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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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 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

40 Day Devotional: Day 24: Fear of losing things

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Phillippians 4: 6-7

In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Today I found myself in fear of losing the pictures on my smartphone. I got so anxious about how and where to back-up them and my husband said: “Let it go, it will be allright, I got it covered”.

This is illustrational for other things in my life: immaterial things like relationships, people, pets, health and the like. Sometimes I think I am in charge of them and responsible for losing them and I get scared I will, forgetting there’s someone else in charge…

All I have to remember is this:

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