Upper Room

December 5, 2021

2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

READ John 1:10-18

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

–John 1:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The birth of Jesus Christ renews my hope.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the gift of Jesus and all that his birth means to us.  Shine your light into the world so that everyone can experience the hope of new and eternal life through him.  Amen.

Teresa Todt (Illinois, USA)

December 4, 2021

RECONCILING LOVE

READ Genesis 33:1-10

Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

–Genesis 3:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What relationships in my life need reconciliation?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, teach us to love as you love.  Bless us with a spirit of reconciliation so that we can apologize and forgive freely.  Amen.

Anthony Lang (New South Wales, Australia)

December  3, 2021

FINDING GOD

READ Isaiah 40:28:31

[Paul and Silas] answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

–Acts 16:31 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When Christ calls, I will follow.

PRAYER

Dear God, guide us and open our hearts and hands to you.  Amen.

Alondra Olmos (Texas, USA)

December 2, 2021

FULLY CHARGED

READ Psalm 62:1-12

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

–Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What will I do to recharge my spiritual batteries this week?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to make time for yo so that we can keep our spirits fully alive and ready to respond to your call.  Amen.

Carol Parker (England, United Kingdom)

December 1, 2021

NO NEED TO FEAR

READ Deuteronomy 31:1-6

[The Lord] will never leave you nor forsake you.

–Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will comfort me during any time of uncertainty.

PRAYER

Loving God, we thank you for your promise always to be with us.  In our times of anxiety, help us to reach out to you and receive your peace.  Amen.

Eric Gamber (Pennsylvania, USA)

November 30, 2021

A MASTERPIECE

READ Psalm 8:1-9

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

–Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Instead of judging myself and others, I will admire God’s creations.

PRAYER

Dear God, you are the Master Creator with an eye for detail.  Help us to see each individual and ourselves with your eyes.  Amen.

Denise L. Armstrong (Ohio, USA)

November 29, 2021

WORRIES INTO PRAYERS

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will worry less and pray more.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, give us faith to release our worries and pray more.  Help us always to be thankful for what you’ve done and what you will do.

Ubong E. A. Zeal (Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria)

November 28, 2021

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

READ John 8:12-20

Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

–John 8:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will let Christ’s light shine through me today.

PRAYER

O Christ, thank you for your light of life.  Help us to remain focused on you in this season and always.  Amen.

Laurel Balyeat Morrison (California, USA)

November 27, 2021

AN OPEN MIND

See, I have inscribed you in the palms of my hands.

–Isaiah 49:16

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s presence in my life means I am never truly alone.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us always to trust in you and be open to your plans for us.  Remind us of your presence and guidance when we are lonely.  Amen.

Jesse Cantu (Texas, USA)

November 26, 2021

UNEXPECTED PLACES

READ Psalm 145:17-21

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

–Psalm 145:18-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves and cares for me always.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember your goodness and faithfulness always.  May we lean on you in times of distress, knowing that you hear our cries.  Amen.

Amy Culwell (Alabama, USA)

November 25, 2021

GRATEFUL AND GENEROUS

READ 2 Corinthians 9:10-15

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

–2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will show gratitude to God by giving generously.

PRAYER

Generous God, thank you for your living-kindness and the blessings we receive each day.  Inspire us to be generous with everyone we can, in whatever ways we can.  In the name of the One who gave his life for us.  Amen.

Yesenia Rosado (Dominican Republic)

November 24, 2021

OPPORTUNITIES TO OBEY

READ Luke 9:57-62

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.

–Luke 9:62 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What small moments can I submit to Christ today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see you in the ordinary moments of daily existence.  Show us ways to submit our lives to you and to learn obedience.

Jason Koon (North Carolina, USA)

November 23, 2021

THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU

READ John 8:1-11

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

–2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus loves every person in my community.

PRAYER

Forgiving Christ, help us to love and pray for people who actions we cannot comprehend.  Amen.

Beverly Marshall-Goodell (Georgia, USA)

November 22, 2021

THE NARROW PATH

READ Luke 13:22-30

Jesus said, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door.”

–Luke 13:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Following Christ through the narrow door allows me to live abundantly.

PRAYER

Lead us, Lord, through the narrow door onto the narrow path where we may better recognize and appreciate your gifts to us.  Amen.

Ted Witham (Western Australia, Australia)

November 21, 2021

WAITING FOR GOD

READ Psalm 27:1-14

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

–Psalm 27:14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we wait in faith, we will see the goodness of God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your patience with us when we wait with worry and frustration.  Help us to draw strength and courage from you as we wait on your word.  Amen.

Mary Wisner (Michigan, USA)

November 20, 2021

A SENSE OF URGENCY

READ Luke 15:8-10

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

–Psalm 105:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will search for Jesus as urgently as he seeks me.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we forget to prioritize our faith, and help us to pursue your wisdom as we journey day by day.  Amen.

Travis Teague (North Carolina, USA)

November 19, 2021

TRUSTING GOD

READ Exodus 17:1-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

–Proverbs 3:5-6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God sees my need and will always answer.

PRAYER

Help us, Lord, to trust you always.  Amen.

Carol Macwan (Gujarat, India)

November 18, 2021

STRENGTH AND PEACE

READ 2 Corinthians 12:2-20

Paul wrote, “[The Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me and is present in every situation.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, when we face trials that seem insurmountable, thank you for your love, mercy, and grace that provide us strength, hope, and unexplained peace.  Amen.

John Wesley “Wes” Sexton (South Carolina, USA)

November 17, 2021

OUR NOISY WORLD

READ 1 Kings 19-9-12

Be still, and know that I am God.

–Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the quiet I can hear God’s voice.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us to quiet ourselves amid the chaos around us so that we can hear your vice more clearly.  Amen.

Lori Hatcher (South Carolina, USA)

November 16, 2021

GOD CAN

READ 1 Peter 5:6-11

Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you.

–1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will guide me in whatever God has asked me to do.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for helping us to move past our fears.  Help us to trust that you will equip us for the tasks you ask of us.  Amen.

Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

November 15, 2021

GREATER LOVE

READ Genesis 1:26-31

If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

–Matthew 17:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is greater than my struggles.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your love and compassion.  Help us to remember that you are greater than all our struggles.  We pay the prayer Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.

Reece Martin (Texas, USA)

November 14, 2021

GOD HEALED MY HEART

READ Matthew 9:18-22

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

–Psalm 34:17-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God hears and answers my prayers.

PRAYER

Dear God, heal those who are broken, both physically and spiritually.  Give us all new days and new ways to find the joy in our lives.  Amen.

Penny Frost McGinnis (Ohio, USA)

November 13, 2021

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

READ Hosea 11:1-8

When Israel was a child, I loved him…How can I give you up, Ephraim?  How can I hand you over, Israel?

–Hosea 11:1,8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God faithfully loves me, I will faithfully love others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your unconditional love that spills over into our lives and hearts.  Give us the courage to love others even when it is difficult.  Amen.

Dianne Fegan (Queensland, Australia)

November 12, 2021

NO MATTER THE DISTANCE

READ Matthew 8:5-13

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.  But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

–Matthew 8:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No distance can separate me from God.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to have the faith to know that you hear our prayers, no matter the time or distance.  Watch over our loved ones who are suffering.  Amen.

Johnny Nelson (Texas, USA)

November 11, 2021

GOD LIFTS US

READ Esther 10:1-3

[The Lord our God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghilll; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

–Psalm 113:7-8

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My pain is a process that God is helping me through.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, you see our pain and shame.  Teach us to have confidence in you to lift us up regardless of our present situation.  Amen.

Oluwasola Jegede (Lagos, Nigeria)

November 10, 2021

OFFERING WHAT WE HAVE

READ Psalm 118:21-25

The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

-Psalm 118:22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What I reject, God may use for good.

PRAYER

Gracious God, may your Spirit flow through those parts of us that we have given up on.  Help us to look for the blessings in others that they may not see.  Amen.

Jonathan Scott (Connecticut, USA)

November 9, 2021

FOLLOWING THE CALL

READ John 10:25-29

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

–John 10:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can always trust the voice of my Shepherd.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to follow you, trusting in your care for us.  Amen.

Jessica E. Dutton (Maine, USA)

November 8, 2021

A CHANGE OF FOCUS

READ Acts 1:4-8

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

–Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God shifting the focus of my life.

PRAYER

Interrupt us, O God, when our focus needs to shift.  Inspire us to be ready to share your good news.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Lillian Saldana Campos (La Habana, Cuba)

November 7, 2021

AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

READ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

–2 Corinthians 5:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I represent Christ when I live out his love.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we fail to represent you well, and strengthen us with your never-ending love and grace to renew our commitment to you.  Amen.

Todd Diedrich (Wisconsin, USA)

November 6, 2021

INHERITANCE

READ Psalm 145:1-13
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
–Psalm 145:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My faithful living can make a difference for future generations.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for those who have left faithful legacies.  Help us to live faithfully for the sake of future generations.  Amen.

Candice Lucy (British Columbia, Canada)

November 5, 2021

OFFERING HELP

READ Matthew 5:38-42

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

–Matthew 5:42 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even one generous act can inspire change in our world.

PRAYER

Loving God, grant us the courage to help others in any way we can.  May we glorify you and show your love through acts of charity.  Amen.

Becca Stiegelmar (Texas, USA)

November 4, 2021

NAVIGATION

READ PSALM 119:105-112

I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.

–Psalm 119:93

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s guidance is always trustworthy.

PRAYER

Help us, O God, to study scripture carefully so that we can remain on the road that leads to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed by they name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV) Amen.

Kazuo Ishikawa (Akita, Japan)

November 3, 2021

A CHANGE IN PATTERN

READ Psalm 103:1-5

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

–2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praising God can renew my spirit and give me strength.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for showing us the ways you want us to live — in our thoughts, our words, and our deeds.  Amen.

Deloris Kight (Floriday, USA)

November 2, 2021

SPRING FLOWERS

READ Song of Songs 2:10-13

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

–Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I get frustrated by the weeds of life, I will look for God’s flowers.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, open up our eyes and hearts to the newness we can experience as we walk with you.  Amen.

Jerrie Green (West Virginia, USA)

November 1, 2021

A GUIDING HAND

READ Psalm 28:1-9*

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.

–Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me recognize my strengths.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for always being with us.  Grant us the faith to trust in your guidance, and help us to recognize your hand at work in our lives.  Amen.

Margaret Martin (Australian Capital Territory, Australia)

October 31, 2021

FOLLOW CHRIST

READ John 21:20-23

Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?  You must follow me.”

–John 21:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am called to follow Christ.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for the wisdom you shared with us through your Son.  Help us to follow him to glorify your holy name.  In his name we pray.  Amen.

Chad Radune (Ohio, USA)

October 30, 2021

CASTING NETS

READ Luke 5:1-11

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

–Luke 5:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Holy Spirit transforms hearts when I share Jesus’ story.

PRAYER

Guide us, Holy Spirit, that we may hear your call and be faithful in casting our nets, even when we feel inadequate.  Amen.

Rhonda Douglas (Texas, USA)

October 29, 2021

INTENTIONALLY MADE

READ Romans 12:4-8

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

–Psalm 139:14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will celebrate how God made me and use my skills for God’s glory.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see ourselves as you see us, and to appreciate who you have made us to be.  Amen.

Muyiwa Benralph Olaiya (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)

October 28, 2021

STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY

READ Daniel 3:19-30

One can be overpowered, but two together can put up resistance.

–Ecclesiastes 4:12 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help a brother or sister on the journey of faith today?

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, show us how we can help others.  Grant us the humility and wisdom to know when to ask for help ourselves.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Monica A. Andermann (New York, USA)

October 27, 2021

A GENUINE FAITH

READ Psalm 139:13-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.

–Psalm 139:23

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God knows my heart, thoughts, and desires.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, search our hearts.  Show us how to align our hearts and our actions so that others may know we follow you.  Amen.

Linda M. Harris (Virginia, USA)

October 26, 2021

WHEN YOU DON’T FIT IN

READ John 14:1-7

Jesus said, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”

–John 14:2-3

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of God’s grace, I always fit in.

PRAYER

Father God, regardless of what life deals us, thank you for your assurance and the comfort of knowing we have a place with you — both here and in the kingdom yet to come.  Amen.

D. Gerow Baker (Okalhoma, USA)

October 25, 2021

THE COLORS OF LIFE

READ Genesis 9:12-17

God said, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

— Genesis 9:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will remember God’s promise in the rainbow.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, be with us this day whatever our circumstances as we watch for signs of your love and mercy.  Amen.

Anne Rasmussen (England, United Kingdom)

October 24, 2021

THE LANGUAGE OF PRAYER

READ Ephesians 6:18-20

The Lord says,  “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

–Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The language of prayer can unite us.

PRAYER

Holy Jesus, we trust that  you hear us as we pray in our many languages.  Enrich our hearts as we listen for your response.  Amen.

Michelle L. Knight (Indiana, USA)

October 23, 2021

LIFE’S HURDLES

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.

–Hebrews 12:1 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me over every hurdle.

PRAYER

God of all strength and compassion, help us to seek you in times of need so that we may continue to run the race you have set before us.  Amen.

Jim Seymour (New York, USA)

October 22, 2021

DRY BONES

READ Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Lord God, proclaims to these bones:  I am about to put breath in you, and you will live again.

Ezekiel 37:5 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As we go through times of spiritual drought, let us wait for God to breathe life into us.

PRAYER

Dear God, speak to us in the valley and make our dry bones come alive again with your breath of life.  Amen.

Piyumi Kapugeekiyana (Sri Lanka)

October 21, 2021

GOD’S GARDEN

READ Psalm 104:27-35

Jesus said, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

–John 15:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s loving care and provision make my life more fruitful.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the loving care you provide each and every day.  Help us to grow and bloom as your disciples wherever we are planted.  Amen.

Jane Rager (Virginia, USA)

October 20, 2021

THE TELEPHONE TREE

READ John 15:1-5

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in yo, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

–John 15:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There are many ways to connect to God and to one another.

PRAYER

Gracious and loving God, thank you for providing us with creative ways to follow you and the reminder that church is not a building but a community of your faithful followers.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Doug Wingert (Arizona, USA)

October 19, 2021

NO LONGER A STRANGER

READ Ephesians 2:11-22

You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.

–Ephesians 2:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I keep my focus on God, all labels fall away.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for welcoming us as members of your household.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Teresa Naidoo (KwaZulu,-Natal, South Africa)
October 18, 2021

A CHANGE OF DIRECTION

READ Psalm 92:1-5

The Lord will guide you always.

–Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will always find joy on the path God chooses for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, Help us to let go of preconceived ideas so that we can hear your voice of wisdom for our lives.  Amen.

Andrea Woronick (Connecticut, USA)

October 17, 2021

‘SHOW’ VS. ‘SURE’

READ Luke 18:9-14

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

–James 2:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sure faith is based on obedience to God.

PRAYER

Help us, O God, to have a strong foundation and a sure faith.  Amen.

Cassius Rhue (South Carolina, USA)

October 16, 2021

AN UNEXPECTED ANSWER

READ 1 Kings 19:1-13

Then [Elijah] lay down under the bush and fell asleep.  All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”

1 Kings 19:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can renew my strength in unexpected ways.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your love and provision.  Thank you for always giving us what we need, even when we don’t know what to ask for.

Tandy Balson, (Alberta, Canada)

October 15, 2021

IN ALL SEASONS

READ Psalm 92:12-15

In old age [the righteous] still produce fruit.

–Psalm 92:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter the circumstance, God is faithful.

PRAYER

Loving and eternal God, we praise you for the people who have taught us to walk in faith with confidence and with hope.  May your love guide us in faithful living all our days.  Amen.

Karen Christy Kurtz (North Carolina, USA)

October 14, 2021

THROUGH THE WAVES

READ Luke 8:4-15

These are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.

–Luke 8:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As I draw nearer to God, my burdens become lighter.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to grow closer to you and to trust that you will help us carry any burden life brings us.  Amen.

Kaycee Reardon (West Virginia, USA)

October 13, 2021

EQUIPPED

READ 2 Timothy 3:1-7

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

–2 Timothy 3:16-17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Meditating on the word of God will equip me for my life’s journey.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the wisdom of your word.  Equip us by your mercy to handle any challenge life may present.  Amen.

Nelson Nwosu (Anambra, Nigeria)

October 12, 2021

SMALL GESTURES

READ Matthew 5:16 (NRSV)

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My positive attitude can share the light of Christ with others.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for loving us.  Help us to glorify you by reflecting your love through our everyday interactions with others.  Amen.

Nikki Dyess (Alabama, USA)

October 11, 2021

THE NIGHT SKY

–READ Psalm 8:1-9

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

–Psalm 8:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am wonderfully made in the image of God.

PRAYER

Lord of the universe, keep my attention turned upward so that I may find my place in this wondrous world you have created.

Doug Hagler (Tennessee, USA)

October 10, 2021

THE BIG, LIVING GOD

READ 1 Samuel 17:24-49

Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?

–1 Samuel 17:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because my God is big, I can face anything.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your living kindness that is new every morning.  Help us to focus on you rather than the magnitude of the problems we face.  

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

October 9, 2021

TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY

READ 1 Corinthians 13:1-11

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:  Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.  Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

–Isaiah 40:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will guide me to where I can be most helpful.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to serve others through faith, hope, and love.  Always remind us that every act of service, no matter how small, is important to you.  Amen.

David D. Felty (Indiana, USA)

October 8, 2021

SEARCHING FOR GOD

READ Psalm 42:1-11

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.

–Psalm 42:1 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even if all that feels safe and normal gets taken away, God will never leave me.

PRAYER

Dear God, when we feel overwhelmed and lost, help us not to give up seeking your presence.  Give us clear eyes to see you at work in ways we never expected.

Heather Howell (Florida, USA)

October 7, 2021

ETERNAL LIFE

–READ John 4:9-14

The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

–John 4:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God” (Ps.42:2, NIV).

PRAYER

Giver of life eternal, thank you for offering the gift of living water to satisfy our souls.  We pray the prayer Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen

Alberto Jeronimo Quesada (Santiago, Chile)

October 6, 2021

ORDINARY

READ Psalm 34:17-20

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

–Psalm 20:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s peace is available in ordinary moments.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for transforming our common-place routines and experiences into conduits for your peace.  Give us eyes to see your presence all around us.  Amen.

Victoria Walsh (Montana, USA)

October 5, 2021

FOUL BALL!

READ Ephesians 2:6-10

God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

–Ephesians 2:6-7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus is the greatest gift of kindness I’ll ever receive,

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for showing us your kindness through the love and sacrifice of Jesus.  In his name we pray.  Amen.

Chuck Kralik (Missouri, USA)

October 4, 2021

A WISE MAN’S LEGACY

READ Deuteronomy 11:18-23

A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.

–Proverbs 13:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I share my faith with younger generations?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, place your truth in our hearts through the reading of your word so that we may carry your wisdom and comfort throughout life.  Amen.

Fiona M. Jones (Scotland, United Kingdom)

October 3, 2021

EVERY STEP

READ Luke 9:23-27

[Jesus] said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

–Luke 9:23 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I never walk alone with I walk with Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, help us to take up our crosses daily and follow you.  Give us compassion for those in need, and give us strength when the journey is difficult.

Sherri Tuck (Virginia, USA)

October 2, 2021

BEAUTY IN THE DETAILS

READ 1 Samuel 16:4-7

God doesn’t look at things like humans do.  Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.

–1 Samuel 16:7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can reflect God’s love by taking time to notice others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us show kindness to everyone we meet today.  Amen.  

Steven Paul Simmons (Texas, USA)

October 1, 2021

GOD’S GUIDANCE

READ Joshua 1:1-9

Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.  Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.  Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.

–Psalm 119:33-35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will seek and follow God’s guidance.

PRAYER

O God, forgive us when we fail to prioritize time with you.  Write your word on our hearts and increase our understanding so that we will always be open to your guidance.  Amen.

Lily Castro (Madrid, Spain)

September 30, 2021

NEVER ALONE

READ Romans 1:8-12

This is the boldness we have in [the Son of God], that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

–1 John 5:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will answer my prayers — sometimes when I least expect it.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for answering our prayers in unexpected ways.  May we be the answer to someone’s prayer today.  Amen.

Nanci Lamar (Tennessee, USA)

September 29, 2021

LISTENING

READ Luke 10:38-42

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

–Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Listening is a spiritual gift that I can offer someone today.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be good listeners to everyone we encounter today.  Amen.

S. Thevanesan (New York, USA)

September 28, 2021

STRENGTHENED

Read 2 Timothy 4:14-18

The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.

— 2 Timothy 4:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am feeling drained, I remember that the Lord is nearby to give me strength.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for standing by us and giving us strength.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Vimbai Chizarura (Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe)

September 27, 2021

SERVE JESUS TODAY

READ Matthew 25:31-40

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

–Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day holds opportunities to serve God.

PRAYER

Loving Jesus, help us be present to those closest to us today so that our service may be a reminder of your love for the world.  Amen.

Teresita Matos-Post (Florida, USA)

September 26, 2021

MISS MABLE

READ Matthew 10:13-15

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I living the gospel for others to see?

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for children.  Guide those who teach them with your love and grace.  Help us to encourage and support others who lead children in learning about Jesus.  Amen.

Jim Harris (Virginia, USA)

September 25, 2021

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

–Philippians 4:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will practice focusing on what pleases God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your patience with us.  Help us as we work to rid our minds of negative thoughts and instead focus on you.  Amen.

Marianne Jones (Ontario, Canada)

September 24, 2021

PATIENT GARDNER

READ Luke 13:6-9

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.  The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.

–James 5:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I’m impatient, God is patient with me.

PRAYER

Father of us all, thank you for not losing patience with us.  Sustain us like the patient gardener.  Amen.

Bill Pike (Virginia, USA) 

September 23, 2021

DARK NIGHT WITH GOD

READ Genesis 32:22-30

I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.

–Isaiah 45:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I find some of God’s most valuable gifts in places I least expect.

PRAYER

Dear God, make your presence powerfully known to us when we are despairing.  Bring us to new life through Christ.  Amen.

Valerie Bryant Bennett (Tennessee, USA)

September 22, 2021

LET US BE ONE

READ Psalm 133:1-3

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

–Psalm 133:1

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I glorify God when I live in love and unity with others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to contribute to the unity of your church and to live in harmony with others.  Amen.

Roberto Fernandez-Acosta (Havana, Cuba)

September 21, 2021

CALLED TO HELP

READ 1 Kings 17:1-6

You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.

–1 Kings 17:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I answer God’s call to provide for others today?

PRAYER

God of all the world, make us channels of your blessings.  Help us seize every opportunity to show your love to the people around us.  Help us be the ravens who provide for your servants.  Amen.

Frances Huezo (California, USA)

September 20, 2021

FACING CHANGE

READ Jeremiah 29:10-14

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “Plans for your welfare and not for harm, to giv you a future with hope.”

–Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Change is part of God’s good plan for my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, remind us to trust in you and remain positive in the face of change.  Keep us on the path of righteousness as we work to accomplish the goals you have set for us.  Amen.

Collin Kelly (Texas, USA)

September 19, 2021

THE VULNERABILITY OF LOVE

READ John 13:1-7

Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

–John 13:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Letting someone care for me is an act of love.

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for your love for us.  Help us to share your loving care with someone today.  Amen.

April McIntyre (England, United Kingdom)

September 18, 2021

MAKING A WAY

READ Isaiah 12:2-5

Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.

–Isaiah 12:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will praise God for making a way in my life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for making a way for us when there seems to be no way forward.  Help us to trust in you as we wait.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Michael Kimmel (Texas, USA)

September 17, 2021

A BALANCED LIFE

READ Psalm 16:1-11

Seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these thing shall be added unto you.

–Luke 12:31 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I get distracted, I can reset by seeking God first.

PRAYER

Father God, as we go about our busy days, draw us close to you.  Help us seek your will and walk in your way.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heave, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen” (Matt 6:9-13 (KJV)

Belinda Jo “B.J.” Mathias (Mississippi, USA)

September 16, 2021

BEYOND UNDERSTANDING

READ Job 38:1-7

The Lord spoke to Job, “Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?  Tell me, if you know all this.”

–Job 38:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Only God’s understanding is perfect.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us understand our smallness and humbly learn to respect people whose understanding and beliefs are different from ours.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Marcal Ainsa I Bertran (Catalonia, Spain)

September 15, 2021

HOPE AND FUTURE

READ 1 Timothy 4:7-16

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

–1 Timothy 4:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I spend time in prayer and Bible reading, I renew my strength.

PRAYER

Loving God, as we grow in an ever-changing and sometimes unjust world, renew our strength daily.  Walk with us and help us to be a light for others.  Amen.

Melissa Yamaguchi (Hawaii, USA)

September 14, 2021

GOD’S ENDURING LOVE

READ Psalm 103:7-18

The Lord’s faithful love is from forever ago to forever from now  for those who honor him.

–Psalm 103:17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Despite my imperfections, God will always love me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the assurance that you will never toss us aside.  Thank you for loving us just as we are.  Amen.

Phyllis J. Brockwell (Virginia, USA)

September 13, 2021

FINISHING STRONG

READ Luke 12:22-34

[Jesus] said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.”

–Luke 12:22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides for me through the kindness of others.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the ways you provide for us through others.  Help us to do your work and provide for others when we can.  Amen.

Ehi-kowochio Ogwiji (FCT, Nigeria)

September 12, 2021

A GRANDMOTHER’S LEGACY

READ Deuteronomy 6:4-9

The Lord said, “Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.  Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and whey you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”

–Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of Jesus’ love for me, I always have love to give.

PRAYER

Thank you, loving God, for parents and grandparents who create a positive, everlasting influence on their children by centering their lives on your word.  Amen.

Dona Bakker (California, USA)

September 11, 2021

RESPONDING IN LOVE

READ Matthew 5:38-42

Do not resist and evildoer.  But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.

–Matthew 5:39 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I want to retaliate, I will respond with love.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the way you love us.  Give us the strength to respond to others with love.  Amen.

Grant Roth (Missouri, USA)

September 10, 2021

GREAT LOVE

READ Romans 5:6-8

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

–John 3:16

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I reciprocate God’s love for me?

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for your infinite love that truly surpasses all understanding.  Help us to feel this love that is the same yesterday, today, and through eternity.  Amen.

Azaalia Alecon (Dominican Republic)

September 9, 2021

WHY NOT YOU?

READ Exodus 4:1-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has great plans in store for me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, no matter what we have done, or what problems we have, help us to remember that you have chosen us to participate in your wonderful plan.  Amen.

Benjamin Medellin, Jr. (Texas, USA)

September 8, 2021

THE BIRDBATH

READ James 2:1-8

My brothers and sisters, when you show favoritism you deny the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

–James 2:1 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will try to see everyone as God does.

PRAYER

Our heavenly Father, when we interact with others, help us to remember that we are all your creation.  Help us all to love one another as you have loved us.  Amen.

Phyllis A. Edwards (North Carolina, USA)

September 7, 2021

TREASURES

READ Matthew 6:19-22

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

–Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What eternal treasures have I stored in my heart?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the reminder that we are just stewards of our earthly possessions, while the treasures we build in our hearts are eternal.  Amen.

Agnes Wee (Singapore)

September 6, 2021

TRUE JOY

READ Romans 5:1-5

Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.

–James 1:2-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What challenges have taught me to rely on God?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for remaining with us through our struggles.  Help us to find true joy in you.  Amen.

Jacob Foster (California, USA)

September 5, 2021

TWO LITTLE WORDS

READ Matthew 25:14-21

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!”

–Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I focus my mind and heart on scripture, God can transform my life.

PRAYER

O God, we know that you are the way, the truth, and the life.  Help us turn to you first, before deciding or acting on our own.  Amen.

June O. Bond (Maryland, USA)

September 4, 2021

TOGETHER IN PRAYER

READ Romans 12:9-13

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

–Romans 12:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying with others connects us all to God.

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for hearing our prayers.  We pray as you taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Pauline Pullan (England, United Kingdom)

September 3, 2021

WELL-MARKED PATH

READ Psalm 119:25-32

You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy.

–Psalm 16:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My path is always clearer when God is my guide.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, always be our guide, for without you we are truly lost.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

September 2, 2021

CHILD OF GOD

READ Genesis 1:26-31

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

–Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

All the children of the world are children of God.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for creating all of humankind in your image.  Forgive us when we fail to love others the way you love us.  Amen.

Marnie Cotton (Tennessee, USA)

September 1, 2021

BEFORE A BREAKTHROUGH

READ Joshua 6:1-20

At the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout!  For the Lord has given you the city.”

–Joshua 6:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When doubts arise, I will praise the Lord’s faithfulness.

PRAYER

Merciful god, thank you for always being faithful.  Teach us to praise you and trust in your deliverance even before we see a breakthrough in our situation.  Amen.

Madeline Twooney (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

August 31, 2021

NATURE’S HEALING

READ Job 12:7-10

Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

–Ecclesiastes 11:& (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am hurting, God offers healing in unexpected ways.

PRAYER

Creator God, thank you for the wonder of your creation through which you mend our hurting hearts.  Amen.

–Pat Luffman Rowland (Tennessee, USA)

August 30, 2021

REDEMPTION

READ Psalm 31:19-24

Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love.

–Psalm 31:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can be a reminder of God’s grace for others.

PRAYER

Dear God, lead us into your light, love, and eternal life.  Amen.

Serhiy Lohinov (Ukraine)

August 29, 2021

THE PERFECT CROSS

READ John 19:17-30

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

–Luke 9:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me more than I could ever imagine.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for loving us, especially when we do not feel lovable.  Thank you for your forgiveness and grace.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Steven Paul Simmons (Texas, USA)

August 28, 2021

GOD-GIVEN GIFTS

READ 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

–Psalm 139:13, 16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I use my gift to glorify God today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to recognize our gifts and talents so that we may use them to serve one another and glorify your name.  Amen.

Janet Pierce (Tennessee, USA)

August 27, 2021

GOD STILL LOVES US

READ John 11:1-16

Though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed for two days longer in the place where he was.

–John 11:5-6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when my prayers seem unanswered, God still loves me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember that you love us always, even when things don’t go the way we hope.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

August 26, 2021

ONLY TRYING TO HELP

READ Romans 8:28-39

If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

–Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is for me, not against me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving and caring for us.  Forgive us when we resist your help.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Chuck Kralik (Missouri, USA)

August 25, 2021

GIVING BACK

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

–2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What will I give back to God today?

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for all the blessings you have given us.  May our gifts reflect our gratitude for all that you have done.  Amen.

Christine Adhikari (Georgia, USA)

August 24, 2021

LIFE TOGETHER

READ Hebrews 10:19-25

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together…but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How does my Christian community strengthen my faith?

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for the gift of Christian community.  Continue to reveal yourself to us as we fellowship with one another.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV)  Amen.

Mavula Sabbath Kefas (Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany)

August 23, 2021

WATCHFUL PARENT

READ Psalm 46:1-11

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

–Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is forever my watchful parent.

PRAYER

Creator of all, help us to keep our gaze fixed on you and to give you all glory, honor, and praise for all that you do.  Amen.

Teresa L. Seaburg (Texas, USA)

August 22, 2021

LOVING GOD

READ Matthew 22:34-40

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

–Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will turn my thoughts to God.

PRAYER

Dear Father, forgive us for our careless thoughts that do no honor you.  Thank you for the scriptures that redirect our thoughts.  Amen.

Nancy Brow (California, USA)

August 21, 2021

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER

READ Lamentations 3:25-33

No one is cast off by the Lord forever….he will show compassion, so great in his unfailing love.

–Lamentations 3:31-32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my grief, God is near.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember that you will never abandon us, no matter the circumstances.  Give us strength to persevere in our faith even as we mourn.  Amen.

David Angango (Nairobi, Kenya)

August 20, 2021

BROKEN BEAUTY

READ 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

–Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can heal my brokenness and give me purpose.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your limitless love and for meeting us in our brokenness. Continue to make us into beautiful works that bring glory to you.  Amen.

Mendy Creswell Huskey (Tennessee, USA)

August 19, 2021

LIVING FAITH

READ James 5:13-16

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

–James 2:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What symbol of my faith reminds me to trust in God?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for those who take the time to demonstrate their faith in a way that blesses others.  Help us to be open to opportunities to do the same.  Amen.

Mary Hunt Webb (New Mexico, USA)

August 18, 2021

THE BEST PATH

READ Psalm 25:1-6

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.

–Psalm 25:4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My confidence rests in God, who leads me in the right paths.

PRAYER

O God, we praise you for your presence with us.  Help us to trust in your guidance for our lives.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Jairon Otoniel Santana Suarez (Dominican Republic)

August 17, 2021

MY NEIGHBORS

READ Luke 10:25-37

Jesus asked, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”  Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

–Luke 10:36-37

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Everyone I meet is my neighbor.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us extend our prayers to include people and situations we don’t know well so that we can learn to embrace all people as our neighbors.  Amen.

Lori Hulvey (Illinois, USA)

August 16, 2021

GRABBING ON TO GOD

READ Mark 5:21-34

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

–Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter how I reach out, God is ready to support me.

PRAYER

Thank you, Holy One, for always being near , our ever-present help in times of need.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

–Philip A. Rice (Michigan, USA)

August 15, 2021

ALWAYS THERE

READ John 14:15-31

Jesus said to [Thomas], “Have you believed because you have seen me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

–John 20:29 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer and Bible reading help me to feel God’s presence.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for helping us when we are uncertain.  Thank you for always being near when we pray.  Amen.

Norma Sarian (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

August 14, 2021

A SON’S WISH TO SERVE

READ Acts 20:32-35

The Lord Jesus himself said:  “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

–Acts 20:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I serve God today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to develop hearts that want to serve others as we follow you.  Amen.

Steven Lee (Illinois, USA)

August 13, 2021

PROVIDED FOR

READ Luke 12:22-34

The Lord said, “If you follow my statutes and keep my commandments and observe them faithfully, I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce.”

–Leviticus 26:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Relying on God opens me to new possibilities.

PRAYER

Dear Father in heaven, thank you for your constant love.  Strengthen our faith so that we may grow closer to you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Kelly Desclos-Estes (Virginia, USA)

August 12, 2021

SUPPORTING HAND

READ Psalm 139:1-12

If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.

–Psalm 139:9-10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love and care for me has no borders.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your guidance, strength, and support no matter where we go.  Amen.

Zafar Iqbal (Ontario, Canada)

August 11, 2021

IN THE SILENCE

READ 2 Timothy 1:5-10

May the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him.

–Hebrews 13:20-21

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sometimes God speaks most powerfully through silence.

PRAYER

Dear God, strengthen us to be your loving presence to those who are hurting or in crisis.  If we are let to speak, speak through us.  Amen.

Sherry Graf (Colorado, USA)

August 10, 2021

MOVING MOUNTAINS

READ Matthew 17:14-20

Truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for your.

–Matthew 17:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can accomplish great things through faith in Jesus Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Father, no matter how small or insignificant we might feel, grant us the faith to serve others.  Amen.

John Grube (Texas, USA)

August 9, 2021

GOD’S WAY, NOT MINE

Read Romans 12:9-21

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.

–Romans 12:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I feel hurt, I can remember what scripture has taught me.

PRAYER

O God, help us learn to forgive when we feel hurt by others so that reconciliation may come.  Amen.

Sultana Butt (Karnataka, India)

August 8, 2021

COMPLETELY CALM

READ Matthew 8:23-27

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.

–Matthew 8:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever I am going through, Jesus knows and cares about it.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for never leaving us in our time of need.  Help us to fully trust you and your timing.  Amen.

Jen Chapman (West Virginia, USA)

August 7, 2021

LEARNING ABOUT HOPE

READ Romans 5:1-5

Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

–Romans 5:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In my suffering, God can lead me to hope.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to feel your presence with us in difficult times.  Guide us as we seek to nurture and maintain hope in you.  Amen.

Ralph Thompson (Ohio, USA)

August 6, 2021

ENOUGH

READ John 6:1-14

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over.  Let nothing be wasted.”

–John 6:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can meet any need.  (See Phil. 4:19)

PRAYER

Thank you, God, that there is grace enough and love enough for each of us today and every day.  Amen.

Hilary Allen (England, United Kingdom)

August 5, 2021

IMITATORS

READ Ephesians 5:1-2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —h his good, pleasing and perfect will.

–Romans 12:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will seek to imitate the love of Christ.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the example of Christ’s sacrificial love.  Help us to imitate his love in our attitudes and actions.

Montra C. Weaver (Texas, USA)

August 4, 2021

A BIG LITTLE PRAYER

READ Proverbs 3:1-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

–Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Small prayers can create strong connections to God.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for always being with us, guiding and protecting us.  Amen.

Matthew L. Harper (Georgia, USA)

August 3, 2021

STANDING FIRM

READ Romans 1:8-17

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord

–Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s strength and power help me to live faithfully.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for never forsaking your children, even in the most difficult situations.  Amen.

Mariya Lohinova (Ukraine)

August 2, 2021

WORTH THE WAIT

READ Galatians 6:7-10

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

–Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I do not see results, God is at work in my life.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to persevere in our efforts to do good.  Amen.

Jody Williams (Illinois, USA)

August 1, 2021

THE COMPLETE REGIMEN

READ James 2:14-24

Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

–James 2:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Putting my faith into action is my daily work.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to care for our bodies and our spirits so that we may live abundantly with you.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

July 31, 2021

A CAREGIVER’S TESTIMONY

READ 2 Corinthians 4:6-10

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.  The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense. 

–Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s strength will see me through.

PRAYER

Loving God, we look to you each day for your unfailing strength, love, and grace.  In all circumstances, your presence is our blessing, your strength our salvation.  Thank you, Lord.  Amen.

Digna Lebron Silva (Puerto Rico)

July 30, 2021

CLOSE TO HOME

READ 1 Peter 4:7-11

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.

–1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will present opportunities for me to serve every day.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we want to serve you now.  Show us the opportunities you have already put in front of us right where we are.  Amen.

Naomi Fata (New York, USA)

July 29, 2021

GOD’S VOICE

READ John 10:22-30

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.

–John 10:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will listen for God’s voice.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, you are the shepherd of our lives.  Help us to find quiet in our lives so that we can better listen for your voice.  Amen.

Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois, USA)

July 28, 2021

DON’T LOOK BACK

READ Genesis 19:15-26

Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

–Genesis 19:26  (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God I can go forward confidently.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to look forward to what you are doing in our lives and never to look back in regret.  Amen.

Melinda Eye Cooper (Tennessee, USA)

July 27, 2021

THE ROYAL LAW

READ Mark 12:28-34

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

–James 2:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I love someone as myself today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, fill our hearts with compassion so that we can love others as ourselves.  Amen.

Hitesh J. Solanki (Gujarat, India)

July 26, 2021

STEEP HILLS

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

The Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No hill is too steep when God walks with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, strengthen our faith.  Help us to remember that your strength never wavers and that you are ready to help us when we call out to you.  Amen.

Dara H. Gunnell (North Carolina, USA)

July 25, 2021

MY STORY ISN’T OVER

Read 1 Kings 19:1-9

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will seek God’s strength in my times of need.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, you know what is best for us.  Thank you for giving us strength for the day, even when we feel that we have nothing left to give.  Amen.

Tina Clark (Massachusetts, USA)

July 24, 2021

THE POWER OF SOLITUDE

READ Mark 1:35-38

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

–Luke 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Solitude can reenergize my faith.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to find periods of solitude and to use that time to grow nearer to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV)  Amen.

Thando Meck (Harare, Zimbabwe)

July 23, 2021

INTENTIONAL FARMERS

READ Matthew 13:1-8, 8-23

As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.

–Matthew 13:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I be intentional in the way I spread the gospel?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, Help us to be intentional in the ways we use our gifts to share our faith with others.  Amen.

Paul Cillo (Pennsylvania, USA)

July 22, 2021

SHIFTING SHADOWS

READ Psalm 27:1-5

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

–James 1:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I feel overcome by shadows, I can find slivers of God’s light.

PRAYER

God of light, when we are overwhelmed by fear and anxiety, help us to remember your love.  Amen.

Joanie Shawhan (Wisconsin, USA)

July 21, 2021

BRINGING OUT THE BEST

READ Matthew 5:13-16

You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

Matthew 5:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can use my faith to bring out the best in others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be like salt wherever we go.  May your presence in us influence and improve the world around us.  Amen.

Amorelle Browne (Grenada)

July 20, 2021

ALWAYS JOYFUL

READ Psalm 23:1-6

If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

–Romans 14:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Living a life in service to God brings joy.

PRAYER

O Father, accept the ways we help others in service to you.  By our example, allow others to find it in their hearts to serve you as well.  Amen.

Ishwarbhal Hirabhai Dabhi (New Jersey, USA)

July 19, 2021

BEYOND THE GALAXIES

READ Ephesians 3:14-21

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

–Psalm 8:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Despite the vastness of the universe, God’s love for me is greater still.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to understand the breadth of your love for us so that we can learn to love you and your creation better.  Amen.

Trudy Chun (Texas, USA)

July 18, 2021

GOD NEVER FORSAKES US

READ 1 Kings 8:54-61

May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us.

–1 Kings 8:57 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter what, God will never forsake me.

PRAYER

Dear God of grace, we thank you for your great love, mercy, and help in all our hardships.  May your name be blessed.  Amen.

Oleg Tservonoi (Tallinn, Estonia)

July 17, 2021

GRATITUDE

READ Isaiah 41:8-14

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Rather than focusing on my fears, I can focus on giving thanks.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your promise to strengthen us and help us.  Open our eyes to your many blessings.  We want to have thankful hearts.  Amen.

Amy Lynn Taylor (Colorado, USA)

July 16, 2021

LOST AND FOUND

READ Luke 15:3-7

I have strayed like a lost sheep.  Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.

–Psalm 119:176 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter how lost I feel, God will always find me.

PRAYER

Loving God, when we feel lost and troubled, remind us that you are always nearby, ready to guide us back home to you.  Amen.

Josie McChesney (Missouri, USA)

July 15, 2021

GIVE THE BEST

READ Hebrews 11:1-6

Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who come to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

–Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants what is best for me.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for all the opportunities you put before us.  Give us the courage to follow where you lead.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

July 14, 2021

PATIENT IN PRAYER

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

–James 5:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It may take time, but God will answer my prayers.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for those who faithfully and patiently pray for us.  Grant us patience to pray persistently for others.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

July 13, 2021

A SMALL THING

READ Matthew 10:29-31

Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

–Matthew 10:30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Ordinary moments can be the best reminders of God’s presence.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to remember just how much you love and care about us.  Help us to notice your mighty, merciful hand in the midst of daily life.  Amen.

Anna R. Johnson (Virginia, USA)

July 12, 2021

COMFORT FOR OTHERS

READ 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

–2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will share the comfort God has given me with others today.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to understand how the comfort you give us in trouble can console others in despair.  Amen.

Olaiya Muyiwa Benralph (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)

July 11, 2021

DISTRACTIONS

READ Matthew 14:13-23

When [Jesus] sent [the crowds] away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray.  Evening came and he was done

–Matthew 14:23 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I prioritize my faith today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to care for ourselves as we also care for others.  Nurture our faith so that your love and mercy can rise within us.  Amen.

Stacey Elza (West Virginia, USA)

July 10, 2021

CRUMBLING EMPIRES

READ Matthew 6:19-24

The Lord proclaims:  Cursed are those who trust in mere humans, who depend on human strength and turn their hearts from the Lord…Happy are those who trust in the Lord, who rely on the Lord.

–Jeremiah 17:5, 7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Trusting in God brings security that the world can never give.

PRAYER

Dear God, empower us to focus our hearts on you, not on the “crumbling empires” around us.  Amen.

Barney Cargile III (California, USA)

July 9, 2021

WHICH PATH?

READ Psalm 119:1-8

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.

–Psalm 119:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s guidance I can always find my way.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us wisdom each day to follow your way.  Amen.

Lorilee Guenter (Saskatchewan, Canada)

July 8, 2021

BEYOND RELUCTANCE

READ Colossians 2:1-7

Live your lives in {Christ}, rooted and built up to him and established in the faith.

–Colossians 2:6-7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I feel reluctant, God is still at work in me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to find our rootedness in you through following your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Douglas Ruffle (Tennessee, USA)

July 7, 2021

ON THE TRAIN

READ Psalm 86:8-10

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

–Psalm 133:1 (N(V

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My daily actions can invite others into worship.

PRAYER

God of Abraham, as we go about our daily routines, help us to remember that you can use any situation to show your love for others.  Amen.

Susan Cosper (Maryland, USA)

July 6, 2021

ANCHOR OF HOPE

READ Acts 27:13-26

Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.

–Acts 27:29 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus is my anchor of hope.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your faithfulness.  Help us to trust in the anchor your hope provides as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation”  (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Esa-Pekka Mattila (Finland)

July 5, 2021

BEYOND THE LABEL

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but he Lord looks at the heart.”

–1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What have I missed by focusing on the packaging and not the contents of God’s children?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to view others as you do.  May we not be distracted by outward appearances but instead look for value on the inside.  Amen.

Alice H. Murray (Florida, USA)

July 4, 2021

LIVING PROOF

Read Psalm 42:1-11

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.

–Matthew 22:37-38 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Being honest with God leads to healing and wholeness.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to love you with our whole heart and to share everything we feel and experience with you.  Amen.

Brian Valdez (Pennsylvania, USA)

July 3, 2021

CHRIST IS OUR STRENGTH

READ Philippians 4:4-13

I can do all this through [the Lord] who gives me strength.

— Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Our troubles are no match for the strength of Christ.

PRAYER

Merciful God, thank you for helping us overcome our troubles and for giving us family and loved ones.  We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Ysanny Luciano Guzman (Dominican Republic)

July 2, 2021

JOY IN THE PRESENT

READ Psalm 139:13-15

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”  For it is not wise to ask such questions.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (ps. 118:24 (NRSV)

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we trust you with all our days–past, present, and future.  May we live each day in joyful service to you.  Amen.

Monica A. Andermann (New York, USA)

July 1, 2021

A TETHER OF LOVE

READ John 10:11-15

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.”

–John 10:14-15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I choose my own way, God still loves me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us each day to seek and follow the guidance we find in your word.  Amen.

John Archer (Florida, USA)

June 30, 2021

I AM.  I WILL.

READ Isaiah 41:1-14

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when the Bible isn’t in my hand, God’s word can be in my heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your strength and your promise to be with us.  Amen.

Rebecca Ruth Whisnant (Alabama, USA)

June 29 2021

IN GOD’S PRESENCE

READ 1 Kings 19:6-18

After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentile whisper.

–1 Kings 19:11-12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How often do I accept God’s invitation to sit and to be still?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, teach us to be still before you and to humble our hearts so that we may rest in your presence.  Amen.

Tina Claxton (Ontario, Canada)

June 28, 2021

NEVER ALONE

READ Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus said to the disciples, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

–Matthew 28:20

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Lord is with me, today and every day.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for never leaving us alone.  Help us to remember that you are always with us, especially when life feels scary.  Amen.

DeVonna R. Allison (Florida, USA)

June 27, 2021

ONENESS IN CHRIST

READ Romans 12:1-8

In Christ, we though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

–Romans 12:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My community is a gift from God.

PRAYER

Liberating God, set us free to trust that as we share our joys and sorrows with others, we will all be brought closer to you in community.  Amen.

Stephane Brooks (Tennessee, USA)

June 26, 2021

OUR SHEPHERD

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
–Psalm 23:1 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will place my trust in God, our Shepherd.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to place our complete trust in you and find rest in your promises.  In the name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

Lilia Roberts (Chubut, Argentina)

June 25, 2021

NEVER ALONE

READ Joshua 1:1-9

The Lord said to Joshua, “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.”

–Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can take heart because Jesus is with me on my journey.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember that no matter how troubling life gets, you are always with us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jordan S. Hiquet (Pennsylvania, USA)

June 24, 2021

PURPOSE

READ Psalm 57:1-5

I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

–Psalm 57:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has a purpose for my life.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to take refuge in you and remember that our lives have purpose when we live them following your truth.  Amen.

Danielle Ripley-Burgess (Missouri, USA)

June 23, 2021

FAITH LIKE A CHILD

READ Matthew 18:1-5

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

–Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can learn much from the faith of children around me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to be truly your children, trusting in you and your care for us today and always.  Amen.

Paul Cillo (Pennsylvania, USA)

June 22, 2021

PROVIDED FOR

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full.

–Proverbs 19:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can help provide for others as God provides for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be willing to share what you have given us with those who have less.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

June 21, 2021

SENT TO ENCOURAGE

READ Luke 2:8-15

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

–Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for someone who needs my prayers.

PRAYER

O God, help us not only to receive strangers but also to respond with humility and thanksgiving when you send them to minister to us unexpectedly.  Amen.

Bill Weimer (Florida, USA)

June 20, 2021

WAVES OF TROUBLE

READ Psalm 46:1-6

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

–Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In times of trouble, I will hold on to God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for always being here for us.  Help us to turn quickly to you in times of trouble.  Thank you that we need not try to keep our balance on our own.  Amen.

Michelle T. Johnson (North Carolina, USA)

June 19, 2021

FINISHING WELL

READ Romans 5:1-8

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

–2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Faithful living allows me to finish life’s race well.

PRAYER

O Lord, we pray that we may finish well and win the crown of life with you.  Amen.

Carol Purves (England, United Kingdom)

June 18, 2021

FINDING OUR WAY HOME

READ Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

–Matthew 11:29-30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Reading the Bible daily guides me on life’s path.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for your beautiful creation and for the divine guidance you have shared with us through the Bible.  Thank you for showing us the way home through your risen son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Doug Wingert (Arizona, USA)

June 17, 2021

SLEEPING SOUNDLY

READ Psalm 3:1-8

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.  I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

–Psalm 3:5-6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I praise and worship God, I can find strength to face any problem.

PRAYER

Loving God, even in the midst of our problems, help us to sing songs of praise to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV). Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

June 16, 2021

LOAVES AND FISHES

READ John 6:5-13

Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?

–John 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can multiply my small offering to meet the needs of many.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, the need is great, and we are small.  But with your help, all things are possible.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Jane Reid (Oregon, USA)

June 15, 2021

FLOURISHING AGAIN

–READ Psalm 63:1-11

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

–Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter the circumstances, God’s love enables me to flourish.

PRAYER

Gracious God, may we never forget that you are always present.  Thank you for your love that guides us.  Amen.

Daniel Ladue (New York, USA)

June 14, 2021

NOT FEAR BUT LOVE

READ 2 Timothy 1:3-7

God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

–2 Timothy 1:& (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I give my fears to God, I can find peace.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to place our fears at your feet as we face illness.  Help us to entrust those we love to your care.  Amen.

Nancy R. Meyer (Nebraska, USA)

June 13, 2021

CALLED TO SERVE

READ Matthew 9:37-38

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

–Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The abundance God has given me is meant to be shared.

PRAYER

God of all, inspire us in ordinary and extraordinary ways.  Help us to heed your all to live out the good news of Jesus Christ by caring for all those in need.  Amen.

Ariel Rivera Garcia (Puerto Rico)

June 12, 2021

BEYOND WORDS

READ Romans 8:26-28

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

–Romans 8:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There are many ways for me to serve God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being able to use everything for good–even our weaknesses and trials.  May  we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us to do your work.  Amen.

Jennifer McCluskey (Virginia, USA)

June 11, 2021

ALWAYS WITH US

READ Psalm 62:1-8

The Lord your God is in your midst…He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing.

–Zephaniah 3:17 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my darkest moments, I can find rest in God’s presence.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your presence with us, even in the toughest time.  Amen.

Kevin McPoyle (Pennsylvania, USA)

June 10, 2021

UNIQUE

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

–Psalm 139:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am special because God made me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the unique talents that you have given each of us.  Use us to bring you glory.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Sahana Mathias (Karnataka, India)

June 9, 2021

NOW AND ALWAYS

READ Matthew 4:1-11

[Jesus] answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone but every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

–Matthew 4:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Talking with God and reading the Bible help me get through the day.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being with us in the wilderness.  Help us to keep in touch with you and to share your love with others.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Marilyn Dorn (Virginia, USA)

June 8, 2021

THE WOODPECKER

READ Romans 15:1-13

Whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction so that we could have hope through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures.

–Romans 15:4 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can go deeper into God’s word by pondering each verse.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we need you.  Help us to discern the wisdom of your word by reading it daily and savoring it.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Mark de Roo (Michigan, USA)

June 7, 2021

A GREEN RIBBON

READ Psalm 133:1-3

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

–Psalm 34:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who needs to hear my testimony today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for our spiritual brothers and sisters.  Help us not to miss opportunities to share your love with others.  Amen.

Pal Tunde (Pest, Hungary)

June 6, 2021

THE LANDSCAPE OF LIFE

READ Deuteronomy 11:8-15

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

–1 John 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each person I encounter is a precious child of God.

PRAYER

God of Creation, thank you for the beauty of the earth and of your people.  Help us love one another as you have loved us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Kim Sisk (Oklahoma, USA)

June 5, 2021

NURTURING LOVE

READ 1 Corinthians 2:9-13

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived” — [these] things God has prepared for those who love him.

–1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In our grief we can find healing by sharing God’s love.

PRAYER

Father God, show us the way.  Teach us to set aside our self-centered ways and to focus on you.  Amen.

Mike Starry (Virginia, USA)

June 4, 2021

REMINDERS OF GOD

READ Psalm 19:1-9

Give thanks to the God of heaven — God’s faithful love lasts forever!

–Psalm 136:26 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where have I seen reminders of God today?

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for the many glimpses of you that we can find every day.  Help us to share your love with others.  Amen.

Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)

June 3, 2021

BEYOND ALL UNDERSTANDING

READ Philippians 4:4-7

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am anxious, God offers me peace.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember that your peace is present amid our anxieties and uncertainties, waiting for us to take hold of it.  Amen

–Mikaela Horvath (California, USA)

June 2, 2021

COMPASSIONATE LISTENING

READ Hebrews 13:1-6

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

–Hebrew 13:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I share God’s love with someone in prison?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to have compassion for those who are incarcerated and to share with them the hope of the gospel.   In Jesus name.   Amen.

Pierce VanDunk (Massachusetts, USA)

June 1, 2021

A BROKEN WORLD

READ Psalm 119:1-16

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

–Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Reading God’s word reminds me that God loves the world.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the gift of your word.  Help us to grown in our relationship with you.  Amen.

T. L. Valluy (Lle-de-France, France)

May 31, 2021

CONNECTED BY PRAYER

READ Philippians 1:3-8

Paul wrote, “I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers.”

–Philippians 1:3 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer connects us together in the bonds of love.

PRAYER

O, God, who calls us family, be with those we love this day, and hold us together in your heart.  Amen.

Michael Johnson (Pennsylvania, USA)

May 30, 2021

THE LIGHT

READ John 8:12-19

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

–Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my light.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for filling our lives with your light.  Amen.

Kathleen Harder (Texas, USA)

May 29, 2021

RAVENS AND ANGELS

READ Matthew 25:31-40

The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

–1 Kings 17:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will help another person today as God has helped me.

PRAYER

Merciful God, raise our awareness of those who do not have daily bread.  Multiply our efforts to help as much as we can, whenever we can, wherever we can, as we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.

J. Joel Sobalvarro Nieto (Francisco Morazan, Honduras)

May 28, 2021

FAITHFUL WITNESS

READ Isaiah 46:3-9

Even to your old age and gray hairs….I will sustain you.

–Isaiah 46.4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter my age, I can serve God.;

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for people whose faithful lives show us how to share your good news.  Amen.

JudyAnn Krell Morse (Iowa, USA)

May 27, 2021

TIME IS PRECIOUS

READ Psalm 18:1-19

[The Lord] brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

–Psalm 18:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will set aside distractions to spend time with God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for always being present, even when we are too busy to notice.  Help us to realize the joy of spending time in your presence.  Amen.

Jane Rager (Virginia, USA)

May 26, 2021

MERCY

READ Obadiah vv. 10-15

You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.

–Obadiah v 12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I pray sincerely for an enemy, God can change my heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, enable us by your love to bless those who have disappointed us and to pray sincerely for our enemies.  Amen.

Andrew Michael Ardoin (Louisiana, USA)

May 25, 2021

GOD’S WINGS

READ Psalm 119:103-105

[God] will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.

–Psalm 91:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What image of God brings me comfort?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your word, which speaks to each of us.  Help us as we study it to find a message of love from you.  Amen.

Jan Leighton (Maine, USA)

May 24, 2021

A HOPEFUL FUTURE

READ Jeremiah 29:1-13

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through good and bad, God holds on to me.

PRAYER

Father of light, we pray for all who have lost loved ones.  Bring them peace and comfort.  Amen.

Amanda Thompson (Gauteng, South Africa)

May 23, 2021

HOMETOWN MISSION FIELD

READ Mark 16:9-20

You will receive power when the Holy spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

–Acts 1:8 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Offering to pray with my neighbors is a simple way to demonstrate God’s love.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for sending our helper, the Holy Spirit, so that we may serve as witnesses for Jesus wherever we are.  Amen.

Nikki Dyess (Alabama, USA)

May 22, 2021

A GOOD LIFE

READ Revelation 21:1-5

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The gifts God offers me do not end with this life.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for our eternal life in Christ.  Help us to await heaven with joy.  Amen.

Gus Browning (Texas, USA)

May 21 2021

EQUALLY BEAUTIFUL

READ 1 Corinthians 12:14-25

God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

–1 Corinthians 12:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can display God’s beauty where I am today.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for creating our beautiful world.  Help us to glorify you whenever we are.  Amen.

Jackie Johnson (Colorado, USA)

May 20, 2021

HOLY SIGNS

READ Acts 5:12-16

The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people.

–Acts 5:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What signs of God’s goodness can I leave for others today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the signs you have given us.  Most of all we thank you for your great love for us.  In the name of Jesus, who came to show us the way to you.  Amen.

William Elliot (Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)

May 19, 2021

TREASURED WORDS

READ Psalm 119-129-136

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

–Psalm 119:1-30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today and every day I will treasure God’s word.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your word.  Help us to unfold it like a treasured gift so that it fills our lives and our hearts.

Cindy Tanquary Peavy (Alabama, USA)

May 18, 2021

HOPE OF RENEWAL

READ Isaiah 40:27-31

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help, I can live in joy every day.

PRAYER

Dear God, remind us of your promise of renewed life.  Help us to live each day with joy and hope in you.  Amen.

Kadine Christie (Florida, USA)

May 17, 2021

FIRM BELIEF

READ Psalm 30:1-4

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.  O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.

–Psalm 25:1-2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me and never leave me alone.

PRAYER

God of all comfort, help us to trust that you are with us in all situations, especially in times of trouble.  As Jesus taught us, we pray “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we have also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen.

Kausar Amen (Punjab, Pakistan)

May 16, 2021

OUR PRAYER

READ Matthew 6:7-13

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.

–Romans 12:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Lord’s Prayer is my call to action.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, let your prayer be on our lips and guide our actions each day.  Your will be done.  Amen.

Donald Huffman (North Carolina, USA)

May 15, 2021

MANGOES FOR EVERYONE

READ Psalm 107:4-9

[The Lord} satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

–Psalm 107:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I share God’s merciful bounty with others?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for all that you provide for us.  Help us remember to share this bounty with one another in your holy name.  Amen.

Gretchen Nelson (Florida, USA)

 

May 14, 2021

IDENTITY IN CHRIST

READ Galatians 3:23-29

In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

–Galatians 3:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I show my identity as a child of God today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to show through our actions that we are your children.  Amen.

Luis David Arias (Bogota, Colombia)

May 13, 2021

THE FRAGRANCE OF LOVE

READ 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.

–2 Corinthians 2:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Opportunities to spread God’s love are all around me.

PRAYER

O God, because we are blessed by your love, we want to share it with everyone we meet today.  Strengthen us in our work for you.  Amen.

Jill Allen Maisch (Maryland, USA)

May 12, 2021

LISTEN AND ACT

READ Isaiah 20:1-6

At that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz.

–Isaiah 20:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will listen for and obey God’s guidance.

PRAYER

Loving God, help me to listen to your still, small voice and to obey your leading.  Amen.

W. Terry Whalin (Colorado, USA)

May 11, 2021

IN THE STORM

READ Mark 4:35-41

[Jesus] woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”  Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.

–Mark 4:39 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I face troubles, God will not forsake me.

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for your presence during our trials.  When we face troubles, help us always to find you in the midst of the storm.  Amen.

Madeline Twooney (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

May 10, 2021

FOLLOWING GOD’S CALL

READ Exodus 4:10-17

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.

–Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s call for me can become clearer when I trust God to provide.

PRAYER

Gracious and loving God, help us to truly listen and respond to your call for our lives.  Help us always to trust you.  Amen.

Gene Lankford (Alabama, USA)

May 9, 2021

LIVING WORD

READ 2 Peter 1:12-19

All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

–Romans 8:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can help make God’s word come alive for others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, guide us to use your living word as a testimony for others who are coming to know Christ.  Amen.

Melissa Yamaguchi (Hawaii, USA

May 8, 2021

BY GOD’S GRACE

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

It is by grace you have been saved.

–Ephesians 2:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God does not discard me; God redeems me.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to remember that it is only by your grace that we receive your salvation.  We are grateful for the assurance and joy it brings.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Awlwyn Balnave (British Columbia, Canada)

May 7, 2021

TRUE WEALTH

READ 1 Peter 4:8-11

God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My smallest gift can be a huge blessing.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us always to give cheerfully, as you so faithfully give to us.  In Christ’s name we ask this.  Amen.

Victoria Walsh (Montana, USA)

May 6, 2021

FREE FROM ANXIETY

READ Psalm 121:1-8

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In times of anxiety, I will look to God for guidance and comfort.

PRAYER

O God, bring peace to all who are suffering and courage to all who are afraid.  Amen.

Adam Pitman (North Carolina, USA)

May 5, 2021

ALWAYS READY

READ Acts 17:16-34

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction.

–2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can share the love of Jesus at any time.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, let our lives be to your glory.  Help us to share the joy of your word with others.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

May 4, 2021

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

READ 2 Peter 1:3-8

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can improve my spiritual health by reading God’s word and praying daily.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to quiet the distractions so that we can spend precious time with you. Amen.

Linda L. White (Illinois, USA)

May 3, 2021

THE SCARY BALLON

READ Isaiah 43:1-7

The Lord says, “Do not fear, for I am with you.”

–Isaiah 43:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s presence helps us live with peace and confidence.

PRAYER

Help us, heavenly Father, to release fear and reclaim faith in the face of trouble, trusting that you will see us through.  Amen.  

J. Leland Collins (Virginia)

May 2, 2021

“WHY, GOD?”

READ Judges 6:11-20

“Pardon me, my Lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?”

–Judges 6:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God understands my frailty and my fears.

PRAYER

Dear Father, sustain us when we question you and have doubts about situations we do not understand.  Give us the faith and courage to follow you anyway.  Amen.

Sandra Still (North Carolina, USA)

May 1, 2021

KIND WORDS

READ Luke 6:20-31

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

–Luke 6:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for an opportunity to speak God’s peace to someone.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to listen for your prompting, and help us to speak words of kindness and peace to those around us.  Amen.

Maire Simm (Tallinn, Estonia)

April 30, 2021

WHY ARE WE SURPRISED?

READ Mark 11:22-25

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

–Mark 11:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Faith is the cornerstone of my prayers.

PRAYER

Loving God, when we pray for guidance and help, fill us with trust as we seek your answer.  Amen.

David Knisely (Michigan, USA)

April 29, 2021

NEW UNDERSTANDING

READ John 3:14-21

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

–John 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will seek new understanding from familiar scriptures.

PRAYER

Loving God, as I read the Bible, help me to understand your word.  Amen.

Pal Tunde (Pest Hungary)

April 28, 2021

REPRESENTING CHRIST

READ 2 Timothy 2:3-5, 22-23

We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us.

–2 Corinthians 5:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I represent Christ today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us remember that we represent you wherever we are and to everyone we meet.  Amen.

Leland P. Gamson (Arizona, USA)

April 27, 2021

CHOOSING GOD

READ Isaiah 48:17-19

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.

–Isaiah 48:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can renew my mind when I spend time with God each day.

PRAYER

Dear God, teach us what is best for us, and direct us in the way we should go.  Amen.

Cathy Lee Taylor (Florida, USA)

April 26, 2021

CALL ON GOD

READ Psalm 126-1-6

Jesus began to weep.

–John 11:35 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer can lighten my burdens and bring me peace.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for listening to our prayers in time of difficulty.  In your Son’s name we pray.  Amen.

Helder Moises Mangumo (Maputo, Mozambique)

April 25, 2021

GOD OF THE FUTURE

READ Isaiah 49:14-16

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God holds the future, I can face tomorrow.

PRAYER

Lord of our future, help us to remember that you will never leave us or forsake us.  Comfort us and strengthen our faith in your promises.  Amen.

Aruna Sagar (South Carolina, USA)

April 24, 2021

ABUNDANT BLESSINGS

READ Philippians 4:10-20

God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

–2 Corinthians 9:8(NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will notice God’s work in the smallest blessings of my life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us not to lose sight of the blessings you have given us.  Remind us that the greatest gifts can come in the smallest ways.  Help us to focus on your influence in ours lives.  Amen.

Andrew Sulgit (West Virginia, USA)

April 23, 2021

RENEWED LIFE

READ Colossians 3:12-17

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.

–Romans 12:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am willing to change, God can transform my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to let go of negative feelings and behaviors.  By your power transform our lives into things of beauty.  Amen

Merry Gultom (West Java, Indonesia)

April 22, 2021

THE LABYRINTH

READ Psalm 16:5-11

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

–Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides us a path to follow and trusts us to follow it.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for leading us on the path of life.  Help us to remain on it faithfully.  Amen.

Abigail Mills (Arizona, USA)

April 21, 2021

PRAY CONTINUALLY

READ Romans 8:26-28

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

–1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when my prayers have no words, God is listening.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us remember to pray and to trust you no matter how bad life gets for us.  Amen.

Keren Philips (Karnataka, India)

April 20, 2021

OUR ALL

READ Colossians 3:23-25

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

–Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In whatever work God calls me to do, I will give my all.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the strength and motivation we need to work for your kingdom.

Joey Oritz (Texas, USA)

April 19, 2021

U-TURNS ALLOWED

READ Deuteronomy 31:1-8

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.

–Psalm 25:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Following God’s guidance can turn my life around.

PRAYER

Precious Lord, than you for giving us new opportunities and fresh starts.  Help us to follow your paths instead of our own.  Amen.

Jeanie Jacobson (Nebraska, USA)

April 18, 2021

LET IT HAPPEN

READ Acts 16:6-15

May the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him….The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this.

–1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will share my faith when God opens the door.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when we worry about how we can share the good news with others, help us trust you to prepare the way.  Amen.

Rose McCormick Brandon (Ontario, Canada)

April 17, 2021

GRACE AND COMFORT

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

–Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for God’s blessings in my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for all that you provide us.  Help us to recognize your blessings in tough times.  Amen.

Brayan Orellana (Texas, USA)

April 16, 2021

NOBLE WORK

READ Genesis 4:7-22

Whatever you do, you should do it all for God’s glory.

–1 Corinthians 10:31 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever my work, I can do it for God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us always to remember to use our talents for your glory.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jody Williams (Illinois, USA)

April 15, 2021

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

READ Matthew 9:18-26

Jesus replied, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you will see God’s glory?”

–John 11:40 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s faithfulness to me is unwavering.

PRAYER
O God, thank you for your steadfast faithfulness in good times and in times of adversity.  Amen.

Jairon Otoniel Santana Suarez (Dominican Republic)

April 14, 2021

LOVE AND PROTECTION

READ Psalm 4:4-8

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I wake and when I sleep, I will be mindful of God’s care.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to rejoice and be glad for the wonderful world you have given us and for the peace of knowing your love and protection are with us even as we sleep.  Amen.

Carol Shaw Johnston (Tennessee, USA)

April 13, 2021

ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE

READ Romans 12:9-13

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

–Romans 12:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When my zeal is lacking, God can use others to encourage me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for those who enthusiastically show their devotion to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Jim Bell (North Carolina, USA)

April 12, 2021

FAMILY TIME

READ Mark 3:31-35

Looking at those who sat around him, [Jesus] said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  Whoever does the will of god is my brother and sister and mother.”

–Mark 3:34-35 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Spending time with my spiritual family renews my faith.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, remind us of our need to spend time with our spiritual family.  Help us to make spiritual fellowship a priority.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nuinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

April 11, 2021

WITHOUT ENVY

READ 1 Samuel 18:6-16

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

–1 Corinthian 13:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can transform my heart and replace envy with love.

PRAYER

Merciful God, forgive us when we envy.  Reveal to us any envy in our hearts, and change our thoughts and hearts to love more like you.  Amen.

Lin Daniels (Massachusetts, USA)

April 10, 2021

SUNFLOWERS

READ Matthew 8:18-22

[Jesus] said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

–John 8:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s light will guide me, come rain or shine.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the light and guidance that you provide for us.  Help us to keep our eyes and hearts fixed on you.  Amen.

Julie Sipe (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 9, 2021

SPIRITUAL FOOD

READ Psalm 1:1-3

Do not…take your Holy Spirit from me.

–Psalm 51:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can find wisdom and strength in God’s word.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, come into our hearts and nurture us with wisdom and strength.  Amen.

Zoltan Szugyi (Budapest, Hungary)

April 8, 2021

GATHER YOUR ELEPHANTS

READ 1 Peter 5:1-11

Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

–1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will support a friend through prayer.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to share our struggles with those who surround and encourage us through prayer.  Amen.

Glenda Moore (Illinois, USA)

April 7, 2021

COMMITMENT

READ Matthew 22:34-39

Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always.”

–Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In what small way can I show love to a neighbor today?

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the strength daily to share your story of love with another person.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Teddy Rollins (Georgia, USA))

April 6, 2021

GOD RESTORES

READ Psalm 51:13-17

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

–Psalm 51:17 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love can restore anyone.

PRAYER

Father in heaven, thank you for your mercy and the way you restore our lives.  Amen.

Albert Dob (Bucharest Romania)

April 5, 2021

TIME WELL SPENT

READ 1 Kings 19:9-12

After the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

–1 Kings 19:12 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Everyday tasks can be time spent in God’s presence.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we crowd you out of our daily routines.  Help us to use even the mundane tasks of each day to focus on you and your wisdom.  Amen.

Judy Ransom (Florida, USA)

April 4, 2021

HE LIVES

READ 1 Peter 1:3-9

Since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

–1 Corinthians 15:21-22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For all who believe in Christ, death is not the last word.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ.  Help us to prepare for eternal life by serving others and bringing glory to your name.  Amen.

John D. Brown (Minnesota, USA)

April 3, 2021

IN ITS TIME

READ Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

[God] has made everything beautiful in its time.

–Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will measure my success according to God’s word.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to see your timing as a gift rather than a punishment.  Strengthen us so that we can participate with you in your timing.  Amen.

Katie Overbeek (Ontario, Canada)

April 2, 2021

PROMISE OF SPRING

READ Luke 23:39:43

Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

–Luke 23:43 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in times of sadness, God sends messages of hope and joy.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us keep our eyes on your brightness and glory when the world seems dark.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Gary E. Crum (Virginia, USA)

April 1, 2021

FINDING GOD IN LOSS

READ JOHN 14:25-27

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

–John 14:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am broken, God will help me rebuild.

PRAYER

Redeeming God, thank you for turning our mourning into joy.  Your love is our most precious gift.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Jan McDaniel (Georgia, USA)

March 31, 2021

GRACEFUL GREETINGS

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

–Ephesians 1:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I disagree with someone, I will first reach out in Christian love.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to show your love to everyone before we do anything else.  Amen.

Brennan Hurley (North Carolina, USA)

March 30, 2021

EVERYTHING I DO

READ Matthew 5:1-12

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

–Matthew 5:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I face ridicule and persecution, God is with me.

PRAYER

Faithful God, help us to share your word, and strengthen us so that we will not fear ridicule.  Amen.

Jacqueline London (Trinidad and Tobago)

March 29, 2021

A GREAT DAY

READ Mark 1:29-39

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

–Mark 1:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Spending time with God is the most important thing today.

PRAYER

Father God, when life’s demands distract us, help us to remember the importance of spending regular time in your presence.  Amen.

Cassius Rhue (South Carolina, USA)

March 28, 2021

UNEXPECTED LOVE

READ Psalm 119:73-80

The human mind may devise man plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.

–Proverbs 19:21 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love often shows up in unexpected ways.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us always to be open and ready for your unexpected plans for us.  Amen.

Xavia Arndt Sheffield (Pennsylvania, USA)

March 27, 2021

PERSEVERANCE

READ Luke 10:38-42

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

–Deuteronomy 6:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when it feels inconvenient, I will worship God.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to adore you untiringly and faithfully as we pray the prayer you taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11;2-4, KJV).  Amen.

Tomas Adao Calomba (luanda, Angola)

March 26, 2021

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

–READ Psalm 119:105-112

[O Lord], you are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.

–Psalm 119:68 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can always rely on God’s presence in my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your presence with us.  Help us to remain faithful to you, no matter the circumstances.

DeVonna R. Allison (Florida, USA)

March 25, 2021

ACTS OF KINDNESS

READ Galatians 6:7-10

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

–Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Someone will need an act of kindness from me today.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for all you do for us.  Help us not to grow weary in passing your love and kindness on to others.  Amen.

Doug Brady (Alabama, USA)

March 24, 2021

LIKE NEVER BEFORE

READ Acts 3:1-10

Taking [the lame man] by the right hand, [Peter] helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.  He jumped to his feet and began to walk.

–Acts 3:7-8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will put my trust in God’s power.

PRAYER

Almighty God, in difficult situations help us to trust that you can do miracles like we have never seen or heard of before.  Amen.

Linawati Santose (East Java, Indonesia)

March 23, 2021

MOSAIC

–READ 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

–Romans 8:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust God with the broken pieces of my life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we give you the broken pieces of ourselves.  Help us to trust that you will restore us and create something beautiful from our brokenness.  Amen.

Heather Hagstrom (Kansas, USA)

March 22, 2021

THE MASTER ARCHITECT

READ Matthew 7:24-27

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

–Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is the foundation of my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, guide our steps so that we can build your kingdom.  Amen.

Antonio Delapaz (Texas, USA)

March 21, 2021

READ THE MANUAL

READ Psalm 119:89-104

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

–Psalm 119:105

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Bible is the most important book I will ever read.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the Bible.  Encourage us as we read it, and guide us as we apply it to our lives.  Amen.

Carol Purves (England, United Kingdom)

March 20, 2021

LETTING GO

READ Ephesians 4:29-32

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

–Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What attitudes or feelings is God inviting me to let go of?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to listen to the Holy spirit telling us to let go of harmful attitudes and behaviors so that our speech and actions may be pleasing to you.  Amen.

Sandi Ann Lumpkin (Indiana, USA)

March 19, 2021

TREASURES

READ Matthew 6:19-21

Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.

–Matthew 6:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Bible is the living word of God.

PRAYER

Eternal God, thank you for showing us that while treasures on earth fade with time, treasures in heaven will last an eternity.  Amen.

Shital Sherri Macwan (New York, USA)

March 18, 2021

WHAT’S THE PLAN

READ Exodus 13:17-22

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

–Exodus 13:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust that God know my situation.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust in you and to have faith that the best plans are the ones you lay before us each step of our life’s journey.  Amen.

Naatan Hollman (Tallinn, Estonia)

March 17, 2021

GOD CAN RELATE

READ Matthew 4:1-11

The devil left [Jesus], and angels came and took care of him.

–Matthew 4:11 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will look for opportunities to show empathy and compassion today.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, how wonderful it is to know that you not only recognize but can relate to our human needs!  Help us to convey your empathy and compassions to others.  Amen.

Sally Hassler (Indiana, USA)

March 16, 2021

STRENGTH

READ Psalm 61:1-3

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

–Psalm 61:1 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can give me strength when I need it most.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for being with us in all circumstances.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

George Hilliard (Virginia, USA)

March 15, 2021

KEEP THE FAITH

READ John 18:33-38

Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.

–Matthew 5:4 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can endure difficulties because of my unshakable faith in God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to endure tribulations and keep our faith firm in you.  We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Anabela Couto de Castro Valente (Luanda, Angola)

March 14, 2021

GOD DELIVERS US

READ Psalm 27:1-14

The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

–Psalm 27:1, 3 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is powerful enough to deliver me from danger.

PRAYER

Dear God, deliver us from danger and from those who would do us harm, for you are our refuge and our savior.  We trust in you.  Amen.

Marcelo Carcach (Maryland, USA)

March 13, 2021

ONLY A PINCH

READ Luke 13:18-21

To what should I compare the kingdom of God?  It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.

–Luke 13:20-21

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use my small acts of faith to have a big impact.

PRAYER

Compassionate God, help us remember that even our small acts of faith and service to you will grow under the right conditions.  Amen.

Beverly Marshall-Goodell (Georgia, USA)

March 12, 2021

A FOREVER LOVE

READ Romans 8:35-39

Who will separate us from Christ’s love?

–Romans 8:35 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love will never let me go.

PRAYER

Eternal God, thank you for fist loving us.  Create in us loving hearts and spirits as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Hugo N. Urcola (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

March 11, 2021

FROM WITHIN

READ Psalm 139:1-18

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

–Psalm 139:14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying for others is good for my soul.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember that each of us is made in your image.  Remind us to treat others as your beloved children.  Amen.

Melody Baggech (Oklahoma, USA)

March 10, 2021

HEALING TOUCH

READ Mark 1:40-45

Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him.

–Mark 1:41 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Our loving actions can be God’s presence to others.

PRAYER

O God, thank you for surrounding us with your healing love.  Amen.

Sam Wright (Florida, USA)

March 9, 2021

TRACES OF FAITH

READ 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.

–Psalm 112:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What traces of faith do I leave behind?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for  listening to all the thoughts, desires, and joys of our hearts.  Amen.

Anna Kerekretine Szili (Budapest, Hungary)

March 8, 2021

WHAT NOW?

READ Isaiah 40:26-31

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can find renewed strength as I wait for the Lord.

PRAYER

Dear God, our Creator, nourish us as we wait for your leading.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Mary Alice Potter (North Carolina, USA)

March 7, 2021

THE ANCIENT PATHS

READ Micah 6:6-8

The Lord proclaims:  Stop at the crossroads and look around; ask for the ancient paths.  Where is the good way?  Then walk in it and find a resting place for yourselves.

–Jeremiah 6:16 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Though God’s paths are ancient, they are also timeless.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, call us back to you when we stray from your path.  Help us to walk faithfully with you.  Amen.

David R. Schultz (Ilinois, USA)

March 6, 2021

MY HOPE

READ Psalm 25:4-15

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you.

–Psalm 25:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I feel alone, God is my hope.

PRAYER

Dear Father, give us hope when we feel lonely.  Show us your ways, O Lord, and teach us to follow you.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

March 5, 2021

CHOOSING COMMUNITY

READ Proverbs 13:16-21

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.

–Proverbs 13:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christian community can help me grow in my faith.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for friends who draw us closer to you.  Amen.

Austin Shumake (Texas, USA)

March 4, 2021

THE BLESSING OF TEARS

READ Revelation 21:1-4

The psalmist said, “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.  Are they not in your record?”

–Psalm 56:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can renew my spirit through my tears.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, because you also wept, you understand our tears.  Thank you.  Amen.

Eleanor Cowles (Oregon, USA)

March 3, 2021

SOMETHING NEW

READ John 15:9-17

Jesus said, “As the Father loved me, I too have loved you.  Remain in my love.”

–John 15:9 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Letting go of bad habits can free me to experience God’s love.

PRAYER

Living Lord, guide and challenge us during Lent.  Help us to discover anew your grace and love in this season.  Amen.

Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)

March 2, 2021

CARRIED

READ Psalm 46:1-7

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

–Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through all the ups and downs of my life, God says, “I’ve got you.”

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for carrying and holding us.  When we have fallen, when we are broken, when we can no  longer move, you call, “Do not be afraid.”  In every situation of our lives help us to rest in you.  Amen.

Steven Scheid (Tennessee, USA)

March 1, 2021

FAITH NOT FEAR

READ Jeremiah 29:10-14*

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

–Joshua 1:( (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will decide by faith, not by fear.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, you know the plans you have for us.  We ask you to move us toward them in faithful confidence.  Amen.

Eleanor L. Colvin (Texas, USA)

February 28, 2021

OPEN EARS

READ Proverbs 2:1-10

The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

–Proverbs 2:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I pray, I will listen as much as I speak.

PRAYER

Father God, open our ears so that we can hear what you want to tell us each day.  Amen.

Katrina Douglas (Tennessee, USA)

February 27, 2021

HOPE OF NEW LIFE

READ Matthew 6:25-34

There is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that it shoots will not cease.

–Job 14:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can make everything new in my life.

PRAYER

Unchanging God, help those hearts which are dried up by the failures and hardships of life to find the hope of new life in you.  Amen.

Alexandre de Asevedo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

February 26, 2021

JOY AMIDST GRIEF

READ Psalm 139:7-12

The Lord says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

–Jeremiah 33:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

True joy is found in the Lord.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us the strength to overcome whatever trials we face.  We place our lives always in your hands.  Amen.

Kristen Phipps (Texas, USA)

February 25, 2021

THE COSTLY PERFUME

READ John 12:1-8

Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wipe his feet with her hair.

–John 12:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What gift can I offer Jesus today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us pour out our hearts to you and offer you our praise.  Amen.

Elizabeth Livingtston (Maharashtra, India)

February 24, 2021

A CLOSER LOOK

READ Matthew 25:31-46

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

–Galatians 6:2 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If I slow down, God can show me opportunities to lift others up.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to see those around us who need lifting up.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

George Hilliard (Virginia, USA)

February 23, 2021

HEAVENLY PARENT

READ Matthew 7:7-11

[God] comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. 

–2 Corinthians 1:4 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my Father and will never leave me.

PRAYER

Teach us, O Lord, to trust in your unfailing love.  Amen.

Michael Morelan (Alabama, USA)

February 22, 2021

NO EXCUSES

READ Luke 14:15-20

Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.”

–Luke14:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sharing our gifts by serving others creates a better world.

PRAYER

Eternal Father, forgive us for making excuses.  Continue to guide our path so that we may serve you more wholeheartedly.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Kelly Desclos-Estes (Virginia, USA)

February 21, 2021

WHAT A BLESSING!

READ Psalm 19:7-11

[Jesus] went up the mountainside by himself to pray.

–Matthew 14:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Time spent in God’s word is always worthwhile.

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for the blessings that come from setting aside time to read your word and to pray each day.  Amen.

Ann Stewart (South Australia, Australia)

February 20, 2021

NOT ALONE

READ Daniel 3:13-30

May you be made strong … and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

–Colossians 1:11-12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will be with me through any difficulty.

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for your presence with us in our challenges.  Help us draw strength from you.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Donnell King (Tennessee, USA)

February 19, 2021

LOVE GROWS

READ Leviticus 19:9-18

When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest…Leave them for the poor and the foreigner.

–Leviticus 19:9-18

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God leading me to share what I have with others?

PRAYER

Gracious God, we praise you for providing what we need.  Help us to be aware and active in serving those in need with resources you have so graciously given to us.  Amen.

Mike Medeiros (California, USA)

February 18, 2021

USED CANS

READ Luke 8:26-39

Jesus said to the man, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”

–Luke 8:39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus loves me even when I feel unworthy.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for your amazing and saving love.  Remind us that through you we are worthy and can shine light for your glory.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

February 17, 2021

FROM STICKS TO BLOSSOMS

READ 1 Kings 19:1-5

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

–Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will wait expectantly for what God has in store for me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us remember the blossoms of the past as we wait for those to come.  Amen.

Mary Hunt Webb (New Mexico, USA)

February 16, 2021

RICH INHERITANCE

READ Ephesians 1:3-12

By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

–Ephesians 2:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can model faith for others as it has been modeled for me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember your great love for us when we forget where we came from.  Help us to lift up those who are struggling with their faith and to call out their names to you as others have done for us.  Amen.

Steven A. Schofield (Virginia, USA)

February 15, 2021

A SIMPLE REMINDER

READ Psalm 92:1-4

I can do all this through [the Lord] who gives me strength.

–Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In what simple ways can I remind myself of God’s presence?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to keep you at the center of our lives so that we will remember to call on you in all circumstances.  Amen.

Lorna MacIntyre (Scotland, United Kingdom)

February 14, 2021

PLANTING SEEDS

READ 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

–1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I plant a seed of God’s love today?

PRAYER

Our Father, may we plant the seeds of love that you will bring to fruition.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Verner Guthrie (Alabama, USA)

February 13, 2021

POWER TO PROVIDE

READ Philippians 4:10-19

Paul wrote, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 4:10-19 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I answer the prayer of a neighbor today?

PRAYER

Gracious God, send your Holy Spirit to those who are suffering, and help us to meet every need according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Kellie Heisler (New Jersey, USA)

February 12, 2021

STRONGER THAN FEAR

READ John 20:24-29

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

–Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I despair, God will help me overcome my fear.

PRAYER

Merciful God, continue to sustain us by your grace as we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV).

Vidal Cruz Rosado (Puerto Rico)

February 11, 2021

NONE FORGOTTEN

READ Luke 10:25-37

A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was.  But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion.

–Luke 10:33 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No one is an outcast in Jesus’ eyes.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for helping us when we feel forgotten by others.  Helping us to see our true worth.  Amen.

Victoria Walsh (Montana, USA)

February 10, 2021

BEING PRESENT

READ John 5:1-18

When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked  him, “Do you want to get well?”  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The present moment holds abundant holiness.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us to slow down, focus on what’s in front of us, and experience your love here and now.  Amen.

Christian Coon (Illinois, USA)

February 9, 2021

GOD IS GOOD

READ Psalm 145:1-9

The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he had made.

–Psalm 145:9

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God desires good things for my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, open our eyes to see your goodness to us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

February 8, 2021

POWERFUL WORDS

READ 2 Timothy 3:10-17

It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless.  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

–John 6:63 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s word gives direction to my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, renew our minds daily with your word through the power of your Holy Spirit so that we will live worthy lives.  Amen.

Aaron Caruso (Connecticut, USA)

February 7, 2021

LOVE OTHERS AS YOURSELF

READ Matthew 22:34-40

Jesus said, “This is the first and greatest commandment.  and the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

–Matthew 22:38-39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God love me, and I can love myself too.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the everlasting love and mercy you show us.  Give us the strength to love ourselves and others like you love us.  amen.

Sam Engle (Kentucky, USA)

February 6, 2021

PATIENCE

READ Psalm 130:1-5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.

–Psalm 130:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Patience helps my faith mature.

PRAYER

Father God, grant us patience to keep anticipating, hoping and trusting in you as we wait.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Mary Ng Shwu Ling (Singapore)

February 5, 2021

RISKY LOVE

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

Jesus said, “A new command I give you:  Love on another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

–John 13:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Loving like Jesus is worth the risk.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to love like you.  encourage us to be brave and vulnerable with others.  Amen.

Kirsten Panachyda (New York, USA)

February 4, 2021

GOD’S VOICE

READ 1 Kings 19:9-14

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.

–Deuteronomy 28:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can hear God’s voice if I listen for it patiently.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to quiet the chaos in our minds so that we can take the time to hear your voice, accept it, and put into practice what you tell us.  Amen.

Dimitri Semjonov (Rakvere, Estonia)

February 3, 2021

GOD’S COMFORT

READ 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

–Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s compassion can speak without words.

PRAYER

Loving God, keep us aware of those around us who are hurting.  Help us comfort them as you have comforted us.

Molly Johnson (North Carolina, USA)

February 2, 2021

A POWERFUL LIGHT

READ John 12:44-46

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

–Genesis 1:3-4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s light is infinitely bright.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to recognize our limitations, even as we seek to share the gospel with others.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Wayne Brent (Texas, USA)

February 1, 2021

LIONS AND BEARS

READ 1 Samuel 17:19-37

David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.”

–1 Samuel 17:37 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use my adversities to strengthen my faith.

PRAYER

Wonderful God, thank you for strengthening our faith in times of adversity.  Help us to fulfill your purposes for our lives.  Amen.

Madeline Twooney (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

January 31, 2021

SEEKING APPROVAL

READ John 10:22-30

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

–John 10:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s opinion of me is what counts.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to hear your voice over the many voices that divert our attention from you.  Amen.

Doug Lim (California, USA)

January 30, 2021

A LIVING EXAMPLE

READ Ephesians 4:11-16

Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

–Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can serve God through my daily activities.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us grow in our faith as we become living examples of your love.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Christine Roger (Illinois, USA)

January 29, 2021

CHOOSE JOY

READ Genesis 12:1-9

The Lord said, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your very great reward.”

–Genesis 15:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can choose how I feel about following God’s call for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to savor the joy of faithfulness and obedience.  Thank you for being our shield and our great reward.  Amen.

Sister Alegria del Senor (Colon, Honduras)

January 28, 2021

ENTERTAINING ANGELS

READ Deuteronomy 10:17-22

You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

–Deuteronomy 10:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will show hospitality to a stranger.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us always to show kindness and compassion to strangers and to be your hands and feet in the world.  Amen.

Rebecca Bolin (Texas, USA)

January 27, 2021

PROMISES IN UNCERTAINTY

READ Psalm 36:5-9

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!  People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

–Psalm 36:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my uncertainty, God is faithful.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your promises to us.  Help us to hold on to your faithful presence when we face uncertainty.  Amen.

Adam Weber (South Dakota, USA)

January 26, 2021

IN THE MOMENT

READ Luke 5:1-11

Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

–Luke 5:3 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What story from scripture can I experience anew today?

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for the stories of Jesus’ life and teachings.  Thank you for the people who have shared those stories with us.  Amen.

Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)

January 25, 2021

GOD’S SUPPORT

READ Isaiah 43:1-7

The Lord says, “…When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”

–Isaiah 43:1-2

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Regardless of what weighs me down, I know that the Lord is with me.

PRAYER

Dear God, when we are overwhelmed, remind us of the calm, strength, and counsel that faith in you provides.  Amen.

Samuel Driggers (Georgia, USA)

January 24, 2021

OUR STRENGTH

READ Psalm 91:9-16

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

–Psalm 91:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I fall, God is my strength.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for being with us each day.  Remind us to rely on your strength in our life’s journey.  Amen.

Karen McBee (Texas, USA)

January 23, 2021

GOODNESS AND MERCY

READ Romans 8:18-31

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

–Romans 8:28 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Trusting in God helps me to wait faithfully.

PRAYER

Beloved God, teach us to trust in you and to stand firm with faith and hope.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Mateus Francisco (Luanda, Angola)

January 22, 2021

GOD’S WONDERFUL GIFT

READ Ecclesiastes 3:1-12

Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

–Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will make the most of God’s gift of time.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us not to let responsibilities rob us of time spent with those we love.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jeannine Brenner (Pennsylvania, USA)

January 21, 2021

AN IVITATION

READ Psalm 16:5-11

Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

–Ephesians 2:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My simple invitation can change someone’s life of faith.

PRAYER

God of grace and mercy, thank you for giving us a way to you.  Amen.

Thomas Jones (Florida, USA)

January 20, 2021

OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE

READ Romans 10:1-15

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

–Romans 10:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I don’t have to have all the answers to share God’s love with others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us opportunities to tell others about your greatness and love.  Amen.

Jennifer Brigandi (Ontario, Canada)

January 19, 2021

PATIENT WITNESS

READ Luke 13:6-9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

–Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust God to use my faithful witness for good.

PRAYER

We thank you, God, for the gift of salvation and the call to be witnesses in word and deed.  We pray in the power of our Savior’s name.  Amen.

Elmer A. Dickson (Florida, USA)

January 18, 2021

WORTH THE EFFORT

READ Psalm 145:13-21

The lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

–Psalm 145:18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can experience God’s love through prayer.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for always being with us.  Help us to remember that your love for us is constant and steadfast.  Amen.

Abigail Gary (Pennsylvania, USA)

January 17, 2021

HOPE IN SUFFERING

READ Lamentations 3:19-26

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.

–Lamentations 3:22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will share my story of God’s faithfulness with someone today.

PRAYER

God who heals, help us to express our gratitude to you by offering our lives to you for your purposes.  Use us for your glory.  Amen.

Bezalie Bautista Uc-Kung (Philippines)

January 16, 2021

A BANGED-UP DIME

READ Psalm 51:1-7

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

–Psalm 51:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter my appearance, God knows my true worth.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to recognize our full worth and the worth of others, no matter how banged up we may be.  Amen.

Thomas J. Doubt (Arizona, USA)

January 15, 2021

THE WAY OUT

READ John 8:12-14

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.  These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

–Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s light will lead me through any challenge.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to stay focused on you and your light during the dark, scary experiences of life.  Amen.

Michelle Scarboro (Georgia, USA)

January 14, 2021

A BUTTERFLY’S LESSON

READ Jeremiah 18:1-6

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

–Romans 12:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ has the power to change my life.

PRAYER

Transform us, Lord!  Search us and change our whole being, giving us a new and sanctified life.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Carolina Maia Faria (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

January 13, 2021

ENCOUNTERING GOD

READ Psalm 34:4-19

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all.

–Psalm 34:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will remember that God is with me in my troubles.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to follow your example and draw close to God, even when it seems like our world is falling apart.  Amen.

Rosario “Roz” Picardo (Ohio, USA)

January 12, 2021

A KNOCK AT THE DOOR

READ Isaiah 65:17-25

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

–Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God always responds when I call.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, grant us perseverance and persistence in prayer.  Amen.

Faith Ford (England, United Kingdom)

January 11, 2021

STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND

READ Exodus 14:15-22

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back…and turned it into dry land…and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground.

–Exodus 14:21-22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praising God through my struggles helps lead me through them.

PRAYER

Faithful God, give us the strength to lift our hands to you when we are weak from struggle.  Amen.

Zach Schaar (Ohio, USA)

January 10, 2021

TAKE HEART

READ Galatians 6:1-9

If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

–Romans 8:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will trust God’s timing.

PRAYER

Dear God, provide us with the endurance to do your will and the patience to wait on your timing.  Amen.

Rachel Turner (Texas, USA)

January 9, 2021

THE GOD WHO CARES

READ 1 Peter 5:1-10

Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The best thing I can do with my anxiety is to give it to God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us when we cast our anxiety on you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Charity M. Kiregyera (Kampala, Uganda)

January 8, 2021

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

READ Philippians 2:1-7

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

–1 John 2:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus walks with me today and every day.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for those whom came before us to guide us on the path to salvation.  Thank you most of all for the example given us by Christ Jesus as we attempt to follow in his footsteps.  Amen.

Robert E. Boertien (Oregon, USA)

January 7, 2021

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

READ Psalm 4:1-8

I will praise the Lord,  who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

–Psalm 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Counting my blessings can bring me peace.

PRAYER

God of peace, thank you for the gift of rest.  Help us trust you with our worries.  Amen.

Lisa Stackpole (Wisconsin, USA)

January 6, 2021

CHOOSING A PATH

READ Proverbs 16:1-9

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

–Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My God-given talents are tools for serving God’s people.

PRAYER

O God, thank you for gifts and talents we can use to joyfully serve your people.  Amen.

George Peters (British Columbia, Canada)

January 5, 2021

MEETING WITH GOD

READ 1 Corinthians 2:9-16

The Lord said to Moses, “There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.”

–Exodus 25:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can meet with God all day, every day.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your word and your Holy Spirit.  Thank you for allowing us to come to you at any time and for giving us ears and hearts to hear when you speak to us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  

Irene E. Chomicki (Texas, USA)

January 4, 2021

GOD’S BLESSINGS

READ Psalm 103:1-8

Bless the Lord, O my soul:  and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

–Psalm 103:1-2

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Remembering past blessings with gratitude strengthens me for today..

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the many blessings you have sent throughout our lives and for all blessings yet to come.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Gary E. Crum (Virginia, USA)

January 3, 2021

IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE

READ Habakkuk 3:16-19

As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

–Micah 7:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In moments of crisis, I will remain strong and praise God.

PRAYER

Faithful God, help us to remember that we are yours when chaos descends on us.  Strengthen our resolve to praise you in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Angelica Afu (Panama)

January 2, 2021

PERSEVERANCE

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Those who hope in the Lord will  renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can help me persevere to reach my goals.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, grant us the strength and peace that comes from faith in Jesus Christ so that we will not shrink from obligations and opportunities we face each day.  Amen.

Craig Sanford (Kansas, USA)

January 1, 2021

THE JUNK DRAWER

READ LUKE 9:1-6*

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

–Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ sets me free to live with abundant joy.

PRAYER

Father God, help us rid our lives of harbored hurts and needless fears that keep us from the joy of your abundant life.  Your son has set us free; help us to walk in that freedom.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Maddie Falk (Texas, USA)

December 31, 2020

ALWAYS

READ Joshua 4:1-7

Jesus said, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

–Matthew 28:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When have I most recently sensed God’s presence?

PRAYER

Ever-present God, thank you for your promise always to be with us.  During hard times, help us to remember your faithfulness to us.  Amen.

Bob Peterson (Texas, USA)

December 30, 2020

GOD’S BEAUTIFUL CREATION

READ Psalm 134:1-3

May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

–Psalm 134:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can enjoy God’s creation any time.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the blessing of this beautiful earth.  Prompt us to be still in the busyness of our lives and to appreciate your blessings.  Amen.

John Jen-Chiang (Hong Kong, China)

December 29, 2020

MERCY PICK

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God, and we know that he has chosen you.

–1 Thessalonians 1:4 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I show mercy to others as God has shown mercy to me?

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for showing us mercy beyond measure.  Help us to extend to others the mercy we have received.  Amen.

Shirla Andes (Indiana, USA)

December 28, 2020

CHARACTER FIRST

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

–1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will try to see others as God sees them.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for seeing our hearts.  Help us to avoid judging others by their outward characteristics.  Amen.

Bill McConnell (Kansas, USA)

December 27, 2020

OPPORTUNITES EVERYWHERE

READ Colossians 4:2-6

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

–Colossian 4:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer is a way I can show God’s love to those around me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be aware of the opportunities you place before us.  Please give us the courage to respond and share your love.  Amen.

Lorraine Baldus (Michigan, USA)

December 26, 2020

REFUGE IN THE STORM

READ Matthew 14:28-33

The psalmist prayed, “Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you.”

–Psalm 5:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will let my challenges remind me to take refuge in God’s love.

PRAYER

O God, the depth of your love is beyond our imagination.  Help us to remember that we are never alone.  Amen.

Robert Sorozan (Pennsylvania, USA)

December 25, 2020

A NEW PERSPECTIVE

READ Luke 2:1-7

The angel said to [the shepherds], “Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.

–Luke 2:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I seeking the Savior this Christmas?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for giving us Jesus, your Son.  Amen.

Juita Kartini (Jakarta Raya, Indonesia)

December 24, 2020

THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS

READ John 1:15-18

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

–Matthew 1:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of Jesus, we know how much God loves us.

PRAYER

Fill our hearts, O God, with thanksgiving and praise for the gift of your son, Jesus.  Amen.

Nancy J. Clark (Michigan, USA)

December 23, 2020

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS

READ Isaiah 43:14-21

Do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

–Isaiah 43:18-19

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I cannot recover the joys of the past, but I can have new joys with God in the present.

PRAYER

Dear God, bring the fullness of your Son’s birth to those who are alone.  Amen.

Kenneth Claar (Idaho, USA)

December 22, 2020

A MUCH-NEEDED GIFT

READ Psalm 62:1-12

Be still, and know that I am God.

–Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When can I stop and spend a few minutes in God’s presence?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being with us throughout the day.  Help us to recognize and appreciate moments to be still in your presence.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil”  (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen.

Julie Sipe (Pennsylvania, USA)

December 21, 2020

WORKING TOGETHER

READ Romans 12:1-8

By the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

–Romans 12:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My strengths and weaknesses are part of the body of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to acknowledge bother our strengths and weaknesses and to value the gifts others bring as we do your work together.  Amen.

Nelson Nwosu (Anambra, Nigeria)

December 20, 2020

A DAUGHTER’S GIFT

READ Deuteronomy 7:7-9

The Lord your God is the only true God … who keeps the covenant and proves loyal to everyone who loves him.

–Deuteronomy 7:9 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God delights in any gift of love.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the love that you so freely give to us, your children.  May we always stay faithful to you in everything that we say and do.  Amen.

Andrea Woronick (Connecticut, USA)

December 19, 2020

WHY WORRY?

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life…Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”

–Matthew 6:25,27 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What reminders help me to stop worrying and trust God?

PRAYER

Giver of peace and joy, help us to cast our worries on you and to be faithful no matter what difficulties may come.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Harold Lemley (Georgia, USA)

December 18, 2020

A TRANSFORMING MOMENT

READ 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

My dear brothers and sisters, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

–1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in times of doubt, God stands with me.

PRAYER

Spirit of the living God, thank you for standing by us in our moments of doubt.  Inspire us to live as true disciples and to use our voices to share your message with others.  Amen.

Carolina Murgueytio (Pichincha, Ecudaro)

December 17, 2020

IMMANUEL

READ Isaiah 7:10-14

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

–Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christmas is about God’s gift of love in Jesus.

PRAYER

Lord God, when we feel lonely, remind us of your constant presence with us — not only at Christmas but at all times.  Amen.

Steven Thompson (Iowa, USA)

December 16, 2020

WORKING WITH JESUS

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water.

–Proverbs 11:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who has reflected Jesus’ love to me lately?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you that even simple acts can be performed in Jesus’ name.  Help us to continuously share your love with others.  Amen.

Griffith Harlow (North Carolina, USA)

December 15, 2020

LISTENING TO GOD

READ Revelation 3:18-24

Whoever has ears to listen should pay attention!…Listen carefully!  God will evaluate you with the same standard you use to evaluate others.  Indeed, you will receive even more.

–Mark 4:23-24 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I listen to others the way God listens to me?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for teaching us how to listen to you.   Help us to hear the hearts of others and show them your love and care.  Amen.

Sarah Randall (Mississippi, USA)

December 14, 2020

IMPERFECT BUT USEFUL

READ 2 Timothy 2:20-25

Those who cleanse themselves…will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

–2 Timothy 2:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My efforts are always valuable to God.

PRAYER

God of the universe, thank you for using us for your kingdom’s work.  Encourage us by the power of your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Peter Veugelaers (Wellington, New Zealand)

December 13, 2020

GOD’S HELPING HANDS

READ Psalm 146:5-10

The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow.

–Psalm 146:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I am unaware, God can use me to meet the needs of others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to be aware of the needs of others and to do everything we can to meet those needs.  Amen.

Betsy Mitchell (New York, USA)

December 12, 2020

UNDESERVING

READ Luke 6:27-36

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.  On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

–1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What would it look like to bless those who curse me?

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for forgiving us.   Give us strength to follow your example of showing mercy.  Amen.

Steve Smith (Texas, USA)

December 11, 2020

WORDS OF ENCOURGEMENT

READ Joshua 1:1-11

The Lord said, “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

–Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Just as God encourages me, I can encourage others.

PRAYER

God Almighty, thank you for encouraging us when we feel afraid and inadequate.  Help us always to listen to you and to trust your guidance for our lives.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

December 10, 2020

GOD STILL AMAZES

READ Luke 2:8-14

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shoe around them, and they were terrified.

–Luke 2:8-9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There’s a great joy in watching for God’s surprises!

PRAYER

O God, make us ready to share the good news of great joy with the people around us today.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

December 9, 2020

DON’T GIVE UP

READ Romans 5:1-5

We do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

–2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God never gives up on me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for never giving up on us.  Give us strength to continue funning the race, even when we are tired or afraid.

Adam Benson (North Carolina, USA)

December 8, 2020

CALLING OUT

READ Psalm 130:1-6

Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.

–Isaiah 55:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God hears when I call.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to draw near to you and trust that you will answer when we call out for help as we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Hilary Allen (England, United Kingdom)

December 7, 2020

SOLID GROUND

READ Luke 6:46-49

Jesus said, “[Those who come to me and put my words into practice] are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it.”

–Luke 6:48 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will build a strong foundation through prayer and worship.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to build our foundation on your word and to trust that with you we can withstand all circumstances.  Amen.

Robert Cornell (Indiana, USA)

December 6, 2020

NOT ALONE

READ Isaiah 35:1-10

The body does not consist of one member but of many.

–1 Corinthians 12:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter where I am, I am a part of the body of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the community we find in you.  Help us to feel connected to all our siblings in Christ, especially when we feel alone.  Amen.

DeVonna R. Allison (Florida, USA)

December 5, 2020

PRESS PAUSE

READ Mark 6:30-46

[Jesus] went up on a mountainside to pray.

–Mark 6:46 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My service is stronger when I make time to rest with God.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to follow the example of Jesus, who taught us that to be effective disciples we need rest.  Help us as we seek to make resting with you a regular practice in our lives.  Amen.

Kyly Bjerga (Illinois, USA)

December 4, 2020

PROMPTING

READ John 14:15-27

The Holy spirit, who the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

–John 14:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I serve Christ when I heed the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us to discern the prompting of the Holy Spirit and care for the most vulnerable among us.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Ana Sylvia Pedroza R. (Puerto Rico, (USA)

December 3, 2020

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

READ Acts 1:15-17, 20-26

Lord, you know everyone’s heart.

–Acts 1:24

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will value in myself what God values — my heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to value in ourselves what matters most to you.  Help us to love and serve you without reservation.  Amen.

Mabel Ninan (California, USA)

December 2, 2020

A FIRM PLACE

READ Matthew 7:21-28

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.

–Matthew 7:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love is the sturdy frame that can hold together faith that is in disrepair.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the sturdy framework of faith and Christian community that shapes our lives.  Amen.

Chris Mewhirter (Nebraska, USA)

December 1, 2020

THE BLUE HYACINTH

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-21

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can find joy in any circumstance by giving praise to God.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for your constant goodness.  Be with us wherever we are today, and grant us joy and a thankful heart so that our lives honor you.  Amen.

Ann Stewart (South Australia, Australia)

November 30, 2020

A GENEROUS GIFT

READ John 21:15-17

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interest of others.  Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 2:4-5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When don ine love, my acts of service reflect God’s mercy and grace.

PRAYER

Gracious Lord, Help us to glorify you as we serve others.  Amen.

Robert E. Boertien (Oregon, USA)

November 29, 2020

BROKEN PEOPLE

READ Matthew 1:18-23

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

–John 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Though I am broken, God loves me and can use me to accomplish great things.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for loving us so much that you sent Jesus into the world so that we can have eternal life.  Amen.

Susan L. Stombaugh (Ohio, USA)

November 28, 2020

GOD HELPS

READ Psalm 121:1-8

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

–Psalm 121:2 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Help from God comes in a variety of ways.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the people you send to help us.  Thank you for all the blessings you give us every day.  Amen.

Chhotbuhai Parmar (Gujarat, India)

November 27, 2020

POWER IN WEAKNESS

READ 2 Corinthians 12:6-10

[The Lord] said to [Paul], “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

–2 Corinthians 12:( (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can turn my weariness into worship.

PRAYER

O Lord, when we grow weary, give us strength to continue, knowing your love and power will sustain us.  Amen.

Kathy Gaillard (Wisconsin, USA)

November 26, 2020

ALWAYS GRATEFUL

READ Luke 17:11-19

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice, He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.

–Luke 17:15-16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With a grateful heart, I can serve God and my neighbors.

PRAYER

We are grateful, O God, for all that you are and all that you do.  Give us a constant spirit of gratitude to you and one another, offering our lives and talents to you and our neighbors.  Amen.

Nelson Luiz Campos Leite (Sao Paulo, Brasil)

November 25, 2020

EVERY STEP

READ Philippians 3:12-14

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.

–Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each day is a new chance to walk with God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for walking with us every day.  Help us to align our steps with yours.  Amen.

Carolyn Chapman (Missouri, USA)

November 24, 2020

ALL GOD’S CHILDREN

READ Matthew 22:34-40

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

–Galatians 3:28 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Any time I see discrimination against one of God’s children, I will speak up.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to recognize discrimination and to go out of our way to treat one another with the love you have given us.  Amen.

Jon C. Goeringer (Maryland, USA)

November 23, 2020

GOD’S FAVOR

READ James 4:13-17

You do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?

–James 4:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I do not have to earn God’s favor.

PRAYER

Dear God, grant us the strength to resist the appeals of worldly influences and learn to live for your purposes.  Help us to understand your will for our lives.  Amen.

Nancy Lewis Shelton (Missouri, USA)

November 22, 2020

NEW GROWTH

READ Colossians 3:1-11

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What do I need to clear away so that I can grow spiritually today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for encouraging us to grow.  Help us as we strive to do our best for you.  In the name of Jesus who taught us to pray, “Father, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we have also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Merry Gulton (West Java, Indonesia)

November 21, 2020

FORGIVENESS

READ Psalm 103:1-13

[The Lord] does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities…as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us.

–Psalm 103:10, 12

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter my past, God’s loving mercy is for me.

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for your infinite patience and forgiveness.  Help us to extend the same forgiveness to others that you have extended to us.  Amen.

Tom Johnson (Nevada, USA)

November 20, 2020

A PILLAR OF FIRE

READ EXODUS 13:17-2

The Lord went ahead of them…by night in a pillar of fire to give them light.

–Exodus 13:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What spiritual disciplines help me to follow God’s light?

PRAYER

Faithful God, thank you for your guidance as we traverse life’s unfamiliar paths.  Amen.

Debra Pierce (Massachusetts, USA)

November 19, 2020

SOMETHING NEW

READ 1 Peter 4:12-19

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

— 1 Peter 4:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for evidence that God is creating something new in me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your kindness and guidance through the unforeseen circumstances in our lives.  Amen.

Doug Lim (California, USA)

November 18, 2020

THE CARD

READ Hebrews 10:19-25

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

–Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A kind word can make a huge difference in God’s kingdom.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, keep us in tune with the needs of our brothers and sisters, and remind us to be generous with our encouragement.  Amen.

Esther MacDonald (Quebec, Canada)

November 17, 2020

HUMILITY

READ Philippians 2:3-11

Haughty eyes and a proud heart —the unplowed field of the wicked — produce sin.

–Proverbs 21:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will look for opportunities to follow the example of Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when our pride and ego rise up, help us remember to model our lives after the humble example of Christ.  Amen.  

John D. Brown (Minnesota, USA)

November 16, 2020

WHAT CAN I DO?

READ Exodus 35:20-35

We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.  We have gifts that differ according to the grace given us.

–Romans 12:5-6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each act of service I perform is a gift to God.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for giving us abilities that we can use in your service.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Lucinda J. Rollings (Indiana, USA)

November 15, 2020

GLIMPSES OF GOD’S POWER

READ Genesis 2:4-9, 15

What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

–Psalm 8:4-5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In creation, I see just a small fragment of God’s greatness.

PRAYER

Creator of all, we see your fingerprints throughout creation.  Thank you for the daily encouragement this awareness gives us.  Amen.

Caroline Greville (England, United Kingdom)

November 14, 2020

FEED THE HUNGRY

READ Matthew 14:13-21

“Bring them here to me,” [Jesus] said… [The people] all ate and were satisfied.

–Matthew 14:18, 20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What is God calling me to do to help feed those who are hungry?

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for people who care for others in your name.  Help us to act when we see opportunities to serve others.  Amen.

Charles Heath (Hawaii, USA)

November 13, 2020

STRONG ROOTS

READ Ezekiel 2:8-3:3

Happy are those who….delight….in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.

–Psalm 1:1-2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Bible keeps me rooted in God, in who image I was created.

PRAYER

Gracious Father, show us how to take in your word openly, humbly, and attentively.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Judith Brown (North Carolina, USA)

November 12, 2020

GOD’S ABIDING LOVE

READ Isaiah 41:8-10

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides strength in weakness.

PRAYER

Creator God, thank you for guiding us in our daily journey and for continuing to sustain us. Refresh our spirits with your abiding love.  Amen.

Isaias Natanael Parra Almeida (Pichincha, Ecuador)

November 11, 2020

SHARING THE SPIRIT

READ 2 Kings 2:1-12

Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you before I am taken from you.”  Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”

–2 Kings 2:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer extends beyond boundaries.

PRAYER

Dear God, grant us the guidance of your spirit to remain faithful to family and friends.  Amen.

Patricia Marks (Georgia, USA)

November 10, 2020

GOD’S PROMISES

READ 2 Peter 3:8-18

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

–2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust in God’s promises.

PRAYER

Dear God, you have always kept your promises.  Help us to keep our promises to you, to ourselves, and to others.  Amen.

Kevin Gamble (Ohio, USA)

November 9, 2020

GOD CARRIES ALL

READ Psalm 23:1-3

[The Lord] restores my soul.

—Psalm 23:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Shepherd carries all my burdens.

PRAYER

Good Shepherd, thank you for reminding us that we are not in charge.  Help us to find peace in you.  Amen.

Bell Todd (Texas, USA)

November 8, 2020

ACTS OF LOVE

READ John 13:31-35

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

–John 13:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love can work through me all the time.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, because you loved us first, we are able to love others.  Help us to find opportunities to share your love every day.  Amen.

Michael A. Campbell (Tennessee, USA)

November 7, 2020

SERVING WITH SINCERITY

READ 1 Peter 4:1-11

If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

–1 Peter 4:1-11

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

All I need to serve God is a sincere and loving heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for opportunities to serve you.  Teach us to love and serve those to whom you guide us.  Amen.

Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

November 6, 2020

TAKEN AWAY

READ Isaiah 6:1-2

The seraph touched my mouth with [a live coal] and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”

–Isaiah 6:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can free me to move forward with joy.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for taking away our guilt.  Help us to do your work with confidence.  Amen.

Steve Wakefield (Georgia, USA)

November 5, 2020

WATERED BY THE WORD

READ Psalm 1:1-6

The are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.

–Psalm 1:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What part of my spiritual life needs to watered?

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for the privilege of serving you.  Help us to refresh a spiritually dry and thirsty world.  Amen.

Madeline Peterson (Nebraska, USA)

November 4, 2020

A SPIRITFUL PLUMB

READ 1 JOHN 3:16-24

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

–Galatians 5:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can deepen my relationship with God by caring for others.

PRAYERS

Blessed God, we recognize your call to love our neighbors.  Help us to see you in those around us and to strengthen our relationship with others and with you.  Amen.

Domingos Jose Cazombo (Luanda, Angola)

November 3, 2020

DRENCHED IN GRACE

READ 2 Kings 5:1-14

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

–Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying scripture leads me to God’s grace.

PRAYER

Healer of our souls, teach us to soak ourselves in your grace during our times of need.  Renew a steadfast spirit within us.  Amen.

Virginia Jelinek (Texas, USA)

November 2, 2020

A NEW WAY TO SERVE

READ 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

Paul said, “My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

–Acts 20:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can show me new ways to service.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to understand how we can help to share your good news with all people.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Tatiana Claudy (Indiana, USA)

November 1, 2020

WONDERFULLY MADE

READ Psalm 139:1-14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

–Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am a beautiful creation of God.

PRAYER

O Lord, thank you for making us in your wonderful image.  When the world makes us doubt it, remind us of our beauty as your children.  Amen.

Wati Mollier (Nagaland, India)

October 31, 2020

GRATITUDE

READ Psalm 30:4-12

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has given me much to be grateful for.

PRAYER

Dear God, open our eyes to all that we have to be grateful for.  Thank you for awakening a sense of gratitude in our hearts.  Amen.

Jess Gunning (Ballito, South Africa)

October 30, 2020

FIRST AND LAST

READ Matthew 20:20-28

Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.

–Matthew 20:26-28 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In God’s eyes I am loved.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for loving all your children.  Teach us to do the same.  Amen.

Ricki Aiello (Connecticut, USA)

October 29, 2020

FRIENDS WHO ENCOURAGE

READ 1 Peter 5:6-11

The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

–1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can offer God’s encouraging word to others during challenging times.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your word that we can share and use to encourage each other.  Help us to use our suffering for your glory.  Amen.

Carolyn Ellis (Tennessee, USA)

October 28, 2020

HERE I AM

READ Mark 14:32-36

Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.

–Proverbs 19:21 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s plans for me may be bigger and better than my plans for myself.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us courage to serve you in whatever ways and places we can on every step of our journey.  Amen.

Yanti H. Damanik (West Java, Indonesia)

October 27, 2020

NOT ALONE IN SORROW

READ Joshua 4:1-7

Jesus wept.

–John 11:35 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God weeps with us in our suffering.

PRAYER

Everlasting God, thank you for your Holy Spirit who walks with us through valleys of despair.  Empower us to walk alongside others.  Amen.

Jan Woodard (Pennsylvania, USA)

October 26, 2020

FREEDOM

READ John 8:34-38

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

–John 8:36 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can set me free.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the freedom that you have given us through the life, death, and resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Nicholas Patterson (Florida, USA)

October 25, 2020

NO LIMIT

READ Psalm 46:1-7

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

–Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I bless others by embracing the gifts God has given me.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for being faithful to your promises.  Encourage us to move forward each day.  Amen.

Eiko Kato (Miyagi Prefecture, Japan)

October 24, 2020

SMALL MINISTRY?

READ 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

–1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What ministry is God calling me to today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for giving us opportunities to serve you by serving others.  Amen.

Steve Wakefield (Georgia, USA)

October 23, 2020

STRENGTH

READ Psalm 27:1-5

The Lord is my light and my salvation; who shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

–Psalm 27:1 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s mercies and strength are new every morning.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your strength that helps us to keep going through pain and change.  Amen.

Margaret Bishop (Kentucky, USA)

October 22, 2020

A HELPING HAND

READ Psalm 41:1-3

Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

–Proverbs 14:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can overcome my prejudice when I remember Jesus’ love.

PRAYER

Merciful God, free us from prejudices that keep us from being generous and loving.  Help us to see a reflection of Jesus in the faces of those we encounter today and to extend a helping hand to those in need.  Amen.

Eli Samuel Morales Morales (Puerto Rico)

October 21, 2020

PRAYING INSTEAD

READ Luke 18:1-7

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

–Matthew 6:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying scripture can bring me peace.

PRAYER

Loving God, forgive us when we worry.  Help us to trust that you can handle all our fears.  Amen.

Deb Vellines (Missouri, USA)

October 20, 2020

THE CHEERING CROWD

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

–Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whom is God calling me to encourage today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for cheering us on and helping us through hard times.  Amen.

Chris Hemstock (South Dakota, USA)

October 19, 2020

SHINE YOUR LIGHT

READ Mathew 5:13-16

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Daily opportunities to shine Christ’s love abound.

PRAYER

Loving God, may our lives show others that we belong to you.  Help us to shine brightly to the world around us.  Amen.

Margaret Martin (Australian Capital Territory, Australia)

October 18, 2020

A TRUE FRIEND

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am torn down, God lifts me up.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for helping us learn from our trials.  Give us your peace and joy in the midst of them.  Amen.

Kate Reisenauer (South Dakota, USA)

October 17, 2020

WALK SLOWLY

Read Psalm 1:1-3

Be still, and know that I am God!  I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.

–Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will take time to notice the details of God’s world.

PRAYER

Creator God, may we never be too busy to be amazed by all that is in your world and in your word.  Amen.

Bob LaForge (New Jersey, USA)

October 16, 2020

A LEAP OF FAITH

READ Hebrews 11:1-29

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

–Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I take a leap of faith, my joy in the Lord increases.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the courage in difficult situations to take that leap of faith that draws us closer to you as we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Ho Pei Fah (Singapore)

October 15, 2020

GOD’S HANDS AND FEET

READ Luke 10:25-37

Go and do likewise.

–Luke 10:37 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As God’s disciple, I am tasked to care for those in need.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, open our hearts and minds to see those who are suffering.  Give us the courage and tools we need to respond.  Amen.

Bill Roy (Florida, USA)

October 14, 2020

WITH OUR HEARTS

READ Matthew 13:18-23

As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit.

— Matthew 13:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I focus on God, I can better understand God’s message for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us receptive hearts to listen to the needs of others and to hear the message you are giving us through scripture.  Amen.

Karen M. Fite (Alabama, USA)

October 13, 2020

WAITING

READ Habakkuk 1:1-5

I will take my post;…I will keep watch to see what the Lord says to me and how he will respond to my complaint.

–Habakkuk 2:1 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will wait on God’s promises.

PRAYER

Everlasting God, thank you for hearing our complaints.  Grant us patience as we wait for your response.  Amen.

Hazael Alvarado Hernandez (Mexico City, Mexico)

October 12, 2020

CONFIDENCE TO WITNESS

READ Matthew 11:1-11

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

–Matthew 11:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because Jesus died for me, I can live boldly for him.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, may your love and the knowledge that our value is from Christ Jesus help us to share the gospel boldly with others.  Amen.

Darlene J. Ellis (Oregon, USA)

October 11, 2020

TOUCHSTONES

READ Luke 12:22-28

Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?

–Luke 12:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Despite my worries, I can trust God’s provision.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to see the big picture in a world where our daily lives seem consumed with minutiae.  Guide us to prioritize what truly matters — our love for you and our neighbor.  Amen.

Andrew Billings (Alabama, USA)

October 10, 2020

GOD OF RESTORATION

READ Isaiah 61:1-7

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

–Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is able to restore even the most worn-out parts of me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we cast all our cares on you, trusting that you can handle every situation better than we can.  Amen.

Deepika Emmanuel Sagar (Rajasthan, India)

October 9, 2020

WIND AND WAVE

READ Mark 4:35-41

Who is this?  Even the wind and the waves obey him!

— Mark 4:41 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will focus on God’s power instead of the storm.

PRAYER

Lord God, teach us to seek you during the storms of life.  Give us faith to walk on the waves and to trust in your everlasting love for us.  Amen.

Joel Broberg (Minnesota, USA)

 

October 8, 2020

ALIVE AND ACTIVE

READ Hebrews 4:12-16

The word of God is alive and active.

–Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The word of God creates change in my heart.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, that your word is alive and can create change in us so that we become more obedient to you.  Amen.

Cara Grandle (Oregon, USA)

October 7, 2020

WHERE THE BIG FISH LIVE

READ James 1:1-12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

–James 1:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Following Christ can be risky, but it’s always worth it.

PRAYER

Gracious and loving God, thank you for the wisdom of children.  Give us courage to take a risk and to persevere for the sake of Christ.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Doug Wingert (Arizona, USA)

October 6, 2020

A BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE

READ Isaiah 58:7-11

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. 

–Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God rejoices in my acts of kindness.

PRAYER

O God, help us to abide in your love and to show compassion to others just as Jesus taught us.  Amen.

Maria M. Urdaz (Puerto Rico)

October 5, 2020

COMFORT IN LONELINESS

READ Psalm 147:1-7

[God] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

–Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Scripture serves as my reminder that God is always with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, guide us to show your love to those who are lonely.  During our own times of loneliness, remind us that you are with us.  Amen.

Jenny McBride (Alabama, USA)

October 4, 2020

TABLE FELLOWSHIP

READ Ephesians 4:3-6

[Those who accepted Peter’s message and were baptized] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

–Acts 2:42 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

At the Lord’s Table, I unite with other Christians as family.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, as you invited us to the table and into your family, help us invite others to your table and your family.  Amen.

Kevin Thomas (Alabama, USA)

October 3, 2020

UNSEEN

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things people look at.   People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

–1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help, I can see beyond what is in plain sight.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to look for what lies hidden.  Draw us close to you, and guide us with your compassionate heart.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia
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October 2, 2020

OVERCOMING SIN

READ Romans 8:5-14

If you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

–Romans 8:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help, I can overcome my sin.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts of Jesus Christ, your Holy Spirit, and your word–all of which empower us to overcome sin.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Tyler Myers (Ohio, USA)

October 1, 2020

CHANGED

READ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How has following Christ transformed me?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your steadfast love.  Help us to continually change into the likeness of Jesus.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Charity M. Kiregyera (Kampala, Uganda)

September 30, 2020

SIGNS

READ Matthew 4:18-22

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

–Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What “signs” keep me from following Christ?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust in you and rejoice in the journeys of our lives.  Help us to let go of negative thoughts so that we can follow you.  Amen.

K. Anne Smith (Tennessee, USA)

September 29, 2020

A SACRED PAUSE

READ Luke 5:12-16

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

–Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can enter into God’s presence any time of day.

PRAYER

Father God, remind us to pause and enter into your presence many times each day.  As we offer our gratitude, may we receive the rest and peace you promise.  Amen.

Natalie D. Hall (Texas, USA)

September 28, 2020

HOPE FOR THE WORLD

READ 1 John 5:1-5

Who is it that overcomes the world?  Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

–1 John 5:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s words can comfort me through suffering.

PRAYER

Dear God, comfort us in our present suffering and pain.  Help us to have faith in a future with you.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Kong Peng Sun (Singapore)

September 27, 2020

NO UNIMPORTANT PART

READ 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

The parts of the body that people think are the weakest are the most necessary.

–1 Corinthians 12:22 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My role is important to the church.

PRAYER

God of all voices, help us to perform our part of the work to the best of our ability, knowing that we are serving you.  Amen.

Lu Fullilove (Texas, USA)

September 26, 2020

“BE OPENED”

READ Mark 7:31-37

[Jesus] looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be Opened!”)

–Mark 7:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God calls me to share my story with honest and courage.

PRAYER

O God, help us to open up our lives to others who want what is best for us.  In the name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

Jennifer A. Hudson (Connecticut, USA)

September 25, 2020

LASTING BEAUTY

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

–Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will seek to see Christ in myself.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to maintain a strong relationship with you through tough times, for our good and the good of others.  Amen.

Sherri Pickett (California, USA)

September 24, 2020

ECHOES OF GOD’S WORD

READ Acts 2:17-21

Seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s word can live in me and flow through me to others.

PRAYER

Father in heaven, thank you for your word that tells us about your limitless love.  Help us to let your love live in our hearts.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Oystein Brinch (Oslo, Norway)

September 23, 2020

A LITTLE SIP

READ John 4:7-15

[The Lord] satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

–Psalm 107:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer connects me to others and to God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for friends who help us to spend time in your presence and find peace in the power of your love.  Amen.

Kathy Gaillard (Wisconsin, USA)

September 22, 2020

LEARNING TO TRUST

READ Matthew 17:14-20

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When troubles arise, I will rust God to carry me through.

PRAYER

Faithful and loving God, help us to trust you with everything in life.  Amen.

Carrie Knight Kitzmiller (Texas, USA)

September 21, 2020

GOOD MORNING, LORD

READ EXODUS 4:10-12

This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

–1 John 5:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will try praying in a new way.

PRAYER

Good morning, Lord.  I have much to share with you.  Thank you for this time together.  Amen.

Al Alexander (North Carolina, USA)

September 20, 2020

A TIMELY GIFT

READ Matthew 8:23-27

The disciples went and woke him, saying “Lord, save us!  We’re going to drown!”… Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

–Matthew 8:25-28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s sure refuge is stronger than any storm.

PRAYER

Ever-present God, when we call out to you in distress, you hear our prayers.  Give us strength to face the hard times.  In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.

Carmen Gonzalez-Bello (Puerto Rico)

September 19, 2020

A NATURAL SYMPHONY

READ Genesis 1:1-25

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

–Psalm 96:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will listen attentively for God’s wonders today.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to take the time to enjoy and care for the world you created.  Amen.

Lisa Tate (New Mexico, USA)

September 18, 2020

FETCH

READ Psalm 28:6-9

Cast all your anxiety on [God], because he cares for you.

–Peter 5:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever today brings, I will let God handle it.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to cast our cares on you, knowing that when we let you handle them, you always have the best solution.  Amen.

Brenda Brooks (Virginia, USA)

September 17, 2020

FAITHFUL SERVANT

READ 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

–Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every act of faithful service is sacred.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to serve you like Samuel did.  Remind us to be zealous in all our work, because every act of service is pleasing to  you.  Amen.

Wati Mollier (Nagaland, India)

September 16, 2020

CHANGES

READ 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day.

–2 Corinthians 4:16 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I glorify God in this stage of my life?

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for abiding with us through life’s gales.  Help us to become new creations in you so that others can see the power of your love.  Amen.

Regina K. Carson (Virginia, USA)

September 15, 2020

DESIRE TO SERVE

READ Psalm 139:1-10

The Lord says, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”

–Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I be open to God’s invitation to serve today?

PRAYER

Almight God, thank you for knowing us so deeply that you bring together our desire to serve you and opportunities to do so.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Bob Peterson (Texas, USA)

September 14, 2020

AN INVITATION FROM GOD

READ John 14:12-14

Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

–John 14:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Persistence in prayer is never a waste.

PRAYER

Our loving Father, use us as channels of your love.  Be with us and help us to become good witnesses for you.  Amen.

Itsuko Kunori (Gunma Prefecture, Japan)

September 13, 2020

GRANDMA’S FAITH

READ DEUTERONOMY 6:1-9

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.

–Proverbs 22:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I be an example of faithful witness to others?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us strength through your word.  Help us to be witnesses of faith to others every day.  Amen.

Xavia Arndt Sheffield (Pennsylvania, USA)

September 12, 2020

GOD’S COMFORT

READ Psalm 4:1-8

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

–Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can comfort me in any situation.

PRAYER

God of comfort and peace, help us to trust that you have us in your arms now and forevermore.  Amen.

David Payne (Missouri, USA)

September 11, 2020

LOVE LIKE JESUS

READ John 13:1-15

Having loved his own who were in the world, [Jesus] loved them to the end.

–John 13:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I follow Jesus’ example today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, strengthen us to love others even when we feel hurt, bitter, or disappointed.  Help us to demonstrate your grace and forgiveness.  Amen.

Lynda J. Samuel (Scotland, United Kingdom)

September 10, 2020

JOY AND GLADNESS

READ Psalm 104:10-28

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.

–Isaiah 6:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the darkest of storms, joy and gladness exist with God.

PRAYER

God of all beauty, thank you for the grace and gladness you have woven into the world.  Help us to look for your light so that our hearts can be filled with your love.  Amen.

Samuel Felderman (Iowa, USA)

September 9, 2020

IN GOD’S PRESENCE

READ Mark 3:13-19

[Jesus] went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted….And he appointed twelve, who he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons.

–Mark 3:13-15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I draw closer to God today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, draw us closer to you each day.  Help us to hear your voice in your word so that we may share your love with others.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujumi (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

September 8, 2020

THE WELL-MARKED TRAIL

READ Proverbs 4:10-18

This is God, our God forever and ever.  He will be our guide forever.

–Psalm 48:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God, I can trust that I’m on the right path.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when we begin to get lost, help us to remember that your way is always open, waiting to lead us to you.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

September 7, 2020

A STEADFAST EXAMPLE

READ John 13:12-17

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

–John 13:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will my actions demonstrate my faith today?

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, help us to be examples of Christ in our actions and words.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jodi Wheeler (Arizona, USA)

September 6, 2020

PEACE IN OUR HEARTS

READ Joshua 1:1-9

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

–Romans 8:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When chaos abounds, I can find peace through worshiping God.

PRAYER

Dear God, we believe that whatever happens, you are still with us.  Help us to look beyond our fear and to accept the peace that you offer us.  Amen.

Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

September 5, 2020

GOD IS EVERYWHERE

READ Genesis 39:20-23

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

–Psalm 139:8 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I look, I can find signs of God’s presence all around me.

PRAYER

Ever-present God, surround us with your presence in every situation.  Amen.

Benedict Mutweko Musee (Kajiado County, Kenya)

September 4, 2020

IN SMALL WAYS

READ Matthew 25:31-40

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

–Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can share God’s great love in small ways.

PRAYER

Lord of all, lead us to ways to share your love with those around us.  Amen.

Kim Whitlock Sisk (Oklahoma, USA)

September 3, 2020

SEARCHING FOR PEACE

READ Psalm 91:1-13

[The Lord] will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

–Psalm 91:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Don’t be anxious; present your requests to God.  (See Phil. 4:6.)

PRAYER

Creator God, sweep away all anxiety and make us new again.  Grant us peace in mind, body, and spirit.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV) Amen.

Evelyn, Jimenez Velez (Puerto Rico)

September 2, 2020

LOVING ONE ANOTHER

READ Luke 6:27-36

Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

–John 15:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can bless me through unlikely friendships.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be open to new friendships and to love others as you love us.  Amen.

Gabe Herman (South Dakota, USA)

September 1, 2020

STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS

READ 2 Corinthians 12:1-10*

Paul wrote, “[The Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am weak, I can find strength in God’s power.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for the presence of your Spirit and your power within us this day.  Amen.

Dee Aspin (California, USA)

August 31, 2020

GOD’S HANDIWORK

READ Romans 8:18-28

O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

–Isaiah 64:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The pressures of life allow God to shape me.

PRAYER

O God, help us to see every situation as an opportunity to become more like your son, Jesus.  Amen.

J. Leland Collins, Jr. (Virginia, USA)

August 30, 2020

DELIVERANCE

READ Psalm 3:1-8

From the Lord comes deliverance.

–Psalm 3:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Lord is strong enough to deliver me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for caring for us through all our trials.  Amen.

Heidi Kupitz (Oregon, USA)

August 29, 2020

JESUS AROUND US

READ Matthew 25:31-46

Moses said, “Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.'”

–Deuteronomy 15:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I give generously to others, I show them God’s love.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us see the ways we can care for the needs of others.  Open our eyes to see Christ around us every day.  Amen.

Muyiwa Benralph Olaiya (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)

August 28, 2020

TAKING THE LEAP

READ Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

[God] has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart.

–Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will be ready to take a leap of faith when God says it’s time.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the courage to try new things as you lead us into deeper paths on our journey of faith.  Amen.

Cynthia Harris (North Carolina)

August 27, 2020

FINISH THE RACE

READ Philippians 3:10-14

Paul wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race.  I have kept the faith.”

-2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If we persevere in faith, God will carry us to the end of our life’s race.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us your strength in moments of weakness so that we can compete our life’s race.  In the name of your Son.  Amen.

David Payne (Missouri, USA)

August 26, 2020

CYCLE OF LOVE

READ Matthew 22:36-40

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I accept God’s love for me, I can pour out that love on others.

PRAYER

Merciful God, help us to see ourselves and others the way you do — as your children are worthy of love.  Amen.

Amorelle Brown (Grenada)

August 25, 2020

A DIFFERENT TALENT

READ 1 Corinthians 12:5, 12-27

There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

–1 Corinthians 12:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I use my talents to serve God today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to use the talents you have given us without looking for reward or recognition.  Amen.

Susan Thogerson Maas (Oregon, USA)

August 24, 2020

SURRENDERING ALL

READ Luke 18:18-23

Jesus said to the ruler, “You still lack one thing.  Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”

Luke 18:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What am I putting ahead of my relationship with God?

PRAYER

Dear God, shape our hearts and desires so that we can follow your will for our lives.  Amen.

Steve Wakefield (Georgia, USA
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August 23, 2020

INVITATION TO WITNESS

READ Mark 16:9-20

[Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”

–Mark 16:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What gifts do I have to witness for Christ?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to be your witnesses to the ends of the earth.  Amen.

Emiriana Malelak-Bana (East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)

August 22, 2020

PRODUCING BEAUTY

READ Galatians 5:16-25

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

–Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What everyday tasks can teach me the ways of God?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to learn from al of your creation how to spread the gospel message of peace, joy and love.  Amen.

Andrea Woronick (Connecticut, USA)

August 21, 2020

UNEXPECTED LESSON

READ Matthew 6:19-13

Your will be done.

–Matthew 6:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In all circumstances, I strive to be able to tell God, “Your will be done.”

PRAYER

Sovereign God, help us always to put your will above our own desires as we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, (NIV).  Amen.

Bob Peterson (Texas, USA)

August 20. 2020

NEW LIFE

READ Isaiah 43:16-21

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

–John10:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can make me new every morning.

PRAYER

Living Lord, thank you for the new growth within us.  Help us to trust your presence within us as we risk doing new things for you.  Amen.

Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)

August 19, 2020

INVESTING IN OTHERS

READ Matthew 5:13-16

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can spread the good news of Christ by taking interest in the lives of others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, help us to reach into the lives of the people we meet every day to reflect to them the light of your love.  Amen.

Cletus L. Hull III (Pennsylvania, USA)

August 18, 2020

COUNT THEM ONE BY ONE

READ Philippians 4:4-9

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love drives out my fears.

PRAYER

Dear God, may your love drive out our worries and give us peaceful sleep.  Amen.

Genie Stoker (Arizona, USA)

August 17, 2020

UNSHAKABLE

READ Romans 8:31-39

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come … shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

–Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust in the Lord at all times.

PRAYER

Living God, help us always to be steadfast, immovable, and abounding in your work and love at all times.  In Jesus’ name and for his sake.  Amen.

D. L. Ellis-Johnson (Texas, USA)

August 16, 2020

AN OPEN INVITATION

READ Luke 14:15-24

Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.

–Luke 14:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With whom can I share Christ’s love today?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, thank you for inviting us to your table.  We come to you just as we are, asking you to live and reign in us.  Amen.

Lynda Samuel (Scotland, United Kingdom)

August 15, 2020

DETOURS

READ James 4:13-17

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

–Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God in the midst of unexpected changes.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust you no matter where life takes us.  Give us peace in the midst of change.  Amen.

Linda Fasking (Kentucky, USA)

August 14, 2020

BREATHE, PRAY, BELIEVE

READ Psalm 40:1-10

The psalmist wrote, “[The Lord] lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

–Psalm 40:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is as near as my latest breath.

PRAYER

Kindhearted Jesus, make us aware of your presence in every circumstance.  Amen.

Jack Albright (Kansas, USA)

August 13, 2020

STILL THE SAME INSIDE

READ Matthew 19:13-15

Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.

–1 Samuel 16:7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will try to value others the way God values me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to look beyond our differences and to seek your image within one another.  Amen.

Sandra Sullivan (West Virginia, USA)

August 12, 2020

WAITING

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

–Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I wait on the Lord, I am not wasting time.

PRAYER

Father God, teach us to wait upon you.  Help us to know that you are always working for our good.  Amen.

Berthille Laveist-Chittick (St. Maarten)

August 11, 2020

TWO BROTHERS

READ Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

The father said to his older son, “We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”

–Luke 15:32 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whether I am reckless or self-righteous, God loves me.

PRAYER

God of mercy, when we have wandered away from your presence, call us back.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

Michael A. MacDonald (North Carolina, USA)

August 10, 2020

GOD’S HELP

READ Hebrews 4:12-16

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

–Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s help is always available to me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for the availability of your help.  Remind us to rely on your power instead of our own.  Amen.

Diana L. Walters (Tennessee, USA)

August 9, 2020

OUR GIFTS AND OUR SERVICE

READ Philippians 2:1-4

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

–1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God rejoices in all our differing abilities.

PRAYER

God of grace, grant us the wisdom to acknowledge and honor the gifts of all your people who seek to serve you with a joyful heart in unique and wonderful ways.  We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Juan Guerrero (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)

August 8, 2020

PEOPLE OF PEACE

READ 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

We are … Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

–2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will show God’s love by responding peacefully.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for helping us to respond in love to everyone we encounter today.  Amen.

Sara Hague (Oregon, USA)

August 7, 2020

RESTORED

READ Job 37:14-24

God’s vocie thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.

–Job 37:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can see God’s power and glory through creation.

PRAYER

Dear God, teach us to see your glory and to give thanks for your faithful love and care.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

August 6, 2020

AN EVER-PRESENT HELP

READ Psalm 46:1-11

God is our refuge and strength.

Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I feel alone, God is with me.

PRAYER

God of eternity, open our eyes to see that you are nearer than we can imagine, closer than a friend or brother.  Amen.

Al Trucano (Nebraska, USA)

August 5, 2020

THE DELIGHT OF PRAYER

READ John 17:1-8

It is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.

–2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For whom can I pray today?

PRAYER

Thank you, loving God, for giving us the opportunity to pray for others.  We know you hear and answer each prayer.  In Christ’s name.  Amen.

Dusty Reed (Iowa, USA)

August 4, 2020

LAYING ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

Let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

–Hebrews 12:1-2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No burden is too heavy as long as I am with Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us rest as we lay aside every weight in our lives.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Vimbai Chizarura (Harare, Zimbabwe)

August 3, 2020

KEEP SINGING!

READ Psalm 104:31-34

Teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

Colossians 3:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The gift of song can draw me close to God and others.

PRAYER

O God, keep us singing so that we sense your Holy Spirit bringing us encouragement and hope.  Amen.

Ron L. Keller (Michigan, USA)

August 2, 2020

AN ACT OF COMPASSION

READ Colossians 3:12-17

In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

–Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will give thanks to God for teaching me through others.

PRAYER

Compassionate God, thank you for the people who show others your blessings, mercy, and grace.  Amen.

Lisa Scallio (Maryland, USA)

August 1 2020

GOD’S PEACE

READ Psalm 120:1-7

The psalmist wrote, “I’m for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.”

–Psalm 120:7 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in countries torn by war, I can find God’s peace.

PRAYER

God of peace, comfort those who are living in great turmoil, and rescue those who face persecution.  Grant them your peace.  In the name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

Aftab Yunis Hakim (Punjab, Pakistan)

July 31, 2020

LOVE IS…

READ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

–Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I show kindness and God’s love to others today?

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to show love, patience, and kindness to everyone we meet.  Amen.

Pam Hickerson (Texas, USA)

July 30, 2020

WALKING BY FAITH

READ John 20:24-31

Jesus told [Thomas], “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

–John 20:29

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help others to hear the voice of God?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be lights to show others how to see and hear the truth of our Savior.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Mike C. Bertoglio (Georgia, USA)

July 29, 2020

TASTE AND SEE

READ Psalm 34:1-8

O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.

–Psalm 34:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I take a step of faith to follow Jesus, I will surely taste God’s goodness.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your love and the gift of salvation.  Help us to discover your goodness as we learn to trust in you.  Amen.

Florence Fong (Singapore)

July 28, 2020

WHATEVER WE NEED

READ 2 Corinthians 4:13-18

God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

–2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can rest in God’s promise to supply whatever I need to serve.

PRAYER

Dear God, calm our minds and hearts with the knowledge that you are always present with us.  Amen.

Alexander Holcomb (Tennessee, USA)

July 27, 2020

SMALLEST ACTS

READ Luke 7:36-50

As [a woman who lived a sinful life] stood behind [Jesus] at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears.  Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

–Luke 7:38 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God teaches me how to give and receive love.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for showing us how to love others.  Help us to share your love with the world.  Amen.

Lin Daniels (Massachusetts, USA)

July 26, 2020

PRUNING

READ Hebrews 12:4-11

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

–Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God pruning me?

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the peace to accept pruning from your loving hands.  Amen.

Esther MacDonald (Quebec, Canada)

July 25, 2020

A NEW BEGINNING

READ Genesis 50:15-21

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything ha become new!

–READ 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I know that my future is in God’s hands.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for turning our night into day — redeeming us and giving us second chances.  Amen.

Alex Jordan (Texas, USA)

July 24, 2020

GOD’S PROMISES

READ Isaiah 45:2-6

The Lord says, “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight.”

–Isaiah 45:2 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will keep God’s promises close.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your constant help, guidance, and healing power.  Help us always to trust you.  Amen.

Arlene Rains-Graber (Kansas, USA)

July 23, 2020

GENUINE SUPPORT

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

They all ate and were satisfied, and disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

–Matthew 14:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My willingness to serve may be an answer to prayer.

PRAYER

God of all grace, remind us that we always have something that we can give to those in need.  Amen.

Seung Jae Oh (Chungnam, South Korea)

July 22, 2020

COMING NEAR TO GOD

READ 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Come near to God and he will come near to you.

–James 4:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I come close to God by spending time with God.

PRAYER

O Lord, increase our desire to know you better.  Amen.

Barbara Gordon (Missouri, USA)

July 21, 2020

SHARING PRAYER

READ Ephesians 6:12-18

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

–Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will open my eyes and spirit to opportunities to pray for others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the honor of praying for others.  Help us to be aware of the needs of those around us.  Amen.

Connie Downs (California, USA)

July 20, 2020

‘WHEN YOU’RE SMILING”

READ Numbers 6:22-27

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

–Numbers 6:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I smile at others — often through words and deeds — God smiles at me.

PRAYER

God of joy and blessing, thank you for your smile that we see reflected each day on the faces of all who believe in you.  Amen.

Laura Cristina Quintana de Mota (Dominican Republic)

July 19, 2020

A LESSON IN FORGIVENESS

READ James 1:19-25

Jesus said, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

–John 20:23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I express my complete forgiveness of others?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of forgiveness.  Help us to forgive as completely as those young believers.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

July 18, 2020

A CHRISTIAN LEGACY

READ Romans 12:9-21

What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.

–Micah 6:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What do I want my legacy as a follower of Christ to be?

PRAYER

Our loving Father, we pray that the world will see Christ in us more every day and come to know your grace and loving-kindness through us–all to your glory.  Amen.

Wilma Rose Vernich (Tennessee, USA)

July 17, 2020

SLEEP IN PEACE

READ Psalm 121:1-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

–Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will worry less and trust God more.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to have a heart like a little child, to trust that you will show us the way through any fearful situation.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  An lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV)  Amen.

Juita Kartini (Jakarta Raya, Indonesia)

July 16, 2020

A GOOD DEED

READ 1 Peter 4:9-11

Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

–Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can show God’s love by trusting others and offering help.

PRAYER

Gracious Father, thank you for the kindness of your children who help others stranded on the road of life.  Amen.

Catherin Pettie Hart (Georgia, USA)

July 15, 2020

JUST AS I AM

READ 2 Corinthians 12:6-11

The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I don’t love myself, God loves me just as I am.

PRAYER

Dear Savior, thank you for loving us as we are.  Help us to make our lives reflect the truth of your word.  Amen.

Timothy Olumide (Osun State, Nigeri

July 14, 2020

A SINGLE RED FEATHER

READ Psalm 91:1-6

Keep me as the apple of  your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.

–Psalm 17:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will find joy in God’s creation.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being our shield and protection through the trials we face.  Help us to see the joy in each day.  Amen.

Jeanne C. Gore (North Carolina, USA)

July 13, 2020

UNCONVENTIONAL PLACES

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

–Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where might I interact with someone who needs to know the good news of God’s love?

PRAYER

God of all, open our eyes and hearts to the hurting world around us.  Help us to take every opportunity to share our faith with others.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Terri Foster (South Carolina, USA)

July 12, 2020

GOD ALREADY KNOWS

READ Matthew 6:25-33

Seek first [your heavenly Father’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can bless me by giving me opportunities to serve others.

PRAYER

God, our guide, thank you for caring for our needs.  Help us to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness as we receive your blessings and help others.  Amen.

Joan A. Brathwaite (Christ Church, Barbados)

July 11, 2020

COMFORT AND PEACE

READ 2 Corinthians 1:1-7

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I be open to God’s message for me today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for providing comfort and peace to us during challenging times.  Help us to do the same for others.  Amen.

John D. Brown (Minnesota, USA)

July 10, 2020

SURPRISE GUEST

READ Hebrews 2:5-18

The one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.  So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.

–Hebrews 2:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I show Christ’s compassion to everyone I meet?

PRAYER

Wonderful Counselor, thank you for coming to live among us.  Help us to show warmth to everyone we meet.  Amen.

Lauren Craft (Virginia, USA)

July 9, 2020

GOD’S BROKEN VESSELS

READ Psalm 36:5-9

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

–Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will not give up on God, who has never given up on me.

PRAYER

Dear God, remind us not to give up on you when we are broken.  Amen.

Wati Mollier (Nagaland, India)

July 8, 2020

STANDING UP

READ Luke 10:25-37

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

–Matthew 7:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves everyone, and I will too.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to stand with others during difficult times and to treat others the way we want to be treated.  Amen.

Rebecca Auger (North Carolina, USA)

July 7, 2020

JOY

READ James 1:2-6, 12-17

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

–James 1:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What good thing has God recently put in the midst of my daily challenges?

PRAYER

Giver of joy, comfort our souls when we face hardships.  Amen.

Rachel Lulich (Indiana, USA)

July 6, 2020

ALWAYS NEAR

READ Psalm 139:7-10

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.

–1 Corinthians 13:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What good thing has God recently put in the midst of my daily challenges?

PRAYER

Giver of joy, comfort our souls when we face hardships.  Amen.

Rachel Lulich (Indiana, USA)

July 5, 2020

MEETING NEEDS

READ Philippians 4:10-20

Paul wrote, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No need is so great that God cannot meet it.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to value the contribution of all who attend our churches.  Guide us to meet the needs of others as we seek to serve you.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Shirley Brosius (Pennsylvania, USA)

July 4, 2020

THE WIDOW’S OFFER

READ Mark 12:41-44

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.”

–Mark 12:43 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is pleased when I give generously.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your constant presence, patience, and love.  Help us to give generously to people in need.  Amen.

Allen Goins (Florida,  USA)

July 3, 2020

TAKING OUT THE TRASH

READ Romans 6:1-13

Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

–Romans 6:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I want to notice and repent of my sins so that I may honor God.

PRAYER

God, our maker and friend, create in us a clean spirit and a willingness to attune our hearts to live in the light of your truth.  Amen.

Perla Iveth Murillo Zapata (Colombia)

July 2, 2020

UNENDING LOVE

READ Job 42:10-13

After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

–Job 42:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love will carry me through my darkest days.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, through our darkest and brightest days we give thanks for your unending love for us.  Amen.

Larry Dowell (North Carolina, USA)

July 1, 2020

GOD’S HANDWRITING

READ Psalm 19:1-4*

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

–Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where do I see the strokes of God’s hand today?

PRAYER

Creator God, open our eyes to see your unmistakable mark on all that you have done so that we may understand you more fully.  Amen.

Suzanne Felton (Virginia, USA)

June 30, 2020

A CRY FOR HELP

READ Psalm 91:1-16

I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.

–Psalm 3:4 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No situation is so dark that God cannot find and help me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, remind us of your promise never to leave us or forsake us.  Help us to turn to you — especially in threatening circumstances.  Amen.

Demi Oyinloye (Ogun, Nigeria)

June 29, 2020

LIVING COVER LETTER

READ 2 Corinthians 3:1-6

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written no with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

–2 Corinthians 3:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I be a living cover letter for Christ today?

PRAYER

Living Lord, help us to reflect you in our words and actions each day so that others may desire to fully know and serve you.  Amen.

Alice H. Murray (Florida, USA)

June 28, 2020

WOULD I DO THE SAME?

READ Mark 5:1-20

Those who had actually seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man told the others about the pigs.  Then they pleaded with Jesus to leave their region.

–Mark 5:16-17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day, I will seek ways to draw near to God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, forgive us when we choose paths that separate us from you.  Instead, help us choose paths of grace and love.  Amen.

Cassius Rhue (South Carolina, USA)

June 27, 2020

HOPE

READ Psalm 103:1-12

I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

— Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today and every day, I will be joyful in God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to choose to praise you every day, no matter our circumstances.  Amen.

Carol Elaine Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

June 26, 2020

LONGING FOR ORDINARY

READ Hebrews 10:19-25

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

–Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use my words of encouragement to make an extraordinary difference.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to seize the opportunities you give us each day to encourage, help, and love others.  Amen.

Terrie Hellard-Brown (California, USA)

June 25, 2020

OUR TALENTS

READ Matthew 25:14-30

Take…the talent from him [which had received the one talent], and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

–Matthew 25:28 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The talent God has given me is a blessing to me and to others.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, show us how to use the talents we have been given to bless others as you have blessed us.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Keith Hailey (Kansas, USA)

June 24, 2020

GOD’S CALL

READ Exodus 4:10-13

Moses said, “Please, my Lord, just send someone else.”

–Exodus 4:13 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I feel uncertain, God will equip me to serve others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, open our hearts and minds to serve wherever you need us.  Amen.

Janice Hagood LeMaster (Alabama, USA)

June 23, 2020

RESTING IN PRAYER

READ James 5:13-18

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  and the peace of God….will guard your hearts and your minds.

–Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am afraid, I can turn to God.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for inviting us to come to you with our worries.  Help us to trust you.  Amen.

Missy Saiki (Hawaii, USA)

June 22, 2020

COMPASSION

READ Luke 7:11-16

As for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

–2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s radical grace calls me to give and expect nothing in return.

PRAYER

God of grace, help us to show compassion to our sisters and brothers, even when we think they don’t deserve it.  We pray in the name of the One who shows compassion to us.  Amen.

Francis Jorge Valera (Dominican Republic)

June 21, 2020

LIKE THAT TREE

READ Psalm 1:1-6

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.

–Psalm 1:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whose positive influence has nurtured my spiritual life?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the influence and teaching of those who have come before us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Beverly Varnado (Georgia, USA)

June 20, 2020

BY OUR SIDE

READ John 11:32-44

Jesus began to weep.

–John 11:35 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is with me in my joys and in my sorrows.

PRAYER

Living God, give us the courage and love to be present with those who are grieving and to be channels of your comfort to those who are hurting.  Amen.

J. Leland Collins Jr. (Virginia, USA)

June 19, 2020

RESCUED AND SUSTAINED

READ Isaiah 46:3-4

The Lord has said, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

–Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I feel weak, I can rely on God’s strength to sustain me.

PRAYER

Almighty God, in every problem help us to trust that your strength will sustain us.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

June 18, 2020

A LOVING EMBRACE

READ Psalm 103:13-18

These three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

–1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What sign of love is God prompting me to show?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us as your children.  Guide us to show love to those who need it.  Amen.

David Smith (USA)

June 17, 2020

GUIDE MY PRAYERS

READ Romans 8:25-28

The Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

–Romans 8:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I listen for the Holy Spirit, my prayers can more fully follow God’s will.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to put our prayers on the right track.  Amen.

Marcy Farr (Texas, USA)

June 16, 2020

ONE BY ONE

READ John 1:35-50

Day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

–Acts 2:47 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In God’s kingdom, I am never alone.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for adding each of us to your kingdom so that we may live in fellowship with you and with all your people.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”  (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Colin D. Harbach (England, United Kingdom)

June 15, 2020

EVERYDAY OPPORTUNITIES

READ Acts 26:12-18

[Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”

–Mark 16:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Unexpected encounters can be opportunities to show God’s love.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to be open to opportunities to share your love.  May your Holy Spirit cause the seeds we sow to grow and multiply so that others may find eternal life.  Amen.

Carolyn Strickland (Florida, USA)

June 14, 2020

THE FIRST PLACE

READ Psalm 34:4-7

[The Lord] refreshes my soul.

–Psalm 23:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For life’s biggest problems, I will first look to God for answers.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for being an ever-present force in our lives.  Help us to remember that we can always seek you in times of need.  Amen.

Webb Smith (Georgia, USA)

June 13, 2020

LOVED SO MUCH

READ Romans 8:31-39

There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The on who fears is not made perfect in love.  We love because [God] first loved us.

–1 John 4:18-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me and wants to be near me forever.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to rest in your love and to know that we don’t have to earn it.  Thank you for loving us as your children.  Amen.

Jenny Young (Gauteng, South Africa)

June 12, 2020

SEEING PAST THE OBSTACLES

READ Proverbs 3:5-6

We live by faith, not by sight.

–2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I cannot see God’s presence, God is working in my life.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us to remember your answers to prayers and trust that you are at work in our lives.  Amen.

Monabeth Milliron (Louisiana, USA)

June 11, 2020

COMPASSION AND MERCY

READ Hebrews 13:1-11

Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

— Proverbs 31:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will choose to see others through the eyes of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see others the way you see them, and may this perspective lead us to action.  Amen.

Lollie Hofer (Nebraska, USA)

June 10, 2020

SEE THE FACE OF GOD

READ Genesis 33:1-11

Jacob said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me.  for to see your face is like seeing the face of God.”

–Genesis 33:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I ask for forgiveness, I have a chance to see the face of God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for showing us how to forgive and for allowing us to see your glory when we do.  Amen.

Jack Stanley (Florida, USA)

June 9, 2020

“I TRUST YOU”

READ Psalm 29:1-11

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?

–Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today and every day I will tell God, “I trust you!”

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we try to do it all on our own.  Help us to turn to you for guidance, wisdom, and strength.  Amen.

Ashley Swartzentruber (Ontario, Canada)

June 8, 2020

WHATEVER WE DO

READ Colossians 3:15-17

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

–Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will follow Christ no matter the circumstances.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us not to be intimidated by others so that we can live out our Christian faith wherever we are.  Amen.

Gordon B. Rose (Indianan, USA)

June 7, 2020

FAITH IN GOD’S WORD

READ Psalm 23:1-6

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

–Psalm 23:4 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When danger is present, the power of God’s word prevails.

PRAYER

Dear Father in heaven, teach us to stay close to you and to strengthen our faith in your presence.  Amen.

Angela Peabody (Virginia, USA)

June 6, 2020

TRUSTING GOD

READ James 1:2-12

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

–James 1:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my suffering I can persevere in trusting God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, through whatever we are suffering today, help us to find joy in trusting you so that we may learn to persevere and become more like Jesus.  Amen.

Tim Pietz (Wisconsin, USA)

June 5, 2020

THE RIGHT ROAD

READ Psalm 25:4-10

The Lord has said, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.”

–Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will never be lost when I follow God’s way.

PRAYER

Guardian of us all, forgive our wandering ways.  We lean on you to show us the path that leads to joyful obedience and to eternal life in Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 
Nelly R. Reina (Cordoba, Argentina)

June 4, 2020

LETTING GO

READ 1 Samuel 1:1-28

Hannah said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.  So now I give him to the Lord.”

–1 Samuel 1:27-28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can entrust those I love to God.

PRAYER

Faithful God, help us to support those we love in their service to you.  Amen.

Tony Roberts (Indiana, USA)

June 3, 2020

WORDS AND ACTIONS

READ 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10

Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

–1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How does the way I treat others encourage them to believe that God loves them?

PRAYER

Holy God, help us to treat everyone as Jesus would treat them so they will know through our words and actions that you love them.  Amen.

Lin Tranter (Ohio, USA)

June 2, 2020

HEAVY COST

READ John 3:1-21

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

–John 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus endured separation from God to separate me from my sin.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us never to forget the sacrifice that you and Jesus made for our salvation.  Amen.

Dave Trouten (New Brunswick, Canada)

June 1, 2020

“I AM STILL HERE”

READ Psalm 145:1-8

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose.

–Isaiah 55:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am a child of God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to share the good news of Christ, knowing that even simple words of witness can make a difference in the lives of people we meet.  Amen.

Ann Vernon (Missouri, USA)

May 31, 2020

OURSELVES OR OTHERS?

READ Luke 10:29-37

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

–James 2:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

To whom is God calling me to be a neighbor today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to honor you by helping someone who needs what we can give.  Amen.

Frances K. Griffin (Oklahoma, USA)

May 30, 2020

BEST FOR US

READ Hebrews 12:4-11

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children.  For what children are not disciplined by their father?

–Hebrews 12:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God sees beyond what I want to what is best for me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, when we cry for unnecessary or harmful things teach us to understand your discipline and embrace a love for your correction.  Amen.

Oluwasola Jegede (Lagos, Nigeria)

May 29, 2020

DISTRACTING PRIDE

READ Philippians 4:10-19

Paul wrote, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will set down my burdens so I can welcome God’s strength.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to release our pride so that we may trust in your provision rather than our own.  Amen.

A. Mattingly (Texas, USA)

May 28, 2020

GOD’S LOVE ENDURES

READ Romans 5:1-11

Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.

–Romans 5:3-5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God fills me with hope and helps me endure.

PRAYER

Dear God, comfort us when we face illness and pain.  Give us a renewed sense of hope and faith in your love.  Amen.

Candyce Sturgeon  (North Carolina, USA)

May 27, 2020

A CHANGE OF HEART

READ 1 Corinthians 9:20-23

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

–Galatians 3:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day, God strengthens me for ministry to others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, remind us that through your power we can overcome all worldly hurdles to minister to others.  Amen.

KyungMo Koo (Maryland, USA)

May 26, 2020

CONTENT WHERE I AM

READ 2 Samuel 7:18-29

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and he said:  “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”

–2 Samuel 7:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I’m feeling discontented, I can turn to scripture for encouragement.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the beauty of the world we live in.  Help us to remember that heaven’s joys will far surpass earthly ones.  Amen.

Wendy L. Macdonald (British Columbia, Canada

May 25, 2020

RUNNING AWAY

READ Psalm 139:1-12

The Lord will keep you from all harm–he will watch over your life.

–Psalm 121:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help bring others back to God

May 24, 2020

I BELONG!

READ John 3:1-2

Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

–Romans 8:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I belong to Christ’s family of faith.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, thank you for making us a part of your family of faith.  Help us to invite others to find in you a real sense of being a family!  Amen.

Marcos Antonio Garcia (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

May 23, 2020

FEAR CONQUERING LOVE

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of God’s love for me, fear and worry do not have to rule my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us a deeper understanding of your love so that fear no longer rules our lives.  Amen.

Laura Rothhaar (Ohio, USA)

May 22, 2020

BOLD ENCOURAGEMENT

READ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Encourage one another and build each other up.

–1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

To whom will I speak an encouraging word in Christ’s name today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, help us to reflect your nature in our actions toward others each day.  We pray as you taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.

George Childree (Alabama, USA)

May 21, 2020

EVERYONE’S GIFT MATTERS

READ 1 Corinthians 12:14-26

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

–1 Corinthians 12:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will show my gratitude for the contributions of others to God’s work.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to see the value of other Christians and to commend them for their work.  amen.

Linda Neff (Ontario, Canada)

May 20, 2020

ON ASSIGNMENT

READ John 5:19-24

Jesus said, “I can do nothing on my own.  As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”

–John 5:30 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What is my mission statement?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for entrusting us with assignments while we are here on earth.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Mary E. Webb (New Mexico, USA)

May 19, 2020

THE POWER OF PRESENCE

READ Luke 10:38-42

Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.

–Luke 10:42 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will set aside time for Christ today.

PRAYER

O God, teach us to recognize your presence, and help us to stay connected with you throughout this day.  Amen.

Kevin Thomas (Alabama, USA)

May 18, 2020

THE ULTIMATE CONNECTION

READ John 15:1-10

Jesus said, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

–John 15:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I stay connected to Jesus?

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for giving us your strength and support.  Help us to remain connected to you so that we may bear much good fruit.  Amen.

Renae Aberdeen (Indiana, USA)

May 17, 2020

HILLS OF LIFE

READ 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

This slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure.

–2 Corinthians 4:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How does my outlook change when I focus on Christ?

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to lift our eyes to you in challenging times.  Remind us that our earthly troubles will seem small when we stand in the presence of your glory. Amen.

C. Jennings (Ontario, Canada)

May 16, 2020

WHEN LIFE HURTS

READ Matthew 5:1-12

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

–Matthew 5:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my grief, God blesses me.

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for your presence and guidance through scripture and the Holy spirit.  Amen.

Torrey Curtis (Okalahoma, USA)

May 15, 2020

MOVING WITH GOD

READ Psalm 143:5-10

The psalmist wrote, “Teach me to do what pleases you, because you are my God.  Guide me by your good spirit into good land.

–Psalm 143:10 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust God to show me the best way to serve.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust that you will show us the ways and places where we can continue to find joy in serving you.  Amen.

Myrna Conrad, Florida, USA)

May 14, 2020

ALWAYS READY

READ 1 Peter 3:13-17

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

–1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I express my hope in Christ today?

PRAYER

O Lord, may the hope you give us be so evident that others will want to hear about it.  Help us to be ready for opportunities to witness to your love and salvation.  Amen.

Lori Herold (Illinois, USA)

May 13, 2020

TRUST THROUGH PRAYER

READ Mark 11:19

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

–Mark 11:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I express my trust in God when I pray.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to feel your presence during difficult times.  Amen.

Rajeev Ranjan Pandey (Uttar Pradesh, India)

May 12, 2020

GOD PROVIDES

READ 2 Corinthians 9:10-15

Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will provide for me.

PRAYER

Loving God, when we can’t see the way forward, help us to trust that you can.  Amen.

Courtney Boulware (Ohio, USA)

May 11, 2020

IRON SHARPENS IRON

READ 2 Timothy 2:14-19

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

–2 Timothy 2:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Bible study helps me grow in my relationship with God and with others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the Bible.  Help us to grow as we read it, and lead us to find others who will faithfully study with us.  amen.

Michael W. Martin (North Carolina, USA)

May 10, 2020

A ROOM FULLY PREPARED

READ John 14:1-4

Jesus said, “My Father’s house has many rooms;if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

–John 14:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love for me will never die.

PRAYER

O God, thank you for human families and the love we can share.  Most of all, thank your for your son, Jesus Christ, who taught us how to love.  Amen.

Karen Young Texas, USA)

May 9, 2020

GRATEFUL EXPECTATION

READ Colossians 1:1-14

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.

–Colossians 1:9,11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will choose to praise God in all situations.

PRAYER

Dear Father, strengthen us so we can wait patiently with a sense of grateful expectation.  Amen.

Lilian Nwanze Akobo (Meath, Ireland)

May 8, 2020

CHOSEN

READ 1 Peter 2:1-10

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

–1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will always choose me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for choosing us.  Help us to remember that we have an honorable calling.  Amen.

Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois, USA)

May 7, 2020

QUEST FOR THE QUEEN

READ 2 Corinthians 5:6-9

Heaven is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.

–Psalm 19:1 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I can see God revealed in all creation.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us eyes to see you and faith to believe.  Amen.

Suzanne Montgomery (Indiana, USA)

May 6, 2020

A LENTEN CHALLENGE

READ Philemon vv. 4-7

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

–Proverbs 3:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can follow God’s word no matter my budget or schedule.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for all you have done for us and all you allow us to do in your name.  Keep showing us the joys of serving you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Bryan Young (Texas, USA)

May 5, 2020

PEACE AND COMFORT

–READ Philippians 4:6-9

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

–James 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying solves more problems than worrying does.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when we get into trouble, help us to look to you in faith and prayer instead of worrying.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Charity M. Kiregyera (Kampala, Uganda)

May 4, 2020

SMALL ACTS

READ Matthew 25:31-40

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

–Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

PRAYER

Dear God, every day show us those who need what we can give as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV). Amen.

Dean T. Skoglund (Minnesota, USA)

May 3, 2020

RESTING ON A ROCK

READ Mark 1:35-39

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

–Luke 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where do I spend one-on-one time with God?

PRAYER

Thank you, Father, for meeting us in solitude and giving us strength when we turn to you.  Amen.

Diana C. Derringer (Kentucky, USA)

May 2, 2020

NEVER TOO LATE

READ Luke 15:11-32

You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.

-1 Corinthians 6:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It is never too late to seek God’s forgiveness.

PRAYER

Dear Father, remind us that it is never too late to turn to you.  Help us to be open to receive your love and forgiveness.  Amen.

Scott Martin (New Jersey, USA)

May 1, 2020

MORE THAN WE ASKED

READ Romans 8:12-17*

You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as [God’s] children.

–Romans 8:15 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus offers me abundant life.

PRAYER

Faithful God, we rejoice in your goodness.  Thank you for physical healing and for the spiritual healing only you can provide.  Amen.

Darlene Forgues (Alberta, Canada)

April 30, 2020

AGING WITH GRACE

READ Micah 6:6-8

[God] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

–Micah 6:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even small acts of service that I may deem insignificant, God values.

PRAYER

Creator God, when we doubt our purpose, renew our vision.  Help us to be faithful, humble servants — doing what we can to make this world a better place.  Amen.

Virginia Jelinek (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 29, 2020

OPEN MY EYES

READ Matthew 20:29-34

Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

Psalm 119:18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What do I want Jesus to do for me?

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for answered prayers.  Thank you for having mercy on us and for bringing us into relationship with you.  Amen.

Jabulile Gubula (Gauteng, South Africa)

April 28, 2020

TRUST DURING HEALING

READ Psalm 118:5-9

Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.

–Isaiah 26:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s presence and loving care will never disappoint me.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us to appreciate our times of rest and healing as gifts of grace and not just burdens that we have to bear.  Renew our strength.  Amen.

John R. Robinson (Georgia, USA)

April 27, 2020

THE FINISH LINE

READ 2 Timothy 4:1-8

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

-2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It’s not where I finish but that I finish that counts to God.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for strength to persevere when the race of our lives wearies us.  We look to you to keep us moving on.  Amen.

Sarah Lunsford (California, USA)

April 26, 2020

NEVER ALONE

READ John 14:15-31

Jesus said to his disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

–2 Timothy 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever the future brings, God will be there to give me strength.

PRAYER

Loving God, whenever we feel alone in our struggles, help us to remember that you are always with us.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

April 25, 2020

SAFELY HOME

READ Psalm 119:105-112

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

–Psalm 119:105

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The gospel guides me on my way.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to focus on your word and your grace as we face life’s challenges.  We pray the prayer Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Roger Brannon (Florida, USA)

April 24, 2020

TERMINAL

READ 2 Corinthians 4:11-5:4

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

–1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will live life to the fullest and for the glory of God.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your promises that give us hope.  Amen.

Anita Gray (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 23, 2020

CHANGING MY PRAYER

READ 2 Kings 5:1-15

Elisha sent a messenger to say to [Naaman], “Go wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

–2 Kings 5:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can pray for God to change my heart.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to look to you for guidance and to recognize and accept your guidance when it comes. Amen.

Margie J. Harding (Maryland, USA)

April 22, 2020

NOT ABOUT US

READ Numbers 11:21-30

A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”  Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”

–Numbers 11:27-28

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God does not choose me based on my behavior.

PRAYER

Almighty God, rest your Spirit on us and grant us the wisdom to trust in the plans you have for us.  Make us willing to fulfill your purpose for our lives.  Amen.

David Garcia Escobar (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)

April 21, 2020

STRENGTH FROM SOLITUDE

READ Luke 22:39-43

[Jesus] said to [the apostles]. “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

–Mark 6:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where can I find solitude to reconnect with God today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for moments of solitude to connect with you.  May we seek such moments often.  Amen.

Sharon Wright Mitchell (Georgia, USA)

April 20, 2020

RESTORATION

READ Psalm 23:1-6

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

–Psalm 51:12

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is the joy of my salvation.

PRAYER

God of joy, remind us of our beauty in times when we feel vulnerable and fragile.  Guide us to be hands of healing to those experiencing difficulties, and give us a song of joy to sing even as we cry.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Malinda Fillingim (North Carolina, USA)

April 19, 2020

THE RISEN CHRIST

READ John 20:11-22

When the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

–John 20:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I reflect the love of Christ today?

PRAYER

Almighty God, thank you for enfolding us with your limitless love and concern.  We praise you for sending us your son and for giving us new life.  Amen.

Oystein Brinch (Oslo, Norway)

April 18, 2020

DELIGHT

READ 1 John 3:1-3

The Lord your God…will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

–Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My heavenly Father takes delight in me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your extravagant love for us.  Amen.

Erin Tubo (Massachusetts, USA)

April 17, 2020

FAITH

READ Genesis 15:5-15

Jesus told [Thomas], “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

–John 20:29 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God with my future.

PRAYER

Faithful God, help us to trust that you will fulfill your promises.  In that trust we will walk faithfully with you.  Amen.

Kurt Elward (Virginia, USA)

April 16, 2020

TURBULENCE

READ Matthew 8:23-27

The [disciples] were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this?  Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

–Matthew 8:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When life gets rocky, I will call on Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to hold on to you when life gets shaky.  Remind us to call on you during the storm.  Amen.

Adrieene Rayfield (South Carolina, USA)

April 15, 2020

LIVING WITH THE SCARS

READ 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Paul wrote, “Gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will praise God, who has redeemed and restored me.

PRAYER

Jesus, our Wounded Healer, remind us that you understand our suffering and have the power to make us new.  Amen.

Muriella Alexander (Maharashtra, India)

April 14, 2020

BEYOND THE THORNS

READ Philippians 3:7-11

Through [Christ] you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

–1 Peter 1:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Faith in Christ Jesus sustains me now.  Hope in him leads me to resurrection.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, increase in us faith for today and hope for tomorrow.  Amen.

Colin D. Harbach (England, United Kingdom)

April 13, 2020

NEVER LOST

READ Psalm 16:5-11

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.  With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

–Psalm 16:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I hold God’s hand, I can never get lost.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to keep our eyes focused on you.  Thank you for never letting us go.  Amen.

Leigh Mckenzie (Illinois, USA)

April 12, 2020

BEYOND THE THORNS

READ Philippians 3:7-11

Through [Christ] you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

–1 Peter 1:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Faith in Christ Jesus sustains me now.  Hope in him leads me to resurrection.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, increase in us faith for today and hope for tomorrow.  Amen.

Colin D. Harbach (England, United Kingdom)

April 11, 2020

THE HOPE OF EASTER

READ Matthew 28:1-10

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

–2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I can’t see it, God is working in my life.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we pray for those who are going through a “Saturday” — those who are in a time of confusion and waiting.  Give us hope of Easter Sunday.  Amen.

Erica Smith (Tennessee, USA)

April 10, 2020

REMEMBER ME

Read Luke 18:15-17

Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

–Luke 18:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I am struggling, Jesus remembers me.

PRAYER

Loving God, your grace truly is sufficient for us.  When we forget, forgive us and continue to shower your love on us.  Amen.

Selina Inabinet Duncan (Tennessee, USA)

April 9, 2020

PATIENT WITH US

READ 2 Peter3:1-9

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

–Psalm 103:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is patient with me and encourages me to be patient with others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be patient and to trust your care for us as we learn your purpose for us.  “Father hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV) Amen.

Joshua Oladipupo (Lagos, Nigeria)

April 8, 2020

THE BEST EXAMPLE

READ 1 Peter 2:18-24

When they hurled their insults at [Christ], he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.  Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

–1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus is the ultimate example of forgiveness.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, when we are tempted to seek revenge, help us to see the world through your eyes and to follow your Son’s example.  Amen.

Heidi Kling-Newman (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 7, 2020

NOT MUCH FUN?

READ Revelation 22:1-5

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him–these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

–1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Focusing on things above can change my perspective.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, fill us with your thoughts so that we can see everyone in our lives as you do.  Amen.

Dave Caswell (Arkansas, USA)

April 6, 2020

COMFORT AND HOPE

READ Psalm 34:1-8

Happy are those who take refuge in [the Lord].

–Psalm 34:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whether I am fearful or joyful, God is with me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your caring love every day, not only in the most terrifying moments of our lives but in joyful times as well.  Help us to trust you and to have thankful hearts.  Amen.

Volya Koruderlieva (Varna, Bulgaria)

April 5, 2020

A BEAUTIFUL BLESSING

READ John 17:20 (NIV)

Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not for [those you gave me] alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”

–John 17:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will tell someone that I am praying for them.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to see others through your eyes and with your love.  Soften our hearts to the needs of others, and remind us to pray for them.  Amen.

Melinda VanRy (New York, USA)

April 4, 2020

THE CARPENTER

READ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In Jesus’ hands, I become a masterpiece.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, shape us into beautiful masterpieces, ready to do your work.  Open our eyes to see the beauty in those around us.  Amen.

Miles O. Turner (Illinois, USA)

April 3, 2020

ORCHIDS FOR CAROLYN

READ Psalm 105:1-6

You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul.

–Deuteronomy 4:29 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If I remain alert, I can see little miracles every day.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, when we see no way through our trials, help us to have faith in you and to trust your guidance.  Amen.

Dayna Nestor (Pennsylvania, USA)

April 2, 2020

FORWARD IN HOPE

READ Isaiah 43:1-3

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When the way closes ahead of me, God will uphold me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your great love.  Forgive us when we try to move ahead without you.  Help us to follow Jesus’ example as we pray, “Yet not as I will, but as you will,” (Matt.26:39 (NIV).  Amen.

Hisako Adachi (Kanagawa, Japan)

April 1, 2020

A FITTING TITLE

READ Judges 6:11-16

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

–Judges 6:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ empowers me to do God’s work in the world.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, with the sure promise of your presence, we serve gladly as your ambassadors.  Amen.

Marion Speicher Brown (Florida, USA)

March 31, 2020

THE RIGHT PLACE

READ Psalm 62:5-8

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

–Psalm 62:8

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my greatest source of comfort.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for always providing a place of comfort and refuge.  Help us to remember your presence in times of loneliness.  Amen.

Webb Smith (Georgia, USA)

March 30, 2020

LITTLE CLOUD OF HOPE

READ 1 Kings 18:41-44

The seventh time [Elijah’s servant] said, “Look, a little cloud no bigger than a person’s hand is rising out of the sea.”

–1 Kings 18:44 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God and wait expectantly for the change that is coming.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for sending us little clouds of hope to assure us of your love and blessing.  Amen.

Madeline Twooney (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

March 29, 2020

BEING STRONG

READ Romans 6:1-11

If we have been united with [Christ] in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

–Romans 6:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My strength comes from the Lord.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your son, Jesus Christ, whose resurrection assures us that death is not the end.  Amen.

Jill Allen Maisch (Maryland, USA)

March 28, 2020

BEYOND THE WALLS

READ Galatians 6:2-10

As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

–Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God leading me to respond to the needs of others?

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for sustaining us through times of trial.  Make us aware of the hurts and needs of those around us, and prompt us to help.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Andy Baker (Tennessee, USA)

March 27, 2020

MY RESPONSIBILITY

READ James 1:19-27

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

–James 1:19-20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What can I do today to spread a little more of God’s love?

PRAYER

God of all humanity, give us the strength to refrain from responding to violence with violence.  Help us to trust that, in time, you will bring justice to all situations.  Amen.

Cecilia Kammire (North Carolina, USA)

March 26, 2020

GOD’S WAYS

READ Isaiah 55:6-13

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.  Does he speak and then not act?  Does he promise and not fulfill?

–Numbers 23:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can rely on God’s promises.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to believe your word and to see you as our true God in every step we take.  Amen.

Oluwasola Jegede (Lagos, Nigeria)

March 25, 2020

THE CARDS NEVER STOPPED

READ Lamentations 3:25-33

Though [the Lord] brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

–Lamentations 3:32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of God’s power to redeem, no tragedy can destroy my faith.

PRAYER

Thank you Lord, for the people who have shaped and strengthened our Christian walk.  Help us to be Christlike examples for others.  Amen.

Trudy K. Snyder (Pennsylvania, USA)

March 24, 2020

WITHOUT WORDS

READ Daniel 2:19-23

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

–Psalm 37:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can speak to me without words.

PRAYER

Healer of all frailties, show us your mercy as we earnestly seek a closer relationship with you.  Amen.

Bobbie Smith Bryant (Kentucky, USA)

March 23, 2020

PRIORITIES

READ Matthew 22:34-40

Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will make time with God my top priority.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to seek you and your kingdom above all.  May we make you the center of our lives.  Amen.

Abhilasha Morris Paul (Uttar Pradesh, India)

March 22, 2020

SADNESS AND LOVE

READ John 14:1-6

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

–John 14:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“You, Lord, are a shield around me” (Ps.3:3).

PRAYER

Compassionate God, give us strength to endure the pain over the loss of our loved ones and to find peace in knowing that they are in their heavenly home.  Amen.

Gary Dowdy (Tennessee, USA)

March 21, 2020

FRUITFUL

READ Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

–Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Which fruit of the Spirit will I practice today?

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for your patience as we strive to practice the fruit of the Spirit.  Help us to persevere, even when we fail.  Amen.

Amy Hayes Burling (Florida, USA)

March 20, 2020

“I LOST POP!”

READ Isaiah 41:10-13

Moses told Joshua, “It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.

–Deuteronomy 31:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can never lose God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember your promise always to be with us.  Be with those who feel abandoned or lonely.  Amen.

Wright Peavy (Georgia, USA)

March 19, 2020

HALFTIME

Read Romans 12:1-8

We do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

–2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God understands my struggles.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to feel your comfort and have the courage to move on.  Amen.

Flo Au (Hong Kong, China)

March 18, 2020

OUR UNBELIEF

READ Mark 9:14-29

Jesus said, “Everything is possible for one who believes.”  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

–Mark 9:23-24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s goodness covers my weakness.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we do believe in you, but sometimes we doubt.  Help us overcome our unbelief.  Amen.

Kevin L. Thomas (Alabama, USA)

March 17, 2020

BEING NEIGHBORLY

READ Romans 15:1-7

If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it.  Help the owner get it to its feet.

–Deuteronomy 22:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is ready to help me, even in small matters.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust you in all things, at all times, and to be open to your leading to help our neighbors.  Amen.

April Bogert (New York, USA)

March 16, 2020

DURING HARD TIMES

READ Genesis 21:8-21

God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar?  Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as his lies there.”

–Genesis 21:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is working for good during hard times.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us through the crises and tragedies in life.  Amen.

Peter Veugelaers (Wellington, New Zealand)

March 15, 2020

ROAD LESS TRAVELED

READ Isaiah 26:1-8

You [Lord] will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

–Isaiah 26:3

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I give up worrying, I can more fully rely on God.

PRAYER

Dear God, when we are overwhelmed with panic, help us to seek your peace.  Amen.

Eliza Finley (South Carolina, USA)

March 14, 2020

GOD’S STRONG LOVE

READ 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

Perfect love drives out fear.

–1 John 4:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When my love needs to stronger, God’s love sustains me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to rely on your love and to show that love to those around us.  Amen.

Tony R. Nester (Iowa, USA)

March 13, 2020

ALWAYS WITH US

READ Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

–Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Wherever I am, Jesus is there.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember that our presence surrounds us always.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by they name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4), JV).  Amen.

Dorothy Garrett Johnson (Michigan, USA)

March 12, 2020

THE DOOR IS OPEN

READ Joshua 10:5-15

I know your works.  Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.

–Revelation 3:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God, who has begun a good work in me, will bring it to completion.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for granting us faith that can move mountains.  Guide us as we take steps of faith toward the places where you call us.  Amen.

Tarupiwa Muzah (Mashonaland East. Zimbabwe)

March 11, 2020

MORE FRUIT

READ John 15:1-8

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

–John 15:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can seek God’s will for how best to serve others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us every day to produce fruit for you by recognizing when we need to prune away unfruitful branches in our lives.  Amen.

Penny Frost McGinnis (Ohio, USA)

March 10, 2020

SEEKING AND WAITING

READ 1 Kings 19:1-18

But the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

— 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can seek God’s voice and wisdom both in stillness and by actively looking.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, grant us boldness to seek you and patience to wait to hear your gentle whisper.  Amen.

John Robbins (Florida, USA)

March 9, 2020

STARRY SKIES

READ Psalm 8:1-9

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

–Psalm 8:3-4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The glory of creation reminds me that God cares for me.

PRAYER

Creator God, thank you for all the ways you remind us of your presence.  Amen.

Marcela Nwanosike (Lincolnshire, United Kingdom)

March 8, 2020

FROM LOSS TO GAIN

READ Revelation 21:1-4

[God] will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Death will be no more.  There will be no mourning, crying or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

–Revelation 21:4 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can face earthly losses with courage, knowing I have an eternal home.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your comfort in times of sadness.  Help us to remember that you have overcome our earthly losses with your eternal provision.  Amen.

Sandra Sullivan (West Virginia, USA)

March 7, 2020

SOARING

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Spirit enables me to rise above life’s challenges.

PRAYER

Dear God, we want to soar to new heights, so we wait for the refreshing, restorative power your Spirit brings.  Amen.

Wayne Greenwalt (Illinois, USA)

March 6, 2020

BUILDING A BRIDGE

READ Hebrews 13:1-3

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.

— 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What bridge is God calling me to build today?

PRAYER

O Lord, help us to see and reach out to other today.  Thank  you for giving us the tools to help them.  Amen.

Julie Hout Brown (Arkansas, USA)

March 5, 2020

A WONDERFUL FAMILY

READ Luke 10:38-42

Mary has chosen the better part.  It won’t be taken away from her.

–Luke 10:42 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Scripture reading and prayer can keep me close to God.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for bringing us closer to you.  Help us always to seek you and find our hope in you.  In the name of Jesus.   Amen.

Emiriana Maleak-Bana (East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)

March 4, 2020

WAITING FOR GOD

READ Genesis 41;14-16, 39-43

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.

–Psalm 138:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God to act according to God’s timing.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to seek you first as we look for your direction and guidance.  Only yu can lead us to our true purpose.  Amen.

Brian Foster (North Carolina, USA)

March 3, 2020

WEARY WITH REGRET

READ Psalm 51:1-17

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

–Psalm 51:15 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s mercy deserves my praise.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us to release our regrets and to open our mouths in praise to you.  Amen.

Sheryl H. Boldt (Florida, USA)

March 2, 2020

HOW TO PRAY

READ Matthew 21:12-16

Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

–Matthew 18:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will approach God with childlike faith.

PRAYER

Jesus, I am happy with you.  Amen.

Deepika Emmanuel Sagar (Rajasthan, India)

March 1, 2020

STARTING THE DAY WITH GOD

READ Psalm 5:1-12*

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

–Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Acknowledging God is my first offering of love each day.

PRAYER

Dear Father, remind us to seek you every day.  Amen.

Dean T. Skoglund (minnesota, USA)

February 29, 2020

ALWAYS GRATEFUL

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonian 5:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Gratitude in all things can bring me abundant joy.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your abundant blessings.  Help us to give thanks for your grace and goodness in our lives.  Amen.

Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

February 28, 2020

GOD IS MERCIFUL

READ Proverbs 3:1-10

Jeremiah wrote, “Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved.”

–Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has been merciful to me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to see your mercy that surrounds us each day.  When we are afraid, help us to lean on you and trust you to do your work in us.  Amen.

Peter T. Gardner (Iowa, USA)

February 27, 2020

WITHOUT FAIL

READ 1 John 5:14 (NIV)

This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

–1 John 5:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I always have God’s full attention.

PRAYER

Caring God, we know that when we reveal our thoughts and desires, you are there to listen, care for, and respond to us.  Help us always to make time for you.  Amen.

Linda Birchall (Georgia, USA)

February 26, 2020

TRASH TO TREASURE

READ Psalm 34:17-22

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

–Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can transform my brokenness into something beautiful.

PRAYER

Dear God, through the power of your presence, transform us to new life now and forever.  Amen.

Robert K. Abel (Maryland, USA)

February 25, 2020

I STILL LOVE YOU”

Read Titus 3:1-7

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

–1 John 4:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me more than I can imagine.

PRAYER

Father God, today help us to rest in your unending love,  surrender to your loving discipline, and show kindness to all.  Amen.

Marion Turnbull (England, United Kingdom)

February 24, 2020

SERVICE AND SHOELACES

READ Luke 22:24-30

The one who is greatest among you will be your servant.  All who lift themselves up will be brought low.  But all who make themselves low will be lifted up.

–Matthew 23:11-12 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If I want to show God’s love, I will first be a servant.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see and respond to the needs of others and to fully appreciate the kindnesses shown to us by friends, family, or even strangers.  Amen.

John I. Carney (Tennessee, USA)

February 23, 2020

CONFIDENCE FOR THE FUTURE

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will supply all my needs. (See Phil. 4:19.).

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to trust you and not be fearful of what the future may hold, for you have promised never to leave us.  Amen.

Jeannine Brenner (Pennsylvania, USA)

February 22, 2020

LOOKING TO HEAVEN

READ 1 Corinthians 2:1-10

The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.

–Romans 8:18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thinking of heaven makes me more joyful about salvation in Christ.

PRAYER

Help us, God, to be thankful every day for Christ’s sacrifice until we find our home in heaven with you.  Amen.

Richard Kehoe (California, USA)

February 21, 2020

IN GOD’S LOVING ARMS

READ Psalm 103:1-8

You teach me the way of life.  In your presence is total celebration.  Beautiful things always in your right hand.

–Psalm 16:11 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Holding God’s love in my heart can bring peace to my day.

PRAYER

Merciful God, thank you for your infinite love that moves us deeply and shelters us during our most difficult times.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Haydee Meloni (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

February 20, 2020

GOD THE QUILTER

READ Nehemiah 9:10-17

The one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God stitches my life into a heavenly creation.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for not setting us aside.  Help us to trust that you will finish what you have started as we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Jennifer Lanane (North Carolina, USA)

February 19, 2020

THE RIGHT QUESTION

READ 1 Corinthians 3:6-11

The Lord declares, “[My word] shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

–Isaiah 55:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I get involved in spreading the gospel?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, please guide us to participate in making disciples for you.  Show us the people you have placed in our lives with whom we can share your love.  Amen.

Stephen Johnson (California, USA)

February 18, 2020

ANSWERED PRAYER

READ 2 Corinthians 9:8-15

[The Lord’s] divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

–2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will be ready and alert so that I can act when God needs me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be sensitive to the needs of others so that we can serve as your answers to the prayers of those around us.  Amen.

Susan H. Aaron (Florida, USA)

February 17, 2020

PERSEVERANCE IN FAITH

READ Luke 2:25-35

[Simeon] was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.

–Luke 2:25 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who has inspired me to persevere in faith?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to await your coming with perseverance and strong faith.  Amen.

Daniel Topalski (Varna, Bulgaria)

February 16, 2020

GOD’S REASSURANCE 

READ Psalm 33:1-5

The word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

–Psalm 33:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In heaven, all my earthly sorrows will be gone.

PRAYER

Author of our dreams, may we know the comfort and joy that comes with raising you.  Amen.

Virginia Horst Loewen (Pennsylvania,USA)

February 15, 2020

“I’M RIGHT HERE”

READ Deuteronomy 31:1-8

The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

–Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God continually says to me, “I’m right here.”

PRAYER

Eternal God, thank you for your faithfulness to us.  Strengthen our resolve never to wander away from you.  Amen.

Jeff Wansley (Georgia, USA)

February 14, 2020

CHOOSING MERCY

READ Colossians 3:12-17

What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

–Micah 6:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I reflect God’s gracious love when I show mercy.

PRAYER

Dear God, we thank you that you are a God who gives second changes.  We pray that you will strengthen us to do the same for others.  Amen.

Melissa Ramoo (New South Wales, Australia)

February 13, 2020

PATIENCE

READ Psalm 37:3-6

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

–Romans 8:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My relationship with God gives me a fulfilling life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for everything that  you have given us.  Help us to wait patiently for what  you have in store for us.  Amen.

Rylee Goetzinger (Oklahoma, USA)

February 12, 2020

A RICH HERITAGE

READ Joshua 4:1-9

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

-Psalm 77:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The traditions of my faith give me vision for the future.

PRAYER

Our Father in heaven, thank you for sending us your Son, Jesus Christ, to connect us with you.  May our traditions and rituals continually remind us of your great love and provide hope for our lives.  Amen.

Daniel C. M. Tan (Selangor, Malaysia)

February 11, 2020

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

READ Psalm 23:1-6

[The Lord] tends his flock like a shepherd:  He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

–Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Good Shepherd knows me by name.

PRAYER

Loving Shepherd, we give you thanks and praise for rescuing and protecting us.  Help us to listen for your voice and follow you.  Amen.

Clare Drew* (Gauteng, South Africa)
*This author passed away before production of this issue was complete.

February 10, 2020

DON’T YOU CARE?

READ Mark 4:35-41

The disciples woke [Jesus] and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

–Mark 4:38 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus invites me into his rest and care.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, help us in our storms to stop and see your almighty power.  We know that you will deliver us as we trust in you.  Amen.

Randi Perez Helm (Michigan, USA)

February 9, 2020

FAITH LIKE A FIRE

READ 1 John 4:7-12

If we walk in the light, as [God] is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.

–1 John 1:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My faith shines brighter when I am in community with God and others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help our love to burn brightly for one another.  Amen.

Tomas Bostrom (Gotland, Sweden)

February 8, 2020

PIONEERS OF FAITH

READ Psalm 78:1-7

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.

–Psalm 90:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I passing on a legacy of faith to those who come after me?

PRAYER

Dear God, help our lives and words to reflect our trust in your amazing power, love, and strength.  Amen.

Beverly Taylor (Arizona, USA)

February 7, 2020

LOYAL LOVE

READ Psalm 89:1-4

Speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts.

–Ephesians 5:19 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What song will help me proclaim the faithfulness of God today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember that your love is with us forever.  May songs of praise be ever on our lips and in our hearts.  Amen.

John Horany (Texas, USA)

February 6, 2020

MY SOLITARY PLACE

READ Matthew 26:36-44

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

–Mark 1:35 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where is my solitary place to meet God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, please give us honest and humble hearts so that we may find joy and renewed energy to face the day ahead.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

February 5, 2020

“I’VE BEEN THERE”

READ Luke 10:25-37

Praise be to … the Father of compassion . . . who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

–2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants me to share the comfort I have received with others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, in our hurt, give us courage to feel the hurts of others and a desire toshare your comfort with them.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Rick Nowlin (Pennsylvania, USA)

February 4, 2020

IN GOD’S TIME

READ Isaiah 49:8-10

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

-Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am of infinite value because God loves me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for always being with us and for loving us.  Help us to encourage one another and to look for opportunities to share hope with those who suffer.  Amen.

H. Matthew Francis (Maine, USA)

February 3, 2020

HEAVENLY VIEW

READ Psalm 19:1-6

Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.

Colossians 3:2 (IV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What distracts me from spending time with God?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us the wisdom to focus on your constant presence rather than our difficulties.  Amen.

Maire Simm (Tallinn, Estonia)

February 2, 2020

GATHERING TOGETHER

READ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.

–Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter how many people I’m with, God meets me in worship.

PRAYER

Lord God, no matter how many come together, may we always worship you in spirit and in truth.

Patricia Patton (Texas, USA)

February 1, 2020

ROAD TRIP

READ Exodus 13:17-22

People plan their path, but the Lord secures their steps.

–Proverbs 16:9 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whether or not the path makes sense to me, I will follow God.

PRAYER

God of all our steps, thank you for lighting our path and for your presence in our lives.  Amen.

Brian Foster (North Carolina, USA)

January 31, 2020

FIRST RAINBOW

READ Psalm 33:6-9

God said, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures.”

–Genesis 9:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The beauty of creation reminds me of God’s love and glory.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember that all you have created is a gift of your love.  Amen.

Volya Koruderlieva (Varna, Bulgaria

January 30, 2020

CHIMES OF GOD’S GRACE

READ 2 Corinthians 12:6-10

[The Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the midst of tragedy and grief, God’s grace is sufficient for me.

PRAYER

Dear Father,help us to trust you as we experience the struggles of life and come to know that your grace is always sufficient.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Stephen T. Johnson (North Carolina, USA)

January 29, 2020

INTERPRETERS

READ Acts 8:26-39

Philip . . . heard the [Ethiopian eunuch] reading Isaiah the prophet.  “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.  “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?”

–Acts 8:30-31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will listen to others’ perspectives to learn about God’s word.

PRAYER

Dear God, as we study the Bible to understand it better, help us to use this understanding to share with those around us who are seeking the truth in your word.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Janet Gilchrist (Iowa, USA

January 28, 2020

SHARING OUR STORIES

READ Mark 16:9-20

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in [Jesus] because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

–John 4:39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I share my faith in God today?

PRAYER

Loving God, open our hearts, minds, and mouths that we may tell the world about you.  We pray as Jesus taught us saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11;2-4, KJV). Amen.

Mavula Sabbath Kefas (Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)

January 27, 2020

SUSTAINED BY GOD

READ 1 Peter 5:6-11

Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee:  he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

–Psalm 55:22 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the midst of my suffering, God will help me to help others.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for faithfully sustaining us through all the grief and trials that we face.  Amen.

Margie Lank (New Hampshire)

January 26, 2020

NO SIGNIFICANT PRAYER

READ James 5:13-18

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

–Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, in any struggle — large or small — I will pray.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to bring all our burdens to you and, with every prayer, grow closer to you.  Amen.

Eliza Smith (Tennessee, USA)

January 25, 2020

PRAISE GOD!

READ Psalm 150:1-6

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.

–2 Samuel 22:50 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every act of love is an act of praise.

PRAYER

Holy God, you are worthy of all praise.  Help us to praise you continuously in all circumstances.  Amen.

Daniel E. Mejia Fuentes (Francisco Morazan, Honduras)

January 24, 2020

WRESTLING WITH GOD

READ Genesis 32:22-30

Consider it pure joy… whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

–James 1:2-3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the midst of my struggles, God is working to make me mature and complete.

PRAYER

Dear God, remind us that through our suffering we can learn perseverance and wisdom.  Amen.

Rosie DiBianca (California, USA)

January 23, 2020

FREE UP SPACE

READ Matthew 11:28-30

[The Lord] lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters.

–Psalm 23:2 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What can I give up in order to act on the opportunities that God is giving me?

PRAYER

God of rest, teach us to lay down our burdens and find rest in you so that we won’t miss the opportunities you send us.  Amen.

Timothy Sandridge (Virginia, USA)

January 22, 2020

BEFRIENDING GOD

READ Psalm 21:1-7

You bestow on him blessings forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.

–Psalm 21:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The time I spend reading the Bible is never wasted.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us a desire to spend time in your presence day by day.  As we read your word, give us the fullness of joy that comes from a relationship with you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

January 21, 2020

THE BLESSING OF FORGETTING

READ Psalm 103:8-14

Paul wrote, “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God forgives and forgets my sins.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for forgiving and forgetting our sins when we confess them to you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Rebecca Seaton (Tennessee, USA)

January 20, 2020

INNER STRENGTH

READ Ephesians 3:16-21

Paul wrote, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being.”

–Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ is my inner strength.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to seek the power of your unfailing strength in our lives.  Lead us and guide us safely through the storms of life.  Amen.

James Townsend (Mississippi, (USA)

January 19, 2020

IN HIS NAME

READ John 14:1-14

Jesus said, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

–John 14:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will pray for those who do not know Christ.

PRAYER

God of mercy, teach us to believe and trust in you.  Help us to be examples of faith in all that we do.  In the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Pratoom Pongjai (Phrae, Thailand)

January 18, 2020

GOD IN THE SMALL THINGS

READ 1 Kings 18:41-45

The seventh time [Elijah’s] assistant said, “I see a small cloud the size of a human hand coming up from the sea.”

–1 Kings 18:44 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What small sign of God’s presence have I seen today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the assurance of your love and presence with us.  Help us to see you in every situation in our lives.  Amen.

Toni Savage (Alabama, USA)

January 17, 2020

ON THE THE TEAM

READ 1 Corinthians 12:8-27

You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

–1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will encourage someone to become an active part of the body of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for making us a part of your church.  May we help to lead others to a life of faithful service.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Leland P. Gamson (Arizona, USA)

January 16, 2020

ISN’T IT GLORIOUS?

READ Revelation 21:1-7

[God] will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

–Revelation 21:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My hope in God is for today and for eternity.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we praise you for our eternal hope and for your presence alongside us.  Amen.

Caroline Greville (England, United Kingdom)

January 15, 2020

WATCH AND PRAY

READ Matthew 26:36-41

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

–James 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Every day I have unlimited opportunities to pray and give thanks.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to share our petitions with you anytime, anyplace, and for anything.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Edward Mitchell, Jr. (Florida, USA)

January 14, 2020

LAVISHLY LOVED

READ Psalm 139:1-6

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.

–John 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love can never be taken from me.

PRAYER

God who is love, help us to remember that you love us despite our many imperfections.  Guide us to love others in that same way.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Alisha Ritchie (North Carolina, USA)

January 13, 2020

MY RIGHT PLACE

READ Romans 12:4-8

Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

–1 Corinthians 12:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will seek the places where I can best use my talents to serve the Lord.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to discover the gifts we have received, and make us willing to use them for you so that our lives can flourish to your glory.  Amen.

Nils-Ake Nilsson (Sweden)

January 12, 2020

A REMARKABLE OPPORTUNITY

READ Matthew 3:1-12

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea.

–Matthew 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Interruptions are often opportunities from God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to share your word with people who cross our path every day.  Amen.

M. J. George (Indiana, USA)

January 11, 2020

FOUND!

READ Luke 15:1-10

Jesus said, “I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

–Luke 15:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can rejoice with God and the angels in heaven when a lost one is found.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that we were all once lost.  Thank you for loving us enough to send your Son to save us.  In his name we pray.  Amen.

Ron Wasson (Texas, USA)

January 10, 2020

FROM FEAR TO HOPE

READ Ephesians 6:10-17

God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

–2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s word to encourage me, I can stand firm.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your word.  Help us to rely on it with the sure knowledge that you will always give us strength.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Teresa Naidoo (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

January 9, 2020

THE WATER OF LIFE

READ John 4:7-15

Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.”

— John 3:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love can always give me life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember that you are the living water.  Thank you for transforming our emptiness into abundant life.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

January 8, 2020

CHILDREN OF GOD

READ Romans 8:12-17

In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

–Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My identity rests in God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us live in unity and serve you as we reach out to others and share with them your message of hope and love.  Amen.

Lois E. Wilson (Ohio, USA)

January 7, 2020

BEYOND ALL IMAGINING

READ Philippians 4:4-7

God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being.

–1 Corinthians 2:9 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My help comes from the Lord. (See Ps. 121:2)

PRAYER

God of hope, thank you for hearing our prayers.  Strengthen our faith to see your higher purpose for us.  Amen.

Jimena Cortes (Colombia)

January 6, 2020

GO AND GLOW

READ Matthew 5:13-16

Let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can God use me to light the world?

PRAYER

Dear God, fill us with your light and love.  Guide us into opportunities today and every day where we can brighten the lives of others.  Amen.

Patrick Klingaman (Maine, USA)

January 5, 2020

GIVING WITH LOVE

READ Luke 21:1-4

Jesus said, “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but [this poor widow] out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

–Luke 21:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I want to offer God the best of what I have.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to give with joyful and generous hearts.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Joanne Fleck (Oregon, USA)

January 4, 2020

IN THE NEW YEAR

READ Lamentations 3:19-26

[The Lord’s compassions] are new every morning; great is [God’s] faithfulness.

–Lamentations 3:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love and faithfulness enable me to live with hope.

PRAYER

Beloved God, thank you for your love and faithfulness.  Help us always to cling to you, both during struggles and each day of our lives.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

January 3, 2020

LISTENING TO GOD

READ Matthew 13:1-9

Let anyone with ears listen!

–Matthew 13:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God never stops calling to me.  Am I listening?

PRAYER

Help us, O God, to learn to listen for your call so that we will never miss an opportunity to serve you.  Amen.

Adam Benson (North Carolina, USA)

January 2, 2020

THE BIGGER PICTURE

READ Ephesians 4:25-32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

— Ephesians 4:32 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will offer God’s love in places of pain.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to see the confusion, hurt, or anger of others and to offer love where there is insult.  Amen.

Kristen Lowe (Wisconsin, USA)

January 1, 2020

TIME FLOWS AWAY

READ Psalm 90:1-12*

Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

–Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s hand has led me, is leading me, and will lead me tomorrow.

PRAYER

God of all our years, thank you for giving us blessings every day and opportunities to follow you.  Amen.

Giunio Censi (Lombardy, Italy)

December 31, 2019

BEAUTY IN THE STORM

READ 29:1-11

What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

–Matthew 8:27 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the storm, I’m in the hands of God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being by our side during the storms of life.  Amen.

Rick Alexander (Virginia, USA)

December 30, 2019

NOT BY OUR MERITS

READ Ephesians 2:4-9

By grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.

–Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God, I never have to rely on my strength alone.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the peace we have in knowing that we can rest in your grace instead of our own merit.  Amen.

Melissa Ramoo (New South Wales, Australia)

December 29, 2019

GOD’S HELPERS

READ Psalm 30:8-12

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will look for God’s helper in all circumstances.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to set aside our worry and instead trust you to be our refuge and strength.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tatiana Claudy (Indiana, USA)

December 28, 2019

NO BURDEN TOO HEAVY

READ Mark 16:1-8

[The women] were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?”

–Mark 16:3 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is with me through frightening times.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for moving the heavy stones from our paths.  Help us to trust you through our trials.  Amen.

K. E. Mathew (Louisiana, USA)

December 27, 2019

GOD IS GOOD

READ Psalm 119:65-72

You are good, and what you do is good.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God always wants the best for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to see your goodness even as we go through difficult times.  As Jesus taught us we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Mary Ng Shwu Ling (Singapore)

December 26, 2019

FAMILY HISTORY

READ Matthew 1:1-17

There were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile in Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

–Matthew 1:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How is God working through me?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to see how you are working through the people around us.  Open our hearts to serve you each day.  Amen.

Hannah Meyer (California, USA)

December 25, 2019

CHRISTMAS DAY

READ Luke 2:1-14

An angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them.  

–Luke 2:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants to connect with me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for sending us your son, Jesus Christ, t shine his light in our lives and show s the path to salvation.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen

Wagner Oliveira dos Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

December 24, 2019

TO BE A GIVER AGAIN

READ 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

Paul wrote, “[The Macedonian churches] urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.”

–2 Corinthians 8:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter my circumstances, God can always use me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for answering prayer and providing us with opportunities to give to others.  Amen.

Nina Ward (Florida, USA)

December 23, 2019

LARGE AND SMALL

READ Psalm 56:3-11

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

–Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can trust God today and always.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for caring for us in each and every situation.  Help us to accept your care with gratitutde and to put our trust in you.  Amen.

James C. Leyrer (Ohio, USA)

December 22, 2019

MY CALLING

READ Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them.

–Mark 10:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for Jesus in the face of every child.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for allowing us to be witnesses of your love.  Help us to grow closer to you each day.  Amen.

Linda Knight (Ontario, Canada)

December 21, 2019

THE LONGEST JOURNEY

READ Psalm 86:1-13

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.  Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.

–Psalm 143:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because Jesus is with me, I never have to travel alone.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being with us on our journey and for the promise of a home with you in heaven when this life is over.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Russell Tarver (Wyoming, USA)

December 20, 2019

TRUSTING IN THE LORD

READ Luke 1:46-55

Hannah said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

—1 Samuel 1:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Nothing can limit God’s power.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the world’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ.  We praise your holy name.  Amen.

Kathy Ruth Marlowe (North Carolina, USA)

December 19, 2019

SUREFOOTED

READ Psalm 1:1-6

Strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.  “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

–Hebrews 12:12-13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides secure footing for my life.

PRAYER

Loving heavenly Father, help us to walk in your sure ways and clear path.  In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Urvashi H. Parmar (Gujarat, India)

December 18, 2019

OVERCOMING DARKNESS

READ John 1:1-14

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

–John 1:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ’s light dispels the darkness in my life.

PRAYER

God of light and love, help us to sense your nearness in these days.  Be for us a light in the darkness of our lives.  Amen.

Bob Baer (Kansas, USA)

December 17, 2019

GOD’S SURPRISES

READ Luke 1:26-38

The angel went to [Mary] and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.”  Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

–Luke 1:28-29

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for God in unlikely places.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and minds to recognize your presence in the midst of our hectic lives.  Amen.

Cherri Baer (Kansas, USA)

December 16, 2019

A BLANK CANVAS

READ Galatians 5:22-23

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

–Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What colors will I use to paint the canvas that God has given me today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us wisdom to know that you are always here with your grace to forgive our sins.  May we know that we are always welcome in your presence.  Amen.

Kendra Lelie (Pennsylvania, USA)

December 15, 2019

HEALING

READ Psalm 118:14

The Lord is my strength and me defense; he has become my salavation.

–Psalm 118:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can comfort others as God has comforted me.

PRAYER

Abba Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, for your comfort in loss, and the hope of heaven.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Rhonda K. Maller (Indiana, USA)

December 14, 2019

BEARING FRUIT

READ John 15:1-8

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

–John 15:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can glorify God by being a blessing to others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remain in you and your love so that we can bear much fruit.  May we be a blessing to others and glorify your name.  Amen.

Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

December 13, 2019

A WAY THROUGH

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can take any problem I have to God in prayer.

PRAYER

Dear God, hellp us get through today and help us not to worry about tomorrow.  Amen.

Rick Stockwell (Connecticut, USA)

December 12, 2019

GOD WAITS

READ Psalm 63:1-8

God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please God.

–Ecclesiastes 2:26 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is always waiting, eager to mend us.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us for the times we ignore you.  Thank you for always being there to put us back together and to provide true contentment and meaning for our lives.  Amen.

Stacey Phillips (Virginia, USA)

December 11, 2019

EVERYONE INVITED

READ Matthew 22:1-10

Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.

–Matthew 22:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

All people are children of God, and all are invited.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to share your love through our words and deeds.  May we show all your children that they are invited to live in fellowship.  Amen.

John Sawyer (South Carolina, USA)

December 10, 2019

PRAYING FOR GUIDANCE

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I don’t believe in myself, God believes in me.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for helping us through our problems and for never abandoning us.   Amen.

Adriana Carpenter del Rivero (Veracruz, Mexico)

December 9, 2019

GIVE THANKS

READ Psalm 103:1-5

Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonins 5:18 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will give thanks to God in every situation.

PRAYER

Help us, Lord to trust you to work good from any difficulty we face.  Amen.

Richard Kehoe (California, USA)

December 8, 2019

POWER OVER FEAR

READ 2 Timothy 1:6-14

God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

–2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s Spirit moves us forward in the face of adversity.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for giving us strength in times of doubt.  We know you are with us in all times.  Give us a spirit of power and love, and dispel our fears.  Amen.

Terrye Blevins (Michigan, USA)

December 7, 2019

HORNET’S NEST

READ Galatians 3:23-29

Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

–Psalm 37:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I have a Protector who will always rescue me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for all the times that you have helped us through difficult situations.  Help us to trust in your promise to uphold us when we stumble.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

December 6, 2019

A LITTLE TWEAKING

READ Ephesians 1:15-23

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

–Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am never finished learning about God.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us the desire to learn more about you each day.  Amen.

Connie Cousins (Pennsylvania, USA)

December 5, 2019

GRANDMOTHER’S KITCHEN

READ 1 Peter 4:8-11

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

–John 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I help others, I show God’s love living in me.

PRAYER

Dear God, you have given us gifts to do good.  May we always use your teachings to help others.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

December 4, 2019

FINDING REST

READ 2 Samuel 15:13-26

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

–Psalm 3:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the midst of uncertainty, I can rest in God’s presence.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to trust in your mercy and grace.  When our future looks uncertain, thank you for loving us and caring for us.  Amen.

Awlwyn Balnave (British Columbia, Canada)

December 3, 2019

UNMERITED FAVOR

READ John 8:1-11

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there…Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

–Luke 23:33-34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I forgive someone, I am showing that person an image of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to forgive others in the same way that you have forgiven us.  Amen.

George T. Wilkerson (North Carolina, USA)

December 2, 2019

A BEAUTIFUL BLESSING

READ Genesis 45:1-15

Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

–Genesis 45:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will joyfully accept opportunities to bless others today.

PRAYER

God of grace, thank you for opportunities to be a blessing to others.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

December 1, 2019

ANTICIPATION

READ Psalm 130:5-8

I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

–Psalm 130:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

This Advent, I will wait in eager anticipation for the Lord.

PRAYER

Loving God, fill our lives with hope that moves us to acts of kindness.  Amen.

Kevin L. Thomas (Alabama, USA)

November 30, 2019

TRUE FREEDOM

READ Galatians 5:13-18

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

–Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No wall on earth can keep me from freedom in Christ.

PRAYER

Dear God, as we rejoice in the freedom that you provide, help us also to comfort those who are imprisoned by the heavy burdens of life.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Raymond Johnson (Oklahoma, USA)

November 29, 2019

PRAISING GOD ALL DAY

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

[The Lord] is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.

–Deuteronomy 10:21 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can praise God throughout the day, not just at devotion time.

PRAYER

Gracious God, we thank  you for families and for our ability to show love as you have shown love for us.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Mary Ellen Piland (North Carolina, USA)

November 28, 2019

UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

–2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With whom will I share something in God’s name today?

PRAYER

Thank you, Father, for your many gifts and unexpected blessings.  Help us to seek and to act on the opportunities you provide us t share with those in need.  Amen.

Byron S. Wills (Oregon, USA)

November 27, 2019

GOD’S CARE

READ Psalm 91:1-13

He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

–Psalm 91:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for signs of God’s love and care.

PRAYER

God our protector, thank you for watching over us.  Help us to remain close to you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen”  (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Pallavi Sunit Macwan (Gujarat, India)

November 26, 2019

OUR TREASURE

READ Matthew 6:19-24

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

–Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will store up treasures in heaven by helping those in need.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember to build our treasures in heaven, not in this world.  Amen.

Barry Wright (Georgia, USA)

November 25, 2019

RENEWED STRENGTH

READ 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

[God] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

–2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God renews me in unexpected ways.

PRAYER

God of everlasting love, help us to persevere in our faith journey.  Amen.

Angieluz Valle Rodriguesz (Puerto Rico)

November 24, 2019

INTERRUPTIONS

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

–1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I always have God’s attention.

PRAYER

Forgive us, Lord, when we let less important matters distract us from you.  Help us to focus on you and cherish our time in your presence.  Amen.

Julia Cutting (England, United Kingdom)

November 23, 2019

EVEN ME

READ 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Paul wrote, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.”

— 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I use my talents for God’s kingdom?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to use our gifts and talents to further your kingdom.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Nathan Reid (Maine, USA)

November 22, 2019

GROWING IN CHRIST

READ Psalm 92:12-15

Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

–Luke 2:52 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As I seek spiritual growth, God will transform me into the likeness of Christ.

PRAYER

Nurturing God, we praise you and thank you for your grace that provides for our spiritual growth.  May we week every opportunity to continue to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Ernest S. Lyght (New Jersey, USA)

November 21, 2019

GOD’S LOVE

READ John 15:9-17

Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear…fruit that will last…. This is my command: Love each other.”

–John 15:16-17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With whom can I share God’s love today?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to love each other and share your love with others.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

November 20, 2019

THE BACK WINDOW

READ Isaiah 43:16-21

The Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!”

–Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can rest in the hope that new days will bring God’s new blessings.

PRAYER

Dear Father, bring us closure from things in the past that have prevented us from moving forward.  Open our eyes to the blessings you provide, and help us always to remain focused on the future.  Amen.

Kendra Jacobs (New Mexico, USA)

November 19, 2019

CLEAR CONSCIENCE

READ James 5:13-16

Paul said, “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.”

–Acts 26:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A clear conscience gives me peace with God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your grace.  May we have the strength and faith to see things right so that we may live with a clear conscience.  Amen.

James Smith (California, USA)

November 18, 2019

SERVANT HEART

READ John 13:3-7

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.

–Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus is my example for serving others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be mindful of the needs of others.  Amen.

Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

November 17, 2019

OUR PRIME MERIDIAN

READ Isaiah 43:5-7

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

–Revelation 21:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is both my source and my destination.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, align our inner spiritual compass that we may be faithful.  Amen.

Hope Douglas Harle-Mould (New York, USA)

November 16, 2019

GUIDE OUR STEPS

READ 2 Samuel 22:1-7 

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.  From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

–Psalm 18:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God hears my deepest cries.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to lean on you and to trust you in times of fear and grief.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Clementine M. Msengi (Texas, USA)

November 15, 2019

FAITHFUL IN SERVICE

READ Matthew 21:28-32

The father went to the other son and said the same thing.  He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go.

–Matthew 21:30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I procrastinating in serving God?

PRAYER

Loving God, open our eyes to opportunities to serve, and give us the motivation and enerrgy to follow through.  Amen.

Cheryl A. Paden (Nebraska, USA)

November 14, 2019

GOD PROVIDES

READ Luke 9:1-6

[Jesus] said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money — not even an extra tunic.”

— Luke 9:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides for me when I respond to God’s call.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust in you as we do your will.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Manus Thepjunta (Phrae, Thailand)

November 13, 2019

LETTING GO

READ Deuteronomy 33:1-12

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear.

–Psalm 46:1-2

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I give my worries to God, I can find peace.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust in you when we feel anxious.  Thank you for giving us peace even when we worry.  Amen.

Loe Griffith (Arizona, USA)

November 12, 2019

THE GOD BOX

READ Matthew 11:28-30

Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you.

–1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What talent can I use to show God’s love to others?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, grant us the courage to trust you with all our worries and fears.  Amen.

Luleen S. Anderson (North Carolina, USA)

November 11, 2019

CELEBRATE

READ Hebrews 13:5-8

Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!”

–Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because of God’s love, I can celebrate every moment of life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us today, tomorrow, and always.  Amen.

Kevin Evelyn (Florida, USA)

November 10, 2019

TRUST

READ Psalm 36:5-7

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.

–Luke 18:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Trusting God is reason enough to be joyful.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for being with us in every moment of our lives.  Help us to focus not on our fears but on you.  Amen.

Lidiya Petrova (Varna, Bulgaria)

November 9, 2019

CONSISTENT FAITH

READ Romans 8:35-39

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

–Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is by my side at all times.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be more confident in our faith in you, especially as we endure struggles.  Amen.

Ivan Hernandez (Texas, USA)

November 8, 2019

LOVE AND PROVISION

READ 1 John 3:11-24

Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

–1 John 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I share the aroma of Christ with others today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for sending people into our lives who show us your love when we need it most.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Courtney Boulware (Ohio, USA)

November 7, 2019

FORGIVENESS

READ Luke 6:32-36

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

–Romans 8:39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Nothing can separate me from God’s love.

PRAYER

Merciful God, thank you for your amazing love.  Help us to forgive others and show them your love.  Amen.

Stephanie Brown (Kansas, USA)

November 6, 2019

SPIRITUAL MYOPIA

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

–1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God cares most about what is in my heart.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, remove our blinders and help us to see people as you do, with love and compassion.  Amen.

Narda Luz Vargas Guerrero (Dominican Republic)

November 5, 2019

WORDS OF PEACE

READ Colossians 4:2-6

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you my know how to answer everyone.

–Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I want the words I speak to be full of grace.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for teaching us that peaceful words and compassionate deeds are a powerful witness.  Help us recognize opportunities to plant seeds of peace.  Amen.

Sydney Avey (California, USA)

November 4, 2019

CREATED FOR GOD’S PURPOSE

READ 1 Corinthians 12:18-27

We are the clay, and you are our potter.  All of us are the work of your hand.

–Isaiah 64:8 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will equip me for works of service.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for molding us into your image for your works of service.  Show each of us how we can serve your kingdom today.  As Jesus taught us we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts. as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13 NIV).  Amen

Julie Wicker (South Carolina, USA)

November 3, 2019

SHARING

READ Matthew 14:13-21

In the midst of a very severe trial, [the Macedonian churches’] overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.

–2 Corinthians 8:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will share with others what God has given me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us this day our daily bread, and grant us the grace to share it with others.  Amen.

Bill Findlay (Scotland, United Kingdom)

November 2, 2019

HEAVY BURDENS

READ Psalm 46:1-11

The God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.

–1 Peter 5:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I let go of control, I begin to see the way God can lighten my load.

PRAYER

Loving God, may we always be aware of your closeness and willingness to carry our burdens.  Amen.

Jill Maisch (Maryland, USA)

November 1, 2019

ALL SAINTS’ DAY

READ Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

–Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Who has been an example of great faith to me?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the faithful ones who have gone before us.  Grant us courage to follow their examples.  Amen.

Wayne Greenwalt (Illinois, USA)

October 31, 2019

STEADFAST

READ Romans 12:9-13

Seek first [your heavenly Father’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these thing will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will remain focused on what God has called me to do.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to persevere in prayer and service to you and to others.  Amen.

Walter N. Maris (Missouri, USA)

October 30, 2019

WE OF LITTLE FAITH

READ Mark 5:24-34

Paul wrote, “My message and my preaching [were] presented…with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power….so that your faith might no depend on the wisdom of people but on the power of God.”

–1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s power is greater than anything I go through.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to reach out to you in any circumstance, knowing you will hear us.  Amen.

Dorcas Buckley (Washington, USA)

October 29, 2019

GOD LISTENS

READ Ephesians 6:18-20

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

–James 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day, I pray for the Lord’s will to be done.

PRAYER

Faithful God, whenever we are lost and depressed from our trials, give us strength.  Amen.

Aaron Priest (New South Wales, Australia)

October 28, 2019

RETURN FOR DEPOSIT

READ 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

[God] put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Corinthians 1:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s Spirit in my heart is a reminder of greater things to come.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us see that you care for us so much that you placed your Spirit in us as a guarantee that we will be with you forever.  Amen.

Zack Carden (Georgia, USA)

October 27, 2019

NO LIMITS

READ Matthew 8:14-17

Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

–Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There are no limitations on what God can do.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your compassion and help.  Give us the courage to ask you for what we need and want, not just what we think is possible.  Amen.

Sharon Beaty (Alabama, USA)

October 26, 2019

PASSING IT ON

READ 2 Timothy 3:10-17

God’s righteousness reaches to the grandchildren of those who keep his covenant and remember to keep his commands.

–Psalm 103:17-18 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For whom will I be a role model of faith today?

PRAYER

Father God, help us to continue on in the truth we have been taught.  Amen.

Glenda Moore (Illinois)

October 25, 2019

KEEP SOWING SEEDS

READ 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

–Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My display of God’s love today can have a powerful impact–now or later on.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to offer sincere and loving kindness to the people we meet today.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

October 24, 2019

ASHES

READ Genesis 33:1-10 

Jacob said to Esau, “To see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.”

— Genesis 33:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can repair a relationship by forgiving someone as God forgives me.

PRAYER

Forgiving God, thank you for teaching us to forgive so we can be free to love you and each other.  Amen.

Jane Reid (Oregon, USA)

October 23, 2019

WEARING OUR BADGE

READ John 18:25-27

Jesus said to his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

–Matthew 16:24 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I am called to reflect my faith through my words and actions.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, restore us when we back away from declaring our faith.  Give us strength to let it shine again.  Amen.

Stephen Johnson (California, USA)

October 22, 2019

IN GOD’S HANDS

READ Psalm 31:9-16

My times are in your hands.

Psalm 31:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will trust God with my time.

PRAYER

God of all times and places, receive our praise and gratitude as we wee your work in our lives.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Carol S. Marti (Galicia, Spain

October 21, 2019

SIMPLE TASKS

READ Matthew 25:31-40

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

— Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What can I do for God and others today?

PRAYER

Gracious God, lead us to all the small tasks we can do today to make the lives of others a little easier.  Amen.

Robert Sorozan (Pennsylvania, USA)

October 20, 2019

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US

READ Psalm 25:1-7

The Lord your God goes with you;he will never leave you nor forsake you.

–Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In good times and in bad, God shows me love through the care of others.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for your love and for always taking care of us.  Bring us closer to you, and keep us with you.  Amen.

Kong Peng Sun (Singapore)

October 19, 2019

SQUEEZE OUT FORGIVENESS

READ Matthew 18:21-35

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

–Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I show Christlike compassion when I forgive others.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for loving and forgiving us.  Help us to release bitterness and malice so that we may be filled with kindness and compassion.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Tammy C. Van Gils (Virginia, USA)

October 18, 2019

GOD, OUR SHEPARD

READ Psalm 55:1-8

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.

–Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can bring anything to God in prayer.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we forget that you are ever-present in our lives.  Help us to remember that even through difficult times, you care for us unconditionally.  Amen.

John W. Brigman (Alabama, USA)

October 17, 2019

GOD’S SALVATION

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

–Ephesians 2:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God love me regardless of my achievements.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you that our salvation does not depend on our achievements.  Help us feel your presence in all times of our lives.  Amen.

Flo Au (Hong Kong, China)

October 26, 2019

INVISIBLE BARRIERS

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?

–Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can help me discover the invisible barriers that keep me from being free in Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, reveal to us the hidden areas of our lives that prevent us from finding full freedom in Christ.

Steven Thompson (Iowa, USA)

October 15, 2019

A WAY OUT

READ 1 Corinthians 10:8-13

God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

–1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, with every temptation, I will look to God for the way out.

PRAYER

Mighty God, thank you for delivering us from temptations today.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Vimbai Chizarura (Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe)

October 14, 2019

SANCTUARY

READ Psalm 31:19-22

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.

–Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help make my church a true sanctuary?

PRAYER

Loving God, we pray for those who seek shelter from the storms of life.  Amen.

Roland Rink (Gauteng, South Africa)

October 13, 2019

TURNING AROUND

READ Jonah 1:1-3; 3:1-10

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.

–Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I help make my church a true sanctuary?

PRAYER

Loving God, we pray for those who seek shelter from the storms of life.  Amen.

Roland Rink (Gauteng, South Africa)

October 12, 2019

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

READ Galatians 6:1-10

Each one should test their own actions.  Then they can take pride in themselves along, without comparing themselves to someone else.

–Galatians 6:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will offer help to those whom God has placed in my path.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to pour out your love to people in need, knowing that our small acts of kindness may change the course of someone’s day. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Joshua Berrier (North Carolina, USA)

October 11, 2019

AN UNEXPECTED HOUR

READ Luke 10:38-42

Be still, and know that I am God!

–Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I set aside a time to rest with God, I can better serve the rest of the day.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us to balance the mundane task of our day and those things of lasting importance.  Create in us clean hearts and renewed spirits.  Amen.

Marti Williams-Martin (Tennessee, USA)

October 10, 2019

PRODUCTIVE PRUNING

READ John 15:1-8

[God] cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

–John 15:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s pruning helps me produce more fruit for the kingdom.

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for seasons of pruning that result in greater harvests of fruit for you.  Amen.

Linda Ross Shoaf (Mississippi, USA)

October 9, 2019

INVESTING

READ Micah 6:6-8
What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
–Micah 6:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What will I do today to invest in my relationship with God?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your presence in our lives.  Give us the strength to do justice, love others, and walk humbly with you.  As Jesus taught us, we pray,  “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation”  (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Mike Wilt (West Virginia, USA)

October 8, 2019

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

READ Luke 10:25-37

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

–John 3:18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I express my love for God when I show kindness to my neighbors.

PRAYER

Gracious God, open our eyes and our hearts to our neighbors in need.  May each act of kindness be an expression of our love for you.  Amen.

Geraldine Nicholas (Alberta, Canada)

October 7, 2019

HONEST WITH GOD

READ Romans 8:31-39

Nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord:  not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.

–Romans 8:38-39 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I am angry, God is with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to realize that you are God, and that we can bring our hurts to you knowing that you care for us and hear our cries for help.  Amen.

Jennifer Floyd, (Florida, USA)

October 6, 2019

BECOMING KNOWN

READ John 1:1-4

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

–Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“How good…it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Ps. 133:1)

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to share our personal stories as we form bonds of faith that are not easily broken.  Amen.

Kenneth Avon White (North Carolina, USA)

October 5, 2019

FINDING KINDNESS

READ Galatians 5:16-25

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

–Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will look for ways to show the fruit of the Spirit to those around me.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, fill us with the fruit of your Spirit. Help us to seek opportunities to model each one.  Amen.

Dave Caswell (Arkansas, USA)

October 4, 2019

PUSHING PAST OBSTACLES

READ Judges 7:1-8, 8:11-12

Jesus said, “If you have faith and do not doubt,… you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the seas,’ and it will be done.”

–Matthew 21:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even through obstacles, God gives us victory.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for helping us to preserver to reach our goals even through many trials and difficulties.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Sushma Kamlesh Macwan (Gujarat, India)

October 3, 2019

TRUE GRATITUDE

READ 1 Timothy 6:6-16

If we gave food and clothing, we will be content with that.

— 1 Timothy 6:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Gratitude to God helps fuel commitment.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us always to appreciate what you have given us.  Amen.

George T. Wilkerson (North Carolina, USA)

October 2, 2019

A LONG WAY FROM HOME

READ Genesis 28:10-22

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong.

–Isaiah 58:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever I do, God will be by my side.

PRAYER

Dear God, it is a great comfort to know that you are with us and will never leave us.  Thank you for your faithfulness to us.  Amen.

Karen Lewis (Florida, USA)

October 1, 2019

STRENGTH IN CHRIST

READ Philippians 4:10-13

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

–Psalm 73:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What may seem impossible for me is possible through Christ.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, give us the strength we need each day to continue in our work, always aware of your purpose for our lives.  Amen.

Gozeila Bilal (South Dakota, USA)

September 30, 2019

JOY ALWAYS

READ Romans 5:3-5

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Like a good parent, God joyfully supplies what I need.

PRAYER

Holy God, give us strength to remain joyous in all circumstances so that you may be glorified.  Amen.

Stanley Solanki (Maharashtra, India)

September 29, 2019

BLURRED VISION

READ Colossians 3:12-17

Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.

–Romans 12:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day, I will see others the way God sees them.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to love your children as Jesus does–with arms wide open and hands ready to bless.  Amen.

Julie Lavendar (Georgia, USA)

September 28, 2019

ONE DAY AT A TIME

READ Hebrews 13:1-6

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God knows my needs and in time will provide.

PRAYER

Dear God, you help us in countless ways.  Continue to remind us that you are with us, even in the major changes of our lives.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

September 27, 2019

NAVIGATING THROUGH LIFE

READ Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Your word is a lamp before my fee and a light for my journey.

–Psalm 119:105 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As we journey through life, God’s word is our road map.

PRAYER

Dear God, increase our desire to read your word, seek your guidance, and follow you.  Amen.

Jan Towne (Virginia, USA)

September 26, 2019

HELPING HANDS

READ Mark 10:42-45

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

–Mark 10:45 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My hands are God’s gift to serve others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, use our hands to serve in any way we can, and lift our hearts in gratitude for all those who are serving.  Amen.

Ruth Brentner (Illinois, USA)

September 25, 2019

HOPE THROUGH TRIALS

READ Jeremiah 29:10-14

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..”

— Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God never fails me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being faithful and trustworthy in your promises.  Amen.

Seth Stewart (Texas, USA)

September 24, 2019

OPPORTUNITY IN WAITING

READ 2 Peter 3:8-11

I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior; my God will hear me.

–Micah 7:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will draw closer to God during times of waiting.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to find ways to use our times of waiting to grow closer to you.  Amen.

Cortney Whiting (Georgia, USA)

September 23, 2019

THE OLD COIN

READ Psalm 8:3-9

You are no longer a salve but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

–Galatians 4:7 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am worth more to God than I can imagine.

PRAYER

Help us, Holy One, to see the worth and dignity in everyone we meet, remembering that we are all your beloved children  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ:  “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”  (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).   Amen.

Philip Rice (Michigan, USA)

September 22, 2019

WHICH BOX?

–READ Galatians 3:26-29

There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:  for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

–Romans 10:12-13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s family includes every color of the rainbow.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for creating everyone in your own special way.  Guide us to see one another as equals and as your children.  Amen.

Breyanna Parr (Texas, USA)

September 21, 2019

EVEN ME

READ Matthew 6:25-33

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

— John 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I don’t have to do anything to earn God’s love.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for caring for us — even when we feel we don’t deserve it.  In the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

David Serdyukov (Moscow, Russia)

September 20, 2019

THE GREATEST WITNESS

READ Romans 10:11-15

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)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Compassionate listening is one way I can show God’s love.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to take any opportunity we have to share the love of Christ in any way we can.  Amen.

Jewell Johnson (Arizona, USA)

September 19, 2019

GOD’S WONDERFUL CREATION

READ Genesis 1:26-31

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

–Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I show love for God’s creation?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us see every human as a unique creation of your love.  Amen.

Nathan Melia (Texas, USA)

September 18, 2019

GUIDED TO SERVE

READ 2 Corinthians 1:1-7

The God of all comfort…comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

–2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

While I comfort others, God comforts me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for shepherding us so well.  Amen.

Christine Duncan (Ontario, Canada)

September 17, 2019

ANSWERED PRAYERS

READ Matthew 7:7-11

Jesus replied to the disciples, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

–Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God always answers my prayers — sometimes in surprising ways.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for hearing and answering our prayers.  Help us to acknowledge those answers, even when they don’t match our expectations.  Amen.

Max Mardick (Colorado, USA)

September 16, 2019

THE GIFT OF PEACE

READ Psalm 16:5-11

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.  With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.

–Psalm 16:8-9

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has given us the Bible to bring peace to our souls.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us and giving us peace through the reading of your word.  Help us never to grow weary in trusting you.  Amen.

Lydia Masters (Texas, USA)

September 15, 2019

WISE COUNSEL

READ James 1:2-6

Is not wisdom found among the aged?  Does not long life bring understanding?  To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.

–Job 12:12-13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God offers wise counsel in every season of my life.

PRAYER

Gracious God, when we feel depressed, help us count our blessings and seek your wisdom and counsel.  Amen.

Young Chae Chung (Seoul, South Korea)

September 14, 2019

FREEDOM

READ Psalm 119:44-48

I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.  I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

— Psalm 119:44-45 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will strive to cheerfully obey God’s commands.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us today to trust you enough to obey you quickly and cheerfully in all that you ask.  Help us to remember that obeying you gives us freedom.  Amen.

Diana Allor (Michigan, USA)

September 13, 2019

FISHING FOR PEOPLE

READ Matthew 4:18-22

“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

–Matthew 4:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help, I can share my faith with others.

PRAYER

God, our guide, thank you for watching over us and putting others in our lives to help us grow and mature in faith.  amen.

W. Leon McBride (Georgia, USA)

September 12, 2019

CALLED TO OBEY

READ 1 Samuel 15:1-25

Samuel replied [to Saul]:  “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

–1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, in small things and in great, I will look for the ways God is calling me to obey.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your word and for guiding us through our days.  Help us to liste for your voice and to obey you even when we don’t understand why.  Amen.

Hannah Blavins (England, United Kingdom)

September 11, 2019

LIFE IN COMUUNITY
READ Acts 2:42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

–Acts 2:42 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My community strengthens my faith.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for placing faithful Christians in our lives to support and guide us on our journeys.  Amen.

Marcy Farr (Texas, USA)

September 10, 2019

ABUNDANT PEACE

READ  Philippians 4:1-8

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the midst of trouble, I am surrounded by God’s peace.

PRAYER

Compassionate God, send peace to all those who worry over their health and the health of their loved ones.  Fill us with peace that banishes our fears and anxieties.  Amen.

Robert Harris (Georgia, USA)

September 9, 2019

FULL ACCESS

READ Hebrews 4:12-16

Through faith in [Christ Jesus our Lord] we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through prayer, I can reach God at any time and from any place.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the reminders that you are always with us.  Amen.

Nancy K. Grace (Arkansas, USA)

September 8, 2019

CONTENTMENT

READ Zephaniah 3:14-20

[The Lord your God] will rejoice over you with signing.

–Zephaniah 3:17 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through prayer, I can reach God at any time and from any place.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for reminders that you are always with us.  Amen.

Nancy Kay Grace (Arkansas, USA)

September 7, 2019

ORDINARY HEROES

READ Corinthians 1:26-31

God chose what the world considers low-class and low-life — what is considered to be nothing — to reduce what is considered to be something to nothing.

— 1 Corinthians 1:28 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God exalts those who act with faith.

PRAYER

God of all people, help us to look beyond earthly success.  Open our eyes to see the value of all people, just as you do.  Amen.

Bob LaForge (New Jersey, USA)

September 6, 2019

DIRTY DISHES

READ 1 John 1:5-10

If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

–1 John 1:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God has forgiven me, I am free to forgive others.

PRAYER

Forgiving God, thank you for cleansing us from our sin.  Help us to show your forgiveness to others even as you help us wash the dirt from our lives and our relationships.  Amen.

Conny Hedengren (Jonkoping. Sweden)

September 5, 2019

A FORGOTTEN INSCRIPTION

READ Philippians 2:12-19

God said, “There is no one who can deliver from my hand; I work and who can hinder it.?”

–Isaiah 43:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In what ways can I offer encouragements to new Christians?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for providing for our needs and giving us Christian mentors in our lives.  Help us to grow in our relationship with you.  Amen.

Greg D. Romano (Indiana, USA)

September 4, 2019

THANKS BE TO GOD

READ Romans 7:14-25

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

–Romans 7:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Although sin abounds, God’s mercy overcomes.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to guard our hearts from evil.  Thank you for delivering us through Jesus Christ, who helps us in our daily battles.  Amen.

Marcela Nwanosike (England, United Kingdom)

September 3, 2019

NEVER ALONE

READ Luke 11:5-13

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

–Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s grace and Spirit are always with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for wrapping us in your love.  Help us to grow in faith so that others will see in us your abiding care.  Amen.

Lois E. Wilson (Ohio, USA)

September 2, 2019

ENTERTAINING ANGELS

READ Matthew 6:1-4

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

–Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will remain alert for glimpses of God in others.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your presence with us.  Bless those who teach us about your love.  Amen.

Robin Wynne (Arkansas, USA)

September 1, 2019

COME NEAR

READ Psalm 113:1-9

Come near to God, and he will come near to you.

–James 4:8 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will make prayer a part of my routine.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to keep you in our thoughts throughout the day so that we may draw nearer to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Annie Gipson (Missouri, USA)

August 31, 2019

FLOURISH AGAIN

READ John 15:1-8

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

–John 15:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What habits or attitudes will I ask God to prune from my life?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remain in you so that we may have abundant life.  Amen.

Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

August 30. 2019

RUNNING A GOOD RACE

READ 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Paul wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

–2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I may feel lonely, but in Christ I’m never alone.

PRAYER

Lord God, thank you for sending Jesus to walk through life with us so that we are never truly alone.  Help us to keep our faith strong until the very end.  Amen.

Sue Carloni (Wisconsin, USA)

August 29, 2019

BEAUTIFULLY DIVERSE

READ Romans 12:3-13

You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of  it.

1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will honor each person I encounter today as someone created in God’s image.

PRAYER

God of creation, thank you for the diversity in our world.  Help us to be respectful and compassionate toward others as we celebrate your goodness and creativity.  Amen.

Tyler Wood (North Carolina, USA)

August 28, 2019

A HEART FULL OF PRAISE

READ Psalm 92:1-5

Be filled with the spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.  Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:18-19

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Lord hears what is in my heart.

PRAYER

O Lord, help us live in a way that pleases you.  May our actions as well as our words be a song of praise to you.  Amen.

Jennifer B. Jones (New York, USA)

August 27, 2019

GOD CARES

READ John 11:1-5

Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

–John 11:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when a door has closed, God is with me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for working all things to your glory.  When life seems out of control, help us to trust you.  We pray as Jesus taught us saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day your daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, (KJV).  Amen.

Tola Babalola (Lagos, Nigeria)

August 26, 2019

A 1962 HUDSON

READ James 2:14-18

Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

–James 2:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When the Holy Spirit enters my heart, I will be moved to act in love.

PRAYER

Guide us, Lord, to your service.  May we reach toward the “lest of these” with grace-filled arms of love.  Amen.

Richard Benson (Florida, USA)

August 25, 2019

THE PELICAN

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus said, “Don’t worry about your life… Look at the birds in the sky.  They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns.  Yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”

–Matthew 6:25-26 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God to provide for me today.

PRAYER

Source of all that we have and are, help us to trust that you will provide for us and to be courageous enough to dive in when new opportunities come along.  Amen.

Pamela Hutto (Florida, USA)

August 24, 2019

GOD IS GREAT

READ Psalm 121:1-8

Look!  The Lord does not lack the power to save, nor are his ears too dull to hear.

–Isiah 59:1 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In all situations I will put my faith in God.

PRAYER

O God, we give you glory, praise, and honor for hearing our prayers and healing our diseases.  Amen.

Robinbhai P. Christian (Gujarat, India)

August 23, 2019

BACK TO SAFETY

READ Ezekiel 34:11-15

Thus says the Lord God:  I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.

–Ezekiel 34:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Like a shepherd leads his sheep, God will lead me to shelter.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your guidance and protection.  Amen.

Nancy Frantel (Virginia, USA)

August 22, 2019

GOD’S CARE

READ Matthew 7:7-11

God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:19 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s power is strongest when I am at my weakest.  (See 2 Cor. 12:9-10.)

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for being such a loving, caring God.  Watch over all the people in the world who are hungry today.  Amen.

John Cramer (Oklahoma, USA)

August 21, 2019

FOCUS

READ Genesis 1:1-5

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

–Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I focus my life on God?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the wonders of creation.  Help us to remain focused on you so that we can reflect your light and love in all that we say and do.  Amen.

Laura Andrews (Tennessee, USA)

August  20, 2019

THE POWER OF PRAYER

READ Ephesians  3:14-21

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

–Mark 11:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whom will I pray for today?

PRAYER

Giver of all good things, you have plans for each of us.  You know when our faith is vulnerable, and you respond to renew our hope.  We thank you in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Beatriz Nasso (Uruguay)

August 19, 2019

ALWAYS IN THE STANDS

READ Psalm 68:4-10

A father is fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

–Psalm 68:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Like the best earthly fathers, God is always there for me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, continue to show us through others that you are always watching over and guiding us along life’s path.  Amen.

Jason Robinson (Wisconsin, USA)

August 18, 2019

CHILD OF GOD

READ Luke 5:12-16

Live in harmony with another.  Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited.

–Romans 12:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will reach out to a struggling child of God.

PRAYER

Open our eyes, O God, to see the needs around us and to hear the human hearts in need of your love.  Amen.

Karen Wingate (Illinois, USA)

August 17, 2019

GOD’S WONDERFUL WORLD

READ John 1:1-5

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it.

–Revelation 1:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s word can be my constant companion.

PRAYER

Dear Father, lead us day by day as we explore your word.  Amen.

William Finley (Scotland, United Kingdom)

August 16, 2019

HEART OF GRATITUDE

READ Mark 10:13-16

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

–Mark 10:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Beginning today I will more readily give thanks to God.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for all that you do and have done for us.  Give us hearts of gratitude, purity, and humility.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Karen Woodard (North Carolina, USA)

August 15, 2019

REDEEMING LOVE

READ 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.

–1 Corinthians 1:31 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me and accepts me as I am.

PRAYER

Redeeming God, forgive us for wanting to to look good before others.  Remind us that it’s only in you that we are made whole.  Amen.

Jodi Harris (California, USA)

August 14, 2019

GOD’S MYSTERIOUS WAYS

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

–Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Unexpected encounters can give me insights from God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see that hindrances to our plans can bring us closer to you.  Amen.

Palakunnathu A. Mathew (Kerla, India)

August 13, 2019

STILL USEFUL TO GOD

–READ Psalm 92:12-15 

[The righteous] will still bear fruit in old age.

–Psalm 92:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help I can bear fruit in any stage of life.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us not to focus on what we cannot do but instead on what we can do to be useful in your service.  Amen.

Mary Louise Stetser (New Jersey, USA)

August 12, 2019

WHAT REALLY MATTERS

READ Luke 6:47-49

Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

During life’s storms, Jesus is my foundation.

PRAYER

Dear God, as we weather life’s storms, help us to build our lives on the firm foundation of your Son so the world can see the source of our strength.  Amen.

Dennis Denby (Illinois, USA)

August 11, 2019

A CONSTANT COMPANION

READ Psalm 73:23-28

Come near to God and [God] will come near to you.

–James 4:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God stays close to me, and I will stay close to God.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for being a constant presence in our lives.  We need you in all the circumstances of our day-by-day living.  Amen.

Beth DeLong (Hawaii, USA)

August 10, 2019

EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE

READ 1 John 4:7-19

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

–John 13:34 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I follow Jesus’ example when I love others.

PRAYER

God of everlasting love, thank you for loving us completely.  Teach us to love others like Jesus did.  Amen.

Julianis Baez de Pichardo (Dominican Republic)

August 9, 2019

NEVER ALONE

READ Psalm 1:1-6

Keep straight the path of  your feet, and all your ways will be sure.

–Proverbs 4:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will pray for an old friend.

PRAYER

Dear God, we thank you for your mercy, love, and understanding.  Thank you for comforting us in every circumstance.  Amen.

Peyton Sherlin (Texas, USA)

August 8, 2019

STRENGTHEN OUR HANDS

READ Nehemiah 6:1-5

All of them were trying to make us afraid, saying, “They will be discouraged, and the work won’t get finished.”  But now, God, strengthen me!

— Nehemiah 6:9 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the gravest situations, God will give me courage.

PRAYER

God of all strength, when we are afraid, help us to trust you and to know that you will help us to complete any task you give us.  Amen.

Hattie L. Carlis (Indiana, USA)

August 7, 2019

WHAT A CHANGE!

READ 1 Corinthians 15:42-49

[The body is] weak when it’s put into the ground, but it’s raised in power.

— 1 Corinthians 15:43 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter how small or wrinkled I feel, God can transform my life.

PRAYER

Creator God, thank you for the transformation hidden in a seed and for the wonder of what that transformation means to us — new life with you.  Amen.

Mark Weinrich (Nevada, USA)

August 6, 2019

LETTER FOR GOD

READ Psalm 28:6-9

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy.

–Psalm 28:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter how I pray, God is listening.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for always hearing us.  We know nothing can separate us from your love.  Sustain us as we put our trust in you.  Amen.

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

August 5, 2019

RUNNING AROUND

READ Acts 27:21-26

Paul said, “Keep up your courage…for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.  But we will have to run aground on some island.”

–Acts 27:25-26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will trust that God is with me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, when we experience challenges, thank you for reassuring us of your care.  Amen.

Robbie Mackenzie (Tennessee, USA)

August 4, 2019

SADNESS TO JOY

READ Psalm 30:1-5

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes on such child in my name welcomes me.”

–Matthew 18:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I show God’s love to others, my sadness turns to joy.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for comforting us in times of sadness.  Help us bring joy to those around us.  Amen.

Shirley Prince (Alabama, USA)

August 3, 2019

THE COURAGE-GIVING FATHER

READ Joshua 1:1-9

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

–Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God, I can face challenges with courage.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for being by our side and comforting us when we face adversity.  Lead us with courage and divine strength.  Amen.

T. David Livingtson (Bangalore, India)

August 2, 2019

AN HOUR WELL SPENT

READ Isaiah 46:3-9

The Lord says, “I am he who will sustain you.”

–Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Time spent with God in prayer is never wasted.

PRAYER

O God, help us to remember to set apart time each day to spend with you in prayer.  Amen.

Andrea Woronick (Connecticut, USA)

August 1, 2019

SEEKING GUIDANCE

READ Proverbs 3:5-12

In all your ways acknowledge [the Lord], and he will make straight your paths.

–Proverbs 3:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God is faithful, I can live confidently.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we thank you for the lives you have given us.  Help us find comfort in you and trust that you are guiding us toward the good.  Amen.

Ed Romero (Texas, USA)

July 31, 2019

COVER TO COVER

READ 2 Timothy 3:14-17

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

–2 Timothy 3:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What scripture verse can I find new meaning in today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for revealing yourself to us in unique ways that help us on our Christian paths.  Amen.

Andrew Billings (Alabama, USA)

July 30, 2019

AMAZING WORLD

READ Psalm 147:1-11

[The Lord] covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.

–Psalm 147:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is present all around me.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for this amazing world you have created.  Help us to recognize all the ways you are present with us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Sister Confianza del Senor (Colon, Honduras)

July 29, 2019

ETERNAL LOVE

READ 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

We who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.

–1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I inspire others to seek a relationship with God?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to know that we can never be separated from your love because of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Jon C. Goeringer (Maryland, USA)

July 28, 2019

“ARE YOU THE ONE?”

READ MATTHEW 11:1-6

Jesus said, “Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

–Matthew 11:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when my prayers seem unanswered, God still loves me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, when disappointments come our way, please help our faith and love for you to remain strong.  Amen.

Victoria P. Creel (Alabama, USA)

July 27, 2019

NEVER FORSAKEN

READ Deuteronomy 31:5-8

The psalmist wrote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.”

–Psalm 23:4 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is faithful in all circumstances.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for your comfort and healing power over us all.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Mike Anwana (Ad Dawhah, Qatar)

July 26, 2019

A GRANDFATHER’S LOVE

READ Ephesians 1:3-14

Paul wrote, “As a prisoner for the Lord…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”

–Ephesians 4:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I want to live a life worthy of God’s great love and sacrifice.

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank you for adopting us as your children.  Give us the courage to confess our sins and release them to you.  Amen.

Anne M. Hayton (Indiana, USA)

July 25, 2019

OUR DWELLING PLACE

READ Psalm 27:1-14

The psalmist wrote, “The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?”

–Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s constant presence gives me confidence to face my fears.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to bask in your presence at all times.  Amen.

Alonza Jones (Alabama, USA)

July 24, 2019

WHEREVER I AM

READ Isaiah 55:10-12

My word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

–Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Ministry can happen anywhere.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us not to miss new insights about how to serve you.  Amen

Jessica Zolondek (USA)

July 23, 2019

THE WAY

READ John 14:1-7

Jesus said to [Thomas], “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

–John 14:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can be confident in God’s guidance.

PRAYER

Merciful God, continue to guide us on the path that leads to eternal life.  In the name of Jesus who taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Priscilla E. Chaves (Alajuela, Costa Rica)

July 22, 2019

“I GOT YOU!”

READ Isaiah 41:1-10

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my ever-present help in times of trouble.  (See Ps. 46:1)

PRAYER

Wonderful Lord, thank you for reassuring us that you are greater than anything we may face.  Amen.

James Baumberger (Connecticut, USA)

July 21, 2019

GOD’S SPECIAL CREATION

READ Psalm 139:13-18

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

–Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God designed me with special gifts to use in service.

PRAYER

Thank you, almighty God, for sending your son to die for our sins and for creating us individually and uniquely.  Help us to use wisely whatever gift you’ve given us.  Amen.

Kevin Alch (Texas, USA)

July 20, 2019

REAL LIFE GOOD SAMARITANS

READ Luke 10:25-37

A Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

–Luke 10:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I look through Jesus’ eyes, I can see value in every person.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for using unlikely heroes to help those in need.  Help us to see each person through your eyes and to value every person as your beloved creation.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Tracy Krauss (British Columbia, Canada)

July 19, 2019

CALMED BY PRAYER

READ Philippians 4:4-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Through prayer, I can find peace and understanding.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for listening to our prayers every time we have a request or need.  Help us to remember to always trust in you to help.  Amen.

Preston Burke (Texas, USA)

July 18, 2019

LORD, HOLD MY HAND

READ Romans 8:38-39

I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

–Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My heavenly Father will never let go of my hand.

PRAYER

Holy Father, on those days when we are afraid and feel all alone, help us to feel the warmth of your hand holding ours.  Amen.

Dorcas Andrews (Alabama, USA)

July 17, 2019

THE POWER OF FAITH

READ Psalm 18:1-6

The psalmist wrote, “in my distress, I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.  From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.”

–Psalm 18:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am attuned to God’s power, I am amazed at what God can do.

PRAYER

Almighty God, thank you for listening to our prayers and sustaining us.  Help us to accept the outcome of our struggles, knowing you are always with us.  Amen.

Ruth R. Mancilla Casalez (Estado de Mexico, Mexico)

July 16, 2019

I CHOOSE YOU

READ 1 Timothy 1:12-16

Jesus said to [the Pharisees], “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

–Mark 2:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Regardless of my past, God can still use me.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to bring others closer to you by ministering to them wherever we are.  Amen.

K. Smith (Ohio, USA)

July 15, 2019

NEW PURPOSE

READ 1 Samuel 3:1-10

In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to this purpose.

–Romans 8:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can examine today’s loss to find tomorrow’s service for God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to see the new purpose that you have built into every dead end we encounter.  Amen.

John McClenahan (Nevada, USA)

July 14, 2019

PEACE IN THE STORM

READ Psalm 46:1-3

The psalmist wrote, “If your Instruction hadn’t been my delight, I would have died because of my suffering.”

–Psalm 119:92 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In every trial, I can lean on the Lord.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember that no storm in life is too devastating for you to handle.  Amen.

Trish Krider (Florida, USA)

July 13, 2019

CHILDREN KNOW BETTER

READ Matthew 18:1-5

Jesus [replied], “Have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

–Matthew 21:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will thank God for the gift of grace through Jesus Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we thank you for Jesus and for the abundant grace that you have made available through him.  Amen.

Deepika Emmanuel Sagar (Rajasthan, India)

July 12, 2019

MAX

READ John 10:1-14

[The gatekeeper] calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

–John10:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am lost, God calls me by name.

PRAYER

Dear God, by your grace, help us to listen for and follow your voice.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.” (Matt.6:9-13, KJV).  Amen

Raymond Lockley (California, USA)

July 11, 2019

SACRED RELATIONSHIPS

READ Romans 5:1-6

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

–Galatians 6:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In any experience, God offers me opportunities to learn.

PRAYER

O God, help us to be open to your will for us in every circumstance of our lives.  Amen.

Luleen S. Anderson (North Carolina, USA)

July 10, 2019

A SIMPLE MINISTRY

READ Matthew 25:31-40

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

–Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Wherever I am today I can witness for Christ.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us as we share your love and the story of salvation with others.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Thad H. Carter (Texas, USA)

July 9, 2019

EVERY DETAIL MATTERS

READ Psalm 104:10-24

Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us.  None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

–Psalm 40:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God cares for every part of life.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for caring for even the smallest details of our lives.  Help us to remember that everything works together to bring glory and praise to you.  Amen.

Catherine Kwao (Accra, Ghana)

July 8, 2019

COMFORT

READ Jeremiah 29:1-4

“I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter my situation, God speaks words of comfort to me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for bringing us comfort in hard times.  Help us to sense your presence, even when circumstances make it hard.  Amen.

Kim Harms (Iowa, USA)

July 7, 2019

TIME REMAINING

READ Ephesians 5:15-17

Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

–Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will make the most of the time God has given me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to be wise in using our time for your good.  Amen.

William Avery Pike, Jr. (Virginia, USA)

July 6, 2019

TRUE LIGHT

READ Psalm 34:1-8

[God] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

–2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can transform a crisis into and opportunity to serve.

PRAYER

Great God of Comfort, thank you for shining your light and guiding us out of the depths of distress.  Your love is our sustaining life source.  Amen.

Luciria Aguirre Naranjo (Cali, Colombia)

July 5, 2019

CREATED TO CREATE

READ Genesis 1:20-27

God created humanity in God’s own image.


Genesis 1:27 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God made me a creative being.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us ideas and confidence to use the creativity you gave us to make our lives and the lives of others more interesting and joyful.  Amen.

Janet Asbridge (Washington, USA)

July 4, 2019

REJOICE, PRAY, GIVE THANKS

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will rejoice with prayerful thanksgiving today and always.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we praise you for hearing and answering our prayers.  Help us to continue steadfast prayer throughout each day.  Amen.

Ted Whitford (California, USA)

July 3, 2019

TAKING A RISK

READ Matthew 5:11-16

Let  your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (KIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even if others question me, I will be ready to answer God’s call.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to be ready to go where you call us and to trust your guidance so that our lights will shine before others.  Amen.

Amorell Reneisha Browne (Grenada)

July 2, 2019

SEEDS OF COMPASSION

READ Colossians 3:1-12

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

–Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love and kindness can shine through me to others who are suffering.

PRAYER

God of all, thank you for your daily compassion.  May we seek opportunities to extend your love and grace to those around us.  Amen.

Lin Daniels (Massachusetts, USA)

July 1, 2019

NOT ONLY ME

READ Exodus 17:9-13*

When Moses’ hands grew tired …. Aaron and Hur held his hands up — one on one side, one on the other — so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

–Exodus 17:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I rely on others to help me do God’s work.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, open us to accept the help of others to do the good work that you have called us to do.  Amen.

Cameron Catanzano (California, USA)

June 30, 2019

LIKE A FOREST

READ Romans 15:1-7

Accept one another . . . just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

–Romans 15:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Though we are scarred and imperfect, God builds the church with us.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to accept others and love them as you do, despite their imperfections — and despite our own.  Amen.

Susan Thogerson Maas (Oregon, USA)

June 29, 2019

FROM WORRY TO JOY

READ Psalm 40:1-3

Jesus said, “I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me.  In the world you have distress.  But be encouraged!  I have conquered the world.”

–John 16:33 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I share a kind word, I show the love of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear God, when we are burdened with the stress of this world, help us to realize that you are the great Comforter.  Amen.

Randy Jennings (Virginia, USA)

June 28, 2019

DON’T BE AFRAID

READ 2 Kings 6:8-23

[Elisha] replied, “Do not be afraid, for there are more with us than there are with them.

–2 Kings 6:16 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I am afraid, I will pray and trust God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your protection of us each day.  Help us trust you and give our fears to you.  Amen.

Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)

June 27, 2019

GOD DOES THE REST

READ 1 Peter 4:10-11

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I say yes, God will do the rest.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for never leaving us no matter what we encounter.  Help us to be humble servants for your kingdom, always trusting in you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

John D. Brown (Minnesota, USA)

June 26, 2019

SHOWING HONOR

READ Ephesians 4:29-32

Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.

–Romans 12:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Following God’s charge to honor others changes the course of my day.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to affirm and to show honor to those around us today.  Amen.

Sheryl H. Boldt (Florida, USA)

June 25, 2019

LIKE FLOWERS IN THE FIELD

READ Matthew 6:25-34

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy…they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.

Isaiah 35:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Though I may not see it, God is always at work in my life.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for being a steadfast presence of love in our lives.  Help us to trust that you are at work even when we cannot see it.  In the name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

Patrick Castleberry (Mississippi, USA)

June 24, 2019

LIMITED VISION

READ Psalm 78:9-16

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

–Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God knows the way and will lead me forward.

PRAYER

Dear God, when the path ahead is not clear, help us trust you to lead us safely to our destination.  Amen.

Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

June 23, 2019

ENCOUNTERING GOD

READ Isaiah 6:1-8

I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him were seraphim, each with six wings.

–Isaiah 6:1-2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can encounter God’s holiness in the most unlikely places.

PRAYER

O God, help us always to be open to your presence and leading in our lives.  Amen.

Robert S. Boggs (South Carolina, USA)

June 22, 2019

MORE THAN SKIN DEEP

READ Proverbs 31:10-30

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

–Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is more interested in what’s in my heart than how I look.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to remember that the way we reflect the image of Christ can influence everyone around us.  Help us to reflect your love to others as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sings against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV). Amen.

Jenny McBride (Alabama, USA)

June 21, 2019

FINDING REST

Read Psalm 77:1-12

The psalmist wrote, “I remembered my songs in the night.”

–Psalm 77:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we are weary we can lean on Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, we pray for all who suffer from deadly diseases.  Be with them as they pass through the valley of deepest darkness.  Enable them to lean on you and find rest.

T. G. Johnson (Kerala, India)
June 20, 2019

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION

READ Revelation 3:15-22

Because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

–Revelation 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants our active participation.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, stir up our desire to be closer to you and to actively work toward growing in our relationship with you.  Amen.

Margaret Anderson (Kansas, USA)

June 19, 2019

NOW IS THE TIME

READ Luke 18:1-8

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  Do everything in love.

–1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter what is going on around me, I will stand steadfast for Christ.

PRAYER

God of justice, help us to be more like your Son and to stand firm in sharing the gospel with the world.  Amen.

Walter N. Maris (Missouri, USA)

June 18, 2019

SOWING GOD’S WORD

READ Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

–Romans 11:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We can give no greater gift than the word of God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us different ways to serve you.  Help us to follow where you lead us.  Amen.

Anne-Lisa Aure (Sunnmore, Norway)

June 17, 2019

OPPORTUNITY

READ John 14:23-27

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you.”

–John 14:27 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help I can view challenges as opportunities.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us remember to call on you for the problems and fears we face.  In the name of the Prince of Peach, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Del Bates (Florida, USA)

June 16, 2019

OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS

READ Luke 2:41-52

[Jesus] said unto them, How is it that ye sought me?  [know] ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

–Luke 2:49 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I can deliver God’s love and grace to a weary world.

PRAYER

Father God, teach us to be trustworthy in serving you by serving others.  Amen.

Will I. Jackson (North Carolina, USA)

June 15, 2019

CONFIDENCE IN GOD

READ Joshua 1:1-9

The prophet wrote, “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet feel like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”

–Habakkuk 3:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because God is with me, I can be confident.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your wisdom and guidance.  Amen.

Melissa Wilson (Pennsylvania, USA)

June 14, 2019

RESTORE POINT

READ 2 Corinthians 5:15-21

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s grace is always available to help me make a fresh start.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to keep our hearts pure and clean toward you and toward others.  Amen.

Susan Parr (Indiana, USA)

June 13, 2019

GOD CARES FOR ALL OF US

READ Matthew 7:7-12

Give us today our daily bread.

–Matthew 6:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust God to provide for me today and every day.

PRAYER

Loving God, we give thanks for the blessings you provide for us, and we pray for those who are facing difficult times.  We trust your providence.  Amen.

Jose’ Vergara (Puebla, Mexico)

June 12, 2019

A SNAKE, A BIBLE, AND ME

READ Lamentations 3:22-26

The psalmist wrote, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

–Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is good to me — all the time.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for meeting us today and every day.  We need you more than the bread we eat and the air we breathe.  Amen.

Melissa Ferguson (Tennessee, USA)

June 11, 2019

A NEW CREATION

READ Psalm 127:1-5

“See, I am making all things new.”

–Revelation 21:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My Creator is not yet finished making me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, help us to know that we are still under construction.  Give us patience and courage to embrace the new life you offer.  Amen.

W. David Lewis (Tennessee, USA)

June 10, 2019

NEVER IN VAIN

READ Romans 1:8-17

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

–Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My efforts for the Lord are never in vain.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to stay faithful in the work you’ve given us, always remembering its eternal value.  Amen.

Rose McCormick Brandon (Ontario, Canada)

June 9, 2019

UNITY AND HARMONY

READ Acts 2:1-11

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

–Pslam 133:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Holy Spirit brings us together in harmony.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to live and worship together in harmony today and every day.   Amen.

Steven Paul Simmons, (Texas, USA)

June 8, 2019

A GOOD SAMARITAN

READ Luke 10:25-37

[The lawyer} answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

–Luke 10:27 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whom is God calling me to help today?

PRAYER

Merciful God, thank you for watching over us in unexpected ways and through the people you send into our lives.  Amen.

Rebeca Boyadjian (Montevideo, Uruguay)

June 7, 2019

LOSING FOCUS

READ Matthew 14:22-33

Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saws the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

–Matthew 14:29-33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God hears me when I call for help and delivers me safely to the shore.

PRAYER

Dear God, our Protector, help us to keep our focus on you so we won’t sink into treacherous waters.  Thank you for being with us.  Amen.

Ron Lazenby (Alabama, USA)

June 6, 2019

ALWAYS A WINNER

READ Philippians 1:20-24

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord.  So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

–Romans 14:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter what I face today, Jesus is always with me.

PRAYER

Thank  you, Lord, that whether in life or in death, you are always with us.  We pray as Jesus taught us saying, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

Ted De Hass (Iowa, USA)

June 5, 2019

A WALKING TESTIMONY

READ 1 Peter 3:13-17

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

–1 Timothy 4:12 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will find ways to share God’s word.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us courage and guidance to show others your love and grace.  Amen.

Nancy Lewis Shelton (Missouri, USA)

June 4, 2019

AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS

READ Psalm 94:17-19

When my anxieties multiply, your comforting calms me down.

–Pssalm 94:19 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Trusting in God is my answer to worry.

PRAYER

God of peace,  thank you for your powerful and comforting promises that chase away the ravens of worry.  Amen.

Mark Weinrich (Nevada, USA)

June 3, 2019

“DO YOU NOT CARE?”

READ Matthew 8:23-27

What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

–Matthew 8:27 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ is the source of all peace.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for the peace you bring today.  We look to you for help always.  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit we pray.  Amen.

Philip Polo (Nairobi, Kenya)

June 2, 2019

THE GOSPEL THROUGH DEEDS

READ 1 Corinthians 3:3-95

Let  your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My actions show my faith in God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be doers of the word and not hearers only. (See Jas. 1:22).  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Tatiana Claudy (Indiana, USA)

June 1, 2019

WHO ARE YOU?

READ Galatians 3:23-29

See what great love the father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!

–John 3:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My identity is rooted in God’s deep love for me.

PRAYER

Dear God, you change, transform, restore, and renew.  Thank you for being our Father and giving us a new life in you.  Amen.

Katlyn Council (Tennessee, USA)

May 31, 2019

WINGS OF A DOVE

READ 1 Timothy 6:17-19

I wish I had wings like a dove!  I’d fly away and rest.

–Psalm 55:6 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Our divine calling is to be a blessing for others.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, empower us to become wings of love so that we may reach out to those who are in need.  Amen.

Shaji George Kannothra (Kerala, India)

May 30, 2019

FLEDGING CHRISTIANS

READ 1 Peter 2:1-6

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.

–1 Peter 2:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whose faith will I nurture today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, open our eyes to the needs of those new in the faith.  Amen.

Shirley G. Brosius (Pennsylvania, USA)

May 29, 2019

BE STILL

READ Exodus 14:10-18

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.

Exodus 14:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because I trust God, I can remain calm in the midst of crisis.

PRAYER

Dear God, in times of trial and doubt when we feel helpless, teach us to trust you.  Amen.

Adam Benson (North Carolina, USA)

May 28, 2019

OPPORTUNITY FROM GOD

READ Galatians 6:1-10

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

–Philippians 2:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can bless others by responding joyfully when God calls me to help.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to use the opportunities you provide to care for others.  Guide us to help others in the way they need us most.  Amen.

Linawati Santose (East Java, Indonesia)

May 27, 2019

LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS

READ Matthew 2:7-12

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

–John 15:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God calls me to show kindness to everyone I meet.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, teach us to show kindness to strangers.  Help us to treat others the way we want to be treated and to embrace all people as your children.  Amen.

Chad B. McRee (Texas, USA)

May 26, 2019

EXTRAVAGANT LOVE

READ John 13:1-17

Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.

–John 13:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for opportunities to show Christ’s love.

PRAYER

God of love, thank you for the love you poured out on us through your Son.  Fill us to overflowing so that we may share your love with others.  Amen.

Kay Hawk (Ohio, USA)

May 25, 2019

PERFECT TRUST

READ Psalm 34:1-8

This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.

–Psalm 34:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I can’t see a way forward, God can.

PRAYER

Loving Father, we bring to you what is broken in our lives.  We place the pieces in your loving hands as we ask for and accept your help.  Amen.

Dorothy O’Neill (South Australia, Australia)

May 24, 2019

A JOB WE CAN DO

READ Luke 8:32-39

Jesus said, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”  So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

–Luke 8:39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves us all and calls us to different tasks.

PRAYER

Dear Father, bless those who are serving you this day.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Thad H. Carter (Texas, USA)

May 23, 2019

REFUGE FROM THE STORM

READ Psalm 46:1-11

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

–Psalm 18:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my refuge.

PRAYER

Guardian of our lives, thank you for your constant care and concern for us when we face adversity.  Be our refuge when we are weak, and support us with your strength.  Amen.

Nereida Reyes Santos (Puerto Rico)

May 22, 2019

KEEP WATCH

READ Matthew 26:31-46

[Jesus] said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.  Stay here and keep watch with me.”

–Matthew 26:38 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When God calls, I will be ready.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, even when we don’t seem to have an active part, help us remain engaged with and excited for the work you are doing.  Amen.

Gordon Rowe (Indiana, USA)

May 21, 2019

TASTE AND SEE

READ Psalm 96:1-9

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The better I know God, the more I want to share my faith with others.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to desire you in deeper ways day by day.  May we share your sweetness as we pour your love onto others.  Amen.

Callie Daruk (Tennessee, USA)

May 20, 2019

GOD WILL MAKE A WAY

READ Luke 12:22-34

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each new day brings reassurance from God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for making a way for us.  Help us remember to trust you when we begin to worry or fear for our future.  Amen.

Hassan A. Bello (Kaduna, Nigeria)

May 19, 2019

LEARNING TO FORGIVE

READ Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

–Luke 23:34 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I forgive, God heals me.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for forgiving our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Amen.

Eileen Thrift (Florida, USA)

May 18, 2019

OUR PATIENT GOD

READ Isaiah 40:27-31

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will follow as God leads me to help others start their journey to faith.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, bless all who have been touched by your care, and bring them to a true faith in Jesus our savior.  Amen.

Ken Claar (Idaho, USA)

May 17, 2019

GOD’S LOVE SONG

READ Romans 8:14-21

How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter!

–Song of Songs 7:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I don’t have to earn God’s love.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to walk through today covered in the knowledge of your love for us.  Help us to remember our purpose in you.  Amen.

Jodie Dennis (Northhamptonshire, United Kingdom)

May 16, 2019

A WAY THROUGH

READ Isaiah 43:1-7

No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone, God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but… will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

–1 Corinthians 10:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When life is to hard, God will provide a way through.

PRAYER

Dear God, give us eyes to see the way through that you offer us in times of adversity and the faith to trust your promise.  Amen.

Hope Harle-Mould (New York, USA)

May 15, 2019

NOT AFRAID

READ Psalm 112:6-8

[The righteous] will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

–Psalm 112:7

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Lord’s faithfulness is greater than my problems.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, in times of trouble give us the courage to face each day knowing that you are greater than all our worry and fear.  Amen

Ismelalem Woldegiorgis (British Columbia, Canada)

May 14, 2019

ENCOURAGEMENT

READ Acts 15:30-35

Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.

–Acts 15:32 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can use me to encourage others.

PRAYER

Dear God, lead us to people who need encouragement, and give us the words to strengthen their faith.  Amen.

Tom Kennedy (Texas, USA)

May 13, 2019

BEFORE WE EVEN SPEAK

READ Luke 7:11-17

The Lord says, “Before they call I will answer.

–Isaiah 65.24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God knows my pain even before I give voice to it.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us in the midst of pain, and confusion not to forget your presence.  May we at all times be sensitive to your vice as we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen”  (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV).  Amen.

Neliswa Chigudu (Johannesburg, South Africa)

May 12, 2019

A MOTHER’S FAITH

READ Matthew 7:13-14

Jesus said, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”

–Luke 13:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will find new ways to inspire others to share the good news of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear God, each day give us the courage and strength to live out our lives according to your will.   Amen.

Clint Bowman (North Carolina, USA)

May 11, 2019

TRANSFORMED

READ Romans 12:1-3

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.

–Romans 12:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will serve God by serving others.

PRAYER

Dear God, guide us each day so that we may come to love you more and do your will.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

John Groves (Maryland, USA)

May 10, 2019

HOPE OUT OF DESPAIR

READ Zephaniah 3:14-20

The Lord, your God, is in your midst…; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

–Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I’m hurting, God is near.

PRAYER

Dear God, when we’re tempted to despair, teach us to put our hope in you.  Amen.

Kate Underwood (Illinois, USA)

May 9, 2019

JOYFUL PRAYER

READ Luke 11:5-13

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will approach God today with trust and thanksgiving.

PRAYER

Loving God, give us hearts full of faith so that we may receive in abundance.  Amen.

Hiteshkumar Jashvantbhal Solanki (Gujarat, India)

May 8, 2019

A TALENT TO SHARE

READ Exodus 23:6-9

Don’t take advantage of poor or needy workers, whether they are fellow Israelites or immigrants who live in your land.

Deuteronomy 24:14 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I can depend on God to show me someone in need.

PRAYER

Dear God, open our minds and hearts to ways that we can be of help and encouragement to others.  Amen.

Nancy R. Meyer (Nebraska, USA)

May 7, 2019

FINDING THE FOOD

READ Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus replied, “…People won’t live only by bread, but by every word spoken by God.”

–Matthew 4:4 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants us to show others how to find the food of life.

PRAYER

Dear God, guide us in our efforts to show and tell others your life-giving word.  Amen.

Martyn Haynes (California, USA)

May 6, 2019

LEARNING FROM BEES

READ 1 Corinthians 12:4-13

The body is not made up of one part but of many.

–1 Corinthians 12;14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am one of many members of the body of Christ.

PRAYER

Almightly God, help us to work for your kingdom united through Christ.  Amen.

Andrea Ramires Zabala (Puerto Rico)

May 5, 2019

LIKE A CHILD

READ Mark 10:46-52

Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

–Matthew 18:4 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will trust Jesus with a child-like faith as I reach out to those in need.

PRAYER

God of love and mercy, help us to have the faith of children, and may we live out that faith in how we interact with others.  Amen.

Jim Harris (Virginia, USA)

May 4, 2019

FACING CHANGE

READ Isaiah 33:2-6

[The Lord] will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

–Isaiah 33:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will help me adapt to each new season of life.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to face each change with faith.  Provide stability, wisdom, and strength so that we may adapt to new roles and seasons well.  Amen.

May Patterson (Alabama, USA)

May 3, 2019

STEADFAST LOVE

READ Romans 8:35-39

Give thanks to the God of heaven.  His love endures forever.

–Psalm 136:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love is steadfast.  Is mine?

PRAYER

O God, help us to remember that your love for us is infinite and everlasting.  May we remain steadfast in our love for you in every situation.  Amen.

Cassius Rhue (South Carolina, USA)

May 2, 2019

I CAN DO IT

READ Exodus 4:1-12

Paul wrote, “[The Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

–2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me” (Phil.4:13 (NRSV).

PRAYER

Dear God, we have many weaknesses, but we know that we can do anything because you are our strength.  Amen.

Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

May 1, 2019

VISITING WILLY

READ John 6:43-48*

I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.  I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

–Revelation 3:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My small actions can make a huge difference in someone’s life of faith.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for opportunities to share your love and grace with others. Amen.

Matt Simmons (Kentucky, USA)

April 30, 2019

STARS

READ Philippians 2:14-16

You will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.

–Philippians 2:15-16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am called to shine the light of Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to shine the light of Christ as we share the good news with others.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Chuck Kralik (Missouri, USA)

April 29, 2019

MIRACULOUS PROVISION

READ 2 kINGS 4:1-7

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands–O prosper the work of our hands!

–Psalm 90:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God provides for me in miraculous ways.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for providing for us in times of need.  Help us to trust you obediently with all you have given us.  Amen.

Megan L. Anderson (Indiana, USA)

April 28, 2019

QUIET COMFORT

READ Job 1:13-22

[Job’s friends] sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

–Job 2:13 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My presence can remind others that God loves them.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us remember that  you are always with us and that we can feel your love through the companionship of others.  Amen.

Paul Farley (North Carolina, USA)

April 27, 2019

GREAT IN THE KINGDOM

READ Romans 2:17-21

You…who teach others, do you not teach yourself?   You who preach against stealing, do you steal?  You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery?

–Romans 2:21-22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can teach others about Christ through the life I lead.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to follow you and act on your word daily.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Fisayo Peters (Lagos, Nigeria)

April 26, 2019

RIDING THE BUS

READ Psalm 23:1-6

[The Lord] makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

–Psalm 23:2-3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Bible provide words to soothe my soul.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for creating and loving all of us.   Lead us on new paths to accept people we meet who are different from us.  Amen.

Eve Newman (Minnesota, USA)

April 25, 2019

A GREAT BANQUET

READ Matthew 10:28-31

Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.

–Luke 14:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I look forward with joy to participating in God’s great feast.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for good and faithful friends, for the faith and fellowship of the church, and for the hope of eternity which we have in you.  In Christ we pray.  Amen.

Robert E. Townsend (Georgia, USA)

April 24, 2019

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

READ Psalm 100:1-5

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

–Psalm 100:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will find a way to praise God today.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the blessings you have given us.  Help us to praise you joyfully and without hesitation.  Amen.

Carol Elaine Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

April 23, 2019

A NEW CREATION

READ Ephesians 2:1-7

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can transform me from broken to new.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the new life you give us in Christ.  Amen.

Katherine Briggs (Illinois, USA)

April 22, 2019

CARING FOR CREATION

READ GENESIS 1:26-31

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.

–Psalm 24:1 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I taking care of God’s world?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us never to forget that we show our love for you by loving what you have given to us.  Amen.

Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA)

April 21, 2019

EASTER SUNDAY

READ 2 Timothy 1:8-10

[The women] left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

–Matthew 28:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will offer thanks today for God’s saving grace through Christ.

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for giving your life, so that we can have eternal life in and through you.  Amen.

Fay Torr (South Australia, Australia)

April 20, 2019

DAWN WILL BREAK

READ Isaiah 41:9-13

Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

–Psalm 30:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God conquers my fears and brings hope and light to my darkness.

PRAYER

Loving God, replace our fear with hope as we wait for the joy in the morning.  Amen.

Diana Fleming (Georgia, USA)

April 19, 2019

GOOD FRIDAY

READ John 11:17-27

This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.

–John 6:40 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God gives me hope of new beginnings.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember the hope we have in you, even when our situation seems hopeless.  Amen.

Nelson Nwosu (Anambra, Nigeria)

April 18, 2019

SACRED MOMENTS

READ Luke 22:14-20

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water.  What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”

–Acts 8:36 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Baptism is a sign of God’s love and saving grace.

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for giving us moments in our faith journey to respond to your love.  May we never take them lightly but cherish them forever.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Belinda Jo “B.J.” Mathias (Mississippi, USA)

April 17, 2019

CHURCH AT ITS BEST

READ Mark 2:1-12

If one suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

–1 Corinthians 12:26 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I extend my love to those who are hurting, I am doing the work of God.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for bringing other s alongside us to support us and to show us that you are with us always.  Amen.

Sam Wright (Florida, USA)

April 16, 2019

WHAT IS UNSEEN

READ Luke 10:38-42

We look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

–Corinthians 4:18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will slow down and look for God’s presence around me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help me in my hurried pace to see your presence.  Amen.

Susan Kuhn Melvin (Ohio, USA)

April 15, 2019

CALLED

READ Matthew 22:1-14

Many are invited, but few are chosen.

–Matthew 22:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am empowered to share God’s love with others.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for reaching out through scripture so that we may mature and grow as your blessed children.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen”.  (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV)

Douglas Forrest (Shetland, United Kingdom)

April 14, 2019

PALM SUNDAY

READ Psalm 30:1-12

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ said, “I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20).

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to know that even in the times of greatest uncertainty, we can be assured of your faithfulness.  Amen.

Lisa Stackpole (Wisconsin, USA)

April 13, 2019

“A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM’

READ Mark 10:13-16

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

–Mark 10:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Children are the best teachers when it comes to God’s kingdom.

PRAYER

Loving God, may we be reborn with the wonder and joy of seeing you with childlike faith.  Amen.

Brock Knoll (Iowa, USA)

April 12, 2019

BEARING BURDENS

READ Psalm 40:1-5

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

–Galatians 6:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whose burden is God calling me to help relieve today?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for those who have helped to carry our burdens.  Help us to share the burdens of others.  Amen.

Mary Wisner (Michigan, USA)

April 11, 2019

LOVING GOD’S WORD

READ Nehemiah 8:1-10, 18

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

–Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I more fully use the Bible I have?

PRAYER

Our God and Father, work in us to will and to act in order to fulfill your god purposes.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Andre de Alburquerque Caetano (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

April 10, 2019

GRACE

READ Romans 8:1-11

If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

–1 John 1:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My guilt is no match for God’s grace.

PRAYER

Thank you Holy Redeemer, for your grace that flows freely to all of us.  Amen.

Lynn Hare (Oregon, USA)

April 9, 2019

GROWING OLDER

READ Psalm 92:5-15

In old age [the righteous] still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap.

–Psalm 92:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As I grow older, I discover new ways to serve God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for using us for the work of your kingdom in all stages of life.  Help us remember that we can serve you regardless of our age.  Amen.

Jenny Calvert (Texas, USA)

April 8, 2019

DILIGENTLY STRESSED

READ Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8

Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

–Matthew 6:33 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will take time to seek first the kingdom of God today.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for your everlasting love.  Help us to stay faithful during stressful times.  Help us to follow your loving guidance.  Amen.

Angelina Bassi (North Carolina, USA)

April 7, 2019

DAILY WALK WITH CHRIST

READ Proverbs 4:1-9

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13).

PRAYER

Forgiving God, we count on your unfailing strength to help us overcome the stumbling blocks in our faith journey.  Uphold us when we falter, and pick us up when we fall.  Amen.

Jose Laguna Lemus (Atlantico, Colombia)

April 6, 2019

A HEALING BALM

READ Romans 12:9-18

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

–Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I offer hospitality, I may be offering God’s healing.

PRAYER

O God, help me to see each person as your creation and to show each of them your love.  Amen.

Pamela Rosales (Oregon, USA)

April 5, 2019

FINISHING WELL

READ Hebrews 12:1-3

The end of a matter is better than its beginning.

–Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the race of my Christian life, I want to finish well.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for speaking to us through life’s lessons.  Help us to be faithful and obedient to you every day.  Amen.

Isaac Broune (Abidjan, Cote d’lvoire)

April 4, 2019

BIRDSONG

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?

–Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God cares for us more than the birds of the sky.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for your love and care.  Thank you for healing, and thank you for your peace.  Amen.

Karen Gower Woodard (North Carolina, USA)

April 3, 2019

THE TINY GREEN SHOOT

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13 

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

–Matthew 7:1 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whom is God calling me to encourage today?

PRAYER

Loving Father, open our eyes to see the potential in others.  Help us to encourage rather than judge.  Amen.

Ann Stewart (South Australia, Australia)

April 2, 2019

RESPONSE REQUIRED

READ John 5:1-9

Jesus said to him, ” Get up!  Pick up your mat and walk.”  At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

–John 5:8-9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus offers me new life, and then I must live it.

PRAYER

Giver of life, grant us the courage to embrace the new life you offer and live according to your calling.  Amen.

Jennifer Haught (Indiana, USA)

April 1, 2019

YOU NEVER KNOW

READ Colossians 3:1-14

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

–Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Everywhere I go, God gives me opportunities to show compassion and kindness.

PRAYER

Dear Father, remind us to be patient, kind, and loving toward others as you are patient with us.  Amen.

Scott Jaskier (New York, USA)

March 31, 2019

IN THE THICKET

READ 1 Samuel 1:1-28

The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

–2 Timothy 1:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”  (Rom. 8:31)

PRAYER

O God, give us open hearts and minds to hear your words and trust that you know what is best for us.  May we be obedient and courageous in you.  Amen.

Leasa Hodges (North Carolina, USA)

March 30, 2019

JOY IN GOD

READ Hebrews 4:13-16

Jesus said, “The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

–John 4:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Drawing near to God can fill me with incomparable joy.

PRAYER

Thank you, loving God, for inviting us to come to you with confidence and boldness.  Amen.

Pauline Lewis (South Wales, United Kingdom)

March 29, 2019

GOD’S BOTTLE OF TEARS

READ Psalm 56:8-13

You yourself [O God] have kept track of my misery.  Put my tears into your bottle.

–Psalm 56:8 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God knows my deepest needs.

PRAYER

God of comfort, surround us with the love you have revealed in our Savior, and enable us to live as your faithful and loving servants.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Elmer A. Dickson (Florida, USA)

March 28, 2019

BERRY PICKING TIME

READ Matthew 9:35-38

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

–Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matt. 9:37)

PRAYER

Father God, open our eyes to the needs among us.  Give us courage and willingness to respond to your call.  We pray the prayer Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heave, Hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4 KJV).  Amen.

Kim Sisk (Oklahoma, USA)

March 27, 2019

HONESTY IN PRAYER

READ Psalm 139:1-6

The psalmist wrote, “Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely.”

–Psalm 139:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will be honest with God in my prayers.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us not to be afraid to be open and honest when we talk to you, holding nothing back.  Amen.

Adam Weber (South Dakota, USA)

March 26, 2019

HOLDING FAST

READ Jeremiah 29:10-13

The word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

–Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God, the giver of all life, has good plans for me.

PRAYER

God of hope, help us accept the challenges in our lives as part of our spiritual discernment.  Speak to us, and fill our hearts and minds with your truth.  Amen.

Monique Acevedo (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)

March 25, 2019

GOD’S REST

READ 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

–Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I feel weak, I will turn to God for rest.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for helping us during times of distress and for comforting us with your love.  Amen.

Tim Hayakawa (Hawaii, USA)

March 24, 2019

SET FREE!

READ Romans 6:3-11

We were … buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

–Romans 6:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Once I come to know the love of Christ, I can show it to others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, Give us the desire to show others love as you have loved us and the strength to treat others well regardless of our circumstances.  Amen.

Sheila Qualls (Minnesota, USA)

March 23, 2019

GOD HEARD ME

READ Philippians 4:4-9

Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God….At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

–Acts 16:25-26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God hears me when I call.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to know that you hear us when we call.  Amen.

Nwakuche Emeka (Lagos, Nigeria)

March 22, 2019

PRAISE GOD!

READ Psalm 148:1-14

All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praises of your name.

–Psalm 66:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I praise God today?

PRAYER

Dear God, Help us become more aware of the many reasons for praising you.  Amen.

Jill Allen Maisch (Maryland, USA)

March 21, 2019

WHY SO AFRAID?

READ Genesis 33:1-11

Jacob prayed, “Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.”

–Genesis 32:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus tells me that worrying cannot add a single hour to my life.  (See Matt. 6:27.)

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we know you care about every aspect of our lives.  Help us to trust you more and to worry less.  Amen.

Grant Showalter (Florida, USA)

March 20, 2019

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

READ Mark 12:28-33

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

–Luke 6:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I serve God when I show kindness to others.

PRAYER

Loving God, use us to show your love through our kind actions and words to people we meet each day.  Amen.

Margaret Martin (Australian Capital Territory, Australia)

March 19, 2019

NEW FOCUS

READ Romans 5:1-6

We… glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope.

–Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my strength.

PRAYER

Dear God, in times of discomfort, help us to see opportunities to grow in our faith.  Amen.

Andrea Weaver (New Jersey, USA)

March 18, 2019

TRUST IN GOD

READ Proverbs 3:5-8

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

–Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will keep an open mind to see what God has in store for me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank you for supporting us when life presents challenges.  Help us to trust you day by day.

Hayden Davenport (North Carolina, USA)

March 17, 2019

MY LOAVES AND FISHES

READ Matthew 14:13-21

They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

–Matthew 14:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How does God want me to use my gifts today?

PRAYER

Giver of every good gift, we willingly offer whatever we have to you so that we can be a blessing to many.  Amen.

Deepika Emmanuel Sagar (Rajasthan, India)

March 16, 2019

THE GOOD OLD DAYS

READ Philippians 4:10-13

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What gifts from God can I more fully appreciate today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for each day you give us and for your overflowing blessings. Amen.

Scott Martin (New Jersey, USA)

March 15, 2019

BUILDING TOGETHER

READ Exodus 31:1-11

The Lord said, “I have filled [Bezalel] with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.”

–Exodus 31:3 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has a purpose for my gifts and abilities.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to use our gifts and talents to honor you.  Amen.

Melinda VanRy (New York, USA)

March 14, 2019

A FATHER’S LOVE

READ Matthew 7:9-12

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.

–Psalm 103:13 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me more than I can know.

PRAYER

Beloved Father, we thank you for earthly fathers who have shown us your love.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

March 13, 2019

GOD IS CALLING

READ Matthew 25:31-46

The  king will answer them. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

–Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we meet others’ needs. we answer God’s call.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the opportunity to serve you whether we feed the hungry or share your word with others.  Amen.

March 12, 2019

A JOYFUL NOISE!

READ Ephesians 5:17-20

[God] will take great delight in you…[and] will rejoice over you with singing.

–Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can worship God through any type of music.

PRAYER

O God, we delight in the music we make in our hearts for you.  May it fill your heart with joy.  Amen.

Tina Chaves (New Jersey, USA)

March 11, 2019

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS

READ John 14:15-19

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

–Galatians 5:25 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The more I walk the path of Jesus, the clearer the way becomes.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for making your path, the path of life, clear for all to see.  As you taught us to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV)

Paul Strickland (South Carolina, USA)

March 10, 2019

CITIZENS OF HEAVEN

READ Philippians 3:17-21

Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

–Philippians 3:20 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s grace assures me that I will be welcomed as a citizen of heaven.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to remember that our stay here is temporary.  Thank you for the hope of an eternity with you.  Amen.

Rhoda Manzo (Gombe State, Nigeria)

March 9, 2019

SONGS IN THE NIGHT

READ Psalm 42:5-8

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

–Psalm 65:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in the night, God’s songs are there, calling forth joy within me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for directing your love toward us by day and causing your song to be with us by night.  Amen

Ron Silflow (Idaho, USA)

March 8, 2019

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS

READ Psalm 18:1-6

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.  From his temple he heard my voice.

–Psalm 18:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God walks with me through the company of compassionate friends.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your care, and for the hands of those who share it.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Lucinda J. Rollings (Indiana, USA)

March 7, 2019

LOOK FORWARD

READ Philippians 3:10-14

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Since God has forgiven my sins, I can look forward in hope.

PRAYER

Dear God, Help us to not look back at past failures.  May we keep our eyes on Jesus and walk the path that he desires for all believers.  Amen.

Bobbie Roper (Florida, USA)

March 6, 2019

ASH WEDNESDAY

READ Acts 16:22-31

The psalmist wrote, “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

–Psalm 34:1 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I praise God, my worries are placed int he shadow of God’s greatness.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to keep your praise continually on our lips and in our hearts.  Amen.

Shelley Pierce (Tennessee, USA)

March 5, 2019

FRIENDS?

READ John 15:12-17

The Lord said, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”

Isaiah 49:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is a friend who never forgets my name.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for loving us and calling us each by name.  Amen.

Patrick C. Kadaali (Alberta, Canada)

March 4, 2019

KISSES IN HAND

READ Joshua 1:1-9

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.  

–Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Scripture offers comfort when I feel anxious.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, when we feel anxious or afraid, pour your comfort into our hearts to remind us of your constant presence and love for us.  Amen.

Kristen Lowe (Wisconsin, USA)

March 3, 2019

STRUGGLING TO FORGIVE

READ Matthew 18:23-35

While they were stoning him, Stephen … fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord do not hold this sin against them.”

–Acts 7:59-60 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s grace can wash away all sin.

PRAYER

All-forgiving God, free us from guilt and bitterness so that we may rest in your grace.  Amen.

Linda L. Isaacs (New York, USA)

March 2, 2019

MORE THAN KNOWLEDGE

READ Ephesians 3:14-19

I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.

–Ephesians 3:19 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has gifts for us that only God can give.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for the gift of Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge.  Amen.

Adam Benson (North Carolina, USA)

March 1, 2019

EACH VALUABLE PART

READ 1 Corinthians 12:12-27*

The members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.

–1 Corinthians 12:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will thank God for all my body can do.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to support other members of the body of Christ and to look out for those who may be feeling left out.  Amen.

Confianza del Senor (Colon, Honduras)

February 28, 2019

FOLLOWING GOD’S LEAD

READ Judges 7:4-15

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

–Psalm 127:1

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Focusing on God’s purpose sustains me.

PRAYER

Remind us, O God, that our plans mean nothing if you are not in them.  Amen.

Bobbie Smith Bryant (Kentucky)

February 27, 2019

QUIET SERVICE

READ Matthew 23:1-12

The greatest among you will be your servant.

–Matthew 23:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If God is the only one to see my works, that is enough.

PRAYER

Open our eyes, Lord, to those who serve with patience and grace.  Help us to learn from their example so that we may humbly serve those we meet.  Amen.

Andrea Woronick (Connecticut)

February 26, 2019

TO SEE GOD MORE CLEARLY

READ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We live by faith, not by sight.

–2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I focus on God, my vision is always 20/20.

PRAYER

Dear God, teach us to focus on you and draw closer to you each day.  Amen

Janet Seever (Alberta, Canada)

February 25, 2019

ALL ARE INVITED

READ Galatians 3:26-29

There is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

–Colossians 3:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With Christ, I am never rejected.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us always to be sensitive to the needs of others and invite them to our churches and to the Lord’s Table.  Amen.

Gary Lee Griffin (Georgia)

February 24, 2019

WEEPING WITH US

READ John 11:30-45

Jesus wept.

–John 11:35 (KJV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I weep, Jesus weeps with me.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your love and compassion and your constant presence with us.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen.

Jeffrey A. Lambert (Kentucky)

February 23, 2019

FROM GRUMBLING TO FORGIVENESS

READ James 5:7-12

Do not grumble against another.

–James 5:9 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can help me move beyond grumbling to forgiveness.

PRAYER

Our God and Father, we need your healing touch in our lives.  Help us to remember your countless blessings so that we do less grumbling and complaining and more loving and forgiving.  Amen.

N. Vijaya Vani (Hyderabad, India)

February 22, 2019

LEND A HAND

READ Matthew 25:31-40

The King will reply, “Truly  I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

–Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God’s help, I can make a difference in someone’s life today.

PRAYER

Dear God, forgive us when we put our needs above those of others, and guide us as we look for ways to serve you.  Amen.

Brendan Chase (North Carolina)

February 21, 2019

HELP IS NEAR

READ Philippians 4:4-7

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each day God will give me strength for my journey.

PRAYER

Faithful God, thank you for offering us your love and strength when we are afraid.  Help us to trust you.  Amen.

Melinda Lazor (Connecticut)

February 20, 2019

SYMBOLS OF VICTORY

Read Revelation 21:1-7

The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.  I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life.

–Revelation 3:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Obstacles are an invitation to persevere in faith.

PRAYER

Dear God, encourage us when we face challenges.  Help us to persevere so that we may find victory in you.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen

Jose Aparecido (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

February 19, 2019

FAITH IN ACTION

READ Romans 12:9-17

Love each other like the members of your family.  Be the best at showing honor to each other.

–Romans 12:10 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Obstacles are an invitation to persevere in faith.

PRAYER

Dear God, encourage us when we face challenges.  Help us to persevere so that we may find victory in you.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Sheila Hester (North Carolina)

February 18, 2019

THROUGH THE WATERS

READ Psalm 46:1-5

The Lord says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”

–Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God always walks with me.

PRAYER

Thank you, loving God, for lifting us up when life is difficult.  Amen.

Glen Graham (Louisiana)

February 17, 2019

SHOW – AND – TELL

READ 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

–Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God always walks with me.

PRAYER
Thank you, loving God, for lifting us up when life is difficult.  Amen.

Glen Graham (Louisiana)

February 16, 2019

DIVINE ADOPTION

READ John 14:15-21

You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as [God’s] children.  With this Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.”

–Romans 8:15 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am loved as a member of God’s family.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to grow into the image of your son and our brother, Jesus Christ.  Thank you for always being with us and reassuring us when we feel alone.  Amen.

James R. Hayes (Tennessee)

February 15, 2019

SHARING GOD’S WORD

READ Ephesians 4:7-16

Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

–Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can find comfort and peace in studying the Bible.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for guiding us to a peaceful path of fellowship with others as we study your word.  Amen.

Dolly Doss (Texas)

February 14, 2019

HAVE FAITH

READ Mark 2:1-12

The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.  If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

–James 5:15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Prayer is powerful.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to trust that our faithful prayers make a difference.  Amen.

Rando Metsamaa (Estonia)

February 13, 2019

THE LITTLE THINGS

READ Luke 16:10-15

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.

–Luke 16:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Am I faithful to the gospel in the small things?

PRAYER

O God, you see all, know all, and are with us in all.  Help us to make good choices in all circumstances.  Amen.

Teresa Coda (Rhode Island)

February 12, 2019

LET THE LIGHT SHINE

READ Matthew 6:19-21

“When I sit in darkness, the Lord will  be a light to me.”

–Micah 7:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can be a constant source of light in my life–often where I least expect it.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to see you each day in those around us, and help us to be a light to others.  Amen.

William M. Mazmanian (Michigan)

February 11, 2019

“IT’S NOT FAIR!”

READ Corinthians 13:11-13

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.

–Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God knows best.

PRAYER

Loving Father, help us to trust you more than our own understanding.  Thank you for your love, which is at the heart of all of life.  Amen.

Meg Mangan (New South Wales,, Australia)

February 10, 2019

SOARING

READ Isaiah 40:28-31

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles.

–Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today, I will watch for the special moments that God is giving me to soar.

PRAYER

Gracious Lord, when we re tired or discouraged, bring us into your presence and raise us up so that we may continue to worship and serve you.  Amen.

Harlan M. Baxter (Minnesota)

February 9, 2019

JESUS PAID IT ALL

READ Ephesians 2:1-10

Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.

–Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus paid the ultimate price for my sins.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to rejoice in knowing that our sins were paid for by your son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Jenny McBride (Alabama)

February 8, 2019

ANCIENT LIGHT

READ John 1:1-8

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  

–John 1:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter where I go, I will let Christ’s light shine through me.

PRAYER

Dear God, by your Holy Spirit we will let your light shine through us each day.  Amen.

Roland Rink (Gauteng, South Africa)

February 7, 2019

FAITHFUL SERVICE

READ Psalm 96:1-9

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

–Colossians 3:23-24(NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will work for the glory of God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to commit every moment of each day to you.  Walk with us, and guide our words and actions so that we show your love to all.  Amen.

Heather Artushin (Michigan)

February 6, 2019

“FOLLOW ME”

READ John 1:35-42

Jesus said, “All who want to come after me must… take up their cross and follow me.”

–Matthew 16:24 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do my actions show others that I am following Christ?

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, give us strength and courage to follow you — wherever you lead us.  Amen.

Kevin Thomas (Alabama)

February 5, 2019

SERVING GOD

READ Luke 2:36-38

Come, my heart says, seek God’s face.  Lord, I do seek your face!

–Psalm 27:8 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is present all around us.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us, through your grace, to be open to your presence in our lives.  We pray in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy Kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.” (Matt. 6:9-13 (KJV)

Sister Confianza del Senor (Honduras)

February 4, 2019

GOD’S LOVE

READ 1 John 4:7-12

Paul wrote, “I am convinced that neither death nor life…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

–Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Nothing can separate me from God’s love.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for loving us unconditionally.  May we show the same love to others that you show to us.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Mark Karpinski (North Carolina)

February 3, 2019

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

READ Matthew 5:13-16

Let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can’t do everything to serve God, but I can always do something.

PRAYER

Father God, help us to see beyond our limitations to the potential we all have to serve you each day.  Amen.

Belinda Jo Mathias (Mississippi)

February 2, 2019

EVER-PRESENT LIGHT

READ Psalm 36:5-9

[God’s] lamp shone over my head, and by his light I walked through darkness.

–Job 29:3 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will trust God’s light to lead me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to trust you endlessly, no matter the hurt, no matter the pain, no matter the depth of darkness we may experience.  Amen.

Uyo Jummai Ani (Kiev, Ukraine)

February 1, 2019

A SECOND CHANCE

READ Proverbs 3:5-6

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

–Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will pray daily and seek God’s purpose for my life.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for loving us.  Help us not to rely on our own understanding but always to trust in you to lead us in the way we should go.  Amen.

Joseph Carpenter (Tennessee)

January 31, 2019

HANDS AND FEET

READ James 2:14-17

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

–Luke 9:58 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever good I do for someone today, I do for God.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to meet the needs of those around us today.  Remind us that everything we do for others we do for you.  Amen.

Carolyn Lee Purdy (Virginia)

January 30, 2019

LOOMING MOUNTAINS

READ Psalm 61:1-8

I raise my eyes toward the mountains.  Where will my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

–Psalm 121:1-2 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No problem is too big for God.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us always to trust in your strength.  With your help, we can overcome any challenge.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Pat Gerbrandt (Manitoba, Canada)

January 29, 2019

FRIENDS INDEED

READ Job 2:11-13

Many Jews had come to comfort Martha and Mary after their brother’s death.

–John 11:19 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For whom will I be God’s hands and feet today?

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for the gift of one another’s presence, through which you empower us to receive and to give.  Amen.

Michael I. Fraley (Texas)

January 28, 2019

WHAT’S MY MESSAGE

READ Ephesians 6:10-20

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly.

— Colossians 3:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What attitudes and actions do I need to “wear” to reflect my life in Christ?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to choose our words and actions carefully so that they will bring glory to you and lovingly spread your message to the world.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jessica Lippe (Oregon)

January 27, 2019

SIGHT VERSUS INSIGHT

Encourage one another and build each other up.

— 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How can I exercise my spiritual muscles today?

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for all of our many blessings.  Help us to grow closer to you each day — especially in times of trial.  Amen.

John Bredenkamp (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

January 26, 2019

WHERE THE WATER BEGINS

READ John 7:37-39

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land w=and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s love is a stream that never runs dry.

PRAYER
Source of life, thank you for your love and strength that never fails.  Flow through us as wee seek to love and serve others.  Amen.

Trina Stamey (North Carolina)

January 25, 2019

LOST AND FOUND

READ Luke 15:11-24

The father said to his servants, “This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”  So they began to celebrate.

–Luke 15:24 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can always turn to God for safety and direction.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your abundant grace.  If we lose our way, help us to find the path back to your love and forgiveness.  Amen.

Chad Zeleny (Iowa)

January 24, 2019

SUSTAINED

READ Psalm 62:5-7

God says, “Cry out to me whenever you are in trouble; I will deliver you.”

–Psalm 50:15 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is my shield.

PRAYER

Thank you gracious God, for your love and mercy.  Help us to trust you, and strengthen us so that we can be your true witnesses.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen

Anoshi Naeem (Punjab, Pakistan)

January 23, 2019

RICH IN FAITH

READ James 1:12-16

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

–James 1:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Material things come and go, but spiritual wealth lasts forever.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to avoid the temptations of this world and instead to store up treasure in you.  Amen.

January 22, 2019

ADOPTED

READ Romans 8:12-17

To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

–John 1:12 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every person is special to God.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your son so that we can be adopted into your family.  Help us to show our love to you by following you in faith, word, and deed.  Amen.

January 21, 2019

UNBURDENED

READ Matthew 11:28-30

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

–Psalm 55:22

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can be free from the weight of worry when I lay down my burdens at the cross.

PRAYER

Compassionate God, thank you for lifting us up and sustaining us.  Amen.

Michael Medeiros (California)

January 20, 2019

ONE DAY AT A TIME

READ Luke 12:22-31

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

–Matthew 11:29 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God carries us into the future one day at a time.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, release us from our worries about the future, and help us to trust you for all our days.  Amen.

Lenore Warton (New South Wales, Australia)

January 19, 2019

GOD CAN

READ Acts 3:1-10

Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

–Luke 11:9 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What is God inviting me to do today, to which I will say “I can”?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, open our eyes to the things that seem impossible to us, but which can happen through you.  Amen

David McCain (Louisiana)

January 18, 2019

GOD’S ASSURANCE

READ Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

–Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When fears and doubts arise, I can rely on God’s promises.

PRAYER

God of all comfort, thank you for your constant presence with us and for your word that assures us of protection and comfort.  Amen.

Arelene Rains Graber (Kansas)

January 17, 2019

HOUSE OF GOD

READ Ephesians 2:11-22

In [Christ] the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

–Ephesians 2:21-22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My church is much more than a building.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for the gift of fellowship with other Christians.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Riho Pors (Estonia)

January 16, 2019

BUSY DAYS

READ Colossians 2:6-10

Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

–Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the midst of a busy world, I will walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us not to be so consumed by busy lives that we fail to find time to share your love with others.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jenny Iruela (North Carolina)

 January 15, 2019

THE GIFT OF ANOTHER YEAR

READ Psalm 139:1-18

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each year of life is an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of God.

PRAYER

Gracious God, help us to say yes to your guiding Spirit and to commit ourselves to faithful living in the days and years to come.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, you will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”  (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen

Elmer A. Dickson (Florida)

January 14, 2019

IN THE SAME BOAT

READ Matthew 8:23-27

[Jesus] replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”  Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

–Matthew 8:26 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will remember that Jesus is in the boat with me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to remember who you are and that you are with us, even in times of trouble.  Amen.

Mary Nyokabi Penparadise (Kiambu, Kenya)

January 13, 2019

WELCOMING ALL

READ James 2:1-9

[The Lord declares], “I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’  I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.'”

–Hosea 2:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God loves me and knows me by name.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank  you for sending your son Jesus Christ to show us the way to live.  Help us always to follow his example and show kindness to everyone.  Amen.

Monica A. Andermann (New York)

January 12, 2019

ANSWERING OUR CRIES

READ Matthew 7:7-11

The Lord’s eyes watch the righteous, his ears listen to their cries for help.

–Psalm 34:15 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever my need, God hears my cries.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for hearing and answering our cries for help.  Amen.

Martin Wiles (South Carolina)

January 11, 2019

THE AROMA OF CHRIST

READ 2 Corinithians 2:14-17

Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.

–2 Corinthians 2:14 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will seek to spread the fragrance of Christ.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, thank you for transforming us — equipping us to carry your fragrance of life and love to the world.  Amen.

Andrea Nelson (Utah)

January 10, 2019

RESTORE WITH LOVE

READ Colossians 3:12-14

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

–Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Surround people with love can bring healing and restore community.

PRAYER

Loving God, we confess that we are not perfect.  Forgive us and teach us to follow your example of mercy.  Amen.

Narda Vargas (Dominican Repbulic)

January 9, 2019

LOOK AROUND

READ Jeremiah 2:4-8

The Lord says: What did your ancestors find in me that made them wander so far?  They pursued what was worthless and became worthless.

–Jeremiah 2:5 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will look around to see God’s great blessings.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, may our eyes always be open to your abundant blessings.  Amen.

Bob LaForge (New Jersey)

January 8, 2019

THE PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS

READ Matthew 6:9-15

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

–Matthew 6:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In gratitude for God’s forgiveness, I will forgive others.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to forgive those who have wronged us, just as you forgive us.  Amen.

Christine Baker (Louisiana)

January 7, 2019

THE NEW IS HERE!

READ Isaiah 43:18-21

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

–2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will not let the past take my focus away from God’s purpose for me.

PRAYER

God of new beginnings, be with us during this New Year.  Let our past failures drift away.  Help us to enjoy new days in your presence.  Amen.

Robert Ganzert (North Carolina)

January 6, 2019

GOD OF RESTORATION

READ Philippians 4:10-13

The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

–Job 42:10 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am assured of God’s love, even in the most difficult circumstances.

PRAYER

We thank you, God, for always watching over us — especially in our struggles.  Amen.

Margaret Young (New South Wales, Australia)

January 5, 2019

GOOD-NEWS CARRIERS

READ Romans 10:12-18

How can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach if they are sent?  As it is written:  “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news?”

–Romans 10:14-15 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every day I will look for opportunities to share the gospel.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, may we always be ready to share your word when we have opportunity.  Amen.

Michael J. M. Hutchkiss (Texas)

January 4, 2019

COMFORT AFTER LOSS

READ Jeremiah 31:12-14

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

–Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Mourning leads me to seek God’s comfort.

PRAYER

Dear God, Thank you for comforting us when we mourn.  Remind us that mourning is a blessing, for it draws us closer to you.  Amen.

Kate Underwood (Illinois)

January 3, 2019

GOD’S TREE CLIMBERS

READ Luke 19:1-10

Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.

–Luke 19:5 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It’s risky to walk with Jesus, but the rewards are eternal.

PRAYER

Father God,  grant us the courage and humility to seek your son, even when it seems risky to do so.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Phillip Catterton (Kansas)

January 2, 2019

“WHERE IS THE NEW?”

READ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable…. think about these things.

–Philippians 4:8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How am I leading a Christ-centered life?

PRAYER

Dear God, give us wisdom to guide us in our life’s journey, and led us to life eternal.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Sriparna Mahanty (Odisha, India)

January 1, 2019

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

READ Psalm 67:1-7*

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 

–Psalm 62:1

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How do I want the Lord to help me be me in the coming year?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, be with us all year long.  Help us to focus on you in all that we do, and help us to trust that you are right by our side every day.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Bristol E. DeSpain (Missouri)

December 31, 2018

CELEBRATING GOD

READ Acts 2:41-47

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts.

–Acts 2:46 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will tell others of my abiding hope in God.

PRAYER

God of hope, we ask for your loving guidance and blessing wherever people gather to learn, worship, and pray.  Amen.

Annabella Lemos Cernaz (Valle del Cuaca, Colombia)

December 30, 2018

GOD’S GLORY

READ Psalm 16:1-11

You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

–Psalm 16:11 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will look for the wonder of God in creation.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us to seek your presence each and every day.  Thank you for the many ways you reveal your glory to us.  Amen.

Bob LaForge (New Jersey)

December 29, 2018

FORGIVING FAMILY

READ Colossians 3:12-17

Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged.  Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whom is God calling me to forgive today?

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for the peace and relief we feel when we obey your instruction to forgive each other — and ourselves.  Amen.

Jacinta Fontanelle (Delaware)

December 28, 2018

HEAVENLY FATHER

READ Ephesians 3:14-21

My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Ps.23:1, KJV)

PRAYER
Thank you heavenly Father, for being faithful to us and supplying all our needs.  Amen.

Sarala veni Prabhakar (Andhra Pradesh, South India)

December 27, 2018

A MOTHER’S LOVE

READ Psalm 20:1-9

Jesus said, “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”

–Matthew 23:37 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God will always love and protect me.

PRAYER

Loving God, help us to love others the way you love us.  Amen.

Geoffrey L. Snook (Kansas)

December 26, 2018

THE GOLDFISH BOWL

READ Matthew 7:1-5

Jesus looked at [the disciples] and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

–Mark 10:27 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With Christ, my possibilities are limitless.

PRAYER

God of endless possibilities, broaden our view of your world to see the uniqueness of all you have created.  Amen.

Nelson Nwosu Chidera Omoregbe (Anambra, Nigeria)

December 25, 2018

CHRISTMAS PERFECTION

READ Luke 2:1-7

[Mary] gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

–Luke 2:7 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Though I am imperfect, God’s love for me isn’t.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, remind us that the imperfect circumstances that Mary went through resulted in a gift of perfect love for the world.  Thank you for the gift of Jesus.  Amen.

Gabrielle Meisel (Michigan)

December 24, 2018

GOD IS WITH ME

READ Luke 1:26-35

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”)

–Matthew 1:23 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is with me during the Christmas season and always.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, that the truth of the Christmas message never changes.  Amen.

Joanie Shawhan (Wisconsin)

December 23, 2018

LOOKING TO GOD

READ Deuteronomy 4:27-31

In your distress, when all these things have happened to you in time to come, you will return to the Lord your God and heed him.

–Deuteronomy 4:30 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I won’t let fear stop me from looking to God.

PRAYER

Wonderful and ever-present God, help us to look to you for guidance, trusting in your love.  Amen.

Kelly Gaylord (North Carolina)

December 22, 2018

LISTENING BETWEEN THE LINES

READ Psalm 125:1-4

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

–Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever the future holds, God will be with me.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, keep us alert to help those on life’s journey who are worried and afraid.  We pray in the name of Jesus, whose love can cast out all fear.  Amen.

Jim MacLean (Queensland, Australia)

December 21, 2018

STANDING FIRM

READ 1 Peter 4:12-19

Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

–1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Though I may be suffering, I am a blessed child of God.

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to trust you with every victory and every defeat.  Thank you for using both for your purpose and glory.  Amen.

May Patterson (Alabama)

December 20, 2018

OBSTACLE OR OPPORTUNITY

READ James 1:1-5

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

–Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Where I see big obstacles, God sees big opportunities.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us the discernment to be thankful for every season, and give us the strength to bring you glory through it all.  Amen.

David Westbrook (Connecticut)

December 19, 2018

ABOVE THE CLAMOR

READ Luke 5:12-16

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

–Luke 5:16 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today I will step away from busyness to be alone with God.

PRAYER

Dear God, we are grateful that you want to spend time with us.  May we be faithful in putting you first in the midst of our busy lives.  Amen.

Kim Rumsey (Virginia)

December 18, 2018

TRUST IN GOD

READ 1 Samuel 17:32-50

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Isreal, whom you have defied.”

–1 Samuel 17:45 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

With God I can conquer anything.

PRAYER

Dear God, Thank you for your protection.  Help us to trust in you so that we can overcome the obstacles of our lives.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen

Hochai Adriano (Luanda, Angola)

December 17, 2018

IN JOY AND IN SORROW

READ Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?”  For… your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

—Matthew 6:31-32 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in my deepest grief, God is present.

PRAYER

Gracious and merciful God, thank you for being with us in our joy and in our sorrow.  Amen.

Nina Semingson (Washington)

December 16, 2018

HE WILL COME!

READ Isaiah 40:1-5

A voice cries out:  “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord.”

–Isaiah 40:3(NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What can I do today to prepare the way for the Lord?

PRAYER

Gracious God, we open ourselves once again to welcome your blessed son as our savior and liberator.  In his name we pray, Amen.

Edson Alves (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

December 15, 2018

TRUST

READ Jeremiah 29:10-14

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can find peace when I trust in God’s purpose for my life.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, Help us to recognize the gifts you have given us and trust that you will use them to make the world a more loving place.  Amen.

Noah Saffer (North Carolina)

December 14, 2018

A NEW OPPORTUNITY

READ Luke 6:43-45

Ask, and it will be given you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds.

–Matthew 7:7-8 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Following God’s leading can bring blessings beyond imagination.

PRAYER

Dear God, teach us to center our lives on you and then trust in your guidance.  Amen.

Deborah Burke Henderson (Massachusetts)

December 13, 2018

WORTH IT

READ Matthew 4:18-22

Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

–Matthew 4:22 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

  God will lead me to what is important.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, guide us to do what is right and to help others.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.   Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).   Amen.

Collin Clarke (North Carolina)

December 12, 2018

THE GLORY OF THE LOWLY

READ Exodus 39:32-43

All the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished; the Israelites had done everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

–Exodus 39:32 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When I measure my worth by God’s standards, I am always enough.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to view our tasks through your eyes and, in doing so, glorify you with our attitudes and actions.  Amen.

Esther MacDonald (Quebec, Canada)

December 11, 2018

GOD IS GOOD

READ Psalm 13:1-6

The psalmist wrote, “I will sing to the Lord because he has been good to me.”

–Psalm 13:6 (CEB)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God can transform my sadness into hope.

PRAYER

God of goodness and grace, thank you for delivering us from our fears.  Amen

Debra Pierce (Massachusetts)

December 10, 2018

SHARING WHAT I HAVE

READ Matthew 25:34-40

The King will reply, “truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can be God’s hands and feet in the world.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving all of us despite our circumstances.  Strengthen us to share your love and kindness with our hurting world.  Amen.

Wilma R. Vernich (Tennessee)

December 9, 2018

A PIECE OF CHRISTMAS

READ Luke 2:8-20

When [the shepards] saw [Jesus], they made known what had been told them about this child.

–Luke 2:17 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

How will I share a piece of the good news today?

PRAYER

Loving God, thank you for the joy of Christmas.  Help us to share that joy with others.  Amen.

Hans Vaxby (Helsinki, Finland

December 8, 2018

WE CAN PRAY

READ Romans 12:9-13

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

–Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

In the midst of turmoil, prayer brings me peace.

PRAYER
Almighty God, may we never forget that prayer brings us close to you and that you are the source of our strength and peace.  Amen

Katherine Brock (Georgia)

December 7, 2018

REJOICING IN A BARREN FIELD

READ Habakkuk 3:17-19

Though the produce of the olive fails, and the fields yield no food; … yet I will rejoice in the Lord.

–Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even in stressful circumstances, I can find joy in God.

PRAYER

Dear Father, give us the perspective and the faith to praise you in the barren seasons of life.  Amen.

Phillip Catterton (Kansas)

December 6, 2018

SWEET PEACE

READ John 16:15-33

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

–John 16:33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God never abandons me.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for your steadfast love.  Sustain us when we give in to doubt.  Amen.

Gerri Nicholas (Alberta, Canada

December 5, 2018

OUR GIFTS

READ 1 Chronicles 29:14-18

Jesus said, ” I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

–John 16.33 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God never abandons me.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for your steadfast love.  Sustain us when we give in a doubt.  Amen

Gerri Nicholas (Alberta, Canada)

December 4, 2018

CHEMISTRY CLASS

READ Psalm 19:1-6

God saw all that he made, and it was very good.

–Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The more places I look, the more places I can see an awesome God.

PRAYER 

Dear God, thank you for this beautiful world that you have created.  Help us to find your love and compassion in every corner of it.  Amen.

Ali Southard (North Carolina)

December 3, 2018

ANOTHER WAY

READ Exodus 15:1-6

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and… the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land.

–Exodus 14:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God promises never to leave us or foresake us.  (See Deut. 31:6, Heb. 13.5)

PRAYER

Dear God, when we cannot see the way forward, help us to trust that you will make a way clear.  Amen

Cassius Rhue (South Carolina)

December 2, 2018

KEEP IT SIMPLE

READ Isaiah 9:1-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

–Isaiah 9:2 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

This Advent, I will keep it simple by focusing on the Christ child.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, prepare our hearts this Advent.  Help us to open our eyes to the joy of your coming into the world and to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  Amen

Barb Sanders (South Australia, Australia)

December 1, 2018

WORK IN PROGRESS

READ Philippians 1:3-11

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each day is an opportunity to become more like Christ.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ.  Help us to live each day following the example of his life.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen

John D. Brown (Minnesota)

November 30, 2018

BATTERIES INCLUDED

READ Psalm 118:24-29

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

–Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will show my gratitude to God for the gift of each day.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to pause and appreciate the gift of today and to make the most of what it brings as we seek to serve you.  Amen.

Donyale Fraylon (Texas)

November 29, 2018

GIVING GRACE

READ 2 Samuel 22:29-31

[God’s] way is perfect:  The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

–2 Samuel 22:31 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Today as I make personal decisions, I will listen for the voice of the Lord.

PRAYER

Thank you, wise and loving God, for not acting according to our will but instead showing us your way.  Help us to have open hears to listen and obey.  In the name of Jesus. Amen

Bruna Messias Rodrigues de Souza (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

November 28, 2018

KEEP PRAYING

READ Matthew 21:18-22

[Jesus] left [the disciples] and went away once more and prayed the third time.

–Matthew 26:44 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I will be persistent in my prayers.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, help us to continue praying faithfully, trusting that you will respond.  Amen

James R. Hayes (Tennessee)

November 27, 2018

CHILDLIKE FAITH

READ Psalm 121:1-8

The priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

–2 Chronicles 5:14 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When it comes to God, I can always learn something new.

PRAYER

Dear Father, open our eyes to see you everywhere we are and in everythin