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Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for February 7:

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Daily Inspiration: Never stop praying no matter how hopeless your case may seem. Pray before you start your day and when you end it. Pray before you begin a task. Lord, I thank You for all of Your blessings. Together we can do all that I must.

Daily Scripture & Reflection: Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns! 1 Chronicles 16: 31

A Time to Think: There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. –Maya Angelou

A Time to Act: Blossom into the best that you can be.

A Time to Pray: Lord, give me the determination to reach goals I didn't know I had.

Birth verse for February 7: He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, Proverbs 2:7

PrayFit Devotional: A Dad Who Shows Up; Feb 6, 13; Read: Joshua 1
“Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9

A few years ago, I was living a fitness writer’s dream — working at Weider headquarters in Los Angeles, contributing to two of the most widely-read publications in the industry. But it came at a cost. Hopelessly long commutes and deadline-packed work weeks meant that I was arriving home in the evening with just enough time to kiss my baby girls goodnight and spend a few hours with my amazing wife before heading to bed to do it all again the next day. Though I was flourishing in my role at work, I was far from fulfilling my role as a father. My girls needed a dad who showed up.

I left Weider HQ, along with my bi-monthly paychecks and generous benefits, in hopes of remedying the situation. The overwhelming uncertainty was worth the risk. Today, I am still blessed enough to write for several fitness publications, only now it’s out of a home office. With my girls now at school age, they can count on seeing dad in the seats for every school performance and on the sidelines for every sports camp. They can depend on me to be there to prepare them for the school day and to be there when class is out. They have me to guide them along when it’s time to ride on two wheels and to pick them up when their balance fails them. I may no longer be at the center of the industry but I am at the center of their childhood and that’s alright by me.

Like my girls with me, I draw comfort from the unfailing, divine presence of our Father (Joshua 1:9). He is there when we struggle and when we succeed. We can look to Him when we crave guidance and reach with certainty for His outstretched hand when we fall. We can absolutely depend on His love to find us, each day, and always when we need it most. We never need to ponder whether He’ll be absentee in our life story.

He could have stayed in heaven but the distance and disconnect were simply too much for Him to bear. He needed to be closer to His children and was willing to bear the consequences to come. He didn’t want to miss a thing. Architect of the heavens, Author of our DNA — there’s no disputing His resume. But by a grace we can scarcely understand, He is most at home in a much simpler role: as a Dad who shows up. –Eric Velazquez
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    1902 days ago
    good luck as each day rolls along
    1903 days ago
    Thanks for the good words. I find when I need somthing most, someone comes through with a blog such as yours. Have a great night.
    1903 days ago
    I wouldn't make it through the day without praying and devotionals. There's so much to praise God for!!!! Thanks for sharing God's Word with others.
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