Christ in Your Heart: Ephesians 3:17

Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into Godโ€™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

Wonders in Your Word: Psalm 119:18

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

Lord in Your Heart: 1Peter 3:13

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: Psalm 27:14

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. Tโ€™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. ๐ŸŒธ Both of the blogs are favorites of mine, and they make me happy. ๐Ÿ˜Š  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.๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒณ

A few things that make me happy are children laughing, puppies, flowers, books (of all kinds), clouds in blue skies, and ice cream! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿถ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ

Light a Lamp: Psalm 18:28

You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.

Psalm 18:28 (NLT)

When the world seems dark and dreary, we can look to God for illumination. He will light a lamp for us, to remedy discouragement and darkness around us, and illuminate our path. Christ and the light of His countenance will enlighten us, leading us out of the darkness and into the light. He will transmit His light to us, imparting understanding, love, and peace.

Where do you need Jesus’ to light a lamp and illuminate darkness?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for the light you bring into our world. Help us to turn to you when darkness approaches. Shine a light on our discouragement and fear, and revive our spirit. We ask you to light a lamp and enlighten our path. Like the trillium plant flower is illuminated and glows in the sun, illuminate us and let us glow with Christs’ love toward one another. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Thank You: Psalm 138:2-3

 I kneel in worship facing your holy temple  and say it again: โ€œThank you!โ€ Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.

Psalm 138:2-3 (MSG)

I will bow down toward Your holy house. And I will give thanks to Your name for Your loving-kindness and Your truth. For You have honored Your Word because of what Your name is. As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.

Psalm 138:2-3 (NLV)

This a psalm of David radiates with praise and thanks. A reminder to thank God for His love and faithfulness. A prompt to praise God for His loving kindness, His words of hope, and His fulfillment of promises. Reaffirming that when we call out and pray for help, God will give us strength and encouragement. A call to worship and praise God, our strength, redeemer, and hope. Lord, we are in awe of your great works, and we give you our praise and thanks.

David was lavish in his praise for God. When you pray, do you joyfully thank the Lord for His compassion, faithfulness, and loving-kindness?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are in awe of your mercy and grace to us. We thank you for your loving-kindness and patience toward us. We praise Your Holy name for your forgiveness of our sins and Your unconditional love for us. As the pansies and spring flowers bring joy and hope after winter, let us with joy, praise, and thanksgiving celebrate the hope and strength You give us. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Power of God: Ephesians 3:20-21

20 Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; 21 glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (CEB)

This scripture is a portion of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, a prayer to increase their faith in the power of the Lord. We achieve the power of God when we let the Holy Spirit work in us, giving us strength, and power to accomplish things beyond our comprehension. Glory to God is when we honor Him in our thoughts and actions when we strive to serve and bring joy to our heavenly Father. Paul closes by praying that all future generations will experience the power, glory, and hope found in Christ Jesus.

Are you limiting your expectations to what you perceive you can do or are you letting the power of God work through you?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we praise and glorify your name. Strengthen us and guide us to accomplish things beyond our comprehension through Your power and strength. Like the fuchsia plant is clothed in open, bright, and bold flowers teach us to be open, shine brightly, and boldly rely on Your power God. In Christ Jesus’ holy name, we pray. Amen.

Be Strong: Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.โ€

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

The Lord our God, is with us wherever we go. He is with us, He loves us, and He forgives our sins, we just have to ask. The Lord reminded Joshua to be strong and courageous, not to fear for God was with him. God is with us also. Our Heavenly Father is faithful to His promises. We need to be strong in the Spirit, to have faith, and to trust in the Lord. Faith enables us to feel secure to be strong for we know that we are not alone for God is with us always.

When you are dismayed, and trembling with fears, struggling to be strong, where do you turn for strength? God is patiently waiting to hear from you.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for surrounding us with Your love, and for being with us always. Dear Lord, we know that we are weak, but you are strong. Like the impressive display of gathered flowers on the doublefile viburnum branch, teach us to display our faith and find our strength in You. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen