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We have a God who loves us and wants to care for us. Too often, we want to be in charge. If there is a problem in our life we want to fix it. We should, with prayer, turn it over to God and let it go. We just keep wanting to pick it back up.

Loving God, you know how we can’t turn things over to you and let go. Help us to remember that everything is in your hands and no matter what you will be with us. AMEN

Don’t be afraid

safeThere are times when life seems so terrifying. We would just like to stay in bed and cover our heads. That is not what Jesus is asking us to do. He wants us to come out of the comfort zone and take a chance. We can do many things for Him if we just try. Don’t be afraid to do something new for God.

Incredible God, you created the world and everything in it. Help us to be a part of continuing the creation and not be afraid to try. AMEN

A prayer

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Lord, it is night. The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done; let it be.

The night is dark. Let our fear of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.

The night is quiet. Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn. let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities.

In your name we pray. AMEN

from Night Prayer in “A New Zealand Prayer Book.”

There is very little that needs saying after this. Absorb carefully each line and sleep peacefully.

Tell Others Thank You

gratitiudeYesterday was Thanksgiving and I am still on a gratitude kick. We have a tradition for each person to say something that they are thankful for. Yesterday I asked them to name something that is not the usual routine such as family, home, love etc. I said reach out and think of something different. My granddaughter (who is a recent college graduate with a fairly new job) said she is glad that she can live at home for now and save money. I am sure her parents were happy to know that she is grateful for that. It is good to share our gratitude. Too often we don’t thank God and we don’t thank others either. Share your gratitude with others.

Grace giving God, thank you for your gift of grace and all your other gifts to us. We thank you especially for your gift of you son. Help us to thank you and others for our gifts. AMEN

Gratitude

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We always seem to spend time telling God what we want or think we need. We can get into the habit of putting ourselves first in our prayers. Every single day there is something to be grateful for. It may only be that today I woke up. Maybe we need to start each day by thanking God for life. It is a good idea to keep a “blessing book.” A place where we write down the things that are good. It helps us to get the right perspective on life. Thank and praise God every day!

Gracious God, I know you are glad when we pray even if it is just for ourselves. Help us to see the things that deserve gratitude and thank you for them. AMEN

Live in the NOW

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.                                                     Omar Khayyam

presenceWe spend way too much time in the past or the future.  This moment is all there is. Do everything each day in the presence of God. If you are washing dishes dedicate that task to God. If you are in the garden see God’s beauty. There is a wonderful old book called “Practicing the Presence of God – by Brother Lawrence.” He spends every moment with God. Don’t dwell in the past or the future. Spend each moment in the now with God.

Holy God, you are ever present with us. Help us to see you in everything that we do. AMEN

Give and Accept

“Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.”

― Brian Tracy

anne frankToo often we can get caught up in quid pro quo. That is if I do something for you then you owe something in return. This leads to not wanting accept assistance from others. It seems easier to give as that doesn’t incur an obligation. We have to understand God doesn’t expect this kind of thinking. We must be able to give without any obligation for a return and even harder for most of us take without feeling obligated. We have to think like the movie “Pay It Forward.”  Kindness does move on from person to person. Give kindness and accept kindness. It’s God’s plan.

Loving God, you expect us to give and give and give. Help us to also be able to accept what is given to us. AMEN

 

Strength inwardly

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

Plutarch
Our inward selves is what guides our outward journey. If we don’t work on the inside then we don’t have the strength that we need each day. The only way to work on the inside is by prayer, scripture reading, meditation and time spent with God. Each day we need that grounding to tackle the day. Don’t skip these steps.

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God of learning, you have given us the things that we need to live each day. Help us to use them. AMEN

 

Pray

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

Robert H. Schuller

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We all have problems. They crop up from time to time. The question is do you let the problem become your life? Turning to God in prayer is one of the first things to do to conquer a problem. Asking others to pray for you is the second. Problems always come but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and that light is God.

Incredible God, you are always there to hear us. Remind us to pray always. AMEN