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20
Jan

Day 13: I’m Waiting…

READ: Psalm 13

I hate waiting! I know, I know, patience is a virtue. But I still hate waiting. One place I really hate waiting is in a doctors office. We’ve all been there. You call the doctors office, they give you an appointment time, you get there and wait. And wait. And wait some more! They finally call you to the back and they put you in a tiny room to wait again! I always think “You are the ones that told me what time to be here! Why am I having to wait?” The older I get the more I realize that all of life is a waiting room.
When you’re in little you can’t wait to get to school, then you can’t wait to graduate, then you can’t wait for college, then work, and so on it goes.
All of our lives we find ourselves waiting on something, and like the psalmist, find ourselves asking the question, “how long O’ Lord?” Life is made up seasons, though.

There’s something to learn and something to gain from every season in life.

You can spend each season just waiting for the next, but why not just enjoy the room you’re in now?

Prayer:

God, give me patience in every season of life. Help me to always remember that your timing is perfect. Let me be someone that enjoys every season I am in.


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19
Jan

Day 12: Help

READ: Psalm 12

“Help” is a simple word, but at times, it can seem like one of the hardest things to ask for. Sometimes, when we finally do ask God for help, we reject the way he sends help because it doesn’t look the way we think it should. There’s a story I heard once about a man that was trapped in his house during a flood. He prayed and asked God to deliver him and shortly after, a boat came along to take the man to safety. The man refused and told the people in the boat that “God would deliver him from the flood”. The water continued to rise and finally the man had to retreat to his roof to avoid the water. A helicopter saw him on the roof so they sent a man on a rope down to rescue him. Yet again he refused and said “God will deliver me from the flood”. The water continued to rise and the man was swept away. When he got to heaven he asked God why He didn’t rescue him from the flood. God said, “I sent a boat and a helicopter, dumby!” Obviously God doesn’t call us dumb, but the story makes a valid point. God often sends people into our lives to serve as the answer to our prayers.

You weren’t created to do life alone.

We all need help. We all need encouragement and we all need love. Maybe you need help and it’s time to reach out and talk to someone you can trust. That’s why we have community groups because the chances are, the answer to your prayer, is in a house near you.

Prayer:

Thank you for giving me people to do life with. Thank you for putting people in my life to encourage me and to help me in every season of my life. I refuse to isolate myself because I may be the answer to someone else prayer.


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18
Jan

Day 11: Trust Fail

READ: Psalm 11

I grew up in church so I’ve seen all kinds of trends come and go. When I was a teenager in youth group, one trend that swept across the nation was “The Trust Fall”. I’m not sure who came up with this or why every youth pastor felt like they had to work it into a message but they did! It was all fun and games until my youth pastor chose someone with the upper body strength of a toddler to catch me! It was disastrous! If the goal was to teach me that no one can be trusted, my youth pastor succeeded! Maybe the day you lost trust wasn’t as funny, though. There are lots of experiences that can break our trust in people, in leaders, or in our family. And when trust is broken in one area of our lives, it often creates mistrust in other areas of our lives. Have you had your trust broken? And is that causing you to keep others in your life, including God, at a distance?

Friend, you can trust God.

I’m not sure who or what may have caused you to stop trusting, but it’s time to let it go! Life is too short to not have someone close enough to catch you when you fall.

Prayer:

Man may have failed me, but God, I know I can trust you with everything! I give you every area of my life, I trust and rely on you.


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17
Jan

Day 10: I’m Right Here

READ: Psalm 10

One time, when my son was a toddler, my wife put him down to nap and left me at home with him while she ran a few errands. I sat in my bedroom reading for about 30 minutes, when all of a sudden I heard my son crying. I went to his room, but he wasn’t in there. I started searching for him, and when I found him, he was standing at the front door sobbing. I realized he thought we had left him. I picked him up and I assured him that his fears weren’t true. I said, “I’m right here, son” over and over. I repeated those words until the crying stopped. I don’t know why my son thought we would ever leave him at home alone. I’m not sure where his fear came from, but it was there none the less. In this Psalm we see the writer ask God a question: “Why are you afar off?” Have you ever felt like that? Like God has left you?

The bible assures us that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Maybe people have left you. Maybe you’ve had a father abandon you. I can’t imagine how painful that is, but I can tell you this: God will never abandon you. He is always there.

Prayer:

God, thank you for never leaving me. Thank you that you will never abandon me.


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16
Jan

Day 9: Where Credit is Due

READ: Psalm 9

The other day, we were in staff meeting trying to find a solution to a small issue that had come up. An idea came to me, I told everyone the idea, and everyone agreed it would work! I walked away from the meeting feeling pretty proud of myself because I have an amazing team that comes up with great solutions so I was happy to be able to contribute a solution to our problem. A few weeks went by, the solution got brought up again, and someone said, “Pastor Crystal came up with this brilliant idea to fix it, isn’t it great!?”
“What!? I came up with that!” I immediately responded! I couldn’t believe that for weeks my wife had been getting the credit for MY idea! If we’re really honest with ourselves, we all like getting credit for what we do.

Yet many of us don’t give credit to God for all the good things He has done in our lives.

That’s what worshiping in church is all about. Through singing songs and clapping on Sundays, we tell God and everyone around us that He alone deserves the credit for everything good in our lives. But sometimes, we even make worship about us too. We focus more on the people around us or we refuse to sing until the worship team plays our favorite song. Worship time is not a performance, though, it’s about giving God credit. It’s saying “Thank You” for everything good in my life. Next time you are in a worship service, give credit where credit is due.

Prayer:

Lord I worship you. I give you all the glory and honor. Every good and perfect gift in my life has come from you. Let everything I do today be an act of worship to you.


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15
Jan

Day 8: Creation Speaks

READ: Psalm 8

I love sunsets! There is something about them that just grabs my attention. They signify the end of another day that God has given me, and they’re beautiful to look at. And when I stop and look at God’s creation, it speaks to me. Maybe mountains are more your thing, or oceans, or animals, but when we see how majestic and how incredible God’s creations are sometime we forget: the same God that created what we stand in awe of, created us too. I don’t know too many people that look in the mirror and stand in awe of themselves, mainly because that’s creepy. But I think to some extent we should be amazed by ourselves, not because of how awesome we are, but because of how awesome God is.

He created every one of us on purpose, and for a purpose.

That’s right, you have a purpose. You aren’t a mistake. God has a reason he put you here. Maybe you don’t know what that purpose is yet but no matter how young or old you are it’s never too late to find out.

Prayer:

God, help me to realize that I am created for a purpose. Show me what my purpose is. I want to live my life for you. I want to do everything you created me to do.

14
Jan

Day 7: Court is in Session

READ: Psalm 7

I don’t know about you, but there isn’t a whole lot that makes me more angry than when someone falsely accuses me. When it gets back to me that someone has said that I said or did something I know I didn’t, my immediate response into come out swinging! All of a sudden I become a defense lawyer and can be relentless about defending myself and trying to convince someone of the truth. Sometimes, I’m successful, but other times I’ not. The truth is: there are people that will always believe the worst about you, no matter what facts you present to prove your innocence. And although you don’t want to hear it, there are some people that won’t like you no matter what you do! Stop living your life trying to convince everyone to like you. God is your defender.

You can rely on yourself, or you can rely on God to defend you.

That doesn’t mean you become a doormat. What I’m saying is that you can state your case but trust the results to God. He is the best defense you could ever have.

Prayer:

Lord, I forgive every person that has spoken lies about me. I am making a choice to let it go and to give it to you. Thank you for being my defense.


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13
Jan

Day 6: Sick Bed

READ: Psalm 6

“Does God still heal?” It’s a question I have been asked more times than I can count. It’s usually being asked by someone that is sick or that has a loved one that is sick. My answer is always “Yes!” I say this with confidence because firstly, it says that God heals over and over again in the bible and the secondly because I have seen people healed. I’m talking legitimate miracles! My dad was one of those miracles. He had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He was fragile and every breath was a struggle. One day we were in a church service and my grandpa was in town visiting us. My grandpa said he felt like he was supposed to pray for my dad so that’s exactly what he did. My dad said he didn’t feel an immediate change but the next day he woke up and he no longer was struggling to breathe. It was awesome to have my dad back to being his old self! On the other side of that, thought, I have prayed for peopled that haven’t been healed. I get asked the question “why?’ a lot. The truth is I don’t know the answer. I think there are some things we won’t know on this side of eternity. But I won’t let it change what I believe. What I believe is that God still heals without a doubt! Maybe you’re struggling with sickness. Maybe you are healthy physically but you aren’t healthy emotionally.

Don’t stop believing that God heals and that in a moment, he can heal and restore your body.

Prayer:

God, I believe you still heal and restore because your word says that you do. My faith isn’t in these symptoms; my faith is in you. Thank you that by Jesus’ stripes I am healed physically and emotionally.


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12
Jan

Day 5: Early Bird

READ: Psalm 5

We’ve probably all heard the saying, “The early bird gets the worm”. I think this is a saying made up by morning people! There is some truth behind it though especially when it comes to spending time with God. I have learned that if I don’t make time early in my day to spend time reading my bible and praying, most of the time, it won’t get done later. It’s not that I don’t have good intentions, it’s just that the day gets away from me. I also know this:

Whenever I spend time with God before I start my day I’m a lot more prepared for whatever the day throws at me.

Maybe you aren’t a morning person and you are barely able to get yourself and your kids out the door and to school or work on time. Let me just encourage you that you can spend time with God anywhere! Some of my best times of prayer are in the car on my way to an appointment or to work. What’s amazing is that God is always willing to meet us whenever and wherever we are.

Prayer:

Lord help me to make time with you a priority in my life. Life gets busy but let me always be found in you, because you are my shield and my refuge. I give this day to you. Lead me and guide me in all that I do.


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11
Jan

Day 4: Blocked Calls

READ: Psalm 4

About a year ago, I tried to call my dad and the call went straight to voicemail. I figured he was busy so I didn’t think much about it. A few days later I tried calling again, and again it went straight to voicemail. This happened over and over again. The next time I saw my dad, I told him that I had been calling but every time, it went straight to voicemail. He said he hadn’t gotten any calls from me so I started examining his phone settings. It was there that I found the problem…. I had been blocked! Shunned! Of course my dad didn’t mean to block me, but I gave him a hard time about how he had disowned me for the next month or so. I think sometimes we wonder if God is hearing our prayers or if they are just going straight to voicemail. Sometimes we expect an immediate response, but it seems like nothing happens. What I’ve learned and what David knew when he wrote Psalm 4 is that God ALWAYS hears us when we call. That’s right I said ALWAYS! We think that He doesn’t hear us because we didn’t get an immediate response but know this:

God is always working, but sometimes He’s working behind the scenes.

When you ask God for something, know that He heard you and that He is working on your behalf. Start thanking Him for working on your problems even when you can’t see Him working.

Prayer:

God, Thank you for always hearing me when I call. Thank you for working on everything I’ve brought to you. Even though I can’t always see you working I know that you are.


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