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.
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.
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.
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.
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:13
May this blogpost find you well! Over the last few days, God has been urging me to pray more for and with others and I have found that prayer increases our strength. Whenever we communicate with God, God communicates with us and the insight that God shares on every matter imaginable is priceless.
We are spirit beings having human experiences. We are flesh with divinity donated. We have been created by a force and power far greater than any human attribution alone. So today especially, please take time to talk with and listen to God. We need divine intelligence to resolve conflicts around the world and in our own communities. We need divine wisdom as we seek to respond to the cries of those in need. We need spiritual sensitivity as we respond to the cries of God's people around us. To whom is God sending you today? May God give you all that you need to complete your assignment. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Break every chain!
Let us pray,
God, you are good and Your mercies endure forever. Engage us and tell us Your desires. We live to worship You. Heal, save and deliver all who call upon Your Name and or need Your help this day. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.