give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Spend time in prayer thanking God for his goodness. Thank him with a grateful heart for all that he is doing in your life. Remember to thank him for what he has done for you in the past. Thank him for what he will do for you in the future. No matter what is going on in your life there is always something to be thankful for.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
Prayer should begin with praise, acknowledging God for who he is, he is worthy of all praise. Focus your thoughts on him alone. Focus on his characteristics and what he means to you. Lift your hands toward your heavenly Father as you pray in Jesus’ name.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
Salvation is a gift from God. We cannot buy it, earn it, work for it, or get it based on our own abilities. Through the plan of God to save us, Jesus paid for this gift when he died on the cross for our sins. Everything you have, everything you are, and everything you do is all because of God’s grace on you.
She is clothed in strength and dignity; and laughs without fear of the future.
Carry yourself with the strength and power that comes from the Lord. Strength to make decisions in your life that honor God. Live each day with integrity and righteousness knowing that God will supply all your needs until you rejoice with Jesus for all eternity.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
As followers of Jesus Christ we should follow the example he set for us when he came to serve, and not to be served. He showed us how to help the weak and we must, with humility and love, also do the same. How wonderful it is to serve God by serving others.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
If our hope is anchored in Jesus, when we go through storms we can be confident that we will remain connected, safe, and secure. Whatever storm we face we can trust that Jesus will never leave us and our hope is never misplaced.