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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
(1 Peter 5:6-7)
Please read and reflect o today’s passage-of-focus followed by lyrics and link to audio of the following song of worship, then document your PRAYER conversation for the day based on your own time of reflection; in other words, from ways in which the material speaks to your spirit and, if applicable, nudges you to speak to God.
Someone to Care
Lyrics by Jimmie Davis, 1960
When the world seems cold and your friends seem few
There is someone who cares for you
When you’ve tears in your eyes and your heart bleeds inside
There is someone who cares for you.
Someone to care, someone to share
All your troubles like no other can do
He’ll come down from the skies
And brush the tears from your eyes
You’re his child and he cares for you.
When your disappointments come and you feel so blue
There is someone who cares for you
When you need a friend a friend till the end
There is someone who’s a friend to you.
Someone to care, someone to share
All your troubles like no other can do
He’ll come down from the skies
And brush the tears from your eyes
You’re his child and he cares for you.
See Mary Tom Speer Reid perform this song here.
Conclude Day 23 by reflecting on the above hymn and passage of focus – how do they speak to you personally? – then document your PRAYER conversation for today in light of your answers.
Praise and Thanksgiving:
            In your own words, who is God to you personally? What has He done for you specifically
            in the past day or so – especially the little things – that surprised you or drew you
            appreciation?
Repentance:
This one seems obvious, but consider making a deliberate commitment to go
            beyond “I’m sorry” and make a sincere commitment to do your best through Christ
            to lay these sins aside.
Adoration:
            Love Him. Worship Him. And don’t be afraid to do so with hymns or other songs of
            worship…sometimes mere words may not seem adequate to you. That’s ok!
Yielding:
Is there something you need to turn over to God? A circumstance you can’t control?
            Complicated relationship? Your own will that’s struggling with His will?
Expectation:
What are your concerns, your hopes, your dreams for your church? Your family?
Friends? Not-so-much friends? Yourself?
Restoration:
            End your conversation with the firm knowledge that you are God’s and God is yours.
            Affirm your trust in His all-powerful, never-ending presence in your life. Thank Him
            again for what He’s done for you in the past and what He will do for you in the future
            that’s in accordance with His will. This is an important and proactive demonstration of
            your faith in Him.

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