidewalk to an unknown destination, Jeremiah 29:12 burned in her mind.  It caused her pause mid-flight.

She knew that verse was a promise. She also knew she had not been spending time with her heavenly father, so why would He listen now?

Because I love you more than you’ll ever comprehend.

Sighing, she seated herself on a nearby park bench.  Her dusty sneakers kicking at the smudged sidewalk, all those years of Bible class, family devotions, and personal Bible reading reminding her of some truths.

She knew her heart needed to be right with God before He would hear her call.

She knew, no matter what she had or hadn’t done, forgiveness was her’s for the asking.

She knew from years of conversation, that she couldn’t do all the speaking, that she needed God to listen and she herself needed to listen to Him.

After pouring her heart out, punctuated by a few tears, she finally spoke her heart’s burdens.  She settled back on the bench, feeling the warm sunshine bathe her face and dry her tears.

Now it was her turn to listen to Him.

Reflections:

Silent and listen are spelled with the same letters. To listen, we must be silent.  To listen, we must rearrange the letters of ‘listen’ and be silent.  Similarly, when we listen, sometimes we must rearrange our thoughts, our attitude, and our hearts.

When we listen, we must practice active listening.  Allow ourselves to become fully engaged, even if we don’t like everything we hear.

Practicing active listening requires we abandon selective listening. (Which children in particular are professionals at!)

How can I be a better listener?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You that You are always ready to forgive me, and to listen to me.  Even when it might feel that no one else is listening, or caring, You are.  And You will never abandon me.  Please help me not only to recall these promises, but to also model Your love through my words and my actions, Amen.

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Rejecting the Rat Race

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41 NIV

 

Staring at the calendar, her heart sank.  Every line was filled.  She began reading. Dentist appointment. Music lesson. Work deadline. Company coming. Clean house.

Nope.

No time for Bible Study today.             

So many things to do, but only one is important: listen to Him.

She was many things: wife, mother, employee, hostess, and housekeeper to name a few. So many roles, but only is important: Child of the King.

Homework to check, cake to decorate, report to read, fresh flowers to find.  So many things to see, yet only one is important: Jesus.

How often does my quiet time, my Bible Study linger on the to-do list, unchecked? The urgent overrides the important. But I still scribble it on there. Why? Not to induce guilt when it is still staring at me at the end of the day. But to remind me of where I can find peace in harried moments. Remind me of where I can turn to “take me away” from the stress of the day.

As I anxiously review my planner at breakfast, it reminds me how to center myself.  Any task I am doing is for the glory of God.  But I don’t have to be, or do, or see anything.  I only need to be what I already am, at no accomplishment of my own: Child of the King.

And to know where to begin my day, I must fix my eyes on Him.  Mary realized the work that needed to be done.  She realized the honor and importance bestowed on her home to have Jesus as a guest. She also realized how easily one could get caught up in the inconsequential details and miss the magnificent moment. While there was work to be done, she had a great opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus. To be filled with peace and wisdom. And she wisely took it.

Whether you are male or female, student or parent, or a thousand different roles, pulling you a thousand different directions.  Only one thing is important.  Take a few moments to sit at the feet of Jesus.

Reflections:

At the end of the day, when I am lying in bed, how to I define what is important?

How do I allow myself to become overwhelmed by the urgent that I often forgo the important?

Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, how easily I succumb to the demands of the day.  I squash the dreams of my heart and the yearnings of my soul, until I am overwrought and undernourished. May I recall the wisdom Mary exercised at she sat at Your feet, still and quiet, filling her soul.  May I also make the time to follow her example, on a very regular basis.  Thank you for giving me the only title I will ever need: Child of the King! Amen.

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Fighting Forgiveness

“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better than they ever dreamed of.” John 10:10 The Message

The plate was passed as a reflective silence descended upon us all.  My mind focused on the prayer just offered by our speaker. To offer my life as a sacrifice. A living sacrifice. How unworthy am I.

The plate arrived in my pew; it was now my turn to take of the bread that represented the body of Christ.

This bread and the grape juice would travel through my body, affecting every single cell.  Nothing in my body would remain untouched by this bread. Just as nothing in my life could remain untouched by Christ’s forgiveness. His love, His forgiveness permeates every area.

As the bread dissolved in my mouth, my mind marveled at just how magnificent His forgiveness is.

He forgives me.  He forgives me, even when maybe I have not forgiven myself. It’s mind-boggling. He needs nothing from me.  Yet, because His love is so great, He freely forgives me.

However I might try, I can’t accept His forgiveness for some things, and yet disallow it in others.  That is not how He works. The practice of communion is to remind us of the spiritual communion we are to have with Christ.

He came to forgive all sins.

Period.

John 10: 10 tells us, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” NIV

Accepting His forgiveness means forgiving myself. Just like Christ forgives, no matter what.

I should not allow the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy.  I need to allow Christ to give me an abundant life: a life filled with His love, His joy, and His peace.  Acknowledging my past, but not reliving it.  Accepting the consequences, but praising God for how some way, He used it all for good. Let His forgiveness, love, and peace permeate all of me.  Because that is what He came for.

Reflections:

How can I apply John 10:10 more fully to my life today?

What do I easily give to the enemy to allow him to steal, kill and destroy?

For what do I need to forgive myself?

Prayer:

Thank You Heavenly Father, that You do love and forgive freely.  Thank You for sending Jesus so that I might indeed have an abundant life, here on earth, and in eternity with You.  Please reveal to me where I need to forgive myself, and live the life You authored for me to live. Thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Please listen to the song This Is Living  by Hillsong Young and Free.

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Distinguishing The Noise

“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:6-8 NIV

Last week, I asked you what noises vie for your attention.  Can your soul distinguish the chaos your ears are constantly delivering?

What does the Bible tells us about how to distinguish the noise?

  1.  Be still and know He is God. When the voices are screaming out and we can’t distinguish His voice, we should implement Psalm 46:10. We might need to seclude ourselves, get off alone, away from the noise. Stop the motions.  Stop the racing thoughts. Stop the angst. We need to allow that peace that passes understanding to wash over us.  To wash over us and for us to actually feel it.  Know that He is God, and God can be trusted.
  2. Pray Like Abram found, there are times when the instructions we receive may not seem logical to human eyes or minds. Yet, that does not mean we should rush in with our ‘logical solutions.’ James 1:5 encourages us that “Whoever lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men, generously without reproaching, and it shall be given to him.” God wants to give us the answer.  Are we settled and not distracted so that we might hear it?
  3. Seek godly counsel. Read the Bible, and search out those whose faith you respect. Gather wisdom from Scripture and those who will speak the truth, not just whisper words you want to hear. Hebrews 13:8 promises us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.” You can stand on Scripture. Anyone who offers godly counsel will point you to places in Scripture pertinent to your circumstance.  Allow God’s truth to wash over you.
  4. Wait on the Lord. Wait on His answer, for His wisdom to be revealed. Even when you are feeling you must do something, anything, now; wait on the Lord. Isaiah 40:31 promises us that “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Our world is filled with deafening, distracting noise.  Allow the quiet corners of your heart and soul to search for truth.  Because when you know the truth and implement it, it will set you free.

Reflections:

  1. Where can I go, to be still?
  2. Where can I retreat so that I might pray undistracted when facing a dilemma?
  3. Identify two people you would consider asking for godly counsel.  Identifying them before you need them reduces the risk of asking someone who you know will side with your thinking.
  4. Copy Isaiah 40:31 on a note card to place somewhere prominent: inside your planner, taped to a corner on your windshield, or on your favorite coffee cup. Read it enough and you will memorize it.  And amazingly, it will pop back into your head just when you need it!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your promises.  Thank You that the details of my life concern You, and You deeply desire to guide me along the right path for my life.  Thank You that You know the plans You have for each of us, plans to prosper us and give each one of us a future with hope.  Please help me to recall Your promises, and to remember that when life gets crazy, I need to get away so I can be still and know, You are God. Amen.

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