Daily Bible Reading “The LORD Speaks to Malachi” (Malachi 1:1-6)

The LORD Speaks to Malachi

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from the book of Malachi. Malachi was considered to be a “Messenger of the LORD.” The name Malachi comes from the Hebrew name (Mal’akhiy) which means “my messenger” or “my angel.”

God delivered His message to the people of Israel through the hand of Malachi. Malachi was one of the twelve prophets from the Old Testament.

The book of Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament of the Bible. No other prophet was sent to the people after Malachi until John the Baptist appeared on the scene making a way for the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is believed that the book of Malachi was written after the books of Haggai and Zechariah, because Malachi talked about the temple already being rebuilt. Malachi ministers to the people of Israel about 100 years after they returned to Jerusalem from exile.

The temple had already been rebuilt. The people were making their sacrifices, but they still hadn’t seen the things come to pass that the prophets Zechariah and Haggai told them the LORD said would happen. They may have been discouraged and wondering if the LORD forgot about them.

In this Scripture Malachi shared the judgment of the Word of the LORD to Israel. The LORD first said, “I have loved you, but you say where have you loved us?” Have you ever asked God that question? Maybe you didn’t ask Him out loud, but you thought it, because of the circumstances of your life?

The people of Israel went through some tough times. Some of them were in captivity for a long time. They returned home, but things weren’t easy. A lot of work had to be done. They had to rebuild the temple and rebuild the city.

The LORD tried to reassure the people of Israel of His love for them before He corrected them for their disobedience. God loved Israel. They were His chosen people. He tried to make a point like Jesus did in John 14:15 when He reminded us, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

The LORD asked, “Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother? I loved Jacob, and hated Esau.” He basically told them that He chose Jacob and didn’t choose Esau. He chose the children of Israel, who were the descendants of Abraham and Sarah, to be His people. But He didn’t choose the people of Edom, who were Abraham’s children with Hagar, Sarah’s maid. The Israelites had been in captivity, but they were able to return to their homeland. The people of Edom were forever out of God’s blessing.

The LORD told about the judgment He placed on Edom and the blessing He bestowed on the Israelites. He reassured the Israelites that they were His chosen people. He loves them and will love them forever.

Speaking to the priests, He said they despised my name and then they asked me, “Where have we despised your name?” Do we do the same thing, not honor God, as our Heavenly Father, and the LORD and Master of our lives?

Daily Bible Reading:

Malachi 1:1-6

1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,

3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.

5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel.

6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

 

Things to think about:

  • What was the LORD’S concern in this Scripture?
  • What did the LORD say about Edom?
  • In what ways can we Honor God as our Heavenly Father?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You that in this Scripture in the book of Malachi we are reminded that, as our Heavenly Father, we are to honor and respect You. Forgive us of the many ways in which we fail to show honor to Your name. Help us to be mindful as we go about our daily lives to honor and respect You as our Heavenly Father. Help those who haven’t accepted You as their Heavenly Father to come to know You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. We love You, LORD. Amen.

-Excerpt from The Book of Malachi: A Message from the LORD.

 

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The Book of Malachi: A Message from the LORD

by Deborah H. Bateman

About the Book:

The Book of Malachi: A Message from the LORD is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. Malachi was considered to be a “Messenger of the LORD.” God delivered His message to the people of Israel through Malachi. Malachi was one of the twelve prophets from the Old Testament. The book of Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament of the Bible.

The Book of Malachi: A Message from the LORD includes eight Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary from the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for discussion or contemplation, and a prayer for the day to go along with the lesson. This book is great for a personal daily devotional or for a group Bible study.

For those of you interested in Bible journaling, may I suggest you pick your favorite Bible verse from each lesson and journal about it. This will be a great reminder of the lessons you learn as you read and study this book.

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Daily Bible Reading “Song of Moses” (Exodus 15:1-18)

Song of Moses

 

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Exodus 15. In this scripture is a well-known Biblical prayer called the Song of Moses. It is the first song in the Bible. It is a prayer in the form of a song praising and thanking the Lord for what He did for them.

In chapter 14 the people of Israel were camped between two mountains and were boxed in when Pharaoh’s army came after them. God parted the Red Sea and casts Pharaoh’s men in the sea.

God put them in this situation so he could show them His provision. They were set free from Egypt. Egypt is a picture of the world. We too can be joyous when we are set free from this world and see God’s provision in our lives.

This song is also mentioned in Isaiah 12, Psalm 118 and in Revelation 15. In every one of these situations the people were rescued by God, their deliverer.

Singing a song to God is a wonderful way to praise and worship God. Prayers can be sung to God. Psalms 98:4 says, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”

You don’t have to have a beautiful voice to sing to the Lord. He wants you to praise Him anyway. It doesn’t matter where you are you can sing to the Lord anywhere. Singing can be a way of showing thanks to God for what He has done for you.

When you reach out to God by singing and praising Him the Bible says, He inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Moses says in verse two, I will prepare him a habitation.

When you are feeling down, just start singing and praising God and your spirit will be lifted, because the Father seeks those who worship him.

Read through this Scripture and notice what it says the LORD is. He is my strength and song, He is my God. He is my father’s God. He is a man of war. He is glorious in power and in holiness. He is great and excellent. He will reign forever.

Even though God is a God of love, He still is a warrior, in that He protects His people from the enemy. This Scripture pictures physically what we have to do in prayer as we war against the wicked spiritual forces in this world.

We need to pray for our families and ask for God to watch over them and protect them every day. Thank God we have Him to go to and pray fervently to intercede for those who are in our world.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Exodus 15:1-18

1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.

5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.

6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.

8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.

13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.

15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.

16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be [as] still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.

17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.

18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who do you say that the LORD is to you?
  • What are some ways we can praise and worship Him?
  • How do you praise and worship Him?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this scripture that once again shows us how You take care of the people who serve You. We worship and praise You for Your holiness. We are in awe of Your strength, power and might. We love you, LORD. Amen.

 

Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:

The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. – Exodus 15:2

 

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Each lesson contains a brief commentary, coordinating Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer for the day. Give Thanks is a great Bible study for individual or group Bible studies.

Four of Deborah’s friends contributed to the book and one of her friends contributed pictures of nature to remind us to be thankful for God’s creation. May God bless you as you read this book and remember all the things you have to be grateful for and to “Give Thanks” with a grateful heart.

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Daily Bible Reading “Be Thankful” (Psalm 100:4)

 

Be Thankful

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 100:4 and many other Scriptures.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).

What are some words that remind you of what it means to be thankful? Some of the words I think of are grateful, appreciative, gratitude, and give thanks. We may use the words thanks or thank you to show we are thankful for something.

We have so much for which to be thankful. Think of all the things in our daily lives for which we can be thankful such as our family, homes, food, clothing, etc. One of the things we can be thankful for is this big beautiful world we live in that God created. I love to look around and see how many things I can find for which to give thanks. If we made a practice of doing that every day we would find we have a much more thankful attitude. What are some things for which you are thankful?

This Scripture reminds us that praise and giving of thanks are the keys that unlock the door for us to enter into the presence of God. When we pray these are two of the things we should do before we ever ask God for our needs. He blesses us in so many ways. We have so much for which to thank Him. He wants to know that we appreciate everything he does for us. Doesn’t it make you feel good when someone thanks you for doing something for them?

Having an attitude of gratitude can help your overall well-being. When we are grateful for the things we have we are blessed even more.

There are so many Scriptures in the Bible about giving thanks to the LORD I had a hard time eliminating them and deciding which ones to share on this post.

2 Samuel 22:50 – Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

There are a lot of verses in the book of Psalms about giving thanks to the LORD. I have included a few of them.

Psalm 18:49 – Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

Psalm 30:12 – To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Psalm 35:18 – I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

Psalm 97:12 – Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalm 105:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Psalm 119:62 – At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Psalm 136:26 – O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 140:13 – Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

Even Jesus gives us the example of being thankful when He gives thanks to God in Mark 14:23 – And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.

Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Paul thanks God for the people of Colosse in Colossians 1:3, “We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.” Are you thankful for the people in your life? Do you let them know you’re thankful for them?

This Scripture reminds us to give thanks for everything 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

This Scripture reminds us to pray and give thanks for all men including those who are in authority. First Timothy 2:1-2, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

Hebrews 13:15 – By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Revelation 11:17 – Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

I shared all these verses with you to show the wide range of things we have for which to be thankful. I hope this has helped to remind you to be thankful for everything.

 

 Things to think about:

  • What does it mean to be thankful?
  • What are some things for which we can be thankful?
  • How does it make you feel when someone shows they appreciate what you do for them?
  • What are some ways we can show our thanks to God?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for these Scriptures which remind us that we have so much for which to be thankful. Help us to show our gratitude to You for all You have done for us. Help us to show our appreciation to others for things they do for us. Help us to live a life of gratitude, being grateful and thankful for everything. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

– Psalm 100:4

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Give Thanks is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends. Give Thanks contains 21 daily Bible lessons that remind us to have an attitude of gratitude.

Each lesson contains a brief commentary, coordinating Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer for the day. Give Thanks is a great Bible study for individual or group Bible studies.

Four of Deborah’s friends contributed to the book and one of her friends contributed pictures of nature to remind us to be thankful for God’s creation. May God bless you as you read this book and remember all the things you have to be grateful for and to “Give Thanks” with a grateful heart.

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Daily Bible Reading “Be Like-minded” (Philippians 2:2)

Be Likeminded

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Philippians 2.

“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (Philippians 2:2).

In Philippians 2 Paul talks to the church of Philippi about being like-minded. What does it mean to be like-minded?

Some of the phrases that might be the same as to be like-minded are:

  • Be in unison
  • Be in harmony
  • Be compatible
  • Be of one mind
  • Be in one accord
  • Be in agreement with one another
  • Have a singleness of mind and purpose
  • Be joined together
  • Have a singleness of heart
  • Be one in spirit and mind
  • Share the same feelings
  • Be on the same wave length
  • Focus on the same goal
  • Unite in spirit
  • Be intent on one purpose

In this Scripture Paul explains to the people how important it is for them to be united as one body in Christ. He reminds them of the humility of Jesus, who took on the body of a man and was crucified on the cross for our sins. He encourages them to let the mind of Christ be in them.

He tells them to do all things without grumbling and arguing so that we might be lights in the midst of this dark and perverse world. If we don’t shine our lights in the darkness, who will?

Jesus reminded us of this in Matthew 5:16 when He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The enemy will do everything he can to try to destroy the body of Christ by trying to divide and conquer us. He will to ruin our testimony by having us bicker and argue or disagree. He will use anything he can to get our minds and focus off of what we should be doing and cause division among believers. He knows he can discourage us by causing us to have disagreements with one another.

I don’t like arguing and fussing with people. There are some subjects that are best left alone. Some things can be a touchy subject for a lot of people, especially religion and politics. I don’t try to force my opinion about either one on other people.

Even though I write and teach about the Bible, I know not everybody is going to agree wholeheartedly with me. I realize that some things are personal and everybody has to make their own decisions about them. I can tell them what I believe and what the Bible says, but in the end it is up to them to decide what they want to believe.

We all have our own opinions about some things and everybody is entitled to their opinion. Why can’t we agree to disagree with one another? We should not feel intimidated by other people because we happen not to agree with them. But, some people will try to make you feel ignorant if you don’t agree with them, like their opinion is the only one that matters.

Even God, when He created us gave us a free will, the right to make our own choices. Some people try to cause division. We especially need to be on guard against this in the church and even in our own families. The enemy will take the smallest things and blow them out of proportion in order to cause strife and division among us.

If I have questions about certain things I try to discuss it or talk it over with my husband or daughters in private. I know that even if we disagree they won’t stop loving me because we have a different opinion. The best thing we can do, as believers, is pray and ask God to show us the right thing to do.

Jesus warned us in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Do we want to live, as believers, letting the enemy rob us of our joy, peace, and unity with one another, or do we want to live the abundant life that Jesus died to give us? Let’s strive to be like-minded and live in one accord with one another. After all, if we are basing our opinions on the Bible we should all be of the same mind.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Philippians 2:1-16

1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

 

Things to think about:

  • How does this Scripture say that we, as believers, should treat one another?
  • What does it mean to be like-minded?
  • What does it mean to be in one accord?
  • How should we act?
  • After reading this Scripture, is there any area you need to repent of or ask God for help?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this Scripture where Paul reminds us to be likeminded and live in one accord with one another. Help us to strive to do so. Forgive us of the times that we have not been in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Help us not to let little things cause division among us and keep us from doing what we are supposed to be doing for You. Forgive us, LORD and help us to be what You would have us to be. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse for Journaling of Memorization:

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

– Philippians 2:2

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The Book of Philippians: Paul’s Letter to Philippi is a Daily Bible Reading study of the book of Philippians by Deborah H. Bateman. The book of Philippians is from the New Testament of the Bible and is one of the Apostle Paul’s letters. In the book of Philippians Paul encourages the saints at Philippi to be strong in their faith, to stand fast in the Lord, and to be content in Christ.

Paul loved the Philippians and it shows in his writing to them. Paul knew that they loved him as well. The Philippians showed their love for Paul by supporting his ministry.

Paul would never forget the Philippians because of the way they cared for him when he ministered to them. They would always have a special place in his heart.

Paul wanted the best for the Philippians. He wanted to make sure they never let anybody steer them in the wrong direction. He wanted them to stay on course and do the things he had taught them whether he was with them or not.

The Book of Philippians: Paul’s Letter to Philippi contains ten Daily Bible Reading lessons. Each lesson consists of a brief commentary, the Daily Bible Reading Scripture, several questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer for the day to go along with the lesson. This is a great Bible study for individual daily devotions or for a group Bible study.

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Daily Bible Reading “Seasons of Our Lives” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 )

Seasons of Our Lives

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. We can all understand that there are different Seasons of Our Lives. There is also a time for everything in our lives. This Scripture in Ecclesiastes states that very well.

As there are seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall and winter, we all go through seasons in our lives. The seasons of the year were part of God’s plan from the beginning of creation as we see in this Scripture in Genesis 1:14-15 which tells us, “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.”

SPRING is a time for planning and planting. Maybe you plant a garden or a flower bed. You may plan your vacation, wedding or some event that will take place in the future. It is a time for hope, new beginnings and looking forward for what is to come.

I really love the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter in the spring. John 11:25 reminds us, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”

SUMMER is a time for fun, cookouts, vacations, weddings, beach trips, and births; these are times in our lives when we are celebrating the good things and blessings that God has brought into our lives. It is a time of joy and a time to harvest the crops that we planted in spring like this Scripture talks about. Proverbs 10:5 tells us, “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.”

FALL may be a time of letting go of something or someone, maybe the people that we love most in our lives. I love when the leaves on the trees change colors to beautiful colors of gold, rust, and orange. But eventually, as we have to learn to let go, the trees have to let go of their leaves. This may be a time of sadness. We have to learn to lean on God for strength to get through these times in our lives.

One of the highlights of fall is the celebration of Thanksgiving. It is a time when families get together and celebrate with one another. It gives us a chance to offer thanks to God for all His blessings like this Scripture says. Psalm 100:4 reminds us, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

WINTER of our lives may represent a death, a divorce, a serious illness. It is a time of sorrow. These are cold dark times in our lives, but with God’s help we can get through them and then it is spring again and He brings hope back into our lives. One thing that I love about winter, which helps to brighten those cold, dark, dreary days, is the celebration of Jesus’ birth during the Christmas holidays.

This Scripture reminds us that as long as the earth exists these seasons will remain. Genesis 8:22 tells us, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

No matter what season of your life you are in God is there for you. He is there when you are celebrating something in your life and you are happy. He is also there when you are letting go or mourning something in your life and you are sad.

Sometimes when we are going through the tough times we can feel His presence even more. I am not sure whether it is because He knows we need Him or because we realize in those times that we need Him. Reach out to God and He will help you get through whatever season you are in.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Things to think about:

  • What season of life are you in?
  • What is your favorite season of the year? Why?
  • If you could turn back the calender to any time in your life when would it be?
  • What season of your life are you looking forward to?

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture that reminds of that there is a season for everything in our lives. Help us to navigate the season that we are currently in. Help us to look forward to the good things in life. Help us to get through the tough times in life. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

If you are need help navigating the season of life that you find yourself in. I’d be glad to help you navigate through it. Send me an email and let’s set up a time to talk about my coaching services. Email me at: batemandeborah@gmail.com

 

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