Good morning! I am always amazed by my friends who bless me with inexpensive, but thoughtful gifts. They come in envelopes sometimes without my name because they are so excited to send me a gift. While others come in multiple envelopes, you know the kind you open, then there is another envelope, then another envelope and each layer there is a new design/creative cut or gift. I look around and I am in awe by their generosity and thoughtfulness.
Today, as I look over the past year (thank you Facebook memories) and while it seemed like one tragedy after the next, what I now see is the hand of God that kept me. God is so good. He answered my prayers with a yes and others with a no, but He is still good. He is the perfect gift giver – merciful, generous and thoughtful. You never know what to expect, but in the end it is always good. His gift of love never disappoints. Enjoy today’s reading.
“9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” – Matthew 7:9-11 NLT
Our Heavenly Father loves us. He desires to give us the best. He encourages us to seek Him in prayer and ask Him for our hearts desire. James 1:17 reads, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”
If we are is His prized possession, how much more is he willing to do for us/those who He laid down His life for…
Seek Him today. Ask Him. Keep Knocking.
Father God, you are great in all the earth. Lord, thank you for being a great Father. Lord, when I think about how good you are, I am overwhelmed by your grace and care for me. Lord, thank you for your love toward all of us. Thank you for forgiving us of our sins. Lord, our hope is in you. Lord, we trust that as we ask, seek and knock in prayer that you will bow to hear us and answer our prayers. Lord, we lift up women, men and children across the world who are trapped in human trafficking. Lord, they need you to rescue them. Lord, rescue them. Lord, we lift up the homeless and those in dependent living facilities and ask for you to provide a stable home and food. Lord, that you will release their minds to hear from you. Lord, we pray for school teachers and ask that you let their Christian faith shine through the classroom this year. Lord, we pray for protection over our children. Lord, be a beacon and light the way to you.. Lord, provide for our mental, financial, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Lord, we pray for those suffering from natural disasters across the world. Lord, you know everything. Lord, continue to teach us how to search for you. Lord, teach us to use the gifts that you give us for your purpose and glory. In Jesus name, amen.
Keep asking! Keep seeking! Keep knocking!
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