Monday, January 31, 2011

FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT - January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011

Forgiveness. Hurt. Betrayal. Pain. Everyone struggles. I talk to people frequently who have trouble forgiving others who have hurt them. Believe me when I say, we have all been hurt and all of us have had times trouble forgiving others. Some people have been hurt more than others - whether it be abuse, betrayal, unfaithfulness, lies - it all hurts - our GOD commands that we forgive others so HE can forgive us and we can serve HIM. We cannot serve HIM if we have unforgiveness or bitterness in our hearts.

Yes, it can be very difficult to forgive someone who has hurt us, especially if it is over and over. Have you been emotionally or physically abused? Have you lost someone you love to a tragic accident or even murder? GOD still commands that we must forgive - no matter what the circumstances are. If GOD can send HIS only begotten SON to hang on a cross, being tortured, to forgive us from our sins - then we can most certainly forgive others who have hurt us. JESUS was tortued, betrayed, murdered on the cross - and HE still forgave all the worst murderers and haters - HE said "it is finished" - HE did not say "only certain people" - HE died for ALL of us. WE are no better than GOD - so we do not have the right to hold unforgiveness and bitterness in our hearts?

How do we do that? We do that with fervent prayer. Pray every day for the person who hurt you - pray for GOD to forgive them, and for GOD to help you to forgive them. Over time, it will happen.

Just like everything GOD has blessed us with, we must choose to forgive. No one can make you. GOD will not make you. You have to choose it. First, choose to forgive, then pray for them every day. You do not have to understand what happened. But you DO have to forgive. Do not let bitterness and unforgiveness keep you from the Love of GOD through Christ Jesus. There is Love, Healing, Forgiveness, Peace from GOD waiting for you. Go to HIM. Ask GOd to forgive you for your sins and ask GOD to help you forgive others.


PSALM 130:3-5 (NIV)
3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

MARK 11:24-26 (NIV)
24 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Monday, January 24, 2011

FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT - January 24, 2011

January 24, 2011

Did you know you have a personal counselor? A personal "therapist" so to speak, who doesn't charge for His services? Not to take away from necessary medical attention - because I do believe we should seek professional help when needed - but there is someone else - someone who is always there to listen to us - to listen to us squabble about our problems and help us sort out why we make mistakes and how we can learn from them and grow - this person is the HOLY SPIRIT - or HOLY GHOST - also known as our Counsellor our Teacher and our Comforter.

The Holy Spirit is just as important as the rest of the Holy Trinity - but all are One in the same - I know - gets confusing - and we, as humans, could never fully understand it all - that's where FAITH comes in - the HOLY SPIRIT is inside of you - inside of me - inside of all of those who accept God's gift of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ. The HOLY SPIRIT dwells "in" us - you know that little voice that tells you "maybe you shouldn't do that" or makes you feel a little cautious about things? That comes from the HOLY SPIRIT, who is here to guide us, counsel us, teach us, to be our comforter when we are hurting and also to rejoice with us when we are happy.

Even King David knew in the Old Testament, that the HOLY SPIRIT is very important - without the HOLY SPIRIT of the LIVING GOD, we do not HAVE God. Sure, we all mess up. We all make mistakes. But we have the HOLY SPIRIT of the ONE TRUE GOD to help us learn from our mistakes, and to move on and grow stronger.

So, next time you hear that little voice - listen, stop, pray, ask God to guide you - say, "Hey God, is that You trying to tell me something? I am here to listen, Lord."


PSALM 51:9-11 (NIV)
9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

ACTS 2:38-39
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT - January 19, 2011

January 19, 2011

Be careful what you ask GOD for - because you will get it! All in fun - I asked GOD once for patience - HE gave me three ADHD boys (hee) - I asked GOD for humility - HE made me a mother (that will humble anyone). GOD is not a magic genie to grant our silly material wishes - but HE will answer you when you come to HIM with your true heart and soul - HE knows our every need before we do. HE takes care of all of HIS creation - the mountains, prairies, oceans and wildlife - why would HE not provide for us - HIS blessed children? Of course, HE will! Don't feel guilty for coming to GOD with your prayers and requests - just like any parent - GOD wants us to come to HIM - just be warned, though, sometimes HIS answer is not what you think it might be - but when you put all of your faith and trust in HIM - you can't go wrong!

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Lord, hear my prayer. Wonderful Father of the fatherless - blessed Redeemer and Savior - I come to You today with my whole heart - my soul and everything that is in me - I turn it over to You, Lord - I am Your child, Your humble servant - I turn my eyes to You - and the words of my mouth - may everything I do and say today be a witness for YOU and not of this cruel world. Help me to stay focused on You - and protect me from all evil. AMEN.

PSALM 119:36-38 (NIV)
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared.

JOB 19:25-26 (NIV)
25 I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;

JUDE 1:25 (NIV)
25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Friday, January 14, 2011

FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT - January 14, 2011

January 14, 2011

WOW! When GOD works - HE works! Amen to that! Ever have something work out at the last minute? Ever wonder how things can work out so perfectly at just the right time with just the right circumstances after so much doubt and worry? Well, that's how our GOD works. When you put GOD first in your life - when you make GOD head of your household - you cannot help but see HIS mighty hand at work - especially when hard times hit.

HE knows the right time, the right place, the right people. And, we should never forget to thank HIM and give HIM all the glory and praise for answering our prayers. Sometimes the answer is "no" or "not now" or "later" - but when it is a "yes" - you can bet that GOD will provide in ways that can only be from HIM. What goes around comes around - and when GOD comes around - LOOK OUT for something wonderful - the light at the end of HIS tunnel is HEAVEN!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, LORD, hear my prayer. I can't thank You enough, LORD, for being by my side, for helping me through the tough times that I am facing right now. I am sure there are others in the same situation as myself, or even worse. Today, I lift up all those who are heavy-laden and troubled to You, Lord. I am Your humble servant, and as for me and MY house - I shall forever serve the LORD! Amen.

JOSHUA 24:14-16 (NKJV)
14 “Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,
11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT - January 13, 2011

January 13, 2011

Continuing the focus on the importance of prayer - sometimes, when I have trouble trying to come up with the words to say when I want to pray, I ask the Holy Spirit to help me. Sometimes, I will pray in the Spirit, sing a hymn, hum a tune, play a church song on the piano, read the Bible or just sit quietly and wait for the words. We can all be overwhelmed with problems, get confused, or just not know how to ask for help. Remember that GOD always knows what is in our heart, and if we ask Him to reach down and find the words for us, He will. He will help you and guide you.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, dear Lord, hear my prayer. Wonderful Savior, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, my Deliverer, my Rock and my Fortress against all that is evil, I put all of my faith and trust in You today, my Strength and my Redeemer. Holy Spirit of the Living God, when my words stumble and I cannot speak or utter the words that my heart wants to say, reach down in my soul, and You will find them there. I lift up all prayer requests and petitions up to You today, Lord, and ask You to put a hedge of protection of Holy Angels and me, my family, friends, and all those who read this prayer. In Your Holy Name I pray and give You all the glory, AMEN.

1 CHRONICLES 29:10-11 (NIV)
10 David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

PSALM 86:1-3 (NIV)
1 Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;
3 have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long.

HEBREWS 5:7-10 (NIV)
7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him
10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January 12, 2011 - DAILY PRAYER - DEVOTIONAL

January 12, 2011

PRAY - PRAY - PRAY - PRAYER IS THE KEY TO OPEN THE DOORS OF HEAVEN - OUR COMMUNICATION TO GOD - OUR LIFELINE - THE 9-1-1 TO HEAVEN'S EMERGENCY ROOM! Call on GOD and HE will help you - but just like an emergency room or hospital - if you don't call 9-1-1, no one can help you - if you don't "go" to the hospital or doctor when you have a physical emergency, you can't get the help you need. Now, don't misunderstand, prayer is not the magic word or the genie in the bottle to get your wishes - GOD listens to your prayers - and GOD decides how to answer them - HE knows what's best for you - and HE knows your needs before you do - but, it's that 'free will' thing - HE won't push himself on you - you gotta ask. If a child wants a cookie, he or she goes to mama or daddy and asks. It's just like that. GOD is our Heavenly Father, and HE wants to bless us. HE wants to help us. But we gotta ask.

JESUS made it a point to teach his disciples how to pray what we call "The Lord's Prayer" - it is the all-encompassing "git-r-dun" prayer - when all else fails - when you can't think of the right words - say the Lord's Prayer - I do - almost every day. Sometimes, when I feel distressed, I will go somewhere quiet and say the Lord's Prayer - sometimes several times.

In the New International Version of the Bible, there are 154 instances of the word 'prayer' - and 367 instances of the word 'pray' - including prayer, prayed, etc. All throughout the Bible, you read the importance of praying to GOD, praying for your needs, praying for help, pray - pray - pray. How people prayed to GOD for their needs. The best part of prayer is - it WORKS - our GOD never fails - if HE says that we can come to Him for anything - if we come to Him in prayer and believe what we ask, it shall be given to us - then HE means it - if there's one thing you can remember - one thing to never forget - never forget to pray - that's your key - that's your stronghold to GOD. Communication is the key, folks, and since the beginning, GOD established prayer. Why prayer? Why not something else? To repeat myself, because it WORKS. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! That's what my gramma used to say - and she was right. Well, GOD ain't broke and prayer works - USE IT! AMEN TO THAT!

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, LORD, Hear my prayer. Thank you, Lord, for giving us prayer to communicate with You and bring our petitions to You. I give You all the glory forever and ever! Wonderful Jesus, You are the One I will call upon for my every need. You are the One that I will go to when I am sick, hurt, sad, or burdened. You are also the One I will come to to give thanks and praise for all the blessings that You have given me. Keep me focused on You, Lord, and keep them prayer lines open! HALLELUJAH! AMEN!

PSALM 66:18-20
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!

PSALM 86:5-7
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.

6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a] but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

16 Rejoice always,
17 pray continually,
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

January 11, 2011 - DAILY PRAYER - DEVOTIONAL

January 11, 2011

God has put on my heart to focus on "prayer" - especially with so many people having needs, trials and tribulations. I, myself, am going through some tough times - but one thing that the devil CANNOT do - and that is, he CANNOT take my soul - we have to give it to him - and I am not going to do that - just like JOB, we shall all have troubles - but when we turn to GOD, we become the victor because GOD ALWAYS WINS! AMEN! HALLELUJAH! THANK YOU JESUS! PRAISE BE TO THE ONE TRUE GOD WHO LIVES AND REIGNS FOREVER AND EVER!

Lift everything up to God in prayer!

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, dear LORD, hear my prayer. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me from my sins. I humbly ask You to put a hedge of protection of Holy Angels around me, my family and my friends, and all those who read this prayer. I lift up all needs to You, Lord, for all who are hurting, lost, feel abandoned, in pain, for all that is known and unknown. Your boundless mercy and love is enough to save the whole world, and I put my complete trust and faith in You. Today, I am yours, Your humble servant, Lord. Fill me with Your presence and keep me away from all that is evil. AMEN.

PSALM 28:1-2
1 To you, LORD, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God.

Monday, January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011 - DAILY PRAYER - DEVOTIONAL

January 10, 2011

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, LORD, hear my prayer. Precious Savior, my wonderful Lord and my God, I love You with all that I am. You know the depths of my being. You know all of my needs and I trust in You that You will provide for me and my family. I thank You for Your eternal mercy and grace. I love You with all of my heart and soul. Please keep me focused on You today, Lord, and not the things of this world. Keep my mind on Your commands and Your Holy Word. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, my strength and my redeemer. AMEN.

PSALM 51:10-12 (NIV)
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

MATTHEW 28:18-20 (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


January 9, 2011

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, precious Lord, hear my prayer. Thank You, my Heavenly Father, for Your wonderful blessings. Thank You for Your mighty works. Thank You for all that You have made and for making me, Your child. Thank You for providing a way for all of Your children to live in eternity with You forever through Jesus Christ, Your only begotten Son. Today I lift up my family, friends, and all those who read this - that You will answer all of our prayers, and put a hedge of protection of Holy Angels around all of us. For those who are hurting, give them comfort, Lord. For all those who are lost and feel alone, fill them with your undying Love. For all those who are suffering in ways that only You can understand, heal them Lord and give them Peace. In JESUS' HOLY NAME I PRAY. AMEN.

JOB 30:15-17 (NIV)
15 Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.
16 “And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.
17 Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.

PSALM 119:49-50 (NIV)
49 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

ROMANS 5:2-4 (NIV)
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[a] boast in the hope of the glory of God.
3 Not only so, but we[b] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


January 8, 2011

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, dear Lord, hear my prayer.

My precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank you for this beautiful day, I give you all the praise and glory for all that YOU have made.  Today is the first day of the rest of my life.  Today is one day closer to eternity with You in Heaven.  Today is precious and worth living, because I have YOU with me and beside me every step of the way.  I ask YOU to put a hedge of protection of Holy Angels around my friends and family and all those who read this prayer, Lord, and I lift up all of their prayers and petitions up to YOU to the realms of Heaven, and I put all of my Faith and Trust in YOU, my rock and my salvation.  AMEN.  

PSALM 17:5-7 (NIV)
5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.
6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.

MARK 11:24(NIV)
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.


January 7, 2011

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, dear Lord, hear my prayer.

My precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank you for this beautiful day, I give you all the praise and glory for all that YOU have made.  Thank You for providing for all of my needs today.  I have a place to live, a warm bed to sleep in, food to eat, clothes on my back, and a good job.  That's more than most people have in this world.  Help me to be selfless and humble before You - remembering that there is always someone less fortuntate than I am, and someone who needs more than I do.  Give me a generous and compassionate heart and the desire to do something nice for someone else.  AMEN.  

PSALM 25:8-10 (NIV)8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. 10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.


2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

January 6, 2011 - Daily Prayer - Devotional

January 6, 2011

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, dear Lord, hear my prayer.
My precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank you for this beautiful day, I give you all the praise and glory for all that YOU have made.  From the beautiful snow on the mountains to the vast array of colors in the sunrise this morning, it is all good and I am truly blessed.  Help me to stay focused on YOU today and not the troubles of this world.  Fill me with joy and peace and thankfulness - not of the things that men have made, but instead, for the quietness of the forest, the tranquility of the flowing rivers, the artistic canvas of the sunrise and sunset, and the precious life in all of your creation - I also thank You from the depths of my soul for all that You have provided for me and for all that You continue to provide for me every day of my life.  Even more, I am truly thankful for the salvation that You have freely given, so that I may dwell in Heaven with You forever.  AMEN.

6 You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

January 5, 2011 - Daily Prayer - Devotional

January 5, 2011

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, dear Lord, hear my prayer.

My precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank you for this beautiful day, I give you all the praise and glory for all that YOU have made.  Thank you for your endless blessings and boundless mercy.  As I walk through this day, be it good or bad, please walk beside me, guide me, and send your Holy Angels to protect me and my family from all evil.  Carry me when I am weak.  Today, I offer myself as a living sacrifice for You, Lord.  Help me to be strong in my Faith, forgiving in my heart towards all who come against me, and give me diligent hands to work for You, my rock and my salvation, in whom in Trust.  AMEN.

PSALM 18:1-3 (NIV)
1 I love you, LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

ROMANS 12:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


January 4, 2011

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, dear Lord, hear my prayer.

My precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank you for this beautiful day, I give you all the praise and glory for all that YOU have made.  Thank you for the gift of Life - the blessings You have given me - my children and family and friends - my home and for providing all of my needs.  Today, I hand everything over to You to handle.  I know You can do a much better job than me.  Help me to let go of the past and move on to the future.  In Your Holy Name I pray, AMEN.

PSALM 9:9-11 (NIV)
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.
5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.


January 3, 2011

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, dear Lord, hear my prayer.My precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank you for this beautiful day, I give you all the praise and glory for all that YOU have made.  The mountains, the trees, the beautiful sunrise and sunset, keep my heart and mind focused on You and Your precious love - not the evils of this world.  I ask you to put a hedge of protection of holy angels around my family and friends, and keep us safe from harm.  I lift up all prayer requests to you, known and unknown, and humbly ask for your blessings upon us this day.  In Your Holy Name I pray, AMEN.

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.


January 2, 2011


In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, dear Lord, hear my prayer.

My precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank You for this day, so that I may see Your glory in the beautiful sunrise and sunset - thank You for this Life that You have blessed me with - through the ups and downs - the good and the bad - the deaths and the devastations - You are with me, my strength and my redeemer.  Thank You for my children and my family.  Thank you for providing for all of my needs.  Thank You for delivering me from all evil.

My soul belongs to You - above all, thank You for saving me from my sins, so that I may dwell in Your presence in eternity forever and ever.  AMEN.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

1 PETER 1:3-5
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,
5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.


January 1, 2011


In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, dear Lord, hear my prayer.

My precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as I start this New Year, help me to stay focused on You.  Help me to stay true to Your Word and true to the calling You have given me.  Give me the strength to do Your Will in my life and not my own.  Give me the wisdom to discern the spirits, from right and wrong.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and keep my eyes focused on You today and every day.  In Your Holy Name, I pray.  AMEN.

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools[c] despise wisdom and instruction.

JOHN 1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.