Heavenly Father, what can we do to uplift your Name and the Kingdom? When we think we’ve got it all together and we’re doing right, please help us to remember that our good is not good enough. You want the best that we have as faithful servants. Help us to remain humble and know that daily we must live our lives to represent you so that You are pleased. Please show us how. In the blessed name of Jesus our Savior! AMEN!
Luke 18: 18,22 18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, You lack one thing: sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: then come and follow me.
Open my heart, Lord, to be receptive of your voice. Keep me from turning away in ignorance and rebellion from the hard things I must do…the things that I must change…the things I must accept. Please show me today, again, how to follow the example of Christ and yield to his power within me. While I am waiting on you, please center my thoughts and keep me from worthless distractions. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!
1 John 2:5-6 We truly love God only when we obey him as we should, and then we know that we belong to him. If we say we are his, we must follow the example of Christ.
They say history repeats itself! As I get older I’ve come to the realization that the saying rings higher and higher. The recent decision to overturn Roe-vs-Wade after fifty (50) years is one for the books. What happen if the female has been raped, experienced incest and/or domestic violence, etc., but forced to look at that child as a constant reminder?
Before the negative reviews start, I am NOT a Feminist, I AM a Humanitarian.
Although that may sound a little contradictory, I truly feel that people have the right to choose what to do with their own body as long as it is not hurting a physical human being vs an embryo. The choice to discard an unborn child should be left up to the mother; in the end that is her conscience she’ll have to deal with as well as answer to the higher power. Most of the time we are outsiders looking into a situation that we do NOT know anything about.
If a woman is require to have a child (otherwise she faces a Felony, possibly jail time). Why is it not a law that will require a man/male to get a Vasectomy if he doesn’t pay child support? Will this rule automatically give the mother and baby free Automatic Healthcare Benefits, Relaxed Salary Requirements for WIC, Access to Affordable Child Care, a Raise beyond Minimum Wage? I can go on and on, but I believe you get the point.
As a woman, an African American woman, I feel that the decision to overturn the five decade decision, opens up the door for more changes. Only time will tell. If my Grandmother was still alive, she would say this world is coming to and end! When I was a child I thought that was just frivolous talk, but after these past two (2) to three (3) years, I concur. May God Bless Everyone!
Thank you Lord, that every day I wake up it is a miracle. To be able to see, to talk, to taste, to smell, to hear, to love, to share, to give a hug, to know who I am…It’s a miracle! Thank you for every day miracles and the intangible benefits in my life. Open my eyes so that I don’t miss a single one of them! Bless the Lord, O my soul. AMEN!
Scripture: Psalm 103:2 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and forget not (one of) all His benefits.
Holy Father, thank you that you are a forgiving God. You are in deed just and loving in all of your ways. Give me a pure heart, clean me up and clean me out that I may reflect your precious love and that others will see you in me. In the Mighty name of Jesus, AMEN!
Scripture: Psalms 51:10-11 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not they holy spirit from me.
Creator God, you knew me before I was born. Because you know me, I have no need to pretend or to exert my energy trying to be something or somebody I’m not. You created this day, therefore, with joy, hope and peace I start today’s journey. When I trust you to lead me through it, I am guaranteed success. In Jesus’s name. AMEN!
Jeremiah 1:4-5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;
Faithful Father, before time began you ordained every day of our lives. You are always ahead of us preparing good things, great surprises and wonders we cannot imagine! If we could count them, they would outnumber the stars in the sky and the tiny grains of sand on the sea. Although we are so undeserving, thank you, dear God, for your faithfulness, for loving us so much, for giving your life for us. Thank you for grace…too marvelous to understand…grace that is still amazing!
Scripture: Job 9:10 He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.
Will the majority of the Texas residents be able to meet these rental price gouging demands?
I live in a suburban Texas neighborhood, “a prime area”. Close to shopping centers, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, etc. So it was a little concerned when I kept seeing moving trucks, if not daily, ever other day, of my neighbors moving out. One day while talking to a neighbor, I went from being concerned to shockingly surprised. I was informed that people were moving because the rent was being raised some $300 – $600 per month for everyone.
I understand that everything is getting more expensive, food, gas, every day items and of course rental properties. Just never expected to pay “almost” twice as much for the same small apartment. A $100, maybe $150 hike would have probably been acceptable, but $300 – $600 is utterly cruel. While everything is on the uprise, most of our paychecks are staying the same. If someone is already living paycheck to paycheck, how in the world would they be able afford a ridiculous rental hike?
Talking to the property managers is useless, everyone get the same response: “It’s like that everywhere” or “It’s the people moving from California and New York driving up the prices”. And so on, And so on! Mean while paychecks are staying the same. Leaving people with not choice but to work 2 -3 jobs and/or have 2 – 3 roommates or become homeless.
My God, how great you are! We try to understand your greatness, but our perspective is just not big enough. We can’t see the beginning, the end or what’s in-between. Surround us with a sense of your awesome glory. We are depending on your strength and power from the beginning to the end of each day. AMEN
Scripture: Isaiah 40:28-29 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Father in Heaven, teach me to align my desires with your will and to follow your directions. I am eager to agree with your plans for me although I don’t know what the plan is. Then when I compare my life with your commandments, I will have no regrets. May your will be done! Begin with me! In the name of Jesus, AMEN!
Psalm 119:5-7 5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!
6 Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.
7 As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
Dear Lord, thank you for the many days that are full of joy, smiles and laughter! Even the days that I laugh at myself. Through everything I can still rejoice! Some days I may have to dig a little deep but I still can rejoice! The world did not give me my joy and the world cannot take my joy. So on this day, I just want to thank you for “always” giving me a joyful heart. In the name of Jesus, AMEN.
Scripture: Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.