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By Your Spirit, Lord, We Will Overcome Evil With Good

Father, You promise to hold us by the right hand and lead us in Your paths of righteousness — to be our Helper, the Keeper of our souls. I desire to overcome evil with good as You have instructed us, but it’s hard.

If my enemy is hungry, You want me to feed him.

If my enemy is thirsty, You want me to give him a drink.

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Grace Rains Notes of His Love in the Dark of Night

It rained last night. Long and hard. I noticed the birdseed in the tray outside my window saturated by heaven’s rain. In the dark of night, it poured, satisfying a thirsty earth and soaking the seeds with goodness.

God’s grace is like this. He draws close in the dark night of the soul and rains down upon His hurting child, saturating our hearts with reminders — with notes — of His love.

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Lord, Speak “Peace, Be Still” Over All the Earth

Father, You are the holy Lord God Almighty — Holy. Righteous. King over all the earth. Behold, You are the God of all flesh! Is there anything too hard for You? Speak Lord, “Peace, be still.” Quiet the tumult that rages over the earth.

You are Jehovah Shalom, the Lord our peace. There is no other like You. All thrones and dominions, all powers and positions … Your Name stands above them all. Your Name is the greatest.

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Heal Our Land, O God. Release Your Power and Truth

Father, You are strong and mighty in battle. You are a righteous, just, and holy God who reigns over all the earth. Rise up, O God, and scatter Your enemies. We cry out to You, “Heal our land!” Let Your truth overcome the lies of the enemy — expose their evil. Protect Your people.

You promise if we who are called by Your Name will humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, You will hear us from heaven and will forgive our sin and heal our land. Hear us, Lord. We are desperate for Your intervention.

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Waiting for the Rising Sun, for Surely it Will Rise

A song stirred within me as I sat in the quiet of early morning, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone … ” Wiping a tear, I looked toward the east, waiting for the rising sun, for surely it would rise.

As certain as the rising sun is God’s faithfulness to me. So why do I worry? Why do I fret? Why do I allow the things of earth to steal my joy and trouble my soul?

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Lead Us Through These Days, God. Help Us See Your Hand

Father, You are the Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth. You are sovereign over all things — Your power is unmatched. Lead us through these frightening days. Help us see Your hand in all things.

There are wars and rumors of war, earthquakes, fires, and floods. The earth is groaning with the spiritual battle that is at hand. The depravity of mankind is clear for all to see.

You see too, Lord. And You know all about it.

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When the Blush of Dawn Proclaims Holiness to the Lord

The blush of dawn unfurled like a delicate rose. Layer upon layer of darkness rolled away, yielding — bowing — to the morning light. Lavender and teal, tangerine and coral swirled together on the canvas of the sky — a palette of exquisite colors proclaiming holiness to the Lord.

A sacred hush fell as the dark of night held its last breath. Stillness — creation remembering that He is God.

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You Are My Refuge and Strength. I Trust You, O God

Father, I am learning that You are truly my refuge and strength … my place of safety. Forever and always. In Your magnificence, You are greater than anything I will ever face.

Your Name is a strong tower — the righteous run into it and are safe. You are Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider; Jehovah-Rapha, my Healer. You are Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord who is there …

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When Life’s Peaceful Rhythm Encounters Adversity

The porch swing rocked in a peaceful rhythm. My spirit stirred as I looked up from my Bible, raising it to my chest and grasping the wonder it held. I read these words, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes see You” (Job 42:5).

I looked toward the ridge where the sun began its evening descent. Magenta began rising above the trees. Lavender and apricot clouds tossed their petals across the wide expanse as the North Star made its appearance.

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In the Fiery Furnace, Find Your Reflection in Me Lord

Father, many are the afflictions of the righteous, but You promise to deliver us out of them all. You walk with us in the fiery furnace of adversity. You carry us through the storms … all because of Your great love for Your children.

Teach me to keep my eyes on You, for it is in that place of trust that I am strengthened to endure. You uphold me with Your righteous right hand. I can sense Your touch gripping my hand in Yours — when my eyes are fixed on You.

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