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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 16, 2017
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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:
There are days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice. Our mood is down, our situation is out of hand, and our sorrow or guilt is overwhelming. We can relate to the writers of the psalms who often felt this way. But no matter how low the psalmists felt, they were always honest with God. And as they talked to God, their prayers ended in praise. When you don’t feel like rejoicing, tell God how you truly feel. You will find that God will give you a reason to rejoice. God has given you this day to live and to serve him—be glad! (NLT)
Psalm 118:21-24 – I thank you for answering my prayer and saving me!
The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s ding, and it is marvelous to see. This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice nd be glad in it. –Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)
Courtney Hill Gulbro (Alabama) titled her story “JOY IN TIMES OF STRESS;” here is a portion of Courtney’s story:
“My husband and I were going through some difficult times with work-related stress and financial worries. . . .
“One morning as I was meditating, the verse quoted above came to my mind. For the first time in a while, I thought about joys that I could find in the world every day. I remembered that a walk in the woods had brought me close to the fresh scent of trees and soil, the musical sound of birds conversing, and the feeling of a gentle breeze across my face. And it didn’t cost a dime!
“Scripture helped me realize that every day can bring something to enjoy, if I will only look for it. In time my husband and I got back into the habit of seeing God’s gifts right in front of us, and that went a long way toward easing our stress. The Lord has created many reasons to rejoice and be glad within this day and every day.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God made today, and that is a reason to rejoice!
Prayer: Loving Father, help us to allow the joy of your world to reach us even during times of stress. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY
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