Turn our worries into prayer

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, July 19, 2019

For more Helpful Inspirational Material:

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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:

Imagine never worrying about anything! It seems like an impossibility; we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul’s advice is to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray. (NLT)

Philippians 4:4-7 – Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Quoted verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

“Story” – Preston Burke (Texas, USA) titled his story “CALMED BY PRAYER;” here is a portion of Preston’s story:

“At barely 16 I was the youngest lineman on the varsity football team, but my performance in summer practices had landed me the position of the starting right guard, replacing a graduate . . . Under the weight of everyone’s expectations, I felt overwhelming anxiety.

“When game day finally came, I couldn’t even eat because I was so nervous. Right after I finished putting on my pads, I listened to my music and then began to pray – asking God to help me to perform my best and not to get injured. I then begged God to give me peace during this time of worry. At that point, I heard a voice in my mind saying, ‘I’m here to help.’

“During that amazing moment, an overwhelming peace came upon me, and I was in awe that God was with me and would help. From that moment on, every time that I pray about an issue in my life I feel an indescribable and overwhelming peace. I am amazed that Almighty God, the Creator of everything, wants to hear our requests and needs.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Through prayer, I can find peace and understanding.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for listening to our prayers every time we have a request or need. Help us to remember to always trust in you to help. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

Advertisements
Posted in Comfort, Encouragement, Guidance, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Peace | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I am holding you by your right hand

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, July 18, 2019

For more Helpful Inspirational Material:

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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:

I am holding you by your right hand—I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I am here to help you. – Isaiah 41:13 (NLT)

These verses [Romans 8:3-39] contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, and even death. These sometimes cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s presence. God tells us how great his love is so that we will feel totally secure in him. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid. (NLT)

Romans 8:38-39 – And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Quoted verse: I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. – Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

“Story” – Dorcas Andrews (Alabama, USA) titled her story “LORD, HOLD MY HAND;” here is a portion of Dorcas’ story:

“‘Hold my hand as we cross this road, son,’ I said to my then five-year-old. ‘No, Mama. You hold my hand,’ he responded. As we rushed across the road, I wondered about his request; so later I asked him what he meant when he asked me to hold his hand.

“‘Well, my hand is small and I might lose your hand, but your hand is stronger than mine. If you hold my hand I know you won’t let go of me.’ His trust in me warmed my heart.

“We often have the idea that we must hang on to God with all our might lest we get separated from God and lose our way. I’m so glad to know that God promises to take hold of my hand, because God’s hand is much stronger than mine and I know that God will never let go of me.

“I say . . . that nothing is able to separate us from the love of God. God is holding on to us, and nothing will ever come between God’s hand and ours.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My heavenly Father will never let go of my hand.

Prayer: Holy Father, on those days when we are afraid and feel all alone, help us to feel the warmth of your hand holding ours. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

Posted in Comfort, Encouragement, Guidance, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Peace | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Power of faith

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, July 17, 2019

For more Helpful Inspirational Material:

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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:

[Power of faith.] Today’s title is from the story in The Upper Room, see below.

Psalm 18:1-6 – I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, for he saves me from my enemies.

The ropes of death surrounded me; the floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death itself stared me in the face. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears.

Quoted verse: The psalmist wrote, “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” — Psalm 18:6 (NIV)

“Story” – Ruth R. Mancilla Casalez (Estado de Mexico, Mexico) titled her story “THE POWER OF FAITH;” here is Ruth’s story:

“I was born into a Christian home and from a young age participated in the children’s activities in my church. As an adult, I worked as a children’s teacher and later as a counselor for teens. Still, I never imagined the magnitude of the impact that God would have on my life.

“It started one afternoon when my world collapsed. The doctor informed me that I had a large cyst on an ovary and needed surgery. The pains were becoming more and more intense and unbearable, my fear and anguish increasing daily. Every day I pleaded with God to have mercy on me and to remove that cyst from my body.

“On the day of the next medical examination, I prayed, asking God for strength and courage to face and accept the final result. While I was on the stretcher, I observed the face of the doctor looking for the cyst.   Puzzled, he said in a low voice, ‘I cannot find anything; the cyst is not there.’ When I heard that, my heart filled with joy. The beats of my heart were intense. I had no doubt that the power of God had manifested itself. I left the hospital glorifying God for the results. I am sure that we can trust in God because God is able to do all things.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I am attuned to God’s power, I am amazed at what God can do.

Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for listening to our prayers and sustaining us. Help us to accept the outcome of our struggles, knowing you are always with us. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE FACING A FRIGHTENING DIAGNOSIS

To read other stories in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

Posted in Comfort, Encouragement, Guidance, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Peace | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No matter how shameful your past, He will forgive you

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, July 16, 2019

For more Helpful Inspirational Material:

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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:

[No matter how shameful your past, He will forgive you.]

People can feel so guilt-ridden by their past that they think God could never forgive and accept them. But consider Paul’s past. He had scoffed at the teachings of Jesus and hunted down and murdered God’s people before coming to faith in Christ. God forgave Paul and used him mightily for his Kingdom. No matter how shameful your past, God also can forgive and use you.

We may feel that our faith in God and our love for Christ and for others is inadequate. But we can be confident that Christ will help our faith and love grow as our relationship with Him deepens. (NLT)

1 Timothy 1:12-16 – How thankful I am to Christ Jesus our Lord for considering me trustworthy and appointing me to serve him, even though I used to scoff at the name of Christ. I hunted down his people, harming them in every way I could. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how kind and gracious the Lord was! He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus.

This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—and I was the worst of them all. But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.

Quoted verse: Jesus said to [the Pharisees], “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” — Mark 2:17 (NIV)

“Story” – K. Smith (Ohio, USA) titled his story “I CHOOSE YOU;” here is a portion of K.’s story:

“I was in the prison yard reading my Bible when another inmate approached me and began to tell me about some issues he was dealing with. I talked to him for about 20 minutes before I needed to leave to attend the worship service in the chapel. ‘Can I come with you?’ he asked. Without hesitating, I said yes. After the service concluded, he asked me to wait for him while he spoke to the chaplain. . . .

“The chaplain said to me, ‘I hear you know a thing or two about the word.’ He went on to ask me if I would be interested in teaching a Bible study class. I tried to explain to him that I didn’t think I could, and he asked me if it was because of something I had done in my past. I nodded. He said, ‘God doesn’t use the ones who are ready; God gets ready the ones God wants to use.’ I went on to teach the Bible study class.

“From this, I learned the valuable lesson that God can use any of us, no matter the circumstances of our lives.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Regardless of my past, God can still use me.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to bring others closer to you by ministering to them wherever we are. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

Posted in Comfort, Encouragement, Guidance, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Peace | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

His chain of command is based on faith

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, July 15, 2019

For more Helpful Inspirational Material:

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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:

One would naturally expect an audible message from God to be given to the priest Eli and not to the child Samuel. Eli was older and more experienced, and he held the proper position. But [God’s] His chain of command is based on faith, not on age or position. In finding faithful followers, God may use unexpected channels. Be prepared for the Lord to work at any place, at any time, and through anyone He chooses. (NLT)

1 Samuel 3:1-10 – Meanwhile, the boy Samuel was serving the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon. One night Elli, who was almost blind by now, had just gone to bed. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. Suddenly, the Lord called out, “Samuel! Samuel!”

“Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” He jumped up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. What do you need?”

“I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go on back to bed.” So he did.

Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!”

Again Samuel jumped up and ran to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “What do you need?”

“I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go on back to bed.”

Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So now the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel jumped up and ran to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “What do you need?”

Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Yes, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed.

And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!”

And Samuel replied, “Yes, your servant is listening.”

Quoted verse: In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)

“Story” – John McClenahan (Nevada, USA) titled his story “NEW PURPOSE;” here is John’s story:

“Many years ago, an auto accident resulted in the traumatic amputation of my left leg and compression fractures of five vertebrae in my back. I was in the army at the time and at the top of my pay grade. This injury resulted in my medical retirement from the service. For months in the hospital I questioned why God had allowed this to happen. I sometimes cursed God for the pain I was having and for taking me away from a job I loved. For many months I suffered from depression.

“Then, while attending my high school reunion, I renewed my friendship with a classmate; and in a very short time we married. A former medical social worker, Joan applied to volunteer at a hospital and later volunteered me to perform magic tricks for children who were receiving treatment. In a short time this mission of performing expanded to three other hospitals, and for 18 years we brought smiles and joy to those children.

“Soon after beginning our mission, parents whom we had seen in the pediatric wards began to thank us for bringing joy to their children. Only after we decided to retire from our hospital work did I fully realize how God had been at work, even in the traumatic time after my accident, to prepare me to bring happiness to others.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can examine today’s loss to find tomorrow’s service for God.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to see the new purpose that you have built into every dead end we encounter. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE DISABLED FROM CAR ACCIDENTS

To read other stories in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

Posted in Comfort, Encouragement, Guidance, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Peace | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

He is always there providing refuge, security, peace

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, July 14, 2019

For more Helpful Inspirational Material:

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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:

[God] He is always there providing refuge, security, peace.]

God’s power is complete and His ultimate victory is certain. He will not fail to rescue those who love Him.

The fear of mountains or cities suddenly crumbling into the sea as the result of an earthquake or a nuclear blast haunts many people today. But the psalmist says that even if the world ends, we need not fear. In the face of utter destruction, the writer expressed a quiet confidence in God’s ability to save him. It seems impossible to consider the end of the world without becoming consumed by fear, but the Bible is clear—God is our refuge even in the midst of total destruction. He is not merely a temporary retreat; He is our eternal refuge and can provide strength in any circumstance. (NLT)

Psalm 46:1-3 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam.   Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

Quoted verse: The psalmist wrote, “If your Instruction hadn’t been my delight, I would have died because of my suffering.” — Psalm 119:92 (CEB)

“Story” – Trish Krider (Florida, USA) titled her story “PEACE IN THE STORM;” here is a portion of Trish’s story:

“For the first time in all the years I had lived in Florida, a hurricane threatened our home. . . . As we anxiously watched the reports of the pummeling of islands in its path, we prepared our home as best we could and sought safer ground on which to wait it out.

“The waiting was filled with fear, uncertainty, and stress. . . . We worried not only for ourselves but for our friends and family. And we prayed.

“Through it all, one constant brought me peace. I knew that God was with us and would see us through, no matter what the hurricane left in its wake. When the winds had died down and we began the trip home, I was at peace knowing that – no matter what awaited us – we would get through it with God by our side.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – In every trial, I can lean on the Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to remember that no storm in life is too devastating for you to handle. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE DEALING WITH NATURAL DISASTERS

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

Posted in Comfort, Encouragement, Guidance, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Peace | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Childlike, with humble, sincere hearts

Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, July 13, 2019

For more Helpful Inspirational Material:

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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:

Jesus used a child to help his self-centered disciples get the point. We are not to be childish (like the disciples, arguing over petty issues) but childlike, with humble, sincere hearts. Are you being childlike or childish? (NLT)

Matthew 18:1-5 – About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Which of us is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Jesus called a small child over to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. . . .”

Quoted verse: Jesus [replied], “Have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” — Matthew 21:16 (NIV)

“Story” – Deepika Emmanuel Sagar’s (Rajasthan, India) story is titled “CHILDREN KNOW BETTER;” here is a portion of Deepika Emmanuel’s story:

“One day as we were preparing for an outing, my four-year-old son said that we should pray before we left. When asked what he would like to pray for, he said, ‘Let’s thank God for Jesus.’

“When we help our children to grow in their faith, they in turn can give us an entirely different perspective. I have prayed throughout my life, giving thanks for all the blessings that I receive on a daily basis. Sometimes too many of my blessings go unnoticed. But my son reminded me that we are surrounded by blessings every day. One of the greatest blessings we have received is Jesus, God’s son, through whom grace is made available to each of us. . . .

“No one knows the kingdom of God better than children. And that is why Jesus tells us to be like them in our faith.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will thank God for the gift of grace through Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank you for Jesus and for the abundant grace that you have made available through him. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

Posted in Comfort, Encouragement, Guidance, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Peace | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment