"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle."
Know thyself. ~~ Socrates
Sometimes I need to pause and reconsider what I know about the world and my place in it. I need to redefine what I believe and what I still need to figure out before I proceed with a choice or a plan. This week I am endeavoring to know what I know, and here is what I’ve figured out so far.
I value true friendship. I recently reconnected with someone I haven’t talked to in 15 years. For hours, we discussed the news about our children, our careers, our address changes, the death of her stepson. Our lives have changed, but much has remained remarkably the same. That conversation reminded me how much I appreciate true connections with people who care about me despite the time and distance between us. Knowing I have true friends encourages me to share my friendship with others who need my support.
I believe God always has a plan. Spring begins a new season, a time of hope and promise for the future. I am ending a long winter of rest and contemplation; but I know I have been constantly growing, exploring, and expanding my interests to new areas. I am eager to embrace new possibilities. This year we began attending a new church where we’ve been warmly welcomed and invited into a large and extended family. I’m excited about the possibilities that lie ahead, because I know God always has a plan laid out for me, and I can’t wait to see where it leads.
I have learned that I am always learning. Last month I celebrated another birthday and spent an evening enjoying pizza and cake with family, the people who mean the most to me. As I grow older, I realize I still have much to learn about life and what is truly important. As I learn more about what I know, I realize there is still much I don’t understand. I am always questioning, wondering, asking for answers; and I am always grateful to find new leads. I look forward to following new directions from God, finding new places to explore, and discovering new horizons.
Thank you to all who read these words, share my friendship, and help me see that we still have much to learn together. Thank you for teaching me and reminding me that we are not alone on our travels through this world. I pray you are richly blessed in faith and friendship today!
What are you learning today? How have your friendships contributed to the lessons you’ve learned?
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?
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.
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?