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“Dear Lord, on morn­ings like this, my grat­i­tude and love for You is be­yond words: The sun is shin­ing through my win­dow, the cat is purring at my feet, I can hear my chil­dren start­ing to stir and all feels right with the world. But past ex­pe­ri­ence has taught me that by mid­week (if not be­fore) I’ll be com­plain­ing that the sun’s too hot, curs­ing at the cat for jump­ing on the kitchen ta­ble and snap­ping at my chil­dren for lin­ger­ing over breakfast and mak­ing me late for work. Of course I pray for pa­tience and strength, but only af­ter I’ve lost them. And de­spite my re­peated prom­ises to You that I’ll do bet­ter ‘this time,’ I re­lapse again and again. I know I’m a work in progress, but I should have pro­gressed fur­ther by now. Why do the good in­ten­tions I have on days like to­day dis­solve so quickly, and how can I hold on to them?”

Wis­dom of the Word

Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face con­tin­u­ally.

—King David, 1 Chron­i­cles 16:10–11 NASB

We un­der­stand and yet…

There are times when we won­der if we’ll ever be the good Chris­tians we could—and should—be. No mat­ter how much time and ef­fort You put into us, we keep back­slid­ing into old pat­terns and re­peat­ing the same of­fenses. Why can’t we do bet­ter on a more con­sis­tent ba­sis?

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