My Goodness

A Devotion and Prayer for YOU.

My Goodness

“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

Psalm 23:6 (NIV)

It was well into the second quarter of the high school basketball game when the senior captain of the home team showed up late.

Just that morning his mother unexpectedly passed away from a sudden hemorrhage. She’d been in remission after a five-year fight with cervical cancer when she took the fatal turn.

Some of the team had been at the hospital with their grieving friend. Although they had an important game that night, the guys wanted to cancel it. Brokenhearted, the senior captain encouraged the team to play.

You can imagine everyone’s surprise when this young man came out to root for his team.

His coach asked him if he wanted to sit on the bench with his teammates.

“No,” he replied. “I want to play.”

Game rules prevented anyone not on the pre-game roster to play unless the opposing team was granted a technical foul that would give them two free throws. It was a tight game, but his coach willingly traded the points to comfort his player.

But that is not where the compassion stopped.

The other coach wasn’t interested in the free throws. He wanted to let the brokenhearted player just play. With no penalties. This coach and the referees argued over the rules until the referees won with, “Rules will not be broken.”

So, after a brief conversation with his coach, the visiting team’s senior captain took his place on the free throw line.

Giving his coach an understanding nod, he dribbled the ball and threw it two feet. The crowd stared in wonder as the ball rolled off the court. The second free throw landed at his feet. He had purposefully missed guaranteed points.

This gesture of sportsmanship ignited a standing ovation. Applause roared throughout the gym. The crowd witnessed a rare act of kindness birthed out of the goodness of the visiting coach and captain’s hearts.

We don’t often hear about people taking hold of opportunities to demonstrate such graciousness. But every day we can see God’s goodness if we simply take the time. Psalm 23:6 tells us that “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

Before the brokenhearted player even arrived at the game, God’s goodness followed him, ready to show up when he needed it most. Goodness tapped two coaches on the shoulders. Goodness whispered in the hearts of a group of teenagers.

God’s goodness is here for us as well. We find it in His daily care and love, especially in times of hardship. But we have to “get in the game” to see it. If we’re checked out of life, not spending time in prayer, or not actively seeking to recognize God’s goodness, we’ll miss it. True, His goodness might not always seem as evident as a team opting out of free points in a basketball game, but God’s goodness is all around us.

Could His kindness and love be the encouraging word or hug from a friend? Perhaps it’s peace that comes unexpectedly from God’s Word, a sermon, or prayer. Maybe it’s the conversation with the grocery store clerk that brought a smile to your face.

This young man who lost his mother probably had no idea how he was going to ease the pain that surrounded him. You may be wondering that very thing as well. This is why God promises, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). God wants to be closer to you than the pain. One way He does this is by following you with His goodness and showing up through the hands and hearts of others.

I cannot tell you who won the last Super Bowl. I don’t know who the Major League’s MVP is. There’s no way I can spout off the NBA lineup. What I can tell you about is the day God’s goodness followed a crushed young man into a gymnasium during a high school basketball game and made His goodness known. I can tell you he played the rest of the game, scoring ten points that led to his team’s victory.

But most importantly, I can tell you that God’s goodness is following you. Will you get in the game and look for it? God’s goodness is following you and wants to be closer to you than the pain. Lastly, will you be God’s hand of goodness to someone today

Sheila’s Prayer for You

Father,

I love you! You alone are God. (Deuteronomy 4:39)  Besides You there is no God and in that we rejoice. (Isaiah 44:6-7)  Thank you Father that Your goodness is following my friend. (Psalm 23:6) You daily look for ways to love on your children. (Psalm 143:8) You hourly direct their steps towards what is good and best for them. (Psalm 32:8) Every minute of the day is designed to envelop them in Your everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) You think of my friend every second of the day! Your thoughts are too vast to count. (Psalm 139:17-18)  May they not miss a second of Your attention. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

Thank you for promising to be closer than the pain crushing their heart. (Psalm 34:18) You are compassionate and You are completely Faithful to love them devotedly. (Lamentations 3:22-23) I ask You to continue placing miracles in their paths. (John 2:11) Open eyes to the marvelous ways Your goodness has shown up in their lives already. (Job 37:5) You are not a man that you would lie. (Numbers 23:19) Therefore, when You say Your goodness follows them it is completely true. May Your child be ever mindful of Your very near Presence today. (Exodus 33:15) May they prepare to be amazed. (1 Samuel 12:16)

Oh and Father, may You be blessed when they turn around, like the one leper, to thank you for turning their mourning into dancing. (Luke 17:15-19 and Psalm 30:11-12)

May it be so!

In the Mighty Name of Jesus we have prayed,
Amen and Amen,
Sheila

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  1. Precious Jesus! Amen!

  2. Amen and Amen
    I thank God for the three strand pray
    God continue to bless Sheila Mangum. Amen

  3. Rachel Jalbert says:

    AMEN and AMEN

  4. Amen! Thank you for these heart felt prayers. I came here through Renee Swope’s blog where whe shared your blog. :) God continue to bless you richly!

  5. Amen

  6. Amen

  7. Amen and Amen!! XOXOX

  8. AMEN!! May God turn my mourning into dancing this day. AMEN !! AMEN!! AMEN!! Thank you for your love and continued prayers for myself and someone very special to me. God is teaching me to TRUST HIM in ALL things. Please prayer HIS WILL be done and he gives me the desires of my broken heart. Much love

  9. Suzanne Stout says:

    Amen and AMEN! Continue to be a blessing Sheila. Thank you for your amazing prayers.

  10. Renee Mitcham says:

    In Jesus’ name. Amen! Thank you Sheila for praying for me. I so needed it today. Love and Blessings Renee ♥

  11. Kathi Whittamore says:

    AMEN!!! Thank you and God bless!!

  12. Jagvinder Kaur says:

    Amen. Thanks.

  13. Darlene Burch says:

    Yes and Amen, I feel as if life can be crushing especially with the loss of a love one. It’s been six short months since I lost my brother who was also a great friend to cancer. This young man shows courage in his ability to move forward, despite his pain. I allowed my pain to numb my relationships including with my Lord, thanks for reminding me that there is JOY in the morning.
    Feeling encouraged,
    Darlene :)

  14. Amen!

  15. Phyllis Nichols Gutierrez says:

    Amen!! Thank you for this prayer today!

  16. Amen!!! I’m so grateful for the loving prayers thank you

  17. Amen and Amen, So just what I needed to hear. Grieving is difficult. You wonder if you’ll ever get through it or if you can stand the difficult emotions. I know my God will see me through. Yes, He is near to the brokenhearted. I will hold on to that promise today. He came to heal my broken heart and to set me free from fear. I fear that I cannot handle my emotions and that the grief will overwhelm me. I pray for His peace, His strength and His comfort. Thank for for this beautiful prayer. I am asking Him to be enough.

    • Sheila Mangum says:

      Praying for you Rochelle. Your broken heart is in God’s loving capable hands my friend. I have been where you are and if it were not for God, grief would have overwhelmed me. He was faithful. He truly will mend your heart. He will NEVER leave you. He is at work! Amen and Amen. Love you, Sheila

  18. Amen!

  19. AMEN and AMEN !!!

  20. Thank you Shelia! Amen! God bless you!

  21. Amen!

  22. Amen! Thank you Sheila! I am going through difficulties where I have a knot in my stomach all the time. I feel I am not trusting Jesus enough, and that is not good! I have been through a lot in the last 3 months. I have been safely weaned off 3 anti depressants, and I am now having to deal with my emotions raw for the first time in many years. Maybe the knot is that I am worried if I am going to worry! I don’t want to sin!!! I do have quite a few medical issues, while at the same time, trying to start a new job. I want to feel Gods presence and His love!

    • Sheila Mangum says:

      Amen Patty:) You are right it is His Presence and Love your heart yearns for! You are wise to replace what you were dependent on with HIM. I pray His Presence be powerful upon you today. You may be like me and I don’t do well without Him, so I am always with Him! It is a beautiful place to be:):) You can do that all day at your new job. Practice being in His presence. Let His goodness direct you to His peace sister. Love, Love, Love, Sheila

  23. Amen! Thank you, Sheila, for the touching story and beautiful prayer. Blessings to you and all those who read. Much needed prayer to wake up to after crying myself to sleep last night. Love our Jesus, for he is always on time.

    • Sheila Mangum says:

      Awww JoJo, He will wipe EVERY tear of yours. He keeps a record of all of them. (Psalm 56:8) May He show up mightily for you with His goodness and love. Amen. Blessings and Love, Sheila

  24. AMEN!!!

  25. Amen. Thank you Sheila for your prayers. I look forward to getting them – especially since
    I have been going through a rough time. May God bless you!

    • Sheila Mangum says:

      Karen,
      Amen and Amen! It is MY honor to pray for you. May you see God’s goodness in great ways today sister.
      Love,
      Sheila

  26. Amen…amen for and with my household and with you, Sheila. Thank you God for answering our prayers!

  27. Amen. Dear Sheila, what a wonderful way to wake up today–your e-mail started my day with a promise. God’s love is so beautiful and He shines right through you. Thank you for posting this wonderful story and prayer. God’s goodness and love be with you today and everyday. Blessings!

    • Sheila Mangum says:

      Awww you made me cry Susan. So sweet! Blessings back! God’s goodness is going to be good to YOU. Love, Love, Love, Sheila

  28. Gina Sacasa says:

    Amen and Amen. i’m turning around, like the one leper, to thank you for turning my ashes into beauty. Amen. I recive in my heart and belive it in my soul. thank you Lord. thank you for helping pass my test on April 1 2014.

  29. Amen. Standing with you. Thank you for standing with and for us.

  30. Thank You dear LORD for everything You have blessed me with. Give thanks to the LORD for he is good and his love endures forever. Hallelujah!! Give praise to the LORD! Amen & Amen!!!!

  31. In Jesus name, AMEN!

    Thank you for this prayer. I needed it today. I have been working through a book called “Captivating”. I got through, yesterday, a chapter about being wounded. I needed the reminder that Jesus is walking with me through this and I am not alone. I know that he will heal me.

    God bless you in this ministry!
    Anita

    • Sheila Mangum says:

      Amen and Amen Anita:) Is that the book by John Eldredge? Such an anointed book! May God heal, deliver, and restore as you listen to God’s voice through every chapter. Love, Love, Love, Sheila

  32. Amen!!

  33. Martha LeGall says:

    Amen and thank you

  34. AMEN! Thank you for this beautiful post and prayer. I will carry this in my heart today: See God’s goodness, then be His goodness! Have a beautiful Monday.

    Beckey
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/queenbsbusywork

  35. Thank you for your prayers and I pray Father’s goodness for my daughter who is celebrating her birthday today! Thank you Lord for 24 years of joy and love!!

    • Sheila Mangum says:

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your precious daughter Robyn! May all her heart’s desires be granted:) Amen and Amen! Love, Sheila Proverbs 31:28

  36. amen

  37. Amen! Sheila, I have missed your cherished heartfelt prayers! God bless!

  38. Amen. Thanks.

  39. Amen. Thank you!

  40. Amen!!

  41. In Jesus name, AMEN!

  42. I receive this prayer in the most precious name I know~Jesus God Bless you and keep you Sheila

  43. Megan McCormick says:

    In Jesus’ name, Amen!!! Thank you for praying for me, Sheila! :)

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