Scripture: Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases… (Psalm 103-1-3)
Prayer: Dear Lord, you are worthy of my praise, thank you for your blessings and your presence in my life. Forgive me for the times I praise the things I shouldn’t.
Reflection: Praising God is so much more than singing songs with other believers, it is an attitude of the heart, a posture of the soul. In your life, what distracts and interrupts your praise of God?
Scripture: Find rest, O my soul, in God alone my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 62:5-6)
Prayer: Father, be with me when the pressures of this life and the expectations of others become too much for me to bear. Be my refuge in the storm.
Reflection: Salvation doesn’t start the moment life ends. Salvation is the essential help we desperately need—help that only God can provide. God cares about our big problems and our small problems because they are ALL small to him! When you need rest, run to God’s presence and trust the salvation he offers.
Scripture: If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high. (Job 31:24, 25, 28)
Prayer: God, thank you for the material blessings that you have so graciously provided, help me not to trust in them–or my skills–more than I trust in you.
Reflection: The thing you trust most in is revealed your moments of worry. Anxiety is like a bright light in a dark basement revealing the quality of the foundation on which the house is built.
Scripture: Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God gives you for all time. (Deuteronomy 4:39-40)
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your presence. Thank you for the LIFE you give me: salvation, peace, hope, confidence…without your blessings I would not be who I am today.
Reflection: There is a great power in simple attention and awareness. We do not need to think deep and complicated thoughts about God, we only need to be aware of him. This acknowledgment will enable us to follow his leading.
Nothing happens in the world without Your design and providence, and without cause.
Thomas à Kempis. (1996). The Imitation of Christ (p. 204). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.
Scripture: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation … I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
Prayer: God, give me the wisdom to look beyond my circumstances, help me to be thankful for the blessings you have already given me.
Reflection: Contentment is a measure of our spiritual maturity, independent of our current power or possessions. Without godly contentment, we will never have enough and always want more.
Scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to trust you more than anything else in this world.
Reflection: Every self-inflicted pain we feel comes from trusting the wrong thing too much.