Surprised to Be Loved | Sunday Respite | 40 Gifts of Lent
But me he caught—reached all the way
from sky to sea; he pulled me out
Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos,
the void in which I was drowning.
They hit me when I was down,
but God stuck by me.
He stood me up on a wide-open field;
I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!
Psalm 18:16 – 19 (The Message)
Receive This Peace | Sunday Respite | 40 Gifts of Lent
I leave my peace with you.
I give my peace to you.
I do not give it to you as the world does.
Do not let your hearts be troubled.
And do not be afraid.
John 14:27 (NIrV)
Through Christ, we have peace. Through Christ we can be deeply joyful. Through Christ we can have unshakable faith. I want the kind of peace that He gives, not the kind the world gives. I want the kind of joy that he gives, not the world’s joy. I want the kind of faith that can only he can give.
Lord, in the morning you hear my voice.
In the morning I pray to you.
I wait for you in hope.
Psalm 5:3 (NIrV)
Let God show you His way for you today. Pray about everything–the big things and the little things .Give your entire day to God and then wait to see what He will create with it.
God is the Great Artist, and your day is His empty canvas. Watch him do his work; he will pair his colors into your life–colors of Jesus’ love, mercy, peace, hope, and joy. And you will not be disappointed.
Trust Him to take your ordinary day and create a masterpiece.
Adapted from, Jesus Calling, 365 Devotions for Kids, Sarah Young, page 193