1. Susan Schmidt

    Tears In a Bottle

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    You keep track of all my sorrows.You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. – Psalm 56:8 (NLT)

    This year brought me some unexpected sadness and I’ve cried many tears. What a loving Father we have…He has caught every one of those tears and put them in a bottle. Not only that, He has recorded why those tears were shed. Perhaps when I finally see Him, we will sit together as we go through His book and review those times of tears of joy and sadness. It will be then that I’ll see how His loving hand was on me and comforting me through each of those moments – when we are together in a place where there are no more tears or sadness. Thank You, Father, for your loving care and mercy.

    Father God,

    Your care for me during times of sorrow warms my heart. You are such a loving Father full of compassion – beyond my finite understanding. I anticipate the time when I can see how Your loving hand was over me during my time here on earth. I bless You, Father. Praise to You Lord! Praise You, Jesus! Hallelujah!

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  2. Susan Schmidt

    Meet Him In the Morning

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    “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.

    Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” – Psalm 5:3 (NLT)

    Do you meet with God in the morning before the busyness of the day? My journal time used to be in the evenings, but I now include my prayer time in the morning. Why? As the day goes on my mind becomes more “cluttered” with the busyness of the day and I find it more difficult to focus on my time with the Lord. Mark 1:35 tells us “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” (NLT) How can we do any less?

    Father God,

    Thank You for this special time of day when You and I can meet together to share before the day begins. Thank You for bending down to listen to me as I talk with You. You are such a loving Father and I am blessed to know that You are with me now and throughout my day. I ask for Your guidance and direction as I go through this day, and that Your creativity flows through me. May my to do list become Yours, and may I be a help to those who cross my path today for I’ll know that You have sent them my way. I praise You, Lord, for Who You are and I thank You for the blessings that You have sent to me. May Your will be done in my life today.

    In Jesus’ name, Amen

  3. Susan Schmidt

    Be Still….

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    “Be still and know that I am God!” – Psalm 46:10

    You’ll note that the verse in Psalms ends in an exclamation point. The Lord is emphasizing to us that we need to be still before Him. When was the last time that you were still before God? Have you ever tried to sit with no noise for just five minutes and to quiet your mind? It’s very difficult – at least it was for me – to try to be still for even a short period of time. Last week I prayed aloud to the Father about my hopes, fears, expectations and to ask His advice on a path that I feel He is opening for me. As I asked Him to speak to me and then I sat quietly and waited to hear from Him, words came to mind that I wrote down:  all my heart, obey, love, follow His path, know Him, trust, serve, depend on Him, and pray. My devotions recently have been teaching me that prayer is not a monologue, it’s a conversation with the Creator – the One who loves me and is my Father. I’m trying to learn to listen for His voice. Won’t you join me?

    “for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!” – Psalm 95:7

    Father God,

    Thank You for Your teachings and for showing me that I need to be still before You and to listen for Your voice. Please continue to teach me not only how to pray, but how to be still. Thank You for Your wisdom, Your guidance, Your patience, but most of all Your unending love. May Your will be done in my life.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen

  4. HisDaughter

    Mustard Seed Faith

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    He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20 (NIV)

    Have you ever seen a mustard seed? I’ve recently stumbled across a necklace I had as a child that has a mustard seed encased in a plastic ball. The seed is so very small that if it were loose it could be easily lost.

    If you look at Matthew 17:14-20 you’ll see that Jesus was talking to his disciples. They were unable to cast out a demon and came to Jesus to ask why they couldn’t drive it out. These were the apostles, the men who had been with Jesus, witnessed His healing power, and had experienced His teaching first-hand. If anyone would have faith, I would think that it would have been them. Yet they didn’t have the faith necessary to work in Jesus’ name.

    This makes me think that perhaps my faith is even smaller than the apostles’ faith – a mere particle of the mustard seed faith that Jesus mentioned. This thought has been with me this week and has me longing to draw even closer to the Father and to ask Him to work in me to increase my faith. May He become greater in me that my faith would increase to the size of the mustard seed.

    Adonai,

    Thank You for the lesson on faith. May I take Your words into my heart and seek You to increase my faith. May Your words take root in me that my faith would grow. Teach me, Father, and help me to grow my faith into the size of that mustard seed and even larger than that if it is in Your will. May Your light continue to shine in me that I would be Your beacon in this world.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  5. HisDaughter

    Praying Always

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    Never stop praying. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)

    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. – Phillipians 4:6 (NLT)

    How often do you pray? Just in the morning as you start your day? Or maybe at night as you’re falling asleep? Perhaps you “shoot up” quick prayers throughout your day. The Bible tells us that we should never stop praying. Wow, that’s a tough one, isn’t it? We’re also told to pray about everything. This is the point where I confess that I haven’t been praying about everything. I’m one of those people who think that “This is too small to bring before the Lord.” But the truth is that if I can’t bring the small things to Him and trust Him with those, why then bring the “big” things?

    A very dear friend of mine has taught me to pray about everything. When something that I would deem small happens, he turns to the Lord in prayer to ask for His intervention, guidance or wisdom. He turns to the Lord, asks for what he needs and asks for the Father’s assistance. That’s it, end of story. Can it be that simple? Yes, it can. If we earnestly turn to Him and ask for His help, our Lord is there to listen and to reach out His hand for His child. Turning to the Father in these “small” areas of your life helps you to increase in your trust and faith in Him.

    I’m learning that lesson – to never stop praying. Won’t you join me?

    Adonai,

    You alone are El Olam, The Everlasting God, and I am blessed to know that You love me and want me to talk with You about everything. Thank You for teaching me that I need to trust You with all areas of my life no matter how small or insignificant that I feel that they may be. May I continue to turn to You throughout each day to talk with You and to ask You for Your guidance and wisdom as I continue on the path that You have set for me. Thank You for Your patience and love and for showing me how to increase my faith and trust in You.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen