Vantage Point Devotional
  • A Healthy Mind

     But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.           Psalm 71:14

    Moods can be impacted by the weather, circumstances, or what’s happening with the physical body. What people allow their minds to dwell on contributes to their mental health. It is important to bathe your mind in the word of God. Like a hot bubble bath can calm, clean, and enliven, the scriptures will do the same for your mind as you pray and meditate on them.  

    Philippians 4:8 says whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent, think on these things. Meditate on God’s promises. It is also important to affirm to yourself who you are in Christ: loved, forgiven, God’s child, and more. Topical studies on hope, joy, peace, or patience will help your mood stay balanced and consistent.  

    Psalms 34:18 states that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Today’s verse says to hope continually and praise God more and more. Praising Him for who He is and what He has done for you also leads to a healthy mind. As the apostle Paul told Timothy, God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV). 

    Thank God today for the hope you have in Christ. Turn to Him as the only Hope for this nation and the upcoming election. Pray for His will to be done in America, its citizens, and elected officials. 

    Today’s Verse: Psalm 71:14

    But I will hope continually 
        and will praise you yet more and more. 

    All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    Recommended for further reading: Psalm 34

    I will bless the Lord at all times; 
        his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 
    2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; 
        let the humble hear and be glad. 
    3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, 
        and let us exalt his name together! 

    4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me 
        and delivered me from all my fears. 
    5 Those who look to him are radiant, 
        and their faces shall never be ashamed. 
    6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him 
        and saved him out of all his troubles. 
    7 The angel of the Lord encamps 
        around those who fear him, and delivers them. 

    8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! 
        Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! 
    9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, 
        for those who fear him have no lack! 
    10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; 
        but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 

    11 Come, O children, listen to me; 
        I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 
    12 What man is there who desires life 
        and loves many days, that he may see good? 
    13 Keep your tongue from evil 
        and your lips from speaking deceit. 
    14 Turn away from evil and do good; 
        seek peace and pursue it. 

    15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous 
        and his ears toward their cry. 
    16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, 
        to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 
    17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears 
        and delivers them out of all their troubles. 
    18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted 
        and saves the crushed in spirit. 

    19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, 
        but the Lord delivers him out of them all. 
    20 He keeps all his bones; 
        not one of them is broken. 
    21 Affliction will slay the wicked, 
        and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 
    22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; 
        none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned 

    All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


TODAY’S NATIONAL LEADER FOR PRAYER


  • Darin LaHood, Representative for Illinois
    • Darin LaHood, Representative for Illinois

      Darin LaHood, Representative for Illinois


      • Born – July 1968  in Peoria, Illinois
      • Education – B.A., Loras College; J.D., John Marshall Law School, Chicago
      • Military Service – None
      • Profession – Attorney
      • Political Experience – Illinois Senate
      • In office since – 2015
      • Family – Married to Kristen Noble, 3 children
      • Religious Affiliation – Catholic


TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Vantage Point Devotional
  • A Healthy Mind

     But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.           Psalm 71:14

    Moods can be impacted by the weather, circumstances, or what’s happening with the physical body. What people allow their minds to dwell on contributes to their mental health. It is important to bathe your mind in the word of God. Like a hot bubble bath can calm, clean, and enliven, the scriptures will do the same for your mind as you pray and meditate on them.  

    Philippians 4:8 says whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent, think on these things. Meditate on God’s promises. It is also important to affirm to yourself who you are in Christ: loved, forgiven, God’s child, and more. Topical studies on hope, joy, peace, or patience will help your mood stay balanced and consistent.  

    Psalms 34:18 states that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Today’s verse says to hope continually and praise God more and more. Praising Him for who He is and what He has done for you also leads to a healthy mind. As the apostle Paul told Timothy, God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV). 

    Thank God today for the hope you have in Christ. Turn to Him as the only Hope for this nation and the upcoming election. Pray for His will to be done in America, its citizens, and elected officials. 

    Today’s Verse: Psalm 71:14

    But I will hope continually 
        and will praise you yet more and more. 

    All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    Recommended for further reading: Psalm 34

    I will bless the Lord at all times; 
        his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 
    2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; 
        let the humble hear and be glad. 
    3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, 
        and let us exalt his name together! 

    4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me 
        and delivered me from all my fears. 
    5 Those who look to him are radiant, 
        and their faces shall never be ashamed. 
    6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him 
        and saved him out of all his troubles. 
    7 The angel of the Lord encamps 
        around those who fear him, and delivers them. 

    8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! 
        Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! 
    9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, 
        for those who fear him have no lack! 
    10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; 
        but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 

    11 Come, O children, listen to me; 
        I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 
    12 What man is there who desires life 
        and loves many days, that he may see good? 
    13 Keep your tongue from evil 
        and your lips from speaking deceit. 
    14 Turn away from evil and do good; 
        seek peace and pursue it. 

    15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous 
        and his ears toward their cry. 
    16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, 
        to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 
    17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears 
        and delivers them out of all their troubles. 
    18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted 
        and saves the crushed in spirit. 

    19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, 
        but the Lord delivers him out of them all. 
    20 He keeps all his bones; 
        not one of them is broken. 
    21 Affliction will slay the wicked, 
        and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 
    22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; 
        none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned 

    All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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