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400 pages
Mar 2006
J. Countryman

Grace for the Moment Volume II: More Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year

by Max Lucado

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January 1

Packed for a Purpose

He has filled them with skill.

Exodus 35:35 nkjv

You were born prepacked. God looked at your entire life, determined your assignment, and gave you the tools to do the job.

Before traveling, you do something similar. You consider the demands of the journey and pack accordingly. Cold weather? Bring a jacket. Business meeting? Carry the laptop. Time with grandchildren? Better take some sneakers and pain medication.

God did the same with you. Joe will research animals . . . install curiosity. Meagan will lead a private school . . . an extra dose of management. I need Eric to comfort the sick . . . include a healthy share of compassion. Denalyn will marry Max . . . instill a double portion of patience.

God packed you on purpose for a purpose.

Cure for the Common Life


January 2

The Lord Is With Me

You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4 nkjv

“You are with me.”

Yes, you, Lord, are in heaven. Yes, you rule the universe. Yes, you sit upon the stars and make your home in the deep. But yes, yes, yes, you are with me.

The Lord is with me. The Creator is with me. Yahweh is with me.

Moses proclaimed it: “What great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us” (Deut. 4:7 nlt).

Paul announced it: “He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27 niv).

And David discovered it: “You are with me.”

Somewhere in the pasture, wilderness, or palace, David discovered that God meant business when he said: “I will not leave you” (Gen. 28:15).

Traveling Light