"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." - 2 Corinthians 5:17.
God gives us so many promises to rely on. We are loved, cherished, and accepted. We are forgiven and redeemed. Today's promise is different. In Christ, we are new. Rely on that promise today.
"Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Adn let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." - James 1:2-4
Sometimes, maybe most times, the best things are hard. They don't come easy. They take work and time. This passage reminds us to keep our joy in those times because we know that something wonderful is coming.
"Souls who follow their hearts thrive; fools bent on evil despise matters of soul." - Proverbs 13:19
Life takes more than just eating and sleeping to make it worth living. It takes the careful cultivation of our souls. Spend a little time today with the person who cares the most for yours.
"Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it." - Ezra 10:4
Whatever is happening in your life right now - a hard test, a challenge, a breaking friendship, or a broken heart - whatever it is, you have support. What will you do today after you rise?
"Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! - Psalm 27:14
The average person spends five years waitng in lines throughout their lifetime. That's a lot of time. What are we all waiting in line for anyway? A ticket? An opportunity? The Bible says when we wait for the Lord, it renews our strength. Are you willing to wait for God today?
"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." - Proverbs 16:24
The truth is, we all like to be given words that make our lives sweeter. This ancient proverb reminds us that we need to give those words to others too. Will you do that today?
"Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony." - Colossians 3:14
Some of us spend a lot of time thinking about what we should wear. We want to make the right impression on the people we will see throughout our day. As you get ready today, don't forget to put on love, it will bring all the rest of your life together.
"Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." - Psalm 30:5
Pain comes and goes. It's just part of life sometimes. But it doesn't last forever. Sometimes the best hope we have in in the promise that this won't last forever. Joy is coming.
Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me."
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
Our world wants us to forget the most basic truth of the gospel. We need God's grace. The best thing that can happen to us is grace, especially when we give it to others. How reckless with you let your grace be today?
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." - Matthew 6:33
When we try to chase after all the created things in life, we miss the Creator of those things. He made them for us to enjoy, not for us to serve. But when we search for God in everything, he gives all those things we need along with a great, huge dose of him. Will you take some time to search for him today?
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