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 long “to do list” clamoring for my attention. That’s what makes these Scriptures so precious and timely. Jeremiah, Isaiah, and David each offer wisdom by which I want to live today, and every day.

By your grace and Spirit, I want to remember what matters, and Who matters. Before breakfast, I choose to feast on your new mercies. Before I put on my Birkenstocks, I want to put on garments of grace. Grant me the perspective of eternity, the value system of the gospel, and a focused heart.

Father, thank you for your steadfast, irrepressible, life-defining love. Life isn’t about getting everything done, but knowing you, walking with you, and enjoying you. I won’t add a day or hour to my life by stress and worry.

Far better to do a few things well, with a spirit of peace and kindness than to rush through my list, and run over people. Help me to remember—all day long, “the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love” (Gal. 5:6).

Father, you are my “portion”—my joy, treasure, and inheritance. I put my hope in you—not in people’s approval, a glitch-free day, or the pride of accomplishment. I have a good plan, but I’ll trust you to order my steps today (Prov. 16:9). So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ peace giving, heart-centering name.