Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Samuel 1:1-18
Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began. God, how precious your thoughts are to me; how vast their sum is! Psalm 139:16-17 (CSB)
You’re on God’s mind.
Life can be difficult. Often, we are forced to trudge through valleys that we would instead bypass. Places where the dark mountains taunt us asking, “Where is your God?” You may be there now. If not, you will be.
Life can be hard. However, we can take courage in knowing that no matter the heartache, we are known by God. Hannah suffered the pain of being barren. But God knew her. Paul faced impending death. But God knew him. Nothing in their lives caught God by surprise. In fact, God used their hardships to bring about His purpose in their lives. Don’t you think He’ll do the same for you? He will. He is. Take heart. God has you on His mind.
Suggestion for Prayer
Thank God for having you on His mind. Ask for the grace to walk the path before you.
Preparing for Sunday’s Reading
1 Samual 3:1-10[11-20]
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
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