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Daily inspiration and Birth verse for September 17:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Daily inspiration: Confront your problems so they don't gather like weights upon your back. Lord, help me to handle my concerns of today and lay them to rest.

Daily Scripture & Reflection: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:29

A Time to Think: Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer. –E. M. Bounds, author

A Time to Act: Believe God loves you and is present in every aspect of your life.

A Time to Pray: Lord, show me new ways to bring comfort and healing in Your name.

Birth verse for September 18: ...But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love...Nehemiah 9:17 NIV

PrayFit devotional: The Palm and the Cedar
September 16, 2013

“The righteous will flourish like the palm tree, they will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” –Psalm 92:12

Read: Psalm 92

IMG_9712Many of you know by now that Loretta and I walk each night. Not so much for the exercise — it’s simply a time to share the day. So I’d say it’s more like a three-mile mosey. Anyway, a few weeks ago, I noticed a crew caring intently for a tree on our street. A few days went by and there they were, still climbing and manicuring. I admit, I was so impressed with the finished product, I snapped this pic, hoping to share it with you at some point. I think today is a perfect day for it.

In Psalm 92, the Bible says, “The righteous will flourish like the palm tree, they will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” Of all the trees the psalmist could have used to describe the righteous, he chose these two. First, the palm tree can tower as high as 70-90 feet, and its root system is so incredibly strong, it can withstand storms without equal. And what’s more? It produces a lot of fruit. And as for the cedar, this symbol of strength has a trunk that’s more than eight feet wide. And what’s more? It’s impervious to not only weather, but also termites; tough to get to this one from within or without.

Sounds about right, doesn’t it? The palm and cedar. God wants us to be deeply rooted, nourished by His word so we can withstand the storms of life. And He wants us to grow, to flourish, and to be fruitful all the while.

I’m so glad I watched that crew go to work. They can’t take credit for its deep root system. They didn’t design and fashion the fruit. And they certainly aren’t responsible for its strength during storms. But the fact that they took the time to care for it, we’re reading about the One who is.

–Jimmy Peña

Question: How can we be more like the palm tree or cedar? In what ways can our health help us stay fruitful? And how – like the crew – can our humble care for our health point others to the God we serve?
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