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Oct
06

God’s Word – For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life, Proverbs 6:23

Proverbs 6 – Prayer to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives

Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
How majestic is your name on all the earth!
We will exalt you, our God the King; Your daughters will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day we will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is what you are LORD and most worthy of praise; your greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. Yes, they will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and we will meditate on your wonderful works. Thank you for your everlasting love and faithfulness. Thank you for your word that is living and active and discerns the attitudes of our heart…Thank you for your gift of love that is the Christ! Thank you for your protection over our lives. Please place a guard over the door of our lips. Let us show love toward one another, and forgiving as you have forgiven us for our sins. Your word teaches to number our days so we may gain a heart of wisdom. A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, who winks with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, who plots evil with deceit in his heart— he always stirs up dissension. We will live like obedient children; “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to us. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,”- For the scoundrel and the villain, disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. Your daughters will seek to do your will Father. Your word instructs us that there are six things you LORD hate, seven that are detestable to you: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers and sisters. Your daughters will take note on those mentioned items you hate and are detestable to you. We will seek to live a life of integrity because we are your daughters. We also know that fear of you Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge and brings us favor. Thank you Father for your word of truth, you daughters will hide your word in their heart so that we might not sin against you. Thank you for our daily bread and filling us to overflowing in Jesus name we pray…Amen!

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

Proverbs 6

6 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 you have been trapped by what you said,
ensnared by the words of your mouth.
3 So do this, my son, to free yourself,
since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—[a]
and give your neighbor no rest!
4 Allow no sleep to your eyes,
no slumber to your eyelids.
5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
12 A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Warning Against Adultery
20 My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For this command is a lamp,
this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.
25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
or let her captivate you with her eyes.
26 For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread,
but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap
without his clothes being burned?
28 Can a man walk on hot coals
without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,
though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
32 But a man who commits adultery has no sense;
whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Blows and disgrace are his lot,
and his shame will never be wiped away.
34 For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury,
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will not accept any compensation;
he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.

Jul
06

God’s Word – In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Psalm 4:4

Psalm 51
A Prayer for Forgiveness…

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts[a];
you teach[b] me wisdom in the inmost place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.
14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifices of God are[c] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.
18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford

Jan
28

God’s Word

 The Priestly Blessing for you –

 ‘“The LORD bless you
   and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
   and be gracious to you;

the LORD turn his face toward you
   and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Encouragement Shared: 

The glory of our God is MAJESTIC… Let us rejoice and praise HIS holy name…Yes let the name of the Lord be PRAISED… As I begin this day, it is still dark and the quietness that is night will soon turn to light as the sunrise appears.  There is a lot of promise in the day through the word of hope.  Yes, seek the Lord with all our strength and believe in faith the promise of HIS “Awesome” word as we step in the day.  Sisters let us not love with just words but let us love with purity of heart with action and in truth!  God’s word is truth and he has called us to greatness in his all sustaining strength and grace.  As we prepare ourselves and our families for the day ahead- getting dressed, making lunches and car-pools, deadlines for work projects; school projects- afterschool activities, etc. etc.  let us look to the cross and to the power of the name that saves Jesus, Jesus Jesus… We love you Jesus!

Prayer: Psalm 67

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for your blessing, for shining your light on us…

We thank you for your forgiveness, your love and the beauty of your Holiness… We will sing praise to your name with all our heart, mind and strength… We Love you Lord and to you we commit our lives and this day… Thank you for the gift of Jesus-Who took our pain, our shame and washed us clean by the shedding of his blood on Calvary… May you God be gracious to us and bless us and make your face shine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May you God  our father bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear you Father. Thank you for your many victories you bring before us… Thank you for Jesus in us… In Jesus name we pray…Amen!

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,

Love in Christ,

Jennifer Pettiford

Recommended Reading: Psalm 67