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Lord, Give Me Cause for Great Joy—Nehemiah 12:43


Today’s Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 12:27-13:6, Nehemiah 5:14-19, Nehemiah 13:7-31, Malachi 1:1-2:9

Heavenly Father, I can’t imagine the feelings of the people of Judah as they gathered to celebrate the completion of the new wall of Jerusalem. Yes, they were happy because things were getting back to normal and the finished wall made them feel safe but I think there was another reason for their joy.

Many sacrifices were offered on that joyous day, for God had given the people cause for great joy. The women and children also participated in the celebration, and the joy of the people of Jerusalem could be heard far away. —Nehemiah 12:43

Lord, You knew this project would be something that would unite this divided group of people. You knew the power of working towards a cause that is so big that it’s impossible for one or two people to make it happen. You knew the power of teamwork. Nehemiah was Your chosen leader for this project and You gifted him with a supernatural understanding of the power of joy.

And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” —Nehemiah 8:10

Jesus, when you came to earth and died for us, Your message and Your kingdom became our “cause for great joy!” Help us to unite and work as a team to help others to know You more.


In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!



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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Malachi 2:10-4:6, Joel 1:1-3:21

Lord, Don’t Put Me in Charge—Isaiah 3:1-15

images-5Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:21-5:30

Heavenly Father, I know that Isaiah was speaking of the coming devastation of Judah by the Babylonian army in these verses but I couldn’t help but think about leadership in today’s world, especially the church.

In those days a man will say to his brother,“Since you have a coat, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!” But he will reply,“No! I can’t help. I don’t have any extra food or clothes. Don’t put me in charge!”  —Isaiah 3:6-7

Gone are the days when people decide to become leaders because of a strong moral conviction to do the right thing. Now days there’s usually an ulterior motive– power, money, climbing the ladder, or personal agendas.

What happens when all the “perks” of leadership go away?

No money, no fame, no success plan?

Who would want to be a leader if there are no benefits?

Lord, as Your people, help us to rise to the occasion in these days of leadership famine. Help us put our selfishness aside. Make us givers instead of takers. Help us to serve others with a pure heart.

Lord, help us to say “yes, I’ll be in charge and lead others to You.”


In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 16:19-20, 2 Chronicles 28:26-27, Isaiah 13:1-16:14

Lord, My Motivation for the Good Life has been Wrong—Ecclesiastes 2:24


Today’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-6:12

Heavenly Father, the older I get the more I understand Ecclesiastes. I used to think this was one of the most depressing books of the Bible but now I see it as a book that has as much wisdom as Proverbs. Solomon had it all, did it all and owned it all. From the beginning he was driven to succeed, very goal oriented and never settled for less than his high expectations.

Here’s what he says about success during the later years of his life:

Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. —Ecclesiastes 4:4

Lord, in our 20s, 30, and 40s most of us would never admit that our motivation for success is to be like our neighbors. Now that I’m in my late 50s I will confess that more than likely that was my motivation for most of my life. In today’s world it’s even worse. We are tempted, stimulated and manipulated by the media and advertising from the time we are born (how many 3 year olds know what McDonald’s looks like?), so we don’t just envy our neighbors we envy advertisements, air-brushed people on magazine covers, celebrities, movie characters, and our social media friends’ pretend lives.

Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible got caught up in the success myth so we’re in good company, right? Here, I go again Lord, using the mistakes of people in Your Word to make me feel better about myself. While it does give me comfort, the purpose of Your Word is for us to learn from the mistakes of others, not feel better about our poor attitudes, desires, and choices.

From everything Solomon experienced this is what’s on his mind in his golden years:

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. —Ecclesiastes 2:24

Lord, help me to enjoy each day’s work, food, and drink. Help me and my friends who are striving for “the good life” to stop striving and just enjoy the simple pleasures You provide. Forgive us for envying the lives of our neighbors, both the real and pretend ones.

In Jesus name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:1-11:6

Lord, Give Me Passion for My Calling



Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 7:1-51, 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22 

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Solomon was a man on a mission. He was hard at work. He was in tune with Your desires and plans. His brain was is project manager mode for years. There was no sitting on the throne, eating grapes and being fanned by beautiful women in his daily life (I’m sure he managed to squeeze in some time in for this 🙂 ). Between building the Temple and building his palace, Solomon worked on building projects for 20 years.

How did he keep his motivation high over that many years?

Lord, from reading Your Word it seems that Solomon was in the center of Your will for his life. I’ve seen this in my life and the lives of many others, when humans get in their sweet spot–where Your plans, our talents and abilities and a noble cause align–there is a supernatural fire or passion and causes ordinary people to accomplish extra-ordinary things.

Solomon was a great example of living life with passion but Jesus, You were the greatest example. EVERYTHING You did on this earth was because of Your passionate love for us and Your desire to give us eternal life.

Father, during this season of my life there are many things I “can” do, but my desire is to passionately live out my calling until my time on this earth is done. Lord, give me the wisdom of Solomon to live out my calling.

Anoint me with passion today!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 8:1-11, 2 Chronicles 5:1-14, 1 Kings 8:12-21, 2 Chronicles 6:1-11,1 Kings 8:22-53, 2 Chronicles 6:12-42

Lord, Help Me to “See My Neighbor”–Deuteronomy 22:1, 4

Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Heavenly Father, from today’s reading it is apparent that caring for my neighbor is important to You…

If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner. 2 If its owner does not live nearby or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and keep it until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it. 3 Do the same if you find your neighbor’s donkey, clothing, or anything else your neighbor loses. Don’t ignore your responsibility.“If you see that your neighbor’s donkey or ox has collapsed on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it back on its feet! —Deuteronomy 22:1-4

The problem is that too many times I choose NOT to see my neighbor’s need or I choose NOT to get involved enough to know there is a need.

There are so many hurting people that it can be overwhelming.  It’s easy to become callous and num to the hurting in this world.  Lord, show me “who is my neighbor” today and then show me again tomorrow.

Lord, in today’s independent, selfish culture help me to really “see my neighbor.”  Help me to make a conscious effort to add value to their lives.

Jesus, help me to realize this is a command not a suggestion…

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” —Matthew 22:36-40

Holy Spirit, give me Your eyes to “see my neighbor” today.

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IN Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:1

Lord, Help Me to Accept Responsibility for My Mistakes–Deuteronomy 1:37

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

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses was reviewing the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. I was confused my Moses statement:

And the Lord was also angry with me because of you. He said to me, ‘Moses, not even you will enter the Promised Land!” —Deuteronomy 1:37

It seemed that Moses was blaming Your decision for him to NOT enter the Promised Land on the Israelites. When I read the original journey in Numbers it definitely seemed like Moses fault to me:

So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord.  Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?”  Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.

But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”  This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the Lord, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them. –Numbers 20:9-13

Lord, I realize there may be more to this than I understand, but to me it seems like Moses was saying to the Israelites, “It’s your fault I got so mad.”  “It’s your fault I didn’t demonstrate God’s holiness.”


Lord, forgive me for the times in my life I’ve blamed other people for my mistakes.  Help me to accept responsibility for my mistakes. Holy Spirit, remind me of the lessons learned from these mistakes.  Use my mistakes for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33

Lord, Help Me Finish Well–Numbers 31:1-2


Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 30:1-31:54

Heavenly Father, as I read Your instructions to Moses the words, “Finish well” came to mind.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “On behalf of the people of Israel, take revenge on the Midianites for leading them into idolatry. After that, you will die and join your ancestors.” —Numbers 31:1-2

Lord, this was Moses’ last assignment before leaving this earth.

I wonder how he felt?

What was he thinking?

  • I’m tired of this job, why do I have to do this?
  • I’m retiring, what do I care if these people win or lose?
  • These people have been driving me crazy for 40 years I think I’m going to tell everybody what I “really” think of them!

Lord, I’ve seen this scenario played out too many times in the corporate world and the church world–in the last two weeks of a person’s career they ruin their reputation and cause people to say, “Thank God they’re gone!”

Jesus, help us to realize our job is to make our last days our best days.  Paul made it very clear:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. —2 Timothy 4:7-8

Lord, whether we’re working for  ourselves, a small or large company, or a church or community organization; whether we’re a volunteer or getting a salary, help us to realize finishing well is one of the ways we worship You.  It’s a way to show the world we’re different.

Lord, help us to apply this to our whole life as well. Help us to continue to serve You and cause others to Know You More, all the days of our lives!

Father, I’m sure Moses heard these words from You.  I pray that we will as well.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. –Matthew 25:21

Holy Spirit, strengthen us at the end of our race.  Give us the determination to finish well for the Glory of God.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 32:1-33:56

Lord, What’s My Assignment? –Exodus 31:1-6

Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:1-31:18

Heavenly Father, I love the fact that You, the God of the universe chose, appointed, and assigned particular people to do particular things to build the Tabernacle.  What’s just as exciting is You “filled them with Your Spirit,” which gave them the “wisdom, ability, and expertise” to complete their “calling” with excellence! (Exodus 31:1-6)

Lord, I know the same holds true today.  Many times throughout my life You have given me wisdom, ability, and expertise to do something that needed to be done; something I had no idea how to do in my understanding.  I’m sure Bezalel and Oholiab were honored to be chosen, but they may have left like Moses (and me)… “Lord, I don’t think I can do this.”  Just like Moses, they did it “afraid” and it turned out to be “exceedingly, abundantly, more than they could have expected.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Jesus, I pray that today, we will be looking for Your assignments.  Help us to realize that, “You qualify those You call.”

Holy Spirit, speak loudly.  We don’t want to miss our opportunity of a lifetime.  Help us to see any task great or small that has been assigned by our Heavenly Father as an honor and a privilege.  Help us to jump at the chance to be used!

Jesus, give us supernatural discernment to know when the enemy of our soul is trying to keep us from accomplishing our “divine assignments.”  Help us to be strong in You and Your power (Ephesians 6:10-12).  Use us for Your Glory today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 32:1-34:35

Lord, Thank You for Rest —Exodus 20:8-11


Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1–22:15

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us enough to command us to rest.

“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.  Exodus 20:8-11

Lord, in these four verses You teach us so much.

  • Leaders and parents shouldn’t just tell those they lead what to do but they must lead by example. It’s the only way to lead.
  • You, the God who sees everything took time to rest, so we, Your children should rest as well.
  • We have the ability to make a day holy or unholy.
  • Pulling away from the world and dedicated a day to you each week is a holy act.
  • The day we rest each week is blessed by God

Father, time with You is healing to our body, minds and spirits. Thank You for loving us enough to command us to rest from the cares of the world.


In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:

A Prayer for the Workplace–Genesis 30-31


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 30:25-31.55

Lord, help us to have the work ethic and dedication to our employers like Jacob:

Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country. Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.”

“Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you.  —Genesis 30:25-27

Heavenly Father, bless me today with the blessings of Jacob.  As I go into my workplace give me the wisdom and creativity to be an asset to my employer.  Remind me to be loyal and faithful to my company, corporation, or organization.  Lord,  help me perform my job with excellence for Your honor.

Jesus, reward me for my hard work and faithfulness.  May my boss see my contribution to their team as an asset, may they feel blessed to have me in their employment. Give me favor with them.

Father, bless my employer!  Give them a year of increase.

Lord, protect me from harm in the workplace.  Guard me from the rage that is rampant in the world today.  Help me not to fear what people can to do me.  Help me not to forget that You gave me this job and no one can take it away from me, unless You give them permission.

Holy Spirit, speak loudly if You have plans for a job or career change this year.  Lead and direct me if there are preparations needed for this change.  Give me the peace and confidence to know You are in complete control and that You will get Your will accomplished in my life.

Jesus, let my attitude, integrity and performance in the workplace be a witness of Your love and faithfulness.  Use me to help others know You more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 32:1-35:27

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