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Daily Encouragement - October 14

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 

—Psalm 34:10

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 

—Psalm 13:5

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

—Ephesians 5:20

WHEN MANY THINGS SEEM to be going wrong, trust Me. When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me. These are supernatural responses, and they can lift you above your circumstances. If you do what comes naturally in the face of difficulties, you may fall prey to negativism. Even a few complaints can set you on a path that is a downward spiral by darkening your perspective and mind-set. With this attitude controlling you, complaints flow more and more readily from your mouth. Each one moves you steadily down the slippery spiral. The lower you go, the faster you slide; but it is still possible to apply brakes. Cry out to Me in My Name! Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. Thank Me for everything, though this seems unnatural—even irrational. Gradually you will begin to ascend, recovering your lost ground.

When you are back on ground level, you can face your circumstances from a humble perspective. If you choose supernatural responses this time—trusting and thanking Me—you will experience My unfathomable Peace.

This is one of my favorite devotions from the book, Jesus Calling. It definitely hit home to me as I can find myself lately being one that easily gets frustrated, but I am also reminded of the following prayer that has become a prayer for the Music Ministry of Centenary.

Centenary United Methodist Church

Music Ministry Prayer

You’ve given us the words, Lord, and the music…….

A song of life that’s new and unrehearsed;

You have given us the joy that makes our hearts sing,

Even though at times the tears come first.

You’ve taken all our yesterdays of discord.

A clash of cymbals, meaningless and vain,

Transposing all the noise into a love song

That floods our very soul with its refrain.

You’ve taken all the gifts we once thought ours,

Lord, and changed the composition of their worth,

Reclaiming what was yours from the beginning,

Returning them, transfigured by rebirth.

You’ve given us the theme for our existence, and we

Will sing Your glory all our days…

For now, Lord, and forever, be our music and

Make our lives a symphony of praise.


Be Blessed and BE A BLESSING!

Paul Saik 

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