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Lord, May Everything You Have Said About Me Come True—Luke 1:38

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1a, Luke 1:1-4, John 1:1-18, Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23b-38, Luke 1:5-38

Heavenly Father, there are so many voices in the world and in my head telling me what I should be and how I should think. You are the only voice I want to follow.

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. —Luke 1:38

Lord, Mary trusted You completely. It would have been easy for her to doubt. I’m sure over the course of her life she was the subject of gossip and criticism but she made a decision to believe You and what You said would come true in her life.

Lord, I want the faith of Mary. No one knows me better than You. You made me. You know what I’m capable of being, You know how my life is going to play out. You are the only one who will never leave me.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me,O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!—Psalm 139:14-19

Lord, may everything You say about me come true!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-80, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-40

Lord, You Are My Strength—Zechariah 12:5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Zechariah 9:1-14:21

Heavenly Father, I don’t feel strong.

You’re probably thinking, “Finally. Just like the people of Jerusalem, she’s worn herself down and come to the end of her false sense of strength. Now I can be her strength. Now I can take over.”

And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, ‘The people of Jerusalem have found strength in the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, their God.’ —Zechariah 12:5

Lord, I will find strength in You alone.

 

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When I am weak, You are my strength.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezra 6:14b-22, Ezra 4:6, Esther 1:1-4:17

Lord, Thank You for Three More Reasons to Trust You—Ezekiel 27:17-20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, Ezekiel 29:17-30:19, 2 Kings 25:27-30, Jeremiah 52:31-34

Heavenly Father, these four verses show me three things about Your character:

1. You don’t miss a thing

2. You see our hard work

3. You always pay your debts

On April 26, the first day of the new year, during the twenty-seventh year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, the army of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon fought so hard against Tyre that the warriors’ heads were rubbed bare and their shoulders were raw and blistered. Yet Nebuchadnezzar and his army won no plunder to compensate them for all their work. Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. He will carry off its wealth, plundering everything it has so he can pay his army. Yes, I have given him the land of Egypt as a reward for his work, says the Sovereign Lord, because he was working for me when he destroyed Tyre. —Ezekiel 29:17-20

Lord, thank You for three more reasons to trust You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Daniel 7:1-8:27, Daniel 5:1-31

Lord, Forgive Me for the Times I Don’t Walk in Peace—Jeremiah 33:9

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 32:1-33:26, Ezekiel 26:1-14

Heavenly Father, when I read this scripture so many thoughts run through my head: Our country, the importance of living a life  of peace as it relates to causing people to know You, the awesome power of peace, and Your definition of prosperity versus the world’s definition.

Then this city will bring me joy, glory, and honor before all the nations of the earth! The people of the world will see all the good I do for my people, and they will tremble with awe at the peace and prosperity I provide for them. —Jeremiah 33:9

Jesus, I know there won’t be peace in this world until You come back but Lord You do promise us peace in our hearts and minds as Your children.

“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

Lord, true prosperity is much more than wealth, property, and stuff. I wonder if Jeremiah and the Jews of his day realized economic prosperity was dependent of the prosperity of their soul. 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth —3 John 1:2 (KJV)

Lord, this kind of peace is what causes the lost world to want to know You.

Lord, forgive me for the times I don’t walk in peace. I’m sorry I sometimes allow the cares of this world overwhelm me.

Today’s a new day! I refuse to live a life that is less than Your best for me!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 26:15-28:26, 2 Kings 25:3-7, Jeremiah 52:6-11, Jeremiah 39:2-10

Lord, It Happened Just As You Promised—2 Kings 23:15-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 23:1-20, 2 Chronicles 34:29-33, 2 Kings 23:21-28, 2 Chronicles 35:1-19, Nahum 1:1-3:19

Heavenly Father, reading Your Old Testament is life-changing. It tells me so much about Your character. I love the fact that You chose multiple authors to write the Bible. It shows me You are a consistent God. One of the most important messages I get from reading Your Word cover-to-cover is YOU KEEP YOUR PROMISES!

The king also tore down the altar at Bethel—the pagan shrine that Jeroboam son of Nebat had made when he caused Israel to sin. He burned down the shrine and ground it to dust, and he burned the Asherah pole. Then Josiah turned around and noticed several tombs in the side of the hill. He ordered that the bones be brought out, and he burned them on the altar at Bethel to desecrate it. (This happened just as the Lord had promised through the man of God when Jeroboam stood beside the altar at the festival.)

Then Josiah turned and looked up at the tomb of the man of God[a] who had predicted these things. “What is that monument over there?” Josiah asked.

And the people of the town told him, “It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and predicted the very things that you have just done to the altar at Bethel!”

Josiah replied, “Leave it alone. Don’t disturb his bones.” So they did not burn his bones or those of the old prophet from Samaria. –2 Kings 23: 15-18

Lord, when I read Your Word much is it is a historical document, telling me what has already happened but in the time of its writing much of it was prophetic.

How exciting it must have been for King Josiah to realize You were using him to fulfill Your plan.

Jesus, there are more promises to be fulfilled in both Your Old and New Testaments. My favorite is You are returning to this earth to take Your followers to heaven. Lord, I know it will happen, just as You promised!

Lord, use me to fulfill Your promises.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19, Zephaniah 1:1-2:7

Lord, I’m Counting on You —Psalm 130:5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 128-130, 132, Psalms 134-135

Heavenly Father, it’s a new day. As I sit on my porch watching the sunrise my world feels calm and peaceful. Thankfully, Your peace isn’t confined to my quiet place. Lord, go with me as I do my best to live for You today.

I am counting on the Lord;
yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word. —Psalm 130:5

Lord, I’m counting on You to…

  • Get Your plans and desires accomplished in my life
  • Give me the strength to face and overcome the challenges of the day
  • Give me supernatural wisdom to live out Your Word
  • Give me discernment to know who’s speaking to me (You, the enemy of my soul, or my human failings)
  • Give me a heart for Your people
  • Help me represent You well

Lord, my hope is in You and Your Word!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow Scripture Reading: Psalm 136, Psalms 146-150

Lord, Help Me to Think About Your Promises Instead of My Problems—Psalm 119:147-148

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 119

Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Word. In these two verses lie the answer to living in this troubled world.

 

I rise early, before the sun is up;
I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.
I stay awake through the night,
thinking about your promise. Psalm 119:147-148

Yes, I get up early.

Yes, I cry out for help.

And sometimes I stay awake during the night…

But

My many times I feel hopeless and focus on my problems not Your promises. Lord, forgive me. Your Word is full of promises and I have seen them fulfilled many times in my life. Holy Spirit, remind me of this verse when I begin to worry and fret.

Thank You for Your merciful ways.

Lord, I trust You!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 120-121, 123, Psalms 125-126

Lord, Let it Happen as You Have Planned and Decided—Isaiah 14:24

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Today Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 16:19-20, 2 Chronicles 28:25-27, Isaiah 13:1-16:14

Heavenly Father, while this verse was a message from You through Isaiah about the nation of Assyria, it also shows me something about You and Your Kingdom on this earth.

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sworn this oath:“It will all happen as I have planned. It will be as I have decided. —Isaiah 14:24

Jesus, today there is a decision being made that will affect someone I love and care deeply about. It’s so complicated that I don’t know what to ask or how to pray. Please let the decision be according to Your plans and what You have decided.

Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. —Matthew 6:9-10

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 29:3-31:21

Lord, Help Me Trust Your Timing—2 Kings 8:1-6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-8:15

Heavenly Father, one of the things I’ve learned from reading The Bible cover-to-cover is that Your will and Your plan are all about timing. Over and over we see life-changing events that only happened because the timing was perfect. This story in today’s reading is a great example:

And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land.

“Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “Here is the woman now, and this is her son—the very one Elisha brought back to life!”

“Is this true?” the king asked her. And she told him the story. So he directed one of his officials to see that everything she had lost was restored to her, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence. —2 Kings 8:5-6

At that very moment…

Father, I’m a planner, organizer, project manager, and frequent control freak and I love to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. It’s hard for me hit the bull’s-eye of getting things done and putting people, events, and situations together in a week’s time and it usually NEVER turns out the way “I” planned it but You make miracles happen down to the second!

Wow!

When I really think about it, everything in my ordinary, daily life is a result of Your perfect timing.

I’m amazed.

Jesus, there is a down side to Your perfect timing. You are never one second early and “I”  don’t know Your plan or Your time frame. May times its easy to look back and see Your amazing timing but when I’m waiting and waiting and I don’t know how or when Your going to come through, it’s anything but easy.

I wonder if the Shunemite woman was fretting about getting her house back? My first thought is no way! After all, she’s seen many miracles: she gave birth to a child when her husband was very old, Elisha prayed and her son was raised from the dead, and Elisha told her ahead of time there was going to be a seven-year famine in Israel and instructed her to move to the land of the Philistines so she would have food to survive.

But then I thought about my life. Lord, I too, have seen many miracles. I’ve seen Your perfect timing many, many times. Yet, I still fret and “stress out” because “I” don’t know when or how You are going to do it. If I’m truly honest, there have been times when I’ve prayed and prayed and haven’t seen You answer that I’ve wondered “if” You’re  going to come through.

Maybe the Shunemite woman was as human as me. Maybe she had she her doubts…

Lord, thank You for Your Word. Forgive me when I fail to trust You.

Have YOUR will in my life today. Make it happen in YOUR perfect time.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 21:8-20, 2 Kings 8:23-29, 2 Chronicles 22:1-7, 2 Kings 9:1-10:17, 2 Chronicles 22:8-9, 2 Kings 10:18-31

Lord, Help Me to Know That You Are the Lord, MY God—1 Kings 20:13

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 20:23-22:9, 2 Chronicles 18:1-8

Heavenly Father, it is my desire to know, r-e-a-l-l-y know that You are the Lord of my life.

 Then a certain prophet came to see King Ahab of Israel and told him, “This is what the Lord says: Do you see all these enemy forces? Today I will hand them all over to you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” —1 Kings 20:13

I know there is always a struggle  between MY desire to be Lord and my desire for You to by my Lord. Sometimes I struggle because Your way is the hard way and I want the easy way. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of  the battles of life.

But…

If there is no battle, there can be no victory. Lord, as I look back on my life I realize there are two, very different scenarios that have caused me to ‘know that You are the Lord MY God:”

1. During the heat of the battle when I was wallowing in the depths of despair and realized You were so close I could almost feel You touching me.

2. During times of victory. Lord, You and I have a history. Over and over I’ve faced impossible situations and You have fought for me. Many times the battles were within me but all the battles were overwhelming and stacked against me. Our history of fighting together and winning together makes my relationship with You stronger than any human relationship.

Lord, thank You for reminding me that the added benefit of  fighting through the battles of life is seeing You supernaturally fight for me, it’s knowing that You are My God. You’re not just Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s God. You’re not just Paul, Peter and John’s God. You’re not just the preacher’s God or my parent’s God.

You. Are. My. God.

Jesus, I Love You.

Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:10-28, 2 Chronicles 18:9-27, 1 Kings 22:29-35, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53, 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30

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