Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Into Your grace


Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (6:49 a.m.)
Holy God,

Thank You! There was sleep. So much easy sleep.

And then a song. Seemingly out of nowhere. Quickly recognized as one from our Sunday service.

Searching only “You are for us lyrics” up came the immediate answer. ♪You Make Me Brave♪ What a smile as I listened while reading the words.

Father God, such peace and word pictures come to mind as I continue listening to and reading these lyrics. Waves. Crashing over me. You, our “Champion of Heaven” making a way for all to enter in.

Lord, the more I read and listen to these thought provoking words the deeper and more exciting the peace that “crashes over me”. Thank You Father. Praise You.

♪I have heard You calling my name I have heard the song of love that You sing So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore Into Your grace... ♪ Try as I may, I can’t find the words to describe the various emotions taking place in me right now.

Excitement. ♪As Your love, in wave after wave Crashes over me, crashes over me For You are for us You are not against us♪ Courage while considering ♪You make me brave… You call me out beyond the shore into the waves… No fear can hinder now the love that made a way♪

Holy Father. Champion of Heaven. Continue Your work in me. ♪I stand before You now The greatness of Your renown I have heard the majesty and wonder of You King of Heaven, in humility, I bow♪

Yes Father. You do indeed make me brave! Do all You must to empower me in letting ♪You draw me out beyond the shore Into Your grace♪ Yes. Into Your grace.

Father, I love You. I need You. I trust You. Use me. Thank You. Amen.

(311 words ~ 7:59 a.m.)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

'blah'


Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (7:03 a.m.)
Blessed God,

I love You. I’m feeling cranky. Blah.

And there’s a smile! Thank You Father. Thank You for the immediate memory of two little guys laughing as they quote a favored movie. “I do NOT say, ‘Blah, blah, blah’.”

Mm, yes Lord. Speak with me this morning concerning where YOU would have me put my focus.
(8:41 a.m.)

And here we begin again. I confess to starting. Stopping. Getting distracted. And starting over. Let’s do that. Start over.

Father, thank You for the distractions that ultimately bring me back to knowing, trusting, believing that You alone will provide our every need. Yes, Lord. Thank You.

The sermon this past Sunday was entitled, “Be-Attitudes” (Matthew 5:1-20). As I consider the ‘blah’ I brought to You earlier, I ask that You would continue Your work in helping me “Be Loving And Hope-filled”. Yes, Father. The antithesis of what blah has come to represent!

Do all You must in me. With, by, through and for me that I would truly live this day giving You honor and glory. I love You. I long to serve You. Let all disappointments and distractions take a back seat to my genuinely glorifying and enjoying You this day.

Where to start? Yes! ♪This is the day… That the Lord has made… I will rejoice… And be glad in it… This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it This is the day…♪ (Psalm 118:24). Be glad. Be loving and hope-filled!

Make me so Blessed God. Make me so. Thank You. I love You. Amen.

(282 words ~ 9:12 a.m.)

Monday, August 19, 2019

simple


Monday, August 19, 2019 (6:23 a.m.)
Good morning Blessed God,

Hmm. Yes. Good morning.
(7:04 a.m.)
Here it is. Later morning, and still good.
(7:42 a.m.)

Now I’m looking into the simplicity of this completely uncomplicated greeting. And making it harder than it has to be.

Yes Father. How often do I do that? Complicate things. Make them more difficult than necessary. Work in me this day that I would truly come to keeping things simple.

Simple. Yes Father. Do all You must in teaching me what You would have me learn today.

Holy God, I didn’t expect the simplicity of such a random greeting to take me deep into Your Word. Matthew 28:9. The Living Bible’s paraphrase of Jesus’ own first words after His resurrection.

“And as they [Mary Magdalene and the other Mary] were running, suddenly Jesus was there in front of them! ‘Good morning!’ He said. And they fell to the ground before Him, holding His feet and worshiping Him.”

Oh the simplicity! Thank You Father. Thank You that something as simple as my saying “Good morning” to You can take me straight over to worshiping at Jesus feet. Mm. Yes.
(9:44 a.m.)
Another diversion. And now back on track.

Quoting from the comment in The Life Recovery Bible. After the religious leaders of the time discredited Jesus in front of the crowds and plotted His murder, they sealed and guarded His tomb. Ultimately, “27:62-28:15… they invented a story to explain the disappearance of Jesus’ body.”

Now, here for me is the crux of the whole matter. “It would have been easier to accept Jesus’ message and make appropriate changes in their lives and beliefs.” Amen! Yes. Isn’t it the Truth?

“We must not become so hardened by denial that we, like the Jewish leaders, go to great lengths to avoid accepting the lifesaving message of the gospel.” Yes Lord. True that!

Do all You must in, with, by, through and for me that I would live this day exactly as You wish. Glorifying and enjoying You. I love You Lord. Mold me and make me as You know is best.

Thank You. Good morning! Amen.
(370 words ~ 9:58 a.m.)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

outlook


Sunday, August 18, 2019 (7:11 a.m.)
Blessed God,

I’m here requesting a change of attitude. Yes. My outlook continues circling back around to cranky. I’m allowing my focus to get off of You. Your goodness. Your glory.

Yes Father. Your goodness. Your glory. Tell me more.

I got to pray with a much loved one last night. A prayer for priorities. Requesting the insight and ability to put “first things first.” Mm, yes Dad. First things first.

You are that. First. Foremost. By far, the “most prominent in rank.” Adjust my tendency of thinking the worst instead of the best. That is indeed where I keep getting stuck.

One particular person continues coming to mind. A replay of an initial encounter. Words remembered. Held onto. An unwillingness to completely let it go.

And here I find myself reading of Christ’s Humility and Exaltation (Philippians 2:5-11). “Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had” (v. 5).

The Life Recovery Bible says this concerning these verses of Scripture, “Jesus Christ is our ideal model for humility in obedience and service. Our thoughts, attitudes, and actions are to be patterned after Christ. His willingness to humbly obey His Father is a great example for us. As we take an honest moral inventory of our life, we must humbly admit our faults so we can begin to change our destructive patterns. If we follow Jesus Christ in humility, learning to admit our failures without hesitation, nothing will be able to stop our recovery.”

Right here I recognize my decisions to push time with You off to the side these past two days as huge mistakes. I knew it even as I chose dish washing and TV viewing over time alone in Your Word. Forgive me Lord.

Renew my desire to ‘sing, smile, stay and stretch’. Loving You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30).

Father, I do love You. I thank You. I praise You.

Healthier food choices. A renewed commitment to fixing my “thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8).

Yes, Lord. Do all You must in growing me into the woman You would have me be. Loving and forgiving. I love You. Thank You. Amen.

(395 words ~ 8:31 a.m.)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

well-crafted

Thursday, August 15, 2019 (10:17 a.m.)
Most Dear and Holy God,

Thank You. Deeply. Sincerely. Genuinely. Wholly. Fully. Completely. Gratefully. Thank You!

It was another night of very little sleep. Followed again by a morning of unexpected delights. A free and easy phone conversation with a much loved one. An extremely unhurried time of reading. Learning genetic facts. Mixed into a wonderfully well-crafted novel [The Ones We Choose].

Allowing me to once more examine my own decisions. And the choices I make at any given moment. Every single day.

Thank You Father. Thank You for the work You have been doing in me. All these years.

Here I get to turn to Romans 9:20-33 and study it’s connection to how I am currently feeling. Utter and complete awe of Who and All You are.

My humanness shows in so many ways. Mistakes I make. Arrogance. Vulnerabilities. And choices. Ultimately, we all get to choose.

Thank You Father that again and again I choose You! Your Way. Your will. Your Truth. Your promises. Sometimes more quickly than others.

Thank You that Your Word even speaks to this. Illustrated Bible Handbook. God Is Free to Act; [Romans] 9:14-22. “In the most stark way Paul insists that God be recognized as God. He is free to use His power as He chooses. However the exercise of that power might appear to those who cry ‘unfair,’ God’s choices flow from His purposes and from His unfailing love.”

Thank You most dear and loving Father. Thank You that You are indeed good. And patient.

As Your love pulses through me, I long to share that love with others. You could easily have written me and the mistakes I continue to make off long ago. Instead You keep pouring Your forgiveness and loving-kindness into me.

Thank You Father. I am not here to second guess You. I seek to serve You by fully accepting the mercy and grace in Christ that You provide each and every one of us. Do all You must in using me for Your glory and the good of others.

I love You Lord. ♪And I lift my voice To worship You Oh, my soul rejoice! Take joy my King In what You hear Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear♪ Yes please Father. Make it so.

I love You. I thank You. Amen.
(390 words ~ 11:20 a.m.)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

good, good Father


Wednesday, August 14, 2019 (6:30 a.m.)
Holy God,

Good morning. I love You. Thank You that You are such a good, good Father.
(7:10 a.m.)

And thank You that I get to take a thought to Your Word and have You speak to me about it.

“Good Father.” 1 Peter 1:17. The Message. “You call out to God for help and He helps - He’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, He’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.”

Truly Father, I love when Your Word makes me smile. Illustrated Bible Handbook lists this verse under Chapter 1:13-2:12. Our Holy Calling encouraging us toward Reverent Awe; 1:17-21. Mm, holy calling. Reverent awe.

Just the thought of You being our good, good Father takes me to considering who I am and to whom I belong. The overwhelming result to this search is Ephesians 2:19-21; with Hebrews 10:32-39 also surfacing.

Blessed God, how I thank You for the opportunity of scouring Your Word. Seeking to learn more of all You have for us to know. Thank You that I am Yours. I belong to You.

♪You’re a good, good Father It’s Who You are… And I’m loved by You It’s who I am…♪

Thank You Father. Praise You. Use me this day. Exactly as You know is best. Enable and empower me in living and loving as You would have me. Thank You. I love You. Amen.
(255 words ~ 7:59 a.m.)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

joy in the morning


Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (7:29 a.m.)
Blessed God,

Thank You!

I didn’t feel good last night. There was fever. Nausea. And muscle aches. Seemingly set into motion by a vaccine booster. Blessed God, thank You that “joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5b). Truly. Yes!

Joy in the morning. I really didn’t expect it. Thank You that I get to experience it. The Voice tells us, “The deepest pains may linger through the night, but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning.”

The smile of the morning greeting my soul. Thank You Father. I love the word pictures. Wycliffe Bible says, “gladness at the morrowtide.” Young’s Literal Translation, “at morn singing.”

Mm, Father, thank You. Joy. Rejoicing. Singing. Laughter. Truth. Promises. I love You. And I thank You Father.

Today is scheduled to be somewhat busy. I’m looking to You Father. Asking Your comfort. Seeking Your guidance. Thanking You for all You have provided. Weeping at night. And joy in the morning.

Thank You Father. Praise You. Use me. As You know is best. Thank You. I love You. Amen.
(184 words ~ 8:21 a.m.)