Never Alone

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In the most difficult situations you will face today, you are never alone. Say to yourself often, “The Lord is with me, I shall not want.” Then go quietly about your work, trusting in his constant supportive presence.

Take time to remind yourself that his great power is beyond your wildest imagination. Yet, the maker of the sun and the stars is your gentle caregiver.

“As tenderly as a father treats his children, so the Lord treats those that fear him.” (Psalm 103:13)

In all that this day brings…know that you are loved tenderly. In your most trying times, pause just for a moment to draw upon our Lord’s tender care. It is the deep reservoir from which you can draw to meet your own need…and be able to offer that same loving care to others.

Please help me, O Lord, to experience a new sense of your tenderness today. Amen.

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016

God Never Fails

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God cares for you, regardless of what you may feel at this moment. He never fails. Some days our sense of His caring is so real that it seems to flow into us…and through us… with the freshness of a mountain spring. Then…there are days when it takes everything you can muster just to go through the motions of caring. That “mountain spring” isn’t flowing.

When we reach the end of our resources, our Father’s full giving is only begun.

When we have nothing left to give, we need to draw on God’s caring, sensitivity and patience. His resources…not ours…are the source of deep healing for us and those for whom we care. Reflect on the fact that you are deeply loved. Allow our Lord, the ultimate loving caregiver, to fill you with his immeasurable, supportive love.

Help me, O Lord, to share your love more fully today. Amen.

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016

You Are Deeply Loved

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Whatever this day holds, you bring God’s presence to one of His needy children today.

He’s chosen you to be God’s on-site caregiver. You do it out of love. But sometimes…in all the pressures of everyday demands…the warmth of our giving can often run dry.

When that happens…you need to be cared for. Remind yourself of how deeply you are loved – by family, by the person you care for even if they are limited in their ability to show that love. But don’t stop there. When you can, get to a quiet place for a few moments to remind yourself that…

You are deeply and wondrously loved by our most compassionate God.

And allow yourself to be strengthened as you draw on the endless resources of His love and care.

Help me, O Lord, to remember that, in all of today’s pressures, you care for me. Amen.

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016

Let My Heart Sing

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Sing! Not to perform. But sing…because it does your heart good. Sing to the Lord. It can help to change your attitude and lift the atmosphere in any room. Does the person you care for have a favorite song or an old hymn. Familiar words and tunes can stir healing memories. And singing with someone else, matching their words and rhythm, is a way of linking your hearts.

Music lifts you above life’s pressures and demands

if only for a few moments. And if you just don’t have the courage to sing, try saying quietly, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Those comforting words are almost music. Let their promise of the loving presence of God strengthen you and the one you care for.

Grant me, O Lord, the gift of a singing heart. Amen.

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Quiet My Heart

God has promised that His quiet, reassuring presence will be with you in all the routine of today. But…unexpected things may challenge that quiet, frustrating your sense of peace.

If you feel yourself getting tense, try to pull back for just a moment. Pray…without worrying about the “right” words. A simple “Help, Lord!” can break the pressure and open you to God’s quieting, infilling presence.

When our inner resources run dry, our loving Father cares

Without even a hint of judgment, he freely offers His peace, His quiet, His insight and His healing to you…and through you.

Lord, in all the demands of today, please help me experience your guidance. Amen.

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Peace for Today

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No matter what you may face today, God has promised you inner peace. Probably…you’ve already begun making mental lists. Sorting the things that have to be done from those you’d like to take care of. And bracing yourself for today’s unexpected challenges.

Wait! Take a deep breath…or two. Quiet your thoughts and your heart. The pressures of this day won’t go away. But you can face them from a place of inner peace. Remind yourself of this:

You’re not alone. Our comforting God is with you, supporting you.

When you are tempted to respond in haste or frustration…pause for a moment and let God quiet the storms you will face today.

Help me, O Lord, to draw on your peace and guidance today. Amen.

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016