Daily Bible Reading “A Virtuous Woman is Diligent” (Proverbs 31:12-14)

Proverbs 31 13A Virtuous Woman is Diligent

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 31:12-14. In these Scriptures we find how valuable women are to our society. Sometimes I know we all feel overworked and underpaid and not appreciated for what we do, but I want to remind you that you are valuable to God, to your family, and to your world. I want to encourage you to use the gifts God has given you to serve Him and to serve those you love.

Proverbs 18:22 tell us, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” In this Scripture it says, “She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” That is a statement for us, as wives, to live up to, isn’t it? Think about this Scripture the next time your husband makes you upset and remember to ask God to help you be a godly wife.

The Scripture talks about how the virtuous woman works with her hands. Many women are talented in doing crafts, sewing, and other things to enhance their homes. Some women sell the things they make with their hands to help provide income for their families. Women go out and gather food for their family. They may not work in the fields or gardens as the women used to do, but they try to get the best food they can afford for the best price and bring it into their home and prepare it for their family.

Many times mothers are up early, before everyone else in the house, getting ready for the day and preparing meals for her family. My mother was a good cook. Cooking was one of the things she taught me and my siblings as we were growing up. I passed the love of cooking on to my daughters, and now, my grandchildren enjoy learning how to cook and prepare food for the family.

In this fast-paced world we live in today, cooking and preparing meals is one thing that is not as prevalent in our homes, since we all eat out a lot more today than we did in years past. Preparing and having family meals together are some of the best memories I have of my mother. Don’t underestimate your influence on your children in your home. These things may seem trivial to you today, but they are some of the memories your family will have of you long after you are gone.

Being a wife and mother is a hard job, but with God’s help we can lead our family in the way they should go. We can show them the love of Jesus through our love and care for them.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 31: 12-14

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

 

Things to think about:

  • What are some of the ways you support your husband?
  • What are some of the things you like doing with your hands?
  • In what ways do you serve your family?
  • In what ways do you serve God?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture that tells us about a virtuous woman and how she supports her husband and family. We thank You for all the women in our lives who have cared for us and taught us how to be good wives, mothers, and an asset to our society. Help us to use the talents You have given us to serve others. Help others to appreciate the things we women bring to our world. Give us strength to wear the many hats that we wear in our society today. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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In Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman Bible Study we consider all the things women do and where they can find strength and wisdom for their lives. This is a six lesson Bible study that would be great for individual or for a small group Bible study.

In this Bible study you will learn what it means to be a virtuous woman and how we can honor God through our service to our families, our community, and to God.

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 “Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman” (Proverbs 31:10-12)

Proverbs 31 10Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 31:10-12. In this Scripture, we find what a godly wife and mother looks like. King Lemuel, who biblical scholars believe to be King Solomon, is telling about the advice his mother, who is Bathsheba, gave him about what to look for in a wife. She starts by saying, “Who can find a virtuous woman?” What does it mean to be a virtuous woman? She is a woman who can be trusted. She is dependable. She is faithful. She is strong. She is a woman of character.

This Scripture is talking about finding a wife, but so much of it reminds me of all the hats we as women wear. The Scripture says her price is far above rubies. She is valuable to her husband, her family and her community.

King Lemuel’s mother wanted him to be careful in choosing his wife. She had dedicated him to God and she wanted to try to steer him in the right direction so he could fulfill God’s will in his life.

In Ruth 3:11 Boaz called Ruth a virtuous woman. “And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” What does he mean by saying the whole city knows she is a virtuous woman? The people saw how Ruth labored and cared for Naomi, as a single woman, and widow.

How much would it cost if a man had to hire someone for all the jobs his wife does? We will look at this Scripture and compare it to our own lives. Women were created by God to be a helper, an encouragement, and a supporter to her husband. Her husband trusts her completely and she enriches his life.

As we look at the rest of this chapter we will be reminded how versatile women are. There are even a lot of single women and single mothers who have the responsibility of taking care of their children on their own. The single women who are not mothers can help out in their community and with their friends and family to mentor and lead other women and young girls to live virtuous lives. There are also many women who are widows who are virtuous women and can mentor the younger women in their church and family. Whether you are married or not you can be a virtuous woman, who gives God glory through your life.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 31:10-12

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

 

Things to think about:

  • What is a virtuous woman?
  • How valuable is she according to this Scripture?
  • How will she treat her husband?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture, which reminds us how valuable a virtuous woman is. The Scripture reminds us her husband can trust her and she will do him good all the days of her life. Help us as women to be this kind of woman. Help the men to value their wives the way you intended them to. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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In Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman Bible Study we consider all the things women do and where they can find strength and wisdom for their lives. This is a six lesson Bible study that would be great for individual or for a small group Bible study.

In this Bible study you will learn what it means to be a virtuous woman and how we can honor God through our service to our families, our community, and to God.

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 “Words of Wisdom from a Mother to Her Son” (Proverbs 31:1-9)

Proverbs 31 3Words of Wisdom from a Mother to Her Son

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 31:1-9. Proverbs 31 is a chapter about a mother giving godly advice to her son. It is thought by biblical scholars that when the Scripture is speaking of King Lemuel and his mother, it is speaking of King Solomon and his mother, who was Bathsheba. She tells him not to give his strength to women, and not to act in ways that will destroy kings.

She advises him not to drink wine, because it will cloud his judgment. She also advises him to plead the cause of the needy. Do you remember any advice your mother gave you? Did you heed her advice? In the rest of this chapter there are very specific instructions from his mother about how to find a virtuous wife and what a virtuous woman acts like.

If you are a woman, would you consider yourself to be a virtuous woman? Some of the words that describe what it means to be a virtuous woman are: good, righteous, worthy, honorable, moral, upright, honest, strong, efficient, prosperous, courageous, and chaste. She is a person of high moral standards who serves her family, her community, and God well.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 31:1-9

1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

 

Things to think about:

  • What advice did your mother give you that you still practice today?
  • What is the one thing your mother taught you that you are most proud to follow today?
  • What kind of advice do you give your children?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture in Proverbs 31. We thank You for the advice that this mother gave to her son. Help us to take the advice of our godly parents. Help us to study Your Word to see what the right things are for us to do. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman is a Daily Bible Reading Study of Proverbs 31 by Deborah H. Bateman. Proverbs 31 is thought to be a letter from Bathsheba to King Solomon, who is called King Lemuel in this Scripture.

In Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman Bible Study we consider all the things women do and where they can find strength and wisdom for their lives. This is a six lesson Bible study that would be great for individual or for a small group Bible study.

In this Bible study you will learn what it means to be a virtuous woman and how we can honor God through our service to our families, our community, and to God.

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 “Opposition Arises” (Nehemiah 4:1-23)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Nehemiah 4:1-23. Those who were building the city wall of Jerusalem experienced opposition. Sanballat and Tobiah had been against the building of the wall ever since they heard about it. Their allegiance was to the Persian king. Now they were mocking the Jews and making fun of the work they were doing to rebuild the wall.

In Nehemiah 4:4-5 Nehemiah prays to God and tells Him what is going on and asks Him to turn the enemy’s reproach away and not to forgive their sin, because they had caused trouble for the builders of the wall. Nehemiah relied on God to help him fight this battle. Even though there was opposition, they continued to build the wall; God gave them the dedication and determination to complete the project.

When the wall was halfway completed Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabians, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the work continued, and they became angry. They united to fight against Jerusalem in order to try to stop the Jews from building the wall.

Not only was there opposition from without, but there was opposition from within as well. The people were growing tired. They had done a lot of work, and there was still a lot of work to do.

They had to take half of the men and give them swords, spears, and bows to protect them while the other half worked. Can you imagine having to protect the work of the LORD with swords? Nehemiah didn’t let the opposition discourage them from doing the work. He reminded the people that the LORD was on their side. They had to protect themselves, but they continued to do the work the LORD called them to do.

The builders worked with their swords on their side, so they would always have a way of protecting themselves if they needed to. Even though they prayed and asked God to protect them, they still did their part to protect themselves and the work they were called to do. They were ready at a moment’s notice, if they heard the trumpet sound to go to battle. They took turns guarding and working and didn’t even take their clothes off except to wash them. Would you go to this extent to protect the work of the LORD that He has called you to do?

It takes a lot of faith to continue when the enemy is using every tactic he can to try to discourage you. You have to keep trusting God and remembering His promises to provide and protect you so you can keep your faith strong and not give up when the battle gets tough. Keep listening for the trumpet call. Hebrews 10:38-39 says, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”


Daily Bible Reading:

Nehemiah 4:1-23

1 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.

2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?

3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.

4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, [and] that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.

11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.

13 Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.

16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

19 And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.

20 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.

21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.

23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, [saving that] every one put them off for washing.

 

Things to think about:

  • What would you think it might be like if you had to protect yourself with swords in order to get the work done God called you to do?
  • Why is it that the enemy will try every tactic he can to keep the work of the LORD from going forward?
  • How far are you willing to go to protect the work of the LORD?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You that in this Scripture in the book of Nehemiah we see that the people were determined to finish the work You called them to do in spite of the opposition they faced. Help us to have this kind of determination, that we won’t let anyone stop us from serving You. Protect us against those who would try to keep us from doing what You have called us to do. Give us the courage, strength and faith we need to finish the job. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Nehemiah was a great leader. He headed up the project. Despite the opposition that the Jewish people encountered they were able to complete this major project in less than sixty days. Their dedication and determination shines through in every aspect of the project.

The Book of Nehemiah: A Story of Dedication and Determination contains eighteen Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scripture, a few questions for contemplation or discussion and a prayer for the day. This is a great Bible study that can be used for either a personal Daily Bible Reading Study or for a group Bible study.

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Daily Bible Reading “Working Together for God” (Nehemiah 3:1-33)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Nehemiah 3:1-33. We see in this Scripture in the book of Nehemiah how the Jewish people dedicated to building the wall worked together to get the walls of the city of Jerusalem rebuilt.

They broke up the overall job into different parts and each part was assigned to a certain families or groups. Notice that the high priest was the first one mentioned in the list of people doing the work. He set the example for the rest of the men to follow.

The people sanctified their work to the LORD. Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” The city of Jerusalem and the walls of the city were important to God and the people recognized that and dedicated themselves to do this work for the LORD.

Let’s look at some of the gates of the city that are mentioned in this Scripture:

1)  The Sheep Gate: This gate was probably where the shepherds fed the sheep. It reminds us that Jesus is the Lamb of God as we see in this Scripture John 1:29 says, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

2) The Fish Gate: This was close to the Fish Market.

3)  The Valley Gate: This gate reminds us that even when we go through the valleys of life we don’t have to fear if we have the Lord by our side. Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

4) The Dung Gate: You could probably smell this gate from far away.

5) The Horse Gate: This gate reminds us that we are soldiers in the army of God. They had to have a place to leave their horses.

6) The Gate of the Fountain: In this Scripture the LORD refers to himself as the fountain of living waters. Jeremiah 2:13 says, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”

7) The Water Gate: This is probably the gate where the water was brought into the city. Water is for cleansing. Ephesians 5:26 says, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.”

8) The East Gate: This Scripture tells us that the LORD came into the house by the East Gate Ezekiel 43:4 says, “And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.”

As Christians we all have different gifts and different places in the body of Christ to build one another up and encourage each other in the work of the ministry. Ephesians4:11-12 reminds us of this, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Notice that in verse 5 it says that the Tekoites were assigned a section of the wall, but their nobles didn’t take part in the project. What kind of example were they setting? When we all work together we can accomplish a lot more in less time. No doubt most of these men weren’t even builders, but they all came together to get the job done.

Some of the people worked on the walls, some worked on the gates, and some worked on the part of the wall that was closest to their homes. No matter what part they had, they were all assigned a certain part and were responsible for seeing that the work was completed. This was a team effort, but it was important for each person to do his part.

Nehemiah had a list of who was doing what part of the project, so they were all held accountable for their assignment. As you read through the Scripture you’ll notice that there were people from all different levels of society: there was the high priest, there were priests, there were rulers, and there were common men all working together to accomplish the work of the LORD.

Some of you who’ve been fortunate enough to visit the city of Jerusalem may recognize some of the places they’re talking about in this Scripture. Notice that Nehemiah takes us on a journey around the city wall. He starts with the Sheep Gate in verse 1 and goes all the way around the city wall and ends up back at the Sheep Gate in verse 32. This was a huge undertaking. The walls were tall and they were made of heavy stones that had to be placed one by one.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Nehemiah 3: 1-33

1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.

2 And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next to them builded Zaccur the son of Imri.

3 But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

4 And next unto them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired Zadok the son of Baana.

5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

6 Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

7 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the throne of the governor on this side the river.

8 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of one of the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall.

9 And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem.

10 And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the son of Hashabniah.

11 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab, repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces.

12 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.

13 The valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto the dung gate.

14 But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Bethhaccerem; he built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

15 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king’s garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David.

16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Bethzur, unto [the place] over against the sepulchres of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty.

17 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part.

18 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah.

19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury at the turning of the wall.

20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.

21 After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of Koz another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to the end of the house of Eliashib.

22 And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain.

23 After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah by his house.

24 After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece, from the house of Azariah unto the turning [of the wall], even unto the corner.

25 Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning [of the wall], and the tower which lieth out from the king’s high house, that was by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh.

26 Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over against the water gate toward the east, and the tower that lieth out.

27 After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel.

28 From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over against his house.

29 After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his house. After him repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the keeper of the east gate.

30 After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah over against his chamber.

31 After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith’s son unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.

32 And between the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.

 

Things to think about:

  • Have you ever visited the city of Jerusalem? If not, would you like to and why?
  • Have you ever had the opportunity of working with people from different walks of life? If so, what are the benefits?
  • What blessings have you received from working together with other believers?
  • Did it matter what kind of project you worked on?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture in the book of Nehemiah where we see how the people came together to accomplish the project You laid on Nehemiah’s heart. Help us as Christians to encourage one another and to come together to accomplish the work of Your Kingdom. Help us to be responsible and do our part. We love You, LORD. Amen.

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