Someone close to me is struggling this week, so please join me in sharing a prayer for everyone who needs support today.

I pray you feel the peace of knowing God is always near and always cares.

I pray you know the hope that assures you a new day and a promising future.

I pray you are comforted by the awareness of all your blessings and the realization of God’s plan for your life.

Today please know you have the support of family and friends, the attention of a loving God, and the strength to face any challenge. Today I pray you know how much you are loved.

What is your prayer for today? What do you need to give you peace and strength?

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It has been a month for staying indoors. Winter storms and freezing rain made driving dangerous. Streets and parking lots became icy pools. I’ve enjoyed the warm and safe confines of my cozy home, but I look forward to spring when the sky grows warm and the world feels welcoming again. I’m excited to greet the new experiences that present themselves with sunny days and balmy nights.

But in truth, every morning of any season presents an opportunity to try something new. Each day is a chance to begin a different journey. We don’t have to wait for a date on a calendar or a change in the weather to begin again. God gives us many occasions to open the door and follow the path he has planned for us, and each morning we are free to step out and explore a promising future.

Why are you waiting to begin something new? This morning, I pray you strike out for a changing horizon. Remember God is always with you on your travels.

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So many people I know could use a prayer today. For anyone who needs it, I offer this:

I pray you are confident.

“In returning and rest you shall be saved. In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).

Feel certain that you are important to God and he has you in his care.

I pray you are trusting.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

Know that God has a plan for you and you can believe in him to complete it.

I pray you feel peace.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ” (Philippians 4:7).

May God give you quietness and rest on your anxious and busy days.

I pray you find strength.

“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).

May you feel him give you power to persevere and succeed.

I pray you experience joy.

“Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).

May you be blessed with great happiness, today and always.

Please share a prayer with someone you know. I pray you are richly blessed each day.

What is your prayer this morning? What are you asking from God today?

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Last Saturday my daughter and I headed to the mall for a day of snacks and shopping. We dodged roaming packs of teenagers and moms pushing strollers. We browsed through racks of clothes, cards, and candles, jewelry, shoes, and handbags. Somewhere between the shrieking crowd of kids climbing around the plastic play area and the shifting mass of humanity outside the Apple store, I considered that the noise and chaos of the mall has something to teach me about slowing down and enjoying life.

Move slowly and carefully, but always keep moving. In the mall, if we move too fast we collide with obstacles, too slow and we disrupt traffic. In life, if we travel cautiously and stay constantly in motion, eventually we will reach our destination.

Temptations are not always opportunities. In the mall, bold SALE signs called from every display window declaring bargains too good to resist; but when we looked at tags on individual items, the prices were not always the great deals we had hoped. In life, it is important to watch for signs showing us our options, but investigate each choice closely before deciding what to take home.

What we want most cannot be bought from a store. The message of the mall is that all we desire can be plucked from a rack and purchased at a cash register. On Saturday, I enjoyed spending time with my daughter, talking about her job, her hopes for a home, and her plans for the coming week. What I value in life is engaging conversation, some company on a busy weekend, and a caring connection with family and friends. We can experience much of life by visiting the mall, but the most valuable gifts are available to everyone for no cost at all.

What have you discovered in the crowded areas of your life? What are you shopping for today?

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