I praise you, Lord Jesus, that in your mercy you bring positive pressure on us to see truth, to come to ourselves and surrender to you. You are the One we can trust, the One who is our refuge and strength, our joy and wisdom, our Loving Shepherd and Warrior King.

Through challenges and adventures (including suffering, tragedy and persecution) you give us opportunities for faith-responses, for glory-giving, for grace-demonstrations, for clenched-teeth praise, for faith-filled obedience. These are chances to fulfill the purpose of our existence: to bring honor to you, to be reflectors of your glory, to  exalt your name and your Word above all other things.

I praise you now for another day, another opportunity to live for you, to live by faith, to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving– and thereby honor you while opening the way so your daily salvation can flow further into my present and future and into the lives of those around me (Ps. 50:23).

May you be my thoughts, actions and words today, May those around me be touched by your Spirit overflowing from me. May grace be the fragrance of my life. For your glory, may I be a strong aroma of life to those around me who are looking for truth. And through that may many more be swept into your Kingdom. Amen.

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