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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, May 12, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
David’s firm faith in God contrasted sharply with his enemies’ loud lying and boasting. When confronted with verbal attacks, the best defense is simply to be quiet and praise God, realizing that our confidence is in his love and faithfulness. In times of suffering, don’t turn inward to self-pity or outward to revenge, but turn upward to God. (NLT)
Psalm 57:7-8 – My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises! Wake up, my soul! Wake up, O harp and lyre! I will waken the dawn with my song.
Janice Ross (Scotland) titled her story “THE BLACKBIRD’S SONG;” here is a portion of Janice’s story:
“When I participated in a 24/7 prayer vigil for a dear friend with cancer, one of my prayer slots was at four in the morning – not a time when I am at my best. . . .
“Hearing the bird’s song – even before the sunrise – caused my mind to turn to the well-known verse in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” I returned to my prayer time with renewed hope and anticipation of God’s help and support for my friend. I knew that as surely as the dawn broke, our God would be merciful and faithful to her. I joined in a song of praise with my little blackbird friend, causing faith and hope to rise in my own soul. Our faith can awaken with the dawn of each new day.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can praise God for all the wonders I am about to see.
Prayer: Dear God, give hope to all who wait for a new and better day. Reassure us of your faithfulness. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING WITH CANCER
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