by Beth Bondurant
DEVOTION: Increase

Depending on circumstances we may be told to increase the amount of rest we are getting.  After lab work is done we may be told to increase our intake of various nutrients for our body. Reading and acquiring knowledge enhances our understanding and discernment. It might be financially necessary to increase the hours we work or our take home pay. Increasing the time we spend in prayer and meditation nourishes our spiritual development.

Growing in loving relationship to God and to one another blesses us in ways we cannot measure.

"And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor."

O God, we sometimes increase in ways that do not develop the good within us and we sometimes tax our bodies to maximum acceleration forgetting the basic needs we have for quality of life. Forgive us, Lord, for not increasing the very things that bring us hope, peace, goodness and love in relation to You and to one another.  Help us to increase the very things that bring us closer to You and others in kindness and faithfulness.  We are always seeking something new... some idea or activity that will bring us joy and peace.  Help us, Father, to grow in wisdom and to seek a relationship with You and with one another that brings us together in love.  We realize that your life on earth was not an easy one.   We know you understand the meaning of suffering and  rejection... of  humiliation and pain.  We desire to grow in your favor so that we can be a blessing to one another.  Fill us up with your Spirit of grace and empower us daily to find what we need to physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually "increase in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor".