Day 20: Struck Down But Not Destroyed

“But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”                      Jeremiah 9:24 Hearing that your daughter is pregnant is not a piece of news that you would like to hear from your young unwed daughter, but it happened to us. It was a Friday when our daughter confessed that she was pregnant. I was shocked and didn't know what to say. I…

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Day 19: Radical Love

"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."                        John 13:35Our love for others is what sets us apart as disciples of Jesus. Loving others, though, is easier said than done. But we are all called to love people, yes, even those who have hurt us.  It is a radical kind of love, one that Jesus exemplified in his relationship with Jesus.We all have had Judases in our lives, people that we trusted but who betrayed us.  The pain of being betrayed causes…

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Day 18: Hidden and Protected for Release

"For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God."  Colossians 3:3 Are you aware that Moses, Josiah, and Jesus Christ had common experiences in their lives? Their lives were threatened when they were babies but were hidden, protected, and later released for God's greater agenda. Moses was hidden by Jochebed, adopted and protected by the Pharaoh's daughter, and at the age of 80 was released to be the deliverer of the Israelites from four centuries of Egyptian slavery. Josiah was almost killed by his grandmother Queen Athaliah but was promptly rescued and hidden…

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Day 17: A Bright Future

"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19 Often we would wish that our past has been different. I would think back to a particular time in my life when I made a certain decision and imagine how things could have been better if I have decided differently. Yes, it may be good to reflect on our past mistakes so that we may improve in the future,…

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Day 16: You’ve Got to Believe

"It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that He exists and that He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6                                        Faith is like air. You can't see it but you can breathe it in. When it's in you, it keeps you alive. Faith enables you to live victoriously. YOU JUST GOT TO BELIEVE!Yes It is easy to say "I believe" when things are doing good or…

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Day 15: Living Water

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”                                        John 4:13-14 What a wonderful invitation! The invitation to drink living water from Jesus. This water brings life into our soul. This water provides us the necessary nutrients to sustain our…

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Day 14: We Worship Until His Return

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.                                        Zechariah 9:9, NIV Do you worship no matter what you feel or what situation you find yourself in? It is hard to keep worshipping God when we feel lost, in pain, sorrow or in a very difficult situation. The Bible, however, is full of stories of people who worshipped the Lord…

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Day 13: Only One Matters

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."                                         Luke 10:41-42 I used to juggle teaching and leadership role in ministry.  There were times that I would go home drained and barely able to stay awake. It came to a point where my time with God started to get affected. I tried to convince…

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Day 12: Unending Worship

Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.                                        1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I am not a gym fan, so when I started working out, it took a toll on my muscles. Over time, my body began to adjust, and I could do more.  My muscles are now working from…

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Day 11: Faith Fuels Worship

And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in the peace and be healed of your disease."                                         Mark 5:34, ESV For years, I battled with feelings of insecurity. Just like the woman in today's verse, I, too, have tried to find ways to heal. I've read articles and books to overcome my feelings, but nothing could remove what was boiling inside.  As I was leading a ministry, I soon began to realize how unhealthy I had…

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