Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
Henry David Thoreau in Walden (1854)
The Lord appeared to Abraham at the oaks of Mamre while he sat at the entrance of his tent in the day’s heat. He looked up and suddenly saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them, he ran from his tent entrance to greet them and bowed deeply.
One of my favorite things about our house is the front porch. I love sitting outside on a warm night with something cold to drink, reading a book, and watching the neighbors walk by. Often, when someone walks by with their kids or their dog, we exchange a wave and sometimes a conversation is sparked. That’s easy with my neighbors, but I have to admit, if three men I didn’t know walked up my street I might say hello. But I’m for sure not inviting them to stay and eat my best food.
Stories like these make me think of just how opposite our culture has become. If most of us saw three men walking outside our home, we might offer them a wave and a hello and then continue about our own business, or we might go inside and lock the door.
Whom do you need to extend a radical welcome to? Are you paying close enough attention to see those opportunities?
God, help me to see opportunities to welcome others. Help me to see all humans as my neighbors. Amen.
You Go now.
Move from a place of hiding.
Seek kindness and there you will find the face of God in every person you meet.
“O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. - New Living Translation
Hello most precious one. You are getting close to the weekend. I hope you have relaxing plans. I was just scrolling on my computer and a phase popped up. "Faith comes before miracles." It really made me stop and go back to read it again. "Faith comes before miracles." Yep, I read it right. How often do we pray for a miracles to happen in our life.... a loved one who is sick, a child leaving home, a marriage that is rocky. What made me stop and think was that faith comes before a miracle. God says that He is always with us. He tells us we just need to ask in His name, in faith, and it shall be given unto me. That thought also made me stop and think. Do I expect God to answer everything I ask with a yes? Or does He ask me to show faith in Him, to trust that He knows best? A teacher in a class I once took told us that all reason and science go out the window when faith is introduced. He said that science and reason can be proven over and over again. Someone in the room said, but He answers my prayers over and over again. "So prove He exists!" The response was "prove that He doesn't." Faith is believing in someone or something, even when it seems inconceivable that my request can be answered. And remember, sometimes the answer is "no." My prayer for you is that you go to God with faith....the sure assurance that He is with you and has your best interest in His heart...and that you then look for the miracles. Miracles might be missed if you aren't staying conscious of the joy of living your life. May God shine on you and give you His peace. And may He always listen even when I can't talk. Love and hugs!
Good morning precious child of God! I trust your day is treating you kindly. Have you ever woke up before your alarm went off and instead of getting out of bed you just lay there thinking of all the things you have to do today. Well, it was one of those moments for me. I was going through the day in my head and hoping that everyone will feel special. You see, I'm taking four grandkids who have birthdays in the month of June and first part of July. I am taking Zak with me so there is another grown up person for the four birthdays. It is a day I look forward to each year...when we celebrate all our anniversaries and all the birthdays plus fathers and Mother's Day. As I laid there going through the logistics of picking them all up, I started talking with God. "Am I nuts for doing this? Can I handle the noise and excitement these kids feel?" God always answers with "peace child, peace." And I go on to the next set of questions. This is probably the best time for a talk with me and my Father because I am still relaxed and ready to listen. My prayer for you today is to look at yourself. When is your time with God? When do you talk together and are you ready and willing to listen? Do you hear God's voice or is there only silence? Do you hear God's voice or do you get a feeling about something and trust that that is God's answer to you? I haven't always heard His voice the way I do now. That took lots of time and lots of learning to be still enough to listen. May you always feel His peace around you and may you rest in the arms of our Father. Love and hugs!
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.
Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
[ Psalm 23 ] [ A psalm of David. ] The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!