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Lord, I Don’t Understand Your Plan—Micah 4:12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 34:1-35:10

Heavenly Father, letting go of my thoughts and plans has been a struggle for me throughout my life. As I think back on my grave yard of failed plans it’s almost comical. I’m sure You have had Your share of laughs watching me think and plan.

But they do not know the Lord’s thoughts
or understand his plan.
These nations don’t know
that he is gathering them together
to be beaten and trampled
like sheaves of grain on a threshing floor.  —Micah 4:12

Humans see life through a pin-hole. Lord You see the past, present, and future. Why would ever we choose our plans over Yours?

I can’t speak for everyone but I think it’s my sinful, pride-filled nature that keeps me planning and trying to control my life. I want it easy. Yes, I’ve grown and matured. I trust You much more than I did in the early days of knowing You but Lord, I have not arrived. I still question Your thoughts and Your plans.

I know Your ways are higher and better than my ways (Isaiah 55:8-9) but I’m weary from disappointment. Your plans are hard and they take so much strength, courage, and trust.

Yes, I’m in my 50s but I sometimes feel like a kid stomping my feet and saying, “I want to go outside and play. I don’t want to clean my room.” Lord, You are the kind of parent I want to be.

Thank You Lord for the tough love. Thank You for giving me the life You planned.

Jesus, I trust You.

In Your Name I pray.

Amen and Amen!

 


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Micah 2:1-5:15

Lord, Smooth Out the Path Ahead of Me—Isaiah 26:7

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 24:1-27:13, Isaiah 29:1-24

Heavenly Father, as I look into the future there is so much that can be feared but as Your child I don’t have to be afraid.

But for those who are righteous,
the way is not steep and rough.
You are a God who does what is right,
and you smooth out the path ahead of them. —Isaiah 26:7

Lord, smooth out my path for today. Help me to stay right behind You.

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: Isaiah 30:1-33:24

Lord, Take Care of the Doors in My Life—Isaiah 22:22

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 18:1-23:18

Heavenly Father, when Isaiah confronted Shebna, Hezekiah’s palace administrator and prophesied his fall from that high position, he also told him that Hilkiah would be his replacement and gave him a glimpse of the favor he would receive as the new palace administrator.

I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them. —Isaiah 22:22

Lord, You also talked about open and closed doors in Revelation 3:7-8:

Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia.

This is the message from the one who is holy and true,
the one who has the key of David.
What he opens, no one can close;
and what he closes, no one can open:

“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.

Lord, I ask You for this kind of favor. I ask You to take care of the doors in my life. Take the hinges off the ones You want me to walk through and throw away the keys of the ones that aren’t in Your plan for my life.

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: Isaiah 24:1-27:13, Isaiah 29:1-24

Lord, Lift Up Those Who Are Weighted Down—Psalm 146:8

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 136, Psalms, 146-150

Heavenly Father, so many feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders.

But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
He gives justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He cares for the orphans and widows,
but he frustrates the plans of the wicked. —Psalm 146:5-9

Lord, I have felt this way many times. Thank for promising to lift us up. Most of the time when I feel like “everything is on me” it’s because I think it’s my responsibility to fix everything and everybody. Jesus, I give the issues, challenges, and people to You that are weighing me down. I release them into Your care. I trust You with the outcome. Help me to see my world through Your eyes. Holy Spirit, show me my part in each day’s challenges and help me to keep my hands off everything else.

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: Isaiah 18:1-23:18

Lord, Thank You for Helping Me in the Valleys—Psalm 121:2

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 120-121, 123, Psalms 125-126

Heavenly Father, I’ve read this Psalm many times and probably memorized a couple of these verses in Vacation Bible School as a kid, but today it became more personal. This picture describes this season of my life.

I love the mountains, not as much as the beaches where I live, but the mountains are my favorite place to visit. When I visit the mountains I feel very small and God seems very big. The valleys are what make the mountains so majestic. The contrasting highs and lows give the mountains their beauty and character.

The mountain-valley metaphor is used by Christians all the time. David mentioned the valley of the shadow of death in Psalm 23. My goal has always been to get out of the valley as soon as possible. I saw the lowest places in life as places to pass through not set up housekeeping.

Lord, one of the biggest lessons I have learned in my 50+ years of life is about seasons. We all have mountain and valley experiences. Sometimes we quickly hike through a valley but sometimes our way out is blocked so we have to find a way to survive in the valley. We need help.

I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.  —Psalm 121

Lord, sometimes You rescue us from the valleys but sometimes You stay awake all night and watch over and protect us in our  valley seasons.

Heavenly Father, when I look at this picture and think about my latest valley, it makes me smile.  I believe the cabin represents Your constant care and protection for me during my time in the valley. Thank You for helping me in the valleys.

I Love You, Lord!

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 128-130, 132, Psalms 134-135

Lord, Thank You for Answering My Cries —Psalm 99:6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 98-100, Psalms 102, 104

Heavenly Father, I’m no Moses, Aaron, or Samuel but I know Your hear me and answer me when I cry out for help.

Moses and Aaron were among his priests;
Samuel also called on his name.
They cried to the Lord for help,
and he answered them. —Psalm 99:6

Do I always feel Your presence?

Do You always answer how I would like?

Do You answer when I would like?

Do You always say “yes” to my requests?

No, no, no and no.

But You have promised to never leave me alone when life isn’t going my way (Matthew 28:20) and to use these times for my good and Your Glory (Romans 8:28).

Lord, I don’t believe this just because Your Word says so, I’ve seen it happen over and over in my life.

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 105-106

Lord, I’m Weary and Worn Out—Proverbs 30:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 30:1-31:31

Heavenly Father, everyday I’m amazed at how relevant and applicable Your Word is to my life. You really understand the highs and lows of human beings. Thank You for keeping it real.

I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense. I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One. —Proverbs 30:1-3

I have felt every emotion in these verses many times in my life.

  • weary
  • worn out
  • stupid
  • lacking common sense
  • lacking wisdom
  • not knowing You

Thankfully, the more time I spend with You, the more I know You but the rest of these feelings show themselves more than I would like.

Lord, right now I’m tired, weary and worn out. It’s been a hard season and I’m physically and emotionally spent. I know You’ve given me the strength and health to make it each day. I’m thankful. My time with You is what keeps me going.

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“Lord, I know that You can give me rest so I cry out with all I have left. Let me see redemption win, let me know the struggle ends. I’m worn.”

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 42-46

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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