Daily Inspiration: God has wonderful plans for your life. Lord, for just a moment I will stop talking and listen to what You have to say to me.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
A Time to Think: Faith activates God. Fear activates the Enemy. –Joel Osteen
A Time to Act: Recognize that your faith will lead you to great things.
A Time to Pray: Thank You, Jesus, for the precious moments when You bless my worship with Your Holy Spirit.
Birth verse for January 29: To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. Colossians 1:29
PrayFit Devotional: Of Gifts and Gratitude; Jan 28, 13; Read: 1 Cor 12
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” –John 15:6
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