Inspirational poetry

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James 5:20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.


Great are you Lord. Our God who made the Heavens and the earth. Your love endures forever. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for the great people you put in our lives, those who've shown us the way to you. Please help us to pass that gift on and share you with those you put in our lives. In Your Son's great name we pray. Amen. 


Because I Care


With you, I share God's messages,
His words of comfort and commands.
I share these things, not for myself
But for you, my precious friend.
If you would have a special gift
That I was not aware,
I'd hope you'd open up your heart
And with me your gift you'd share.
If I can help along life's way
Then that is why I'm here;
To give a hand, to share a thought,
And just because I care.
I'm glad we share God's gift of love,
His mercy and His grace.
We can learn and we can grow
Together in our faith.
I need support and I need strength,
I need knowledge and advice.
And I am here to do the same
For you my friend in Jesus Christ.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




James 5:19-20 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.


Dear Holy God. The God of all gods. You are good. You promise us your love forever. Please forgive us for our sins. And when we see a brother or sister falling into sin, please give us the words to help them. Please let us be your servant in reaching them and bringing them back to you. And if it is me who is falling, please let me be receptive to your servant trying to reach me that I may turn from that sin and be faithful to you and you alone. In the name of your sweet Son, we pray. Amen. 


I Won't Let You Fall


I won't let you go.
I won't let you fall,
Until God returns
To rescue us all.

You count on me.
I'll help where I can.
When you're losing your grip
I'll hold on to you, friend.

'Cause that's what friends do;
We warn and advise,
We walk a straight path,
As to be a good guide.

I'm here for you friend,
When you're losing your ground.
When your feet start to slip,
I'll always be 'round.

I won't let you fall.
I won't let you go.
Just hang on to me,
'Cause God's got us both!


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


Precious God. You are good. Your love endures forever. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you that you are the same mighty God in every situation. Big or small, good or bad, you are in control. For that, we are thankful and give you praise. Let your Spirit remind us of this when things get difficult or scary. We ask for your patience and guidance. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Praising God During Difficult Times


Thank you, God.
Thank you for being here with me.
Thank you for hearing me
And for knowing what I'm feeling.
Thank you for understanding my feelings.

Thank you for prayer;
For allowing it and for hearing it.
Thank you for the opportunity.

Thank you for being a mighty God;
A God with a plan and a purpose.
Thank you for your plan to use this difficult time
In a positive way.
Thank you for your purpose
To give me hope and a future.
Thank you for giving me patience
As I wait for your fulfillment.

Thank you for taking this painful time
And turning it into a time of praise.
Thank you for using this brokenness
To bring about my blessing,
And my blessing to bring glory to your name.
Thank you;
Though life sometimes changes,
You never do.
Thank you for your faithfulness and your love.

God, I praise you.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Thessalonians 5:17 pray continually,


Dear Heavenly Father, You are unlike any father here on earth. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for knowing what we need. Thank you for providing. Thank you for listening to our prayers. Sometimes they are spontaneous when we see a need. Sometimes we pray just because we want to be close to you. But no matter what, you keep listening so we will keep praying. Hallelujah! In the name of your patient Son, we pray. Amen. 


God Hears Every Day


If you pray every day
He'll hear every day
And every day He'll listen.
If you look every day
He's there every day
With your everyday provision.
Will He answer every day?
I cannot quite say
But his answers, they're never late.
Just pray every day,
Give praise every day.
For the answer, it's on its way.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional A Second Cup with Jesus ©




Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.


Our omnipresent God. Our Lord who is everywhere all the time. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for hearing us wherever we are and whenever we need you. Even when it's too noisy for us it is never too noisy or hectic for you. You tune into our hearts and know our deepest thoughts because you're amazing like that. Thank you, God. And may the knowledge of your presence cause us to pray even more often. In Jesus' beautiful name, we pray. Amen. 


Under her apron


Under her apron
A woman, she prays.
Where no one can call her
Where no one can say
"Will you please do this...
Will you do that...
I can't find my keys...
I lost my new hat"
When she needs to be quiet
To hear the Lord's voice
She goes under her apron
Away from the noise
And there she is guided
And gains renewed strength
To find joy in her journey
And to get through her day
Under her apron
A woman's heart lays
So under her apron
A woman, she prays.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill, of Coffee with Jesus ©




Matthew 5:15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Father God, You are beautiful, Holy, and pleasing! Please forgive us for our sins. You are so good to us and it's only right that everyone knows about you. Help us to present you wherever we go today. Let us be the candle that leads others to you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Let Me Bring Your Love

As I rise and shine and face the world
Lord, let me bring your love.

If there's anger where I'm going
Let me bring your peace.
If there are lies and deception
Let me bring your truth.
If there's darkness in the room
Let me be a light.
If there are negativity and sadness
Let me bring some hope.
And when I get to choose,
Let peace and love be my choice.

Where e'er I go, on any given day,
Lord, let me bring glory to your name.

Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus." ©



Matthew 5:14  "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot * be hidden;

Our mighty and loving God. We love You. And we thank You. And we ask forgiveness for our sins. You deserve to be proclaimed and shone upon. Those who you've created need to see you. Help our lives to be so loving and so radiant that you will be revealed, admired, loved, followed and proclaimed. In your bright Son's name, we pray. Amen.

Let Us Be A Light

A welcoming smile, a gentle word,
A willful, helping hand,
Is all the light that some will see
To draw them nearer to Him.

Let us be a light to God
While He trims and prunes the branches.
Let us be a lamp to Him
While He refines like gold.
Let us be a candle burning
While He remolds the clay.
Let us be the light to seeds
While He enables them to grow.

A welcoming smile, a gentle word,
A willful, helping hand;
Let us be a radiant light
To shine the way to Him.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



2 Corinthians 5:13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.


Dear God, You are our most loving and faithful God. There is no one like you. Forgive us for our sins we pray. Thank you for giving your Holy Spirit to those who trust and follow your Son, Jesus. By Your Spirit, we can know and trust Your love and because of that great love, we submit to you and your word. We tend to look a little crazy to those who don't know you. But if not crazy than lost. We pray for those who aren't crazy about you. In Your Worthy Son's name, we pray, Amen. 


I'm Crazy


Is it crazy for me to love someone
With all of my heart and soul?
Is it crazy for me to give to Him
Everything I own?
Is it crazy for me to trust in God,
To believe in all He's promised?
Is it crazy for me to imitate Him
Being pure, and loving, and honest?
Is it crazy for me to give my heart
To one who's love is true?
Is it crazy for me to give my life
For a life eternal and new?
Is it crazy to choose a better way;
To follow God's faithful word?
Then call me crazy, crazy I'll be
'Cause I'm crazy for the Lord.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill, of Coffee with Jesus ©




Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Alone in Prayer

It was a special day at school.
Well, most schools I should say.
Many schools from state to state
Gathered round to pray.

Teachers, students, parents too
Joined up for a good cause.
They met up at a flagpole
To share their prayers and thoughts.

But one young girl was saddened.
Her school did not take part.
Not one would even stand with her
As she shared with God her heart.

Her mother walked her to the pole.
Cut grass not even swept.
The girl she dropped down to her knees
And there her prayers were met.

She prayed for all who did not come;
For all who stayed behind.
I can only guess her heart was full
But courageous all the time.

God saw a special sparkle there,
Alone at that flagpole.
Kneeling in the grassy shambles,
He saw a heart of gold.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




James 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.


Dear compassionate God. You are the master of lessons and mercy. Please forgive us for our sins.
Thank you for teaching us what is right and good. Even though we may not like the struggles we face, we can be thankful for the lesson and the victory that we have through the strength of your Spirit. Please bring us victory today and help us see the lesson in the struggle. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Struggles Produce Wisdom


If we never made mistakes,
If we were kept under control
We'd never learn perseverance;
Our character would never grow.

Sometimes it takes a stumbling block,
Maybe a bump or two,
For us to get the lesson,
For us to see things new.

Sometimes it takes the darkness,
To see the lighted way.
If we never had to pray for help
We'd never grow in faith.

When prayers for help are answered,
We learn that there is hope.
Then we can be a comfort,
Teaching others how to cope.

So when you feel you're struggling,
And you just don't understand,
Remember God is teaching you
It's best to heed His plan.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional Coffee with Jesus.©




Romans 5:10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!


Dear God, our most holy and precious God. Thank you for your goodness. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for having a plan. No matter how far we fall or how many times, you keep accepting us back into your arms. Thank you for that. Thank you that through Jesus we have your forgiveness and eternal life with you. In your Son's precious name we pray. Amen. 


Through Him


Through His word,
The world was created.
Through His tears,
He prayed for us.
Through His blood,
We have forgiveness.
When on the cross
He died for us:
“It is through.”

Through His spirit,
We have hope of peace.
Through His strength,
We can do all things.
Through His grace,
We can overcome.
Through our hearts,
We give Him praise.
Through His love,
We have His name.
Through His name,
We may have life.
Through His gates,
We will enter,
Through our faith
In Jesus Christ.
For all things are
From Him, to Him, and
Through Him.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Our great God of peace. You are amazing, full of grace and mercy. Please have mercy and forgive us for our sins. Thank you for being a God of peace. Help us to do right by you in bringing peace wherever we go. Let us take the higher ground. Let us step above the rude and ugly and instead let us make peace by living in your love. In the name of the great Peacemaker, Jesus. Amen 


Let's Rise and Be Bigger


God is much bigger
Than violence and hate.
He's bigger with peace.
What a much better way.

He's bigger than hurt.
He's bigger than anger.
He's bigger than scandals.
He's bigger than slander.

He's bigger than race.
He's bigger than gender.
He's bigger than bullies.
He is our defender.

He's bigger than churches;
Their laws and traditions.
He's bigger than bank folds
And mighty positions.

He's bigger than donkeys
And elephants too.
He's the biggest authority
And the biggest to rule.

So let's take His nature.
Let's honor His name.
Let's rise and be bigger.
Let's love and not hate.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




James 5:8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.


Beautiful, wonderful God. You are so worthy of all our praise. Please forgive us for our sins. We know Jesus is coming soon. We can see it all around us. Though we are anxious, help us to be patient. Help us to be firm and steady in our faithfulness to you. Help us to be still and ready to join your Son in the air. In His beautiful name, we pray. Amen.


Waiting For Our Master


"Standing by a fence post,
Oh, what my eyes do see:
Children playing in the yard,
A squirrel, high up in a tree.

An old red truck is coming.
It's coming down the hill.
It's him! It's him! I'm so excited!
It's my master, farmer Bill!

Out of the truck, he steps.
And the first thing my master does,
He reaches low to touch me
And gives my head a rub."

Much like this animal's master,
Our Master, He's on His way.
I wait in great expectation
For that glorious, beautiful day.

I know the clouds will be hovering,
But Light is all I will see.
Jesus, the Light of all life,
Reaching down to set me free.

He'll take hold of my hand that is reaching
Reassuring me, life's just begun.
Heaven will be my new home then
My job here on earth will be done.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.


Dear glorious God. We love you. We love that you love us and walk with us each day. Please forgive us when we sin against you. We get overwhelmed, we stress, we worry, we dread. Help us to give that all to you. You are our Father, our Holy and merciful Father. Thank you for your presence through it all. In Jesus' caring name we pray. Amen. 


I Can't Do a Day Without Jesus


I can't do the dishes.
Do the laundry or the shopping.
I can't do the cooking;
Not the slicing or the chopping.

I can't do the helping;
Do what's right or what pleases.
I'm worn out and weak.
I can't do a day without Jesus.

I can't do the calling,
The bill paying, the caring.
I can't do the teaching,
The giving or the sharing.

I can't do this life;
Do what's right or what's needed.
I'm unsure and uncertain.
I can't do a day without Jesus.

He gives me the strength
To push on and keep going.
He gives me the peace,
The will and the knowing.

He Gives me His love
And that is the reason
I move on in joy
And do every day with my Jesus.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Luke 5:5 & 6 Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.


Our great and precious Father. You are so wise and so trustworthy. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to trust you more. You are so much wiser than we are. We could never compare to your thoughts or your ways. You've proven your love for us by Jesus on the cross. We should trust that you would not give us bad directions. So even when we don't understand why, please let your Spirit remind us of your wisdom and your love, so that we will follow your commands. We ask this is the wise name of Jesus. Amen.



Because You Have Said So


Give to the needy
When I am in need?
Forgive an offender
Seven times seventy?

Pray for the one
Who's caused me great pain?
Lend to a brother
And expect not to gain?

Show love to my neighbor
As I do my own life?
Sing songs of praise
When in sorrow or strife?

Give up my plans
To follow your own?
Go where you send me
When the place I don't know?

I don't understand Lord;
Your ways I can't see.
But because you have said so
I will Lord, for thee.

Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Romans 5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.


Dear Father God, Thank You for giving us Jesus. Thank You for giving us hope. Thank You for Your forgiveness. Please forgive us for our sins. We are so thankful for Your word, telling us Your plan. Now when hardships come we can persevere because we know You. We know Your plans, Your power, and Your love. We pray for those who feel hopeless. We pray that they will hear of Your love and be blessed. In Jesus' name of hope, we pray. Amen. 


Hope at Last


I was miserable;
Hopeless, confused, desperate.
I sat alone
Head in hands,
Tears running down my face.

I felt a tug at my heart.
I ignored it.
Again, I felt a tug at my heart.
Finally, I opened my eyes
And I saw Him before me.
His nail-scarred hand
Reaching down
To lift me up,
And I took it.

At last--
An answer, a reason,
A place to belong.
At last--
There is hope,
There is love.

Thank you, Jesus
For tugging at my heart,,
Offering your hand,
And pouring out your love
Into my life.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 Peter 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.


Dear God, You are so beautiful to us. Please forgive us for sinning against you. Thank you for having a plan so that we will one day meet you in Heaven. Thank you for Jesus paying for our sins with His life. And none of us here deserve a crown from you, but yet, you have one waiting for everyone who believes in and honors your Son. Thank you. May we strive at the attempt of deserving that crown. In the Chief Shepherd's name, we pray. Amen.


My Crown


A crown of thorns is what I've earned
For all my careless ways;
My sinful thoughts,
My sinful acts,
All my reckless days.

A crown of thorns, it should be,
I wear upon my head.
But Jesus bore it,
Jesus wore it,
And gave me His instead.

A crown of glory waits for me
When my life on earth is finished.
Cause Jesus took
The crown I earned
And in love, He gave me His.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus." ©




Psalm 5:3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.


Dear Lord. Our perfect and loving God. We are so very grateful for you. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for hearing our voices and our hearts. We love that we can begin each day talking to you, knowing that you are listening. Help us to listen too. Help us to hear your voice and follow your lead. We pray that everything we do brings praise to you. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.


Coffee with Jesus


A beam of morning sun
Shines through the window.
The birds, together,
They sing their wake-up song.
I pour a cup of coffee
Then look to Jesus,
And start my new today off
With the Lord.
I thank Him for
Another night protected,
And another day
To do His pleasing will.
I share with Him my thoughts
And my to-do list,
And ask Him for His help
To see me through.

I ask Him for the gentleness
He taught us;
For the patience and the strength
That I will need.
I ask Him
To keep my eyes wide open;
To help me see the plans
He has for me.
I thank Him for His Word
That He has spoken,
And for those
Who’ve put it into print.
I ask that He bless them,
And that He’d help me
Apply it
As I learn and grow within.

Then I’m ready for the day
That’s before me.
With confidence and faith
I can walk.
’Cause I started off my day
With the Lord Jesus,
And carry Him throughout it,
In my heart.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 Thessalonians 5:2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.


Dear God, You are so precious to us. Your love is so precious to us. Please forgive us when we sin against you. We're sorry that we sin against you. We're sorry that we can't live a perfect life. But praise you, God, You brought Jesus here to take our penalty. Because of Jesus' death, we are ready! We will see you face to face one day. We don't know when, but we do know how. Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus. We pray for others, that they will be able to say "I am ready" too. In His name, we pray. Amen. 


Will You Be Ready?


The Lord is coming
We don't know when;
He'll come like a thief in the night.
Will you be ready
When He makes His return?
Will you be ready to meet Jesus Christ?

There's a lake of fire.
There is a peace in Heaven.
Where will you go from this world?
The day is coming.
Have you given it thought?
Will you be ready to meet with the Lord?

Have you lived God's way
Or have you been careless,
Thinking you have plenty of time?
The hour is coming.
Will you be ready?
Will you be ready to meet Jesus Christ?


Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©




Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.


Our dear and perfect God, we praise you. Please forgive us for our sins. Please let Your Holy Spirit remind us that when we ask for forgiveness and change our ways, You release us from that sin. You forgive us, You take the cuffs off, You let us live. Help us to stay strong in that freedom, never to go back to that way of life again. In our freedom, let us shout about your goodness. In Jesus' freeing name, we pray. Amen. 


Freedom


Are you hampered by your faults,
Restricted by your debt?
Let Jesus take it all from you.
Let Him leave you no regret.

Are you controlled by your past,
Held down by your sin?
Let Jesus pick it up for you
And give you peace within.

Does guilt have you burdened?
Are you shackled by your shame?
Give it all to Jesus now
And He will break the chains.

For. Jesus is the way of life.
Jesus is the key.
Jesus is the truth in flesh.
The truth will set you free.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Mark 4:30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?


Our Great God, mightier there is none. Please forgive us for our sins. You ARE the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory! Nothing can compare to You. Knowing you always have Your eye on us brings us comfort. You see us, you provide for us, and all is in your power. You are worthy of all of our praise. Help us to continue to seek your word and guidance in understanding it. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


Perched in the Shade


A man planted a seed one day,
The smallest of all around.
But sure enough, that seed took root
And grew high above the ground.

The tree grew up, tall and wide
With branches giving shade
To all the birds who perched in there
On any given day.

They needn't worry where they'd sleep
Or what there'd be to eat.
In fact. they had no fears at all
In this tall and mighty tree.

Today I feel just like a bird
Sitting in that tree,
'cause I'm sitting in God's kingdom
And will eternally.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.


Our God of everything wholesome, You are wonderful. Thank you. Please forgive us for our sins. Please help us to be helpful to others. Not only giving a helping hand but also words that will help them also. And show us the words that are not helpful and need to be left unsaid. We pray in the helpful name of Jesus. Amen. 


Words to Chew On


Taste test your words
Are they perfectly sweet?
Are they soft on your tongue?
Are they smooth on your teeth?

Do they taste like the food,
The kind that you like?
Are they mild and tender,
Tasting just right?

It's good to taste test
The words on your lips.
Make sure they are pleasant;
A life lifting gift.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Ephesians 4:28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.


Dear God, our beautiful Creator. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for creating us in your image. Thank you for giving us jobs so we can survive here on earth, and so we can help others in their survival. We are never without something to give. When our pockets are empty, you still hear our prayers. But let us always be willing to work when we can and share with those who can't. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


Prayers and Hard Work


Wind blowing through the window.
Pies on the sill to get cool.
Curtains are doing a dance step
As the spirit of fall fills the room.

Mom's been busy in the kitchen,
Sifting and rolling and such.
Her slice of pie is there waiting
And there's steam from her own coffee cup.

She thanks God for the great harvest
That He has blessed her home with:
The cornfields bearing much corn,
And apples and pumpkins for kids.

Mama's prayers for provisions were answered.
Her willingness to work has paid off.
She now has a kitchen of flavor
And can share the great gifts from our God.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Ephesians 4:27 and do not give the devil a foothold.


Dear wonderful God, You are Lord and we are blessed. Beautiful is Your love for us. Please forgive us for our sins. We thank You. Lord Your word gives us direction on how we should live. Please also give us the strength to stand firm in what is right. We don't want to give the devil any hold at all so our days and hours need to be spent in line with Your word. Help us, God, we pray. In Jesus' strong name, we pray. Amen.


No Foothold


I don't want to be
A candle to his fire.
I don't want to be
A wind in his storm.
I don't want to be
A part of his team.
I don't want to work
For Satan anymore.
So I'm gonna live
A life that is lovely.
And I'm gonna try
To always do good.
I'm only gonna think
On God's great beauty.
Keeping my mind
And my words where I should.
I don't want to give
The devil satisfaction.
I don't want him thinking
That he can ever win.
I'm gonna make it known
That I am God's child
By keeping my thoughts
And actions on Him.
I'm not gonna give
The devil any foothold.
I'm not gonna worry
Or doubt, or complain.
I'm not gonna open
A door to let him inside.
I'm gonna look to Jesus
And live in His name.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©





Proverbs 4:26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.


Dear God, We come to You Lord and our hearts bow down to You because You are worthy. Please forgive us for sinning against You. Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for giving us Jesus. Not only did He die for us, but if we keep our eyes on Him we will stay on the right paths for our lives. Please help us focus on Your Son. In His bright name, we pray. Amen. 


Looking at Jesus


I don't look right or to the left.
I don't look at my feet.
I look at Jesus; straight ahead.
My destination to be reached.

My path laid out is trustworthy.
I need to walk in faith.
When I keep my eyes on Jesus
I see my path is straight.

I won't let worry distract me.
I won't look back in fright.
I'll keep on moving forward
With the Lord Jesus in my sight.

For He is my great compass.
His ways and plans are true.
I'll keep looking at my Jesus.
I know He'll bring me through.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.


Dear God, You are amazing and wonderful. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, our Helper. We need help staying on the straight and narrow. We need help taking one step at a time, again and again. Help us to keep moving, to keep taking steps for You and focusing on Your promises. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

Don't Get Stuck

With one foot moving forward
And one foot staying back
You're not going anywhere,
You're stuck there in your tracks.
With one foot in the ocean
And one foot on dry land
You're not moving anywhere,
But sinking 'neath the sand.

You must get your act together.
You must choose this way or that.
You're not getting anywhere
With one foot staying back.
With one foot in the darkness
And one foot in the light
You're not going anywhere,
You're stuck; without life.

Just keep your feet together
Walking in the light.
Don't let the other wander,
Together, you'll find life.
With the left foot moving forward
Then followed by the right;
If you walk the path of Jesus
You'll have a blessed life.

Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "Coffee with Jesus." ©



John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”


Father God, we worship you. By the mention of your name, we are blessed. Please forgive us for our sins. Let your Spirit fill us and lead us in worship as we praise you for all that you are. You are glorious, beautiful, faithful, fare and praiseworthy. You are more than we ever deserve and yet You give us a place in your Kingdom. You give us Your Son and Your Spirit. From our truthful, humble hearts we praise you. In Jesus name, Amen. 


Come Near, Holy Spirit


Fill us, Holy Spirit.
We want to feel you near.
We want to feel your presence.
We want our hearts to hear
You calling.

Come near, Holy Spirit.
As near as near can be.
We want our hearts to feel,
We want our eyes to see
Your glory.

Fill us, Holy Spirit,
With your love that is higher.
Be the One to guide us.
We want our ways to honor
You alone.

Listen, Holy Spirit,
To our lips as we bring
Songs of adoration.
Your presence makes us sing
Your praise.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Philippians 4:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Precious Lord, Beautiful is your Holy name, God. Hallelujah! Forgive us for our sins we pray. We thank you for your grace. We don't deserve the blessings you give us. We don't deserve the comfort, the peace, or the wisdom. But you give it to us freely because you are a compassionate God. There are people who are hurting, some who feel abandoned. We pray that they will receive your grace and be comforted by your presence. In Jesus' name, forever true, we pray. Amen
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To Praise Him

I took you to God
This morning in prayer.
I asked that you'd feel
His presence right there.

I asked God to bring you
Peace for your mind.
I asked Him to answer
All in His time.

His ways are not our ways,
We may not understand.
But His plans, always perfect
And shine in the end.

I asked God to hold you
In the midst of your sorrow.
I asked that He'd cause you
To praise Him tomorrow

I asked that He pour out
Upon you, His grace,
Bringing you gladness
And reasons to praise.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Proverbs 4:22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.


Dear God, You are holy and worthy of our praise. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for your mercy. Thank You for Your word and thank You for those who put it into print. Thank You for Your Spirit who helps us understand it's meaning. Please help us to take it in daily, carry it with us, and use it for guidance and discernment. In Jesus' wise name, we pray. Amen. 


Nectar For a Butterfly


God's word is like a flower
And I'd like to share with you.
We'll feed on it together
Growing in His truth.

We can make it through each day
On His promises that feed,
Like nectar to a butterfly.
I know that He will lead.

Like milk for a baby,
Honey for our land,
God's word is full of nourishment.
And strength for us to stand.

Each day we'll walk in wisdom.
We'll walk in Glory's peace.
Our footsteps getting stronger
As on His word we feed.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Proverbs 4:21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;


Dear Father God, Thank You, for all of Your goodness. May You always hear praise from our lips. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your word and Your Holy Spirit. Together they protect us from the evil one. Help us to keep Your word alive in our hearts and in our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


Stepping Stones


Standing on the word of God
I find his strength within.
His promises remind me
That all I need is Him.

His word is like a stepping stone
Protecting me from dirt.
Keeping my feet steady
Not causing any hurt.

Stepping off the word of God,
No telling where I'd fall:
In murky mud, in sinking sand,
Behind a mighty wall.

Following the word of God
Keeps my pathway lit.
His word is bright against the earth.
No need to ever quit.

Making steps through His word,
Following one by one,
I'll reach my destination;
My place with God's own son.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Today is 4/20

Philippians 4:20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Dear wonderful God, You are so worthy of our praise. Please forgive us for our sins. We praise You for Your mercy. We praise You for Your plans. We praise You for Your wisdom. We praise You for Heaven and for making a way for us to be there one day. We praise You for Your timing. We praise You for Your words of love and guidance. We praise You for Jesus and we praise You for Your Holy Spirit who helps us each and every day. We praise You for the time we have just to praise You. Please receive our praise. In Jesus praiseworthy name, we pray. Amen. 


Just to Praise Him


The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not want
Anything
But to praise Him.

He restores my soul.
He gives me strength
To follow His lead
And to praise Him.

He'll give all that I need
Until there'll be
Not a thing left
But to praise Him.

I don't live in fear.
The Lord he is here,
Every step of the way
So I praise Him.

He's anointed my head.
My cup overflows
With words and with song
To praise Him.

His goodness and mercy
Will follow me long.
I will dwell in His house.
And I'll praise Him.

The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not want
Anything
But to praise Him.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.


Dear loving God, Thank You for Your love. And thank You for Jesus who showed great love for us. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for giving us an example of Love. Jesus is Love! And He loved us before we were here. Praise You, God! Help us to love others for His glory. In His wonderful loving name, we pray. Amen.


He Loved First


We didn't know Him.
We hadn't seen Him.
We hadn't felt His love.

But He did know us,
And He did see us,
And knew what God had spoken of.

That we would live
And we would sin,
And death would steal our joy.

But if He would die,
We would live
And death would be destroyed.

So in great love,
He took our sins
And died a painful death.

Then He rose
From the grave
And gave our lives new breath.

We live a life
Of sin and shame
Until we learn to trust.

But He already
Spared our souls
When in love He died for us.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "Coffee with Jesus." ©




2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.


Dear God, Thank you for being with us each and every day. Your presence is a comfort. Please forgive us for our sins. We thank you for your mercy. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit who will help us focus on the unseen tomorrow where there is great hope in the chance that your Son will return to carry us home. We pray in His wonderful name, Amen. 


Through the Fog


Sometimes I see
my life like a car
on a highway.

I travel on
with the son in front of me,
the light in my eyes.

As I move forward
I notice others coming away from the light
and I wonder why.

I continue on my way
and come upon a patch of fog.
It's hard to see.
I can't be sure of what's ahead
but I keep going
in faith.

Those that I passed earlier,
coming away from the light,
must have turned back
in fear and doubt and unwillingness.

I continue on and
make it through the fog,
the unknowing,
and I reach my destination.

My place in the Son.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "Coffee with Jesus." ©




2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.


Dear God, It's amazing the love you have for us. We receive it and thank you. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You, God. Thank you that the battles we face today with our health, our finances, our strength, they are all temporary. Because of You we know we can face life. Life here and life eternally with You. We thank You for that in Jesus' life-giving name, we pray. Amen. 


Life Still Remains


Amidst the weeds and waist,
The old and all the dead,
There's life that still remains
Showing better days ahead.

Daffodils and tulips
Breaking free from last year's death,
Stirring up hope inside
Giving life a new breath.

The colors, oh so pretty;
Red, yellow, purple too.
A beautiful reminder
Of my life made brand new.

So thankful for the vision
Of the flowers within my fence.
Even amid the ruins
I see Jesus at His best.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.


Dear mighty God, You are beautiful and we love you. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for Your mercy. Thank You for renewing us each day. Without You, we grow weak. We grow weak in our bodies and in our minds. We tend to lose hope. But You are strong and mighty and knowing You gives us renewed strength and we thank You for that. In Jesus' strong name, we pray. Amen.


Inward Renewal


My joints are pained and swollen.
My eyes, blurry at their best.
My energy is out the window.
I just want to sit and rest.

But when I sit, I worship
The doctor of the world.
I praise Him, God, the Father
And lean upon His word.

Your sugar may be spiking.
Your heartbeat may be faint.
But inside God renews us
Day by every day.

Take heart, my fellow patient.
We may suffer for a while
But God is making diamonds
From each and every trial.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




James 4:15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”


Father God, you are the keeper of our hearts. The keeper of our days. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for the days we have to serve you. Thank you for being willing and able to guide us to the place we need to be. Help us to act in a timely manner; waiting patiently for directions, but not procrastinating when we hear your voice. We need to act now so all will be ready when You send Your Son back to gather us. We anxiously wait for that glorious day. In our Savior's name, we pray. Amen.


Today is tomorrow


Today is tomorrow.
Did you start your new diet?
Did you take the big test?
Did you pray all about it?

Did you start something new?
Did you clean an old mess?
Did you take time to play?
Did you make time to rest?

Did you make that call?
Did you write the letter?
Did you take that leap?
Did you act any better?

Did you take time for you?
Did you make time to pray?
Today is tomorrow
So do it today!


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




John 4:14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Dear Holy God, You are the best of all things good. Thanks for doing this life with us. Please forgive us for our sins. We need water and food to live here on earth, but what we really need is you, Jesus. And you graciously give of yourself like a never-ending stream of water. Thank you for your grace and generosity, enabling us to have eternal life with you in Heaven. We praise you, God. In your Son's name, we pray. Amen.

The Woman at the Market

Put the kettle on
Cause I'm comin' over.
Girl, I have a story for you!

She rushed through the door,
Threw her coat on the rail,
And ran to her sister's sunroom.

"So I was there at the market
In the spring water aisle
When I heard this sweet gentle voice.

So I turned right around
And saw nothing but water,
But I heard, "You have a choice.

You can drink from this aisle
By the bottle or the gallon.
You can even have water on ice.

Or you can drink from what I have
And thirst no more.
The water I have gives eternal life."

It was Him, sister.
It was Jesus at the market!
I just couldn't wait to tell you.

I accepted His gift
Right there in the aisle.
He said you could have water too!

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



1 John 4:13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.


Father, God you are flawless and wise. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Please forgive us for our sins. We are grateful to have your Spirit living in us who believe in your Son. And we're thankful for the fact that He lives in all of us all at the same time. How glorious is that? Help us to live in such a way that your spirit can be seen. In Jesus name, we pray Amen.

The Same Spirit


You're far away
And I'm not near
I'm at this place
And you're over there

God's love, it connects us,
It helps us endure.
We believe in each other
And a love that is sure.

We have a distance between us
But we see the same sky
We're miles apart
But the same spirit's inside.

I thank God for His love
That binds us together
And the gift of His spirit
That we'll share forever.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" 




1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.


Dear Father in Heaven. You are so wonderful. We praise Your Holy name. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for forgiveness. Thank You for Your love. You love us no matter what we've done, where we come from, or what we look like. Help us to do the same with each other so others will know Your love. We pray in Jesus' loving name. Amen.


The Love Connection


I imagined being invisible one day.
No one could see me or touch me,
And I could not touch or speak.
How awful it was
Not to hug my child,
Not to comfort my friends,
Not to encourage those who were downhearted,
To love someone so much but
Not be able to say it.
If only I could get inside someone,
To use their hands and speak through their lips.
Then the love line
From my heart to others
Would be complete.

That is what God asks of us:
That we be His hands
and His lips.
That we love each other,
So that His love for His children
Will be complete;
Seen and felt by all.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©




Exodus 4:11 & 12 The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”


Dear God, You are mighty and marvelous and we love You. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your mercy. God, we can't do anything good without You. Thank You for giving us all that we need. Please keep us humble and aware that all that we have and all that we're able to do comes from You. In Jesus' beautiful name, we pray. Amen. 


Glory to my Partner


You gave me a gift,
And I used it
To share with others
Your word.
You told me your will,
And I did it
To touch one who may haven't heard.

You've been with me
From the beginning;
Almost silent but
Yet I could see
The things that you've done
To enable
The job that you've given to me.

The praises, I give them
To you, Lord.
Your faithfulness
Helped me achieve.
From beginning to end
You're my partner.
All glory I give it to thee.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Dear God, our amazing and wonderful God, Thank You for being with us today. Please forgive us for our sins. We thank You. Thank You for the gifts and talents you've given us. Help us to find opportunities to use our gifts to serve others. You made us able, help us to be willing. In Jesus' giving name, we pray. Amen.

Use Your Gifts

Today's the day to write for Jesus.
Use each day to share His word.
Those around you are the reason
Your gift from God must be heard.

Keep God's word close to your side.
He'll lead you by His word of words.
He'll show you things through your eyes;
Through what you see in His great world.

He wants to share with you, for others.
For you to share with them His love.
Be a light unto your brothers.
Live the words that you write of.

Fill the shelves with things you've written;
Stories, blogs, and notes to self.
Once you start there is no quittin'
God has written all Himself.

No matter what the gift you have is,
Use it, you will have reward.
Music, writing, teaching children;
Use it fully to bless the Lord.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©



1Thessalonians 4:9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.


Dear God in Heaven, Thank You for loving us. Thank You for giving us Jesus who gave us an example of how to love others. Please forgive us for our sins. And forgive us when we don't always love the way we should. We are grateful for Your mercy. Please let Your Holy Spirit continue to work in us, moving us to love others in the way you would have us love. In Jesus' sweet loving name, we pray. Amen.


Be a Place of Rest


Be a rock for one to lean on.
Be a pillow for a friend.
Let them rest upon your shoulder.
Be a haven while they mend.

Let them rest in your comfort.
Fill their space with tranquil peace.
Reassure them, their importance.
Bless their day with sweet relief.

Be a soft place where they'll fall.
Catch their tears, hold their hand.
Love them like God would have you.
Be a loyal, soothing friend.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Philippians 4:8 says: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


Dear God, You are good, loving, and praiseworthy. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your grace. Life here can get crazy, stressful, painful, lonely, and scary. Please help us to remember to just think about You and all of Your goodness and we will have peace, Your peace that we don't deserve but receive from Your loving hand. We thank You, God. In Jesus' good name, we pray. Amen.


Think About Jesus


When you think about Jesus
And promises He made,
Your heart will have peace,
Your worries will all fade.

Jesus is lovely.
He offers new life.
Jesus is excellent.
Think about Christ.

Jesus is strong.
He's pure, without sin.
Jesus is admirable.
Think about Him.

Jesus is true.
He's noble and right.
Jesus is praiseworthy.
Think about Christ.

When you think on His words
And all He can do,
Your mind will find rest
And peace will come through.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your peace. It's a peace we hadn't known before. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You, God. Please let Your peace fill our hearts and our minds. Let our spirits rest in Your peace, knowing You have all things in Your powerful hands. It's a peace we cannot explain but we believe, with You we can have it. In Jesus' giving name, we pray. Amen. 


Peace Has a Hold on Me


My problems don't have a hold on me
They don't consume my mind.
My God has a hold on me
And I'm gonna be just fine.

I'm not gonna let these struggles win
Or take away my smile.
My God has a hold on me.
He's with me all the while.

These issues won't take hold of me
My God is all I need.
I have problems, but I still have peace
'Cause my God has a hold on me.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Dear God, the Creator of light, thank You. Thank You for the Light that you give us. Light from the sky to see with and Your Light in our hearts. Forgive us for our sins. Your Light in our hearts helps us to see things about you. We're grateful for that. Help us to let that Light shine through us for others to see You and know You too. And someday may we ALL give You glory. We pray In the name of the Light of the world. Amen. 


A Light in Your Brokenness


Take a jar and drop it.
Put it to the test.
It may come out intact
But it'll look a mess.

If you take a lighted candle
And place it deep inside,
A light shines through the damages
And becomes a blessed guide.

With chips and cracks and craters
From careless handling,
Our hearts can look like damaged jars
'Till we take it to the King.

God will pour His light in
To our damaged jar,
Filling every crevis,
Lighting up our heart.

So when one stops to see it,
The crevice and the cracks,
They'll see great things of beauty
Coming from the past.

Every crack is for a reason,
To show God's faithfulness.
Some may be from failure
And some from ugly sin.

Your life can be a lantern,
A beacon for all the land.
Let His light into your brokenness.
lt'll shine the way to Him.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




2 Corinthians 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for 

Jesus' sake.


Dear God in Heaven, our glorious, magnificent God, We praise You mightily. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for making us able to serve You and Your people. Nothing is too small of a job. Please let Your people receive our service as help from You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


Hands For Jesus


I will be your hands, Lord,
That feed your hungry children.
I will give them shelter,
Who haven't any home.
I will be your lips, Lord,
To voice your words of wisdom.
I will be your tongue,
To teach what's right and wrong.
I will be your voice, Lord,
To speak courage and direction.
I will be your hands,
To give a pat of praise.
I will give your love Lord,
To all, without condition.
I will be your arms,
To give a warm embrace.
I will be your hands, Lord,
To clothe your children warmly.
I will be your gentle touch,
To comfort those in pain.
I will be your feet, Lord,
To walk with those who are lonely.
I will be your hands for you,
And love all in your name.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©




Proverbs 4:4 Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.


Learn From the Godly


Is there a person in your life,
Someone that you respect,
One who prays at any place
Who knows when they are blessed?

Watch the way they live their life.
Listen to them speak.
Pay attention when they fail
And when they're feeling weak.

Listen to the words they say
When read straight from God's book.
Keep those words in your heart.
They're written for your good.

Follow them, and you will live.
Then spread them all around
So others know the way to God
And one day wear a crown.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Psalm 4:3 Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.


Dear Father God, Thank You for Your goodness towards Your children. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for hearing our prayers. Wherever we are, You hear us. You bless us with Your faithfulness. Help us to boldly come to you, even when we don't know what to say or what to ask for. We thank You for prayer and for Your answers. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.


God Hears All Language


The Lord will hear me when I call
He knows my voice, it's true.
He understands my words,
Humility, and truth.

Prayer in any language,
To God, it sounds the same.
Each child's voice He recognizes.
Each plea, each prayer, each praise

He knows a cry for mercy,
In Spanish or in Greek,
In Hebrew or in English,
He hears all that we speak.

Prayer in any language,
Words coming from the heart,
Are heard and understood
By our mighty, loving God.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.


Dear mighty God, we praise Your wonderful name. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your grace. Please give us the courage to speak Your word. Give us gentleness, peace, and patience. Give us knowledge of your ways. And give us the wisdom to know when we are ready to speak and others are ready to listen. We pray for You to prepare us. In Jesus' great name, we pray. Amen.


Bring Others the Message


Jonah had an order,
Straight from God's own plan,
To deliver God's good message
To a violent, vulgar land.

Still, others need the message;
A man, a woman, a town.
They need to hear the message.
They need to hear it now.

If you hear the Master calling,
asking you to share,
asking you to go,
asking you to care,

Don't run from God almighty.
Don't hide behind a veil.
You might just find yourself
In the belly of a whale.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.


Dear precious God, You are wonderful and Your word is marvelous. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You, God. Thank You for Your Word and for Your servants who teach Your Word. Give us the wisdom to explore the truth of what we hear. Give us the strength to stand firmly in Your word and not be fooled by false teachings. In Jesus' truthful name, we pray. Amen.


Not All Are Ordained


One hundred times I've heard it.
One hundred times 'twas said.
But if not once, I can read it
Then the value to me is dead.

Preachers are not perfect.
Not all are Godly men.
Some are just false prophets
Trying to reel believers in.

They tell you bits and pieces
Of what you want to hear.
Doesn't matter if it's true or not
As long as you are there.

Some men want big numbers;
True followers galore.
Some men want big money
To fill their pockets more.

God won't send deceivers
To speak about His name.
Not everyone who talks of God,
From God has been ordained.

So when you hear a message,
Don't believe it in blind haste.
Question it, examine it,
Make sure it's scripture based.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Romans 3:31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.


Dear Father in Heaven, You love us unconditionally and with a love that will never fail us. Thank You for Your love. Please forgive us for our sins. We praise You for Your goodness. We may not always understand Your ways but we trust You. You have proven to be wise and loving. Help us to continue to grow in our faith and follow Your ways even if we don't understand. We ask In Jesus mighty name, Amen.


Because You Have Said So


Give to the needy
When I am in need?
Forgive an offender
Seven times seventy?
Pray for the one
Who's caused me great pain?
Lend to a brother
And expect not to gain?

Show love to my neighbor
As I do my own life?
Sing songs of praise
When in sorrow or strife?
Give up my plans
To follow your own?
Go where you send me
When the place I don't know?

I don't understand Lord;
Your ways I can't see.
But because you have said so
I will Lord, for thee.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




John 3:30 He must become greater; I must become less.”


Dear God, You are our great and wonderful God. We love You. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You. Thank You for giving us the seeds to plant, the hearts to touch, the words to say. Thank You for being bigger than we are and taking care of the growth. Please give Your children courage and gentleness to continue to share Your word and please soften the hearts to all who hear. In Jesus' great name, we pray. Amen 


You Do the Planting


You offered your hand
For nothing returned.
You've prayed for one's soul.
You've shared from God's word.

Now is the time
For you to step off
And let God be God
Calling the lost.

You cannot change hearts.
You cannot change minds.
You can only deliver
God's word every time.

For Jesus is greater,
The Savior of souls.
You plant the seed
And He'll make it grow.

So continue to pray.
Continue to share.
Continue to plant
God's seeds everywhere.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©




Galatians 3:29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.


Dear God, You are generous, kind, and compassionate. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for claiming Christ's followers as Your children. And thank You for making us co-heirs with our Savior. That is something too amazing to imagine but we accept it in faith. Please help us as we attempt to be worthy of such an undeserved gift. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


My Inherited Life


Lord help me live my inherited life.
Help me leave the past behind,
Accept your grace and forgiveness,
And live in peace divine.

Lord help me live my inherited life.
Help me use the gifts you gave.
Help me share your words and your love
So others may be saved.

Lord help me live my inherited life.
Help me trust you with your plans.
Let me live in faith and be at rest,
Knowing all is in your hands.

Lord help me live my inherited life,
The life given through your son.
Keep me on the road He walked
'Till my life on earth is done.

Lord, thank you for making me heirs with Christ,
Undeserved, a treasure true.
Thank you for my inherited life;
My eternity with you.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional A Second Cup with Jesus ©




Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Dear marvelous God, How wonderful it is to be a part of Your family. Please forgive us for our sins. We thank You. And thank You for making Your Kingdom a place where all of Christ's followers fit in. It doesn't matter who we are, where we're from, or how long we've been following Jesus. We are all welcomed and loved. We love You for that. And we pray for those who are wandering around feeling lost, alone, and left out. We pray that You will reach their hearts so they know there's a place they belong. In Jesus Mighty name, we pray. Amen.

The Puzzle

She sat down to build puzzles,
The little girl in white,
And each time she tried,
She found something not right.
There was always one piece
That didn’t quite fit.
She put it aside,
But she never would quit.
She’d take out another,
And each time she did,
There was always one piece
That didn’t quite fit.
When she finished the puzzles,
She looked up and grinned.
She had a bag of mixed pieces
That just didn’t fit in.

She dumped them all out
And examined each piece.
She discovered together,
They built a masterpiece.
I’m much like those pieces
That didn’t fit in.
Till I connected with Jesus,
Till I stood beside Him.
Because God has a puzzle
With a place for us all.
I’m part of His masterpiece;
His Kingdom,
My home.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Galatians 3:27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.


We love You, God. We Praise You. We worship You, Lord. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for forgiveness. Jesus showed us about forgiveness. He showed us about mercy, kindness, and compassion. When we ask Jesus in our hearts He covers us. Thank You for seeing Jesus instead of our failures. We praise You for Jesus and for Your mercy. In His great name, we pray. Amen.

Washed and Covered


Christ wears gentleness,
Faithfulness, truth.
He's covered in care
For me and for you,

For the young and the old,
For man of all color.
He cares for all children,
Father and mother.

Christ wears patience
On both of his sleeves.
He wears goodness and kindness.
He's covered in peace.

Christ wears love
And self-control.
Spilling out joy
On all of our souls.

Cleaned from our sin
By Christ's Holy Blood,
We're washed and we're covered
With Christ from above.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Galatians 3:26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,


Dear Father God, You are the best, the most, and the greatest! Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for Your mercy. Thank You for Jesus and the chance to be called a child of God. Let us demonstrate Your love so all will have faith in Jesus and all will be called children of God. In Jesus' best name, we pray. Amen. 


God's Child by Faith


When Christ gave His life
He gave opportunity
Opportunity to live
As God's precious heir.

He gave us free passage
Of prayer to the Father;
Always available,
Any place, anywhere

When Christ gave His life
It opened the doors
For all to have claim
As one of God's own.

When we believe this
And Christ is God's Son,
God calls us children
And Heaven's our home.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;


Dear God Almighty, You are worthy of our trust and our hope. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for that forgiveness. We all face tough times. Some in our finances, some in our health, some in our family. The list goes on. Help us to choose You in every situation. Only You can bring us peace and goodness. We ask in the name of Hope, Your Son, Jesus. Hallelujah! Amen. 


Choose Hope


There's a cloud overhead.
You've gotten bad news.
You can give up in fear
Or hope you can choose.

You can choose to have hope.
You can choose to have faith.
You can choose to have guidance
If you just choose to pray.

I know it's a struggle,
Moment by moment,
To get through each day
When you're feeling so broken.

But if you look to the Lord,
The God of all answers,
There you'll find hope.
There's hope in your prayers.

And prayers are accessible,
Always at hand.
And God hears them all.
It's part of His plan.

So choose to be brave.
Take hold of your fear.
You choose to have hope
When you choose to have prayer.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Lamentations 3:24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.


Oh Father, God, You are so good, so faithful, so worthy of our praise. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your grace. Let Your Holy Spirit remind us of Your faithfulness. When we're waiting and waiting and waiting, let us not give up on You because You will never give up on us. And let Your faithfulness give us hope through every struggle. In Jesus' faithful name, we pray. Amen. 


His Faithfulness Renews Me


I'm waiting on the Lord.
My strength, it is renewed.
I have hope for tomorrow.
His faithfulness is true.

I'm soaring like an Eagle.
Moving higher every day.
Running like an Antelope.
Seldom growing faint.

I'm waiting for a miracle.
My hope is in God's Word.
My strength, it keeps renewing
'Cause I'm waiting on the Lord.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 John 3:23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

Dear God in Heaven, You are high and You are mighty and You are loved. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your patience. We've read and heard so much about You. The biggest and best part is Your love. Help us to share that love with others. In Jesus' loving name, we pray. Amen.

Have You Heard?

You heard about the manger in the east.
Have you heard it was a choice to be seen?

You heard the angel said there was good news.
Have you heard it was for other people too?

You heard it was a son that Mary gave.
Have you heard He was the King who came to save?

A Baby boy in a manger,
Came to earth to be our Savior,
And all He asks is love that's true
And to love each other too.

You heard this little babe was God's own son.
Have you heard that He and God are all in one?

You heard He'd be a counselor to us all.
Have you heard that He would catch you when you fall?

You heard, for all our sins, that Jesus died.
Have you heard that it's not over, He's alive?

You heard He said to love Him through and through
Have you heard He said to love each other too?

A Baby boy in a manger,
Came to earth to be our Savior,
And all He asks is love that's true
And to love each other too.

Have you heard?

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Lamentations 3:22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.


Dear God, Awesome is Your love, Lord. Thank You for new mercies each day. Please forgive us for our sins. Please keep Your mercy coming. Each day that we are here we need Your forgiveness. Let the knowledge of Your love, Your mercy, and Your grace, be enough to bring us out of a grumpy, dreadful day. In Jesus' compassionate name, we pray. Amen. 


New Day, New Mercies


Feeling a little grumpy today?
Don’t want to get out of bed?
With this new day, are new mercies
That in itself’s enough said.

Dreading the day that’s before you?
Wishing it was already o'er?
With this new day, there’s new favor
That is a gift to rise up for.

Do you cringe at the day that’s before you?
Do you wish you could just block it out?
With this new day, there' are new blessings
Now that’s an idea to smile ‘bout.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Revelation 3:21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.


Dear God, You are wonderful and Your ways are marvelous. .Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your mercy. And thank You for the strength You give us to persevere, to finish this race victoriously. Please continue to pour out Your goodness, Your wisdom, and Your strength on us. We ask in Jesus' mighty name. Amen.


You Are Mine


I am weak
But you are mine.
I am flawed
But you're divine.

Thank you, God,
For filling me
With your Spirit,
Lovingly.

Helping me
Each step I take;
You are my guide,
You are my strength.

I'm just me
But you are God.
I'm made righteous
By your blood.

I am weak
But you are mine.
You're my strength
Every time.

Because you're mine,
I can stand
Victoriously
Just like you planned.

Thank you, God,
You made a way
To take me home
One glorious day.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Habakkuk 3:19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.


Dear God in Heaven, You are majestic, strong, and beautiful. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your mercy. When we grow weak in our bodies and in our minds, please give us strength from Your hand. Help us to succeed and grow and prosper. In Jesus' strong name, we pray. Amen. 

My strength

I can not lift my arm
Without the strength of God.
I cannot gain a mile
In this life of mine, I trod.

My daily steps are hindered.
They're slow and they are heavy.
Without the Lord's good guidance
My life would be unsteady.

This body of mine is tired.
It's not working quite the same.
But the promises of God
Help me move beside the pain.

He is my strength in weakness.
He's the light in my dark days.
He's the hope that my life lives for.
He is my saving grace.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Dear precious Lord, Your love is magnificent and You are glorious. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for second chances. Help us to follow our belief with obedience, Obedience because we want to honor You. And let all understand this belief. In Jesus' saving name, we pray. Amen. 

Believe, Seek, and Honor

It's more than just believing
In the way we use the word.
To believe in Jesus Christ
Is to submit to Him, our Lord.

The devil believed in Jesus.
He knew He did exist.
He knew He was the Son of God
But still, he did resist.

Jesus sacrificed His life
And we must do the same;
Sacrifice our own desires
And follow in His ways.

When we believe, we seek Him.
We will seek with all our heart.
In faith, we will trust Him
To always do His part.

We'll relinquish our desires
For One who knows what's best;
Trusting and believing in
The One who gives us rest.

For when you do believe
That He is the great I Am,
You'll want to follow in His ways
You'll want to honor Him.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”


Dear Father God, You are glorious. Thank You for Your beautiful love. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for loving us as Your children. It's amazing to know You rejoice over us. We praise You, Father. In Jesus' name. We love You. Amen. 


Today It's You


People came to adore Him
In the stable, He was born in.
"The Christ is here, sing a chorus!"
Today it's you that He adores.

The angels sang above His bed
Where He lay His precious head.
Today it's He who sings a song
Over you your whole life long.

Mary washed and clothed, and fed Him.
The father's words are those that lead Him.
It's His word on which we feed.
Today it's you He washes clean.

All delighted in His Being;
Thankful for their Holy King.
Christ loves those, both near and far
And delights in who you are.

Today it's you.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




John 3:16....For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Dear God, You are full of mercy, full of forgiveness, full of wisdom. We praise You with all that we are. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for giving us Your Son to pay for the sins we've committed, allowing us life forever with You. And thank You that that plan applies to anyone who trusts you to do it for them too. Your love is beautiful. We praise You. In our Savior's name, Amen.


He Held Your Sins


When Christ was on the cross
His thoughts were on you.
He held your sins in His hands
As the nails were pierced through.

Your name was on His mind.
Your future was at hand.
Your soul was on His heart.
Yes, you and every man.

His arms were spread out wide
As if they would suggest
The amount of His love,
From the east side to the west.

He did it all for you.
He did it all for me.
Our sins He took with Him,
When nailed to that tree.

Praise Him. Hallelujah!
Praise the Son of God.
Praise Him for His sacrifice.
Praise Him for His love.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,


Dear precious God, You are so good and so loving. Your promise gives us hope. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your grace. Let us have the courage and the words to share our hope in You. Let us share our joy and Your love so others can know that You love us all. In Jesus' giving name, we pray. Amen. 


Me Too


I felt sadness
Of being alone.
I felt the sorrow
For things I've done wrong.
I felt the confusion
Of where I should go.
I felt all of these things
I want you to know.

I felt the pain
Of losing a love.
I felt the fear
Of anger and such.
I felt discouraged,
Had no peace within,
But then I felt hope
When I brought it to Him.

Christ showed me some things
I never knew of.
He said that I mattered,
That I had His love.
He promised to guide me
In more truthful ways
He promised to help me,
And make my paths straight.

I trusted in Him.
He forgave me my past.
He gave me new life
One that would last.
He's given me peace
And I share this with you,
Just trust in Christ Jesus
And He'll give it to you.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Colossians 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.


Dear God, Wonderful is Your name. Magnificent is Your being. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your patience. When things get out of control, let us be patient. When we are wronged, help us to forgive. Where there is a need, let us be compassionate. Please press upon us the virtues of Christ and help us to dress as Him in His righteousness. In His perfect name, we pray. Amen. 


The Clothing of Christ


Anger, rudeness, critical, pride,
Vulgar, doubtful, lust, self-seeking,
Fearful, selfish, weak, revengeful.
Worrisome, crude, unforgiving.

What dark and ugly things to be/
What a tattered way to dress,
Why not wear the clothing of Christ,
His power and glory look best.

God's love can conquer all these things
And all temptations on their trails.
You've tried the dull and dingy look
Now try the one that never fails.

Patience, helpful, honesty, hope,
Giving, caring, truth, forgiving,
Thoughtful, goodness, kindness, purity,
Loyalty, honor, understanding.

Wear God's love
You can find it on your knees.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Revelation 3:13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.


Dear Holy God, We lift Your name and praise You for Your wonderful words. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for Your grace. Help us to use our ears and our minds to hear Your Spirit speak Your words. And Help us apply them to our daily lives. In Jesus' wise name, we pray. Amen.


Use Your Ears


The Holy Spirit speaks.
He'll point. He will direct.
Use your ears to hear Him.
Listen with intent.

Good guidance you will find
When you listen to His voice.
The Spirit of the Lord
Should be your first and only choice.

Use your lips to speak.
Your ears to hear His word.
Use your hands to praise Him,
The Spirit of the Lord.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


Dear God, You are gentle and compassionate. You are kind and patient. Thank You for Your goodness. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your mercy. Let Your Spirit remind us to wear Your goodness each and every day. We ask in Jesus' holy name. Amen. 

Be Beautiful

When you wake up in the morning,
Brush your teeth and fix your hair,
Remember to show gentleness
To people everywhere.
Put on your favorite headpiece
And that shirt that shows your eyes.
And be patient with the ones
That God puts in your life.
Wear those fancy shades you have,
And your favorite brand cologne.
Be truthful and forgiving
With everyone you know.
Carry peace in your pocket
Wear a smile on your face
Be kind, always helpful, and
Be beautiful every day.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" 



Luke 3:11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”


Dear God, You are glorious. You are beautiful. We love you. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your patience. Please give us compassionate hearts and generous hands. And please give us eyes to see the needs that You place in front of us so we can bring glory to Your name. In Jesus' giving name, we pray. Amen.


Love in Action

A toothbrush, a comb,
A new bar of soap
Tucked in your cabinet
In your bathroom at home.

But what if you haven't
A home of your own;
No bathroom, no kitchen,
No place for your comb?

There're people you may have
Passed by today
Who haven't a home
Or a safe place to stay.

We don't know their stories.
We don't know the why.
But if they're in need
Can we really pass by?

"Faith without action
Is dead," noted James.
Can you really have faith
And then walk away?

If your pockets are empty
And you can't spare a dime,
You can spare a prayer.
It's only your time.

Give as it's given
To you every day,
From the heart of the Lord.
There's no better way.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©
 



Ecclesiastes 3:10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.


Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for calling us Your children and for loving us unconditionally. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your goodness. Let Your faithful servants be heard. And help us to follow their wisdom and advice that is in line with Your word. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


Grandpa's Good Advice


Walking with his grandpa,
Hearing stories of the farm,
The little guy heard every word
Hanging on to grandpa's arm.

He talked about the hard work
It took to stay ahead.
Getting up very early
To see the cows were fed.

He talked about the sweat
That fell down from his brow
When he was tending to the fields
Using his horse and plow.

He shared some family stories,
Sunday dinners, evening walks
And his favorite time of the day
Which was his Jesus talks.

His Jesus talks, grandpa said,
Were times he spent apart,
Spending time with Jesus,
Sharing from his heart.

He prayed when he was milking.
He prayed when planting seeds.
He worshiped Jesus when he sang
And praised Him on his knees.

The little boy looked upward
To see his grandpa's eyes
As he shared his many stories
And his very best advice.

"Keep your farmland watered.
Plant seeds and let them grow.
Take care of what God gives you
And share with those you know.

Let peace be always with you.
Show kindness where you walk.
And most importantly of all
Is to have those Jesus talks."


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




3:9 & 10 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.


Dear God, You are able. You are willing. You are worthy of praise. We praise You! Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for your grace. God, please help us live up to the Name of our Savior, Jesus. Please help us to leave our sinful ways behind. And when one creeps into our lives, help us to quickly see it and turn from it. We ask in Jesus' perfect name. Amen.

Pray For Your Heart


Pray for your heart
That it would be softened,
That it would be clean
From all sin and shame.
Pray for your heart
That it would be focused
Only on Jesus
And His precious name.

Pray for your heart
That it would be patient,
That it would show kindness
To those who're in need.
Pray for your heart
That it'd reflect Jesus
With every breath,
With every beat.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




John 3:8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”


Dear God in Heaven, You are holy. You are mighty. You are loved. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You, God, for tugging at our hearts until we opened them for You. Thank You for tapping on our shoulders to get our attention about a choice or temptation. If we should not feel You, please tap again. We pray to feel Your presence in our daily lives. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


The Tug


A young boy was flying a kite
High up in the clouds
But doubting Thomas had to ask
He had to ask him how?

"How do you know it's up there
When you can't even see it?"
The young boy answered him,
"It tugs on the string. I can feel it."

A man was fishing in a stream
And caught a bass or trout
But doubting Thomas had to ask
He had to ask him how?

"How do you know you caught a fish
When you can't even see it"
The old man answered him,
"It tugs on the line. I can feel it."

A young lady, having coffee with Jesus,
Her hands folded, her head bowed down.
But doubting Thomas had to ask
He had to ask her how

"How do you know He's there with you
When you can't even see Him?"
And the young lady answered him,
"He tugs at my heart. I can feel it."

He tugs at my heart.
He nudges my will.
He prompts me to move
And shows me the way.

He pokes at my conscience.
He taps on my thoughts.
He tugs at my heart
And I feel Him.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 Corinthians 3:7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

Dear God, our great Gardener, You create and nourish and we are so thankful. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to continue to plant your seeds. We may not see what becomes of them, but You will. Thank You for giving the time and the care to help us all grow to be more like Your Son. In His wonderful name, we pray. Amen.

A Seed that Flourished

A seed had once been planted
But it took so long to grow,
'Cause no one cared to water it
Or to the sunlight show.
The seed, oh how it wanted
To be what was intended,
But did not know how to achieve
So it stayed a seed instead.
Then came one day a gardener
Who watered the seed and groomed.
He cared for it and helped it grow
'Till it came to its full bloom.

Today my faith in God has flourished
Because of things that I now know.
Because of things that I'm still learning,
Each day my faith will grow.
I give to God the glory
For the help that came my way,
For the care and support that I received
In growing in my faith.
And so dear Lord, I'll do the same
in helping others grow.
May you use me to show the way
To those who do not know.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of devotional "Coffee with Jesus" ©



Proverbs 3:6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


Dear God, You are Lord of all glory and faithfulness. We thank You. Please forgive us for our sins. We need you to lay out our paths and help us to see them. We need your help in making accomplishments, meeting deadlines, and following Your ways. Please let Your Spirit direct us to the path You've laid out. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


Keeping My Ducks in a Row


Some people have all their ducks in a row
I'm just trying to find mine.

Lord, help me to find my ducks.
Help me to know them by name.
Give me everything that I need
To succeed in keeping them tame.

Whether dreams, or needs, or duties,
Whether tasks, or chores, or fun
Help me to keep my ducks in motion
Until the task is done.

Give me your word to work by
And Your light to see the way.
Give me the means to focus.
Please see that my path is straight.

Let my ducks be a blessing
To those that I come near.
Let me achieve so others will see,
That you are the One to hold dear.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee With Jesus ©




Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


Lord, Your love is matchless, Your wisdom is excellent, and Your care for us is undeserved and so we praise You. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for being willing to help us, to guide and direct us. Please remind us of Your strength so that we will continue to trust in You even in the most difficult times. We pray in Jesus' most precious name. Amen.


Trust for Straight Paths


Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
With all your heart just trust Him.
Believe in His mighty power.
Depend on His infinite wisdom.

Submit to God in all you do.
Refer to the One who knows.
In all your plans acknowledge Him.
His ways will lead you home.

Don't lean on your own ideas,
But on the One who knows all things.
Even when you are puzzled,
Just trust in the mighty King.

Lay all things out before Him,
The One who makes paths straight.
Just trust, submit, and lean on Him.
Your path is already made.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Ecclesiastes 3:4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,


Dear God, You are Holy and You are loved. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for giving us a place to find rest, in Your love. Sometimes life gets so messy. It can be hard and painful at times. But if we seek You out just to be with, to focus on, we will find rest. And You always bring joy after sadness. Because You are a good, good God. Please receive our praise, in Jesus' name. Amen.


When You Just Want to Go to Sleep


Curl up in the blanket of God's goodness.
Rest your head upon His pillow of grace.
Wrap your arms around the comfort of His presence.
Find peace in His mattress of strength.

Find warmth in His arms that will hold you.
Let God's mercy be your soft place to land.
Rest your mind on His cushion of power.
Be cradled in the palm of his hand.

Close your door, shut your eyes, stop your thinking.
Let God's voice be all that you hear.
Be still in the love that enfolds you.
For the joy in the morning is near.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 Peter 3:3-4 Your beauty should not come from outward adornments, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.


Dear Father in Heaven, We adore You and praise Your wonderful name. Forgive us for our sins. God, You are beautiful and we can't even see your face. Help us to reflect Your beauty.  Help us dress like you, wearing patience, kindness, and compassion. We ask in Jesus' beautiful name. Amen.


A Well Dressed Heart


Compliment your mirror.
Yes! Tell it that it's blessed
To hold the image of a person
Who's heart is well dressed.

Well-dressed to be helpful,
To be kind, and thoughtful too.
Well dressed in a way
That is virtuous and true.

Well dressed with loyalty,
With patience, and love.
Dressed to be joyful
With peace from above.

That vision you see
In the mirror that's hanging,
Is a vision of beauty,
A love that's outstanding.

So complement your mirror.
Yes! Tell it that it's blessed
To hold one of God's children
Who's heart is well dressed.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional A Second Cup with Jesus ©




Exodus 3:2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.


Dear Lord of all the earth, You are magnificent in all Your ways. Please forgive us for our sins. Sometimes our lives seem like a fire with flames of trials and struggles. Please help our faith in You be strong and visible to those around us that they may see You are ever-present and always in control. We pray in Jesus name, Amen.


Someone's Burning Bush


Though my life may not be perfect
I know I still can be
Someone else's miracle
When God, He chooses me.

Through the burning bush to Moses
God's voice, it could be heard
Consumed, the bush was not
Though its branches clearly burned.

Though my life it is burning
In flames of guilt and pain
Flames of daily struggles
Each day I rise again.

I hope that others hear Him
That God's message makes it through,
No matter what it looks like
By His grace, we're not consumed.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.


Our dear wonderful God, We are blessed to be able to call You Father. Thank You for claiming us as Your children. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for being a father who cares, who helps, who forgives, and gives all that we need. Thank you for making a permanent home for us, right there with You. Help us remember that we are more than just a number, more than just workers, and taxpayers. We are Your children! Help us to try to live up to that gift. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.


I Am More


I am a person,
A human, a being.
But God says I'm more
Than what I've been seeing.

He says I'm the branch
Of His Son, the true vine.
He says I am His,
The apple of His eye.

God says I'm His child
I am His heir.
He says I'm a temple;
His Spirit lives there.

God says I am special,
His treasured possession.
He loves me completely.
He loves without question.

God says I'm His sheep;
A sheep in His pasture.
I am worth more
Than birds of the Master.

I am His work,
His child, God says.
I am His chosen.
Praise God I am His.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus." ©




1 John 2:28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.


Dear holy and mighty God, we love You and look forward to the coming of Your Son. Please forgive us for our sins. Please make it clear to us, Your expectations. Please let Your Holy Spirit guide us in making wise choices. We want to please You with our words and actions. In Jesus' name, we pray Amen.

When He Returns

Let us not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
Let us be alert and watchful when He arrives.
Let us stay in step with Jesus.
Let us live our lives as He would.
Let us not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

Let us not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
Let us diligently seek our Lord's return.
Let us feel anticipation.
Let us show Him adoration.
Let us not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

Let us not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
Let us live in expectation of His day.
Let our lives remain with Him.
Let our hearts be pure within.
Let us not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Acts 2:27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.


Dear God, You deserve all praise, honor, and glory. You are a good, good Father. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for holding us close. If we trust in Your Son You will not abandon us. Thank You for Your Son and for the promise of His return. Oh, what a wonderful day that will be. We pray that all will know You and worship the name of Your Son. In His great name, we pray. Amen. 


Son Day


Some day
We'll be pain-free,
We'll run like the wind,
We'll roll like the sea.

Some day
Work will be finished.
Stress will be gone.
Cares will be lifted.

Some day
We won't be ashamed.
We'll hold our heads high
When we hear our name.

Some day
There will be love
On every corner,
More than enough.

Sunday
Jesus broke free.
He rose from the dead
For death had no sting.

Son day
Love will be shown,
When Jesus returns
To carry us home.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




James 2:26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.


Dear mighty, gracious God, Thank You for Your truth. Thank You for Your promises that we can have faith in. Please forgive us for our sins. Your word says faith without deeds is dead. Help us to step up and act. Whether it's something we need to do for our lives or for someone else. Help us to be willing and able to work alongside of our faith in Your power. We praise You for Your power. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen. 


Truth, Deeds, and Faith


She was just a young girl.
Barely eighteen.
She met a young guy.
Swept right off her feet.

It wasn't long after
She felt her own tears.
This man became violent;
Abusive for years.

She kept her pain hidden
'Till one day she cried,
"Mama why won't God
Get me away from this guy?"

And her mama said,

"You have to act.
You have to move.
God, He will help you
But you have to do."

Several years later,
Free from those chains,
She became a mother
With a new set of pains.

Her daughter had goals,
Desires and dreams.
She wanted to "be someone."
She planned to succeed.

Her fears of a failure
Stopped her pursuit
'Till one day she cried,
"Mom, I just can do it!"

And her mother said,

"You have to act.
You have to move.
God, He will help you
But you have to do."

She finished at college.
She went on to be
A married woman,
A mother of three,

A friend, a mentor
A teacher of words.
Making a way
For God's truth to be heard.

Of the lessons she taught
There's one that remains:
A lesson of truth,
Of deeds, and of faith.

She tells all she sees,

"You have to act.
You have to move.
God, He will help you
But you have to do.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




2 John 2:25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.


Thank God I'm Found


Thank God I'm Found.
Giving Him praise.
I'm in His arms
For all of my days.

Thank God I'm Free.
Granted His grace.
I am forgiven
For all of my ways.

Thank God I'm Family.
Given His love.
I'm promised a life
Forever above.

Thank God I'm found.
Thank God I'm free.
Thank God I'm family
Forever with thee.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




2 Timothy 2:24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.


Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You. Just thank You. Thank you for all that You are and all that You do. Please forgive us for our sins. When we read Your word we learn what's important to You. Let that be the desire of our hearts; to be and to give and to do what's important to You. Let Your Holy Spirit guide us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


What's Important


God didn't say, "Be successful."
He said to be kind.
He didn't say it just once,
But time after time.

He's not concerned with intelligence
But He is about mercy.
He doesn't care about your income
But He cares if you're worthy.

God doesn't want intolerance
But lifting each other up.
He didn't say, "Love as you choose."
He said, "Love as I love."

And God's love, it is patient,
It's forgiving, not rude,
It's never self-seeking,
But always is true.

We would be a wise people
And a blessing to others
If we sought after this,
And shared with each other.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



1 John 2:23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.


Dear Father, our master, our savior, our friend, We are blessed. You are amazing. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your word that teaches us about Your plan which shows Your love for us. There is hope for all who know and trust and follow Your Son. Please be patient and persistent with those who don't know Him yet. We pray in His precious name. Amen. 


The Name of Hope


Jesus, our Wonderful Counselor,
A Man of power and wisdom.
He healed the sick and taught the way
To reach His Father's Kingdom.

Our Mighty God, He is the Son
Of the One of all creation.
The Son and Father, both the same
And Redeemer of all nations.

He's our Everlasting Father
From beginning to beyond.
Created every living thing,
He's the Living Word of God.

He came to die up on a cross,
Our worrying to cease.
We have our hope in Jesus Christ,
The blessed Prince of Peace.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.


Dear God, our merciful, loving God, Thank You for being everything we need. Please forgive us for our sins. When the temptations of the world come at us remind us of Your goodness and Your love. Your love is bigger and better than anything else. We are blessed to have Your love. And we praise You in Jesus' name. Amen.


All I Need


Your love.
Lord, your unconditional,
Everlasting love.
It means more to me than anything;
Anything that I can see,
Or do, or touch.
It means more to me
Than any pleasure
That I may have today;
A pleasure that lasts
For only a moment.
Your love lasts forever.
Thank you for your love, Lord.
Though it's sometimes undeserved
You give it freely,
Completely.
Nothing else is required
When your love is felt.
Somehow it covers
All of one's needs
And all of one's desires.
Gracious and unfailing,
That is
Your love.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.


Dear God in Heaven, we praise Your Holy name. Thank You for blessing us with Your love. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for the life of Jesus. His death saves us and His life teaches us. He was big enough to lead and He was human enough to feel pain and sadness. Thank You for His example. Please let Your Holy Spirit remind us of the way Christ lived and help us to follow His lead. In Jesus' strong name, we pray. Amen. 


Never too strong to cry


He didn't run for a touchdown in a football game,
But he did walk on water to be with his friends.

He didn't show anger
When people called him names,
But he did show anger
When loan sharks did business in the Temple.

He didn't have a wad of money or diamonds on his hands,
But he did have a mansion at the end of his road.

He didn't lift and carry
400 pounds of steel,
But he did lift and carry
Our sins to a cross of wood.

He didn't win a trophy
For the biggest fish,
But he did feed 5000
With only 2.

He didn't wear fine clothes or the latest line of sneakers,
But He did wear our names in the palms of His hands.

He did cry for mercy
When he felt abandoned.
And He did cry
When a friend passed away.

He is our example;
Both powerful and wise.
He is Jesus,
A man of great strength and love.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


Lord of life, God of glory, we praise You for all that You are. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Jesus who gave His life for us and now lives in us who've asked Him in. Thank You for the strength, hope, and stability that provides. Let it move us to live lives that will glorify Him. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


My Stability


For many years
I was unhappy.
I felt I had no accomplishments,
No goals, no purpose.
Years came and went
With no rhyme or reason.
I felt I was just existing;
Hanging in limbo
With no structure or stability.

Still, today life is not always certain
And I don't always understand
The rhyme or reason for things.
But today
I have purpose.
Today
I have stability.
I have joy and contentment
Like I never thought I would.
Because today
I have the Lord Jesus
And I live by His light.

What a difference it makes
To have the presence of a God
Who is faithful and loving;
Never changing,
Never turning,
But forever true
To those who hold fast
To His word.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Ephesians 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,


God of all glory, Thank You for Your acceptance of all that You've made. And Your willingness to forgive all sin. Please forgive us for our sins. Please fill us with Your Spirit so we can be more accepting of each other and live in harmony as You would have us do. Not accepting sin, but accepting people, Your people, Your children. We pray in Your Son's name, Amen


It Doesn't Matter


Cows on a table.
Birds on a tree.
It doesn't matter who or what,
God loves us all, you see.

To all, He gives provisions.
To all, He gives His rest.
To God, we're all important.
He always gives His best.

Sheep in the kitchen.
Fish in the sea.
It doesn't matter who or what,
God loves us all, you see.

Doesn't matter where you come from.
Doesn't matter where you live.
God's grace is for everyone.
And His love is infinite.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Heavenly Father, You are beautiful and we love you. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the guidance He provides. Thank You for the gentle nudges and the prayers that He helps us pray. Help us to feel and know and follow His lead. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


Who Is The Holy Spirit


He's the Spirit of God.
He lives everywhere.
Where'r we go
He will be there.
He's the all-knowing spirit,
The teacher of truth.
He lives inside me
And will live inside you.
He's powerful and holy.
He's a helper to all.
He's someone, not something
And knows and sees all.
He's the Spirit of God,
The Spirit eternal.
He is ever present and
Will always be faithful.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.


Dear Father in Heaven, Your name moves us, Your word guides us, Your love encourages us. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for showing us Your Son, Jesus, as human as we are. In knowing this, we can freely go to Him in prayer to confess, to plead, or just to be. He knows. Thank you, God. In His name, we pray. Amen. 


Unveiling Truth


"Jesus wept."
My favorite verse.
Not because it's short
But for all of its worth.

Jesus had compassion.
He felt sadness and grief.
When he wept at that bedside
His love, you could see.

It showed He was human
When tears filled His eyes.
It showed He felt pain
So much so, He cried.

"Jesus wept."
A verse so unveiling,
Of a man who was real
With a love that's amazing.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Malachi 2:16 “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the LORD Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.

Dear beautiful God, we love You and we praise You. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for giving us an example of how to love. Thank You for your word and Your ways. It's not always easy living according to Your word, but we know that because You spoke it, it is good for us. Give us strength and wisdom, we pray, in Jesus' name. Amen

Share God's Love

God loves you.
He has loved you with an everlasting love.
He’s been patient with you as you walk and grow.
He’s never been forceful but allows you to make your own choices.
He’s always thought more of you than himself.
He’s been kind in his provisions and blessings.
He doesn't get angry at every little thing you do wrong.
And when He does get angry, He forgives you and never looks back.
God sees all that you say and do and focuses on your best.
He protects you and your relationship with Him.
He rejoices over you.
He’s excited about your love for Him.
He loves you completely and eternally.
The love that God graciously gives to you,
You need to give to each other.
Then you will always have hope
And a love that will never fail.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" 



Philippians 2:15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky


Father, we love you and want to give to you. Help each of us find what it is you want us to do. Help us to hear you call, or see the situation before us. Then give us the courage and the will to act and serve in your name. Help us to use your past faithfulness as a tool to be brave and move forward. Help us be willing servants and obedient children. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen 


To Be a Star


The fame, the glamour,
The sparkling lights,
Oh, to be a star.

The brightest stars
Were made by God.
He set them in the sky.
He made them shine.
He made them sparkle.
They even seem to dance.
He made them bright
To give us light.
They never dim or fade.
They will always shine
And be a light in the darkness.

Another light was made by God.
He set you in this place
To carry forth the word of life,
To shine
Like floating stars,
To live in love,
To lead the way
To righteousness and joy.
Your light should always shine
For others in the darkness.
Be wise and shine.
When you shine like a star today
You will shine as a star forever.


From Week 9 of devotional "Coffee with Jesus"

Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©




Philippians 2:14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,


God, You are a God full of glory and grace. We praise You and thank You for being available to us. Please forgive us for our sins. Lord, sometimes life doesn't always seem so good, but You are always good. Help us to hold on to that goodness. Let Your goodness bring about praise instead of grumbling. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen. 


Not to Grumble


God didn't create us to grumble.
He didn't give us lips to gripe.
He didn't want to hear our protests.
That is not why He gave us life.

God didn't create us to worry.
He didn't give us minds to fear.
He gave us minds to learn His word
And recall them when doubt is near.

God didn't create us to bicker.
That's not how He made us complete.
We're made with grace and with kindness
To live here in love and in peace.

So go out there, shine, and prevail.
Use your lips for nothing but praise.
Use your minds for nothing but goodness.
And glorify God each day.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Matthew 12:13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”


Dear God of Glory, receive our praise, for You are good, and wise, and faithful. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for making a way for us in Jesus. Thank You for keeping Him safe. You gave Him refuge and You give us refuge. You are a good, good Father and we thank You for that. We pray that You continue to give refuge to those who need it. In Jesus' good name, we pray. Amen. 


Because There was Refuge


Running from a killer,
A man with evil hands,
A Child and His parents
Had to flee from their homeland.

Because they did find refuge,
Where the three of them could stay,
Jesus' life, it was spared
In a country that was safe.

He grew to be a Leader,
Teaching of God's ways,
Showing His compassion
All throughout His days.

He taught a new commandment,
To love with all your heart;
To love the Lord completely,
Not only love in part.

He taught to love another
As much as our own lives,
Taking care of orphans
And weary, widowed wives.

Because they did find refuge,
Evil had not won;
Lives were changed, and we received
A Savior in God's Son.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Joel 2:12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”


Dear glorious God, We lift Your name up because You are so worthy. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for allowing us to come to You with humble and repentant hearts. Thank You for second chances. Please let Your Holy Spirit help us to change our ways and live our lives for You. In Jesus' good name, we pray. Amen. 


Do-Overs


So many times we make mistakes
And we cannot turn back time
But God allows a second chance
A do-over every time.

He'll pick us up when we fall .
He'll wipe away our tears.
He'll send us on to try again
As He stands beside and cheers.

Sometimes we may just stumble,
Make a blunder when we choose.
But God allows us second chances
And He will help us through.

So don't give up when you trip.
Don't stay in shame and sorrow.
God allows us do-overs
So be thankful for tomorrow.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©




Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.


Dear Master with the master plan, we praise You for Your greatness. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you, for the birth of Your Son. Thank You that it doesn't matter where we live or where we're from, not our gender, our race, or our sin, Your invitation is for all of us. Praise You Jesus. Thank you God. Please be patient and persistent with those who do not know You yet. In Jesus' precious name, we pray. Amen


From Bethlehem to Curbside


The shepherds walked for miles.
The kings rode for days.
We don't have to leave our house
To feel the presence of the Babe.

One king brought Him incense.
Another brought Him gold.
He only asks us for our hearts
To have and always hold.

We don't need to ride a camel
Or a car of luxury.
He will meet us anywhere
Wherever that may be.

He'll meet us out at curbside.
He'll meet us in the dark.
He'll meet us in the coldest place.
He'll meet us where we are.

We don't need to dress our best
We don't need a crown of gold.
We can come in holy jeans.
He'll claim us as His own.

They called Him everlasting,
Wonderful, and King,
Mighty God, and Teacher,
A saving Man of peace.

He rightly holds these titles
Like the word of God does tell.
He is here, alive today!
Our God, Emmanuel.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©




Proverb 2:10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.


Dear Heavenly Father, We thank You for Your forever love. It's beautiful to our hearts. Please forgive us for our sins against You. Thank You for Your word which gives us guidance. It teaches us Your ways and the more we know the more we can live to please You. For it's You that we live for and You we aim to please. In Jesus' sweet name, we pray. Amen.


First Thing's First


First, you say good morning.
Thank Him for your day.
First, you give Him glory.
Then you start to pray.

First, you read His word,
Manna for the soul.
First, you give to God.
Then you fill your bowl.

First, you trust in Jesus,
Confess to him your sin.
First, He'll fix your spirit.
Then He'll fix your pain.

First, you give Him time
Your day will fall in place.
First, you go to Jesus,
Asking Him in faith.

First, you give your heart
To the Lord above.
He will give you Heaven.
First He'll give you love.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus  ©




Ephesians 2:9 not by works, so that no one can boast.


Dear precious Lord, You are so generous with all that You have. We praise You for that. Please forgive us for our sins. We cannot earn Your forgiveness. We cannot earn our place in Heaven. We thank You for your grace. And because we are grateful, we want to serve You and Your children as You would have us do. Please help us to do just that. In Jesus' merciful name, we pray. Amen

Not Enough Soup


There are not enough bowls of soup.
There are not enough songs to sing.
You need to have God's glorious grace
To ever get close to the King.

There are not enough cups of water.
There's not enough kindness to show.
You need to have the grace of God
To get yourself near the throne.

There are not enough books for reading.
There's not enough checks or cash.
You need to have the grace of God
And you only need to ask.

There's always enough grace for saving.
There's always enough love from God.
His grace outweighs all your deeds.
And His Grace, it is enough.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©
 




Ephesians 2:8---For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—


Dear mighty and gracious God, Thank You for your mercy and grace. Thank You for knowing our hearts and loving us. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for that forgiveness. Thank You for making the change in us that we could not do for ourselves. Your gift is beautiful and we are thankful for it. Please receive our praise and adoration in Jesus' name. Amen. 


It Came From Him


I thank our good Lord
Each day that I breathe,
For hearing my prayers
And meeting my needs.
He's helped me to grow
Helped me to realize
The work of His power
Before my own eyes.
I cannot take credit
There's nothing I've done,
But trust in the Lord,
In Jesus, His son.
The way that I've changed
In thoughts and in deeds,
Is from the great spirit
He breathed into me.
I opened my heart
Submitting to Him.
Sincere and completely
I invited Him in.
He came into my life,
Will never depart.
He took up His place
In the midst of my heart.
I thank our dear Lord
For giving me of
His grace and His mercy
And unfailing love.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus." ©




Song of Songs 2:7 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.


Dear beautiful God, Thank You for Your love and Your care for us. Please forgive us for our sins. Please help Your daughters, and Your sons, to be patient when it comes to love. Help them to find comfort in Your love and Your provisions because You will give us all whatever is best if we'd only wait for You. In Jesus' loving name, we pray. Amen. 


Mr. Right


There's a man I know
Who says He loves you.
He thinks you're beautiful.
He loves your smile,
Your hair, and your shape.
He enjoys your company and
He wants to see you more often.
He can't wait for you to call Him
He wants to take care of you.
He wants to be your provider,
Your protector, and your present giver.
He thinks you are special.
Your hopes and dreams are important to Him.
He cares about your job,
Your friends, and your family.
He wants to help with your problems.
He'll even listen
When you just want to talk.
This man loves you as you are,
With your flaws, past and present.
He loves you intensely,
Completely, and unconditionally.
He said He would die for you.
He loves you and He's waiting for you.
His name?
Jesus.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Ephesians 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus

Our dear Holy God, You are beautiful to our ears, to our eyes, and to our hearts. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for giving us Your word about our future. Thank You for preparing a banquet for us, a room for us, a Heaven for us, and a way to get there. We anxiously await that day. Please accept our praise in Jesus' name. Amen.

I'll Meet You At The Banquet

When from this place I exit,
When God calls me to his gates
I'll be so very excited
To see Jesus face to face.

He'll lead me to the banquet hall.
He'll pull a chair for me.
My name already on a card.
A seat reserved for me.

I'll sit there with my Savior.
Oh the stories we will share
At the banquet served for many
That the Lord, himself, prepared.

When my life on earth is over,
When my earthly life must end
I'll carry on in God's Kingdom
Where I'll look for you, my friend.

And when your time has come to be,
When heaven is your home
I'll meet you at the banquet.
I'll meet you at God's throne.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Philippians 2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:


Dear beautiful God, We love You. Thank You for loving us. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to store up the love of Christ and show it in our every day lives so all that we say and do will please You. In Jesus' loving name, we pray. Amen. 


Live Like You're Loved


God knows you're not perfect.
He knows that you'll fall.
But God still loves you
In spite of it all.

God helps those in need.
Does not matter who.
He's not 'bout Himself
But for me and for you.

He's slow to get angry
And quick to forgive.
And it is His will
For us to forgive.

God doesn't tell lies.
He speaks only the truth.
He believes in us all
And protects me and you.

God cherishes us
With an unending love.
He trains by example
So live like you're loved.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Genesis 2:4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.


Dear God, You are mighty and marvelous. We praise Your name. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for all that you've created. You knew what we would need and You knew what would bless us. Thank You for giving us both. Help us live today being thankful for all that we have. In Jesus' great name, we pray. Amen. 


Gethsemane and Me


My Father:
He made the manger
That Jesus laid in.
He made the mount
That He taught on.
He made the garden
That Jesus prayed in.
He made the tree
That He hung on.

How amazing it is to me
That a man such as this;
So powerful,
So wise,
So perfect,
Would also make me,
And love me as His child.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Philippians 2:3,4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.


Dear Father in Heaven, We honor You with our praise. You are worthy of that and so much more. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to do for others because they are Your children. Help us not to seek praise from them but only pride from You. We want to make You proud in all that we do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


A Note To Parents


Dear Parents:
Thank you for the dinners and snacks that you
provide for my children and for cleaning up
the split milk and crumbs that they make.
Thank you for being the all-time reliable alarm clock each morning.
Thank you for stocking the fridge with my children’s favorite drinks.
Thank you for the dirty socks, papers, and
trash that seems to disappear and for the rolls
of toilet paper and paper towel that magically
never run out.
Thank you for taking my kids to school
and my older ones to work.
Thank you for keeping their secrets and in doing so building bonds.
Thank you for listening to countless hours of
chatter and for hearing the important stuff.
Thank you for keeping clean clothes
and clean dishes for my children to use.
Thank you for noticing when my children do good things
and for praising them for it.
Thank you for loving them,
even when they do hurtful and unlovable things.
Thank you for teaching my children respect,
kindness, and responsibility.
Thank you for seeing that they are well fed,
clean, and healthy
and for filling their need to be heard,
protected, and encouraged.
They may not notice.
They may not thank you for all that you do. But I thank you.
I thank you for being where you are needed,
for taking care of my children, and for a job well done.

Loving you always,
God


From Week 49 of devotional "Coffee with Jesus."
Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©



1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,


Dear glorious God, We praise Your name because You are so good. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for Your word that teaches us Your ways. We thirst to know You more. Please continue to fill us with knowledge and understanding of You and Your will. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. 


Got Milk?


Give me milk, Lord.
It’s good for my heart.
I need it in the morning
To get a good start.
Give me milk, Lord,
To make me strong.
So I can stand straight,
Firmly, and long.
Give me milk, Lord,
So that I can share
With those who are thirsty,
To show them You care.
Give me milk, Lord.
It helps me to grow.
It’s sweeter than honey,
More precious than gold.
Give me milk, Lord,
To fill and uphold me.
My soul craves Your Word.
It calms and consoles me.
Give me milk, Lord.
I thirst for Your Word.
Give me Your milk.
Feed me, O Lord.


From Week 22 of "Coffee with Jesus."
Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©




Proverb 2:1 1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, ..... 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.


Our dear gracious God, Your wisdom is worthy of praise. Your words are precious to our souls. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for giving us guidance through Your word and commands. And thank You for Your Holy Spirit who helps us understand them and walk in them. We want to do right by You and we need Your help as we travel this life. In Jesus' wise name, we pray. Amen. 


The Road to Glory


Your words are like an atlas.
Your commands, a road designed
To get us where we need to be.
Your way and in your time.

Teach us what to carry:
A soft word, a gentle touch,
Patience, and forgiveness
And Humility a must.

Make sure that we are watchful,
Ready at your call,
To take the steps you order.
No road too long to haul.

And if we start to tire,
Remind us of this truth.
You are traveling with us Lord
And we can rest in You.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©



Genesis 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.


Dear glorious God, You are so wonderful. We have evening and we have morning and each day is good because we have You. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for creating us as You created the sun and the moon and the seasons. And thank You that You aren't finished creating and You aren't finished with us. We praise You for that. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


He's Still Creating


As the seasons change
And the old leaves fall,
Keep in your mind
There's new life for all.

Just as God creates
New life on His earth;
New leaves, new flowers
New beauties of birth,

He also creates
New life in us;
New reasons to praise,
New reasons to trust.

Thank God for earth's beauty;
His creation an image
That He's still creating,
With us, He's not finished.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Genesis 1:30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

Our beautiful God, You are Lord of our lives here and hereafter. We love You. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for Your planning for our provisions when You were creating the world. Thank You for hearing our prayers when we pray for a good harvest. Help us willingly share with others what You've blessed us with including Your word of promises. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Autumn's Harvest


Pumpkins picked from orchards
Sweet cream from the farmer's cow
God's bounty from the field to the fork.

Red apples picked and peeled
Cinnamon sticks dried and stored
God's gifts from treetops to tables.

Hay bales stacked for winter
Sheep's wool spun and woven for warmth
God's care from farm to family.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.


Thank You, precious Lord, for loving us so much. Thank You for forgiving and washing away our sins. We ask you now, please forgive us. What a blessing it is to have our sins wiped away and remembered no more. We could never be perfect, without sin, but You gave us Jesus and through Him, we have forgiveness and new life. Thank you precious Jesus. In His name, we pray. Amen.


What's in Your Closet?

My ways are not perfect
My closet's a mess.
But Lord, you still love me,
That's why you're the best.

You don't care that I've left things
Undone on the floor.
You've helped me to walk on
And shut tight the door.

The 3 unmatched sneakers,
The stains on the wash,
They just don't matter now
'Cause you paid the cost.

By my hand, you have led me
Out of the mess I have made.
My closet's now empty.
My sins washed away.

I thank you Dear Jesus,
For locking the door
To my closet of sin;
Remembered no more.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Luke 1:28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”


Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for Your blessings on us. Thank You for being faithful to Your promises. Please forgive us for our sins. When we're facing difficulties please help us to trust in You. Help us to have the faith that Mary had when You chose her. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen.


Trust Like Mary


Living life excitedly
To marry a great man,
Mary listened to an angel
Tell her of God's plan
"How could this be?" She didn't know.
"And what would Joseph say?"
So many thoughts raced through her mind
On this unexpected day.
She just sat still, quietly,
Pondering what she heard,
Knowing all was well ahead,
For God is who she served.
Our God above we can trust
When answers we don't see
As Mary did so long ago
When birthing our Great King.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "Coffee with Jesus." ©




Luke 1:26-27 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

Dear wonderful Father, We worship You and all of your wonderful ways. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for the angels that you send our way with your messages. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit to help us understand. Please help us be attentive so we can hear any message that you may have for us. In Jesus' sweet name, we pray. Amen.

Gabriel's Message

Gabriel was an angel
Sent from God to bring
A message to a virgin
That she would bear a king.

He calmed and reassured her
Of God's most perfect plan.
Her babe would be a leader
A savior for all man.

Mary was convinced
By the angel's spoken words.
Just a girl from Nazareth,
But to Jesus, she'd give birth.

And that was the beginning
Of the gift for all the world;
Gabriel bringing a message
To a chosen, blessed girl.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”


Dear God, Maker of all mankind, Your work is wonderful. Thank You for using Your creativity when creating us. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to remember that You do not make mistakes, that all were created in Your image, even that person in the mirror. And let us reflect Your image in all that we do. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen. 


His eyes


You've got your Father's eyes.
You've got His nose, His laugh, His smile.
He gave them to you long before
He made you as His child.
Everything you are;
That was made and given you,
Is from your flawless Father.
You're everything He planned for you.
You've got your Father's hands.
You've got His ears, you've got His lips.
He knew your voice before you spoke.
He made your heart and gave you gifts.
In His mind He saw you.
You were perfect from the start.
'Cause perfect is all that God creates;
Perfect you, perfect me, perfect hearts.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Genesis 1:25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Dear God, our beautiful maker of our land and all that is in it, we praise You for Your excellence. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for giving us so many wonderful animals. Some to hold, some to watch from a distance, but all beautifully made by You. We are grateful to be walking the same earth as them. Please receive our praise. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Dazzles and Ducklings

I'm thankful for the dazzles;
The baby zebra herds.
For the sloth of bear cubs,
The pride of lions,
And the brood of baby birds.

Only God could make such beauty
Cover 'crossed His land.
A flock of ducklings,
A troop of joeys,
All made from His great hand.

A herd of calves; baby giraffes,
A school of dolphin pups,
A litter of kittens,
A stable of foals,
All signs of God's great love.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




1 Peter 1:24-25 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”And this is the word that was preached to you.


Our dear Creator, Thank You for Your word which remains the same for always. Please forgive us for our sins. As things change, as we age, as we lose loved ones, help us remember You. You will never change and Your love will always remain. Let that truth be our comfort and our joy, making us shine for You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Like a Flower in a Field


As the scriptures say,
The beauty of a person
Is like a flower.
As the grass withers, the flower fades.
But the word of God never fades.

The person with the word of God in their heart
Will experience changes as they age.
Their skin will change, their hair will change,
Their muscles will grow weak,
And their joints will make noises.

But God's word never changes.
His love for His children never grows weak.
Keeping that in your heart
And using it every day
Will keep you brilliant, strong,
And as beautiful
As a newly blossomed flower in a field of grass,
Never wilting, never fading,
Just always bringing glory to the Lord above.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Proverbs 1:23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.


Dear God in Heaven, Your name is comfort and we love You. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to come to you, humbly and with remorse. Help us to leave our sins with you and receive Your word of forgiveness and guidance. Help us to dust off and try again, always wanting to do right by You. In Jesus' merciful name, we pray. Amen. 


Repent and Recover


OK, you've messed up.
You've proven we are not perfect,
We will make mistakes.
You've also proven
How desperately we need
To keep Jesus first in our lives.

Now, being sorrowful for your mistakes,
Being willing to change,
Put Jesus first.
Give Him the position He deserves,
And experience His love;
His forgiveness, His grace,
His power.
Let the Holy Spirit work for you;
Giving in to Him
You will find
All the strength and courage
That you will need to face
The trials and temptations
That come your way.

Let your dependence be on God.
Look to Him for encouragement.
Look to Him for praise and appreciation.
Look to Him for an escape,
For laughter, and for rest.
Look to Him for pleasures
That will fill you completely,
Satisfy you perfectly,
And not disappear after the moment.

Take hold of His hand.
Accept His guidance.
Trust in His power.
Live by His light
So that you may feel daily.,
That you are loved.

How great is our Lord,
That He loves us so much;
That He will make everything right
For those who love Him
And will let Him.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "Coffee with Jesus." ©




James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.


Dear God of all that is good, we praise You. You are beautiful to all that You've created. Please forgive us for our sins. Lord, Your word holds so much direction for us, so much guidance. Please help us to read Your word and apply it to our lives. Believing is not enough. Faith is not enough unless we act on our faith. Help us to take action. In Jesus' precious name, we pray. Amen. 


Love in Action


A toothbrush, a comb,
A new bar of soap
Tucked in your cabinet
In your bathroom at home.

But what if you haven't
A home of your own;
No bathroom, no kitchen,
No place for your comb?

There're people you may have
Passed by today
Who haven't a home
Or a safe place to stay.

We don't know their stories.
We don't know the why.
But if they're in need
Can we really pass by?

"Faith without action
Is dead," noted James.
Can you really have faith
And then walk away?

If your pockets are empty
And you can't spare a dime,
You can spare a prayer.
It's only your time.

Give as it's given
To you every day,
From the heart of the Lord.
There's no better way.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Job 1:21 ....and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”


Father God thank you for all that you give to us. Help us to be mindful and grateful and never take you for granted. May we always praise you whether you give or take away. Your authority is best and we praise you for it. In Jesus' name. Amen.


The Give and Take


The Lord is good in all His ways.
Blessed be His name.
He gave us life, He gave us breath
And He can take away.

They're His gift, His own creation,
These bodies that we're in.
And He can do what He desires
We've no right to question Him.

The food we eat, the milk we drink
Are from God's giving hand.
But He can stop at any time.
It's His design, His plan.

Our Holy and exalted God,
His ways are not our ways.
He can take all that He gave
And still, His name be praised.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



James 1:20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.


Father God, You are a good, good Father, a loving Father, a Father we are thankful for. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us take our anger and turn it into prayer. Keep us calm and patient and remind us of whose we are and who we are to imitate. In Jesus' righteous name, we pray. Amen.


Standing Up to the World


Because the world is showing more hate
We must be
Showing more love.
Because the world is feeding us lies
We must feed on
What we're sure of.

Because the world says emotions are weak
We must be
Emotionally strong.
Because the world is turning away
We must stay
With whom we belong.

Because the world is quick to spit slander
We must speak words
Saying, "I care."
Because the world leaves people lonely
We must show them
We will be there.

Because the world wants to cover up God
We must be
His shining light.
Because the world is constantly changing
We must continue
In Him that is right.

Because the world has become a bully
We must build
Each other up.
Because the world is putting love down
We must do
Everything but.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




James 1:19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,


Our dear God of peace, You are beautiful and we long to make you proud. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to be slow. Not in helping, not in giving, not in loving, but in reacting, in replying, and in being angry. Let Your peace be seen in all that we say and do. In Jesus' sweet name, we pray. Amen.


Taking Time For Peace


I shall take my time today.
I shall slowly choose my words.
I'll be careful not to misinform.
I'll be careful not to hurt.

I'll take my time in listening.
I'll be quick to stop and hear
Willing to be attentive
With my mind and with my ears.

And if the devil tempts me,
If he pokes me where it hurts,
I'll tell him just to back away.
I'll use my Father's words.

I won't let evil bate me,
Make me angry, rude, or weak.
I'll take my time to listen.
I'll take my time for peace.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool


Lord, You are holy and beautiful, and kind. And we praise You for that. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for seeing the good in us. Yes, you are always watching and you see the bad that we do. But praise you, Father, you also see the good. It is the desire of those who love you to please you. Please continue to see our goodness as we strive to please you. In your Son's Holy Name, Amen. 


Through His Window


Looking through His window,
I want my God to be,
I want Him to be pleased
When He gets a look at me.

My soul one time was tarnished
From my sin and from my shame.
But when I asked Christ in my heart
He took those stains away.

Jesus washed me with His blood
That He shed for me and you.
He is my soul's salvation.
He gave me life anew.

I know that God's delighted
When He sees me through His bow.
'Cause Jesus washed away my sins
And now I'm white as snow.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©


Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.

Dear God, You are our great defender and protector. Thank You for always watching over us. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to serve you and defend Your people. Give us courage and strength, wisdom and discernment. Use us to shield others, and lift them up. We pray for Your help in Jesus, our Defender's name, Amen.

Stop the Blood

Thank You, God, for Your blood
That washes sin away.
Thank You for Your healing power,
Your mercy, and Your grace.
Please stop the blood of innocents,
The blood of gangs and thieves,
Stop the blood of playful children
And of our brave police.
Let it be YOUR blood, Lord
That fills our streets and paths.
Wash away the hate and evil
With Your righteousness.
Lord, give us mindful leaders,
Wise and willing too.
Give them fairness and compassion.
Let them look to you.
And let all people on the streets
Stop grouping men and women;
One bad act of a soul
Does not make all souls villains.
And when we feel we're overwhelmed
And our anger starts to seize,
Help us look to you, Oh Lord,
And find your perfect peace.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



1 Peter 1:16 Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."

Oh God, You are so worthy of praise. You hear our prayers and You are faithful. Thank You for Your goodness. Please forgive us for our sins. Your word teaches us to imitate Jesus. We want to do this because we love You. Please let Your Holy Spirit lead us to be Holy in all that we do, each and every day. In the name of Your Holy Son, we pray. Amen.

My Holy Desire

Holy cause You're Holy,
That is my intention.
Following your footsteps, Lord.
Heeding your direction.

You Called me from the darkness.
Your mercy it is true.
You are Holy. You are good.
I want to be like You.

Being pure and humble,
Compassionate and just.
A neighbor one can count on,
Someone all can trust.

Always being righteous,
Always reaching higher.
Holy cause You're Holy,
That is my desire.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



1 Timothy 1:15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

Dear God, You are a god of beauty and of love and we adore You. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for loving us so much You would bring Your Son to earth just to have Him die for us, so we, unworthy as we are, could be with you in Heaven for eternity. Now that is love. Thank you, God. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

The Name of Love”

God chose Jesus to be His love
To everyone on earth.
He made His Son in His image
And brought Him here through birth.

We call Him Jesus because He saves
All sinners from our sins.
That is love, God is love.
No one loves like Him.

He healed the sick, He helped the poor,
He taught others how to love .
He is the Light that leads the way.
He is the love of God.

"Love each other as I have loved,"
Is the Lord's command.
"Love your neighbor as yourself,"
All across this land.

God knew a way was needed for
Our hearts to be transformed.
And that need was met one day;
The day that love was born.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Colossians 1:13-14  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Dear God of glory and righteousness, Thank You for loving us so much that You made a way to wash away our sins forever. Please forgive us for our sins. We feel sadness when we think of what Your Son endured on our behalf. We don't feel worthy. But You, God of all things, say we are. Thank You for Jesus and His sacrifice. In His loving name, we pray. Amen.

With Tears for Jesus

I'm glad the Lord has rescued me
From death; from sin and shame,
But before I can rejoice in song
My heart weeps for Jesus' pain.
The burden put upon His heart
No other man could lift.
Compassion like Christ Jesus showed
No other could exist.
The nails they drove into His flesh
They pierce my heart again.
The tears He wept up on the cross
My eyes are filled with them.
I'm sorry for the pain He felt;
For the torture, and things said.
I'm sorry He had to sacrifice
But I'm glad, for me, He did.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

Thank You, Father God, for Your Son and Your Spirit. Your love is a blessing. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for giving us the message of salvation and when we believe, You know us by the mark of Your Spirit. Help us to do our best to live up to the privilege of that mark. Help us to walk in Your ways and in everything bring You glory. In Jesus' blessed name, we pray. Amen.

Marked With the Spirit

God's given us His Spirit,
A mark of love, it's true.
It shows that we believe.
Our life is now brand new.

When Jesus died and rose again
He sent His spirit on
To fill the souls of every man
Who confesses Christ, God's Son.

When Jesus comes back calling
His sheep from shore to shore,
He'll see the Holy Spirit
And He'll need to look no more.

He'll gather all believers
And carry them on high
For they've been marked and given
A blessed eternal life.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Genesis 1:12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Thank You, God, our great Creator, for all that You have made.  Please forgive us for our sins.  Thank You for every fruit tree, and every grain of wheat.  Your land provides beauty and nutrition.  Your hand is excellent at creating.   May we handle everything You've created with care and may we never take it for granted.   In Jesus' lovely name, we pray.  Amen 

Your Land is Excellent

Thank you, God for apple trees,
Little girls, and all that's sweet.
Thank you, God, for fields of gold;
For fields of waving wheat.

Thank you, God for folded hands,
Tiny feet, and simple pleasures.
Thank you for our hearts to hold
Your world of special treasures.

You, Oh God, are merciful.
You're gracious from Your hand.
You've done so much for each of us
From the start of this great land.

Thank you, God, for praying hearts
And fields of fruit and grain.
Your land, O God, is excellent
And you deserve all praise.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”


Dear great God, Father of Jesus, Lord over all, we praise Your great and wonderful name. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for providing Your word to us. Thank You for giving us knowledge and with knowledge comes hope and great anticipation. Let us be patient and loyal to You as we wait for Christ's return. In Jesus' sweet name, we pray. Amen.


Looking For Clouds


When I was young
I'd lie in the grass
And gaze at the wide open sky.
I'd look at the clouds
Seeing pictures in them
As they would slowly past by.
Some may have been thick
And fearfully dark,
Some clouds looked soft as white cotton.
Some poured down rain,
Some buckets of snow,
And some clouds will not be forgotten.
Today when I look
At clouds in the sky,
I search with great expectation.
I look for the Christ,
My Savior's return.
I look with anticipation.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.

Thank You mighty God for being our strength. Please forgive us for our sins. So many things are thrown at us in a day. Sometimes it's hard doing the right thing. Sometimes we react without thinking. Please help us think. Please help us make wise choices. Please help us stay focused on Your word making it a part of everything we do. In Jesus' strong name, we pray. Amen.

Lord, Help Me to Stay

Please keep me strong, Lord,
When temptations arise.
Help me stay focused
On your glorious prize.

Don't let others lead me
Down the wide open path
Of sin and destruction
And all that is bad.

Help me stay on the straight,
The narrow, the bright;
The path that is lit
By your Son Jesus Christ.

That's my desire,
To stay close to you;
To refrain and restrain
To resist and refuse.

Please keep me strong, Lord,
When I am enticed,
To stay in the ways
Of my Lord, Jesus Christ.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Dear Holy God, Lord over all the earth, we praise You for Your loving kindness. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for always being with us. Even when we don't acknowledge You, You are still there. Let Your presence and Your grace give us the strength to face any problem we have, knowing we don't face it alone. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Courage by Grace

You're facing a new battle
In the days that are before you.
I know that God is in it
And He will never leave you.

I don't expect you to be brave;
Man's courage is not enough.
But you can be courageous
By the grace of our dear God.

I will not cry for you, my friend.
God has you in His hands.
Just move ahead with His strength,
To reach His bigger plans.

There may just be a lesson here:
A need, to grow in faith,
A tool, to shape your character,
A burden, to build your strength.

Share your story with those who'll hear,
In hopes that they may see
The hand of God, the grace of God,
And the power of our King.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Dear mighty God, You are wise and loving and we are grateful. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for your word. It holds promises that give us hope and it holds Your laws which guide us to a blessed life. Help us to remember Your word at every moment we need it. Help us to apply it to our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Bring God's Word

Bring your Bible to your school.
And if you're not allowed,
Keep God's word in your heart
And share it with the crowd.

The Bible's not always handy
To bring where you may go.
Put God's word to memory.
It's always good to know.

It's full of God's great wisdom,
When decisions need be made.
And words of healing comfort,
When someone's heart is pained.

God's word, it reassures us
We're loved beyond belief;
He watches us, He cares for us
Even as we sleep.

So take a piece of scripture,
Maybe 2 or 3,
And read them every day and night.
They'll be a memory.

Then when you need God's promise,
For yourself or for a friend,
You may not have your Bible,
But you'll have your mind instead.

So bring your Bible with you
Where ever you may go.
Reach into your memory
And share it on the go.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus"



Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Our dear, gracious God, We thank You for Your grace and mercy. We thank You for forgiveness. Please forgive us for our sins. We've learned through Your word that we cannot earn Your love and salvation. And even better, we don't have to. Thank You for Jesus. And thank You for Your promises that will never be taken away. We praise You in the name of Your Son, Amen.

Not Earned or Taken

You cannot earn salvation;
Not by service or by words.
Your soul's true deliverance
Is a gift of the Lord's.

With that gift comes a promise,
That you will never lose
Your place in God's kingdom.
Now that's some good news!

There's not an act or trespass,
Not a word or lie or flaw
That can take away your pardon
That was a gift from God.

For by grace you have redemption.
Through faith, you have been saved.
Nothing you've done has earned it.
And nothing can take it away.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Dear Father of love, Thank You for showing us love. Even your commands are because You love us.  We are grateful. Please forgive us for our sins. Please let Your Spirit guide us to love. And help us to show You our love by keeping Your commandments. When we have to choose right from wrong let us choose because we love You. In Jesus loving name, we pray. Amen

Because I Love You

Not for power,
Not for honor,
Not for mercy or your grace;
Just because I love you, Lord,
I'll abide by your ways.

Not for gifts,
Nor added blessings,
Not for privileges or might;
Just because I love you, Lord,
I will walk in your light.

Not for money,
Not for glory,
Not even life eternal;
Just because I love you, Lord,
I'll submit to your will.

I will follow,
I will obey,
I will worship, I'll be true;
Just because I love you, Lord,
Just because I love you.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

Our dear, beautiful Light, Thank You for the sun and stars and the light that they give. And thank You for being a light for us, that never goes out. Please forgive us for our sins. When life gets hard, when people are mean, when the world seems cold and dark, let Your Holy Spirit remind us of Your Light. Let us rely on that light. And may we be a light that leads others to you. We ask in Your Son's name, Amen.

A Son in the Basement

It's good to have a Son in the basement.
It's good to have The Light.
If you have the Son of God with you
You have a future bright.

Sometimes life's burdens can be heavy;
They can really weigh you down.
You feel you're in a darkened place,
Cold and lonely beneath the ground.

But when you pray to the Lord above
You'll see the light again.
The Son of God will lead you out
If you take His nail-scarred hand.

It's good to have a Son in the basement.
It's good to have The Light.
That Light will give you peace today
And hope for a future bright.

Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional A Second Cup with Jesus ©



Genesis 1:4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

Our beautiful Creator, You make everything beautiful by the touch of Your hand. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for the light that You've created. Jesus is Light. But You've also created the sun, bringing light to our days. Thank you for that and so much more. May we never take Your creation for granted. In Jesus' sweet name, we pray. Amen.

My Morning View

I'm awakened by a light at my window.
I pour coffee in my favorite cup.
I gather my bible and notebook
And head to my place in the Son.

The morning air blows as I enter
The wonderful, beautiful outdoors.
It's cool on my face and refreshing
And God, He blesses me more.

The sun has just risen this morning.
Not quite high in the sky just yet.
But it gives a beam of its brilliance
Across the field and the old wooden fence.

Not a cloud in the view that's before me.
Such a soft, soothing sight for the eye.
There are trees that line cross the border
Where the grass and the hills meet the sky.

Not a sound is coming from the kitchen.
No noise is coming from the road.
Just me and my God in the sunshine.
My time spent with Jesus alone.

I thank you, dear Lord, for this beauty;
This simple, yet, magnificent view.
You are both mighty and worthy.
Such brilliance could only be you.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" 



Galatians 1:3.....Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

Dear Father God, thank You for being so full of grace that You have enough for all of us. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for blessing us each day that we're here. Sometimes we don't see them but they are always there because of You. We praise You for grace and peace through our Lord, Jesus Christ. In His name, we pray. Amen.

Everyday Blessings

Everyday beauty
In an everyday place.
Every day it's given
By Jesus' grace.

Everyday comfort,
Everyday joys.
Every day you receive it
In God's everyday voice.

Everyday peace
In an everyday world.
Every day you can have it
If you trust in the Lord

Every day.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©



3 John 1:2 ....Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

Dear God, the Listener, and Hearer of our prayers. Thank You for hearing and answering according to Your will. Please forgive us for our sins. We pray for our friends and family. We pray for their health and general happiness. Please show us who needs our prayers and let us be faithful in praying for them daily. In Jesus', our best friend's name, we pray. Amen.

I Prayed for your Future

I know the challenges ahead of you
Are overwhelming.
Many decisions are facing you
About your future;
New things to be learned,
Choices to be made,
Friends to keep, and friends to let go of.
As you move forward,
I prayed that you would remember
You are a child of God
And He is more than happy to guide you.
Because there are so many options before you,
I prayed that you would choose
The ones that will bring you
Peace and pleasure
Honor and respect.
I asked God to have His hand on you,
To give you discernment in your actions,
To give you courage
To say no,
And
Faith
To say yes!

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.


Dear precious Lord, The Keeper of our days, we love You. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for giving us Jesus, our good counsel, our shining example of righteousness. When our lives seem full of negativity, remind us of Your Son and that His ways are better. Help us to seek Him. With Him, we will find our blessings. In His beautiful name, we pray. Amen


A Better Coffee


If coffee wakes you up
But still, you gripe and moan,
You need a better coffee
So you no longer groan.

If coffee is the highlight,
The best of waking up,
You should try one better;
Having Jesus with your cup.

Jesus will get you started
Just as well as coffee will.
And He will never weaken,
Turn cold, or need refilled.

A few short words of wisdom,
Some promises of grace,
A love note at your table,
To send you on your way.

Coffee with the master
Is just the perfect blend,
Chasing all the dread away
Bringing joy out once again.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these."

Dear God, Lord over all of our days, We thank You and praise You for using each day of our lives as a part of Your plan. Please forgive us for our sins. You want to use us to love our neighbors. Please teach us to love ourselves so we can love our neighbors fully. Help us to see ourselves as You see us and then we will also see our neighbors in Your light as well. We ask this in Jesus' loving name, Amen.

Love Like Your Neighbor

Be patient with your neighbor.
Give yourself some grace.
Be kind and do not envy.
Take care of your space.

Be forgiving of your neighbor.
Lend a helping hand.
Rejoice in what is true.
Be firm in where you stand.

Be encouraging with your neighbor.
Use your positive words.
Look into the mirror.
Speak kindly to her.

Pray for your neighbor.
Say prayers for your being.
You are important.
You are deserving.

God loves your neighbor.
He asks you to too.
Always love your neighbor.
And the one and only you.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©



Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Dear Lord our God, we praise Your Holy Name. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for giving us wisdom. Thank You for giving us strength. Thank You for teaching us how to love. We love You for all that You are with all that we have. And tomorrow we will try to love You more. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

It's Still Again

I'm gonna love You, Lord.
I’m gonna love You again.
I'm gonna honor You
And serve to the end.

I'm gonna cherish You,
Then cherish You more.
You are my hope.
It's You I look for.

I'm gonna praise You
Through all the bad times.
I'll praise You again.
I'll praise You besides.

I'll always thank You
With every "Amen."
I love You, Dear Lord
And it's still again.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Mathew 12:29....28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.


Our strong and mighty God, we are thankful for You. Your name is sweetness to our ears. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for using Your power to protect us, to defend us, and claim us. Satan may try but He can't pull us from Your Son's nail-scarred hands. It is by Him that Satan is defeated, and we praise You for that. In Jesus' blessed name, we pray. Amen.


Satan's Defeated! Hallelujah!


Satan's defeated! Hallelujah!
The battle is already won.
The victory belongs to Christ Jesus,
Our keeper, our Savior, God's Son.

Imagine starting each day out
With these words at the front of our minds.
Saying them over again and again
Whenever great troubles arise.

It's something we've heard of and believe in
But sometimes we fail to apply.
Satan's no power against us
We're covered by Jesus divine.

Satan's defeated! Hallelujah!
Death cannot win anymore.
Heaven prevails and is open
To all who trust in the Lord.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

Dear God, You are worthy of reverence and awe. We lift our hands to You in praise. Please forgive us for our sins. With willing hands, we serve because we love You and appreciate You. Please accept our service to you as one way we worship you. In Jesus' sweet name, we pray. Amen.

I Serve Him I Worship

To worship is to serve;
To those you love, you give.
I serve my Lord as best I can
Each day I'm here to live.

I try to help another
In any way I can,
Living as God's servant
Being His right hand.

He has for me a Kingdom
That never will He shake.
I live in awe and wonder
Of His mercy and His grace.

I praise my God in Heaven
For all, He's given of.
To worship is to serve Him.
I serve Him out of love.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" 



John 12:27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.

Dear gracious God, thank You for having a plan, making a way, and loving us enough to do so. Please forgive us for our sins. Please be patient with those who do not know you. You've made a way for us to enter Heaven, please let Your Way, Your Son be made known to all. In Jesus' willing name, we pray. Amen

One Door

Many years ago
Some sheep heard a cry.
They followed it and found
A mighty surprise.

The cry led them to
A door wrapped in white;
So strong and so brilliant,
It showed like a light.

There's only one way.
There's only one door
To get into Heaven
For life evermore.

God knew help was needed.
This door was the way.
So Jesus was born,
Showing up in some hay.

He grew to become
Our wonderful Savior;
Our One Door to Heaven
Asleep in a manger.

Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "Coffee with Jesus." ©



John 12:26 ....Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Dear mighty and wise God, Thank you for Jesus who has shown us what a good and faithful servant is. Please forgive us for our sins. Give us the desire to serve. Make us aware of the gift You've given each of us to serve You. Give us the strength to follow Your Son and to serve. In His Mighty name, we pray. Amen.

To Serve You

Show me your path
I will follow it, Lord.
Tell me your wishes
I will fill them.
Use me in any
Way that you can.
Use me, oh Lord,
As your servant.

A promise you made
That always will stand.
A gift undeserved
You have given.
A life ever after
You gave through your son,
So I give you my life
As your servant.

Teach me to live
As you'd have me to live.
Make it clear to me
Your expectations.
Fill me with wisdom,
Courage, and strength,
So I may live for you, Lord,
As your servant.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Proverb 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.


Dear Father in Heaven, Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we thank You and praise You for Your beautiful plan of salvation. Please forgive us for our sins. We want to acknowledge your goodness and Your Son's goodness. We want to demonstrate our thankfulness. Show us where, who, and how we can bring kindness as our gift to You. In Your Son's name, we pray. Amen.

Showing Him Kindness

I'll celebrate Jesus.
I'll give unto Him.
When we do it for others
We do it for Him.

I will show kindness
To the man at the store.
I'll help out a neighbor,
I'll hold open a door.

I will show kindness
To the overwhelmed mother.
I'll let one in line.
I'll share with another.

I will show kindness
To children at play.
I'll give to the needy.
I'll lighten one's day.

I won't see in actions,
I won't see in color,
I won't see in gender,
I won't see in numbers.

I'll look at each person
Like I'd look at my Jesus,
With love and compassion
Just as He sees us.

Not just for one day,
But each day that I live.
I'll give to my Savior
The love that is His.

So I will show kindness
To all that I meet.
Giving to Jesus
Through all that I see.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.



John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

God, You are mighty and worthy of our praise. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you, God, for giving us Your Son. Because He was broken we have life eternal. When we're feeling broken, remind us that our brokenness can also be a blessing to others, bringing them to You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen

Broken Wheat Grains

Sometimes we must be broken,
Like a single grain of wheat,
For us to be productive;
New life for us to see.

Jesus Christ was broken.
He died and rose again.
Because of this, we have new life
And we owe it all to Him.

A grain of wheat is broken
Then planted in the ground.
It then produces new stalks;
New wheat is to be found.

So when you're feeling broken,
Hang on to this one truth,
Remember broken wheat grains
Are used to bear much fruit.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Luke 12:23..... For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

Dear God, our great giver of gifts. You are generous and compassionate. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for our food and provisions each day. Thank you for our first Christmas gift, Your Son. How wonderful! How beautiful! How truly loving! May we always show our love and appreciation to You. In Jesus' great name, we pray. Amen.

The Greatest Gift

Christmas is a happy time.
A time of peace and joy and love.
And all because a gift received
From the heavens up above.
Christmas day was just a day
'Till Jesus Christ was born.
Now Christmas day is such a day
We remember it all year long.
Jesus gave so much for us
We thank Him when we pray.
We celebrate His day of birth
On Christmas, it's His day.
We decorate with lights and bells
Share gifts, and laugh, and sing
But the greatest gift 'twas ever given
Was Jesus Christ our King.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©



1 Samuel 12:22 ... For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.

Dear Lord, God in Heaven, we are so very blessed that You are willing to make us Your children. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for making a way for us to come to You. Thank You for Jesus. Thank you for keeping Your promises to us just as You had to others before us. You were pleased to make us Your own. We are pleased to be chosen. We praise Your Holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christ For All, Then and Now

God made sure
The wise men knew;
He made sure the kings were told
That Jesus Christ the Son of God,
Was born for all to hold.

He made sure
The shepherds heard
The news of His great birth.
He wanted all to know Him;
All the people of the earth.

It didn't matter
Where they lived;
In mansions or a hut.
It didn't matter what they knew;
Intelligent or not.

Their status,
Unimportant,
Their race and gender too.
God made sure all were told of
The glorious, good news.

The gospel's meant
For all to hear.
It's meant for all to share.
That none be lost when He returns
But all
Meet Him in the air.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Dear beautiful God, You are everything good. You give us goodness, You show us goodness, You are goodness. Please forgive us for our sins. God, we all are faced with evil at some level. Help us to take that evil to You in prayer. And after we've prayed help us to find ways to overcome that evil with goodness, Your goodness. In Your good Son's name, we pray. Amen.

Picking Daffodils

Mama's picking flowers.
They're wild daffodils.
Some are yellow, some are white
And they cover all our hills.

She's picking for the neighbor.
I really don't know why.
The lady's often grumpy
And gives an angry eye.

Mama's heart is gentle.
She's forgiving and she's good.
She says the Bible told her
To act like Jesus would.

Jesus is forgiving.
He's patient and He's kind.
My mama acts like Jesus.
I'm so glad that she is mine.

And since I love my mama
And I love my Jesus too.
I'm picking daffodils
To give the neighbor too.

Maybe she will smile
At the daffodils we bring.
I know that God will smile
As we imitate our King.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



1 Samuel 12:20 Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.

Our mighty and fair Father, thank you for forgiveness, second chances, and new beginnings. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to accept that forgiveness that you offer and to put the old behind us. By Your grace and the help of Your Holy Spirit let us start fresh and remain strong in our relationship with you. In Jesus' generous name, we pray. Amen.

Creative Beginnings

Every new day is a fresh can of paint
To make something grand from a life of mistakes.

Every new day is a colorful bud
To create a bouquet showing one love.

Every new day is a clean page and pen
Giving a chance to try once again.

Every new day is a new set of keys
To play a sweet song of hope and of peace.

Every new day is a fresh piece of wood
To build a strong bridge for all that is good.

Every new day is a new skein of yarn
To design something soft to comfort life's scars.

Every new day is a canvas of white
To try it again 'till you get it right.

Every new day is a gift from above
To change and create a life full of love.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Proverb 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

Dear God of truth. Thank You for being loyal and true, faithful and trustworthy. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us, Lord to always choose the truth. There are so many times we sin out of habit or ignorance. When we have a choice to sin or not to sin let us choose not to. Let us choose not to lie. In Jesus' most truthful name, we pray. Amen.

Words of Truth

The words you speak.
If they are true,
Will stand the test of time.

They can be read.
They can be said.
The truth you'll always find.

But tell a lie
And cause a pain
And one day be exposed.

Big or small,
Part or all
Lies should not be told.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Romans 12:18....If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.


Dear great and glorious God, we praise You for all that You are and for all that You've made known to us. Please forgive us for our sins. Please help us to keep our peace. Please help us to keep peace with others. Sometimes we just need to get away and think about You. Your name, Your word, Your blessings to us is more than enough reason to keep peace with everyone. Let Your Spirit move us to do so. In Jesus' peaceful name, we pray. Amen. 


Waiting Outside


Life can be unfriendly,
A little rough sometimes.
People pointing, sometimes yelling,
Makes me lose my mind.

I try my best to smile.
To do what's right and good.
But some just won't accept it
Though I really wish they would.

I think I'll grab a kitchen chair
And carry it outside.
I'll wait for Jesus' coming,
I'll look up to the sky.

I know that He is coming soon
And all will be brand new.
I know that He will hold me
And love me through and through.

I'll take a few deep breaths and pray
To my Father, God on high.
If Jesus hasn't come by night
I guess I'll go inside.

But that won't stop my waiting
For Jesus to come back.
When all will be at peace again
And my smile stay intact.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Romans 12:17,18 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.


Precious God of glory, You are beautiful and we love you. Please forgive us for our sins. There's so much evil in the world today. So much anger and hate. Please protect us from that. Keep us safe from those who are angry and keep our hearts pure and just in the face of hate. Let us do as you would have us and let our good actions be seen and bring people to glorify your name. In Jesus' loving name, we pray. Amen. 


Conquering Hate


If bullying's the rule,
If it's taking over
Then we must make sure
God's love's spilling over.

We need to show kindness.
We mustn't tear down.
Today is tomorrow
We must do it now.

Showing God's patience,
His kind, loving ways,
Offering a hand
To make brighter days.

Our words must be gentle,
Bringing nothing but peace,
Showing God's goodness
To all that we meet.

Keeping control
Of our words and our hands.
Spreading joy, not evil
Across this great land.

The work's now before us.
We must conquer the hate.
We must be of God's love.
We must show it today.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.


Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you for loving all that you've created. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to love each other as you would have us to do. Help us to remember that You created us all and all that he has, all that she has, all that we have comes from you. And you love each one of us. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen


Green and Red Leaves


Two tiny leaves
In a big tree of green
Stood out from the others,
So easy to see.

Their color turned red
Before it was time.
They danced in the wind
Like a dance to a rhyme.

They blew up and down
As thier red color burst.
It seemed one was shouting
"Look at me, I am first!"

They turned and they twisted
On a branch of the tree
As if one were saying,
"Over here, look at me!"

Then off in a distance,
So soft but distinct,
You can hear the Lord's voice,
"You're all special to me.

If you just look around
You might be surprised
That you're from the same tree,
The great tree of life.

I love when you're green
I love when you're red.
I love you the same;
No one more, no one less."


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Proverbs 12:15 The way of fools seems right to them,
but the wise listen to advice.

Dear God, You are wise and powerful. We benefit from Your words. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us not to be selfish, self-righteous, or self-sufficient. It's good to seek advice and it's best to rely on You. You will never lead us wrong and we thank you for that. In Jesus' wise name, we pray. Amen.


God's Way

So many times in life I cried.
I worked so hard. I tried and tried.
Then one day the answer came.
I took it on and now today
I close my eyes and seek the wise
And do it God's way.

Nothing but defeat and pain.
Incomplete and feeling drained.
Until the day I found my rest.
My life today is at it's best.
On bended knee, I praise my King
And do it God's way.

Flying solo is gone for good.
I live my life just as I should.
Peace and joy, they follow me.
In God's light, I'll always be.
I've lived my life. I have survived.
And did it God's way.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.


Dear glorious God, Your ways are all good and Your desires for us are good. Please forgive us for our sins. Lord, when we're about to lose our peace, when we're on the verge of losing control, please grab our conscience and help us to do what is right. Let our ways represent Your holiness. Let the peace that we show bring peace to others. Please let there be peace. In Jesus' holy name, we pray. Amen. 


Bring Peace


I prayed for peace the other day
When entering a room.
So often negativity's there
Like a dark and wretched tomb.

But as my heart was praying,
The answer that I heard
Was, "If you want peace in there
You must bring it in your word."

Take peace to where you're living.
Share it from your hands.
Share it in the words you speak.
Let peace be in your plans.

Bring peace to where you're going.
Your heartbeat needs to sing it.
If it's peace you want in your presence
Sometimes you have to bring it.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus." ©




Romans 12:13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Father God, we are so thankful for Your goodness, Your kindness, and Your love. Please forgive us for our sins. You are so good to us and we want to show You our thankfulness by our actions. Help us each day to be kind to others as we want to be kind to You. In Jesus' great name, we pray. Amen.

A Christmas of White

I'm dreaming of a Christmas
Covered in white;
Not from fresh snow
But from everything bright.

Kindness to neighbors,
Generosity too,
A hand reached for helping,
A donation of food.

Patience when walking
Through bustling shops.
Stopping to help
When a bag, someone drops.

A handshake, a smile,
A twinkling eye,
A prayer for God's blessings
On all that pass by.

Bringing peace where it's needed.
Keeping peace in the home.
Being pure in all actions,
God's love being shown.

Carrying a light that will shine
Each day of the year.
Bringing warm, peaceful thoughts
Of hope, and good cheer.

What's better than presents
And a Christmas of white?
Celebrating Jesus
Each day and each night.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Romans 12:12 ...Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.


Lord God Almighty, You are wonderful and we love You. Please forgive us for our sins. You are so patient with us. Help us to show that patience to others. We have joy because we have hope. We know You hear our prayers. Let our joy and hope be seen in our actions. In Jesus' faithful name, we pray. Amen 


The Woman in Line


You're in line at the store and you're running late.
The woman in front has had a bad day.
She's counting her quarters to cover the cost.
You're counting the seconds on the clock on the wall.
How would it feel, for those seconds in time,
If you were to share them with the woman in line?
Pray for her needs. Pray for your heart.
Pray that God's patience you can impart.
His patience with us as we tarry and trail,
Is what we should give to all without fail.
Time isn't just yours, just hers, or just mine.
Time is all God's, the maker divine.
Share it with all God puts in your way.
Patience is love. Show love today.


.Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus." ©




Acts 12:11.... Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

Dear God, Our provider, and protector, You are good. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for sending Your angels to help and to protect us. You are always working on our behalf and we thank You for that. Let us never take that for granted and let us always give You glory for the angels that You send our way. In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen.

More Than an Angel

I live apart from fear and doubt
I feel protected and secure.
It's not from angels I find my peace
But from the One who sends them here.

Who is it that could make such beings?
Who do their powers come from?
Who would send these angels here?
From who do their purposes come?

Our almighty God; maker and creator,
Giver of all that is good.
It is God who sends the angels here,
Providing like no other could.

It's by His grace that angels serve,
And from His love come to our lives.
Let us worship Him, and give Him thanks
For the angels He provides.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Romans 12:10.....Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Our righteous and glorious God, we praise Your name for You are good and loving. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for being devoted to us. Help us to stay devoted to You and to show that devotion by honoring and loving others. In Jesus sweet name, we pray. Amen.


A Rainbow in Her Clouds

Be a friend's umbrella
When the rain is pouring down.

Hold out a candle
When everything seems dim.

Try to be the rainbow
In her group of clouds.

Show the love of Jesus,
Reminding her of Him.

Ask God for His wisdom.
Go to Him in prayer,

Wait on Him to answer
Wait on Him in faith.

Give to her, a smile
When you have just one to share,

Carry her umbrella
As she races through the rain.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your strength and Your willingness to use it on our behalf. Please forgive us for our sins. Father some of us are weak in our bodies from illness, some are weak from sadness and pain, some are weak because we feel alone, some are weak against temptation so we call on You to be our strength. And let every tongue announce that our strength and victory are because of You. In the strong name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.


You Are Mine


I am weak
But you are mine.
I am flawed
But you're divine.

Thank you, God,
For filling me
With your Spirit,
Lovingly.

Helping me
Each step I take;
You are my guide,
You are my strength.

I'm just me
But you are God.
I'm made righteous
By your blood.

I am weak
But you are mine.
You're my strength
Every time.

Because you're mine,
I can stand
Victoriously
Just like you planned.

Thank you, God,
You made a way
To take me home
One glorious day.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Luke 12:8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.


Dear God, You are wonderful and worthy to be praised. Please forgive us for our sins. Please let us never be so pressured, or fearful to acknowledge You in public. You are beautiful, powerful, and all loving. You deserve to be acknowledged and praised and most definitely shared. Please give us the strength, courage, and protection to do so. In Jesus wonderful name, we pray. Amen.


Alone in Prayer


It was a special day at school.
Well, most schools I should say.
Many schools from state to state
Gathered round to pray.
Teachers, students, parents too
Joined up for a good cause.
They met up at a flagpole
To share their prayers and thoughts.
But one young girl was saddened.
Her school did not take part.
Not one would even stand with her
As she shared with God her heart.
Her mother walked her to the pole.
Cut grass not even swept.
The girl she dropped down to her knees
And there her prayers were met.
She prayed for all who did not come;
For all who stayed behind.
I can only guess her heart was full
But courageous all the time.
God saw a special sparkle there,
Alone at that flagpole.
Kneeling in the grassy shambles,
He saw a heart of gold.


Lucinda Berry HillAuthor of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Luke 12:7 ....Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.


Dear God, wonderful Creator, beautiful Keeper, we adore You. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for all that You have made. And with all that You have made, You still care about us even when we disappoint You. A better father, there is none. Help us to remember how much You care and how very capable You are to see to our every need. And also help us to always give You glory for all that is good. In Jesus' wonderful name, we pray. Amen.

God's Apples


God has with Him a basket,
A picture in His mind.
A basket full of treasures,
The apples of His eye.

He doesn't care 'bout color;
Yellow, green, or red.
He doesn't reject bruises
Or hide from broken stems.

God loves us all completely.
From His word, He gives us life.
You are blessed and you are cherished.
You're the apple of His eye.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Romans 12:6.... We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.


God, You are beautiful and praiseworthy. Your Son and Your Holy Spirit, we adore. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for the talents and the passion you've given each of us. Guide us to the place to use them. Let us be bold in sharing what you've given us. And please help those who do not know, discover what you've already given them. And some, You've blessed with a gift but they're using it in a way that doesn't glorify You. Please direct them also. Most of all let us always live for giving You glory. In Jesus' gifted name, we pray. Amen 


I Have a Purpose


There were many times I sat alone.
I didn't want it to be that way
But I didn't want to call on anyone
For fear I may intrude.
I felt so different from everybody else.
I felt like I had no choices.
I felt like I had no purpose.
I felt like I would never feel happiness.
This pain that I felt only went away
If I closed my eyes and went to sleep.
God had been a part of my life
But that wasn't enough to pull me
Out of the darkness.
Now God IS my life
And the light I live in is His light.
I know now that I am different
Because God wanted me to be,
But I am just as important as others.
Abilities that others have
Are gifts from God,
And I too, have received many gifts.
My purpose is to live my life for God,
So others will know Him too
And will receive His gift of eternal life.
This gives me happiness, living for God
And I now have brighter hopes for tomorrow.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Romans 12:5,6.... so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Thank you, God, for many blessings. You are a good, good 
Father. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for family. The family we are born into and the family we are reborn into. With family, we can accomplish so much. Let us not only work together but also praise You together, bringing You a sweet harmony of love. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

A Working Bouquet

Flowers of many colors
Making a bouquet,
Leaning on each other
To brighten someone's day.
Using smaller flowers
To fill the empty spaces.
Not one bud unimportant
But all with valued graces.
Put together with a love
That only comes from God.
A gift to share with others
Making hearts applaud.
Like the flowers, we the people
Can join with one another
To create something beautiful
That none can put asunder.
Leaning on each other,
Working as a team,
Making days feel brighter
For everyone we meet.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Romans 12:4....For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,


Dear God, we love You. You are all that we need. Please forgive us for our sins. Please help us, as Your children, to work together. Show us what our gifts are but also show us the gifts of others. Help us to see their goodness in Your plans and may we all work together to fulfill Your will. In Jesus' beautiful name, we pray. Amen. 


Use Your Beak


There once was an elephant in a tree.
I wonder what he was hoping to see.
Was he looking to remember?
Was he looking for November?
Or like his friend, was he trying to be?

His friend the giraffe is quite tall.
His long neck helps him see past a wall.
He can see things up high,
Almost reaching the sky.
From a tree, he never would fall.

But a giraffe can't play and pretend,
Shooting water from a trunk without end.
He can raise a heart up
With a kind act or hug.
Like his great, mighty elephant friend.

God made each creation unique.
With a trunk or a tail or a beak.
Whatever's been given
Should be used as a blessin',
Putting a smile on someone's sweet cheek.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Daniel 12:3... Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.


Our mighty, bright, and shining Father, We're thankful for You. Please forgive us for our sins. God, we want to shine for You. We want to be a reflection of Your great love. Please let Your Spirit help us shine Your light for others to find their way to You. In Jesus' bright name, we pray. 

Amen. 


To Be a Star


The fame, the glamour,
The sparkling lights,
Oh, to be a star.

The brightest stars
Were made by God.
He set them in the sky.
He made them shine.
He made them sparkle.
They even seem to dance.
He made them bright
To give us light.
They never dim or fade.
They will always shine
And be a light in the darkness.

Another light was made by God.
He set you in this place
To carry forth the word of life,
To shine
Like floating stars,
To live in love,
To lead the way
To righteousness and joy.
Your light should always shine
For others in the darkness.
Be wise and shine.
When you shine like a star today
You will shine as a star forever.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©




Romans 12:2 ...Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Dear Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your wonderful ways. Please forgive us for our sins. And with forgiveness please show us the right way and give us what we need to follow it. It's our desire to do Your will. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Words With Change

To say "forgive me"
Is not enough.
They're simply words
Born of the tongue.
But words of truth,
Born of the heart,
Are followed by
A fresh, new start:
Putting away
All lust and hate,
Lies and gossip,
And vile ways.
Supporting your words
With action and deed,
With changes in life
That all will see.
Saying "forgive me"
Is only a phrase.
Truth can be found
In changing your ways.
So ask the good Lord
To forgive you your sins,
And show Him your heart
By change from within.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Dear God of mercy, we thank You for Your goodness and Your patience with us. Please forgive us for our sins. God, may You see our love for You in the way we offer up our bodies to You. Not only in the way we serve You but also by keeping our bodies pure and clean from sin. Let us sacrifice daily, our desires for Your desires. In Jesus' holy name, we pray. Amen.


Romans 12:1....Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

A Living Sacrifice

Knees that bend, arms that reach,
Lips that help me sing;
My body's a living sacrifice
To you, my Lord and king.
Feet that walk to serve Your saints,
A mind that seeks Your truth;
My body's a living sacrifice.
I worship only You.
A waving hand, a forgiving heart,
A smile that greets the world:
My body's a living sacrifice
To You my Holy Lord.
For You are merciful and good.
My love for You is true.
My body's a living sacrifice.
I will serve and honor You.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



2 Corinthians 11:30.... If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

Oh Lord, You are a good Lord, a beautiful God, and a wonderful Father. We praise You for who You are. Please forgive us for our sins. Many of us suffer from some sort of thorn in our side. Remind us that You are with us to help us complete whatever it is we need. And in our weakness You are strong. Let us praise Your name for working in and through us. In Jesus mighty name, we pray. Amen.

My God is Doing Great

How am I doing, you want to ask?
Well, let me tell you straight.
I am weak and tired
But my God is doing great!
He's doing things, with me and life,
That without Him I couldn't do.
He's still walking, He's still leading,
Guiding me on through.
He gives me opportunities
To serve Him where I am;
To make the most of my days
While I'm living on this land.
He's given me life stories;
Lessons to be shared,
Words of His promises,
His unending love and care.
How am I doing you want to ask?
I'm doing each day with love.
I'm pained and weak and tired,
But I'm doing each day with God.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Matthew 11:29....Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Our Strong and mighty Father, Thank you for being our Rock, a Pillar for us to lean on. Please forgive us for our sins. Please remain faithful, giving us guidance and rest. Teach us that if we just follow Your ways we will be blessed. In Jesus' gentle name, we pray. Amen.

Leaning

Leaning on a tree.
All out of breath.
Needing support.
Needing to rest.

This course that I'm on
Is making me weak.
I can't do it alone
So I lean on a tree.

I need to find answers.
I need the right path.
So I lean on a tree
'Till the answers I have.

Regaining my strength
I look up and see,
It's not a tree I've been leaning on
But Jesus my King.

He's stronger than an Olive tree.
Mightier than the Fig.
Jesus He's the place to rest.
Jesus He's my strength.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©



Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Oh, our great God of peace; of peace and calm and rest, thank You for Your blessings. Please forgive us for our sins. Sometimes life feels too heavy to bear. You promise to give us rest. Please help us to leave everything that burdens us at your feet so that we may rest our eyes, our hands, and our minds. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

He Gives Us Rest

I'd get up every morning,
Put my shoes on and my coat.
Hop on my bike and peddle,
Before anyone awoke.
I had to deliver newspapers.
It was my job you see.
To carry papers to the doors
Of my neighbors on the street.
I never got to sleep in.
For there were stories every day.
Except for when there was the news
Of a King born in some hay.
I got to sleep past 5 o'clock
Each year on that morn.
A highly cherished reminder
Of the day that rest was born.
Christ had come to carry
The burdens in our lives.
To give us rest from bearing
Our struggles day and night.
Back then I slept in once a year.
I thought it was the best.
Until I learned how Jesus,
Each day will give me rest.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Matthew 11:27.... “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Dear Holy God, we are thankful to know You, to know Your Son, and to know forgiveness. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for Your grace and mercy. Please help us to use the gifts you've given us to tell others about Your great and merciful love. In Jesus' great name, we pray. Amen.

I Will Tell the World

I have a gift that I've been given
It's my life eternally.
I'll live my life the Godly way...
So all the world will see.
I'm proud to be a child of God.
I'm thankful for the love He gives.
And I will share it with all I can
For in my heart He lives.
I'll tell the world of Jesus Christ
And what He means to me.
I'll tell them of His wondrous love
And He'll tell the Lord of me.

I'm glad to be a little different;
To be not of this world.
I love the Lord and live for Him
And will tell it to the world.
I hold such joy within my heart
I want others to feel the same.
I'll tell them where I found my peace,
Jesus Christ is His name.
I'll tell the world of Jesus Christ
And what He means to me.
I'll tell them of His wondrous love
And He'll tell the Lord of me.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©



John 11:26 ..... and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?

God, Your ways are beautiful.  Your love for us and Your plans are lovely.  Please forgive us for our sins.  You have made a way for people to spend eternity with You and all it takes is One Savior.  It's so easy it seems unbelievable.  Please help those with unbelief.  Let this Christmas season reach the hearts of those who don't believe.  We pray in the One Savior's name, Jesus.   Amen.

One Shepherd

One rock for you to stand upon.
One crown to fit your head.
One breastplate of God's righteousness.
One living loaf of bread.

What more could one soul look for?
What more could one soul need,
Than one way to eternal life;
One Savior, Christ indeed.

One door, one light, one Jesus
Seems simple but it's true.
One Messiah to believe in.
One thing you need to do.

Ask God for His forgiveness.
Believe that Christ's His Son.
He shed His blood so you could live
In Heaven with the One.

One Lord, One Lamb, One Spirit,
One shepherd of our land.
Receive Him in your heart today;
Behold the Son of Man.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Mark 11:25..... And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Father God, we greet You at the start of our day. We welcome You in the middle. And we embrace You at the end. You are worthy. Please forgive us for our sins. Please help us to forgive others. The pain is sometimes deep, the offense is sometimes inexcusable, but by Your Spirit, we can do all things. Help us to do this thing, forgive others. In Jesus' merciful name, we pray. Amen.

The Power to Forgive

He teaches by example.
God gave us Jesus Christ.
We are to act like Him
In the way we live our life.

He came, He gave, He labored.
He gives and serves today.
He comforts those who're saddened.
He listens when they pray.

We need to give and labor.
We need to teach and feed.
We need to give the comfort
That we had once received.

Christ also is forgiving.
We must be forgiving too.
The Spirit gives us power
To do what's hard to do.

So when you take position
And pray to God above,
First, forgive your neighbor
By the power of God's love.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©



Mark 11:24.... Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Our dear and precious God, maker and giver of all things good, we thank You. Please forgive us for our sins. When things look dark, when we start to worry, remind us of Your faithfulness. Let us rejoice in Your plans and wait in expectation for You to act. We pray in Jesus' faithful name, Amen

What Will You do Now?

God's faithfulness
Has taught me to pray.
It taught me to ask,
Believe, and then wait.

God's faithfulness
Has shown me His love;
That He will provide
My needs from above.

God's faithfulness
Has shown me His power;
That He has a plan
For each need and each hour.

God's faithfulness
Has taught my heart how
Not to ask "Why?" But,
"What will You do now?"

God's faithfulness
Has blessed my life so.
I'm thankful for this
And His love evermore.

.Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus." ©



Acts 11:23....When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.


Dear God of all glory, we praise You for Your grace and mercy. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for Your patience with us. Please, let Your Holy Spirit continue to guide us. And help us to share Your word and encourage others to be true to You. In the truest name of Jesus, we pray. Amen. 


Because I Care


With you, I share God's messages,
His words of comfort and commands.
I share these things, not for myself
But for you, my precious friend.
If you would have a special gift
That I was not aware,
I'd hope you'd open up your heart
And with me your gift you'd share.
If I can help along life's way
Then that is why I'm here;
To give a hand, to share a thought,
And just because I care.
I'm glad we share God's gift of love,
His mercy and His grace.
We can learn and we can grow
Together in our faith.
I need support and I need strength,
I need knowledge and advice.
And I am here to do the same
For you my friend in Jesus Christ.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©




Mark 11:22.....“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.

Dear God, You are good and faithful and we love You for that. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for showing us in Your word of Your faithfulness. We have not because we ask not. We're asking now. Please increase our faith. You are powerful and loving and we want to trust in that love. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Faith Changes Things


Faith in God changes things.
It makes a smile from a frown.
It takes away the worry wrinkles.
You look up instead of down.

Faith in God changes things.
It helps you move your feet.
It helps your spirit to press on
Until the answer is complete.

Faith in God changes things.
It takes away your stress.
It gives you time to sleep in peace.
It helps your mind to rest.

So put your faith in God above.
In His promises, have faith.
Go to Him in heartfelt prayer
And see how things can change.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




John 11:21.... “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.


Dear Precious God, Your promises give us hope. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for making Heaven. Thank you for making a way for us to enter. This hope gives us comfort when we lose someone we love. We know You care and we know You receive the righteous into Your Kingdom. Thank You for the joy of Heaven. As Heaven rejoices, please comfort those here who have hurting hearts at the loss of their loved ones. In the compassionate name of Jesus, we pray. Amen. 


They're Already There


He's right where they are;
Right by their side.
Jesus, our Savior,
And our loved ones who've died.

They're together in Heaven;
Forever they'll be.
And one day we'll join them.
Have faith and believe.

He's not gonna leave them;
They're safe and they're cared for.
There's peace, there's elation;
All that we pray for.

There'll be times that we miss them;
Sometimes every day;
But one day we'll join them;
One glorious day.

And Heaven will sing
The same praise on its tongue,
"Thank you, Lord Jesus
For our permanent home."


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Deuteronomy 11:20.... Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,


Our Omnipresent God, we are so grateful that you are present wherever we go. Please forgive us for our sins. Please help us remember that You are with us always. We only need to pray to You. You already show Your love and make Yourself available. Help us to always show You our love for you and make ourselves available to You; to hear You, to love You, and to serve You. In Jesus' loving name, we pray. Amen. 


Meet God at the Door


Do you have a mezuzah?
Do you have a door?
You don't need a mezuzah
To pray to the Lord.
The Bible told us long ago
To love the Lord completely;
With all our heart, with all our soul,
With all our strength, yes deeply.
It told us, to remember this,
To hang them on our doors,
To speak about them often;
In the eve and in the morn.
We don't need to have mezuzahs
Hanging on our doors
We only need to keep God's word
And love Him as our Lord.
Let's meet God at our doorposts
When we come and when we go.
Showing Him devotion
From our hearts forevermore.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Ezekiel 11:19 ....I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

Our dear precious God, Maker of all that we are and all that is good, we praise You from our hearts. Please forgive us for our sins. Please take away the hurt and the anger that we may feel. Please replace it with compassion and understanding. The negative thoughts and feelings, please replace them with Your word. We pray this for ourselves as well as others who do not know you. In Jesus' mighty name, we pray. Amen. 

Your Heart Can Be Changed

Has your heart been betrayed?
Been beaten and broken?
Has your heart become rude?
Has it become hardened?

Is it often confused?
Is it spoiled and envious?
Is it sometimes unkind
And sometimes quite selfish?

There's nothing in there
That cannot be changed.
You have the potential.
God has the way.

Let His truth transform you.
Let His words conform you.
Let His Spirit indwell you.
Let His love restore you.

Watch your heart be renewed.
Give God the praise.
'Cause there's nothing inside there
That He cannot change.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Acts 11:16 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”


Dear Heavenly Father, we praise Your name for You are good and holy and just. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You, God, for looking down and seeing people. You don't see color or race. You don't see our imperfections. You don't love one nation more than another. Your Son came and died for all of us. Every person that You've created has the same, equal chance of salvation. Your love is beautiful. Help us to love and see the way You do. In Jesus special name, we pray. Amen. 


All The Same


What makes a pumpkin different?
The color of its shell.
Some are orange, some are green,
Some are white as well.


But inside it's very simple
Just fibrous strands and seeds.
Made by God. Loved by God.
All the same. You see?


A garden is best displayed
With a variety that's mixed.
Working all together,
With the Master in its midst.

We should be a garden
of pumpkins on this land,
Working all together
Representing God's good plan.

His plan to have creation
In perfect harmony,
Where colors work together
To live in love and peace.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for loving us. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us remain obedient when we face the tough battles of life. Let our love for You and our faith in You give us the strength to stand strong. May we come out praising Your name. In Jesus' faithful name, we pray. Amen.

Obedience, Faith, and Love

Abraham was willing
To sacrifice his son
For the love of his master,
For his faith in The One.
In the midst of his trial
He was strong and determined.
He worshiped his master
And followed his plan.
His faith did not waiver.
His Lord would provide.
He knew he'd return with
His son by his side.
He took his son to Moriah
In fear and in faith.
And there he was blessed
Because he obeyed.

Abraham said, "......We will worship and then we will come back to you."

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Hebrews 11:16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Dear God, You are a God of promises and faithfulness. We are grateful! Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for preparing for us a permanent home of love, joy, and peace. It gives us hope each day that we're awake knowing we have Your City to look forward to. In Jesus' giving name, we pray. Amen.

A Permanent Vacation

A permanent vacation,
In Heaven, it will be.
Nothing but relaxing,
Resting by the sea.
Standing on a mountain top
Looking far and wide,
Gazing at the sunset,
Watching eagles fly.
Nothing but gentleness,
Smiles galore.
Sitting at the feet
Of the one we adore.
Walking through a garden
Led by butterflies,
Looking at the trees
Reaching to the skies.
Won't it just be glorious?
It's what I'm waiting for.
A permanent vacation
Being with the Lord.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Revelation 11:15.... The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Our Holy God who reigns forever and ever, we worship You. Thank you for Heaven, something we look forward to. Please forgive us for our sins. And help us to forgive others. Help us to live lives worthy of the beautiful future You have planned for us. In Jesus' sweet name, we pray. Amen.

When God Says It's Time

When God says it's time,
A surprise it will be.
He'll come and He'll gather
All of His sheep.

An eye, it will twinkle.
A trumpet will sound.
And we will all be
On God's Holy ground,

When God says it's time
He'll look in His book.
He'll call every name
Whose sins that He took.

I'll hear my name called.
I'll stand at the gate.
The door will be opened
And I will be changed.

New body He'll give me.
And this I will share;
If you trust in Him now
You too will be there.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Revelation 11:14...The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.


Dear precious Lord, You are God, You are love, You are the God we love. Please forgive us for our sins. Let us not only keep You in our hearts, but help us to keep You in our hands, in our eyes, and on our lips so that when others are hurting they see You in us. We pray in Love's name, Amen.

Keep Your Love On

When you go about your business,
Being busy as can be,
Don't forget, keep your love on
So everyone can see

A little piece of Jesus
In everything you do,
Letting His compassion
And His kindness come through you.

The clouds may start to hover.
The future may look grim.
Keep your love on like a light
Pointing fingers up to Him.

Sometimes the air grows chilly.
Friendliness may seem scarce.
But if you keep your love on
You'll show how much God cares.

Now button up, batten down,
Secure, and fasten on.
Through sunny days, wind, and storms
Keep your love light on.

So when the Lord sends Jesus
To earth a second time,
All will meet Him in the air
And none be left behind.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus ©



Revelation 11:13.... At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Dear God of all glory, You are mighty and worthy of praise. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to always be ready for Jesus' return. And while we wait, help us reach others who need to know about Jesus and His gift of forgiveness. Let us all be on Jesus' side when He returns. In His great name, we pray. Amen.

I'll Be on Jesus' Side

When the raging battles start
I will be on Jesus' side.
He is my Deliverer
And He's the side that wins.

I don't know when He's coming
But I know He's coming back.
I don't know where I'll be
But my heart will be with Him.

When Christ comes in the clouds
I'll be on His right side.
When He blows the final trumpet
I want it in my ears.

When the time has come for twinkling
I'll have my spirit ready.
When I'm finally at the throne
I'll be crying joyful tears.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Proverbs 11:12.....Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

Dear Father, You are Lord, You are God, You are love. We praise Your name. Please forgive us for our sins. Forgive us when our tongues get in the way of our relationship with You. Help us to hold our tongues and bite our lips. It's sometimes hard but we only want to say and do what honors Your name. Help us to remember to only speak what is helpful. And by holding our tongues may others see You in our lives. In Jesus' good name, we pray. Amen.

Let My Life Speak Louder

While others find it easy
To slander and put down,
Help me, God, to hold my tongue
And take the higher ground.

In times that I feel angry
Let me choose discretion.
Let my life speak messages
Of love without question.

Help me practice patience;
Understanding at it's best.
Always being mindful,
With wisdom and good sense.

Give me strength in my spirit.
Help me hold on to my peace.
Let my life speak louder
Than these lips of mind can speak.

Let me bring a blessing
To others along the way.
And let my words bring praise to You,
The Master of my day.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus ©



Hebrews 11:11 ....And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.


Father God, You are Holy and You are worthy of all of our praise. Thank You for Your love. Please forgive us for our sins. You are a caring and trustworthy God. Please help us to fully trust in You. Your will be done. In Jesus' faithful name, we pray. Amen 


Fully Rely On God


Fully rely on God.
That is what I'm doing.
He has all the answers.
He is who I'm choosing.
Forgetting mistakes I've made.
Refreshing my faith in Him.
Opening my mind to direction;
Guidance given by Him.
Forging on ahead.
Renewing hope and faith.
Open to His blessings.
God will make a way.
Fully rely on God.
That's the choice for me.
His faithfulness, He's proven.
On Him, I'll fully lean.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Luke 11:10 .....For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Dear Father in Heaven, You are loving and kind and caring. We praise You for that. Please forgive us for our sins. You are a good Father. Please help us to remember that You care and we can come to You. You want us to come to You. We have not because we ask not. So from now on, we will try to remember to ask You for all that we need and desire, according to Your will. In Jesus' giving Name, we pray. Amen

Meet Him in Your Prayers

Are you looking for direction,
Someone to be your guide?
Meet God in your prayers tonight.
He's always by your side.
Does happiness seem impossible?
You think you cannot cope.
Meet God in your prayers tonight.
He will give you hope.
Are you looking for life's answers?
Are you looking for some peace?
Meet God in your prayers tonight.
He will meet your needs.
Are you looking for a loving friend,
Someone to see you through?
Meet God in your prayers tonight.
He's always there for you.
Do you need someone to hold your hand
Before you come apart?
Meet God in your prayers tonight .
He will hug your heart.
He's waiting.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Isaiah 11:9.....They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Our Holy and Powerful God, We love you. Please forgive us for our sins. We long for the day that Jesus returns and all will know Him. When anger and violence will no longer be. Until that day, please bring peace to broken and hurting hearts. We thank You. In Jesus' compassionate name, we pray. Amen.

When All Will Know

One day there will be knowledge,
There will be knowledge of the Lord.
So much it could fill the seas
And in every heart be stored.

Great Peace will come upon us.
There'll be no animal or man
That will ever hurt or destroy
On God's most holy land.

Let's get to know our Father.
Let us share, in His great plan.
Let us imitate His character.
Seek His presence where we stand.

There's a day that I long for,
When the world will know God too,
When hate and violence are erased,
And peace and love will rule.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus ©



Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.


Dear God, our glorious God, thank You for having a plan and being our guide. Please forgive us for our sins. When the road ahead looks dark or far away, please let your Holy Spirit calm us with the reminder that You are all knowing and when we stay with You all will be ok. Help us to trust. In Jesus' trustworthy name, we pray. Amen.


Trusting In His Love


Up in a truck
Patiently,
A boy, he sat one day.
Waiting for his dad to come
Then they'd be on their way.
Where would they go?
He didn't know.
And what were they to do?
Anxiously he questioned this,
But the boy, he had no clue.
He just sat still,
Quietly
Waiting for the ride.
Knowing all was well ahead
'Cause Dad was by his side.
Oh, what a joy
To have faith
When answers we don't know
We too can rest in confidence,
For God is in control.
In Jesus Christ
I put my trust,
For things yet to be seen.
For I know I have His love
And that's enough for me.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Psalm 11:7.... For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.


Dear precious God, You are righteous and beautiful. Thank you for Your love and Your promises. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us remain strong and live right as we wait for Your Son's return. It gives us hope and peace knowing He will be coming for us. Help us to share that hope with others. In Jesus' Heavenly Name, we pray. Amen. 


Waiting For Our Master


"Standing by a fence post,
Oh, what my eyes do see:
Children playing in the yard,
A squirrel high up in a tree.
An old red truck is coming.
It's coming down from the hill.
It's him! It's him! I'm so excited!
It's my master, farmer Bill!
Out of the truck, he steps.
And the first thing my master does,
He reaches low to touch me
And gives my head a rub."
Much like this animal's master,
Our Master, He's on His way.
I wait in great expectation
For that glorious, beautiful day.
I know the clouds will be hovering,
But Light is all I will see.
Jesus, the Light of all life,
Reaching down to set my soul free.
He'll take hold of my hand that is reaching
Reassuring me, life's just begun.
Heaven will be my new home then
My job here on earth will be done.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Ecclesiastes 11:6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being our God. We praise You for Your goodness. Please forgive us for our sins. Please give us the means, the strength, and the ambition to do the work that is needed. And bless our actions as You see fit. Let our work bring You praise. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Take Some Action

"If you don't do it, you won't get it."
What random words to speak.
But sometimes it's those statements
That make us stop and think.
If you don't plant a seed
You won't get a garden.
If you don't do the running
You won't win the race.
If you don't ground the beans
You won't get the coffee.
If you don't ask for favor
You won't get the grace.
If you don't dip the brush
You won't get the painting.
If you don't hold the pen
You won't write the poem.
If you don't add the eggs
You won't get a cake.
If you don't use your love
You won't get a home.
If you do say a prayer
And then take some action,
You will get what you need
With great satisfaction.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Ecclesiastes 11:5... As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

Dear God, You are the wise, creative Maker of all things. We praise Your name. Please forgive us for our sins. There is so much that we don't understand. There is so much that without faith, we can't explain. But one thing we do know, one thing that is not a mystery, is Your love. You showed that love when Your Son, Jesus, died a cruel death on the cross, taking our punishment, enabling us to be washed clean and made righteous to enter Your Heaven for eternity. Your love is not a mystery. Thank you, precious Father and wonderful Jesus. In His blessed name, we pray. Amen

A Mystery

There's a mystery out there.
Actually, there's more.
Things I can't explain,
Covered by the Lord.

There's the mystery of wind.
Of where it comes and goes.
What makes the body hiccup.
And how the river flows.

The mystery of humans
Forming in the womb.
A sacrifice of life,
An empty, guarded tomb.

He's the mystery of mysteries,
Our Father up above.
Revealing what He chooses
To those, He claims and loves.

The one thing He has shown us,
The one thing He exposed,
Is the love He has for all of us
When Jesus died and rose.

I do not understand it
But accept it all by faith.
The God who made the Heavens
Has made for us, a way.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus ©



Psalms 11:4....The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.

Our dear almighty God, You deserve a seat high above all that we have, all that we do, and all that we are. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for caring enough to look. Sometimes we are in lowly places, but You choose to see us and love us. Please, in that love, lift us up to higher ground where we will be pleasing to your sight. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

He Looks Low

He sits high on His throne
But we're never left alone
He watches what is His,
He watches what is His.

He's greater than any being.
He rejoices o'er us with singing
For His love, it covers all,
His love it covers all.

To love us is to bless us,
To carry, and to guide us.
He is high but He reaches low.
He is high but He reaches low.

He's never too high above us
To look down and to love us.
He sits high but He looks low.
He sits high but He looks low.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus ©



Hebrews 11:3... By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.


Thank You mighty and powerful God for all that You've created. The works of Your hands are a blessing to us. Please forgive us for our sins. We have faith that You created the universe. We believe in Your power and Your might. Please help our belief when things seem dark and shaky. Help us to look at things through Your eyes and then our hope will be restored. Because You are good and faithful. In Jesus' mighty name, we pray. Amen. 


Through God's Window


Through God's window
We see all His glory.
We see all His love
In all that He's made.
Through God's window
The beauty is there;
All that He created,
All grounds that He laid.
Through God's window
Is everything good;
Everything lovely,
When we believe.
Through God's window
Sometimes we'll find
Unexpected gifts,
A pleasure to see.
Through God's window
Things become clearer;
The reason, the cause,
The answers to why.
Through God's window
Everything's beautiful.
Through God's window;
Through God's eye.


Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "Coffee with Jesus." ©




Luke 11:2 ....He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

Dear Father God, Holy is Your name, and blessed are the lips who claim It. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for making it possible for us to come to You in prayer. Thank You for hearing our prayers and receiving our praise. Often times we come to You when we need something. Let Your Spirit move in us to come to You sometimes, just to be. Remind us that You want to hear from us. It is good to spend time with You, our Loving God. In Jesus' holy name, we pray. Amen.

God Wants Us to Pray

Prayer is a message
To Almighty God.
Our needs and desires
Sent from the heart.
There once was a time
That we were not worthy
To speak to the Lord
Our heavenly King.
Through the death of His Son
God made a way.
He forgave us our sins,
He must want us to pray.
Sometimes we don't know
Just how to speak
Or what we should ask for
In times of defeat.
So God gave His spirit
Who knows what to say.
God gave what we need
He must want us to pray.
Prayer is a sign
Of love and of trust;
A deep conversation
With God from above.
God's always near;
His ear to our lips.
He's always accessible
Right in our midst.
Prayer is a message
Our hearts need to say.
God made it possible
He must want us to pray.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.


Dear God in Heaven, You are a good, good Father. We don't know what's down the hill, around the corner, or on the other side of the wall, but You do. Thank You for knowing and for caring. Please forgive us for our sins. Please continue to instill hope in us. Help us to trust You more in everything that we face. We do not have because we do not ask. Remind us daily to ask. We ask this in Jesus' faithful name. Amen. 


Just Faith


Two children with a sled
Don't know what's ahead
But they move on.
They carry on,
No fear, no fright, no dread.
I walk this life of mine
Not always a straight line,
But I move on.
I carry on
With Jesus by my side.
Like children fun at play
I'll live in my today.
I'll move on.
I'll carry on,
No fear, no fright, just faith.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




1 Corinthians 10:31....Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Thank You, kind and generous God, for our food, our drink, and all that You enable us to do. Please forgive us for our sins. Let us always be mindful of Your provisions. And may our thankfulness bring You glory. For it's You we aim to please. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen 

I Honor God

Some say I drink too much
Coffee in a day.
They can pass their judgment
But I will drink and pray.

Doesn't matter if it's kale on toast
Or cream inside my tea.
What matters is my Savior
And what He thinks of me.

I'd never be ungrateful
For the food that He provides.
I thank Him and I praise Him
For my burger and my fries.

I honor God by eating
The things He gives to me
In any combination
In any place, I'd be.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus ©



1 Corinthians 10:30..... If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Our beautiful, wonderful God, we praise You because You are so good. Please forgive us for our sins. We always want to thank You and give You glory for all that You give to us. If we fail, and we will, please let Your Spirit remind us. We can't run this race on our own. All glory we give to You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

To The Glory of God

Everything I do,
The places where I trod
I hope that it will honor Him,
My gracious, glorious God.

I give Him glory for my footsteps,
The stones that lead my way,
The songs I sing and listen too,
And everything I say.

I recognize God's giving
Of my needs and way beyond.
I live my life completely
To the Glory of my God.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus ©


Proverbs 10:29.....The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

Our wise and faithful Father, Thank you for Your ways. Please forgive us for our sins. Let us learn and remember that Your ways are good for us. You would never lead us to a place that is far from You. You have our safety and best interest in mind and so if we follow you we will find refuge. Thank You for Your word that teaches us these things. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

His Ways, A Refuge

It's good to live in comfort.
It's good to live in peace.
It's good to live on the promises
Of God's securities.

God offers us His comfort.
His path will give us rest.
He says we are His children.
His ways for us are best.

God's plans provide a future;
A constant ray of hope
That we will someday have a spot
Sitting at His throne.

God' is our firm foundation;
A blessed life to bear.
His ways are pure and priceless.
I want to live life there.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus ©



Proverbs 10: 28 The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

Dear Almighty God, Thank you for being Joy. We have joy because we have You. Please forgive us for our sins. When life gets hard, when our hearts are sad, please remind us of the joy You hold for us. Nothing here can compare to the joy we have with You and the joy we'll have forever in Heaven. Let that Joy bring us hope and strength each day as we wait. In Jesus, You Son's, name, we pray. Amen.

God's Son Shine

Some days aren't so sunny.
Some days aren't so fine.
Some days you have to make
Some of your own sunshine.

That's when I look to my Savior.
That's when I imitate Him.
That's when I focus on Jesus
Where happiness begins.

A joy not from great people.
A Joy not from great things.
A joy that's oh so special
Only Jesus can bring.

A little more thought on Jesus.
A little less focus on me.
That's when days seem brighter
When God's Son shines on me.

Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus." ©



Luke 10:27......He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"


Dear Heavenly Father, Oh how we love You. Not nearly as much as You deserve. Please forgive us for our sins. Please have Your Holy Spirit tap us on the shoulder when we get too busy to include You in our comings and goings. Help us never to shut You out, intentionally or unintentionally. We couldn't do this without You and so You deserve all of our heart, our soul, our strength and our mind. In Jesus mighty name, we pray. Amen. 


All The Time


Love God with all your heart,
With all your strength,
With all your soul, and
With all your mind.

Love God when you're playing,
when you're running,
when you're dancing,
Love Him when your laughing.

Love Him when you're resting
When you're singing
When you're reading
Love Him when it's quiet.

Love Him with your money
With your talents
With your service
Love Him when you're working

Love Him with your tears
When you're aching
When you're crying
Love Him with your burdens.

Love Him with all your time
With all you have
With all you are
Wherever you go.
Love God all the time.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus ©




1 Corinthians 10:26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”

Our dear great God, the best part of our days, we thank You for your blessings. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for sharing this earth with us. Please show us how to use what you've given us and help us never to abuse it or take it for granted. And help us to show others this goodness that You've made for us. In Jesus' loving name, we pray. Amen.

A Gift to Be Used

The earth is the Lord's,
And all that is in it.
He designed and created
Without any limits.

The mountains, the seas,
The great redwood trees,
He created them all
For you and for me.

His design is unique,
Like no other land.
He bestowed it on us,
The work of His hands.

Let's share what we have.
It's not ours to keep.
But to use for His glory
That others may see.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Hebrews 10:25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Dear Father God, You are a good, good Father. You are so patient with us and tolerant of our mistakes. Please forgive us for our sins. There is a lot of evil in this world. Help us to  encourage  others. Help us to share Your word, Your way, and Your love. In Jesus' most encouraging name, we pray. Amen.

Because I Care

With you, I share God's messages,
His words of comfort and commands.
I share these things, not for myself
But for you, my precious friend.
If you would have a special gift
That I was not aware,
I'd hope you'd open up your heart
And with me your gift you'd share.
If I can help along life's way
Then that is why I'm here;
To give a hand, to share a thought,
And just because I care.
I'm glad we share God's gift of love,
His mercy and His grace.
We can learn and we can grow
Together in our faith.
I need support and I need strength,
I need knowledge and advice.
And I am here to do the same
For you my friend in Jesus Christ.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Dear God, our wonderful God, we thank You for being You. You are loving and powerful and wise. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for giving us brothers and sisters in the name of Your Son. Let us always be willing to help another and encourage each other. Show us how and who and where. In Jesus' encouraging name, we pray. Amen.

Together Like Iron

I'll get the shovel.
You get the gear.
Like iron, we'll move
This mountain of fear.
Iron sharpens iron.
Together, a team.
I encourage you.
You strengthen me.
I'll fasten our faith.
You anchor our hope.
Together, like iron,
We'll face any storm.
I'll plant the seed.
You cover the ground.
Like iron, we'll spread
God's love all around.
'Cause Iron sharpens iron;
Together, a jewel.
You sharpen me
And I polish you.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©


Hebrews 10:23. ....Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Our great and faithful God, Thank You for Your promises and Your plans. Please forgive us for our sins. We are blessed to have Your word and Your promises. We hold on to those promises in times of stress and trouble. Heaven gives us hope and strength for each day. Please receive our gratefulness in our prayers. In Jesus' faithful name, we pray. Amen.

I'll Meet You At The Banquet

When from this place I exit,
When God calls me to his gates
I'll be so very excited
To see Jesus face to face.
He'll lead me to the banquet hall.
He'll pull a chair for me.
My name already on a card.
A seat reserved for me.
I'll sit there with my Savior.
Oh the stories we will share
At the banquet served for many
That the Lord, himself, prepared.
When my life on earth is over,
When my earthly life must end
I'll carry on in God's Kingdom
Where I'll look for you, my friend.
And when your time has come to be,
When heaven is your home
I'll meet you at the banquet.
I'll meet you at God's throne.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/22

Matthew 10:22..... You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.


Our loving God of Heaven and of this world,  we come to you knowing you will hear our prayers.  Thank you.  Please forgive us for our sins.  Our hearts belong to you, Lord.  Please give us the courage and the strength to let our words and actions show that.  Even when people are against us, let us stand firm in the knowledge that You are standing with us.  Let the whole world know that You are our loving God.  In Jesus' strong name, we pray.  Amen.


He Is Pleased


I saw you just the other day
Standing firmly in God's word,
Trying to share with others
What's commanded by the Lord.
People they were laughing.
They scoffed and put you down.
The closed their ears and shut their minds;
It was you against the crowd.
But God was very pleased with you
For what you'd spoken of.
You boldly shared the word of God,
And you did it out of love.
Don't let those times discourage you,
When others fail to hear.
Remember Jesus faced the same
But His love, it persevered.
Yes, God is very pleased with you
For being faithful to His word,
For standing firm in what is right;
God's kingdom and not the world.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Today is 10/21


Mark 10: 21. ....Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Sweet Lord in Heaven, Just Your name is beautiful to our ears. Please, God, forgive us for our sins. Let us not be tempted to cling to earthly things especially when there is someone in need. Remind us that in Heaven we don't need anything. We don't need to bring anything with us because if we follow Jesus He has all that we need here and forever. In the name of Jesus, our Treasure, Amen.


Much to Gain

Walking through the streets one day
A person stopped a man to say,
"Follow Jesus and receive
A blessed life eternally."
"A life eternal, that sounds great,
But what about my life today?
I'll have to make a major change;
Give up my love of earthly things!
"So much to give,
So much to change,
So much to lose,
What will I gain?"
"A life eternal, you'll receive
And in this world, rest and relief,
Blessings, peace, prosperity,
And your place in God's family;
A loving Father, faithful and true,
Patient and helpful in all that you do.
His love and compassion will fill every day
When you give up your own, for Jesus' way.
So much to give,
So much to change,
So much to lose,
But much more to gain."

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©


Today is 10:20


Deuteronomy 10:20...Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name.


Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you for being our God, for loving us, and staying close by. Please forgive us for our sins. Help us to remember that You are always with us through good times and bad. When we need help or just need to talk You are there. We thank you for that and we pray that others will know they have that same opportunity. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen


His Right Arm


When a child is tired,
he clings to the arm of his mother.

A blind man may be guided by the arm of a friend.

A weak and hurting woman could be held up
by the arm of her husband.

When I'm tired, I rest in God's arms.

When I can't see what's ahead I clutch at his right hand.

When I'm hurt and struggling,
I cling to the right arm of my savior.

When I'm happy and excited, I pull at his right arm,
"Did you see that Father? Did you see that?"

God's arm
and His love
are steadfast and never-ending.

I cling to it each day as I walk and wait for His return.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill ©




Today is 10:19


Proverbs 10:19.....When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Dear God, You are perfect and loving and wise. Thank you for your patience with us. Please forgive us for our sins. We pray for the help of Your Holy Spirit. We pray that we will be convicted when tempted to lie and then have the wisdom and strength to speak only the truth. People who lie are hard to trust. We want to be honest and trustworthy. We want our words to be true so others will know they can trust and believe what we say. We ask this in Jesus' truthful name, Amen.

Words of Truth

The words you speak.
If they are true,
Will stand the test of time.

They can be read.
They can be said.
The truth you'll always find.

But tell a lie
And cause a pain
And one day be exposed.

Big or small,
Part or all
Lies should not be told.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/18

Ecclesiastes 10:18.....Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.

Our great and mighty God, You are so powerful and still, You care about us and our lives. Please forgive us for our sins. Please give us time to rest and strength to go on. Please let Your Spirit remind us that we need rest in order to be Your good and faithful servants. Help us not to quit or give up but to lean on You in all things. In Jesus' sweet name, we pray. Amen.

Rest to Succeed

When I go to my room
In the middle of the day,
When I put my head down
Across the bed, I lay.

God of all power
Remind me of this:
I'm just here to rest
I'm not here to quit.

I need to replenish.
I need to renew.
I need to push harder
To get myself through.

A little sit-down
Will not hurt at all.
It will refresh me
So I can stand tall.

It'll give me the kick,
The motivation I need.
I'm not here to quit.
I'm here to succeed!

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/17


Psalm 10:17.....You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.

Our sweet tenderhearted God, thank You for Your love and care. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank You for being there when we are happy and also when we are sad. You see us succeed and You help us when we struggle. We are so blessed to be noticed by You. There are still many who don't know that peaceful feeling. We pray for them today. And we pray that our words and actions will cause them to want to know you more. In Jesus' tender name, we pray. Amen.

Embraced By Peace

Have you ever held such sadness
Deep inside your heart,
That when one's arms embrace you
The floodgates came apart?

The tears began to trickle
From my sadness to my cheek
When I heard God call me child
And He said, "Here, come to me."

He wrapped His arms around me,
My head against His chest.
And Jesus, He just hugged me
And did what He does best.

He showed me patience as I whimpered,
"I'm so tired," from my lips.
He listened to my troubles
And knew the ones I missed.

Before the moment ended,
I felt, again, His peace.
My sadness was so minor
From the love, God has for me.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/16

John 10:16.....I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Our wonderful Creator and Master of us all, we thank you for Your goodness. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for giving us a caring Shepherd. Jesus loves us all, no matter where we come from. Help us to do the same. Let us show the love of Jesus so others will hear Him and follow Him all the way to Your throne. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

I Must Bring Them Also

A child is packing for an overnight stay.
She's going to Grandma's to giggle and play.
Her mom waiting patiently by her room door,
Watches her gather her teddy and more.

"Teddy comes everywhere with me," she said.
"And here's my rabbit, my dog, and my blanket from bed.
These others are broken. They're dirty and such,
But I must bring them also, 'cause I love them so much."

Jesus' words spoken true, and straight to our hearts.
He loves us in spite of our dark, broken parts.
He gathers His treasures from the East to the West.
He loves them the same, there's no one who's best.

We patiently wait at the doors of our souls
For Jesus to gather His treasures of gold.
He says there are many who've wandered and such,
But He must bring them also, 'cause He loves them so much.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of devotional "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/15

Mark 10:15.....Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Dear God, our beautiful, precious God, Thank you for opening Your arms to so many. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for being a father that will never let us down. Help those who are leary, to trust You. Help them see that You are willing to help them. We could never be perfect, and when we admit that, and open ourselves to You, You will bless us here in this life and in our eternal life too. In Jesus' giving name, we pray. Amen.

Be That Child

A child can't do it
Without father's help.
He can't tie his shoes
Or buckle his belt.

He can't cut the grass.
He can't clean a stall.
I child needs help
And he knows who to call.

He trusts in his father
To do what he can't.
He knows he will help;
His father's his champ.

When we humble ourselves
And tell God our need,
He will come through
Because we believe.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/14

Deuteronomy 10:14,15 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.

Our glorious Father, yes, everything belongs to You. You made everything and You care for everything. We are part of that everything! Praise Jesus! Please forgive us for our sins. And please receive our thanks and our praise. In Jesus' sweet name, we pray. Amen.

Gethsemane and Me

My Father:
He made the manger
That Jesus laid in.
He made the mount
That He taught on.
He made the garden
That Jesus prayed in.
He made the tree
That He hung on.

How amazing it is to me
That a man such as this;
So powerful,
So wise,
So perfect,
Would also make me,
And love me as His child.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/13

1 Corinthians 10:13.....No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so 

that you can endure it.


Dear God, our great Provider, thank you for always being near. Please forgive us for our sins. You have provided us with Your Spirit to guide us in all areas of our lives and we thank You. Because He is always here, let us be reminded to ask for guidance and wisdom when faced with choices. And in our desire to please You help us to follow where the Holy Spirit leads. In Jesus' faithful name, we pray. Amen. 


We Can Rise Above it All


He rose up from the grave.
He rose above our sin.
If we indeed are one with Christ
We too will rise and live.

We can rise above temptation.
We can rise above defeat.
We can rise above our lonely days.
We can rise if we believe.

No chains or bars can hold us;
No hands of beastly strength.
No words that hurt like fire
Can hold us or constrain.

We can rise above our anger.
We can rise above the stress.
If we indeed are one with Christ
We can rise and live life, blessed.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Today is 10/12

Deuteronomy 10:12..... And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

Dear God, You are so wonderful and so worthy. You shouldn't have to ask us for our love and loyalty to You. Please forgive us for our sins. Please let Your Holy Spirit guide us as we live each day, leading us in words and actions that are pleasing to You. Words and actions that show You our love. Because we do love You and You deserve all that we have and all that we are. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Live in Reverence

Listen to your Father.
Obey His good commands.
Worship Him and love Him
With your heart and both your hands.

Hear the words He gives you.
Follow His narrow road.
Serve Him well and love Him
With your heart and all your soul.

That's all that is required.
That's all that He expects.
Living in His presence
In Holy reverence.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus ©



Today is

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd 

lays down his life for the sheep.


Our dearest God, Our God with a plan, we thank you. Thank you for having a plan for every part of our lives. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for having a plan of forgiveness and renewal. Thank you for Jesus who sacrificed His life for us. Please continue to call Your sheep. In our Shepherd's name, we pray. Amen. 


Great is the Shepherd


Like a sheep, I wandered off
But my shepherd, He stood by.
He never turned
His back on me,
But on me, He kept His eye.
He showed me patience through the times
That I was lost from Him.
He protected me.
He provided me.
His unfailing love would win.
I heard Him as He called my name.
He stretched His hand to me.
I reached for Him
He pulled me close
And my soul He washed it clean.
So great is our Shepherd Christ
Who cares for all us sheep.
His love is true.
His love it lasts.
And my love I give to thee.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Today is 10/10

Hebrews 10:10 .....And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.


Our precious Creator, the Maker of all that is good, we thank You. Thank You for the beauty of the earth that we are living in. Please forgive us for our sins. We don't deserve the beauty of Your creation, the pictures and views that You create, but You've blessed us with them anyway. And we don't deserve the crown of life but through Your Son, we will receive it. Thank you for making us Holy and worthy through following Your Son. And may we give You glory for it now as we live here today. In Jesus' Holy name, we pray. Amen 


A Crown of Beauty


The crown above my head,
It may not be complete.
But there is a finished crown
Waiting just for me.
Jesus wore a crown of thorns.
A crown I should have worn.
But in great love, He paid my sin
And my debt, it is no more.
The crown that God is holding,
He gives to us who wait;
Who wait for His return to earth
When He'll carry us away.
I saw a crown of beauty
Made of brightly colored leaves.
A beautiful reminder of
What God has saved for me.
Thank you, Jesus, Lord of life
For all that you have done.
For giving me your righteousness
For showing me your love.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Today is 10/9


Romans 10:9.... If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Our beautiful God, You are wonderful and worthy of our love. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for Your forgiveness and thank you for giving us a way to be saved and given eternal life. Thank you for Jesus, Your Son, our Savior. We pray for those who do not know Him, that they will come to know Him and call Him their Savior. In Jesus' sweet name we pray. Amen. 

.Know the Way Out

Jesus had died.
His body a corpse.
Wrapped in grave clothes.
Sealed in a tomb.

But He came out!
Rose up from the dead.
Folded His napkin.
'Cause He wasn't through.

One day it will happen.
You too will have died.
It'd be important
To know the way out.

Christ knows the way.
Just ask Him today.
He'll show you new birth
No doubt.

He is our hope,
Our living hope
Of a life
That can't be abolished.

He'll show us the way
To a life evermore.
Just as His father
Had promised.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/8
Proverbs 10:8.....The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Dear God, Thank you for being a loving Father. You give us commands and You give us wisdom. We don't always make the right choices, but You give us forgiveness when we confess. Please forgive us for our sins. Please let Your Holy Spirit make Your commands clear to us. Please convict our hearts when we are wrong. And help us to follow Your commands. We don't want to make foolish choices. We want to live right by you. In Jesus' wise name we pray. Amen.

Are You Wise?

It would behoove you
To follow God's laws,
To keep His commands,
To hear when He calls.

God is all love.
He will not mislead you.
He's there by your side.
He never will leave you.

Accept all His laws.
They're all that is right.
Given to strengthen,
Like food for your life.

Keep His commands
And you will be wise.
Press on and move forward
Till you get the prize.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/7

Matthew 10:7.....As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’


Oh, precious Lord, Your Kingdom awaits us and we are blessed. Thank you for Jesus who died so that we could be clean enough to enter through Your gates. Please forgive us for our sins. Let our words and actions be a testimony of Your love. A love that wants to bless. We pray for Your patience with those who don't know you yet. Please be persistent in calling their name. We ask this in our Savior's Name. Praise Jesus! Amen. 


Heaven's Waiting


Heaven is waiting for you,
It has a room with a view.
It has the warmth of the sunshine,
The light of the moon.

It has smiles abundantly,
Love that is free,
No pain and no sadness,
Just joy and God's peace.

Heaven is waiting for you.
Your place has been claimed.
Christ paid your ticket
When He died unashamed.

Accept God's forgiveness.
Believe, it is true.
Because of His mercy,
Heaven's waiting for you.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Today is 10/6
I Corinthians 10:6.... Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.

Lord, you are so wise and Your wisdom is so beautiful to us. You gave us Your word with lessons and warnings and promises. And we need to keep those words in our hearts and out minds. Please forgive us for our sins. Please help us to keep from evil ways. And may we use the lessons we've learned to teach others so maybe they can be spared the same pain. In Jesus' Holy name, we pray. Amen.

Your Pain, Their Blessing

If you've ever stumbled,
Fallen flat on your face,
Got back up and
Received God's grace,

If you've ever fallen,
Been tested and tried,
Let it be a lesson
A word to the wise.

If you've ever wondered
Why God allows pain,
Your story's a warning
To teach and to train.

Just like the Israelites
From Egypt to Cannon,
Your story's a lesson
To stay far from sin.

Share your misfortune:
The lessons, the cost.
Let God make it a blessing
To those who're lost.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/5

Proverbs 10:5.....He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.


Father, God, You are good and caring and loving. Thank you for Your provisions. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for providing soil and seed and animals. And also tools and wisdom to harvest and use what you allow to grow. Help us to work at whatever job you provide. Let our harvest, whatever it may look like, be a blessing to others as well as our own. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen.


Autumn's Harvest

Pumpkins picked from orchards
Sweet cream from the farmer's cow
God's bounty from the field to the fork.

Red apples picked and peeled
Cinnamon sticks dried and stored
God's gifts from treetops to tables.

Hay bales stacked for winter
Sheep's wool spun and woven for warmth
God's care from farm to family.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Today is 10/4
Proverbs 10:4.....Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.


Lord, You are glorious and everything You've made is glorious. We praise You. Please forgive us for our sins. And God, please make our hands diligent at the work you give for us to do. And for those who are hurt, weak, or tired please give them enough grace to give themselves some grace. And let all that we do and accomplish bring glory to your name. In Your Son's name, we pray. Amen. 


God Bless the Farmer


It's dark outside.
There's a light in the window.
There's a man inside holding a fork.

The sun is now rising.
The rooster crows boldly.
It's giving its morning report.

The apples above,
From the big apple tree,
Look so incredibly sweet.

A stone from a wall
Holds open the door,
And through it, there's so much to see.

There on the floor
Is a man on his knees.
Before he continues, he prays,

He's got milk in a pail,
Grain in a bucket,
And his fork, He puts in the hay.

He'll work on the farm
That his dad used to tend,
Thanking God for his tractor and horse.

Singing Him praises
For all he's been given;
His family, his plow, and his fork.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Today is 10/3
Proverbs 10:3.....The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

Our beautiful, faithful Provider, Thank you for taking care of those who follow Your Son. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for seeing our needs and fulfilling each one according to your wisdom. Knowing that we are never out of your sight should bring us great peace. Sometimes it seems there's no way, But You make a way. May others come calling to You for help and receive Your grace and provisions. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

God Will Make a Way

It was a cold winter's morning.
No feeder to be found.
A pair of Cardinals looked for food
Up high and on the ground.

Then Mr. Cardinal spotted,
On a house across the way,
Someone hung dried corn cobs
On a door to decorate.

He flew across the walkway
And landed on the door.
Followed by his Mrs. who
Was hungry even more.

He landed on the corn husks
And began to pick and eat.
But first, he fed his Mrs.
On the sill beneath his feet.

Isn't God so wonderful
How he puts things into place?
Knowing Winter's cold would come,
He made another way.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/2


Isaiah 10:1-2.....1 Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, 2 to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.

Dear God, You are precious to us, like Your children are precious to You. Please forgive us for our sins. Show us where we can help Your people: the poor, the battered, the lonely. Give us what we need including the courage to stand up and help others no matter who they are. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Defending God's People

God wants us to be generous
To the needs of other souls,
To the orphans and the widows,
To the young and to the old,

To those who are forgotten,
Less intelligent, less famed,
To the abused, disenfranchised,
The labeled instead of named.

God never wants His children
To be badgered or pursued,
Not pushed aside or ignored.
For His heart, it does include

Every male and every female,
From the east coast to the west,
Every race and every color.
There's none that He loves best.

Let's not worry about opinions
Of others who are cruel.
Let's stand up for the weary.
Let God's love be our tool.

Let's overcome the powerful
Who use their strength to hurt.
Let's show kindness and acceptance;
Let the lowly feel their worth.

Let them know that their lives matter.
Let them know that they're God's choice.
For those who fear to speak up
Let others be their voice.

Lord, give our hearts compassion
Help us overcome the hate.
May we show Your love to others;
And Your mercy and Your grace.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 10/1

Proverbs 10:1.....The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Our dear loving Father, Thank you for offering us adoption if we believe and follow Your Son. Your love is amazing. Please forgive us for our sins. Please forgive us when we are being foolish. Please help us make our parents proud. Please help us make You proud. We bring You our love. We also want to bring You joy and our parents joy In Jesus' righteous name, we pray. Amen.

A Mother's Blessed Heart

Sitting in her special place,
Quietly and blessed,
A daughter fills her mother's heart
With pride and thankfulness.

Reading from Her Father's words.
Taking in the gold.
Wisdom from the Bible
To cherish and to hold.

God's love is all around her.
It's sitting at her feet.
It's being held in her hands
And behind her in the trees.

He's getting all the praises
For this reassuring sight.
For showing to this mother,
He's in her daughter's eyes.

Prayers are lifted upwards
For His mercy and His grace
That she, her precious daughter,
Would love all in His name.

Thank you, God, in Heaven
For giving us a peek.
A peek inside Your window
As you as You love and as You reach.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 9/30

Exodus 9:30.....But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the LORD God.”

Dear God, we are so thankful for your patience with us. For your grace and your mercy. Please show Your mercy again and forgive us for our sins. Please help us to turn to you for whatever we need. We turn to you for reassured hope until Jesus returns. In His saving name, we pray. Amen.

Turn Now

Turn, to find a door that is open.
Turn, for a new way to see.
Turn, for a better perspective.
Turn, for a way to make peace.

Turn, for a bright new tomorrow.
Turn, to reap what you've sown.
Turn, for bodily healing.
Turn, for your heart to be whole.

Turn, and build a new friendship.
Turn, and tear down the walls.
Turn, to bridge a connection.
Turn, and give praise for all.

Turn, and have courage to speak up.
Turn, and find strength to refrain.
Turn, and cry your confession.
Turn, and have joy in God's grace.

Turn, with each season that follows.
Turn, with each day that evolves.
Turn, and ask God for His wisdom.
Turn, to see what it will solve.

Turn, and bring your convictions.
Turn, and never let go.
Turn, with warmth and a smile.
Turn, with God's mercy to show.

Turn, to let go of your grudges.
Turn, and let go of the hate.
Turn, and show love to God's others.
Turn, before it's too late.

Turn, from the days that have passed you.
Turn, from your shame and regret.
Turn, for brand new beginnings.
Turn, for better days yet.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 9/29

Exodus 9:29......Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the LORD. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the LORD’s.

Dear Lord of thunder and rain, Lord of storms on earth and also in our lives, we praise Your good name. Please forgive us for our sins. Please hold us close as we face the storms in our lives. Keep us strong, keep us from harm, bring us safely to the other side. In Jesus' saving name we pray. Amen.

Praying Through the Storm

Father, God, Creator
Of the wind and clouds and rain,
Thank you for Your goodness,
Watching over us each day.

Even though the fear's been set
Because of days ago,
We know there's nothing greater
Than You, who loves us so.

Please keep our families safe and warm,
Providing from Your hand.
Our only hope is in You, God,
The Maker of our land.

Asking that you calm the hearts
Of all who's in harm's way.
Remind us of Your power
And Your love for all You've made.

Nothing can come near our homes
That doesn't first pass by
Your strong, commanding hands
And Your caring, watchful eye.

Help us keep our confidence
In You, who calmed the sea.
And when the storm is over
All glory give to Thee.

Author Lucinda Berry Hilll of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



 Today is 9/28

Hebrews 9:28..... so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Oh, our most merciful God, we thank you. Thank you for making a way for our salvation. You are so loving and so wise. Please forgive us for our sins. Please help us live in such a way that others will want to follow and have salvation when Christ returns. We ask in our Savior's mighty name, Amen.

Will You Be Ready?

The Lord is coming
We don't know when;
He'll come like a thief in the night.
Will you be ready
When He makes His return?
Will you be ready to meet Jesus Christ?
There's a lake of fire.
There is a peace in Heaven.
Where will you go from this world?
The day is coming.
Have you given it thought?
Will you be ready to meet with the Lord?
Have you lived God's way
Or have you been careless,
Thinking you have plenty of time?
The hour is coming.
Will you be ready?
Will you be ready to meet Jesus Christ?

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 9/27

1 Corinthians 9:27 .....No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Thank you our beautiful God, for loving us and claiming us as Your children. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Give us all that we need to take some action when we pray. Let our lives show compassion and kindness, let us forgive as you forgive and let us bring peace wherever we go. In the name of sweet Jesus, we pray. Amen


May Our Prayers Be Seen

May our prayers go past Your ears, Lord.
May they spread across the land.
May our prayers to You be seen
In our presence, where we stand.

May Your Spirit give us words
For prayer of peace and passion.
May our prayer requests be seen
In each and every action.

When we humbly come and pray
A confession of our sin,
May others see our prayer
In the way that we forgive.

May we pray to have Your will
In every single day.
May our faith and hope be seen
In our patience as we wait.

Thank you, God, for hearing
The prayers that our hearts speak.
Please let them go beyond your ears.
Please help our prayers be seen.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Today is 9/26

Deuteronomy 9:26.....I prayed to the LORD and said, “Sovereign LORD, do not destroy your people, your own inheritance that you redeemed by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

Our beautiful, sovereign Lord, thank You for being our God. We love you. Please forgive us for our sins. Please protect us from all storms of all kinds. And if storms we must face please face them with us. We need You, God. With you, we can make it through everything. Let that be our strength. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Landing On My Feet


Minding my own business
In my daily life,
A storm opened floodgates
Causing me great strife.

Gushing in, the waters came
Covering the ground,
Lifting me off my feet
With chaos all around.

As quickly as it came
The storm it also went.
The water had receded
My feet touched ground again.

I may have been disheveled
But I was not defeated
Cause I stood strong and steady
In the God whom I believe in.

The angry winds were blowing.
They shook me and they knocked
But even the strongest storms
Couldn't shake me off the Rock.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©




Today is 9/25


Luke 9:25 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?


Our God, our highest king, You are worthy of the praise on our tongues. Please forgive us for our sins.  There are so many temptations out there. The devil makes many things look good. Please help us to always choose what is good. There's not enough money, fame, or friends that could ever take the place of eternity with You. Let our praise bring You glory. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Much to Gain


Walking through the streets one day
A person stopped a man to say,
"Follow Jesus and receive
A blessed life eternally!"

"A life eternal, that sounds great,
But what about my life today?
I'd have to make a major change;
Give up my love of earthly things!

So much to give.
So much to change.
So much to lose.
What will I gain?"

"A life eternal you'll receive
And in this world rest and relief,
Blessings, peace, prosperity,
And your place in God's family.

A loving Father, faithful and true,
Patient and helpful in all that you do.
His love and compassion will fill every day
When you give up your own for Jesus' way.

So much to give
So much to change.
So much to lose.
But much more to gain."


Lucinda Berry Hill author of Coffee with Jesus ©




Today is 9/24

Jeremiah 9:24.....but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.

Our precious Lord who shows kindness, justice and righteousness, we praise You. Please forgive us for our sins. God, we're so thankful to know You. We are thankful for the help of Your Holy Spirit to give us understanding. Please continue to teach us more and let our actions and words show others all about You and Your great love. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Showing Jesus

I want to be a living statement
To what our God can do.
And so I must be careful
In the actions that I choose.

My words must be compassionate.
My actions must be kind.
My choices must be favorable
To Jesus every time.

My words and my behavior
Must point to Jesus Christ;
Proclaiming of His promises
That help me get through life,

Showing of His patience,
His grace, and charity,
Reflecting all the goodness
He is inside of me.

If God indeed is Master
Of the story of my life,
Then my actions should reflect that
And my choices testify.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©



Today is 9/23

Mark 9:23..... And Jesus said to him, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."

Oh God, we are so blessed to have You as our God. You can do all things, for all people, any time, any place. What a powerful God we have. Please forgive us for our sins. We are so thankful for the things You have done, for it will remind us of Your power and Your faithfulness. Please receive our thanks. In Jesus' able name we pray. Amen.

A Way for the Possible

If it's not impossible
Then there must be a way.
With God all is possible
You just need to pray.
Tell God your desires.
Trust, and then wait.
Wait for God's timing
When He'll show the way.
Move when He prompts you.
Act when He leads.
Take your steps slowly.
Pray and believe.
Pray with thanksgiving
For all that He is.
Pray in your faith
And see how He gives.
If it's not impossible
Then there must be a way
Give it to Jesus.
Be thankful and pray.

Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional "Coffee with Jesus." ©



Today is 9/22

Luke 9:22...... And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”


Dear God, You are our very wise creator. You had a plan to create and You had a plan to save. Please forgive us for our sins. We are sorry that Jesus had to face rejection, be ridiculed, beaten and killed. We are sorry but so very grateful. We could never be pure and deserving if not for Him. Please be persistent with those who do not know Jesus. Let all who He suffered for know Him, praise Him, and follow Him. In His sweet name, we pray. Amen.


The Day that Christ was Gone


On Friday He was crucified.
On Sunday Jesus rose.
What took place on Saturday?
Search your heart, it knows.

Your closest friend has passed away.
Was beaten and hung to die.
What would you feel inside your heart?
I know my heart would cry.

It'd cry for all the suffering
That struck my best friend's back.
It'd cry for all the moments shared
That I just cannot get back.

It'd cry for the abandonment;
He must have felt betrayed.
Even His own Father
Seemed to look the other way.

If Jesus is your hope in life,
If He's your closest friend,
Then your heart, it knows the feelings
Of His followers back then.

The day after His dying,
Before the third day's dawn,
There were grief and reminiscing
The day that Christ was gone.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©




Today is 9/21

Matthew 9:21..... She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

Our dear powerful God, You are so mighty and caring. Thank you for caring about us. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for healing bodies, hearts, and minds. Thank you for healing souls. Please give us the faith we need to believe in Your love and Your power for ourselves and for others. Yes, there is sin. Yes, You still love the sinner. And Yes, if they just ask they can be healed of that sin! Yes, Lord! Thank you, God! In Jesus' healing name, we pray. Amen

To Touch Him

Many came to Jesus.
Some for mercy.
Some for healing.
Some for guidance.
Some for hope.
A woman came and touched His robe
And instantly was healed.
2000 and some years go by
And you long to touch His robe.
But did you know you can touch the man Himself?
The word was with God.
The word became flesh.
And dwelt among us.
The word of God
Is living and active forever.
Touch the word.
Let Him touch you.
With His word
You will find rest,
Comfort, guidance, strength,
Protection, promises,
Grace, peace, mercy,
Healing, joy, and love.
Go ahead
Touch Him.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 9/20

Luke 9:20.... “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

Dear God, our Lord, our provider, our creator. Thank you for all that You are. Please forgive us for our sins. 
Thank You for sending Your Son, our Savior, to pay for our sins. We pray that our lives will bring Him glory.
 In His saving name, we pray. Amen.

You Are

You are the light that I see with.
You're the rope I hang on to.
You're the God I adore.
I love you, I do.
You're the rock that I stand on.
The cloud that I rest in.
You're the wind at my back
That puts me in motion.
You are the peace that I breathe.
You're the hope that sustains.
You're the one I can trust.
It's your love that I claim.
You're the path that I walk in.
You're the words that I use.
You're the calmness that keeps me.
I love you, I do.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 9/19

Psalm 9:19  Arise, LORD, do not let mortals triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence.


Our dear, triumphant God, You are above all things and all beings. You are Holy. Please forgive us for our sins. Please keep each person in the palm of your hand. Protecting us from others. Watch over us each day and each night. Let us, Your children, become better supporters of those who follow you. Let us stand up for them as we stand up for You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Standing in Support


Standing in support
By kneeling down in prayer.
Thanking God that He is able
To be present everywhere.

Asking God to comfort
Those with broken hearts.
Asking that His wisdom
Be given those in charge.

Praying for the weak,
That God will give them strength.
Praying for a unity
That only He can make.

Asking God to bring the peace
That's needed everywhere.
Standing strong in support
By kneeling down in prayer.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of Coffee with Jesus and A Second Cup with Jesus.©





Today is 9/18

Psalm 9:18 But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Dear Heavenly Father, what a wonderful Father you are. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for taking care of Your children. Our children are Your children, help us remember that. They need you, Lord. Thank you for loving them and caring for them. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

For Our Children

Our children need your presence, Lord.
They need your loving hand .
They need your mighty power
On our nation once again.

They need a place of safety.
A place of love and not of hate.
We want our children to grow up
In a land both strong and great.

Where we remain united,
One nation held by You.
Our freedoms kept intact,
Our sense of honor too.

Our children need a land of peace
Where your ways are often heard.
A land of good and righteousness,
Dependent on your word.

This old world, it needs you, Lord.
Our children, they do too.
So they can freely give You praise
In everything they do.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©


Today is 9/17

Daniel 9:17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.


Dear God of favor, Your love is so special to us. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for hearing so many prayers that are coming to you this day. A common one is "Help!" We can't do this without You. Please help all who call on You. We ask You because we believe You hear us and will answer. In the helpful name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.


A Prayer that matters


On your knees
Or on your feet,
Doesn't matter.
Don't you see?

Folded hands
Or arms raised up.
Doesn't matter
To our God.

Your heart, it matters
To the Lord;
Sincerity, praise,
Heartfelt words.

Acknowledgment,
Other's needs,
Confessed sins
Are prayers that please.

God's eyes are open
To your needs.
His ears attentive
To your pleas.

It doesn't matter
How you pray.
It doesn't matter
What you say.

What matters most,
When you pray,
Is a humble heart
And a seed of faith.


Author Lucinda Berry Hill of "Coffee with Jesus" and "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 9/16

Genesis 9:16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.


Our good and faithful God, We praise You for Your word, Your promises, and Your faithfulness. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for having full control over everything that touches this earth. Your Word says so, and Your promises say so. That brings us great comfort. We pray that all people will come to know and believe in Your faithfulness. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


He is Faithful

As life seemed dark and frightening,
Hopeless, and unfair,
I looked outside and I saw
God's glory setting there.
A rainbow touched the sky that morn
In all its brilliant colors,
And reminded me of God's faithfulness
To me and to all others.
I witnessed His power in the shades
Of colors that I saw.
It calmed and reassured me;
That God is in control.
How gracious is our Father
Of all heaven and of earth.
He's merciful and loving
And faithful to His word.


Lucinda Berry Hill Author of "Coffee with Jesus" AND "A Second Cup with Jesus" ©



Today is 9/15

2 Corinthians 9:15 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!


God, You are full of mercy and grace and we praise You for that. Please forgive us for our sins. Thank you for the grace you've shown us time and time again. Help us to pay it forward and give that grace to others who need it. Show us who needs grace today. In Jesus' beautiful name, we pray. Amen


Giving Received Grace


Today I need grace.
So I'm gonna look
For someone who's burdened,
For someone who's shook.

Then I'm gonna pour out
All kinds of mercy,
Patience, and kindness
On all who are thirsty.

'Cause I know the feeling
Of being stressed out,
Hanging on by a thread
Lest I slip and fall down.

I know what it's like
To have feelings of shame,
To need patience, forgiveness,
And a whole lot of grace.

We all need a break
And this I believe
So I will give grace
To someone in need.

Lucinda Berry Hill author of Coffee with Jesus ©







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