There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
“The Lord cares deeply
when his loved ones die.” Psalm 116:15
“…That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~Abraham Lincoln, Gettysberg
My brother is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He came back with a burden for his fallen comrads that hasn’t left him for a day these past fifty years. Let’s pray for the families and friends of those who gave the “last measure of their devotion.”
We ask that your love and strength would comfort those who mourn today over those who gave their lives for this nation. We pray that their memory would flood their loved ones with joy. We thank you for these men and women who were willing to lay down their lives for their country. May their courage embolden us to live for Truth and to make this world a better place for those who come after us. We ask for Your grace to be upon all veterans today who remember with sorrow their fallen comrads. Please give them hope through your love.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8)
The Lord is well aware of our need for compassionate eye contact. Looking into the eyes of a fearless person has power to heal trauma. If you struggle with PTSD, daily ask God to look lovingly in your eyes. He will free your mind that is trapped by trauma and fear.
You have the power to transform my mind, and I receive Your healing power today. I take Your Word as the absolute Truth. You are counseling me now and looking directly into my eyes. My eyes of faith see and receive the love that your eyes are communicating.
I hear you whisper, “You, my dearest child, are the apple of my eye. You put that sparkle there, and you are my delight. You have wandered off in fear, but my gaze has found you. Return to me, let me comfort and console you. Let me part the waters of the impossible path that you tread. Let me take you to a new place of joy once again. I am increasing your capacity to receive my absolute Truth and my never-failing love for you.”
Thank you, Father. I will follow where you lead. I will let your Word transform me to the person you created me to be. Give me others who have walked this path of freedom and godliness. Open up Your Word to me, and provide friends who will love me as I seek wholeness.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Joy fills hearts that are planning peace!” Proverbs 16:20
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
What are you plans today? If peace is on your list, prepare for a joy-filled day. Peace in Hebrew is shalom, and it’s meaning is deep: completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, prosperity… Good things! God’s plan for our lives is that we would experience peace every day. Let’s pray:
Thank you that your plans for me are for peace and hope. I want to enter into your plan by strategically doing things and acting in ways that promote peace in all my relationships, peace in my soul, peace at my work, and peace with You. Jesus, You are the Prince of Peace and with the help of Your Spirit, peace will be my aim throughout this day and every day. I will begin with my thoughts. May each thought I have about myself or others promote peace. May each word I speak promote peace. May everything I do today be in line with Your will, dear, precious Prince of Peace.
May the nations praise you, O God.
Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Then the earth will yield its harvests,
and God, our God, will richly bless us. (Psalm 67:5,6)
We have a large garden that yields us great fruit (and vegetables) all summer, thanks to my husbandman husband, Mark. The Psalmist has given us a great tip on gaining a successful harvest: praising God. The Hebrew Word used for praise in this verse is “Yadah,” which means (according to Strong’s*) to, “Hold out the hand; physically… especially to revere or worship (with extended hands).” So let’s get out in our gardens, take a break from bending over and pulling weeds; let’s throw those hands up, and start worshipping our God, who has promised His blessing on our lives:
Your towns and your fields
will be blessed.
Your children and your crops
will be blessed.
The offspring of your herds and flocks
will be blessed.
Your fruit baskets and breadboards
will be blessed.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
you will be blessed. (Deuteronomy 28:3-6)
Teach us to take your Word literally. Sometimes we are afraid of asking for blessings, knowing how undeserving we are. But, Lord, you have made us worthy to receive everything Jesus so freely gave us: favor with you, forgiveness, and every blessing that Jesus Himself shares with us as his co-heirs (thank You, generous, Savior). So as we praise you in our fields and gardens, may you richly bless our crops that we might share them with the hungry and tell them of your goodness.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
* see http://biblehub.com/hebrew/3034.htm