Daily inspiration: When emotions threaten to overwhelm you and you are troubled forgive and all will be forgiven and God will bless you. Father, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
A Time to Think: Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one ever bothered to ask.–Reverend Billy Graham, author and evangelist
A Time to Act: Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them.
A Time to Pray: Heavenly Father, please help me face each day with grace and appreciation for the blessings of Your love.
Birth verse for May 2: and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:2 NIV
PrayFit devotional: He’s Strong. We’re Weak. May 1, 13;
Read: Ephesians 2
“For by grace you have been saved and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” –Ephesians 2:8-9
It just never seems to end, does it? This pursuit of health. For you, maybe it’s another day in the gym, looking at that same row of dumbbells. Or maybe it’s walking another lap around the familiar track with the expected turns. Either way, picking up the weight or the pace are the keys to change, improvement or even maintenance. More…again. Again, some more. Besides, you’re only as good as your last workout, so you huff and puff…(rough). Folks, aren’t we glad Heaven doesn’t require the same?
Let’s face it, we’re just not strong enough, fast enough, good enough. Fortunately, Jesus lifted our heaviest burden and walked the steepest hill. We can stop fighting a fight He’s already won. In fact, the next time you’re struggling to lift yesterday’s dumbbell with a body designed to weaken, or you’re trying to keep your previous pace with steadily slowing legs, take a second and smile. Go ahead. Just grin and shake your head. Let it remind you of just how small and weak you are, and just how big and able He is. I admit, whenever I do that, I seem to be a little stronger and a little bit faster. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I realize He’s put me in charge of something that requires my effort. –Jimmy Peña