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Psalm 121:1-8 (a Devotional Reflection)

Psalm 121:1-8 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Behold, the Protector of Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is the shade on your right hand. The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will guard you from all evil; He will preserve your soul. The LORD will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore. Gracious God, my Protector and Keeper, As I lift my eyes, seeking help, I acknowledge You as the Maker of heaven and earth, The One who never slumbers nor sleeps. Watch over me, Lord God, as I journey through my valleys, Guide my steps and guard me from harm. May Your hand be upon me as a shield, And Your presence ever near as my refuge. In times of trouble, be my strength and my peace, For You are the source of my strength and salvation. Help me to trust in

Psalm 1:1-6 (a Devotional Reflection)

Psalm 1:1-6 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does. Not so the wicked! For they are like chaff driven off by the wind. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD guards the path of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Heavenly Father, source of all wisdom and truth,  As I meditate on Your Word day and night, may I be like a tree planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in season, and never withering. Give me the strength to delight in Your law, and to walk in Your ways faithfully. Shield me from the counsel of the wicked, and guide me along the path of righteousness. Let Your Word be my

‭1 Samuel 17:37‬ (a Devotional Reflection)

‭1 Samuel 17:37‬ David added, “The Lord, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” “Go,” said Saul, “and may the Lord be with you.” Heavenly Father, I am in awe of Your greatness and power. As David declared to King Saul his unwavering faith in You, I, too, declare my trust in Your mighty deliverance. Lord God, I acknowledge that You are my protector and defender. Just as You guided and empowered David to defeat Goliath, I ask for Your strength to face the giants in my life. Help me to remember that no challenge is too great when I walk in faith and obedience to You. Fill me with the courage and boldness that comes from knowing You are with me. Remind me that the same God who delivered David is my God, unchanging and ever-present. When fear and doubt threaten to overwhelm me, let me cling to the promises of Your Word, knowing that You are my refuge and fortress. I surrender my battles to You, Lord God, and trust in Your

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (a Devotional Reflection)

Habakkuk 3:17-19 Though the fig tree does not bud and no fruit is on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the sheep are cut off from the fold and no cattle are in the stalls, yet I will exult in the LORD; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! GOD the Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer; He makes me walk upon the heights! Heavenly Father, I come with a grateful heart, even in the face of trials and uncertainties. Lord God, I acknowledge that my strength and hope come from You alone. You are my Sovereign Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Just as You gave Habakkuk the feet of a deer to walk upon the heights, I ask for Your strength to navigate the peaks and valleys of my life with sure-footed confidence and trust. In times of abundance and in times of lack, may my heart always sing of Your faithfulness. Let me find my joy not in the fleeting treasures of this world, but in the eternal promise of Your love and salvation. Emp

Proverbs 17:22 (a Devotional Reflection)

Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Heavenly Father, I come with a grateful heart, seeking Your presence and wisdom in my life. Lord God, I ask that You fill my heart with joy and gladness. Help me to find reasons to rejoice in every circumstance, knowing that Your joy is my strength. When the weight of the world feels heavy, remind me of Your promises and the eternal hope I have in You. Heal my broken spirit and renew my mind with Your truth. Let Your love and peace reign in my heart, driving out all despair and worry. Teach me to cultivate a spirit of gratitude and cheerfulness, so that my life may reflect Your light to those around me. May I be a source of encouragement and hope to others, sharing the joy that comes from knowing You. In all things, let me remember that true joy is found in Your presence. Guide me to seek You daily, to dwell in Your Word, and to embrace the life-giving joy that only You can provide. I pray this in t

Matthew 6:9-13 (a Devotional Reflection)

Matthew 6:9-13 “So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.’” Almighty God, my Heavenly Father, Your name is holy, and I come before You with reverence and awe. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give me this day both physical sustenance and spiritual nourishment, that I may be strengthened for the journey ahead. Forgive my trespasses, as I forgive those who trespass against me, and lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. See James' publications on .

Isaiah 6:8‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ (a Devotional Reflection)

Isaiah 6:8‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us?” And I said: “Here am I. Send me!” Heavenly Father, In the spirit of the prophet Isaiah, I come with a humble heart, saying, "Here am I. Send me!" Just as Isaiah responded to Your call, I offer myself to Your service. Grant me the courage and strength to heed Your voice and to go wherever You lead me. Lord, cleanse my heart and purify my soul, that I may be a worthy vessel of Your love and truth. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may speak Your word with boldness and live out Your will with faithfulness. Guide my steps, O Lord, and let Your will be done in my life. Use me to spread Your message of hope and salvation and to bring glory to Your name. I pray all this in the name of Jesus, Your Son. Amen. See James' publications on .

2 Timothy 1:7 (a Devotional Reflection)

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. Heavenly Father, I come with gratitude for Your unfailing love and guidance. As I reflect on this passage, I thank You for these assurances and for Your gifts to me. Help me to embrace the spirit of power, love, and self-control that You have given me. In times of uncertainty and fear, remind me of Your promise and strengthen my faith. May Your power fill me with courage to face challenges, Your love guides me in all my interactions, and Your wisdom leads me to make decisions that honor You. I ask that You continue to work within me, transforming my fears into faith, my doubts into trust, and my weaknesses into strengths. Let Your Spirit move mightily in my life so that I may walk boldly in the purpose You have set for me, bringing glory to Your name in all that I do. I pray in the name of Jesus, Your Son. Amen. See James' publications on .

Philippians 4:4 (a Devotional Reflection)

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Heavenly Father,  I come to You with a heart full of praise and thanksgiving. As Your Word commands, I lift my voice to rejoice in Your goodness and grace. Lord, in all circumstances, help me to find joy in You. When I face trials and challenges, remind me of Your constant presence and unfailing love. Let my rejoicing be a testament to my faith and trust in You, regardless of my situation. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, so my joy may overflow and touch the lives of those around me. May my rejoicing be a light in the darkness, a beacon of hope to those who are weary and burdened. Thank You, Father, for the joy that comes from knowing You and being loved by You. I rejoice in Your promises, Your faithfulness, and the salvation I have in Jesus Christ. I pray in the precious name of Jesus, Your Son. Amen. See James' publications on .

Philippians 4:13 (a Devotional Reflection)

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Heavenly Father, As I come today, I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul. Lord, I acknowledge that my strength comes from You alone. In times of weakness and uncertainty, You are my rock and my fortress. Thank You, Lord God, for equipping me with Your divine strength to face every challenge and overcome every obstacle that stands in my way. I confess that apart from You, I can do nothing, but with You, all things are possible. Help, me to lean on Your promises and trust in Your provision. May Your Holy Spirit empower me to live boldly and faithfully, knowing that You are with me every step of the way. Grant me wisdom and discernment to make choices that align with Your will and bring glory to Your name. Fill my heart with gratitude for Your unwavering presence and unfailing love. Strengthen my faith, God, that I may walk in confidence and assurance, knowing that You are working all things together for my

1 Samuel 16:7 (a Devotional Reflection)

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or height, for I have rejected him; the LORD does not see as man does. For man sees the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart.” Heavenly Father, I come with a humble heart, seeking Your guidance and wisdom in my life. Your Word reminds me that You do not look at the outward appearance, but You see the heart. Lord, help me to internalize this truth and to live my life according to Your perspective. Teach me to look beyond the surface and to value the qualities that truly matter—kindness, integrity, love, and faithfulness. May I not judge others by their appearance or status, but by the content of their character, as You do. Search my heart, O God, and reveal to me any areas that need Your cleansing touch. Help me to cultivate a heart that is pure, humble, and pleasing in Your sight. Strengthen me to seek Your approval above all else and to align my desires with Your will. Father, I pray for the discernm

Philippians 1:21 (a Devotional Reflection)

Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Gracious God, I thank You for the gift of life and for the opportunity to live it in service to You. As the Apostle Paul declared, “For to me, to live is Christ”, may my life be fully devoted to following and honoring Your Son, Jesus. Help me to find my joy, purpose, and fulfillment in Jesus alone, knowing that in Him I find true life and eternal significance. Grant me the strength to live each day with courage and conviction, as I seek to live out the gospel and make Jesus known to others. May my life be a reflection of Your love and grace, bringing glory to Your name in all that I do. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Lord. Amen. See James' publications on .

Philippians 1:2 / Ephesians 1:2 (a Devotional Reflection)

Philippians 1:2 / Ephesians 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Gracious God,  I come with a heart uplifted in thanksgiving for the fellowship I share with others in the gospel of Your Son, Jesus. I thank You for the love that binds me to other brothers and sisters in Christ, and for the grace that sustains me day by day. Bless me with an abundance of Your peace, mercy, and grace. May Your Spirit dwell richly within me, enabling me to abound in love for  all people, bearing witness to the hope that is found in Jesus Christ alone. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. See James' publications on .

Psalm 34:18 (a Devotional Reflection)

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted; He saves the contrite in spirit. Heavenly Father, I come to You with a humble heart, seeking Your presence and comfort. Your Word tells me that You are near to the brokenhearted and save those who are contrite in spirit. I am deeply grateful for this promise and cling to it in my times of need. Lord, I ask that You draw near to those who are suffering today. For those who are grieving, bring them solace and peace. For those who feel lost and abandoned, remind them of Your unwavering love and presence. Heal the wounds of the brokenhearted, and restore their hope and joy. Father, I pray for strength and courage to face each day, knowing that You are with me. Help me to trust in Your plan and to lean on Your understanding, not my own. Fill my heart with Your love, and let it overflow to those around me, so they too may feel Your closeness and compassion. Thank You for being my refuge and my strength. Thank You for Your faithfulness and Yo

Ephesians 5:19-20 (a Devotional Reflection)

Ephesians 5:19-20 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father, As I come to You, I am grateful for Your blessings upon me. Grant me the wisdom to lift songs of praise and thanksgiving, making melody in my heart to You, Lord. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O God, my Rock and my Redeemer. Strengthen me with Your Spirit, that I may encourage others with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music to You with all my heart. I give thanks to You always and for everything, in the name of my Lord Jesus, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. See James' publications on .

Ephesians 4:32 (a Devotional Reflection)

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and tenderhearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you. Heavenly Father, As it is written in this passage, help me to be kind and compassionate to others, forgiving others, just as in Jesus the Christ, You forgave me. Fill me with Your Spirit, so my actions reflect Your love and grace. Teach me to be patient and understanding, always ready to extend mercy and forgiveness. In moments of conflict, remind me of the boundless forgiveness I have received through Jesus, and empower me to offer the same to others. Lord God, remove any bitterness, anger, or malice from my heart. Let my interactions be marked by kindness and empathy. May I see each person through Your eyes, valuing them as Your beloved creation. Guide me to be an instrument of Your peace, bringing reconciliation and healing wherever there is division. Strengthen my commitment to living out Your love in practical ways, making my home, community, and workplace a reflectio

Ephesians 5:1-2 (a Devotional Reflection)

Ephesians 5:1-2 Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God. Heavenly Father,  You, in Your infinite wisdom and love, have called me to be an imitator of You as a dear child, and to walk in love as Jesus loved me and gave Himself up for me as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to You. Grant me the grace to follow the example of Your beloved Son, Jesus the Christ, who laid down His life for me, that I may also sacrificially love others with genuine compassion and kindness. Help me to live a life marked by selflessness, putting the needs of others before my own, and seeking the good of all, just as Jesus gave himself up for me. May the fragrance of my love rise up to You, a pleasing aroma, bringing glory and honor to Your holy name. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. See Jame

Psalm 15 (a Devotional Reflection)

Psalm 15 O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy mountain? He who walks with integrity and practices righteousness, who speaks the truth from his heart, who has no slander on his tongue, who does no harm to his neighbor, who casts no scorn on his friend, who despises the vile but honors those who fear the LORD, who does not revise a costly oath, who lends his money without interest and refuses a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken. Heavenly Father, I come with a humble heart, seeking to dwell in Your sacred tent and live on Your holy mountain. Your Word guides me in understanding the qualities You desire in me. Father, help me to walk blamelessly before You, striving to live righteously in all my actions and thoughts. Purify my heart so that I may speak the truth always, avoiding slander and harm toward my neighbor. Grant me the discernment to honor those who revere You and to stand firm in my commitments, even when it is dif