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Remember to pray & read the entire passage before beginning.
Psalm 63

 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
    my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. ”
Psalm 63:1

  • How does the psalmist characterize his relationship to God.
  • What is his reaction to God’s love and provision?
  • I absolutely love the picture drawn by verse 7. What does it mean to you that God is your help and you can rest in the shadow of His wings?
  • How does this Psalm shape the way that you live your life? How does this direct your focus, your desires, and how you pray to our Almighty God?

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A friend began praying verse  over my children and shared with me how she had been praying. It often enters my prayers for my kids as I desire that they would earnestly seek God and their souls would thirst for Him. Praying for you today that you would hunger and thirst for the Lord as you rely on him for His steadfast love and help. Praying for you!

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First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,who gave himself as a ransom for all.
1 Timothy 2:1-6

It’s Okay to Cry

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Weep with those who weep.” 
Romans 12:15b

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

John 11

“Jesus wept.”
John 11:35

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  • Sometimes people just need to know you understand where they are. They need to share their pain and know they are in a safe place. In the midst of his pain and the “advice” of his friends, Job responds in this way, “Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!” What does that tell us about how to comfort?
  • Looking back to the story of Lazarus, Jesus knew that he would raise him from the dead. He knew that the sadness of his friends would turn to joy, and yet he wept. He felt their pain and wept. What does this reveal about how our perspective on an event shouldn’t shape our response to those who weep?
  • Pray that the Lord would help you to love in a way that meets the needs of those who weep.

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May the Lord equip you with compassion and love to comfort the way He did.

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Rejoice with those who rejoice.” 
Romans 12:15a

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

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  • Sometimes it’s easy to join others in their happiness, but sometimes it is difficult, even painful to rejoice along with others. It could be a struggle that we are going through, or a painful lesson we’ve learned, maybe a great loss or simple envy. But, no matter what… Romans 12 tells us how we are to react to the joy of others. Write it down.
  • Is there a place where you are finding it difficult to rejoice with others. Confess it now, and ask the Lord to change your heart (Psalm 51:10)
  • Remember no matter how alone you may feel. If you know Jesus, He is with you (Matthew 28:20). He will give you the strength to love the unlovable, he will show you joy in the midst of sorrow, or help you overcome envy.We have a choice each day to share joy with others or exist alone in our own little world. How are you going to choose to live?

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Praying that the joy of the Lord will be your strength today.(Nehemiah 8:10)