Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday, 02/12/16

READING

Old Testament: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalms: Psalms 95, 31, 35
New Testament: Philippians 4:1-9
Gospel: John 17:9-19

DEVOTIONAL


“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 praise-worthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. “ (Philippians 4:8-9)

I listen to a Praise Walk CD when I walk on my treadmill (though not as often as I should). The songs on the CD are beautiful, uplifting, and joyful. In between the different songs, a commentator interjects with different bible verses. Philippians 4:8-9 is one of those verses. As I walk, I close my eyes and speak to God in my mind and heart. I thank Him for my life and the joy He has given me in living each day. I thank Him for my children, family, and friends. I ask Him to watch over family and friends who are going through difficult times. I ask Him for patience in dealing with life’s everyday rollercoaster of events. Finally, I ask Him about His plan for me.

As long as I can remember I have asked myself this question, wondering, “What is God’s plan for me? Am I truly fulfilling His plan in my earthly life?”

I love being a part of the St. Matthew’s family and its mission -- “to know and share God’s love.” I truly believe that the work we are doing at St. Matthew’s is admirable, excellent, and praise-worthy. Being a part of St. Matthew’s and participating in many of its ministries is helping me identify God’s plan for me. Through our mission trips, community luncheons, backpack buddies, living nativity, Vacation Bible School, youth group activities, and small groups (to name a few), I am given the opportunity to joyfully fulfill God’s plan for me. Not only do I believe that what I am doing may help make someone’s life a little better, but I’ve also discovered that working in these ministries fills me with peace and joy.

Heavenly Father, my prayer is that You grant all of us the grace to know and live Your plan for us. I especially pray that You grant me the grace to know and live Your plan for me.

WS


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