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Today’s Reflection

EVERYONE IS GIFTED for special ministries. Although some people say they aren’t, they may be thinking about talents or natural abilities. Some even excuse themselves from serving in the church because they claim the absence of usuable talents and skills. But the biblical truth is that all Christians have spiritual gifts that carry extraordinary powers and responsibilities.

– Charles V. Bryant
Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts

From page 19 of Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts: Building Up the Body of Christ Through the Gifts of the Spirit by Charles V. Bryant. Copyright © 1991 by Charles V. Bryant. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What would others say are you spiritual gifts? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord — for we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:6-7, NRSV

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

Did You Know?

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This week we remember: Anthony of Padua (June 13).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie June 15, 2018, 4:10 am

    I just woke up
    My husband didn’t go to work this morning
    I think this is the day I get served the divorce papers
    I am shaking in terror
    Please pray for me

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling June 15, 2018, 5:19 am

      No worries, Julie, God can turn this to be a blessing in disguise. Keeping you in prayer.

      Father God, nothing is impossible for you. May you bless Julie with the very best for You alone know what is best for her.

      Thank you for hearing our prayers, dear God.

      Blessings to everyone!

    • Jim June 15, 2018, 5:46 am

      Julie, my prayer for you is that you would feel the power and comfort of the Holy Spirit during every minute of the day today, tonight, and always.

    • Andrea June 15, 2018, 7:15 am

      Julie, you are in God’s hands.
      Jeremiah 29:11
      “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
      I am praying for you.

    • Connie June 15, 2018, 8:51 am

      Lord, protect our dear Julie and keep her safe from harm. Amen

    • Suzan June 15, 2018, 11:25 am

      Will do
      Lord bless and protect her and provide for her needs, please Lord.

    • Marcy June 15, 2018, 1:51 pm

      Julie, I am praying for you and your daughter. Sending Love, prayers for God’s strength to you.

  • Lou June 15, 2018, 6:10 am

    Prayers for you julie – God is with you always – He will never leave you or forsake you. peace to you.

  • Jill June 15, 2018, 6:32 am

    Julie – may He quiet your trembling, inside and out. I pray His peace will be your peace, in a strong measure. Cling to Him, for He holds you in this situation.
    I will be praying for you.

  • Marje Wells June 15, 2018, 6:37 am

    Julie, this is a passage used by David McNeely from today’s d365.org devotion. I hope it strengthens you as it did me!
    “God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

  • robert moeller June 15, 2018, 6:43 am

    Yes, Julie, God is with you. Lots of God’s wisdom in the posts your UR family has sent you this morning. I’ll add that God can change a situation just as the pain of childbirth becomes joy when the baby is delivered. God’s comfort and peace be with you.

  • Gail Churchill June 15, 2018, 6:59 am

    Praying for Julie.

  • Tina June 15, 2018, 7:02 am

    Prayers for you Julie, God is always with you. Prayers of protection, wisdom, and peace.

  • Julie June 15, 2018, 7:55 am

    Wow, I m humbled beyond belief!
    I am heartened by the many prayers but even more by the outpouring of love not only from those who post regularly, but by many new posters. Thank you to one and all and welcome to the new posters.
    I have felt God speaking to me throughout this. Today I felt angry with myself. I have never felt or adicted as the victum. But this disease has rendered me unable to work and this has caused me so much fear. In the past I always worked and I have related that I had a great job as an engineer. But I remembered the verse about God giving us a spirit of strength not fear and I was heartened. Then, He sent me sign. I subscribe to a Guideposts email and the scripture was THAT VERY VERSE!!! It is from 1 or 2 Timothy, I can’t remember the exact verses.
    Thank you again and I continue to pray for each of you.

  • Pam June 15, 2018, 3:59 pm

    Julie, so relieved to hear “back” from you after your first post! Yes, I agree, everyone’s prayers were (always) spot on! I can only add my small (logical? ) contribution that I hope he has to pay enough spousal support to you for you to live comfortably until or unless you receive BETTER!

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