Read Luke 17-19.
“‘Yes,’ the king replied, ‘and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. (Luke 19:26 NLT)
This is very similar to yesterday's Scripture...to make the most of what I have and use it for God's honor & glory.
That is my prayer today:
Dear God, I desire to use well what you have given me--my time, my health, my money, my gifts--all to further Your kingdom. Help me recognize opportunities to be used by You-- and to embrace them with a good attitude. And help me to be faithful in the little things regarding my healthy journey...In Jesus Name, Amen.
Read Like 14-16.
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. (Luke 16:10 NLT)
This is a simple reminder for me to be diligent in the basics of my healthy lifestyle--physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Being faithful to small habits will help me to be remain faithful when greater challenges come.
So today, with God's help, I resolve to:
1. Be mindful of what I eat & complete a workout today.
2. Recite this Scripture throughout my day to remind me to honor God with all my resources!
3. Spend some quality time with my family.
4. Lean on God for strength & guidance in all my decision making today.
How will you practice being faithful in the small things today?
Read Luke 11-13.
I have several verses today that all tie into one thought for the day:
Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” (Luke 11:28 NLT)
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. (Luke 12:25, 31, 32 NLT)
As we settle into our new house and get ready to leave back to Texas, I find myself a bit overwhelmed with all the to-do lists that I want to check off...but God has definitely reminded me this morning that there's no need to worry--when I put Him first, He will supply all I need and I will be blessed when I practice this peace throughout my day.
There's so much truth packed into these verses, but they all remind me to TRUST God...trust Him to lead me, to provide for me, to protect me, and to prosper me. Trust that He is in control and He cares for me. And when I trust Him and seek His face (who He is) more than I seek His hand (what He can do), I will have all I need for each moment of my life.
How will you turn your worry into trust today?
Read Luke 8-10
But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” (Luke 9:13 NLT)
I heard a sermon on this passage and was reminded of it when I read it again. Jesus knew the resources the disciples had when He told them to feed the people. But the disciples hadn't yet realized the power and authority Jesus had given them to be able to use whatever they had to produce their miracle. The disciples said, "we only have..." And Jesus in essence replied, "with Me, that's all you need."
Sometimes we discount what we have and think that when we get this or that we'll finally be able to succeed or receive our miracle. But in reality, God wants us to use what we have, combine it with our faith & trust in Him and ACT out our own miracle. His Word promises that He will give us everything we need to for life and godliness, AND that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.
So whatever your need is today, look at what you already have, and ask God how He can use that to bring about abundance of all things in your life!
Read Luke 5-7
My verse--Luke 5:1
One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. (Luke 5:1 NLT)
Hearing from God doesn't happen by accident...we hear from God when we intentionally press in to listen to His Word. It's a simple truth--but making time to spend in God's Word is difficult in the midst of our busy lives. But I know when I spend time with Him, He brings order to the chaos, and helps me find purpose in the present.
How will you press in to listen to God's Word today?