aristotle1-2xIt is so easy to be caught in the depths of despair. It may be that we have lost someone we love, been fired from a job, gotten a terrible diagnosis or many other things. When we are down in the “valley of the shadow of death” it is easy to lose our way. We can’t see any light at all. However, there is always light. God is with us even when we can’t see it. We can hold on and know that his love is conquering the darkness and there will be light we can see.

Loving God, you have promised to be with us no matter what. Help us to trust that you are holding the light for us and we will see. AMEN

 

harvestWe are told to tell God’s story to others. When we do that we don’t often see any result. We are human and we want results! we want to be able to point and say “I did that” or “I finished that.” When we are dealing with God’s work it doesn’t usually happen like that. Something that we did or said may influence the life of someone but we may never see the result. We just have to trust that if we plant the seed God will take care of it.

Creator God, help us to trust that you will take care of the seed that we plant. Encourage us to continue planting. AMEN

Maintain a Sense of Humor

sense of humorGod definitely has a sense of humor. Just when you think that you have everything in place the whole plan falls apart. I am sure that God wants us to stay flexible and follow His plan. Sometimes it is not the plan that we had in mind or even wanted to follow. When things hit us like a pie in the face we have to maintain a sense of humor. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves, wipe the pie off our faces and follow God.

 

 

Loving God, I am sure that you laugh at us a lot but hope that we can get up and do your will. Help us to learn to move ourselves out of the way and follow you.

Lean on God

hang onLife is not a bed of roses. Things happen that cause us pain. We can get discouraged. But God never promised that life would be perfect. He did promise that he would be with us every day. His strength is there for us no matter what. Take a deep breath and lean on Him. He can take it!

Loving God, thank you for being there every moment. We are blessed that you carry the burden when we can’t. AMEN

Where is God?

-Where_Is_God--_By_Minot_J._Savage_Poetry.djvuI hope that everyone was able read this poem. It illustrates a problem that most of us have. We can’t see the forest for the trees..We spend time trying to find God. We search everywhere. We want to be able to prove that God is. The thing is we can’t. There is no way to prove God. We just need to choose Him. Choose every single day to accept and believe that God is with us because that is exactly where he is!

Ever present God, forgive us for not knowing that you are with us even when we can’t feel your presence. Teach us to accept that you are with us every moment. AMEN

Why Worry?

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.                                  Leo Buscaglia

God tells us not to worry. He reminds us to look at the lilies of the field.

Matthew 6:28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,
what ifYet we still persist in worrying. We want to fix things. We want to be in charge. Sometimes I think we expect to handle things better than God. What are we thinking? Turn your worries over to God. Do it even if you have to keep doing it again and again. God never gets tired of handling it.
Gracious God, you have promised us to take care of us. Help us to remember that you are always there to take on our worries. AMEN

Don’t Be Afraid to Love

We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all. Eleanor Roosevelt

gods love never ends

None of us wants to love where there is no love in return. Many times we are afraid to get in too deep….afraid of being hurt. The thing is that we have to take a chance or else spend out life with no experience of love at all. It helps to understand that the one sure love is the love of God. His love will never fail us. We may not always feel it for feeling are mercurial but he is there. He has promised us that nothing can ever separate us from his love. He keeps his promises.

Loving God, help us to remember that your love is steadfast and always with us. Teach us to love others as you have called us to do. AMEN

Listen and Face the Unknown

Whoever you are: some evening take a step out of your house, which you know so well. Enormous space is near.

Rainer Maria Rilke

face the unknownStaying in our comfort zone is so easy. God, however, frequently calls us to step out into the enormous space. God is not an easy taskmaster. If we really listen and hear what we are being called to do it can be pretty scary. Don’t be afraid. No matter what God will be there with us. Take that step into the unknown.

Amazing God, how often we do not listen to you. Please help us, not only to hear your voice above the noise in our life but also to do as you ask.

 

Know You Are Loved

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.

William Hazlitt

power corrupts

There are so many people striving for power. It seems to be an  addiction that consumes everything. . Nothing satisfies except more power. I wonder if it even satisfies those who become president.  In the struggle to be on top people are not important. This is such a devastating way to live. I’m not even sure that those who live this way actually love themselves. This is not the way God calls us to live. We are called to love God and love others. In the process we are also asked to love ourselves because God love us. His love provides us with all the self worth we need. We just have to recognize it.

Loving God, thank you for seeing us as your children and for loving us. Help us to know your love and be fulfilled.