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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Cyber Church

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. Philippians 1:9-10
Excitement abounds this time of year in the retail industry. Cyber Monday, Black Friday. Spend till you drop. Buy, buy, buy. Order, order, order. It’s Christmas. 
What if you and I could get as excited about church and Jesus as we do for buying stuff we really don’t need or may be returned? What about a Cyber Sunday or something like that where Jesus is truly lifted up and celebrated. His name is above all names. And at his name we are to bow down. Scripture says that in Philippians 2:9-10
Jesus loves you this I know for the Bible tells me so, you have heard that child’s recitation right? Well he really does love you. All this hoopla of shopping and going crazy for bargains is supposed to be about him, not us. Giving is part of wanting to be kind and nice and Jesus Loves givers. But in all the craziness surrounding getting off track over what December 25th is all about don’t forget him and run to him on a daily basis. A dynamic church home is a good step to take if you aren’t currently seeking one because there you find fellowship and there you grow in Christ. 
PRAYER: Lord Jesus I love celebrating you but I pray for those who may not care to for whatever reason. I pray man come to bow their knees to you and run after you every day of the year. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Friday, December 6, 2019

Prayers All Around

Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Are you guilty of telling someone you will pray for them then totally forget? It seems to be the pat answer when someone asks “will you pray for me” to say “of course” just like when a passerby says “how are you today” and your answer is “fine”. 

I have a tremendous idea because I too have been guilty of forgetting. If you can, do it right there when they ask. It might take them by surprise but just say “can I pray for you right now” or simply compose a prayer to send them on email they can read over and over again. I have a couple friends whose email prayers I have saved when they wrote me a prayer and it is so encouraging. 

Try prayer walking through a park and pray in general for family and friends and other things or go directly to a ‘boots on the ground’ scenario where you prayer walk say for a school and pray walking by or pray in front of city hall. My ‘go to‘ prayer walk has been Washington DC because I am blessed with standby travel as an airline employee parent and there is a direct short flight. But you don’t have to go to DC to pray for our leaders. Just do it. Today stop what you are doing for a few minutes and think of those you should be lifting up in prayer. 

PRAYER: Thanks so much Lord that I get to pray and CAN pray without fear of arrest or being beat like in some anti Christian nation’s. Forgive me when I told someone I would pray then forgot. Help me get more serious about talking to you daily. In Jesus‘ name. Amen.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Miracles Can And Do Happen!!

I am doing this so all who see this miracle may see and know may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this." Isaiah 41:20

God has not closed up shop and He is in the miracle business and sometimes it is not all about you and the miracle or breakthrough you are waiting for but about bringing glory to Him and more people to Christ. Ponder that for a while. Also God has no time constraints like we humans try to put on Him. 

The Bible says in Luke 18:1 to “pray and never give up”. I Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing” and I guess that is because God likes to hear from you and hear you from your heart. 

Some deliverances and breakthroughs may seem pretty far fetched to the natural man but you and I operate in a supernatural realm where nothing, and I do mean nothing,  is impossible. (Matthew 19:26). Go for it my friend. God’s miracle shop is open for business around the clock. Romans 4:17 says “calling things as not as though they were” press on and speak forth Victory to that lie the enemy has tried to get you to believe or well meaning friends and family who may give you strange looks and think you are a bit kooky. God has big plans. Trust Him okay? Some day you can testify, “God did this!”. 

PRAYER: I know you do big things and things beyond human imagination. I know the miracles you perform are to bring you Glory and get others to believe and start hungering for you. I know you do the impossible and I thank you for what you are going to do in the lives of people I have been praying for and for others who are just waiting for a breakthrough. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I’m Scared

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

Maybe the kind of fear you have is not of roller coasters, thunder storms, tornadoes, intruders, and stuff like that but just fear of messing up a relationship somehow or fear of an upcoming event. 

Worry and fear do nothing but make the fearful one a mess on the inside. You have to truly learn to let go and trust in God to handle things. Things like a health condition or upcoming surgery, concern about a adult child deployed to a war zone, fear that you won’t find favor with your child’s new spouse, fear of losing your job and I am certain you can add to this list. 

My friend let go and truly let God work and trust Him. Your fretting does nothing and indeed just puts you square in the enemies camp I am sure you as a child of God do not want. So today just say “Hey Lord I know you have this so help me trust then move on and trust. 

PRAYER: I praise you because I know you are handling things in my life and those family members. Only Satan wants me to stay in the muck and mire and get myself sick for no reason. I choose trust. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Free Refills!

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--Ephesians 2:8

Getting things free is fun isn’t it? That is how many merchants lure people in offering freebies  or supposed discounts. Guess what, God gives free refills on a daily basis if you allow Him to. 

Salvation is a free gift from him, not anything you have to earn. Each and every day His gift to you is His word, The Holy Bible yet how many of us fail to even open it up and some may not even know where their Bible is. If it is out on a table it should be more than a coffee table decoration. 

Satan can fill your mind with all sorts of lies and excuses for keeping you from truly knowing Jesus. Religion and denominations often get in the way to cloud the real truth of the gospel message. Do you want free daily refills? Do you want to feel closer to God? For starters open  up the book of John and just start reading then forget the manmade things many denominations teach and just ask Jesus to come and live in your heart and give you an hunger for the word. 

PRAYER:Father God I want to know you better. I love free refills so come and fill my heart now with overflowing love and joy and remove the ugliness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Oh Where Is The Christ Child?

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

As we begin the month of December, which is usually at a frantic pace due to human expectations, where is the Christ child? Is the frenzy mainly due to preparing for his birthday? Really? 

Every year this holiday can be a real joy stealer and stress producer if you allow it to. It is kind of like Martha and Mary in the Bible (Luke 19:38-42) where Martha was crazy with all the preparing and Jesus told her In a round about way to relax and chill. Have you had a desire every year after you say to yourself “whew I am glad that is over” to recenter the celebrating on Christ as it should be? Then why not make it happen?

What is Christmas about anyway? Blown up snoopy characters, smurfs, teddy bears, snow men, and here it comes, Santa Claus? Not going to diss Santa because the story of Saint Nick has a history of gift giving but the focus should not block out the reason for the season. Where is Christ in your Christmas celebrating? 

PRAYER: Father help me refocus on what the day of Christmas truly is. This time of year people get super nice and generous and I would like to think it is because of you that they do it. I pray for those who may be religious but not truly know you to find you this time of year. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

You Are Special

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5

I recently got a new book for my granddaughter called ‘God Says You Are Special’ but sometimes we adults need to take a good dose of feeling special affirmation as well.

Opinions of others, hurtful words or actions whether intentional or unintentional, listening to the lies of Satan over what the truth of God is. There is a host of negative messages out there that can really get you down on yourself and feeling like a scum bag but God says you are special, period! Social media can be super hurtful feeling you have the right to condemn someone through a tweet, text, or even Facebook.

Just remember you are God’s creation. He did not make you by accident no matter what the circumstances surrounding how you were born. Every creature has a distinct purpose and God loves you so much. The world’s standard of being special is not God’s so always remember that.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for creating me in my mother’s womb. Creation alone is such a miracle. Every thing you make is good. I pray for those who may not be feeling very special that you give them a God hug. In Jesus’ name. Amen.