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Lord, I Want to Come Near to You–Leviticus 10:3

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Heavenly Father, I want to be one of “those” who come near You.

Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when he said, ‘I will display my holiness through those who come near me. I will display my glory before all the people.’”  And Aaron was silent. –Leviticus 10:3

I want to see Your holiness.

I know…

  • It can sometimes be scary
  • Being a leader holds great responsibilities
  • The costs can be high

But, Lord when I’m near You…

  • I can hear Your whispers
  • I’m not so distracted
  • I feel deeply loved

Lord, You are the GREAT I AM!

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Lord, show me Your holiness!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 12:1-14:32

Lord, Help Me Offer Peace to Others–Leviticus 7:11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 7:1-8:36

Heavenly Father, peace is very important to You.  You gave detailed instructions for peace offerings in Leviticus.  It seems that peace offerings weren’t mandatory.  They were an expression of thanksgiving, a fulfillment of a vow, or a voluntary offering. Peace offerings were a way to show love to You.

Lord, offering peace is difficult.  We wouldn’t mind giving You a grain offering like the Israelites, but literally offering peace to others in today’s world doesn’t come natural. Turmoil seems to be our default setting.

Jesus, You are the ultimate peace-offering (Isaiah 9:6).  You willingly gave Yourself to bring peace to our violent, sinful world.  Your time on the earth is a recorded example of living a life of peace.  Help us to realize that replacing peace with rage and anger is a way to worship You.  Help us to give the world a gift they cannot give…

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

Holy Spirit, awaken us from our complacency!  Awaken us from our “all about me” attitudes. Help us to offer peace to everyone we come in contact with each day.  Our “peace offering” could be Your way of reaching the lost in our sphere of influence.  Help us to be sensitive to Your leading.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Lord, I Want to Travel and Camp at Your Command —Numbers 9:18


Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 39:32-40:38, Numbers 9:15-23

Heavenly Father, our world is so different from the days of The Exodus. We are so independent. We do what we want and ask You to come with us. A cloud or a fire—it was so easy for the Israelites to know when to move! It was so easy for them to know Your Will for their day!

Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle.  If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the Lord.   —Numbers 9:17-19

Holy Spirit, show me how to translate this kind of obedience into today’s world. I want to follow You.

Thank you Lord for answering my prayer no sooner than it left my lips! I am amazed!

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, as this day begins I trust You with all that it brings. I will not rely or depend on my understanding of  the day. I want to carry out Your Will for every moment of this day. Lord, show me which path to take.

Father, remind me to pray this prayer every day for the rest of my days so that I can travel and camp at Your command.

In Jesus’ Name.

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 7: 1-89

Lord, Is History Repeating Itself? –Exodus 10:1-2

Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 10:1-12:51

Heavenly Father, my country and our world are on my mind today.  Many of the men and women leading our country and other nations throughout the world seem very stubborn…only wanting their way, only promoting their agenda!

Lord, You tell us in Your Word that YOU made Pharaoh stubborn (Exodus 10:1).  Are you making today’s leaders stubborn?”

Lord, are Your goals for our world the same today that they were in the days of the Exodus? (Exodus 10:1-2)

  • To display Your miraculous signs to those who don’t know You
  • To provide real-life examples of the supernatural power of God to tell future generations
  • So that Your people, those who believe in You, will “Know You More”

Lord, may Your Kingdom come.  May Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10)

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 13:1-15:27

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






“Lord, Let the World See that You Are With Me”–Genesis 26:28


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 25:27-28:5

Heavenly Father, I want to live a life that causes others to say, “we can plainly see that the Lord is with you, so we want to partner with you (get to know you, be friends with you, etc).”  King Abimelech not only said these words to Isaac (Genesis 26:28), he said them to his Father Abraham as well (Genesis 21:22).

What did King Abimelech see?

  • Abraham and Isaac’s obedience and worship to God
  • God’s blessings and favor on their family and possessions

Holy Spirit, teach us how to live a life that causes other to “see” something different about our lives.  Help us not to be preachy, condemning, or self-righteous but help us to be Your representative, just like Abraham and Isaac.

Lord, bless us so that others will see Your hand upon our lives and want know You more.  Holy Spirit, convict us when our lives aren’t measuring up to the plans You have for us.  Help us to remember that obedience to Your Word is obedience to You.

Father, help us not to miss the opportunities to develop relationships with those who desperately need You in their lives.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 28:6-30:24

Who Have You Motivated Today? –Hebrews 10:24

Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:1-10:39

We all enjoy being around inspiring people.  I became a motivational classes and workshops believer after my first experience at a Mary Kay meeting, twenty-seven years ago.  In today’s reading, the Lord tells us that we’re to think of ways to motivate one another.

 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.–Hebrews 10:24

Does this surprise you?

Christians are supposed to think of ways to motivate other Christians to acts of love and good works.

Isn’t that the preacher’s job?

When I look around the average church in America, most people walk through the doors like a cement statue, daring the pastor to “move” them. Today’s Christian looks to the church and the pastors to meet their needs and if they don’t, they quickly look for a place that does. It’s quite different from what the writer of Hebrews instructed.

How do we motivate another person?

By inspiring them to take action.

I think there are two ways to do this:

  1. Give inspirational and instructional messages
  2. Live a life that inspires

The greatest leadership principle I’ve ever learned is the importance of leading by example.  Most of us aren’t gifted to inspire with words, but everyone can inspire by example.

If all the world were just like you, would there be acts of love and good works taking place?

Heavenly Father, help us to realize our purpose on this earth is bigger than just having a comfortable life.  Help us to realize other people need us; other people need our example.  Use us for Your Kingdom today.  Fill us so that we can motivate others to acts of love and good works.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-12:29

Are You Giving Your Children “The Gift of Obedience?” –Hebrews 5:8

Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-7:28

I watched my granddaughter Ayla huff and puff as she got sent to her room this past week for refusing to obey her mother.  While it makes my heart hurt to see Ayla sad, I know my daughter is doing the right thing when she punishes her disobedience.  Teaching our children obedience is the gift that keeps on giving.  It’s a gift our Heavenly Father gave His Son.

Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. –Hebrews 5:8

In today’s culture, we seem to have gotten things a bit mixed up. During this Christmas season, parents everywhere are running around looking for the latest and greatest toys, when the things their children need most are boundaries, safety nets and safeguards. These things can  only come through the teaching them obedience.

Jesus Christ learned obedience from the things he suffered and we do too. It’s a tough world out there and having our children “suffer” when they willfully disobey will teach them obedience. Allowing them to experience the consequences of their disobedience causes them to think twice the next time they are tempted to disobey.

Teaching children to obey their parents has multiple benefits.

    • It teaches them to respect authority
    • It teaches them to be good parents
    • It develops their code of ethics
    • It develops a healthy work ethic
    • It teaches them to be obedient to their Heavenly Father and His Word

As you prepare your children’s gifts this Christmas, make plans to give them the gift of obedience. If it was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for us.

Heavenly Father, fill us with Your Spirit.  Teach us how to be the parents you would have us to be.  Help us to be parents whose yes is yes and no is no.  Help us to follow Your example and teach obedience through love. Thank You for the gift of obedience.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:1-10:39

Have You Had Your Christmas Meltdown? James 2:13


Today’s Scripture Reading: James 1:1-3:18

Everywhere you go people are stressed.  Too much to do, not enough time, not enough money.  Unfortunately, it’s a great set up for a meltdown.

During this stressful time, what is the thing you need most from family, friends, and checkout people at the grocery store?






Guess what if we want to receive that gift, we have to give it.

There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.  –James 2:13

You may be one of the fortunate ones who receives mercy from people you have not given it to, but that won’t be the case with God. He clearly tells us that we won’t be receiving mercy from Him unless we first give it to others.

Guess what?  This applies to our unthankful spouses, complaining-hard-to-please parents, jealous siblings, unappreciative children, lazy coworkers, and the tele-marketer that calls you at 9 p.m. on a Sunday night.

We all need mercy.

We all have people in our lives who make it challenging to give mercy.

If we want mercy from God, we all have to give mercy before we can receive it.

The question is: Are we going to be obedient to the God of the universe?

Heavenly Father, there have been so many times when I have wanted and expected mercy from others but haven’t given them any mercy. Holy Spirit, help me to understand that people have a lot more going on that what I see.  Help me to give them mercy.  Lord, fill me with compassion so that I can give it away.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen


© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: James 4:1-5:20

How to Determine How Much Control Your Sinful Nature Has Over You– 1 Corinthians 3:1-3


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 18:24-19:20, 1 Corinthians 1:1-3:23

If you’ve taken a child to the pediatrician in the last 30 years, you’re probably familiar with growth charts. These growth charts plot the height and weight of infants and children and then compare those numbers to national averages.

It is very scary when a new mom and dad hear the doctor say “Your child has FTT.” Failure to Thrive (FTT) refers to a child whose physical growth is significantly less than that of his/her peers.

What does FTT look like in the life of a Christian?

Dear brothers and sisters when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? —1 Corinthians 3:1-3

When Paul was assessing the Corinthian’s spiritual state he measured their ability to resist being controlled by their sinful nature.  He referred to the weak as those who had to be fed milk and the healthy and growing as those on a diet of solid food.

How can we know the amount of control our sinful nature has on our lives?

Paul thought it was pretty simple:

How do you get along with other people?

Jealousy and quarreling with others is a sure sign of our sinful nature.  It is so bad that Paul said “it’s living like people of the world.”  In other words, our lives don’t reflect Christ at all!

It was such a problem with the Corinthians that Paul had to completely change the way he interacted with them.  They were like selfish babies.  So he had to talk to them like babies.

It is understandable for new Christians to need “milk.”  Paul wasn’t talking to them; it was the folks who had known Christ for years he was frustrated with.

What do we do when our “sinful nature” shows its ugly head?

  • Recognize our mistake, accept responsibility
  • Repent and ask for forgiveness and then do a 180° change
  • Re-commit to follow close to Christ and ask the Holy Spirit to help our “Christ nature” to grow and our sinful nature to “fail to thrive!”

Heavenly Father, we want to thrive and grow in our relationship with You.  Every day we want to become “more like You.”  Holy Spirit point out the areas in our lives that our sinful nature is controlling; show us how to grow past these areas of weakness.  Use us for Your Glory and Your Honor!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 4:1-7:40

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