A Sign of Hope

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

Like most of us, there are many times when we are faced with fear. For me, one of my fears is going to the dentist. And many of you may share this same fear. With that said, I do want to make it known that the dentist office I go to have never hurt me and have always been understanding to make me as comfortable as possible. Last week, I had a dental emergency. I was stressed!While my husband drove me to the appointment I worked on getting myself more centered. As the Bible is a place where I go for guidance, I decided to google a verse referencing anxiety and fear. Out of the many choices that popped up, I chose Philippians 4:8. I read it out loud – a few times (see verse above). As the verse referenced, my husband and I started to list praiseworthy things. I ended up distracted and in a short time managed my way into the dentist office. Praiseworthy! During this time ofCOVID-19, there is no waiting time and the dentist saw me upon arrival. Praiseworthy! The dentist took one look at me and mentioned for me to try to be calm that everything is going to be okay. Immediately, I mentioned that everything is praiseworthy and being here will be praiseworthy in its time. With saying that out loud, I was provided with an awareness of God’s worth. A bit of calmness did enter my body and the dentist was able to diagnose the issue and reference me to a specialist. Praiseworthy! Before leaving, the dentist mentioned again for me to remain calm that it is going to be okay. I believed him. Praiseworthy!

Final note to share is that my specialist appointment is not until October which had me thinking about Samuel in the Bible. God worked through Samuel because he was willing to be God’s servant. In 1 Samuel 7:12 it says, “Thus far the Lord has helped us”. Thus far the Lord has helped me…over and over again. With clearness of mind,I have set aside the specialist appointment knowing during the wait I am able to remain calm. Praise God!

Our Heavenly Father, thank you that we are able to pray and can refer to the Bible for guidance. By us remembering our crucial turning points in the past we are provided with confidence and strength to help us getthrough the present. Forgive us that we do become fearful. We ask that you can focus our mind on what is good and praiseworthy. Thus far you have helped us! THANK YOU! Amen.

Bookends

Dawn and dusk have no specific time as sunrise and sunset occur differently every day but they are both positioned at either side of our day. Saying our prayers in the morning and evening provide support and keep us upright. Those prayers represent bookends of our daily prayers. They provide equal glory even though they happen at opposite times of the day.

Morning Prayer:

Heavenly Father, as this day begins I am focusing my attention on You. I do not know what this day will bring, but at this moment I know “How great Thou art”. When I was looking out the window at the grey view of my surroundings, it was not long before the morning rays of light begin to provide the objects with color. It was within those moments of transformation, “Thy power throughout the universe displayed”. I am peacefully blessed that I am in your care. I pray that you stay with me throughout this day and let me show others your hope and joy.  Amen.

“How Great Thou Art” is a hymn written by Stuart K. Hine. “Thy power throughout the universe displayed” is a line from that hymn.

Evening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, this is a busy time of the day for me and I pray that I can quiet myself to focus on You. It is the right time to thank you for the many blessings I have been given today. It is only through you that I am able to nourish the lives of other people. And for that I am grateful! I would ask for Your forgiveness for the sins I have done and for the sins I may not beware that I did do. I ask that you protect my enemies, acquaintances, friends, family and me during the night. As I sit here in prayer, I am aware that I have slowed myself down by being in Your presence. For that I thank you! Amen.