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     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 youIsa. 26:3 (ESV)

     We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. Psalm 39:6 (NLT)

     Dear heavenly Father, I woke up today with all kinds of random thoughts competing for my attention and energy. My “to do list” has more demands than there are hours in this day. That’s what makes these Scriptures so precious and timely. Even before the sun comes up, I want to remember what really matters, and Who matters the most. Well before I grab a bite of breakfast, I choose to feast on your new and daily mercies.

     Father, thank you for your steadfast, irrepressible, and life-liberating love. Today 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 do to a few things well today, as a man of peace and kindness, than to rush through my list, treating people like projects and problems, or objects and obstacles. Help me to remember, all day long, that the only thing that counts is "faith expressing itself in love" (Gal. 5:6).

     Father, you are my “portion”--that is, my joy, peace, and inheritance; so I will hope in you today, not in people’s approval, a demand free life, or pride of accomplishment. I have a decent plan for the day, but I trust you to order my steps (Prov. 16:9). So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ peace giving, heart-centering name.


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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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