A Prayer for the Weekend

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Today, marks the magical beginning of a weekly occurrence — the weekend! For some, the next few days will be filled with rest, peace and laughter. For others, this weekend will bring stress, trial and pain.

Regardless of what you will encounter this weekend, rest assured that “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”. My prayer for you this weekend is that whatever you go though this weekend, may you take comfort in knowing that God is with you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Is Good For You?

Psalm 73:28 – 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GODThat I may declare all Your works.

Nowadays, it seems as if there is a lot of confusion about what is good for you. Some say that a lot of exercise is good for you, while others say that too much can be harmful. Some say that eating a lot of protein is very healthy and will help you lose weight, while others say that it can be bad for your heart. Some say that a glass of wine each night is good for your heart, while others say that drinking alcohol each day can cause cancer. What is good for you?

In today’s scripture, we are told that “it is good for me to draw near to God”. Finally, we have found something that nobody can disagree with! It is good for us to draw near to God and put our trust in Him. When we draw near, we get a better sense of His presence and working in our lives. We get the peace and joy that can only come from the Lord. And, we receive the only thing that is absolutely good for our life — salvation. What is good for you? “It is good for me to draw near to God”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Rich, Good Pasture

1 Chronicles 4:39-40 – 39 So they went to the entrance of Gedor, as far as the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks. 40 And they found rich, good pasture, and the land was broad, quiet, and peaceful; for some Hamites formerly lived there.

I must admit that I do not particularly like to go shopping for things…. I don’t like the time it takes and  the various stores you must go to to compare items. In my opinion, you go into one store, go directly to the item and buy it. No looking around, talking to people or comparing items. This is probably not the correct way to go shopping and it is definitely not the correct way to pursue a relationship with God.

In today’s scripture, we read of the family of Simeon who sought “rich, good pasture” for their flocks. Because they were diligent in looking, they found “the found rich, good pasture”.  This passage reminded me that if we too want to receive all of the “rich, good pasture” that the Lord has waiting for us, we must keeping seeking Him everyday. It is through that diligent effort and persistence that we will receive the greatest blessing — a deep and  sincere relationship with the Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

At the Right Hand of God

Psalm 16:8 – I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
When you go into a court of law to take an oath, you are always asked to raise your right hand.  When we say the Pledge of Allegiance, we place our right hand over our heart.  In scripture, we see honor being placed on standing by the right side of someone.  In Acts 7:55,  we read that Jesus was standing at the “right side” of God.  There is obviously great power and strength that is conveyed by being on the “right” side of things.
Did you know that just as Jesus stood by the right side of the maker of the universe, He too stands by your right side.  When you are going through trials trials and uncertain times, cast your eyes on the fact that the Lord himself stands next to your right hand.  When you keep your eyes in focus of the great power and strength of the Lord by your side, YOU WILL NOT BE SHAKEN!  Remember there is nothing that happens in your life that the Lord is unaware of.  He wants to be with you, He wants to help you, He wants to strengthen you.  All you have to do keep your eyes on HIM!
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Heavenly 911

Psalm 121:1 – 121 I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LordWho made heaven and earth.

We are truly blessed to have a system called “911”. With one phone conversation, trained professionals are sent to our exact location to either protect or provide care. All we have to do is simply wait for our help to arrive. We all have trust and confidence in our local 911 system, but do you have that same trust and confidence in our Heavenly 911 system?

In today’s passage, we are told that our “help comes form the Lord, Who made heaven and earth”. Simply put, we are told in this Psalm that when we call our Heavenly 911, the Lord, “Who made heaven and earth” sends His trained professionals to protect and provide care. My prayer for all of us is that we would never forget about the help and comfort that comes from prayer and from the Lord, the One “Who made heaven and earth”.  Trust and have confidence that the One “Who made heaven and earth” will use that same power to answer your prayers.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

10,000 Reasons

1 Samuel 29:5 – Is this not David, of whom they sang to one another in dances, saying: ‘Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands’?”

It is easy to look at people on TV or in a magazine and wish we were like them. If we were that attractive, successful or powerful, we could do so many great things for the Lord! We look at these “perfect” people in the media, look at ourselves, and feel very inadequate.  Would you be surprised to know that the more imperfect you are, the more the Lord can use you?

In today’s verse, King Saul and David are compared. Saul had “slain his thousands”. But young David, “his ten thousands”. Throughout history, God has made a habit of using imperfect people to do great things. In fact, except for Jesus, God has never used a perfect person because they don’t exist. It seems the more broken and imperfect, the greater things that God can do through us. If you cannot think of one reason why God would use you, remember David’s 10,000 reasons. Your imperfections are made perfect in Him!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Kick in the Gut

1 Samuel 28:18-19 – 18 Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day. 19 Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.”

Earlier in my life, I choose to not listen to the Lord’s voice in my life. Regardless of how often I sensed His guidance, I refused to listen. It wasn’t until He “kicked me in the gut” that He got my attention and I was finally ready to obey. At times, I talk to people that are in the same situation. I always warn them that the Lord will not give up until He gets their attention.  In other words, until He “kicks you in the gut”.

In today’s Word, Saul learns that “Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord”, there would be consequences and destruction for him and his land. Like Saul, when we choose not to “obey the voice of the Lord”, we must understand that there will be consequences. Remember, God loves you enough to correct you and He loves you too much to give up on you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

No Longer An Army of One

1Samuel 28:1-2 – 28 Now it happened in those days that the Philistines gathered their armies together for war, to fight with Israel. And Achish said to David, “You assuredly know that you will go out with me to battle, you and your men.” So David said to Achish, “Surely you know what your servant can do.” And Achish said to David, “Therefore I will make you one of my chief guardians forever.”

I am often asked by people if they really need to attend a physical church. They explain that they listen to sermons on the radio and television, but don’t see the need to become a part of an actual church family. While listening to sermons is a great way to spend our time, a church family allows us to no longer be an army of one.

In today’s scripture, we read of Achish and David joining together for battle. “You assuredly know that you will go out with me to battle, you and your men.” Not only is joining in church fellowship Biblical (the first church joined together on a regular basis), but it is also beneficial. Becoming a part of a church family means that you no longer have to fight your battles on your own; no longer do you need to feel isolated. Your church family will go out with you to battle each day, pray for you and celebrate with you. If you are currently not a member of a church family, I pray that you will take the steps necessary to find a family that will go out to battle with you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What If You Could Go Back?

Micah 7:19 – 19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea.

I recently saw a television commercial for an insurance company where a man had been involved in a car accident. As he laid in the hospital bed, he asked himself “what if I could go back?”. His context was to go back before the accident and prevent it from happening. As Christians, we too may ask ourselves the same question — “what if I could go back?”

Today’s scripture reminds us that we don’t necessarily get the chance to go back, but when we repent and ask for forgiveness, “He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea.” Through Jesus’ resurrection, we no longer need to worry about going back because God has given us the ability to move forward. We can experience each day and moment free of guilt and shame because Jesus defeated evil, sin and death on Easter Sunday. Never forget the gift of grace and forgiveness that we all have been given.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

In the Blink of An Eye

1 Corinthians 15:52 – 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I read in the news today that a man was killed on the side of the road while he was working on his car this morning. A drunk driver veered to the side of the road, rear-ended the broken down car and crushed this poor man. While we may read stories like this often, this story struck me because I had driven by that man and his broken down car minutes before he was killed. Who would have known that just minutes later, tragedy would strike.
In today’s passage, we read, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” The Bible reminds us that we are not guaranteed tomorrow, much less the rest of today. How you choose to live each moment will have a lasting impact on your enternity. Remember to live your life to honor and serve God. Telll your loved ones you love them frequently and live your life prepared for that “moment, in the twinkling of an eye.”
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!