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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 21, 2021
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[He creates, He preserves; He is sufficient to handle our lives]
These scriptures tell of his sovereignty over all creation. God has supreme, unlimited power over the entire universe. He creates; he preserves; he governs. As we understand God’s power, we realize that he is sufficient to handle our lives. (NLT)
Psalm 104:27-35 – They all depend on you to give them food as they need it. When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them, and they are richly satisfied. But if you turn away from them, they panic. When you take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust. When you give them your breath, life is created, and you renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the Lord continue forever! The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made! The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains smoke at his touch.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath! May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. Let all sinners vanish from the face of the earth; let the wicked disappear forever.
Let all that I am praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
Quoted verse: Jesus said, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” –John 15:8 (NRSV)
“Story” – Jane Rager (Virginia, USA) titled her story “GOD’S GARDEN;” here is a portion of Jane’s story:
“This year my husband and I decided to turn our little-used back deck into a container garden. . . Each plant is beautiful on its own, but together they display the beauty of God’s handiwork. . .
“As I work in my garden, I think of how God cares for each of us. God gives us space to grow and provides living water to keep us vibrant, and God nourishes us with scripture and prunes us when necessary so we can grow and be more fruitful. God knows just what we need. We each are beautiful in our own way, but together we are truly God’s garden.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s loving care and provision make my life more fruitful.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the loving care you provide each and every day. Help us to grow and bloom as your disciples wherever we are planted. Amen.
Prayer Focus: GRATITUDE FOR GOD’S CARE
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