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  • #45154

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    12th February, 2018

    Good morning ladies and gentlemen. We are in the week of love :heart:   :heart:   :heart: Do have a brilliant week. Enjoy today’s devotional.

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    How Prayer Can Change a Man’s Heart 

    “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b (NIV)

    Allan was a tough man.

    Raised by a single mom with five siblings, he learned to scrap his way through life by sheer determination and grit. He married at 19, had his first son at 20, then a baby girl at 25. Over the next two decades, he advanced from driving a lumberyard delivery truck to becoming part owner of a building supply company.

    Allan drank heavily, fought with his wife verbally and physically and terrorized his children emotionally. He gambled, dabbled in pornography and had questionable relationships laced with a host of unsavory vices. But when his teenage daughter gave her life to Jesus and began praying for her family, God grabbed the chisel of grace and began chipping away at Allan’s proud heart of stone.

    One day he told her, “I’ll go to church with you from time to time, but I could never become a Christian. I’ve done too many horrible things in my life. God could never forgive me. I could never be good enough.”

    His daughter explained no one could ever be “good enough.” If we could, then Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die on the cross to pay for our sins. But Allan couldn’t wrap his mind around that kind of grace.

    When Allan was 46 years old, his life took several troublesome turns. After a business deal went terribly wrong, he faced an ugly lawsuit.

    Allan teetered on the brink of a nervous breakdown. From his perspective, he was on the verge of losing it all. From God’s perspective, Allan was right where he needed to be.

    One day, in a panic, Allan drove from North Carolina to Pennsylvania, attempting to find his wife at a meeting she was attending. When he couldn’t find her, he stopped by a church and asked for prayer. The church receptionist drew Allan a map and sent him to find a pastor who was out in the woods building his new church.

    Allan followed the scrap-paper map and found a man with a hammer in his hand and Jesus in his heart. He told the pastor everything he’d ever done in his raucous life. Then the man put his arm around Allan and said, “Now, let me tell you what I’ve done.”

    The way Allan later explained what happened was this: “That man had done everything I had done. I knew if God could forgive him and he could be a pastor, then He could forgive me, too.”

    Allan accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior that day in the woods of Pennsylvania and became one of the sweetest men I’ve ever known. Allan was my dad.

    From my earliest years as a Christian, I experienced the power of prayer to change a man’s life — to strengthen a man’s resolve, protect his heart and grow his faith.

    Today’s key verse reminds us of just that: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16b). My firsthand encounter with God’s faithfulness to hear our pleas for the men in our lives began with my father and continues with my husband and son.

    If you’re married, you have the power to open the floodgates of heaven through your prayers on behalf of your spouse. Whether your husband doesn’t know Jesus yet, has a fledgling faith or lives a fiery, firm faith, there’s no one more qualified to pray for his relationship with Christ than you. No matter where your mate is on the continuum of faithlessness to faithfulness, you can pray with faith — “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1b, NASB).

    Today, let’s pray for husbands. If you’re single, then use this guide to pray for the important men in your life.

    Dear Lord, I pray for ________________.

    His Shoulders — No matter what my husband goes through today, assure him that nothing is too hard for You. Empower him to cut cords of worry with the saber of praise and to place his burdens on Your able shoulders. (Genesis 18:14Deuteronomy 31:8Psalm 9:10)

    Amen.

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    Culled from https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/encouragement/

    #45270

    Nicole
    Keymaster

    ASH WEDNESDAY

    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
    All that is not of God must die
    All that is crushed will be restored
    All that is lost will be made new

    God, may we repent of ways that do not serve You
    And admit to the tensions that tell us where we need to change
    Christ is coming walking towards the cross
    God may we see Him clearly

    Pouring out love
    Pouring out mercy
    Pouring out peace
    May we kneel before Him in humble adoration
    May we take up our cross and follow
    And walk with Christ into the ways of life

    Happy Ash Wednesday, sisters. May this Lenten season be a time of reflection and recollection for us, to enable us prepare for the risen Lord.  :cloud9:   :cloud9:   :cloud9:

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    #45305

    Bos
    Participant

    Amen @nicole. May our cries come up to him….. :angel:

    #45318

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    Amen!! Yes, this journey through the Lent leads to the best part of our Faith, our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

    #45373

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    16th February, 2018

    God’s Love Is Greater

    And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. — Romans 8:28

    Abuse means “to misuse, to use improperly, to use up or to injure by maltreatment.” The effects of abuse can be devastating and long-lasting. Many people never recover from it.

    There are different kinds of abuse: sexual, emotional, verbal, physical. No matter the form, the results are always terrible. It will keep you from functioning properly and prevent you from receiving and experiencing the righteousness, peace, and joy of God’s kingdom.

    I understand this firsthand because I was abused throughout my childhood. Thankfully, I don’t just know the power of abuse, but I know the great power of God’s love. Because of the love of God, my past doesn’t have to affect my future anymore.

    If you’ve been abused in the past, understand today that God loves you. Nothing can separate you from His love. He has made a way for you to be free from your past and to enter true Kingdom living.

    With Jesus, there is hope for newness of life. Will you receive His love today?

     

     

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    Culled from https://joycemeyer.org/dailydevo

    #45457

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    19th February, 2018

    Hello ladies and gentlemen. How are you doing? It’s a beautiful Monday and the devotional is here.

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    Final Goals or Faithful Steps?

    Today’s Truth

    So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow (1 Corinthians 3:7, NIV).

    Friend to Friend

    Every year at New Years, I’ve made a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish in the next twelve months. The list usually looks a little something like this:

    • Lose twenty pounds
    • Read fifty books
    • Declutter the whole house
    • Grow my business by 20%

    I spend a lot of time dreaming about what my life will look like if those things happen: how much better I’ll look, how much more peaceful my home will be, and how much more successful I’ll be if I can just accomplish those things.

    But about three weeks into the New Year, my resolve starts to waiver. The first week I’m all starvation and Salvation Army. I will get this weight off – of my body as well as out of my house! And then obstacles come up and my “Eye of the Tiger” passion starts to fade. I realize that my New Year’s burst of energy has fizzled, and really, how did I expect to get all that done? So instead, I’ll eat the leftover chocolate Christmas orange and watch a Real Housewives marathon.

    After decades of making goals, I’ve finally come to the realization that I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. My goals were always focused on the end, focused on the reward waiting when the huge goal was accomplished. I spent so much time focused on the outcome, the part that I tried to control but couldn’t, that I wasn’t paying attention to the part I needed to focus on – the small part that was my responsibility.

    Instead of the final goal, I need to stay focused on the faithful step I can make.

    Instead of outcomes, I need to stay focused on my output.

    So instead of “Read fifty books” (the final goal), I now say “I will set aside thirty minutes in the evening for reading” (my faithful step).

    Instead of “Lose twenty pounds” I now say, “I will walk for 30 minutes in the morning.”

    Because when I am focused on the outcome, I miss the One who is making the miracle happen. I miss God’s hand in my life because I’m convinced that I’m the one who is making things happen.

    We would all love to believe that we have absolute control over how our lives will turn out, but just like those who work the farm, some of us plant the seeds, some of us water, but the final results are up to God and God alone.

    Our job, just like those farmers, is to faithfully show up and take the next step.

    And as much as I would like to lose twenty pounds in the next year, the pounds can’t be the focus. This morning’s walk has to be.

    What is your next most faithful step?

    Let’s Pray

    Dear Lord, thank You for honoring not just the outcomes, but also the next steps. Help me to be faithful in everything You have for me, and to keep my eyes only on You.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    Now It’s Your Turn 

    For one of the goals you have for yourself, what is the one, next, most faithful step you can take?

     

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    Culled from https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/girlfriends/

    #45495

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    20th February, 2018

    Hello :hi:   :hi:   :hi:   Today’s devotional is here.

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    The Name That Meets Our Need

    “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10 (NIV)

    “Who is your mommy talking to?”

    I was on my knees with a mop rag in my hand and a prayer on my lips when the raspy whisper reached my ears. I glanced up to see my young son, Lukas, and our little neighbor boy standing in the kitchen doorway, their faces flushed from a game of backyard soccer.

    I rose to my feet to greet them, but before I could say a word, my 5-year-old answered the question that dangled in the space between us: “My mommy’s just talking to her friend.”

    Our 4-foot guest craned his neck and scanned from wall to ceiling in search of my conversation mate. “What’s her friend’s name?” he asked curiously.

    My son shrugged his shoulders and flashed me a smile, “Just Jesus.”

    The boys spotted the cookies I’d set on the kitchen table, so they raced across the room to enjoy an afternoon snack. But when their conversation shifted to preschool chatter, my thoughts still lingered on my son’s guileless words.

    “Just Jesus.”

    I’d sung that name in Sunday school as a child and scribbled it in my journals as a teen. I’d whispered that name in my prayers and hummed it over my babies. But I’d never realized that just Jesus had a name to meet all my needs until a wise woman ushered a simple challenge.

    I was in a season of silent discouragement at the time, overwhelmed with the daily demands of my growing family. Although my life was filled with good things, I woke each day with a wordless sense of dread and fell into bed each night with a nagging sense of disappointment.

    When I finally shared my struggle with a group of women in my Bible study, a wiser, older friend wrapped her arms around my weary frame and pulled me close. “Honey,” she said, “you’ve got a Savior who has a name to meet your needs. You’ve just gotta call on Him.”

    She pulled out her Bible right then and there and flipped those time-worn pages to Psalm 9. With tender reverence, she read me these beautiful words found in verse 10: “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

    She gave me one more hug and promised to pray. Then I went home determined to seek Jesus in the midst of my daily grind.

    As I started studying His names in Scripture (there are more than 700 of them!), I discovered that every name of Jesus reveals a unique piece of His heart for us. And each name invites us to trust Him in a special way.

    • When we’re anxious, we can trust Him to be our Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
    • When we need assistance, we can bank on Him as our Helper. (Hebrews 13:6)
    • When we’re confused, we can seek Him as our Truth. (John 14:6)
    • When we’re alone, we can believe He is Immanuel, God-With-Us. (Matthew 1:23)
    • When we feel weak, we can rely on Him as our Strong Tower. (Proverbs 18:10)

    I began calling out to Jesus as I pressed through the hours. I talked to Him while I folded laundry and meandered to the grocery store, while I lingered in the sunshine and as I rocked babies in the dark. And the more I called my Savior by name, the more I found Him to be faithful and true.

    Eventually, the name of Jesus became so much more than a mere reminder of my faithful Savior. The name of Jesus became a catalyst for my faith. The name of Jesus didn’t just shift my thoughts to the Friend I hold dear; the Name of Jesus anchored my heart to the only hope that holds.

    The cookies had disappeared, and the boys were making plans for their afternoon play. They murmured thank-you through a mouthful of crumbs, then headed back outside, leaving me alone with my mop rag and my sticky kitchen floor.

    Me and just Jesus.

    Dear God, may the Name of Your Son be the cry of my heart and the anchor of my soul. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    TRUTH FOR TODAY:
    Psalm 124:8, “Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (NIV)

     

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    Culled from https://www.ibelieve.com/devotionals/encouragement-for-today/encouragement-for-today-february-20-2018.html

    #45526

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    21st February, 2018

    Good morning all. Hope your day  is off to a great start. Add some ginger to it via this devotional.

    The Power of Praying the Scriptures

    “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:7-8 (NIV)

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    As a first-grader, our daughter Virginia had a big heart for God. So much so that when she overheard another child say her family didn’t believe in Jesus — and that they thought prayer was stupid — she stopped in her tracks. “She doesn’t believe in Jesus?” Virginia asked, to nobody in particular (but loud enough for half the kids on the playground to hear). “She thinks praying is stupid?”

    And then, before anyone could answer, Virginia pronounced her eternal judgment: “Well, she’s going to hell!”

    When Hillary, our older daughter, recounted the story that night, I cringed. (Wouldn’t you?) I loved Virginia’s enthusiasm (well, most of the time), but I realized God would have to temper her boldness with wisdom and grace if she could ever share her faith effectively.

    (Or if she would ever have any friends.)

    I got out my Bible. It has a concordance in the back, and I looked for a verse about wisdom to personalize as a prayer for my girl. I settled on Daniel 12:3, and wrote out God’s promise like this:

    May Virginia be wise, shining like the brightness of the heavens. May she lead many to righteousness and shine like the stars for ever and ever.

    Praying the Scriptures — taking the Bible’s actual words and using them to give shape to our prayers — is a habit I stumbled into more than 20 years ago, when laundry loomed large and prayer time was short. (Having four children in six years, I measured my days not in hours, but loads.)

    In an effort to ward off the weariness, I used the dreary routine as a prompt: “Clothe Hillary with compassion and kindness,” I’d pray, folding the umpteenth pair of soccer shorts as I borrowed from Colossians 3:12. “Cover her with humility, gentleness and patience.”

    Today, our kids are adults, but the margins of my Bible bear witness to their growing-up years. I prayed for safety (Psalm 121), good friendships (Proverbs 16:28), and character traits like self-control (Titus 2:5-6). And much more. Now, as I consider my kids’ grown-up needs, I’m still mining the Scriptures, pulling promises and prayer prompts for everything from their jobs, to their marriages, to their faith.

    And what I’ve learned, after all these years, is that it doesn’t matter whether we’re praying for our children, our spouse, or our coworkers and friends. When we allow the Bible to animate our thoughts — when God’s Word influences not just our prayers, but also our perspective — the more our requests align with what God wants to do. It’s like we slip our hand into His, partnering with our Heavenly Father to accomplish the good things He has planned. I don’t fully understand it, but I think this is what Jesus was getting at in John 15:7 when He said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”

    Have I gotten everything I ever asked for? No. Has that sometimes been hard? Yes. Have my kids hit some rough patches? Most definitely. But God has been faithful, teaching me to stake my trust in His vision, and not my agenda. And, time and again, His Word has not come back void.

    And bold little Virginia? She’s a city girl now, living and working amid a beautifully diverse mix of New Yorkers. She is as comfy at a band party as she is in a Bible study, but in both places she’s eager to hear people’s stories and gently point them to Christ. She still blurts out stuff from time to time (she’s her mother’s daughter), but God is fulfilling that Daniel 12:3 promise. He is shaping and using Virginia to scatter the darkness — and all I can do is say, “Thank You.”

    Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me the privilege of partnering with You through prayer. Please work in _______, giving them the desire and the power to do what pleases You. (Philippians 2:13, NLT)

    TRUTH FOR TODAY:

    Isaiah 55:11, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (NIV)

     

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    Culled from https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2018/02/19/the-power-of-praying-the-scriptures

    #45568

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    22nd February, 2018

    Hello :hi:   :hi:   Today’s devotional is so apt. Enjoy!

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    Stop Keeping Score

    There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make himself enjoy good in his labor. Even this, I have seen, is from the hand of God. — Ecclesiastes 2:24 (AMPC)

    We all get hurt sometimes, and it’s vitally important to learn how to forgive quickly so we can be spiritually strong and healthy. For example, if someone has hurt you, don’t spend the next 10 years of your life hurting yourself by hanging on to that offense. Most likely, the other person isn’t even thinking about you, while you dwell on the incident for years. That only hurts one person—you.

    When we walk in unforgiveness, we try to “keep score,” viewing ourselves as better than the other person.

    Back in the early days of our marriage, when Dave and I were fussing and fuming at each other, I would bring up stuff from the past that he couldn’t possibly remember and Dave would say, “Where do you keep all that stuff?” Well, I had a place, and it was all in there eating at me. And every new thing Dave did wrong was added to this list until it became a bitter giant in my heart.

    Thank God I’ve learned a better way to live! When we walk in God’s love, we find freedom by keeping “no account” of wrongs done to us. If you’re hurting from the pain of unforgiveness today, ask God to help you stop keeping score. You can let go of your bitterness today.

     

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    Culled from https://joycemeyer.org/dailydevo

    #45671

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    23rd February, 2018

    Image result for distracted to devotedMoving from Distracted to Devoted

    “‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.’” John 11:27 (NIV)

    When I first read about Mary of Bethany sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to Him speak while her older sister, Martha, focused on serving their guests, I knew which woman I identified with most — Martha, the get-things-done sister. She was a worker, not a sitter. A talker, not a listener.

    In the process, though, she missed hearing the Lord’s words of wisdom. “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” (Luke 10:40a, NIV).

    Distracted.

    We know what that looks like. Martha didn’t need the Internet or a smart phone to divert her attention.

    True, Martha was doing good things. Useful things. Jesus and His disciples were surely hungry. But Martha was too preoccupied with the meal to pay attention to the Lord. So, interrupting His teaching, “She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?’” (Luke 10:40b, NIV).

    Really, Martha? No one cares like Jesus.

    I wonder if Jesus shook His head when He said her name. Twice. “‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:41-42, NIV).

    “Martha, Martha.” The repetition Jesus used here was a gentle rebuke. Not because what she did was unimportant or unnecessary, but because Martha thought her efforts were of greater significance than Mary’s.

    We know this woman. Some of us are this woman. That’s why the Bible introduces us to these two sisters side-by-side — to show us by example what the Lord values most. Devotion. Not distraction.

    Here’s the exciting news about Martha: She got the message.

    When we meet her again in Scripture, her brother Lazarus lay dead in his grave while Martha and Mary grieved his passing. The sisters had sent a messenger to tell Jesus their brother was ill, but He didn’t arrive until it was too late. Or so it seemed.

    “When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home” (John 11:20, NIV). Big sister was on the move. “‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21, NIV).

    Wait. Was she scolding Jesus, saying this never would have happened if He’d returned sooner?

    Her next words provide the answer: “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask” (John 11:22, NIV). Ah. Instead of being fueled with anger, Martha was filled with faith.

    When Jesus assured her Lazarus would rise again, “Martha answered, I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day’” (John 11:24, NIV). However great her heartache, Martha was certain she would see her brother at the end of days.

    Then Jesus pushed her faith to the next level and said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25a, NIV). He wanted to make this truth abundantly clear for Martha’s sake and for ours. “The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:25b-11:26a, NIV).

    Finally, Jesus asked Martha the Big Question, the one we all must answer. “Do you believe this?” (John 11:26b). This is all of it: Who He is, why He came and what that means for us.

    Martha’s response was swift and sure, as seen in our key verse today: “‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world’”(John 11:27, NIV).

    Go, Martha! Her commitment to Him was now as solid and unshakable as her sister’s. She who served the food also dished out the truth: “It is for Your coming that the world has waited” (John 11:27b, AMPC).

    What Martha did, you and I can do as well. Let’s be devoted, not distracted. Profess our faith and proclaim His truth.

    Dear Lord, help us believe and not doubt. When You say, “I am,” let us boldly agree, “You are.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    TRUTH FOR TODAY:
    John 20:31, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (NIV)

    Acts 10:43, “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (NIV)

     

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    Culled from https://www.ibelieve.com/devotionals/encouragement-for-today/encouragement-for-today-february-23-2018.html

    #45702

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    26th February, 2018

    Good morning all. Welcome to a brand new week. May we experience God’s blessings anew this week in Jesus name. Here’s today’s devotional.

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    A Prayer to Stay Afloat When Your Feet Can’t Touch the Bottom

    Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20)

    When I was very young, I went to a backyard pool party. Even though I couldn’t swim yet, I had fun splashing around in the cool water. It was up to my waist and I could laugh and play with my friends. I kept walking until the water was up to my chest. Then, I went a little further and it was up to my shoulders. But it still felt refreshing to be submerged in that icy water on a hot summer day. But then, another couple of steps further and my feet lost their footing and I was pulled under by the force of the water. I was drowning! An adult jumped in and pulled me out and as I sat on the grass panting, I thought, I’ll never do that again!

    It can be the same in my walk with God. It’s okay in the beginning, up-to-my-ankles, testing and kicking at the water as I get my bearings. Soon the water is up to my knees but I can still easily reach down and splash around. It’s fun and very refreshing and even seems easy. I’m happily learning about the ways of God. Before I realize it, I’m up-to-my-waist in the living water of God. My learning has gone deeper. I’m grasping bigger concepts but I am also realizing that I can never know everything.

    Suddenly, I find myself in water that is too deep to walk across. I have to swim. Therefore, I have to trust God to get me through when I can’t touch the ground.

    Remember who God is, as well as His love, grace, patience, and kindness. While I was still a sinner, Christ died for me. He purchased my freedom with His blood and forgave my sins. He continues to show me much kindness and grace even when I’m still messing up so that I can get back up again.

    Remember that Christ’s life flows within me. Christ’s life and the Holy Spirit’s constant encouragement pumps through me. That “energy” is inside me, not somewhere out there, so that I can live for God and show His grace and kindness to people all around me. God continually sculpts me so that I can do good works and shine to others.

    Remember that Christ’s love is deeper than I think. The more I understand just how wide, how long, how high, and how deep the love of God goes, the more peace I will feel, and when I feel all of that love and peace, I can surrender to His will and ways more and more.

    Remember to lead a life that is worthy of this calling. With this love, kindness, power, and grace flowing within me, it is much easier to live out the Christian life and swim in the deep water where I can’t touch the ground or my own understanding. I am better prepared to live a life of humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness, as well as making the most of my God-given talents to build up God’s church.

    Prayer: Dear Lord, strengthen my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and let that faith lead me to love other people just as Christ loved me. May I be always prayerful, always asking God to give me spiritual insight so that I can grow in my knowledge of Him and His love. Let me be filled with hope and point to the rich and glorious inheritance that God bestows on me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty  @smiley @princem @endaleedith @zanar @kokie @gloryu @ritamari@garuba @vikky @mayokun @ty4joy

     

    Culled from https://www.ibelieve.com/devotionals/your-daily-prayer/a-prayer-to-stay-afloat-when-your-feet-can-t-touch-the-bottom-your-daily-prayer-august-23-2016.html

    #45761

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    28th February, 2018

    Good morning all. Today’s devotional is here.

    A Prayer for When You Feel Hopeless

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid of terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

    It’s often hard to pray when you’re consumed with hopelessness or even suicidal thoughts. In fact, while praying is the most important thing you can do, it’s often the very last thing you want to do. It will require self-discipline and self-control. It will require a strength that can only come from God. For this reason, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Write a prayer when you’re able to express your pain and thought process, then you’ll have it ready to read the next time the hopeless thoughts come. Perhaps the following prayer can be of some help.

    Father God, the darkness has taken hold of me and I can’t find my way back to the light. In this moment, ending it all seems like the best option, the only option, the only way to escape. Yet, there is something in me that wants your light to snuff out the darkness. So I ask, Lord, that you would do just that. You are the only light that can shine in the darkness.

    I know when I’m consumed with thoughts of death I’m believing lies from the enemy. I ask Lord that you would remind me of these truths: when I feel alone, you are with me; when I feel invisible, you see me; when I feel worthless, my value is knowing you and being known by you.

    I often feel out of place in this world. I don’t fit in and I’m not sure I want to. Remind me that this world is not my home and while, as your child, I will never fit in here, my time here isn’t over. Not yet. Please, give me the desire to live.

    When I feel like I don’t matter, remind me that I was created with purpose. When I don’t know or understand why I feel the way I feel – remind me that you know the depth of pain in my heart, in my body and in my being. You know me better than I know myself… and yet you still love me.

    Remind me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and I am worth more than I know. Remind me that this life is not mine to take. Remind me that suicide is not the only option. Remind me to love you and to love myself.

    Remind me that Jesus did not come to earth and die for me so that I could live a defeated life. Help me to desire life and to live fully in you. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty  @smiley @princem @endaleedith @zanar @kokie @gloryu @ritamari@garuba @vikky @mayokun @ty4joy

     

    Culled from https://www.ibelieve.com/devotionals/your-daily-prayer/a-prayer-for-when-you-feel-hopeless-your-daily-prayer-august-24-2016.html

    #45822

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    1st March, 2018

    Welcome to the month of March 2018. Praying that this year will bring in so much more blessings into our lives. Here’s the devotional for today.

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    Dealing with Emotions While Grieving

    Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become restless and disturbed within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence. — Psalm 42:5

    People experiencing tragedy often become emotionally unstable and need to express their grief somehow. They may cry uncontrollably, and tears or other feelings of distress can come and go when least expected. Confusion, anger, fear, depression and waves of overwhelming feelings are common. In times like these, I believe it’s wise to look at King David.

    In Psalm 42:5, we see that when David was feeling depressed, he resisted it. He didn’t sink into it or get into the pit of despair. He described how he felt, but he made a decision not to live by his feelings. He praised and trusted in God.

    Most of us go through emotionally difficult times when tragic loss occurs, and we need to give ourselves time to grieve. As we go through the process, God wants to comfort us and give us the grace we need to get through it. Those who are walking by faith in God will come out of it even better than when they went in.

    If you are hurting right now due to a loss in your life, I want to tell you that a new beginning is in front of you. Trust and praise God like David did. What Satan intends for your harm, God can turn around for your good!

     

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty  @smiley @princem @endaleedith @zanar @kokie @gloryu @ritamari@garuba @vikky @mayokun @ty4joy

     

    Culled from https://joycemeyer.org/dailydevo

    #45856

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    2nd March, 2018

    Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It’s a Friday!!! Today’s devotional is here and it is simply a matter your identity.

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    Are You Connected?

    Today’s Truth

    Abide in me, and I in you. (John 15:4a)

    Friend to Friend

    The first time I went to a drive-in theatre I was about six years old…in first grade. The motion pictures on the reel that night were not just exciting – they were epic. A double feature of Godzilla and Star Wars. It was a rare treat for our young family. With five kids and a school administrator’s salary, movies were a luxury.

    The details of that evening are foggy, but there are several things that I remember. Daylight ended as Godzilla began. Dad went to get popcorn while mom spread a blanket out and helped the three oldest littles get to the best vantage point for the show: the roof of our station wagon. Pillows were handed up to the roof-perch and we settled in as freaky monsters took over the screen.

    After the monster business finished, which I was less-than-thrilled by, I got cozy with my pillow and faced the screen belly down, toes in the air. I was ready for the force to be with me. Ready to experience an exciting adventure with handsome heroes, odd creatures, rowdy robots, and a brave, beautiful princess all from a galaxy far, far away.

    Anticipation skyrocketed as the movie started and the music rose.

    Oh, the music!

    The Star Wars theme song elevated every ounce of my heart and stirred my eagerness into a barely containable tizzy. Do-do-do-dooooo dooo, do-do-do-dooooo dooo, do-do-do-dooooo dooo, do-do-do-dooooo! I was such a big kid on top of our station wagon watching a movie! And we had popcorn! Real movie theatre popcorn…that my older brother was hogging… {Anyhoo…}

    As the battle between darkness and light began to heat up I met the main characters one by one: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Hans Solo, Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2, and, of course, the mean man in black, Darth Vader.

    Aannnnddddthen I fell asleep.

    Missed most of the movie.

    Woke up to mom telling me to climb down from the roof because it was time to go home.

    Noooooooooo!

    I’m still in therapy over that sleepy snafu. How could I possibly doze off in the middle of one of the most thrilling nights of my entire six-year existence? My heart hung low with disappointment. I was there, but I missed the movie marvelousness.

    Sigh.

    It doesn’t take a napping nightmare for us to fall asleep during the marvelousness you know. Sometimes I fall asleep to the vibrant connection between God and me because I get lazy, too tired, or too busy to pray. I get too comfortable with a sleepy faith and doze, doze, doze while my Bible collects dust. I get distracted by matters that will fade like flowers and whither like grass. My soul yawns and runs all around town wearing jammies and fuzzy slippers.

    Have you been there? Join me today in a soul mutiny against sleepy faith!

    Jesus wants us to connect with Him continually. To abide in Him. He called out the complacency of the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3, and He calls us beyond lukewarm living to a vibrant, white-hot faith so that our lives can be maximized for His glory! And He extends grace – even to us sleepy faith girls. “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:19-20)

    I want every ounce of marvelousness I can wring out from this day – which can only happen when I connect my soul to Jesus. I want a faith that is wide open and fully awake to the glory of God! Are you with me?

    Let’s Pray

    Holy Father, Please forgive me for the times when I doze off to Your glorious presence. Thank You for being a God of restoration and relationship. Thank You for Your Word and Your kindness that leads me to repentance. Help me to be fully alive to Your love and leading today.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty  @smiley @princem @endaleedith @zanar @kokie @gloryu @ritamari@garuba @vikky @mayokun @ty4joy

     

    Culled from https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/girlfriends/

    #45958

    Oluwakemi
    Participant

    5th March, 2018

    Hello ladies and gentlemen. Today’s devotional is here.

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    Permission to Ache Freely

    Today’s Truth

    Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8, NIV).

    Friend to Friend

    The days drudged on after my mama died from cancer. In only 6 short months, her diagnosis had flipped, and she graduated to Heaven. I wasn’t ready. I’d never processed this kind of grief before. Each morning after her death required every ounce of my strength just to sit up in bed and drag my feet over the side, forcing them to hit the floor. The weight of losing her pressed into my soul and I continually feared losing my husband and children. Would God take them so quickly from me as He had her?

    My feelings vacillated between fear, anger, and panic. For some reason, because I was mad at God, I thought He didn’t want to hear from me. Or maybe I was the one giving Him the cold shoulder. Either way, my prayer life? Nonexistent. But verses like today’s truth were hidden in my heart and God promises His Word will not return void. The Holy Spirit reminded me that God wants to hear from me, no matter how I feel.

    As the psalmist declares, pouring out our hearts to him paves the path for healing in our hearts. When the words finally tumbled out in prayer and I started to tell God I was angry and fearful and worried, peace wasn’t instantaneous. But the more I voiced my frustrations and admitted my outrage, the more clarity His Word and Spirit ushered in. I realized prayer was so much more powerful than panic. Psalm 142:5 became my mantra. “I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.” My portion. Enough to get me through that moment of swinging my feet over the side of the bed and planting my feet on the ground, confidently trusting that my Heavenly Father would lead me through each step for the day.

    God is our refuge. Just like a mother who wants to be the first to hear about her child’s tough day, He longs to be our hideout, hiding place, and hideaway. As a shelter from the storm, He wraps his arms around us and reminds us of His beautiful promises. That He will always transform evil into good. That His ear is ever listening to the cries of our hearts. That prayer trumps panic. Every. Time.

    Let’s Pray

    Dear Father, I’m hurting, and I don’t really want to talk to you about my feelings. I know you already know them, but the pain is so great. Help me remember the truth of Your Word. Give me the ability to recognize that pouring my heart out to You is the path to peace.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    Now It’s Your Turn

    Are you prone to panic in the midst of pain? What would happen if you remember to lift up a simple prayer when panic strikes?

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty  @smiley @princem @endaleedith @zanar @kokie @gloryu @ritamari@garuba @vikky @mayokun @ty4joy

     

    Culled from https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/girlfriends/

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