I often check my iPhone health app to see how many steps I’ve taken. (My record so far is 21,932 steps.)
So I paused to reflect when I read this: “Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?” (Job 31:3).
I’m learning to check in with God to see if my steps and my ways have pleased him.
People often comment about her joy. It’s genuine.
Her secret? She prays, confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).
Happy Birthday, Anneliese!
A petitioner brought his petition to the Prince, who sent him away with silence.*
If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear (Psalm 66:18).
*adapted from John Bunyan, The Holy War, p. 161.
Give God thanks, with all your heart.
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:1).
Then tell your friends what He has done!
God listens to the crying heart in the secret place.*
*Samuel Chadwick, God Listens.
I stood waiting, wondering why the elevator wasn’t stopping on our floor. . . I had forgotten to push the button that asks it to stop.
You do not have, because you do not ask (James 4:2).
I often pray for wisdom (see James 1:5). Until I read this definition, I didn’t know all that I was asking.
~varied knowledge of things human and divine, acquired by acuteness and experience
~skill in the management of affairs
~devout and proper prudence in intercourse with men
~knowledge and practice of the requisites for godly and upright living
Our lack of understanding doesn’t limit God’s answers to our prayers.
*from Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary, definition of sophia.
Our son had driven our car to the airport and we were taking the El to pick it up. My husband said, “I hope Jonathan remembers to leave the parking ticket in the car.”
I responded by praying, “Lord, make Jonathan remember the parking ticket.”
Immediately Paul received this text: “The parking ticket is on the dashboard.”
Several of us prayed for safety as we helped our friends move from one place in the city to another.
We discussed these prayers, because during the move, one of us darted out in front of a car he hadn’t seen to stop a run away moving cart. The car screeched to a stop as the man’s hands landed on the car’s hood.
No one was hurt.
I don’t want to think about might have been if we hadn’t prayed.
Turn to me
I am alone
In deep distress.
Go from bad to worse.
Save me from them all!
Feel my pain
See my trouble.
Forgive all my sins.
See my enemies
They hate me.
Do not let me be disgraced,
In you I take refuge.
May integrity and honesty protect me,
I put my hope in you.
from Psalm 25:16-21 NLT