New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Today’s Reflection

WHEN I IMAGINE my journey with God and with my children as a boat sailing on the ocean, the winds of the Holy Spirit guiding it where it will, I feel freer. I can give myself more grace in my parenting and not be so hard on myself when I mess up. I release the expectation that I have all the answers or know the “right” way to do things.

—Lauren Burdette
This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood As Spiritual Practice

From page 70 of This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood As Spiritual Practice by Lauren Burdette. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Where do you feel the winds of the Holy Spirit leading you?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
—John 3:8, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Here I am, Lord.

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  • Julie Posted April 5, 2019 8:05 am

    I really feel as though I am in a storm being tossed to and fro. The wind is buffeting me in all directions. I am being battered.
    Prayers for Andrea as she heals physically and in her communications.
    Prayers for Betsy and her ministries, may they be blessed.
    Prayers for Connie, may she find her spark and sparkle.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, may Gloria be comfortable and may the family find peace, strength, and assurance from one another and from God.
    Prayers for Lou as she navigates her future plans.
    Prayers for Mary, may she be strong for all her responsibilities.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she be receiving medical help and Mary’s help.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, may their path be safe and guided by God.
    Prayers for Rusty, may his health improve.
    Prayers for April and Edy and Bill.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family and thank you for your prayers and kind words, they sustain me through the storm

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 5, 2019 8:35 am

      Thanks Julie!

      May God be your hope and refuge!

      May your situation improve dear Julie!


  • Edy Posted April 5, 2019 8:41 am

    Julie, James 1:2-4 says “Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith brings steadfastness. And let that steadfastness have it’s full effect, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.” Also in this life you will have trouble, that also is in the Bible but I don’t know where. Continue to pray and ask Gods help. Keep knocking! Never give up. God bless you, Julie. He knows what you are going through. Thank you for your prayers for Bill. Surgery is almost 4 weeks away. God is good!

  • robert moeller Posted April 6, 2019 12:08 am

    Am hopeful the Holy Spirit is leading to Conway NH. Have made an offer on a condo and am waiting for acceptance.

    Amen and thank you Julie for your detailed prayers for many. May Jesus still the winds that batter you. Thankful for Mary’s comments of support. Prayers for Edy’s Bill and thankful for the scriptural support.

    Thankful for a repaired septic system, walks, help from my sister, fresh baked banana bread, and wonderful spaghetti with hot Italian sausage, sauce, and Parmesan cheese.

    May the Holy Spirit fill your sails.

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