Graced-Up for the Day

This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lam. 3:19-24 (NIV)

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isa. 26:3 (ESV)

We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothingPsalm 39:6 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, I woke up today with a “to-do list” clamoring for attention. That makes these Scriptures precious, timely, and necessary. Jeremiah, Isaiah, and David each offer wisdom by which I want to live today, and every day.

By your grace and Spirit, help me remember what really matters, and Who matters the most. Before strapping on my Birkenstocks, by faith I’m reaching for the garments of grace—”tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Col. 3:12). Grant me and my friends the perspective of eternity, the value system of the gospel, and grateful hearts for this August Wednesday.

Thank you for your steadfast, heart-liberating, weakness-inhabiting love. This won’t be a successful day to the degree we get everything done, but to the degree we glorify and enjoy you, Father.

May your mercy and grace be more obvious to those we are with than our stress and worry. Help us remember all day long, “the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love” (Gal. 5:6). Even our most difficult conversations can be done with grace and class.

Father, you are our “portion”—our joy, treasure, and inheritance. We put our hope in you—not in people’s approval, a glitch-free day, or the pride of accomplishment. Order our steps today (Prov. 16:9), even as you’ve numbered our days (Ps. 139:16). So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ peace-giving, heart-centering name.