12×12 Challenge: Day 10 (January 4th)

Day 10 begins with Romans 12 in the Good News Translation (GNT): Click HERE to read!

Word(s) for Day 10: Share & Bless

Everything was meant to be shared. Food. Warmth. Resources. Time. Laughter. Tears. Space. What do you own that you are keeping to yourself? Consider each of these a holy invitation to share.

To bless is to wish nothing but the best for another. No ill will. No hard feelings. No payback. No disrespect. Blessing is about more than the words that you use – it’s about the thoughts that you think when you aren’t editing yourself. Of course, no one knows this but you… and God. Don’t pat yourself on the back for restraining your tongue – what counts is that you actively praise, speak well of, protect and show favor toward everyone. Especially those who aren’t exactly blessing you.

Prayer:

Provider, Protector and Giver of blessing, everything I have comes from You. Help me to see Your provision as an opportunity to assist You in sharing the wealth of Your Kingdom with the needy, the grieving, the joyful and the hard-to-love. Expand my vision so that no one escapes my notice (because I know that no one escapes Yours). May I be an agent of Your divine care toward whomever You direct me today. Amen.

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12×12 Challenge: Day 1 (December 26th)

Day 1 begins by reading Romans 12 in The Message: Click HERE to read!

Word(s) for Day 1: (Ordinary) Offering

Most of us act as if we believe that God is looking for extraordinary offerings – people who have something above average or extra-special to contribute to His Kingdom. Romans 12 is saying plainly that what God actually desires is for our normal, everyday activities and commitments to be offered to Him. For His blessing. For His Spirit-infusion. For HIS glory!

Prayer:

God of the ordinary, I offer myself to You on this run-of-the-mill, not-so-spectacular day. I open my hands, letting go of my need to be in control while at the same time giving You access to everything my life has to offer. To be honest, sitting here with hands and heart wide open, what I have to give doesn’t seem like much, yet I believe that You can take it – take ME – and make a difference to someone today.

I offer to You today my ‘normal’ activities, my schedule, my work, my relationships, my energy and my time. Make them holy, Lord. May my life become extraordinary in Your hands! Amen.