"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain."
Psalms 127:1 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: I know I’ve posted several times, but my dad has been in the construction business for longer than I remember. That man has built houses, restaurants, and tons of other things. The gift of creativity he has is amazing. One thing I learned from him is that in order for something to be stable and sturdy, you have to begin with the foundation and you have to know what you are doing. This verse from the book of Psalms has been a source of teaching for me for the last 19 years. Every time I would think I could control my life and tooks the reins from God’s hands, I failed. I failed BIGTIME! But each time I surrendered my life and let my heavenly Father build and shape me, everything went MUCH smoother. You see, I accepted Jesus about six months before I married the love of my life. So, in a sense, my life really began when I accepted that gracious gift of forgiveness and was welcomed into the family of God. Let me tell you, my life was one mess after another, but with our Father in control, He has restored relationships and helped me better understand His heart for others. The wonderful thing is that He truly wants everyone to come to know Him and the hope and peace He offers.
Prayer for today: Father, I pray for my friends today, that You would speak your words of encouragement and peace over them. And if any of us need redirection or guidance to get back on the path toward Your heart, I pray that You would let us come to that understanding. I pray that Your children would know that no matter how far away they might have run from You, that You are still here and waiting to wrap Your loving arms around them. I’m so grateful for You, Papa. I love You. Amen.
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God’s grace on you…