74th – Children with disabilities

I was a hearing-impaired teaching assistant in public school. My knowledge of sign language gave me this opportunity to work with children who struggled with a variety of disabilities in an educational setting. Their primary disability was deafness. Some were completely deaf while others could hear garbled words like I did with hearing aids.

One of my tasks was to wait with them after school for the bus that took them to their homes all over our county. In getting to know their cheery bus driver, I told her I was praying for an interpreter for me at church. She said she was an interpreter and praying for a church. We put our hearts and heads together on the mission God revealed to us and co-taught a Sunday School class for deaf children. We each picked them up on Sunday morning and took them back home. This gospel outreach touched students from my public school as well as a few from the deaf school in the city.

Look what God can do with you! He can use you to reach others and add souls to his kingdom. Pray for opportunities to serve!

Scripture: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV

Prayer: Gracious Father, thank you for building my skills and leading me to serve you. You planned each step of my path and had it cross with people at just the right time in my life. You are an all-knowing God, and I trust you with my future. I pray today for opportunities to teach others about your love and forgiveness. Amen.

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71st – Picking the scab

As a typical kid, I screamed and cried at the sight of blood coming from my finger, toe, elbow, knee … you remember, too, right? I would watch it as the days went by and healing started. Healing was delayed by my thumb and index finger squeezing the wound to see more blood. Gradually the blood clotted causing the sore spot to close and grow a scab. It itched, and I tried to pick the scab off. Raise your hand if you’ve never done this. I thought so.

When we have a painful memory from being emotionally or physically wounded, our human nature reacts the same as when we were children. We dwell on our hurt and not the healing. Pray for calm to get past the crying and pulling the scab off over and over again. Give your wounds, bloody scabs and all that hurts you to your Heavenly Father, the Great Physician and healer of us all. It’s not easy to let go, but trusting the Lord to heal your wounds and comfort you will make you stronger. Then you can testify about where your strength came from in your time of need.

Scripture: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father and healer of my wounds, I pray for healing. My emotional and physical ones, I give them to you today. You alone have the power to remove them from my thoughts. I desire the strength to quit picking off the scabs. I am ready to be healed in your way, whatever that may be. My hope, my trust is in you because my life is in your mighty hands, and I know you care for me. Amen and praise be to God.

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70th – Eyes closed

There’s something different about praying with eyes closed and knees bent.

Instead of eating off a TV tray in the living room, I started eating every meal at the dining room table. Although I’m sitting at the table eating alone, memories of blessing the food with family and friends come out of my memory to remind me. Then I close my eyes, hands in lap (no fork and knife ready to eat), and I thank God for my blessings.

In the churches I’ve attended, the congregation never prays on their knees. So it is not a natural thought for me to do so. Yet, when I get down on my knees beside my bed, my prayers are so different than other times. It humbles my spirit and deepens my thoughts. My penitent heart fills my soul with gratitude, forgiveness, and most of all love for the One above who cares for me.

Scripture: Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Matthew 14:19 (ESV)

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! Psalm 95:6 (ESV)

Prayer: Gracious heavenly father, we praise you and thank you for humbling our souls. Help us to remember to pray with our eyes closed and down on our knees because it draws us closer to you. Living daily closer to you is our heart’s desire. We pray earnestly in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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69th – Worth more than money ~ Worth more than money

I love my children so much and have prayed for them daily since birth. As adults, I am still their mother and offer guidance whenever the opportunity arises for discussion. God chose me to be their mom, but they are only on loan to me in this life. They belong to our Heavenly Father. How much more he cares for us than earthly mothers and fathers care for their children. He loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins with his blood. I can’t put a price tag on the forgiveness and eternal life offered to my children and me. God’s love was nailed to a cross and forgiveness flowed from his blood shed for us. Priceless, immeasurable love. He truly cares for you!

Scripture: For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV

Prayer: Lord, I thank you today for sending your son Jesus Christ to be my Savior. I would rather have your love and guidance in this life than money and worldly goods. Help me to love my children as you love me. Be my guide as I am continually learning your ways. Let a wealth of your love be shared through me. Every day, Lord. Every day. Amen.

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68 – It’s only words

My third grade teacher called me Miss Spic and Span after the 1950’s household cleaner. It made me want to take a bath every night and wear clean, ironed dresses to school. My eighth grade gym teacher scolded me in front of my classmates calling me Miss Sheila I Can’t. That embarrassed me and made me doubt myself.

We hold on to verbal memories which can hurt or encourage us through life. Don’t get stuck in your memories. Speak a word of kindness to yourself and everyone you meet. Replace the negative words with positive ones. Grow a new attitude and remember God really loves you!

Scripture: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 ESV

Prayer: Father, I’m so thankful for a lifetime of attitude adjustments. Thank you for showing me how to overcome negative comments. Help me to speak kindly to everyone because years from now they might recall the memory. Amen

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