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Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 17:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Daily inspiration: Today be kind and loving and expect nothing in return. When you lift your consciousness above the darkness, you will understand that the life of Christ is the only enduring life. Lord, teach me to see You in my neighbor.

Daily Scripture & Reflection: Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19

A Time to Think: We fail in the work of grace and love when there is too much of us and not enough of God. –Suzanne Woods Fisher

A Time to Act: Be patient, have faith and work towards what you desire.

A Time to Pray: Lord, thank You for the grace that strengthens me for tasks large and small.

Birth Verse for January 17: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

PrayFit Devotional: Glory By Way of Pain; Jan 17, 13, Read: 2 Thes 1
“May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” –2 Thessalonians 1:11

Do me a favor and hold your breath for a couple seconds while you read along. I’ll let you know when to exhale. Ready? (Deep breath.) “Well,” he said while reading my medical chart. “I want you to do more. Let’s push it a little. You’re ready.” (You can breathe now). And so can I.

Like you, I held my breath yesterday at my latest check-up. As if in a cage, I paced back and forth from one side of the room to the other. Waiting, praying, hoping. Thirteen months since I first began treatment. And sure enough, by God’s grace alone, I’m healing; so much so that I’ve been given permission to do more.

What are you going through today? Are you struggling physically? Do you need God’s healing hand, an encouraging word, an intentional prayer? We want to know so we can pray for you. List whatever you want us to pray with you about in the comment section. If you’d rather, go ahead and list “unspoken” and we will most certainly pray. We want for you what’s happened in our own life. Like our passage today says, “May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” (v.11)

Oh, and as I left the office, my doctor asked me about PrayFit. Sentimental me, I got choked up as I told him about some church visits on the East coast in a few weeks. He reached out his hand and shook mine saying, “Call me from the road if you need me.”

Color Peña gone. Glory by way of pain. –Jimmy Peña
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