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December 31, 2018, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: New Year's Eve 2018


Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

 

Thought for Today

Tonight is about refection. We look back on the year gone by and consider our lives. If you are like me, you see a lot of missed opportunities, failures, selfishness, in short, sin. 2018 certainly had its share of positive moments, but I have to think for a while before I can recall them. My failures come much more easily. I think this is why God organized our world to have a new year every 365 days. We need a fresh start. We need a place to put a stake in the ground and say, “No matter how I got here I am moving forward.” Isn’t it wonderful that, despite how hard we can be on ourselves, we only have one Judge. God is the only One whose judgement on 2018 actually matters and He is a Judge who delights to show mercy. He looks at the past year of your life through the Blood stained, rose colored glasses, won at the cross and declares it a year of victory! He does not see your struggles, faults or failures. When He looks at 2018, He immediately calls to mind your moments of faithfulness, selflessness, and service. His mercies are new and faithfulness great! Rest, this night, in the mercy of God. Celebrate His work in your life in the year gone by. Look forward to tomorrow when His mercies will be new and His faithfulness for 2019 begins to be revealed.

 

Prayer

Gracious Lord, I acknowledge my faults and failures in the year gone by and give You thanks and praise for Your mercy throughout 2018. Great is Your faithfulness to me! Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live. —Psalms 116:1-2

 

Quote of the Day

In the New Year, never forget to thank to your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future! ― Mehmet Murat ildan



Comments

12-31-2018 at 8:34 AM
Lori Rueffer
God's greenest blessings in your New Year! Each of us is an innkeeper and decides if there is room for Jesus. May we all make room for our Savior in 2019!
12-31-2018 at 8:19 AM
Jeanette Dall
Thanks for starting my day with God's message and prayer. A day started with prayer seldom unravels.
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December 28, 2018, 7:07 AM

Daily Inspiration: John 1:1-2


John 1:1-2
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

 

Thought for Today

God calls His people to live together in community. He has a high regard for our ability to support and bless one another. Have you ever wondered why God created us to be social and need community to thrive? It is because God has always existed in community. The three persons of the Trinity existed together before they created anything. In creating the universe God desired for us to know the joy and fulfillment that He has always known. When Adam lived alone in paradise God said it wasn’t good. He created a companion suitable for him. God has always intended for us to know the joy and support of community. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that living with empowered faith requires that we be engaged together in community. What communities has God blessed you with?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You that Your plan for me is to be empowered by community. Help me to tap in to the power of the communities You have provided, and seek to empower others. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Salvation is about restoration--not merely restoration to the original state in Eden, but to the attainment of the goal of Eden. ― Ralph Smith

 

Quote of the Day

We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community. — Paul Bloom

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December 27, 2018, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Christmas Luke 2:20


Luke 2:20

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

 

Thought for Today

Our Christmas celebrations have come to an end. Today is the day many return home from visiting family and friends, or get their house back as the family departs. Like the shepherds, we have heard that glorious news that a Savior has been born. We joined in the songs of the angels and added our “Gloria!” We have witnessed wondrous things in our travels and heard of God’s mighty hand at work in our families. Now we need to decide what to do with all of this. Will we file it all away, hoping we remember it sometime in the future? Or will we join the shepherds, who told everyone what God had revealed to them (v. 17)? With whom can you share the wonderful things God has done in your family this Christmas? Jesus said that what we hear Him whisper we should shout from the rooftops (Matt. 10:27). Find someone to encourage with stories of God’s faithfulness this Christmas season. Maybe you can start by encouraging other readers in the comment section below so we can celebrate together. I, for one, can’t wait to hear about it!

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for all the ways You have been at work in the lives of Your people this Christmas. Help me to encourage others with my good news. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God sometimes allows problem to come into our lives to encourage us to make a step forward ― Sunday Adelaja

 

Quote of the Day

I am far too weak to help you. But God is not too weak to use me to help you. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

 

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