Opening Prayer: Help me, O God, to surrender my life completely to your control and command. Give it both a plan and pattern that constantly reminds me of your presence and consistently makes me more responsive to your will. For the sake of Jesus, your Son. Amen.
Scripture: James 1:2-4
Journal: How do trials or hard circumstances typically affect you? How do they distract you? What trials or difficult circumstances are you currently experiencing? What do you think God is trying to do in you as a result of them?
“Think glorious thoughts of God—and serve him with a quiet mind!” And it is surely a fact that the more glorious and more spacious our thoughts of Him are, the greater the quietude and confidence with which we do our detailed work will be. Not controversial thoughts, or narrow conventional thoughts, or dry academic thoughts, or anxious worried thoughts. All these bring contraction instead of expansion to our souls; and we all know that this inner sense of contraction or expansion is an unfailing test of our spiritual state. (The House of the Soul and Concerning the Inner Life by Evelyn Underhill)
Closing Prayer: Father, thank you that, as difficult as some days can be, we can always live with the assurance that somehow you are mysteriously using these struggles to mold us into your image, for your glory. May we always fix our eyes firmly on you, rather than the ever-changing circumstances around us. Amen.