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We hope you enjoy our devotions. Our goal is not to make anyone uncomfortable, especially those of different faiths. God bless all of you who visit this site and these devotions. Our hope and prayer is that in a small measure, it helps improve your lives as it does ours in preparing them. God bless you.

May 1

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon." Luke 24:33-34

Every person born into this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique...Every man's foremost task is the actualization of his unique, unprecedented, and never recurring possibilities and not the repetition of something that another, be even the greatest, has already achieved.
Martin Buber, The Way of Man

Prayer For Today: Grant us Thy peace, O Lord. May we have that spirit of unity that can bind the hearts of men together so that we may live peaceably among our brethren. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Suggestion: If you are into sunrises and sunsets, watching them in the desert is an overwhelming experience.

May 2

Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.
Zechariah 10:1

Grief is a title wave that overtakes you, smashes down upon you with unimaginable force, sweeps you up into its darkness, where you tumble and crash against unidentifiable surfaces only to be thrown out on an unknown beach, bruised, reshaped. Grief makes what others think of you moot. It shears away the masks of normal life and forces brutal honesty out of your mouth before propriety can stop you. It shoves away friends and scares away so called friends, and rewrites your address book for you.
Stephanie Ericsson-Compassion through the Darkness.

Prayer For Today: Father in heaven, guide us by the power of the Holy Spirit to love you, our precious Lord, supremely, to keep your commandments and to abide in your love. Amen.

Suggestion: Be friendly. Never walk down the hallway without looking at people you're meeting. Try smiling or saying hi. Trust me on this, it'll make you feel better.

May 3

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Hebrews 12:9

Every mistake has a half second in which it can be taken back.
Willa Cather

Prayer For Today: O Father, help us to trust you more, to put aside all fear. Save us from fainting before those who trouble us. Make us sure of our surety. Give us the confidence and courage to present a brave front and to confess our dependence upon you. Amen.

Suggestion: Do not tell the initimate details of your life to everyone. Choose your confidantes carefully.

May 4

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Impress this on your children. Talk about the Commandments when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Deuteronomy 6:7

With all the kids I know who make it, there's one thing in common: individual contact with an adult who cared and who kept hanging in there.
Dr. Barbara Staggers, MD, who works with inner-city kids at risk in Oakland, CA.

Prayer For Today: You know, O Lord, the struggles of our soul, how we would curse when we are slandered, hate when we are wronged, boast when we are praised. Let your Spirit lead us to victory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Suggestion: Respect all living creatures. Ever thought about bird watching?

May 5

Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,
IIPeter 1:10

I feel very blessed and fortunate to be dying this way, although the timing is certainly a lot sooner than I would have chosen. Given that everyone has to die and that death is a perfectly natural process, I think this way is a fine way to go. I have time to say good-bye to family and friends and opportunity to enjoy to the fullest the time that I do have.
Helen, in the process of dying Cazadero, CA

Prayer For Today: Dear Lord, we are living in a day when forces seem bent on filling our hearts with unbelief. Help us to become more watchful over body, mind and soul of self and others while it is day, so that we, your children, may never depart from you. Amen.

Suggestion: Never be caught just merely waiting, always keep a book handy. Try one of the classics.

May 6

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 7:17

Neither a borrower, nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
Shakespeare, Hamlet.

Prayer For Today: Grant, O Lord, that we may be victors in the battle against temptation and sin, ever looking unto Jesus, the author and captain of our salvation. Amen.

Suggestion: Tell people when you borrow from them, how important is this to you? If it will make significant difference in your life to see it again, do not lend it to me.

May 7

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12

The man or woman on top of the mountain didn't fall there.
author unknown

Prayer For Today: Dear Lord, your word is Truth. Help us to understand it so that we can the better obey it. May your Word be translated in our lives through deeds of love, through wholesome thoughts and purified motives. Grant that others, seeing how we live, will be influenced to follow you. In Jesus' name.

Suggestion: Sincerity in the midst of misunderstanding can have inexhaustible power to heal and reconcile relationships. I'm sure this is not original with me but true.

May 8

In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat.
Isaiah 10:27

In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat.
Isaiah 10:27

Prayer For Today: O Master, convince us of the beauty of love. Keep us near you, that the power of your love and the appeal of your sacrifice sustain us in the struggle of life. Amen.

Suggestion: Quality in more than a slogan. It also applies to relationships. We have to invest quality in them.

May 9

Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
ICorinthians 11:3

If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.
Henry Ward Beecher

Prayer For Today: Lord Jesus, we could not possibly enter into the great experience of the cross without also sharing it by making the way of love, the way of sacrificial living, our way. Hard as it appears to be, may we know that you are with us and living your life within us. Amen.

Suggestion: Contact one of your former teachers and say thanks for their efforts. While you're at it, send some flowers.

May 10

But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Micah 7:7

I was thinking. In all these years we've been married, you've never once said you were sorry.
Edith Bunker I'll gladly say I'm sorry if I ever say anything wrong.
Archie Bunker

Prayer For Today: Gracious God, give us a conscience void of offense toward you and man. Be patient with us even though we fail you often. Perfect Thy work in us. We pray it in Jesus' name. Amen.

Suggestion: Problems often disguise opportunities. It isn't what happens to you thats the problem but how you look at it.

May 11

He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights. Job 36:6

Teamwork is coming together and a beginning is keeping together and progress is working together is success. author unknown

Prayer For Today: O God, who works in men's hearts by the operation of The Spirit, save us from all unwillingness to learn your will and from shirking responsibilities. Grant us your power to fulfill completely your purposes in our lives. Amen.

Suggestion: Words are powerful, don't say if only, but say next time and take what if out of your vocabulary.