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    “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him. Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done. Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ” (Colossians 2:6-8 in the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible). My mother has been a seamstress every since I can remember. Although I have not been blessed with her talent, I have learned from her skill. Mom was always a stickler for following the pattern. In order to get a pleasing result, she would carefully lay out the pattern and cut the fabric to the precise specifications. I am reminded today that the pattern of my faith that I example to my children and others must be based on God’s Word. If my Christian experience is not rooted in the Scriptures, I will not only endanger myself, but my children and others as we may all be drawn away into beliefs that aren’t true.
    Prayer: Precious Savior, thank You for the pattern of Your Word that I can follow to eternal life. Help me to stay grounded in Your Word. Remind me each and every day to point my children to a relationship with You by spending time together in Your Word. Amen.
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    “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1 in the New International Version of the Holy Bible). There is no more important question to ask ourselves than, “What is my life purpose?” Without the answer to that question, we will live unfulfilled, unhappy lives. The good news is God has a life purpose for every individual. It is our responsibility to seek out that purpose through communication with God and His Word. We are called to live a life that constantly reflects God’s purpose for us. All of the decisions we make in life should be rooted in that purpose.
    Prayer: There is no higher calling than to fulfill Your purpose for my life, Lord. Help me to seek after it and listen for it. May my heart be centered in Your will today. Amen.
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    “Losing self-control leaves you as helpless as a city without a wall.” (Proverbs 25:28 in the Contemporary English Version of the Holy Bible). Ancient cities that had no walls were easy prey for their enemies. A person without self-control is just as defenseless against Satan’s attack. Self-control enables us to counteract external and internal negative forces that can cause us to make wrong choices. We need the Spirit of God working in us to help us do what is right.
    Prayer: Lord, I ask You to activate Your Spirit inside me to enable me to turn away from wrong actions. Though the temptation to lose control of my emotions and desires will challenge my faith, I will choose to build a wall of self-control around my heart. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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It takes time for the healing process to become apparent to the eye. When a wound is inflicted, the body responds immediately to the crisis but the results are not yet visible. God’s response to wounded emotions, broken hearts and hurt feelings are not always obvious. While the casual observer is unaware of the healing process, I am intimately aware of the guidance and support He provides during the critical rebuilding phase. “Praise ye the Lord…He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds” (Psalm 147:1,3 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Prayer: Lovingly and patiently You restore the broken pieces of my life. Thank You, Lord Jesus!

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“The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places” (Habukkuk 3:19 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). God created the deer to be an incredibly agile and graceful creature. He knew that it would need the ability to navigate its often treacherous habitat. Let’s pray together that God will give us that kind of sure footed stability to safely traverse the steep paths of life’s journey to greater spiritual heights.

Prayer: Lord, plant my feet on solid ground and enable me to reach extraordinary places in You.

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“When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth” (Ephesians 3:14-15 in the Holy Bible, New Living Translation)

The Apostle Paul, the writer of the Book of Ephesians, wrote these words while imprisoned and perhaps even chained to a Roman guard. Despite the circumstances; the prison walls; the discomfort of iron chains and the onlooking jailer; Paul was kneeling in prayer focused on God’s overall purpose. The present trial was put in perspective in light of God’s overarching plan.

Prayer: Lord, some of the most important prayers that I will ever pray are in the middle of crisis and difficult circumstances. In the midst of trying times, it is my habit of prayer that will convey the message of my faith louder than mere words ever could. Amen.

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    “Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.”” (Psalm 1:2 in the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible). Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” The Bible agrees with this statement. God designed us to use our minds in living for Him. We are to memorize and digest the promises and laws found in the Bible. Faithful followers of Christ will allow the Word of God to “wash” their minds clean from the many other things in life that clamor for our attention. We are to carefully focus our minds on the Scriptures and mentally mull them over and over in our minds. What are you feeding your mind today?
    Prayer: Teach me your laws, Lord. Help my mind to dwell on the good things of Your Word. Remind me of Your promises. Give me the strength to avoid unholy thoughts and actions. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” Proverbs 3:6 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Make Jesus the navigator of your life! You can trust His ability to chart your course and direct your path every day.

Pray with me: Lord Jesus, I recognize how much I need Your wisdom and guidance. I submit to Your will today and make the commitment that I will follow wherever You lead me. Amen.

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