"Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe."
Norman Vincent Peale
September 1st approaches, the time I always think of as the real New Year. School terms are starting. Church programs begin. We buy fresh clothes, shoes, pencils, and backpacks. We adjust to changing schedules and expectations. Fall is a busy time, a final flurry of activity before the holidays and then settling in for a long winter’s rest.
Each season promises an exciting new beginning. Every new start gives an opportunity to learn and grow. A change in the weather brings a chance for building friendships and exploring ideas.
This September I pray you welcome the new season. I hope you receive the inspiration and experiences to propel you into a time of expansive growth and understanding. Know God is with you always, through every season of your year.
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.
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.
As I greet 2018, I’m looking forward to a prosperous year ahead. I know this will be a year of action and change, and I’m ready for all God has planned.
I pray 2018 will be a promising year for all my coworkers, family, and friends. I hope that we feel the presence of God and see the evidence of his power at work in our lives. I ask that the new year brings many blessings, much joy, and abundant peace to all who share our world.
I pray we trust in God’s timing for all the good that lies ahead, we rely on his power to give us courage, and we remember his strength is made perfect in our weakness.
I pray we grow in faith, in hope for the future, and in confidence as we take the next steps on the path ahead.
May you be generously blessed in 2018. Know God is with you every day of the year.
Christmas can become a hectic and tiring time, even for those of us who try to keep the festivities simple.
Today I pray we take the time to rest and reflect on Christmas. I pray we consider the true meaning of the season and ask how we can contribute to the peace and joy of others.
I pray we are inspired to help and give to others, to share our gifts and resources, and to bless and serve the people in our care.
I pray we are confident in God’s concern for us, that we feel his presence throughout the year, and that we know he gives to us from the abundance of his love.
This holiday season, I pray you receive everything you wish. May God’s blessings fill your life and spirit this Christmas.
I am thankful for the autumn leaves, cooling breeze, and sunlit skies.
I am thankful for God’s constant care and the ways he shows his faithfulness each day.
I am grateful for warming mugs of coffee or cider and all the tastes this season brings.
I give thanks for another day to make a difference and move a step closer to fulfilling my goals.
I am grateful for time to spend with family and friends, for warm dinners around the table, and for the home that shelters and comforts us.
I am grateful for the knowledge that all life has meaning and we are all loved by God.
I hope that you will know you are blessed and feel the love and presence of God. This Thanksgiving season, I offer a prayer of gratitude for God’s unending love and grace.
I am very grateful to be included as a guest blogger on the website of my good friend Jolene Philo: Different Dream Living.
Please read my article, "A Grandmother's Prayer for a Grandchild with Special Needs."
And thank you, Jolene, for all you do to help the parents of children with special needs!
My daughter and I created our own “On the Edge” masterpieces at one of those “paint your own” places, where a young instructor in paint-spattered sneakers patiently prompted us through the steps. I dried the surface with a hairdryer, then carefully carried the canvas home and hung it on my office wall. It reminds me that when darkness looms and storm winds blow, God remains unmoved. It is by faith that we cling to him and his promises.
When tempests howl and threaten to throw us down from our foundations, there are a few things we can do to stand strong on our faith in God.
Pray. Sometimes it is difficult to praise God in the midst of our troubles, but the Bible says we should thank God for our challenges because hard times increase our strength. Trials produce patience and prepare us for greater work to come.
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
Help others. When it seems hardest for us to move forward, it is time to reach out and lift up another person who is struggling. When we know we have people counting on our help, we are given new purpose and reason to forge ahead.
“Through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).
Trust God. When we feel burdened with worry and uncertainty, we can know that God holds every outcome in his hands. We can choose to believe that everything happens for a reason and every circumstance offers us a lesson to be learned.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Believe we are loved. Despite the concerns and struggles of our lives, God’s word declares his unending love and compassion for all people. No matter the depth of the problems we face, we know we cannot be separated from the love of God.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:38-39).
Throughout the storms that batter our lives; through death, divorce, disaster, or crushing disappointment; through every time and season of tempest or turmoil, God is ever-present. His love is always promised, and his faithfulness never fails.
Today I pray you hold tightly to the faith that holds us in return.