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July 30 Devotional

Thank you, O Sovereign Lord, for always being at work in our lives - even in the midst things that might seem to have no redeeming value. Thank you that you are a God who is mysteriously and covertly always working for our good, regardless of how things might appear. And thank you that nothing can ever separate us from your unfailing love that is in Christ Jesus. Amen. ...

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July 29 Devotional

Lord God, thank you that you chose us in order that we might bear fruit, fruit that would last. Help us to ever and always remain in you so that that might indeed be the case. Amen....

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July 28 Devotional

Lord God, you have proclaimed that we are chosen, holy, and dearly loved. Help us to dare to believe that it is really true. And help us to live as if we believe that it is really true. In the name of Jesus. Amen....

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July 27 Devotional

You, O Lord, are the fountain of life, and the source of all goodness; You made all things and filled them with Your blessing. Thanks be to God. Amen. ("Venite" by Robert Benson)...

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July 26 Devotional

Almighty God, you have created us, called us, chosen us to be your people. We wait now to receive your word of guidance and blessing. Grant unto us ears to hear, eyes to see, and faith to respond to your love and leadership. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. ("A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants" by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck)...

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July 25 Devotional

My God, I wish to give myself to thee. Give me the courage to do so. - Francois Fenelon...

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July 24 Devotional

Into Your hands, we commit our spirits; for you have redeemed us. Keep us as the apple of Your eye, and hide us in the shadow of your wings. Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy. ("Venite" by Robert Benson)...

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July 23 Devotional

O Lord my God, give me an ever-deepening intimacy with you, and an ever-deepening trust in your unfailing love. Amen.e beauty. Amen....

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July 22 Devotional

Lord Jesus, thank you that you have placed your treasure within us, these broken clay jars, that your glory might shine through the cracks of our brokenness and reveal to the world your immeasurable beauty. Amen....

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July 21 Devotional

Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! And behold, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you, and in my deformity I rushed headlong into the well-formed things that you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. - St. Augustine...

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July 20 Devotional

Lord Jesus, you are indeed the treasure hidden in a field. Help me to seek and search and dig and hunt until I finally find you today. And when I do, capture my heart and soul completely with your beauty and majesty in a way that totally reorders my priorities, as well as my life. Amen. ...

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July 19 Devotional

Lord Jesus, our eternal treasure, be our one desire, be the first of all our affections, be the center of our lives. May all we do, think, and say revolve always only around you. Amen....

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July 18 Devotional

God unto whom all hearts are open and unto whom every will speaks, and from whom no secret thing is hidden, I pray You to cleanse the intent of my heart with the ineffable gift of Your grace, that I might perfectly love You, and worthily praise You. Amen. (The Cloud of Unknowing)...

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July 17 Devotional

Deliver us when we draw near to you, O God, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind: grant that with steadfast hearts and kindled affections, we may worship you in Spirit and in Truth. Amen. ("Venite" by Robert Benson)...

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July 16 Devotional

O God, we can’t hide from you, for you see right into our hearts. It is our hearts that you most care about. It is our hearts that you desire one hundred percent ownership of. It is our hearts that ultimately make us who we are. Therefore, O God, capture our hearts once again today and make us completely your own. Amen....

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July 15 Devotional

Lord Jesus, may we always know that before anything else you want our love. You desire us to love you with everything in our being. You desire us to love you above and beyond anything else in all creation. And you want that love for you to determine everything else that we do. Help us to hear (Hear, O Israel) and heed your call today. Amen. ...

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July 14 Devotional

Dear Jesus, I ask you to come and lead me on this journey for my heart and for yours. Be my Guide, and help me recover the lost life of my heart. When I am confused, grant me clarity and insight. When I am fearful and tempted to give up or check out, grant me courage to press on. When I am impatient or distracted, bring me back to what matters most. When I am hurting, comf...

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July 13 Devotional

O God, what can we do of ourselves if you support us not but fall into sin and offend you? Leave us not, therefore, to ourselves, but strengthen us in the inward man, that so we may at all times and in all things renounce our evil inclinations, which are incessantly endeavoring to withdraw our hearts from you. Complete your conquest and make us all your own both now and fo...

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July 12 Devotional

O God, in all ages you have imparted yourself to man and set alight the fire of faith in his heart, grant to me the faith which comes from search. Cleanse my life from all that negates and crushes faith, and fill it with the purity and honesty that foster it. Cleanse me from the evil which makes unbelief its friend, and drive it far from me, so that, being willing in all t...

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July 11 Devotional

O Lord, I am so hungry and thirsty for you! Meet me now, during this time, and speak to the deepest places of my heart and soul. Capture me with your great love and affection that I might love those in this world freely and well. In your name, by your power, and for your glory. Amen....

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July 10 Devotional

Lord Jesus, thank you that you offer us yourself as food for our souls. May we accept your invitation and feed on you each and every day, for nothing else will satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. Amen....

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July 9 Devotional

Feed us this day, O God of life, with you Holy Word, that we might live not on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from your mouth. Amen....

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July 8 Devotional

We stand in the midst of nourishment and we starve. We dwell in the land of plenty, yet we persist in going hungry. Not only do we dwell in the land of plenty; we have the capacity to be filled with the utter fullness of God (Ephesians. 3:16-19). In the light of such possibility, what happens? Why do we drag our hearts? Lock up our souls? Why do we limp? Why do we straddle...

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July 5 Devotional

You called, You cried, you shattered my deafness. You sparkled, you blazed, You drove away my blindness. You shed your fragrance, and I drew in my breath, and I pant for You. I tasted and now I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and now I burn with longing for your peace. ("Confessions" by St. Augustine)...

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July 4 Devotional

The spiritual guidance Brother Lawrence ("Practicing the Presence of God") offers is simple: the love of God is everything, a love that surrounds and enfolds us. Out of this love should proceed a rhythm of continual internal awareness of God. Our constant conversation with God helps us to remember that he is our partner in everything we do. Br. Lawrence used to say to the ...

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July 3 Devotional

Intimacy is all about connection. Nowhere do we see this more visibly portrayed that here in John 15:1-11. Jesus is speaking to his disciples in the upper room, trying to prepare them for what is to come and the ministry that will follow. He’s telling them what his deepest hopes are for their (as well as our) relationship with him in the days ahead. ...

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July 2 Devotional

Intimacy is often confused with closeness. We think we’re intimate when we’re close. That may be true, but the desire for closeness may also become a trap. It can gradually force us to deny ourselves (our true selves) and to live a lie in order to maintain the illusion of warmth and togetherness. This produces an unnatural “truce” in which our true passion is sacri...

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July 1 Devotional

God dwells within you. You are yourself the tabernacle, his secret hiding place. Rejoice, exult, for all you could possibly desire, all your heart’s longing is so close, so intimate as to be within you; you cannot be without him. - John of the Cross...

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