It is the beginning of a new week and I want to take time at the start of the week to be grateful for all your promises keep. I know life can be hard. Life can be filled with disappointment and pain. The pain is almost to grueling to breathe. Sometimes my enemies stand over me and laugh. No matter what my situation God You know where I am. You Lord know my needs and aware of my shortcomings. Whatever I am going through I know can trust you. King David as he was being pursued by his enemies wrote in Psalm 54:
God! Save me by your name;
defend me by your might!
2 God! Hear my prayer;
listen to the words of my mouth!
The proud have come up against me;
violent people want me dead.
They pay no attention to God. Selah
4 But look here: God is my helper;
my Lord sustains my life.
5 He will bring disaster on my opponents.
By your faithfulness, God, destroy them!
6 I will sacrifice to you freely;
I will give thanks to your name, Lord,
because it’s so good,
7 and because God has delivered me
from every distress.
My eyes have seen my enemies’ defeat.
Lord help me let go of all things beyond my control and to be honest most things are beyond my control. Let me awake each day with a heart filled with gratitude, for the promise you kept in sending Jesus Christ as my Lord and My Savior. In His Name pray. Amen.
On this Monday the week of Thanksgiving, my heart and mind turn to countless blessings you have given me. Sadly, because of the busyness of life, and the sheer volume of all the things you have blessed me with I lose sight of how blessed I am. It is far too easy to be like the ungrateful nine lepers who once healed go about their lives as though they deserved Jesus grace. Help me keep the posture of the foreigner who once He experienced grace could not stop thank You for Your compassionate heart. Gracious God, I give you thanks for your overflowing generosity. Your abundant blessing of food, my home, and beloved family and caring friends, those who have been with me through the difficulties of this crazy season in my life. Thank you for good health, Kingdom impactful work and play. Lord be with those this season who are not so fortunate, those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open my hearts to show Your love to them, and give me the opportunity to make a positive difference in their lives. All this I ask in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
It is Monday again, and the word on my heart is Trust. The events of the last week can be faith-shaking. Amid the storms Lord, you remind me you are there. I find such comfort in the words of Psalm 46. “God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. 2 That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, 3when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.” There are moments in life when nothing seems to be going my way. When enemies encamp against me, Satan attacks at the most opportune times, and uncertainty about the future runs my anxiety to record levels. Yet through all of that God, you are my Rock. You remind me that You are still seated on the throne and even when people or situations intend to do me harm you still have me in the palm of your Almighty hand. And what a mighty hand it is. “5God is in that city. It will never crumble. God will help it when morning dawns. 6Nations roar; kingdoms crumble. God utters his voice; the earth melts.” Psalm 46. In the Awesome name of my Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
When evildoers strike it can be a faith-shaking experience. Jeremiah reminds us in 10:12 “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.”
God is Almighty. He is not powerless. The Evil One attempts in the middle of tragedy to paint God as a helpless old man sitting in His rocking chair watching all the events unfold around Him powerless to intervene. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every time evil strikes you hear how it could have been worse and we chalk this protection up to luck instead of God. When catastrophe comes notice that there are always heroes. God, we thank you for the heroes who put their lives on the line to prevent further harm. We will not be moved, Satan you will not cause us to doubt the power of the Almighty. Lord bring comfort where there is pain. Bring healing where there are those recovering from injuries. And bring reconciliation where there is division. In the Name our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dear Lord God,
As I start the journey of this new week, I come humbling seeking your path. I know that Just being with you on my life’s journey is all I need. I am reminded of the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 119:10 “ With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!” In times of seeking clarity, it is so easy to drift away for you Lord because the answers don’t come at my pace, they come in your perfect timing. So, as you teach me patience, calm my mind prone to wander. Help me seek only after You and not rely on my feeble, imperfect solutions. I am well aware that I will not figure out on my destiny or Your Divine will on my own. With all my inner being I’m leaning heavily on You. I seek only after You while laying all the anxieties and fears I feel inside at the feet of your throne. Lord allow me to release them all to You. In the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen
As the weather turns cooler, let my heart not follow suit. You are an Awesome God who has never held back your blessings from me. Why do I hold back from you? You spared nothing, threw caution to the wind in giving the world your very best, in Your One and Only Unique Son Jesus Christ. What an indescribable gift? And You are not done. Through Jesus you freely and continually give. You offer me endless joy, an eternal home, and paradise restored for all eternity. Dear gracious Father give me a generous heart. As the Psalmist reminds us,
“Those who lend generously are good people—
as are those who conduct their affairs with justice.
6 Yes, these sorts of people will never be shaken;
the righteous will be remembered forever!”– Psalm 112
May I model Your heart of generosity this week. In Jesus Name. Amen.
As I begin another week in your grace, I stand in awe of Your majesty. Dear Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for forgiving me. And for giving my life value. The words of the writer of Hebrews speaks of my place in creation. “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? 7 You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor 8 and put everything under their feet. Hebrews 2:6-8
I am so humbled by the fact you find me worthy to pursue. I stand in astonishment by the depth of the love You have for me. Father you held nothing back to redeem me, not even Your one and only precious Son, my, and Savior Jesus Christ. Lord help me this week to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. May Your Holy Spirit transform my mind and help me follow Your example. In Jesus’ name, Amen
As I begin this new week full of hope and full of pitfalls. One consistent issue looms large, the need for patience. James reminds me of this as he draws his letter to a close. 7Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:7-8. In our relationship, God, you have been teaching me patience. But not just any kind of patience but a deep, extended faith-building unflappable waiting. In Psalm 27 you ask me to “wait on the Lord”. Waiting on you Lord takes more faith than to deal with everyday life situations. Give me the strength to just walk quietly in you, Lord. I know by waiting I will find the path you have laid out for me. Help me put things beyond my control at your feet and walk away and leave them there. Patience is the supernatural fruit of the Holy Spirit. Dear Lord give me the grace to accept the things I cannot control and trust your plans. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
As this new week begins, I begin with a confession. I have a “MeFirst” issue in my life. Like the disciples who argued on the road, I too ask the question how can I be first in the kingdom of God. I want my faith, my church, my life to put me first. I know I am not alone in this desire. James chapter four points out a MeFirst epidemic in the church. “What is the source of conflict among you? What is the source of your disputes? Don’t they come from your cravings that are at war in your own lives? 2 You long for something you don’t have, so you commit murder. You are jealous for something you can’t get, so you struggle and fight. You don’t have because you don’t ask.” The desire to put myself first not only causes divisions in every area of my life, but it causes a divided church, a divided mission, a divided gospel. Lord, you promise and showed me a pathway way back to you when my selfish desires have taken me off the right path. “7 Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. 8 Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Cry out in sorrow, mourn, and weep! Let your laughter become mourning and your joy become sadness. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4. Thank you, Lord, for the grace and forgiveness you show me daily. Help me seek you first, to put you above all else. In the Name of my Risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
As this new week begins it gives me a chance to reconnect with you. The busyness of life makes it easy to take faith for granted. To allow my devotional life to be put on the back burner, to exchange worship with other believers to worship at St. Mattress. You remind me through your servant Paul that you do not wain, even when my faith and dedication become complacent. “the Jews were trusted with God’s revelations. What does it matter, then, if some weren’t faithful? Their lack of faith won’t cancel God’s faithfulness, will it? Absolutely not! God must be true, even if every human being is a liar,” Romans 3. Your grace Lord is not dependent on my worthiness. Your faithfulness does not depend on the greatness or smallness, the weakness or strength of my faith. Dear God, you made my salvation depends solely on Christ’s merit. The distressed father with a young boy possessed by a demon in Mark 9 discovered, you are gracious, forgiving God. Savior help me keep my eyes focused on the cross of Christ, where my strength is grounded. In the name and might of Jesus, my Savior. Amen.
It is Monday, the start of a new week and new opportunities to serve you and bless others around me. Help me inspire all those who lead and serve in this church. To encourage, the people in the pew and my family and friends. Give me the heart to be understanding and forgiving of all those I encounter. Teach me how to better serve you, my heavenly Father, to carry out my calling as a husband, father, and your calling on my life. Show me how to offer love, care and support those I sometimes overlook because I am too hurried. And Lord guide all those who are called to lead, to protect and be an advocate for peace in the world, may they carry your love with them always. Lord in your mercy and in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen
It is Monday, it is Labor Day. A day to stop and give thanks for the gift of our work, our vocations, our calling to serve. You put our work into perspective when you said through Paul in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people.”
Today, Lord I give thanks for your call on my life to serve the church as a minister of the gospel. Reflecting on how I got here I give thanks also for the other vocations that have planned an important role in my formation. I give thanks to my parents and grandparents for their faithful witness. What an awesome set of teachers you put into my path. People who instilled in me a love for learning, creativity, and writing. Praying for those who keep me safe, the military who fight for my freedom, and my son who is just beginning his journey as a solder. For those stateside who protect and serve, policeman, firefighters, paramedics. Lifting up those who work to produce things I need to survive, farmers, truck drivers, factory workers. And those who serve us with little notice and recognition, janitors, servers, waiter and waitresses, cooks and so many others. And for all the medical workers—doctors, nurses, mental health workers, aides, etc. who serve us long hours and with compassion, acting as the hands of God to bring healing. Today is we remember that every person who works in and outside the home, God recognizes our efforts, let our service be an act of worship. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
It is Monday and the tradition of work and school routines are back in full swing. Jesus, you warned us Mark 7 to be careful of traditions that lead us away from you. The Pharisees were critical of you for not practicing the hand washing ritual, but that washing ritual had nothing to do with hygiene; it was purely ceremonial to get rid of whatever defilement the Jews accidentally picked up from the Gentiles or Samaritans. I know Lord that there are people in my life I have excluded and washout of my life. People who need more grace not judgment and scorn. And there are traditions, rituals, and habits that lead me away from your grace. Savior help me take the heart the works of Paul in Colossians 2:6-8 “So live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him. Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught. See to it that nobody enslaves you with philosophy and foolish deception, which conform to human traditions and the way the world thinks and acts rather than Christ.” In your grace Lord keep me heading on a path that leads always to your grace, mercy and the abundant life you have won for me on Calvary’s cross. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
It’s Monday and I return the grind of making a living to buy bread that does not satisfy. In John 6, Jesus you offered the crowd a life that has meaning, a life dedicated to sharing the message of hope to an unconnected and disengaged world. Many in that crowd fit that description, sheep without a shepherd. There are far too many times I feel disconnected, disengaged, and distant from you. Yet, you graciously have this open invitation to come and eat and drink of the Son of Man. There is a hunger deep inside me that goes beyond my hunger for normal bread. I have a universal longing for communion with God. It is a longing you put there God. Help me remain connected to my Savior because only Jesus will provide was is lacking and help my soul find what it seeks, the Bread of Life which is satisfying and free. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.
As I begin this new week help me be what you have called, chosen and set me apart to be, a witness to the light. I am reminded of the words of Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Those words echo your words given to us through the apostles Paul, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth and find out what pleases the Lord. – Eph 5:8-10 I am so blessed you have called me out of darkness Lord, give me the strength to live a life worthy of my calling. In the gracious name of Jesus Christ, Amen
It is Monday and I want to begin my week in the comfort of your love. You know Lord that when life is influx it causes my spirit anxiety. The Psalmists reminds me, “Whenever I feel my foot slipping, your faithful love steadies me, Lord. When my anxieties multiply, your comforting clams me down.” Ps 94:18-19. Teach me, Lord, to live one day at a time. To learn to enjoy every moment I get to live in your grace. I know hardship and trials will come, buy lead me through those moments deeper into your grace, mercy, and peace. Jesus, you took on the effects of this sinful world and you lifted the veil of darkness off of death, and gave me the victory through your death and rising again to life. Remind me to trust in my Savior who will make all things right. Bring me joy this week and help me pass that joy on to those you put in my path. I pray this in the precious name of Jesus my Lord and my Savior. Amen
As I rejoice that you have allowed me to see the beginning of a new week. I am reminded of your words, your directive, your purpose for my life in Matthew 5 “You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” Lord send people into my path this week I can be a blessing to, or encouragement, may the words of my mouth, the witness of my life, and the influence of my deeds show others your holiness and grace and lead them to acknowledge your majesty and might and give glory to Your name. You sent people to do that in my life, let me pass that light on to others. In the mighty name of Jesus, my Lord and My Savior, Amen.
You have brought me to the beginning of a new week. I should be refreshed and raring to go but to be honest Lord I am tired, I am weary, and I am exhausted. Here is my moment of transparency, my time of confession Lord. I get my priorities mixed up more times than I care to admit. I work too hard and play too little. I major in the minors. Make mountains out of molehills. Worship at the altar of success and accomplishment. My number one strength is competition. Losing is not an option. I fail to place God first. My prayer life is sporadic. I talk more to you God than listen. I am Self-centered, me-focused, anxiety-ridden, completely and totally out of line with God’s desire for my life more often than I want to admit. I am a sinner in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. Yet, despite my miserable condition Jesus you still love me. You still shepherd me. You offer me the same invitation you did to the disciples in Mark 6, “Let’s go to a place where we can be alone to rest for a while.” In this place of solitude, you offer me time alone with You to refresh my soul, to recharge my physical body so I can be the effective servant you called me to be. Help me Lord, find balance in my life, forgive me when my selfish goals have taken me outside your will. Let me start this week refreshed and ready to serve my Lord and Savior. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
It’s Monday and as the summer fades into fall and many young people turn their thoughts to school, it reminds me of how dangerous labels can be. We all face labels, whether people see you as white and privileged, black and dangerous, Latino who some claim are illegals and taking our jobs, or Millennials that they label as entitled and self-centered. None of those labels define who we are, who we were created to be. If we stripped away all the factors that would identify us, our race, heritage, location, GPA at our very core who are we? Apart from Christ, we are sinners in need of a Savior. The world and Satan designed labels to limit what God has planned in advance for us to accomplish. Lord, help us not to let the world define others nor accept those definitions for ourselves. You have called us, your masterpiece. God, you have said we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”Peter reminds us we belong to something bigger than ourselves. We belong to something with an eternal significance, our lives matter. “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession.” You have set us apart for a divine purpose to “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”1 Peter 2:9 Dear Jesus help us live as children of the light and shine brightly in the darkness. In the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen
As the dawn of a new week rises, I pray today for all pastors and leaders of the church. I am reminded of the conversation our Lord had with James and John when they asked for a place of glory at Your right and left side. You replied, “You will drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left hand isn’t mine to give. It belongs to those for whom my Father prepared it.” While they sought glory, you promised them a baptism of persecution. Put a hedge around your servants Lord to protect them from the Evil One. Surround them with faithful members who will lift them up in prayer. Raise up for yourself praying churches, because as the believers in Acts 12, remind us, there is power in prayer. Never underestimate the power of a praying church to defeat the plans of the Devil. Direct our prayers to hold up and strengthen our leaders. We pray for the clarity of the mission. Lord give us the heart to engage with those disinterested in Your grace. May your church threaten the strongholds of the Evil one, as the victory has already been won through Jesus death and resurrection. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, who has done immeasurably more than we could ever imagine. Amen.
As this new week begins, I am seeking your clear direction for my life. You know Lord that patience is not my natural virtue. I don’t like the unknown. Uncertainty is like fingers on a chalkboard. This new week I find comfort in the words of the Psalmist who so beautifully pinned these soul-enriching words, “3 Lord, in the morning you hear my voice. In the morning I lay it all out before you. Then I wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3 I lay before you Lord all the things in life that cause my soul distress. All those things that create an unsettled and troubled mind. I know that everything will be according to your divine plan, help me Lord lay it all before you and learn to walk away. Whether I can see your plan clearly or not, I know it will be alright. Give me the patience to wait confidently for your will to be revealed. Allow me to remain in the arms of my Savior peacefully and to wait expectantly for you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
It’s Monday and going back to the grind of daily life can be hard. Sunday afforded us an opportunity to reconnect with you and be fed and nourished by you. Now, Monday brings the dance of another week all over again it is the beginning of a work adventure, possibly new challenges, new adventures, or new opportunities. This is a week filled with potential and potholes. So, I pray you would help us to embrace this day and trust in you this day.
Let it be a new day and a beautiful day. Help us to see beyond the clouds and embrace the sunrise. Let us not focus on the rain but the ripples of your grace in the oceans. Create in us a passion for embracing those you created and value them as you do as ones loved by the Almighty. Help us not focus on the tensions and troubles in our lives, but live ours with a spirit of gratitude. Monday need not be the grudge day to be endured but the fun day to be embraced. May this indeed be a happy Monday. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (CEB)
It’s Monday again. This is the beginning of a new week. Spring is in the air and with the blooming of fresh flowers is also the blooming of new hopes and dreams. With everything beautiful comes thorns and weeds. Lord, I pray you don’t let the challenges of life choke out my joy and my contentment. Contentment does not come from what is happening around me it is internal, based on the fact that I am redeemed, loved and, forgiven. Teach me your ways oh Lord that I can live my life as Paul suggests, always rejoicing, praying continually and giving thanks for what I have not what I desire. Lord, keep me inside your will for me this day and every day. And this will be a truly happy Monday. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.
On this Monday, as we saunter toward the Festival of Pentecost, always enkindle us, eternally, uplift us, let the fire of Pentecost burn brightly in us. May your Holy Spirit repeatedly point us back to where our deliverance lies in your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. For those outside the Light of the World, who have been crushed by the weight of sin, for those whose spirit is lowly may the Holy Spirit resurrect them. For the one who is high and lifted up, who lives forever, whose name is holy, says: I live on high, in holiness, and also with the crushed and the lowly, reviving the spirit of the humble, reviving the heart of those who have been crushed. In the Magnificent Name of Jesus, Amen
Another Monday has arrived. I endured another weekend and look forward to the start of a fresh experience with you. This week we celebrate the Holy Trinity. I can recall consuming way too much time struggling to interpret it to my flock instead of just admiring the roles Your distinct persons play in my creation and development. Dear Father, thank you for uniquely creating me to accomplish something awesome in your kingdom. Jesus, my Savior, thank you for redeeming me, I didn’t and still don’t deserve the sacrifice you made on the cross to make me Your Own. And Holy Spirit, thank you for daily pointing me to a limitless pool of writing material, devotional reflections, incredible ah-ha moments, new perspectives, deeper dives into the work of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What has the Trinity done, created, redeemed and enlightens me. This Monday I stand in awe of you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank you for all you do. In Jesus Name, Amen.
It is Monday the start of another week, another opportunity to reconnect with you. The struggles of life make it very easy to forget how deeply loved I am by you. Lord, you are there amid my healing you are there when your heart breaks. You are there when Satan tries to convince me I have fallen from grace. You are there when my heart is breaking, and all I see around me is chaos and pain. But you have never abandoned me, you instead have promised me you would never leave me nor forsake me. Let your love, grace and forgiveness wash over me like a tidal wave. Refresh me this week Lord with your Word in our time of prayer and devotion. In Jesus Name, Amen.
As I begin this new week, help me take to heart the words of Paul, “13Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. (Romans 14:13). I know my life does not always reflect the faith I confess. I pray dear Jesus as you are sending me in the world to be a witness to the love and grace I have received that my actions, my words, my life would lead people to ask about the Saviour, who welcomes sinners. Make me ready and able to defend the faith with bold confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
Another Monday morning dawns, this week Lord remind me of your divine protection. Life, like the year, has its season. There are moments when my walk with you seems cold, as life happens at a breakneck pace and situations distract me from the source of my strength and comfort. Other times are like spring, new life, deeper connections, new revelations in our time together. Then you have the times of struggle, uncertainty, trials where it feels like the heat of summer. Life bares down on you like the heat of a Louisiana summer. No matter where you go, no matter what you do the weather, the pressure on life is unbearable. In those moments Lord, I am reminded of the words of the psalmist, “The Lord is your protector; the Lord is your shade right beside you. The sun won’t strike you during the day; neither will the moon at night.” So, dear precious Savior, Jesus Christ, be my shade today, this week, this season. In the name of my protector, Jesus Christ, Amen.
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