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Monday
 
The Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
Deuteronomy 7:9, New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
God is faithful and his covenant is a covenant of love.  He will not forsake us and will treat us better than we deserve just as a loving parent treats a rebellious child better than s/he deserves. But our hearts must be tuned to honor God as God, not as just a good luck charm or a weekly guest into our otherwise busy lives. What we do must be done in awareness that it is done before and for him! 
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Faithful God, thank you for loving me so sacrificially and steadfastly.  Thank you for the way you preserved your promises to the Israelites and brought Jesus just as you promised.  I trust your promise to send him back to bring me home to you.  Please receive the deeds and words of this day as my thanks to you for your covenant of love with me and those I love.  Through Jesus, your gift of love, I pray.  Amen.
 
 
Tuesday
 
He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2 Peter 1:4, New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
God made us to be like him in character and holiness.  We are called to participate in the divine nature and are assured that we will be made ready when Jesus comes again.  His promise is sure if we will follow wholeheartedly!
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Almighty God, my Everlasting Fortress, thank you for giving me your great promises.  I long to know you more fully and be able to see your face today, just as I believe I will one day.  Please protect me and my heart from corruption.  In all love and appreciation I pray.  Amen.
 
 
Wednesday
 
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28, New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
God is in our lives.  He is at work right now, undoing Satan's destructive messes and leading us to places he wants us to go. This is true in everything we do and everywhere we go.  The key is for us to seek his purpose, to live his will.  If that is our goal, then we can be sure our God is with us every step of our way.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Thank you, God, for being at work in my life.  Thank you for not leaving me alone to my best effort, insight, and choice.  Thank you for having a plan for me and being the assurance that I can't mess that plan up if I seek your will. Thank you for being my God, my Father, and my Partner through all of life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
 
 
Thursday
 
Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to gooodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8, New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Wow!  What a message.  God wants us to be productive in our lives. He wants us to have more than just head knowledge. He wants us to put it to work in our lives and be effective and productive with it.  But, I've got to put out some effort and try to grow in these qualities.  Peter is saying, "Okay folks, God wants you to get after it and make a difference through your life!"  I'm ready!  Let's begin today.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Holy God, I am going to put out the effort to grow in your grace. Please bless my efforts and receive them as my heartfelt appreciation for loving me when I was unlovable and redeeming me when I was lost.  I want to be productive to your glory in my life with Jesus, through whom I pray.  Amen.
 
 
Friday
 
The name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth...  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:12, New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
"Jesus, there's just something about that name!"  The words to the song are right. Salvation from what is warped and broken in our world is found in no one else.  He is our Savior because he was willing to come to this world, bear our limitations, shame, and sin, and then triumph over them.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Through the precious name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, my Lord, I thank and praise you God, Most High.  Your love has given the sacrifice for my sin and your power has given me the assurance of my resurrection from the dead.  Your Son's willingness to spend a lifetime with us has given me a Great
High Priest who intercedes with empathy for my struggles.  His example lets me know of your great love. Thank You O God, for being so gracious and giving me such a wonderful Savior.  Amen.
 
 
Saturday
 
As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12, New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
"Wonder what I'll need to wear to that meeting?"  Paul reminds us that there is a set of clothing that is always in style. We wear this clothing because we are special.  This clothing is from the Ultimate Designer's collection called character and is best worn when with other people.  These qualities are hard to wear, but always a blessing to those who meet us when we're decked out in this wardrobe.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Abba Father, thank you for bringing me into your family.  May I never disappoint you in the way I treat others.  May they see in me the qualities of character that can only be attributed to your presence in my life.  To you be the glory and the honor, forever and ever, through Jesus my Lord.  Amen.
 
 
Sunday
 
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
Psalms 23:1-3, New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
He restores my soul.  My, that sounds so good.  But it is more than talk.  When we've reached point that we can't go on, God blesses us with strength to just keep on walking.  When we're in a struggle and things are tough, his power upholds us and we run to victory. When we're winning victories in his name, we can soar on wings like eagles.  He is a shepherd and more.  He is the Rock and Sustainer of our lives!
 
MY PRAYER...
 
O Gentle Shepherd, help me rest tonight in your grace and in the confidence that you are nearby.  In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.