Jesus is baptised

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 7 – 13 January 2019

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

Sunday 13 January is the first Sunday after Epiphany Sunday: Baptism of our Lord

Isaiah 43:1-7.  God will protect, ransom, and re-gather the people Israel from all the corners of the earth.

Psalm response: Psalm 29. The voice of the LORD speaks, and all heaven and nature shake and stand in awe.

Acts 8:14-17.  Peter and John complete the baptism would-be disciples of Jesus had received by laying hands on them so they may receive the Holy Spirit.

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22.  John the Baptizer announces he is not the messiah; one mightier than he comes after him, baptizing with Holy Spirit and fire. After Jesus was baptized by John and while he was praying, the Holy Spirit descended and a voice from heaven claimed Jesus as Beloved Son

Monday:

Adoration Focus: How big is a mountain? …God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think grace.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

              Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: How powerful is a wave?  …God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think goals.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: How mysterious is the wind? …God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think caring.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

              Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: How awesome is an ant?…God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think action.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

              Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: How tall is a giraffe? …God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think habits.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: How regular are the seasons?…God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change.  Think practical.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

              Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Sunday:

Adoration: “Let everything that has breath praise the lord!”

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think worship.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

              Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)