40 Day Devotional: Day 16: my favorite prayers

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Although I often pray by heart, I love praying words of others too!

Prayer to Do Good (F.B. Meyer England, 1847-1929)

Forgive me, most gracious Lord and Father, if this day I have done or said anything to increase the pain of the world. Pardon the unkind word, the impatient gesture, the hard and selfish deed, the failure to show sympathy and kindly help where I had the opportunity, but missed it; and enable me so to live that I may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow, and add to the sum of human happiness.

Prayer from Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Germany, 1906-1945)

O God, early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray; and to concentrate my thoughts on you; I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness, but with you there is light; I am lonely, but you do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help; I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience; I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me. . . .
Restore me to liberty, and enable me to live now that I may answer before you and before men.
Lord, whatever this day may bring, your name be praised.
Amen.

And this one is one of my favs as well:

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!
That where there is hatred, I may bring love.That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.
That where there is discord, I may bring harmony.
That where there is error, I may bring truth.That where there is doubt, I may bring faith.That where there is despair, I may bring hope.That where there are shadows, I may bring light.
That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.
To understand, than to be understood.
To love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

—Saint Francis of Assisi—  

Be inspired!

Tell me, what are your favorite prayers?

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40 Day Devotional: Day 18: Prayer Day

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Philippians 4:6 NLT

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Tomorrow is Prayer Day in the protestant church in Holland. We pray for the coming season of work, especially for agriculture. Later in the year we come to church to thank God for the harvest and the fruits of our work.

Prayer is admitting you cannot do it alone and you need God. To me, prayer is about having a relationship with my maker.

Do you pray? Do you think it really works?

Peace.

40 Day Devotional: Day 19: Spending wisely

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via Zenhabits

 

New International Version (©2011)

Matthew 6:24
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money

This afternoon I spent budgeting and tracking my finances. This thorough watching of my finances is new to me this year, because I was “leaking” money by subtly overspending on certain things.

I want to take ownership of my finances and make well-informed decisions about where I spend my money, in order to be able to give and be a good steward of the money God has entrusted me with.

Here’s an article with awesome tips from – again- Leo Babauta from Zenhabits.

How I save money (in 16 tips)

Be inspired!

40 Day Devotional: Day 20: Facebook Fasting

Image“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.”

Matthew 6:16 NLT

When reading the above text, I can opt to keep it a secret what I’ve been trying to change for Lent: spending less time on social networks like Facebook, to be able to create more time and space for creating, praying, meditating and living

Nevertheless I am sharing about it, to show you that you don’t die from cutting back on time consuming potentially addictive sites like Facebook. On the contrary.

I’ve been fasting Facebook for Lent for four weeks now. For me that means:

  • not scrolling through the newsfeed like a zombie (ok once in a while my eye might fall on the top story but THAT’S IT)
  • going on it only once every 3 or 4 days to check for private messages
  • using it as a tool to promote my blogposts to my audience (I do that by autoposting, which means I don’t have to open Facebook at all to do that)
  • scrolling quickly through my “notifications” (like I said: only every 3 or 4 days) to see if there’s something I might want to actually react to (instead of opening every single notification)

I think it’s been a success so far, I have been keeping this Daily Devotional up and I am sure I would have had a way harder time to accomplish that (among other things), if I would have been on Facebook, to scratch the unhealthy “I HAVE TO CHECK FACEBOOK NOW!!” urge.

In fact, I like this so much more than the way I used to go on Facebook and linger there and get lost and/or checking it compulsively ten times a day, that I don’t want to go back to my old ways.

Are you inspired to cut back too?

Read this post by Leo Babauta from Zenhabits:

Walled-in: Life without Facebook

or

A survival guide for beating information addiction

Enjoy!

Peace.

40 Day Devotional: Day 21: Going to bed good

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After a good day of rising early comes the challenge of going to bed good.

Psalm 4:8

When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace;

you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe.

When I ask God at night to guard me at night with his Holy Spirit and his angels, I find I have fewer nightmares and sleep better. How awesome! I also started the habit of meditating 5 minutes before bed. This puts me in a very good place too! Tuned in to God and his peace.

Need some practical advice on how to make a habit of sleeping “like a baby”?

Check out Leo Babauta’s article here. It rocks!

Wishing you a peaceful night in God’s hand.

40 Day Devotional: Day 22: It’s a beautiful morning!

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Psalms 118:24 HCSB

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Good morning! Here in Holland spring is very near! Exciting times of new life, new growth and opportunity.
I just love the fresh breeze in the air after winter.
I find it also a little easier to get up in the morning with earlier daylight available.

Also finding it a challenge to get up EARLY in the morning?

Zen Habits has a helpful and inspiring blog post on this topic: ‘Most succesful techniques for getting up early’

Enjoy your day and remember what you’re grateful for today.

Peace.

 

40 Day Devotional: Day 23: Surprised by joy!

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Nehemiah 8:10 NLT

“Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!

My baby niece came to visit us for the first time! What a joy it was, being around such a little miracle of creation.
No time to be sad.

from justasmidgen.com
from justasmidgen.com

 

This little bundle of joy catches all the souls that come close to her and touches them with love.

So today, go and spread some JOY too,be contagious and catch some souls