Read: Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4
Respond: Thank You for trials and hardships. You complete me, perfect me, and make me abound with Jesus Christ in me. I lack nothing because of Your tireless efforts to grow and shape me. Steadfast Father, I praise You for Your faithfulness and certainty. You are a firm foundation, a solid rock, a sure and steady hope. I lack nothing in You. Praise You, Father.
Read: But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me. – Psalm 13:5-6
Respond: You have been so good to me. Even when things get messed up, when trials and hardships come, when people who don’t know the real me accuse or find fault with me, You constantly remind me of the importance of following hard after You and of looking at You and Your unfailing love rather than other people or other things. These are merely distractions—background noise and static. I am learning to not be distracted by nay-sayers, instead, I choose to trust You. What a blessing You are to me, O Lord.
Read: I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:13-14
Respond: I praise You that I will see, I do see Your goodness daily. My confidence is found in You alone. Thank You for teaching me to wait for You rather than jumping ahead. I am so impatient at times, but You are long-suffering. You don’t rush or fret, or get frustrated. I am grateful for Your strength. I praise You for Your heart of love and justice. I can’t imagine life without You, Lord. You are my everything. In Jesus’ name.
Rest confidently in Jesus today. Thank Him for helping you wait patiently for Him.
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Inspired by Ruth Myers, 31 Days of Praise
Meyers, Ruth. 31 Days of Praise. Sisters: Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 1997.