Verse of the Day – Psalms 85:2

“You forgave the iniquity of your people, you pardoned all their sin. Selah” Psalms 85:2 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Oh, I am so very thankful for our Father’s forgiveness. I know that each of us can look back to the point in time when we handed over the reigns of our lives to God and let Him lead us. When I think back on that time, I had convinced myself that I wanted nothing to do with Him. I’m so incredibly thankful that He didn’t give up on me. That is one of the reasons that the term “prodigal” resonates with me so much. With our sins pardoned and iniquities forgiven, we can look at the last part of this verse. What does Selah mean, anyway? While there are differing thoughts on what the word means, the base translation of the word is “intermission”, which is a musical/theatrical term. Of course, an intermission is a break/pause in music/theatrical events. This may include music or it might just be a time of reflection. I know that I mention looking back to where God found us quite often. My intent is not to dwell on the past, but to see just how far God has and is bringing me. It reminds me that I handed over the control of my life to Him, who can do way better than I ever could imagine. 
Prayer for today: I pray that we would take an intermission. Reflect for a moment on the things that God has done in your life keeping in mind that He brings order and peace, not chaos and strife. I pray that we would rejoice in Him as He has forgiven us for all of our wrongs, and just wants to be closer to the creation He knit together in your mother’s womb. 
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
May God’s grace, hope, and love overwhelm you today…

Verse of the Day – Romans 10:9

“because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:9 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: What do we confess with our lips and believe in our hearts? Do those two things match in our daily lives that others can see? Are others witnessing a Christlike example? These are some questions that are easy to ask, but can be challenging to answer. We have to take a very close look at our lives and what we confess by our lifestyles. Here is a little insight to this verse. The word heart means “the heart; mind, character, inner self, will, intention, center.” Used in this manner, believing in our hearts should reflect in our character and how we live. It is in the spiritual fruit that we bear according to Galatians 5:22-23. Please know that I’m not throwing stones or trying to condescend. These verses are often difficult to send out because it would be hypocritical to write something and ignore the Holy Spirit when I find that I need to work on the same issues. Know this. You are loved. You are wanted by God. You are welcomed to His presence whenever you seek Him out.
Prayer for today: I pray that our lives would reflect what we believe in God and through our Savior, Jesus Christ. That we would desire to allow the Holy Spirit to convict us as needed and to guide us all on the path toward holiness and Christlikeness. 
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
May the love and hope of God fill your lives…