Father, be with us as we enter these days of transition. As Karen begins another school year and as I and others acclimate ourselves to new leadership at work, may we keep You at the center of our speech and actions. Help us to exude Your grace and love in abundance to those we encounter.

James 1:16-18 (<<click here)

Lord, Your word clearly states that all things good come from You and that as the Amplified Bible puts it “there is no variation” in You. You never change. You are a constant. Hebrews 13:8 reads, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

With all the craziness, change and uncertainty in this world, Lord, I am so grateful for Your consistency in my life. And Your presence in my life helps me to be that way, too. I surely haven’t mastered it but You faithfully continue to work in my life.

In many ways the stability that You bring to me and that I try to live out is what draws others to You. Quite often I crack under the pressures of life and do not respond in ways that reflect Your presence in my life.

Fill my thoughts today, Lord Jesus. Permeate them so that my knee-jerk reaction is not anger, or spite or retaliation but instead is love, joy, and peace. Amen.

August 9th, Tuesday 6:37 am