Monday, November 19, 2018

Faithful God

I will not fail you or abandon you. ~ Joshua 1:5b (NLT)

Jesus says: your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. ~ John 16:20b (NLT)

KEY IDEA:
Be happy, for God will not desert you.
PRAYER:
Thank you, God, for watching out for me. You are loyal and faithful. Even so, I get depressed when bad things happen. I am so shortsighted. Grant me a grander vision and a joyful song that transcends adversity. I am going to trust you forever. Amen.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Give thanks

The 26th Sunday after Pentecost
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God. ~ Psalm 50:23 (NLT)

No matter what happens -- give thanks. This is a critical aspect of being connected to Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ABP) 

 KEY IDEA:
You can't go wrong in expressing thanks to God.
PRAYER:
Lord, you are worthy of all the gratitude the world can give. I want to do my part in thanking you. But I'm pretty consumed with my own accomplishments. Squelch my ego and refresh my perspective. I'm going to lead the thanksgiving parade. Amen.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The end of sadness

...Your days of grieving are over. ~ Isaiah 60:20b (MSG)

...God will wipe all tears from their eyes. ~ Revelation 7:17b (CEV)

KEY IDEA:
God will end sadness.
PRAYER:
Thank you, Lord, for the promise of a brighter future. I find it so easy to get swallowed by the sadness and desperation that comes with loss -- loss of friends, dreams, and innocence. Help me to trust you for a brighter future. I'm going to acknowledge the sadness without letting it swallow me. Amen.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Solid Foundation

There is no rock like our God. ~ 1 Samuel 2:2b 

Jesus says: Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. ~ Matthew 7:24 (CEB) 

KEY IDEA:
Building your life on Jesus is building on a solid foundation.
PRAYER:
Lord, you are solid. I don't understand why I flirt with other approaches to life. Give me the wisdom to build my life on you, and you alone. You are my solid foundation! Amen.