Friday, February 22, 2019

♪ I Believe… ♪


Friday, February 22, 2019 (6:06 a.m.)
Oh Most Dear and Holy God,

Thank You. Praise You. Bless You. Keep You. Mm, yes. Thank You Lord!

So many blessings and the sun isn’t even out yet. Thank You for the way one thing so often just leads to another.

Not yet awake but unable to sleep I wanted to sing so I manufactured a song. ♪This Is The Day… That the Lord has made… We will rejoice… And be glad in it…♪ That’s when I noticed the smile.

Coming out here the song switched to ♪Be Thankful for all He has done, Be thankful from the bottom of your heart. Be thankful, come on everyone ‘Cause Jesus is good to you!♪

Searching the lyrics I can across a video as well. The very next thing I was watching a flash mob that I had wondered about way last week. Hezekiah Walker ♪Every Praise♪ and the tears just flowed.

Father God how I thank You for the choices You allow us. Because of his singing of this particular song five years ago a kidnapped little boy was released unharmed. Talk about “out of the mouths of babes”!

Mm, Father. Guide my thinking this morning. Lead me to the blessings You have for us.
(7:12 a.m.)
And You did! Thank You Father.

I knew there was more to my much earlier thinking and singing. ♪ I Believe…♪ Oops. It's actually ♪I Have Dreamed♪ from The King and I. Taking a bit of poetic license here I will continue singing ♪I Believe…♪

Holy, Blessed God thank You that we really, truly have the choice to believe You at Your Word. Or not. Sitting here, swaying back and forth to the musical score that swells within my being I am so incredibly grateful.

Father I ask You to continue Your work in all You are doing to change long held misbeliefs. ♪Nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing Nothing is too difficult for Thee♪ (“Ah, Lord God”).

Indeed! NOTHING is too difficult for You (Jeremiah 32:17; 27). Hallelujah Jesus! Thank You Father.

Work in, with, by, through and for me this day. Providing every single necessary thing that Your will be done exactly as You know is best.

I love You Father. I long to serve You. And I thank You.

Thank You for these just now found by me words in Illustrated Bible Handbook. Concerning the prophet’s (Jeremiah) purchase of a field, “The purchase is a sign of trust in God’s faithfulness.”

Yes Father. Steel me in trusting Your faithfulness! Yes. Oh, yes! Do all You must. Thank You. I love You. Amen.
(437 words ~ 7:57 a.m.)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

"a narrow path"


Thursday, February 21, 2019 (6:39 a.m.)
Blessed God,

Thank You! This morning I awoke with eagerness. Excited. Agog! Thank You Father.

I have ideas in my head. Thoughts. Potential plans. “A narrow path.” Those were the words. Along with the song ♪Open My Eyes, That I May See♪ Oh yes Father. Yes!

♪Open my eyes that I may see Visions Glimpses of Truth Thou hast for me; Place in my hands the wonderful key, That shall unclasp and set me free♪ Yes Father, yes!

Mm. Set free. A narrow path. Different ways of looking at things. Wow Father. Sign me up!

Even a song from over fifty-five years ago speaks Your Truth to me right now. ♪Come and Get These Memories… so my mind and my heart can leave that easy♪ Yes Father. Oh yes please!

I’m so stuck in the memories of the past. Cards. Letters. Notes. Potential information. Let it all go? How?!

So here I am. Seeking YOUR narrow path for me. Sitting differently. Choosing my thoughts carefully.

Oh yes Blessed God! Thank You that we do get to choose our thoughts. Thoughts that lead us to life. Away from death (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Holy Moly, God! The more I read, the more excited I become. I consider Your Word, Your Truth and a genuine excitement sparks within me. Thank You Father.

Blessed God, how I ask You to lead and guide me this day. Yes to those ♪Glimpses of Truth Thou hast for me♪ Those glimpses that will ultimately lead me to “the gate that opens the way to true life” (Matthew 7:14a Easy-to-Read Version).

That gate which is narrow. “And the road that leads there is hard to follow. Only a few people find it” (14b, c). I want to be one of the few Father.

The Voice says, “Now then that narrow door leads to a narrow road [path is my word choice] that in turn leads to life. It is hard to find that road [path]. Not many people manage it.” Most Holy God, make me one of the not many!

I already am so incredibly different than my counterparts. Somewhat wacky [funny or amusing in a slightly odd or peculiar way] if You will. Keep doing all You must in leading me to all the glimpses of grace You would have me share.

You provide each of us with the choices we need to be able to find Your narrow path. Please take hold of my right hand (Isaiah 41:13) and don’t let go.
(9:50 a.m.)

I want to serve You Father. As You so rightly and justly deserve. Do all You must in, with, by, through and for me that Your will be done as only You know is best.

I love You. I thank You. I praise You. And I ask You, do all these things in Jesus’ mighty and powerful name. Thank You. I love You. Amen.

(477 words ~ 9:54 a.m.)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Grateful praise.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (5:43 a.m.)
Holy God,

Thank You for Your love. Thank You for a song. And a smile. Yes Father. Thank You.

♪For the beauty of the earth… Brother, sister, parent, child… Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise♪ Yes! Grateful praise.

Psalm 107:8, “Give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds.” Many times the thanks and praise come more easily and readily than others. And often, like this morning, it gets jump started by You.

Just the hint of a verse considering the beauty of the morning sky and the next thing I know I’m singing. Smiling. Staying my mind on You and Your Word. Even stretching to some small degree as I remember the importance of loving You with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30).

Father, thank You. It is so easy to get side tracked by my failings. The areas in which I am weak. Ashamed. Embarrassed. Then You remind me to think outside of myself.

To look around. Be grateful. Aware of Your loving kindnesses. Your beauty.

There’s an opportunity this morning. A visit to the beach to celebrate the birth of a much loved one. Most Holy God how I invite You to go before us. Beside us. Behind, beneath, above and within us all the day. Pointing out Your goodnesses and Your grace.

Oh most Dear and Holy God, how deeply and truly we love You. Be our focus of this day. Making us fully aware of the numerous blessings that stem from Your “great love and wonderful deeds.”

Thank You. We love You. Amen.
(283 words ~ 6:20 a.m.)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

awe and wonder


Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (5:43 a.m.)
Most Dear and Holy God,

Thank You for the view I just had of the “Snow Moon”. This year’s “largest and brightest supermoon”. Whatever the heck that means!

Yes Father. Here I am thanking You for yet another event I do not understand. Hmm. Yes. Thank You for the awe and wonder that can accompany things of which we previously have little or no knowledge.

Thank You that as I consider beauty and learning and choices and all the things You provide for us, I truly do come before You in awe and wonder. Thank You Father.

Yesterday I asked for help in an otherwise overwhelming task. Sorting stuff that may or may not be necessary to my life. Even saying that, I am fully aware that YOU are what is necessary to my life! Thank You Father.

Yes. Thank and praise You.

Just a bit ago I realized I was about to again mis-sing a song from yesterday. Right in the midst of ♪Sing praise♪ I remembered that it’s ♪Be praised…♪ Thank You Father.

Thank You that just as I recognized my mistake, the song quickly switched to ♪O Sing to the Lord, O sing God a new song…♪ And the very next verse? ♪For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders…♪ Yes Father. Yes!

You are our God. Our Lord. And You have done [and are doing] wonders. Thank You Father. Praise You too.

Following this Truth over into Your Word I actually just said, “Wow!” Yes Father. “Wow” [Wonder of wonders!] to Psalm 96:1. “Sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!”

And the rest of the psalm exhorts us to bless Your name (v. 2). Publish Your glorious deeds (3a). Tell everyone about the amazing things You do (3b). Praise and revere You (4). Recognize You as glorious and strong (7). Give You the glory You deserve (8). Worship You in all Your holy splendor (9).

The Life Recovery Bible comment for this section (96:1-9) tells us, “The way we live demonstrates what we believe about God. If we stay in our prison of sin, we show that we are either unaware of God’s power to save us or indifferent about Him and the help He offers.”

You are able God “to do exceedingly abundantly, beyond all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). Oh praise You Father!

“Now glory be to God, who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Living Bible).

Here again [quoting The Life Recovery Bible comment 3:14-21] we “must be driven by God’s dynamic and unlimited love… We may feel that our life is hopeless and beyond recovery. But through God restoration and healing are possible. When we are grounded in God’s love, recovery will follow.”

Talk about awe and wonder! I can think of nothing more awesome or wondrous than having the God of the universe, my Holy Father in heaven, ground me in His love. Thank You God. Thank You Father.

Use me exactly as You know is best. Do all You must in growing my ability to make solid decisions as to what stays and what all needs to go.

I love You Father. I thank You. You are indeed my awe and wonder. Thank You. I love You. Amen.
(593 words ~ 8:58 a.m.)

Monday, February 18, 2019

Be praised!


Monday, February 18, 2019 (5:46 a.m.)
Most Holy God,

Thank You Father. Thank You that You are good. And holy. Thank You for Your loving forgiveness.
(8:01 a.m.)

Here I am. Trying again. Wanting to be willing to Your leading. Confessing to being reluctant. Resistant.

And right there. That fast. ♪Sing praise♪ starts singing in my mind. But I can’t find the song I’m looking for. So I turn again to You Dearest God.

There is absolutely a hardness in my heart. A temper tantrum of huge proportion. And I am asking You Father to change all You must.
(8:32 a.m.)
And here it is! Thank You Father.

♪BE praised… ♪ Yes Father. Let me praise You as You so rightly deserve. My thoughts can so easily take me down a rabbit hole. Thank You that focusing on You, Your Word, Your Truth brings me back into Your light.

Thank You that confessing my state and following Your lead yields freedom. Yes. Freedom to express. Freedom to hope. Freedom to ramble.

Thank You Father. Praise You. Confessing my inability to make sense of any given circumstance [Step One of Twelve] and then inviting You into it [Step Two] restores me to a sanity I wasn’t even aware I was lacking.

Steps One, Two and Three in a nutshell: “I can’t. God can. I’ll let Him.” Thank You Father. Yes!

Praise You. ♪Cause You’re always good Always good… Be Praised, let our worship rise in this place To the King of Love... ♪ (Gary Rea ♪This Is A Good Day♪)

It’s the song I sang to You just the other day and it took me this long to find it. Thank You for guiding me. Thank You for Your willingness to lead especially when I am behaving so petulantly.

Just for confessing I get to smile. Honestly. Openly. And willingly. Praise You God!

Use this day. Exactly as You know is best.

You provided me the song. The smile. And the perseverance to stay my mind on You. Here I am seeking the strength to stretch and accomplish what You will.

I love You. I thank You. And I ask You (Matthew 7:7) to fill me with all You know is necessary for Your good and Your glory. I love You. Use me. Thank You. Amen.
(389 words ~ 9:07 a.m.)

justification


Sunday, February 17, 2019 (7:24 a.m.)
Blessed God,

I’m starting off with a confession of feeling disappointed. With myself. I had what I believed to be some rather easily attainable goals. And I’ve missed the marks. Hmm… sin.

Ack! Ouch. And here I am. Seeking Your justification on my heart. My soul. My mind. And my strength.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

good day


Saturday, February 16, 2019 (7:22 a.m.)
Blessed Holy God,

Thank You! Thank You for every single time I think of You without even knowing it. Like just earlier.

While still in a very dreamlike state I realized I was ready to sing ♪This Is the Day, that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it♪ More asleep than awake I knew I was smiling. Hope-filled.

Thank You Father. Thank You for the ease with which I just now found the corresponding Bible verse. Psalm 118:24. Blessed God, thank You for the choices we have over our thoughts. Even while mostly sleeping.

Coming out here, the tune changed. Along the same lines Gary Rea’s words are singing within me. ♪This Is a Good Day ‘Cause Jesus Your mercy Is new for me It is new for me Be praised, let our worship rise in this place To the king of love ‘Cause You’re always good Always good♪

Holy God, as many times as I’ve sung this song I don’t know if I’ve really paid attention to the words. ♪How great, how glorious Is the Lamb of God who was slain for us, He’s the King of us, He’s the King us♪

Thank You for surrounding and infusing us with Your loving presence. Thank You that You are good. And this IS a good day! Use me as You know is best. I love You. Thank You. Amen.
(244 words ~ 8:18 a.m.)