Evening Prayer 15 | Gratitude

It’s pre-Friday and the weekend is within reach. As you get ready to call it a night, what are you grateful for as you look back at the last few days? 

Being thankful for those things that go right in our life help us deal with the things that go a little haywire. We all have things happen that don’t please us or go our way. We can spend all our energy on them or we can shift our focus to what’s gone right in our life. 

Not sure what you are grateful for in your life? 

Grab a notepad and a pen. Sit down and list a couple of things. Maybe it was the morning coffee you enjoyed seemingly a century ago. It doesn’t have to be anything big or complicated. Keep it simple.

Notepad and pen to archaic for you? Fine. There are plenty of note-taking apps that you can download on your smartphone. Choose one and list the things that make you grateful. People? Pets? A promotion? Cleaning out that cabinet drawer that’s been begging you to organize it? 

You woke up today. You have a roof over your head, food to eat, and coffee to drink. You showered with clean water and slept in a warm bed. You have people you love in your life who love you back. You drove to work today in your own car. You earned money. You have money to pay bills. 

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There are lots to give thanks to God for…

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love, watch-care, and provision. You are so good to me. I am thankful for the love in my life and the roof over my head. Thank you for loving me and taking care of me. Amen.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

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Morning Prayer 15 | Faithfulness

Paul started his list naming the fruit of the Spirit with 3 qualities focusing God-ward. He followed them with 3 characteristics that speak to how we relate to others and the world around us. In his final 3 traits, Paul shifts to more general, inward-focused expressions of the fruit of the Spirit. To kick off the final trio, Paul chooses faithfulness.

Faithfulness speaks to our reliability and trustworthiness. It’s hard for others to trust us if they can’t count on us. Do you consider yourself to be reliable and trustworthy?

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Faithful people keep their word. They are careful with their integrity, not promising things they may not be able to deliver or complete. They are thoughtful in the manner they conduct themselves and live their life. They are intentional in their interactions and activities. Faithful people are clear-headed, patient, and charitable. Faithful people are prayerful and gracious. They treat others with respect and kindness.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me how to be a more faithful person exhibiting trustworthiness and reliability, treating people with kindness and respect. I recognize my faithfulness speaks to how I view others and attests to what I believe about You. I can do nothing without Your help. I am dependent on You. Thank You for Your Son, in whose name I pray. Amen.

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The most popular writer of his time, English writer Charles Dickens remains one of my favorite authors today just like he quickly became after my Opa Bruno introduced me to “Oliver Twist” as a little boy. Many of us recognize him through his famous yuletide story, “A Christmas Carol.”

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His son, Henry Fielding Dickens, described his father as a man of deep religious convictions. It has also been said as a young man Dickens had a distaste for organized religion. Like many of us, Dickens faith journey is marked by mountains and valleys.

Here is a bedtime prayer penned by Dickens:

Hear my prayer, O heavenly Father,

Ere I lay me down to sleep;

Bid Thy angels, pure and holy,

Round my bed their vigil keep.

 

My sins are heavy, but Thy mercy

Far outweighs them, every one;

Down before Thy cross I cast them,

Trusting in Thy help alone.

 

Keep me through this night of peril

Underneath its boundless shade;

Take me to Thy rest, I pray Thee,

When my pilgrimage is made.

 

None shall measure out Thy patience

By the span of human thought;

None shall bound the tender mercies

Which Thy Holy Son has bought.

 

Pardon all my past transgressions,

Give me strength for days to come;

Guide and guard me with Thy blessing

Till Thy angels bid me home.

                                    ~Charles Dickens