April 11, 2020 · 10:01 am
For your Maker is your husband,
the Lord of hosts is his name;
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the Lord has called you
like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off,
says your God.
For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing wrath for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
says the Lord, your Redeemer.
This is like the days of Noah to me:
Just as I swore that the waters of Noah
would never again go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
and will not rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
I am about to set your stones in antimony,
and lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
your gates of jewels,
and all your wall of precious stones.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
and great shall be the prosperity of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Question- Do I believe that Jesus truly set all things right?
Prayer – Lord, give me the faith and confidence to believe that you can and will set all things right. Amen
“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”
—- Marianne Williamson
April 10, 2020 · 12:28 pm
See, my servant shall prosper;
he shall be exalted and lifted up,
and shall be very high.
Just as there were many who were astonished at him
—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of mortals—
so he shall startle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which had not been told them they shall see,
and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.
Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by others;
a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him of no account.
Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people.
They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
Question- Do you live in His everlasting love?
Prayer- LORD, you have given all to me. I have nothing to offer but thanks and obedience. I pledge this day to give my all to you. Amen.
April 9, 2020 · 10:05 am
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Question- How can I practice the things that God has taught me today?
Prayer- LORD, help me to see the many things that I have learn through reading your word, worshiping you and sharing with other believers. Stir my heart and soul and make this day a day of discovery. May I see the many things that I have missed in past days and put them into practice today. Amen.
April 8, 2020 · 11:41 am
My child, if you accept my words
and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
if you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
and search for it as for hidden treasures—
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
Question – Are you crying out to God for wisdom?
Prayer- LORD, my prayer today is a visceral cry for your wisdom and insight. My faculties fail me and my wisdom is lacking, but you offer to me what I can never achieve alone. Fill me with the insight and wisdom that is necessary to move forward in this difficult and trying time. Amen
April 7, 2020 · 9:57 am
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Question- Will you depend upon the might of God to overcome your anxiety?
Prayer- LORD, we live in a world that is wrought with justifiable anxiety at this stressful and perilous time. I will look to you, the mighty one, to carry me through this day. Guide me through the troubles of this day and protect me from the challenges to come. Help me to focus using your eyes as my eyes and your love as my comfort. Amen
April 6, 2020 · 11:20 am
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Question – When was the last time that you paused long enough to say “thanks” to God?
Prayer- LORD,I know that you created me with love and care, and you have plans for me that are beyond what I can imagine. You loved me when you knew all my secrets and shortcomings. Your love sustains me when I fail and lifts me when I fall. Thank you ,Lord, for being with me at all times. Amen
April 3, 2020 · 9:18 am
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Question- What ways must I surrender to God’s path today?
Prayer- LORD, I trust you with all that I am and lean to you for the wisdom needed to carry me through this day. It is sometimes difficult to just let go and allow you to lead the way. My goal today is to allow you to ease my burden and carry my load for I am exhausted. Amen
April 2, 2020 · 11:50 am
On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
and your right hand delivers me.
—–Psalm 138: 1-2&7
Question– Am I calling on God today?
Prayer – LORD, I call upon you on this day as I dwell in the midst of trouble. There is no adversity that you cannot over come. There is no trouble you cannot remedy. Please be with me this day as I seek the path you have set for my deliverance. Amen.
April 1, 2020 · 9:36 am
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
—2 Chronicles 7:14
Question- How will you humble yourself today?
Prayer- LORD, you are teaching some new definitions of humility during this crisis that we are facing. Give me the courage to put myself aside and live for the greater good. I know that you will heal us in time and I acknowledge my helplessness as I wait and pray for that time to come. Amen.
March 31, 2020 · 1:16 pm
Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.’
Question- How will I express my boldness in the Lord today?
Prayer- LORD, let me discover the boldness that you have planted in me. Make my heart and mind aware that you are the source of my strength and courage. Let me behave with the confidence that flows from that knowledge. Amen.