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Lord, Teach Us to Realize the Brevity of Life—Psalm 90:12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:52, Psalm 90

Heavenly Father, Moses was 120 years old when he died. Few people in today’s world live to be that old and no one in today’s world leads a nation of a million plus people until their 120 years old! In human standards Moses’ life wasn’t brief but in eternity’s standards it was just a blink.

Lord, Moses lived life to the fullest. Help me to learn from his wisdom.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. –Psalm 90:12 

Jesus, if it’s left up to me, I will waste my days. Lord, guide, direct and teach me like You did Moses. Help me to go to You daily so that I may grow in Your wisdom, not the wisdom of the world. Lord, guide my days. Get Your plan accomplished in my life.
Lord, help me to walk out this scripture each day so that Your plan for my life comes to pass:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
 Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Lord, I give this day to You.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Joshua 1:-2:24

Lord, I Want to Make “Life” Choices—Deuteronomy 30:19-20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 29:2-31:29

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading You reminded the Israelites they had a choice. You are an amazing God who wants us to choose You, but You never make it our only option.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  —Deuteronomy 30:19-20 

Lord, heaven and earth are witnessing my choices. My choices are either causing others to know You more or pushing them away from You. I want to ALWAYS choose life but there are many times I have made bad choices that certainly weren’t “life-giving.” Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness for those times I’ve failed you.

Father, I want my descendants, my future generations, to live eternally. It’s a great responsibility to know that my choices affect their lives. Holy Spirit remind me when I’m tempted to make a move in the wrong direction that my children’s spiritual and eternal lives are more important than my temporary pleasures or needs. Lord, help me to remember that it’s not about me! Jesus, cover my inadequacies with Your grace and remind me that every  choice I make is important. Anoint me Lord to make the right choices.

Jesus, today I choose life. I choose to love You, obey You and commit my life firmly to You. Give me the passion, strength and discipline to follow-through on my commitments.

Lord, than you for giving of the key to our lives in Your Word.

I choose life!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:52, Psalm 90

Lord, Show Me My Boundaries–Numbers 34:1-2


Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 34:1-36:13

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading You defined the physical boundaries of the country of Israel.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give these instructions to the Israelites: When you come into the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your special possession, these will be the boundaries.” –Numbers 34:1-2

Father, in today’s world we don’t like boundaries.  We don’t want to be told something is unacceptable in all circumstances.  We think having boundaries make us prisoners.

Jesus, Your Word defines our boundaries.  Every line was drawn with the extreme love that only a parent can feel.  Father, your love abounds in Your boundaries.

Holy Spirit, help us to look for Your boundaries.  Help us to see them as signs of love.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:20

Lord, What Do Think of My Choices? –Leviticus 18:1-3

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 17:1-19:37

Heavenly Father, as I read about the many ways in which the Israelites could become defiled, I thought what does that word really mean?

Dictionary.com agrees with the biblical meaning of the word defiled:

  1. To make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debased.
  2. To violate the chastity of.
  3. To make impure for ceremonial use; desecrate.

Lord, many things in these two chapters of defilements are still seen as sinful acts by today’s Christ followers, but there are several things that we wouldn’t think twice about; like trimming the hair on our temples or trimming our beards (Leviticus 19:27).

Heavenly Father, what do You think about our choices?

Lord, it would be so easy to talk about the sinfulness of our country, celebrities, or next-door neighbors and then we could be off the hook.

But, that’s not what our prayer journey is about.  This year we’re focusing on ourselves and our lives as it relates to Your Word.

So Lord…

What do You see in me?

What do You think about my choices?

What areas in my life seem foul, dirty, unclean, or in violation of the chastity You expect from Your children?

In my humanness I want to say, “We don’t have to live by the Levitical law!”  While that is thankfully true, I still believe we are called to live a life that is pleasing to You Lord, a life that’s not defiled.

Holy Spirit, speak to us.  Show us the areas in our lives that need some work.  We want to be pure in Your eyes.  Jesus, make us like you!  Help us to have a clean heart (Psalm 51:10).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 20:1-22:33

Lord, Stir My Heart and move my spirit. I Want to Be Willing–Exodus 35:22

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 35:1-36:38

Heavenly Father, this song by Hillsong has a line that says, “Break my heart for what breaks Yours.” Father, I want a heart that is willing; I want a heart that is stirred; I want a heart that is broken for what breaks Yours. 

So the whole community of Israel left Moses and returned to their tents.  All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord. They brought all the materials needed for the Tabernacle, for the performance of its rituals, and for the sacred garments. Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing. They brought to the Lord their offerings of gold—brooches, earrings, rings from their fingers, and necklaces. They presented gold objects of every kind as a special offering to the Lord.   —Exodus 35:20-22

I don’t want to live some superficial life that is all about me and mine.  I want to live a life that makes a difference in eternity. Lord, I want a heart like Yours. Jesus, help me to understand that I have unique gifts, specialized skills, and world-changing abilities that You have been developing in me since You made me in the womb (Psalm 139:13-18).  Lord, I know I can’t do everything, but I can do something. Please show me where, when, and how to make a difference in this world.

Lord, there are so many hurting people.  Help my heart to be tender towards them.  Use me today to lift someone’s burden; use me today to point someone to You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 37:1-39:31

Lord, Does My Life Reflect Your Greatness? –Exodus 18:8-12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:1-19:25

“Praise the Lord,” Jethro said, “for he has rescued you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh. Yes, he has rescued Israel from the powerful hand of Egypt! I know now that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because he rescued his people from the oppression of the proud Egyptians.” —Exodus 18:10-11

Heavenly Father, I almost forgot about Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. It seems like such a long time since Moses left Midian.  I’m still amazed that Jethro allowed Moses to take his daughter on a journey to rescue the Israelites when he did not worship the God of the Israelites.

Lord, what if?

What if Your display of greatness in our lives caused a person who did not believe in Your Son Jesus to say, “I know now that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because of the miracles I saw in ________________’s life.”  [Insert your name in blank]

Jesus, I truly believe this is the main reason we are on this earth.  This thought crosses my mind from time to time…heaven is going to be a much better place than life on this earth.  Father, once we accept Jesus, why don’t You just take us to heaven?

Why don’t You  just “beam us up” as soon as we say “yes” to Your Son?

Lord, I believe You expect us to pay it forward. To live a life that reflects Your goodness, Your power and Your greatness so that others will want to know You more.

Lord, help us to tell our story to those You place in our path. Help us to let our light shine!

Heavenly Father, show us how to reflect Your greatness today.

In Jesus’ Name.   Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-22:15

Lord, Lead Us Away From Danger–Job 36:16


Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 35:1-37:24

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Elihu told Job that You were leading him away from danger to a place free from distress; that You were setting his table with the best food (Job 36:16).

Lord, as the conditions in our world seem to grow more dangerous everyday, we need You to lead us away from danger, no just the obvious things that can harm us but away from seemingly shiny, exciting things, people and places that will ultimately mean death for us.

Jesus, I’m so glad You are in Heaven preparing a place of safely and celebration.  Help us to heed the words of Elihu:

But you are obsessed with whether the godless will be judged. Don’t worry, judgment and justice will be upheld. But watch out, or you may be seduced by wealth. Don’t let yourself be bribed into sin. —Job 36:17-18

Father, Your Word is so precious.  I woke up in the middle of the night concerned for a family member, not knowing how to pray and once again, Your Word gave me the words to pray:

Jesus, lead _______ away from danger.  Help _________ not to be seduced by wealth.  Don’t let __________ be bribed into sin.

Holy Spirit, thank you for waking me up to intercede for someone I love very much.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 38:1-40:5

Lord, Teach Us to Lead Our Families to You…

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 36:1-19; 1 Chronicles 1:35-37;  Genesis 36:20-30; 1 Chronicles 1:38-42; Genesis 36:31-43; 1 Chronicles 1:43-2:2

Heavenly Father, as I read several pages of genealogy in today’s scripture, I realized that each of those fathers and mothers made a conscious choice, to introduce their children to the God of Abraham and Isaac or to go their own way, serving the god of the day.

Lord, help us to realize that each day’s choices affect many generations to come.  Help us to realize our responsibility as patriarchs and matriarchs of our family.

Jesus, help us to continually ask ourselves “If my family follows me will I lead them to Jesus?”

Holy Spirit, teach us how to be the spiritual leaders of our families.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 37:1-38:30; 1 Chronicles 2:3-6,8; Genesis 39:1-23

 

 


 

 

 

Are You Thinking LIke An Animal? –Jude 1:10

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Jude 1:1-25; Revelation 1:1-2:29

Do you think Fido and Fluffy are as smart as humans?

At some point most of us have wished for a life as easy as our family pets.  While most of us don’t have it as easy as our pets, many of us think like our pets more than we realize.

But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction.  –Jude 1:10

They do whatever their instincts tell them…

Have you had a moment in the last few weeks when you did what your animal instincts told you?

I know I have.  I hate it!  You know, those times when your natural, fleshly, instincts get the best of you.

The animal instinct that’s on my mind this day after Christmas is eating.

Eating, Eating, and Eating–Have you ever seen your pet eat until they make themselves sick?  Their self-preservation instinct is to eat while there’s food;  just in case there’s none to be found tomorrow. They don’t understand things like moderation, calories, fat, etc.  That’s why our pets need owners to portion out their food.

A couple of Christmases ago  I had a stomach bug.  I didn’t need to eat anything but bananas and toast.  What did I want?  Raw oysters, horseradish and a coke.  Why would anyone in their right mind eat oysters a day after a stomach bug?  Because I was at my brother’s and he had a bag of delicious, salty, Apalachicola oysters and was willing to shuck some for me.  Just like all the other Christmas treats, it’s my once a year chance; I better eat all I can, while I can.  Doesn’t that sound just like Fido or Fluffy?

I think I need an owner to supervise my food intake.

Seriously, in today’s culture we live by the “If it feels good, do it” mentality.  I think it’s more like were living by our animal instincts.  The more we override our conscience, the more our animal instincts become the norm. I don’t think that’s what God planned for His children.

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” –Genesis 1:26

We’re supposed to reign over the animals rather than become like them.

Which animal instinct are you struggling with?

Heavenly Father, You are my owner.  Holy Spirit, as I move into a new year, please supervise my animal instincts, put me in my place.  Fill me with Your Spirit so that I will be drawn to Your ways instead of MY ways. Forgive me for succumbing to my fleshly desires.  Jesus, rescue me from myself.  Rescue me from the destruction Your Word talks about. Lord, You made me in Your Image; help me to be a reflection of You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-6:17

It’s December 23rd: Who or What’s Controlling You?–2 Peter 2:19 (NLT)

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:12-14, 2 Peter 1:1-3:18

I know it’s a bad day to ask this.  It’s December 23; Christmas preparations and activities are definitely determining our plans for the day.  I have last-minute shopping and wrapping to do myself, but now that I think about it, maybe this is the best time of the year to ask this question…

Who or What’s Controlling you?

In 2 Peter 2:19, Peter says, we are a slave to whatever controls us.

I looked up the word control in my online dictionary…

Control: The power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events.

Here’s my paraphrase Peter’s statement:

We are a slave to whatever has the power to influence or direct our behavior or the events of our lives.

Who determines who or what has this special power?

Didn’t we take care of this question when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior?

Salvation is a gift God gave us.  Accepting the gift is the easy part.  Sadly, this is where many Christians stop and then they wonder why they go through life being controlled by people, situations, and sinful thoughts and behaviors.

Everyday WE make a choice, every day WE determine who or what has the power to control us.

Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. –Joshua 24:15 (KJV)

As we go through this day WE get to choose…

  • The joy of the Lord or the anger, sadness and depression of the world
  • The holiness of the season or the commercialism of the media
  • To spend time reflecting on the birth of our Savior or worry about everything that didn’t get bought, baked, decorated, or cleaned for the season
  • To focus on our blessings or our lack

The world tells us to take control of our lives, but the Bible tells us to give that control to Christ–it’s a choice.

If you have a few minutes, listen to Carrie Underwood’s thoughts on allowing Jesus to take control…

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Jesus, we choose YOU!  Heavenly Father, take control of our thoughts, plans, and outcomes of this day.  We give up the power to control, we trust you with our day, our Christmas, and our future.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 John 1:1-4:6

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