Glory to your name Lord.
Good morning, Father as we woke up this morning everything was the same way it was when we went to sleep, thank you.
We thank you for protecting us and our natural and spiritual family.
As we start our day today we want you to know how much we love you.
Lord, we thank you for yesterday because of you we have a carefree and joyful day.
We pray for peace and harmony for the children and youth as they spend they enjoy this day off and the last few weeks in school or at their work.
Let them feel your presence and reassurance that today they can be themselves and not worry about peer pressure. Help then to focus on the positive things around them and not the negative.
Father God cover the children and youth today with your love and guidance. So they won't drift away and be concerned about the worldly things or get caught up in foolishness. Lord let your eyes be the filter as they engaged in social media.
Lord cover there mouth so nothing they eat will harm them. Lord cover there minds so they won't think evil or jealous though.
Lord cover their ears so that they hear you today in every situation they face.
Lord cover their heart so they can show you to someone less fortunate.
Father God, bless them with physical health and wellness.
Father God, I thank you for answering the prayers of the child and youth.
Thank you Lord for safe passage from the time they leave home and return.
Continue to keep them under your wings of love as they honor you, praise you, and worship you.
I decree and declare that I can wait on the Lord. His timing is always best.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
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Playing the Waiting Game
Bible Reading: Ephesians 4:1-2
Accept life with humility and patience, generously making allowances for each other because you love each other. Ephesians 4:2, Phillips
THE LITTLE TYKE shuffled to his bed, his pajama-clad feet making only the slightest noise on the hardwood floor. He knelt beside the bed and closed his eyes tight, his fingers squeezed together in a tight clasp.
“Dear God,” the youngster said, “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to get in trouble.” He paused. “Mommy says I need patience. She says I need to ask you to help me. So God, please give me patience so I won’t pester Mommy so much.”
The boy paused again. Then he opened his eyes and looked upward, as if he were looking at the ceiling. “Well, God,” he said, “I’m waiting!”
It can be hard to be patient. It doesn’t come naturally, does it? After all, that’s why we have fast food; instant coffee; express lanes; rapid tax returns; quick-drying paint, nail polish, and correction fluid; “speedy” printing; overnight delivery services; “Zip” Drives; and Jiffy Lubes. We hate to wait. And sometimes our impatience annoys other people and gets us in trouble. Like when you try to move a big school project before the glue dries. Or when you cut in front of someone in line. Or when you yell at your best friend and hurt his or her feelings because you wanted to be first in line when tickets to the Counting Cannibals concert went on sale, and because your friend just had to have an emergency appendectomy, you ended up fourth in line!
But no matter how hard it is, no matter how few people seem to have it, patience is a virtue. It’s a good thing to have. In fact, it’s necessary if you want to do right and please God, because a person who is patient reflects the image of God, who is “slow to anger” (Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18; Psalm 86:15) and “patient with you” (2 Peter 3:9, Niv).
God also tells us to “Be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). So what are you waiting for? Start being patient. And do it right now!
REFLECT: When are you most patient? When are you most impatient? Do you need more patience? How can you develop more patience? Remember that patience is a virtue and a fruit of the Holy Spirit. If you have experienced salvation through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in you, and patience will show in your life as you let the Spirit control you day by day.
PRAY: “God, help me to accept life with humility and patience. Help me to patiently make allowances for others because of your love for them and my love for them, especially for_________.
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