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Spiritual Transformation

Today’s Reflection

OUR IMPERFECTIONS are not evidence of total failure, defeat, or final death. Rather, they are doorways through which we enter spiritual transformation. Human imperfection invites us to let go of our ego and to live in faith in God’s ultimate love.

Imagine letting go of your balance and falling backward into God’s strong and loving hands. Ask God for faith to do so, and express gratitude to God for promising to hold you in love.

—Tom Camp, The Upper Room Disciplines 2019 (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

What helps you trust in God’s ultimate love for you even when you face failure?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“But he 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)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, Thank you for all the ways you are present in my life.
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  • John Cook September 30, 2019, 6:31 am

    I am fatigued. I lack focus. These are my weaknesses just this morning. Almost close to breakdown. This weakness has reminded me that I am close to breakthrough. This weakness shall bring and begin a personal transformation.

    • robert moeller September 30, 2019, 6:35 am

      Yes, John, may your breakdown be a breakthrough. You are positive already with this understanding. Thank You, Lord, for this help. John depends on You.

  • robert moeller September 30, 2019, 6:32 am

    Have seen God help me through tough times. I remember that. Thank You, Lord.

    Thankful for another nice day, a good night’s sleep, and Erich’s watchful eye and attention while I was gone.

    Hoping for some good news from Anneliese and an update about Doris. Prayers for them and Meesook. All three have health issues.

    Prayers for Julie, her hands and safety, Marcy’s health and well being, Lou, and her children Betsy, the move, Kelsey and Harrison, Rusty and K, Andrea and Lowell, Mary and Molly, and all the UR family.

    A new month starts tomorrow. Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou September 30, 2019, 7:33 am

    We are weak but you are strong Lord. Nothing is impossible with You. Prayers for healing and blessings on all who come here today- God’s love is powerful – prayers for you John. prayers for you and your loved ones Robert.
    I will be traveling to see my youngest child at school this week- it will be wonderful to see her – I’ve missed her so- my older daughter will meet up with us also. I am so looking forward to this reunion. Prayers for safe travels and strength to be the support for my family.
    Faith, hope and Love for all today-
    God is near.

  • Julie September 30, 2019, 8:08 am

    Without God I would have never gotten through so many hardships. He has directed my path, especially when my health has been compromised or in jeopardy. I draw strength from His words.
    Prayers for John Cook as he sees positive amidst the negative. May I emulate his shining example.
    Prayers of thanks that Robert had safe travels and enjoyed the time away. May he and Erich reconcile.
    Prayers for Lou, for safe travel and for wisdom with her children.
    Prayers of gratitude and rejoicing that Marcy posted. I have been so worried for her well being and hop to hear from her again soon.
    Prayers for Jill and all her friends who are suffering, may she listen with love.
    Prayers for Mary and her family, may they be blessed.
    Prayers for April, BJ, and Betsy.
    Prayers for healing for Andrea and Connie.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you one and all

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling September 30, 2019, 7:07 pm

    Prayers, God’s word, His presence, reflecting on His goodness and faithfulness help me trust in God’s ultimate love even when I face difficult times.

    Thank you God!

    John, may God be your source of strength.

    Robert, may you be be reconciled with Erich.

    May Lou have a wonderful time with her daughter and safe travels.

    May Julie continue to be strong and rely on God. May she have good health and the joy of the Lord.

    May Marcy’s health be restored and all her needs met.

    Thanks for all your prayers. It sure make a difference in my life.

    May all be well and God’s presence be so close to all of us!

  • Jill October 1, 2019, 4:18 am

    Relying on and trusting in God’s faithfulness sees me through so many challenges and difficulties. Expressing myself honestly to Him and knowing on a much deeper level how His Sovereignty is perfect, this too is something I cling to. And, oh His Peace…ever steady deep within. Thank You, Father.
    Yes, when we sacrifice our weaknesses, our points of breakdown – these are transformation opportunities for Him. A breakthrough is just around the bend.
    Hard to believe it is October. Looking forward to a beautiful Fall – this month has been quite wonderful the past few years…moderate temperatures and breath-taking colors. I want to be sure to enjoy it all.

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