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“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”, 2 Peter 3:8 ESV. Though small children have plenty of time on their hands they still must learn to wait. Nothing seems to put their little souls to the test more than having to delay something they want right now. A long road trip is especially hard for them to get their minds around and is usually repeatedly peppered with the question: “Are we there yet?” Actually, we never quite seem to grow up in this regard; patience with God’s pace is still an issue for me. His timing is perfect so I must learn to not bail out before His chosen time of arrival. I must also resist the temptation to interpret the delay as a sign God doesn’t want me to do something. Heavenly Father teach me the difference between “No” and “Not Yet”. Grant me grace for the journey and help me not miss the lessons in the detours.
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“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap,” Galatians 6:7 ESV. God is never taken-in by my words, no matter how sincere they seem to me. Frankly, nor am I, for I too, must see follow-through in my own actions to genuinely believe in what I say. Often, I’ve been at that divine tipping point where intent teetered toward sincerity, only then to lean back toward selfish contentment and to again settle for spiritual complacency. But God will not abandon me to the squalor of begging from a barren heart. He is intent on teaching His children to abide in the blessings of their Heavenly Father. 1 John 3:18 points the way, “let us not love in word or in tongue but in deeds, and in truth.” LORD, You lovingly rock my world every time I fall into the trap of contentment. Thank You Father for provoking me to lay hold of that for which You hold took hold of me.


“Be strong in the LORD and in the strength of his might,” Ephesians 6:10 ESV. There are many forms of human strength. There is mental strength, physical strength, personality strength, and many more types. But even possessing every human strength in full measure is not a substitute for God’s Strength. His Might over every force of darkness and His Power to provide, bless, heal, encourage, lift, enlighten, love, and overcome has brought me through more times than I can recount. There’s no God like Jehovah! There’s no power that can stand against Him. There’s no hope without him. Being “strong in the LORD” requires being “IN the LORD”. This is not a casual, distant relationship. It is “Christ IN US”, and “US IN HIM”! LORD, in Your grace, make it so. Deliver me from stubborn resistance to Your eternal ways and help me relax under the shadow of Your wing.


“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” Matthew 18:21-22. It is impossible to think myself out of offenses. Actually, the opposite is true. The more I mull them over and discuss them with others the more indignant I become. Our fuming deliberations only deepen the pain, entrenching us in sullen exasperation and excessive defensiveness. Forgiveness is the key to turning our sorrows into joy since it places the situation into God’s hands instead of our own; letting go of the wheel is the only sure path to the right destination. O Lord My Keeper, into Your hands I commit my heartbreaks and disappointments. Keep me out of the way of Your divine work so that Your Wisdom and Mercy may prevail, and my heart and hands may be clean.


“He has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,” 1 Peter 1:4 ESV. I’m often told that I am an optimistic person. While I appreciate the intended compliments, in fact, optimism is a feeble substitute for trusting God based upon His written promises. It’s not simply optimism, it is bedrock belief in the integrity of Scripture, knowing that “for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28 ESV. God’s got this, whatever “THIS” is!! When doubts and fears arise, ultimately, I am roused to my senses by an indisputable fact: Jesus IS LORD of all and as His child I fall under His care. My God & my Strength, You alone are the High and Lofty One. May I never place hope in anything but You my Lord, my Hope.


“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all isvanity and grasping for the wind,” Ecclesiastes 1:14 NKJV. Watching a dog chase its tail is comical. It makes me wonder if he actually catches it, will he be happy with his prize or will he regret it?But when people chase after empty pursuits it is not funny at all. We each spend time considering what we want and how we will attain it. Unfortunately, we make little effort to understand “WHY” we want it in the first place. Too often, after obtaining long-sought goals, our accomplishments leave us exhausted and disappointed. Discerning the “WHY” before the start of the chase can deliver us from the wrong quests. Lord, help me truthfully discern my desires. Cleanse me of mixed motives and keep me from running headlong down empty trails.


“And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28 ESV. Gladness is easier to embrace than letdowns yet both have enduring value if I have the right perspective. Frankly, the multitude of unrelenting challenges life brings has done more to strengthen my character and soften my heart than the many joys I have known. The magnitude, multitude, and frequency of problems press me deeper into God’s hands. While I certainly do not prefer additional difficulties, I realize they come whether invited or not.This is another powerful reason to live a life driven by godly purpose instead of the pursuit of our own desires. Father, keep me from the snare of my own preferences. LORD, whatever may come, You make all things well and turn my sorrows into dancing.