Saturday, April 10, 2021

AGING

PSALM 71:9 (ABP)
God, don’t throw me out with the trash just because I've gotten old. Now that my strength is waning I need you more than ever.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:16 (CEB)
So we aren’t depressed. But even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
Even when our health starts to fail we trust that God will be with us.

PRAYER
Creator God, I am made in your image. You are the potter; I am the clay. As years roll into decades, I sense the Holy Spirit stronger within me. Encourage this strength in us as we grow up into eternity. Keep us close to your heart. Renew us daily in your love to serve you. Amen. (Daily Texts, Ground Up Grace edition)

Friday, April 9, 2021

CONFIDENCE

ISAIAH 43:1 (CEB)
Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are mine.


ROMANS 8:31 (MSG)
With God on our side... how can we lose?

SUMMARY SENTENCE
Trust God to carry you through.

PRAYER
Thank you, God, for standing up for us -- even though we have been inconsistent in our faithfulness to you. We give in to fear; panic; try to solve problems in our own way, and end up messing things up even more. Help me to respond to your faithfulness with trust. I'm going to move forward with confidence, even when the situation is messy and confusing. Amen.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

NOTHING HIDDEN

GENESIS 3:9-10 (MSG)
GOD called to the Man: “Where are you?”

He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.”

HEBREWS 4:13 (NLT)
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
Nothing can be hidden from God so strive to be upfront and truthful.

PRAYER
All-seeing God, nothing escapes your view. You know the naked truth about me. I admit that my first impulse is to cover things up with excuses -- some of which I believe to be true. Help me to become more self-aware and truthful in all my dealings. I'm glad that you are merciful. Amen.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

AGGRESSIVE GRACE

ISAIAH 53:12 (MSG)
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many,
he took up the cause of all the black sheep.


LUKE 6:28 (CEB)
Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
God doesn't just tolerate those who rebel against him, his way is to bless them.

PRAYER
Gracious God, thank you for the way that you love us even when we are deadset against you. I admit that I haven't yet fully embraced your approach to peacemaking and reconciliation. I'm prone to curse those who wrong me. Reformat my life so that it functions in a totally Christ-like and Spirit-driven way. I'm going to approach those who oppose me with aggressive grace. Amen.