Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the peace of God will be with you.
Dear Heavenly Father,
God, you know my heart. You know my sin. You know my fears and my temptations. Lord, whatever is not pleasing to you, whatever is not perfect and gentle, whatever does not glorify Your name, please cast it out of my life. I fall every day, and I thank you for Your grace and Your mercy and Your endless love and forgiveness. I would be nothing without You.
Knowing these truths about the darkness of my heart and your ceaseless grace, God I ask that you burden me with the same grace for all those around me. Help me to know that I am the least of these in this world and I have no right to judge a brother or sister. Help me to continue to understand how to give grace to those around me without hesitation, just as you do for me.
Lord, please guide my thoughts and my actions. Help me to focus on Your greatness and Your love before anything else. Let the words that leave my lips be praiseworthy to you, Father. Allow my actions to be a demonstration of Your love always. Thank you, God, for convicting me with the truth that I am so broken that I need to seek You and You alone.
I pray now, God, for the hurting people in this world. Show them Your will for their lives and surround them with people who love You and can show them Your truth. Thank you for your endless blessings, Lord.
I thank You and I praise You, Father. In Your son’s name, Amen.
I don’t know if it is a college thing or an adult thing or just a societal conformation… but I am a big fan of coffee! Being home, I realize how much I enjoy sitting down and having a cup of coffee with family or friends.
It’s not always a literal cup of coffee, but more or less just sitting down and intentionally spending time with people I care about it. This is something that some like to refer to as ‘communion’. Communion, or the sharing of intimate thoughts and feelings, is extremely valuable to growing relationships.
I recognize that I am often bad at spending intentional time with people. I use time as an excuse wayyyy too often… there just is not enough of it! However, God had the time in his schedule to send His son to this earth to live as man and die for my sins, so I think I should start being more willing to be intentional about my relationship with Him and the people He has placed in my life.
This morning I drank my coffee with the Lord. He led me to the scripture that I started this post with, and it was a great reminder for me that I should always be focused on God and things that bring glory to His name. He will always deliver me through the stresses of worldly things, so why focus on them when I can focus on eternal things?
When I take my next “coffee breaks” or communion with people I care about, I will focus on asking my heavenly Father to lead those times and to be present, especially through my words and actions. Intentional actions and time is a beautiful thing! I love it when my amazing boyfriend or my awesome friends or my lovely family spend intentional time with me, so I need to continue reciprocating that not only with them but also with God.
My prayer for anyone that reads this post is this: that God will bless you with an opportunity to spend intentional time with someone; not only that, but that you would recognize that time as a blessing ordained from God and let him bless those conversations and moments.
Christ be with you, brothers and sisters!