Today, January 12, 2018 the Lord is carrying His plan for me to write a free devotional. This is where I will share my personal letters to God that I’ve written over the years in my journals. God speaks to us through His Word, the Bible, and if we pay close attention, He will encourage us and guide us in a mighty way!
January 8, 2018
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” ~ Romans 12:11
Zeal: eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something: Fervor
Fervor: intensity of feeling or expression – intense heat.
This morning my husband prayed for me as I dropped him at work. He asked for You to speak to me during my morning quiet time with You–and You did! You gave me the verse above about never be lacking in zeal and to keep my spiritual fervor for You as I go out or stay in, serving you, my Lord.
Holy Spirit, I want more and more of You in my life. Your face I seek all day long, because in You I find hope, joy, peace, love everlasting, and everything good and pure. Oh, it feels so good to be near You, to be in Your Presence, my Lord! Yes, I now understand what hiding in You means–You are my Hiding Place.
Today is the day, my Lord, that I’ve decided to follow Your lead and freely publish my devotions for You! I want people to love You and follow You wholeheartedly. Not to compare themselves with others, but to seek Your face only, so they can experience You in a very unique way. You will speak to them individually and meet them right where they are and they will be blessed for having spent such a personal time with you, Precious Lord.
I love you!
Guadalupe C. Casillas
January 15, 2018 (written on 8/8/02)
Thank you Father for your Word.
“Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings.” ~ Psalm 63:7
Lord, I thank you for the blessings that You pour upon us. Most of all, Lord, thank you for teaching me to trust in You. I thank You that after I pray and bring my petitions to You, You are the One in control.
Lord, what I cannot do, You do. When I feel I don’t have control to protect my sons, You do. When I’m tired, You offer me rest. When I’m hurt, You comfort me. When I need joy and laughter, You give it to me.
How beautiful You are, and how beautiful it is to seek Your face. You are my refuge in times of need. When I need love, I find it in You. When I need a listening ear, I find it in You.
When bad things happen around me, I can laugh at the days to come because You are with me. Your love and protection are close to me. I know Your promises and Your faithfulness because I am Your child. How wonderful it is to be Your daughter–Daughter of the King of Kings!
Guadalupe C. Casillas
January 30, 2019 (written on 7/17/03)
“I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.”~ John 10:16
It is beautiful and peaceful to know You are the Good Shepherd, who lays His life for His sheep. You are the One who brings the wandering sheep back to the sheep-pen.
Father, thank You for reminding me to live one day at a time because each day has enough trouble of its own. I know that what causes my heart to be troubled is when I worry about my loved ones spiritual walk or lack of it. I know it is your utmost concern too and You don’t want anyone to perish. So please help me to trust in Your love and in Your promises.
Allow me to bathe in Your love and Your special care for me. I want to delight in You and not be heavy burdened. I come to You because You said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Thank you for being the Good Shepherd and always taking good care of Your sheep.
February 18, 2019 (written on 5/18/02)
“Father I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” ~ John 17:24 – Jesus
This is my prayer too. I want those you have given to me (my family, husband and sons) to be with me where I am (in church, in fellowship and relationship with You) and to see and experience Your glory like I have experienced Yours. Lord God, this is my prayer request to You. Thank you Jesus for saying that prayer first. Thank you that You interceded for all of us before we were born and were created by You.
Thank you Father for your faithfulness and relentless love. Lord, now what I need from You is strength and patience. Help me to trust in You, please protect them so they can enjoy a fulfilling life. Please walk with them and guide them. Help them to say no to the temptations of this world. May they find Your love, Your joy and Your peace. In Jesus’ powerful name I pray, Amen.
p.s. I love you with all my heart and soul
Note: This prayer request was answered. Thank you, Jesus!!!