Never, when you are being put to the test, say, "God is tempting me;" God cannot be tempted by evil, and does not put anybody to the test.
I am like a lot of other people. I do not want to feel responsible when something does not go according to plan. I want to blame someone else, and if no one else is available, God will do. How very, very wrong. God does not test us. How wonderful to know that God loves us and wants the very best for us. How wonderful to be secure in this love, and know that in all times and circumstances, God is good!
DEAR GOD, FORGIVE ME FOR BLAMING YOU WHEN I SHOULD BE ONLY PRAISING YOU. I ASK YOU TO TEACH ME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY OWN WRONG ACTIONS AND THOUGHTS. THANK YOU, FATHER, FOR KEEPING ME SAFE IN YOUR LOVING KINDNESS. IN JESUS' NAME I PRAY, AMEN.
Shared by Charlotte B
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light -- for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.
Have you ever been in a cave? In a dark room without any light at all? The absence of light produces a darkness we seldom see as we are usually given light from indirect sources. Imagine coming out of a totally dark place into the light as initially a blinding experience. How many of us go through our lives "blinded by the light," covering our eyes from the high wattage of God's love. Yet we are called to walk as children of the light. To me this means we go forward in innocence and faith, not allowing our light in the love of God to be dimmed at all by the cares of the world or by the fears we carry with us. What a wonderful challenge!
OUR FATHER, YOU ALONE CAN GIVE THE LIGHT FOR US TO CARRY FORTH. HELP US FIND THE WAY TO WALK IN FAITH, AS YOUR CHILDREN, IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE. AMEN
shared by Nancy C., December 9
The good news is that online requests are once again being received and processed in a timely fashion! And there is no bad news. Blessings in abundance.
For the love that endures all suffering, we celebrate with Alleluias!
For the sunrise after the darkest night, we celebrate with Alleluias!
For the hope that lives when all hope is lost, we celebrate with Alleluias!
For the courage that accompanies us into the darkest grave, we celebrate with Alleluias!
For the resurrection that comes after the final hour, we celebrate with Alleluias!
For the life that is beyond any deserving, we celebrate with Alleluias!
This day, let the Alleluias keep us ever mindful of the gracious gift greater than any gift, the love greater than any love, the light brighter than any light, the deepest hope of all hopes, the abundant life beyond all life, of the resurrected Christ alive in the world!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:4-7
This has come to be one of the most reassuring passages which I treasure. Rejoice always, the Lord is near! I will freely admit that I am a worrier... yes, I worry about a lot of things that are not really all that significant, or other things that I can't really do anything about. But over the years, I have continued to read and meditate on this scripture, and it has helped me learn that worry and anxiety only serve to rob us of the joy that is ours, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding! Thanks be to God!
Help me, gracious God, to put your word in my heart so that I may live in the peace which surpasses all understanding! For I know that you will provide for me in love and generosity, and I know that the gifts you give will guard my heart and mind in Jesus! Amen!