Rejoice in the Lord

January 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection

LORD, I resolve to live more fully in 2015,
each day brighter, more purposeful,
full of faith and not of fear.
Give me courage to accept life’s adventures
and faith to avoid second guesses.
Grant me strength to say YES
to the life you want me to live.
Help me to hope in your promises.
If you are with me, who can be against me?
Teach me to appreciate each day
as a wonderful gift from you.
This is the day and the year that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in 2015!
–Lydia Grace, 19 [Muncie, Indiana] /p>

- devozine

From page 4 of devozine, January/February 2015. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command.

Deuteronomy 18:18, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are grieving. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Prudence Crandall (January 28).

Lectionary Readings

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Fix Me, Lord

January 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection

AFTER I TOOK MY FIRST JOB at a church as an intern, my new boss, Gary, asked me to help finish the attic space in his new home. I was a nineteen-year-old college student, and he asked if I would have time to come and help lay the floor for his daughter’s new bedroom. Time I had; experience laying floors I did not. I quickly learned that the trickiest part about putting down a new floor is that there isn’t a floor to stand on. You stand on the joists and balance yourself as you work, while carrying boards and hammers.

We weren’t an hour into the project when I stepped between the joists. Luckily, I caught myself right under my arms. At first I was proud of myself. Then I looked up and saw the expression of horror on Gary’s face. Looking down, I saw my legs dangling through the living room ceiling, and I saw equally horrified looks on the faces of his preschool children who were playing below. Drywall and ceiling debris had flown everywhere – on the carpet, clinging to the children’s hair. They began to cry, and I wanted to cry too. I had created a mess so big that I couldn’t fix it. …

Some messes in our lives interrupt us in a dramatic way. Some messes we can’t fix by ourselves. We need Jesus.

- Jacob Armstrong
Interruptions

From pages 47-48 of Interruptions: A 40-Day Journey with Jesus by Jacob Armstrong. Copyright © 2014 by Jacob Armstrong. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray God’s presence upon a situation that only God can fix. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Mark 1:20, NRSV

This Week: pray for families. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Agnes (January 21).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2015, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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God Is in Control

January 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection SINCE CHILDHOOD our lives seem to be dominated by the assumption that “I am the center of the universe and everything and everyone should revolve around my wishes, my desires, my interests, and my needs.” We want to be in control or feel that we ought to be in control of everything that […]

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Compassionate Moments

January 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection WE ARE MOST FULLY HUMAN, most fully ourselves, when we see someone in the truth of his or her experience and are moved to respond with compassion and care. We glimpse a colleague smiling at his beloved’s photograph, and our smile in response offers respite for both of us from the whirlwind of […]

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Together in Christ

January 22, 2015

Today’s Reflection IF YOU WERE going to choose an adjective to describe the current ethos of our age and context, might individualistic be among your first choices? The word individualistic is more or less value-neutral. It is a good thing, psychologically, to be individuated, to be your own person. It is a good thing, spiritually, […]

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God of Compassion

January 21, 2015

Today’s Reflection THE IMAGE YOU HOLD of God can affect your desire to answer the call of God in your life. For example, if you feel God is to be feared, you are unlikely to enthusiastically seek a way to use the gifts God has bestowed on you. You will be too concerned about putting […]

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Life in the Spirit

January 20, 2015

Today’s Reflection THE SPIRITUAL LIFE does not begin with special knowledge and end in flight from the world. Simplicity locates the spiritual life where it belongs – in the ordinary events of daily life. The spiritual life leads to the very heart of the world.– – John S. Mogabgab Weavings, Nov/Dec/January 2014-2015 From Weavings: A […]

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Preoccupied

January 19, 2015

Today’s Reflection MY MOTHER INSISTED that my two brothers and I be at the table before anyone began to eat. She always called me in ample time so that I could be washed and ready when the meal was prepared. But more often than she liked, I was late because I was preoccupied with catching […]

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Letting Go

January 18, 2015

Today’s Reflection SOMETIMES LIFE SEEMS unbearable. Our hearts and minds are weighed heavily upon, and we struggle to let go of all that burdens us for fear of losing the illusion of control we have over our lives. We call upon your name today, O God, that you may free us from worry and all […]

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What Does God’s Voice Sound Like?

January 17, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHAT DOES THE voice of God sound like? The voice from heaven reported in Matthew 17:1-8 suggests that when we listen to Jesus, we hear the voice of God. The voice the disciples heard was understandable and it directed them to listen to Jesus, the beloved son. It is not that difficult to […]

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