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August 4, 2014, 5:39 AM

AUG. 4-21: ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE SOUL

Greetings, Beloved--

God is alive! God is at work in every situation--restoring, redeeming, rebuilding, and recovering lives. May you experience the fullness of God's loving presence as you journey throughout this day. The world groans for the healing of God as evidenced through people; and, God has created us for such a time as this! What is God calling you to do today? Let us begin with a word of thanksgiving and prayer.

God, we thank You for the gift of Your presence. We thank You for this day that you have created and for every opportunity to be Your light and salt in it. We live in Your world and we care about all people. So, today we especially uplift in prayer....

  • All who mourn [comfort Your people, O God].
  • All affected by the Ebola Virus (claiming the lives of hundreds of persons to date).
  • Our sisters and brothers in regions of unrest and war (those in the Ukraine and Russia, Israel and Palestine).
  • Our sisters and brothers in India and around the world who are struggling to progress women's rights.
  • All living in regions affected by flooding and natural disasters.
  • Those seeking employment, equitable opportunities, affordable housing, clothing, nourishment and health care.
  • All who are struggling to hold onto hope.
  • All who no longer believe in God. [Reveal Yourself, God.]
  • All who choose not to love all people. [Remind us of Your merciful Love.]
  • All who continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and tear down strongholds! [Strengthen them, Lord.]
  • All who are share words of hope and restoration in regions of great need [We give you thanks for them, Holy One.]
  • All who travel to bring aid to those in crisis [Meet them at the point of their need, O Lord].
  • All who are generous with their time, talents, gifts, and treasures (Everything belongs to You, O Lord--thank You for shining through people).

God, we love You and we trust You with every person and every matter. You are the only Wise God our Saviour. You are all powerful. Nothing is too hard for You. Speak directly to us. Guide us every step of the way. Be bold in us as we continue to do all that you ask of us. Let Thy will be done, O Lord for You are good and your mercies endure forever. We thank you for uplifting our souls. Our hope is in You, O God. We TRUST in YOU! Thank You for working Your wonders in our midst. May we live to honor You! Glory to God, Amen.




July 28, 2014, 8:00 PM

JUL 25-AUG. 3: YOU ARE GOD'S DESIGN

Greetings, Beloved--

May this blog post find you well. Today is a gift. Tomorrow is our hope. The past is over. Live your best life now reminding yourself that with  God all things are possible. As you face the challenges of today, confront them with the fullest expression of God at work in you. Believe in yourself and God with you. You are a magnificent work of art. Continue to follow the will of God--love God, self and neighbor. Continue to comfort those who are mourning, advocate for those who are most vulnerable, to care for the widow and the widower and to care for those who are strangers in this foreign land. Inhale this moment in time. Exhale every pain. May God's grace continue to lead and guide you in all righteous paths. God is our healer. God is our strength. Thanks be to God.

Let us pray,

God, we love and adore You. We thank You for the gift of this day and for the gift of Your presence. Continue to comfort those who are mourning and to be near to those with broken hearts. You are the Most High God our Savior and we live to worship You. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.




July 24, 2014, 2:40 PM

JUL. 24: BREAK EVERY CHAIN, EMBRACING YOUR TRUEST SELF, DAY 18

Beloved--

This day is a gift. We are here. We are alive. We are a forgiven and reconciled people. God makes all things new. What is new in you? What is new around you? In what ways can you welcome "the truest expression" of ...you. Let's take a look at ourselves together. Who are you? Are you able to accept and love the you that God loves?

All week, I have been challenged to take a look at who I am and who I am hoping to meet and engage. I have learned from some wonderful professors about diversity, narrative, speech, voice and most of all God and God's love for all people. I have had my hand beautifully painted with henna, seen my name on a billboard in NYC times square, and made new friends. I have hopefully deepened some relationships. I have prayed with my husband and shared most of these stories. But most of all, I have come to embrace the truest sense of myself. I want to be a person in line with God's hopes. What about you?

Let us pray,

Thank you, Lord. We love you. Transform us so that we may be more like You. Let Thy will be done. Amen.




July 23, 2014, 4:41 PM

JUL. 23: BREAK EVERY CHAIN, LEARNING TO LET GO- DAY 17

Dear One,

This day is a gift. I've learned so much today. I've learned that it is important to spend time with friends, that it is important to confess my vulnerabilities, that every person has a valid opinion, that my own thoughts are not the only ones, and that I can change if I choose to change. I knew these things; but, I learned them today.What about you?  I so desire to be the best me that I can be. I want to love my friends and family to the best of my ability in this day. So, I must say this, "forgive me, if I have not loved you well." God is love. God is loving. God is kind. God is gracious. I want to be more like God. This is my prayer, Amen.




July 22, 2014, 6:20 AM

JUL 22: BREAK EVERY CHAIN, DAY 16

Greetings, Beloved--

Every action begins with a thought and decision to accept and enact a belief. What or who is shaping your thought-life today? At the end of the day, it's ultimately you. You have the power to speak to yourself and to participate in the development and formation of your being. You have the powerful ability to receive information and to reinterpret it for the ultimate expression of God's glory. You can be imprisoned physically and still be mentally free. Yes?! You can be in a region of political unrest, war and famine; and yet, still be fully able to thrive and grow and help others to do the same. God's light in you is powerful. I woke up today reminded of God's light. This light is able to pierce every form of darkness. I woke up determined to think and enact words of love and affirmation--to share good news, to be a higher expression of God's love at work in the world. I want to share more for God and to encourage more people to find complete wholeness in God. God is with you. Continue to trust God and to continually shape your thoughts to do whatever the Lord says. May God's Word forever live in you.

Let us pray,

God, You are good and Your love is amazing. Continue to shine your light in every dark place and to redirect our thoughts to the beauty of Your amazing power at work in us and in the world. You have not left us to our own devices. Cleanse us and cause us to be more like you. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.


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