Focus Moment- 9/28/17

Silence and Centering _ Sept. 28

 “Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

 Confession:

Compassionate and loving God, we look around us and see the pain of those who are struggling with the devastation of their homes and lives. The evidence is ever-present on the news, on the internet, and in the social media. It’s hard to avoid the tears that so many people around us are shedding. Forgive us, Lord, for shutting our eyes and wishing that it would all go away.

For many, the grief and sorrow will remain for months and maybe years. Forgive us for only thinking of ourselves and failing to consider the lives of others. Open our hearts to continue to respond in ways that proclaim Your love and grace.

Help us to be Your hands and feet, reaching out and caring for those who have lost so much. Continue to remind us each day that even in the midst of the circumstances of life, You are always walking beside us to offer us the strength and courage to carry on. In Christ’s Name, we pray. Amen.

 PAUSE FOR  2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

TODAY’S VERSE
Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
Psalms 103:2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We tend to forget about all the goodness in our life. It is easy to take all our blessings for granted. Like spoiled children of the King who if we are entitled to every good thing we have. David, even though he was the King, did not want to take God’s love and favor for granted. Instead, he kept the blessings he received constantly in of him. He writes of God, “He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagles!” What would you write? If you were to list all of the good God has done for you, what would you write down? Today, stop and consider all He has done for you. Let the cry of your heart be, “May I never forget the good things he does for me.”

Devotional By Ron Ovitt

Prayer
Dear Father, I praise You and thank You for all You have done for me. Let all that I am praise You. Thank You, Thank You, Thank you! AMEN

 PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Here is a simple easy to remember method for praying for those around you, even if you don’t know their specific needs. The five requests are based on the word “B-L-E-S-S”.

B – Body – For health, safety, and physical needs.

L – Labors – For the success and prospering of their work and/or studies (Jeremiah 29:7).

E – Emotions – For peace and joy to replace fear and anxiety (Matthew 10:13).

S – Social life – For family’s to function well together in their community.

S – Salvation – For each to understand salvation in Jesus Christ, and come to know Him personally and grow in their spiritual lives.

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.