Scripture: Find rest, O my soul, in God alone my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 62:5-6)
Prayer: Father, be with me when the pressures of this life and the expectations of others become too much for me to bear. Be my refuge in the storm.
Reflection: Salvation doesn’t start the moment life ends. Salvation is the essential help we desperately need—help that only God can provide. God cares about our big problems and our small problems because they are ALL small to him! When you need rest, run to God’s presence and trust the salvation he offers.
Scripture: If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high. (Job 31:24, 25, 28)
Prayer: God, thank you for the material blessings that you have so graciously provided, help me not to trust in them–or my skills–more than I trust in you.
Reflection: The thing you trust most in is revealed your moments of worry. Anxiety is like a bright light in a dark basement revealing the quality of the foundation on which the house is built.
Scripture: Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God gives you for all time. (Deuteronomy 4:39-40)
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your presence. Thank you for the LIFE you give me: salvation, peace, hope, confidence…without your blessings I would not be who I am today.
Reflection: There is a great power in simple attention and awareness. We do not need to think deep and complicated thoughts about God, we only need to be aware of him. This acknowledgment will enable us to follow his leading.
Scripture: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation … I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
Prayer: God, give me the wisdom to look beyond my circumstances, help me to be thankful for the blessings you have already given me.
Reflection: Contentment is a measure of our spiritual maturity, independent of our current power or possessions. Without godly contentment, we will never have enough and always want more.
Scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to trust you more than anything else in this world.
Reflection: Every self-inflicted pain we feel comes from trusting the wrong thing too much.
Scripture: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
Prayer: God, help me to see past my natural desire to put myself first. Help me to follow Jesus’ example of humility.
Reflection: Humility always wins. It leads to more peace, more confidence, and more security. Humility deepens relationships and resolves conflicts more quickly. The more we indulge our selfishness, the more we distance ourselves from the things that bring life.
Scripture: “In your anger, do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.” (Psalm 4:4)
Prayer: Dear God, give me the strength to be more self-controlled, give me your wisdom to learn from my passions.
Reflection: We can have more than a knee jerk reflex to the injustices we see and experience. Our anger ought to lead to deeper self-insight, more thoughtful relationships, and increasingly authentic worship.
Scripture: “Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” … If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” (James 4:15, 17)
Prayer: Lord, help me set aside my plans when they get in the way of what you are doing in and through my life.
Reflection: We miss the mark when we think our plans are better than God’s design for our life. A sure sign that this has happened is when we cannot accept situations that are beyond our control. When we actually believe in God’s will, our peace is secure and is safe from being taken from us.
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