June 1, 2020

The purpose of faith

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  James 1:2 & 3

The book of James.  It has been said to be the Proverbs of the New Testament.  I want to go through this book in much the same way we did the book of Proverbs, but only in small sections instead of whole chapters each day.  Today we will look at James 1, verses 1 – 8. 

This book starts with the admonishing to think of trials as a joyous thing.  It’s not an easy thing to do.  We all are in a trial right now and although we are all together in this thing, I haven’t heard anyone say we should chalk this up as a joyous event.  What is there to be joyful about a quarantine, social distancing and  covering your face in public places.  James points out that trials are the reason for our faith.  We spend our time building up our faith by spending quiet time with God, reading His Word and loving others, but the times we actually are using our faith is when we are going through something.  This is when James says we should get excited and be joyful.  Imagine the next struggle that comes your way and when you see it you say “Oh good, I get to use my faith now and trust God to get me through this and bring a good result for all involved.”  It usually doesn’t happen that way, but what if we trained or grew our faith to that extent.  How would going through trials be so much more different?

James goes on to say in verses 4 – 8 that faith works patience and then patience produces a perfect work which results in our lacking nothing.  That sounds pretty good.  The only problem with that is most of us don’t want to ask for patience because we have been conditioned by the world that patience brings the trial.  It turns out, that is totally backwards.  James says it gets you through the trials as you combine it with your faith.  (The trials are coming either way, with or without patience)

Now we ask for wisdom to know the right steps to take as we go through trials.  We are also assured that we have that wisdom because God said He would give it generously.  Even though we don’t feel like we have it, we just go ahead and thank God for it because He said He would give it.  That’s when we receive it, when we believe He will do what He said He will. Lastly, it says if we waver or debate that we have wisdom or question whether God will give it, we can expect to receive nothing because we are unstable and not only in receiving wisdom, but also in all our ways.

I want to leave you with this passage in the book of Acts of how the apostles rejoiced after they were beaten for preaching the good news.  Acts 5:40 – 42 And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.  This is truly an example of being joyful in the midst of a trial.  They recognized that the trial was the purpose they were given faith in the first place.

Today I want to encourage you to count it all kinds of joy when trials come because it gives you to opportunity to let God come in and work all the circumstances together for good.  Let your faith and patience work together in whatever struggle you are going through and receive wisdom from God to get the plan for victory!

Today’s scripture reading: James 1:1 – 8

May 31, 2020

The virtuous woman

Who can find a virtuous wife?  For her worth is far above rubies.  Proverbs 31:10

Finally, my favorite Proverb.  I know many people think this is a hard one and even avoid it because it seems unattainable to be like the virtuous wife talked about In this chapter.  However, I find it inspiring and encouraging and although I am far from matching up to this pattern for women, I aspire to step up each time I read it.

So in today’s dose, I am taking each verse from 10 – 31 and bringing them into today’s example to make it a little more attainable.  I hope you will enjoy and identify one or two areas that you can become more like her.

Vs. 10 – Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?  She is more precious than rubies.

Vs. 10 – Who can find a godly woman?  Her value is a rare find and her goodness is even harder to find.

Vs. 11 – Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.

 Vs.  11 –Her husband is completely secure and trusting in her. He will never be hurt by her words or actions.

Vs. 12 – She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Vs. 12 – She always looks for ways to make him feel loved, wanted, encouraged and respected.  She would never think or say bad things about him or do things to get back at him or punish him all the days of her life.

Vs. 13 – She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.

Vs. 13 – She seeks to make her home welcoming by designing, decorating and keeps her home with joy.

Vs. 14 – She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar.

Vs. 14 – She’s like a grocer.  She hunts the brands and foods he heeds and likes from far away – even searches the world wide web.

Vs. 15 – She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

Vs. 15 – She gets up early enough to ensure the day’s direction received from spending time with the LORD. Their breakfast and coffee is ready – lunches prepared.  Not scrambling about and setting a frazzled tone for all day for everyone.  Every task is carried out.

Vs. 16 – She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.

Vs. 16 – She sees their home, she sets her faith to buy it, not neglecting her husband or family to do her seeking or praying.  Then when her faith comes to sight she plants flower gardens and trees with her own ideas and hands and monies she has gained from her own sowing and investments.

Vs. 17 – She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.

Vs. 17 – She exercises and works out to stay strong for her task – not weak and feeble and run down and then she just looks good not just physical but mental and spiritual.

Vs. 18 – She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.

Vs. 18 – When she sits quiet before the LORD, she sees what the LORD has blessed her with and is thankful for all that she has in her life.  She feels good about what she has accomplished that day.  She stays up late to finish the needed tasks for that day not begrudging the time she has enjoyed with her family. 

Vs. 19 – Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber.

Vs. 19 – She is skilled in the crafts of home and is diligent being a homemaker.

Vs. 20 – She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

Vs. 20 – She always seems to know who is hurting in mind or in body.  She is aware of those sick in the church or her neighborhood and is quick to check up on them and give a hand.  She is never too busy to stop by and pray.

Vs. 21 – She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.

Vs. 21 – She has no concern if an emergency arises for her family because she knows she has their home ready.  She watches over the supplies and makes sure there is plenty to eat and the right clothes.  No matter what the next season brings, they are prepared.

Vs. 22 – She makes her own bedspreads; she dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.

Vs. 22- She buys linens and rugs to make her home look top of the line.  She always looks her best and the LORD helps her combine the best of outfits and shop to find the finest apparel and deals to do the tasks He has called her to do.

Vs. 23 – Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders.

Vs. 23 – Her husband is known as he sits and meets with godly men or his bosses or with the leaders of our time. 

Vs. 24 – She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.

Vs. 24 – She makes deals, contracts, jobs and clothes.  She sells them to buyers and She knows how to trust God and believe for things herself, putting no added pressure on her husband to bring all the moneys in.

Vs. 25 – She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

Vs. 25 – She knows her place as his wife and is secure in being called Mrs. ______ and is prepared for the future looking forward to it with great excitement and joy.

Vs. 26 – When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.

Vs. 26 – She always thinks about what she is saying to encourage those who are hearing it.  She is never mean, harsh or negative.  She doesn’t lose her cool when teaching or instructing.  She does it all with patience and kindness.

Vs. 27 – She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.

Vs. 27 – She is alert and aware and her home is working like clockwork, never spends time lying around feeling sorry for herself or gossiping on the phone or being just plain lazy.  She remembers that she is ordained as a helper of God and has faith to do preparations and be that helper.

Vs. 28 – Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:

Vs. 28 – Her Children are confident because of their mother’s love and attention to their life.  Her husband is amazed and compliments her accomplishments.

Vs. 29 – There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all.

Vs. 29 – There are many godly and working women in this world but you out shine them all.

Vs. 30 – charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.

Vs. 30 – Being a show off is phony and looks depend on plastic surgery these days, but a woman who loves and fears and worships the Lord is the one who will end up with all the praise.

Vs. 31 – Reward her for all she has done.  Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Vs. 31 – She will live in the good fruit that she has sown and her husband will tell of all the amazingly awesome and outstanding things the LORD has allowed and used her to do as he fellowships with the leaders around the globe.

Today I want to encourage you to step up in you daily walk as a virtuous wife/woman.  Take some time to set a new goal and put a plan together on how you can accomplish that goal.  We all have areas that we can improve ourselves in. If we don’t keep growing and moving forward, we will drift backward and slip into habits that will cause life to be dull and boring.  Seek the LORD on how you can become stronger in your life walk and follow the direction He gives.

Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 31

May 30, 2020

God’s Word is pure

Every word of God is pure;  He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.  Proverbs 30:5

This is such a powerful verse and shows the importance of knowing the Word of God.  First of all it says that God’s Word is pure.  It means it has no imperfections in it, but it is also innocent and without shame.  It is untouched by corruption and cannot be tainted.  However, no matter how much you know this truth, if you don’t actually know His Word, you can never know the depth of the power and pureness in it.  The truth is in knowing God’s Word is where the ability to trust Him is.  God does not say one thing in the scriptures and then act a different way.  He is consistent with His Word and His character is revealed in it.

For example, God doesn’t say in His Word that He will never leave you or forsake you and then go off somewhere where He cannot be found.  He is always available, just like He said He would be.  If you don’t know His Word, you cannot know Him.  As we begin to study and learn God’s Word, we are actually learning about who He is.  God’s Word tells us He is faithful, He is just, He is pure, He is eternal, He is good and He is love.  Now you can trust Him because you can see that He is full of goodness and there is no evil in Him.

This chapter also speaks of knowing God through His creation.  It talks about such things as the wind, the seas and the boundaries of the world that He established.  Through the natural elements, we can also know God.  Out of Him comes beautiful things, abundant and unstoppable, no matter how hard people try.  We also trust God because we can see that the things He created far exceed any of man’s inventions.

Lastly, He is our shield when we trust Him.  Just as you used your faith to receive His salvation and enter into relationship with Him, you use your faith to receive His shield of protection.  Because you know His Word and know the many promises He has made to protect and guard you continually.  The bottom line is that we trust God because He has given us His Word to know Him and believe His promises.

Today I want to encourage you to get to know God by getting to know more of His Word.  Hide it in your heart like a great treasure that you draw from continually.  His promises will get you through every struggle that comes in life and give you His peace as you go through them.  As you read this chapter today, identify some things that reveal something about God that you didn’t realize before.  Then focus on that attribute today and trust Him more than you did before you learned it.

Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 30

May 29, 2020

I just want to vent

A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.  Proverbs 29:11

Sometimes I just feel like venting.  I don’t want anything to come out of it, I’m not even trying to sway others to take on my opinions.  I just feel like I want to let it all out instead of holding back.  The problem with that is, I don’t feel better after.  In fact, I often feel worse.  I feel like I have release a bad attitude and said things I really shouldn’t have felt, let along said.  Today’s verse says the fool is the one that wants to always let his feelings out.  You could say the fool likes to give others a piece of their mind.  It doesn’t help anything and it never encourages others or builds them up.  Even if you say, I’m not hurting anyone, but I just want my say in the matter, that doesn’t make it any less foolish.

In contrast, the wise person holds back from releasing bad feeling.  In fact, the wise can actually keep their emotions in check by not allowing the bad thoughts in.  Consider this:  If you train your heart (aka guard) to recognize when a wrong feeling or thought is trying to get in, you can stop it immediately.  I now do this instead of venting my feeling.  My secret is to pray for the person that is causing me to have the negative thoughts and feelings immediately when the idea comes.  There is nothing that closes the door faster on those negative, unwanted emotions than lifting others up in prayer.  The best thing about that is God gets the victory!!

Today I want to encourage you to be wise with your changeable feelings.  Take control of your thoughts and words, don’t let them control you.  Whatever the situation is that has you rattled, look for ways to be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.  Lift other up to God that may be frustrating you or coming against you, and don’t be foolish by venting all your feelings, exercise grace and compassion instead!

Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 29

May 28, 2020

Confess and forsake    

Whoever covers their sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.  Happy is the person who is always reverent, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity/disaster.                   Proverbs 29:13 & 14

Did you ever try to cover something up?  Maybe you made some excuses for why something went wrong to make yourself look innocent in a matter when the truth was you were caught red handed?  Today’s verse says that when we confess and turn away from our errors, we will have God’s mercy.  Think of it on a grander scale.  Making excuses and covering things up is what criminals do.  They run and hide after committing a crime.  When they do get caught, they have excuses about being a victim of their circumstances.  It is rare that a criminal comes right out and confesses.  Even when they are pronounced guilty in a court of law, many still will try to justify and cover up the real truth.  When we bring this scenario back down to a personal, everyday level, you can see how easy this trap is to fall into.  When confronted about a decision made or an action taken, it is easy to blame the decision on the current circumstances.  It’s been that way from the beginning.  When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, their first response was to blame others.  In fact, there really isn’t any record that they ever confessed and forsook their sin.  Their lives could have taken a different turn if they had fallen on their knees before God and said ”forgive us for we have sinned”  Instead, they had to be forced out of the garden and separated from the home that God had given them.  God was still merciful, but their hearts were hardened and their lives fell into calamity.

Obviously, this is still going on today.  It is a form of pride in that we don’t like to admit when we have done wrong or missed in some way.  The truth is God is so gracious and will forgive if we just come clean and admit we were wrong, and most people will be gracious too.  Here’s the reality:  covering sin + a hardened heart = calamity, disaster and defeat.  The good news is that confession + forsaking sin + being reverent and respectful = happiness, success and prosperity.

Today I want to encourage you to forsake sinful habits in your life.  Even things as simple as gossiping, complaining and criticizing others.  Yes, these are sinful habits, and yes, they will lead to destruction, especially if you want to hide them and hold on to them.  Get rid of them and forsake them.  Whatever it is that is keeping your heart hard and full of pride, determine to turn away from it right now.  Confess these things to your Heavenly Father and receive His forgiveness and unconditional love!  He has a successful and happy life for you to live, but you have to first turn away from the things that are against Him.

Today’s scripture reading:  Proverbs 28

May 27, 2020

Be a sharpener

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.  Proverbs 27:1

Do you have any friends that sharpen you?  What do I mean by sharpen?  Friends that bring out the best in you and inspire you be become greater than you are right now?  I’m not talking about just someone you may know that you occasionally come into contact with that entertains you with stories of great exploits. I’m talking about friends that you go through life with.  Your everyday friendships that are closest and most valuable to you.

Today’s verse is a comparison to how our friends and those we are closest to impact our lives.  It says that it’s just like iron that sharpens iron.  It can actually be explained by saying we become like those we hang out with and are closest to.  It is significant because the iron that is doing the sharpening is made out of the same material that it is sharpening.  So whatever kind of friends we have, they are rubbing off on us and us onto them. 

Now is when we evaluate who we are becoming and who we want to become.  If you consider who you want to become and the goals you want to attain in life, you can quickly assess if you are filling up your time with the right influences.  You do have a choice.  The first choice to make is that you are going to be sharpener.  Become the kind of friend that encourages and inspires others to become the best version of themselves that they can be.  Second, find the people that are accomplished in the things you want to be successful in and spend time learning from them.  Having a mentor is a great place to start.  Someone that can help you to set goals and make a plan to reach them. 

The kind of people you spend the most time with are going to be the ones that you can look at their life and pretty much see what yours looks like.  Take a good look but don’t let your surrounding determine who you will be and what you will accomplish, make that decision for yourself.  You can even become a great sharpener simply by leaving every meeting and conversion better than you found it.

Today I want to encourage you to become a sharpener!  Help those around you to become sharpeners too.  The best place to start is with attitude and outlook.  Encouraging your current friend to be people of grace, kindness and thankfulness will always leave them better than if you spend your time with them gossiping and complaining.  Next make a plan to find someone that can rub off on you.  Someone that is always growing and sharpening their skills and those around them.  Spend some time praying about who you should surround yourself with and then commit to learning and growing from those He leads you to.

Today’s scripture reading:  Proverbs 27

May 26, 2020

Don’t argue with fools  

Do not answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you will also be like him.  Answer a fool according to his foolishness, and he will be wise in his own eyes.  Proverbs 26:4&5

Have you ever had an argument with someone that was irrational and even foolish?  Sometimes the argument can be so far out there that you think, “Surely I can help them understand”.  Yet somehow, they just won’t get it.  I have had this type of “talk”.  I was always thinking that I could help the foolish find their way to some kind of rational thought process.  It turns out that foolish and irrational people really don’t want to know.  They just want to go the way of foolishness and take others with them.

Today’s verse is about that person and you, if you have ever pursued that conversation.  It says if you answer or talk to a fool to try to reason with them, you are just as foolish as they are. Not only that, but when you do answer them, they think they are wise because you engaged in their foolishness with them.  So, on both sides, no good comes and there is no change of heart. 

The entire chapter gives wisdom for dealing with the foolish at heart.  The first step is don’t argue or even try to reason with a foolish person.  It’s sad really, because even though you truly have it in your heart to help them and lead them to the truth of God’s love and ways, they only want to be the one that has all the answers.  In reality, the Holy Spirit is the only one that can reach a foolish heart.  The answer? Pray for them.  Ask God to open their eyes to the truth and their heart to be prepared to receive it.  Pray for others to come into their lives that they will listen to.  It’s hard to watch especially if it is someone close to you that you love.  However, God is faithful and when we purpose to keep them before the LORD in prayer, He will answer.  It is His will for all to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4), so you can be confident that He will answer that pray because it is according to His will!

Today I want to encourage you to pray for those who are close to you that you see going in a foolish direction.  Ask the LORD to protect them and keep them safe and for just the right person to come along that will help them receive the truth of His unconditional love.  Then ask the Holy Spirit to work on their heart and get it prepared for that meeting to come.  God will help a fool as we give Him access into the situation through prayer.  Don’t argue with a fool, take that foolish loved one right before God and know that God will get wisdom through.

Today’s scripture reading:  Proverbs 26

May 25, 2020

Refining time

Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.  Proverbs 25:5

This verse is so fitting for our current circumstance.  It is talking about removing the impurities of life.  Those not so productive habits that we hold on to in our lives.  The impurities of life can also be attitudes of our heart that may be well hidden but come to the surface when pressure is on.  When silver is heated to a certain temperature, all of it’s impurities are brought to the surface and can be pulled out to bring the silver to its purest form.  The impurities were there all the time, but they were not able to be seen until the silver went into the fire.  As the silver is melted down, the impure parts separate from the precious and valuable part and can be drawn out and thrown away forever.

This is how it is with people.  We may look refined on the surface, but deep down there are impurities that we try to keep hidden.  When the pressures of life come, that’s when the not so nice things come to the surface.  Maybe it is anger, maybe its anxiety, it could even be a habit that is consuming all your precious time.  This is the time we are in right now.  Refining time.  The pressure is on in the form of epidemic.  Maybe it doesn’t really feel like pressure, but the fact is that life as we once knew it has changed, and for the time being, it seems like some changes could stick.  In this time when we have been forced to pull back from the busyness of life, we can see the things that need refining in our lives.  Make this time a time to remove some of the things that hold you back from accomplishing all you want to accomplish in life.

Today I want to encourage you to identify some of the areas that need refining in your life.  Maybe it isn’t necessarily bad things, but just something that isn’t moving you forward in your walk with God.  Use this time to refine yourself to your greatest potential.  Don’t come out of this pandemic the same as you went into it, become a better parent, a better spouse, a better child, a better employee and a better friend.  Use this time to become the best version of you that God created you to be.

Today’s scripture reading:  Proverbs 25

May 24, 2020

Pray for the king

My child, fear the Lord and the king.  Don’t associate with rebels, for disaster will hit them suddenly.  Who knows what punishment will come from the Lord and the king?  Proverbs 24, 21&22

Here is another scripture that backs up the law that the “king” works for God.  It also gives instruction not to associate with rebellious people and to consider/submit to the consequences that will result from standing against authority.  This includes conversations disapproving of current restrictions that are being imposed.  It doesn’t mean that the king, president, governor, mayor or any other leader is always right, but as it says in Romans 13, these are in position for your good to uphold law and order in the land.  So again, I want to reinforce the importance of praying for those who make the laws and decision for our towns, our country and our world.  As we pray for them, not only does our heart change toward that authority, but we become thankful for our leadership and our land.

The scripture only gives one exception to this principle, it is when laws are made that you worship other gods.  God gave the law that we are to have no other god before Him and we can see examples of people in the scripture that were being forces to worship images to the point of death.  When king Nebuchadnezzar issued an edict that everyone was to bow down and worship his golden image, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused.  However, they did maintain their respect and honor for the king.  They didn’t go off talking behind his back saying:  “who does he think he is telling us we have to bow down to his image?”  When they were brought before the king, they didn’t take on a rebellious and prideful attitude fighting all the way.  They spoke to the king with respect and humility.  They actually were submitting to the law because they were willing to pay the price.  They said  “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”  They maintained their honor for the king and submitted to his law that they would have to be thrown into the fire because of who they worshiped.

Daniel was also faced with a similar dilemma when there was a law that the people could only pray to the king or face the lion’s den.  Daniel still honored the king, and submitted to that law that if he prayed to His God, he would accept the decreed consequences.  Here’s the thing about submitting to authority, submission is only required when you don’t agree with the authorities.  When you agree with everything that is going on, you have no need to submit because you are in agreement.  However, when there are laws that you don’t agree with, such as driving 55mph or social distancing, that is when you can clearly see how submissive your heart is. 

Today I want to encourage you to submit your heart not only to the local, state and federal authority, but mostly to God’s ways and laws.  This is where true submission starts.  If you say, “I’ll submit to God, but not to the laws that are in this world right now”.  This is not submitting to God because He said to submit to authority.  Make a decision and commitment to your Heavenly Father today that you are not only going to submit to authority but also pray for them.  Not just the ones you like and agree with, but for all of them.

Today’s scripture reading:  Proverbs 24

May 23, 2020

    Set your mind on things above

Do not overwork to be rich, because of your own understanding, cease!  Will you set your eyes on that which is not?  For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.  Proverbs 23:4-5

I need a constant reminder not to focus on what is temporary in this world.  To not be running after more.  More things, more money and more entertainment.  These things are a distraction from my purpose here in the world.  Yes, finances are important, not only to sustain life, but also to support the ministry I have been given and to build the kingdom of heaven.  However, my part is to trust God to provide and to supply every need.  He leads me to the right employment; He gives me the hours that I need.  I don’t need to be thinking how I can earn more or increase my wages.  I ask Him and He provides and leads the way.  If I need to make adjustments in my course, it is my responsibility to take time to listen to His direction and then follow it.  It is the faith life and daily walk.  Sometimes I think if I just had a little more, I would be happier only to realize that riches fly away quickly and true happiness is only in the peace of God.

The problem is that I tend to get distracted when I look at all the world has to offer.  Even though I know it can never satisfy or fulfill the desires of my heart.  I often have to stop and remind myself that beyond today is eternity and only investing my time and resources in that will last,  Proverbs 23:17&18 says,  Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day;  For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.

God’s not against us enjoying this life and He’s not disappointed when we have nice things according to the world’s standard.  He only wants what is best for us and to protect us from the deceptions of this life.  He never planned for us to gain the whole world but loose our soul and He didn’t bless us so we could consume it all on ourselves.  We are blessed so we can reach the world with God’s love and bring hope to a people that have no hope.

Today I want to encourage you keep your mind set on things above.  Make a plan to spend a portion your time and resources on eternal things and let them be your focus and mission in life.  Set a goal to encourage and impact at least one more person each day.  This is not difficult or overwhelming.  Then ask God for help and to lead you to that one who needs His love today.  Don’t worry that its not enough, it will be a little more than you did yesterday and that’s progress!

Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 23