But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NLT)
When we follow God and live in the light, we act like Jesus, living in love, walking in faith, and avoiding sin. We need to remain clearheaded focused on His path, sharing the good news while shining His light into the darkness. Protected by the armor of faith and love, secure wearing our helmet, staying strong in our faith, and focused on the hope of salvation.
8 But since we belong to the day, we must stay alert and clearheaded by placing the breastplate of faith and love over our hearts, and a helmet of the hope of salvation over our thoughts.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 (TPT)
When overwhelmed, worried, confused, do you take time and remember you are protected by God’s armor of faith and love?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, thank you for your protection and love. Help us to live in the light and be clearheaded, focused on Your path for us. Let us put on the armor of faith and love and Your helmet secure in the confidence of salvation. Like the glowing petals of the orchids reflect light, let us glow with Your light and reflect Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
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Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory
Romans 5:2 (NLV)
By accepting Christ into our lives, we have become pardoned offenders. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we have been reconciled with God Our Father. Through faith, we have become true believers, able to experience the undeserved privilege of the grace of God. We stand in His grace, praising Him, rejoicing in the confidence of sharing God’s glory.
“We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand-out in the wide-open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise”
Romans 5:2b (The Message Bible)
Are you joyfully praising God and looking forward to sharing God’s glory?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your love and forgiveness. Help us to grow in faith and confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing Your glory. As the bold and bright crabapple blossoms brighten spring days, let us be bold in our faith and bright with joy and confidence. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
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3 See what amazing love the Father has given us! Because of it, we are called children of God. And that’s what we really are! The world doesn’t know us because it didn’t know him.
1 John 3:1 (NIRV)
What amazing love God our Father has given us. His love for us is unconditional, forgiving, compassionate, and patient. In the completeness of His love and care, He has called us children of God. As children of God, we walk in faith and exhibit our likeness to God by showing His love to others. We were ransomed by Jesus, saved by His blood. The world does not know us because it never knew or accepted Christ or God’s word.
How do we show the world that we are children of God?
Prayer: Our loving Father, we thank You for your forgiveness and grace. We are blessed to be known as children of God, loved by our Heavenly Father. Teach us to walk in faith, live in hope, and follow Your path for us. Let us love one another and share Your compassion. Like the brightly “robed” open blossoms of the lilies, let us be robed in Your truth and open-hearted to others. In Jesus’ holy and loving name. Amen
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As for me, I will sing about your strength; I will praise your loyal love in the morning. For you are my refuge and my place of shelter when I face trouble.
Psalm 59:16 (NET)
Psalm 59 was written by David, it is a prayer for delivery and protection from his enemies. In verse 16, the psalm becomes a song of assurance, praising the Lord for His past mercies and grace, exhibiting David’s confidence in God. Like David, let us remember, to proclaim/sing, of God’s strength, protection, and His loyal love for us. God is our refuge, a place of shelter in times of trouble, and our strength. Let us remember to give thanks praising the Lord for His loyal love every morning, afternoon, and evening.
When doubt and fear trouble your mind, do you take time to praise the Lord for His loyal love?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we praise you for your love, forgiveness, and protection. Help us to grow in faith to trust You, rely on Your Strength, and remember your past mercies. Lord, we thank you for being our refuge and place of shelter when we face trouble. We praise You for Your loyal love and compassion. Like the petunias bright stripes radiate from the center of the blossom, let us radiate Your loyal love from our heart center to those around us. In Jesus’ loving and holy name. Amen
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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.😊
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
The trillium plant with its leaves in groups of three
reminds me of the Holy Trinity. The
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Father who created us and loves us, the Son died for us to redeem
us, and the Holy Spirit who dwells in us as our helper and guide.