God’s Masterpiece: Ephesians 2:10

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

God will take Care of You: Psalm 55:22

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.”

The Light of Your Presence: Psalm 89:15

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

God is Our Refuge: Psalm 62:8

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:8 (NIV)

My help and glory are in God

    —granite-strength and safe-harbor-God—

So trust him absolutely, people;

    lay your lives on the line for him.

    God is a safe place to be.

Psalm 62:7-8 (MSG)

Trust is defined as; “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone.” God is truth, His strength is unparalleled, and His people have relied on Him for years. When we pour our hearts out to God, we make known to him in prayer our sorrows, worries, wishes, and troubles. The definition of refuge is; “a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.” As David advises, God is our refuge a safe place to take shelter during life’s storms. When we put our trust in God and go to Him with our troubles, God keeps us safe and shelters us.

Is God your refuge, do you reach out to Him when you are lost, afraid, worried, or troubled?

Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank You for your grace, Your forgiveness, and Your guidance. Teach us to trust in You, to go to You with our concerns, and to remember in all situations that You are our refuge. As the white cross-shaped bracts (flowers) of the dogwood tree brighten spring days, let us remember your sacrifice on the cross, and brighten the world by spreading Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

 I would like to thank Dawn Drawing Closer to Christ and Jacquie JOY COTTAGE for nominating me for the Kennedy Award for Excellence. I highly recommend Dawn’s and Jacquie’s blogs they are inspiring, full of God’s love, and spirit-driven.