Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
Ephesians 3:17 (NLT)
When we trust in Christ, He will make a home in our hearts. With our open hearts, we can view others with God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance. With Christ in our hearts, love abounds. Allowing us to be rooted, firmly established, like a tree in the soil, our roots ground us in God’s wonderful love, keeping us strong.
Do you trust in the Lord? Has Christ made a home in your heart?
Prayer: Lord, open our eyes and our hearts to You. Help us to grow in faith, to trust in Christ, and let Him dwell in our hearts. Let us be firmly rooted in Your Word and Your love. Fill us, with Your kindness, compassion, and strength, to move forward in Your love. Like the caladiums stems and roots keep the heart shape leaves upright, let our hearts be open, and the roots in God’s love carry us on an upright Christ-like path. In Jesus’ loving and holy name. Amen
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.—
Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Yes, we are God’s masterpiece, His workmanship, His design. God handcrafted us and loves us with unconditional love His mercies flow. Our faith in Jesus allows us to born again, created anew. We are new in Christ. With a God-given plan for each of us. The Lord empowers us and prepares us, and the Holy Spirit enlightens our minds. Giving us the skills to focus, move forward, and empowering us to do good works.
Have you been created anew in Christ Jesus? Do you feel you are God’s masterpiece?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace and unconditional love. For creating us anew, forgiven, and redeemed by Jesus’ blood. Help us to focus on being Your masterpiece and seeking Your will. Like the bold and bright Mallow flower, let us be bold while traveling Your bright path. Empower us to do the good works You have planned for us, and guide our path. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 John 1:7 (NIV)
God is light in Him there is no darkness. To walk in the light is to follow God’s teaching and align our lives with God’s Word. Light is a symbol of purity, holiness, and goodness. Walking in the Light is a progressive and continuing motion along a God-centered path. Christ’s blood purifies us of sin, allowing us to walk in the light and unite together in fellowship and love.
Is your walk in the light a progressive, forward walk?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, teach us to persevere and continually move forward, walking in the light. Let your Word guide us, transforming us into children of light, bringing love, and fellowship to those around us. As the drift roses glow with sunlight after rain, teach us to glow and walk in the light dispersing darkness and bringing light to those around us. In Jesus’ loving and holy name. Amen
22 Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
Psalm 55:22 NLT
God loves us with unconditional love, He forgives our transgressions, and He takes care of us. By faith and with prayer, give up your worries, burdens, and fears to God. During trials and temptation, He sustains and strengthens the faithful. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Or as the Message translation says, “Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders – he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.”
When burdened, fearful, or overwhelmed do you go in prayer to the Lord who cares for you?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise You for Your compassion and love. Teach us to give You our worries, burdens, and to bask in your calming peace. Help us to understand that You will take care of us and sustain us. As the daylilies new flowers open daily, let us daily to be open in prayer, giving You, Lord our troubles. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
Enjoy the talented students from Fountainview, performing “God will take Care of You.”
Psalm 119:18 The Passion Translation (TPT) 18 Open my eyes to see the miracle-wonders hidden in your word.
David is asking God to open his eyes to let him perceive, be enlightened, and understand God’s Word. He wanted the glorious wonders of the Scriptures to be revealed. Let us also open our eyes to the miracles and marvels, while striving for deeper understanding, and the spiritual wisdom found in God’s Word. Let us discern the wonders in the Word and be illuminated by its truth.
Have you asked the Lord to open your eyes to see and perceive the wonders of the Bible?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your guidance and Your forgiveness. Help us to read and understand Your Word. Open our eyes to Your teachings and to marvel at the wonders found within the Bible. Like our eyes appreciate and dwell on the beauty of an opening rosebud, teach us to open our eyes to dwell on, and appreciate the miracle-wonders hidden in Your Word. In Jesus’ loving and holy name. Amen
20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith. Let the Holy Spirit guide and help you when you pray. 2
Jude 1:20 (NIRV)
People sometimes find prayer difficult and are uncertain about how to pray. Prayer is a conversation with God, it doesn’t need to be rote or complicated; it just needs to come from the heart. The Holy Spirit is our Intercessor, and Advocate gives us strength and guidance when we are unsure of how or what to pray. In Romans 8:26 Paul states: “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groans that cannot be expressed in words.” Our job is to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, our teacher, and helper. To follow God’s Word and pray empowered by the Holy Spirit.
When you are confused, scared, or uncertain of how to pray, do you listen to, and let the Holy Spirit guide you in prayer?
Prayer: We thank you, Lord, for giving us the Holy Spirit to guide and help us in our weakness. Our Father, we are blessed to be able to communicate to You, our wishes, hopes, fears, and thanks in prayer. Like the peony bloom flourishes glowing with morning dew, help us to flourish in prayers and glow with Your love and compassion. Teach us to go and grow forward in faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ holy and mighty name. Amen
I will be taking a short writing break, back in a couple of weeks with more flower along with 😊 new puppy photos.😊
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
Psalm 89:15 (NIV)
Blessed are those who know the Lord, and follow His way. They flourish in His love and find refuge in His strength. The Lord leads them on the path of righteousness and refreshes their soul. They walk in the glorious light of His presence and receive His peace, for God is with them.
Where do you need the light of God’s presence to brighten and illuminate your path?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are blessed by Your forgiveness, compassion, and love. Strengthen our faith and teach us to turn to you when we are lost, afraid, or feel alone. As the hydrangea blooms lean on a bench glowing in the sunlight, teach us to lean on You and glow, reflecting Your light into the darkness around us. Lead us Lord, and teach us to walk in the light of Your presence. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
All things come from him. All things are directed by him. All things are for his praise. May God be given the glory forever! Amen.
Romans 11:36 (NIRV)
Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes.
Romans 11:36 (MSG)
Our Heavenly Father is the Alpha, the beginning, the source of everything, and the Omega, our hope of things to come. When we praise God, adore Him, and follow His path for us, we give glory to Him. Everything comes from Him, He is the Sustainer of the universe, He is the source and fountain of all our blessings. We give glory to God when we sing praises to Him, when we obey His Word, and when we spread His love. To God be the glory, forever! Yes! Yes! Amen.
All things come from God, and all things are directed by God. Do you take time to glorify God with praise, thanksgiving, and prayer?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your extravagant generosity. We are in awe of the beauty and bounty that surround us. Lord, guide us on Your path and open our hearts to your Word. Like the overflowing vibrant, blossoms of the clematis, teach us to be overflowing with love and vibrant in faith. To You, God, we give glory, forever and ever! In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.
1 Peter 3:15 (NET)
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
When we revere Christ as Lord in our hearts, we honor Him and give Him glory. We acknowledge Him as our God, our protector, and our hope. With actions, confidence, and strength, our hope is visible to others. Which causes people to inquire, from where our hope comes? With patience and respect, we explain, our hope comes from the Lord!
In your actions and deeds, are you exhibiting Christ as Lord in your heart?
Prayer: Our heavenly Father, we thank and praise you for the hope you give us. Help us to open our hearts to You, and our actions to show You, Lord, in our hearts. As the open lily blossom shines in the sun and reflects the shadows of its stamens, let our hearts shine with Your love, and our actions shadow and reflect Christ. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
Rely on the LORD! Be strong and confident! Rely on the LORD!
Psalm 27:14 (NET) a psalm of David
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)
Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
Being patient and waiting are not favorite pastimes of mine. However, in troubling times, it is important to be patient and rely on God. Rely means to depend on with full trust or confidence. Life can seem overwhelming, confusing, and frightening, but we can be confident and depend on God. With faith and patient endurance, we wait on the Lord, and He strengthens our hearts and guides us. Yes, as David did, we also can rely on the Lord and be strong and confident!
When you are concerned and overwhelmed, where do you find your strength? Do you rely on the Lord?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your blessing and guidance. Help us to grow in faith and learn to rely on You. Teach us to be patient, and strong. Like the flowers of the azalea, rely on You for sunlight, and water, teach us to rely on You and grow in confidence, and strength. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
A special thank you to MRS. T’S CORNER for nominating me for Ten of My Favorite Feelings and HERRY CHIC COUNSELS for nominating me for 10 Things That Make Me Happy. 🌸 Both of the blogs are favorites of mine, and they make me happy. 😊 I will do a few answers for each.
Some of my Favorite feelings are the peace of the Lord, security in God’s love, the happiness of singing praise, the warm friendship of friends and family, and joy of nature around me.🌺🌼🌳
A few things that make me happy are children laughing, puppies, flowers, books (of all kinds), clouds in blue skies, and ice cream! 🍦🐶🌸🌺🌼