Daily inspiration: Jesus said, Love thy neighbor as thyself. God wants you to treat yourself with kindness because you are His child. Lord, as You love me so, too, will I love me and through Your help I will care for both my body and my mind so that all will know that I am Your child.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God Philippians 4:6
A Time to Think: The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don't cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Instead, stand still, whisper His name, and listen. He is nearer than you think.—Max Lucado
A Time to Act: Believe that Jesus Christ is with you, helping you now, and that through Him your life can be changed.
A Time to Pray: Lord, help me to bring the dark places of my life into the sunlight of Your promise.
Birth Verse for September 19: "Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. Nehemiah 9:19
PrayFit Devotional: Of Gifts and Gratitude
September 19, 2012
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” –John 15:6
Read: 1 Corinthians 12
Anyone who is blessed enough to be around children for any length of time knows that you often end up with the strangest collection of gifts. My girls are no different. Much to the dismay of our community groundskeeper, Mya and Ella are intent upon picking every flower that they see, always with a single plan in mind — to brighten someone else’s day with a makeshift, yet heartfelt bouquet.
This gesture, which holds great meaning to the girls, is quickly lost on us grown-ups. We accept the flowers with a showy smile and a nod, only to set them down in the moments to follow. We carry on with our business, leaving petals to wilt and whither from neglect. It is only when Mya and Ella return to inquire about the condition of their floral good tidings that we are suddenly forced to ponder the true value of their gift. Put plainly, the flowers matter to them because they probably carefully selected each one with me and Wendy in mind, and no explanation can soothe the heartbreak of our apparent ingratitude.
Our bodies are exquisite and unparalleled works of art. Formed from the dirt in His own garden, each for a unique purpose. And like flowers handed to you by a child, they were given to us with an expectation of continued care. How we express gratitude for our bodies doesn’t just matter to us. It matters, perhaps more than we’ll ever know, to the One who gifted them in the first place. –Eric Velazquez www.prayfit.com/2012/09/